With the arrival of the new year, individuals across the community and the world are looking forward to new developments in media, science, and their own personal goals.
2023 is set to be a big year for music. Three-time Album of the Year artist Taylor Swift is set to perform along with other mainstream names such as Phoebe Bridgers during the Eras tour, beginning in March. Eras will be Swift’s first tour since before the pandemic. R&B artist SZA recently released her second studio album SOS, set to tour this year. Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd also have tours planned for later in the year.
Some of the modern time’s best authors are starting new projects this year, after leaving behind great legacies in 2022. Roshani Chokshi (The Gilded Wolves, 2018-2021), Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, 2018-), and Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone, 2012-2014) are prominent YA fantasy authors set to come out with stories set in universes completely different than those from their previous novels. Contemporary author Emily Henry is set to release her new novel in April, while Karen M. McManus continues her bestselling One Of Us Is Lying series with One Of Us Is Back.
To cross over books and movies, Leigh Bardugo’s (mentioned previously) bestselling Shadow and Bone series got a Netflix adaptation in early 2021; the second season will be released on March 16th. Suzanne Collins, best known for The Hunger Games, released a prequel novel to the aforementioned series in 2020. The movie counterpart of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released in November. Margot Robbie has recently made headlines yet again for her role as Barbie in the upcoming Barbie, as has Chris Pratt for his role as Mario in the Super Mario Bros. movie. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Spiderman: Across the Spider-verse, and Frozen III are all set to release in 2023 as well.
In a more real-world sense, science is on the lookout for what’s to come, as funds for COVID-19 research decrease and people begin genuinely questioning whether or not the pandemic is officially over. With Space X’s recent launch, space exploration and militarization is set to substantially increase. Switching to a related topic, the political world watches eagerly to see the consequences of self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter.