Jessica Jones ruined me for Daredevil

I probably shouldn’t have watched the two Netflix series out of order, but to be fair, originally I had no interest in watching either. It wasn’t until I had seen some really great reviews of JJ that I decided to watch it. Eventually. I still probably wouldn’t have seen it if it hadn’t been for Eldest rather cunningly putting it on in the background, drawing my attention and addicting me.

So it made sense that once I had finished watching JJ, I could go ‘back’ and watch DD. But I found myself losing interest halfway through. It took me a bit, but finally I realized that the things I love about JJ  aren’t in DD.

DD has the standard masked vigilante plotline, with some better scripting and acting, but still, under it all, it’s the same standard comic book plot. The women are people (a plus), but both women on team DD are supportive caregivers while the woman on team evil is, well, a fucking awesome villain**, but we don’t see much of her. Oh, and the woman dating the evil lead villain is the basic romantic leading actress type, so I pretty much just want to smack her for being both a stereotype, and for thinking her gangster dude is somehow *different* from other gangster dudes. Blech. I know, she’s canon, but still!

JJ is a vengeance stalk*. JJ (season one, anyway) is driven, from beginning to end, by one force; Jessica must stop Kilgrave. Though there are lots of twists and turns, with surprises both good and bad, the story never stops moving toward that goal. I loved that, and wish more TV series could do this sort of thing.

I am really looking forward to season 2 of Jessica Jones. I want to see how she reacts, now that her raison d’être is gone.


*Apparently ‘vengeance stalk’ is a regionalism, since no where else in the world seems to use it. It’s a quest for vengeance, where the main character stalks their antagonist down like prey (fun role reversal, right?).

**SPOILER, so written in white: It’s the little old Chinese lady, who is both evil and kickass.

Happy Holidays

May your days be merry and bright, and may your stress levels go down without any effort!

I’ve been pretending that the holidays weren’t stressful for the last week, finally gave in and am dealing with the anxiety now. Sigh. Getting there, step by step. But I’ve also been ignoring my blog, and anything to do with writing; I just wanted to rest. Now I’m just waiting for my anxiety to drop enough to feel bored, lol, then I’ll be back to writing.

Have a holiday video from my favourite German band.

Halloween movies

I was reminded of favourite ‘halloween’ movies that I watched as a child (usually rented on VHS!), so I thought I’d share some of them here.

Actually, this trip down memory lane has led me down a rabbit hole of really weird 80s movies I’ve seen, so I’m gonna include a couple that weren’t specifically watched at Halloween, but were definitely a part of my late kid/early teen years. And I’m not including all the B&W dracula/frankenstein/wolfman movies, because that’d make this list far too long!

So close to NaNoWriMo!!!

This is the hardest part; waiting for the start of it, worrying if I’ve prepped right, wondering how I will fuck up this year. This is when the site forums get the busiest, as everyone is going bonkers waiting for November to start. So I thought I’d share a few gifs that, combined, express how I’m feeling right now.