Praise the Lord! TV’s Back

I am an entertainment junkie, a pop culture connoisseur of sorts, and nothing makes me happier than the start of fall TV. After putting up with a mind-numbing cycle of bad summer shows, it’s a relief when the good stuff comes back. Granted, this summer did have one surprise to which I am now completely addicted, Outlander – we all know that’s not the norm. I have no doubts that after this week’s mid-season finale I’ll be forlorn about its hiatus until January. Whatever will I do in the meantime you ask? I’ll be burning up my DVR, that’s what.

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Last night kicked off the season with the return of The Good Wife. It’s never been better. Few shows are at the top of their game after five seasons. The addition of Matthew Goode is an added bonus. Then there’s tonight, Monday. NBC and FOX are going to go to battle.

NBC has The Voice (new coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will make their debut) and The Blacklist. I love me some James Spader. Over on FOX is the premiere of Gotham. This might be FOX’s biggest show of the season. Lord knows they’ve put some serious time and money into promoting it. Let’s hope it’s worth the hype. Following Gotham, FOX’s big hit Sleepy Hollow returns. It’ll be interesting to see how FOX stacks up against NBC.

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Now, I’m not going to do a day-by-day breakdown of the best shows to watch, but check back in to see what’s rocking my DVR this fall. I’d also love to hear what shows you’re most excited about. Happy watching!

Memorable Characters

The Oscars are a time for celebrating filmmaking, acting and of course fashion. Aside from performing at the top of their game, actors have a chance to bring fascinating characters to life. Often times they are characters based on real life people, but sometimes the characters are straight out of a writer’s mind. As a writer, we want people to feel something for our characters. We want them to fall in love with a person derived from our imaginations, or in the case of Gone Girl, marvel at how evil a character can be. Either way, the point is we want them to feel something.

This year’s nominees have done an outstanding job of doing just that. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are brilliant in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Lupita Nyong O moves us in 12 Years a Slave and Kate Blanchette is fierce in Blue Jasmine. It was an exceptional year for actors.

I can’t wait to fall in love with more characters from the screen and the page in 2014. Is there a character who touched you this year? One you couldn’t put down or stop watching? I would love to hear who you loved.

 

Best and Worst Literary Couples

Love is in the air. Granted the freezing, icy air, but Valentine’s Day is approaching none-the-less. During this time we gorge ourselves on romantic comedies, romance novels and, if you’re like me, a giant sized Hershey’s kiss. What could be better? (Sharing it with Orlando Bloom?) If you’re looking for a romance to ignite your inner romantic or give you hope, I recommend the following:

Best Literary Couples

Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy (from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”)

Max de Winter and the second Mrs. De Winter (from Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”)

Arwen and Aragorn (from J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”)

Jo March and Professor Bhaer (from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”)

Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters (from John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”) – I don’t know if they would’ve survived the long haul, but then, that was never the issue.

Now, if you’re more on the Valentine’s Day-is-a-trick-by-The Man-to-make-us-buy-cards side, then here are some anti-romance recommendations. These couples put the dys in dysfunction. Or if nothing else, it might make you feel better about your own love life.

Worst Literary Couples

Heathcliff and Catherine (from Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”)

Tom and Daisy Buchanan (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”)

Nick and Amy Dunne (from Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”)

 If you have any couples, good or bad, you’d like to share, please do. Happy Valentine’s Day, (or not.)

The Bromance

I’m a romance writer and a lover of all fairy tales, so of course I like love. Some would say, I’m in love with love and that’s okay. I’ll be the first to admit it, but there’s another relationship I can’t get enough of; it’s the bromance. Some people don’t care for the term and prefer fraternity, but for the sake of this article we’ll stick with bromance.

It is defined in the urban dictionary as a non-sexual relationship between two men who spend a lot of time together. Personally, I feel there’s more to it than that. A memorable one needs layers. Two characters, who give each other a hard time, have each other’s back and won’t let anyone come between them.

 I recently began watching Sherlock, a true gem, and it got me thinking about some of the other bromances out there that have really clicked.

On television :

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – Sherlock
Sam and Dean – Supernatural
Damon and Alaric (RIP) – The Vampire Diaries
House and Wilson – House
Harvey and Mike – Suits
Kirk and Spock – Star Trek

In literature:

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley – Harry Potter
Frodo and Sam – The Lord of the Rings (with a special shout out to Legolas and Aragorn)
Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan – The Three Musketeers
Frank and Joe – The Hardy Boys
Edmond Dantes and Giovanni Bertuccio – The Count of Monte Cristo
Huckleberry Finn and Jim – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Forest Gump and Bubba Blue – Forrest Gump

 If you have one you love, please share it here.