October Fright 2017: Seven Scary Fun T.V. Shows

I love a good horror movie, but I also enjoy television shows that deal with demons, the paranormal, and or even serial killers. For this October Fright post, I’m sharing seven televisions shows that I am quite fond of. If you’re a fan of any of these, I’d love to discuss them with you in the comments. If you have any television recommendations that are like the ones listed below, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

1. Wynonna Earp (Syfy) – I binge-watched the first season of this on Netflix right before the second season aired on T.V. It’s about a town cursed where demons run amok. The only one standing in their way is the the Earp heir and her trusted demon killing gun called Peacemaker. I love this show so much. It is all kinds of fun, really witty, and I find myself loving the entire cast of characters. Don’t ask me who my favorite is because I absolutely can’t decide.

2. The Walking Dead (AMC) – Of course I am including The Walking Dead on my list. I’ve been watching this show from the very beginning and though it’s had its ups and downs, I’m still a loyal fan. Michonne is my favorite and probably always will be.

3. Stranger Things (Netflix) – If you haven’t watched Netflix’s phenomenal series Stranger Things, what are you doing with you life? I absolute adore this show and its characters. I am beyond stoked for the second season and am currently rewatching the first season in anticipation.

4. Bates Motel (A&E) – I never expected to like this show, but I was in the mood to watch something new on Netflix and decided to give this prequel to Psycho a chance. Oh my gosh, it’s such an engrossing show. Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates is phenomenal. And I don’t know if I should be rooting for these characters, but I sometimes find myself hoping they get away with murder. I still have the final two seasons to watch, so no spoilers!

5. iZombie (CW) – If you love zombies and comedy, you must check out iZombie. I love it when horror shows/movies find a way to incorporate humor. I can’t believe I love a brain-eating zombie so much. Liv is a treat and Rose McIver manages to encompasses different personality traits in each show so effortlessly.

6. So Weird (Disney) – Going way back with this one. This is one of those shows that I look back on and wonder why they don’t make shows like this anymore. I have only fond memories of it and wish I could find the episodes online. I loved Fi and her adventures.

7. Channel Zero: No-End House (Syfy) – One final edition to this list. I just started watching this show about a group of people who are all drawn to this mysterious house. Inside they find some very unusual and creepy things. Finding a way out ends up being harder than any of them thought.

Which are your favorite horror television shows? Are you a fan of any of the ones I’ve listed? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms Made Me Do It!

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.” I’m not sure I’d consider myself a member of any fandoms (maybe HP?), but I do feel like I get a closer look at them because I’m on Tumblr. I haven’t been as active lately on it as I was in the past, but Tumblr has a way of pulling you in. I’ve shipped couples from shows I’ve never watched, been supportive of characters I’ve never heard speak, and reblogged a gif set or two from movies I have never seen just because they looked so good. So this week I thought I’d list T.V. shows and movies I’ve watch because of fandoms on Tumblr. Excuse all the gifs, but that’s how we roll on Tumblr.

1. Teen Wolf – I binge watched the first few seasons of Teen Wolf last year because Tumblr got me all hooked on Stydia. I shipped Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin before I even knew who they were.

2. Poldark – I’m a sucker for period dramas and Poldark just kept popping up on my feed, so I had to watch it.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – I am actually still catching up on this show, but I love it so much and can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years.

4. Pitch – I need more of this show now! I didn’t watch this one because I’m really not into baseball, but Tumblr in its wisdom kept putting this show in my path. I gave in and I’m so happy I did.

5. Parks & Recreation – This show has become one of my favorites. You know those shows you reach for when you’re feeling kind of down, Parks & Rec is mine.

6. The Get Down – This show is amazing. If you have Netflix and you haven’t watched it, do it!

7. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – This show is so much fun. I aspire to be like Phryne Fisher when I’m older.

8. Chuck – I don’t know how I missed watching this show when it was on T.V., but I did end up binge watching several seasons. I kind of got sidetracked and haven’t finished it yet, but I do plan to.

9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – There’s something so quirky and fun about this movie and I never would have given it a shot if it weren’t for Tumblr.

10. Captain America: Civil War – Okay, so I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of the recent Marvel superhero movies. I like them, but they aren’t high on my list of movies to watch. But I was completely bombarded with gif sets from this one and just gave in. Pretty sure this is my favorite of the recent Marvel movies.

Has a fandom ever persuaded you to watch a T.V. show or movie? Any you want to try because of all the hype you’ve seen? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Kernels of Nonsense: A Bookish (and not-so bookish) Valentine’s

valentine's (2)Kernel of Nonsense is a bimonthly discussion feature where I talk about various book and blogging related topics. This week’s discussion post falls rather conveniently on Valentine’s Day giving me an opportunity to discuss all things shippy.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Some people love the holiday and others would love to see it crash and burn. For me I suppose it depends on my mood as I can go one way or the other. Last year I made a list of unconventional Valentine’s Day recommendations. You can take a look here if you are curious. This year I thought I’d embrace the love and share with you a few of my favorite bookish (and not-so bookish) ships.

Shipping is one of those words that really had no meaning for me unto I fell into the world of Tumblr. I don’t know how it happened exactly but I started watching the show Arrow and became obsessed with two of the characters. I wanted, no needed, to see them end up together and when I discovered my obsession with this noncouple was shared by so many others on Tumblr, I was a goner. There was this whole world of people who “shipped” characters together. Terms I had never heard of kept cropping up. OTP. NOTP. BROTP. Canon. Non-canon. Headcanon. Metas. Soon I wasn’t just reading about a fandom, I was part of one.

For those unfamiliar with the term, shipping is the term used to describe when one desires to see two characters together romantically. For example, I ship Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. OTP means “one true pairing” in which you cannot imagine two characters being with anybody else. While some of my ships have successfully become canon (the writer[s] of the work has finally had mercy on me and has put these characters together), there are also the ones I’m desperately hoping will still develop and still some that have crashed and burned. In this post I’m going to sharing with you some of my ships (bookish and nonbookish) that meet these criteria and since I know not everyone may want to know about where these couples stand because of spoilers, I’ll be including lots of warnings so you can skip ahead. Let’s get started.

1. Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak from Arrow

WARNING: If you are not up-to-date with Arrow (currently in the fourth season) and would like to remain ignorant of what happens with this ship, scroll past the next paragraph.

Since I mentioned Arrow being the gateway to which I stumbled upon all things fandom, I thought it only appropriate that I start with it. If you’re familiar with the show, you know that the pilot (and maybe the entire first season) set up Oliver Queen to end up with his childhood sweetheart Laurel Lance. I remember watching these two and feeling pretty much nothing for them as a couple, but I sort of just accepted it and moved on. I liked the show apart from their storyline, so stuck with it. Then Felicity Smoak showed up, cute awkward tech girl who always seemed to make me laugh and Oliver smile. Suddenly, I was glued to the television watching these two, hoping for something more. I got my wish and though it may be too early to call these two endgame, I’m plenty confident

2. Bellamy Blake and Clarke Griffin from The 100

WARNING: This next paragraph pertains to the show The 100. Please scroll past the next paragraph if you are not caught up with the third season and don’t want to know more.

I don’t know exactly when I started shipping these two together. For anyone who has seen The 100, you know what a jerk Bellamy was at the beginning of the first season, so I didn’t ship them then. But Bellamy is one of those characters that has such great character development, you kind of find yourself in awe of the transformation. I went from hating the guy to rooting for him, he’s become one of my favorite characters on television. The relationship between Bellamy and Clarke has grown from intense dislike to tentative collaboration to unyielding loyalty. No, they haven’t shared a clear and cut romantic moment on the show, but there is such a great foundation for their relationship to evolve into one, I find myself wishing and hoping (oh my gosh, please let it happen!) for more.

3. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

WARNING: If you haven’t finished the HP series or movies and don’t want to know what happens, skip the paragraph below.

I’m not sure if there is anyone who doesn’t know these two ultimately end up together, but just in case, I had to include the warning. I’ve read some strange HP pairings in my life. Some people ship Harry and Hermione while others imagine Hermione ending up with Malfoy (what?). I have always, from the very beginning, seen Ron and Hermione together. They balance each other out so well and have both have had a positive impact on each other as people. Can you imagine Hermione bending the rules without Ron or Ron caring about house elves without Hermione? They are my OTP of the HP series and I will forever support them.

4. Chaol Westfall and Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

WARNING: If you have not read TOG through Queen of the Shadows, do not read the next paragraph, I beg you do not read it!!!

These two were my OTP from the very beginning of the series. In Throne of Glass, you saw how their relationship altered. Chaol was wary of Celaena, her being an assassin and all, and Celaena found it oh-so-easy to get under his skin. But then something beautiful happened, they began to rely on each other more and in the end, it was Chaol’s encouragement that gave Celaena the strength to get back up. I’m emotional just thinking about it. Then the second book happened and I was so happy until Sarah J. Mass decided to kill me emotionally. I’ve always believed that these two could work out their issues, but Queen of Shadows was a real nail in the coffin and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to recover.

5. Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf

WARNING: If you haven’t watch Teen Wolf through the current season, please skip this paragraph.

Tumblr is wholly and completely to blame for me binge-watching Teen Wolf last year. For those skeptical of the show, it’s surprisingly good. I was aware of the large following of those who shipped “Stydia” (the ship name for these characters), but didn’t know much about their relationship until I watched the show. Sometime during season two I began to see the potential for these two. Stiles is by far my favorite character on the show and Lydia has undergone such character development, I can’t help but love her. Then season three happened and that kiss nearly did me in. What I can’t seem to figure out is why the writers have refused to explore this relationship. What gives? Do you get a sick kind of pleasure teasing this fandom? I can’t imagine what it’s been like for those who have watched this show from the beginning and who have been hoping for these two to be a couple, but as someone who has shipped them for the last year, it’s been driving me crazy and I don’t know how to let go.

6. Blue Sargent and Richard Campbell Gansey III from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

WARNING: If you haven’t read The Raven Cycle through Blue Lily, Lily Blue, look away now! Actually, you ought to go visit your local book store or library and pick these up asap.

I shipped these two before they even met. Is it that I believe in kismet or that I enjoy ships that are destined to end in tragedy? I’ve spent the last three books watching their relationship grow. Like Blue, I’ve known from the beginning that Gansey’s fate isn’t pleasant, but I’ve fallen in love with the idea of the two of them anyways. The final book in the Raven Cycle series is being released at the end of April and though I want to imagine a happy ending for these two, it’s not something that Maggie Stiefvater has promised. In fact, she’s made it abundantly clear what’s going to happen next. I want to look away, but I can’t!

Are you a fellow shipper of any of these pairings? Tell me in the comments, so we can fangirl together! Who are some of your bookish (and not-so bookish) OTPs? How do you deal with ships that don’t come to fruition? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read If You Like Veronica Mars

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week bloggers will list the Top Ten Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic/play etc…(basically any sort of other entertainment). So this week I’ll be recommending books based on my love for the incomparable Veronica Mars.

Veronica Mars on Make A Gif“Veronica Mars is…smarter than me.”

“Oh you, stop it.”

Top Ten Books to Read If You Like Veronica Mars:

(In no particular order)

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Class division plays a prominent role in the VM series and there’s no better commentary than The Outsiders. And the pilot references this classic: Be cool, Sodapop.

2. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

I’m pretty sure Veronica would make a great spy and here we got a whole school for spies in training.

3. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) by Carolyn Keene

One word: sleuthing.

4. Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

A cross between Pride and Prejudice and Veronica Mars, two of my favorite things in all the world.

5. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Because snarky protagonists just do it better and sometimes, you root for the bad boy.

6. Shug by Jenny Han

A lesser known aspect of Veronica Mars is her relationship with her alcoholic mother, something Annemarie can understand.

7. The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer

There’s nothing like a murder mystery that just begs to be solved.

8. Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Living with the constant reminder of your best friend’s murder? Mac can relate.

9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Rape is a consistent theme throughout the Veronica Mars series and a topic few authors are brave enough to take on.

10. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Because can you really have too much Veronica Mars?

Any books you’d add to my list? What topic did you choose this week?