I am not the biggest fan of horror movies. I hate fake blood and even when I know that it’s fake, I can feel pretty nauseous at the sight of it.
That withstanding, I love psychological thriller type shows and movies. I can usually only watch them in chunks. But damn do I get invested in watching everything crash and burn.
In this case, my most recent obsession has been “You,” a Netflix original with one season that’s ready to add a second.
The best way I can describe the show to you is to say that it’s the story of a “nice guy” gone extreme. By nice guy, I mean the kind of creepy, stalking, obsessive kind of person that thinks that they know someone best even if they have limited interaction or that they deserve the affection of someone.
It’s an interesting look into the nice guy trend that has invaded the internet. I won’t go on a rant about what these guys are doing and why I think it’s wrong. But I will say that as a woman who exists in this world, in this country; I felt terrified throughout the series. I felt terrified because I think about all the people that my friends have said that something felt weird about. I felt terrified because I have received anonymous messages on places from people who seemed to think that they knew me.
In a way, it does justify the way that I react with extreme caution to people. Yes, the movie is not exactly what happens everytime and do I think that some guy is going to find me in a bookstore and then kill people that they deem are not good influences? No. I don’t think that. Because I hang out with like 3 people on a regular basis.
But for a thriller written about the modern era, I like it. The idea of guys being obsessed with women isn’t new, but the “nice guy” trope is still interesting to me and the way that it played out here, while being one of my worst nightmares was fascinating to watch it play out.
I won’t spoil anything about the ending for you guys, but I’m interested to see what happens next with the series as they’ve dropped a pretty big story line to continue onto a second season.
I know that this blog has been a little bit rambly and vague, but just watch it. Just watch “You” and see where it takes you.