This Week in AfterEllen Recaps

Did you miss any of our TV recaps this week? Here’s a handy list, just in case!

One of the most fascinating things about PLL fashion is — well, I mean, obviously the most fascinating thing is that Mandi Line is a wizard. But it has been so interesting to watch how she has allowed each of Liars’ styles to evolve over the years while making very, very sure to keep their aesthetic as teenager-y as possible. The biggest transition from actor-to-character in recent years has been Shay to Emily, because every year of her life, that girl just gets sexier and sexier. So, they do the best they can. Ponytails and layers and vests and everything, but I guess sometimes there’s nothing you can do to combat the sheer power of her whole sexual deal, so you’ve just got to be like, “Fuck it, dim the lights and let’s hope the camera doesn’t catch on fire.” Which is exactly what’s happening right now as Emily and Paige lounge around in her bedroom talking about colleges. I mean, honestly, if you’re not legitimately hypnotized by that shirt and those shoulders and that collarbone and all that glorious, unleashed, disheveled hair, I think you’d better go with Jenna to the basement of Rosewood General Hospital and buy yourself a new pair of eyeballs.

"Pretty Little Liars" recap (4.01): Unicorn Planet

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Is this the year Shay Mitchell finally rises to the top of the AfterEllen Hot 100? Vote now! 

We re-watched the PLL pilot for the first time last night and got our brains blown wide open. Here’s what we learned about the evolution of the Pretty Little Liars. 

Why people like Paige McCullers?


(this is based off my answer to a comment on AfterEllen’s Poll of Favorite Lesbian/Bi TV Character)

Why people like Paige McCullers?

Identification, I’d say. I believe that identification is the main factor that makes you like a character. It could be identification because you are similar to what the character is or because the character is what you wish you were.

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Our tag is blowing up with lesbians telling us why Paige McCullers deserves a victory for Favorite Les/Bi Character in our Visibility Awards. Hit us up with your posts making the case for your favorite character and we’ll reblog the best of the best. (Don’t forget to tag it “AfterEllen” so we can find it!) 

Paige, how are you feeling now that you’ve pulled ahead of Santana?

Don’t try to look away from Pretty Little Liars’ entry into the Hottest Hookup poll, or Emily Fields will caress your neck and make you listen. She was looking for something, OK? She was looking for someone. And she came here. 

Gay Visibility and Pretty Little Liars or Why Paige McCullers is the Most Important Character on Television


Warning; This post is rambly

When I first started watching Pretty Little Liars just over a year ago, the idea that I would be writing an essay on the importance of Paige McCullers would never have crossed my mind and yet that is exactly what I’m doing.

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Minister tells us why she thinks Paige McCullers deserves the Visibility Award for Favorite Lesbian/Bi TV Character

Hit us up on Twitter (@afterellen) with a link to your Tumblr post telling us why your favorite lesbian/bi character should win. We’ll reblog our favorites!

Your favorite les/bi characters/couples respond to their current rankings in our AfterEllen Visibility Awards. Poor Santana has never lost a lesbian competition in her life. (Hash Tag: Bo Swag.) 

You can vote once per hour until Jan. 2nd.