Why ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ Is the Best New Show of 2013

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'My Mad Fat Diary' premiered in January 2013. Photo courtesy of colouringwithscreencaps on Tumblr.

‘My Mad Fat Diary’ premiered in January 2013. Photo courtesy of ColouringWithScreencaps on Tumblr.

If you haven’t been watching My Mad Fat Diary, you have been missing out. It’s been a while since I’ve loved a show as much as this one, and I think I’ll be hard-pressed to find another show this year—or even the next few years—that I like half as much. Which is kind of a big deal since it’s only been slated 6 episodes for the first season. That’s only six hours spent with Rae in her crazy, messed up world–and the last of those 6 episodes airs tonight. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been so little time, especially because I don’t know when Rae will be back. Cue my sobbing.

My Mad Fat Diary tells the story of 16-year-old, 220-pound, Rae Earl as she deals with mental illness coupled with body image problems and the normal pressures of being a teenager. She’s trying to reconnect with her best friend, Chloe, and form new connections with her gang: Archie, Izzy, Chop and Finn. Although I’ve only known about the show for about a week, from what I can tell, fans love it. I certainly love it enough to constantly recommend it to anyone who will listen. It’s hilarious, it’s heartfelt, it’s freaking fantastic! It’s, as Sam Wollaston at The Guardian said, “honest and painful, real, and very funny.” If you’re still not convinced, here are a few more reasons you should watch it.

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Go See ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ this Valentine’s Weekend

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'A Good Day To Die Hard' was released in theaters on Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ was released in theaters on Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

C’mon, Rotten Tomatoes. John McClane’s new movie deserves more than a 14% rating! Okay, so maybe the Die Hard franchise is getting on in years—it’s been almost 25 years since the original came out—and this is the fifth movie in the series that most people say peaked with the third installment. Maybe people didn’t really like the last one, Live Free or Die Hard, but that doesn’t mean the Die Hard franchise has gone to hell! Besides, the audience score for A Good Day To Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes is 82%, so it can’t be all bad, right?

For those of you still on the fence about whether you should go see the new Die Hard movie this weekend, I compiled a list of reasons you definitely watch this flick. I mean, c’mon, at least it’s not Safe Haven. (Beware, there is yippe-ki-yay swearing ahead)

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Why ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ Is My New Obsession

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries posts two new videos a week. Photo courtesy of DFTBA.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries posts two new videos a week. Photo courtesy of DFTBA.

It’s been a whirlwind romance. At first, I only saw the occasional gifset of those snarky Bennet sisters–and the charmingly awkward Darcy–on Tumblr. Then, everything changed when I came down with one of those nasty bugs going around this time of year and was couch bound. I watched all 6 hours of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries currently on YouTube, and fell in love. It’s fresh! It’s hip! It’s a new take on a classic story! Plus, did I mention it’s freaking awesome?

The LBD is a mixture of new media with classic literature, which is a perfect marriage in my opinion. It tells the story of Lizzie Bennet, a 24-year-old graduate student, who, along with her sisters and friends, narrates her life through confessional-style vlogs. The web series premiered on YouTube on April 9, 2012 and has amassed a rather large fanbase, as well as some media attention. The Guardian named it “the best Austen adaptation around.” While this series seems to be growing in popularity by the day, I decided to try my own hand at forcing people to watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (because you definitely should.)

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