#CurrentlyWatching: Dynasty

I am on a roll, because this week has a theme as well! It’s all about family business, which usually means a lot of drama, backstabbing and generally business equating or overshadowing what one might call regular family life. Today’s show is a perfect example for that and it’s Dynasty!

Dynasty is another remake, because that’s just the kind of time we are living in. My mum still remembers watching the original show, but I can’t say that I do (admittedly, that show aired before my time). You can watch it on the CW or Netflix. I’ve stayed away from promoting shows on the #CurrentlyWatching feature that don’t even have one season out yet, because when I did that last year, some of them got cancelled and I was devastated (RIP No Tomorrow, Emerald City, Sweet/Vicious and Class). But then again, shows are always in danger of getting cancelled no matter what season they are in.

Dynasty follows one of the wealthiest families of America, the Carringtons, as they battle family drama and business scandals alike.

I wasn’t too impressed when I first started the show, which could have something to do with a certain person dying that I would have liked to see on the show for longer, but whatever. It fulfilled about every cliché I could possibly think of for this kind of show and I figured I would soon be bored. But for some reason I stuck with it nonetheless and that was a good decision. If you are looking for something with a lot of over the top drama that gradually escalates over time, then Dynasty is the show for you.

My favourite character so far is probably Fallon Carrington and despite her being far, far from likable, I do have my reasons. First, I love having Elizabeth Gillies on my screen whether it be on Victorious, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll or now this show, she is always highly enigmatic and worth watching. And second, Fallon is ruthless and ambitious – she is my new Blair Waldorf, who, to this day, is one of my all time favourite characters (despite inconsistencies and Gossip Girl being far from perfect). Both of these women were incredibly strong but with deeply rooted insecurities that surface in a certain mean girl attitude. Where Blair was focused on approval from everyone and her love life, Fallon is all business. I adore that about her, she just wants to make it on her own merits and won’t let anyone or anything get in her way of success. That doesn’t mean she has no love interest, in fact she has two. At first I wasn’t sure who’s side I was on, then it became more clear, but in the end I will just always be Team Fallon.

There’s a couple of things the Carringtons have to deal with, most of them having to do with murder and otherwise illegal activities. One of their biggest opponents through all of this is the Colby family. There is clear history concerning the parents, but we only slowly find out what the kids are up to. There is so much duplicity going on and I am mad about some developments, yet I am not completely against them. Before I make the judgment, I would like to have all the info, because usually there is some reason for vendettas.

Another character who grew on me immensely with time, but definitely not from the beginning, is Sammy Jo. He is Cristal’s nephew and starts living with the Carringtons after having tried to con Steven, Fallon’s brother. He develops such an interesting dynamic with both Carrington siblings, I feel like he has become an invaluable part of the family. Also, he brings all the snark and his banter with the head of the household, Anders, is just hilarious.

As you may have been able to guess by the characters I spotlighted, I don’t care too much for the “grown-ups” aka the life of Blake and Cristal and the likes. There’s still loads of drama there, but often I don’t understand their reasons behind their actions as well as I do with the younger generation, which in turn makes it even harder to relate to them (taking aside the fact that they are super rich and therefore have problems the average person wouldn’t particularly relate to to begin with).

In the end, I think this is either going to be an addictive kind of guilty pleasure for viewers or they will hate it. At least the opinions I have seen so far have been very polarising. I, for one, quite enjoy it and am looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

Are you watching Dynasty? What’s your take on the show?

Valentine’s Day Write Tag!

It’s time for another tag for writers! Since the Winter Is Here one worked quite well, I thought I’d do one for the upcoming Valentine’s Day as well. As per usual, I will be answering my own questions with the characters from Arcadia (more about that here) and hope you’ll enjoy!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
    Kasia and Dyson have known each other their entire lives, their paths intertwining at every crossroad. So forgetting he ever existed doesn’t make any sense to Kasia and neither does finding out about the magical beings that took him away from her. Now, with the help of some allies with motives of their own, she will do everything she can to get him back, not knowing if either one of them will ever be the same after all is said and done.
    You can check out this post to find out more about Arcadia!
  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day? And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

Dyson and Kasia are a couple and whenever they spent Valentine’s Day together, they’d have breakfast in bed with fresh strawberries and chocolate banana pancakes (which Dyson cooked). There were no special plans during the day, but they always made sure to get each other a ridiculously non-romantic Valentine’s Day card and have a quiet dinner together as well.

Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

I think Findlay couldn’t care less about what other people think. I doubt he’d actually get a table at a restaurant, but he isn’t too aware of other people’s pitiful stares and such.

One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick it?

This is cheesiness only Dyson could plan for Kasia.

Is there a character who would organise an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

Georgie would happily organise a party like that, because she don’t need no man/woman/society-forcing-a-construct-on-her-for-what-to-do-with-her-life. Galentine’s Day is her jam instead.

What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

Hands down, Dyson had the best of best gifts for Kasia when he gave her a personalised leather-bound notebook. He wrote a heartfelt inscription for her on the first page and had her name and a favourite quote engraved on the outside. He is such a good boyfriend, I swear I would steal him away from her if I could.

Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

This is something Leo, my precious darling, would definitely do. He has the best of hearts and even if he doesn’t have a sweetheart himself, it wouldn’t stop him from spreading the love with others. Also, who could say no to this cutie?

What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies? (Note: Valentine’s movies don’t have to be romantic!)

Those are Kasia’s picks, but Dyson likes them too and if he says otherwise he is lying, because he is a big mushy softie inside.

Who is ready for the February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

Kasia, because chocolate.

Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone aka always has some sort of date?

From the top of my head, I can’t really think of anyone, but maybe Robyn. She strikes me as the kind of person who doesn’t like to be by herself a lot. Which is fine, you know, but some things you have to do yourself. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is not one of those things.

Bonus: Create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for one or several of your characters!

Even though Georgie may not celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t treat herself!

I TAG THEE

I hope you liked the tag and if you did, please, spread the word!!! I know I cut it close to Valentine’s Day, but maybe there’s still some people out there who’d like to do the tag.

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 5-11)

It has been a mediocre week for me. I didn’t really get to do all the things I wanted to or set my mind on, however, I completely fell into a Peaky Blinders binge that took over my life and I have no regrets. Anyway, here are some trailers!

Movies

Venom

Just YAAAS!

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The best part of this trailer is Donald Glover and no one can tell me otherwise.

Deadpool 2

I remember them filming it in Vancouver so much, so I am curious to see all the locations when it comes out.

Avengers: Infinity War

The music is so epic.

I Feel Pretty

So, okay … I think Amy Schumer is completely overrated and I have neither liked her movies nor comedy specials thus far. But this … I can get on board with this?

Life of the Party

I love how cool the daughter is about her mum being at her university.

All I Wish

Oh, it’s Fitz from Scandal.

Josie

I love Sophie Turner, but this has such creepy vibes.

Bad Samartian

Why does David Tennant make such a good villain?

Benji

Don’t think it’s for me.

Skyscraper

I think I only want to watch it to look out for the scenes I was there while filming for.

TV Shows

Jessica Jones (Season 2)

SOON!

Westworld (Season 2)

CANNOT WAIT!

Everything Sucks!

The 90s nostalgia is strong with this one.

Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3B)

New night and also new cast addition, because Wally West is switching from Flash to Legends!

Rise

It looks more and more like Glee, but less silly?

That’s it for this week! What are you watching?

#CurrentlyWatching: One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time is the perfect embodiment of this week’s them on #CurrentlyWatching – sitcoms with depth. As I’ve mentioned quite a lot now, I am not really the type to watch sitcoms and after posting this, there is really only one left that I haven’t talked about on here and that’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Anyway, that’s not why we are here today.

One Day at a Time is technically a remake of a TV show from the 70s, but I have never seen it. According to others, the show pays homage to the original sometimes, but I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you anything about it. At this point in time, there are two seasons available for streaming on Netflix!

The show revolves around three generations of a Cuban-American family who lives in the same apartment together.

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I don’t even know where to start, because there is nothing not to love about this show. From what I’ve seen around social media, everyone is talking about the show and rightly so! One Day at a Time is fast paced, with SO much heart. While it may only follow the everyday life of the family, it manages to integrate so many different and very important topics, I am still amazed this show is real.

Penelope, divorced mother of two teens, seems like an actual superwoman. She is ex-military and now a hard-working nurse who handles the stress of raising two kids, having an old-school diva as a mother and battling with PTSD and mental health issues like a champ. Nothing she goes through is ever discarded, it is talked about and therefore easier to understand for people who might not have to deal with the same stuff. It is so very important to normalise things like therapy or needing medication to help with mental health as to make it less of a stigma.

Elena, Penelope’s daughter, is a feminist badass who has one of the best coming out stories I have ever watched. Seen as she is from a pretty conservative and religious family, it was interesting to watch how each of the other family members reacted to her revealing that part of herself.

Also, Ariela Barer plays her best friend and I love that girl (you may recognise her as Gert from Runaways). They face way more than teens should when immigration, deportation and long-distance friendship comes into play.

Alex, Penelope’s son, has traits that might be categorised as seeming feminine, but he is never made fun of for that. Also, I adore his relationship with his grandmother, Lydia. She is such a strong personality and together they are super sassy. Lydia in general is a dream come true. She shows that you can be religious and still accept the LGBT+ community in their entirety.

Lastly, there is Schneider, their landlord and friend. He adds the goofy element to the story and often helps to educate on topics such as “mansplaining” or white (male) privilege. In all of this, he never comes off as the bad guy. He genuinely wants to learn and just be part of the family. One of my favourite parts of the show is his friendship with Penelope. While a lot of shows would have tried to pair them off, it hasn’t happened yet and I am so glad about it! I personally only see them as being in a platonic friendship. I’d even go so far as to say that she sees him as a brotherly kind of figure in her life.

I am still amazed that the show managed to pack so much in those short 13 episodes per season. The second season was just as intense as the first one, but still had moments where you could simply laugh out loud. I can only recommend it to everyone out there!

Do you watch One Day at a Time? What are your thoughts on it?

 

The Goodreads Book Tag

We shall not speak of when I was actually tagged for this Goodreads Book Tag! (Seriously peoples, I don’t understand how there are drafts from 2015 to now? I apparently never check my drafts …) Anyway, the lovely Flo @flowlessbooks tagged me and I want to thank her for her patience and consideration when she wrote the tag over a year ago …

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Die Wunderübung

The last book I marked as “read” was Die Wunderübung by Austrian author Daniel Glattauer. I went to the signing for this book and it was really fun. One of my former teachers is the director of the movie adaptation of this book and he was there as well … and didn’t recognise me. Somehow I wasn’t surprised.

 

What are you currently reading?

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah! (Finally – as Cristina has wanted me to read this for the longest time)

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Apparently that was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black because EVERYONE just seems to scream about how amazing and fun this book is, so I want to know if the hype was justified. But also, I am not actually going to read it anytime soon until the hype has died down. If that makes sense?

What book do you plan to read next?

I think it will be Everything, Everything, but I refuse to actually be tied down to one book. I am way too much of a mood reader for that and there’s so much out there that I could chose from, you know?

Do you use the star rating system?

Yep, I do. I have this theory that all the books I read start out as a 3-star-book and then either improve or get worse from there on out. I would love to have half-stars as well though, then I wouldn’t always have to decide if I should round up or down.

Are you doing a 2018 Reading Challenge?

Again, this is also a yes. I decided to go with 60 books as a goal and so far so good.

Do you have a wishlist?

Actually, I do have a wishlist but not on Goodreads? It’s just some place I can keep track of what I want, because I don’t use the “Want to Read” option all too regularly. Most of the time I forget to even check on there unless someone directly prompts me to.

(Should you want to see my Amazon wishlist for whatever reason, you can do so here)

What book do you plan to buy next?

Something from my wishlist????

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

I just randomly made screenshots from two quotes I someday in the past liked on Goodreads!

Who are your favorite authors?

SO MANY!!!

  • Pierce Brown
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Becky Albertalli
  • Nina LaCour
  • Jeff Zentner
  • Morgan Matson

Have you joined any groups?

I think I did at some point, but I can’t even remember at this point because I never visit them. So, I am just going with a simple no instead.

I TAG THEE

Do you use Goodreads to keep your books in order? Did you relate to my answers? Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: The Good Place

By some miracle, I am able to keep having a theme for each week of #CurrentlyWatching posts and this week is all about sitcoms with depth. I can’t exactly say what it is with sitcoms, but usually they are terrible at holding my attention. It’s not so much that I don’t enjoy watching them, but they rarely have a compelling overarching theme or storyline that compels me to watch every single episode. Well, until the shows came around that I am going to present to you now, starting with The Good Place.

The Good Place airs on NBC, has currently 2 seasons available and is already renewed for a third one (Major YAAAS! for that). As I mentioned, it’s a sitcom, so episodes are usually about 20 minutes long.

Eleanor died and made it to the Good Place. Or has she? A seemingly small mix-up that Eleanor refuses to clear up in fear of having to go to the bad place, leads to consequences for all the inhabitants of her new neighborhood.

Is everything really fine? No, it is not and it’s hilarious. Surprisingly enough, I keep meeting people who haven’t even heard of The Good Place yet, but for me it was such a breakout star when it premiered at the end of 2016. While it is funny at all times, it also manages to carry a life message or get an ethical point across without ever turning really heavy. I can appreciate that, because there are days you don’t want the heavy stuff on your screen.

Also, while the concept may seem formulaic, I can promise you that there are tons of twists and turns that you won’t be expecting. Obviously I am not going to give anything away here, but let’s just say it’s big and very good!

During the past two season, I’d say we’ve gotten a pretty good look at the main characters, without having seen ALL there is to them. With flashbacks (that are thankfully not overused) we discover more about the humans, but also Michael – the architect of the this particular neighborhood in the Good Place.

I like that there is such variation in the personalities. You are bound to recognize both, good and bad, traits in each of them that you are probably also able to find in yourself. Eleanor, for example, may be rude and selfish, but it’s mostly because she had to fend for herself from a young age on and therefore knows the world doesn’t hand out freebies. Or Chidi, the ethics and moral professor, who is so flustered by the idea of making the right choice that he sometimes fails to make any choice at all. I’d like to go more into detail, because these characters are absolutely fantastic, but I just realised how many spoilers are potentially in their description, so I’d rather have you discover them yourselves.

There is so much to love about this show. Janet, who can’t technically be classified as a person, is definitely among the favourite parts of the show. However, there was always something about Eleanor and Chidi’s relationship that fascinated me the most. Actually, all relationships Eleanor has are interesting, because they don’t just make her but the other person a better being as well. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that there are several main characters, with Kristen Bell’s Eleanor kind of being the main main character among them.

So, that’s it for today. I hope I could pique your interest for this show a little bit. Again, it is funny, explores some moral issues but never fails to surprise and stay interesting as it continues on the long run (seriously, the season finales are the bomb!).

Have you watched The Good Place? Do you like it as much as me? Who else is pumped for Season 3?

Let’s Talk About “Arcadia”!

I’ve gained a lot of followers in the last couple of months (thank you for that!!!), but I have now wondered how many of those people actually know what I am talking about when I mention Arcadia in tags or monthly-wrap ups. So, this is a little introduction to my personal WIP for those of you are unfamiliar with it or haven’t heard about it in a while!

First things first, what is it even about?

Kasia and Dyson have known each other their entire lives, their paths intertwining at every crossroad. So forgetting he ever existed doesn’t make any sense to Kasia and neither does finding out about the magical beings that took him away from her. Now, with the help of some allies with motives of their own, she will do everything she can to get him back, not knowing if either one of them will ever be the same after all is said and done.

Writing a synopsis for my own story is what I am the absolute worst at, however, I hope it gave you some perspective of what it could be about. It’s Fantasy, because I tried regular contemporary but missed my magical elements to bits!

I first started writing this story late in 2016, but then got a bit distracted when I went abroad in 2017. I am now fully committed to write more again, with regular updates in sight. So far, I have shared about 14 chapters (including a prologue) via wattpad. I know that not all of you have an account, but so far it is still the easiest way for me to share the story with a broader audience. I have been looking into alternatives, but nothing has seemed right yet. Anyway, you can read the prologue here without an account, but will need one for further chapters. *whispers* but if you shoot me a nice email and really, really want to read what I have written so far, I might be persuaded to send you a pdf-file! Clearly this is THE secret way of getting my story and you are the only one who knows about it now …

If you would like some more visual impressions of the story, I have somehow managed to include my pinterest board for Arcadia in the post (believe me, that was more difficult than I thought it would be).

There is a variety of characters you will get to meet throughout reading Arcadia and I have introduced most of the main cast in some previous posts. Through some sort of miracle, I have actually been able to make people care about them and I hope you will too, if you decide to take a closer look! Feel free to check those posts out, the latest come first and the oldest posts are listed last.

Previous posts about Arcadia:

I hope I didn’t send you too much through the archives of my blog, but I really hope I could maybe persuade you to check out my WIP! Getting comments, live reactions, gifs and any kind of feedback has kept me motivated so far and I am sure will do so in the future as well.

Who of my lovely followers is a writer as well? How do you feel about sharing your WIP? Have you already checked out Arcadia?