Saturday Recap: Shows to watch, books to read, things to do.

Good morning!! (Or good evening, if you’re on the other side of the world!)

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of The Vampire Diaries on The CW. I don’t get a lot of time to watch television, but it’s one show that I’ll get up at 4:30am to watch. (Because that’s the only time I can watch without an interruption from my kids or my husband. Which actually didn’t even work for me this morning, because someone had a poopy diaper. But I digress.) I’ve also been intrigued by the new show Arrow, which I stupidly thought was a play on the Robin Hood legend, and it’s not. It’s based on the Green Arrow comic books. (I think. I may be misquoting my husband.) I haven’t watched Beauty and the Beast yet, but it’s one of my favorite fairy tales, so I’ll be checking that out on Hulu Plus rather soon.

TV to watch:

The Vampire Diaries

First, if you’re writing for teens, I think you need to be watching some kind of teen television. It doesn’t have to be angst-ridden drama, but something. Watch Friday Night Lights on Netflix. (Probably one of my favorite shows of all time.) Watch Sixteen and Pregnant. Something. Anything. Not necessarily because you’ll get a good idea how teens act (though sometimes it’s dead on accurate), but because you’ll get a good idea for what teens like.

Anyway. Spoilers ahead, yo.

Did you watch #tvd? What did you think? Personally, I’m glad they followed through with Elena becoming a vampire. I was worried that the Season 3 cliffhanger would be one of those, “LOOK WE BUILT UP TENSION OMG WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN” that would end up with, “Oh, okay, Bonnie did a spell and now we’re all back where we started.”

I was excited about the pastor taking over the Council — until he lit a match and blew up the house. WTF was that? Is he going to reappear? Or did they introduce a villain just to kill him off? Brigid = confused.

Arrow

Okay, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear that I like shows about family dynamics. Go figure, right? (Okay, okay, and I like shows about hot guys with badass weapons.) This was a pilot, so the jury is still out for me. I’m just not sure whether I like the guy. Hot? Check. Physically athletic with rather cool fighting moves? Check. A suitcase full of drama? Check.

Takes himself a little too seriously? Check check check.

And it’s that last one that’s making me pause. I’ll give it another episode or two. It’s not like The Secret Circle, where I loved the books but the actors in the TV show didn’t resonate with me.

Beauty and the Beast
Did you watch? Should I?

Books to read:

Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble

This book was amazing. AMAZING. It’s not marketed as YA (which is a shame as far as I’m concerned, because I’d put this up there with John Green and David Levithan). The main character is in high school, and he’s gay. Best part about this book? It’s not about struggling with the acceptance of being gay. It’s about love, and self-acceptance, and seriously, I couldn’t put it down. I rarely read while on a treadmill, but for this book, I set the magnification up as high as I could, and I read while running. I ran four miles. And I’m a chubby writer.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.

Read it. You won’t regret it. (I accidentally typed “You won’t refred it” first. You won’t do that either.)

Something to do:

Get outside and breathe some fresh air! Seasons are changing all over the world. Get out there and enjoy it! Tell me what you’ve got going on this weekend.

7 thoughts on “Saturday Recap: Shows to watch, books to read, things to do.

  1. I love Vampire Diaries!!! I didn’t watch Arrow but I’ll definitely give it a shot. As for Beauty and the Beast, I really liked it but the heroine Catherine kind of annoys me a bit but I’m hoping that will change. It’s interesting and has a lot of action so far so I think you should check it out.

  2. Huh.

    Green Arrow.
    I knew about Green Hornet, and Green Lantern, but… Green Arrow? Huh. I guess I’m not as familiar with DC as I am the Marvelverse (I’m deeply ashamed).

    From Wikipedia: “Green Arrow is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His secret identity is Oliver Queen, billionaire and former mayor of fictional Star City.[2] Dressed like Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash and tear gas arrows, as well as cryonic arrows, and even a kryptonite arrow. Originally developed as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, writers at DC have developed Green Arrow into a voice of left-wing and progressive politics very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.”

    I, uh, kind of think the actor’s a lot prettier than the comic guy :/

    UGH. I MISS TVD. DUDE. Seriously. I’ve only seen up to, uh, 2/3 of the way through s2. I have EPIC catching up to do. But the problem is I like to watch TV shows w/Nick, so when he’s not available (or, when he’s not really into a show, but just watching it to keep me happy), it takes FOR EVVVVEEEEEER.

  3. Hey Brigid,

    I Love TVD! The Green Arrow is just ok, I don’t think about it enough for it to be memorable, which means I could care less if it got canceled next season. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, but this show is AWEFUL!!!!

    I think they are trying to hard to come up with another show with a dark story line, but so far I hate the acting and the whole setup. I think The CW should replace this show with Kiera Cass’ book turn in to a show, “The Selection”. Which they have created a pilot for but are remaking again, so fingers crossed we get to see it in the spring.

    Definitely looking forward to the show “Cult” the description sounds interesting, and it doesn’t hurt that TVD’s Matt Davis (alaric) is one of the lead characters.

  4. Hey Brigid,

    I Love TVD! The Green Arrow is just ok, I don’t think about it enough for it to be memorable, which means I could care less if it got canceled next season. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, but this show is AWEFUL!!!!

    I think they are trying to hard to come up with another show with a dark story line, but so far I hate the acting and the whole setup. I think The CW should replace this show with Kiera Cass’ book turn in to a show, “The Selection”. Which they have created a pilot for but are remaking again, so fingers crossed we get to see it in the spring.

    Definitely looking forward to the show “Cult” the description sounds interesting, and it doesn’t hurt that TVD’s Matt Davis (alaric) is one of the lead characters.

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