Weeks Long Watching: She-Really-Should-Be-Writing Edition

At the request of my super delightful friend Erin, here’s a new TV post at last! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these—mostly because I’ve been writing like mad—but some times when I can’t write (you know, when I should keep going and SHOULD be writing), television is a happy place like no other. However, with the return of allllll the shows after the New Year and throwing myself into writing cave, I now find that I’m always falling behind, and just potentially end up getting horribly spoiled  whenever I go on Twitter (and I HATE SPOILERS LIKE I HATE RAISINS…WHICH IS A LOT).

But, being a semi expert spoiler-avoider, I’ve been able to settle down in front of my TV all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed . . . until, of course, shit hits the fan and I’m left muppet-flailing all by myself over an episode that happened weeks ago. This is really what happens when it feels like there’s just too much TV and not enough me to watch. First world problems in a nutshell, right?

BUT, without further ado, here are shows I’ve been keeping up with!

PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR

When watching this, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so inadequate and talentless since watching episodes of MasterChef Junior. These contestants are just SO. YOUNG. And they whip up such AMAZING clothes! This season wrapped up a while ago, and I’m already mourning the loss of all the wardrobe malfunctions, workroom freakouts, and fashion shows. I will say that the winner was someone who I was rooting for the whole time, which made me sososo pleased by the finale!

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1985)

Ohmygoodness, I cannot put into words how much I LOVED this. I’d read the book pretty recently (which I also loved very dearly) and knew I just had to dig up the infamous miniseries that is a classic in and of itself. Both are amazing, and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re into laughing, swooning, cheering, and sobbing! Also, GILBERT BLYTHE. Just putting it out there, Anne and Gilbert are one of my top OTPs. I am certain they are the original James and Lily, and I WILL FIGHT YOU ON IT.

GREEN GABLES FABLES

And of course, because I was on such an Anne Shirley kick, I had to also check out the super charming vlog series on YouTube—and by “checking out,” I mean devouring episodes in between breaks because they are soooo addictive.

THE BACHELOR

The level of rose-wanting this season has been on this manic level up here ^^  This season has been highly entertaining to say the least. They just did hometowns this week (I was actually SUPER jazzed to have seen a Filipino family and food in the mix), and I’m already dreading the end because the preview of the finale from way back when looks so stressful to watch. If he does not choose my top pick, I will riot.

THE ORIGINALS

Still have an episode or two to catch up on, but holy emotions Batman! My love for Klaus continues to know no bounds. He is still the dark, tragic antihero of my dreams. My heart will never relent.

BLACK SAILS

Ohhhh man, I’m also behind on this one by an episode or two. But ughhh. Pirates. Corruption. And Vane. LOVE. HIM.

THE 100

Speaking of Vane, who else was freaking out when they saw him guest-starring on this season of The 100!?!? His fight scene in the gif above was SICKKK. All of the episodes so far have taken interesting turns, which have kept me intrigued to find out what happens next. And also, to keep holding out for Bellarke moments because I’ve been shipping them since episode 1.

LEGEND OF KORRA

AHHHHHH KORRA!!!! I have severe heart-eyes for this show, and franchise in general. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to dive into this because it is BRILLIANT. I was originally hesitant about watching, mostly because I’d heard so many people comment on how different LoK was from ATLA—which made me nervous, since I absolutely LOVE ATLA. However, as soon as I started watching LoK, I couldn’t stop. And I couldn’t help but appreciate how the differences I was initially wary of are actually what make it soooo fantastic. It’s darker in tone, the world is different but no less awesome and impressive (these shows are seriously master classes on A+ worldbuilding), and the cast of characters are made up of new figures. Of course, when old veterans do come back for a brief time, I am SOBBING—but I do adore all of the new characters who are so reminiscent of the former Team Avatar, yet still remain unique in their own way. I can’t wait to keep going with this one.

MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO

OHMYGOD. K-DRAMAS. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. Funny story, my uncle was actually the one who was super insistent on getting me into this show. He’s so passionate about it that I just HAD to check it out . . . which may have been the best and worst decision of my life because this show is so addictive. And not even because it centers around a fox spirit (though that was a huge selling point for me). I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or flailed so hard in a LONG, long time, and I’m already dreading the end because I don’t want this level of cuteness to ever be over. Thank goodness I still have so many more hours left with how blissfully long these seasons are!

BOYS OVER FLOWERS

I need to give a huge, HUGE thanks to Erin for introducing me to this show—as well as ruining my life because I. CAN’T. STOP. WATCHING. Ohmygod. This show drives me crazy, gets me flailing, makes me cringe, and everything in between. Just . . . gah, alllll the emotions. With this show, you’ll get a hate-to-love romance (probably one of my favorite tropes) and a main guy who is SUCH a jerk, but you can’t help but be intrigued and find him so unbelievably endearing as he tries to win the heart of a girl who’d rather have nothing to do with him. Sigh.

Okay, now that I’ve shamelessly written about all the television I’ve been attempting to keep up with, now it’s time to get back to my drafting cave to write down all the words. 😀

Weekend Watching

In between reading/editing my manuscript for the 294746339th time, and actually acting like a human for two seconds to go out for a night (where I hugged the living crap out of friends I had not seen in forever), this was also a weekend of television for me.

I LOVE television. Seriously. My idea of a perfect night is watching Netflix for however long until it starts getting embarrassing. Which happens. A lot.

But beside the point, when I get into my creative bursts and corner myself into the writing cave, I tend to neglect a TON of shows and get super sad because the internet is a raging minefield of spoilers. And for those who don’t know me, I HATE spoilers with a burning passion. It ranks among the top five of my random hatred list along with foolish mortals, mayonnaise, raisins, and selfies that try too hard.

Again, more to the point, this weekend I was able to hunker down and catch up on some television that I’ve been waiting to dive back into (and avoiding pesky internet spoilers like the plague). Here are some of the random gems:

BLACK SAILS

This is technically my “writing research” show (snort), and it doesn’t hurt that it’s RIDICULOUSLY good and all sorts of amazing. I’ve loved it since the first season aired last year and was so frustrated when I finally reached the second season’s close this weekend. So epic, bloody, and vulgar in the best way only a killer pirate show can be. Ugh, and so the waiting game begins. Between now and then, I’ll have to find another show to fill that pirate-y void. Or probably just rewatch Black Sails until my eyes bleed. It’s a toss up, really.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

This show is, again, EVERYTHING. I’ve already watched the whole season (literally, in two days after Netflix released it), and had the pleasure of rewatching most of the episodes with my sister this weekend. It’s so funny, random, and empowering–aka my favorite combination of words.

OUTLANDER

This is yet another favorite of mine from Starz (they are really cranking out some amazing shows). I was always meaning to read the book before the show (still have it unopened in a bag somewhere in my room from when I went on a very ambitious book-buying trip), but it is seriously gigantic. As in, it-could-double-as-a-weapon gigantic. And not that I don’t love huge books, but I just know I’m going to have to reserve a good amount of free time to immerse myself in the story because it is just so good. The show is amazing (ahem, Jamie is amazing), and watching it has only made me want to read the books that much more.

DAREDEVIL

And here is yet another Netflix show (also, very impressed with the stuff they’re putting out there as well). I’m a fan of superhero stories, so the newly released Daredevil was right up my alley. Since I’ve only just started it, I have to say I like it a lot better than the Ben Affleck version (which, the general consensus seems to agree, was a bit blah). I love the way it filters in the backstory in relation to the action. However, I’m still in that watching early stage where I’m waiting for it to become more ohmygodcan’tstopwatchingsoundthealarm. After a few more episodes, I’m sure I’ll get there.

Such a random variety, but these perfectly illustrate my tastes for movies and television (let’s be real, pretty much life in general). So those were all of my weekend watches, which I’m sure will only increase more because I devour television like junk food when my writer mind just needs the freedom to have fun/be mush for a while. But the weekend is over, and now I have to put my writer helmet on and say goodbye to the television for this week’s sake.