How Rom-Coms Are Changing Viewers Into Readers

Netflix's Rom-Com Renaissance Encourages Viewers To Become Readers

Based-on-book stories are being turned into movies left, right, center!

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After watching Netflix's film-version of To All the Boys I've Loved Before the entirety of the Internet lost their marbles over the adorable relationship between Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky. Reasonably so. I have watched said movie, and to be entirely truthful, I may have watched it again immediately afterward.

What's not to love? A beautiful story with equally gorgeous characters, all set in a romantic, East-coast town spells big love for the movie and sequels to come.

Netflix has been remarkably on-point with the novel-to-film creations it has been spewing out over the last few years. TATBILB is no exception to the success that Netflix has garnered because of its production of these films. Besides this film, Netflix produced 13 Reason Why, Girlboss, Anne with an E, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and most recently they announced the creation of a movie and TV series based on The Chronicles of Narnia. With all these heavily-received and, in some cases, viral productions released in the last few years, it is no surprise that these same viewers are heading back to bookstores to grab copies of the novels that inspired the visual works.

When I first watched TATBILB I adventured through the painstaking journey of trying to order the book trilogy by Jenny Han only to find scarcely few copies left. Physical bookstores were looted and wiped clean. Even on Amazon, I was able to order all three books with the condition that the second book (which is currently the highest in demand) would arrive two weeks after the first and third.

Now, what should surprise those who are unfamiliar with the storyline and fandom is that the first book was actually released in 2014, four years ago. Therefore, both the book and the movie were not simultaneously let out into the world. I can conclude that generally people watched TATBILB and felt an overwhelming urge, as I did, to read the books. This makes sense as the films had wonderful writing themselves, and all the actors worked together to craft a compelling story. However, this craze to read the books immediately after watching the movie rendered book-sellers and publishers, alike, to lose their minds over providing enough copies.

This is an incredibly heartening phenomenon to me. If you've read some of my blogs before, you know that not only did I study English in college, but that I consume books in a way not dissimilar to starving wolves finally eating in the middle of winter. A lovely image, yes, but I do truly love this sense of urgency in reading. I especially get excited to see the debates and conversations that are sparked in-person or on the Internet -- in forums, Goodreads, and Tumblr. If Netflix is somehow encouraging a new generation of readers to consume and deliberate about media in various forms, I can definitely get behind them. As if I don't already obsessively binge-watch Netflix shows every night to prove otherwise.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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