A cynical view on (dating) life

Seen as I am a huge fan of British comedian Jon Richardson, I did not hesitate one second to buy his book It’s Not Me, It’s You from 2011. It has a lot of elements from his stand-up program and is therefore extremly funny, yet not as funny as I thought it would be, because of a few but existing serious bits in the book. (This should by no means indicate that I didn’t like it though!)

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Richardson himself said that it is not meant to be an autobiography, but to me it definitely seems like an honest view on life from his perspective. The book focuses on Richardson’s quest for love and how his pursuit for perfection gets in the way of it. While never having been diagnosed with OCD, it still is a re-occuring topic in Richardson’s work (including a great documentary called A Little Bit OCD), hence, the book also takes on several of his neurotic and compulsive-obsessive tendencies. It originally only started out as an article for The Guardian‘s Valentine’s Day issue, but turned into a “relationship guide from the point of view of someone who hasn’t been in one for eight years” according to Jon Richardson himself.

I really enjoyed reading the book and found Richardson’s cynical view on life and dating weirdly refreshing, but I also felt that I found out more about Richardson as a person (including his irrational anger and enjoyment of alcoholic beverages). Do you know the book or any of his stand-up gigs? What do you think about it?

Surprisingly good MTV shows

While I am mostly of the opinion that the TV shows MTV produces are pretty bad, I was pleasantly surprised by two shows. Usually, they try to be funny, but end up just doing stupid, vulgar and heartless stuff, but Teen Wolf and Awkard. are definitely exceptions of that.

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf started in 2011 and is very remotely based on the film from 1986. Now, I have to say, I never thought a show like this could be produced by MTV. It is dark, it has an interesting storyline, it has an amazing soundtrack, it is fun to watch and it’s even quite intelligent at times. People actually loved it that much, so that the third season of the show (which is currently running and having it’s mid-season finale next week) got the amount of episodes doubled to the previous seasons. I mean that should tell you, it’s quite a good show.

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The title Teen Wolf should already indicate what it’s about, nonetheless here is a short summary. The show mainly revolves around Scott McCall, who gets bitten by a werewolf and turns into one himself. Being a former outcast at school, he now has the abilities to be good at sports and apparently also to attract girls more. From then on the viewer gets sucked into a world of supernatural beings, mysterious murder cases and teenage life with all the drama, love triangles and growing up you can imagine. There are some great new talents, but also some actors and actresses you’ll have seen before in the show, like: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne, Daniel Sharman, Ian Bohen, Gage Golightly, Jill Wagner, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, …

Awkward.

Awkard. is about to start the second part of it’s third season this fall. I have been following the show since it’s beginning in 2011 and have to admit that it’s pretty addictive. It certainly has the usual dirty humour of similar shows, but isn’t as dull and without a storyline. Of course, it is not majorly original concerning the topics of the show, but it has a refreshing mixture of funny entertaining scenes, and actual sweet plot-segments. It is especially great if you are one of those people, who love to ship a certain couple.

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Now, if you wonder what it’s about; I can tell you the story is pretty simple. Former nobody Jenna Hamilton gets more attention in school after everybody thinks she’s attempted suicide (which clearly – she hasn’t). From then on, it’s about her friendships, her crush, popularity and adulthood in general. So, as I said, nothing new and exciting but definitely worth checking out. In the show following actors and actresses are featured: Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Nikki DeLoach, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern, Molly Tarlov, Desi Lydic, Jessica Lu, Greer Grammer, Nolan Gerard Funk, …

I hope I could convince you to take a look at the shows yourself. If you already know them: What is your opinion on them?