Winter Is Here Write Tag!

Guys, I am nervous! This is the first time I am making my own tag and I really just hope you will enjoy it. First things first, how did I get the idea to make this Winter Is Here Write Tag? Well, well, back in October I got tagged for the All Hallows Write Tag and I had so much fun with it. I don’t remember ever getting the chance to answer a tag with my own characters before, so I figured we needed more of that in the blogosphere. Let’s dive into what I cooked up!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your beautiful answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
    (Just copying that from the other tag because I am terrible at pitching my own story …) It’s about a couple having to find their way back to each other after some magical beings messed with their lives (aka kidnapped the boyfriend into another world). Getting tangled up in an ancient struggle for power, they have to be careful to not get sucked in too deep before it is too late.
    I am working on that pitch. It’s not at all where I want it to be yet. You can check out the first 10+ chapters here if you are interested. They are a much better representation of the story.
  • Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Georgie always feels like a showgirl to me and I can definitely just see her singing randomly during the day, not even noticing that she switched from regular songs to Christmas ones.

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Again, Georgie would probably prefer not having to deal with the cold in the city and rather spend it at some luxurious beach resort. Since she doesn’t have the actual money though, it’s not like she’s really going to go anywhere.

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

Just thinking about how easily Kasia trusted in Georgie and Findlay, how easily she could accept the whole magic-is-real-and-you-have-been-cursed-situation, I just feel like she had that innocent belief in herself the longest.

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

This basically screams Kasia! Our girl would never pass up on tea to begin with and the coziness is like her essence of her being.

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Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

Alaya, while she can be soft when she wants to be, is more of a confrontational and competitive type in her “work life”. So, I could see her build an entire snow fortress and be all strategic about something as essentially non-important as a snowball fight.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

This gentleman right here may have something sweet planned for his one true love, but Dyson would definitely wing the presents for most people in his life.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

In my head Findlay has an artistic gene but since he doesn’t do anything just for fun, he would want to wow the judges with whatever he created. Since he’s not always as up to date as he likes to think, I can imagine him attempting an Olaf look-alike (from Frozen).

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If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

My dear Kasia hates responsibility, but she’d rather do something herself than see someone else do it “the wrong way”. She might snap at someone at some point and get super stressed and worried about people not having gifts for their assigned partners, but she will organize it (even if it will be the death of her).

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

Arcadia, at least the part she lives in, is mostly warm all year round. I have the inkling of a feeling that Alaya wouldn’t appreciate the cold.

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

Georgie is my Queen of Style. Her – 100% her!

I TAG THEE

I hope you liked this tag and will spread the word! I would really love to read what other people have to say about their characters!

Summer Review: Sense8

Sense8 is Netflix’ new original series and it’s the perfect show to binge this summer! (Seriously, no human being would be capable of watching this on a weekly basis only!) Since it is pretty difficult to review an entire series without giving things away, beware of Spoilers.

Sense8 is about a cluster of people around the planet who are “Sensates”, which links them mentally and lets them share their feelings, skills and knowledge. To me, it’s very much a mix between the web series H+ (click here to watch it on YouTube!) and Joss Whedon‘s In Your Eyes, seen as H+ has this global touch and In Your Eyes is about sharing that special mental connection. Netflix has planned to force their program to become more important globally, which they definitely managed to do by including people from all continents in this show (… even if they still all speak English, at least they have specific accents according to their territory. I get that no one likes to watch shows with subtitles).

First, I want to make clear that I loved the show! I am more than happy that Netflix took a risk with it and really plunged into the genre here, but it’s also in no way perfect. One of the problems of the show is that it takes quite some time until you figure the whole “Sensates”-thing out. At the beginning that is fine, because you are just as clueless as the characters are, who mostly think they are going insane. But, if it weren’t for Naveen Andrews‘ character Jonas (who I had a hard time not calling Jafar) we probably wouldn’t know anything at all about the “Sensates”, since he’s the one explaining it to the audience as well as the characters.

Another thing I want to talk about is not really a problem, but a bit of an inconsistency throughout the Season: pacing. For one, there are scenes where characters literally sit down next to each other for 10 minutes and just talk. Don’t get me wrong, that can be just as emotional and beautiful as any other scene, but when it’s followed by an over-the-top and unrealistic action scene (and I’m not talking about Lito’s scenes for his movie), it just feels a little weird. In general, there can be a lot of over-exaggerated scenes that weren’t really my thing (e.g. “the orgy” (actually no, I take that back, that was pretty entertaining … and hot), the birthing scene, Wolfgang’s confrontation with his family, …).

But enough complaining, I started by saying that I loved the show and here’s why:

  • It tackles a lot of serious topics such as homosexuality, transgender relations, racial differences, feminism and many more without ever doing it in a tacky or pretentious way.
  • You feel connected with all the characters and share their emotions as if you were in the cluster with them. Often their connection is portrayed in a beautiful and poetic way, mostly underlined with great music which makes it a real feast to watch (and to sometimes sing along). Also, the I just loved all the different relationships and how the characters’ fates were intertwined!
  • Still, with everything I just mentioned, Sense8  also has some hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud for minutes.
  • Last but not least, the cast is simply amazing, varying from names such as Naveen Andrews, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Tina Desai and Tuppence Middleton to Max Riemelt, Miguel Àngel Silvestre, Aml Ameen and many more.

So, even though it might not have been all it could’ve been, I like the cast, I like the ambition and direction of the show and most of all I really want to know what happens next. Netflix hasn’t yet decided on whether they’ll renew or cancel it, but I am hoping for a future for Sense8 and maybe an even more amazing Season 2. What are your thoughts?

P.S.: Have I mentioned how happy I am to see German actor Max Riemelt in this? That was seriously one of my personal highlights!

What Maisie Knew

What Maisie KnewWhat Maisie Knew is a 2012 family drama, directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, based on the book by Henry James. It is entirely told from the point of view of Maisie, a little girl, who is caught in the middle of her parents and their new partners fighting. While it does seem like a bold choice to show everything from a child’s view, it was done brilliantly in this movie.

Throughout the entire story, I was amazed by the incredible performance of all actors involved, because those certainly weren’t typical black and white characters. While you could clearly see that everyone loved Maisie, it was also obvious that sometimes parents don’t make the best family. The way the little girl just got handed from one person to the next was heartbreaking. The story was very realistic and quite remarkable in my opinion. While you have to get accustomed to the slow story-telling, it still makes a beautiful, intense, deeply personal plot and will stay with you for a while as a great tale about dysfunctional families and that just sometimes family isn’t what we would expect it to be.

As mentioned above, all the actors were great. The movie featured: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steven Coogan, Onata Aprile and Joanna Vanderham

Did you watch the movie and enjoy it? Was it not your kind of movie, if so, why?