Currently Binge Watching: The Originals

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After waiting until season one ended I finally started watching The Originals last night and I’m already on episode six. I guess you could say I’m hooked.

From what may be the hottest cast I’ve ever seen to all the drama between witches and vamps this show is fantastic. As a spin off from my other beloved show, The Vampire Diaries, the producers and writers do a great job of using similar themes but with a much different plot line. The Originals is all about family: what makes a family and how a family should/does work.

Obviously the focus in the show is on the three remaining original vampires, Klaus, Rebakah, and Elijah. After the Originals left New Orleans a 100 years ago, running from the father, Klaus was lured back to New Orleans by witches who captured his one night stand, Hayley, who is pregnant with Klaus’ hybrid-werewolf baby. First, to clarify, a hybrid is a vampire-werewolf. Klaus is the original hybrid who was first a werewolf but was later turned into a vampire along with his siblings. Honestly at first I was a bit put off by this storyline. It reminded me too much of how Bella was somehow able to get pregnant by Edward in the Twilight series. It just seemed improbable.

But then when you really think about it you kind of realize that the whole concept of the show is improbable so there’s really no reason to try to find fault in the idea that a hybrid vampire could have a kid with a werewolf because none of these creatures exist in the real world to begin with.

Once I got over that I started watching the show and became obsessed instantly. In the Originals absence Klaus’ protege, Marcel, has taken over the city with his army of vamps. He has a secret weapon that keeps the witches in check and has removed all the werewolves from the town. The witches obviously don’t appreciate being controlled but because Marcel kills anyone that uses magic they needed a little help to get what they want. Enter the Originals.

I either love or hate every character on the show which is fantastic. Each character has so much depth to them and so much back story it’s hard to choose a side. I’m not sure if I want the witches to succeed or not. I do know that no one better mess with Haley and the baby because I’ll be upset. I absolutely love Hayley. I love her sass and she’s so strong willed.

I also love her ongoing flirtation with Elijah and I’m excited to see where that relationship goes. I want it to go very far but I have a feeling Klaus might not like that idea very much. Besides those two there’s a lot of love triangles and squares being formed on the show. So far Marcel has some kind of relationship with at least three ladies on the show. Basically, there’s a lot of hook ups and a lot of drama amongst the real drama of killing vamps and witches and even some werewolves? Maybe.

It’s become very hard for me to do anything but watch this show so I’m going to get back to that. If you liked TVD you’re definitely going to enjoy The Originals, maybe even more than TVD. Also, although it would be beneficial to have watched TVD before you jump into the spin off I think you’d be okay if you don’t. You’ll have to catch up on some stuff but The Originals is a whole different ball game than TVD. I love it.

How Long It’ll Take Me to Catch Up: Two days. Maybe a little more than that because I’m supposed to be packing but that’s what multitasking is for. *shrugs*

Do I Need to Start From the Beginning: Absolutely, yes. There’s no way you can keep track of everything that’s going on in this show if you just jump in from the middle. You gotta start right from the beginning and watch all the drama unfold in chronological order.

Stars: 5 out of 5. Like I said, I’m obsessed. Definitely a must watch. Plus, look at this cast.

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You could probably watch the show on mute and still enjoy. Just saying. Literally the finest cast I’ve ever seen.

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Source for photos: Just Jared

Book Review: Blue Bloods

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I’m not sure how I feel about Melissa De La Cruz. She has this uncanny ability to write books that make you want to keep reading but for me this feeling mostly comes from curiosity, not interest.

I thought this book was okay. There’s a lot of mystery in it that left me wondering what would happening next. However, I also found many of the characters to be irritating.

This book is the first in another series about vampires, which already deterred me a little bit. Of course, Cruz puts her own spin on the vampire idea. In her series, vampires live forever through their blue blood that carries on their many lives. Basically, they are reincarnated over and over again. They still drink blood but the sun doesn’t kill them it only makes some of them itchy if they’re allergic.

The main character, Schulyer, is an outcast at her prestigious high school. Even so she has a hidden beauty and when a senior and one of the most popular guys in school, Jack, notices her and one of her fellow students is found dead things start to change for Schulyer who later finds out she’s a vampire and so are many of her classmates.

Of course, there’s something special about Schulyer, who’s curiosity about who she is and the death of her classmate leads her to a search for the truth about who could be killing vampires who are supposed to be immortal.

Like I said, I kept reading because I was curious. I wanted to know what Schulyer was and who’s killing these kid vamps. Overall, however, I didn’t find the novel to be that great. It didn’t draw me in and I wasn’t obsessively reading it late in the night to find out what happens next.

Even so, I will most likely still read the next one because I want to know what happens next. Who knows, maybe I’ll like the next one better.

Stars: 2 out of 5

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is definitely a book I wouldn’t re-read. Unless you need a refresher on what happens when you finally get around to reading the next one. But in that case you could probably just read the summary on Wikipedia.