Yet More Pet Peeves—Why I Stopped Watching/Reading

And it’s time for me to air more of my pet peeves in storytelling. Though all my examples in this one happen to be from tv shows, they can of course apply to other formats.

1—Won’t Wrap Up a Damn Storyline

There’s a trope page for this. I know a lot of tv shows don’t ultimately get a proper ending but many still manage to wrap up plot lines and then start another. When a single plot line goes on forever and ever though…yeah, no. I need some resolution, dammit. Continue reading “Yet More Pet Peeves—Why I Stopped Watching/Reading”

Leverage—Still One of My Favorite Shows

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Leverage

Ok, so Leverage isn’t a new show to me—I started watching when it first aired in…2008 (wow, that was a while ago). But it’s still one of my favorite tv shows and one I find myself re-watching on Netflix—the visual equivalent of comfort food, and one of the few not murder-based (the shows, not the food, which are mostly mystery series). It’s just fun watching the Leverage crew take down the bastard of the week with cons and heists and well-choreographed fights. And though the show has its serious moments, it never takes itself too seriously.

So here’s my quick rundown on each season.

Season 1—Meet the Criminals

Season one starts off with the assembly of the crew: three criminals—Eliot the hitter, Hardison the hacker, and Parker the thief—each a genius in their field but also all loners, and ex-insurance agent Nathan Ford hired to be the mastermind and “one honest man” to keep them in line. Not that the job goes as planned—their employer tries to kill them, prompting the crew to stay together and get revenge. Which leads to adding Sophie, the grifter, to the group. Continue reading “Leverage—Still One of My Favorite Shows”

The Mysteries of Laura—A Good Run but I’m Done

The Mysteries of Laura is a tv show about an NYPD detective who’s also a single mom of twins. It’s one of the shows I watch with my mom—or rather, watched. I’ll explain below why I liked the show and why I’ve decided to stop watching it after two seasons.

1—The Mysteries

The actual mysteries in each episode are good enough—nothing spectacular but they didn’t bore me either. The first few episodes were a touch heavy handed with the “mom skills are being used to solve the crime” thing, but it often takes a few episodes for a show to find its feet. The Mysteries of Laura did and got better at incorporating Laura’s unique way of looking at the world with her police work, without having to shout about it. Continue reading “The Mysteries of Laura—A Good Run but I’m Done”

The Un-Book Reporter’s Pet Peeves

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The Spoiler Dragon hates badly used tropes.

I’ve got two weeks of finals this semester, and I’ve been having some health issues. Nothing that can’t be fixed, but I just can’t get into the frame of mind for a story analysis this week. So here, in no particular order, are some of my most-hated pet peeves.

1—Serial Killer Nemesis

I’m so sick of this trope, mostly this is due to over-exposure. I’ve seen it in multiple shows—mostly crime shows—but some others too. Bones, in particular, had one every freaking season. I finally had enough and stopped watching. Some shows, even ones I’d heard good things about, I refused to even start watching. This same problem can be found in book series—again, mostly the crime genres—and likewise I’ve refused to read some because of it. Continue reading “The Un-Book Reporter’s Pet Peeves”

Snow White and the Huntsman — An OK Movie That was Almost Great

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Snow White and the Huntsman

This was a pretty good movie with lots of cool things in it but it left me disappointed because it was so close to being a great movie. It’s hard to pin down exactly what needed to be done to push it over. Lots of little things rather than any one big thing. I feel like Snow White and the Hunstman was trying to be Lord of the Rings, an epic instead of a fairytale. But I’d still watch it again, if only for the idea fodder.

1—The Evil Queen is A Large Ham

This is not actually a complaint. I like over the top villains. They’re just so much fun. And the special effects are set to match—beautiful, all of them. From the fractal knights to Ravenna turning into a flock of crows and then them all crashing to the floor in this big puddle of tar she has to pull herself out of. And don’t get me started on the Queen’s costumes. Bird skulls have never looked so fashionable.

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