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Brianna Crites, Senior Editor

Sometimes, finding new media to consume can be a more daunting task than it is led up to be. The fact that there are so many choices is often perceived to mean that there is media content out there that everyone can enjoy, and while this is true, the ever-expanding library of media choices we have can make it difficult to find content you will enjoy. Even more difficult is finding interests that cross media genres. All artistic media is meant to be appreciated and enjoyed, and finding connections between different formattings allows us to broaden our horizons and experience our interests in a different way.

 

If you like Folklore and Evermore by Taylor Swift, you should watch Dead Poets Society

Released in the midst of a global pandemic, Swift’s Folklore went on to top charts and break records, providing a lyrically escapist universe that, for many, was far more enjoyable to live in than the current state of the world. Swift then released its sister album Evermore in early December, contributing to this same concept of a world built through song, and adding a new sense of maturity to the themes already presented in Folklore. Touching on themes of setting impossible expectations and not failing to meet them, childhood relationships and adolescent love, and grappling with the loss of a love that never actually went bad, these albums make the perfect companions to Dead Poets Society. Starring Robin Williams as an eccentric English teacher at an all-boys prep school, the film follows a group of boys who form their own Dead Poets Society, making strong relationships with one another while going against the grain of what is expected of them all.

Notably Relating Songs include “This Is Me Trying”, “Mirrorball”, “Seven”, and “The Lakes” from Folklore and “Champagne Problems”, “Cowboy Like Me”, “Tolerate It” and “Gold Rush” from Evermore.

Trigger Warnings for suicide. 

If you like Avatar the Last Airbender, you should read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

For many, Avatar the Last Airbender is a marker of classic childhood nostalgia. Running from 2005-2008, Many members of Gen Z were raised on this show. Other fans discovered it in the time of quarantine, where TikTok brought a revival of attention for the show that provided crucial representation for many children who would have otherwise grown up not seeing people who looked like them on the TV. Children of Blood and Bone may be a bit more grown-up, but conceptually it shares key similarities with ATLA. “Magic once was a common practice in Orisha, but when genocide is committed against the maji by the monarchy and magic disappears, it is up to Zelie Adebola, with the aid of the princess, to restore magic to the land. With a complex magic system, a setting in Africa, and an all-black cast, this book provides representation that has been long neglected in the world of Young Adult Fantasy” (“Books for Black History Month, The Talon). It shares similarities regarding the tribal-like magic system, a quest to overthrow an oppressive government, and normalized representation while adding on more mature content appropriate for the age group that grew up watching ATLA and is now looking for new media to consume.

If you like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you should listen to The Bright Sessions podcast.

In one way or another, everyone in America seems to have had some exposure to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), whether they be a die-hard fan who goes to every midnight showing of every new film, a Zendaya stan who watched the new Spiderman movies just for her, or a casual fan who avoids talking about it in order to avoid the wrath of the aforementioned die-hard fans. The complex universe of superheroes that grapples with the morals of heroism and villainy, there is no shortage of attention-grabbing content in the MCU. The Bright Sessions is a podcast that follows varying young adults in the format of therapy sessions with Dr. Bright. The twist? They all have superpowers. This podcast goes into real mental health problems like anxiety and depression, while also navigating questions regarding the ethics of superpowers: Is reading someone’s mind for personal gain okay if you have the ability to do so? Should you be allowed to control another person’s actions if it’s for their own good? 

Trigger Warnings are given at the beginning of each respective episode, giving the show a sense of a safe environment.

If you like Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, you should try The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Even before actually releasing this debut album, Rodrigo’s Sour had already broken records. An album written by an 18-year-old about topics regarding lost love, comparing yourself to others, and missing relationships of the past, this album listens like to comes straight from the pages of a diary of (a very talented and articulate) teenager. This vibe can be transcended into book form with the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. With the first book being published in 2001, it serves as a sort of time capsule of the early 2000s styles we see emulated in Sour. Containing 11 main books and 28 written works in total, these books follow Mia Thermopolis as she navigates the trial and tribulations of being a teenage girl in the early 2000s, while also finding out that she is a princess to a small European country, all told through the narration of Mia writing in a diary. With two iconic movies to accompany this series, these books are the perfect source of media for living vicariously through Rodrigo’s music in a more elaborate way.

 

These are just a few recommendations to get you started, but if you were looking for more, download this free PDF here for a compiled list of more books, movies, music, and podcasts!