Piper Chapman is imprisoned for a crime she committed 10 years ago with former lesbian lover Alex Vause, wherein she helped transport drug money for the latter. Orange is the New Black is a Netflix original series based on Piper Kerman’s (the real life Piper) memoir; Orange Is the New Black : My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010).
The series gives us great insight into an inmate’s life. It demonstrates how this lifestyle of constantly looking out for yourself amongst inmates who’ve been around longer than you imagine, changes you drastically; how it makes you do all sorts of things you didn’t think you had it in you to do.
In the beginning, Piper conforms to certain ways of ‘prison life’ just to be accepted. Since she’s a white girl from a well-to-do background, she gets bullied around a lot before finding her footing. The show eventually steals your heart when you begin to feel for every inmate, with every new episode. You will learn about each of their stories and why they are who they are and what brought them to prison as the episodes and season’s go by.
The interactions with the guards, a chicken, cockroaches and often amongst themselves leave us laughing, crying and totally shipping some of these characters.
You will be introduced to the concept of ‘Prison wives’ and all the drama that comes with that title. Personally, this show had me feeling all sorts of things. It’s impossible to not want Alex and Piper to just be together already. You’ll eventually learn, they’re perfect for each other. My shipper heart cannot bear to see them apart.
Bingewagon rating – 4/5
Faye D'cruz is a 22 year old with an old soul and a passion for telling stories through poetry. With a poetry blog, micro tales on social media and a number of stories written in the form of fan fiction, her life experiences find they’re way into little works of art that strike a chord with anyone who encounters it.
August 06, 2018