Will High Quality Shows Be Cancelled? How Air Time Can Hurt New Shows

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This season brought many high quality television shows – some new, some old. In the war for ratings however, air time has become a mayor downfall for some.

Monday nights are dominated by two shows with an devoted audience: The Following on Fox, and The Blacklist on NBC.

Tuesday nights are in the tight hands of NCIS, and it’s spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Any other television show running at the same time, then these rating giants has no chance, specifically new shows like Monday nights gem “Intelligence” and Tuesday Nights Marvel creation “Agents of Shield”.

Both shows are well worth watching. Intelligence in particular brings a inovative story line, in combination with great acting and witty dialogue. Lost behind the drama, that I consider one of the best shows on television in recent years, “The Blacklist”, it has barely a chance to gain ground. Add to this, that another very well written show with cult like following, “Castle”, airs also in the same time slot, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Which will most likely mean the end of a great show, before it even had a chance to gain any ground.

“Agents of Shield” has an advantage in this war, that is waging on Tuesday night. There is only one show in the same time slot, the unbeatable “NCIS”, and it has the pull of the large name Marvel, and a large movie franchise behind them. This show will be a lot harder to write off, then “Intelligence”, with no backing of such kind.

What I do not understand is, that for Thursday and Friday nights, no large name shows are in air, exept reality shows, and game shows that would stand aside to any good drama, mixed with a few mediocre comedies.

Maybe the executives behind the scenes, who keep on trying to feed us more and more versions of singing competitions, rather then allow good story telling to shine, will find a way to change the time slot of these two shows, and give them another chance. It would be a shame to destroy another good show, because of scheduling mistakes.

Book Review: “Dazed” by Kim Karr

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Title: Dazed

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: April 1st 2014

Rating: 1/5 stars

I was not familiar with Kim Karr’s writing style before I picked up her novella, and I apparently have not missed anything. The book is written in first person, which I am already not very fond of, with very few exceptions (see my review on “Beneath The Veil”, which is brilliant), this book is also written in present tense, an unusual choice.

Because of its uniqueness, I wanted to give the novella a chance. After all, being different can be interesting. In this case I was wrong.

The premise of the story is interesting. Jagger Kennedy, a famous model moves to L.A. after a messy break up, and connects with another person with similar background, and they fall in love. It promises to get messy, when Jagger’s ex is cast in the same movie, both of them are staring in.
A story with potential. A potential that is never fully realized.

The dialogue between the characters is boring, and the plot painful. It had the feel like I was following around people, I could neither connect with, nor like. Writing this novella in third person, and/or past tense would not have helped the story along either. Half way through I was still waiting for something interesting to happen, or at least hoped for a steamy sex scene, which would be a relief at this point, but no such luck. When they main characters finally find themselves in each others arms, the description of the love making is just as as painful as the rest of the book, a turn off, rather then a turn on.
If there is one thing that I can say that is good about this book, it is that it is short.

After completing this novella, I am sure I will not pick up another book by Kim Karr. And I will not recommend it to anyone.

Three Reasons I Love NBC’s “The Blacklist”

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3 Reasons I love NBC’s “The Blacklist”, and you should too!

1. The Story
Fast paced, leaving me breathless with many twists and turns, combined with multlayered plot lines that makes me want more, The Blacklist had me from the start. There are no dull moments, the story is always on the move and constantly expanding in ways not always expected. A good show should not be predictable. This one is not. It is dark, it is sometimes not pretty, but it is engaging and mesmerizing.

2. The Characters
Each major character has depth and is wonderfully cast, greatly portrayed by veterans such as James Spader, as “Red” (whom I can hardly wait to see in the new Avengers as Ultron), and Herry Lennix, as Harold Cooper( he got my attention in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse) and people I have not seen as often, like Megan Boone, who plays Elizabeth Keen, with a convincing emotional fullness, that made me a fan.

3. The Bad Guys
Blacklist has the potential for a variety of “bad guys”, with all different types of sociopathic tendencies, and takes fully advantage of that possibility. From the more macabre “The Stewmaker” to the revenge seeking “The Judge”, the range of available villains is large, and leads to unexpected confrontations, which in turn call for unexpected tactics to “collect” them. Gore is confined to the necessity, so is violence, the depth of the drama lying in the psychological aspects of the hunt, and the questions that arise on every turn.

In it’s completeness, The Blacklist is one of the best television dramas of all times. Unique, fast, intriguing and well written, it is a ride that should be savored like a fine wine, one episode at a time.

Writing And Reviewing – Not Just A Job

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Choose your passion wisely, you might not end up having time for anything else once momentum has increased.

Writing, creating creative content, and consuming creative content, not limited to the aspect of books, but also cinema and TV are my passion. They have been since childhood, and I am lucky enough to call emerging myself within this creative live, my job.

The downside to it is, like with many passions, it consumes me. I am usually emerged in some kind of form of media, may it be in the creative process or in the reviewing process. Not that this is really a downside, unless I would allow this passion to become an obsession, holding me at bay from family and connections.

Floating between the creative and the critique allows a change in pattern and an opportunity to not be stuck in a rut. If I am tired of reading, I can move toward one of the stories I am developing. If I am stuck in a story, I can use a television show to search for good dialogue. The versatility is a need for me to thrive, just as much as breathing is. As long as I finish the project in a timely matter, I allow myself that freedom.

Currently I am in the editing phase of my flash fiction collection, which I will release on April 15th. Again, I can edit in manageable bite size chunks, a luxury that a conventional job does not have. I am also working on a Urban Fantasy series, which had been put on the back burner for a while, as well as a horror script called “Curfew”, which is born out of a collaboration with my husband. There are three books awaiting reviews, and I am itching to write about the new “Captain America”.

This blog has become very much a part of this en-devour of emerging myself in the creative. While I have not used it so much in the aspect of cinema and television, that is about to change. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on these subjects here from now on as well.

Have a wonderful week!

Book Review: Beneath The Veil by Megan Hart

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Title: Beneath The Veil

Author: Megan Hart

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace (Independently Published)

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Sometimes I have to break my own rules. With this book, I broke three. I usually do not review books that are not newly published, nor do I review books that are self-published, and lastly I really do not like to review books that are written in first person. And then I ran across “Beneath The Veil” and I was hooked.

Beneath the Veil is an intriguing story about a young person who, raised in a society where women have no worth, was born a girl, but raised a boy, to protect her from a life of abuse, slavery, and lack of the even most basic human rights. Set in a fantasy world, but not too far disconnected from the reality of what some countries in the middle east subject their women to, this is a story of a woman finding her place, and her strength, learning to fight for what is right, while finding unlikely allies.

Well crafted from the beginning, with characters that are easy to fall in love with, Megan Hart seduces us into this world of discrimination and male privilege. It touches on the serious subjects of history being changed by the victor, and the use of religious text to suppress the rights of a group of people, who’s only fault was to be born a gender, valued as less.

But it is also a story of hope, a story of uprising, of finding not only ones own strength, but what can happen if people stand together to right a wrong. It is emotional at times, harsh at others. And within it, it does not forget the matters of the heart, that as in real life, tends to complicate things, rather than make them easier.

Beneath the Veil is a must read for those who like books that push boundaries. It is speculative, but beautiful, fast paced, and raw. A well crafted tale, I highly recommend.

Celebrate The Small Things – Book Edition

It’s celebrate the small things time of the week!

This week has brought a lot of things to celebrate again! I have come across many great books, such as “The Broken” by Shelley Coriell, and a cute book about the “Art of Plants vs. Zombies” for all of you Gamers out there. ¬†I am currently reading a real treasure called “Beneath The Veil”, for which I will share the review on Monday.

I’ve got my own exiting book news! I am publishing my first Flash Fiction Collection called “How To Train A Cat – And Other Impossibilities” on April 15th! It will be available on Amazon and Smashwords. Here is sneak peak at the cover in progress:

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The next project I am also exited about working on is “Curfew”, which is a horror spec script. The idea to this script has been dancing in my head for a while, and now I am ready to put it on paper.

Non-writing news to celebrate: Spring has finally arrived! It is warm, so I am enjoying every moment of sunshine! I just adore this time of year – not a fan of the cold.

What are you celebrating this week?

Book Review: The Art of Plants vs. Zombies

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Book: The Art of Plants vs. Zombies

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Release Date: May 27th 2014

Rating: 5/5 Stars
If you enjoy the game Plants VS Zombies or the new versions of the game, and like images of concept art and early drawings, you are at the right place with this book. While you should not expect a detailed description of the creation process, after all this book is commented by the Zombies themselves, it is a fun little volume for the game lover in your family. When I originally picked up the book, I did not expect it to have details on Garden Warfare, so that was a pleasant surprise. My son really enjoyed viewing the Zombie Clowns.
Visually an appealing, and charming book!