IT IS FINALLY HERE. I bring the end of my Swiftober event by talking about the other blonde feminist (depending on your POV): Amazing Amy aka Amy Dunne from Gone Girl. It started with my friend, Kendra, saying “Imagine Taylor Swift doing a Gone Girl concept album” but then I was like hmm 1989 IS THE GONE GIRL CONCEPT ALBUM. I’m going to mostly be talking about the film because it’s fresher in my memory. Spoilerz galore ahead.
Hi! For the second to last day of Swiftober, I thought I’d do a video. Look at that lovely thumbnail! Don’t you want to click it?!?!
P.S. 1989 TOMORROW. AHHH!!!
1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.
2. Red – pick a book with a RED cover.
3. The Best Day – pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
4. Love Story – pick a book with forbidden love.
5. I Knew You Were Trouble – pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
6. Innocent (written b/c of Kanye West!) – pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
7. Everything Has Changed – pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
8. You Belong With Me – pick your most anticipated book release.
9. Forever and Always – pick your favorite book couple.
10. Come Back, Be Here – pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
Day eleven of Swiftober! This one is late because I stayed up to watch Taylor Swift on Jimmy Kimmel. PRIORITIES. Here are 13 things from 1989.
“Welcome to New York” is the opening track to Taylor Swift’s 1989. We all know this is a HIGHLY IDEALISTIC view of New York but it’s still catchy anyway.
taylor swift – welcome to new york
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If Taylor Swift were fictional, she’d be an unlikable female character. She’s beautiful, she’s ambitious, she’s petty, she’s immature, she’s dramatic, she’s boring, she goes on dates, she writes about her love life, she wears red lipstick, she’s not a feminist, she’s a feminist, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.
Here’s something that may or may not surprise you: I wasn’t a fan of Taylor Swift at first. It was during that whole Joe Jonas drama and she wrote “Better Than Revenge”, a vicious song that slut shames. The turning point was one of my close friends who became obsessed with her and by association, I started liking her too (which is something said friend is probably regretting as all my texts are completely about unimportant Taylor Swift things).
Taylor Swift is a real life actual person and like all real life people: she grew up. she changed. she learned. Remember when she said she wasn’t a feminist? Now she proudly states she’s a feminist. The Guardian asked about “Better Than Revenge” and she replied back, “I was 18 when I wrote that. That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realise no one take someone from you if they don’t want to leave.”
An unlikable female character is such a loaded connotation because it’s steeped in sexism. Even if you’re a likable female character, you’re still unlikable. Just google “unlikable female character” and you’ll get brilliant posts. Taylor Swift is the subject of acclaim and derision: it seems like people often love or hate her passionately. The most important thing to remember though? She’s HUMAN. We are made up of so many mistakes. A perfect person does not exist so neither does a perfect character. It’s important to have flawed characters because it shows us the complexities of human nature.
I think Taylor Swift is the perfect example of an unlikable female because even though she’s learned & still learning & trying, she is STILL UNLIKABLE. People will continue to make jokes about her dating history, lambast her for what she chooses to write songs about, call her boring and annoying. There is no way everyone is going to like Taylor Swift. But that’s okay because likability isn’t the major point when she’s unabashedly Taylor Swift and that’s her appeal.