It’s like you’re living with them, says 20-year-old Grazia Ames, a fan of the show. Shirtless teen boys in a locker room spray each other with water bottles. Some were calling it a less OTT, less pretentious version of UK drama a shot.
“I like some photos on Instagram because I like the fact that they make them seem just like another friend or real person out there.” At the bottom of Karagülle’s email, there was a link to a teaser for season three. A milk carton narrowly misses one guy’s head, exploding into a milk shower, which soaks Isak’s face. I was consumed, swallowed up in a vortex of startlingly normal teen drama.
Each season is told from the POV of one main character.
Creator Julie Andem and producers toured all over Norway, conducting interviews with teens in order to accurately reflect their lives on screen.
He holds a stereotypical view of homosexuality, lamenting that being “gay” conjures up images of glitter and wrist-flicks.
Unlike flamboyant Eskild, Isak doesn’t “talk loudly about sucking cock, and Kim Kardashian, and lavender scent.” In one of the most poignant scenes, Eskild cuts him down, saying, “I need to tell you one thing about those people who you don’t want to be associated with, Isak.
” Later, I would discover that fans, people like Karagülle, were on a tireless crusade to make this racy teen drama more popular.
“No,” Hanne Selboe Karagülle assured me, “I am not involved in the series in any way, just a fan (like everyone else in Scandinavia it seems)!
“Because of the popularity of unapologetically shoves it front and centre.