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The Problem with Living in Germany

13 May

I seem to not be conform with the German standard in more ways than one. For example, I haven’t watched real TV in at least half a year except for the snippets I get when I visit my grandma. Not that I don’t watch TV shows like there’s no tomorrow but I can’t do this the right way. German TV translates every show into German which delays their broadcasting to at least half a year or never. The West Wing for example was never broadcast on free TV over here and the show has been off the air for 7 years.

And I don’t want the translated version, I want the original voices and jokes and references. I don’t understand how we can live in the 21st century and not have found a way to allow broadcasting a show in two languages at once. Why is this not possible? I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here. Maybe I could even deal with the time delay and I don’t care for add breaks but it just bothers me that the translation is thrown upon me. Not that they are all bad but it’s just not the same. Watching FRIENDS in German is a real challenge because the voices of Ross and Phoebe make me want to throw stuff at my TV.

The next big issue I have is finding english books in bookstores. Granted, I live in a city with about 120,000 inhabitants, not that big but I can be lucky to at least have an international section in most bookstores. Most of the books I read are written in English so why should I not read them in their original language? Not unreasonable right? But here’s the problem, the books I want to buy are not available there.

Every time I pass a bookstore I have to go in and take a look around because I really can’t help myself in that regard. The last couple of months I have taken it upon me to look for John Green’s books. I’ve been to 3 stores semi-regularly and I’ve never found one of his books, in German or English, until today. In bookstore number 3 I found two copies of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ in English. Huzzah!!

Still, this makes me sad because it has taken me many months to find this and the last time I was in the same store they didn’t have it. But hey, why would you even want a John Green book when you can have the Fifty Shades trilogy in both English and German wherever you look? There are enough of those books on display to last you as toilet paper for an entire year which is the most useful thing to do with them, really.

Not all of Germany is this terrible though, when you get to bigger cities the international sections expand. Last December when I was in Frankfurt I found a whole store with international and mostly English books. It was like walking into heaven. But the thing is, I cannot travel to Frankfurt any time I want to buy an English book. Sure I could order them at any local bookstore but then I’d have to go their first to order and another time to pick them up. Sorry, no, too much trouble. So I order most books and DVDs from Amazon. Hate me all you want for their destruction of the publishing world and whatnot. At least they have every book I want and I can also pick the format. (Yes, I am that person who checks the measurements of the books to see what size they are because some english publications come in very weird formats.)

There’s Amazon Germany and they ship my books free of charge no matter the size of the order. And if they don’t have the DVDs I want, or they are way too expensive I can go to Amazon UK and order my complete box-set of The West Wing or Doctor Who series 1-4 there and it’s almost as fast as ordering in Germany but usually much cheaper even with the added delivery charge.

I just seem to live in the wrong language for my own good. Why must I be this demanding? I have a couple of books and DVDs I tend to look for in the respective stores that allow me to rank them in my own little universe. Thanks for reading my ramblings as I am now done with my anger. Phew, it feels good getting things off my chest like this.

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.

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!

No, 30 Rock, why do you have to leave me?

1 Feb

Yesterday the last episode ever of 30 Rock was broadcast and I feel like this:

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I don’t want it to end. It’s one of my all time favourite shows because it was funny and smart and nerdy and just everything. ALL THE FEEELS!!! Tina Fey is the woman I want to be one day, well, kind of. Except for the being on TV part. She is smart, sassy and incredibly funny and talented and she loves Star Wars!! I on the other hand have no talent for purposefully making a fool out of myself or doing it with style.

I could write so many things about this show but I won’t. 7 seasons is an alright run, well for Comedy it’s rather short but overall it was good. The show never was a ratings hit much to my dismay so I’m glad it even stayed on this long. It coined so many wonderful phrases and catchwords that I’ll celebrate with my favourite 30 Rock and Liz Lemon/Tina Fey moments in a gif-parade. Sorry if you expected more but my little heart is broken and I don’t know what to do in the future except re-watch 30 Rock, maybe. But it’s just not the same. There will never be a new episode *imagine the Piano of eternal sadness playing in the background*

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That’s right, the Jack and Liz bromance has taught me everything about business and life that I’ll ever need to know.

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Blergh, I never go to there.

Running for food, duh!

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I especially agree to the staying in more part.

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Yup, Stride of Pride, that’s how I roll!

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Liz struggles through 7 years, trying to have it all, love, a fulfilling job, friends, a family. And in the end, guess what? She’s got it all! Liz Lemon is my spirit animal! Also, she got married while dressed as Princess Leia. GAH!!

 

LEMON OUT!

(Maybe, when I’m not so sad about this show ending and I have more time (LOL) I will do a best quotes post because there sure are a lot of them. Maybe, maybe…but don’t get your hopes up)

If you were looking for something more substantial from me today, I was asked to do my first guest post (YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY) by my lovely friend Anju so be sure to head over to her blog and check that out. It’s about actual dreams and what happens to my dream-stalkers.

I Want More Veronica Mars!

27 Jan

You want to know how I spent my weekend? Watching season 3 of Veronica Mars while nursing my sore throat back to health. Now I’m out of episodes and that just makes me sad because this show was awesome and should have continued.

In the beginning, I was not so sure, the whole Lily Kane murder thing was a bit much to deal with and there was so much story the viewer wasn’t aware of yet while being aware of the fact that there was a lot of backstory to where the show started. The characters were great, first and foremost of course Miss Mars herself. That is a sassy, smart woman and if I had known her in real life, I would have totally been at her mercy because she is the epitome of cool to me. Maybe this is due to me wanting to be a PI ever since I was a little kid.

Veronica Mars to me is like Buffy but without the magic and vampires but with criminals and crooks instead. What is better than Buffy though, is the parent-kid relationship of the main character. Since I’m re-watching Buffy thanks to SnarkSquad, I’ve come to be very judgmental about Buffy’s mom Joyce. She is a negligent parent, sometimes a real bad mother and rarely a decent one. Keith Mars on the other Hand is pretty awesome and I want to trade in my scumbag father for him.

Keith is genuinely interested in his daughter’s life, doesn’t always approve of what she is doing but never fails to come through for her, protect and rescue her. There have been rare moments I didn’t approve of his character which is much more than I can say for Joyce Summers.

Veronica goes through a lot of relationships in these 3 little seasons and the whole Duncan-Logan-on-again-off-again-thing gets a tad annoying at times but I can deal with it because I got crimes and teenage drama to disturb me from it.  There is usually a big case that spans through the whole season and in most episodes a little piece is added to the puzzle, leading to a conclusion in the finale.

Have I already mentioned how much I love the characters? Yes? Well, let me say that again. The characters and the cast are fantastic. Wallace, Veronica’s BFF is a great dude, then there is Mack, the computer geek whom I’d like to hang out with if she were real. Veronica’s dad of course. Weevil, the gangsta-kid who really is an old softie and has a big soft spot for Veronica. Seriously, I love them all!

There have also been a long list of great guest stars on the show, such as Charisma Carpenter, Alyson Hannigan, Amanda Seyfried, Max Greenfield, Ed Begley jr., Matt Czuchry, The Todd and Keith from Scrubs, Dianna Agron and Paris Hilton. One episode even featured George-Micheal Bluth and Maeby Bluth from Arrested Development, which was completely freaky. And there are more but I leave you at this.

One of the best things of season 2 you ask? Um, Charisma Carpenter in her bikinis!

One of the best things of season 2 you ask? Um, Charisma Carpenter in her bikinis!

Aside from the crime fighting, which, let’s be honest would never sustain in real life, they are a bunch of teenagers and go through stuff we all can relate to in one way or another. There’s the peer pressure, not belonging to the cool kids, unwanted pregnancies, coming outs and so on.

I’m also in love with the opening credits, well, mostly the song by the Dandy Warhols.

I leave this requiem review with one of the best quotes…um…ok…the only one I can actually remember at the moment:

It’s like you’re this giant jackass piñata, begging for someone to beat the candy out of you.

Ryan Murphy, We’re Done!

24 Jan

There is a reason behind me watching the shows I watch or have watched in the past. It may be a recommendation by a friend or the internet, an actress I like that is playing a role in it, the fact that my friends talk about it non-stop and I need to watch it so I can talk with them, there being lesbians or non-canon-canon shippable couples or I liked another show from the same creator and so on. The list is endless.

For example, I watched Friends because it’s awesome and it was on TV back in the days when there still were new episodes. And bestfriendboy made me watch Scrubs and I loved that too, so I started watching Cougar Town (that I made bestfriendboy watch and he loved it) which is from the same creator, Bill Lawrence, as Scrubs and stars his real life wife, Christa Miller, who also appeared in both shows. What completes the circle is is Courtney Cox from Friends and now on Cougar Town who also made a little stop on Scrubs. There a many other examples of this but I will spare you the details.

Coming back to why I’m actually writing this, so far, I’ve watched 3 Ryan Murphy shows for various reasons. My first was Glee, it was a sensation when it came out (remember those days? me neither) and lured me in with it’s singing and dancing and sometimes good dialogue, mostly delivered by Sue Sylvester and Santana. Then I watched a part of Nip/Tuck because Portia de Rossi (whom I first saw on Ally McBeal way back in the days) had a story arc playing a lesbian and because it’s Portia. And last but not least, there is American Horror Story Asylum which I watched for Clea DuVall and Sarah Paulson being lesbians and the amazingness that is Sarah Paulson whom I loved on Studio 60.

Aside from being all created by Ryan Murphy these shows share another trait, their very short expiration date.

Glee lost it’s appeal to me halfway through season 2 and is now unbearable. When they have the New!Rachel, I think her name is Marley, convinced that she is too fat thus giving her anorexia and bulimia things are not ok with me. Also, Sue lost her bite, Santana had to graduate, move away and break up with Brittany. Kurt and Blaine broke up because things got stupid and don’t even get me started on Mr. Schue. Murphy basically recycled the characters that graduated at the end of season 3 and substituted them with new actors and new names, not much more. Except for Santana, as far as I know, there is no New!Santana as she is impossible to replace but it also makes me sad.

I don’t know much about Nip/Tuck, only that I was glad when I was finally through with Portia’s episodes because that show was really crazy and not my type of show. The few, around 10-ish, episodes I watched started out rather good but ended terribly. It felt like everyone slept with everyone at least once up to the point where it got even worse than Grey’s Anatomy. Bestfriendboy watched season 1 and 2 last summer even though I strongly advised him not to and after he was through he told me I was right.

And then there is my current Murphy nightmare, American Horror Story Asylum. It started out scary, what I of course expected and was ok with. But, and there’s a big BUT, the way the show turned out to be, is just a big NO! NONONONONONOOOOOOOO!! Sure it has some good scenes, the actors are fantastic but the horrors of a 1960s mental institution run by the Catholic Church combined with women abducting and impregnating aliens is just too much for me. One or the other I could have gone with but both combined was just a weird clusterfuck of craziness. I mean, how hard is it to choose one? For me, the alien part was completely unnecessary, the writers should better have focused on one of those things instead of both. Oh, and then there was also the ex-Nazi doc now doing weird experiments with the helpless inmates of the Asylum essentially turning them into zombies, a serial killer hidden as the harmless looking psychiatrist and the devil taking over the soul and body of a helpless nun. All of that in just 13 short episodes.

Actually I was ok with AHSAsylum until the second to last episode. The characters, mostly that of Sarah Paulson, started to act so out of character it was unbearable. After watching the season finale I’m a bit more gracious towards AHS because that was a great episode all in all but it makes its predecessor stand out even more. There was not a lot in it that was needed and it hurt more than it helped. I cannot shake the feeling of it being a filler-episode but whatever.

Lana Winters, aka Sara Paulson’s character, was back to her sassy self, I might say the best one she ever was and it is congruent with how she acted throughout the season except that dreadful episode. The alien-storyline still left me kind of baffled. It was never fully explained and I truly do not understand why it was necessary at all to be included.

Still, even after having reconciled with AHSAsylum, I’m still done with all Ryan Murphy shows. He may tease me with fantastic actresses, such as Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, lesbians and singing but I made a decision not to give him another chance. I just reached the point where the good bits don’t outweigh the bad ones and that is that. I walk away from Murphy’s shows and I am fine.

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This Is It Then

1 Jan

2012 is now officially over and I’m glad. I hope you all enjoyed your final hours of the year and welcomed 2013, I know I did – ate too much, watched some fireworks and played The Hobbit board game.

Traditionally, New Years Eve is the time to make resolutions or some variation thereof but not me because the Lazy in this blog title is not there for fun. I am lazy and would forget my resolutions by January 10th at least. The only thing I plan on doing though, is write down every good thing that happened, or the moments I was really happy and put them in a jar to read at the end of this year. And no, I didn’t come up with this myself, I saw it on Tumblr and liked the idea. We will see how that goes.

As for 2012…can we please forget a huge part of that year? – Probably not but don’t blame me trying to do so. Typically, I watched much more TV than I should have, didn’t read as many books as I wished but got obsessed with unpublished writings on the internet Rizzoli and Isles fan fiction of which I read more stories than I can even remember. Juts so you know, the biggest and best of those stories, Calamity Jane meets Dr. Isles, Medicine Woman and its successor Calamity Jane 2: The Doctor and The Deputy together have already more words than the first 4 Harry Potter books combined and isn’t finished yet.  And if somebody was stupid enough to publish 50 Shades of Grey, I can only hope that one day, the Calamity Jane series will be published in print because it’s awesome. Ok, I’m done with my fangirl problems now.

I had something more to say but then Granny called to wish me a Happy New Year and that somehow disrupted my train of thought. So I’m probably done her for now but not until I do this:

 

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