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New Web Series Alert: ‘East & West’ based on Gaskell’s North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is one of my favorite romantic novels of all time, I consider it a successor to Pride and Prejudice, so obviously I’m interested in a webseries adaptation of it. It’s a little unassuming but very cute so far, and I’m dying of curiosity to see who they cast as Thornton. Also, as a third culture kid, I completely identity with Margaret’s culture shock here.

Star-Fallen: On Love

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Star by Roman Kargapalov

“We have a natural tendency to assume that a remarkable chemistry between two souls is confirmation that they are meant to be together. In the heat of profound feelings, it seems counter-intuitive to imagine ourselves separate from our beloved. But chemistry and longevity are not natural bedfellows. Just because we feel earth-shatteringly alive with someone doesn’t mean they are supposed to be our …life partner. They may have come for a very different reason – to awaken us, to expand us, to shatter us so wide open that we can never close again. Perhaps they were sent from afar to polish the rough diamond of your soul before vanishing into eternity. Perhaps they just came to give you new eyes. Better we surrender our expectations when the beloved comes. (S)he may just be dropping in for a visit.”

—         Jeff Brown

Korean Drama Review: Pinocchio starring Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk

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Pinocchio is a currently-airing Korean drama starring Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk.

Ha-myung (Lee Jong Suk) has a photographic memory (he has to see something only once in order to remember it) and a happy family – his father is a firefighter captain, his mother a loving parent, and his brother shares his gift. One day, however, his father leads his squad into a terrible factory explosion, and when it’s over, most of the squad is dead and Ha-myung’s father has disappeared. The media, grasping hold of the story, sensationalize it as an irresponsible captain killing his squad and then disappearing out of fear, and Ha-myung and his family become nationally despised.

Ha-myung’s mother decides to kill herself and jumps with him into the sea, but Ha-myung is rescued, miles away, by the kindly, elderly Gong-pil. Gong-pil, who has a few screws loose, decides that Ha-myung is his oldest, long-dead son Dal-po, and adopts him. Ha-myung gladly accepts the identity, and is raised alongside Gong-pil’s other son Dal-pyung and his daughter In-ha (Park Shin Hye). The two grow up together and ultimately enter the world of journalism as newbie reporters.

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I can’t say enough about how deeply lovable Pinocchio is. I had a good feeling from the first episode, when it started out quick and charming and assured…

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Love Now

ghosts of old selves

by Oleg Oprisco

I leave behind the ghosts of our old selves to fall in love with you

now, immediately, 

all over

Romance Recommendation: Love Takes Wing

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Belinda Simpson is still grieving the death of her husband when she arrives in a small Missouri town to take over as town doctor. An infection is rapidly spreading through town and the townfolk blame the children at the orphanage; Belinda must do all that she can to find a cure and protect the children, aided by her friend and fellow doctor Annie and the young blacksmith Lee Owens.

The Love Comes TV movies (I believe there’s six now) are based on a series of romance novels by Janette Oke, and they’re all sweet, cliched, delightful little romances with absolutely zero surprises and no particular inspiration, but plenty of frontier and midwest romance between strong-willed women and reserved, humorous men. They’re essentially one step up from Hallmark movies. The first two in the series have been the best so far – Love Comes Softly and Love’s Enduring Promise – with the others variations on the same theme and growing more and more uninspired – so I was surprised to find that this, the latest, is very strongly-written and just as good as Love Comes Softly. It’s also a cut above acting-wise – part of why Love Comes Softly worked was Katherine Heigl’s performance, and Sarah Jones in this delivers the role of extraordinarily stubborn, kind, tempestuous Belinda as  if it was made for. Haylie Duff co-stars in a long line of random semi-famous stars this series has managed to pull in. For unabashed romance lovers. vlcsnap-2014-11-28-14h25m09s239 vlcsnap-2014-11-28-14h29m28s23
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Bring the Chemistry with Anne Shirley and Gibert Blythe – Web Series Adaptation Green Gables Fables

Did you know there’s a webseries adaptation of Anne of Green Gables? I don’t like the whole thing, but the episodes with Gilbert are fantastic – so much chemistry between the lead actors, and well-written dialogue and good staging. YUM.

Under the Light of a Thousand Stars- ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Ed Sheeran Official Video

This. is really gorgeous.

When your legs don’t work like they used to before
And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are

8 Favorite Web Series (Or, 8 Favorite Romantic Literary Adaptions): Nothing Much to Do, The Classic Alice, and more

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Webseries adaptations of beloved literary classics have been absolutely the sunshine of my life the past few months – like many people, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries is what initially pulled me in to the genre, then Kissing in the Rain made me happy, and it’s all history from there. Of the thousands of webseries on Youtube, my favorite are hands-down the literary adaptations, which have been seeing a huge boom in both creation and attention recently. They are five-minute interlocking episodes of romance, banter, combative chemistry, friendship, sisterhood, and a reworking of classic and loved characters into modern and immensely identifiable characters. Nothing not to love.

Now, note that while I whole-heartedly recommend the top four, the other four are fun but flawed. I’m waiting with great expectation for future ones to debut to knock these down or off the list.

I am not going to include The Lizzie Bennett Diaries because it goes without saying it’s my overall favorite (though NMTD is so close) and because I wrote it up here and am tired of talking about it.

1. Nothing Much to Do. God. I’m obsessed with this. Created by four New Zealand girls and performed by a large-ish cast of New Zealanders and one British boy, this is deliriously gripping and romantic for a webseries. It’s a loose modernized adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing in which Beatrice and Benedict are high school students who were good friends when they were much younger but drifted apart when Benedict acted like an idiot, and the two have hated each other ever since. When he comes back into town, the two immediately get off on a combative foot, to the dismay of all their mutual friends, who decide to convince each that the other is in love with them.

There’s a lot more characters than in most webseries. There’s also a delightful looseness and flexibility to the filming – there are several group scenes and scenes in differnet locations, including ones set at a party, at the high school, and outdoors after a football match, which is really fun and makes the world feel more real. Also, there’s almost no monologues at all – nearly every episode has at least two people dialoguing and interacting with each other onscreen.

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2014 Returning Fall Series You Should Be Watching: Romance

Wrote up a romance post for Sound on Sight!

These are relatively dark times for romance, particularly since sitcoms—traditionally a destination for romance on TV—have fallen out of favor in the 21st century. Gone are the days of 10-season hits like Frasier and Friends; a sitcom now is lucky to make it past its third season. That’s not to say there aren’t some thoroughly enjoyable romance-focused series. Here are my top picks:

The Mindy Project - Season 3 - Promotional Poster

The Mindy Project
Airs Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET on FOX

Mindy Lahiri, the doctor with a retort for everything, returns, and this time she’s in a relationship with gruff, good-hearted co-worker Danny Castellano. Can the bickering, chemistry-laden couple make it work? Fox highlighting funny bits and gags in its Mindy Project promo reels and clips has always been a misstep, because while The Mindy Project is funny, it is the romance that is the show’s standout aspect and what sets it apart from other shows. There are plenty of comedies on the air right now, but there are very few that deliver, or even attempt, an epic love story. Nick and Jess in New Girl are halfway there, but that show is more realistic than The Mindy Project and has consistently refused, to its credit, to force its characters to be compatible.

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Playing It Cool Official Trailer with Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan

Romantic comedy purports to turn romantic comedy conventions on their head, ends with lines straight out of a cliched romantic comedy.

We’ve all been there. Still gonna watch this.

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