Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Seven Deadly Sins
It’s impressive Netflix has created such a well-received anime of its own. Seven Deadly Sins is a fantasy anime surrounding a group of powerful warriors seen as evil and in opposition to the Holy Knights, a group regarded as heroes but actually are corrupt to the core. The show features your typical fan service, action sequences, and comic relief talking animals. Some characters’ arcs are better than others, but it’s a fun action-based anime all the same.
After catching up on Adventure Time, I decided to give Steven Universe a shot. I’ve heard how great it is and how dedicated its Tumblr fan base is, which honestly gave me pause, but I have to say the show is legit. Steven is a lovable character, as is Garnet, the leader of the Crystal Gem super heroes who repeatedly save the Earth from monsters. I love the art style and how episodes can be equal parts funny and touching. Give this show a watch.
Batman: The Killing Joke
The only reason I checked out Batman: The Killing Joke is because I saw a bunch of feminists on Twitter decrying how disgusting it is. The controversy surrounding how the story treated women piqued my interest, so I gave the 1988 comic a read. While it sucks what Barbara Gordon goes through (spoilers: The Joker shoots her in the spine and takes photographs of her naked body to taunt her father), I don’t see the story as mistreating women. Rather, it’s the Joker who mistreats women. The guy is literally insane, so it makes sense within the fiction that he would do something as horrible and disgusting as paralyze and humiliate a woman to hurt her father. Sick? Yes. The writers being misogynists? No.
Kings of Leon
Everyone’s heard of Kings of Leon, right? Solid indie rock with a southern twang and a gravely voiced singer. Good stuff. Their really old stuff is passable, but I still recommend Milk. What a fun song that is. Otherwise, check out Closer, Sex on Fire, The End.
I love female-led indie pop, and that’s exactly what Lucius is, making it an instant treat. I haven’t had time to really dive into their discography yet, so I can’t speak much on their style, but here are some tunes I’d recommend you check out: Turn It Around, Nothing Ordinary, Madness.