A Short Defense of American Downton Abbey Fans

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http://adetacher.com/misroe/jisdr/2032 This post started as a review of last night’s season premiere, but after reading Salon’s shade throwing review, the gears are slightly shifted. [Photo courtesy of Masterpiece on Facebook]

http://arbhojpuri.com/download-song/576 Last night’s season premiere proved that the Downton formula of upstairs family drama, resistance/acceptance of societal changes, judgmental one liners from the Dowager, and the lives of the servants downstairs has never been better. Many of the characters are holding onto secrets that can damage their reputations. Mary is defying the convention for a widow in an unexpected way. Edith’s depression and heartbreak takes a frightening turn. Downstairs, secrets of the past and present are threatening to come to the surface. Fans can look forward to the rest of the season revealing how well the dirty laundry is kept hidden or revealed.    

http://www.beaujolais-challenge.com/?nikolsa=site-de-rencontre-tendance&21a=34 American fans love and appreciate the Downton formula. Many shows have a set of tropes they’re built on, and it’s not always a bad thing. US viewership is on the rise because Downton Abbey has spread through word of mouth and social media well beyond PBS’ traditional base of period piece fans and Anglophiles. Most American dramas are on midseason hiatus, which makes attracting new viewers much easier. Comparing the UK ratings without taking into account that the show airs at a different time in the season is faulty and misleading. 

enter site As much as the show celebrates the culture of the early 20th century landed elite, there is just as powerful of an undercurrent promoting the values of a shift towards modern society. If someone can’t see the context shown in plain sight for the both the haves and have nots on Downton, then they’re not watching the same show I am. The characters that are American fan favorites are those that are the most victimized by inequality (Barrow) and the most hated characters are the most conservative (Lord Grantham).

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A Short Defense of American Downton Abbey Fans

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This post started as a review of last night’s season premiere, but after reading Salon’s shade throwing review, the gears are slightly shifted. [Photo courtesy of Masterpiece on Facebook]

Last night’s season premiere proved that the Downton formula of upstairs family drama, resistance/acceptance of societal changes, judgmental one liners from the Dowager, and the lives of the servants downstairs has never been better. Many of the characters are holding onto secrets that can damage their reputations. Mary is defying the convention for a widow in an unexpected way. Edith’s depression and heartbreak takes a frightening turn. Downstairs, secrets of the past and present are threatening to come to the surface. Fans can look forward to the rest of the season revealing how well the dirty laundry is kept hidden or revealed.    

American fans love and appreciate the Downton formula. Many shows have a set of tropes they’re built on, and it’s not always a bad thing. US viewership is on the rise because Downton Abbey has spread through word of mouth and social media well beyond PBS’ traditional base of period piece fans and Anglophiles. Most American dramas are on midseason hiatus, which makes attracting new viewers much easier. Comparing the UK ratings without taking into account that the show airs at a different time in the season is faulty and misleading. 

As much as the show celebrates the culture of the early 20th century landed elite, there is just as powerful of an undercurrent promoting the values of a shift towards modern society. If someone can’t see the context shown in plain sight for the both the haves and have nots on Downton, then they’re not watching the same show I am. The characters that are American fan favorites are those that are the most victimized by inequality (Barrow) and the most hated characters are the most conservative (Lord Grantham).

Sorry critics, I’ll keep watching this supposedly mediocre drama and I’m sure many more of my fellow Americans will do the same.

Blood of Olympus Book Tour: 7 Things To Know

I attended both of the NYC stops on Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus Book Tour. image

Rick Riordan and Apple Store moderator Maria Russo (New York Times Children’s book editor).

The first was on October 10th at the main branch of the New York Public Library. The second was at the SoHo Apple Store on Saturday. I held back on my post NYCC report in order to write a more comprehensive article. Here’s the most important  source url spoiler free topics discussed at both events fans need to know:

1) Advice to Young Writers: Riordan’s first novel, an adult murder mystery, was rejected 14 times before the manuscript was published. Giving up wasn’t an option. He also advises aspiring writers to keep a journal for exercising the imagination every day. 
2) Heroes of Olympus and Diversity: I asked Riordan about how the Heroes of Olympus became a advocate in the movement for character diversity in YA and Middle Grade fiction. He did not start out with that intention but over time the readers used the series in diversity discussions. As a former middle school teacher he learned from his diverse student body as much as his research. 
3) The Imaginary Classroom: Although the middle schoolers who read The Lightning Thief in 2005 are now adults, the target audience remains the same. Riordan taught middle schoolers for 15 years and he keeps an imaginary classroom in his head as he works. He didn’t expect younger children or adults who are not parents to enjoy the Percy Jackson series, but those who enjoy are free to read.
4) Percy Takes The Backseat: The Blood of Olympus has no Percy or Annabeth point of view chapters. Readers tend to focus in on them and ignore the rest of the demigod team. In addition, Percy’s fatal flaw of sacrificing the world to save a friend would hinder the grand finale. The Blood of Olympus shifts the focus away from Percy and gives Jason, Leo, Piper, Nico and Reyna point of view chapters. 
5) No Epilogue At The End: "I just hate them. They’re lazy and a disservice to the reader,“ Riordan said. He prefers endings where there’s a room for a return to previous ideas. In term, endings that aren’t firm allow readers to envision their own versions of the far future for their favorite stories. 
6) Ending Emotions: Riordan compared his emotions over ending the Percy Jackson series to how a parent feels at high school graduation. It’s sad to see the end of an era but it’s also exciting to start working on new projects. 
7) What’s Next: Riordan is working on three new works. His next series Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard will take on Norse mythology. For those who spotted the coincidence in the title, it is a purposeful one. Percy will be back next summer to deliver his snarky take on Hercules and other legendary heroes in Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. There is also going to be another Kane Chronicles/Percy Jackson crossover short story The Crown of Ptolemy. 

Blood of Olympus Book Tour: 7 Things To Know

I attended both of the NYC stops on Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus Book Tour. image

Rick Riordan and Apple Store moderator Maria Russo (New York Times Children’s book editor).

The first was on October 10th at the main branch of the New York Public Library. The second was at the SoHo Apple Store on Saturday. I held back on my post NYCC report in order to write a more comprehensive article. Here’s the most important  watch spoiler free topics discussed at both events fans need to know:

1) Advice to Young Writers: Riordan’s first novel, an adult murder mystery, was rejected 14 times before the manuscript was published. Giving up wasn’t an option. He also advises aspiring writers to keep a journal for exercising the imagination every day. 
2) Heroes of Olympus and Diversity: I asked Riordan about how the Heroes of Olympus became a advocate in the movement for character diversity in YA and Middle Grade fiction. He did not start out with that intention but over time the readers used the series in diversity discussions. As a former middle school teacher he learned from his diverse student body as much as his research. 
3) The Imaginary Classroom: Although the middle schoolers who read The Lightning Thief in 2005 are now adults, the target audience remains the same. Riordan taught middle schoolers for 15 years and he keeps an imaginary classroom in his head as he works. He didn’t expect younger children or adults who are not parents to enjoy the Percy Jackson series, but those who enjoy are free to read.
4) Percy Takes The Backseat: The Blood of Olympus has no Percy or Annabeth point of view chapters. Readers tend to focus in on them and ignore the rest of the demigod team. In addition, Percy’s fatal flaw of sacrificing the world to save a friend would hinder the grand finale. The Blood of Olympus shifts the focus away from Percy and gives Jason, Leo, Piper, Nico and Reyna point of view chapters. 
5) No Epilogue At The End: "I just hate them. They’re lazy and a disservice to the reader,“ Riordan said. He prefers endings where there’s a room for a return to previous ideas. In term, endings that aren’t firm allow readers to envision their own versions of the far future for their favorite stories. 
6) Ending Emotions: Riordan compared his emotions over ending the Percy Jackson series to how a parent feels at high school graduation. It’s sad to see the end of an era but it’s also exciting to start working on new projects. 
7) What’s Next: Riordan is working on three new works. His next series Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard will take on Norse mythology. For those who spotted the coincidence in the title, it is a purposeful one. Percy will be back next summer to deliver his snarky take on Hercules and other legendary heroes in Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. There is also going to be another Kane Chronicles/Percy Jackson crossover short story The Crown of Ptolemy. 

HEY NOW IS BACK FOR NYCC!

Thank you so much my very faithful readers! The Journalism grad school life is tough but I took a staycation to enjoy NYCC. Here’s our coverage outlook:

– Today: Coverage from the Big Hero 6/Tomorrowland panel
– Friday: source link A Hey Now Exclusive report from Rick Riordan’s Blood of Olympus panel at the New York Public Library!! (Book review to follow after NYCC coverage)
– Saturday and Sunday: Various panels and Cosplay Photojournalism

Full reports will be out next week! Enjoy NYCC everyone!

HEY NOW IS BACK FOR NYCC!

Thank you so much my very faithful readers! The Journalism grad school life is tough but I took a staycation to enjoy NYCC. Here’s our coverage outlook:

– Today: Coverage from the Big Hero 6/Tomorrowland panel
– Friday: http://www.lahdentaiteilijaseura.fi/?siftifkar=bin%C3%A4ra-optioner-strategi&4a3=34 A Hey Now Exclusive report from Rick Riordan’s Blood of Olympus panel at the New York Public Library!! (Book review to follow after NYCC coverage)
– Saturday and Sunday: Various panels and Cosplay Photojournalism

Full reports will be out next week! Enjoy NYCC everyone!

Doctor Who Review: Deep Breath

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Tonight’s series premiere launches a new chapter in Doctor Who history. Peter Capaldi shows that the Twelfth Doctor is more than just a guy with intimidating eyebrows. [Photo courtesy of the BBC.]
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The plot itself was far more horror inspired than recent series episodes. In between Twelve stumbling around in a post regeneration stupor, the Doctor and Clara struggle against androids who are salvaging human body parts. However, this plot in my mind took a back seat to the character development. 

The heart of Deep Breath is an identity crisis. Clara is struggling to cope with how much the Doctor has changed. She reflects the audience members who are still unsure of what to make of Twelve. She doesn’t understand why the Doctor appeared older post regeneration. Through her struggle she realizes that her previous assumptions about the Doctor were wrong. He’s a 2000 year old Time Lord hiding his past. As the episode develops, Clara gains reassurance that the Doctor’s essence is the same. She realizes so much of her perception of the Doctor was based on superficial appearance and not his personality. Along with coming to terms with the Doctor’s change, she also becomes more assertive and confrontational.

Twelve so far definitely has a more confrontational attitude than Eleven. He’s not approaching traveling through space and time as child’s play. He pushed the main android out of a hot air balloon to certain death. He also has a mad energy that needs motivation and or someone to steer him in the right direction. He sees Clara as a friend and an ally. He refuses to be characterized as Clara’s boyfriend but still acknowledges he needs her support. 
Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax return for another adventure. Their appearance was highly effective in establishing continuity from Eleven’s era to Twelve. Although Deep Breath appears to be an earlier incident in their timeline, Twelve can still count on the trio’s support and friendship. Fans who wanted to see more from Madame Vastra and Jenny definitely get what they wanted. Strax has more one liners that will quickly become fandom memes. They are key in not only outsmarting the androids, they also assist Clara with coming to terms with the Doctor’s change
Deep Breath was an excellent post regeneration episode, however I am cautious about judging the entire series off the introduction. So far, Clara is stronger and Twelve is a different brand of eccentric than Eleven. I am incredibly wary of looking at either those who are excessively hyping up this series as well as those who are excessively critical. It’s too soon to tell if the foundation laid in Deep Breath will continue throughout Series 8.

Doctor Who Review: Deep Breath

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Tonight’s series premiere launches a new chapter in Doctor Who history. Peter Capaldi shows that the Twelfth Doctor is more than just a guy with intimidating eyebrows. [Photo courtesy of the BBC.]
SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE
The plot itself was far more horror inspired than recent series episodes. In between Twelve stumbling around in a post regeneration stupor, the Doctor and Clara struggle against androids who are salvaging human body parts. However, this plot in my mind took a back seat to the character development. 

The heart of Deep Breath is an identity crisis. Clara is struggling to cope with how much the Doctor has changed. She reflects the audience members who are still unsure of what to make of Twelve. She doesn’t understand why the Doctor appeared older post regeneration. Through her struggle she realizes that her previous assumptions about the Doctor were wrong. He’s a 2000 year old Time Lord hiding his past. As the episode develops, Clara gains reassurance that the Doctor’s essence is the same. She realizes so much of her perception of the Doctor was based on superficial appearance and not his personality. Along with coming to terms with the Doctor’s change, she also becomes more assertive and confrontational.

Twelve so far definitely has a more confrontational attitude than Eleven. He’s not approaching traveling through space and time as child’s play. He pushed the main android out of a hot air balloon to certain death. He also has a mad energy that needs motivation and or someone to steer him in the right direction. He sees Clara as a friend and an ally. He refuses to be characterized as Clara’s boyfriend but still acknowledges he needs her support. 
Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax return for another adventure. Their appearance was highly effective in establishing continuity from Eleven’s era to Twelve. Although Deep Breath appears to be an earlier incident in their timeline, Twelve can still count on the trio’s support and friendship. Fans who wanted to see more from Madame Vastra and Jenny definitely get what they wanted. Strax has more one liners that will quickly become fandom memes. They are key in not only outsmarting the androids, they also assist Clara with coming to terms with the Doctor’s change
Deep Breath was an excellent post regeneration episode, however I am cautious about judging the entire series off the introduction. So far, Clara is stronger and Twelve is a different brand of eccentric than Eleven. I am incredibly wary of looking at either those who are excessively hyping up this series as well as those who are excessively critical. It’s too soon to tell if the foundation laid in Deep Breath will continue throughout Series 8.

Doctor Who World Tour NYC In Photos

I spent the Series 8 premiere in NYC Thursday on the fan side of the barricades. For those of you who haven’t followed us since the early days, we obtained a press pass for the Series 7 premiere.  On Thursday I only used what a fan would have at their disposal for reporting: an iPhone and a notepad. 

I got to the Ziegfeld at 6:45 am. Only a few people were on the standby line and ticket holder line. Waiting and line and making new friends is an important part of the premiere experience which I missed at the Series 7 premiere. I passed the time hanging out with friends, occasional food and restroom breaks, as well as hanging out with my friends on the line. Quite often BBC staff and other press would stop at the front of the line for interviews and photos.

Shortly before the cast arrives, a Cyberman threatens everyone.

Photographers eager to see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman arrive on the blue carpet. Most of the blue carpet arrival photos were too blurry to post.

Before he joined the press on the blue carpet, Peter Capaldi signed my pass! I should also note my dress is one Clara wears in Deep Breath.

Before the screening starts, Chris Hardwick gestures excitedly while threatening everyone about recording or posting spoilers.

I sat in the front row stage right. Overall Deep Breath was an excellent start to Series 8. There’s more I can say but will hold back until the 23rd. The Q&A session featured topics such as: previous Doctor Who viewings, Capaldi’s casting process, and what fans can expect from Twelve.

The Series 8 World Tour was a very thrilling experience and I can’t wait for the Series 9 premiere!