dijous, 28 de novembre de 2013

En ocasiones veo series (I)

¡Ah, llevaba años esperando el momento adecuado para utilizar esta célebre cita cinematográfica! Con esto estreno sección, en la que os pegaré rollos sobre las series que sigo actualmente. (Aunque no actualice el blog muy a menudo, hago cosas con mi vida, que conste).


How I Met Your Mother - Temporada 9, capítulos 1 a 11

Por fin llegamos a la última temporada de la sit-com Como conocí a vuestra madre. La llevo más o menos al día y, la verdad, me parece muy irregular: algunos capítulos tienen la frescura de las primeras temporadas, otros se pasan de sentimentales (aunque peores eran los de la octava temporada) y, en general, da la sensación de que la trama avanza muy lentamente. A ver cómo sigue pero lo cierto es que la miro más porque es la última temporada que porque realmente valga la pena. De momento, los capítulos que más me han gustado han sido el séptimo (No Questions Asked) y el onceavo (Bedtime Stories).




The Big Bang Theory - Temporada 7, capítulos 1 a 9


Esta la empecé a ver un poco de rebote: vi las dos primeras temporadas de golpe hace un par de años, luego hice un parón, he visto capítulos sueltos en la tele y la retomé más o menos regularmente al final de la quinta. Lo bueno de esta serie es que es tan episódica que es muy fácil seguir el hilo argumental, así que saltarme dos temporadas no fue ninguna tragedia. Esta séptima temporada me está gustando en el sentido de que todos los capítulos hasta ahora han conseguido arrancarme más de una carcajada, que es la idea de la serie. 


Pretty Little Liars - Temporada 4, capítulos 1 a 13


La verdad es que la empecé hace tiempo y, aunque los libros me gustaron, la serie me está cansando mucho y la miro sólo porque quiero saber quién coj***s es A. Pero en serio, qué forma de dar vueltas a las cosas y de marear al espectador con pistas falsas, con personajes que aparecen y desaparecen para volver a aparecer mil años más tarde y obligarte a buscar en la Wikipedia o en blogs de series quién es toda esta gente. Aunque ya hayan revelado a dos personas que son/han sido A, sigo pensando que no es quien dicen que es en esta temporada. Y la que os está mareando ahora soy yo con esta sintaxis tan poco coherente.


Masters of Sex - Temporada 1, capítulos 1 a 3

A principios de temporada, en varios blogs sobre series hablaban de Masters of Sex como una propuesta que no se debería pasar por alto, así que la he empezado esta semana. Trata de un prestigioso ginecólogo, William Masters, que quiere hacer un estudio serio sobre el comportamiento del cerebro durante las relaciones sexuales. Pero intentar algo así a finales de los años cincuenta era prácticamente un suicidio social y académico, así que cuando la universidad deja de financiarlo, se lleva el estudio a un prostíbulo. Para ello contará con la ayuda de su secretaria, Virginia Johnson, y de la carismática prostituta Betty.

Masters of Sex se basa en la historia real de Masters y Johnson, cuyos estudios en la década de los sesenta se han convertido en textos de referencia en el campo de la psicología y de la sexología (según he leído en la Wikipedia). La serie, a parte de las dificultades para arrancar el proyecto de una forma seria y con finanzación de la universidad, trata sobre todo de las relaciones entre las personas implicadas: la tensión sexual no resuelta entre Masters y Johnson, los intentos de Masters y su mujer de tener un hijo a pesar de un problema de infertilidad, la incapacidad del joven doctor Ethan Haas de entender que Virginia no quiera establecer una relación de pareja con él a pesar de haber tenido sexo (qué tío más hostiable, en serio), los problemas de Betty y las otras prostitutas... 

Aunque de momento me ha picado la curiosidad, a pesar de que en los primeros segundos ya te dicen que van a tener éxito (y la realidad, también). Igual es, precisamente, la parte más centrada en las emociones de los protagonistas, la que me mantiene enganchada a la pantalla. O quizá sea el hecho de que se habla de sexo desde un punto de vista muy femenino (algunos hombres harían bien en tomar apuntes de lo que dicen las señoritas de esta serie y todos seríamos mucho más felices si folláramos más y jodiéramos menos). 

Sin embargo, hay algo que no me acaba de convencer del todo. Puede que me equivoque, pero da la sensación de que la historia real no da tanto de sí como para hacer una temporada entera. Ya veremos como evoluciona, pero espero que no empiecen a meter drama de relleno, como si fuera un shojo cualquiera, sólo para poder estirar el chicle.


¿Miráis alguna de estas series? ¿Qué os parecen? Acepto recomendaciones.

dimarts, 26 de novembre de 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - #7 Books I can't believe I've never read

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There are a series of movies that one is supposed to have seen at some point in one's life, and the same with books. Here is my "unforgivable" list of books I can't believe I haven't read yet.  

#1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R.Tolkien. I have it and I tried reading it but I've never been able to go further than page 120. Shame on me, I know.

#2 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll. And the funny thing is I haven't even seen the Disney film, so I can't even use that as an excuse.

#3 Diary of a young girl - Anne Frank. Seriously, it's a high-school classic but I don't really feel interested in reading it.

#4 The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka. Again, it's usually in every list of "books you should read at least once in your life" but it kind of intimidates me.

#5 The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov. It's been lying on my shelves for a whole year since I watched a dramatic adaptation of it, but I still haven't started it.

#6 Illiad - Homer. I've read the Aeneid and the Odyssey and that's the one that I've never read. Although it looks like the least interesting of the three - at least, I'm not that interested in the Trojan War.

#7 The Wizard of Oz - Frank L. Baum. Another one that's been on my shelves forever and that I particularly wanted to read after watching the 1939 movie with Judy Garland because I have the feeling the movie stays too much in the superficial level of the "fairytale".

#8 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. I'm a girl, I took a subject on general English literature, I'm going to have a couple more subjects on British literature, I keep making references to Mr. Darcy, and I've never read Jane Austen? No, I had enough with Wuthering Heights! Although I've watched the film adaptation with Keira Knightley and I've been tempted to watch the TV-movie with Colin Firth.

#9 Arabian Nights. It's another very intimidating book and I want the Catalan translation by Dolors Cinca, which is only published in three very heavy and quite expensive hard-cover volumes.

#10 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess. After watching the movie in a bus during a school trip, I honestly felt in no way inclined to read it. But then we translated a bit of the first chapter at university my curiosity grew. I still haven't read it yet, though.


divendres, 22 de novembre de 2013

IMH #3

It's been a while since I did one of these. Actually, since 2011. I've bought quite a few books and I even won a contest and the prize was... 50 books! I got an e-book as a Christmas present and I stopped buying so many material books (as in the traditional definition of book), but I downloaded a couple of books, some of which I already reviewed. So, because I kind of lost track of every single book I bought, I'll do what I can but I'll mainly stick to my most recent purchases and only fiction. 

E-books

  • 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Awoken - Serra Elinsen
  • Cinder - Marissa Meyer
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
  • Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor
  • Eighty Days Trilogy - Vina Jackson
  • Goddess of the Sea - P.C. Cast
  • Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door -  Stephanie Perkins
  • Naked - Raine Miller
  • Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal from the Lux Saga - Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Edelstein Trilogie - Kerstin Gier
  • The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Duff - Kody Keplinger
  • Decameron - Boccaccio
  • Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri

Paper books

  • Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • Notre-Dame de Paris - Victor Hugo
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
  • Il servitore di due Padroni - Carlo Goldoni
  • American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
  • The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  • La vieja sirena - José Luis Sampedro
  • Die dunkle Seite der Liebe - Rafik Schami
  • Pandora im Kongo - Albert Sánchez Piñol
  • Gefährliche Liebe - Haruki Murakami

Manga
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (German edition, 1 volume containing the whole series)
  • Sailor V (German edition, 2 volumes)

 Yeah, I need to stop...

dimarts, 12 de novembre de 2013

Trip down memory lane

Dear twenty year-old me,

you're about to begin a period of your life during which you're going to do plenty of stupid things and make decisions that you'll have mixed feelings about when you are 25. Your life will change, yes, a lot. Within the next five years you're going to evolve at levels that right now you can't even imagine. You'll realize that all you dreamed of is possible although the way here will be rough. 

You will fall and you will get hurt, and you will do both quite a lot, but you will always stand up again and keep walking forward. Some days you will feel like giving up, some days certain wounds will itch more than they should - and you must learn not to scratch them. I know it's easier said than done and at 25 you'll still struggle with letting certain things -and people- go.

Dear twenty year-old me, be braver than I was at your age. Don't be afraid of change because in change is your future. Don't regret decisions that now sound stupid or selfish. Live, love, enjoy. What you're looking for will come.

Yours,

Present-day me

dissabte, 2 de novembre de 2013

Express reviews (4)

Here are some express pending reviews of the last books I've read.

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

I'm not posting a synopsis of this one because it would be a huge spoiler. The last part of The Hunger Games's trilogy is a very intense book, politically speaking, although the first part might feel boring because it lacks a lot of action. The ending is perfect, in my opinion: it couldn't have ended otherwise. I'm not quite pleased with the resolution of the love triangle but it is logical within the universe, so I won't complain about that. Oh, and I cried. A lot. Especially during the third act.


David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

 

Probably one of the world's most famous orphans along with Oliver Twist, David Copperfield discovers that life isn't a path of roses when his mother marries a not-so-nice man and he is sent to a boarding school. He manages to grow up and stay a nice person and, along the way, he meets a series of pintoresque people, both good and bad.

Reading David Copperfield somehow felt like watching one of those soap operas they air on Catalan TV (TV3) after lunch time, showing us the lives of several people and their everyday problems. The translation that came for free with my e-book was not especially good but it's an enjoyable book, although at times I wished for the plot to move forward a little bit faster. But well, that's the pace that 19th century novels had.


Goddess of the Sea - P.C. Cast


Christine, or CC, as she prefers to be called, is in the air force in spite of her fear of flying. At midnight on her birthday she wishes for a change in her life through a pagan ritual that she read about in a book. On a flight across Europe towards a base she has been transfered to, her plane crashes on the sea. When CC is about to die, a sea creature offers to exchange their souls, so CC finds herself inside the body of Undine, a mermaid daughter of the goddess of the earth and the god of the sea (just go with it). In order to be able to recover her earthly life, she is sent to a British island in the 11th century and she finds herself trying to pass off as an amnesiac princess in a monastery full of mysoginistic men while trying to discover what real love is. And things get complicated when she falls in love with merman Dylan.

Uh... Where to begin... First of all, the title is misleading: CC does not become the goddess of the sea, and Gaea, her "mentor", is actually the goddess of the Earth. The whole story with CC passing off as Undine in the monastery feels kind of forced, like the author had three ideas for three different novels and mashed them up in one. The love triangles in this book are weird and I don't understand why our protagonist takes so long to realize who she really loves if she spends the whole second act and a huge part of the third one with him and she is  disgusted by virtually all other men in the novel. It's not a bad story but I was expecting something different.


Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan


Percy Jackson has to go back to Camp Half-blood after a group of cyclopes cause a fire in his school and he is blamed for it. But something is wrong there, someone has poisoned Thalia's tree and the magical borders of the camp are weakening. To make things worse, Percy keeps having dreams about Grover being trapped with a cyclope and Poseidon surprises Percy by showing him that he has a half-brother. The only solution to save the camp is to get the Golden Fleece but in order to do so, Percy will have to journey into the Sea of Monsters.

I didn't quite enjoy this novel as much as the first one, The Lightning Thief, but the author manages one more time to adapt Greek mythology into our modern times and it's always a pleasure to revisit some of your favorite characters and events from Greek mythology in such a novel (this time it's basically the Odyssey). I think the Percy Jackson series are a great way to introduce younger audiences to the ancient myths. I'm looking forward to reading the next three novels.


Eighty Days Blue - Vina Jackson


Summer and Dominik are now a more or less stable couple but they are not sure if it can work in the distance, so Dominik moves to New York and they move in together. But can they actually be a regular couple, especially with Summer's upcoming solo tour?

I know I said I didn't want to read the second part to Eighty Days Yellow because I thought it worked well enough as an individual novel. And I partly wish I hadn't read it because now, after the cliffhanger that we got as an ending and knowing that neither of our protagonists are pleased with their love lives, I need to know what is going to happen to them. The sexual content of this book was milder that in the first one, in my opinion. And you'd be surprised how much I can relate to Summer in this novel, which is something I didn't quite expect.

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