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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monsters that go emo in the night

Magnet #536 - The MonsterOlogist

A friend picked up this magnet from one of the BEA booths - looks like a YA book, and actually kinda cool. For definite sure, I love this magnet - very well designed, and I'd bet the book design is fab, too. Hmmm, I might have to check it out.

Lately, I've been reading young adult books - mainly because I don't have to think when I'm reading them. Don't have to worry about anything in the world, but getting to the next page.

It's great. Actually, I bought a few books on that Chicago trip, and at least two of them were YA.

I'm using this magnet for today, because I recently got caught up on the first three episodes of BBC-A's Being Human, with Doctor Who's Midshipman (Allons-y) Alonso Frame, Russell Tovey.

It's a Brit show - and if you've read even a handful of magnetposts here on joy magnetism, you know I'm a sucker for all things Brit. I want to love this show so bad. But I can't decide if I even like Being Human, the story of a werewolf and a vampire, who live with a ghost. The three are Gen-Y'ers just looking for their place in this world, each trying to figure out how to be human, while being...not.

My problem is that I'm not really drawn to any of the characters. They're way too emo for my taste, and my tolerance for emo is pretty darn high. The vampire's all broody-broody vampirekins, the ghost's too neurotic, while the werewolf is a bit of a freak. Mind you, the actors seem to play those parts to the hilt, love the actors, hate the characters. Russell Tovey is almost lampooning himself - with his overacted shrieks of horror, and his whining. Don't get me wrong - I love Russell Tovey, he's cute as a button, and the guy can act, I've seen him. But, his werewolf hospital orderly character drives me insane.

On top of that, with the exception of the ghost who learned what happened to her (in an episode she knocked out of the park), I don't really care about their storylines. Thus far, each of them have sort of had their own episodes, where we learn their backstory, or see them coming to terms with who they are as creatures of the night. And, there's an overarching "the big bad's coming" storyline, but I haven't been able to care, or be worried.

Admittedly - I'm totally over the whole vampire craze that the absence of Buffy created, so that may be what's turning me off about this show. But it's sad if I'm trying to figure out if I hate a werewolf or a vamp more...and a ghost wins for favorite character.

So in the end, I guess it's not really such a mystery after all - I haven't been grabbed by this show, like I should have been. Like I wanted to be.

Huh. A Brit show I don't like. Mark the date.
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Vicki said...

If it's too emo for you then there is no sense in me even thingking about watching it:)

jen said...

It's no DW or TW but it's not bad. It's grabbing me all that much either though. I'm watching just for Russell.