Riverdale Season 1 Review

Today I thought I would do something a little different and review the TV Show Riverdale. Season 1 of Riverdale recently finished so I thought I would share my thoughts about it.

Riverdale is an American teen drama TV series based on the characters from the Archie Comics. It is about a group of teenagers and their life surrounding the murder of their classmate Jason Blossom. We follow this group of characters as they try and find out who did this horrible thing and their struggles on the way.

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*Spoiler Warning* 
There will be spoilers in this post so if you haven’t watched the show then I would recommend watching it before reading this.

I had heard about Riverdale for a while before I started to watch it and I had heard lots of good things about it. But I had also heard that it was very dark and scary and I don’t usually watch things like that.
But eventually I took the plunge and just started watching it and I fell in love with it!
It isn’t nearly as dark and scary as people made it out to be, which I was very relieved about.

The Plot 

Overall I think the plot idea was really good! I love how we didn’t find out who killed Jason until right at the very end because it kept you waiting and kept you on edge until the very end. However, one thing that did annoy me was that there were no clues to who the killer was throughout the show – I love it when you can figure out who might have been the killed throughout the show and have some ideas but in this case there were no hints and I had no idea!
I also don’t think it was greatly written and I find some of the lines they say sooo cringey and badly written, especially in Episode 1, but the show still kept me hooked and I wanted to keep watching.

I am very intrigued about what they are going to do with Season 2 – especially because of how episode 13 ended with Archie’s dad being shot.
I am very happy that season 2 will have 20 episodes because 13 definitely wasn’t enough for me.

Least Favourite Episode: 

I would have to say my least favourite episode was episode 3 because I felt like it didn’t add anything to the storyline.
It emphasised the stereotypes of jocks being mean and treating girls badly and made it seem like women can’t protect themselves and made them seem weak, which I didn’t really like. I also didn’t like the bit with Betty and Veronica with Chuck in the swimming pool because it made Betty seem really violent and I wasn’t a fan of ‘Dark Betty’ in this scene.

Favourite Episode: 

It is so hard to choose a favourite episode but it would probably have to be episode 12 or 13 as they were both so intense and I was on the edge of my seat the whole way thorough both of them.
The last 10 minutes of episode 12 were so suspenseful as we were waiting to find out who killed Jason and I was quite surprised with who it was but I also had suspicions throughout the season and he was one of those.

The Characters and Cast

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I love all of the actors on this show – I love how well they work together and I think they are all great actors!

BETTY – At the start of the show we see her as the perfect girl with the perfect life – she has her perfect nuclear family and is in love with the boy next door but as the show progresses we see that this isn’t the case and her family life is the opposite of perfect and that she falls in love with the boy from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’.
I like how we see her standing up for herself, especially with her mum and I love how much she cares about other people and always wants to make things right and she does this by trying to figure out who killed Jason.
I love how strong she is and how she never lets anything go that is important to her, such as when she wanted to find her sister Polly, she was the one that went to find her and got her to come home.
I also like how we see her ‘dark-side’ as it shows she isn’t just a one-sided character and we do see that she has her own inner demons just like everyone else does.
I think that alongside Jughead, Betty is my favourite character.

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ARCHIE – I don’t really have much to say about Archie; I do like him as a character but I don’t find there to be anything interesting about him. I also hate is part of the storyline with Miss Grundy.
The only episode I found him particularly interesting in was Episode 13 where he went to save Cheryl from drowning and he was punching the ice. I found this was a much more interesting side to Archie and would love to see more of that in Season 2.
I feel like as Archie is one of the main characters they should have made more of an effort to add more depth to his character.

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VERONICA – I do like Veronica as a character and I love her friendship with Betty and Archie but I find her lines are the most worst dialogue out of all the characters. I feel like the writers are trying to make her seem too cool and are trying to be too up to date that they went a bit overboard. Another thing that bothers me is how she dresses, I understand that she is rich and used to live in New York but seriously, who wears pencil skirts, pearls and heels to school?

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JUGHEAD – I think Jughead is one of my favourite characters, partly because I have loved Cole Sprouse ever since I saw him on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody and the Suite Life on Deck, but I love his character as well.
I love how witty and clever he is without being over the top and I love it when we see sides to him that show his sensitive side and when he is more vulnerable.
I also love his relationship with Betty; I love how it opens up that vulnerable side and we see that when they are together.
One thing that I don’t really like about him is the narration that he gives throughout the episodes, I don’t think it adds much to the show and I feel like it takes away from his character rather than adds to it.

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CHERYL – I think Cheryl is a crazy person but I love that about her!
She does have a troubled life as her brother died and her parents are also creepy and slightly crazy. Especially when she finds out her father killed her brother this pushes her over the edge and she tries to kill herself and burn her house down.
I feel like if she wasn’t a total bitch most of the time, her character wouldn’t be very interesting and she would get a bit lost in the show.
However, I do find her quite annoying because she flits between being a total bitch and trying to get people to like her and that did start to bother me towards the end. I also find that sometimes they go a bit too far with how crazy she can be.
Also, her hair is just incredible! I also have ginger hair but hers is just amazing and I wish mine looked like hers did all the time!

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Kevin: I really like Kevin as I think he is really funny and I love his friendship with Betty but I do feel like the writers overdid the whole ‘Gay Best Friend’ thing. I do also like how his father is the Sheriff as that adds to the drama of the show.

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Random side-note: 

Another thing that I absolutely love about the show is how aesthetically and visually pleasing it is. All the shots are framed so nicely and carefully and the colours are so vibrant and contrasting and I love it!
I do Media A-Level so things like this are always very pleasing to me.

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Overall: 

Overall I really love Riverdale and I can’t wait for it to come back for Season 2. I love the actors in the show and the characters and parts of the plot but I do think that there are areas for improvement such as with the lines and the dialogue. But it is only in Season 1 so I can’t wait to see where the writers and the actors take the show in Season 2.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Let me know if you have watched Riverdale and what you thought about it because I would love to talk to you guys about it.

See you next week with a new post,

EmiMarie x

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What I got for my 18th birthday

I thought I would share with you some of the things that I got for my 18th Birthday!
These are some of my favourite posts to read so I thought I would share one of my own.
I got some amazing gifts this year and I am so unbelievably lucky to have such amazing friends and family.
I am not writing this post to brag or anything like that I just love reading these posts myself so I thought some of you might be interested.


Parents & Family 

From my parents I got this beautiful bracelet from Monica Vinader.
My mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday and this is the one thing that I said I would love and she was kind enough to get it for me.
She also got my birthday engraved on the front, which made it extra special and will be a great reminder of my 18th Birthday.

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They also got me this beautiful Maria Black ring. I have had my eye on this ring for so long and my friend Sofia has one as well and I just love it!
It is so simple but so beautiful and I have been wearing it every day since I got it.

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My parents also kindly got me these awesome Ray Ban Sunglasses – I have had my eye on sunglasses like these for a while now and I wasn’t sure if they would suit me but I actually really like them!

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I went shopping with my mum a few weeks before my birthday and saw this oversized denim jacket and it was just what I had been looking for for ages so my mum said that she would get it for me as an early birthday present – I haven’t actually had a chance to wear it get because it hasn’t been warm enough in the UK but I love it!

My mum also got me some really cute pins to put on it. My favourite one is probably the Olaf one but I don’t think I would actually wear it out – my mum knows how much I love Olaf so she got me a cute pin version of him.

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My mum got my these stunning sandals that are so comfortable and I can’t wait to wear them in summer.

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I love this super cute pencil case/pouch I got from my mum – it is such a pretty colour and I love the quote on the front. The weird looking object to the right is actually a memory stick which I think is so cool! I do ICT and Media as A-Levels so my mum thought it would be an appropriate gift.

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I know it’s a very childish gift for an 18 year old but ever since I was little I have had bunny soft toys and I have been looking at this one for ages so my mum got him for me which was so sweet.

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I also got these incredible biscuits from Biscuiteers from my aunt, uncle and cousin which I absolutely love!! They are so beautiful and taste amazing!!

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Friends 

From my friend Sofia I got this amazing Olympus camera strap for my Olympus Pen which I use to take my blog photos on and this Ted Baker ring.
These gifts were so thoughtful and I love them both so much!
And I know Sofia will probably be reading this, so thank you so much!!

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My friend Freya got me this beautiful necklace and this amazing smelling hand cream. The necklace is so pretty and I wore it for my birthday meal and I can’t wait to wear it more.

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My other friend Gina got me these super cute earrings and necklace. When I was younger I had an obsession with owls and I still love them today and it was such a sweet gift and I can’t wait to wear them.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

See you next week with a new one,

EmiMarie x

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18 Things I’ve learnt in 18 years

On the 4th May I turned 18! I am finally considered an adult, which is very strange to me.

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to share this week for a blog post then a few weeks ago I had the idea of sharing 18 Things I’ve learnt in 18 years.
These are just things I have learnt personally and I may feel differently about these things in a few years but they will be nice to look back on.

18 Things I’ve learnt in 18 years…

1. Always follow your heart, not the crowd

Always do the things that you want to do rather than things people tell you you should do. This has been something that I have gone through in the past year or so with university applications etc. Everyone always tells you that university is always the option that you should go for at the end of school and no-one tells you that there are other options out there or that not going to university is also okay.
I have never really had the pull to want to go to university so I followed my heart and didn’t apply even though it is what people said I ‘should be doing’.

2. “Do more of what makes you happy”

I feel like it is always really important to always do the things that you love rather than things you feel like you should be doing.
I saw this quotation when Alfie Deyes aka PointlessBlog created this poster with it on and it has stuck with me ever since.

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3. Don’t be afraid to like the things that you like

I have often been afraid of talking about the things that I like such as TV shows or films or things I like doing in case people judge me for it but I have learnt that it is okay to like things that other people don’t necessarily like – as long as they make you happy and you enjoy them then nothing else matters. I also feel like if you share the things you love then you will find people who love the same things as you.
My favourite TV shows are Glee, Shadowhunters, Riverdale, Once Upon A Time and Gossip Girl and I love watching YouTube.

4. When it comes to friends, Quality over Quantity

It is always more important to have a few really good friends than having lots of acquaintances. Your true friends will stick with you through anything!

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5. Embrace your flaws and learn to love them

I have always been quite self conscious of my body and how I look and I have never been a very confident person but I have learnt over the years to embrace your body and your flaws and learn to love them as they make you know you are.
I used to be very self conscious of my freckles and red hair but now I absolutely love them and would never change them.

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6. Wear whatever the heck you want to wear without fear of being judged 

Again, I have always been very self conscious about my style and always worry about what people might think of me if I wear a certain thing but I have learnt that you should be able to express yourself and you should be able to wear what you want to wear without fear of being judged.

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7. Appreciate the little things in life

There are always little things in life that we take for granted such as spending time with family and friends and you should always make the most of these times and enjoy them.

8. Make the most of the opportunities you have and always be grateful 

9. Put down your phone and take in the moment rather than capturing it to show other people afterwards

I am always one for capturing a moment and taking photos when in different situations but I have learnt that, yes it is nice to take photos and capture the memories, but you should also put the camera down and experience the moment for real.

10. Spend as much time as you can with friends and family and show them what they mean to you

Always spend as much time with your friends and family as you can because you never know how long you will have with them and you never what to regret not spending more time with them when they are gone.

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11. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

People tell you from a young age that you should try and work things out for yourself but I have learnt that there is nothing wrong with asking for help whether that is at school, at work or anywhere in life.

12. Embrace your mistakes, they make you who you are

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, they make you who you are and you learn from them and can make you stronger.

13. It’s okay to cry and show your emotions

People always tell you when you are younger that crying isn’t a good thing and that it can make you seem weak/fragile but as I got older I realised that there is nothing wrong with crying or showing your emotions as everyone feels them at one point or the other, it’s what makes us human.

14. Don’t miss out on opportunities just because you are scared

I have anxiety so doing things out of my comfort zone can be really scary and really hard for me to do but I have learnt that even though something may seem really scary you should always try and do it anyway as you don’t know what you might be missing out on or how amazing an opportunity will be.

15. Find people who share a similar sense of humour as you

I find life is way more fun when you find friends to surround yourself with that share a similar sense of humour as you – my friends and I share the same sarcastic sense of humour and it is nice to know that you won’t offend anyone with your jokes 😂

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16. Change isn’t easy 

There may be changes that you go through in life and they aren’t always easy but it is good to embrace change and think to the future with positivity.

17. If you have a dream, go after it even if people don’t understand or accept it

My dream for the future would to be making a living out of blogging but I don’t share that with many people because I feel like they wouldn’t understand or would tell me it was stupid or unrealistic, but it is what I really want to achieve so I am going to work as hard as I can to try and make it happen.
If you go after your dreams and make them a reality you can go back to the people who told you you couldn’t do it and say you Proved. Them. Wrong.

18. It’s okay to spend time alone

Finally, I have learnt that it is okay to want to spend time alone with yourself.
I have always been the kind of person who would prefer to spend my Friday night at home in bed watching a film then going out to parties and I have learnt that that is okay and you don’t always have to do what everyone else is doing – if you prefer staying at home and spending time alone then that is okay.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

I can’t believe I am actually 18 and officially an adult 😬  Let me know if there are any lessons that you have learnt throughout your life that you think I should know.

See you next week with a new post,

EmiMarie x

 

 

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