If you’ve only read the first five pages of a book and could immediately tell you weren’t going to get along with it, is that technically DNFing? Does it count if you literally couldn’t make it past the first chapter?
That is what happened when I attempted to read Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. When the book and I didn’t get along (I can’t even tell you why – something about the writing bugged me), I thought I would try the TV series, which is basically a mash-up of Twilight, True Blood, and Outlander. Continue reading “TV Corner: A Discovery of Witches (Season 1)”
There will be MAJOR SPOILERS for the final season of Salem in this post.
This has been such a strange show. At times humorous, at times utterly depressing, it added some interesting bits to witch mythos, even if it didn’t always make the most sense. In the final season, it simultaneously hit its stride and backed itself into a corner.
Continue reading “TV Corner: Salem (Season 3/Final)”
Oh lord. This has been one hell of a season. This will be a spoiler-filled discussion, fyi. Also, if you’ve watched this show, please come talk to me about it!
Salem is such an odd show – I can never quite tell what it wants to be. I’m not sure its writers know either. It’s such a muddle of things – mythologies, folklore, morality – and it is ever-changing and ever-shifting.
Continue reading “TV Corner: Salem (Season 2)”
This show is batshit crazy, and I absolutely fucking love it.
The premise is simple enough: what if the Salem Witch Trials had included real witches? But the show then takes that and runs with it, adding original characters and completely altering historical figures to suit its own needs.
The best aspect of Salem, and therefore the aspect that I will center my discussion around, is the character work. Personally, when it comes to TV shows, I find that it is the characters that determine whether or not I will keep watching a show. The plot can completely derail, but if I have a soft spot for characters, I’ll watch them eat breakfast. I hadn’t expected such nuanced character work from Salem, but nuanced character work is what I got! It helps that we’ve got a stellar cast.
Continue reading “TV Corner: Salem (Season 1)”
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Before starting Peaky Blinders, I had heard many great things about it, mostly through cultural osmosis. I didn’t know too much about what it was actually about – in fact the only aspect of it that drew me was that Cillian Murphy stars in it. I was hesitant about watching a show about a crime gang, because I suspected it would revolve entirely around men and convoluted illegal activities that would surely bore me to death. But I do adore Cillian Murphy, so on a whim I decided to start Peaky Blinders, and I immediately loved it. Continue reading “TV Corner: Peaky Blinders, Fridging, and Men Who Can’t Write Women”