This year was full of ups and downs and then more downs and even more downs. As we’re wrapping up 2020, Hayley and Kayli have decided to use the next two blog posts to talk about the worst and best of the year. As you can tell by the title of this blog, get ready for us to rant about some of the not-so-great moments of 2020.
This year has been one for the books – full of ups, downs, and cringey Internet trends brought on by quarantining. What’s a better way to wrap up this horrible year than to review my top 3 worst Internet trends of 2020? Since these are trends I might be in the minority here – but I think it’s important to call out some of the shenanigans we endured this year.
Viral Tik Tok Dances
My first nominee goes to the awful Tik Tok dances with basic dance moves, creepy smiling, and a way too many damn moves. I didn’t go one day without seeing the same routine done a million different times to a song I was sick of hearing. My love for Savage by Meg thee Stallion and Say So by Doja Cat quickly flew out the window when I heard them 100 times a day. Tik Tokers even remade dances to songs that ALREADY had dances like The Wobble by V.I.C.
Until Tomorrow Trend
I pulled this trend out of the depths of my memory because this was how unforgettable and weird this was. People would upload an embarrassing photo of themselves on Instagram and whoever liked it within the 24 hours the image was up was sent a chain-like DM saying they had to do the same thing – or else.
What in the 2011????
I didn’t realize I would still be threatened by ominous chain-mail via Instagram in 2020 but, hey, I guess that’s on brand for this crazy year. I did enjoy looking at people’s crazy photos but once everyone joined in my feed just flooded with weird old photos and I was no longer entertained.
This might have been our lowest point. We “challenged” each other to randomly exercise??
Instagrammers all over the country posted stories of themselves doing a set amount of push-ups while tagging their closest friends to do the same. Why, you ask? I have no clue, the last thing I want to do while browsing Instagram is to be pressured into physical activity.
I’ll stick to the shot challenge thank you very much.
We have to give ourselves some slack because this was a strange year so, naturally, we did some strange things. No worries though, next week I will highlight some of the better trends we came up with in 2020 to end things on a better note.
This year I spent a lot of time reading and watching TV, which is why I thought it would be appropriate for me to talk about the worst book, movie, and TV show I got my hands on this year. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but no promises!
The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
I picked up this book for the group read during the Spooky Smart Bitches readathon. I was really excited about this one because of the premise. We are following a family that moves into an apartment complex that is located next to a graveyard. Slowly, all of the residents begin leaving the complex because of some spooky goings-on (cue spooky music here). Now, I looooooove a ghost story. Every time I read a horror book that doesn’t end in a supernatural twist, I am a little disappointed. Even with the supernatural element this book was a dud. I didn’t think it was possible for a ghost scene to be boring, but the Graveyard Apartment proved me wrong! Not only that, but the ending was super bizarre (not in a good way, unfortunately). All in all, I do not recommend this one unless you enjoy boring ass ghost stories!
Knock Knock (2015)
Ughhhhhhhh. This movie was by far the worst thing I watched this year, well tied with The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Knock Knock is about a supposedly happily married man being seduced by two rando women and paying the consequences. My biggest issue with this film is the message. At first it seems like your standard “men are trash, and they’ll cheat on you in a minute” type of film. Then it takes a weird turn where it seems like a job fit for Benson and Stabler, if you catch my drift. There’s also a scene where the husband (who is played by Keanu Reeves) has a five-minute monologue about free pizza. Eli Roth has definitely scarred me for life but not in the way I appreciate! I wouldn’t recommend this movie to my worst enemy, and I have a lot of those.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
Okay, let me clarify my feelings about this show before I get cancelled. I don’t think this was the worst show of 2020, but it was a huge disappointment for me. I just watched the Haunting of Hill House this year and absolutely loved it. I put if off for so long because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but boy was I wrong. I was super excited about the Haunting of Bly Manor, but it was just so much slower than Hill House. The twists were pretty obvious, the backstory episodes dragged and the whole season was just so boring and dull. It felt like the whole story revolved around Dani stomping around Bly. Also, it took me so long to finish the show that the ending didn’t have a huge impact for me, but that’s my fault. I think the best way to watch Bly Manor is by not watching Hill House first, or understand that Bly Manor is just a slow, slow, slow burn.
We know that 2020 was rough for a lot of us and our hearts go out to all of you that had a tough year. Not to jinx 2021, but fingers crossed that it’s somewhat better. Stay tuned because next week we’ll be talking about the best of 2020. Stay Pressed!