how private is too private?

In this era it seems like there is no limit to what you can put on the internet. But for young people, such as myself, how far is too far.

I see girls my age, fourteen, putting pictures up on Instagram of themselves in their bikini and underwear. I personally think it depends on the person and the context as too if it is too far.

I don’t think its as bad if you are an adult because you should know what is appropriate to put on the internet without someone having to tell you.

Another huge problem with these bikini pics though, is that girls are objectifying themselves. They do this by posting the pictures and hiding their face, either by posting a picture taken from behind, putting their phone in front if their face, or just straight up cropping their head out of the photo. They are taking away who they are, and their age. They are simply a near naked body.

When you post a picture of yourself and take away your face, people have no idea how old you are. You could be fourteen, seventeen, or twenty. You also take away the the obvious fact that you are a person, and are putting yourself out on the internet as an object.

I am sick of seeing girls put pictures of themselves on the internet that are clearly inappropriate. They should really ask to themselves before posting, would I like my dad to see this picture of me?

How can you expect people to respect you when you can’t even respect yourself??

Please don’t turn yourself into an object for “likes”.

talk later,

Indy xx

 

empire records

Ohmygod! I just watched Empire Records and I don’t know what to say. It was so so good. I used to think that the newer the movie, the better, (naive, I know).

Empire Records is one of the best teen movies I’ve watched. I personally think the most cringe worthy movies are from the 2000s, because the few 90’s movies I’ve watched are anything but cringe.

I think another reason I loved this movie so much is because it has a music theme in it, but it’s not a musical. And I love music!

This is one of the best coming-of-age movies and I love how its set out over the course of one day. I only wish that it was a tv series and the movie had been the final ending to the series.

My favourite character where Aj (he’s so cute), Deborah, Mark and Warren.

This movie has easily become one of my favourite movies. Please give me recommendations on other teen movies that I should watch.

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Indy xx

everything everything trailer

Ohmygod! It’s here!

I read Everything, Everything about 6 months ago and when I found out there was going to be a movie I was so excited! And then… I found out Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson were staring!

The movie looks like a fantastic adaptation of the book and I’m so excited to watch it!

…now I just have to wait another 6 months for the movie to be released…

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Indy xx

coin

COIN is such a good band!

Their music reminds me of perfect summer days. When you just hang out with friends, swim in a pool or at the beach, and listen to music.

Their style is described as Indie Pop / Pop Rock / Alternative Rock / New Wave.

I can’t say too much about this band because they’re fairly new and don’t have a lot of songs out but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for new music.

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Indy xx

the edge of seventeen

I watched The Edge of Seventeen last night and… oh my god.

I played this movie expecting the sappy, silly, teen movie you usually get. But no. I got so much more. I got something relatable! I mean, no wants wants to watch a movie anymore about the misfit girl, who beats the head bitch, in a fight for the hottest douche. No one cares about that. At least, no one I know cares. But anyway, thats why I loved this so much.

I mean, who isn’t Nadine. Everything that happened, I was just like.. yes! You get me. The whole thing where she and her mum fight, and she gets angry, and she does everything her mum doesn’t want her doing, and she just doesn’t care. Who hasn’t been like that? She’s reckless, angry, confused, alone.

I also think that me, personally, was able to relate to Nadine in the sense that I also resent my mum, and at the moment I’m also having friends problems, as my friend group is crumbling and I don’t really know anyone else or what to do.

Basically, Nadine is the first fictional movie character to actually represent teen life, and the struggles regular people go through. Before seeing this movie, I would have thought every movie producer thought that every girl is the underdog that wants to go to prom.

Although, there are still some teen movie gems that I should give credit to: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Kings of Summer, The Spectacular Now.

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What do you think of The Edge of Seventeen?

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Indy xx

isla and the happily ever after by stephanie perkins – book review

“The cafe is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!” His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. And then…he blinks. “Isla?””

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility at being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

This book is… obviously a romance novel. If you couldn’t tell already. I must say, it’s pretty good, although its not as good as Lola and the Boy Next Door. It’s probably my least favourite in the series, but having said that, that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

I’m not going to lie, there weren’t many huge or important issues in this book. One thing I’ve definitely noticed about Stephanie Perkins’ books is that all the kids are wealthy and entitled. I mean, Josh has family problems, and he hates school, and Isla only has one friend. But other than that, there isn’t much to say for the depth of the book.

I’ve said before, in another review, that the author’s writing style is what sucked me in, so I’m not going to say much on that point. But basically, if the writing style lacked in quality, I probably wouldn’t have finished the book.

This book was kind of disappointing, because I really wanted Isla to be less shy and to have more friends, and in a way she did come out of her shell, but I just wish that she would have completely come out. And the book was kind of predictable, after reading Stephanie Perkins’s other books, because I knew there was going to be a fight or an argument, because it has happened twice before.

This book wasn’t the most unique thing I’ve come across. I think the most unique thing about it was that her best friend didn’t have a thing for her. They were simply friends. I should probably mention that her best friend is a guy… unfortunately I have already forgotten his name.

Overall, I’d give this book a 3/5 stars. Having said that I am comparing it to the author’s other books in the series.

What do you think of this book?

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Indy xx

lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins – book review

Could the boy from her past he the love of her future?

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried. When talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Personally, so far, this was my favourite book from the series. I think the reason for that is that I like Cricket’s character so much, and that is probably because he reminds me of Clark from The Unexpected Everything. This book was pretty good, and I find that a lot of Stephanie Perkins books are quite addicting, because the story is nice, and they’re fairly easy to read; and they’re also the type of romance novel that has a little more depth to it.

I think that this book was really well done, considering it is of the romance genre, because not only does it have the romance, but there is more to the story. You see the character’s struggles in their lives, and not just the love story part, and I think that makes the characters feel more human and alive.

This book has a lot of themes and ideas. Lola’s biological mum is a drunk druggy. Lola lives with her dads. And the situation is that Lola’s mum was unfit to take care of her, so her mum’s brother and his boyfriend decided to take Lola in; considering they always wanted a kid anyway. Then there’s the situation that Lola is dating a guy that is four years older than her. Lola’s boyfriend is also kind of controlling, and doesn’t like hanging out with her friends, or bringing her to meet his friends. So you can see, there are a lot of problems in her world.

The author’s pacing for the book is very consistent. It is fast paced; not so fast that you can’t keep up, but fast enough to keep you interested. I read this book with impressive speed, and I think I should credit that to the writing style, because that, and the story in general, is what kept me engaged.

The story was also good in the sense that the character development and the relationships were consistent. You could really see Lola and her mum becoming closer as the story progressed. You also see, as the story goes on, how unfit Lola and Max are for each other, and how perfect Cricket and Lola are. You can see the differences in the relationships, and how much more caring and thoughtful Cricket is, compared to Max.

There are definitely some cliches in this book, like how she likes the boy next door, and they’ve always liked each other, but there has always been something or someone in the way. Having said that, the author does bring in gay parents, which you don’t see a lot of in young adult contemporary fiction.

Overall this book was quite good, and I would give it a 4/5 stars. It was a bit cheesy at times, and I found myself rolling my eyes, but other than that I don’t really have any complaints.

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Have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door? What did you think of the story?

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Indy xx

heavydirtysoul music video

So can we just take a moment to talk about the music video that was finally released for Heavydirtysoul??

There are lots of theories and opinions about this music video. From what I have heard, it is the final video for the Blurryface album and signals the end of the Blurryface era. Many people are talking about how the era started with ice and ended with fire and were wondering what this could mean. Does it mean that something is thawing?

I decided to do a little digging to see what video exactly was the first to be released. I found that their first video was Fairly Local, which means that the claims of the era starting with ice and ending with fire would be correct, as there is a lot of ice and snow in the Fairly Local music video.

But back to Heavydirtysoul! I am quite happy with the video. They clearly put a lot of work and effort into the video and I think it does the song justice. The video is very symbolic and metaphorical with the driver being there and then not being there. This happens twice in the video, first when you don’t see the driver’s reflection and then when you don’t see the driver at all. I think that the car represents Tyler’s life and as it catches on fire and gets more and more beat up its like his life is getting more and more out of control. And then eventually he jumps off, like he abandons ship, because he wasn’t in control of his life. He was a passenger to an imaginary driver. I think that Tyler jumping off shows him taking back control of his life. Then we have the scene at the end where he chose to turn his back on the explosion, and I think that maybe this shows that he is done with that part of his life, and he won’t let it control him, because when there is an explosion you have an urge to look at it. And he refused to turn and look back.

Although the blurryface era is ending I am very excited and hopeful for their next album. I once read an article about how blurryface doesn’t compare to Vessel, and ever since I read that article I think they’re right. Blurryface wasn’t as good, so I’m hoping that with their new album, it’ll be better than anything they’ve done before. But whether it takes a Vessel route, or a Blurryface route, or maybe even a completely new route, I’m still going to support Twenty One Pilots.

Do you like Twenty One Pilots? What did you think of their Heavydirtysoul music video??

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Indy xx

lost in a spiral of thoughts

So, sometimes, usually when I’m in the car, I’ll be thinking. I’ll start thinking about one thing, then another and then another. And I know you’re probably thinking that its completely normal to have… thoughts. But what I’m talking about, is when you’re thinking so much, and you’re so lost that you’ve blocked out the music playing in your ear. And then all of a sudden it comes back to you. The world comes back to you. And you snap out of it like you were in a trance.

I apologise for the briefness of this post. But I wanted to ask. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Indy xx

 

cage the elephant

Cage The Elephant is a band from America that moved to London before releasing their first album. Their self titled album was released in 2008 and then went on to release Thank You, Happy Birthday in 2011.

I love Cage The Elephant because I believe with each album they just get better and better. If you haven’t heard of them or have never bothered to check them out you definetely should if you love Alternative Rock.

My personal favourite album by them is “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” which is their most resent one, and I believe it is their best. I love every track on the album and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’m even considering getting this album as my first vinyl.

I will say I’m fairly new to this band, so if I got something wrong or I don’t know, they have a better album then Tell Me I’m Pretty, let me know.

Do you like Cage The Elephant??

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Indy xx