Beginning of Lost Girl

SPOILER:  If you are American and have not seen Lost Girl somewhere on the internets… you shouldn’t read.  I discuss the series.

Let’s just say… my life has not been the same since I discovered the existence of Anna Silk.  Not only is she suuuuper pretty (you won’t hear me say this enough… just like my roommates don’t hear it enough), but she’s also sweet.  And has the best Canadian accent EVAR.  I don’t know what I would do if I ever met this woman in real life… I would probably not be able to look her in the eyes (my reaction to ALL girls attractive).  Her husband is one lucky man.  

Don’t know her?  Look her up… but your life is going to change too.  Or, at the very least, check out her current hit show Lost Girl.. which is also superb (a little bit of Buffy with a side of sex and some other stuff).

The new series (4) began last Sunday in Canada on Showcase.  With promises of appearances by Mia Kirshner and Ali Liebert, I’m stoked to see what is in store.  Low and behold, the show did not fail me.  I WAS SO CONFUSED AT THE BEGINNING OF EPISODE 1.  This is exciting… when I can’t predict what’ll happen next.. it means there is something great about to happen.  We left Season 3 off with Tamzin and Dyson going off a cliff, Lauren pulling off a Houdini, Kenzi following her WWE friend to retrieve Fae-ness, The Morrigan declaring humans enemies of Fae, Bo dealing with Daddy issues, and Trick running off with a larger-than-his-life girlfriend.  If I had said this all out loud… I would have needed to take 1 million breaths (hyperbole).  This season we open up to Kenzi, Hale, and Dyson acting as though nothing has happened… they are case cracking as usual… except there is no Bo.  But then… then the confusion started….  DYSON AND KENZI ARE ALL OVER EACH OTHER.  So confused.  I mean.. they have great chemistry.  But that stems from their deep love for Bo… not for each other.  It was too weird.  I cringed the whole time, yet could not look away.  Then Bo’s mom comes to town.. and explains everything for us viewers (or at least enough for us to put the pieces together ourselves).  Let’s just stop and think about how much Bo gets her looks from her mother… daaaaaauuuuuum.  Moving on…  Bo’s mom has been cursed, and Kenzi and Dyson soon discover they are too by some mad optometrist (which might make an awesome horror movie).  Scene.  Scene. Scene.  Hale, Dyson, and Kenzi go undercover at some club.  There, we meet Mia Kirshner… I know you all hate Jenny Schecter.. but Mia is still looking as good as ever.. and is trying her darnest to seduce Dyson.  Unfortunately for her, Dyson has his eyes on Kenzi.  In his mind they do something similar to tango, in real-life they actually tango (or some kind of dance).  The dance is so great that George Takai invites Kenzi to be eaten.  Of course that fails… silly reptile, didn’t you ever play Mario??  Bowser never wins.  Instead, Kenzi and Dyson get their memories back.. hence their need for Bo.  In fact, everyone gets their memories back: Hale stops trying to kill Vex and Aife begins trying to kill Trick.  WHAT IS GOING ON?!  I mean… Lauren with red hair and short bangs…  WHAT IS GOING ON?!  But before the episode ends, the creators have given me a few seconds of which I can stare into Bo’s beautiful blue eyes.  A great ending I think.

I haven’t seen this past Sunday’s episode yet..  but I heard that it involves Ali Liebert.  I hope her role is bigger than Mia’s!

If you’ve seen the episode, let me know whether your expectations were fulfilled or crushed!

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Youtubers You Should Know

Recently… I’d say within the last 6 months, I’ve found at least a handful of Youtube vloggers who really excite me.  It’s not ONLY because I think they are all hott (although this is a super bonus).  These vloggers are reaching out to people and touching lives, which is quite different than what I originally thought Youtube videos did.  In fact, I was of the belief that Youtube draws you in… and sucks hours and hours from your life.  I’m not wrong haha  But if you are going to spend all that time editing videos and making people watch your beautiful face for an equal amount of time, at least make it meaningful, right?  It’s inspiring.  The group of vloggers I follow are specifically for the LGBTQAI community.  

The reason I am posting about this today: two of these vloggers (my favorites of the bunch) have created a co-op video.  OBVIOUSLY, I’m stoked about it.  Plus, it’s pretty funny.  Per suggestion of viewers, the topic is “How to Meet Cute Lesbians” (this is on the GirlfriendsTV channel; a dual video called “Why Lesbians Shouldn’t Have Grindr” is on the ElloSteph channel).  The featured vloggers are Arielle Scarcella and Stephanie Frosch.  Most videos by either of these girls… I think are super funny.  Hence why I follow their channels.  

This video starts with the ladies suggesting places where you can find lesbians: On the corner of happy and healthy.  Under a rock.  Place you lose your keys. Tampon Aisle (as Steph stands there with a VERY creepy face.. gets me every time).   Hiding in Lowe’s.  Obviously, they’ve got jokes.  And they are all funny, because truth.  Lesbians ARE SO HARD TO FIND. Arielle says they are kidding, and Steph confirms this as a source, says we aren’t in a mystical land… I don’t believe it!  Steph continues on, playing up the stereotype that we are all connected…  And their REAL suggestions: gay pride, LGBT center, and theeeeen they get to it ParLez (a promo video, I’ve got your number girls).  Other suggestions again play up the stereotypes: softball, volleyball, or any sport.  Anyway… why shy from stereotypes?  They’re funny because they can be true!

Personally… I believe the places they listed first.  1) Because cute and lesbian don’t go together (another stereotype), 2) Girls that I like are ALWAYS straight, and 3) I just don’t see that many lesbians; not the easy-to-spot ones nor the I-think-she-might-be-straight ones.  I don’t believe the Lowe’s reference, though.  Everyone knows that Lesbians frequent the Homo Depot.  Of course the real suggestions were right on the money.  You can’t go to a gay pride and NOT see a cute girl there.  Whether she’s gay or an ally is the question… that you have to ask her.  And for some reason, lesbians have an aversion to making the first move..  I’m guilty.  So, WHY they think ParLez is going to change that… I have NO idea.  It’s not about meeting a cute lesbian.  It’s about meeting a girl and finding out whether she’s “of the liking of women.”

If you like humor, or LGBTQAI related content, or even cute girls 😉  You should definitely check out their channels.  I’m going to suggest more channels later, but for now, these two are pretty and awesome and pretty awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8iZEOrKLGU

 

Oh, Anna…

SPOILER ALERT:  I discuss the contents of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.  If you plan on reading the novel, do not read this.  I would not want the novel to be spoiled, or taint your own reactions with my own.

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I will give it to Tolstoy.  For a novel that is almost 1000 pages long, he captured my attention for the entirety of Anna Karenina.   This is something that more recent authors fail to do, like William S. Burroughs.  The relationships between characters (between minor-minor, minor-major, and major-major characters) are thoroughly complicated, i.e. these relationships are three-dimensional.  Not only are these relationships real, but the characters themselves are complex as well.  

Because this novel was written so well, so many aspects of it infuriated me.  Everyone who was around me during the reading of A.K. endured long rants about these ‘aspects.’  I have tried to keep a cool head because the novel is written by a man in the 1800s in Russia.. so there will be things that a female of the 21st century may disagree with.  But there is only so much leniency given to anyone by someone..

Let’s discuss my biggest headache… the reason for this novel… Anna Karenina herself.  Tolstoy paints this woman as charming and beautiful.  This painting is SO well done, that I even start to fall in love with her.  She’s a woman any man would be proud to be married to.  But for some reason… her husband acts like he doesn’t want her around, except for her role in society as his wife.  This can be trying for anyone.  I feel for Anna, I really do.  Then Vronsky comes into the picture..  This soldier; this egotistical, BALDING, well-to-do man.  I really don’t understand, but Anna and Vronsky hit it off.  Maybe I’m just jealous, but at this point I’m already in love with Anna and KNOW that I’d be a better match.  Let me explain why I think this.  First, Vronsky is leading poor little Kitty on to think he is in love with her and will propose to her.  He crushes her, just so you know.  Like the d*** he is.  To do this, he starts chasing after Anna KNOWING that she’s married.  I can’t blame him there, I was at the point of doing the same thing.  However, the first time a girl tells me no, I back the hell off.  Vronsky does not.  Vronsky continues to pursue the briefly allusive Anna, and in the end completely ruins her life.  Of course, Vronsky cannot be the only one to blame.  As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.  Anna is the one with the choice to completely avoid Vronsky’s social circle.  She is also the one with the choice to NOT be unfaithful.  She is the one who decides to NOT get divorced from her husband, and STILL goes abroad with her lover.  Because of these decisions, she must sacrifice her son.  Poor little Seryozha.  What the hell did she think was going to happen?  Even now, if a stay-at-home parent is unfaithful and goes off with his/her lover for months on end… COURTS WOULD NOT AWARD CUSTODY.  This woman… the woman I held up on such a high pedestal because she seemed attentive and intelligent… this woman has shown herself to be attentive to only HER needs and ignorant to the consequences of fulfilling those needs.  The consequence is losing her son.. the only person who truly loved her without an ulterior motive.  Once Anna realizes what she has done, she isn’t happy with the life she is living.  She becomes this possessive, highly insecure girlfriend.  This vengeful woman.  She clings to Vronsky so tight because he is the last thing she has left.. even though they have a daughter and Anna completely ignores her showing that Anna is just as selfish as Vronsky… maybe they are perfect together.  We’ll never know.  Because, out of desperation for attention, this dumb b**** takes a book out of Vronsky’s page and tries to kill herself.  Except she’s successful.  After reading almost the entire book, Anna JUMPS UNDER A TRAIN.  WHAT THE EFF?!  How do you name the book after a character who dies before the end…  The only thought that Anna has before she jumps is that Vronsky will love her more now…  Okay.  I understand people actually do this in real life.. and I am not insensitive to these people’s pain.  But this is a book..  I’m allowed to gawk at her stupidity, right?  Please tell me I’m not a terrible person for thinking this…

*sighs*  I guess this novel would have been less interesting if Anna and Vronsky ended up happily ever after.  

I still think, though, that the story is brilliantly written, and obviously took some master craftsmanship on Tolstoy’s part.  I wanted to give this novel justice.  Find supporting quotes for my statements.  Give an in-depth discussion of everything.  Then I remembered there is 1000 pages, and I REALLY didn’t want to go through the book again.  SO I decided to just share my own personal recap of this novel… how I will forever remember what A.K. is about.

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