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It's been too long since I've written anything here, and to be able to talk about as many subjects as possible, I'm gonna go one topic at a time.

Books
I've been reading a lot this year, finishing off books I started reading years ago. I'm particularly invested in a sci fi collection called Remnants. It's 14 short books by K.A. Applegate.

This is the best description of the books I've find so far: In the first book nearly everyone dies. Then it gets worse. In a last-ditch effort to save some small remnant of the human race of the impending destruction of Earth by a big rock, a handful of people get shipped off to nowhere land. 500 years later, when they finally *land* somewhere, things start to go horrible wrong. It's one fo those stories that has lots and lots of characters, and every book ends up killing a few, because the stakes are high and that's what happen when you don't know what the hell you're doing and aliens are out to kill you.

The thing is, this was written as a "young adult" series, and as such, the main characters are mostly children and adults are usually useless. That's OK, because Applegate knows very well how to do attractive characters and she gives the limelight to pretty much everyone at one moment or another. And that's what I've always enjoyed best: stories with lots of characters and room for all of them to do something, even if that something is so horrible wrong!

I'm half way done with the books. It only takes me a couple of days to read them, but I'm also reading a lot of Japanese authors lately, because I got myself in a Book Club and that's what we're reading right now. It's been fun, and weird, because not since school I had to worry about understanding a book if I could just enjoyed it, but now I have to because I have to talk seriously about said book with several other people. It makes me focus better, I guess.

TV
Both Offspring and Eureka came back in April. And I'm enjoying both shows LOTS. I wasn't all that interested in the Offspring premiere because I wasn't all that into the finale last year, but in the end I ended up loving it anyway. I guess the Proudman family is just too lovable to not find them compelling and heart-breaking and sweet. Of course, the best parts of the first few episodes were Billie and Jimmy having no brain-to-mouth filters (which is a constant in this show) and the whole sperm debacle involving Billie, Mick, Mick's brother and now his new boyfriend. I'm hoping to laugh and cry and laugh again this season like I did the first two.

Now, Eureka... damn, knowing this is the last season makes me sad. While maybe *too* quirky for average taste (and thus, a bigger fandom), and the sometimes too silly storylines, I loved the big arcs this show has come up, and how the characters and their relationships have grown over the years. It's not something many shows can actually accomplish. And this season started with a bang. Space travel turning into time travel turning into THE MATRIX! I would have liked the whole issue to turn more dramatic and lasting longer (not four years longer! just, a few more months for dramatic effect), but I like that they're still dealing with what happened with the crew and their time apart after the rescue, so I can't complain. I'm glad it seems Zane and Jo are FINALLY hooking up for real (not that the casual sex and the angsty tension wasn't fun also). I'm sad Holly died, but that scene of Zane offering his sholder to Fargo and Parrish being nice totally compensate for it! And while I'm all for Jack/Allison and Zane/Jo, I'm with the fans that think Allison and Zane should have totally hooked up in the matrix!

Talking about quirky shows, I can't help talking about Community, that thankfully is getting a fourth season!! 13 episodes it's nine or ten episodes too short, but it's better than nothing at all. I've specially enjoyed the civil war documentary parody and the Law & Order homage, but there's no episode of that show that I don't find lots of fun. I'm glad I get another season of it!

I've been watching a lot of Shonda Rhimes' shows this past few months. While I've always know that Grey's Anatomy is a guilty pleasure and not all that good television, I wonder now just how BAD it actually is. See, I don't have a clue about medicine, so while I assume most of the super surgeries that come up on the show are not really that possible, for me they do sound probable. Like I just thought the writers did research and used whatever new technique has come up in science journals. Now I'm thinking most of it is just inventive crap.

I tried to stomach Off the Map when it was on, but it was way too offensive to watch after one or two episodes. I think I managed four. I mean, OMG, I know a big part of the US knows squat about how things work in Latin America and those kind of mistakes are made when dealing with pretty much any country that isn't yours, but what a way to go overboard with the stupid and offensive plots!

And now I'm trying to watch Scandal and not cringe at every dialogue and plot twist that comes out every week. It's just so... BAD! So basic and embarrasing! There a handful of good actors in here and they are wasted in an attempt of developing the bastard child of Grey's Anatomy and the West Wing!! I'm pretty sure this show is gonna get cancelled, but I do wonder how the hell did it manage to get on the air in the first place. It's just bad television.

And because I'm a sucker for Sci Fi, I've just downloaded Defying Gravity, which was selled as "Grey's Anatomy in space!!" which sounds horrible, but I'm a masoquist that way. Plus, the show is suppose to based on the BBC's Space Odyssey, which was a wonderful two hours drama filmed as a moslty believable mokumentary. Of course, I just saw that the nerdy Canadian geologist who was in a relationship with the no-nonsense Russian engineer in the original, is now a pretty faced American having the hots for the also hot American hero of the story, who punches his commanding officer and goes to space to save a suicidal crew member instead of following orders. Right. I'm seeing where this is going...

As for Grey's. Well, I was DELIGHTED with the last episode giving Alex all those nice things he totally (and finally!) deserve... except all is gonna be taken away from him by next week, because that's how things work for him. Oh, how I wish Justin Chambers wasn't interested in staying around for the next season. He didn't had anything to DO during this season! I love Alex and I will always enjoy him on my TV, but it was a good ending for him, taking the dream fellowship program with all those wonderful perks (paying his loans! Having enough money to buy a house! Having enough money to help his family! Come on!!), just as the year before it would have been a good ending having him go to Africa. Now I have two head!canons to chose from when things get crappy for him again. I think his boards' storyline was ridiculous because he loves to savotage himself but going back on a whim from SanFran to Seattle was just silly, as was getting angry at his evaluators for not waiting for him and trying to trick him. I'm glad he looked so sure of his answers, though. And that comment Cristina made about the Hopkins' guy knowing Alex is a jerk kind of fixed the issue for me. Of course, the whole interaction between Alex and Cristina was awesome, both the hug and the dialogue about spaguetti being a reason to stay. Loved it. I could totally do without the plane crash, and by know I do hope the death is Lexie because it just depresses me how she was wasted as a character and while I don't want to deal with Mark's angst next year, I prefer it to any more Mark/Lexie debacle and babbleling. We'll see.

I think that's it for now. I'm in the middle of buying an apartment, which is taking way more time than it should but it will happen this month, I hope. Work is crazy busy, but what else is new? I got myself back to school taking a class on Environmental Law, it last until October, so we'll see how crazy it makes me by then. I went to the stadium last week and watched a wonderful soccer match where my favorite team won 6-0 in a fantastic display of what the sport is all about.

NEWS is coming back!! At least they are realising an album, which is good enough for now! Now I'm hoping for my next Pi activity and I'm trying not to watch Ryo's new drama because while it's innocent enough, it still makes light of issues you're not suppose to be so obvious at making light on!

I've also been VERY into comic books lately, and watching the Avengers movie certainly hasn't help in slowing down on the downloading and reading. Same goes for the Avengers animated TV show, who just helped confirm that beside Wanda, Hank Pym and Clint Barton are probably my favorite avengers. I also have a soft spot for Scott Lang, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, so far. I'm also really, really enjoying Wolverine and the X-Men and Bobby and Kitty having "moments". I just wish people wrote about it!! So much fic potential!!

OK, now I do stop.

Comments

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niennatru
May. 14th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hello, Javi!

Glad you're back at LJ! I took a similar break from all things online a while back--just starting posting again this month.

I was actually doing similar things as you during my time away--reading, catching up on shows (new ones and old favs), going to the movies (saw "Hunger Games").

As for Grey's. Well, I was DELITED with the last episode giving Alex all those nice things he totally (and finally!) deserve... except all is gonna be taken away from him by next week, because that's how things work for him. Oh, how I wish Justin Chambers wasn't interested in staying around for the next season. He didn't had anything to DO during this season! I love Alex and I will always enjoy him on my TV, but it was a good ending for him, taking the dream fellowship program with all those wonderful perks (paying his loans! Having enough money to buy a house! Having enough money to help his family!

I so agree with all of this. I was just talking about this to summys_lj in fact--saying how this would have been a great series finale--minus the plane crash, of course. ::sigh::

Alex finally having something great happening to him was so satisfying to watch! A fellowship created just for him! At Johns Hopkins!

Ah, well. As you said, we can always pretend that this was the finale.
javiera
May. 14th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to be back! I'm kind of sad I missed out on some interesting conversations we could have had trying to fix the mess of a season we had of Grey's, and any other weird subject we could have ended up talking about (I do love the songs you have been uploading to your LJ), but now I'm willing to catch up :)

Depending on how much they screw things up in this week's episode, Alex going to Hopkins is gonna be my head!canon. I hope Arizona is not killed off because if Alex is staying around, I want them working together, is the only mentor-student relationship that takes itself seriously! Plus, I can see already that Callie would get all the angst and Alex would get the same treatment that he did at the begining of season 7: we are gonna be TOLD he has survivor's guilt, but there's not gonna be any development of it. Sigh. Also, survivor's guilt with Arizona alive means she gets to kick his ass for feeling guilty and force him to help her out and move on.

In another subject, how was Hunger Games? I'm not planning on watching the movie because I haven't read the book yet, but I want to know if it's worth it.
niennatru
May. 14th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
I do love the songs you have been uploading to your LJ

I have found so many great new songs on lastfm.com! I've settled on the Katie Herzig Radio station, because it gives me the most recs that I end up really liking.

I hope Arizona is not killed off because if Alex is staying around, I want them working together, is the only mentor-student relationship that takes itself seriously! Plus, I can see already that Callie would get all the angst and Alex would get the same treatment that he did at the begining of season 7.

Ugh. Yes. Arizona looks pretty bad in the promo, but Lexie looks worse, so my money's on Lexie dying. Plus, if you look closely at the promo, Mark and Meredith are hugging each other in one scene, which says to me that Lexie just died.

I think that also explains Meredith's extreme hysteria in the promos as well. I mean, yes, Derek is missing, but I just have a feeling that part of the reason Meredith is so distraught and hopeless is because Lexie has just died or is dying.

Back to Alex though, I think the reason that he will end up staying is because Arizona is badly hurt and he feels guilty and/or obligated to stay and help her in some way.

And yes, I sincerely hope (but I'm also being realistic, because Alex always gets the short end of the stick story-wise) that we actually see Alex and Arizona interaction after the crash and further development in that mentor-student relationship.

I think the problem with most shows on television is that the writers fail to realize that a lot of people are emotionally invested in the non-romantic relationships and want them developed and given screen time as well.

In another subject, how was Hunger Games? I'm not planning on watching the movie because I haven't read the book yet, but I want to know if it's worth it.

Yes, it's definitely worth watching. It's actually a very good adaptation of a book, which doesn't happen very often. My only real complaint was the hand-held camera work--too heavily used at the beginning and at various times in the movie. It was not only nauseating, but distracting as well.

The movie follows very closely to the book, but I think it makes some changes that are good for a movie.

Haymitch and Katniss' characters are both softened (though marginally) in the movie--but since we can't hear the inner monologues of our characters in a movie, I thought this was a necessary change. Both characters sometimes say and do things that require further insight into the characters that can only be really given in a book.

Definitely read the book--it's not earth-shattering or anything, but it is very good, and I like the themes it touches upon--and I recommend the movie as well.
niennatru
May. 14th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
And that comment Cristina made about the Hopkins' guy knowing Alex is a jerk kind of fixed the issue for me. Of course, the whole interaction between Alex and Cristina was awesome, both the hug and the dialogue about spaguetti being a reason to stay. Loved it.

Forgot to say: I was grinning like an idiot throughout most of the episode, because of all the Alex-greatness, but the Christina and Alex hug, the cafeteria scene, and the all of the scenes between Alex and the Chief (Webber I mean) were so fantastic.

Had the entire season been more like this episode, I would have been a very happy fangirl. As it played out though, I was largely bored. Too little Alex, too few Mere/Christina/Alex scenes, too many storylines I didn't care about.
javiera
May. 14th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
I kind of love how horrible Alex is with money. He clearly has never had much of it and doesn't know how to deal with it. Most of the characters on the show come from money or have lots of it, which is something I wish would get acknowledged on the show, because the constrats are insteresting. That scene with Alex expecting the other shoe to drop is both because no one has ever wanted him like that, show so much interest, and because that amount of money and benefects are way too much for him to understand. When I watched that scene I kept thinking he would have enough money to send Amber to college, and to pay for better doctors for his mom and brother. Now I really want a fic (or just the outline of one) where Alex takes the job and got to meet lots of new people that will probably think he's a total jerk and wonder what's so special about him and he's gonna complain to Meredith over the phone about what a bunch of privileged asses he has to work with and his way of keeping in touch with Cristina is with text messages back and forth gloathing about the cool surgeries they get to do.

I got bored to tears with this season as well. Cristina got on my nerves again this year, Owen became unbearable, Lexie was annoying, April was just ridiculous and everyone else was useless. So many stuff you can do with characters, and the writers fall back to the same stories over and over again. What a waste. Last season I kind of hated, this one? it was meh.
niennatru
May. 14th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Now I really want a fic (or just the outline of one) where Alex takes the job and got to meet lots of new people that will probably think he's a total jerk and wonder what's so special about him and he's gonna complain to Meredith over the phone about what a bunch of privileged asses he has to work with and his way of keeping in touch with Cristina is with text messages back and forth gloathing about the cool surgeries they get to do.

I had the same thought when they were getting ready to go their separate ways! lol I mean, just because they are taking different jobs and living throughout the U.S. wouldn't mean they'd stop communicating--phoning, texting, skyping, etc. Just reading their snarky emails would be more entertaining than I fear next season will be.

What a waste. Last season I kind of hated, this one? it was meh.

I agree. Not a lot happened that I actually cared anything about. I liked the Meredith/Zola/Alex stuff at the beginning of the year, but that's about all I can think of straight off.

And yes, Christina and Owen grated, and the Lexie and Mark back and forth--which we have had to endure since Season Six is so beyond annoying. If Lexie has to die to get this nonsense to stop then whatever. But it is a waste of a (potentially) good character that never got to do anyting except babble nonsensically and angst over her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend. ::rollseyes::

javiera
May. 14th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
If the show had concentrated in a smaller cast or was willing to change thing around a lot, it could do an awesome storyline following Mer, Cristina and Alex around doing their fellowship in different places. It would take too much money and too many small players regulars, but it's my dream kind of show, after the last episode.

The estructure would be showing parallels situations in three different settings. It would contrast morning rituals, the landscape of every city, the infrastructure of each hospital, and identify characters based on what our three leads call them more than their actual names. Three leads with very different specialities, in very different hospitals, going through the same things (becoming surgery attendings), dealing with more or less the same kind of people and problems (love drama, cases, work conflicts) and having a similar outlook in life even though each of them has a different attitude about it. The night comes, and they chat on the phone or facebook or skype, snark a lot, gloat even more, and exchange experiences.

In the long run it wouldn't work, but because we are already invested in the characters, I would totally follow this story around!
niennatru
May. 15th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
I kind of love that idea--a complete restructure that focuses on just those three at their various fellowships.

But that's not going to happen, sadly. If Joss Whedon were the show's creator, I'd say there was a chance, but not with SR.

Joss always seemed to be perfectly willing to completely change things up in order to tell the story he wanted to tell--good, bad, or ugly. And while that made you hate him and/or his shows at times, it was also very creative and made for original stories.

But hey, there's always head!canon, so we can pretend that Mere, Alex, and Christina have gone their separate ways to go and be awesome at their respective fellowships while keeping in touch/competing/supporting one another through email, skype, texts, etc.

javiera
May. 24th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm commenting to this so late!

Joss Whedon as Grey's' showrunner... ummm, that's a very different show, and at the same time... I like the way Whedon works season arks and how he pays attention to continuity (when it's his own). Then again, Lexie would have died anyway. Alex would have died in the shooting, for sure! And if not, Izzie would have died instead of leave (which sometimes I kind of wish it happeneded). Meredith would be just as dark and twisty and kick ass in what she does, I think. Same with Cristina. I guess the execution of the show would be a lot better, we wouldn't have so many useless or repetitive plots, which is my main problem with the show, but the characters would be pretty similar, I think. Same bad habits, same mistakes, same interaction, more or less... it's interesting to realize the similarities between character constructions...
ungalad
May. 17th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
Jaaaaaaavi. *glomps* What Japanese authors are you reading? How do you like them? I've just read a couple of books by Akutagawa and I kind of wanna go for Japanese studies... He's that awesome!

Community has been great! I think the Law and Order ep is my favourite of this season, but there had been some very good ones. I'm glad we got another season! And btw did you see Alcatraz? I wanna watch it because of Hurley and Santiago Cabrera, but I heard it just got cancelled. D:

I think it's so cool that you're buying an apartment! ; u; And also that NEWS is coming back. ♥
javiera
May. 24th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
LUPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *GLOMPS*

Hace una semana me hiciste este comentario y no atiné a contestarte de inmediato y me voy a leer tu LJ ahora y me entero que terminaste la tesis!!!! FELICITACIONES!!!!!!!! That's FUCKING AWESOME!! Estoy muy, muy contenta por ti!! Me has alegrado el día, en serio!! ^_________^

Y te irás de vacaciones con tu hermana a Gringolandia? Fantástico! Qué pasó con el viaje a España, eso es algo que tienes que decidir ahora?

Mujer, ha pasado mucho tiempo! Tenemos que juntarnos a conversar o algo, que nunca me entero de nada porque nunca estoy en facebook XP
ungalad
May. 24th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
; u; Muchas gracias. Yo también estoy contenta. Creo que viajo a USA la segunda semana de junio (todavía no tengo el boleto... xP Porque todavía no tengo la fecha exacta del examen) y me quedaré todo el verano, espero, jaja. :D Para que hagamos planes de ir a New York. *v*

Ya séeee... ¿Tienes tiempo este fin de semana para platicar? :3
javiera
May. 25th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Quedarte todo el verano e ir a NY?? Suena genial!! Dale mis saludos a tu hermana cuando la veas :D

Debiera tener tiempo este fin de semana. El domingo?
ungalad
May. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Sí, ¿a qué hora? Yo puedo todo el día. Por cierto... happy towel day! :D
javiera
May. 25th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, gracias por avisarme! Casi ni me entero del día ;)

Como a las 4 de la tarde?
ungalad
May. 25th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Está bien. ¿Las cuatro de acá o las cuatro de aquí? :O
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