For Whovians (Doctor Who fans), it’s an exciting time. We are less than three weeks away from getting a new Doctor. Anticipation and tension are high. Many of us are equal parts excited, nervous, curious, and anxious to see what this new Doctor will be like and what kind of adventures we can expect from her and her new Companions. Fortunately, it’s just about time to find out!
“I’ll Give You the Sun” is a story told in two parts by twin brother and sister, Noah and Jude. Noah tells the story of their lives as it leads up to an experience that shattered and reshaped their world. Jude tells their story as it unfolded afterward. The narrative jumps back and forth between the two voices and time periods.
I work in an office. Sister Geek, Taylor, works in the office across the hall from mine. In another office on another hall works a friend of ours named Sierra (name changed for her protection). Some mornings, Sierra comes over toting her mason jar filled with warm coffee and almond milk to say, “Good morning!” and chat a while about life, love, the importance of a fashionable day planner, the current f*@%3d up political climate of these United States, and the pursuit of happiness in the field of conservation (in which we all work).
Last week, on one such morning, our talk turned to books, as it often does. In the course of our discussion, each of us received a recommendation (or two) for books to read. By the next day, we had all acquired the books that had been recommended to us, either by our own means or because the friend who recommended them had brought them to us from her personal collection. And just like that, we inadvertently created The Accidental & Impromptu Conservation & Collaboration Book Club (because ridiculously long book club names are all the rage these days). The recommended books for this round of reading are as follows…
I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…
AMC just finished airing the first season of its show, Dietland. The series is based on a book of the same name by Sarai Walker. Both the book and the series follow mostly the same plot and focus on the same basic themes: self-acceptance, facing inequality and rape culture in our society, and the notion that women have much more power than they give themselves credit for. While the show and book both have some tough parts to get through — TRIGGER WARNINGS for those who, like me, are sensitive to descriptions and depictions of rape in literature, television, and movies — they do provide what I believe to be a much-needed commentary on our current culture’s obsession with a particular standard of beauty and the double-standard of expectations for men and women.
Two weeks ago, I flashed back to a few badass ladies from some old Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows. The first lady on the list was the incomparable Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Joss Whedon’s 90s-00s show on the WB/CW network. The show and character, which both premiered more than 20 years ago, still have a loyal following. Earlier this month, news hit the net that Joss Whedon is attached to a reboot of the show which is currently in the works. This time, however, the lead is to played by an African-American actress.
Of course, this news sent the interwebs reeling with mixed feelings, for various reasons. But then came a bit of clarification. With this additional info, I gotta say I’m totally on board for what’s supposed to be coming…
Today, two badass women of current Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV come back to our screens with new seasons of their respective shows.
So this seems like a great time to highlight other badass ladies of Sci-Fi and Fantasy television who have been favorites of mine in the past. All these ladies still hold very special places in my heart. The list, of course, is not exhaustive. It just contains some favorites from my DVD collection. (These are in no particular order.)