Doctor Who Rewatch-Season One

So I am currently doing a rewatch of all seasons of Doctor Who. I’ve watched most of the episodes over and over again but I haven’t sat down to rewatch them, order in order, visit web since I first watched them. I’m attempting to watch all of them before Gallifrey One, the LA Doctor Who convention next month. After each season, I’ll do a little do-dad of my favorite episode and all that fun stuff.

Enjoy!

Doctor Who Series 1-2005

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The Doctor: 

The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston

Companion(s): 

Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper. Mickey Smith, played by Noel Clarke. Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman

Favorite Episode and Why: 

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

I was already pretty hooked into Doctor Who by the time I got to this episode BUT I think this is the episode that really made me go,”Okay, there is no way I’m going to stop watching this show.” For one thing, scary little kids are SUPER creepy but I get a kick out of them. They’re something that is supposed to be sweet, innocent, playful and they’re turned into this completely menacing and creepy thing. Its fantastic. I also love the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness because John Barrowman is a babe, and he has so much comedic timing in that episode alone. I love him. I also love the ending of this two parter. I can’t help but get completely choked up with Nancy and Jamie’s reunion and I love watching The Doctor dance with Rose.

Least Favorite Episode and Why: 

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Its not that I don’t like this episode. For the most part, I like all Doctor Who episodes. But this one is just sort of a letdown to me. Maybe because I know the two big episodes are coming up next, with 9’s regeneration and all that, and I’m ready to move on to the excitement? I’m not sure. But I found myself mostly tuning this one out. I also was never a huge fan of the Slitheen story lines, though I do absolutely adore Harriet Jones (who I just discovered is also Mrs Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice LOL). I think its because they’re so big and bulbous and yucky. I’m not a fan. I do love The Doctor in this episode though, kind of going through his own internal battles. I would say maybe its my least favorite because there is less action going on and its not one of my particular favorites of the inner struggle episodes.

Favorite Quotes: 

The Doctor: “Fantastic!”

The Doctor: “I give you, in return, air from my lungs.”

The Doctor: “Go to your room! Go to your room! I mean it. I’m very, very angry with you. I’m very, very cross! Go! To! Your! Room!  I’m really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.”

The Doctor: “Everybody lives, Rose! Just this once, everybody lives!”

The Doctor: “Rose… before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”

Jack Harkness: “Ladies, your viewing figures just went up.”

Rose Tyler: “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no.” You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away…”

Jack Harkness: “Who looks at a screwdriver and says “Oooh, this could be a little more sonic!”?”

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What are you favorite and least favorite episodes of Doctor Who, Series 1? What are you favorite moments, your favorite quotes, who is your favorite character? Share in the comments!

The Tuesday Top Ten: Doctor Who Episodes

In honor of the fact that I just attended my very first Gallifrey One, seek the Los Angeles Doctor Who convention, recipe this past weekend, I decided to make a Doctor Who themed Tuesday Ten this week.

I swear, a blog post telling you alllll about my seriously awesome times at the con will be coming very soon. I’m hoping tomorrow but let’s not get too optimistic, shall we? I do have some exams this week.

Moving on though, because of Gallifrey One, I’m on a Doctor Who high right now.

Can I just say that it was really hard to narrow this down? And now I really want to go back and start watching some of the old school Doctor Who episodes, especially that of the 7th Doctor, because Sylvester McCoy was the funniest little British man alive. Hilarious.

Anyway, here are my top ten favorite Doctor Who episodes. Enjoy!

10. Vincent and the Doctor by Richard Curtis

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If you didn’t shed a tear while watching this episode, you are a heartless person. I ADORE this episode. One, I really like the period episodes. I like the ones where the Doctor goes back and time and meets someone famous like Charles Dickens or Shakespeare or Winston Churchill or Van Gogh. I love the history episodes. They are so much fun. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, though don’t hate me for being so cliche. (Renoir is my favorite, if you care haha). I think it was really cool to see Van Gogh as a person, a real person, and a person fighting a monster with the Doctor. You see some of his most celebrated paintings, almost as a casual thing, instead of behind some glass at a museum. Even though its fiction, it makes these people feel so real. And everyone had to have shed a tear when the Doctor and Amy show Vincent how much he means to the world nowadays and he just sobs. Its beautiful. Damn you, Richard Curtis. It’s not even fair…

9. Fires of Pompeii by James Moran and Russell T. Davies

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This is one of the earliest episodes of Donna Noble and its one of my favorites because it convinces you of her worth as a companion long before she’s convinced of it herself. I think Donna spends most of her series thinking how unimportant she is, how insignificant she is, but I never bought into that. I felt she was more important than she knew and it came from this episode. The Doctor is ready to book it out of Pompeii, letting the events unfold as they were meant to, and Donna is so determined to save everyone. She is so determined to make a difference, even if only a little bit. She’s strong in her own determination and she convinces the Doctor to save at least one familiy, and there aren’t a lot of people who can change the Doctor’s mind. Donna is my favorite companion and this episode really brings in the love for her. 

8. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances by Steven Moffat

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Okay this episode is one of my favorites because it is so damn creepy. I don’t like creepy little kids. I could do without them. Poltergeist is one of those movies that freaked the hell out of me because of that stupid creepy little girl. Anyway, I liked this episode because it kind of gave me the heeby jeebies and they kept sort of creeping up on me as more and more people grew these gas masks out of their faces. Let’s also add to this fact that its the first episode that we get to see the super charming, super awesome and extremely sexy Captain Jack Harkness. He is also one of my favorite Who characters and he comes swooping into the episode, dancing with Rose on top of an aerial in the sky next to Ben Ben. And I liked the resolution of this episode, that the little boy just wanted his mummy, that he was tearing apart the world just to find his mummy. So adorable…even after being fantasically creepy.

7. Doomsday by Russell T. Davies 

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Another absolutely heartbreaking moment in the Doctor Who world. Damn you, Russell T. Davies, damn you. We’ve spent the entire second series of the newer Doctor Who, rooting the Doctor and Rose on, just wanting them to be together, forever, traveling in the Tardis and just when you think its possible, that despite all the odds, they’re going to be together forever, they aren’t. They are ripped away from each other, sent to two completely different dimensions, two different worlds and they will never see each other again…as far as anyone knows. They get one last moment, on a bay in Norway, where they get to say their final goodbyes, which are just tear-inducing. Rose worships the Doctor, loves him, her entire existence had been wrapped around him, and now she has to say goodbye forever. And we finally get to see her tell him that she loves him and just seconds before you just KNOW he’s going to say it back…he fades and thats it. I was crying like crazy watching this episode…and then of course, a few minutes later, Donna Noble randomly appears in the Tardis and reminds us that the adventure is never really over.

6. Rose by Russell T. Davies

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I’m going to be completely honest right now: this is not one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time. In fact, sometimes, when I go back and watch this, I find myself giggling a bit. Its just so bizarre and hilarious, this living plastic idea. The mobile mannequins just make me laugh; its so silly. But its one of my personal favorite episodes because its the first ever episode that we get to see of the new series and its the first ever episode I have seen of Doctor Who. Whether it is one of the best or not, it was good enough to keep me watching. It was enough that I continued to watch and finished six seasons in a matter of weeks. Its the episode that introduced me to a fandom that I never, ever want to leave. Its the episode where I first fell in love with the Doctor, where I first fell in love with Rose, and where I saw the Tardis for the first time. It was the first time and you know what they say…”you never forget your first Doctor”. Christopher Eccleston was my first Doctor and I will never ever forget :D

5. The Girl in the Fireplace by Steven Moffat 

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Again with the period pieces. I love the historical pieces and its probably because I am a history nerd. I think this an episode where we really get to see the human aspect of the Doctor. He watches the Madame de Pompadour grow up, her entire life, while it only takes him hours. She holds a very special place in his heart so fast, he wants to take her way in the Tardis, show her the universe and she dies before he can come back and do that. You can see the heartbreak on his face and its very human of him. He does feel, of course, but I think he forces himself to continue to move on, no matter what happens: when he regenerates, when he loses a companion. He is sad but he moves on. I think you can see his humanity in his quick attachment to Madame de Pompadour and his loss of her in this one episode. Plus its just a fun episode, the quick time travel through the portals, the history in the episode, the Doctor bursting through the portal on a horse. I love this episode.

4. The Eleventh Hour by Steven Moffat 

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This is one of my favorite episodes because there was so much lying on this episode. There isn’t just a new companion in this episode; there is a new Doctor, and TWO new companions. Its been awhile since David Tennant and Catherine Tate were in the Tardis, having adventures, as Journey’s End premiered in July of 2008 and Matt Smith’s first episode as the 11th Doctor hit the television in April of 2010. Plus David Tennant was such an amazing Doctor. It was huge shoes to fill..and for me, I moved on right away. I was on a David Tennant high. But this episode really was great, and completely sold me on Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. It was a bit of new, showing the change since David Tennant and Russell T. Davies left, but it also remained that classic Who awesomeness, especially with the montage of all 11 Doctors. And they’re such an attractive trio :P

3. The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End by Russell T. Davies

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The biggest part of why this is one of my favorite episodes is because of everyone that comes together in this episode: The Doctor, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness, Donna Noble, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane Smith…they’re all there and its beautiful. They all work together to save the day, to save the Earth and to bring it home. They all work together to defeat the Daleks. Its all of the favorite people in one place. But its also Rose reuniting with the Doctor and getting her happily ever after, even though its not quite the way anyone expected. Its the awesome moment where you see how many people love the Doctor, how many of them band together to help save the world, to help him. But its also a very sad moment when Donna becomes the most important woman in the universe, saves the day when no one else can and then she has to forget everything. She can’t remember all the amazing adventures she’s had and the amazing thing she’s done. And its one of the last episodes that David Tennant has as the Doctor and it holds a very special place in my heart.

2. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang by Steven Moffat

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I think I have a love affair with Steven Moffat, because his episodes keep appearing…and I love this double episode because of everything that sort of happens in this. I love that all these episodes of this series sort of culminate into one. Some of the seasons just have these standalone episodes and end in a different story and some don’t, like in series two with Bad Wolf or Donna with her importance, her coincidences and all that. I like that the end of series 5 ends with all the events of the season coming together in one important story. Things are happening because of this points of time all over time, and I just love how it all comes together. I love that this is the moment when we see the Doctor with his fez, a very iconic moment in the Who moments, I love that we finally see Amy and Rory married. And it holds one of my favorite moments ever, when Amy is at her wedding and she is remembering the Doctor, and by remembering the Doctor, she brings him back…and as the Tardis is appearing, she says the old wedding saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” and its an absolutely perfect way to describe the Tardis.

1. Blink by Steven Moffat

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Damn you, Steven Moffat, again, but this time not for the heartbreak but for creating one of the scariest monsters of all time. So simple, this angel statues, but still one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in a movie or a tv show. I  think Carey Mulligan is absolutely adorable as Sally Sparrow in this episode; I almost wished she could’ve been a permanent companion in some aspect. I say they bring her back. Its a fun episode, even though the Doctor is only in the episode in the form of easter eggs on DVDs but the story is great and the Angels are super scary and they introduce a fan favorite villian that appears several more times. The Weeping Angels are my favorite bad guy of the series and so this makes this episode my favorite because Steven Moffat does a great, great job of introducing them so that every time that you see them again, you know to be afraid.

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What are some of your favorite Doctor Who episodes? Let me know below!

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Crushes

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

I have some things to say today, pharm on this day of love. One, order tell everyone you love that you love them. You should be doing this every day, not just on Valentine’s Day but you should do it today anyway. And two, if you’re single, honestly, hush up. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about relationship or romantic love. Its about friendship love and family love too. I always make sure to tell my friends that I love them to today and my family as well. My mom always makes me a little thing of cookies and candy and I always get a box of Sweethearts (the good ones, not the gross chalky ones) from my Dad, guaranteed.

I just hate when single people cry on this day. And maybe some people will get all uppity because I’m not single so I don’t know what I’m talking about. You’re talking to a girl who was dumped three times on Valentine’s Day; trust me, I can understand the Valentine’s Day hate. But you have to move on from that, and realize that there IS someone out there and you WILL find them, when the time is right. And, remember, just because maybe you’re not in a relationship, doesn’t mean you aren’t loved. Because you are; there’s always someone out there that loves you.

And besides, if you’re a nerd girl like me, you are bound to have some fictional crushes and whats better than a curling up with a book and falling in love with your favorite fictional character ALLLLLL over again :D

So I’m doing another top ten this week, forgoing the Book of the Week, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Ever since I became a Mortal Instruments fan, I have to stop thinking of the evil guy, Valentine Morgenstern, every time I hear the word “Valentine”. Its so bad haha.

Moving on, my top ten Valentine’s Day crushes are:

Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice  

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This was one of the very few books I actually enjoyed in high school and probably because its a timeless story. Some people don’t get the love of this story and to them I say, DID YOU NOT READ THE SAME BOOK AS ME? I mean, sure, the story takes place in an era that barely exists anymore. I don’t need to make a debut and I don’t need to have my “season”. There aren’t appropriate matches for me and I don’t have to worry about not being rich enough for a man to marry me. But the messages that come across in this novel are still true: that we need to stop judging people right off the bat, that we need to let go of our pride and let go of our prejudices and see whats in front of us. Mr Darcy is one of  my biggest fictional crushes because of how you watch him fall in love with headstrong Elizabeth Bennett and how you watch him struggle with it…and when he finally comes to terms with it, and the lengths that he goes to make her happy, its just beautiful. Sigh. One of the most romantic books of all time.

9. Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries

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Candice Accola is absolutely gorgeous. Its funny; when it comes to guys, I tend to go light hair, light eyes…I like me some white boys I guess haha. But with girls, I like dark hair, dark eyes so I was surprised to find myself with a HUGE crush on Miss Caroline Forbes from Vampire Diaries. She’s soooo gorgeous and she plays a vampire, and instead of sparkling or being so beautifully tormented, she’s NORMAL and SEXY. Its awesome. When she’s turned, she still stays so wonderfully normal and she genuinely cares about all her friends and when she loves, she loves fully. She’s brave and smart and committed to her family and friends and sometimes you even forget that she’s a vampire. She took what was handed to her, even though she didn’t want it, and she lives with it. She’s so much better than the brooding and tortured vampires of most vampire novels and shows and so she’s a breath of fresh air ot me…and a super hot one at that.

8. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus

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Okay, I’m gonna make myself clear here: Percy is only hot at the end of the Olympians series and through the Heroes of Olympus series. Because he can’t be hot as an eleven year old because I would feel creepy as hell. And I know a lot of people were super disappointed in the first Percy Jackson movie. i do not think it was great but I don’t think it was THAT bad, either. And I think Logan Lerman makes a good Percy, a HOT one, even if he’s too old by the book standards. The picture above is awesome. And I want one of those shirts really badly. I think Percy becomes really brave and loyal as the books go along and if though its his fatal flaw, he’ll do anything for his friends, especially his girlfriend, Annabeth, and its so gosh darn cute, its hard to manage haha. That helps to guaranteed him a spot on this list.

7. Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind

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Another one of the most romantic books of all time. Not this stupid Fifty Shades of Grey crap. Gone with the Wind…probably the MOST romantic book of all time. And of course Rhett Butler is the hero of the book. Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy are barely a blip on the radar and Ashley Wilkes…my god, Ashley Wilkes makes me alternately want to throw up and punch him in the face. Rhett Butler is a man’s man, he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of him, not until he finds people to love enough to change. He loves Scarlett and he loves his daughter, Bonnie, enough to become a gentleman to take care of them. He loves Scarlett enough to put with her craziness, which not many men will do in this day and age, let alone during the Civil War/Reconstruction period. Plus he just exudes sexiness.

6. Han Alister from the Seven Realms series

Couldn’t find a picture for Han, nor a fan art that I liked enough to put up here on my blog. I adore Han Alister because of everything that he is and everything that he works so hard to be. He was a criminal for so long, the king of the criminals and he did some seriously terrible things. Then he gives up the crime life, and tries to get some honest work to feed and take care of his mother and little sister. And when they die and he learns of his wizarding heritage, he does everything he can to learn his skill and to please everyone: the tribes who feel like they own him, the wizards who want to control him, Raisa who he loves and can’t have, and on and on and on. He works so hard to do the right thing, and he works so hard to protect the people he cares about, especially Raisa. You have to admire his courage and his guts, his talents and his intelligence.

5. Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series

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I have a thing for the Lightwoods. One of them makes the number one spot on this list (I’m sure you totally know who it is). I also completely adore Alec Lightwood but you know, he’s gay so that doesn’t really work out in my favor haha. But Isabelle Lightwood has to make the list because she’s sexy as hell and she’s a badass. They say that even in the modern times of Shadowhunter that women HAVE to be trained to fight and if they aren’t, they’ll be relegated to jobs that keep them away from the action. Isabelle is trained to be a good Shadowhunter and she is a GREAT one, almost as good as Jace and probably better than her brother, Alec. She’s brave and she protects her family above anything. Her family loyalty to her parents, to her brothers (all three of them), is so admirable. I wish I had the bravery of Isabelle. Then there’s the fact that she fights all these demons in stilettos and sexy outfits doesn’t hurt in the slightest. I’m also really hoping that in City of Heavenly Fire, the last TMI installment, that her and Clary become parabatai. it would be SERIOUSLY awesome.

4. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series

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I have no idea what it is about Sirius Black but he is one of my favorite characters in the entire Harry Potter universe besides Luna Lovegood and Ron Weasley. I love Luna for her uniqueness and I love Ron for his loyalty and his humor. But Sirius, I don’t know, that’s the man I have a crush on. I think its because he’s the bad boy, you know? But in a good way. Like, I’m not sitting here with a crush on Draco Malfoy (although, whew, Tom Felton is HOT). He was the hot bad boy when he was at school at Hogwarts and he’s sort of the same kind of guy when he grows up. He still has that casual arrogance, that cockiness that he used to have that is so sexy but he’s also extremely brave and intelligent and he’s a good father figure for Harry. I know that everyone agrees with that because he was cruel to Kreacher and he could be selfish at times but he was HUMAN. I think we like to put our favorite characters on pedestals but some of my favorite characters are the ones with the biggest flaws. Sirius Black…sexy man.

3. The Doctor from the Doctor Who series

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The Doctor is hot for one big reason: he can do something for women that no other man can do. He can take them anywhere in time and space, whenever, wherever. He can take them on the most amazing of adventures, he can take them to see the most amazing places. If the Doctor showed up on my doorstop, I’d be like, “Let me grab my books and let’s go!” Because, you know, I can’t live without my books! They keep the stories fresh and the characters fresh with new companions and new regenerations of the Doctor, each one of them uniquely awesome and uniquely sexy. I am also on a Doctor Who high because I’m going to Gallifrey One, the Who convention, this weekend and I am SO excited! The Doctor is awesome, smart, sarcastic, funny, god he’s even sexy when he gets angry. And he has a blue box that can go ANYWHERE. And he has a damn British accent! You just don’t get better than that.

Except the maybe the first two on this list…below…haha

2. Han Solo from Star Wars

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I have said it over and over again that this was my first nerd crush. I watched Star Wars when I was really young and I really started getting into it when I was about seven years old. My little brother had broken his leg when he was two (long crazy story haha) and he pretty much couldn’t do anything and the only thing he ever wanted to do is watch Star Wars. So we watched a ton of Star Wars, the original masterpieces that were on VHS. And this is where I met Han Solo. Mark Hamill as Luke was okay but I was already into that rugged, sarcastic man. Do i sense a pattern here? Yes, yes, I do. I like the sarcastic, humorous, bad buy who is really good kind of guy and that fits Han Solo perfectly. He has that bad boyness and the humor but he’s also sweet and he also cares and loves his friends. But he’s not mushy at the same time. And yet I still totally melt into a puddle every time he looks into Princess Leia’s eyes and says “I know”. SIgh. And now there are rumors of a stand alone Han Solo movie? Love it, as long as Harrison Ford doesn’t return. The man was SEXY as Han Solo and Indiana Jones but he’s a bit old to reprise that role…

1. Jace Wayland Morgenstern Herondale Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series

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Surprise, surprise. This guy is going to be my number one for a very, very long time. You may notice that I picked a picture of Jace on the cover of the novel, City of Lost Souls. I love Jamie Campbell Bower and I think that he’ll do a great job as Jace. But because Jace Lightwood is my ultimate fictional crush, I have my own vision of him in my head and that’s exactly how I like him. Jamie will do a great job but he isn’t at all what I pictured. Moving on, Jace fits the pattern of sexy, sarcastic badass bad boys that make my list. I like the sarcastic ones and I like the ones that are fighters, but are mushy enough to be super romantic. Jace Lightwood is a badass Shadowhunter, the best one, in fact, and his fighting skills are unparalleled. But he’s also fiercely loyal to his adopted family, the Lightwoods (Maryse, Robert, Isabelle, Alec and Max) and he becomes so protective of Clary, and he loves her so much. And I can’t lie, he says some of the sweetest things. I can’t wait to read more of them when City of Heavenly Fire hits stands in 2014.

So there’s my list of Valentine’s Day crushes but my biggest Valentine’s Day crush is this guy right here:

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We just celebrated five years of being together on Monday and this will be our sixth Valentine’s Day together. Five years ago, Jon asked me to be his girlfriend on February 11th. He was my best friend and became so much more than that. He had told me he wanted to wait until Valentine’s Day so I could finally have a good V-Day (remember, dumped THREE times…) and that he couldn’t wait. so that’s why our anniversary is the 11th. We had our first Valentine’s Day three days later…where we spent all day together…sort of. Jon got really SUPER sick, like super high fever, upchucking kind of sick. And that’s why I spent our first Valentine’s Day taking care of him. But no matter who you throw my way, no matter how many times I have crushes on fictional characters, at the end of every single day, this is the only boy I need <3

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone :D I hope that it was good and that you remember, no matter what your relationship status, you are loved! You will always have people to love and if you’re reading this, there’s a damn good chance that I love you :) Spread the love. There should always be love in the world, family love, friendship love, romantic love.

And always remember, that these fictional characters we read, they’re awesome and lovable but they are just that: fictional. There are amazing people in this world to love, full of flaws and awesome. No one is perfect and no one is ever going to measure up to your favorite fictional man because he’s not real. They are never going to say the things that you read in the books but that’s okay. Because when you do find the right one, you’ll love them 100%, flaws and all.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite TV Shows

Hello, this all. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine started off on a sour note but turned out to be okay :) I kept myself busy spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and a few books!

But now its that time again, time for the Tuesday Top Ten.

I’ve always told myself that I’m not a big TV watcher, that I’d rather read books. And while that is definitely true; I would rather pick up a novel and read it than turn on the TV and watch, that doesn’t change the fact that there are some seriously awesome TV shows out there. So today’s Tuesday Top Ten is

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

Honorable Mention: Glee

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The reason that Glee gets an honorable mention on this list is this reason: I adored the first two seasons. I own the first two seasons. The first season had a bunch of awesome songs and a fantastic quirkiness to it. Lea Michelle is just plain BRILLIANT in the first season as awkward but talented Rachel Berry. I like season two as well because it retains that quirkiness, and my old celebrity crush, Darren Criss, before fame got to his head and he broke my heart. Now, the show lost its quirkiness, the songs aren’t good (I mean, seriously, they did Rebecca Black’s Friday!) and Darren Criss just isn’t the Starkid that I used to know…Alas, this show just ended way too soon for me. Moving on…

10. Switched at Birth

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Okay, so this show is seriously cheesy as hell and all that. For the most, ABC Family does have its share of cheesy shows. But I really like this one. Bae Kennish, dark haired and dark eyed, convinces her family to undergo genetic testing with her very light haired, light eyed parents and POOF! She learns she doesn’t actually belong to her parents. Instead, she was switched at birth and her birth mother, Regina, took home the Kennish baby, named Daphne Vasquez. Daphne, of course, looks JUST like the Kennish parents and doesn’t fit her Latina name in the slightest. To shake things up a bit, Daphne is deaf, due to illness when she was a toddler. Regina, her mother and Daphne all move into the Kennish’s pool house and drama breaks out as the two families learn to live with each other and live with the mistake that was made. Its juicy and drama filled and completely addicting.

9. Pokemon-Season One

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When I was twelve years old, this was the coolest thing in the world…to every kid out there. Not only was this a exploding hit show but it came paired with a card game AND a video game…not to mention a few movies that hit the actual theater, instead of just straight to DVD…or was it still VHS back then….Anyway, the story falls Ash Ketchum as he journeys away from home (at ten years old!) to become the greatest Pokemon master there ever was! He has to catch them all, all 150 Pokemon and train them the best he can, to fight in battles (which seems a little cruel…) so he can win all the badges he can in the Indigo League. Now, if you’ve played the game, you want to curse the show…how is it possible that Ash has a Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle AND a Charmanader? Ridiculous haha. But it still remains one of my absolute favorite shows, one that I actually own on DVD, and I continue to enjoy watching it, even if it isn’t the best show in the world.

8. The Vampire Diaries

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This is a VERY recent development in my TV love but it already is included in one of my favorites of all time. Its unbelievably cheesy and of course it has my least favorite plot device ever: the love triangle. But its sort of guilty pleasure, you know? Elena Gilbert leaves the ordinary life in her town, before vampires Stefan and Damien reappear after decades of traveling and it doesn’t take long before she falls in love with Stefan. Of course, falling in love with a vampire doesn’t mean things are going to be easy. Combine that with the fact that Elena is special on her own; she is a doppelganger and her blood holds special powers, and you have a TV show just chock full of very attractive people and a ton of drama. I’m not one for vampire stories but this one is seriously addicting, and its much easier to stomach when you consider that Elena is a much better female character than Bella Swan.

7. Madoka Magica

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Another recent addition in the past six months, thanks to my brother and an extremely fun trip to Anime Expo to meet the voice actors of the English dub version. So far, its only the one series, where young Madoka goes to school with her friends Sayaka and Hitomi until she meets the strange creature, Kyubey. Kyubey comes from another world, and he can grant any wish you desire, ANY wish, and the trade is that you become a Magical Girl, a girl capable of defeating the witches of the world. Sounds like fun, right? Sounds like a great trade…you get a great wish and you basically become a super hero in the meantime. But, of course, this isn’t how it ends up. Kyubey is sharing secrets from the Magical Girls, and Madoka begins to learn of them through Sayaka, and other Girls like Kyoko, Homura, and Mami. What looks like a sweet and bubbly anime turns out to be a heart wrenching, action packed, dramatic anime that leaves you floored. I just recently went and saw it on the big screen, in its movie version and it was announced that a second installment, a second season/movie will be coming sometime this year. Excitement!

6. The Walking Dead 

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Okay, I’m sure there aren’t a lot of people out there who actually DON’T watch this show and there’s a reason for it. We’ve all seen the zombie movies; there’s only about a thousand of them in there. And the thing about this show is that it really isn’t that different from the others. The basic premise is still the same. But there are small things here and there that make it different; the fact that everyone has the zombie virus, that Lori gets pregnant, that Shane basically goes insane. Its more than just a zombie show. Its a character study. Sure, the world is overrun by zombies and you need to survive and everything is simply just going to hell. But its the characters that get you in, its the characters that keep you watching because you watch them as they make decisions and screw up, and go insane or stay calm and then go insane. Sometimes the best stories are told in the characters in themselves and The Walking Dead is proof of that, and that is what keeps me watching.

5. Sherlock

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I started to watch Sherlock because I had just finished watching Doctor Who and I was ready to watch a ton of British television. That combined with the fact that Steven Moffat was the writing brains behind it, was enough to get me to watch it. And I LOVED it. It only has two seasons so far, and each season is only three episodes, though they are long episodes. For those of you who have no idea what this is, its an updated, modern version of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. And no, I’m not talking about the completely uncomparable US version, Elementary. Forget that show even exists. Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes is extremely smart, extremely lacking of any kind of tact and extremely obsessed with solving crimes and riddles that others can’t. Paired with his trusty sidekick, John Watson, they solve crimes and have a blast. And get into a TON of trouble, of course. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have a great chemistry together and you completely believe in their partnership and friendship. Its been AGES since season two has premiered and we probably won’t get season three until 2014. Sad. Face.

4. Firefly

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Is there anything that Joss Whedon does that isn’t instant magic? I highly doubt it, and if there is, I don’t want to know about it. Think about it; this TV show aired a decade ago, and people still love, the Browncoats are still out there in large numbers and their numbers are constantly growing. The show never gets old. There’s something about the hodge podge crew of the ship Serenity that can keep you watching. There is someone for everyone on that ship. Captain Mal. Zoe. Wash. Inara. Jayne. River. Kaylee. And on and and on. I think Joss really had something going with this show and that maybe the time wasn’t right for it. Science fiction has always had its fan base but in the last few years, fantasy and science fiction has grown immensely in popularity and it contributes to Firefly’s surge in followers. Its a fantastic show; it has politics and human interest and love and action and drama and humor. So much humor. It is one of my favorite shows because of how quickly you are able to become attached to this rag tag crew and how sad you are when you realize that all you have are those fourteen episodes and a movie.

3. Arrested Development

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I would like to thank my boyfriend for this one. I had never even HEARD of this show when we started watching it together five years ago. I didn’t watch a lot of TV five years ago, mostly because I didn’t realize what was out there amongst all the crap that is on TV. My boyfriend, who was not my boyfriend at the time, and I were hanging out, had nothing to do and so we started watching Arrested Development because it’s his favorite show and he insisted I watch it. It’s about the Bluth family, living in Orange County, California (where I’m from!), going from a rich family to a poor family and the hilarity that ensues. When I first watched it, I didn’t get it. I mean, sure it had its moments where it was funny but I just didn’t get it. But then we started watching it more and thats when it really started to be funny. The hilarity of the show is in the characters and the “inside jokes” if you will. Once you know these characters, the jokes about them become 100 times more funny adn the show is just pure comic brilliance. It is so very sad that this show only lasted three seasons (how is this possible when crap like Jersey Shore lasts for YEARS?) but happily, the show will return to Netflix in a new season this spring. I definitely am counting down the days.

2. Once Upon a Time

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Finally, a show I found on my own, with no help from anyone and that I’ve been watching since the beginning. I remember seeing a commercial for the show and wondering what the hell is this and wow it looks so awesome! It tells the story of Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, though she’s unaware of this. She’s living in our world as a bailbondsperson, until the son she gave up for adoption comes looking for her and brings her back to his hometown, Storybrooke. Storybrooke is the home of all the fairy tale charcters that you’ve grown up with: Snow White, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and on and on. But the bad thing is, they don’t know who they are because the Evil Queen is there and she brought them there as punishment. Its brilliant. The best part of it is the alternative fairy tale that comes along with this; its so different from those Disney classics that we all grew up with. But it also brings in a lot of themes and story points from the original stories that were passed on down through oral traditions, in folk and myth tales, before they were ever thought of as children’s stories. Its fairy tales for grown ups and it rocks.

1. Doctor Who

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LONGEST RUNNING SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SHOW EVER. 2013 will be the 50th year of this amazing, amazing show. And while I have yet to go back and enjoy the awesomeness of the original series, I am so in love with the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors and I can’t get enough of this television show. It took me years to sit down and watch it, even though people were telling me for years that I would enjoy it. I finally sat down, queued it up on Netflix and literally watched six seasons of Doctor Who in about a month. It was amazing. And its because its so addicting and so much fun. The Doctor is an alien from the planet of Gallifrey, and he is a Time Lord, with a blue police box called the Tardis, that can travel anywhere in space and time. And where the Doctor goes in the Tardis, there is bound to be some universal catastrophe going on and the only person who can ever save the day is The Doctor. He’s serious and he’s brilliant and brave and hilarious and still very, very flawed as well. And he always has a band of companions that both help him and keep him from being lonely. Even though I’ve only been a Whovian for about a year, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the Doctor.

So, that’s my list of favorite TV shows. I hope that the list changes over the years as I discover more shows and more shows hit the TV. There’s so many awesome ones out there that I love that I didn’t put on this list, like Game of Thrones and Gossip Girl, and my newer shows like Suburgatory and Arrow. There are great stories out there and I can’t wait to see more of them.

What is YOUR favorite TV show?

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