Thursday, July 24, 2014

Follow Friday: Favorite TV Series

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


What is your favorite TV series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

Thoughts for Thursday: Mystery

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

For anyone who follows my LKHill blog, it's no surprise that I love mystery. I often post crime tidbits about very old cold cases. It combines my passions for history and mystery. Why are we all so intrigued by mystery in general? (Incidentally, Captain Picard once gave something of a speech about this.) On that note, this week's theme is Mystery

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Movie Review: Robocop

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My sister and I watched Robocop this past weekend. I vaguely remember watching the '80s version of this with my dad as a kid. (When it was on TV, of course, as I was never allowed to watch high-rated films.) I was kind of excited when I saw they were doing an updated version, though it didn't get as much hype or attention as I would have thought. And since watching the first season of The Killing, I've been a Joel Kinnaman fan, so his being in it was a happy bonus. 

Plot: Murphy is is a hardened cop with a wife and son, who doesn't mind taking risks to get the bad guys. When he angers the wrong people, a car explosion leaves him--for all intents and purposes--dead. Until he's chosen to become Robocop, of course. He's haunted by memories of his past, especially his own murder, and memories of his happy life with his wife and son. Inevitably, he has trouble differentiating himself from the machine.

Now, I don't by any means remember the ins and outs of the 80's Robocop films, but it seems to me that they didn't do anything groundbreaking with the plot. Most of the same conflicts that existed in the earlier films existed here, without much that was new. I think his wife (Abby Cornish) and son played a larger role than in the original, but that was about it. Not that the plot here was bad by any means, but I really wasn't wowed by it. Which is perhaps why the film didn't get as much attention as I would have predicted.

*One thing of interest is that in the original, Detroit was in a futuristic dystopian state. This Robocop is still futuristic (2029) but there's not much mention of dystopia. Could it be that Detroit today has degraded enough to become a dystopia, so that's not a point that needs to be pretended for a film?*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Deserted Island Buddies

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Characters I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island





10. Daryl Dixon -- Okay, he's from a TV show, not a book, but you never know when zombies might show up on this deserted island, so you'd need a great zombie killer. And then there's the hotness factor.





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9. Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander -- I think he's hilarious, so I'd love to watch him go throughout his day. Plus, I'd love to learn more about his magic system. It's endlessly fascinating.






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8. Arya Stark -- She'd keep it interesting. On a deserted island, I think I'd have a tendency to plant myself in a nice spot and stay there most days. Arya would keep things adventurous. She always finds adventures.




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Three Core Beliefs Dystopian Stories Demonstrate in the Human Race

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I've done posts before about why the dystopian genre is so prevalent today. This was brought up for me again recently when I watched (or re-watched, rather) The Walking Dead series with my mom. After a particularly dark, disturbing episode, she commented about how many movies/TV shows/books deal with the end of the world, and why that is. I told her I thought that we, as a society, were trying to prepare ourselves. She agreed, but wondered why. 

Will our society eventually degrade into a post-apocalyptic dystopia? I think it's a definite possibility, if we keep doing the way we currently are, but why is that? Well, let's use a couple of lines from a Schwarzenegger film.


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"We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean." 
"It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." 
"Yeah, major drag."

(Anyone know that film?)

Anyway, my point is that, even if our society doesn't ever hit the point of The Hunger GamesCormac McCarthy's The Road, or The Walking Dead, (we'd need zombies for that) I still think we are trying to warn and prepare ourselves for the worst. We know it's in our nature. And we see the degradation of our society all around us. Even if it's just on an unconscious level (and I'd argue it's not so unconscious) we are trying to tell ourselves something: That the making of a dystopia is all around us.

The problem is that most of us don't know what to do about it. Our world is fast becoming a global society, which isn't bad in and of itself. But the second it starts to go off the rails, it's just too big and daunting an animal to tame. No one knows where to start. 


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The dystopian stories we tell serve to show three very important core beliefs:

1) That things aren't as bad yet as they could become
2) That we have to hit rock bottom before we can rebound (most dystopian stories start at rock bottom, after all)
3) That once we get to the bottom, we'll have no place to go but up

This shows that, at our core, most human beings are logical, level-headed, determined, and retain their hope that we will always be able to rebound from anything we get ourselves into. 

And that gives me hope in our future. No matter how dark the dystopian story-telling gets. :D

Why do you think we're telling so many dystopian stories these days?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! We've made it to book 11! Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Our host this week is Eivind Fonn, who will be posting over at Dab of Darkness!


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1. Eamon Valda finally buys it, and Galad is now (at least de jure) Lord Captain Commander. Do you think he will be able to muster the children and fight back in any meaningful way? Or is this effectively the end of the order?

I was actually super excited about this. Galad has never been my favorite character, but once again we see that our "main" characters are being maneuvered into positions of power. I don't know how well Galad will do getting them to fight, but there is a lot of power behind his name and position. Not that Rand and Galad are friends in particular (quite the opposite) but I think Galad--because he knows Nynaeve, Elayne and Egwene in particular--is more likely to help Rand in the Last Battle than Valda ever was. Or most other Whitecloaks for that matter. 
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2. The Seanchan suffer some shocking defeats at the hands of Ituralde. Suroth is furious and sends away almost all the air scouts. Will this help Mat out? What do you think is in the future for Ituralde?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Follow Friday: Youtube Funnies

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Post a funny Youtube video (doesn't have to be book related).


I'm sure lots of you have seen this one, but it's one of my favorites. Never gets old. :D

What's your funny Youtube video about?