Have you been watching…Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub

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Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub was created by Felicia Day (yes, I’ve mentioned her a few times…I like her, she’s awesome!) as a way of discussing her new obsession with Paranormal and SciFi Romance. Vaginal Fantasy Book club Geek and Sundry Felicia Day Banding together fellow awesome ladies Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Burton and Kiala Kazebee, as well as the then new-to-me technology of Google Hangouts, the ladies get together on the last Tuesday of every month to discuss romantic books with a scifi, paranormal or fantasy edge. They also drink alcohol and become amusingly tipsy during the course of the hour-long show. As I’m in Australia and like to sleep, I have never watched a Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub live (boo) but have caught up with them on YouTube (yay!)

The basic set up is this: every month, a ‘primary’ book will be discussed. Usually purchased and read via Kindle (except for Bonnie, who goes the old school dead tree route), the ladies will natter away about the book. There is also a second, or ‘alt’, book set, which will usually get a bit of discussion, depending on time. They refer often to their twitter hashtag #vaginalfantasy for questions and comments posted by viewers, and will always dreamcast the characters in the books they are discussing. Michael Fassbender’s name gets bandied about a lot, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s. I heartily approve of this 😉

It’s been so awesome seeing the books I love being discussed in an intelligent manner, and to see how many people are jumping on the bandwagon. This bookclub has gone from strength to strength and has a hugely popular Goodreads forum.

I haven’t had a chance to watch this month’s book club, but the ladies are discussing Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the alt book is Pleasure Unbound. I’ve read both of these, so I’ll be interested to hear their thoughts.

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Have you been watching…The Guild

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The Guild is the very first web series I watched regularly. It has a lot to answer for, hey? 😉 The Guild follows the adventures of Codex, an introverted violinist who deals with her social awkwardness by spending most of her time deep in a multi-player online game (much like World of Warcraft). guild5~logoWe are quickly introduced to her ‘guild’ The Knights of Good, other online gamers who form a brotherhood of sorts as they traverse the game world. At the beginning of the series, they only know each other through the game, but that changes when they meet up in real life. Shenanigans ensue.

The Guild is a fantastic comedic web series, introducing stellar characters who I easily recognise my own geeky self in. It’s also notable because it launched the online juggernaut that is Felicia Day. I first noticed Felicia’s work as an actor on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, that little TV show I love with a passion. She had a small recurring part in the final season, playing a potential slayer. Then, when she wrote her own show about a girl gamer and her adventures in the real world, she couldn’t find a studio who was interested. Deciding to produce it herself, she teamed up with her co-producer Kim Ivey and The Guild was born. Six series later, The Guild is an online phenomenan and Felicia Day now has a small You Tube empire on the channel she created, Geek and Sundry.

Anyhoo, back to The Guild. It’s evolved so much over the six series, fleshing out the characters and forming a surprisingly touching and funny ha ha journey for each. I think my favourite is season three, with the introduction of the Axis of Anarchy and Wil Wheaton as Codex’s opposite and nemesis, Fawkes. Hijinks ensue.

It looks like The Guild is all over red rover, but it was ever so much fun. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

 
 

Have you been watching…Husbands

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Husbands tells the tale of two young men who wake up legally married after a drunken Vegas night. Husbands web series Jane Espenson Brad BellAfter causing a media storm, athlete Brady and tabloid darling Cheeks decide to stay together…after all, they have been dating for six weeks. What could go wrong?

Created by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, Husbands is a web series sitcom which is both uproaringly funny and suprisingly heartfelt. Brady and Cheeks are still learning about each other, and what was considered cute and bearable when they were dating now grates and drives the other insane. In recent times, sitcoms are blurring the line between drama and comedy, able to switch from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. Husbands ably demonstrates this.

The second season leans a little more to the dramatic side, becoming a bit satirical in the best of ways. Brady’s agent (played by Joss Whedon!) fears a backlash against the out and proud Brady in his choice of husband, the flamboyant Cheeks. Cheeks is asked to toned down his ‘gayness’, which is offensive on so many levels. Asking anyone to change their personality is just wrong, and to be asked to do it so someone else’s public persona is doubly wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or a penguin – this leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Having said that, Cheeks’s attempts to be ‘straight’ are hilarious. And when Brady decides it was wrong to ever have asked Cheeks to change his personality and decides to ‘gay’ it up, even more hilarity ensues.

I love Jane Espenson, she of Buffy and Battlestar Galactica fame, and will watch anything she writes. I hadn’t heard of Brad Bell before this, but he is mighty impressive, pulling writing and acting duties on Husbands (he plays Cheeks). Winning awards all over the place, I highly recommend this series and can’t wait until the third season airs.
 

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Have you been watching…H+

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H+: The Digital Series is an online web series wholly contained on YouTube. H+: The Digital SeriesProduced by Bryan Singer, who directed one of my very favourite films, H+ takes you into a future where an implantable device, known as H+, connects the human nervous system to the internet. That’s right, peeps, the computer is in your head (or base of the neck, as the case may be). 33% of the population have this device implanted, but then one day, something goes bad – very, very bad – and people with the device collapse…and die.

Spanning most of the globe (but not Australia, damn it!), H+ takes you to India, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Chile, USA, Republic of Congo, Japan, Germany and many, many other places, with people from all walks of life represented. This makes the threat truly global, affecting everyone and not just those in Places That Shall Remain Nameless. For someone from a country that is not one of Those Nameless, the threat seems more imminent and more likely to affect me personally, adding a certain thrill to the watching.

It’s also just a damn good rolicking time.

There are many different storylines running through the series, following many different characters. The series jumps back and forth through time, from 8 years before the H+ ‘malfunction’ to two years after. My favourite of the storylines is the one following Manta, mainly because it’s the one with the love story ;p Also, Manta is a bad a$$ chick. A brilliant hacker, Manta at first seems to belong to a group determined to hack the H+ technology. She seduces an undercover police officer, Topi, but it soon becomes something more. We then jump to the future, and Manta and Topi are no longer together – but he is desperate to see her, to have her listen. Further into the rabbit hole we go, and Manta is tied to the mystical Simona, who may be the savior of humanity…

It’s all very convoluted and awesome and you just have to experience it to get the full gist!

You can watch the series as it aired, chronologically, follow a character or story arc, or by chapter.
 
 
 

Have you been watching…The Lizzie Bennet Diaries #webseries #prideandprejudice

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, played out on YouTube and various other social media platforms. The The Lizzie Bennet Diariesbrain child of Hank Green of the VlogBrothers and Bernie Su, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries updates Pride and Prejudice in a marvellous and wholly relevant way.

Lizzie is now a grad student, working towards her thesis. At the beginning of the series, she lives at home with her two sisters, Jane and Lydia, as well as her mother and father. Then, the Bennet sisters meet a medical student named Bing Lee at a wedding, as well as his friend, this awkward, stuck-up, prideful dude named William Darcy

This is an impressive adaptation, and one I highly recommend*. Unfolding as if Lizzie really is vlogging regularly about the minutia of her life, this story has taken on a life of its own, one encompassing YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Of course, the story as Jane Austen originally penned can’t be reproduced in its entirety. There are clever updates to the tale, such as Mary becoming a cousin and close friend of Lydia’s after a rocky start, and Kitty becoming, quite literally, Lydia’s kitty. All the characters have been fleshed out and given depths only hinted at in the book. Lydia especially has benefited from this, becoming an exuberant but lonely young woman who is misunderstood by her big sister, Lizzie.

We’re at the pointy end of the stick in regards to the timeline, with Wickham revealing his dickish nature. It’s truly horrifying how the writers have updated his callousness and self-interest, and so completely in keeping with the technology-soaked times we live in.

I’m on tenterhooks to discover how they’ll resolve the tale. As we all know the ending, the joy isn’t in what will happen, but how. What will happen to Lydia, now that Wickham’s true nature has been revealed? How will this affect her sisters, and Lizzie’s burgeoning relationship with Darcy? Will GiGi Darcy help Lydia deal with Wickham, seeing as she went through a similar experience? What will bring Jane and Bing back together? HOW WILL LIZZIE AND DARCY FINALLY GET TOGETHER???
 
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* I’ve recently discovered historical romance author, Kate Noble, is a writer on the show, which is just the sauce that is awesome.