TIME does pass, doesn't it?
I'm not a very public person, especially not lately, and while I want to touch on the things that have kept me away from writing and blogging for so long (my last post was in June, and before that, at least a year ago), I'm not ready to dive into those things quite yet. I have more processing and pondering to do first, and I hope to actually do a vlog about everything in the near future.
Instead, I wanted to post an entry to say: hey, I am still here! Therefore, I have composed something light, sprinkled with fun. All of this is just to say "welcome back, readers." And also to say, "Thank you for reading." Without further ado...
These are five fun things I've been obsessed with lately, from TV to literature and all things in between...
- Hindsight and Younger on Hulu.com: A lot of reviews I've read of these two shows have referred to them as "fun" or "breezy," and while I would definitely call that accurate (I would also add "extremely addictive" to that list), there is something deeper driving the two dramas. Both, at their core, are about something that I think we can all relate to: a desire to mend fences and erase our regrets. That and a desire to return to a more innocent and exciting time. In the case of Younger, it's more of a figurative return. In the role of Liza, Sutton Foster pretends to be in her 20s to wedge herself back into a changing work force following her divorce. And yes, it requires quite a suspension of disbelief a lot of the time (though sometimes not, since Foster - while not exactly looking like a 25 year old - does portray Liza with a lot of youthful energy), but it's wise, funny and full of that certain kind of awkward stumbling-toward-good-things for its protagonist that its audience won't be able to turn away from. Meanwhile, Hindsight is a more literal return to youthful fumbles, as Becca finds herself flung backwards in time to 1995 - and decides to try and change the things she regrets. Spoiler alert: most of her attempts fail miserably, but the power of the plot is in its insight and the lesson: sometimes the only way out is through and you can't have all the choices you already made without any of the consequences; come next season, we get to see how she finally fixes things (or not - who knows?). I'm looking forward to it, because fictional characters are guides to figuring out our own IRL shit, am I right? Both shows remind me of the Canadian drama Being Erica, though in different ways - if you enjoyed that show, you might like these as well. With Being Erica and Hindsight, there's also a sort of supernatural element that makes/made the shows - despite not exactly being fantasy or science fiction - mysterious and fantastical. I'm a sucker for time travel shows, apparently (see also: Doctor Who and Outlander).
- Desiree Akhavan:
- English Graffiti by The Vaccines - The newest album by The Vaccines is making it hard to believe I've never stumbled on their music before. They're a little bit punky, a little bit pop-rock and this album (and a lot of the videos for its songs) are nostalgic of the '70s and early '80s. It feels like summer, a bit like Weezer-meets-Electric-Light-Orchestra, and I may be completely in love with it.
- The Unwritten series (graphic novels): I'm not even sure how to tell you the plot of these exactly - there is so much going on here, and I've only just begun. I am not sure how it will play out. The story revolves around a guy named Tommy who was an inspiration for a Harry Potter-esque book written by his father. Tommy is whiny about how his dad left him to deal with the delusional fans who hound him for awhile, until ...well, no spoilers, but let's say that things get really weird. Tommy becomes a little more bearable and the story picks up in volume 2. In the world of Unwritten, the line between fiction and real life blurs and what you get is a pretty entertaining mystery that I'm pretty sure I'll keep reading to its conclusion.