Rip it or ship it booktag

I go through these phases where I like to watch people talk about books on camera. You know what they say, seeing people liking a book you enjoy is like the book recommending a person. In this section of YouTube dubbed booktube you’ll find booklovers of any kind raving about the written word. I can do that, too, I argued.

So here we are. I’ve made my first booktube video in which I pick two papers from a jar and decide if I want to ship (like them as a couple) these two characters or not. I’ve seen people doing this with two jars, one for male and one for female but that kind of takes a bit of the fun away.

Oh uh, you might wanna turn up the volume. I don’t want to sound like one of those people apologizing for their bad video (because I had a blast doing this), but the editing of this is below my usual standards. I didn’t want to spend hours looking for good videosoftware, so I had to make due. And I found out the first clip was being weird when I started this video. It’s still fun to watch, I swear.

Why Once Upon a Time should have stopped seasons ago

You know those shows that go on and on? Where the most fun episodes are the ones that are so ridiculous and out of tune with the first season that it’s getting hilarious? That type of television were the whole crew seems to tug its hair out and just produce something awful, because their lives working on this show have been turned into something miserable. The network only demands more, but the premise of the series has already been fullfilled. So they recycle old ideas, look for more material to work with. But the inspiration is running low and the bureaucracy of big organizations is starting to kick in.

This happens to a lot of television series, but for me the main example is Once Upon a Time. This series manages to kill off good actors, keep the same storylines but with a tiny little twist and kills most suspension near the end of the episode. Crazy to think this used to be one of my favorite things that happened to television.I know, your favorite tvshow coming out with new episodes time after time doesn’t sound so awful, but be careful what you wish for. How can too much of what you love turn into something bad? Well, if it turns into something you can’t love when it’s dragged out.

I think Once Upon a Time started airing the new season. What once used to be a clever fairy tale retellings with a dark twist has turned into the never ending soap series with bad ships. It’s been that way for three/four seasons. Three seasons (or so) full of cringing, bad writing, forced acting and the occasional highlight that is Lana Parrila. But when a show can’t rely on your woman crush for the whole week anymore it might be time to let it go.

When to give up on a TV show, Vox wrote. Maybe it is time for me to stop watching. Like that time when I decided I wasn’t having any fun watching Glee episodes anymore and simply didn’t tune in after that.

Once is way past its primetime. The elements that I loved about this show are almost all but gone. There’s no guessing which fairy tale character you’re seeing, there’s no subtly and there’s no witty storytelling. There’s  romance that is as illfitted as a PG13 version of Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight and plotpoints with little research in the source material. It’s become another reason to sell Disney merchandise instead of an actual retelling. And even plotpoints I should rejoice about felt forced.

Maybe I will give in to see if it can become worse or if the saviour in the writing team can save this from its evil faith. At least Hook isn’t bad to look at. Then again some of my favorite things that happened to television always were meant to end  (Merlin and Avatar the last airbender) and since this is past its 100 episodes it will take a while before this may reach its final chapter.

I remembered I had a blog

Remember I had a blog? Because I sure didn’t. Alright that is pushing it. It’s not that I had forgotten, I just that I forgot to care.

I don’t have a big vision behind this weblog. While you may see some categories on the side, I basically want to write what I feel like writing about. Sometimes I do dream of having my own online platform for a job, but if that’s ever going to happen I want it to be truly my own space on the internet. I don’t want to restrict myself any further and lay down rules of what I can’t write about.

Then why didn’t I write? I’m not even sure if I can say life happened. I’ve never stopped writing. I’m still working on my (debut) novel Intertwined and I’m actually a freelance journalist and copywriter now.

I start so passionately on these projects. This is my thirth blog that I really wanted to make it work. I may not have a vision, but I have a passion for writing. I’m the girl that can scroll to blogs for hours and hours. I watch vlogs of people talking about their lives for 20 minutes on a daily basis. Speaking about vlogs. I wanted to be one of those people too. You can just hear how driven I was in this video below.

This is my first video… and my last so far. I was serious about making this work, really. I even have ideas for videos. I filmed this at a friends’ home while I stayed over there while she was on a holiday. I had the whole space for myself and no one else to hear me while I recorded. In the video I speak about being afraid of putting myself out there, because I’ve been bullied because of it. I don’t think that fear is gone yet. I feel too awkward sitting in my own room and putting that camera on my face. I make up too many excuses why I can’t. Which is stupid, because this is clearly something I enjoyed. From the first idea that popped up in my head till the last second of editing.

I’ve even gotten some response from friends and acquintances on my first vlog. People said they liked it, even admired it. These projects I start are always to sustain my creativity, but it felt good to hear that other people liked it too.

Someday I’ll post again. I will be booktubing, recalling all my favorites of the month and I might even show you what I like to wear. Maybe I’ll be talking about issues that mean a lot to me, too. Let’s hope it will come to a device near you soon enough. Because the reason I don’t vlog and blog are my own fears. It’s the barrier I’ll have to overcome, even when I know I feel on top of the world when I’ve done so.