All About My TV Shows Tag

I got tagged by the Queen of TV Shows Kat herself, so thank you Kat! If you’re not familiar with her blog, go check it out!

1. First TV show you ever watched

I definitely don’t know what the first one was, but one of the first was of course Pokémon haha. I know there were many other cartoons/anime I watched, but I don’t know which one was first? It might have been Pokémon, but there’s also a good chance it wasn’t. My first tv show might have been the Dutch Sesame Street as well haha. I really wish I remembered!

2. All-time favorite TV show

For a really, really long time this was definitely Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is still one of my favourite shows, but it has been so long since I’ve seen it, I’m not sure if I’d still call it my number one? I definitely still love it a lot though. It shaped and inspired me in a lot of ways.

My all-time favourite tv show might actually be The Fosters though. I love it to pieces and it’s so so so important. I’ve talked about it before here and I’m considering writing a separate post on it because though it’s not completely unknown, it definitely deserves more love

3. Your character crush

Oh my gosh only one character? And are we talking current or past as well? Because I think as a kid I had a tiny crush on Ash Ketchum (I’m not sure if I approve of that hahaha).

Right now, it’s really hard to pick because I’m pretty much crushing on all the Shadowhunters characters (minus the obvious ones like Valentine and Sebastian – though Will Tudor is making it very, very hard – why is he so cute this is illegal)

4. Favorite OTP

I have so many OTPs that the ‘one’ part has kind of lost its meaning lmao. It’s really, really hard to choose though. It also depends on what I’m currently watching/reading. Like for a while Victuuri from Yuri on Ice were probably my favourite OTP, but since it stopped airing I lost my obsession (now it’s just a healthy love haha). Right now, I’d have to say Malec from Shadowhunters and Trimberly from Power Rangers (please don’t make me choose I already chose two out of the many, many ones I have)

5. Most disappointing ending or cancellation

Most disappointing cancellation is probably (I say probably since it’s not official yet) is BBC Class. It hasn’t been announced yet, but the ratings weren’t great since BBC barely marketed it and there has been no news regarding a second season yet. Even if it does get renewed though, I’ll have mixed feelings about it since it will be without Patrick Ness, the showrunner and writer of all the episodes. Another disappoiting cancellation was Powerless. I saw it coming, but I didn’t think they were just going to quit airing the remaining episodes. Rude. It was such a cute show, with fun references, a fun (and diverse!) cast, and it covered some important issues while still remaining a light show.

Most disappointing ending is definitely How I Met Your Mother and I will leave it at that or I will go into a rant and believe me no one wants that 🙈

6. A show you would like to be on

As in a cast member? Or a crew member? I’m way too shy to actually star on anything haha (also my anxiety is telling me nope no way start running now), but the Shadowhunters cast seems so lovely and fun that I’d love to work with them. Behind the scenes that is

7. A character you would love to take out on a date

Let me take out all my babies, buy them some ice cream and protect them from the scary thing that is the television industry (stop hurting them you monsters)

8. A popular TV show you can’t stand

Hahaha so many? Woops. Though I really, really can’t stand The Big Bang Theory #sorrynotsorry

9. A scene that made you cry like a baby

So many?? I’m super emotional so there are many scenes that made me cry. It’s also hard to choose one without spoiling anyone. Small spoiler for The Fosters (but a good one? And it’s not like you won’t see it coming?) but Stef and Lena’s wedding(s) made me cry like a baby.
There’s also a scene in the Andi Mack finale that I really, really don’t want to spoil. It’s a happy moment as well though, but oh my god I can still cry just thinking about it.

10. A character with a killer wardrobe

I love Petra Solano’s (Jane the Virgin) wardrobe. Not for me though, but still. Jane herself also has a great wardrobe. Bill Potts’ (Doctor Who) wardrobe was on point. Andi Mack (from Andi Mack) has a great wardrobe that I would’ve appreciated greatly at her age (I do on my age as well haha). Callie from The Fosters usually has great outfits too. Oh and how can I forget Queen Lydia Martin!! I also adored Kira’s wardrobe. Wait I was supposed to pick one?

I TAG

Ash | Smiling Dreamer | Nisha

What’s a popular tv show you can’t stand? Is there a tv character you’d eat some ice cream with? Let me know in the comments!

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Did The BBC Class Books Fill the Hole in My Heart?

Genre: YA // Sci-fi
Series: BBC Class Companion Books
The Stone House GR Rating: 3.38
What She Does Next Will Astound You GR Rating: 3.44
Joyride GR Rating: 3.82
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stone House

There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.

What She Does Next Will Astound You

At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone’s favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.

At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear.

As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed.

What she does next will astound you.

Joyride

Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window.

Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun.

Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn’t recognise, and if he doesn’t figure out why he may well be next.

I’ve talked about my love for BBC Class before, and since I loved the show so much of course I needed to read the companion books. It’s been a while since I read them, so my memory is a bit foggy, but I’m still going to try haha.

Did these books fill up the hole the show left in my heart after it ended? (there’s still no news about a second season rip) Yes and no. On one hand I really missed the characters so I was thrilled to have them back in my life, even if it was only for a little bit. On the other hand the characters didn’t feel as fleshed out as they were in the show (which is one of the big reasons why I love it so mch) and there were times they acted out of character. Like in What She Does Next Will Astound You, April and Tanya’s personalities were kind of switched. While on the show April has no problem fighting and killing aliens, suddenly she does in this book and is more of the rational/logical one, which was Tanya’s role on the show. Meanwhile Tanya enjoyed the fighting and killing. Especially April suddenly having problems with fighting alien felt really weird, which I’m sure everyone who has seen the show would agree on. I mean, April is a warrior queen?

Does this look like someone who has trouble killing aliens

April (and by extension Tanya) isn’t the only one who acts out of character though. Charlie does something in the same book that I could never imagine him doing. The books are all written by different authors, so I guess the one who wrote What She Does Next just didn’t have a good enough understanding of the characters, which is really a shame. I also felt like this one dragged on a lot, even though the concept was pretty interesting.

Joyride on the other hand felt too fast-paced and it really annoyed me that we got to read from the antagonist’s POV several times, which gave too much away. I would’ve preferred if things had remained a mystery a bit longer for me as a reader and to have figured things out along with the main characters.

What I really liked about The Stone House was the relationship between Tanya and Miss Quill, something that I love about the show as well. I love that Miss Quill looks after Tanya and clearly cares for her, even though she tries to hide it.

The writing of these books was okay. I would’ve preferred if Patrick Ness himself had written them, not just because he’s an amazing writer but he knows the characters he created, unlike these writers.

I did love the cute Marlie scenes in all the books (with the exception of one but as Charlie acted completely out of character I’m just pretending that it didn’t happen *shrugs*), Miss Quill had some iconic lines like always, there are some funny moments and the books were fun to read. So all in all I did like them and if you really love Class and want more of it, I would recommend them. Just don’t have high expectations.

How do you feel about companion books? I’ve yet to find some that are really, really good. Usually they’re not on the same level as the original show, so I’m always a bit wary of them. My obsession with Class got me to buy them though haha. Anyway let me know how you feel about them in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #46

A second Weekly Hufflepuff in a row?? I’m on FIRE

I finished The Stone House and started What She Does Next Will Astound You, another BBC Class book. I really like the formatting of this one. I also started The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which has been fun so far (I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen The Muppet version of this? So that makes it extra fun since I’m not that familiar with the story)

My final term of my second year has started this week (WHAT)  and um… It was a pretty stressful week full with panic attacks, but I’m okay now. I’m not saying that I won’t be stressed anymore and that I won’t get anymore panic attacks, because I know that isn’t true, but I do feel better than earlier this week. This term does look fun and I’m looking forward to it (mostly I’m looking forward to finishing it though woops – I’m just really really ready for summer vacation, I really feel like I’m at the edge of a burn out)

Last week I completely forgot to mention that I went out with a friend that week (because I’m a horrible friend) to get Dunkin’ Donuts because two stores finally opened in Amsterdam.

Not only does it look really cute, it tasted amazing. Like strawberries and with custard inside

And time to freak out over Doctor Who again! Another amazing episode. Lately I hadn’t been that excited about Doctor Who, but this season really feels like my favourite show again. Also did I mention I love Bill??

Other than that I haven’t been up to much. I’ve been trying to get back into blogging and the blogging community and so far I’ve been quite succesful? I’ve got 3 posts scheduled for next week and read quite a few posts!

I came up with a new feature! As you may know I work at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and I love art, so for a long time now I really wanted to talk more about art on here but I never got to it and didn’t really know how to do that. Then I came with the very simple solution: a new feature! I really wanted the name to have ‘art hoe’ in it somehow, as I love that term. And so, with feedback from some friends, I came up with ‘The Artsy Hufflehoe’! I don’t know yet when I’ll start this feature. Hopefully in two weeks!

And that’s a wrap! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up and I’ll see you with another wrap up next week. How has your week been? Are you also in the last term of school? Any exciting summer plans? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #45

When you haven’t written a weekly wrap up since November (!!) and you have to look at old posts because you can’t remember the format you know you haven’t been blogging since forever

I finally picked up one of the BBC Class books that have been on my shelf for months now. I really enjoyed The Stone House, so I’m excited to read the other two. Speaking of BBC Class, it started airing in America yesterday on BBC America, so please support it!! It’s an amazing show that needs a second season (and so do I). If you need some convincing, read this post.

This week I officially finished my third term and had some days off, meaning I could relax a bit. I did have to work, but it was fun! Especially when there isn’t a voice screaming in your head ‘YOU STILL NEED TO DO THIS! AND THAT! BEFORE TOMORROW!’

Oh and a new exhibition opened at the Stedelijk Museum this week, so my mom and I went to the opening. Openings are always fun, and I definitely like Seth Price’s work.

OH HAPPY EASTER. I completely forgot. I hope you all enjoy your chocolate eggs. Or whatever you’re eating today. Just enjoy your food.

GUYS DID YOU WATCH DOCTOR WHO LAST NIGHT?! IT WAS AMAZING OH MY GOD. IT WAS SO GOOD. AND BILL. I LOVE BILL. CAN BILL STAY FOR A BILLION SEASONS (HA SEE WHAT I DID THERE). JUST FANGIRL WITH ME OVER DOCTOR WHO (AND ESPECIALLY BILL!!) IN THE COMMENTS PLEASE IF YOU WATCHED IT

I POSTED THINGS!! YES!! I really hope I’ll be able to keep it up this time since I really enjoyed getting back into the blogosphere this week and it made me realise how much I missed this.

I’m very behind, but I read some posts!! So let me share some

And that’s a wrap! Boy did I miss saying that. I dunno, while I did blog here and there, I just… Kind of forgot about my weekly wrap ups? Maybe it was intentional at first, as I barely read, blogged and read other people’s blogposts, so I felt like I didn’t have anything to write about anyway, and of course at some point I didn’t have the time and energy to write them anyway, but at some point I definitely forgot about these. ANYWAY. What have you guys been up to this week? What are you reading? Or watching? Let me know in the comments!

Why You Should Watch BBC Class

Because I say so

Just kidding! I’ll give you actual reasons don’t worry.

Okay first of, what is Class about? Class is a Doctor Who spin-off, but you don’t have to be familiar with Doctor Who at all in order to watch it. The Doctor does appear in the first episode, but it’s not necessary to know him or his backstory. Short version: it’s about four teenagers and their teacher at Coal Hill Academy where they fight evil aliens. But obviously it’s about a lot more. It’s about these characters and their relationships with each other, dealing with the aftermath of everything they’ve been through.

So why should you watch it?

DIVERSE AND AMAZING CAST

LOOK AT THIS CAST. And spoiler: Charlie (top left) is gay. His boyfriend Mattheusz isn’t in this picture because while he’s important, he’s not a main character. But believe me he’s important and he’s not faced by aliens at all and just in love with Charlie, but that’s not his entire plotline!! He’s there to fight aliens with the others and call Charlie out on his shit because while Charlie is pure he’s also morally grey. Oh and he has relationships with the other characters as well, like I’m digging his friendship with Tanya and I’m crossing my fingers for a relationship with Miss Quill (woman on the right).

The characters are complex and don’t rely on stereotypes. See that girl on the left? She’s 14 and a genius. That girl next to her? Seems sweet right? She is, but she’ll also kick your ass. That boy next to her? Your typical jock, except not. He openly cries more then once and battles PTSD (the way his PTSD is written fbjsdhg). And there’s so much to Miss Quill that we don’t know about yet, but she’s hilarious, sarcastic and such a savage. And their acting is so good.

THE RELATIONSHIPS

The romantic relationships are healthy, built on communication and consent (can I get a hell yeah). Do they have their problems? Of course they do. Does that make the relationships boring? No. Take note other writers. Then their is the pure sibling-like relationship between Tanya and Ram. They can open up to each other, talk about everything, help each other, protect each other… It’s so pure guys. All the friendships on the show are great. Now I just need someone to give Miss Quill a hug.

IT’S INTENSE

So so so intense oh my God. You won’t get bored. The aliens are scary and intriguing and the way they affect the characters and further their arcs, relationships and the overal plot efbjsg.

THE HUMOUR

While it gets scary and intense (and bloody and kinda grose so if that’s really not your thing you might want to stay away) there are a lot of light moments and great jokes. Seriously I’ve laughed out loud so many times already.

IT’S BEAUTIFUL

The way the characters are written guys. They’re real and complex, and that within the space of only a few episodes (the fifth one came out today; don’t spoil me I haven’t watched yet). I’m just in awe how well-written these characters already are.

IT’S WRITTEN BY PATRICK NESS

So if you love his books, then I’m sure you’ll love this show.

IT’S JUST SO GOOD GUYS I CAN’T EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS. JUST WATCH IT PLEASE

But seriously especially the first two episodes are pretty gross and bloody, so if that’s a trigger for you or just not your thing you might (sadly) have to stay away. Also warning: don’t get attached to anyone hahahaha *sobbing*

Are you watching Class?! IF NOT WHY NOT GO WATCH IT NOW AND SUPPORT IT SO WE CAN GET A SECOND SEASON PLEASE

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