Writing Life: What Are My Plans?

In my post about my 2022 goals, I mentioned that I wanted to do more about writing on the blog again. I haven’t quite figured out a monthly feature yet, but I’ve decided to revive the “Writing Life” category. This will likely be just about random topics/updates on my progress as I work my way through projects this year instead of a really structured post. I hope you enjoy it regardless! Today, I want to talk about what I want to accomplish this year in writing specifically!

IT HAS BEEN SO LONG!?

I haven’t actively written anything (other than my secret fan fics that I will not ever share with you) for months. I’ve started a writing accountability thread on Twitter (check it out here), but knew that I had zero motivation to work on any of my unfinished scripts. I had all these ideas for stories and I want to see them come to live eventually, but couldn’t muster up the creative energy to write a single word. It was disheartening to be completely honest. I’ve always loved creating and writing, but there was just nothing in me. Whenever I opened a document, there was just this blank page and me disliking every word I tried to put on it.
So, instead, I thought I’d switch it up! I finally returned to the one and only project I ever finished Break Up Buddy! (or BUB, as I’ll call it moving forward) If you’ve followed me for a while, you may remember me talking about it before. However, I should warn you, that I archived a lot of posts from the blog and the BUB content isn’t really available on here anymore.

WHAT IS BUB?

To sum it up, it’s a contemporary flatmate romance, but I’m going to change so much! Reading my words from back then was cringey, there’s no other way to put it. I’m very proud of having written a full story with beginning, middle and end for NaNoWriMo 2014, but the quality was abysmal. I was “only” 21 back then and experienced so much since that just has me shaking my head at what I came up with. Still, there’s a general structure there than I can and want to work with!

I don’t want to go into details about the story, because despite some previous posts I’ve written, I’ve gotten more protective of my story and don’t want to reveal too much. I hope the above aesthetic gives off some vibes you can let your imagination run wild with though.

Here are some of the major changes I’m facing:

  • I’ve written the story in first person present tense and … I don’t think it works for me at all. I don’t enjoy writing in present tense in general and I’ve just learned from some friends that a lot of people actually struggle with reading first person POVs. So, the POV isn’t set in stone yet, but the present tense definitely has to go …
  • I’m changing the entire setting! BUB used to take place in Portland, Oregon, but is now moving to Vancouver, Canada. This isn’t just because I know my way around Vancouver about a million times better than Portland, but also because my male lead works in film and Vancouver is a prime location for that.
  • A lot of the scenarios I imagined were super over the top. Let’s face it, I just didn’t know better. This was how I imagined things to work or pan out based on Hallmark movies I had watched, but I’ve learned to appreciate some subtlety and depth in the past seven or so years and I mostly want to make this story less of a cliché.

As I’ve mentioned above, I have a thread on Twitter that I’m trying to update regularly with some of my progress. For now, it’s mostly outlining and planing the major changes. But for the first time in a long time, I’m excited to write again. I’ve missed this feeling!

CONCLUSION

Having something you actually want to work with and don’t dread doing is great. My plan for this year is simple, I want to get a majorly updated draft of BUB done. It still doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs a lot of work and I know I can do better, so I want to invest my time and focus in this one thing.

Yes, every writing post does have an obligatory Nick Miller reference. If you knew more about BUB, this would actually make so much more sense!

Previous Topics: (that I might no longer agree with 100%)


How are you doing with your writing this year? Do you have things you’re trying to focus on?

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #3

I’ve kind of been an anxious ball the entirety of the week, so I didn’t have the attention span to watch a lot. This post will therefore be a bit shorter than usual. I still want to keep it going on a weekly basis though, so let’s dive in!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Uhm, none … I’m getting there, but I’m behind on a lot of stuff and/or waiting for shows that will release in February (e.g. Dollface and Starstruck Season 2 are just around the corner).

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

I forgot to mention this, but please beware of Spoilers in this section! As I’m talking about the shows as they air, I might mention plot points etc. which you might not want to know about if you haven’t caught up yet. I won’t, however, put anything in bold that’s a reveal!

How I Met Your Father (Season 1)

I feel like I’m more invested in the show than my friends, which is okay, but also makes me curious if I’ve lost my touch. Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with it. I like all the actors and characters, even though I can’t help but wonder if we were duped by the first episode into believing there were only four viable “dad” options and there’s actually more. I wouldn’t like that.

Also, if you can help out with the tweet below, it would be much appreciated. I’d really like to get that signature necklace of hers?

The Cleaning Lady (Season 1)

This might be one if not my most favorite new release of the season? It keeps getting more intense, but I just cannot believe I’m rooting for Arman of all people. He’s a whole freaking criminal. Not that the shady FBI guy would be so much better …

Abbott Elementary (Season 1)

This show, while being funny, just always brings the best to the table. This week, it showed how important it is to not just scold kids for acting up, but also to figure out why they’re acting up. It’s *chef’s kiss*!

Pivoting (Season 1)

I guess I’m sticking with it for now, but while I like the premise, the execution just isn’t all I want it to be. I just don’t believe any of the acting?

Promised Land (Season 1)

This one surprised me! The way it was told in the first episode kind of reminded me of This Is Us, but with much more intrigue! It’s about immigration, family empires, bonds forged and broken … I’m definitely going to keep watching.

Call Me Kat (Season 2)

It’s just a sweet and nice show to watch. The stakes aren’t super high and it leaves you with a smile.

Euphoria (Season 2)

I’m sorry, I just want more Lexi (and Fez). I just don’t really like many of the characters and Lexi, Ethan and Fez are maybe the exception. I don’t know. Just give me my Lexi episode already, will ya?

Superman and Lois (Season 2)

I LOVE that they do misdirects concerning the villain every season. Last year, we thought it was going to be about an alternate universe Lex Luthor and this time around, people were convinced it was going to be Doomsday. Well, I’m happy it’s Bizzaro instead.

Something that irks me a little is the Sarah storyline though! I can’t believe all the characters equate him having powers with her infidelity? No one is really telling Sarah that she made a mistake, but instead it’s just on Jordan to forgive her and I don’t really get that thought process. It doesn’t matter if it meant something to her or not, she still cheated.

And lastly, I really don’t want Jonathan to take X-Kryptonite, but we all knew that’s where the show was heading …

Nancy Drew (Season 3)

I wasn’t feeling the season as much, but these final episodes are great! I just worry about the fate of the show. Some of the tweets of from the writers make me fear they won’t get renewed, which would suck big time.

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3)

Everyone is just constantly in danger! They’re really stretching out that ice storm storyline and I’m not sure how much of a fan I am of it …

MOVIES

As always, don’t forget to add me on Letterboxd if you want to be up to date on all my movie experiences! 

Emma

I  know, I know … I’m so late to the party of watching it, but I was proven right in my reluctance. While I adore the cast, the aesthetic and the work put into the set/costume design and cinematography, Emma just remains my least favorite Austen story. As much as it pains me to say, because I know a lot of people love her, I just can’t stand her character and think she doesn’t deserve Knightley. Not even this new take on things could change my mind.


Want to talk about any of the things I watched? I’m happy to do so in the comments! 

Books I’d Recommend to Celebs Based on THEIR Taste!

Blog banner for Life and Other Disasters' Celeb Book Club

As we’re nearing the end of the month, but there won’t be another reading experiment up in time, I thought I’d spice things up a little bit. The idea for this post was born when I talked to my good friend Lois about how to change and develop some of my original features. I love doing the reader compatibility series, but a lot of the reading for it was dominated by white male authors. I’m in no way trying to generalize here and know that I played a heavy hand in picking the final books for the posts, but I still would have liked to see some more variety. Mostly, this is because I’m trying to better myself with my own reading! So, Lois suggested I recommend some books to these celebs/actors based on what I’ve learned about their taste!

Chris Evans

Read the full reading experiment with Chris Evans here!

a black and white image of Chris EvansWhere to start!? Out of all the reading experiments, I think I “vibed” with Chris Evans the most. I was surprised by the amount of non-fiction on his list, and even more so by the fact that I enjoyed those same books as well. While there were some obvious thematic similarities in the sense that all his books brushed on the topic of spirituality, I did not get the feeling that he was only interested in those themes alone. Instead, I got the impression that he is a generally curious guy.

So, having said the above and knowing that he considers himself an introvert, I figured the perfect book for him would be Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain!
I’ve read the book when I was back at uni, which means quite a few years ago (I’m getting old …), but I remember finding it so incredibly helpful to understand more about myself and other people around me. While it does include some studies on introverts and extroverts, I found its content (especially the little anecdotes and stories) enganging and relatable. It didn’t just approach the topic from a sociological and cultural point of view, but rather a biological one as well. I’d really recommend this to anyone who prefers some quiet over the bustle in the world sometimes, but I can definitely see Chris Evans appreciate the insights the book provides as he constantly seems to want to better understand himself and the world around him.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Goodreads | Storygraph

Tom Hiddleston

Read the full reading experiment with Tom Hiddleston here!

a black and white image of Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston is a guy who loves the classics, Shakespeare in particular. He dissects and analyzes the texts he is given in detail and I admire him for his love of words. If I had to attribute a genre to him, I’d just plain plop him in the general adult literary isle and watch him sort through all the books. Throughout the entire experiment, I felt like his taste was a bit more sophisticated than mine, although he seems to love stories that are about human nature, just like me.

In my humble opinion, you don’t always have to go too far back into the past to find some literary gems though. For Mr Hiddleston, I thought the Costa First Novel Award winning Open Water by British-Ghanaian writer Caleb Azumah Nelson would be such a good fit.
Told in second person, it doesn’t just offer a unique storytelling perspective, but it also highlights the love and experiences of two Black artists in the UK. While I definitely don’t think that this book works for everyone, I can see Tom Hiddleston enjoy the poetic writing and the gravitas of the emotions. Also, I just felt like picking something British for him …

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Goodreads | Storygraph

Sebastian Stan

Read the full reading experiment with Sebastian Stan here!

a black and white image of Sebastian StanConsidering his background, I really thought that Sebastian Stan and I would be more on the same wavelength, but instead he introduced me to my most-despised read as of yet. (We don’t talk about Still Life with Woodpecker here, okay?) Still, I could see a theme in his book choices. Regardless of whether it was fiction or non-fiction, he heavily drifted towards stories with a focus on parent-child-relationships, complex (borderline toxic) romances and characters/people who felt out of place or without a real home. Those are all elements I can certainly work with!

A book that, I believe, covers pretty much all the above mentioned bases is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. We meet the main character at only six years old and learn about her complicated home life as well as the prejudices she faces in the town she lives in as she grows older. The story spans almost an entire lifetime and is a touching tale about solitude, loneliness and resilience. It’s quite a slow-paced novel, but I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of nature and the sporadic flash forwards that hinted at a bigger (murder) mystery.
It was honestly one of my top reads of 2021 and I just earnestly need Sebastian Stan to read books written by and about women, because some of the the descriptions in his favorite reads were just ghastly. I cannot stress this enough.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Goodreads | Storygraph

Pedro Pascal

Read the full reading experiment with Pedro Pascal here!

a black and white image of Pedro PascalLast but not least, we have Pedro Pascal! Thinking back, I didn’t hate reading his books, I mostly felt very ambivalent about them. I was a bit frustrated that I couldn’t get my hands on (the English edition) of some of the more recent releases he mentioned and therefore had to default to a lot of classics. There’s nothing inherently wrong about classics, of course not! People love them for a reason, but I, personally, just prefer stories that weren’t published that long ago.
Anyway, what I learned about him is that he seems to gravitate towards books with an underlying theme of faith and/or profound love (romantic or otherwise). I got the sense that it doesn’t have to be a strictly realistic narrative, so I know exactly what I want to recommend to him!

Soulswift by Megan Bannen is a faith/religion-based standalone Fantasy novel. I will be the first to admit that it might be a bit too “young” for him as the book is considered Young Adult, but I still wanted to give it a shot.
This book was another 2021 favorite and left me emotionally wrecked! There’s witty banter, a lot of tropes, but most of all heart. There’s incredible world-building that actually makes sense, which I thought some of Pedro Pascal’s books were lacking, despite it being a standalone and not a huge tome either. Let me tell you, it’s cruel, but oh so worth it!

Soulswift by Megan Bannen

Goodreads | Storygraph


What do you think of my suggestions? What are books you’d recommend to these guys? Let’s chat!

Book to Screen Adaptations 2022

I did this last year and it was a really popular feature. Not all the adaptations really released or happened at the time that I said they would in the post, but we all know what’s really to blame for that (starts with p and ends with andemic). Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy this post, taking a look at potential 2022 book to screen adaptations!

Disclaimer: All cast details and dates are subject to change! I used the information I found as of writing this post on January 21, 2022!

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Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #2

For those of you who have missed the introduction to this new feature on the blog, don’t hesitate to stop by the first post right here. Basically, it’s just me talking about everything I’ve watched within the span of a week, so that I’d have a more regular blog series. I can’t always promise that I’ll have something to talk about in each category every single week, but so far so good. Let’s dive in!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Wolf Like Me (Season 1)

This show absolutely blew me away! First of all, kudos for casting Josh Gad and Isla Fisher as the romantic leads, because they were simply enchanting. Furthermore, this was a phenomenal genre mix. Of course, you have to like slow, atmospheric storytelling, but that’s kind of my jam when I’m in the right mood, so, good on them!

It is dark, comedic and just really hones down on the fact that we all carry baggage and we need to find the right pack to carry some of the load with us. I loved the message, the soundtrack and the aesthetics, but I wish they’d never shown *it*, because the suspense of not knowing was so much sweeter (and the CGI/effects were … meh). There’s talks of a possible second season, which I’d definitely be here for!

After Life (Season 3/Final Season)

This was the final of After Life and dang, they made sure you’d cry your eyes out one last time. There’s really not all that much to say, because if you’ve watched this show previously, you know the tone, the way they tell the story and will always get you in your feels. I liked how it was wrapped up, but I did miss Roisin Conaty’s Roxy in the end. That would be one of my few points of critique …

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

How I Met Your Father (Season 1)

I really didn’t put up nearly as much resistance to watching this as I thought I would. Let’s be real … HIMYM burned me. That final season will forever go down as one of the most disappointing events in TV history and I cannot go through that garbage fire again. But, optimistic as I am, I guess I hope they’ve learned from their mistakes? Please?

The thing is, the pilot did hint at “only” four possible fathers in question, which is already better than not knowing anything at all for 7 seasons or something. Still, they’re very much pushing a certain pairing that just looks too eerily similar to Ted and Robin, so … not sure. I do very much like the cast though, there’s delightful references to HIMYM and most of all, I love how they showed adults finding new friends. For now, I’m here for it!

Abbott Elementary (Season 1)

I forgot this last week, but I love Abbott Elementary! I’m not even really a sitcom person, if you look at most of the shows I watch, but Abbott Elementary has my attention. Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, who you might remember from her days at Buzzfeed, she really gets to show off her true talents. I’m so glad that she’s not only sharing her great humor, but also shines a light on some fundamental problems in the American educational system.

Pivoting (Season 1)

Not sure if I will really stick with this show. It’s about a friend group that loses one of their won. The women sort of all spiral after that and grief is usually my jam, but somehow this isn’t hitting home as much as I’d like. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but I might drop it.

Euphoria (Season 2)

I’m not actually a big fan of Euphoria. It’s too gritty and explicit for me, aside from the fact that I barely like any of the characters. I skip through a lot of storylines, which I’m sure, sounds ludicrous to some people. Anyway, I’m mostly here for Lexie and Fezco. Thanks.

Superman and Lois (Season 2)

People keep saying Nat might hook up with either Jordan or Jonathan, but they better not make that a thing! To me, she’s their genetic sibling, their biological sister. It would be weirder than Loki and Sylvie in my head. I could see Nat and Sarah happening though, especially after the summer camp revelation … just saying …

Nancy Drew (Season 3)

Last episode was really good! It had more urgency, the gang working together and Tunji killed it with his speech to the rest of the jury. I got goosebumps. He rocked his role as Nick that day!!

MOVIES

As always, don’t forget to add me on Letterboxd if you want to be up to date on all my movie experiences! 

Last Night in Soho

I was really excited for this movie and maybe, in hindsight, that was bad and robbed me of some of the enjoyment. That’s not to say that I disliked it, but it was only so-so for me.

Considering how Edgar Wright wrote an open letter to movie goers about how they shouldn’t spoil this film, I really don’t know what the fuzz was about. I guessed every single twist and thought they actually were necessary or made a lot of sense considering the story path. Nothing (and I really mean nothing) was surprising about this movie.

In usual Wright fashion, I loved the music and aesthetic. It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to his films, even when I wasn’t super impressed by the story. It just felt like he was telling two different stories here and I wish he had stuck with the first one and just cut the horror/thriller elements. But, oh well, it is what it is and I’m glad I’ve seen it now. The cast was phenomenal!

Dune

This felt like the longest prequel to an actual story ever. I get that Dune is pretty epic, so it makes sense that they need several parts to tell the tale, but imagine the disappointment and frustration if it hadn’t gotten a sequel!? That would have been such a bummer.

I want you to keep in mind that I neither read the book nor watched previous adaptations, but I enjoyed myself. I liked the cast, although I was sad to loose some of my favorites so early on, and enjoyed the atmosphere. I don’t think it had to be quite this long … but I get that they needed to establish a lot. Looking forward to the next one!

Sex Appeal

Alright, where to begin? This movie started out fairly typical, had some really fun visual ways to portray the sexual acts and then didn’t end like an utter cliché at least. It was in no way revolutionary, but had some relatable glimpses here and there. The humor didn’t always hit home at all with me, but my main issue was that I didn’t really root for the lead. Somehow they failed to make us care about someone who is supposed to carry the movie.


Have you watched any of these? Would you like to? How up to date are you on your watchlist? Let’s talk!

Mini Reviews: Seven Days in June, Open Water

I really want to make use of this feature a bit more in 2022, as I don’t think I can always provide a full length review, but there’s still books I like to talk about. This time, I want to focus on two very beautiful novels about Black joy, love and pain. In no way is this post meant to pitch the two against each other, but rather shine a light on both! Let’s dive in!

*links to Goodreads and Storygraph will be provided after the ratings!*

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

book cover of the novel "Seven Days in June"

Publisher desrciption:
Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York’s Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can’t deny their chemistry-or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva’s not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered …

My Thoughts:

Reese Whiterspoon really knows how to pick ’em, because this was also one of her book club picks (I’ve previously read Daisy Jones & The Six as well as Where the Crawdads Sing)! So, far I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read that she has chosen, even if not everything has become a favorite of mine. That’s what I call good taste and a definitely a way to get me interested in future novels that she endorses.

From the get go, Tia Williams’ voice is engaging and reels you in. I can’t remember the last time I read a prologue that got me so hooked, while I can also really commend the epilogue (as well as the whole story in between, of course). Add the setting in the world of literature to the great writing style and you have my whole attention. I don’t know what’s up with that, but I’ve read two books about writers, who express their feelings about each other through their stories, in a row and I love it.

“One thing,” she whispered, her lips by his jaw. She didn’t want anyone to overhear. “Before I forget.”
“What’s that?”
“Stop writing about me.”
Only Eva could’ve noticed the change in his expression. She saw the flinch. The slow, satisfied curl of his lip. His bronzy-amber eyes flashing. It was like he’d been waiting years to hear those words. Like the girl whose pigtails he’d been yanking during recess all year had finally shoved him back. He looked gratified. In a voice both raspy and low, and so, so familiar, Shane said, “You first.”

Over the course of seven days, you will fall in love and get your heart broken by our leads, Eva and Shane. Somehow their story is tragic, they face so many struggles and while all of that hits you emotionally, the writing never gets too heavy. You feel their past weigh on their present, but there’s also plenty of humor and joy to offset it. At the same time, this is not just about romantic love, but generational trauma, self-realization and motherhood. Truly a beautiful balance of topics and emotions in my opinion. 

Definitely give this a go if you are into second-chance romances! 

CW: self harm, substance abuse, absent/dead parents, kids in foster system, chronic illness, sexual content, racism, domestic abuse

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Engaging, funny as well as emotional – it took out all the stops!

Goodreads | Storygraph

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

book cover of the novel "Open Water"Publisher description: 
Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence. At once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it. With gorgeous, soulful intensity, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the most essential British debut of recent years.

My Thoughts:

Meeting a person you just click with, someone you can be your most vulnerable self around (until you can’t) – it’s rare and it’s beautiful and it’s what we get to witness in this book.

“It’s one thing to be looked at, and it’s another to be seen.”

Written in a second person POV, the style of writing takes some getting used to. We never learn the names of our protagonists, but hash glimpses of their lives, growing connection and the inevitable limitations of unconditional love. Some things you just don’t want to unburden, ultimately closing you off from the person who only wants the best for you.
Despite it’s short length of 145 pages, this book took me several days to finish. In all its poetic beauty, Open Water is quite heavy as it illuminates some of the more terrifying aspects of the Black experience.

“You have always thought if you opened your mouth in open water you would drown, but if you didn’t open your mouth you would suffocate. So here you are, drowning.”

Everything about this novel feels deeply personal and will have your heart aching. There’s many great references to music, films and literature, making it feel relevant and timely. I can only say that the impact of the introspective writing will last and linger much longer than the size of the book might suggest.

CW: racial profiling, police brutality, death

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Beautiful heart and gut-wrenching, but possibly not for everyone.

Goodreads | Storygraph


Have you read either of those two books or do you plan to? Let’s talk! 

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #1

As I’ve mentioned in my “All My 2022 Goals“-posts, there’s going to be some slight changes to regular features on this blog. Sundays with trailers are a fixture already, but I want to switch it up for Thursdays. Basically, this series will be the replacement for my binge-watching posts! This is a space where I’ll talk about everything I’ve watched in the course of  a week and where we can discuss most recent releases and even single episodes, if you like.

Today, however, will include some stuff I’ve watched during the past month or so, just to get caught up. Wouldn’t want you all to miss out on my random ramblings on all things TV and movies. Therefore, this isn’t a super accurate depiction of how lengthy and detailed future posts are going to be.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Wheel of Time (Season 1)

This show reignited my love for High Fantasy TV shows and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that fact. The characters were so easy to get attached to and the world-building was so fascinating, I’m going to read the books soon. Because yes, I have not read the books before and I know there were a lot of changes, but I still feel like I need to know more about the lore.

Generally, I feel like they did a great job with casting; everyone is bringing something special to the table. However, you have to admit that the women were either written better or are just doing a better job, because they carried the first season. Especially towards the last episodes, things became more and more rushed and I wish they had granted the showrunner the additional episodes he had asked for. I know a lot of it is due to Barney Harris’ (the actor who played Mat) sudden departure from the show and the way they had to rewrite everything from the end of episode 6 onward. No one knows what happened there and I doubt my curiosity will be satisfied anytime soon, but it disrupted things for sure and I know I will miss Harris’ portrayal of the character. I’m sure his replacement, Dónal Finn, is a fine actor, but he has huge shoes to fill.

The world of the Wheel of Time is vast and complex in part and I don’t think they were able to portray everything in a way that made sense to both, new viewers and book fans. Still, it was a huge success for Amazon and I hope they’re going to consider lengthier seasons for the future.

A Discovery of Witches (Season 3/Final Season)

In case you didn’t know, I love this show. It can get corny and tropey at times, but there’s something about witches, vampires and demons set in modern day while still honoring history that just … works for me. Some may remember that I compared the first season and the first book (you can check that out here, if you’ve missed it) and I didn’t continue reading the series afterwards, because I enjoyed the TV portrayal more. The aesthetics and the acting were divine.

I understand why they went with a three-season-format, sticking to the plot of each book, but I could have easily seen this show expand beyond that and am a little sad it didn’t. I heard rumors of a spin-off for my favorite character, Gallowglass, which I would absolutely be here for, but I cannot tell if that announcement was a joke or not. Either way, they definitely managed to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the main plot, but I would have loved to follow the characters for a time longer. I know there’s only so much material from the books, but you can go off page. It has happened before.

As you can tell, I’m going to miss it!

Dickinson (Season 3/Final Season)

I don’t know how to put this, but I was a little underwhelmed by the final season? I liked the freedom they took with Emily’s actual history and the bits they stuck with for the most part. I always knew it was a weird show, but some aspects just didn’t work as well for me this time around. It’s a me-thing for sure, because I know for a fact that most of the audience loved the conclusion to the series.

Emily in Paris (Season 2)

Emily is just not a very good person. Stereotypes were enforced even more this season. And yet … Emily in Paris got renewed for TWO more seasons. I’m definitely part of the problem, because while I don’t like what they depict in that show, I binge it in a single day every time a new season releases. That probably says more about me than I’m comfortable facing.

Anyway, I’m neither on Emily, Gabe or Camille’s side on this one. They made a whole mess for themselves, but dang, Lucien Laviscount came into that show and really brought the charm. Emily is so gonna mess this up with him. She messed it up with Mathieu too and I really liked him.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

The Cleaning Lady (Season 1)

I’m not a crime and thriller kind of girl, but this show has me hooked. Tropes and themes I usually don’t like, such as organized crime, infidelity, heavy sickness of a child; all make this show even more compelling. There is an urgency and sense of peril at all times. Thony just wants to survive and take care of her kid and you gotta admire a mother who goes beyond what her morality tells her to do. Also, the two male leads are nice to look at. I had to say it.

Call Me Kat (Season 2)

I’m glad Call Me Kat is back! It’s one of those brief escapes from reality filled with cats, awkwardness and humor. It’s just nice and fun! I’m glad they resolved the love triangle cliffhanger from the last season finale fairly quickly and I’m looking forward for what the seaosn holds.

Superman and Lois (Season 2)

I feel like a lot of people aren’t giving this show a real chance, but I love it. It’s one of the best portrayals of Clark and Lois in a long time. They’ve brought original ideas to the show, especially concerning the twins and parenthood, while still honoring a lot of characters from the comic books. While the second half of Season 1 wasn’t my favorite, Season 2 opened strong and has me very excited for what they’ve got planned for us.

Nancy Drew (Season 3)

I’m not vibing with this season as much as previous ones. I don’t know if it’s the constant breaks or the slow destruction of my enjoyment of the Nace ship, but it’s something. I still like the characters a lot, but if they drag certain storylines on for much longer, I’m not sure they still have my interest.

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3)

Everyone’s in danger. Nothing and no one is where they’re supposed to be. They only aired two episodes and are already on break and I cannot stand it. They’re really out there playing with my heart.

MOVIES

The Four of Us

Couldn’t find an English trailer, but it might be on Netflix internationally as well? Either way, couldn’t resist mentioning a German production (again).

The movie didn’t get the best of reviews and I’m not saying it’s brilliant, but it’s also not terrible. The thing is, this is one of those movies that would have worked equally as well as a theater production. There was no discernible advantage to this being a movie, so I can understand how it’s just not for everyone. I thought it was enjoyable though and a great take on modern relationships.

Encanto

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I’ve watched it so many times at this point and I know I keep saying that, but it keeps being true. Not a day goes by where I don’t sing “Surface Pressure” or “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” to myself, they’ve just captured my heart. I kind of wish Disney would make this into a whole series, so we could continue to see what the Madrigals are up to. I’m so curious about each of their rooms and would have loved more time with Luisa, Dolores, Camillo and Antonio. Or, you know, just EVERYONE!


Do you like this new format? What are some tweaks and changes you’d like to see in this feature moving forward? Did you watch any of the things I mentioned? Let’s talk!