4YE Gives Thanks: 10 Things in Pop Culture Kelli Heidelberger is Thankful For

It’s that time here in the U.S. when we gather around with our loved ones, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and watch football (well other people do), and eat way too much food.

Most importantly, we must remember to be thankful for those things in our lives that give it meaning and inspiration, and make life wonderful. There is so many things I am thankful for this year. It has been a great few months I have been here at 4YE and I appreciate every moment I get to write about the things I love. Here is a list of the top ten things in pop culture I am thankful for this year:

The Hunger Games

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There are not many book adapted movies that can hold their own. Let’s be honest, most of them suck, but not The Hunger Games. The movies are just as good, or even sometimes better than the books, which rarely happens. I haven’t seen Mockingjay Part One yet, but given the things I have heard about it I am so excited to see it. These movies give me hope that not every movie adaption has to be terrible.


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Spotify has introduced me to a lot of new artists and songs that I never would have heard without it. The fact that you can listen to whole albums, as well as make your own playlists just makes me grateful for this technology. I know the music industry is changing, CDs are becoming scarce, and people continue to illegally download music. But that is the great thing about Spotify. Unlike other internet radio services, the fact that you can search for specific artists and hear what they have released, as well as find recommendations similar to them, and follow other people’s playlists, it just opens up so many more opportunities to hear new music as well as old music. I will always be thankful for that.

Natalie Dormer

This fabulously beautiful woman is my woman crush. It is as simple as that.

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Doctor Who

About time … Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and Jenna Coleman as Clara.
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Last year this probably would have been higher on my list, but I haven’t been too happy with this season. But I still have to be thankful for it because the time I have spent discussing it with my my Whovian friends it remains a bonding agent.

Gilmore Girls

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I know this show hasn’t been on the air for about 7 years, but its recent addition to Netflix allowed me to finally watch it for the first time (I know, shocking). I immediately fell in love with it like so many others before me. There are so many ways I identify with Rory (her love of reading is one), though there were times when she annoyed me. I loved Lorelei and all of Stars Hollow. I cried during the last three episodes, like I had been watching the show for seven years instead of just a few weeks. There are many nostalgic things in the show that remind me of the early 2000s when I was just starting high school, like pagers and when Wifi was a new thing. Rory’s graduation from Yale reminded me of my graduation from college this past May and how much I miss my friends. I don’t think this show would have had the same effect on me if I had watched it when I was younger as it does now. But I am glad that I took the time to watch it.


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I have been off and on Tumblr for years, not by choice but because it can be too distracting and with school work it just isn’t the best combination. But when I do come back to Tumblr I always realize how much I miss it. There aren’t many social networking sites I could say that about. It isn’t just a site for fangirling, though a lot of that goes on there, but social and political topics are shared around much more than on other sites. A lot of information that I get on issues I see on Tumblr without all the negative comments.

The Walking Dead

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I don’t think I realized how much I loved The Walking Dead until I went back and watched some of the beginning episodes. Everything about this show is amazing. Each season it goes bigger and better. The characters and their development are something that, as a writer, I envy. I can only hope that one day I will write characters half as good as these over such a long period of time. Every season brings new surprises and they know when episodes need to be action packed and when to make episodes character driven. It has taken me a while to realize this, but I am so glad that I have stuck with the show.


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This list wouldn’t be complete without Netflix. It is my life. I watch it more than I watch regular tv. I hate commercials, so that is why I couldn’t last with Hulu. It has provided me hours of entertainment when nothing else could. Though sometimes I get frustrated with the slowness of movies and TV shows getting on Netflix, or not going on at all, I still can’t help be grateful for all the great movies and TV that are already on the site.


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There is so much I could be thankful to SDCC for. It is the reason I got to finally meet some of my friends face to face and I am forever grateful everyday for that opportunity because they have become the best of friends any girl could ask for. This amazing event has allowed me to be among people who share the same passions as I do. I have been able to be in the same room as some of my favorite celebrities and even get to meet some. There are not many things I would camp outside overnight for, but it’s a way to really realize that you aren’t alone. I can’t help but compare Black Friday shoppers to Hall H campers and tell you that they are the complete opposite. Whereas people are willing to trample others for their discounted products, there is a sense of community among those who camp out. Sure, it is always a stressful trip, but there is so much good that comes out of the event that most times it overshadows all that bad and it can make it one of the best things in the world.

Linkin Park

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I have always had a place in my heart for LP since their first album when my brothers listened to them. But this year thanks to SDCC and MTV I was able to see them live and in the front row and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. This experience ignited a love that hasn’t shrunk in the four months since I saw them. Their music has been a great muse for my writing, their LPTV videos are hilarious, and they are truly amazing and talented. They never fail to make me feel better when I have been having a bad day. Though I didn’t think it was possible, they have brought me even closer to my best friend, who has been such a big fan for 15 years. They have been a huge inspiration in my journey to get out of my writing slump, with their dedication to their fans, the world, and their music. I will always be forever thankful for them.


Well, there you go. That is my list. There was so many more things I could have included but these were the top ones that I am thankful for. I hope everyone who celebrates it, has a happy Thanksgiving.

Kelli Heidelberger