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Weekly Entertainment Wrap Up #142 [CC]


Hi, YouTube, it’s Kathy, and this is my Weekly
Entertainment Wrap Up for September 15th – 21st. This week I read 5 books, I watched 3 shows,
and I listened to 1 book. September has been a fairly slow reading month
for me, so a lot of the books that I read this week were graphic novels. Also, I just really wanted to read these graphic
novels, so it was a good way to boost up my numbers, and as of this week, I’m at 200 books
read for the year. The first book I read this week was When I
Arrived At The Castle by Emily Carroll. This is done in a very fascinating art style;
it’s blacks, whites, grays, and reds, and it was very fun to just flip through it and
see that colour palette. I believe that this artist has other books
that are also in this colour palette; I just haven’t read them before. This one is fairly short and sweet, although
sweet is probably not the best word for it because it is a horror graphic novel, so I’m
not going to give anything away by talking about the plot, but I enjoyed this overall. I think the art style is really what sells
it, and I would be open to reading more things by this artist in the future. The novel that I finished this week was
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It just came out this week. It’s one of the biggest Canadian releases
of the year, so of course I had to read it. And I am helped by the fact that I was number
1 on the holds list at my library, and because it is such a big release, my library actually
got it very, very quickly. Usually I have to wait months for a book to
come to the library, but this was not the case. As you might know, The Testaments is the follow
up to The Handmaid’s Tale, and when I heard she was writing a sequel, I figured that she
might as well just print money because obviously that was going to sell, especially with the
popularity of the tv show, which I haven’t gotten around to seeing yet, because it’s
not on Netflix, and if it’s not readily available to me, it takes a little while before I’ll
eventually get to it. As I picked up the book to start reading,
I thought to myself “maybe I should have reread The Handmaid’s Tale because it’s been a while
since I read it” but it wasn’t actually necessary as long as you remember the basic premise
of that world. One thing that I did find interesting that
I don’t remember being confirmed in the first book is that Gilead is definitely the United
States. It is talked about, how this location used
to be the United States, and no longer is, and I don’t remember that being the case in
the first book. This book centres around documents by three
separate people: one who is one of the Aunts in Gilead, one who grew up in Gilead, and
one who lives outside of Gilead and then later interacts with Gilead. That is intentionally vague because I don’t
want to give anything away. One aspect that I found very interesting was
the characters had different names throughout the story depending on where they were in
the timeframe. Some of them had given names, some of them
had names that were taken away and replaced by something else, some of them had names
that they didn’t know that they had and then they reclaimed and decided whether or not
they actually wanted them. And, obviously, this was an interesting read
given the political climate and what we fear the world could turn into. [car noises] Well, that’s a terrifying noise. Next, I went back to graphic novels and read
Princess Princes Ever After by Katie O’Neill. And, obviously, it was adorable because Katie
O’Neill draws the most precious graphic novels I’ve ever read. This one is about a princess who is trapped
in a tower, and then one day another princess saves her from the tower, and then they go
on adventures together. I plan to read everything that Katie O’Neill
ever publishes because I love her art style so much, and I also love the diversity in
her characters, as well as the plots are these very quiet moments, but also seem like these
big, grand adventures at the same time. For instance, I also read The Tea Dragon Society
by Katie O’Neill this week, and this isn’t a big, exciting plot, but it has these little
moments with these characters that mean a lot to the characters, not to mention you
have these tea dragons, which are such an interesting creation. My library doesn’t have the sequel yet, but
I am on the holds list for it, and as soon as we get it in, I will be getting my hands
on a copy. The final graphic novel I read this week was
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer. You might remember that I read this for my
in person book club, and that on the day of that book club meeting, I actually realized
that this graphic novel existed, and since it had been a while since I read the book,
and I’ve read many in between, I picked it up to kind of refamiliarize myself with names
of characters, and that type of thing. This was a pretty good graphic novel adaptation. It was basically directly the exact same thing. One thing I really liked is it updated some
of the clunky technology. The original is from 2001, and when you look
at today’s landscape, we have things like the Cloud, and he talked about backing up
the photos that he was taking of the Book to the Cloud instead of this more convoluted
type of thing that was happening in 2001 technology, and I really liked that it just cleaned up
the little things like that. It was also fun to see some of the characters
imaged, because of course they used to just be characters in my head, and now I can see what somebody else decided a LEP officer looks like, for instance. This week, we finished the fourth season of
Fear the Walking Dead, and we thought that the fifth season was on Amazon Prime, because
the little drop down had five seasons to it, but when you go and click on season five, it says it’s not available in Canada, so that’s annoying, Prime. I really don’t like how Prime operates. It’s hard to search and it’s hard to get to
what you want, and… that was a disappointment, but I’m sure eventually it will become available. The way this season was put together was very
different from previous seasons, and it was like that up until about the 10th episode,
when we found out that something that we assumed had not happened maybe had. Although, it was something that was off camera,
so I don’t know if I entirely trust it, but after that point, we got to just a straight
plot instead of going back and forth in narrative and trying to figure out what happened in
the past to get characters to where they are currently. And I just wonder how that’s going to go into
the fifth season, whether or not we’re going to have this much easier to follow timeline,
or if we’re going to continue to have all of these weird flashbacks. For example, one of the characters that we
knew from previous seasons just showed up in the fourth season, and we don’t know she
got there. How we found her again was never fully explained
in any of those flashbacks. Or, if it was, it was very brief, and because
I tend to pay attention to these things, the fact that I don’t know how they found her
again is just a little bit annoying to me. I also finished the latter half of the first
season of Pose, and here’s the thing: Pose is available on Netflix in America, and I
downloaded the entire first season of it to my phone while I was in America. So imagine how disappointed I am now that
I’m back in Canada, and Canadian Netflix doesn’t have it, so I can’t keep watching it. Like I mentioned last week, Pose follows characters
in the late 1980’s in New York in the ball scene, and it is just friggin’ delightful. It’s glamourous, it’s glitzy, it’s hard hitting
as well. These characters are so well written. I really enjoy pretty much everything about
it, which is why I’m super bummed that I just can’t watch the second season. I’m going to see if my library has it, and
if they don’t, I’m going to ask them to buy it. And, I’m probably the last person on Earth,
but the other show I watched was the entire first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Yes, I had never seen it before. I had just heard other people talking about
it, but I had never gotten around to watching it. I’m sure I don’t have to explain it to you,
but in case you also have never seen it before, it is a comedy that takes place in a police
precinct, and for the most part, I really enjoy watching it. I have to turn my brain off every once in
a while when it does things like fat shaming, which happens a lot in this season, and I
just really hope that in future seasons, the fat shaming goes away, because there was a
lot of it, and I didn’t appreciate it. Beside that, these characters are flawed,
interesting humans and I like it for that. The book I listened to this week was
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a historical fiction that takes place
in the 1940’s in New York City. The main character is a self-involved 19 year
old that flunks out of Vassar because she never goes to any of her classes, and her
parents just send her to live with her aunt, who lives and works in a theatre, and that
was enough to hook me into this story. Because I’m a theatre kid, it’s a period piece
set in New York; apparently I’m just reading a lot of things that take place in New York
right now. And then we have the glitz and the glamour
of putting on shows during the second World War. This entire book is written as though it is
a letter back to somebody who has asked a question, and that question is:
What were you to my father? We don’t really know the person that’s asking,
and we don’t really who this person’s father is until very far throughout the plot. It’s basically a reason for this woman to
give us her life story, and the most interesting parts of it. Although our main character is a virgin when
she arrives in New York City, two weeks later she no longer is, and she actually is basically
on a lifelong quest to have all of the good sex, which is just something delightful to
read, especially in a period piece novel about a woman. Originally, this came on my radar because
somebody, and I can’t for the life of me remember who, said that if you like The Seven Husbands
of Evelyn Hugo, just push that book aside because this one is even better, and I thought
to myself “I’m probably not gonna like it more” because I liked Evelyn a whole hell
of a lot, but I knew that I would probably enjoy this one, and yes, I very much did. If you liked Evelyn Hugo, you will like this
book, assuming you liked Evelyn for the same reasons I did, which is the glitz and the
glamour, and the acting, and the sexuality, and all of those types of things. If you liked Evelyn, you’ll like this one. That’s it for this week! If you’ve read, watched, and listened to any of these, let me know about it down in the comments below. On the way down to the comments, if you hit
that Subscribe button, that would be very nice of you. You can like and share this as you see fit,
and I will see you very soon. Bye! [outro music]

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Comments
  • Do you ever watch Hulu though a friend? I just started the series "Undone" on Amazon prime I think you would really enjoy it.

  • I was actually thinking that City of Girls sounded like Evelyn Hugo while you were describing it! I'm definitely going to check it out.

  • I was working on that reply about Brooklyn Nine-Nine when you started talking about city of girls and I had to start typing much faster so that I could go back and make a comment to you because i read that this week too!!!! and it was so timely for me because my mom and I have been having conversations about what importance we should put on racist or sexist things done or said in the past if a person has evolved past that. my mom is an incredibly before her time person in terms of acceptance, but she grew up in the south in the 50s and she knows she said stuff that wasn’t ok but the question is what do you do with that, how does it matter, what did it affect. I think this book explores that in a really great way. plus it reals you in with glitzy 1940s theater. what more.

    I also really loved the unconventional women and relationships that were built around Vivian’s home and eventual family. That reminder that it didn’t all start to happen after Stonewall. Some people excepted their “queer” children. Women raised children with their friends. It was never new it was just under the radar.

  • So SEEING AS YOURE THE FIRST PERSON TO TALK ABOUT B99 AS IF ITS NOT THE GREATEST THING EVER HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOUR OPINION ON SOMETHING: Gina's constant harassment of Terry because of her "crush" on him to the point where it borders on if not IS sexual harassment (see: the episode where Terry gets his gun license back). Thoughts on this? Because it really, really bothers me and I can't get passed Gina's… whole character in season one. and I just need to know if someone else sees it or if you don't.

    I'm excited to read City of Girls! It's on my shelf atm, right between Mrs. Everything and Bridge of Clay. I love your wrap ups done like this. They're very fun!

    EDIT: Is Pose the one with all the black trans women?

  • Oh my gosh I'm so glad you started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine! It just gets better, I think some of the first season problems smooth out like Gina's obsession with Terry.

  • I definitely need to get City of Girls and The Testament!! I also adore Katie O'Neal and need to get princess princess! I like that you incorporate shows you watch in your wrap ups!

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