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Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY -


Rem­i­nis­cent of teen ro­man­tic come­dies that were all the rage in the early noughties, this par­tic­u­lar one sees the pro­tag­o­nist, Elle, torn be­tween her pact to her child­hood best friend, Lee (they swore to never date each other’s rel­a­tives), and her bur­geon­ing feel­ings for Lee’s older brother, Noah.


Pre­quels can very of­ten be dif­fi­cult to pull off, but this par­tic­u­lar se­ries on the story of Su­per­man’s grand­fa­ther, SegEl, has taken flight and re­ceived solid re­views. It’s also a treat for DC Comics fans as the se­ries ex­plores in more depth what lit­tle is known of Su­per­man’s back­ground, ances­try and planet – even fea­tur­ing the vil­lain Brainiac as Seg-El fights to re­store his fam­ily’s hon­our.


Adapted from a young adult novel, it fol­lows the life of Clay Jensen who re­ceives a set of cas­sette tapes that de­tail the rea­sons and peo­ple be­hind the sui­cide of his class­mate, Han­nah Baker. It’s been lauded as a se­ries that delves into darker themes and opens the floor for dis­cus­sion on many is­sues such as sui­cide, cy­ber-bul­ly­ing and rape – giv­ing way to con­tro­versy, but also cre­at­ing a space to con­verse and dis­cuss the very real is­sues that plague teenagers th­ese days.


China is well-known for its palace and con­cu­bine dra­mas, but this re­cent one of how Wei Ying Luo, a palace maid who en­ters the For­bid­den City to in­ves­ti­gate her sis­ter’s death, and rises the ranks to be­come the em­peror’s favourite con­cu­bine, has taken even in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences by storm.


This se­ries has gar­nered crit­i­cal ac­claim – com­bin­ing the mys­tery and su­per­nat­u­ral gen­res within an early 1980s set­ting. The plot re­volves around the dis­ap­pear­ance of a boy, which leads to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by his mother and friends. This re­veals the ex­per­i­ments a nearby lab­o­ra­tory has been con­duct­ing as they ex­plore all that is para­nor­mal and su­per­nat­u­ral – in­clud­ing test­ing on hu­man sub­jects.


This light-hearted teen ro­mance film, which pre­miered on Net­flix, gained a lot of buzz as it’s based on a best-sell­ing young adult novel and fea­tures a main char­ac­ter of Korean her­itage (if Crazy Rich Asians was any­thing to go by, you’ll un­der­stand just how im­por­tant rep­re­sen­ta­tion on screen can be). It tells the story of Lara Jean, who pens down let­ters to all the boys she’s had feel­ings for – mean­ing for them to re­main pri­vate, only to find out they’d been mailed out to the in­tended re­cip­i­ents.


A play on the Archie Comics uni­verse, this in­ter­pre­ta­tion may use the same beloved char­ac­ters, but the sto­ry­line is a whole lot darker and twisted. Sea­son One ac­tu­ally opens with a mur­der mys­tery to solve! The plus side is that it show­cases so­cial is­sues, which are of­ten swept un­der the rug, such as Betty Cooper cop­ing with men­tal ill­ness.


A very dif­fer­ent of­fer­ing from the usual Korean ro­mance dra­mas or melo­dra­mas, this one is set on ex­am­in­ing the hard and cruel as­pects of life – pre­sented in the form of three broth­ers bat­tling their own de­mons (fail­ures, al­co­holism and more) as well as a woman who has sur­vived plenty of hard­ships.

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