What I’ve Been Binge-Watching! #1

I always used to love to talk about TV shows on the blog and nothing really has changed in that regard. However, I don’t have the time to do a full-fledged break-down of a series like I used to do with my #CurrentlyWatching posts in the past. Instead, I am going to keep it short and simple (à la Random Movie Recommendation). If you want to talk about any of the examples I am going to list below in detail though, just hit me up in the comments!

Plan Coeur/The Hook Up Plan

First off, I want to say that I KNOW that romantic love and sex isn’t everything in this world. People are darn well capable of leading a happy fulfilled life without it and this show is super over the top in that regard, but when I actually watched the whole thing in one sitting, it didn’t bother me as much. This show actually focuses on all sorts of relationships and especially on the one between the three women.

Having said that, Elsa, the girl who gets set up with a hooker without her knowledge, is my absolute favourite character. She is beautiful and hilarious and super awkward and rarely gets the effect she has on people. The things she says, you want to cringe hard but at the same time it’s incredibly endearing. She’s one of those cases where you can clearly see what self-confidence can change in a person. I shipped her and Jules so hard!

The end of the show is a bit of a controversial topic. Some love it (like me) and others hate it. I think it was cruel perfection and the perfect set up if they decide to continue with the show!

Tidelands

I have previously described this show as H2O for adults and I still stand by that statement. I really, really, really enjoyed their take on sirens and the mythology it accompanied. It’s not a perfect show, but rarely any show is. People take off their shirts for no reason whatsoever way too often and it does give you a little bit of a CW vibe, but there’s nothing wrong with that per se. A lot of people like that kind of aesthetic or approach to the material (me included).

The build up and twists over the course of the episodes really kept a nice tension going and the last episode was packed full of surprises. They were very smart in never really showing the sirens entirely. In addition to that, I wanted a certain ship to happen, it did and that just always makes me happy.

I like a lot of Australian shows, so if this is Netflix’ gateway into more original series from there, I am in. After that ending, I’d definitely be up for a second seasons!

Travelers

I’ve actually talked about this show in detail in the post here, but it has moved from being a Showtimes-Netflix co-production to Netflix entirely for Season 3 and it was one of the best seasons yet. I hope you don’t expect an action packed SciFi series, because that’s not what Travelers is. Instead it is a character study with developments that span seasons. I honestly cried through almost the entire second half of Season 3 and the ending was something I did not expect at all. It’s one of those shows that keeps you guessing and I feel like not that many are able to do that for me nowadays, so I appreciate that element a lot.

I sincerely hope they will continue the show. I would love nothing more than to find out how they want to keep going after that finale.

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you plan to? Let’s chat!

The Entertainer Blogger Award

I haven’t done any kind of award post in a really long time, mostly because I stopped doing them altogether? It ended up being a chain reaction of getting the same tags over and over and drowning in questions that I barely had answers to, but when Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award, I thought “Oh, this is one I haven’t done yet!” and that is how you came to read this post.

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Add the rules so others can follow.
  3. Answer the questions that have been asked.
  4. Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
  5. Display the photo also in your blog.

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What genre did you read most before starting your blog?

I think I was always drawn to Fantasy the most. It probably had something to do with the fact that I thought big books meant that I was smarter and let’s face it, most Fantasy books are pretty long. I also dabbled in some general adult fiction though.

What genre did fellow bloggers influence your opinion on?

The stubborn person that I am, it is very difficult to convince me to read or try anything that I don’t really want to. However, some of my lovely friends have definitely made New Adult books look very appealing and it is thanks to them that I tried that genre. No regrets here, even if it is not one I turn to often!

Fave book format?

Hardcover books! They are expensive, so it’s not like I buy them all the time, but with paperbacks I always have to worry about them getting damaged in my backpack. The chances of that happening are way smaller for hardcovers. And unfortunately ebooks just aren’t as much fun for me. No particular reason …

Plants without flowers or plants that have flowers?

To care for? Plants without flowers. To get as a gift? All the pretty flowers.

Some tropes you love seeing in books?

I LOVE the whole enemies to lovers trope. Supportive families are my jam and I have a soft spot for well-crafted villains.

A book character you relate to a lot?

This might just be the hardest question out of the entire bunch. I have not found that one character that I relate to body and soul, but I explained why I feel really close to Molly in my review for The Upside of Unrequited (which you can read here).

My Nominees

My Questions

  1. If you could be a character (already existing or of your own creation) in a TV show, which show would you jump into?
  2. Do you take notes while reading or wing your reviews?
  3. Who is an author you would like to get coffee/tea/drinks with?
  4. Which post you’ve written are you proud of?
  5. Where would you travel if money wasn’t an issue?
  6. Which book are you reading next?

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little post. How would your answers be to the questions. Let’s talk!

Vienna Comic Con 2015

Some of you may have wondered what I have been doing the past weekend since I’ve been noticeably absent from the blogging realm. Well, I was at the first ever Vienna Comic Con! I originally was scheduled to work on both days, but due to some changes, I only worked Saturday and had the whole day to roam free on Sunday.

I loved the whole experience, especially since I got to see both sides. The first day wasn’t exactly stressful, but definitely a lot busier than Sunday. I met a ton of interesting people and had fun with the rest of the crew members. The second day was great because I got to roam through the Comic Con myself though, and with my Crew badge, I even got access to all areas. I’m surprised that I came out of the venue with more money than I spent, having really restricted myself since I only made one purchase. It’s extremely difficult to sum it all up, so I’ll try to pinpoint my personal highlights:

  • Cosplayers: I put some pictures above, but there were so many more costumes I didn’t catch on film! Surprisingly (at least to me) there were a lot of One Piece cosplayers. Other fandoms included (but weren’t restricted to) 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Assassins Creed, Transformers, pretty much all the Marvel and DC superheroes and villains (a lot of Jokers and Harley Quinns in particular), Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and many more. It’s really impressing seeing all those costumes in real life. I can’t imagine how much work was put into them, but they were all happy to pose for pictures when asked and they got asked a lot. Someone even stopped me because they wanted to take a photo of my TARDIS tote bag that I got back in the day at the Doctor Who Experience. Another girl thought I was dressed as Clara, which I loved, because I adore her style of clothing.
  • The entertainment and artist guests: Considering that it was the first ever VIECC, they really got a great assortment of guests. I didn’t take a picture or got an autograph from any of the entertainment guests, which included names such as Natalia Tena, Giancarlo Esposito, Finn Jones, Neve McIntosh and William Houston. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t get to meet them at all. It was only briefly, but they were all nice and really fun. I even got to shake Esposito’s hand, so I am cool.
    I strolled down the artist alley a couple of times, definitely wanting to buy something from there. I found the table of Rahsan Ekedal, a Californian artist who currently lives in Berlin, and I simply loved his style. If you look at the pictures above, you can see the print and the sketch that I bought from him. He even signed them both and took a picture with me. A friend from the crew and I spent so much time at his stand, talking with his wife and himself. I am so glad I got to meet them and that I now have something memorable to put on the empty walls in my room.
  • All the people: I think it has become obvious from the two previous points above, I mostly loved getting to know everyone. That should in no way mean that the exhibitor booths weren’t great, because they were! You could pose on the Iron Throne of Game of Thrones, take pictures with Deadpool or a Storm Trooper or you could by yourself a BB-8 at another booth. They had almost all the merchandise you could ask for, but in the end it’s the people you talk to and connect with that stay in your mind. I still know that there was an incredibly nice guy dressed as John Constantine who was so enthusiastic about meeting LeeAnna Vamp. Another dude cosplaying as the 10th Doctor soniced me and told me that I wasn’t his TARDIS and it was hilarious. Also, some of the best people were definitely the guys and girls who were my fellow crew members.

I loved getting to geek out with everyone and I hope it somewhat came across in this post. The Comic Con will return next year (Nov 19-20) and I hope I’ll be able to work there and visit it again. Do you have any experiences with Comic Cons? Were you by any chance at the one in Vienna? What is your take on it?

My Guilty Pleasure: The Royals

So, when I first watched the promo for the Royals, I thought it seemed a bit rubbish. It looked cheesy and cheap, but then they brought out a different Trailer and I couldn’t resist checking it out. And guess what, I loved it and am now proud part of the Loyals! Each week I anticipated the new episodes and the show rewarded me by continuing to surprise me. Therefore I thought it deserved a little review now that it’s over. (Major Spoilers included!)

The show starts by announcing that the heir to the throne, Prince Robert, son to Queen Helena and King Simon, brother to Princess Eleanor and Prince Liam has died. It comes as a shock to the entire family as well as the country and the circumstances of his death stay somewhat of a secret. At the beginning it really bothered me that we never once saw Robert, not even a photo, but in the end that was good. It added a lot to the drama towards last episodes of the show. Here are some of the elements that I liked most about the Royals:

  • The father-son/daughter-realtionship was adorable. King Simon was a truly good man and you saw that he made up for the lack of emotion that his wife showed towards their children. He only ever wanted the best for everyone and in a way I think it was very brave of him to acknowledge that the monarchy might not be the way of accomplishing that.
  • Speaking of the Queen though, she doesn’t stop at anything to get what she wants! But what is it she wants? She remained an enigma to me the entire time. She purposely hurt her children, the man she loved and her own reputation for what? To stay Queen?
  • Eleanor was my favourite person on the show. She is majorly messed up and an addict, but she’s a good person at heart. You know how much she cares for her family and it was often her scenes with the King or Liam or Beck or Jasper (so, basically everyone) that broke my heart the most.
  • Eleanor and Jasper (is it Jaspenor or Jaleanor?) are just so fun to watch! Who doesn’t like a relationship that’s founded on blackmail? Also, Jasper is another candidate for “Most Mysterious Character”. Who is he? Where is he from and what was his plan all along? We know so little about him … at least very little that is true.
  • Liam’s change from partying bachelor to heir to the throne was interesting and his relationship with Ophelia was like from a fairy tale. I’m sort of sad they have such a hard time finding a time and place to just be together and be happy.
  • I never truly liked Gemma, but she kind of fascinates me. She’s a lot smarter than people give her credit for anyway.
  • Cyrus and his daughters are one of the most hilarious elements of the show. Nonetheless, he is such a creep and you wonder how he could possibly be the brother of Simon. They are nothing alike! His actions are repulsive and selfish through and through.
  • Marcus was one of my favourite people as well! During the finale I couldn’t believe that I missed that he’s into Ophelia … Seriously, I must’ve been off my game because something like that usually doesn’t pass me. In hindsight though, it totally makes sense and I feel for him, because he doesn’t stand a chance against Liam at the moment.
  • The Finale!!! Just thinking about what happened in the last 5 minutes, it’s torture to wait until next Season with all that information. Robert was murdered, Simon is dead, Cyrus is King, Prudence is pregnant from him and what on earth is this Domino thing??? I mean that’s definitely one way to go and leave everyone clueless.

I think that sums up the whole Season and what I liked about it: so much drama! Let me hear your thoughts on the topic!