Dear Freeform, Stop Canceling ALL Of Your Good Shows, PLEASE

Dear Freeform, Stop Canceling ALL Of Your Good Shows, PLEASE

Freeform/ABC Family has canceled so many shows that were more accurate and true to life than any other channel, or at least it feels that way.
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Ah, good ol' Freeform or ABC Family as most millennials know it as. The change was supposedly made to reflect its edgier content, but quite frankly, I don't care about if the name represents the channel. What I care about are ALL OF THE CANCELLED SHOWS!

Freeform/ABC Family has canceled so many shows that were more accurate and true to life than any other channel, or at least it feels that way. Here are just a few shows that were canceled way before they should have been.

1. "Recovery Road"

"Recovery Road" was actually my favorite tv show from ABC Family/Freeform ever. It followed Maddie Graham, a teenager who is sent to a sober living facility to combat her alcohol addiction. She had to learn how to navigate sober living while also trying to be a normal teenager at school. She even falls in love with another one of her housemates, Wes, during the show's one season run.

The series showed the ins and outs of those struggling to stay sober and it felt like a relatable show for those who may have been in the same situation as the characters or have watched those close to them fight these same battles. It also featured Daniel Franzese — AKA the guy who played Damian in "Mean Girls" and Kyla Pratt who voiced Penny Proud in "The Proud Family." For those who have seen this show, you know what I'm talking about when I say the last episode of the season had the biggest cliffhanger ever. Thanks, Freeform, guess I'll never know what happens.

2. "Huge"

For once, there was a show that didn't center around stick-thin model like actors and actresses. This show narrated the lives of six teens who were at a weight loss camp for the summer. Considering more than one-third of adults struggle with obesity in America, this show showed what it was like to wake up and, at times, hate yourself because of your weight as well as the struggles people go through when they see themselves that way.

The show saw a lot of success in its one season, and one of the lead actresses, Nikki Blonksy, was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her role in the show. In an interview, Blonksky even admits that she was blindsided by the choice to cancel the show and said, "We were the first plus-size cast, I think, ever, in Hollywood history. I just think it’s kind of sad that TV stations are a little scared of having such a different show with such different people."

3. "Jane By Design"

Admittedly, this show wasn't quite as serious as the above two shows, but it was a great show, nonetheless! This show followed Jane, who is mistaken for a 20-something-year-old young professional who is working in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, this only lasted one season. Instead of renewing a fun show about a young girl finding herself, they renewed "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager," which, yes, I did in fact watch, but, nonetheless, it was basically a teen soap opera that ran for like four too many seasons.

4. "Chasing Life"

This show, like number one and number two, was more serious — following the life of aspiring journalist, April Carver. In the first episode, it is revealed that April is diagnosed with cancer and it follows her as she struggles to tell her loved ones about her diagnosis, goes through treatment and attempts to live a normal life as long as possible. While this show at least lasted two seasons before being canceled, it was still canceled way too soon. There aren't many shows that feature a main character who is on the edge of life or death in such a realistic way. There's even a major plot twist with one of April's love interests that leaves a huge hole in the viewers' hearts.

5. "10 Things I Hate About You"

This show was based on the movie of the same name. Following the lives of Kate and Biana, aka the epitome of polar opposite sisters, was a lot of fun. Plus, Lindsey Shaw played one of the sisters. She is well-known for playing Moze in "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide!" The show, like many other greats, was canceled after one season and with that cancelation, holds a whole slew of cliffhangers.

6. "Bunheads"

While I was almost turned off from this show because of its title, I'm glad I gave it a shot! This follows Michelle as she starts working at a dance school. Michelle meets a few of the school's dancers who all have their individual struggles and they all benefit from her knowledge and look to her for advice. It was a great coming of age type story with a strong mentor-based role! This show was also canceled after one season. It was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is infamous for the show "Gilmore Girls" as well as featured Kelly Bishop from "Gilmore Girls."

Thanks, Freeform/ABC Family — I guess I'll sit around continuing to wonder what happened to my favorite characters.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Being An Avid Reader Is Not A Bad Thing

I hate when people keep saying I shouldn't read so much. I thought that was what my teachers wanted?

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Have you ever said or heard that someone who enjoyed reading is boring? That is not true. Someone who loves to read can have the best imagination out of everyone out there. They can imagine themselves as the main character and manage to put themselves into the story. This could be an escape from the world around them or be a way to dream of what they wish their life could have been. Loving to read does not mean you are willing to read everything out there. It might be that someone only likes reading books of their choice instead of school stuff.

After reading so many books about different topics can help you with having a bigger imagination. Reading about other people stories, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, can help you imagine the characters looking the way you want them to. Even though the author usually gives a description of the characters, the readers can still have their own imagination of exactly how they wish to imagine the characters. However, it isn't only the characters, it can also be places they are at and many other things. Authors want people to know how they imagine things in their story, but they make sure you are still able to picture things the way you want to. Having this imagination can help give you an escape from reality.

There are some people who have a difficult life and need to escape to a place where they can be who they want. Reading a book can help you do that. You can be in your room away from everyone and letting the story take over your mind. I have been in this situation before. I used to never enjoy being around people, so I would pick up a book a get lost in a whole other universe. I usually read sci-fi and fantasy books. These genres give me the most opportunities to use my imagination by involving magic and anything else that is fiction, but we all love it. When I was younger, I would always dream of having the same magical powers as the characters in the books had. I always knew it was impossible, but I still dreamed it and put myself in the story as the main character so that I could "have" these powers. Even though people love to read books, this does not mean they enjoy reading assigned reading for school.

People are always telling me, "if you love reading so much, then getting the assigned readings done for school should be a breeze." That isn't true. I hate reading textbooks or even normal books when I am forced to read them. Textbooks are usually so boring, and you can't use your imagination while reading. When there are regular books assigned for us to read each week, it is also difficult. The teachers usually make us answer questions and take notes on each chapter of the story. This takes away from the experience because you don't get the chance to put yourself in the story if you must keep stopping to answer questions or take notes. Not everyone who loves reading in their free time loves to read the assigned material for classes.

While I was in middle and high school, I was always reading. I constantly had a book with me, either a hard copy or on my kindle, and would immerse myself in the book any possible second I could. Those were the good old days. Since I started college, I have not had enough time to start and finish a book. I have so much work that I need to do before I can do my casual reading. Being an avid reader does not mean you enjoy every kind of reading, like me.

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