Last week my computer broke which made me very upset and really unable to read anything at all. I’ve wanted to read something written by Mindy Kaling for a long time. I’m a big fan of the two TV shows that she helped create, The Office and The Mindy Project. I also think she may be one of the funniest women on television.
In the sea of famous people who write their autobiographies, there are a few of them that are actually interesting to read. I would probably skip every single book written by a star of a reality TV show or a fashion designer or an actor whose biggest success was being pretty but I would gladly read about women who struggled in Hollywood.
This is a collection of essays, each one represents a certain time in Mindy’s life, starting from the time she was hired to write for her most famous TV show. Since this is a book of essays, each story is actually a smart insight into the world of Hollywood stars and especially those who are behind the camera. Mindy still manages to be funny and witty while talking about racism, sexism and the big pressure of society.
Mindy Kaling’s voice is very unique. She’s not always politically correct, she’s not what people expect her to be, she’s not here to please you. She made her way in the industry with her own talents and her writing was funny, original and always interesting.
Last week a couple of people recommended a new TV show to me. Its name is “13 reasons why” and it’s a Netflix show based on a book of the same name. Now I haven’t read the book before, but I’ve heard that it’s a story about the suicide of a teenage girl and how it affected everyone in her life. Sure, that story seems pretty interesting, only I remembered that the title is “13 reasons why” and I wondered… could it be that someone really wrote a suicide story and explained it with 13 reasons? Sadly I was right.
Now I’m not here to talk about that TV show. In fact, if you want to watch it, I can tell you that the acting is good and that there’s a suicide scene that may not be easy to see. But this TV show made me read a book I wanted to read for a long time (I’ve seen the movie a lot of times). The subject is similar, of course, it’s a story about teen suicides only this time there are no 13 or even a 100 reasons why… The story is much more complex than that.
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What’s a better way to finish my Woman’s History Month Reading List than with a novel about a lesbian woman of colour? There isn’t one, truly. For a month I’ve been trying to ignore my growing list of books written by men (Gaiman’s Norse Mythology among them!) and to give space to women’s voices in literature. It was really hard but it really made me think how I should do things like this more often.
A couple of years ago if you’d like to read a book about lesbians you’d have to search very hard or just end up with Sappho who wrote around 600 years BC! Today we have a growing list of queer authors and authors who write queer characters The world is finally starting to understand why not only queer people but everyone else too needs to see different sexualities represented in media. And I use queer here to talk only about lesbian, gay and bisexual people, although we who use that word have had some annoying setbacks recently.
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