Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 20-26)

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It’s the Oscars weekend! To my shame, I have to admit that I haven’t watched many of the films yet, except for Arrival, which I adored. So, upfront, which ones did you watch? Many of them are already on my to-watch-list! But enough about that. Here’s some new stuff:

Movies

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I am massively excited for this!

Beauty and the Beast (Clip)

Here’s your weekly dose of B&B to make the wait easier.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Those books are everywhere. It was one of the bestsellers no matter where I worked at.

Burning Sands

Not for me.

1 Mile to You

This looks really sad.

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

This seems highly psychedelic and I wonder how much drugs the creators were on.

As You Are

Not sure about this one yet.

Atomica

So, that’s where Miss Grundy went off to.

TV Shows

Imaginary Mary

I still think this looks weird but funny.

Doctor Who (Series 10)

The first time you meet him, he’s grumpy – would have been my line. Let’s see where this final Moffat and Capaldi season is going, I am SO ready for the change.

What are you watching? What’s going on?

#CurrentlyWatching: Imposters

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As you may remember, last week’s post was about Riverdale and that the topic was decided through a Twitter poll. The other options weren’t that well received though and I noticed that NOT A SINGLE PERSON voted for Imposters. That just felt like a crime in itself to me, because it meant you all had no idea what you were missing out on. So, long story short, I am making it my mission to bring this show closer to you.

When I first heard about this show, my mind instantly went to the 2001 film Heartbreakers, which was one of my favourites for a very long time. I have always had a soft spot for con artist stories in my heart. Imposters is a dark comedy in its first season on Bravo and even though they’ve only aired about 3 episodes so far, it is very promising and a nice change of topic from all those other shows that are currently on air.

Imposters focuses on a woman who cons people into marrying her and then vanishes from their lives with all their money. Despite blackmailing them to not follow her, three of her (still lovesick) victims band together to find her.

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Imposters starts blissful, happy, with the perfect married couple and then BAM! It’s all a lie. It’s so difficult to believe, because they are unbearably sweet together and Ezra, the first conned man we get to meet, is like this precious care bear who even got his wife a present for each day they were married. His despair upon finding out that everything was fake breaks him. Only the arrival of one of Ava/Alice/Maddie/whatever-her-real-name-is’s previous victims gives his life purpose again and so the chase begins.

The complexity of the plot and the scams increase with each episode, without ever getting overbearing. We get to find out there’s a team and basically an entire operation behind the con woman, who I am just going to refer to as Maddie, and there’s still a lot to find out as to how exactly they work. She’s such a strong character though and uses everything she’s got to manipulate the world around her to her advantage. It may seem odd, but I find that not only impressive but also a little admirable. Of course I am not on board with the moral direction of her “job”, but she is using prejudice and stereotypes in her favour and therefore is a no-nonsense woman when it comes to her own well being, and that is something I love to see on my screen. I am fascinated, however, where things are going with her boss, the Doctor, because it seems they are starting to have different ideas about how to run the “business”.

And then there is the band of exes, who I am just going to readily fall in love with. They all bring their own qualities to the table and some of them are really unexpected. I think they mostly also provide the humorous parts of the story, which makes the series as a whole such a great mix. I personally am a willing mark, ready to be conned by all those beautiful characters (who are comprised of lesser and more famous actors/actresses, some of which were a real surprise to me *cough* Uma Thurman *cough*).

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I first thought about whether I could ship Maddie with one of her exes, but I don’t know if any of it was real. Seriously, it’s way too soon to tell, even though you can definitely see that they still have feelings for her. And I don’t know if any of the new targets could develop into something genuine. So, instead of romantically shipping anyone, I just ship the three exes/previous victims together! They compliment each other so much and together they might actually have a real shot at finding Maddie.

Admittedly, it happens rarely, but sometimes bro-ships are even more important than regular ships. They bicker and fight, there’s some fun banter – I LOVE banter, but in the end they stick with each other. They probably have all their own ulterior motive of finding Maddie, and once they do, their friendship will be tested. But until then, their mutual heartbreak is like a glue that holds together the most unlikely group of people.

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This has turned into the most difficult section of the post, because most of the time I have no idea what to say. I want to give trigger warnings in case there ever is something though, because I know it’s important to people, so let me think. The show is mostly harmless, but I do have to warn you about an attempted suicide in the first episode. Other than that, there’s only a little bit of foul language and tons of sexual innuendos.

Have you heard about Imposters? Do you want to watch it?

T5W: Books to Help You Out of a Slump

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I am sure you all know the dreaded feeling of a reading slump, when simply no book awakens your curiosity or gets your attention, even though you would LIKE to read. In my opinion, there’s no real cure for that lack of attention span or interest in books. It just passes after a while, like most things do. However, if I ever do try to combat it, I mostly go for fun or quick contemporary-esque type books. So, here are some of my recommendations for that!

Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

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What are some of your go-to books when you try to defeat the reading slump? Tell me all about it!

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 432

I read this book together with my fellow bloggers Cátia (read her review here) and Marie (keep checking back on her blog to see her review in the near future). A Million Worlds With You is the third and final book in the Firebird series, so if you haven’t read the previous books yet, I would recommend you do that first before reading the post!

This post will be rather short, seen as I never really like to talk about the sequels I read. They are much harder to review without spoiling than the first books, so let’s do this quickly.

AMWWY wasn’t exactly what I hoped for. While the series is still action-filled, packed with a couple surprised and a fairly quick read, the conclusion to it all was rather … anti-climactic? Everything that happened so far made this quite the epic story. Just think of all the worlds Marguerite and the others traveled to! We get to revisit some of them here, as well as whole new dimensions. However, the way it was handled felt a little repetitive. Marguerite chases her other self, Wicked, from world to world without ever being able to catch up, because they obviously can’t be in the same body. Instead of the logical reaction to recent events I thought of during the first couple of pages of the book, Meg takes all of 350 pages to come up with herself. And then the final solution seems far too easy in comparison to everything that happened. I just felt like people got let off the hook easily, when there should have been far bigger repercussions.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the series while I waited for this final part and the more I thought about it, the less I liked Marguerite and her actions. She’s just so self-righteous and self-centered, judging everyone else but never truly fessing up to all the things she did wrong. Even in the end, it felt like she got absolution when she definitely shouldn’t have. Weirdly, and that truly never happens (except with The Magicians), I liked the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, best. I am pretty sure it had to do with a the page time Theo was getting. He is one of my bookish hubbys and I love the guy. He was seriously lacking from this book, but then I am also kind of glad nothing too bad happened to him, because Marguerite never really deserved him anyway. I sort of came to terms with Paul, where I neither love him (like in book 1) nor dislike him (like in book 2) – now I am just sort of indifferent to him.

So, it was a fun book, but it could have been more in terms of the conclusion of the series

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Not a bad, but not the desired finale.

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Have you read the Firebird series? What’s your take on it?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 13-19)

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How was your week, folks? I did something daring and signed up for a camera acting workshop which starts in March. I am usually a very camera shy person, but I felt like going out of my comfort zone. This should be an adventure and little pre-school me would love the idea of getting a shot at being an actress. Speaking of films and such, here are the trailers I found!

Movies

Everything, Everything

I know there is problematic rep in the book, but I think the trailer looks really good. I want to watch it so bad. And no, the trailer does NOT show everything to it. *she says with confidence without having read the book*

Colossal

I actually think that I liked the shorter teaser better, but I am still SO looking forward to this. It’s freaking hilarious and weird.

The House

This is such a big nonsense!

Song to Song

Look, I get that this is some sort of artistic thing the big hollywood stars are into, but I feel like that camera perspective might make me nauseous at some point.

Mine

I am not really one for those survival military kind of stories.

Dean

I like when drawings are incorporated in a story, let’s see how it works out here.

Sandy Wexler

Yeah … no.

TV Shows

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

OMG! YAAAS!

Making History

I will watch this just because I miss Leighton on my screen!

Silicon Valley (Season 4)

What are you watching? Tell me all about it!

#CurrentlyWatching: Riverdale

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This week I did a Twitter survey to determine which show to talk about and Riverdale was apparently the strong favourite. Not that I mind, but it is a rather controversial show at the moment, so that could have gone a lot of ways – more about that later though.

Going into this show, I knew about the Archie comics, but I didn’t make the connection until later. While most of the characters are based off of those, the story really isn’t. It’s kind of a Veronica Mars meets Teen Wolf meets Secret Circle meets Gossip Girl but all without magic? So, basically I am saying it’s a mystery show with tons of teen drama. I am quite the sucker for CW shows, so I would have watched it either way. You can also watch it on Netflix, which is very convenient for me, because it gets uploaded each week.

A small town gets rattled after the death of one of their most promising teens. Everyone is a suspect, old family rivalries are awoken and relationships are tested. *insert dramatic music here* All the while our main characters try to figure out their love life and how to survive High School.

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Riverdale might not be the most faithful adaptation, but they did a great job with the visual aspect and the music (seriously adore the soundtrack). A lot darker than the original source material, I fell in love with the look of it at first glance. It’s very much like book aesthetics come to life. They did an amazing job at the costume department and the locations are beyond gorgeous. You basically have everyone from the comics there, but slightly different and a lot of them might still hold a surprise for you. But, as I said above, you don’t necessarily need to know the comics beforehand, because it’s a very loose adaptation. Still, there are nice easter-egg-kind-of situations for hardcore fans of the series.

As per CW tradition there is a lot of over the top drama and beyond gorgeous people. Shipping several of them is inevitable and even though that is the case, I do not have a separate shipping portion today. This is mainly due to the fact that I haven’t made up my mind though. They want to make the canon love triangle of Betty-Archie-Veronica happen, but at the moment I feel like everyone is just crushing on Archie because he got hot over the summer, even though he surely is the dullest of the characters presented.

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I am much more interested in the Veronica and Betty dynamic, their friendship but also what it might become in the future. They both have a lot more to them than you can see at first glance. Kevin’s lines are on point every. single. time. and he is just majorly funny. The show might feature my favourite version of Josie and the Pussycats ever and Cheryl and her possible twincest with Jason does have me intrigued as well. Still, my favourite so far remains Jughead, who definitely needs to talk more about food, but has the greatest vibe. This brings me to my next point.

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So, I mentioned controversy surrounding this show earlier and this section will explain what I meant by that. In the comic reboot Jughead has his own series in which he is openly asexual. The writer has confirmed that and has mentioned in a tweet (but not specifically in the comics as far as I noticed) that Juggie also has a tendency towards being aromantic. Now, that is not (yet) the case in the show.

Hear me out! I think that accurate ace/aro representation in mainstream media is direly needed and something that has been neglected for a while now. We’ve come a long way making TV more diverse, but there is still SO much work to do. However, I woke up after the first episode of Riverdale had aired and people were mad at the show, threatening to boycott it because Jughead wasn’t portrayed as ace/aro and I simply don’t get it. Absolutely nothing suggested that he isn’t in the first episode. Neither did it in the second or the third (which is all that has aired yet/that I have seen before this post gets published). So, my question was why everyone was so mad and I did some research!

Cole Sprouse (who portrays Jughead) revealed in an interview that they wouldn’t portray the character as ace (as they don’t seem to focus on any aro aspect, seen as it is not necessarily considered canon) in the first season, however, he also said he would keep fighting to make it a topic in the future. The producer of the show said that Riverdale is merely the beginning of those characters and that things that are canon in the comics need to still develop on the show (click here for the article). Jughead, as well as other characters, are still discovering their sexuality, so I read that as it being a real possibility that they will make Jughead’s sexual identity a future story arc.

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There’s also been some leaked material, which suggests Juggie will have a romantic storyline. Nevertheless, I don’t see how that is a hindrance just yet. Sexuality is something very fluid in my opinion and especially when you don’t know how you feel or categorize yourself, you might try different things. I feel like a lot of people don’t even know about ace and aro (and the difference between them) and maybe a teen who hasn’t figured it all out just yet would try to date like everyone around him does? I mean, he could try to fit in with the rest of his friends and then realise that it’s just not what he wants? This is obviously just my opinion and I have no idea where they are going with it in the show.

So, what I am trying to say here is that I really wish people would give the show a chance. If they mess up the portrayal, boycott away! Everyone deserves the right kind of representation, but maybe, just maybe, this show will give you a great story about a character who for the first time figures out that they are asexual. Keep in mind, the reveal in the comics wasn’t until Volume 4 either, so give them at least the possibility to work on this before condemning them.

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There isn’t much I can say as to why you shouldn’t watch the show. Maybe don’t tune in if you can’t stand water-bloated corpses? Also, this is obviously a teen drama and in case you know that that’s not your jam at all, I can’t really recommend it either. Lastly, I would understand if people wouldn’t want to watch it because they don’t want to get their hopes up about ace representation and then maybe get disappointed on the long run. If that’s a concern, maybe it’s better to wait a while and see what others say. In the end, it’s always on Netflix to binge.

Are you watching Riverdale? What are your thoughts on it?

T5W: Non-Written Novels

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. The title for today’s post is a little misleading in my opinion, because can a novel not be written and still be a novel? I don’t want to go into the philosophical aspect of this, but rather show you some of my favourite comics and graphic novels instead.

This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

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If you want to talk about any of these, leave a comment and I’ll be there to discuss! What would have been your picks?