IIIIIT’S CHRIIIIIIISTMAAAAASSS! OK, not really, but if you’re the kind of girl who’s as festive as Mariah Carey then it might as well be.

Sure, some people might think you’re being extra by talking non-stop about December 25th when it’s only August, but who are they to judge your enthusiasm for mince pies? In fact, they better not pout and you’ll be telling them why…

Here are all the things you only know if you’re on that Christmas countdown already:

All your friends rolled their eyes when you wished them a merry half Christmas

What else is there to celebrate on June 25th?

Since then, you’ve been counting down the days ’til the big one

Someone should really invent an advent calendar to bridge the gap between December 25th and… well, December 25th.

Once X Factor starts it’s basically Christmas Eve

Everyone knows the drill: X Factor stars, X Factor ends, CHRISTMAS!

And when it starts, so does your Christmas shopping

One for them, two for you.

You’re the only person you know who loves wrapping

You’ve definitely considered applying to work in the Selfridges gift wrapping department.

As soon as Halloween’s over you begin eating allllll of the Christmas snacks

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

And you would never risk leaving your advent calendar shopping to 30 November

Why would anyone leave their chocolate choice to chance? You NEED the Maltesers one, obviously!

You completely lose it the first time you see the Coca-Cola Christmas advert

And the second… and the third…

And let’s not get you started on Mariah Carey

Ooooh, baby!

Every Sunday in December is spent watching Christmas movies

Yeah, you watch The Holiday all year round, but it doesn’t really count. Miracle On 34th Street, The Santa Clause, Home Alone – THOSE are Christmas movies.

And every party calls for allll of the sequins

Glitz is to Christmas what animal ears are to Halloween: 100% necessary.

You can never sleep come Christmas Eve

No matter how old you get, you can’t shake the excitement.

But the Boxing Day comedown is real

Until you realise it’s only 364 days until Christmas!

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Well, it finally happened. After seven long years of viewing, we finally found out who had been torturing the Liars. Or who had been torturing the Liars for the last season and a half, anyway.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What follows is our break down of the entire episode (plus documentary evidence of my WhatsApp reactions with my friend Emily), so if you’re avoiding spoilers close this tab immediately. No, seriously, CLOSE IT. And if you’ve never watched PLL then I suggest you back away swiftly – there is nothing for you here.

Everyone else, welcome to the final installment of Pretty Little Liars…

*Sobs for a week*

Opening scene: The Liars are sitting in front of The Brew complaining about how hot it is outside. Then Lucas appears in white tails, does a little tap dance and leaves (oh my god, I am going to miss this show so much). Then Jenna comes by, on a horse and everyone’s totally chill about it because, well, this is Rosewood. Anything can happen. Which it does approximately three seconds later when it starts to snow. Oh ok, this is just inside Mona’s head. Gotcha.

Someone pass me the popcorn, I’m settling in.

Okay, now we’re a year head. That was fast. Aria and Ezra are happy, Spencer is hanging out with horses, Hannah and Caleb are fighting, Alison and Emily have twins(!) and Mona is out of the psych ward. I’m following so far.

The Liars decide to throw a party for Ezria at the Lost Woods Hotel, which Spencer now owns. Because nothing says ‘fun party’ like going to the very hotel where your torturer used to live, am I right? Then again, they also hang out at the Radley hotel all the time, which is a converted mental institution that Spencer was literally a patient at, so… who am I to judge?

They all look so happy, laughing and chatting and having a nice time (well, everyone aside from Haleb, who are making the whole thing really awkward). WAIT, there’s a person in the bushes wearing a hoodie! It’s Melissa! Seriously though, if she turns out to be A.D. I’m going to be really annoyed because she’s hardly been in the last few seasons and there’s no way she’s smart enough to pull this whole thing off. Oh wait, no – it’s Mona wearing a mask of Melissa. Jeez, this is going to be complicated, isn’t it?

Carrying on, Aria’s infertile, which seems like a strange and unnecessary storyline, but we’re going with it. Spencer and Mumma Drake are besties. WINE MOMS. THE WINE MOMS. They’re back and they’re drinking the wines and oh my god are they finally going to tell us how they escaped the doll house?!! Nope. False alarm, thanks for that Marlene. Also, I don’t like whatever is going on with Alison and Pam. I’ve never totally trusted Alison and I’m not loving this weird vibe she’s giving off at the moment.

Oh good, Emily’s with me. You go Emily. You demand to know what is going on. Oh, I love angry Emily. Oh my god. No. ALI IS PROPOSING. OH MY GOD. I TAKE IT ALL BACK. I AM NOW FIRMLY PRO-ALISON. I’ve always worried that Ali was just settling for Emily, which is why I could never get on board with the Emison fandom but now I’m into it. Sign me up.

However, I am, and always have been, staunchly pro Spoby, so I am very pleased with all of these developments. Oh, right, less pleased by Mona hitting Spencer over the head with an axe, but what can you do? New dungeon! This is a space-age one! SPENCER HAS A TWIN. THE INTERNET HAS BEEN VINDICATED. Ha, we guessed it Marlene! HOLY CRAP, WHAT IS THIS ENGLISH ACCENT? SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.

Like, what is this?! Why does she sound like Eliza Dolittle?! Evil Spencer knows Wren?! Evil Spencer is married to Wren. Evil Spencer had Wren shoot her in the shoulder so she looked exactly like Spencer. Totally normal behaviour. Oh, ok, then she killed him and turned his ashes into a diamond. She’s a real romantic, this Alex Drake. Wren is the baby daddy of Alison and Emily’s twins!

Oh, Mary Drake is here too! Trust PLL to have a family reunion in an underground bunker. I’m just going to put it out there, I don’t think Mary Drake is a great mum. I don’t think you should be so chill about the fact that one of your kids is keeping the other kid in an underground bunker. Oh god. now Ezra’s missing. Wait, it’s okay, he’s just in the bunker. I’m unclear as to why, but that hardly seems important at this point.

So Jenna and a horse realised that evil Spencer was pretending to be Spencer before her best friends did. I love the Liars, but guys, come on. A HORSE KNEW. Anyway, they are onto fake Spencer, yay, and they’ve realised that Ezra is missing rather than an asshole, excellent. Go Caleb, do your tech stuff. They’re going to make it and save good Spencer and Ezra!

Ha, like Spencer needs saving. All she needs is a hair grip and she can jiggle her way out of an intensely secure door. I really don’t feel like this show has a great grasp of how locks work, but hey.

Ohhhhh cool, there’s another “outside” layer to the dungeon. I’ve got to give it to evil Spencer, the girl has a strong dungeon game.

Oh my god, Toby’s going to have to work out which one is the real Spencer! Is he going to kiss them to work it out?! Buddy, you’ve been kissing the wrong one for few episodes, I’m not sure this is a good plan. Oh, ok, he’s asking about a poem. This is a better plan. So now they have the fake Spencer and Mona has called the cops and they’ve arrested her. Wait, is that it? Do they just get to be happy now? Is evil Spencer just going to jail?

HAHAHAHAHAHA of course she isn’t. Mona is keeping her in a bunker with Mary Drake. In France. BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE IS. Mona 100000% won End Game, I don’t care what anyone says.

No. No. This random Adison chick is not going missing. I do not care. I do not need a sequel. Please don’t do a sequel, Marlene.

Though, if you did I’d totally watch it. What can I say, I’m taking this show to the grave.

@LilyPesch

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

There’s a show you might not have noticed on Netflix. It didn’t explode onto the screen like 13 Reasons Why or Orange is the New Black – it was released with only a small buzz. You’ve probably scrolled passed it a million times while you’re bored on a Friday night and looking for something new to watch.

It’s called The Get Down, a Netflix original series about the rise of disco and hip-hop in New York in the 70s. But on top of being an incredibly fascinating story, it deserved more hype since it was directed by one of the world’s most celebrated directors: Baz Luhrmann.

The Get Down

But who even is Baz Luhrmann and why should we care?

The business of Baz…

Known for his theatrical, slightly surreal style, Baz Luhrmann was propelled to fame in the 90s and 00s with his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’ of films, made up of kooky rom-com Strictly Ballroom, Shakespearean tragedy Romeo + Juliet and the musical Moulin Rouge – all of which are completely delightful (and feature red curtains on the poster, hence the name), and feature his signature moves: bangin’ soundtracks, cartoon-like characters and totally dreamy sets.

Moulin Rouge

Baz Luhrmann is also known for his extravagance. Despite never having met him, I imagine he’s the type of man who would have peacocks in his garden and if he couldn’t choose between two enormous chandeliers, would just shrug and say “Oh, I guess I’ll just take both.” He’s the type of man who might sleep in velvet bed sheets and put on a fireworks display for his children’s half birthdays, because why the hell not?

It’s this decadence and opulence that makes his films so iconic. They look so beautiful that you find yourself completely incapable of looking away.

Wherefore art thou?

Most people first come across Baz Luhrmann at school, when an English teacher tries to tempt a confused classroom into understanding what Shakespeare was on about by popping on the dvd of Romeo + Juliet.

With Luhrmann’s direction and taste, this remarkable retelling of the world’s most iconic love story became even more dramatic and breathtaking.

Hand on heart, his adaptation is the only reason I like this play. Like, I’m sorry, these kids are objectively idiots and the plot is so absurd that when I read it at school for the first time, I didn’t understand why everyone always made a big deal of it being, like, the epitome of romance. But then I saw Baz Luhrman’s version of Romeo and Juliet and I got it. There are loads of films that adapt Shakespeare plays for modern times, (She’s the Man, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc.) but few are able to make the story work in a modern setting and keep the original dialogue without it even once getting boring. That’s the genius of Baz Luhrmann.

The ultimate film FOMO

In his glitzy 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio, Baz Luhrmann transformed the classic book by F Scott Fitzgerald into another quirky masterpiece full of colour and decadence.

But like so many great artists, he also has an amazing squad around him – especially his wife Catherine, nicknamed CM, his creative partner, who won two Oscars for the set and costume design of The Great Gatsby. It has now become my life’s mission to be invited to one of the Luhrmann family parties. I mean, look at this party scene from Great Gatsby. I don’t even like parties that much and yet I would give my left arm to be able to go to this one.

The Marmite of movies

Watched Moulin Rouge and just didn’t ‘get’ it the first time? You’re not the only one. Baz Luhrmann’s films divide option like basically nothing else. And they often receive lacklustre reviews when they’re first released, but then go on to become legendary cult classics a few years later. Which is a kind of reassuring reason to shake off the haters, isn’t it?

Moulin Rouge

[NOTE: The one exception to this is 2008’s Australia. Do not see Australia (I’m Australian, so I can say this). Soz Baz, but it is the worst film ever made. What was meant to be a tribute to your homeland became the longest three hours of my life. And it took me a long time to forgive you for almost ruining Hugh Jackman for me. Like honest to god, I can’t even watch the whole trailer without getting bored.]

But anyway! Despite the odd fail, Baz has cemented himself in Hollywood as a director that people are desperate to work with – and with a style that’s all his own. And with a stage musical of Moulin Rouge currently in the works (woop!), this definitely won’t be the last you hear of him.

Here’s to many majestic, over-the-top, lavish films in the future. Oh, and Baz, if you’re reading this, can I please come round for dinner some time?

@LilyPesch

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Girli, the teenage punk rapper-slash-pop star who is being tipped as one of 2017’s most intriguing musical talents, may be jetting off to Los Angeles hours after I call her up, but she’s still paranoid about losing her passport. The 19-year-old, who is known to her parents as Millie Toomey, has spent the past year in a whirlwind, blending turning 18 and A Levels with becoming the new Lily Allen, while spending the summer living in a flat by herself.

It’s the kind of life many teenage girls dream of. But it’s one that’s even more remarkable considering that Millie spent her first years of secondary school dealing with bullies and waiting for her period to turn up, venting her anger by organising awareness against sexual harassment and, at 13, speaking in the Houses of Parliament – “wearing an untucked shirt thinking I was the coolest person ever”.

Both of Toomey’s parents were actors, so performing was always on the cards. But she only turned to music at 15 after becoming fed up of “never actually changing anything” as an elected member of Youth Parliament for Camden, north London, where she grew up. “I thought, that’s not the best way to change things. I remember going to school and everyone was like, ‘There’s that goodie-two-shoes who’s always telling everyone what to do. I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to prove you all wrong.’” So she formed a girl band.

When her bandmates decided to concentrate on going to university, Millie, then 16, decided to keep making music by herself. Her first effort? “A song made by sampling the sound of Japanese girls shouting at someone.” From here came Girli: the hyper-pink, provocative, unashamedly bolshy and completely, fiercely feminist alter-ego, which won her a record deal within a matter of months.

I spoke to Girli about about school, periods and becoming a pop star. 

Going from a youth politician to a pop star sounds like something out of a teen movie we’d want to see. How did that happen?

“I realised that it wasn’t the best way to change things. I was 15 and I’d been doing politics for ages and I had a teen realisation where I was like, actually, “Everyone’s against me”. I always felt like I was on the side of teachers and politicians, because I thought they were there for me. But they weren’t there for me, they’re there for themselves, and it got me really angry. I started hating politicians and everything they stood for.

I started really hating school at that point because I felt like there were a lot of people who didn’t get what I was about and a lot of things were changing and I thought, no. I wanted to be able to go somewhere after school and just rock out. I started making music with my band and I cut all my hair off as a rebellion. It was an outlet.”

How did you form a band?

“I got together a band from joinmyband.com, the dodgiest thing ever. Luckily I didn’t get any dodgy ones, but found these three girls and we played indie rock punk. It was really rubbish but it was fun. The girls left me to go to uni, they didn’t think the band was going to go anywhere. I still maintain that we could have headlined the O2 one day, but whatever.  

Then I started making songs on my computer and messing around on my own and Girli was born. I think it must have been two years ago now. A few months later I got label interest. I was playing loads of gigs and I was going to loads of networking events and stuff, desperately trying to get a manager. And I met this guy who had been a rapper, he was a rookie manager and he started managing me, which was a bit of a disaster really, because he was super young as well and it was kind of messing around. Then I got a new manager who knew what he was doing a little more and started putting out more music on my own and the label got involved.”

I had a lot of fun at your Camden show – whose idea was it to string tampons from the ceiling?

“That was such a fun gig, everyone was so up for everything. I threw a Donald Trump pinata at them and they were so up for it! I always like to involve sanitary products in my shows. I used to chuck them out at the crowd. I think people think I do it to shock, and really I just do it because I don’t think that tampons or periods should be something that’s taboo. It’s just something that comes with being a woman. I feel like if I string tampons up at my show it’ll help people be like, “oh, tampons – whatever.””

So, tell us about your first period…

“I remember being really upset because I was really late in having my period. Obviously now I’m like, “huh! Upset! Could have gone a few more years without bothering with it!” But I remember all of my friends and all of the girls in my class were like, “oh my god, period talk”, and I had to be like, “yeah, totally, LOL”, when I had no idea what was going on. I felt like such a baby.

I had just turned 15 and I got my period at home. It wasn’t a messy story: I went to the loo and was like, “oh, blood!” And I remember walking out and my dad was standing outside and the first thing I said to him was, “Dad, I’m a woman now”. And he just looked at me and said, “no, you’re not.”

My mum was a legend, she was prepared. She was like, “Here are some I had earlier,” and revealed a whole cupboard of sanitary products.”

Do you have a period craving?

“To be honest, it’s just a craving for everything. I just eat like a horse when I’m on my period. But in general, chocolate is always the go-to. Chocolate all day, every day.”

Can you tell when it’s coming?

“I just start to feel a bit heavy and sluggish and I sync with all of my female friends. Whenever it’s coming, we’ll text and say, “I feel like my period’s coming along”, and as soon as someone says that we’ll jinx it and we all just get out periods like 10 minutes later.”

What about period pains?

“I don’t get terrible pains but I do get bad mood swings. I got my period on my birthday, which was like, two days ago, and I was like, “are you f***ing kidding me?” Because obviously it’s your birthday and you’re meant to be in a good mood, and I was just being really pissy to my mum.”

One of your best new songs is dedicated to your sister, and has loads of lovely advice in it. Would you give yourself the same tips if you could?

“If I could look back, I’d just say to chill out. Because I worried way too much, I still do. But I think that’s the thing that gets most teenagers, you just worry so much about the future, like, “do I have to decide who I want to be now?” or “should I feel a certain way?” and being 13-15 is sometimes really rubbish and that’s just a normal natural growing up and getting used to your own skin and finding your people. It’s so normal.”

“My sister is having a tough time at school, and so did I – I got bullied at school and hated school a lot of the time – and that’s why I did well at exams, because I just decided to study and get away from it all. Then I started the band. Just pushing through and remembering that on the other side you’re going to have a great life. That’s the most important thing.”

Bullying sucks big time. What was your experience of it like?

“The move from primary to secondary really stressed me out. I was so anxious. I had to go to therapy and I really wasn’t a very happy kid, and there was a group of girls who just preyed on me like demons. I would come to school and everything I did or say they would comment, they’d try to trip me up and it was constant, there was no escape. Now, I look back and I think, I’m actually doing stuff with my life and I have really good people around me and I have no idea where they are. I think being tormented like that, it made me want to weird people out even more!”

What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened to you at school?

“I was about 12 and this boy asked me to go to the Year 6 prom. And I’d literally never been asked by a boy to go to anything, and I was like, “Yeah, sick!” Then this other boy, who I’d had a crush on for ages, like years, asked me as well. And being 12-year-old, savage me, I was like, “well yeah, this is a better offer”. So I went back to the first guy and was like, sorry mate. Then he was like, “you bitch!”. The guy who I’d fancied for ages found out and came up to me and said, “Oh, you’re a dick” and took away his offer.

And I ended up going on my own. Which was actually great.”

Girli’s new single, Girl I Met on the Internet, is out now.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

So, no one told you life was going to be this way. You’re life’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA (which stands for Dead On Arrival, I only found that out a few years ago). Sure, you have friends who’ll be there for you blah blah, but the more important question is: which capital F Friend are you? You might think you’re part Rachel, part Joey with Chandler undertones, but what does science* say? Let’s find out!

*Our incredibly subjective made-up quiz.

Your friends would describe you as:

Your nightmare room to be stuck in is:

What’s your fave snack?

What's your worst quality?

What's your favourite subject at school?

If you won £10 million what would you do with it?

What's your dream pet?

Were Ross and Rachel on a break?

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

WINTER IS COMING. I mean, it’s technically already here… but snow, snow is coming! The weather forecast is full of snowflakes and our heads are full of snow day dreams, thick socks and all the different ways we could toast marshmallows without an actual fire (sticking them carefully in the gas hob might not be as romantic, but it gets the job done).

With any luck, by the end of today we’ll all be three foot deep in the white stuff, literally incapable of leaving the house and in need of a huge stack of cosy, wintry films to hunker down with. So here are some of our all-time favourite winter (but not Christmas) films to warm your cockles.

And if the weather fails us, hey – that’s what weekends are for.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Way before Tim Burton gave Willy Wonka and Alice in Wonderland their gothic makeovers, he made magic with Johnny Depp in this gorgeous fantasy about a boy ‘created’ with scissors for hands. Taken in by a suburban family, gentle Edward turns his sharp talents to haircuts, topiary and beautiful ice sculptures. You’ll cry, you’ll swoon and you’ll have the urge to give yourself a creative fringe trim afterwards (don’t).

Lion the witch and the wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

There is probably no snowy tale more magical than this one, the story of four evacuees who stumble on another world at the back of a wardrobe – a world of fauns and friendly beavers where it is always winter, but never Christmas. And if a blizzard really gets going outside, there are two more films and seven books to plow through. Turkish delight sold separately.

Happy feet

Happy Feet

It’s penguins! Tap dancing! Tap dancing penguins! If that prospect doesn’t immediately fill you with joy, there’s probably a chip of ice in your heart. Get that seen to.

Cool runnings

Cool Runnings

Is this the ultimate underdog sports movie? PROBABLY. Or if not, it’s definitely the ultimate underdog winter Olympics sports movie, which makes it all we need right now. Let the true story of the first national Jamaican bobsled team melt your heart quicker than a choc ice on a radiator.

Ice Age

Ice Age

Ok so it doesn’t count as a 100% accurate history lesson, but the animated tale of a mammoth, a sloth and a sabre-toothed tiger battling the icy elements to return a human baby to safety teaches us that even 11,000 years ago, in a time before social media or school or the wheel, people still needed good friendships to get them through. Or sloths and mammoths. Whatever.

Groundhog day

Groundhog Day

Think you love a good snow day? How about having one every single day, the very same day, for hundreds of years? Yeah, thought as much. This classic 90s Bill Murray comedy answers that age old question asked by everyone who’s ever had a seriously crappy day: what if you COULD go back to bed and start the whole thing over again?

March of the penguins

March of the Penguins

It’s penguins! Real ones! Marching! More romantic than your average rom-com, this gorgeous documentary from National Geographic charts the progress of thousands of emperor penguins as they make the long, treacherous journey to their ancestral breeding grounds – and hopefully find love in the process. Pingu was never this emosh.

Little Women snow

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s tale of teenage sisterhood might span all the seasons several times over, but it’s those winter bonnets and ice skating scenes that really make life in the American Civil War look appealing. Cocoon yourself on the sofa and decide once and for all if you’re Team Laurie or Team German Professor.

Frozen

Frozen

Didn’t think we’d let this one go, did you? No chance.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Does your festive enthusiasm put Buddy the Elf to shame, or are you Grinchier than the Grinch himself? Let’s find out…

When do you think is the 'right' time to put up a Christmas tree is?

When did you stop believing in Santa?

What time do you wake up on Christmas Day?

What sort of present unwrapper are you?

Who’s your fave reindeer?

How do you feel about Christmas pudding?

In the school nativity play, your dreamed of being cast as...

Love Actually comes on the TV. What do you do?

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

Space nerds, rejoice! There’s never been a better time to be really into space, stars, planets and other examples of astronomical goodness.

Exciting new space discoveries are being reported everyday and the mainstream media is finally really, really interested in what the universe has to offer. Like, hello, who didn’t cry when the Rosetta space probe crash-landed onto that comet, never to be seen again? Not to mention, there are a bunch of badass female astronauts paving the way for our next new role models in space (we’re looking at you Jessica Meir and Nicole Aunapu Mann) and pop culture is obsessed with all things space and sci-fi right now.

So, if you want to indulge your wannabe space scientist or inner astronaut, here are our favourite movies, books and TV shows about exploring the stars, hopping onto a spaceship or maybe even meeting some aliens along the way. To infinity and beyond!

1. Interstellar

Interstellar

This epic movie was released a few years back and marked the start of a pop culture fascination with all things space-related. And we can totally understand why. It had a stellar (sorry) cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and… well, someone else who makes a surprise appearance. Bonus points for having plenty of female astronauts for us all to aspire to!

It’s about the stuff that makes space so damn fascinating, and kinda terrifying – like exploration, black holes and a big dose of fantasy time travel. But, and this is a big but, it’s also about human relationships and experiences too. So have some tissues at the ready.

2. The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

the_long_way_to_a_small_angry_planet

This book has won (and is tipped to win) so many literary awards, it’s mind-boggling. The story is about Rosemary, who decides to get aboard a spaceship called the Wayfarer to see what life flying through the galaxy is like. There are plenty of people on board and adventures to be had as the Wayfarer crew decide to embark on a big mission to build a hyperspace tunnel.

There are relationships and personal dramas, some interesting takes on what it means to be a woman flying through space, as well as everything you’d expect from a book about interstellar travel – like aliens, fantastical space-time tunnels and lots of exciting, new, and sometimes scary, discoveries.

3. Firefly

firefly

Made by the guy behind mega hit 90s/00s show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly is all about the crew of a spaceship called Firefly, the adventures they get up to – and the baddies they encounter along the way. Eek! Watch out for the REEVERS. *Shudder*.

It’s definitely in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy rather than your run-of-the-mill trip to the moon, but the show is bound to appeal to those who love space and the idea of finding alien worlds. It also features an awesome main character, River Tam, who has a troubled past and a mean roundhouse kick.

If you get really into Firefly then check out the TV show’s spin-off movie, Serenity. Or try things the other way round if you want to be all proper and chronological about it. Firefly was made before Serenity, but Serenity tells you River Tam’s backstory properly. Phew, I know, it’s hard to keep up.

4. Gravity

Gravity gif

Gravity is probably the entry on the list that feels the most real, despite being set up in space. Meaning, it’s not in the future, there are no aliens and everything messes up gloriously – just like it always seems to in real life.

The soundtrack is nothing short of OMG-TOTALLY-EPIC, the spacey scenery is beautiful and Sandra Bullock puts in a really solid performance as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. It’s edge-of-yer-seat stuff, so prepare to shout “NOOOO!” at the screen repeatedly. And if you can, get it on a big TV rather than an iPad or computer screen. The visuals will blow your little mind.

5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Game Over gif

This classic sci-fi novel actually started off as a short story and was so popular it was then turned into a whole SAGA. It’s less space travel in the not-so-distant-future and more about adapting to a big alien threat in the very-distant-future after we’ve nailed that whole travelling between planets thing. Eek!

The story is all about Ender Wiggin, a young boy who turns out to be a tactical genius and maybe our only hope against the potential invasion. Maybe, I mean, we’ll see. It’s a big ask, after all.

Like most classic books nowadays, this one was made into a movie – starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Although that doesn’t tend to get as good reviews as the book does… so you’ve been warned.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is more of a sci-fi, comic book movie than could-it-be-real-one-day? space movie. (Although we’d like to think one day the adorable little fluffy racoon thing in it might be real. Fingers crossed.)

It’s all about Peter Quill’s (although call him ‘Starlord’) alien-fuelled, laugh-out-loud-funny adventure through space where he meets all kinds of different characters, like Gamora, Draz, Groot and Rocket. Collectively, they become the Guardians of the Galaxy. If you love this, then you’ll be happy to hear there’s already a sequel in the works.

7. Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman

chasing_the_stars_

Here’s another book that has won an award recently for the way it paints very real, human relationships in the very otherworldly realm of space.

It’s all about Olivia and her brother Aidan who are all alone on a spaceship hurtling back to earth after a virus has killed everyone else. (Sure, it’s not the most optimistic start ever.) On their way they pass another spaceship, and that’s how they meet Nathan. Nathan and Olivia fall for each other immediately and the book is all about the crazy things that happen in space and how it’s possible (or maybe isn’t possible) to fall in love out there.

8. The Martian

The Martian gif

The Martian was a huge blockbuster last year because it combined everything we all love about suspense movies, but casually relocated the action to Mars. The cast is great (hello Matt Damon) and it’s one of those timeless stories that will appeal to everyone – whether you’ve got a bit of a crush on all things spacey or not.

9. Star Trek

Star Trek

We know, we know. Bear with us. This might seem like something only your parents could love. But honestly, a lot of the Star Trek shows are still really watchable. You could go as far back as the first episodes and the Star Trek: The Original Series shows, or take a look at Star Trek: The Next Generation, which we personally really like here at betty. They’re just dated enough to be a bit funny – cheesy lasers and aliens, anyone? – but a lot of the stories are still really entertaining.

And if you like the characters, then go and watch past versions and catch up on the movies, too. There are plenty and lots of new ones still being made.

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle

a_wrinkle_in_time

A Wrinkle in Time is a sci-fi classic written for children that feels a bit like The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for space lovers. It’s about a boy called Charles who travels through ‘a wrinkle in time’ to find his dad. But instead, he finds himself on an alien planet enslaved by a big brain called ‘It’. Definitely one more for the quirky sci-fi fans than those who just want to think about nice swirling galaxies and twinkling stars.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a taste for space… without even leaving the sofa.

@BeccaCaddy

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.