Skam Book Tag: The Boy Squad | Original

Guess who’s back, back again for round two because they’re still obsessing over this legendary Norwegian tv series called Skam… And this time around I can clearly point the blame of my fixation on the fact that the trailer for season four still hasn’t been released. Plus, filming for said season started recently, so I was bound to start all over with my profound love for the show.

Now, considering the fact that I’ve already created a book tag centered around my favorite girl squad, in this sequel/companion of sorts I decided to focus on the boys and highlight their characteristics. (AKA Skam has taken over my life Part II.)

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  1. William Magnusson: your favorite “stop walking around like a fucking cliché” read.

As Noora Sætre likes to remind us, William is a walking cliché whose intentions aren’t the clearest at the start. Which is why I’m still unsure of what I think regarding those two together (particularly after season three). But regardless of that fact, I decided to go with Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David to fit this question. 

Like I wrote in my review, this is a YA romance set it in the Philippines, exploring one of my favorite tropes: hate to love. And it has so many Noorhelm parallels – with the addition of pranking one another – that I was practically giddy with excitement.

“She stared at him the whole time, a little smile playing on her lips. Upon catching her, he placed the spoon he’d been using on his empty plate and caressed her lower lip with his thumb. Because he could. Her lower lip felt soft and warm. He wanted to kiss it for the foreseeable future.
Her smile grew wider. “I like looking at you.”

Like, does this not remind you of William and Noora… And speaking of, I recently discovered this video edit of them, and I legit ended up having to wipe away my unasked-for tears (it was 3 a.m., but still).

Also, I couldn’t figure out for the longest time who Thomas Hayes, the actor who plays William, reminded me of until it finally all clicked when I recalled Andrew Garfield’s role in The Amazing Spider-Man. Now, I can’t unsee the resemblance:

2. Chris Schistad: your favorite fuckboy character.

To be frank, I don’t have any strong emotions concerning Chris. I mean, I do know that his whole fuckboy façade is just something I don’t click with it. However, since his name twin, Chris Berg, is one of my favorites, I loved him for a split second when those two met:

It really was one of the best introduction scenes.

But circling back, I’ve been thinking a bit about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, since the third book is set to come out soon. And I thought it fitting to put Lara Jean’s love interest, Peter Kavinsky, down for this question, especially since both Chris and him seem to be having quite the trouble with ex’s, girlfriends and the like. My interest is peaked as to how their character arcs are going to come to a close.

“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

P.S. I have to laugh whenever Chris is referred to as “Penetrator Chris” because I’ll inevitably end up thinking of this quote: tumblr_mp6u8smnak1rcwz0co1_500

It took me ages to come up with a character as easygoing, enlightening and utterly lively as Eskild, but then thankfully Charlie Liang from Queens of Geek came to mind. She’s the queen of everything I love seeing discussed in books, from intersectional feminism to encouraging her friends to believe in themselves and standing up to anyone trying to erase her bisexuality. And I think the beauty of her character – in addition to bringing  humor and light to any scene –  is that she can get sincerely supportive at just the right time, similar to Eskild.

“Like, sometimes I don’t think I’m being a girl right. I have an undercut and wear clothes I’ve bought from the boys’ section, and I don’t wear makeup or do my nails. I watch horror movies and play video games and burp and swear and don’t talk about my feelings or any of that crap. I’m like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, only before the makeover.”
“So?” Charlie shrugs. “Gracie Hart rocks. Besides, there’s no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty, beauty queen—or both at the same time.” 

These are some serious friend goals right here.

So if you like the idea of strong friendships, diversity, swoon-worthy romance, or running through zombie mazes, participating in SupaFan contests and filming collabs…  you should definitely check out Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. 

4.  Isak Valtersen: your favorite angsty coming-of-age gay – or LGBTQIA – read.

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To answer this question, I had to go with a recent favorite film called Moonlight, which I’m technically counting, since I read the screenplay as well as watched it on the big screen. (And I just love it so much that I’m desperate to bring it up anytime.)

As the blurb of the film states, Moonlight is a chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

And since I’ve raved a lot about this brilliant game-changer in my review, I’ll try to keep it short and simple in here. Covering issues of race, discrimination, sexuality, m/m love, coming of age, and so much more. This character-driven film had me positively enamoured in a matter of seconds, similar to Skam.

5. Even Bech Næsheim: your favorite straightforward read about mental illness.

Though it’s been awhile since I last read it, I’ve found myself thinking about Hannah Hart’s Buffering a lot lately.You might recognise Hart from her wildly popular YouTube channel, but going into the book I didn’t have any prior knowledge about her save for that fact. But since I loved memoirs and nonfiction essays, I decided to give this one a go back in November. And the choice to read Hart’s essays remains to be one of the best ones I made that month; it lead me to a whole lot of other memoirs that I now consider favorites.

“Selfishly, I wanted to write this to feel less alone. Selflessly, I hope it helps you feel less alone too.”

This collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame. But what stayed with me the most was when Hart talked about her childhood growing up with a schizophrenic mother and their relationship nowadays. Mental illness and mental health are two topics heavily and frankly discussed in Buffering, and I’m forevermore grateful for how she opened up her heart to the readers.

6. Magnus Fossbakken: your favorite character desperate to get some action.

I have only one read in mind for this question, but since it’s set to release in April, I’m still desperately waiting to have it in my hands. The book in question is, of course, Becky Albertalli’s second novel: The Upside of Unrequited.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

The blurb alone has my heart fluttering and my lips grinning from ear to ear. Plus, the promise of exploring sisterhood, humor, love,  Jewishness, and identity seems to be right up my alley.

7. Jonas Noah Vasquez: your favorite best friend character.

Honestly, I couldn’t think of anything more reassuring and unproblematic than the friendship in We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

This contemporary read deals with both quiet and loud topics such as loneliness, grief, friendship, f/f love, heartbreak, and all things in between as you can read in my review. But at its core, this book is about the friendship, love and compassion between Marin and Mabel. And their interactions were so honest, inspiring and achingly real, just like the ones we see with Jonas on screen.

“I look at her. I wish her everything good. A friendly cab driver and short lines through security. A flight with no turbulence and an empty seat next to her. A beautiful Christmas. I wish her more happiness than can fit in a person. I wish her the kind of happiness that spills over.”

I still can’t get over how the above passage manages to be both pure of heart and strong of spirit. I wholeheartedly recommend you give this book a go.

  1. Mahdi Disi: your favorite character with iconic one-liners.

Saving the best for last, Mahdi has uttered some of my favorite lines in season three. So when thinking of someone with a similar taste in humor, not a character sprung to mind, funnily enough, but Scaachi Koul’s dad. I recently read her hilarious collection of essays in One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, and whenever Koul mentioned something her father said, I cracked up laughing. And then later, upon recalling some of his comical quotes, I’d end up nearly in tears.

Take for instance this moment when her father was introduced for the first time to Scaachi’s older (by thirteen years) boyfriend:

“They shook hands. Papa led him into the kitchen, where all serious family matters tend to take place. He offered Hamhock tea. “You look good,” Papa said. “For someone your age.” 

There’s a lot more where that came from. And as I mentioned in my review, I would not mind reading a book solely about her parents. Speaking of, I don’t dare leave without having even talked about the mother, who’s one of the most inspiring ones out there.

“My dad first saw her at his cousin’s house—my mom was her friend—and was flustered by her beauty. Ask my dad and he’ll wax poetic about my mother’s cheekbones, her rich eyes, her long hair, how he needed to get to know her. My mom didn’t even know he was there.”

This is the level of cool, calm and detached I aspire to achieve.

On that note, however, I don’t think I’ll ever get over the scene where the boys™ are helping Isak text Even, and then proceed to panic when they realize he’s actually coming over.

THIS IS PURE GOLD. MY HEART IS SO FULL.


And that concludes the second part of my Skam book tag, thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed perusing this tag as much as I enjoyed making it. And funnily enough, I’m still not sure whether this’ll be the last part, since season four is supposedly on its way soon… (And I just need to know who the main will be.)c7timmsu8aaeaf4(I’m rooting for Sana Bakkoush!!)

As always, you’re more than welcome to answer this tag for yourself, and be sure to link me so that I can read your answers as well!! Plus, if you’re interested in reading more, you can check out my first part of the Skam book tag centered around my favorite girl squad.

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Netflix & Books: Book tag

Since it’s February 14, also known as Valentine’s Day for some, it seemed like the perfect time to answer the Netflix & Books book tag.13908546I mean, what’s better than spending the day ranting about some of my favorite tv shows, which – fun fact – I can do for hours, so proceed with caution.

Rules

  • Choose a book or book series that best matches the prompt provided.
  • Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect YOUR preferences!
  • A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
  • Link back to the creators, Christy at Novel Ink and Lauren at Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!

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The questions:

1. Skam: best cast of characters/friendships.

It’s no secret by now that Skam is my all-time favorite show (see: December Wrap Up & Skam Book Tag | Original). And one of the main reasons it remains so stubbornly stuck in my mind is because of the profound connections formed between each and every one of these characters. It is truly unlike anything I’ve seen on television before.

So comparing it to a book wasn’t an easy job, but eventually the leading ladies from The Lunar Chronicles popped into my mind… meridiangray2Art (C) Meridian Gray

Over the course of this series, Cinder, Winter, Iko, Scarlet and Cress bond over this otherworldly shared mission they have to complete. And I was living anytime they were together in a scene. It was rare, but when it occurred I was practically on cloud nine.

Also, like this post said best:

2. This Is Us: best family or parents.

This show remains truly one of the most inspiring ones I’ve seen that tackles family ties, love, sibling rivalry, racism, body image, grief and so much more. Real talk, there’s not even one character in the Pearson family that I don’t adore in some way or other. They all have their quirks and flaws that make me love them individually.

So to pick something with a similar dynamic, I decided to go with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. the-strange-and-beautiful-sorrows-of-ava-lavender-bookspoilsThe book follows three generations of women individually, and I was swept into their whimsical tales. I especially loved Emilienne – the grandmother – because of how real she felt to me, particularly after this:

“Simply put, Emilienne was merely more sensitive to the outside world than other people. As such, she was able to catch on to things that others missed. While to some a dropped spoon might indicate a need to retrieve a clean one, to Emilienne it meant that her mother should put the kettle on for tea — someone was coming to visit. An owl hoot was an omen of impending unhappiness. A peculiar noise heard three times at night meant death was near. To receive a bouquet was a tricky one since it depended on the flowers — blue violets said, I’ll always be true, but a striped carnation, Sorry, I can’t be with you. And while this gift proved useful at times, it could also make things quite confusing for young Emilienne. She struggled to distinguish between signs she received from the universe and those she conjured up in her head.”

I’m just really fond of family sagas that focus mainly on the women. Which is also why Nadja Spiegelman’s spell-binding and moving memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, became another immediate addition to my favorites.I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This-- bookspoils

P.S. I light up anytime Beth Pearson appears in a scene.

3. Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading.

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero fits like a glove for this question.Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series, has written one of the most raw and heart-wrenching memoirs I’ve read as of late. Even months and months after, I cannot stop replaying some of the vividly written scenes from this read. It’s truly one of the most memorable memoirs for me.

P.S. The release date for OITNB season five was announced recently, so I know what I’m counting down for.

4. Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels.

This show has been in my life for almost a decade, which I still find mind-boggling. So to answer this question, I wanted a read that captured that same feeling the show creates of being completely sucked into a character’s life and getting to forget about your own issues. And a fairly recent read popped into my head: Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, particularly the second part, when the focus is on the main character and the journey she has to go through almost all alone.motherest-bookspoilsThe main theme being explored in it remains an increasingly fascinating topic for me to delve into while reading, especially in regards to this recent emotionally jarring scene (the whole episode, really) in Grey’s Anatomy.

I’ve been on the hunt for a similar read ever since, with no luck so far with already published works. But I did find Rebecca Barrow’s You Don’t Know Me but I Know You, dealing with motherhood, coming-of-age, female friendship over romance, and pregnancy. Set to come out on August 29, 2017, I’ve promptly added it to my growing TBR.you-dont-know-me-but-i-know-you-bookspoils

5. Insecure (HBO):  left you wanting more.

I started watching Insecure right after having finished Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, so my cravings for more of her utterly brilliant humor were successfully satisfied.
However, since the show aired quite recently, it has just one season with eight entertainingly inventive episodes. So to say that I was left wanting more (once again) would barely begin to cover it. There’s nothing quite like it on television; I’ve been looking for months.

P.S. I still laugh out loud whenever Issa Rae’s Broken Pussy gets randomly stuck in my head. The moment it played in the first episode, I knew the show was a keeper.

Also, I miss Kelli more than anything!!

I cannot wait for season two to come out!!


Those were my answers for the Netflix & Books book tag. If you’re interested in answering these questions, I tag you.
Also, just throwing this out there: I’m always one the look-out for more tv shows to binge-watch, so if you have any recommendations leave them down in the comments!!

Here are all the prompts:

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: unlikeable character(s)
  • Vampire Diaries: your ship sank or didn’t happen
  • Friends: best cast of characters/friendships
  • Gossip Girl: hate that you love or guilty pleasure
  • Doctor Who: long series you loved
  • Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels
  • How I Met Your Mother: bad ending
  • Supernatural: favorite paranormal/fantasy
  • Freaks & Geeks: left you wanting more
  • The OC: series that should have ended earlier
  • Girl Meets World: should have a spin-off
  • That 70’s Show: set in a different time period
  • Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading
  • Parks and Recreation: made you laugh out loud
  • One Tree Hill: favorite book boyfriend
  • Breaking Bad: favorite villain
  • Modern Family: best family or parents

Skam Book Tag: The Girl Squad | Original

tumblr_oiumh1lw0n1r9cisqo1_500It’s been over a month since I first got introduced to this inimitable show called Skam. And I’m not even kidding when I say, it’s been on my mind every day since. I’ve already rewatched the show multiple times, listened to Noora singing More Than Words on repeat for about a thousand times, ranted to my mother about it for hours… So in order to give my soul some rest, I decided to create this book tag centered around my favorite gals.

Coming up with this tag gave me the opportunity to explore and examine my favorite characters more closely, and based off that recommended some great books I find fitting. In hindsight, I guess I wasn’t kidding in my December Wrap Up when I included this tweet while still raving about Skam:tumblr_inline_oa6tkkvo7p1s2wyks_500Bear with me on this one.

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  1. Noora Amalie Sætre: your favorite feminist read.tumblr_ohvwv2ikl51trk8oeo1_400Noora educating herself and others is still one of my favorite aspects about her character. And thankfully I found not one but two upcoming reads on the topic: Here We Are by Kelly Jensen and Nasty Women by 404 Ink. Both are collections of essays and accounts that gather a group of incredible women to discuss a plethora of topics in regards to everyone and everything feminists. As the blurb for Nasty Women voices, with intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences.

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2. Eva Kviig Mohn: your favorite character that went through extensive character development.tumblr_oi1kdmbyda1vl71q0o2_250Watching Eva’s character growth in season one has been one of the rewarding things I’ve seen on television so far. To pay tribute to that, I decided to go with Willem Ragnarsson’s character development in A Little Life to answer this question. Since the novel is rather humongous, we get to follow our main four characters through a number of carefully constructed events in their lives. And I personally loved reading about Willem’s character development from caring brother to adoring friend and then some. He has so much love in his heart, and I’ll forever admire nothing if not that.

If you can spare a minute, please read this next quote that captures his character better than I ever can:

“Sometimes he wakes so far from himself that he can’t even remember who he is. “Where am I?” he asks, desperate, and then, “Who am I? Who am I?”
And then he hears, so close to his ear that it is as if the voice is originating inside his own head, Willem’s whispered incantation. “You’re Jude St. Francis. You are my oldest, dearest friend. You’re the son of Harold Stein and Julia Altman. You’re the friend of Malcolm Irvine, of Jean-Baptiste Marion, of Richard Goldfarb, of Andy Contractor, of Lucien Voigt, of Citizen van Straaten, of Rhodes Arrowsmith, of Elijah Kozma, of Phaedra de los Santos, of the Henry Youngs.
“You’re a New Yorker. You live in SoHo. You volunteer for an arts organization; you volunteer for a food kitchen.
“You’re a swimmer. You’re a baker. You’re a cook. You’re a reader. You have a beautiful voice, though you never sing anymore. You’re an excellent pianist. You’re an art collector. You write me lovely messages when I’m away. You’re patient. You’re generous. You’re the best listener I know. You’re the smartest person I know, in every way. You’re the bravest person I know, in every way.
“You’re a lawyer. You’re the chair of the litigation department at Rosen Pritchard and Klein. You love your job; you work hard at it.
“You’re a mathematician. You’re a logician. You’ve tried to teach me, again and again.
“You were treated horribly. You came out on the other end. You were always you.”

No matter how many times I reread it, that last sentence always gets to me. 

3. Sana Bakkoush: your favorite brilliantly badass character with a heart of gold.

Sana has opened up my eyes and changed my view on things multiple times with her words. And so for this question, I had to think about a character that did the exact same for me. Not even a minute went by before Inej Ghafa from the Six of Crows Duology popped into my head. She’s a true hero that continues to inspire me daily just by being herself.

“Even better men can be bested.”

P.S. I love this piece of art that perfectly captures Sana’s support and love:

4. Chris Berg: your favorite underrated character.tumblr_oin2hlulqm1vhb7lio3_400Chris has uttered some of my favorite sayings on Skam (the above one included). So when thinking about another underrated favorite, Lorraine Sengupta from Radio Silence sprang to mind. Similar to Chris, she’s caring, daring and her humor’s right up my alley.
Though Raine didn’t have a major role in RS, Alice Oseman (the author) recently took the time to write this short story about Raine’s adventures with a certain someone… and I’m both over the moon and on cloud nine.c1scp4luoaaeo9pSource

5. Vilde Lien Hellerud: your favorite book that addresses body image.

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This scene genuinely broke my heart. But I’m forever grateful that Skam took the time to greatly discuss body image, self importance and self-acceptance.
And I feel like Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ does the same job. I read this book awhile back, and I don’t recall a lot of what happened, but I do remember that I was left with a lasting heartwarming feeling inside. Also, I’ve wanted to share this beautiful quote ever since:

“All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on.”

The above phrase is something I ALWAYS remind myself of. And I’m immensely grateful that the author put it into such accurate words.

6. Linn Larsen Hansen: your favorite book that discusses mental illness.tumblr_inline_oj7udfwxxw1uvqyz3_540Even though Linn isn’t fully in The Squad, I included her in this tag because of the lasting impression she left on me… similar to the one left by Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story.I can still clearly remember reading this book in a single session and coming out of it with a changed perspective. The way certain topics were broached in this story were so valuable that I have yet to let go of it in my heart. Sometimes just rereading this next quote helps tremendously.

“Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out.”

It’s a validating and necessary reminder.

Oh, and this:

“I don’t owe people anything, and I don’t have to talk to them any more than I feel I need to.”

That was my smooth way of circling back to Linn… I just wanted to mention how much I sympathized when she talked about her hatred for high school. I instantly connect with any character that shares their disdain for it. Like Helen Oyeyemi said best in Boy, Snow, Bird:

“School is one long illness with symptoms that switch every five minutes so you think it’s getting better or worse. But really it’s the same thing for years and years.”

So I think it goes without saying that I’m eagerly anticipating following Linn’s character growth in later seasons.


And those were all the questions for my Skam book tag, I hope you enjoyed!! And while I’m still patiently awaiting for the trailer for season four to drop…18438360You’re more than welcome to answer this tag for yourself, and be sure to link me so that I can read your answers as well!!