5 Things to Watch on Amazon Instant Video!

A couple months ago I talked about 5 Things I Love about Amazon Instant Video, and I’ve done a couple lists about things to watch on Netflix (here and here) so I felt like doing the same for Amazon! I always find myself struggling to narrow these posts down so there might be another one soon. My Amazon watchlist is packed. But here’s 5 things you might want to check out on Amazon…

1. The Interestings / The Last Tycoon 
It’s Amazon Pilot season! I think? They seem to have these every couple months. This is where they put out a few pilots, (two dramas and four kids shows currently) you watch them and fill out a little questionnaire if you’re so inclined about what you liked/ loathed/ want to see more of. Interestingly, both dramas this time around are based on books!
The Interestings is based on the book by Meg Wolitzer and is a multi-decade look at a group of friends. And The Last Tycoon is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald book and has Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammar. It’s almost enough for me to pass by the grossness of F. Scott Fitzgerald as a person.

2. UnREAL
I’m a little all or nothing when it comes to reality TV. I love Jersey Shore, I hate Geordie Shore. I love the Great British Bake Off, I hate Cupcake Wars. UnREAL is different in that it’s a fictional show based behind the scenes of one of those dating competition shows. It’s fascinating. All the manipulation of candidates, all the drama, all the background things we don’t see, and great flawed characters that you just love to hate!

3. The Walking Dead (and Fear The Walking Dead)
Didn’t think I’d miss a chance to plug the show I love, did you? Season 1 to 5 of The Walking Dead is on Amazon Instant Video and that is quite a marathon. Unfortunately, watching it back-to-back makes the continuity issues blindingly obvious (the walkers using rocks and turning doorknobs, anyone?) but you’ll never be bored. And when you watch, you can always tweet me about it because I never miss a chance to talk zombies.
Fear The Walking Dead is a pretty nice prequel too, featuring a vaguely familiar face for you Harry Potter fans.

4. Crossing Lines
It’s rare that I get truly sad over an overlooked show. Fringe, Falling Skies, Death in Paradise, they all deserve more attention but none compare to the silence that seems to surround Crossing Lines. The official twitter only has 5500+ followers and hasn’t tweeted since 2013. Am I missing something?
It’s basically a cop show. Except, it’s set all over Europe in a cross-borders investigation team. Paris, Prague, London, Luxembourg, it’s all covered. It actually really interests me that this team doesn’t actually exist in the real world because it’s so easy to get around Europe with a European passport. This is obviously wonderful but if you committed crimes in several different countries, nobody is specifically looking out for those patterns.
If anything, watch for my favourite actor/ shameless crush Tom Wlaschiha, also in Game of Thrones and always handsome.

5. Empire
Here’s the thing about TV, it’s really white. I could probably count the POC in the last four shows I mentioned on my fingers. But Empire is about an African American family who run a music company, it has an almost entirely POC cast and an incredibly important LGBT+ storyline. It’s refreshing. And even underneath all that, it’s a really good watch. If you watch one thing on this list, it should be this and yes, this takes priority over The Walking Dead. I’ve been bopping along to the soundtrack while I wrote this post and I’m not even a music person.
Also, Taraji Henson is on it and she is a queen.

What have you been watching lately?
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5 (More) Things to Watch on UK Netflix!

Netflix is my favourite thing. I love having such a variety of things to watch on my phone after years of re-watching the same few shows over and over that I bought on iTunes. Alas, Netflix has finally worked out a way to crack down on people using VPNs to get onto other countries libraries. Which sucks. But the UK has some great shows and I thought I would share 5 more things, as most of my original 5 are gone, to watch on UK Netflix if you’re stuck.

5 (More) Things to Watch on UK Netflix written on the netflix home screen!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This is by far, my favourite show on Netflix right now. I’ve watched each episode at least 5 or 6 times. It might even take over from US Office as my favourite comedy show. I love that so many things that are a given in TV shows, are turned on it’s head. The loveable white guy main character actually respects women. The two Latina females aren’t clichés and are both wonderfully rounded out characters. The captain, an openly gay black man who doesn’t shy away from talking about the prejudices he’s faced. And on top of all that? It’s hilarious.

Z Nation
6 months of The Walking Dead hiatus looms ahead but never fear because Z Nation is now on UK Netflix. It’s hard not to compare but Z Nation is a great show all by itself. There’s a pain-in-the-butt guy named Murphy who was given the last vaccine for the Zombie virus, and a intrepid group have to get him from the North East of America to California. It’s intense, it’s scary, it’s funny, and it’s more reminiscent of my favourite book; World War Z by Max Brooks than the movie ever was.

Glitter Force
I’m not an anime person. I appreciate that a lot of people are and I understand the appeal but it’s just not my thing. Which is why it’s all the more surprising that I love Glitter Force. An anime about a group of girls who are kind of superheroes that I’ve been watching with my best friend. It’s all very pink and sparkly and it makes me laugh at how ridiculous it is. “Puppies and Kittens! The Power of Love!” I love it.

Scream
Am I talking about the movie or the show? Kind of both. If you haven’t watched the original Scream movie then you should do that immediately. But the show is a great modern homage to the original trilogy. They didn’t get the rights to Ghost Face so they have this mask that reminds me of House of Wax- my least favourite movie of all time, by the way. Horrifying. If you’re looking for a scare and mythical creatures like zombies or ghosts don’t do it for you. This is the way to go. Humans are the worst. Scariest show I’ve ever watched.

Charmed
I watched Charmed as a kid but it was an episode here and there rather than a back-to-back series. As an adult I really enjoy the late 90’s/ early 00’s nostalgia and girl power. The storytelling isn’t half bad either, I might actually prefer it to Buffy! I’ve made it up to the end of Season 4 after a marathon watch last week and it’s a nice show to just have on your list and pop in and out of whenever you feel like something witch-y.

What are you watching on Netflix?
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5 Things I Love about Amazon Instant Video!

Now I’ve talked about how much I love Netflix and some recommendations I have before but Amazon Instant Video has always been the lame little brother in my eyes. Until I tried the free 30-day trial and downloaded the app on my phone, then I changed my tune. Here’s 5 reasons why…

5 Things I Love about Amazon Instant Video on a background of the Amazon website

1. It has big name shows
The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, X-Files, Constantine, Arrow, Outlander, The 100, Parks and Recreation, Sleepy Hollow, Revolution, Under The Dome, Vikings, Lucifer, Black Sails, Crossing Lines. Amazon has some very well known shows that UK Netflix just lacks. Current shows as well, with some updating every week with new episodes.

2. It’s cheaper than Netflix
Did you know this? I didn’t know this. At £5.99 a month for Instant Video to Netflix’s £6.99 a month, Amazon is the cheaper option. In fact, an Amazon Prime account at £79 a year still works out cheaper at around £6.58 a month with the free shipping and Amazon Music and all that other stuff. I think that’s enough maths, basically- cheaper. I don’t have Prime but my mum does and I figured out how to share it here! Pretty neat.

3. They tell you when shows are leaving
Friday Night Dinner, Educating Essex, The IT Crowd and The Inbetweeners were taken off on the 27th March. How do I know this? Not by suddenly finding them gone or searching the internet. It’s clear on both the app and the site.

4. The app is better
My one wish for the Netflix app is a skip forward 10 seconds button to go with the skip backwards 10 seconds button. Basically so I can skip through credits and ‘previously on’. If I’ve been watching a show for hours, I know what happened last episode. But alas, it doesn’t. And the Amazon one does, along with intuitive pausing (press the middle of the screen) and sliding to skip (left for forward, right for back).

5. Amazon Originals
Netflix has better original shows but the Amazon ones aren’t half bad! I just marathoned Alpha House, a comedy show about four Republican congressmen, and The Man in the High Castle looks really good. I’ll probably watch it after I read the book. They don’t have a lot of originals, but I think over the next few years they will really pick up their game.

Do you have Prime Instant Video? You can get a 30-day Free Trial here!
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5 Things I Love about The Walking Dead!

It’s time I gave my favourite show some love on my blog, don’t’cha think? The Walking Dead is one of the few shows that I watch week-to-week, and there’s so much to it that I couldn’t possibly have imagined when I watched the first six episodes of season one. I just had to share 5 Things I love about The Walking Dead…

The Walking Dead comic books, novels, TV show, action figures and video game.

1. The Show
Fun fact: I loathed The Walking Dead when I first watched it. I watched the first season on my phone while I was visiting family and it was way too spooky to be watching in a creaky bed in a dark unfamiliar house. But when season 2 came out I gave it another chance, now I love it- continuity issues and all.

2. The Video Games
There are a few different video games; xbox, phone, but the one I play is the PC version where your choices completely change the story. I’ve played games like that before where no matter what you choose, it doesn’t seem to make a difference but The Walking Dead game really changes. I’ve played it a couple times with drastically different results (but always more than a few tears).

3. The Comic Books
The comics are the original source for it all, and they’re pretty great. I really need to get around to re-reading them soon because the show is catching up to issues I haven’t read. You don’t have to read the comics to watch the show, or play the video games, or visa versa, but they were part of my introduction into comic books and I love them. Except #100, never forgive #100.

4. The Novels
When I wasn’t reading much, I still read The Walking Dead novels that were out at the time. They’re nice little additions to the worlds you know. I’m fairly certain they’re part of the comic!verse but who knows at this point. They’re good stories, you get extra Governor if you like the character and prose really adds something that TV and comic books can’t.

5. I met my best friends through it!
Over five years ago I joined a Walking Dead chat room I found on Tumblr one boring Autumn evening. Now three people I met in that chat room are some of the most important people in my life. They’re there for me when I’m sad, when I’m happy, they’ve taught me so much and I adore them. All because of some zombies.

Do you watch/read/play The Walking Dead?
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5 Things I Love about Netflix!

I’ve talked about Netflix before on my blog here so it probably comes as no surprise that I really love the website. Subscribing was one of the best things I did as far as entertainment so today I’m going to share my top 5 things I love about Netflix!

1. Watching old shows for nostalgia.
Charmed, Pokêmon, Buffy, there’s a bunch of shows on Netflix that I used to watch when I was a kid but the thing is that I never regularly watched them enough to get the overarching storyline- so now I can! I think you get a lot more out of shows when you watch them in order.

2. The app.
I watch a lot of TV when I’m doing menial tasks. If I’m tidying or cleaning, I like having something I can glance at every now and again and listen to so I don’t get super bored. If I’m editing pictures for the blog or something else that requires the entire screen of my laptop, then my phone is right next to me keeping me entertained.

3. Original series.
Has anyone not watched Orange is the New Black at this point? If not, you’re missing out. It has one of the best diverse female-led cast I’ve ever seen. House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, BoJack Horseman, season 4 of Arrested Development and The Killing. And of course, they show no signs of slowing down. Personally I’m really excited to see what they do with the Marvel Universe when it comes to Daredevil and AKA Jessica Jones.

4. The price and quality.
Yes, you can find pretty much any show online for free. But the quality is straight up awful. £5.99 a month is, for me, worth not having to find decent links and figure out who that blur is. I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched TV on my actual TV either so when I have my own place I’d rather just have Netflix.

5. Movie nights.
Having friends in different countries is really hard and sometimes you just wish you could hang out together and watch a movie. Well, it’s not like Netflix is a free teleportation device but with Skype it makes a passable version. You can’t share popcorn but you can share laughs, tears, and jump scares!

Do you love Netflix like I do?
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Pop in a Box: November 2014!

Today I’m going to be talking about a nerdy subscription box that I stumbled upon this month. And that is Pop in a Box where for £11.47 a month you get a Funko Pop! sent to you from a selection that you have up voted. So it’s not a usual subscription service where you might get something you don’t want, it’s always going to be something you like.

So I popped (heheh) over to their website and gave the thumbs up to a few pops! Mainly The Walking Dead and Firefly and soon enough this little box was delivered to my door.

Inside was Maggie from season 2 of The Walking Dead and she’s super cute! And it came with popping candy much like the Pop Rocks in this Lootcrate!
I like Funko Pops but I just don’t think this is the subscription I’ll be going for monthly. I’ll probably use it if there’s a pop I really want as it is slightly cheaper though and if you’re a collector I really recommend it, the collection tracker is really neat and sometimes people get double pops and exclusives! Fancy it? You can sign up here!

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5 Things to Watch on UK Netflix!

I love Netflix. I’ve had it for quite a few months now and can honestly say it’s been a really great way of spending £6.99 a month and this is coming from someone who hates spending money :’) UK Netflix is often given a bit of a bad name for having less choice compared to US Netflix but if you’re stuck for things to watch this weekend, I have 5 recommendations! 



LEGO: Marvel Superheroes: Maximum Overload
So I’ve just got into Marvel after watching Guardians of the Galaxy twice over the past couple of weeks and apart from watching Captain America (hello Bucky *swoons*) and Wolverine in the past I never paid much attention. I was a DC fan. I changed my mind. So when I saw this 20 minute one-shot, I watched it and loved it! Spiderman angsting is one of my favourite things ever and there’s a good amount of Loki too.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
I’m a huge Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fan and these new Hobbit movies are no exception. If you haven’t seen them, your opportunity is right there. Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Aiden Turner, and the whole cast are amazing. I actually really like them for background noise too while I’m doing other things.

Orphan Black
If you missed Orphan Black when it was on BBC, now is your chance to catch up with an original Sci-Fi show that is female led and has Tatiana Maslany, one of the most talented actresses in the business as the main character(s). Clones everybody! Clones! It’s hard to describe but trust me, you will not regret giving this show a chance.

Friday Night Dinner
This show is hi-larious. Dealing with a mum, dad and two grown-up boys who meet for dinner once a week with a strange neighbour, kooky grandma and horrible grandma who pop by once in a while. It’s very real with only a few cuts in time and sticking to only 1-2 settings. If you need a laugh then this is for you.

Call The Midwife
I’m really enjoying this show at the moment. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, you are taken back to 1950’s East End London, and into the lives of the midwives who have to deal with the pregnant, labouring and new mothers of the district. Unfortunately they only have two of the three series on Netflix so far but fingers crossed for Season 3 soon!

And of course, shows I’ve recommended before in previous blog posts are on Netflix too! Firefly! Reaper! Pokémon!

Have any UK Netflix recommendations? Throw them at me! 
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(Late) Fiction Friday: Getting your Fiction Fix while Sick!

These past few weeks I haven’t been very well with a combination of tonsillitis and sinusitis, hence the lack of blog posts which I apologise for. And for this being two days late, I’ve pretty much been sleeping and eating and feeling like death so it took me a while to take the pictures! In my opinion, the worst thing about being poorly is being bored and poorly. But- what do you do when you can’t read because your eyes feel like they’re about to pop out of your skull?

Here are my ways of getting your fiction fix even when you’re not feeling great!

#1: Audiobooks.
Thank the lord for Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry. The past couple weeks I’ve listened to all of Goblet of Fire and have started back on Chamber of Secrets. However, I don’t count these towards what I’ve read in the month because sometimes I fall asleep listening to it and miss out big chunks. I am reading the first book at the moment with a friend who has never read Harry Potter but that’s a whole different blog post!

#2: Podcasts, specifically Welcome to Night Vale.
I’m a big fan of Welcome to Night Vale, I think it’s a really original podcast that’s really interesting to listen to with it’s short 30 minute episodes and unexplainable story. I’d say give it a chance, listen to the first one and I’m sure you’ll be hooked. A must if you see mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

#3: Nostalgia on Netflix in the form of Pokémon.
Occasionally my eyeballs would stop hurting enough for me to curl up with my phone and watch some TV. The Netflix app kept me company and I started watching Pokémon: Indigo League from the beginning! If you remember from my 30 before 30 list, completing the Pokémon game is top of the list so I feel like I’m getting some valuable research in too :’)

#4: Fraiser.
Frasier has been my ‘poorly show’ for years now, starting way back when I had a portable DVD player instead of a laptop and found the season 1 DVDs on a day off school. In fact I mentioned the DVDs in my Christmas Wishlist, the christmas specials in my Best Christmas Specials post and the DVDs again in my What I got for Christmas post! I have a love for radio, even though I don’t listen to it much myself, and this show about a radio host psychiatrist is just what the doctor ordered while you rest.

How do you get your Fiction Fix when you don’t feel well?
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Fiction Friday: My Favourite Cancelled TV Shows!

TV cancellation season has been and gone like a hurricane. With the news that Community will not be reaching #sixseasonsandamovie and Revolution being cut short at two seasons, I am not pleased. Cancelled TV shows are often some of the best in my opinion, mainly because they don’t run long enough to be ruined *cough*How I Met Your Mother*cough*.



So in no particular order!

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Endgame.
A one-season wonder. This show is a crime solving kind of show, the only problem being that the main character, a Russian chess player can’t leave the hotel he stays at. Like most of the shows on this list- it was different, it was great, it stepped away from procedural cop shows and would be the one show I’d bring back if I won the lottery because it would be so cheap (in terms of TV show production) and yet so fulfilling. Showcase cancelled it, Hulu picked it up then decided not to continue, why do they do this? Why? This is technically only streaming on Hulu but you can find it floating about the internet.

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Firefly.
You didn’t think a list like this wasn’t going to mention Firefly, did you?
Fox killed this show, airing 11 of the 14 episodes out of order. They wanted it dead and it did end up cancelled. But not before people got so hooked it ended up getting a movie, Serenity, to tie up some of the loose ends and a comic book. I think that’s the sign of a good show, that 11 out of order episodes can get a bigger following then hundreds of in order ones. Browncoats forever!

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Pushing Daisies.
The jokes. The macabre. The colours. The clothes. The narration. Everything about this show is so beautifully original. We only got two seasons but they’re my go-to show when I need a pick me up. This was an ABC cancellation and despite rumours of a comic book, a kickstarter and a broadway show- nothing has come out of it. The creator Bryan Fuller is now doing Hannibal, and certain Pushing Daisies actors do pop up from time to time but nothing could fill the daisy shaped hole in my heart.

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Ringer. 
Buffy’s back! For one season anyway. When unlucky circumstances make her the sole witness to a murder, newly sober Bridget adopts the identity of her estranged twin sister, Siobhan … who turns out to have serious problems of her own. This got 22 episodes before being unceremoniously axed. Why CW, why? After it’s cancellation it was petitioned, was nominated for several awards, and was one of CW’s most watched shows. I’m still hoping for a comeback.

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Reaper.
Imagine Supernatural, with comedy and less obtuse actors. Bam! Reaper! This was even put out by the same network and has a main character called Sam. He wakes up on his 21st birthday and finds that his parents sold his soul to the devil and now he has to reap escaped souls from hell or the devil (the amazing Ray Wise with one heck of a spray tan) is going to- well it won’t be fun. Plus he has a crush on a girl he works with and two adorable best friends trying to ‘help’ him. Unfortunately, despite some seriously cool plans for Season 3, CW cancelled this one too but not before two really fun seasons.

If you’re looking for shows to watch that are short and sweet to get through but you can watch over and over and over and over again without getting bored- these are for you!

Have any of your shows been cancelled? What is your favourite cancelled TV show?
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What is a ‘Guilty Pleasure’?

Today is going to be a bit of a ramble/rant/whatnot about the recent discussions on shame for reading YA, if you have no idea what I’m talking about then I point you to this article where Ruth Graham wants adults who read YA fiction to be embarrassed. It reminded me a lot of when Alan Moore was unpleasant about adults reading superhero comic books in this interview. Should people be reading specifically for their age and not younger? Do we need to section bookstores into age categories or stop adults going into see PG films at the movies?

In short- no. People reading YA books that aren’t young adults aren’t hurting anyone. Adults reading comic books aren’t hurting anyone. If you’re not hurting anyone or yourself then it’s really nobodies business to judge you. Going back to the title, I realised as I thought about this post more and more, that I get asked now and then what my ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show is, or book, or movie. And I think that is where the problem lies. People being made to feel guilty about getting pleasure from watching or reading whatever they want because people judge them. And that seems pointless.

Have I ever felt embarrassed about things I enjoy? Yes. Am I anymore? Not so much.

I like Snooki. I like books about werewolves called Kitty. I like comic books. I like shows about cosplayers. I like writing stories about TV show characters. My favourite movie is You’ve Got Mail, not Citizen Kane. I have no idea who just brought out a new album but I know all the words to this song in Romanian.
Nobody is going to stop me liking what I like or make me feel embarrassed by what I choose to spend my time on. And I would never want for people to feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about things they enjoy to me.

Phew! That turned into a bit of a rant. 
What do you think of ‘guilty pleasures’? What are your un-guilty pleasures?
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