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Lili Reinhart Has Released A Book Of Poetry ‘Cause, Shocker, Teen Stars Are Three Dimensional

It's not all bad acting and love triangles.

Lili Reinhart’s rise to fame arguably began with Riverdale – Netflix’s teen drama series about a bunch of friends in a pretty dark, messed up little town.

But her passion and skill doesn’t end there – Lili is a talented actor, a passionate advocate for mental health and beauty awareness, and, just generally, a damn powerhouse. She’s one of the most underrated young stars in Hollywood at the moment.

People are finally starting to take notice and it has (almost) nothing to do with Lili’s role on Riverdale or star boyfriend, Cole Sprouse. Lili is carving a name for herself, starring alongside huge names like JLo and Constance Wu in Hustlers and, most recently, announcing the release of her very own poetry book.

Why poetry? Why the hell not.

Boss. Source: Giphy

The book of poems, titled Swimming Lessons, will explore themes from Lili’s own life, including young love, anxiety, depression, fame, and heartbreak.

Each “bite-sized yet profound” poem will be accompanied with an illustration a lá Rupi Kaur but with Lili’s own flair.

Lili is no stranger to baring her soul to the public – she often posts about her struggles with mental health and openly shares her experience with anxiety with her fans. She’s also shared some of poetry before.

For boyfriend Cole Sprouse’s birthday she wrote him a “sappy nighttime birthday poem” which she shared on Instagram.

It read:

“I tried to find a poem / that I could send to you. / Because my words were failing me. / But I searched and found nothing that did you justice. / All of these love poems can’t get it right. / No one else’s words could ever fit. / They haven’t known the fortune it is to love you.”

When her Riverdale co-star Luke Perry died, Reinhart wrote a poem for the actor that she posted on her Instagram stories.

And her public Tumblr page is basically an anthology of her work so far.

Lili’s poetry is all beautiful and poignant and hits deep. It’s also a powerful statement – it proves to all the skeptics, haters, critics and cynics that she’s more than just a teen star. That she’s multifaceted and three dimensional and talented.

And that in itself is poetry.

Swimming Lessons is is available for pre-order now and is set for official release on May 5, 2020.

The Vampire Diaries Was The Last Good Crappy Teen Show Before Teen Shows Got Crappy

Sorry, Riverdale.

Back in the day (‘the day’ being the time when I was in the middle of my teens and really into romance novels), The Vampire Diaries was the teen show of all teen shows. 

It was like the Twilight of television but with a slightly better plot, better actors and a darker more ~mature~ storyline. It had all of the trimmings: angsty high school romance, family betrayal, sexy vampires, badass witches, werewolves and all of the sexual energy a teenager could dream of. 

Also, the two main male leads looked like this: 

Hello handsomes. Source: Giphy

The Vampire Diaries aired ten years ago (!!!) and, looking back, I realise it was the last good show to come out of the crappy teenage genre. It had a cast of characters each with depth and their own personal storylines which unfolded along with the main plot. 

It had the ability to introduce new creatures (see the witches and werewolves mentioned above) in a believable way and, most importantly, it didn’t have any cheap arse musical episodes. 

The Vampire Diaries was the peak of crappy teen shows. In its later seasons, however, it was also the beginning of rock bottom for the genre. 

It suffered at the hands of the same thing all good, long running television shows suffer from: too many seasons. It ran for a total of 8 seasons and 7 years which is basically forever in TV time. 

It’s believable character arc became a mockery – I stopped watching after Damon was brought back from the dead for the third time. 

Don’t give me that look. Source: Giphy

It also got a spinoff which basically screams “quick do something the original show is losing relevance”. 

Despite its crappy later seasons and a spinoff that we don’t talk about, The Vampire Diaries is still better than the teen shows to come out of the last few years. 

One watch of Riverdale, and you’ll know what I mean – high school drugs and local gangs have nothing on Elena, Stefan and Damon’s love triangle. 

The same goes for shows like Gossip Girl, The OC, and Gilmore Girls – these are the kinds of shows that struck the perfect balance between trashy, believable and bingeable. In the age of Netflix, it’s rare to find teen shows that have more than a single strong season. Riverdale fizzled after two, 13 Reasons Why after one. 

It’s ironic and a damned shame. 

Suddenly, all of the teen shows aren’t good crappy, they’re just plain old bad. 

Season Three Of 13 Reasons Why Promises No Problematic Behaviour, Good Luck With That

Producer's pants: on fire.

As far as television shows go, 13 Reasons Why is pretty controversial. Over its first two seasons the show dealt with some heavy and confronting issues including rape, suicide, physical abuse and gun violence. 

The show has copped a lot of criticism for its graphic depiction of each of these things, so much so that they have deleted a scene from the first season which showed the suicide of one of the main characters, Hannah Baker. 

Despite its past controversies, the third season of 13 Reasons Why promises to be the least controversial yet. 

Speaking to Radio Times, Timothy Granaderos (who plays Monty de la Cruz, on the show) said Season Three “feels like a different show.”

“[It’s] not the same as the past two seasons. I don’t think you’ll be asking me the same questions about the two prior scenes. There are definitely scenes that are wild but I don’t think you’ll be asking if any scenes will need to be removed from season three.”

Timonthy said that this season is more of a mystery: 

“Right off the get-go you know it is a murder-mystery, the stakes are very high and everyone is a suspect,” he told the publication. 

“So, I think fans will be left questioning who they thought they were loyal to. It’s going to take off really quickly. Within the first episode or two you’re going to be engaged trying to put the mystery together. But I think that’s the fun of season three.”

While I am hopeful that Season Three will indeed not include any problematic scenes, I’m skeptical. 13 Reasons Why is a show which has built itself on shock value – on tackling the difficult issues which other shows otherwise skirt around. 13 Reasons Why being reduced to a simple ‘murder mystery’ in Season Three would go against the reputation it has established for itself over the last few years. 

On the flip-side, it kind of makes sense. Of course the show would digress from the themes explored in Season One and Two given the controversies they caused. I suppose this is why shows should sometimes end after a couple of seasons- they stop before they go too far and ruin themselves from the inside out. 

Better safe than sorry. Source: Giphy

I’m also skeptical that Season Three of 13 Reasons Why will feature no problematic behaviour because teenagehood is full of problematic behaviour. Find me a teenager whose daily life doesn’t feature some kind of problem – from a fresh pimple to a fresh bought of cyber bullying – and I’ll sell you my house (okay, I don’t own a house, but you get me). 

Let’s also review the basic plot of Season Three: a teenage murder mystery set in the wake of a suicide, a rape trial and on the backdrop of a high school with a bullying problem. 

That sounds pretty problematic to me. 

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