Reflecting on an entire year of pop culture is difficult business. Luckily, we have help from five fabulous Bitch contributors who call in to tell us about their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and graphic novels of the year. Grab a pencil—you’re going to want to write down some titles of work to seek out.
Then, we talk with the one and only Cheryl Strayed about what it was like to turn her memoir Wild into a film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this interview, Strayed talks about feminism, Hollywood, and her hatred of high heels.
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It’s the boogieman no kids talk about on playdates or at birthday parties. You don’t mention it in the living room, on the porch, or by the baby’s crib. It’s the dark feeling you don’t know how to put into words, the one that keeps you up at night and haunts you during the day as a parent or caretaker. It’s the Babadook.
In The 100, highly competent teen Clarke (Eliza Taylor) carries the weight of her friends' lives.
Typical post-apocalyptic television narratives are not a place for justice. Shows like The Walking Dead, Dominion, and Falling Skies focus on usual masculine-driven stories says that when the world goes to shit, there's no time for negotiation, it's all about shooting first and asking questions later.
• The story of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is heartbreaking—she committed suicide and left a note on Tumblr reading, "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights." [The Frisky]