Captain America and Jessica Jones Are Eerily Similar: A Theory

Greetings, all. Nikkie here, all by my lonesome, to straight-up blow your minds with this realization I had recently.

Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, aka a stupid waste of space, and Jessica Jones (their MCU versions, anyway) are REALLY, REALLY FUCKING SIMILAR. Like . . . seriously. Their story arcs, particularly across Civil War and season 2 of Jessica Jones, have a lot of the same beats, and it’s enough to make me wonder if it’s on purpose. With the separation between the films and the Netflix show portion of the MCU, it would make sense to give each one their own anchor. And while I consider Tony Stark to be the main anchor (or Nick Fury) in the movies, an argument can be made for Captain America, and Jessica Jones definitely feels like the anchor of the Netflix shows (even though Daredevil came first).

So! Once I started connecting the dots, I knew it was a blog-worthy theory to share with the world (or the few people who read our blog, anyway). And here we are.

Theorists, assemble!

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I’m Giving Up on “Grown-ish,” But You Don’t Have to

What up, fam? It’s ya girl, Nikkie.

Today, I’m going to talk about Grown-ish, the Freeform spin-off of ABC’s Black-ish. If you don’t know anything about the latter, it follows a well-to-do black family, anchored by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as parents Dre and Bow, that’s constantly redefining what it means to be black in America today. Grown-ish follows Dre and Bow’s eldest child, Zoey, to her freshman year of college.

I have a lot to say about both shows, but I’m primarily going to focus on Grown-ish and why it’s ultimately not for me. If you’re curious about my thoughts on its predecessor, check out this piece I wrote for a different website a few years ago: “Now I’m Feeling ‘Black-ish'”.

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The After Word: Ken Liu’s “The Grace of Kings”

I may not be a talking spider, but SALUTATIONS. It’s ya girl Nikkie, and I’m here with the goods. That’s right—I got that book babble you’re itching for. The focus of today’s fix: The Grace of Kings, the first in Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty series.

I heard about this book from a list of epic fantasy series put together by Book Riot. I’d had this list open on my phone for months, intending to go through it with Super Hubs at home and pick out a series or two we want to follow. But what ended up happening was we went to Barnes and Noble with no specific goal in mind, so I pulled up the list, and we went around looking to see which authors were being repped in our local BN. The answer was: surprisingly few! Liu was one of the handful we managed to either locate or find the first of the series for; and of those, Grace of Kings sounded the best. While the two currently published books in the series were available, we decided to take it slow and just get the first one.

This may have proved to be a very good idea.

But before we get to that, let’s chat about the book’s plot.

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Time for More White Television: Prelude to “Friday Night Lights”

Hello friends, lovers, and blog readers. It’s Nikkie here with a brief post to set up my next foray into what I’m calling “TV for White People.”

As you’ll recall, back in 2016, I watched the entirety of Gilmore Girls. The show never called to me when it was airing, though I knew my mom watched it for at least two seasons, and it was an abject boredom (and a bunch of “What Should I Binge” quizzes) that finally led me to its door. And I hated it. I hated Rory, I hated Lorelai, I hated Luke, I hated Emily—I hated it all!

But, I felt like it was interesting to watch a show that, ultimately, felt like it wasn’t made with someone like me, a black chick in her late 20s, in mind. It made me wonder how I’d feel about other shows from around the same time (late 90s, early 2000s) that also had a very clear “white people” audience.

Against my better judgment, I decided I needed to dive back in. So that end, I made a Twitter poll asking people to choose between four options: FelicityGossip GirlDawson’s Creek, and Friday Night Lights.

From a whopping EIGHT VOTES, half went to Friday Night Lights. I suppose that was my fault; I knew it was a really popular show outside the vein of Gilmore Girls or Gossip Girl, but I also knew it was super white because it’s about a high school football team in Texas. So on the list it went—though now I kinda wish I’d put Everwood because I watched maybe one episode when it was airing simply because Sport from Harriet the Spy was the main character.

But I didn’t, so here we are! As I plan to keep doing this kind of thing until I run out of shows I didn’t care about when they aired, I’m sure the losers of the poll will get their time to shine.

Until then: I’ll be diving deep into some toxic football culture this month and blogging at the end of every season.

See you soon!
Nikkie

If You Don’t Know, Homie, Now You Know: Fresh Off the Boat

Welcome, welcome, lovely blog readers. Nikkie’s at the helm today, and I’m here to talk about a show that Super Hubs and I love but have never discussed on the blog: Fresh Off the Boat.

But more than that, I’m also going to discuss the memoir that inspired the show: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. So, you’re getting something of a two-fer today! Get psyched!

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Another Year Older, Lots to Look Forward To

Hellooooooooooooo everybody! It’s ya girl, Nikkie. AND IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

*kazoo sounds*

In honor of my birthday, I thought I’d do a little blogging and talk about some stuff that I can’t wait to interact with over the next eleven months. Sound good? Then let’s do it!


Black Panther

In Theaters: February 16, 2018

I’ll tell you something: I had no interest in Black Panther (the character) before the MCU got started; I didn’t even know he existed. I barely had any interest in him when he arrived in Civil War because I was too busy being angry with Captain America. But . . . then the trailers happened.

THESE TRAILERS, Y’ALL. Weave: snatched. Bless me with this #blackmagic. I’m up in my feelings about these trailers, and they have made me SO FUCKING PUMPED for this movie.  Continue reading “Another Year Older, Lots to Look Forward To”

My Amazing ARC Adventure: Catch-Up Batch

Hey everyone. Remember when I wrote for this blog? The one that I started on my own? What a time, eh?

Well, I’ve missed you! But in addition to just being a terrible blogger, I’ve also just been busy writing for *other* places. I know—shocking! But, back in August, I submitted a piece to the website The Prompt for a contest they were doing and won first place. Ever since, I’ve been contributing fairly regularly, and that’s been keeping me busy. (Feel free to check out my stuff.) In addition, I also wrote some essays for a collection I want to put together. So, even though I haven’t been writing here for y’all, I’ve been writing!

But also, we went to Texas in September, and then work has been . . . a thing. And sometimes, depression and anxiety just make you too tired to do things.

Anyway! At least Super Hubs has been keeping this ship afloat, with his regular IT posts from October and his recent “Justice League” review. But even with his spot-saving qualities, this blog has felt decidedly non-bookish lately, hasn’t it?? So, I’m making a concentrated effort to be better at this! I even took a break from contributing to The Prompt for this current topic so that I could start focusing on the blog!

So, with that in mind, I’m picking up on the last thread I left dangling: the dive into a bunch of ARCs I had lying around. Because it’s now been months since I’d taken on that challenge, I’m not going to devote a whole post to each book. Instead, I’m going to batch the remaining titles. Here are the first three.  Continue reading “My Amazing ARC Adventure: Catch-Up Batch”

My Amazing ARC Adventure: Part 1

¡Buenos dias, amigos! Nikkie here!

I feel like it’s been quite some time since it’s been just the two of us, wouldn’t you say? With the return of Game of Thrones, as well as our HIMYM project, it’s been almost two months since I’ve put up a solo post. And it’s been even longer since I’ve done a solo post that’s book-related, as my last post was about Riverdale. Clearly we’re overdue!

So, I came into the month of August with a purpose: write a dang post! But I also had another purpose, and it’s one that lends itself to several book posts. You see, back when we were still living in Texas, I came into possession of a stack of advanced reader copies (ARCs) of young adult books (and one middle-grade book). I was pretty excited about it, but because I have a short attention span when it comes to deciding what to read, I kept buying new books and just reading those instead. Or rereading Harry Potter. Or Rainbow Rowell’s books. And that’s how about four years came to pass since I brought these books home, not one of them read.

At the end of July, I was finishing up V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy (first time reading it; loved it!) and trying to decide what I’d read next. Looking over our stacks of books, my eyes trained on a few of those unloved ARCs and snagged. I knew in my heart . . . It was time. So, I gathered all the books into their own stack and declared: I won’t read another book until I get through this stack.* And to keep me honest, I intended to blog about it.
*I am reading other books, but only essay collections and only at night. These ARCs are my exclusive commute/daytime reads.*

Because of our GoT posts and some semi-regular external writing I’ve been doing, however, I am three books behind on the actual blogging portion! But I’m here now, and that’s what counts!
I’m gonna keep try to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing this post while sick. DEDICATION!

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Couch Potato: My Dramatic Trip to “Riverdale”

Hello hello hello, my pets—Nikkie here. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve gazed upon your shining, beautiful faces. Probably because I’ve never seen them, unless I know you in real life . . . But that’s neither here nor there! The point is that I’m back at it, blog styles, and we’re all super excited about it.

To shake off my cobwebs, I’m gonna keep it brief and just talk a little bit about my latest obsession: the CW’s Riverdale. I had been initially excited when I heard the show was being created. I read Archie comics a lot growing up, and I was definitely into the #HotArchie reboot. But when I found out Riverdale was going to be a dramatic murder mystery of a show, I was less thrilled. Why does everything have to be a gritty re-imagining, full of drama and violence and sex? But then they cast Cole Sprouse as Jughead, and because I’ve recently become obsessed with him, I knew I’d eventually get around to watching this show.

I ended up having to wait until it came to Netflix because when I finally ventured over to the CW website after the show’d been running for a few weeks, the few first episodes weren’t up anymore! Ugh! Thankfully, the wait for Netflix wasn’t that long, and I avoided spoilers pretty easily. I was never looking forward to watching the show, per se. It just seemed like something I’d have to grit my teeth and bear.

Then I watched it. And somehow, by show’s end, I was certifiably obsessed. (Light spoilers ahead.) Continue reading “Couch Potato: My Dramatic Trip to “Riverdale””

Character Crush: Olive and Rosemary Penderghast from “Easy A”

Welcome to the end. The end of these (Fictional) Women’s History Month posts, that is! Though they may be lighter fare, I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far!

I’m closing out this series of posts by talking about characters from what is definitely one of my favorite movies, Easy A. I actually debated writing about these women because it felt too obvious, but my bestie and Super Hubs both feel like this is a severely underrated movie that doesn’t get enough love, so here we are! I also felt like it would be hard to talk about movie characters without just talking about the women who portray them, but I guess if I was able to get through the TV characters without falling into this issue, I guess I can manage here!

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