Stuff I Love: Lost Girl

lost girlIn the Facebook reader group I run with Keira Blackwood and Tori Knightwood, Paranormal Paramours, a bunch of us started talking about Lost Girl. I can’t remember how or why–it probably started with a gif that I was clueless about, which is how I often discover television shows and movies I’ve missed!

At any rate, the “hook” of the series got me right away–the heroine of the show is a succubus named Bo and she fights fae crime. Heck yes! I had to check it out.

What I love about this show is the mystery, the magic, and Kenzi. All the characters, really, but Kenzi just makes me smile.

Right now I’m nearing the end of Season 2. I’m pacing myself and watching an episode a day while I eat my lunch. It’s a lot of fun and I’m totally shipping Kenzi and Hale, and if nothing comes of that, I’ll be searching for fanfic because I reallllly want to see them together!

It’s kind of bizarre coming late to a show that everyone has already watched, when spoilers abound on the internet (yeah, I accidentally found out how the end of Season 4 goes), but it’s also a chill and stress-free way to watch a series.

How about you? Have you seen it? Is the best still yet to come for me in this series?

Stuff I Love: Queer Eye

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THESE GUYS. I love them. It only took me a few days to blaze through Season 1, and the same went for Season 2. Here’s what I love about the show:

1. It’s inspirational. This show makes me want to do better–not just with my appearance, but with my personal relationships and my work.

2. You can feel their appreciation, respect, and love for each other–and for the person they’re making over. Nothing else to say on this one–watch for yourself and you’ll see that in spades.

3. Their tact…and sometimes lack of it. It takes a really strong sense of self-knowledge and knowledge of others to know when to restrain oneself, and know when to tell it like it is. I think, for the most part, these guys have mastered that art. Each episode, they make over someone new, and sometimes they have to voice strong opinions. Other times, they slowly warm up the person they’re helping.

4. The eye candy! And I’m not just talking about the guys (who are all nice to look at) but the food, the makeovers themselves, the clothes, the newly-designed spaces.

5. It makes the world better. Yeah, I never thought I’d say that about anything reality television-esque, but what this show is doing for tolerance and respect really impresses me. I come away from an episode wanting to hug the whole world and tell us all that it will be okay, that we will be okay. Because I have to believe that. And shows like this make it a little more possible. ❤

Stuff I Love: Grace and Frankie

It took me a long time to finally heed Netflix’s recommendation on this one. I don’t know why I wait so long when they tell me I want to watch something–sometimes I think they know me better than I know myself…although sometimes they’re horribly wrong (like New Girl. Totally cute and Zooey Deschanel is adorable. But the show isn’t for me).

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In the case of Grace and Frankie, I can happily say that Netflix was right! I did want to watch it! And because I waited so long, I was able to binge through four seasons all at once.

The two seventy-year-old stars, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, learn that their husbands have been having a years-long affair and now want to divorce their wives to finally be together.

Honestly, it was emotionally difficult to get through the first couple of episodes. They had a heaping helping of angst. I got sucked in, though, because that angst was broken up with plenty of comic relief.

But what really sucked me in was the intense friendship that develops, Odd Couple-style, between the two heroines. Grace is a poised perfectionist, and Frankie can be described as a freestyle hippie. At times they bring out the worst in each other, but it’s so rewarding because at another turn, they’ll bring out each other’s best.

The show is at turns heartwarming and hilarious. I don’t know when Season 5 is coming out, but I cannot wait!

Have you seen it? What did you think?

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Bitten: The Television Series

Last week on the Pocket Romance blog, I talked about one of my “first loves”–one of the first urban fantasies I ever read, which was Stolen, by Kelley Armstrong. Imagine my utter delight when I discovered her Otherworld novels had been made into a television series!

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Unfortunately, the television series didn’t stay true enough to the novels to make me happy. As often happens when I read a series, I get a very good picture in my head of what characters are supposed to look like, from their appearance to the way they move around in a scene, and the film version just did not translate well for me (although Laura Vandervoort is actually pretty close to my imagined Elena, so yay!). The story line is also quite different, and without giving spoilers I’ll say I was disappointed in the finale of Season 1. I tried to watch Season 2, but I was too confused to get into it. I think this is a situation where my love of the books is getting tangled up and confused in what I want the television series to be. I’m curious if anyone else out there has watched the series and liked it, and whether they’ve read any of the books.