Five LGBTQIA+ movies and TV shows I would have needed as a teen

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When I posted my bullet journal pages dedicated to my TBR and my to (re)watch list for Pride Month, several people commented and messaged me about the latter, because they didn’t know many movies or TV shows with LGBTQIA+ characters and I realized that for a long time, it was my case as well. In discovering and coming to terms with my sexuality, movies and TV shows had such an important place: it’s by feeling represented that I became more confident about myself and accepted myself, more than this blog post is letting on. It got me thinking how I wish I had had some of these movies and TV shows sooner, because they inspired me while I was in my twenties, but would have been perfect for my teenage self. So today, I thought I would share my top 5 with you all. I already rewatched most of them for Pride Month and it’s been making me so happy.

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One Day at a Time (2017)

Ever since the first season aired, One Day at a Time took a spot in my favourite TV shows of all time and I am beyond happy it exists (and so crushed they cancelled it, why?). It depicts the everyday life of the Alvarez family and talks about such important topics, among which the LGBTQIA+ community, anxiety, immigration and so on. Elena Alvarez became such a role model to me early on: she’s such a smart young woman, she’s vegetarian, feminist, suffers from anxiety attacks and she fights for what she thinks is right. She figures out her sexuality over the course of the first season, comes to terms with being a lesbian and comes out to her family, which was everything to watch. She inspired me while I was in my twenties and I know she’d have inspired me to be my best self, to raise my voice even more, had I known her as a teenager.

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Love, Simon (2018)

I watched Love, Simon at the exact right time in my life and it’s one of the reasons it means so much to me. I had really enjoyed the novel, but oh my, in this case I love the movie so much more. The first time I watched it, it was my first Pride month knowing myself, so watching it made me feel like everything was going to be okay, that I was going to be okay. That scene where his mom tells him that now he gets to release his breath, that now he gets to be himself like he hasn’t been in a very long time means the world to me. Last summer, I spent so many days telling myself that I was more and more like myself every day and it changed so much, so I’ll always be grateful to have Love, Simon, I feel like everyone should watch it.

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Everything Sucks! (2018)

Everything Sucks! is the reason I started coming out to my closest friends, it’s as simple as that, and it’s why I was so upset when Netflix cancelled it. It’s a TV show set in the 1990s, which parodies teen culture, and follows teenagers from the A/V and drama club, who are forced to come together. I wrote a blog post about it last year and one year later, I still adore and miss Kate and Emaline. It shows how Kate struggles with her identity and sexuality, and in the end, she (spoiler alert) gets the girl. I needed to watch two girls fall in love in high school, so learning that they had cancelled it felt so unfair, I cried so hard… Then it made me feel brave and I came out to my best friend. The show also inspired me a lot, because the novel I’ve been working on since December is set in that time period and is about two girls who love Star Wars, are waiting for The Phantom Menace to come out AND fall in love with each other. So yes, that’s what this TV show means to me.

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Booksmart (2019)

It’s funny how I’m terrible at watching movies on my own at home, but Booksmart came out a month ago, I already watched it twice, and I cannot wait to rewatch it again. It’s a teen movie following best friends Amy and Molly, as they decide to catch up on all the parties they missed while they were studying in high school. It’s absolutely hilarious and ridiculous, the characters are so relatable and it has a f/f romance. I was beyond happy that Love, Simon came out last year and that we got to see a m/m romance, but I also really needed to have a rom-com with young women as the lead relationship. To be accurate, this movie is more about friendship than romance, but it was the first time I got to have that in a rom-com. It made me smile so much and I want to rewatch it over and over, just like Love, Simon, so that’s amazing. Plus, it was directed by a woman, so cheers to that!

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The Bold Type (2017)

Last, but not least, The Bold Type is following three young women who are in their mid-twenties, but I really wanted to include it, because I would have loved to look up to Kat, Jane and Sutton as a teenager. I already dedicated a blog post to the show, but while the three of them inspires me to be my best in my professional life and to fight for my dreams, they also made me realize that it’s okay if I haven’t figured out some things about myself just yet, that I have time. More than that, seeing Kat, one of the main characters, exploring her sexuality hit so close to home. When I started watching the show, I was going through similar events and feelings, as she was in the first season, so seeing her embracing it all made me so happy and even prouder of who I am. I wish I could have watched it as a teen.

Writing this post made me feel a bit emotional, but I’m really happy I got around to it, because these movies and TV shows mean so much to me.

I haven’t had time to dedicate a blog post to my favourite books with LGBTQIA+ characters, but my top three are of course The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, so there you go for some recommendations!

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May 2019 Reading Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Oh May, how happy I am that you are over. May was a tough month for me: I finished my internship, we turned in the big uni group project (at last!) and I spent most of my time writing my master’s thesis. I’ve been sad, I’ve been stressed out, but I made it and I’m finally starting to feel better. You know what? I even started applying for jobs despite being so sad about having left my internship and I couldn’t be prouder of myself for that. May was a month of never giving up, no matter how it made me feel, I’m just happy I got through it. what i readI am so happy with my reading month! I ended up reading five books, which I’m quite proud of, considering how little time I had to dedicate to reading, and I adored them all! This month was all about fantasy, with some hints of folklore, as I’ve been participating in #MythTakeReads and it’s what I needed! Here are the books that I read:

  • The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson, 4/5 stars
  • A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin, 4/5 stars
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, 4.5/5 stars
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, 4/5 stars
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare, 3.5/5 stars

My favourite book of the month was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, a retelling of The Six Swans inspired by Irish folklore! I’m planning on getting to the next few books in the Sevenwaters series once I’m done with my master’s thesis and I cannot wait to read them, I really want to read more by this author!favouritesbaby-peter

Our kitten, Peter

Mid-May, my family adopted a kitten (we now have six pets, everything is fine), whom we named Peter, and spending time with him is making me so happy. He was very small when we got him, so we had to feed him, make him learn where to pee and things like that. It’s probably because he is very small, but he’s always following us around everywhere, wanting to be cuddled and to fall asleep on us, which is so adorable! In my humble opinion, Peter is the cutest kitten and I’m so happy we have him with us now.

poppies-monet.jpgVisiting museums

May was full of bank holidays and while I spent most of them studying, they really helped to organize myself better to visit museums and it made me so happy, as it is one of my favourite things to do! I befriended another girl at my internship in the last month or so and we’ve been going to museums together, which has been so much fun. We went to the Maillol Museum, to the Centre Pompidou (I had an invitation for the premiere of a documentary, which was great) and to the Musée d’Orsay for their exhibition about Black Models and always had an amazing time. I’m so looking forward to going back to Paris at the end of June so I can visit more museums again.

My loved ones

As I said, May definitely was a tough month for me, but for some reason, it made me realize that I wasn’t alone and that I had people who were there for me. No matter what direction my life will take, I know that I have people rooting for me and willing to help me and it means the world. Spending time with my friends and family made me feel so much better and helped the sadness and stress go away for a little while. It might be a really cheesy thing to write, but it felt so good to feel that way.
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Watching Killing Eve, laughing thanks to Booksmart and falling in love with This Is Us

I started Killing Eve in April and quickly became obsessed with it, which continued in May. After finishing the first season, I binge-watched the second one, and oh my, how it didn’t disappoint! It is such a surprising TV show with killer characters (see what I did there) and I cannot praise it enough. I’m so excited for season 3 and to read Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings at some point!

Everyone was talking about it, so I got around to watching Booksmart (which was released on Netflix in France, so go watch it) and I adored it so much! It’s a movie I would have loved to see when I was a teenager, I related so much to the main characters and it made me so emotional to see myself in them that much. It also had a f/f romance and it was everything, this was the teen movie I had needed for so long. Truly, I cannot wait to rewatch it again.

Last, but certainly not least, in May, I started watching This Is Us with my best friend, and it made everything better. I can’t explain how happy (and very, very, very sad) this TV show makes me, I adore these characters so much and I would give them everything I have if I could. It’s a very human TV show and it’s probably why I love it so much: the characters all have their own flaws, but they try to face what life throws at them no matter what. Please, watch it if you still haven’t. It’s my favourite TV show of the year so far and I’ve only started season 2 yesterday. Also, it has Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson so it wins, okay bye.

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Looking Ahead.pngAs I’m typing this, I’m currently revising my master’s thesis and will continue to do so until Wednesday, which is the day I’m turning it in! I am beyond excited to be done with it, because it means that after that, I’ll have to defend it, then I will be on holidays. I’ll have to go back to Paris to defend my master’s thesis, then I’ll have to pack to move out of my current apartment and other than, I’ll be able to rest. Books, TV shows, movies, museums, here I come!

How was May for you? What was your favourite book of the month?

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My favourite Marvel characters

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Avengers: Endgame is coming out today here and I absolutely can’t believe it! The wait went by so slowly and so quickly at the same time and just like for Avengers: Infinity War, I don’t feel like I’m even mentally ready to watch this movie, as it is the end of an era (plus three hours? How am I going to make it through three hours? I have no idea).

So, in honour of Avengers: Endgame coming out today (I’m watching it in three hours, everybody stays calm), I thought I would talk about my favourite Marvel characters, whether I discovered them through the movies, comics or TV shows. As I came up with this list, I realized that most of my favourite characters aren’t that present in the movies? I do have characters I love from the movies, but I somehow feel closer to the ones I’ve read about/watched in the TV shows. I consider Captain America and Thor to be my favourite Avengers and yet, neither of them are among my favourite characters? Making this list was really surprising because of this, but anyway. Without further ado, let’s jump right into this!

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Peggy Carter/Agent Carter

I admired Peggy Carter from the first moment she appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, where she was an officer working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) on the super soldier project, a clever and powerful woman in a man’s world. As Hayley Atwell, who portrays her in the MCU, said, “she can do everything Captain America can do, but backwards and in high heels” and that’s all I needed. Later on, Peggy became a respected agent in the SSR (even though men tried to undermine her) and solved important cases in America after World War II,  in the amazing show that was Agent Carter (#foreversalty 😭). Credited as one of the founders of SHIELD, Peggy Carter was such a modern woman for her time and I aspire to be more like her. She even became Captain America at some point (which will be in a TV series, I’m so happy), truly, she is the best.

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Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel

When I got into reading more comics, I started reading Ms. Marvel (2014) and discovered Kamala Kham, a teenage Pakistani American from Jersey City, New Jersey, whom I adore so much. She discovers she has Inhuman genes and gets shapeshifting abilities, assuming the mantle of Ms. Marvel from her idol Carol Danvers after Danvers becomes Captain Marvel. I adore seeing her life as a teenage girl on top of her superheroine life: Kamala is such a relatable and hilarious character!

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Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen

I got around reading the Spider-Gwen (2015) comics last summer and while I did find them confusing at first, I adored this version of Gwen Stacy so much! Now that Into the Spiderverse came out, more and more people are familiar with the Spiderverse, so basically, Gwen gets the spider-abilities in her universe (Earth-65) and it all goes down from there! Gwen is such a sassy and empowering character, along her friends and music group, The Mary Janes! I do relate to her vulnerability as well, especially when she ends up disappearing and not giving news to her loved ones, so there’s that as well. I’m so happy she was Into the Spiderverse last year, this movie was so amazing!

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Nadia van Dyne/the Wasp

Around the time Ant-Man and the Wasp was released last year, I got more curious about the Wasp and ended up discovering one of the Wasps, Nadia van Dyne, who is so adorable and whom I love her with all my heart! She is the daughter of Hank Pym and Maria Trovaya, his first wife, who was abducted and supposedly killed. She escapes from where she was held captive, builds a Wasp costume, learns her father is dead, but meets Janet van Dyne (the original Wasp) who helps her as she can. Nadia later starts the program G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) to look for women with genius intellects and it is the best program ever, reading about these amazing women saving the world is the best and I’m so happy that they ended up renewing the series (it had been cancelled).

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord

Last but not least, I have to confess that I adore Peter Quill/Star-Lord (but not his actor, haha). I know that many people dislike him because of Infinity War, but here’s the thing: he’s human and considering his backstory… I just get it. I love MCU!Peter Quill for his taste in music, his humor and how flawed he is, I love comics!Peter Quill for he is vulnerable and a master strategist, plus I love his relationship with Kitty Pride so much. Tbh, both versions of him have those personality traits, but some of them shine more in the movies or comics, depending.

Honorable mentions

Those characters that will probably become new favourites once I know more about them (aka when I’ve read more comics)…

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That’s it for me today! Good luck to everyone watching Avengers: Endgame, we’ll make it through and let’s hope our hearts won’t be too broken when we get out of the theaters.

What about you, are you planning on watching Avengers: Endgame? Who are your favourite Marvel characters?

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My favourite movies of 2017



Hello, beautiful people!


After writing about my favourite books and TV shows of 2017, I am concluding this list with my favourite movies of last year. True, we’re already January 12th (wait, my birthday is in exactly a month), but it’s never too late to talk about what you love, right? Now, I don’t watch that many movies, because I have a limited attention span when it comes to them, I don’t fall in love with that many of them, but when I do… It lasts for years. While I was writing this post, I watched all of the trailers of these movies again, considered changing the order so many times (except for #1) and wanted to rewatch them again. It surely shows that I really adore them and I’m so excited to talk about them!

(Side note: If you’re interested in any of them, I linked all the trailers with the titles of the movies.)


6. Paterson, dir. by Jim Jarmusch (2016)

Paterson is the most surprising of my favourite movies of the year and it also was one of the last movies I watched. Had I watched it last year, I might have been bored, but it was exactly what I needed when I watched it. Paterson tells the story of a bus driver who loves to write poetry, whose life you follow during seven days. 

When I rewatched the trailer, it said, at some point: “Beauty is often found in the smallest details” and I couldn’t sum up the movie any better. It’s quiet, it’s poetic, it’s about the triumphs and failures of daily life, it’s about escaping through what you love. The only thing I didn’t really get was Paterson’s wife, she really annoyed me, but it couldn’t prevent me to fall in love with this movie. I have to confess that yes, I did watch it for Adam Driver (I’m very predictable, aren’t I?) and he was so brilliant in it, I loved how it focused on his voice when his character was writing poetry, it’s one of my favourites of his performances for sure. 

5. Wonder, dir. by Stephen Chbosky (2017)


Wonder was originally a middle-grade novel written by R.J. Palacio, that tells the story of Auggie, a young boy who has a rare facial deformity and has been homeschooled his entire life. At twelve, he’s finally going to school for the first time, where he’ll be cast away, before slowly being accepted. It also has  the points of view of different characters, such as his sister Via, other students and so on.

As a matter of fact, I haven’t read the book (*audience gasps*), but I absolutely fell in love with the movie. I thought it delivered so many beautiful messages, I loved watching the characters and their dynamics develop, as well as the story that made me cry quite a few times. I also really loved the cast, the kids were the absolute cutest and it had Daveed Diggs (aka the original Lafayette/Jefferson from the musical Hamilton). I’m already looking forward to watch this wonder again (yes, that pun was intended, because it truly is what it was).



4. Beauty and the Beast, dir. by Bill Condon (2017)

I am pretty sure I don’t have to tell you what Beauty and the Beast is all about, since it’s a well-known tale written in the 18th century, the 2017 movie being a live-action version of the 1991 version. Before finally watching it, I had been anticipating it for such a long time, I had pretty much lost it the day it was announced that Dan Stevens would be the Beast (once again, I am very predictable). 

I was a bit scared, but well, of course I loved it. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, adding new details to give more depth to the story was quite a wonderful idea – especially for me, who is obsessed with the 18th century -, it made us have some new content. Hearing the songs again – in English and not in French, as I have grown up since the animated version – was absolutely wonderful and I completely fell in love with one of the new ones, Evermore. I can’t even tell you how many times I have listened to it since March, how much I adore it. I also loved the choreographies of the musical numbers so much! It is now one of my feel-good movies, it always puts a huge smile when I watch it (except that I cry at the end and make comments about Dan Stevens the entire time, but it’s fun, I swear).



3. Hidden Figures, dir. by Theodore Melfi (2016)


Hidden Figures is about the untold story of black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race, more specifically focusing on Katherine Johnson, who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury, Dorothy Vaughan, a NASA supervisor and Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Margot Lee Shetterly, that I read afterwards and absolutely adored (I cried several times).

This movie means so much to me, because it’s so inspiring. Seeing these women fighting to have as much as everyone else made me want to work hard to follow my dreams as well and they all became my role models (even more after I read the book). It was infuriating at times, because of the way they were treated, considering it was set in 1960s America, but it was so full of hope by the end and things were starting to be as they should be. The entire cast did an amazing job, I wanted to wear the same outfits than the characters, I still listen to the soundtrack when I study, I just adore this movie so much.

2. La La Land, dir. by Damien Chazelle (2017)

La La Land tells the story of Seb, a jazz pianist, and Mia, an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while following their dreams. There was so much hype around this movie, considering it came out right before award season and it got so many of them (I stayed up all night to watch the Oscars for it, that’s how obsessed I was). I saw it the day of its opening in France, because I was way too excited and I wasn’t disappointed at all. To this day, I have a poster of it on top of my bed as well as a sticker that reads: ‘here’s to the fools who dream, foolish as they may seem’ on my bullet journal.

It was quite the movie for me, because it’s a musical, has a stunning cinematography (I’ve been saying that for most of the movies, I love when they’re aesthetically pleasing for sure), is poetic, makes me dream and inspires me to be the best version of myself (and not to listen to everyone else, because like Seb said ‘F*** ’em’). It’s another of those movies that I watch whenever I feel down, whenever I need to find motivation. I can’t put into words how much it brought me for the past year, but I really love it.


Just like with my favourite books of 2017, my favourite movie of the year was La La Land, until I saw…
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1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dir. by Rian Johnson (2017)


As I’m writing those words on January 9th (yes, I’m back at scheduling my posts), I have seen The Last Jedi six times. As you’re reading this on January 12th, I’m probably at my seventh round or will be after this weekend (thanks to my unlimited movie card, I can actually do this, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible). I can’t exactly tell you what it’s about, as it’s the second movie of the sequel trilogy (if this isn’t confusing for someone who doesn’t watch the movies) and it might be my favourite (don’t kill me, I totally stand by what I just wrote, I grew up with Star Wars, but “this is something else”*).

The Last Jedi is the right movie for me. That’s the only way to put it. I watched it that many times because I need it, because it always makes me feel better, because it gets me (I’m not going to explain, but it really does). Every time I go back, I say that I’m not ready, sits on the edge of my seat because I’m completely engrossed, discover a new detail I hadn’t seen before. I know all of Kylo Ren’s lines, smiles like an idiot, always cries/gets teary-eyed at the same parts. I’m realising that I’m not even explaining what’s so good about it, but per usual, I loved the cinematography (still screaming about my favourite scene), the actors (okay, well, Adam Driver, but also Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and everyone else), the plot and most of all, the characters, because I relate way too much to them. Some people didn’t like it, or The Force Awakens for that matter, but I adore the sequel movies so much and I stand by that statement and I’m so thankful to have The Last Jedi in my life now.

*yeah, I’m quoting the movie for literally anything…

So there you have it, here are my six favourite movies of the year! Don’t hesitate to tell me what your favourite movies of 2017 were!

Lots of love,
Lucie