Book to TV News! Comoran Strike is coming to our small screens.

If you remember from a few weeks ago, I gushed over finally getting to read JK Rowling Robert Galbraith’s THE CUCKOO’S CALLING.

Then, THIS shows up on my Facebook feed:

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WHAT?!

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I know, I had to do it twice.  For emphasis.

OK. So, if you want actual coherence, you can read the full article at Hypable here.

But, the gist is this:

Sexy actor Tom Burke is going to play brooding anti-hero Cormoran Strike in a BBC adaption of the series.

More importantly…

WHO IS PLAYING ROBIN?

And secondly…

WILL WE GET TO SEE IT IN THE US?

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Second Look: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

I’m going to preface this post with a few things:

  • I love reading plays.
  • JK Rowling can do no wrong in my eyes.

When I escaped to the Jersey shore for a weekend with my mom, I stuffed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my bag for my beach read.  I have a ton of books on my iPad to read, but I didn’t want to take that to the beach and risk not being able to see the screen.  And, I figured, it would finally give me time to read this book!

Needless to say, I finished it quickly and loved every single page.

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J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016

What It’s About:

Set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the play has a double-narrative, focusing on Harry and his middle son, Albus.

Harry is now working for The Ministry for Magic. (Hermione’s Minister, which should surprise no one.)  His middle child, Albus, is getting ready to go to Hogwarts.  When Albus is sorted into Slytherin (his siblings are in Gryffindor), he befriends the son of Draco Malfoy (who’s actually a nice kid).

Determined to fix his father’s mistakes, Albus and Scorpius team up with Delphi Diggory to steal a Time Turner and go back in time to save Cedric Diggory from dying at Voldemort’s wand.

Needless to say, this is not a good idea.  And if anyone knows anything about time travel (or have seen any of the Back to the Future movies), you know that if you do one thing in the past, it drastically changes the future.  Need I say more?

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PLL 06X12: Questions and WTF moments

Let’s talk some Pretty Little Liars.

Episode 2 of season 6B (also known as Ep. 12 of the Season 6 to most normal people) aired last night. We had some huge reveals (characters running around in the middle of the night all sneaky-like? Lying liars? No one trusting each other? Destroying evidence? What?! That’s crazy-talk…), but unfortunately we were also left with EVEN MORE QUESTIONS. But what else is new?

NOTE: **SPOILERS AHEAD**

Here some of the MANY questions viewers were left with (in order of my perceived importance)…

1. ARE CALEB AND SPENCER DOING THE DANCE WITH NO PANTS?! I was sad and enraged when I discovered “Haleb” was no more, but I gotta say… I found myself endorsing “Spaleb” last night. Honestly, I loved Caleb’s relationships with all the girls. He wasn’t just Hanna’s boyfriend. He was also a friend to all of them who did his best to help, support, and protect the whole gang when shit was goin’ down. I’m actually more upset that this could cause a rift between Caleb and Toby than between the girls. I’m not sure what that says about me or my feelings towards this show…

2. WHAT IS EMILY’S MYSTERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION? I’ve seen a bunch of theories including cancer, diabetes, and fertility treatments. We can speculate until we’re all blue in the face, we’re not going to know until they want us to know.

But what else do we know? (See what I did there? *slaps knee*) Em lost her scholarship after her dad died (RIP Wayne Fields) and now is possibly broke after using all the money he left her on medical treatments. She also told the nurse that she “really needs this to work,” which makes me wonder if the treatments are elective and not medically necessary for some life threatening disease. What person with a potentially serious illness doesn’t need their treatment to work? Her comment doesn’t really seem to make sense in that context.

3. WHY HAVE WE NOT HEARD ANY DISCUSSION OF MRS. D’S UNSOLVED MURDER?! This bothers me more than I can possibly express. Although we saw her gravestone at the end of the ep next to Charlotte’s freshly dug grave… I’m hoping they’ll shake up that mystery again soon. Mrs. D may be gone, but she’s not forgotten!!

4. WHO WAS NOT SURPRISED ARIA MET FITZY IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING? Show of hands… anyone? Anyone at all?

5. (Follow up to #4) DID EZRA KILL CHARLOTTE?! His whereabouts are unaccounted for during the time of Charlotte’s murder (because apparently Aria is an expert at detecting lies based solely on eye contact). However, since they’re leading us in that direction, it’s obviously NOT him.

Now, for some epic moments that left me saying

1. How did Sara’s hair somehow get worse? Or it maybe didn’t change that much. Either way, it didn’t get any better. You’d think she’d want to change up her look after 5 years.

2. They’re having the funeral for Charlotte in the same church she was flung off of?

3. Did Ali seriously work a threat into a prayer? Damn, that’s cold…

4. Why is Emily lying to her mother about grad school and not being at Pepperdine? Emily is lying through her teeth about her current academic standing, but can Pam seriously not have any idea that her daughter lost her scholarship and is no longer enrolled in a major university? Meanwhile, Pam is all “EMILY YOU’RE GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL HERE IN ROSEWOOD?” Poor Pam. Someone get the woman some more wine. She’s gonna need it later this season.

5. Can Aria ever have a legit, out-in-the-open relationship? OMG this girl. Did she seriously not learn anything from her high school relationship with her English teacher?

6. Does Ali throw the WORST dinner parties ever or what? Ali’s threatening her guests, wine glasses and corkscrews don’t exist in Ali’s house, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend and current fiance are sitting across from each other at dinner, and, for whatever reason, Hanna’s fiance felt the need to feed the masses with a variety of ethnic foods at someone else’s dinner party.

Also, learning your sister’s time of death before dinner really sets the tone of the evening.

I’m so happy the ridiculous PLL of old is back. More mysteries, more super-shady characters, and more bizarre story arcs. See ya’ll next week!

Pretty Little Liars 6B, Shadowhunters, and Freeform (because apparently that’s a thing now)

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was stoked for last night’s season premiere of Pretty Little Liars and the Shadowhunters series premiere. They did not disappoint. Well, they kind of did. In some ways. But not really.

In addition to the shows’ premieres, last night was also the launch of Freeform (*moment of silence for ABC Family*), the new name for the re-branded network that is home to all our our favorite teen/YA dramas (and still wishes it was as good as the CW). In my opinion, I feel like naming it Freeform made some sense since they primarily market to teenagers and young adults, and feature characters doing what teenagers and young adults do (which, as we all know, usually isn’t family-friendly, AMIRITE?!)

The name “Freeform” is a lot less obnoxious than “becomers,” the network’s label for individuals in their target demographic (ages 14-34) who are on the journey to adulthood (or, as they put it, “from first kiss to first kid“). But who the hell wants to think about being an adult?! NOT THIS GIRL.

So let’s ignore all that adulting and talk about our favorite liars who, after the five year time jump are… now… adults. Damn it.

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FYI – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. If you haven’t watched the PLL 6B season premiere “Of Late I Think of Rosewood,” STOP NOW. Watch it. Watch it again. And then after you’ve watched it for the sixth third time, come back to this post. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

It will probably be easier if I just break it down into two categories… things I loved and things I hated.

Here’s what I LOVED about the premiere

1. Drunk Liars

Wine-drinking, martini-swilling, dehydrated, and hungover Liars was good clean fun. (They clearly take after their mothers.) Especially with the comic fodder of Radley Sanitarium becoming a hoity-toity hotel and lounge (the girls’ suggestions for Electroshock Margaritas, Manic Depressive Mai Tais, and Bipolar Martinis were spot on). Also, any scene in which Spencer drinks so much that she tells everyone she loves them is gold.

2. It’s nice to see everyone finally acting/looking more like their ages instead of high school students.

The liars were gallivanting around and getting into more tight spots at age 17 than most people do in their whole lives. Toby left public school, was homeschooled, and became a cop (WHAT?!) and Caleb became an “information systems analyst” for a major super-secret corporation before the ink was even dry on his high school diploma. I’m happy I don’t have to scream, “WTF NO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DOES THAT” at the TV anymore.

3. Three words: Brotherhood of Ex-Boyfriends.

Enough said.

4. Five more: Coven of the Sacred Cocktails.

See above.

5. Both Toby AND Lorenzo in uniform.

You know what this means… MORE INCOMPETENT POLICE WORK TO COME! YAY!!!

And here are my problems with it…

1. There is no way Ali would be teaching high school students in the state of Pennsylvania only 5 years after “graduating” high school.

When you consider that she most likely didn’t complete two years of high school because she was MIA, will someone please tell me how she even had enough credits to graduate?! Then again, Rosewood in ridiculous in literally every aspect. I guess it makes sense that their teaching standards wouldn’t be any different.

2. There was no mention of how in the hell the wine moms got out of that basement from the 6A finale.

Fans loved the wine moms more than any other part of the finale, so WHY WAS THERE NO TALK OF THEM IN THE PREMIERE?! There also hasn’t been any talk of a wine moms spinoff show, and THAT, my friends, is absolutely unacceptable.

3. The absence of #Haleb.

I’m going to say right now, I don’t know who this “Jordan” fellow is or what he thinks he’s doing flashing fancy rings and proposing to Hanna, but I already don’t like him. Why don’t I like him? BECAUSE HE’S NOT CALEB AND NO ONE WILL EVER BE CALEB AND SOMEONE CLEARLY BEAT HANNA WITH A STUPID STICK. The world needs #Haleb and I still have hope for them. Caleb isn’t the boyfriend every girl deserves, but he’s the one we need.

4. Charlotte’s death

Charlotte was a horrible person. She kidnapped and tortured 7 high school seniors for fun. Because she “loved the game.” That’s pretty sick. But her life story is pretty tragic and messed up (Mr. D, you deserve every horrible thing you get in life) and I was honestly sorry to see Charlotte (and, more specifically, Vanessa Ray) go. Homegirl OWNED that part and I loved the way she played the role. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, I. Marlene King said we’ll still see her in flashbacks, but I still would’ve loved to see where else the “Charlotte: threAt  or hArmless?” storyline could have gone.

5. Sara Harvey is still around/alive.

I don’t know what misfortune befell Sara, but it sounds like it was pretty traumatic. But the truly sad part is that I genuinely don’t care. Her character had no point (especially as Emily’s short lived lover) and was just plain annoying even BEFORE we knew she was Charlotte’s partner in crime.

PLL “Of Late I Think of Rosewood” Official Rating:

All in all, I really liked the 6B premiere. The show finally felt fresh again with a new murder mystery, new bad guys (and girls), new lies, and new crazy outfits. I give it an 8.5/10.

If you want more PLL fun, check out Buzzfeed on Wednesday mornings after new episodes air. They do weekly posts for each new episode that basically say what we’re all thinking. Make sure you check out this week’s post: “229 Thoughts We Had During the PLL Season 6B Premiere”

And another bit of hilariousness I couldn’t resist sharing… “If Real Life Media Reported On ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Storylines”

Shadowhunters

As for Shadowhunters, I had some ups and downs with the premiere, much like PLL.

I loved the casting choices. Like, I REALLY LOVED the casting choices. This cast just felt… right (unlike the cast of Mortal Instruments IMHO). I felt like these actors truly brought the book characters to life. And I just want to pinch Simon’s (played by Alberto Rosende) adorable cheeks because he is just the cutest freaking thing in the world.

And he apparently has a set of rock hard abs that Cassandra Clare failed to mention when introducing his character in City of Bones.

How can you not love this adorable piece of nerdiness?

How can you not love this adorable bit of nerdiness?

The one thing that tripped me up from giving the series premiere high marks is that it just seemed a bit… corny. It may have been the script, it may have been the acting, it may just be that it’s a series premiere and there are always some kinks to work through. Despite that, I couldn’t tear myself away and still found myself eager for the commercial break to be over.

Shadowhunters: “The Mortal Cup” Official Rating:

It’s hard to analyze a new show when you only have one episode to work with. But overall, I liked the show and think that with a little polishing it could (and hopefully will) be lots of fun. The pilot stayed fairly true to early chapters of City of Bones, which I respect in an adaptation. I give it a 7/10.

What did YOU think of last night’s premieres? Did you like the time jump or are you 1000%  done with PLL? Do you love Simon as much as I do?? I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks!