Gossip Girl is my guilty pleasure. It is super soap opera-y, at the end makes zero sense with quite a few decisions, is full of horrible people who only care about themselves, but I still enjoy watching it.
Gossip Girl is about the upper East side in New York. The powerful children of the powerful families, whether old or new money. We follow the lives of Serena Van der Woodson, one of the popular girls at the best prep school, She has been gone for a while, but back and finding it hard to get back into the groove of her old life.
Blair Waldorf is the Queen of the school and has huge goals in mind. She’s happy to have her best gal pal back, until the truth comes out about Nate (her boyfriend) and Serena, and their past indiscretions. She ends up turning to Chuck Bass and sleeping with him, him later being her partner in crime to secure her queendom and take down Serena.
Charles “Chuck” Bass is the son of Charles Bass, part of the new money group. He has grown up alone with a father that would sooner cry marble than ever show his son love. Chuck spends all his time with booze or girls; or being tall, dark, & brooding. He falls for Blair but when she dumps him for Nate again, he goes down a tailspin.
And then we have our wild card, Dan Humphrey. He’s from Brooklyn on scholarship. He has been in love with Serena, but always on the outside looking in. Serena and him start dating and he finds himself brought into the in crowd even though his best friend Vanessa wants him out and Serena’s mom, Lily, wants him away from her daughter.
And Gossip Girl blogs and posts on it all. No one knows her identity but she knows everything about everyone and posts it online.
So in no way, shape, or form are Chuck and Blair ideal couple goals, in fact every one in this show is awful at relationships- they manipulate, cheat, lie, bribe, bet, etc. Every single person in show is completely awful to everyone at one point or another.
But just because everyone on here can be horrible doesn’t mean that they didn’t have some truly romantic moments.
This one comes from the end of season two-which has been a real emotional rollercoaster (like every season). Let me try to summarize…okay, deep breath!
Jon Snow from Games of Thrones
Chuck and Blair love each other, but Chuck is too afraid to say it, so Blair got involved with an English Lord, who turned out to be sleeping with his stepmom (gross!), the same stepmom who was also sleeping with Nate and paying him (Nate has serious issues-he’s always with a woman too old or too young for him).
Serena and Dan get together, break up, Serena dates Aaron Rose (Blair’s stepbrother) who’s best friend is into Dan, Serena gets jealous, breaks up with Aaron, she’s with Dan, and thn they beak up and she is with Gabriel.
Jenny gets an internship with Eleanor Waldorf Designs; does so well at that she quits school to homeschool, gets her designs stolen by Eleanor, quits to start her own line, gets in bad with an angry and drugged up model who trashes her clothes, wanders homeless, and moves back home.
Blair and Serena fight as Yale wants Serena to improve it’s image and Blair has dreamed of it since she was a toddler. They keep trying to one up each other, Blair gets put on the wait list but then refused when she tells everyone a teacher is sleeping with Dan and gets in trouble, (even though the teacher is really sleeping with Dan).
Lily and Bart’s relationship is falling apart as he is controlling, abusive, and awful. She wants to run off with Rufus, a former flame, but then Bart dies and Rufus discovers they had a child together that she gave up for adoption. So now Dan and Serena can’t be together-and Rufus no longer wants to be with Lily.
Gabriel turned out to be a con artist and they just took him down, when they are now focusing on prom.
So in this episode everything has gone wrong for Blair and her date Nate (they got back together even though she and Chuck are in “love”). Their limo rental is canceled, her dress lost, flowers missing, and the reservation for the hotel afterwards has disappeared. Both Blair and Nate think Chuck has something to do with it, but he denies all involvement.
She instead gets a better car, a better dress, goes without the corsage, and Chuck gets them the best room at his hotel-free of charge.
This year at prom they have, for the first time in school history, decided to have a prom king and queen. The other mean girls wants to destroy Blair and have Nelly win, but Chuck is caught messing with the voter’s box and Nate, Serna, and Blair all yell at him. Afterwards, Blair is chosen as Prom Queen.
“Serena van der Woodsen: Oh, I can’t believe Blair won!
Dan Humphrey: Yeah, who even voted for her?
Chuck Bass: Me. About 150 times. I wasn’t putting the Nelly Yuki ballots in, I was taking them out.”
Yes, Chuck admits that he was responsible for everything, he did it all to make her prom exactly like it was in in her prom scrapbook. The car, the dress, the date, new hotel room, being prom queen, everything.
If you watched this show you would know how special that is that Chuck who cared about no one, nothing-not only remembered everything in that prom book to make it happen, but he did all of that for Blair-knowing that she was going to go out with another guy. No expectations, no manipulation to get to her to be with him (as he wasn’t expecting her to ever find out), etc-he finally did an incredibly sweet and decent thing-with minimal manipulation (this is Chuck you could never stop him from doing it) to give her the perfect night.
While I did cover Michael Jackson’s Thriller, it would have been nice to have a full-length teen zombie film.
But now I do with My Boyfriend’s Back:
I stumbled upon this on Amazon Instant Watch, recommended as I had loved Once Bitten. Well…I think Amazon needs to rethink that recommendation. The films had some similarities, both are teen horror-comedies, but this movie is one of the weirdest I have ever seen. And know I get to share that strangeness with you all.
Johnny (Andrew Lowery) is a nerd who has been in love with Missy McCloud (Traci Lind) since first grade. He tried to give her a dream gift and tell how he felt, but choked on the words, and has been doing so ever since.
When Missy and her boyfriend Buck break up, Johnny sees his in, but before he can ask her out, Buck comes back.
Buck’s minion (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) Chuck Bronski is weird guy who has murderous tendencies. He makes sure no one comes around his buddy’s girl and is extremely weird and creepy.
Why is he even allowed in school?
But Johnny won’t give up on his dream and comes up with what he thinks is the best plan ever. He will have his friend pretend to rob the store Missy works at, Johnny will save her, and Missy will fall in love with her.
Why would you do that?
Johnny tries to do his idea, but he ends up being interrupted by a real robber. When the robber is about to shoot Missy, Johnny jumps into the way, saving her, and with his dying words asks Missy to go to prom with him. She agrees.
I got the yes!
But Johnny dies and is buried.
Not really as this is a zombie film.
from Warm Bodies
Yes, Johnny rises from the dead as he has a date with his dream girl and intends to keep it.
The gravedigger tries to warn him that he can’t go back to the and of the living, but Johnny ignores him.
Bad things happen when you don’t listen
He goes home to the shock of his parents, although they quickly get over it as they are pleased to have their son back. He then goes to school and tries to make plans with Missy, but she is in shock. She only agreed to go to prom with Johnny because she felt bad for him, and to be honest, because he was dying.
She didn’t expect him to be a zombie and come back for her. Well Johnny is back and he’s not taking no as an answer. He is more determined than ever to get his prom date.
Buck and Chuck don’t like Johnny as a zombie any more than they did when he was a person. They are continue to bully him
from Back to the Future
And their behavior makes Missy decide to go out with Johnny. In fact she states to really enjoy his company, and become really into him. And I mean into him. As she wants to be with him even though she knows he is DEAD!
Johnny finally has what he always dreamed of getting…that is until Johnny’s ear falls off when he and Missy are making out.
He runs to the doctor, but they can’t do anything to fix him, he’s dead! The doctor promises to try and find a cure, and sends Johnny over to Maggie, the only person who can deal with zombies as her husband was one. She tells him that the only solution to keep him together is to eat human flesh. Something Johnny desperately does not want to do.
At school, he and Missy talk but then Buck and Chuck come into play, and Chuck chases after him trying to kill him WITH AN AXE. I don’t care that Johnny is a zombie, Chuck would probably have done this to Johnny sooner or later if he remained human. Chuck is that insane.
And in some weird twist, Chuck kills himself, and a hungry Johnny eats him.
Johnny is good for a while, but now everyone is after him as he ate Chuck. They come to his house after but are chased out by his mom. Now this is the only thing I liked in this film. His mom.
YES!!!! His mom.
So at first you think Johnny’s mom is just a cliché housewife. She always has food ready, wears her little pearls, and is just perky and cleaning and everything. But she adjusts from having her son be a zombie in no time at all, trying to help him in any way she can. (In fact she is so down with the whole thing she tries to bring him people to eat. That’s crazy!) The best scene is when an angry mob is trying to take her son and this prim little woman in pearls pulls out a shotgun, yes A SHOTGUN, ready to defend her son.
Johnny tries to fix things with Missy, giving her the locket he picked out and saved all those years ago. He wins her heart, but she’s the only non-relative who likes him. Everyone else wants him dead. Well to stay dead.
Grab your torches and sharpen your pitchforks!
The doctor figures out how to help him, but his nurse convinces him not to waste the serum on Johnny, but use Johnny to make a giant batch of serum and sell it for millions.
So we have everyone in town after Johnny, him being captured by the doctor, while the rest of the storms the area looking for him. Missy and his friend find him, rescuing him as Johnny runs back to the graveyard. They end up in a shootout with his parents, and he manages to convince everyone to leave him alone, as all he wants is to be with Missy for prom.
He goes to prom, but then dies again
Johnny is sent to heaven, and then back as his death was a mistake. He goes to the prom with Missy (as saving her life was a good plan) and gets the girl.
Yeah, I did not like this movie.
It was really horrible, it was awful, it was a waste of time.
The jokes were not funny and not on point
There is no explanation for why this was happening to Johnny until the very end.
You got to play me like that?
And most of the plot was borrow from all kinds of films that came before it. Once Bitten, Heaven Can Wait, Teen Wolf, Little Shop of Horrors, Frankenstein, etc. It wasn’t interesting, or avant-garde- just recycled plots.
As I have said before the psychotic and weird redneck Chuck, who no in this universe finds weird or creepy (except Johnny). I mean this guy is not normal! He is a psycho! Why does everyone act like it is okay?
Then there are these weird “dream sequences” the main character has like every five minutes in the film. Okay so it isn’t every five minutes, but it does happen so much that I spent 90% of this film confused as to what was really happening and what was just in Johnny’s mind.
Help me! I’m confused!
And Missy (Traci Lind) is a horrible actress. I can never tell if she is serious, joking, or what Johnny sees in his dreams. A lot of this film I just felt like what is going on?!
Halfway through I just gave up trying to get it.
The only thing worthwhile was Johnny’s mom:
I mean she is the scariest thing in this film. A sweet, adorable, intense woman who goes from talking about the four food groups to kidnapping children.
It wasn’t funny and the acting was horrible. My suggestion? Pass this one by.
And I know I do a banner thing every year for Facebook, part of my countdown to Halloween, but I couldn’t find a picture large enough. So no banner thing for this film.
it is something that every person in public school in the United States encounters in their lifetime.
For me, I enjoyed prom. I tried to spend as little money as possible on everything and did extremely well. I had a beautiful blue gown, cost $2.50 at a thrift store sale, $8 to get it dry cleaned.
My shoes? Beautiful silver heels, extremely comfortable, and free-with the purchase of a bracelet for $8 (Kohl’s cash buy something $8-10, get something $8-10 free).
I like it.
Make-up? Free, my sister did it.
Hair? Only $16 as I knew a hairstylist.
Limo? Free, my friend’s date father owned a limousine rental.
Dinner? Free, my friend had coupon that covered everything.
The most expensive thing? $25 tickets. So a total of $59.50, not bad.
But we don’t want to just hear about my experience. Oh no, this is a book review post:
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Yes, if we go through prom, why not the Austen characters? (Or at least Pride & Prejudice Austen characters.)
In Eulberg’s book Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Caroline, Mr. Darcy, Charlotte, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Bingley all get an opportunity to go to prom.
This book came out when I was a young adult and I just happened on to it accidentally, started reading and LOVED it! In fact I think it is one of the best modern adaptions.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet is a scholarship student at the elite prep school, Longbourn. She was recruited for her musical talent, as she is an accomplished piano player.
Sadly, piano playing is the only nice thing about being there at the school. Everyone treats her horribly as they want her to “know her place.” They dump drinks on her, call her names, give her the wrong room when she asks for directions, etc.
She does have two friends in the school, one is a fellow scholarship student, Charlotte, and the other is the incredibly nice Jane.
So Lizzie has just returned from Hoboken, New Jersey to the school from winter break. While she is thinking about the spring concert and her studies; every other girl at Longbourn and every boy at Pemberley (school for boys) have only one thing on the brain: prom.
To not have a date would be the biggest faux pas; so all are prepping and conniving to have the best date.
While Jane is excited for prom, she is also thrilled that Charles Bingley will be returning from England where he spent the previous semester. Before he left the two had been heading toward something, and spent the whole summer emailing and writing; so Jane is eager to see if they will become more.
At the welcome back dance Lizzie is pleased to meet Charles as he is extremely nice and appears to be perfect for her friend Jane. Unfortunately, his twin sister Caroline is a real jerk.
Charles also brought his best friend Will Darcy, who is attractive and seems like a good guy, that is until he finds out Elizabeth is a scholarship student and just takes off, major diss.
What a jerk
Later she overhears him saying how he spent a year in London to try and get away from those kinds of people.
Elizabeth tries to leave, but is stopped by Colin Williams (Mr. Collins) the only other person nice to her and the most boring person she has ever met.
Oh, Mr. Collins:
While her way at school is paid, she still needs money to fund everything else and works at the local coffee shop as a barista. She runs into Darcy there, but the fate is sealed. She is not going to like him for anything.
Charles invites Jane and Lizzie to come with him, Caroline, and Darcy as they are headed to Vermont to ski. Lizzie agrees to support Jane although she has no clue about skiing. She decides to just wait inside playing the steinway (piano), doing homework, and sipping hot tea.
The next day everyone heads out to the slopes while Lizzie decides to head to the bookstore to pick up a book for school. Darcy offers her a ride, but Lizzie doesn’t want help. She finally agrees and the two talk on the drive. Darcy doesn’t get why she is being so snobby and down about school, while Lizzie lets everything out about how people are treating her.
That night things go a bit sour as Charles is taking Jane out and Lizzie is to be stuck at the house with her two favorite people, Caroline and Darcy.
Darcy isn’t so bad, but Elizabeth Lizzie has to be there while Caroline tries to impress him. She starts with commenting on his email writing, then doing yoga moves, etc. The conversation moves to involve only Lizzie and Darcy, but Caroline doesn’t like that.
They all return to school, and in Lizzie’s case work, and things are back to normal. However, Lizzie meets George “Wick” Wickham who is handsome, charming, and hates Longbourn and Pemberley as much as she does. Wick tells her that Darcy and he became very good friends, but when Darcy’s father was paying too close attention to him Darcy got jealous and had him kicked out.
Charles is having a party and invites all kinds of people. Jane and Lizzie are going of course, and because Jane is going, her sister Lydia squeezes her way in. Jane’s father recently lost his job and that has downgraded her status at the school. It doesn’t help that Lydia is all kids of crazy and embarrassing and can’t stop about prom or boys.
If only she followed this advice.
Wick was supposed to come to the party but changed his mind, leaving Lizzie sad and upset as she wanted to spend the time with him. However, Darcy pays quite a bit attention to her and even asks her to dance.
The night ends even worse with nonstop attention from Colin, Lydia doing a bad dance/rockette/cheerleader routine, and her coat getting stolen. Could things get worse?
The next day things get even worse, as Colin asks her to prom and doesn’t want to take no for an answer. He then insults her and says that she will have no one else ask her poverty-stricken patootie (I added that).
When Elizabeth gets home, she is surprised with a new coat. Life seem to be brightening up, but then the dark cloud comes back as Charles just breaks off contact with Jane as “things came up.”
Two weeks pass and no Charles. He just drops off the face of the earth and poor Jane is heartbroken.
To add to that, it turns out that Wick didn’t consider he and Lizzie a couple, but has been dating a wealthy Longbourn girl who’s family has great connections. What a jerk!
But strangely enough, who should come every day to the coffee shop? Mr Darcy. And not only does he see her every day bit he leaves a big tip.
One day as she was walking, she runs into him and his cousin Fitzpatrick, and discovers that he broke up his friend’s relationship as the girl wasn’t right. Lizzie hooks on that it must be Jane and Charles. She is furious!
She tells Darcy her hours and hopes that he will avoid her. It is the opposite as Darcy seens to come more than ever.
And out of nowhere he drops the bomb:
And he asks her to prom. Elizabeth Lizzie’s reaction?
She is furious with him for Jane, Charles, Wick, Longbourn, everything!
She goes to write an email to her New Jersey friends, but finds one from Darcy instead! His letter contains the following:
He’s had scholarship kids in the past try and get things from him-money, connections, social status, etc.-so now he avoids them. He’s sorry to have been so rude to Elizabeth, but that has became his instant reaction.
He wasn’t the one who really pushed Jane and Charles apart, although he didn’t try and have them be together either.
The guy and girl he was talking about? It was Colin who wanted to ask Lizzie out again and Darcy thought it was a bad idea.
He had Wick kicked out of school because of two reasons:
He got Darcy’s young sister, Georgiana drunk to try to get her to have sex with him.
He broke into their house and stole a bunch of things.
Elizabeth realizes that she thought Darcy was the prejudiced and prideful one, but it turns out that she was as well. Because he was rich she thought the worse of him, and because he hurt her pride she was willing to believe anything horrible that was said of him.
They both are.
Things get weirder as it turns out that Wick and Lydia are “together”.
I guess his rich girlfriend didn’t work out.
Lizzie sees this and is horrified as she now knows that Wick is a sexual predator, looking for young, freshmen girls. She goes to Jane and lets everything out. She is just as shocked when she hears it all.
They keep a tight leash on Lydia and argue whether or not to reveal what happened to Darcy’s sister to keep Lydia away from Wickham. They decide to wait as it isn’t their story to tell.
They are both pleasantly surprised when Charles comes with a bouquet and begs Jane’s forgiveness. And as she is so sweet and adorable, she forgives him.
Midterms end and Lizzie heads home for break, but she gets an even better surprise. Her piano teacher, Mrs. Gardiner, gives her two tickets to see her favorite pianist, Claudia Reynolds.
When Lizzie and her mother go to the concert they are thrilled with the amazing music, and Elizabeth is floored when she discovers that Claudia Reynolds is Darcy’s mother.
She meets Darcy in his own setting and sees all pretense gone. She also meets his adorable sister and sees how cute their little family is.
The have a great time and even make plans for Darcy and Georgiana to visit her in New Jersey. Their fun trip is cut short when Lydia goes missing with Wick and Lizzie and Darcy set out to find her.
Darcy goes through everywhere that Wick would want to stay at and finds the two utterly wasted in a trashed hotel room. He uses his father’s money and influence to remove Wick and settle the bill.
The rest of the break is uneventful and quiet, with no calls from Darcy. It seems that now that she wants him, nothing is heard from him. Don’t you just hate that? When they return to school Charles has a big dinner party for their friends, but Darcy doesn’t sit with Elizabeth Lizzie or talk to her, no matter how hard she tries to get his attention.
Soon Lizzie’s recital comes up and she rocks (figuratively). Afterwards Darcy asks her out, telling her he was waiting as he didn’t want to break her concentration.
However, they will not be going to prom but be going out to enjoy their night together.
I loved this book.
Even though they didn’t follow the book exactly I thought Eulberg was able to capture the life of the characters and bring across what Jane wanted.
The only thing I din’t like was Darcy didn’t take her to prom. Come on, you guys could have just dressed casual or not spent a lot of money. I mean seriously.
But there is something that really surprised me. I spotted this in the acknowledgements:
“I’d especially like to thank Stephanie Meyer for being so enthusiastic for my writer life and having that conversation about Pride and Prejudice that led me to the idea for this book.
Stephanie Meyer?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Stephanie Meyer who wrote Twilight?
I can’t believe I have to thank her for something good!
Well that aside, it is a fantastic book and I recommend it for any Austen fan.
So I mentioned a while back that I was a fan of this show (at least the first season. I don’t like the changes they made later on. I’m J² all the way, the J train is what it is all about.)
So brief recap on Awkward. The show is about nerd-girl Jenna Hamilton, who hopes this year will be different. Jenna has had a huge crush on her longtime neighbor Matty McKibbon (I don’t see the appeal).
She is surprised when at summer camp he wants to have sex with her. She thinks that maybe this could work out, that they could be a couple; but afterwards Matty ignores her.
She gets home and gets this horrible letter stating everything wrong with her. She is reading it in the bathroom when she accidentally slips and falls. The big problem, her blow dryer fell in the tub, she spilled all her razors and aspirins, etc.
Everyone thinks she was trying to commit suicide, even though she keeps telling them she wasn’t. Now she has to go to counseling sessions all the time.
Not only that, but she constantly picked on by the most popular girl in school, Sadie, who is jealous of how pretty Jenna is. To further the drama of the year she has Matty who only uses her for sex:
Never wanting to be publicly be seen with her, never acknowledges her, and puts her down in front of everyone.
Then you have Jake. The two start of as friends, then Jake realizes he has feelings for her.
He breaks up with his girlfriend and tries to date her, never pressuring her for anything, not caring who knows he likes her, etc.
So Jenna finds herself trying to figure out what path to take next.
Most Romantic Moment: We Don’t Need to Have Sex, We Can Wait
So the moment I have chosen comes in the final episode in the season. Jenna has yelled at Matty for being a total tool.
Jake asked her and she agreed to go; them bringing along her friend Tamara and Ming. They go to prom and have a great time The two being silly, Jake holding her hand in public, and the two kissing.
Now the most romantic moment comes after prom. Jenna and Jake have gone back to Jenna’s house and she invites him in. Jake agrees, but let’s Jenna know that nothing has to happen. They can wait.
Not only is it incredibly sweet that Jake is willing to wait, making their relationship much more than just sex, but the fact that Jake is willing to wait; proving to Jenna that he isn’t another Matty or just going to “use and lose her”. And to top it off, she finally has a real relationship with a guy who isn’t afraid to be seen with her, who likes everything about her, and cares about her feelings.
What an incredibly sweet guy. J-Train all the way!
As we are halfway through, it’s time for five random facts about me. Ready? Here we go.
1) I’m a Brown Belt-Black Stripe in Martial Arts
I started training when I was 12 and quickly moved up, becoming a brown/black belt when I was 17. I probably could have been even farther, but didn’t test for two years as I wasn’t confident enough. So yeah, I’m only 5’3, but I could kick your butt.
I hate birds. I hate them and they hate me. Every time I come upon them, they fly at me in their cages trying to attack me. They gather in trees and watch me. They fly after me in huge packs. Ew, they are evil and trying to kill me. This is probably one of the reasons why I love The Birds, as it fully unleashes how I view the evil winged rats.
3) I was Prom Queen in High School
I tried to run for student government many, but never won. Then when I something I care zip about, Prom Queen, and all the other girls running treated it like it was a matter of life and death, I won. I think it was mostly because I only had two classes to take so I was a teacher’s assistant for six classes and knew lots of students of various ages.
4) Film Quotes is My Second Language
My conversation is just peppered with it. I’ll be talking about something with friends, and pop! Here they come.
Too bad I couldn’t get high school and college credits for it.
5) In Football I was Known as “The Beast”
I didn’t play football for my school’s team, I only just played with my guy friends. I was nicknamed the beast because I wasn’t afraid to knock people down. I had bad aim, and couldn’t always judge the right spot for catching, but I was great at defense. People were afraid to see me coming, but also afraid to knock me down as they didn’t want to hurt a girl. Perfect win for me.