Long before Ryan Gosling became what he is today, he was starring in the half hour teen comedy – Breaker High.
The show centered around a group of students from different hometowns taking their school year on a cruise ship. They’d travel to different places around the world and get cultured and stuff. There was one character for every stereo type. Someone you could ‘relate to,’ whether you were a nerd, a jock, a pris, whatever. There was really only one season of this show? Man. Not really surprising, but I must have watched those episodes repeatedly. Further investigation has revealed that there were 44 episodes in that one season, so I feel less weird.
Admittedly, the show was pretty terrible. Like super terrible. But somehow, we loved it. Even though we were technically too old for the show. There were a group of us in university that would get together and watch it religiously. Usually with excess snacks and some booze. These sessions sprawled out with friends in a dorm room – usually Rhonda’s – totally relaxed and laughing ourselves sick are some of my favourite memories from that time of my life.
Here’s a clip from one of my favourite episodes – when they visited Canada. There are lots of ‘ehs and making fun of the words we use and strange allusions that we’re all prudes or something.
Usually, my reason for not posting a lot of reviews is because I’m being a terrible reader, but right now, that’s not the case. I’ve finished several books lately. I have a bunch of half finished reviews. I just can’t seem to finish them. The books I’ve been reading have all been so damn depressing.
I feel like I’ve been neglecting the blog. So today, I’m going to do one of those quick meme things. Today’s is WWW Wednesdays hosted by Should Be Reading. It’s pretty simple:
• What are you currently reading?
This is one of them. I’m so damn close to finishing this one. I literally have about 15 pages left.
• What did you recently finish reading?
This is one of those depressing books I’m having trouble reviewing, but I hope to have something done in the next week or two.
• What do you think you’ll read next?
Maybe. This one. I’ve actually gotten to the bottom of my library list. I’ll be starting on my own books soon. This is one of those.
Normally, I participate in Top Ten Tuesday but I couldn’t find a vibe with this week’s prompt. So, I’m going to do Teaser Tuesday instead.
Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. It’s super easy: open your current read to a random page and share two sentences from that page – but make sure you don’t spoil the book!
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
“They found the house in Magleby on a side road all the way out by the fields. Not a private farm or restored farmhouse, like most in the area, but a genuine brick house from the period when the facade mirror the soul of a building.”
What are you reading right now?
When I was a kid, Sunday evenings were something we looked forward to. That’s because Disney would air a movie every Sunday night. With media so easily accessible, that’s no longer a big deal, but at the time, it was something you waited for. People didn’t tend to own as many movies (in their giant VHS, or slightly less giant Beta, formats) and video stores used to close early. Disney rocked the live action movies back in the day. There were loads of movies I hoped they would re-air – Escape from Witch Mountain was at the top of my list – but that’s a post for another Thursday. One of the other things that they would air were these little clips where they would take currently popular songs and play them over cartoon clips. I’m sure they aired these more often than just Sundays, but that’s when I remember seeing them.
My favourite one, absolutely favourite, was when they did Kiss is On My List by Hall and Oates with Chip and Dale dressed up in tuxedos trying to win the affections of Clarice. I enjoyed this so, so much. I distinctly remember watching this video as a kid and being super excited whenever it came on. I was pretty young and I don’t know if I had really figured out how all these cartoon voices worked. What that meant was that for a really long time I thought Hall and Oates & Chip and Dale were the same people. Whenever I heard an H&O song, I thought it was Hall and Oates. Eventually, I figured out that this wasn’t the way it worked and that Hall and Oates were their own, very real, human beings. And I will say, without an ounce of shame or guilty pleasurism, I love this band. I seriously love them. Some of that love might be related to this video, some of it is because they are legitimately good song writers. It doesn’t matter.
Does anyone else remember these videos? Do you have a favourite?
Secondary characters can make or break a good book. Yeah, we need a compelling antagonist and protagonist, but if they don’t have people around them, the story can fall pretty boring. Secondary characters can hold a variety of roles in a story with varying levels of involvement. A good background character can capture your attention and begin to make you wish you knew more about them and their story. That’s exactly the focus of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. When I first started this list, I thought it would be super easy, but as so often happens, it turned out to be much more difficult. A lot of the stories where I want to see a story from a secondary character already have those things – Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, etc – Retelling classics has been kind of big thing recently. You may have noticed. I had a couple characters I knew I wanted to list right away, but then I had to dig deep – and I actually really like the results. Some of these are directly within the realm of the novel’s main characters, others are really peripheral. Some of them I want to know more about how they influenced the events of the book they’re in. Others, I want to know about their story, either before the events of the novel or because of those events.
Without further ado, here are the characters I want to read more about.
Jasper – Twilight Series
Yes. I said I want to know more about a Twilight character. I’m getting the most embarrassing of the picks out of the way first. And I have a caveat that I would only want this story if Meyers had nothing to do with the writing of it. I actually liked this character. I would like to know more about his story from the time he’s training the newbies through what he does after that situation ends then on to how he eventually meets Alice. The background stories to the Cullens are a million times more interesting than the events that actually happen in those four novels.
Neville’s Parents – Harry Potter Series
By now, you should know how I feel about Neville. He’s an exceptional character that undergoes more growth and personal development than any other character in the series. But I know most of his story. What I’d really like to read is the story of his parents. If you’ve only ever seen the movies – first, shame on you – you might not know all that much about his parents, but there’s more information about them in the books. They were both aurors! Both of them hunted and captured dark witches and wizards throughout the first reign of Voldemort, until they were finally severely injured by Bellatrix, leaving Neville to be raised by his grandmother. Why isn’t this a thing that’s been written? Is it on Pottermore? I haven’t really gotten around to checking that site out yet. Continue reading