Yana Aleks

I am a writer, amateur director, drama teacher and biologist with a passion for nearly everything.
5 Things That Aren't True About 'Dear Evan Hansen'
7 months ago
So, let’s talk about Dear Evan Hansen. (As this is a review, there will be spoilers.) For those who don’t know, Dear Evan Hansen is a hit broadway show about anxious high-schooler Evan who, through a ...
3 Good and 3 Bad Things About 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
7 months ago
People keep saying that seeing the play live is so much better than reading the script that got released. So I went and saw it. Was it really better? (Heads up, some Cursed Child spoilers ahead!) The answer to the question above is kind of both yes and no. As I very much expected, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage was a sort of likable mess. I really enjoyed myself, but I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I only paid a small amount for both parts of the play. If I had had high e...
'Flavours of Youth' Works Better as a Noodles Commercial
7 months ago
Flavours of Youth is an anime anthology produced jointly by China and Japan which was released on Netflix earlier this month. It contains three stories set in three different cities united by the themes of growing up, the changing times, and reconciling childhood and adulthood. The anime relies mainly on nostalgia to tug on your heartstrings but while it is beautifully animated, it is the writing that ultimately lets it down. I wanted to like what I was watching, especially since remembering the...
Three Things 'Insatiable' Could Have Done Better
7 months ago
Insatiable is the new Netflix dramedy which hit the web just a few days ago. The plot revolves around high-schooler Patty Bladell who’s always been overweight and bullied for it. Through an unlikely s...
The Benefits and Pitfalls of Painting History in Pink and Rainbows
7 months ago
For those who don’t know, Anne with an E is a Netflix series based—rather loosely—on the beloved Canadian children’s classic Anne of Green Gables about a precocious red-headed orphan who gets adopted ...
Drawing Magic, Teaching Lessons, Saving a Culture: 'The Golden Apple' Series
2 years ago
From ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, and a number of Disney movies that transport us to magical lands, to Thor and Percy Jackson waging their battles in the modern-day USA, folktales and mytholog...