One Show I’m Loving These Days

I’m always watching a few things (right now: Grey’s, Revolution, Parenthood, Walking Dead, PLL, 90210, Revenge) but I have this thing where I’ll binge watch one new show by myself that  I know wouldn’t interest Will at all. And right now that show is….

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Felicity! What a great show! I watched the first season back in the day (I was like 14) but I never continued on with it. I’m currently on the last season and it’s been fun to rewatch what I already have seen (but barely remembered) and continue on with Felicity’s journey!

If you don’t know what it’s about: The pilot starts out with Felicity on her graduation day from high school — she asks her crush (the extremely HOT) Ben Covington to sign her yearbook and has a short conversation with him and is moved when he says he wishes he got to know her in high school. She makes the rash decision to scrap her pre-med plans at Stanford and follow Ben to NYU. CRAZY RIGHT? While Ben’s reaction isn’t necessarily what she thought she decides to stay in NYC for HERSELF rather than go home and do what her parents expected of her. So then the rest of the season chronicles her tumultuous freshman year as she transitions to a new city all alone, adjusts to college, makes friend and navigating the romantic waters. The rest of the seasons cover each year of her college life.

It’s AMAZING. A-freaking amazing. At first, as a 27 year old lady, didn’t understand what I found so romantic and awesome as a 14 year old about her running off to follow a guy she barely knew but I slowly realized that she ended up where she needed to be to grow even though she may have done it for a complete crazy reason. I have loved watching Felicity’s journey through her college years and watching her make mistakes and grow. She’s not perfect, she’s downright irritating sometimes and she can’t ever make up her damn mind but she’s so real and relateable to me.

The characters are amazing in this show! There is a love triangle — obviously Ben (SCOTT SPEEDMAN! I NEED TO EFFING WATCH LAST RESORT APPARENTLY) plays a big part but the sweet Noel comes into the picture freshman year. You know how I wrote about good love triangles this week? Well this is one of my FAVORITE and is so well done. SO WELL DONE. I am so Team Ben but there are so many times where I find myself loving Noel and thinking maybe Noel would be best for her. My mind is just as damn confused as Felicity’s is through all the seasons. Each one of them, to me, represent a different side of her and it’s been interesting to watch this crazy love triangle. Tons of tension. Tons of squealy moments and OMG so much disappointment sometimes.

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But the other characters are incredible too — I love Javier! He’s the best — so hilarious and kindhearted! And I never saw Felicity’s roommate Megan as an important character in the first season but she really grows on you in her weird way. And Sean! Oh Sean! I just want to hug him! I love Felicity’s friends — Julie and Elena — and I feel like the writers really showed the beauty of these college friends in all of their complicated glory.

Basically Felicity is everything I wish this New Adult genre was (at least for contemporary NA stories)….what I pictured it to be when I first heard the term a few years ago (it’s true..there was this very vague article talking about a new imprint (I think a Hachette one) and how it was going to focus on that early twenties to mid twenties demographic — it didn’t seem to be this sexed up YA that I’m finding to be/hearing it is. There’s sex in it but it’s not gratuitous — it’s real and not glamorized.  But it’s so much more than about sex — it’s about not living with your parents anymore, figuring out who you are (you see Felicity struggle with this with her majors), making friends and losing them, navigating relationships, having fun and random adventures and just discovering what you are made of when you face tough things — and these characters certainly do. Felicity isn’t one of those super exaggerated shows like Gossip Girl (which I totally love) or something where really UNBELIEVABLE and OVER THE TOP things happen. But it’s still entertaining and moving and just REAL. And oh VERY SWOONY ROMANCE SCENES! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to punch a wall with your Ben/Felicity/Noel tension but it’s amazing.

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Have you watched Felicity? Are you Team Ben or Team  Noel? Shhh don’t tell me how it ends because I’m not done with the last season. What were some of your favorite moments from the season? What are some other shows you are binge watching right now? PLEASE CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT FELICITY. SOMEONE! Before I resort to making Will watch it with me! (He is shaking his head no right now!)

Some Vagrant Musings On Love Triangles

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I have to be honest — as soon as I hear “love triangle” when pertaining to YA literature I tend to get eyerolly and sometimes even run the other direction. Mostly because I’ve experienced a lot of love triangles that just didn’t work for me and some that were just outright annoying.

The sad thing is… love triangles that makes sense and just aren’t haphazardly thrown into a story for the sake of ” LOVE-TRIANGLES -SELL. I WANT-READERS -TO -TRIUMPHANTLY-BEAT-THEIR -CHESTS-AND-DECLARE-THEIR-TEAMS-WHILE-BATTLING-GLADIATOR-STYLE WHEN-MY-BOOK-COME- UP” actually can be a beautiful thing. All of that TENSION. All of that WONDERING. We naturally choose sides and root for the one we love or think is best for the MC.

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But I am SO SO SO sick of these superfluous love triangles or the ones that get in the way of an amazing story.

The fact is, if I’m honest, love triangles have happened in my life. To me. So I know they are a REAL thing and are a valid area to explore. Sometimes I knew what sort of struggle I was in. Sometimes I was honestly wasn’t even aware of it. I mean, my situations were NEVER as dramatic as the things I read in books but they were certainly love triangles. Two of the most “important” ones in my life that I thought I’d share because…I don’t know it’d be fun:

1) In high school I was dating a guy I TOTALLY was into forever. He was a year older than me and ended up going into the Navy. So while he was away, I was spending a lot of time with my, at the time, best friend who was umm a boy. We started hanging out a lot and suddenly it was evident feelings were changing so I ended up going out to his Navy graduation, seeing if I still felt the same way for him, I didn’t and then I ended up breaking up with him the next week. Then the former bff and I slowly became a COUPLE. Ex boyfriend still pined and called all the time and wrote really sad letters.  EXCRUCIATING time in my life. Even worse when the bff turned boyfriend ended up breaking up with me a few months later. All about the chase apparently!

2) THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT! So I had been friends with this guy at college for two years and we hung out a lot but then apparently he started to like me (unbeknownst to me). He introduced me to a friend on his basketball team (Will — you may know him now as my HUSBAND) and we all would hang out. It was honestly the three of us hanging out a lot and, stupid me, had NO idea that the boys liked me. But the problem was that Boy A was coming on strong when he realized that Will liked me, too. And at that point, I was kind of digging Will but didn’t really know him that well and still didn’t know my true feelings towards BOY A and so there was this couple month time period where I was literally hanging out with them on different nights to try and figure out what I wanted. Like one time I even pulled in to the parking lot of my dorm and Boy A gave Will the staredown because I was with him. I eventually knew, as I started to get to know them both, that Boy A was NOT for me (so many times I had to pay for our dates and he was full of himself), so I made it pretty obvious that I was into Will and the love triangle had to end. And then a half year of rumors started from the asshat that I rejected. GOOD TIMES. But clearly I made the right decision!

ANYWAY. This whole pointless post was prompted by the fact that I read a series where an author made me realize how amazing a good love triangle can be! You’ll see my reviews of Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand up at some point but this series has SUCH a good love triangle where literally both guy makes sense. They were both charming and nice (and HOT apparently) but you could understand the things about them both made her have such a hard time figuring things out. There was depth to both of them. They had personalities. They challenged her. Sometimes I even found MYSELF waffling with who I thought was best for her and who I liked the best. I don’t even know who I think she is going to end up with in the final book Boundless. The thing with other books with love triangles is that most of the time I don’t give a crap because 1) one boy is a cardboard character who just seems like filler 2) one is a big asshole with pretty much no redeeming qualities except for being SUPER HOT) 3) it’s glaringly OBVIOUS who she is going to choose and who she is going to be with so why draw it out. Cynthia Hand’s series had none of that!

So tell me: What are your thoughts on love triangles? Do you like them? Not like them? Please give me some of your favorites that you think are really well done (not just limited to books — because UM right now I’m dying with the love triangle as I watch Felicity). What are some of your LEAST favorite love triangles? And because it’d be fun and I totally dished…tell me YOUR real life love triangle experiences!!

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