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Becoming rather British – Downton Abbey

28 Apr

After making my way through Doctor Who I decided to give another British series a try, Downton Abbey. I watched one episode last year after it became popular in the US as well but I didn’t have the patience then. Also, my ear wasn’t used to the British accent as it is now after seven seasons of Doctor Who and multiple viewings of Sherlock.

Now that the understanding problem was out of the way, I really enjoyed the show. The cast is brilliant, I especially love a lot of the employees but also the family is pretty incredible. I could go on and name all the pretty faces and great characters but I really love them all, even Thomas and O’Brien. They tend to plan intrigues like I change my socks but during season 3 I really started to enjoy them. Thomas is not all bad and you get a glimpse into how difficult it is for him to be gay in the beginnings of the 20th century while it was technically illegal to out yourself. Everyone at Downton knows about his sexual orientation but it wasn’t a real  problem as long as nobody asked and he didn’t have to tell. But he is lonely and I can hardly imagine how difficult it must have been to find companionship in those days.

The estate is just gorgeous. If I had the money, I’d love to live there.

As the UK is not the biggest country, the more shows you watch, the more people you see reappearing in different roles. One of those is Penelope Wilton who played Harriet Jones, Prime Minister on Doctor Who. Even after three seasons I still expect her to introduce herself as: “Harriet Jones, Prime Minister” like she did on DW all the time. For those who know DW will (probably) understand me.

 

 

 

 

Then there is the amazing Maggie Smith, forever ingrained as Professor McGonagall in my mind. She plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham (I had to look it up cause I usually get her title wrong) and is the sassiest of them all. God, she is fantastic in this role, I wish I could hang out with her and snark the hell out of the high society. Oh the fun we’d have together.

I wasn’t on board with all the plots, some made me cringe because I hate seeing things go off course but in general the writing is very pleasing. Some story lines made me cry, of course, this is a British drama after all, it can’t go down without tears and character death. Some hit me harder than others and I am looking forward to how this show will continue in the future.

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‘Whispers Underground’ by Ben Aaronovitch

2 Apr

Serves me right to be reading a book by a former Doctor Who writer while I was making my way through the series. Even though it took me longer to read the book than watch all episodes of DW.

‘Whispers Underground’ is not bad but not fantastic either. It was really enjoyable, a mix between Harry Potter and a detective novel. I felt a little out of the loop sometimes as this is the third book in a series which I didn’t know until after I bought it. It’s not that big a deal but I just don’t like starting at the wrong point in time.

Like vampire and werewolf stories, this has its own take on magic and when you’re used to Harry Potter and Buffy magic it’s just a bit different. Like for example, your brain will fry once you used too much magic. The world created in this novel is interesting and fun. I desperately want to believe in a world where magic exists and time travel is possible so I kind of feel at home in that version of London. (The last point is not relevant for this book, just what I wish was real.)

In general I liked the book though and I realised how many books by women writers told from a female point of view I read recently so it was a nice change to read a story told from a male’s perspective with the perks of not having to read about how some male character is gorgeous and so on.

I’ll most likely give the other books in this universe a try though because I love me some mystery and magic. While this wasn’t the best book I read in a while it’s still really decent and if you like magic and police procedurals, check it out.

I don’t have much to say about this book and it was never my intention/strong suit to recap the story itself (mostly because I want to keep these posts spoiler free) so this is rather short. But after I gave the Travel category so much love recently, the Books category felt neglected. So this is me giving it some love too. Until next time. (Pray I will have more to say about Life of Pi.)

10,9,11 – I’m a Whovian now!

25 Mar

Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, I really did not need to become part of another fandom but alas, here I am. I spent the last weeks making my way through Doctor Who and I’m enchanted. This show is brilliant. Granted, it has a tendency to rip your heart out, make you ugly cry and bring it all back together and I love it. I love this crazy show with all of my heart!

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AL may be able to love every Doctor the same amount but I can’t. I like them all but I rank them anyway. My favourite is the Tenth Doctor. He is so fast and perfect and argh, I just want to run away with him in his blue box. Ok, I want to do that with all of them but still. With him, I really, really fell in love with this impossible show so that’s that. My number 2 is the Ninth because a girl never forgets her first Doctor. The gap between Nine and Eleven is not big, they are pretty equal in my liking for them but still Eleven ranks a tad lower than Nine. Let’s just say, to me, he’s an acquired taste. He is great but not as great as Ten, I’m sorry. I know this is different for every Whovian so let me have my opinion.

I won’t even go into telling you about all the travel companions The Doctor has because I love them too. OMG. At the moment I’m really into River Song because she is fantastic. And that’s the beauty of the show. Every time I thought I wouldn’t like a change in the cast because of pictures I saw on Tumblr or wherever I was proven wrong. Before River turned up I’d seen pictures of her and thought I wouldn’t enjoy her character because she looks rather old in comparison to the others but her character is magnificent! I keep hoping she turns up in episodes because her presence alone makes them way better. I love her, her flirting with The Doctor and keep hoping she will be around for more than one episode at a time.

The funny thing is, this show is not all about aliens and spaceships. I mean, of course it is but it also tells the story of one man, the last of his kind, keeping the universe save for all of us. He’s got a big heart that’s heavy with sorrow for those he lost and he lost many. He never promotes violence but instead tries to solve problems nonviolently. He believes that every human being is excellent and important but then again, he loves every creature. He’s never afraid because his brain and sonic screwdriver usually get him out of trouble, even if he needs to recreate an entire population.

Thanks to Doctor Who, I will never be able to look at statutes the same way ever again. I will always expect them to attack me if I blink or look away because I see Weeping Angels.

Also, I’ll be waiting for a mad man with a blue box to come and invite me to be part of his adventures; to tell me to RUN.

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I’ve watched many shows in my life but now I understand you’ve never known heartbreak until you watched Doomsday and see the person you love being trapped in a parallel universe you’re unable to be in because it would mess up all of time and space.

You can only say good bye to her by burning up a sun which is btw, one of the most romantic things to tell a girl in my opinion. So sad, but so good at the same time.

Thankfully I caught up with the show in time for the new episodes of season 7 that will start on Sunday and I can’t wait.

Oh, and the soundtrack is also really good!

Where Can I Reset My Dream RAM?

15 Mar

I’m used to dreaming a lot of rubbish and watching Doctor Who is not always helping my dreams being more realistic these days. For instance, I recently dreamed I was the Tenth Doctor and dressed as a waiter on some weird space-ship. I don’t remember what else was happening because after I got back to sleep my memory started to fade away and the next time I woke up again I had the Alanis Morissette song I listened to the night before stuck in my head.

It’s also not new to have one dream element recurring over and over again; it usually happens before exam periods where I cannot move fast enough while I’m chased by murderers. Lately though, there is one recurring element I could do much without and I don’t exactly know why it’s there or when it will leave again. I’m dreaming of my dead Mom only that she is not dead anymore. SAY WHUT??

Yep, she is alive but not in the good before-cancer way, more like cancer-free but still as helpless as with cancer. In those dreams I know she is dead and then she comes back and I again have to take care of her. It’s not scary in a “OMG my dead mother is still alive” kind of way but more of an annoying “OMG again with the taking care thing?”. I don’t wake up screaming because for a moment I thought her death was all a dream, no. My subconscious is always aware of her death. I’m actually glad to wake up because I know it was only a dream, that I won’t have to relive my worst days.

I don’t know a lot about dreams, I never had psychology classes or stuff like that. Nevertheless I believe to have a good grip on myself except for that one time but this, I don’t get just yet. Maybe it will leave me again soon but as I don’t understand where it came from, I will not know how to get rid of it. Stress dreams disappear once the source of the stress is gone but with this? I can only wonder if it has to do with my anger loosening even though that hardly makes sense to me.

As I write this I see multi-coloured particle clouds rising to the sky as a visualisation of feelings moving on. I’m sorry if this doesn’t make any sense at all. I probably watched way too much Doctor Who in addition to not even being able to adequately describe what I see. Maybe my memory is regenerating?! Ok, I’m just gonna stop here hoping that putting thoughts to paper will get rid of them. It usually does. If not, I’ll be stuck with these weird dreams for a while longer as much as I could do without them.

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