It’s been a while since I posted my last well, post, and I really have no excuse for that. This week is a holiday, so I’ve been quite distracted by other things in my life. Have no fear though, the holiday’s almost ended and I shall return to normalcy (when have I ever been in normalcy, I wonder) very soon.
But for now, let’s just do a recap of this year. I know, it’s not December yet but with the start of fall TV, I thought it’d be good to do a list (man, how I love making lists!) of everything hot – and not – in 2009. Are you ready to begin?
Let’s jump right in!
2009 is really the year of musicals. I’m not talking about the Disney-concocted kiddy musical “High School Musical”, I’m talking about the edgier, funner and more watchable musicals that are making their debut in television and film. One of those is Glee, the much buzzed-about new show on Fox that tells the story of outcasts in McKinley High’s Glee club, that premiered to stellar ratings and continued to stay strong to its fourth episode, prompting Fox to pick them up for a full season. Glee is the brainchild of Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy and High School Musical it is not. It’s laugh out loud hilarious, edgy and filled with its own versions of the music we all love from the 80s, 90s and today. To further prove its success, every time a new episode of Glee airs, it immediately makes it to Twitter’s trending topics, meaning that everyone is watching and talking about it. If you want to be in the know this season, watch Glee every Wednesday night on Fox and join the musical bandwagon. It’s fun.
Speaking of musicals, we can’t forget the musical that sent everyone on a singing and dancing fever in the 80s, Fame. An edgy movie that tells the tale of the talented students in New York School of Performing Arts, Fame became an instant hit after its debut in 1980 and spawned a spin-off television show and musical. And this Friday, the highly anticipated remake of Fame with an all-new talented cast will be premiering in the United States, which brings us to the next 2009 trend: remakes. It seems like Hollywood may be running out of original ideas, since remakes are all the rage this year. Fame is not the only 80s remake hitting the big screens, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford has been cast in the remake of Footloose, the movie that made Kevin Bacon a star. Whether or not pretty boy Crawford will be able to fill the big shoes left by Bacon is another story. Remakes are not just heating up the big screen, the small screen is also crowded by hit 90s remakes. After CW received a lukewarm response to its rehashing of 90210, they decided to continue on the Spelling fever by releasing Melrose Place 2.0 that premiered to dismal ratings and received sharp criticisms from TV addicts (yours truly not withstanding). But whether or not we like this trend, it looks like it’s pretty much here to stay, so we better get used to it.
3/ The 80s.
Fame and Footloose aren’t the only 80s hit that made their return this year, the 80s is back, baby! (According to my friend Prestidigitation, the 80s has never really left to begin with). Shoulder pads, neon tights, bright-colored jeans, high-waisted pants, black lace, wayfarer and Michael Jackson inspired military jackets are all the rage this year and it looks like they’re staying for at least another two seasons. One of the most popular 80s items is this Balmain military jacket that just screams Michael Jackson, and is the coveted item worn by big-named celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna and Victoria “Posh” Beckham. The price tag alone will make you have a minor heart attack, but fear not, all you budget fashionistas, budget lines like Charlotte Russe, Banana Republic and French Connection have all come up with their own versions of this jacket that are way more affordable and just as fabulous.
2009 is truly the year of the vampires. Forget about your top hat-wearing, utterly devious and blood-thirsty Count Dracula, the vampires of 2009 are young, hot and they love humans more than just as a blood bank. It started of course, with the tween sensation that is Twilight, that catapulted its stars and resident vampire hottie Robert Pattinson and his human lover Kristen Stewart to super stardom, and it continued to the small screen with one of my favorite shows of all time, True Blood, a much sexier, grittier and edgier vampire tale starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin and Swedish god Alexander Skarsgard, among others. And now that True Blood has wrapped its second season and will be off the air until June 2010, the CW has launched its own version of vampire love story: The Vampire Diaries, based on the book series by LJ Smith and adapted for television by Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson, a show that – despite its eerie similarities to Twilight – doesn’t suck (no pun intended) and feels more like Dawson’s Creek with fangs than anything else (which we, Dawson’s Creek fans, will love). If you’re still on the fence about the rise of these blood-sucking nocturnal creatures, I suggest you get True Blood seasons 1 & 2 and DVD and let them sink their fangs into your heart. I guarantee, this is one trend that is worth following.
I think 2009 will go down in history as the year of Twitter, despite the site premiering way before 2009. I joined Twitter a few months ago after being curious about the trend, and now I am a self-professed Twitter addict. And I’m not the only one. Celebrities from Ashton Kutcher to Hugh Hefner, and even the leader of the free world, President Barrack Obama have all succumb to the addictiveness of this genius social networking site that has the very simple platform of “What are you doing?”. Twitter basically takes the status update feature of Facebook to a whole new levels. And what’s great about it is that you get to follow not only your friends and random strangers, but also celebrities who use the site to get in touch with their fans, their friends and promote their movie/music/what have you. I love twitter because I’m the kind of person who has random things to say all the time, to no one in particular, and twitter is just the site to do so. It’s basically your random non-sequiturs on display for everyone (or, if you’re a private person, a select few) to see. If you’re not convinced, I suggest you give Twitter a try and welcome your brand new addiction with open arms. You can also follow me here and see exactly what I’m talking about.
Now that I’ve listed everything hot in 2009, I will return tomorrow with my “Nottie” list. Hope you’ll be tuning in.