♠ A bit late I know, but I just finished Book 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender and immediately got hooked! Hello new fandom! Why only now? Sometime ago I just stopped caring for the shows Nickelodeon had before Avatar premiered, at the same time I stopped watching television altogether. Eventually I got wrapped up in so many other fandoms that it just didn’t occur to me to check it out. Just recently, I managed to watch 3 episodes of Avatar: The Legend of Korra and I liked it. My friends who were into the fandom earlier than me advised to watch first the original series first to familiarize myself with canon themes that appear in Korra, which I did and I finished Avatar’s Book 1 in a single day! Pretty great stuff actually and the thrill I feel watching it reminds me of the same thrill I felt when I was a kid watching those good ol’ afternoon cartoons. Even if I’m a tad bit late on the fandom, I consider Avatar to be a feel-good series for me this season. Psyched for Book 2!
♠ BBC’s Sherlock is simply beyond amazing! I don’t know why I’ve been putting off watching the series for so long and now that I’m finished with the first season, I can say without doubt I’m utterly in love with the series. The hit BBC series Sherlock offers a fresh, contemporary take on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories with young (and brilliant) actor Benedict Cumberbatch cast as the 21st century Sherlock Holmes opposite the wonderful Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. As far as my experience with story of the iconic Sherlock Holmes goes, I’ve only read one story back in high school (the Hound of the Baskervilles) and been exposed only to Guy Ritchie’s films in terms of visual media. So far we’ve been introduced to Sherlock Holmes within the settings of 19th century England and now, BBC’s series takes Holmes’ story in a modern day setting without compromising the basic elements and integrity of the story… well, as far as I know. So far my favorite episode from Season 1 is ‘A Study in Pink’; very strong character introductions and the writing was superb! Bravo BBC! I’m looking forward to watching Season 2, which I’ve heard does not disappoint!
♠ Divergent by Veronica Roth was an interesting young adult novel I’ve finished a few weeks ago when I was looking for something new to read. The book turned out to be a great choice after all and after I made it through the 100 page mark, I was hooked at Tris’ story of survival. Honestly, I love the dystopian genre of literature but I have little exposure with it in the young adult category and The Hunger Games series was the only thing I’ve read in this type so far (I thoroughly enjoyed it). Made a mental note to check out more young adult books under the dystopian genre because there’s really good stuff there.
In Divergent, the story is set in a future Chicago where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue to define her identity for the rest of her life. It’s a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into a single faction and must choose between staying with her family and being who she really is.
The writing is fast-paced, which is good for a story that’s riveting and edgy as this, against a backdrop of a relentlessly disturbing hypothetical future. Found myself reading the novel intently and was compelled to go on, to find out what happens next and fight my way to a hopeful end for Tris. Highly recommended! Am I the only one here who agrees that Taissa Farmiga is a perfect Tris Prior? Reading the book, I totally had her in mind as Tris! I rarely fan cast but she’s amazing and I think she can very well handle the demands of the Tris’ character. Have you seen her as Violet in FX’s American Horror Story? She’s a star there.
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