The 12th Doctor!

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Photo released by the BBC

My exclamation point there isn’t genuine.  I am not excited about the 12th Doctor.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not upset that Matt Smith is leaving and I am not upset that Peter Capaldi has been cast as the new Doctor.  I’m a little surprised with the choice just because he was on Torchwood and I would think that would mess with the canon of the show.  Not crazy surprised though, just a little.  I’m also a little surprised at his age.  I didn’t expect someone as young as Matt Smith, but I did expect more of a David Tennant age.

So why am I not excited by all this news?  I wish I didn’t know that there was going to be a new Doctor in December.  Imagine:  all the excitement leading up the the 50th anniversary, followed by the excitement that always surrounds the Christmas special and then BAM! the Doctor dies.  THAT would surprise me.  THAT would excite me.  I understand that Matt leaving would be a huge secret to keep, but it would be amazing to have that kind of genuine shock in Doctor Who.

I see it as when I first got hooked to Doctor Who, Supernatural, Smallville (I’m still watching that one so shhhhhh), Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc.  I came to all of those shows late in the game so I was able to watch multiple seasons without seeing the spoiler-y articles, without knowing when a particular actor/actress was quitting or seeing articles saying how much the show was going to suck because [insert actor] was leaving/staying/etc.  I formed my own opinions, I was surprised when Jenna was killed, when Donna saved the world and then was left behind, when Sookie was a faerie (OK that was a crappy surprise), I didn’t know when the 9th Doctor was leaving and even though I knew David Tennant would leave I didn’t know when or how (come on they really drug out his death) and I could keep going.

I also hate the speculation and the lack of feels surrounding the change over.  First there was the initial announcement that Matt was leaving followed by posts of “Great!  He was a horrible Doctor” or “NOOOOO I’m never watching again!  Matt Smith is MY Doctor!”  Then we got used to the idea and we now get to have months of speculation of how great/horrible/bland/amazing Peter is going to be.

I would love the continual excitement that I experienced when catching up on the shows I joined mid-stream.  I had surprises in every episode and just wish that shows stepped back and instead of leaking a bunch of stuff to create hype (Sons of Anarchy I’m looking at you) they would be mysterious.  Let me come up with huge theories that are completely wrong.  That’s half the fun!

Just think.  We could have been enjoying our Christmas Day excited for the Doctor Who special, snuggled down after a day of high calorie food and present opening to have our emotions rocked by the death of The Doctor and our mind whirling at the thought of a new (impostor) Doctor trying to worm his way into our hearts (NEVER! OK well at least not for a few months).  Think of the feels that we are giving up.  Come on BBC I’m disappointed in you.  I expected you to be able to ruin my Christmas Day completely, not this half-assed attempt at emotional destruction.

True Blood, The Vampire Diaries or Twilight?

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OK so I read the Twilight series a few years ago and the 13 year old in me really liked them.  I read them all in about a week and then watched all the movies (at the matinee with all the other women that were really too old to be obsessed with this tween romance).  I liked the books, tolerated the movies, but knew deep down that this was a silly series.  Just the fact that Bella felt the need to dwell on the fact that she was so mature and kept trying to be turned before she became “old” was a constant reminder that this series was meant for high schoolers.

So when I saw previews for shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “True Blood” I had no desire to add to my repertoire of cheesy vampire stories. However, about a year ago I made a deal with a friend that I would watch “The Vampire Diaries” if she gave “Doctor Who” a chance.  The result? I watched all of TVD in record time and she watched about a half of a season of DW before giving up (you’re missing out Kaila).

Then two weeks ago I was convinced by another friend that obsesses over “Game of Thrones” with me to try “True Blood.” Yeah. . .I watched the second episode of Season 6 last night.

My thoughts on all these series?

Seriously, is there a formula for vampire stories that I’m unaware of?  Insert one human that smells amazing, is beautiful, and slightly mentally or emotionally handicapped (come on Elena (Nina Dobrev) makes some seriously stupid decisions and Bella falls apart without a man), add one nice vampire, and one vampire that is bad on the surface, but good at heart, then a dash of werewolf to increase the amount of bare skin and sexual tension.  TA DA!

Obviously something keeps me watching.  Maybe it’s the lovely way Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) says Sookie (which makes up for the horrible name in the first place).  Or maybe it’s loveliness of the vampires themselves (OK the “Twilight” vampires aren’t as pretty as TVD or TB vampires, but all of them got something going on).  It is most definitely Alcide Herveaux.  I mean come on Joe Manganiello can do pretty much anything and as long as he’s shirtless I’m cool with it.  And Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) has carried “True Blood” in the episodes that consisted of some plot line that drug out too long (I can even over look all the witch crap just because it just meant more Lafayette).  Both Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R, McQueen) are great supporting brothers.  Jason is delightfully brave and stupid and Jeremy is strong and level headed when it’s most needed.

The Vampire Diaries has had an amazing group of supporting characters with Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Jenna (Sara Canning),  and so many more people have added a lot depth and spice to what could have been a fluff show. Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) snarkiness has definitely kept me coming back for more even though that meant I had to watch Bonnie (Kat Graham) or Elena running around messing up everything that Damon and Stefan (Paul Wesley) were trying to accomplish.  At least Sookie (Anna Paquin) seems to actually be able to handle herself and although she is a pretty big idiot a lot of times she’s not the whiny weak person that Elena is. There have been many times I wished that Caroline (Candice Accola) was the heroine in TVD instead of Elena. She can adapt and for the most part isn’t an idiot (at least not after she become a vampire). Twilight did have Alice and Jacob to help it out.  Some of the best chapters in the Twilight series were written from Jacob’s perspective.  He was so much more down to earth than Bella and thankfully had some sense. Bella though. . .well lets not talk about her too much, we might make her cry, blush or jump off a cliff.

So if you are 13 read/watch “Twilight”, revel in the teenage angst, ignore the poor writing, and know it’s OK (I won’t talk much more smack here since I have read them more than once—OK more than twice).  If you are looking for a more adult version of a vampire love story by all means check out “The Vampire Diaries.”  Wade through the first season (it really takes some effort early on), try to figure out how high school children get their hands on so much alcohol, also how they are actually passing high school considering the number of days they skip.  The character development is good (except for Bonnie) and even though Elena gets on my last nerve, Nina Dobrev is amazing as Katherine Pierce (it amazes me how I can love Katherine and hate Elena).  The show isn’t afraid to kill off popular characters which I think always helps keep a show new and fresh.

Now we come to True Blood.  I do think they mixed it up with the premise a little in that vampires are out in the open and are trying to “mainstream” within society.  I see this show as a pretty good show, but since it’s on HBO they throw in a soft-core porn scene anytime the plot slows down or every 20 minutes, whichever comes first.  They do a great job developing characters and plot development is pretty good (although I’m not super crazy with where things are going now with Bill or Sam), but it is not for people who don’t like crazy amounts of sex and violence.

I’m a little ashamed that I know so much about all of these series, but no so ashamed that I didn’t pay money to meet Ian Somerhaulder and get this embarrassing photo made at DragonCon last year:

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Haha I think I was one of the only women that day that didn’t feel him up (all I could think about was how much it must suck to get rubbed on my hundreds of crazy fans all day). The result though was this creepy photo.  Totally worth it.  No go off and enjoy some teenage angst or hot sexy vampire love and try to wipe the image of that photo away.

But first take my poll!