Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Television: Being Human (UK)

This television show is brilliant. Saying that once I explain the plot line you'll probably think its a joke. 

A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost live together. 

You thought it was the start of a joke didn't you? It is very far from that, though there is a great deal of humour in the show thanks to great writing. Here's a good example: 

George: Why hasn't anyone gone shopping?
Annie: Well I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been struggling with the whole "ghost" thing the last few days.

The show is actually a drama, following the lives of these three cursed individuals as they try to fit into society. In essence they try to be human, which is a lot harder than it sounds. They fight their own demons literally, mentally and emotionally about their situation and the lives they have led thus far. 

Our three leads are Mitchell, a vampire who is a reformed blood drinker (think alcoholic in AA), George, a nervous and geeky individual who hasn't accepted being a werewolf and fights morally whether he should be allowed to lead a normal life, and Annie, a ghost who is trapped in this world still in love with her fiancĂ© and unable to figure out the mystery behind her own death. 
What makes this show such a success is in its relationships. With a supernatural premise it is easy to lose the audience quickly. Just like other successful supernatural shows like Buffy where the relationships are the focal point and the supernatural elements are used as metaphors, Being Human understands how to make a fantasy show strongly cemented in reality for the viewer. This show centers on different perceptions of right and wrong, accepting your past to live in the present, making life choices that are sometimes influenced by peer pressure, making mistakes, and above all friendship and camaraderie. 

Being Human has garnered rave reviews and is entering its fourth season. I definitely recommend this as a show to watch. If you are unable to see the UK version, Syfy has recently released an american version. I hear some of the plot and storyline are the same. I haven't seen all of it so I can't justify whether its any good. 

If you would like to purchase any of the seasons click HERE. Make sure when purchasing that you buy Region 1, otherwise you won't be able to watch it on your dvd/blu-ray player in the US. If you want to learn more click HERE

Monday, November 28, 2011

Food and Drink: Lite POM

I absolutely love the POM brand. Their products contain 100% pomegranate juice without any added sugars or preservatives. Pomegranates are great because they are loaded with antioxidants. Your body naturally produces antioxidants but in many cases it does not produce enough to help you in fighting nasty free radicals. These free radicals can cause damage that may been linked to disease. So what's not to love about pomegranates?

The original POM drinks are a bit too strong for my taste buds so I am overly thankful that they came out with the Lite POM line, plus it has 50% fewer calories than the regular POM line. It comes in four flavors; Pomegranate, Dragonfruit, Black Currant, and Blackberry. 
Currently my favorite flavor is Blackberry. I drink these drinks every single day and highly recommend them because they taste great and will help you stay healthy. 

If you want more information on the POM Brand or where to purchase them, click HERE

Monday, November 21, 2011

Books: The Night Circus

The Night Circus was such a lovely book to read. I am not terribly fond of circuses, at least not the type of circuses we have today, so I was very hesitant to read a book set within a circus. 
The circus in this novel is unlike any that you could ever imagine. It is entirely black and white, with black and white striped tents, black hot chocolate being sold at the black and white concession stand and performers dressed lavishly in the monochrome colors. 
The story takes place over many years and follows two magicians that have been chosen for a duel. They are not told where or when the duel is, the rules of the duel, or how a victor is decided. All they know is that they must use magic, which they have both been taught since childhood from their extremely vigilant mentors. 

The two magicians, Celia and Marco soon fall in love which only makes the competition more complex as it involves not just them but everyone else who works at and attends the circus. 

I really loved this book. It follows a few different story lines that eventually mesh together for a very well connected ending. I highly recommend the Night Circus for some enjoyable reading. It has garnered rave reviews from USA Today, Newsday, L.A. Times, and Huffington Post. Summit Entertainment, famous for the Twilight Series, has also bought the rights to make The Night Circus a reality on film. 

To purchase The Night Circus click HERE
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