There’s been a lot of unpacking going on for what was, by a pretty strong consensus, a massively disappointing final season of Game of Thrones. Unlike other series endings that people disliked, I don’t think it’s so much how it ended, but how the story got to the end. I can’t recall one person complaining … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 8: The Great, the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly
It’s that time of year again! Woo-hoo, awards! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. The Sorry, Television, This Year the Movies Kicked YOUR Butt Award Wonder Woman, the No Man’s Land Sequence Yep, the movies finally did it. After years of TV out-doing, out-creating, out-character-driving action sequences, this year’s … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2017
BIG, BIG SPOILERS, DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT DONE WATCHING SEASON 7! So there have been a lot of critics pooping all over this season of Game of Thrones, wailing that it is past its heyday, blah, blah, blah, blah… In my opinion, overall, this season was fantastic. The pace of the truncated … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7: The Great, the Good, the Meh and the Ugly
Yay, awards time! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. The Television Episode that Kicked the Ass of Anything in Movies Award: The Battle of the Bastards, Game of Thrones Yeah, I know I already covered the awesomeness of this episode in a previous post. And, yeah, Game of Thrones … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2016
BIG SPOILERS FOR SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES. How about that season of Game of Thrones? The first one to truly disembark from the books (with only a few sections from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons thrown in) it hit way more highs than lows. Winter is FINALLY here, and … Continue reading Game of Thrones, Season 6: The Great, the Good, the Meh & the Ugly
As a reader of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, it felt decidedly strange going into the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones. With the exception of some parts from A Feast of Crows, going forward the TV series is moving beyond events in the first five published books. … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere: Minor Characters Matter
I’m a little late with my pop culture awards—computer problems over Christmas. But at last, at last, (I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting!) here they are! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. 1. The Television Episode that Kicked the Ass of Anything in Movies Award: Hardhome - Game … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2015
Late last year I wrote about some television shows I was looking forward to in 2015. Most on the list have already been broadcast, so I thought it was a good time for a review before the official start of the 2015 Fall season. (Does that even have meaning anymore? Shows debut every period of … Continue reading 2015 TV Shows I Was Looking Forward To – How’d They Do?
BIG SPOILERS FOR SEASON 4 OF GAME OF THRONES. I read a review before Season 4 of Game of Thrones started that claimed this was the show's "imperial phase." What the critic meant was that every TV show has a season where all the elements come together almost perfectly, resulting in its strongest season. I … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 4 Review: The Great, the Good, the Meh & the Ugly
1. The Oscar telecast didn't totally suck! I was not crazy about host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue (look, Liza Minnelli is fair game, but don't insult her to her face on live TV where close to 1 billion people can see her reaction) but otherwise she did a good job. I thought the "selfie" segment … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup March 2014
No new post this week–I’m suffering from a muscle spasm in my back, so sitting at the computer is kind of difficult. So I dove into the archives and came up with this post. Hope you enjoy!
This argument is made all the time, and there’s some truth to it. There are some very successful characters that never have a character arc. James Bond is the one most mentioned. While he was retooled somewhat when Daniel Craig took over the role in the movies, the character has never undergone a significant arc. Miss Marple never has an arc, or Hercule Poirot, or Stephanie Plum.
See a pattern here? They’re all characters in a long-running series of stand-alone books. While there are series characters that have arcs (I would argue Indiana Jones is an example) most don’t have them. Mainly because having the characters change would disrupt the series too much.
2. However, not giving your character one can simply be laziness on your part. Just because there are…
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It's that time of year, folks--AWARDS! BEST LISTS! WORST LISTS! Everybody's doing it. I thought I would get in on the act, too. Here's the thing, though: I haven't seen every movie, TV show, read every book, listened to every album, or even followed the gossip about every celebrity. I'm also not fond of "best" … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random And Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2012
WARNING: BIG SPOILERS FOR THE PASSAGE AND GAME OF THRONES A friend of mine and I were talking about Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic vampire novel THE PASSAGE a while back. He said he loved the first part of the book but hated the sudden shift in the story about a third of the way through, where … Continue reading Why We Love Tragic Heroes (And Hate To See Them Die)