20 Signs You Love TV Series More Than People

Another relatable list of things you know you are and cannot help admit to but it’s okay because we are all these kinds of people who makes us human so it’s okay.

Did I say it’s okay?

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Study Routine

Between late April and late June, many of my friends and students will be doing their exams. Some exams are easy, some require more thinking and preparation leading up to the exam. But do not fret, my dear readers, because the genus of studying (not) is coming to your rescue! Please note that while I’m writing this, I’m actually supposed to study for my own exams… so, yeah. Read more if you’re clueless on studying like I was, and want to learn to make your work easier, more colourful/creative and efficient for you.

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I watched the Star Wars movies for the first time ever. This is my honest account.

I’m 23 years old, a big-arse cinephile who studied film for a year at Uni, who loves anything scifi-related…

… but has never watched the Star Wars movies.

until now.

For me this was a cultural rite of passage, and something I should have done years ago. But alas, procrastination won that battle. To my peers who still haven’t seen Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, let me offer a word of warning: The fade transition effects and the deep V revealing Harrison Ford’s majestic chest hair can’t be unseen. But mostly, I say this: Watch it!

My expectations

This is who I thought were the good guys…

  • Luke Skywalker, a young man with a feathered 1980s haircut and a martial arts outfit, who is also quite attractive
  • R2-D2, a small, round-headed robot that beep-talks
  • C-3PO, a gold robot doppelganger of the Tin Man from The Wizards of Oz
  • Chewbacca, a “Wookiee” who looks like a furrier, cuter Yeti
  • Han Solo, who also has a feathered haircut but wears a vest. Who is also a very attractive guy… just 5-6 pinches more than Luke
  • Princess Leia, who styles her hair to look like earmuffs, and has an iconic bikini outfit
  • Yoda, an old, small green creature who speaks in subject-object-verb sentence structure
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has white hair and looks somber, like an adult emo
  • Jedis, who have lightsabers with different colours

… and the bad guys

  • Darth Vader, who’s got a black Bane-ish mask and, after being spoiled rotten over the years, is Luke’s dad
  • The other guy who looks like Voldemort in a cloak
  • Stormtroopers, those badass-looking robot guys with the white armour

Reality

Well, what can I say apart from W-O-W. George Lucas, the brains behind this scifi franchise, is literally the definition of ‘genius’. I thought freaking James Cameron was the genius with ‘Avatar’. Guess what? I was wrong, and am not ashamed to admit it (*DISCLAIMER* I still love James Cameron’s work and Avatar).

The first movie I watched that is part f the franchise was Rogue One. I asked my boyfriend whether I had to watch the other movies before this one, and he assured me that there was no need as this was a prequel *sigh of relief*. But now I can connect the events in Rogue One with the rest of the movies. I then proceeded to watching the rest of the movies in chronological order

SFX

Apart from the very cringy fade transition, the SFX weren’t too bad considering the time they were made. This is thanks to John Dykstra, the special effects designer who worked on the original Star Wars and was chosen by Lucas himself to head up the director’s visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

My favourite SFX is definitely the lightsabers, from their woosh-woosh type sound (seriously, how does one write sound?) to the different colours, which are iconic and representative to their respective owner.

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The Lightsabers and their Owner

Princess Leia

She deserves her own post of reasons why she is a realist and most legit badass in both the Star Wars franchise and princess history, but she had to get an honourable mention in this honest account of said franchise.

Where do I even begin?! Her hair is both iconic and on fleek, her white princess gown is out of this world (pun is probably intended), and she is also feisty and sassy. So much so, she makes Han Solo (other badass in the movie) docile (*SPOILER* is it any wonder they end up together?!)

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Iconic and on fleek

This was my honest account of what I thought about the iconic (I keep saying that a lot in this post, wonder why!) franchise. My next post will go more into depth about Princess Leia and some of the many reasons she is proper badass.

Stay tuned!

Things That Have Helped me Deal with Mental Health

This will probably be the most personal post on this blog, granted. But before I start, let me put a disclaimer out there by saying that this list will in no way be of an influence to others, but rather to help a little. This is a personal list, so things that helped me, and no one else.

  1. My Psychologist

Dr G. was the first step towards realising I had a problem. Mastering my courage to actually call a professional for help is one thing, but to actually talk about it was a whole different scenario. I’d meet him every week for about two months. Currently I’m not visiting him anymore because I feel like I’m in a good place, and this doctor will always have a special place in my heart.

  1. Pokémon Go

I know what you’re probably thinking… really, Claire? A mobile app? At first I was a bit meh about the game as I wasn’t a huge Pokémon fan (I just watched it when I was younger and that was it), but then I started reading that the game has actually helped people with depression get out of their house. And boy did it work. I go out almost every day for an hour or two just walking to find the godforsaken Pokémons and the stops. … It sounds ridiculous, but it’s helped me get out of my house, so it’s on the list.

  1. Yoga & Exercising

This is a good one. Not only did they help with weight loss and flexibility, but also cleared my mind off of my problems and focus on working out. That simple. Working out also releases endorphins, which are the “happy hormones”, so there’s that too.

  1. My Boyfriend

We haven’t been together very long, but Chris has really opened my eyes on a lot of things in life. Social skills, love, friendship and many other things. He’s really supportive of me and I’ve never met such an awesome person.

  1. Going Old School

This may seem a bit weird to say. In my last relationship, I changed. I was becoming the worst version of me, somebody I wasn’t, and this caused a lot of arguments with my family, especially my mother, whom I love with all my heart (Love you… again). My boyfriend (refer to #4) has helped me go back to my roots: listening to old music like Zeppelin and The Beatles (again), dressing up the way I wanted, styling my hair the way I loved it (always up) et cetera.

I hope you all liked this very personal post. Now it’s your turn to let me know what’s helped you get over your battles with mental health? Let me know in the comments’ section below! And with that, I will see you on the flip side.