Friday, December 12, 2014

The 100 - Review of the New Apocalyptic Series Aimed at Young Adults

Main cast of The 100, from left to right: Thomas McDonell (Finn),
Eliza Taylor (Clarke), Bob Morley (Bellamy),
Devon Bostick (Jasper), Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia),
Lindsey Morgan (Raven), Ricky Whittle (Lincoln),
Christopher Larkin (Monty), Paige Turco (Abby),
Isaiah Washington(Jaha) and Henry Ian Cusick (Kane).
Photo Credit: Wikipedia Fair Use
I won't make you wait for the good stuff... This is a GREAT new TV show that is now in it's second season - highly recommended, NINE out of Ten Star Rating!

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein (I've had people ask me why Einstein would have said something like this - simply because it gets children to think outside of the box. If he had other reasons for saying it, I can't imagine what they were. ;)

The 100 ('the hundred' is how it is said) is based on the novel of the same name.

WARNING: Season One Spoilers!

First, I'm not usually into 'apocalyptic' stuff unless it is seriously steeped in Science Fiction and/or History; and The 100 has tons of both - very entertaining and even endearing.

This is a post-apocalyptic tale about the remnants of the Human Race trying to survive three generations from when a nuclear world war wiped out most Humans on the planet.

But luckily, not everyone was on the planet when the fireworks went off. Twelve nations had orbiting space stations; and they have continued to survive in the hopes of being able to return to the rehabilitating planet, someday.

In the beginning, the space stations each had their own orbits - but there were still many hard feelings going around; and someone blew up one of the stations. As a result, "Unity Day" came about the day they finished connecting all the space stations together into one Human 'Ark'.


Three generations later, the Ark is falling apart and running out of the ability to support the 2000+ inhabitants; PLUS there is the impending decision that the Ark's leaders have to make for their 'Exodus Plan'.

They are all on the Titanic while it's sinking... And there are only enough life boats for 700 people to escape down to the planet WHEN the time is right - and that time NEEDS to be NOW.

So, a decision is made to send 100 'prisoners' down in a very risky attempt to find out if Earth is inhabitable, yet - they don't really expect it to be for a couple more decades, at least.

The prisoners are basically a mix of juvenile delinquents who have done minor offenses; although some of them are thieves and murders, etc. One girl, Octavia, was doing time JUST for being born - because it was illegal for people on the Ark to have more than one child. (Her mother was 'floated' for her criminal offense.)

Her very protective older brother, Bellamy - manages to underhandedly catch a ride on the shuttle that is taking The 100 down to the planet; and he - along with the daughter of the Chief Medical Officer on the Ark, Clark - sort of become co-leaders of this band of misfits.

As they are on their way down to the surface, they are told that they are being sent because they are expendable; and their only job is to survive.

The first scenes of these kids landing on the planet are really cool - none of them have ever felt a breeze or breathed in lungfuls of real air. The scenery alone is mesmerizing for them - all the green trees.

But, things are not all hunky-dory in this new paradise as they find out when they come across a sweet-looking deer who is nibbling on blades of grass in a meadow. In the middle of their Oooo's and Ahhh's, it hears them and lifts it's head to look - THAT is when they see that the deer has TWO semi-bloody faces due to nuclear radiation affecting genetics.

The first season of this series often reminded me of 'Lord of the Flies', at times. Except these kids are TOUGH; and they learn how to put up with each other to work together to survive.

At the end of the first season... The ENTIRE Ark was actually sent down to Earth in a last-minute and almost hopeless attempt to continue surviving. However, some people survived including Clark's mom and a handful of others.

We also saw the kids on the planet in a life-and-death battle with OTHER Human survivors who had survived on the planet - many of them are deformed, but not all of them.

After the battle is over... A 'real' army of 'Mountain People' who have obviously been hunkering down in a shelter that was intended to survive any apocalypse comes in with gas to subdue the entire crowd; and they are taken to the mountain shelter where they wake up, wondering where they are and what the heck is going on, now!


Yes, there is lots of death and hardships that these Human Remnants face daily - but the really scary thing about this show is that it is a story that could have actually happened to the Human Race OVER and over and over again.

But, only a select few people who survived each apocalypse would probably have held onto previous knowledge of Human existence (while taking it to their graves) in order to keep the current surviving Human civilizations being formed on the planet from experiencing more trauma from the past - so that they could continue forward - however each little Human cluster could find ways to survive and rebuild the future.

I'm not saying that something like this has EVER actually happened before... This is just what has happened as a result of watching this TV series. It makes you think.

But, many people DO believe that the Earth has gone through many cataclysmic events previous to our current civilization. And if you think about each new apocalypse as potentially being the catalyst for NEW Human civilizations - it's actually kind of inspiring.

Especially with a series like The 100 to help put things in perspective...

If you think about things that way for a bit... The collective Human Civilization in between each apocalypse could be seen as a metaphor for life.

We're reborn out of the ashes like a Phoenix each time - and we rise out of the dust to survive. But, Humans would also 'grow up' through an infancy, terrible twos, the toddler years, childhood, adolescence, young adult years, a middle age, golden years - and then death and rebirth again, as the circle of life continues.

Additionally, just because previous apocalyptic events may have happened; doesn't necessarily mean that there will be another one for a very long time - long enough for the Human Race to theoretically continue evolving and composite through several millennia to become ONE 'beige race'.

If we ever manage to get that far... I can only imagine that we'll look back on our ridiculous racial history and think ourselves nothing but a bunch of silly goons, ha! (And LOOK how NEAT we used to look in all those different COLORS! ;)

If you are someone who believes in any apocalyptic predictions and/or prophesies - REMEMBER that you need to live your own life WHILE you're holding on to these beliefs. What God are you living for and having Faith in? Did he/she tell you to worry incessantly about the future?

Consider the Lillies of the Field, for all of the diamonds and all their worth have not the wealth of them... Psalms.

Use your brain in other, far more productive ways until whatever is supposedly going to happen, happens. And in the meantime, shows like The 100 are good for keeping your imagination sharp and running wild. Because in the end, the future is what we ALL make it out to be - both individually and collectively.

Looking for Another Great Show to Watch?

This would be a good example of 'one of our own' real
early civilizations that potentially survived an apocalypse
to help the world grow into the civilization that it currently is.
- Yeah, Fascinating!


Vikings on The History Channel
is BETTER than 'Game of Thrones'!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best Advice for Young Girls - EVER!! (Well, close. ;) Take Care of Your Feet!

My feet are killing me... I used to wear high heels alot when I was younger; and I would wear them to the point where I could barely walk and my feet would hurt so bad.

But dang, the guys liked them and they made me feel SEXY, ha!

I'm here to tell you now, that it's not worth it, LoL!

Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia
Delta Goodrem Uploaded by russavia
We watch all these little Hollywood Celebrity girls on the Red Carpet in these HIGH heels - they are practically walking on their tiptoes!

But, trust me...

They would look just as sexy in those heels if they were a good two or even three inches shorter.

Heels that high in public are truly misogynistic - they are being worn mostly for MEN to go gaga over them. In the bedroom, they aren't nearly as insulting. ;)

And some celebrities DANCE and those heels... ask around, every 'older' dancer you come across. They will tell you how much their feet hurt, now.

If you want to get to the age of forty and still be able to walk with relative ease (even in Sneakers)... Be nice to your feet. :)

Twisted Dancer Feet via http://theperformanceclub.org/2012/07/we-call-it-dance-therapy/

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Defining Twilight's Various Fanbases - What is the Difference Between a Twilight Fan, a Twihard, an Anti-Twilight Fan, Robsessed, Krisbian and Robsten...



The Latest Ridiculous Theories Regarding Just WHO the MEAN ‘Fans’ are out in InternetlandThis post is a summary of this link - it goes into extreme detail about how the obsessions of Twilight’s different FanFactions developed and progressed. You can consider this post (below) to be a beginner's overview.

Both of these posts are also the BEST REASONS for ALL Twilight & Current Anti-Twilight Fans to UNITE.

This is how I know so much about what’s going on with ‘robsten’It was sort of a side-effect of doing all this research on Twilight from a movie fan’s perspective long before these dumb scandals started.

Not ONE TIME have *I* ever wished for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to break up; nor have I ever thought that they were perfect for each other. I’ve been Switzerland.

Current Twilight Fan Type Definitions

Twilight Fan - Consists of the majority of Twilight's various fanbases (because they often bleed into each other). This type of fan is a generic fan of the series, and appreciates it for what it is - 'just a story'. Most of these fans do not 'get' why so many other fans are so incensed, still.

Twihard - An overly-obsessed fan who was probably around since the Twilight books were popular, before the movies came out - but not necessarily. Many Twihards developed at the beginning of the movie series (they have continued to develop); and have been defending it, since - along with Kristen Stewart and/or Robert Pattinson (and/or their characters of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen).

Anti-Twilight, Anti-Twihard, and the newest term, just 'anti-fan' - These terms have evolved since Breaking Dawn was published and the movies started coming out. They USED to mean 'an ex-fan of Twilight and/or Stephenie Meyer' who didn't appreciate the way she finished her books.

NOW it refers to generic 'anti-fans' of Twilight - many of whom have become anti-fans (or superfans) of either Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson for various reasons surrounding Twilight and/or tabloid manipulation, in general.

This is often someone who became a fan of Twilight and/or became a fan of Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson THROUGH Twilight; but who eventually rejected whatever part of it was unappealing to them - similar to the way many Twilight book fans 'divorced' the book, Breaking Dawn, from the series when they rejected it in 2008.

Anti-fan opinions vary GREATLY, but most of them agree on one thing - there is definitely something very wrong with The Twilight Saga.

Robsessed - A fan who is overly-obsessed about Robert Pattinson... These fans are a mix of Twilight and Anti-Twilight fans; but ANTI-fans seem to make up the majority of this fanbase variation, and they are usually (of course not always) OLDER fans.

Since Rob seems to have been dating FKA Twigs and I've had a chance to watch fan-reactions; it really seems like robsessed fans who are heartbroken about it were also Twilight Fans - while those who are happy about it seem to be mostly anti-twilight fans. It also seems like there is an age difference - younger heartbroken fans seem to be mostly 'robsten' fans (probably because most of them see Twilight - and Bella Swan & Edward Cullen - the way Steph wrote it). I'm still watching the situation. ;)

Krisbian - A fan who is overly-obsessed about Kristen Stewart... These fans also are a mix of Twilight and Anti-fans; but the majority of these fans are OFTEN younger than 'robsessed' fans; and TRUE Twilight Fans seem to make up the majority of this fanbase variation.

Robsten - A fan who is overly-obsessed about Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson as a couple... These fans also are a mix of Twilight and Anti-fans; but the majority of these fans are OFTEN younger than 'robsessed' fans; and TRUE Twilight Fans seem to make up the majority of this fanbase variation.

And since krisbian and robsten YOUNG fans COMBINED don't begin to add up to 'robsessed' fans - that is why I continued this subject on my original blog. Someone needs to. I'm sorry, I just don't think it's a ridiculous thing to be sticking up for the hearts and minds of emotionally-invested young (and young-at-heart) girls.

Why are so many more 'robsessed' people older and/or anti-fans?

Simply because of the professionally-negligent and harmful way the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, published all four Twilight Saga books.

The Twilight Movie Franchise failed as miserably as Little, Brown and Company when they could have 'set things right' instead of ignoring roughly half of their impassioned & embattled fanbase.

Twilight has created many divisions including:

1) Age (Younger and older girls perceive this story differently, depending - especially if they had pre-established views about make-believe vampires before Twilight's vamps.)

2) Gender (Why are the majority of Twilight Fans women? Yes, it's a chick-flick - but Buffy never had a problem with offending the opposite - or even the same - gender; and she had at least THREE 'vamp' boyfriends, ha!)

OMG! Am I really sticking up for Stephenie Meyer?

So many people would like to blame Stephenie Meyer for the bad publishing that Twilight received; and it is TRUE that she dug her heels in against the advice of her editors. But, most ANY amateur author would have done that - although probably not with as much misplaced pride and ignorance.

I have no idea what the publisher said to Stephenie Meyer about not wanting to publish the last book, Breaking Dawn - but based on the insurmountable evidence, we can guess.


But in the end, I find it difficult to believe that the lack of professional editing was all her fault - and this, along with the shallow characters & storyline that ANY professional editor would have corrected before publishing it - is what directly caused all the over-obsessions surrounding it.

I've read that she insisted on editing the books (mostly) herself - especially the last one that they didn't want to publish. I can be mad at her for essentially 'forcing' her last book on Humanity like this - but not blame her for trying and even winning, as an amateur author.

Her PUBLISHER should not have published Twilight like that; and/or should have insisted on the changes, corrections and EDITING that needed to be done.

That is the sole reason why The Twilight Saga is so 'special'. Because no other publisher would have published a book like that - especially for naturally-impressionable young adults.

This article is actually about self-publishing; but the jist of what he is talking about IS WHAT (somehow) happened to Stephenie Meyer's saga:

Author John Green "We must strike down the insidious lie that a book is the creation of an individual soul labouring in isolation. We must strike it down because it threatens the overall quality and breadth of American literature," he said. "They hold me up as an example but I am not an example of publishers or bookstores extracting value because without an editor my first novel, Looking for Alaska, would have been unreadably self-indulgent…(I know The Twilight Saga is not that unreadable for alot of you - but, it is for others of us.)

The entire Twilight series was never given the treatment nor professional editing that a book that is going to be 'professionally published' usually receives - that isn't Steph's fault. And if she got pushy with her editors and supposedly 'forced' them to publish these books this way - then again, SHAME on Little, Brown, & Company for doing such a professionally-negligent job.

- And double-shame on Summit Entertainment AND Stephenie Meyer for not listening to the VALID complaints from Twilight's divided book fanbase; and not taking responsibility for the accidental over-obsessions that were caused as a result of all this negligent book publishing and movie producing.

And QUADRUPLE-SHAME on Hollywood's tabloids and paparazzi for being such incredible JERKS in taking advantage of the OBVIOUS and INFAMOUS 'accidental' over-obsessions of diehard fangirlz for SO DAMN LONG!!!

FAMEFLYNET, et ALL... You made young girls CRY and you didn't write ONE DAMN GOOD SONG LYRIC to do it - I was not impressed at the beginning; and I'm even less so, now. When I picked up this trail on the day AFTER it started on July 25, 2012 - I KNEW you were being manipulative, MISOGYNISTIC *sses; but I could not possibly have dreamed that you would all collectively take things as far as you have.

F*CK YOU!!!

Not one fan or anti-fan has a
good reason to not unite.
(Sorry, I wrote this shortly after Robert's Rover Smear;
so I was really ramped up and mad, still, ha!)

SIGN THE PETITION for Hollywood Tabloids & Paparazzi to Reform Their
Own Well-Protected Industry of Celebrity Mistreatment or
BRAINSTORM to figure out something else that WILL WORK

Monday, September 22, 2014

Vikings on The History Channel is BETTER than 'Game of Thrones'

Guess What?! Clive Standen who portrays Ragnar's SEXY
brother Rollo in the Vikings favored my Tweet about this post!
*silly giggles and more giggles*
Thank you, Mr. Standen!


I've done so many depressing reviews about Hollywood lately. I figured it was time for a good review.

I've watched/am watching both 'Vikings' & 'Game of Thrones', of course... The nice thing about being a fan of movies and shows nowadays is that you don't have to choose between them, anymore. You can record one and watch the other; or record them both and watch them at your convenience. (And gosh, isn't 'on demand' neat?!)

TV & movies weren't always so easily accessible - you either caught shows 'as they came on' or 'as they came out in theaters' - or you missed them. Sometimes it really sucked to have to choose between them.

So, in the end - I am happy to say, both 'Vikings' and 'Game of Thrones' reign. (There are many semi-cliffhangers that I am looking forward to watching play out in both series.)

But, Vikings holds my attention better. I can delay watching the next episode of Game of Thrones; but I can get a little impatient & cranky if something is keeping me away from my Viking warriors, ha!

Vikings Theme Song w/ Lyrics

Vikings is done by The History Channel. Basically, they have taken 'real' Viking history as we know it; along with information from archaeological excavations - and turned it into a 'historical drama' that ties all of this information together into the people of the day - turning them into characters with storylines that stay as true to historic records & timelines as possible. (INGENIOUS, in my opinion!)

The main characters are the infamous Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok; and his not-to-be-messed-with shieldmaiden wife, Lagertha - along with their family and community during Ragnar's rise to King in the 8th Century.

You're hooked in the first episode just by the lead character who is about as hypnotic as he can possibly be as Ragnar, Travis Fimmel from Australia. He's got killer looks, a sexy ponytail that makes you want to pull on it, and an almost soft-spoken demeanor that can get ramped up into something quite ferocious during battle.

There are several characters that stick out in this show. You'll find your favorites - Floki, the eccentric genius, played by Gustaf SkarsgĂ„rd is another favorite of mine.

Ragnar loves his family, his community and band of war brothers - even if they are all supposedly 'savages'. Basically, the first few episodes cover his desire to sail West instead of East like these Viking warriors usually do - after he has discovered a way to navigate their boats on the open sea.

On their first excursion, Ragnar captures an English monk and takes him as a slave. He learns alot from him - including how to speak their language. The story of this master and slave learning from each other about their different cultures is fascinating enough if you are a history buff.

Everything gets better from there... How Viking women were treated, and what their rights were compared to some of the countries they were conquering (Lagertha - played by a very capable & beautiful Katheryn Winnick, FIGHTS with her husband & ex-husband); what their early democratic society was like - they had some really strange laws; how they raised their children; and how much they were into their Gods & Goddesses; what their religion was like, etc.

A show that is both fascinating and relatively historically-accurate - NICE, well-done and HIGHLY recommended by this Vikings fan! I'm very much looking forward to Season Three.

Hail Oh Ragnar!

A really good, long Vikings trailor thru the first three seasons.


Vikings Season 3 Trailor