Seeing as I’m writing this having stayed up too late reading the whole of this book at once, and I was already a big fan of Schitt’s Creek, this review might be a little different to normal. Love That Journey For Me is a bitesize look into TV series Schitt’s Creek, exploring its portrayal of queerness across relationships, fashion, culture, and safety and thinking about the impact of it at its particular point in TV history.
The first book in 404 Ink’s Inklings series, this is a light and yet also deep short book that feels like a real work of love. Garside analyses the character arcs, tropes, and subversions across the six seasons and draws out potential references and the importance of them. For me, one of the best parts was the chapter looking at Cabaret and the role (possible pun unintended) it plays within Schitt’s Creek, as well as how Schitt’s Creek presents a particular production of Cabaret. I also liked the situating of the show within the history of LGBTQ representation on mainstream US/UK TV, really bringing home the point that the show is meant to be a town that doesn’t recreate the prejudices of real life, but shows a different world.
It’s a hard book to put down once you’re reading it, both if you’re a fan of the show and want to think a little more about it and if you like reading things about pop culture where you can really feel the author’s care for the work. Not something I’m used to reading in such a format (the small size really works and I think being readable in one sitting is great), so it’s great to see it published as well.