11 thoughts I had while watching ‘You’

11 thoughts I had while watching ‘You’

Though Blogmas may have stressed me out, it was pretty great for finding new content ideas. One of which I particularly enjoyed was my Thoughts on The Princess Switch post, because I finally found a way to capitalise on my Netflix addiction. I (binge) watch a lot of TV and a lot of movies, but I never knew how to write about them in a “me” style… Here we are. And, what better way to continue the series with the creepy but compelling sensation that was ‘You’ on Netflix?

**Warning: This post contains (very vague and not all that detailed) spoilers**

What is ‘You’?

‘You’ (Based on the book of the same name) follows the oh-so-creepy story of Joe, played by Penn Badgley – your favourite neighbourhood gossip girl. Essentially, boy meets girl in bookshop. Boy becomes infatuated and believes that he is entitled to girl’s love. Boy is a creepy murderous stalker who stops at no lengths to ensure that he gets girl. You know, your typical romcom.

I’ve been following ‘You’ for a while, since I saw the trailer back in the summer. I feel like it’s been out in the US for a while? And honestly, after a while I just assumed the UK were never going to get it. But, there it was on Netflix on the 26th December, and there I was binge watching the whole series in a day on the 28th. It’s a psychological thriller – which is entirely not my type of film or movie. However, I enjoy Penn Badgely’s work, and Shay Mitchell (who I adore) was also in it, so I had to give it a go.

What did I think?

Well, during the 10 episodes, I thought a lot of things. ‘You’ was an intense rollercoaster and I seriously could not take my eyes off of it. The cast was brilliant, the script and book were genius, and the twist at the end was a great set up for season 2. I loved it, but there sure was a lot that ran through my mind as I watched it…

1) Penn Badgley looks great

He looks the same way he looked in the early seasons of Gossip Girl. I liked the way he looked in the early seasons of Gossip Girl. Also, how has he not aged since the days of Gossip Girl, Easy A and John Tucker Must Die?! They were all 9/10 years ago! I applaud you, Penn.

2) Why is he so charming?!  I’m supposed to be disgusted.

Like I said, I think he’s a great actor. This was worrying with a show like this, because although I was incredibly disturbed by his character’s actions, I couldn’t help but root for him a little bit (I know, I’m disappointed in myself). It was really conflicting watching him be a truly horrible person and yet wanting the best for him at times? But I love a good moral dilemma and an unlikeable protagonist, so this only added more depth to the show for me.

3) Why is all this stalking so… easy?

Everything that he’s done has been so simple. There’s been an absense of any discernible hacking skills or superb knowledge, he just… knew where to look. Social media has made it so easy for people to stalk you… Be careful what you put on the internet folks (Says the blogger who puts her life online…)

4) Beck is my new hair inspiration.

My hair is currently at a length it’s never been before (I never grow out my hair) and I’m enjoying learning how to deal with it. You know who has my hair length and never had a bad hairstyle? Guinevere Beck. She’s become my new hair inspiration – in fact I went out that day with a hairstyle like hers. It received compliments.

5) I could look at Shay Mitchell’s face all day.  I’m glad she’s in this!

Peach may be annoying, but Shay Mitchell’s a good actress. I haven’t seen her in anything since Pretty Little Liars so this is cute!

6) Guess that’s over.  Nevermind.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

7) Be careful who you let into your life.

Imagine dying because your friend decided to date a creepy murderous stalker. It wasn’t even someone you meant to let into your life. That’s just rude. I won’t lie, I felt personally attacked by just the concept of this. My friends better pick good people!

8) John Stamos is in this!

Yes, love myself some John Stamos! Even if he has that super ugly beard…

9) Oh, his character’s also vaguely creepy and is probably going to die… Never mind.

This show just doesn’t want me to love anything.

10) So… are there no positive male characters in this?

Joe’s a creep (obviously), then there was her douchey boyfriend, her predatory professor, her boundary breaking counsellor, the neighbour’s abusive boyfriend, the predatory writer guy… Even Paco let the team down at the end there (With a fairly good, misunderstood reason, so I guess I forgive him). Come on, give me at least one normal guy.

11) So moral of the story: trust no one.

How am I ever meant to date someone new again? He was so normal on the surface and he was out there killing her friends… And he seriously believed it was the right thing for her. What if I also pick the wrong person? What if that wrong person is already in my life? I both love and hate things that make me think like this.

Have you seen ‘You’?  What did you think of it?  Are you excited for a second season?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

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21 Comments

  1. January 6, 2019 / 7:04 am

    I would have to look up this series cos it sounds really interesting. Happy new year dear.

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    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      Happy new year!

      Jas xx

  2. lolitambonita
    January 6, 2019 / 10:53 am

    Loved it and so excited for the second season. I think it puts massive emphasis on how and emotional abusive relationship works. The perp generally nice as pie from the outside but then with the controlling characteristics that are so subtle yet effective that the victim isn’t even aware of wjat kind of relationship they are in!

    Lola Mia x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      It really does! Everything was done in a way that didn’t shove the message in your face, it was very tue to life!

      Jas xx

  3. January 6, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Okay I need to comment on this without giving away too many spoilers. Oh man, you are me. I don’t know why but I’m STILL rooting for Joe after all the horrible shit he’s done? I was so, so pissed off at Beck for the psychologist thing, I just couldn’t like her again after that. But you’re totally right about the hair, mine could never look that nice… I fancy the pants off of Shay Mitchell but Peach bugged the shit out of me, such an annoying, condescending and know it all character!
    Alice Xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Yeah… I left the series so conflicted because I was still rooting for Joe and hates Beck in the last episode! Peaches was incredibly irritating, but that also left me conflicted because I love Shay Mitchell’s face haha

      Jas xx

  4. January 6, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    This soundd like a drama that is very gripping. Netflix with most of their shows and originals is so good at hooking you onto the story and characters and writing in strong underlying messages. I’ve been looking for new shows on Netflix to binge so I’ll defo give You (pun unintended haha) a go, thanks for recommending 👊🏾

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  5. January 6, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    I really wanna watch this now!
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    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 8:14 pm

      I hope you enjoy it if you do it!

      Jas xx

  6. January 6, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Everyone is raving about You on social media. I watched the first 5 minutes of the first episode and did not go any further. Maybe I need to give it another chance.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 10:03 pm

      I would definitely give it another chance!

      Jas xx

  7. January 6, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    You published my entire thought process of this show! I guess I have no need to write one on it now haha. I was disturbed and confused by how much I was rooting for Joe – like why? He’s a sociopath.

    When it comes to the normal guys, I guess the book shop worker was the closest we had to an average joe (no pun intended).

    The finale has me so excited for Season 2. I wonder whether we’ll get a change of cast every season with the only constant being Joe?

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    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      Haha I’d still love to read your post on it! Casting Penn Badgely worked really well for them, because he’s so naturally charming and you just can’t help rooting for him! Yeah, I suppose the shop worker was normal! And I reckon it will be what you said, with a new change of cast every season and Joe being the constant!

      Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      You should definitely give it a go!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 10:10 pm

      Omg you’ll love the rest of the season! It’s all so good!

      Jas xx

  8. January 8, 2019 / 12:01 am

    I also finished watching this, Shay is the queen, also Beck reminds me of Dakota Johnson just blonde, or is it just me?😂
    Love xx

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    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 1:20 am

      Oooo I could see that!

      Jas xx

  9. Michelle
    January 11, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    I have SO many thoughts on You and a lot of it isnt even about social media but how dangerously manipulative some relationships can be

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 11, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      Yeahhh that was definitely a running theme

      Jas xx

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