How Teen Love Can Turn Into A Dark, Twisted, And Disturbingly Funny Mess

the end of the fucking world review

What happens when the only thing you enjoy the most in your life is hurting others? Or what if you're so thirsty to be loved that you end up falling with the person that threatens to cause you even more harm?

Let’s face it. We’ve all loved the new Netflix series The End of the F***ing World and ran to watch it as soon as we saw the huge success it was having. This amazing dark comedy made it through all important media, not only due to its overwhelming success among the audience, but also because it scored a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. We know that this isn’t the ultimate way to review a movie or a film, but it’s become quite a popular tool when deciding what to watch. But leaving that aside, like everybody else I wanted to see the show the moment some of my friends started talking about it on their social media. I started doing some research on the series and discovered that it was inspired by a comic book with the same name. So, if you loved the series that much, take a look at the book this amazing story is based on.


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Created by Chuck Forsman, The End of the Fucking World is a dark coming-of-age graphic novel that focuses on the story of James and Alyssa, two teenage misfits that, as you already know, are way too far from being regular teenagers. James thinks of himself as a psychopath (and he’s probably right about that) who enjoys killing animals and hurting himself as a means to feel something in life. When his hobby stops being interesting for him, he decides to actually kill a human being. On the other hand, Alyssa is a rebellious girl whose family dynamics are far from being ideal (her mother doesn’t really care about her, and her stepfather is a horribly abusive man). Both start a relationship that, more than being the intense and romantic story we're used to, will evolve into a creepy and dark bond when they decide to run away.


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The story focuses on both characters in a great way. The point of view alternates from one character to the other, enriching their essence and offering different perspectives that create a wider image of the story. At the end of the day, this is a story about how we sense reality differently when we’re teenagers, obviously taken to a darker and more sinister situation. We can see the problematic family dynamics, the characters' difficult relationship with their parents, and that urge to run away fromillogical and extremely nonsensical rules.


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Through black and white and somehow simplistic illustrations, Forsman manages to endow his characters with a set of deep emotions and acute body language capable of making us shiver with fear and confusion because of these tragic and tormented characters. We might love how the series delves into these emotions and their grim story. However, Forsman has a unique way of conveying James' despair to find something that makes him feel alive and Alyssa's craving for love and attention, which makes her fall madly for this kid as she attempts to be what he's been looking for to fill his emotional void.


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If you make a deeper reading of the story, what matters really isn’t how these characters face their realities nor their dark attitudes, but how behind all that anger, that hatred, and indignation, lies a huge sense of fear towards what’s coming. They know there's no return once you cross the line of what's acceptable, and thus, they feel they have to surrender to their self-destructive path.


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So, if you liked the amazingly sinister and dark tone of the series, you have to take a look at the comic. The development of the story, the illustrations, and text work perfectly to convey an even darker message that will leave you craving for more.


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If you’re looking for more interesting books to read, you should consider these:


Would You Have Sex With An Alien If That Meant Saving Humanity?

The Novel By Hisham Matar That Explores What It Feels To Know The Person You Love Is Never Coming Back

What If The Apocalypse Happens And You Still Haven’t Found Your Soulmate?

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María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards

María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards


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