Graphic Novel (TV show) Review 198/365: The End of the F***ing World

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Hey, all!  No special theme this week, just some cool books (shows) that I’ve been waiting to tell you about!

Title: The End of the F***ing World 

Author: Charlie Covell

Publisher: Netflix (Current 2017)

Age Rating: 17+

If you teach seniors, and especially if you teach a film or television class, you’ve had teens talking about this British show that recently hit Netflix.  I know I have…

Over the past week, I had at least five students ask me if I had started The End of the F***ing World.  I had not, but as the week went on, and kids kept asking me, I decided to check it out.  After all, it’s only eight episodes, and most of them are under 23 minutes.  My wife and I sat down to take it in, and we watched five episodes straight.  I know it’s not a lot of time, but for two busy people with other things to do, it says a lot.  We finished the season the next night.

The premise is simple: senior in high school boy thinks he could be a psycho-killer, and a high school senior girl that can’t stand the current state of social norms, steal a car and run from the world.  Boy plans to kill girl to get his fix, but ends up falling for her; they do a few seriously illegal things along the way.  End of the season is powerful.

The acting in the series is superb, and the writing is brilliant.  This show is adapted from a 2017 graphic novel that I have not yet read, actually, I’ve never even seen it!  But dang if I didn’t visit Amazon the second that I finished the show.

There are a few reasons that my students asked me if I had watched the show, besides the fact that I teach them about film and images: the show is good, really good.  And as I mentioned in an earlier blog, these days, students are very well-versed in story.  They binge shows all the time, and once one makes it on their radar, they all watch it like wildfire!  The End of the F***ing World made the cut.  Yes, it’s rated “R,” and yes, I’m aware that many students watching this should not be watching it.  Luckily, I teach only seniors, but there is no doubt that this series contains a fierce example of quality storytelling with a thought-provoking ending that many of my students were dying to talk about.  Now I can.

The series is dope.  You should check it out.  It’s very dark, but it’s very well written.  And while it’s cool to find new shows that you might like, I think it’s just as important to learn about the media that your kids are watching and try to check some of it out!  Make those connections; teach them that it is OK to talk intellectually about the art they love!

Happy reading!

Eric

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