Sexual Assault, Suicide and Systems Failure: 13 Reasons Why is Not What it Seems

This was not the post I set out to write about this show. This was not the post I had imagined myself writing early on in the episodes, back when I thought 13 Reasons Why was a clever indictment of the flippancy with which young people say and do things. I thought it was a commentary on how, yeah, this stuff happens to people all the time – people get bullied. . People get hurt. – but that you’ve no way of knowing what will push a kid over the edge. You have no way of knowing how many buttons you’re pushing. I thought they were pulling no punches, asking the audience to decide for themselves how morally corrupt the entire setup was.

CSI: Morally Depraved (The CSI Effect)

The CSI Effect and how it impacts the way we view murderers in the media…

Troll in the dungeon! Thought you ought to…. rate their responses out of 10.

  An article on TheJournal.ie, written by the wonderful Patrick Kelleher, surfaced on Sunday where my struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder was available for the world to take stock of. He asked to interview me about it following this interview on the mental health budget cuts, and I agreed happily. In the past few months I… Continue reading Troll in the dungeon! Thought you ought to…. rate their responses out of 10.

Young Adult YA Authors & Oasis

One of the most fascinating aspects of YA, both as a genre and a cultural phenomenon, is that often the sole target of YA is forgotten: young adults themselves. Teens and young adults are the entire justification of YA books in the first place – sometimes this is overlooked, as the market is flooded by books written by adults and read by adults.

The Problematic Representation of Mental Illness in Pretty Little Liars: Part Two

Seeing as this week marks the start of Pretty Little Liars season 6B, it would be an excellent opportunity to discuss further the representation of mental illness in PLL.

Sympathy, Empathy and the Ignoramus

I read this heartbreaking post by Teen Librarian Toolbox and it got me thinking (let’s face it; everything and anything gets me thinking) about the lack of mainstream knowledge there seems to be around the concepts of sympathy and empathy. The post was about the author’s daughter and the struggles she faced with being ‘too sensitive’. As a ‘too sensitive’ person, the subject of the post really resonated with me.

Star Wars’ Rey is NOT a Mary Sue

It appears that, aside from the casual racism I’ve seen pertaining to the inclusion black actors in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (though to even have to be happy about this in 2015 is sad in its own right; it should just be a given inclusion), there are a lot of people who feel Rey is an unrealistic Mary Sue.