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TikTok is making 'Euphoria' fanfiction now

Fez stans rise.
By Elena Cavender  on 
All the trends.
TikTok is euphoric. Credit: Mashable Composite

TikTok might as well be Euphoria High with the way users are eating up the spicy second season of HBO's teen drama. It’s like the way Twitter reacts to Succession, but with better edits and more glitter. Between swapping fan theories and stanning normal girl Lexi and drug dealer Fez's onscreen chemistry, Euphoria fans have been busy taking up space on TikTok this week.

Other notable trends include "It's just hay fever" and letting a filter determine who your celeb parents are. 

The girls are talking about Euphoria again.

Euphoria has been inescapable on TikTok lately, inspiring a whole host of TikTok trends. 

Creators have been using the song "Formula" from the Euphoria soundtrack to speculate everything — from what colleges they think the characters would attend to what skincare they would use to what their Pinterest boards would look like

The Euphoria obsession doesn't end there. TikTok users have also been loving the "Which Euphoria character are you" filter. It's been used over 25,000 times. While nothing beats the look of disappointment on someone's face when it lands on series villain Nate, it's since evolved into a way for people to write their own Euphoria fanfics. TikTokkers are now using it to insert themselves into the narrative, posing various questions like "who am I dating?" and "who is my best friend?" and letting the algorithm decide their fates. And some of these proposed plots are more interesting than the actual show!

The best Euphoria-inspired trend turns beloved character Fez into a meme. In the Season 2 premiere, the normally soft-spoken drug dealer confronts Rue after a particularly intense encounter with a new dealer, saying, "Why you acting like that shit was fun Rue? For real. You pissing me off, acting dumb as fuck right now. God damn, all this smiling and laughing and shit." TikTok users are adding that audio to describe annoying situations.

The clip was first posted by @paidsosa with the caption "pov: me anytime my man yells at me." Now, nearly 18,000 videos have been uploaded using the sound. Some highlights include @hudaislost's video captioned, "guys after you make them go watch a romantic movie with you," which garnered over 4 million views and 1.5 million likes, and @ashleybonneville34's video that reads, "when your drunk friend thinks it's a good idea to run away from you when you're supposed to be taking care of them." 

An example of the trend.
Sad, but true. Credit: TikTok / hudaislost

Whereas some TV fans congregate on Tumblr or Twitter, TikTok is seemingly the go-to place to discuss Euphoria. 

It’s just hay fever

My favorite trend of the week finds TikTokkers lying about crying. This trend utilizes the scary "Crying Eyes" filter, while also using an audio in which one British child asks another British child, "What's the matter?" To which the other British child responds: "Just hay fever." The filter has been used nearly 80,000 times and audio nearly 60,000 times. 

The premise of these videos is simple: The creator pretends that their crying eyes are caused by hay fever — aka allergies — instead of the situation described via the text on the screen. Combined, the tiny British voices and unfortunate situations make a hilarious trend. Take @ambulancelife's video for example: It reads, "when you tell your mom about a girl and get ghosted the next day." Yikes! 

An example of this trend.
It's just hay fever. Credit: TikTok / ambulancelife

As always, TikTok loves to use humor to share cursed experiences. 

Please adopt me

TikTok filters are winning this week! The "PLEASE ADOPT ME" filter cycles through celebrity names to reveal your celebrity parents. The filter was created a week ago by @allangregorio, a Brazilian digital artist, and has since been used over 215,000 times. 

The filter is a breeding ground for hilarious results and reactions. User @tim.stvnsn got Jimmy Fallon as both their parents and then proceeded to photoshop some silly family portraits. Their video got over 2 million views and over 483,000 likes. 

TikTokker who got Jimmy Fallon as both his parents.
What are the odds? Credit: TikTok / tim.stvnsn
TikTokker who got Jimmy Fallon as both his parents.
A work of art. Credit: TikTok / tim.stvnsn

The idea of your celebrity parents isn't a new one. Fans love to claim their favorite artists as their mom or dad, and fans of both Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (including yours truly) refer to themselves as children of divorce since the two pop stars split in 2013. I got Kanye West and Matt Damon, which is literally so cursed! Please don't adopt me.

West Elm Caleb

It wouldn't be this week on TikTok without a mention of "West Elm Caleb," a New York City furniture designer who has come to represent a certain type of man on dating apps: a serial dater who ghosts, sees multiple women at the same time, and sends nonconsensual nudes. Many women have had experiences with men like Caleb, and they banded together on TikTok to share their grievances.

However, the situation quickly spiraled out of hand when the FYP mob mentality took hold. West Elm Caleb was doxxed, and the West Elm Instagram was flooded with comments demanding he be fired. Here's your daily reminder that holding someone accountable is not the same as ruining their life.

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