According to Merriam-Webster, friendship is “the state of being friends,” or “the relationship between friends.” Since the dictionary definition is really no help in actually describing friendship, let’s look at some common characteristics of friendship. 1.) Friends are people you like and with whom you enjoy spending time. 2.) You have common interests. You like … More What Are Friendships?
The following link should lead to a video set to the music of The White Stripes examining friendship in a variety of YA novels and media; the list includes Harry Potter, Wonder, Ellen Foster, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Fault in Our Stars, and even Winnie the Pooh.
We all have songs that remind of us of our best friends or provide a little context when we need support. Below are some of the best songs to add to your playlist or sing along with your best friends. 1.) The White Stripes, “We’re Going to Be Friends” 2.) Queen, “You’re My Best Friend” … More Friendship Playlist
Throughout the Young Adult world, a common theme is overcoming the struggle of getting older and rationalizing the world. Often times, even the most heroic characters rely on their close friends for support and strength in adversity. The types of reliance run the gamut from affirmation of self-worth and purpose, overcoming tribulations, or perhaps even … More Strength through Friendship
Boy Meets World Characters Cory and Topanga “If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.” – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Tume Indian by Sherman Alexie We all know Cory and Topanga turned into one of the greatest love stories of the 1990s. What we might … More Examples of Friendship in Pop Culture
Gilmore Girls (TV Series) Characters: Rory and Jess “No rush. This time things were slow and earnest. This time I wasn’t looking for an escape. This time it was about him. About me. About honesty and compassion and everything I’d never expected to find in Wesley Rush.” – The DUFF by Kody Keplinger The relationship … More Examples of Romantic Relationships in Pop Culture
Despite all of the pain abusive relationships can cause, popular culture has not yet taken a strong stance on how to cope with such a trying issue. In certain films it is sweet when a woman can be “saved” by leaving one man for another, assuming the new love interest solves her problem for her. … More Poor Examples of Abuse in Popular Culture
Toddlers & Tiaras – TLC Series “Yours is just about ripe. You gots to git em when they is still soff when you mashum. That’s how that man said it.” Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons The quote above from Ellen Foster is enough to make your stomach turn. The man Ellen’s dad invites to the … More Examples of Child Abuse in Pop Culture
Domestic Violence Isn’t Always Physical: 8 Signs You Are In An Abusive Relationship – xoJane “He’s got her in the kitchen by herself. I know he won’t hurt her with his hands. He might throw a cup or a fork at her but he won’t touch her to leave a mark.” Ellen Foster by Kaye … More Examples of Domestic Violence in Pop Culture
Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss (Music starts at 2:15) “I did not kill my daddy. He drank his own self to death the year after the County moved me out. I heard how they found him shut up in the house dead and everything.” Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons This song, while put … More Examples of Substance & Alcohol Abuse in Pop Culture