By Alexandra Margelu, Hannah Jones and Madison Nualart
OCT 12, 2018
Two new Netflix original films were recently released for viewers. The movies instantly gained popularity among post-millennials on social media. These movies, based on books, were both released in 2018 and ignited an instant online debate about which of the two is the better chick-flick.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the more recent of the two films, was released on August 17, 2018. It’s about 16-year-old high school student, Lara Jean Song Covey, who constantly daydreams about romance. Every time Lara Jean had a crush, she wrote love letters that were never intended to be sent. In an effort to spice up Lara Jean’s life, her younger sister Kitty mails all of the love letters. This causes awkward and unwanted confrontations with her old crushes. One of the letters was sent to her older sister’s ex-boyfriend. Another letter was sent to her seventh grade crush Peter Kavinsky, who then asked Lara Jean to pretend to be his girlfriend to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. To their surprise, this fake relationship developed into an unexpected friendship that evoked a surprising plot twist.
The Kissing Booth, was released on May 11, 2018. Elle Evans, the lead protagonist, takes charge of helping the school’s dance team raise money. She comes up with the idea of setting up a kissing booth for her high school’s Spring Carnival. For her booth to be a success, Elle needs volunteers, and who better than Noah Flynn, her best friend’s older brother, who happens to be the popular “bad boy” of the school. With this mix of a new love interest, a best-friend pact, and a kissing booth, Elle’s junior year couldn’t be more eventful.
These Raider Review reporters surveyed the St. Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) student body to determine which movie was their top choice. Seventy-four percent of the students surveyed preferred To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before while the remaining 26% chose The Kissing Booth. Evidently, post-millennials are looking forward to the next Netflix Original with the quality of cast and storyline that made To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before an overwhelming success.