**7/21/12 ~ Update at bottom of post...
*7/10/12 ~Update near bottom of post...
Just as the temperatures outside reach their highs, my cultural pursuits hit all-time lows. Can it get any worse than consuming all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series in less than a week’s time? And if that weren’t enough, to continue the obsession by blogging about the books—twice—as if I hadn’t already spent enough time reading the texts? There was the artwork—the painting of Christian Grey. Then the pondering of the upcoming film—and who should be cast in it. There I was, hunting down photos, reading bios, checking ages, availability… silly me. I think I'm done for now. But I may have a relapse.
But now I really know I’m playing in the lowbrow sandbox because last night I was reading the book Brangelina. This is bad on so many levels. But… the book is actually a page-turner, if you’re into that sort of thing—celebrity gossip, which I am. It’s light, mindless reading. But, there’s a little dirt involved. I like that.
Sinking deeper, I am now watching the first season of Gossip Girl. I’m late to this mean girls party. I'm surprised I was invited at all. It’s Heathers plus Cruel Intentions on steroids. Ouch!
Can it get any worse than this? Maybe. I hear August is even hotter than July.
*7/10/12 Update ~ Finished Brangelina. The brand isn't even mentioned until chapter 17 out of 19. This book reveals nothing that hasn't already been written about in the press. The author is a paparazzi with a pen who suffers from ADD—unable to focus on the subject of the book. He trails off in odd directions, talking about breaking into a mental institution, attending a support group for Sibs—all with the intention of getting answers to Angelina's mysterious behaviors. None of his investigations pay off and it leaves the reader scratching her head as to why he even mentioned his efforts—unless it's all filler—which it certainly is. Don't bother with this one, unless of course you are stranded in some remote location and it is the only thing to read—which we know will never happen.
I'm enjoying the teenage characters on Gossip Girl but could do with out the parents and their arrested development storylines. What demographic are the writers appealing to if I am the parent's age cohort, yet am more interested in the kids? Senior citizens perhaps? Do they watch this show?
Love, love, love Blair Waldorf's bathroom window. Jealous.
Haven't thought about Christian Grey for days. I think he was just a passing fancy. Aren't they all?
*7/10/12 Update ~ Just finished seasons one through five of Gossip Girl. Talk about binge watching! The show definitely has its charms i.e. the setting, the clothing, and the delightfully manipulative, socially ambitious, love-hungry characters.
My faves are Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass, and Dan Humphrey.
I could do without Serena, Jenny, and Eric. They're all whiny, brainless, and self-absorbed--in an irritating way. Fortunately, two of them are no longer full time cast members. Too bad Serena is still around.