Here's a little list of material that has recently come to light.
I stumbled across THIS VIDEO when I was reading a list of 'the best music videos this year so far or something', containing songs such as Formation and Youth, and I immediately decided that I needed to download this song. It was just the perfect level of upbeat, and the girl is really really pretty in an unconventional or possibly too conventional way, and her voice is so appealing for some reason. And then I realised that I liked the song not for it's lyrics or anything specific, but simply because I liked the sound of it, which is why I decided to search up more songs by the same band, and have now decided that I really like their music.
Apparently THIS MAGAZINE is well-known by a lot of people in my demographic and age group, but somehow I didn't know about it. The first time I heard about it was in a passing conversation last Monday night, and the second time was yesterday when the girl on the plane next to me pulled an issue out and started reading. I spotted an article much like one I would read on Rookie over her shoulder, and after she let me spend the flight reading the issue, I knew that I had found a magazine perfectly targeted to people like me, which is exactly what I need.
Some Kind of Wonderful
This is what happens when you become so hooked on chick flicks that you've watched them all and have resulted in obsessively waiting for new ones to come out and watching ones from the 80's (seeing as you've also seen all the 90's ones as well). I've always loved the idea of being a tom boy, one of the guys - even though I know that I am almost the exact opposite - so when I watched the trailer for this movie, and heard it being mentioned in movies such as He's Just Not That Into You, I knew I would end up watching it one day. It was over-the-top stereotypical, as most 80's teen movies are, which makes it incredibly unrealistic. But all the same, it made me feel really really happy at the end.
I've been hearing this song absolutely everywhere, which is why I didn't bother listening to the lyrics or considering to download it. I thought it was another one of those generic songs about partying or something that was fun to know, but not so fun to listen to alone. After realising that it was the only song of the cycle of music that kept being played on various different buses and various different girls' phones that kept getting stuck in my head, I finally decided to do a thorough search, and is it sad that I relate with these lyrics on so many different levels? I mean, it's true. Where are all the nice single boys at? This has been a dilemma and I am very glad Daya has reminded me that I'm not alone in this mini wave of loneliness. I checked out some of her other songs too and Daya seems to be very opinionated about gender roles.
from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I knew this book existed before, and I even watched the movie, but back then I didn't like anything that wasn't clean cut and 'normal'. Now that I'm older and wiser, I decided to try giving the book a chance. The book has so many references to songs off playlists, and books that Bill gives Charlie to read. Considering that every part of the book seems to have some kind of meaning, I assume the material used must have some kind of meaning too. I haven't actually discovered these myself yet, but here's a list from the book that you may want to discover for yourself:
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (which I actually have discovered and can say is very good)
It's a Wonderful Life - a very well-known movie I haven't seen
Dead Poets Society (which is a movie I remember as being good but don't remember very much of. I think some guy commits suicide for some stupid reason)