Here we are, the last day of 2018. We hope that the year has been as fulfilling to you as it has been for us! You’re either already preparing for the countdown party of the night, or still scratcahing your head on what or where you should be doing tonight.
If the idea of partying doesn’t sit well in your head, then perhaps a chilled night at home with your legs kicked up on a comfy pillow is the answer. After all, you do deserve all the relaxation you can get after enduring the year’s ups and downs in your favourite pair of heels!
But… what do you do when you’re all comfortably wrapped up in a warm blanket with your favourite glass of expensive wine? Netflix has your answer! Produced by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, comes a chilling drama of a book store manager’s obsession with a woman. The series stars Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail and is co-written by producer Sera Gamble.
I know what you’re thinking: why are we recommending a psychological thriller like YOU as a year-end-snuggle-up watch? With the new digital age, we think that we cannot stress enough oh your safety. As the year ends, we hope that everyone, especially you glamorous ladies out there with a popular following on social media would consider heightening security as we enter the new year!
We had the opportunity to have a quick chat with co-writer of the series Sera Gamble on how important it is to be cautious of what we post online! Without further ado, here’s what she has to say!
What led to you to turn the book into a series? What message do you hope social media users would get from your series?
Sera Gamble: Greg Berlanti generously shared the book with me and invited me to make the show with him. We shared the same enthusiasm about the material– it seems so relevant and thrilling, and we loved feeling both swept up and crept out at the same time.
In a way, the show is pointing out that we’re all sort of doomed: privacy is all but dead due to the ubiquity of social media, and it’s difficult to adequately protect yourself. So I’d say two things: educated yourself, so you can protect yourself to the extent that that’s possible– be mindful about your use of this technology. And also: be realistic about the fact that it’s a monster now that we can’t fully control, and as such it brings you great things but also dangers that are the price we’re all paying as a culture. The only way we could truly protect every user would be to make massive changes on a global scale in our use of social media– so I hope people also put down some of the victim-blaming and realize this is a new problem for our society but a real one.
How important is it to practice vigilance on social media? Has working on this series changed your view about social media? What are the steps you take to protect yourself on your social media platforms and do you advice frequent social media users, especially the ladies, to follow in your footsteps?
Sera Gamble: It’s important. For privacy reasons, but also for your mental health– vigilance extends to putting your phone down sometimes, in my opinion! For my part, I try to limit the amount of time I spend scrolling social media. I think all the commonsense rules about not posting personal info or your real-time location are smart. I have to say, the actors on our shows take the precautions to a whole other level– since they’re more in the public eye, they have to. I learned a lot from chatting with them.
What is your advice to frequent social media users to prevent a situation like the series You from happening and if they do encounter such a situation what should they do?
Sera Gamble: The truth is, you can’t completely protect yourself in this world. You can only do your best to stay safe. It’s not as though bad things happen to careless or stupid people only; they can happen to anyone. I think part of the reason I am drawn to this material is because I like to confront things that scare me by writing about them. We researched this a lot to write the show and I still can’t offer a perfect solution that would guarantee no one would ever violate your privacy. Sorry!
What are your thoughts of the series joining the Netflix family? Will there be a season 3 coming?
Sera Gamble: We are thrilled to be joining the Netflix family. So many of our favorite shows are Netflix Originals. We’re making season 2 now. Fingers crossed for season 3 and beyond!
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