My Top 6 Diverse Media Recommendations


Lia Tondeva, Staff Writer

Spring break is coming up soon, and most of us cannot wait to spend our time off enjoying a good story. Here are a few of my favorites that you should check out if you haven’t already! 

A few weeks back, I began watching the new hit on Netflix, Ginny and Georgia, which I’m sure many of you have heard of already. This show encompasses the hardships of a teenager and teen mother as they navigate through the misfortune of life, and elaborates on the backstabbings of the people around them. It shows the mentality that young adults may have through difficult times too, which I find helpful because it is good for those struggling in our society to hear that you’re not alone. I believe the actors do a great job of expressing their character’s feelings and deepening the plot. writes, this show has a “talented cast” and “there’s something special about Ginny and Georgia.” 

Number 2? Stranger things. Not a surprise here. When I first began watching this show in 2016, I was left shocked and eager for the next season to come out. This tale originates when a couple of scrawny DND-playing friends discover another dimension full of wrath, fury, and horrors battling to come out. The next seasons play on this same idea, but nevertheless, anticipation remains high at all times. I imagine many of you reading this will have experienced the magic of this thrilling story, but if you’re waiting for a sign to explore this portal, this is it! 

The Selection by Kiera Cass and Novice by Taran Matharu take the podium for my favorite book series. The Selection takes place in a dystopian world where in America, a lower caste girl finds herself competing for the prince’s heart. At first she is appalled to find herself here, but after a while the whole romantic drama theme unfolds and she begins to dedicate herself to the competition. While more princess and romance-based, I think this book could be enjoyed by all. 

Novice, on the other hand, is about a demon summoner who doesn’t know of his potential until accidentally summoning the cutest little fire-breather which helps him escape from his enemy. Afterwards, they find themselves thrust into a school with individuals with similar powers, but their friendship keeps them strong throughout it all. I like the plot of this book because it paints a peculiar picture of demons as being good guys, but also provides the classic battle between the good and bad on multiple occasions. Every time you turn the page there are more action-filled scenarios waiting to be discovered. 

And finally, movies! I have chosen to talk about two that I watched some time ago that I think would be good recommendations for everyone. Rush hour, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Rush Hour is a comedy where Chinese detective Lee and New York police officer Carter race to save the life of a Chinese diplomat’s daughter. The storyline, acting, and genuine reactions are top tier! This is a good movie to watch and have a laugh with, although I must warn that some jokes made were okay in 1998 when the movie was made, but are neither acceptable nor appropriate to say nowadays. 

Next, I’m sure many high schoolers have watched 10 Things I Hate About You, but it is so worth a second watch. Kat Stratford’s little sister is not allowed to date until she does, but Kat has absolutely no interest in doing so. When a guy who wants to take her sister out hears this, he devises a plan to get the school outcast to go out with Kat through some cash incentive. Skip to the middle, he ends up falling in love with her and a whole story of high school drama erupts. 10 Things I Hate About you is totally worth watching, perfect for a sleepover night with no activities planned. 

I hope everyone gets to enjoy these beautiful productions and literature in their free time. If not, I still highly recommend taking some “you” time during the week of spring break!