This is partly a quick notice to say that there won’t be a new Grey recap today. I’ve fallen a little behind on them, and yesterday’s was an absolute mess of typos and glitches (thanks, WordPress). So I do want a little more time to give you something polished and coherent. I know it’s not … Continue reading What Would You Like to #AskELJames?
Goodreads recently polled 40,000 British citizens on their reading habits and among the many trends that popped up, the one making the rounds today is all about sex. Namely, the surprising gender divide between male and female readers and the writers they prefer. The survey found that men and women stick closely to their own camps … Continue reading Goodreads Poll Finds that Readers Stick to Their Own Gender
Many a snarky editorial has been written over the past few months following news that Penguin was publishing a novel by Youtube beauty guru Zoella (Zoe Sugg), Girl Online. The snark increased significantly when the book made it to #3 on the Amazon bestseller list based on pre-order sales alone. "What about our student loans?" cried thousands of frustrated English … Continue reading Zoella’s Book Deal Is Not the End of the World
Last Sunday, Observer columnist Rachel Cooke took The Fall to task over her belief that the show was little more than the fetishization of violence against women. She noted the camera tends to linger for too long on Gillian Anderson's body in scenes where the show's central figure (a hard-nosed female detective in a very male-dominated sphere) is just, … Continue reading No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny
Well, color me confused. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fox is producing an American version of the gloomy, violent British crime drama Luther for Fox, BBC One has just come out with the news that the original version of the show is returning in 2015 as well. I was just about certain that the … Continue reading Fear Not: The British Luther is Also Coming Back
At this point in the television game, it seems like a safe bet to argue that binge-watching really is the best method for enjoying non-procedural shows. For a couple of reasons. The "what will happen next" tension from episode to episode often leads to false predictions and an overabundance of expectation that most shows just aren't … Continue reading You Should Be Watching: Peaky Blinders
This time last year, I complained that death in the world of Moffat's Doctor Who didn't seem to stick and that there were no consequences. So what do we get for pretty much all of Season 8? Death and consequences. No female Doctor? Have a female Master. Afraid that the female companion is just going … Continue reading Doctor Who’s Season 8: A Lesson in Being Careful What You Wish For
This is your friendly spoiler warning. If you haven't seen the first episode in Doctor Who's season 8 two-parter, Dark Water, don't click any further. And trust me, you really don't want to be spoiled. I'll be honest -- I really wasn't expecting Moffat to surprise me in this episode. Instead, there was not one … Continue reading Doctor Who: Is the Missy Reveal Progressive or Patronizing?
Happy Valley was released in August as a "Netflix Original," but you likely didn't notice. Unlike Netflix's other babies, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, there really wasn't much promotion for it. That's because it's technically not a Netflix original show -- they just got North American distribution rights, but it originally premiered on BBC1 … Continue reading You Should Be Watching: Happy Valley
I have a theory that you can spot a sexist pretty quickly when they refer to women as "females." Beyond the word making it sound like you're describing the grooming patterns of animals, it's also usually a term followed by a sexist statement (which, come to think of it, is probably the bigger give-away). On … Continue reading Ernie Hudson Loves Females, Just Not As Ghostbusters