Recap the Realm: Game of Thrones Season 7, “Dragonstone” 

Greetings, lords and ladies; may this post find you in good spirits. A raven has come with tidings, and we hope you have some heavy coats and boots on hand because WINTER IS HERE!!!

That’s right, everybody. The long wait is over—Game of Thrones has returned! And because you know what we’re all about over here at Married with Bookshelves (namely, foaming at the mouth over this show and its founding book series), we decided that we’d take the opportunity to have some steady content flowing up in here!

So every week, we’ll be bringing your lucky set of eyeballs (or just the single sight-seeing apparatus, if that’s your deal) a little recap of the episode and our thoughts on the events therein. Excited? We are! (OBVIOUSLY: Spoiler alert)

Shall we begin?

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The Great (?) HIMYM Rewatch of 2017: Season 1

Friends, it is time.

Try as we might, Super Hubs and I realized that we just couldn’t put it off any longer. For the sake of the blog, and with very our souls at stake, we had to do what had once seemed unthinkable: We had to rewatch How I Met Your Mother.

*cue live footage of SH’s reaction*

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I know what you’re thinking. “Nikkie. Super Hubs. You both have been pretty vocally salty about the way HIMYM ended, even though it’s been three years. Are you sure you’re ready” We appreciate the concern, and the short answer is “No.” The long answer, however, is “No, but that’s exactly why we have to do this.”

You see, the rage we experienced after the spit-in-our-faces series finale has never truly quelled, and it probably never will. But I realized that that rage was potentially clouding our judgment. I’d been going around feeling as though the final season completely ruined one of my favorite shows. Then I stopped to think about how the last few seasons had felt like a slog, so I thought “Wait. Was this show really one of my favorites at that point?” followed by “So . . . Was this show ever really *that* good to begin with?” Continue reading “The Great (?) HIMYM Rewatch of 2017: Season 1”

Couch Potato: Castlevania the Series Review

Friends! Readers! Fellow media junkies! Hello once again! Super Hubs here with a real quick review of a real brief show.

Castlevania is a series very close to my heart. Some of my earliest memories are of playing the first game with my mom and brother every day, trying and failing to make a little more progress than the day before. We’d never make it far – the fact that the Medusa sprite triggers very intense anger in me to this day would suggest that we mostly lost to her – but we all loved the game. In fact, one of the things my mom and I have the most in common is our love of horror and, for me at least, it’s Castlevania that really inspired that love in me. Even as a child I loved a good spooky atmosphere and crazy monsters, and this game is chock full of ’em!

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Like this HORRIBLE DEMON

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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””

Playback: It Comes at Night

Friends, let’s you and I talk about movie theaters. They’re awful right? The floors are sticky, of course. People are always the worst and going to the movies is a situation wherein you have to trust other people not to be dickholes which almost always leads to a bad time. Even though the lights dim, there are still other lights all over the damn place – little strings of colored lights along the stairs, bright fluorescent exit signs, people’s phone screens – look, I get it, we’re addicted to our phones, fine, WHATEVER, but if you’re gonna look at your phone in the theater at least turn the brightness down! And in a very quiet, subdued movie like It Comes at Night you can hear the noise pollution from the theater next door where Tom Cruise is trying to kill a mummy by, I guess, blowing up entire city blocks. That’s what it sounded like anyway. So yes, going to the theater is a very unpleasant experience most of the time. My viewing of It Comes at Night wasn’t exactly ruined because of this, but I think only because the movie was so good.

There are, I think, many ways that It Comes at Night can be interpreted. It’s a hot take on the current political environment where fear and paranoia are king; it’s a missive on race relations; it’s a movie about coming of age in a world where your parents are holding it together just as poorly as you; and it’s a movie about loneliness. It’s all of these things and probably more. Part of what makes it so good is that you can find in it whatever you want. There are no bad guys, there is no real monster, there’s no one thing that you can point at and say “Yep! Kill it! Kill that and everything will get better.” It’s a disturbing movie, but not for the reasons the trailer would have you think. Mostly it’s just very sad. And, as always, spoilers ya’ll.  Continue reading “Playback: It Comes at Night”

GUEST POST: Let’s Talk About the Depiction of Mental Illness in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”

Hey everyone—Nikkie here! I’m just popping in to tell you to put your hands together for my lovely and talented bestie, Christina, who is gracing us with a guest post on the recent Netflix adaptation of the popular YA book 13 Reasons Why. Enjoy!


I was five when I had my first panic attack. My dad took me to my usual Wednesday night ballet class after picking me up from the sitter’s house. After I suited up in my tutu and pink ballet flats, we started rehearsal.  I was excited because that day was particularly special: We were going to show off the turns we worked on the week prior. As we got into position, I looked at the row of seats to my right to make sure Dad was paying attention and realized he wasn’t there.

Panic immediately took over. I was by myself. Everyone else had someone to share that moment with, but not me. I’m not sure what happened next, but tears filled my eyes, I couldn’t breathe, and I sat on the floor with my knees tucked near my chest as I rocked myself. Twenty minutes later, after ringing my dad several times, he returned to pick me up from practice, apologizing for leaving by explaining he went to the store.

Of course, at the time, I didn’t know what I was experiencing, or why my brain switched into flight mode, but I recall that being my first dance with anxiety.


I’m close to 30 now, and I’ve been diagnosed with moderate to severe anxiety, abandonment issues, moderate depression and PTSD from traumatic episodes that happened throughout my upbringing. I’m a walking, breathing, living example of what it means to have mental illnesses. I’ve struggled with bouts of laying in my bed for days; waking up in the middle of the night from anxiety attacks taking over; ugly crying fits where it seems like I’ll never catch my breath. I used to be ashamed of my mental disorders until I found ways to relate to the outside world.

The media was my solace for accepting who I was and what I went through. In my teens, I saw characters who had the same struggles I did grace the screen and swim through book pages. And for the first time in my life, I didn’t feel alone. I’m sure that’s how a lot of others within the mental disorder community felt when 13 Reasons Why made its novel debut in 2007. The world was introduced to Hannah Baker, a teenager trying to survive the trials and tribulations of high school, but ultimately feeling helpless and like she had to take matters into her own hands. Nearly 10 years later, her story became a Netflix original series, and it has stirred the controversy pot of the internet, psychologists, and parents alike. But is the adaptation as severe as the critics paint Hannah’s story to be? Continue reading “GUEST POST: Let’s Talk About the Depiction of Mental Illness in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why””

The Defenders: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Howdy ya’ll! Super Hubs here with a list that is very very important to me and not at all important to anybody else. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Netflix finally dropped a real trailer for The Defenders. If you hadn’t heard that then you’re obviously not one of the cool kids and need to get yourself a backwards cap, a brightly colored shirt, and some Mountain Dew STAT. I can’t be seen in your company otherwise. But I’ll throw you a bone and show you the trailer.


You see that shit? That shit was awesome! Jessica Jones quipping with Matt Murdock; Luke Cage smacking Danny; Stick barely suppressing the seething hatred he feels from looking at Danny’s face and calling him “the kid with the glowing fist”; Luke Cage smacking Danny! I’m so excited! So obviously we’re going to rank the SHIT out of all the shows!

And remember, this is my list and if you disagree I don’t care! Feel free to leave a very detailed comment about why I’m wrong so that I can not read it and respond with “Uw0tM8.” I love you all!

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Hile, Gunslinger: We Finally Glimpse the Tower

Hello all you lovely, lovely people!

Nikkie and Super Hubs here, back to life and ready to start writing again. We’ll have some more substantial posts this week but today we wanted to talk about something near and dear to our hearts: The Dark Tower!

We’ve been waiting months for a trailer for this damn thing (over a year technically since we first started waiting in earnest when it was announced that the movie would be releasing in FEBRUARY) and finally Maturin granted our request!

Reactions on the internet have been…mixed in that special way that only the internet is capable of. (Which, sidebar: We need to have a conversation, Internet, about how you are failing so hard at the very basics of conversation… But we’ll save that for another day.) The two of us really enjoyed the trailer and are at least AS excited for the movie as we were, maybe even a bit moreso. And we want to talk about why. So buckle up sais—we must palaver.

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Update: April 2017: The Movie: The Game: The Digital Experience

Howdy ya’ll,

Super Hubs here to give a quick and dirty update. Despite what our page views would suggest, I know for a fact that there are tens of millions of you out there just waiting for our next post. I can feel you waiting; your angry tears fill me with power!

So here’s what’s been going on. I have a friend who is moving to Florida (she’s moving today in fact) and she is very much into fan fiction. As a going away present I’m reading a fanfic for her. It’s over 800 pages. And not only that, it’s a Draco/Hermione slash fiction which I am opposed to on a deep, visceral level. Reading about them doing the Minnesota Minesweeper MAKES ME SICK! So, as you can imagine, the reading is slow-going. AND, in case ya’ll missed it, the trailer for IT dropped this month which made me want to re-read the book. So that’s over 2000 pages of reading I’ve been doing for things that I won’t be writing about for the blog (except for IT which I will write about eventually).

As for Nikkie: she fell into a time portal and had an adventure through time and space where she was put on trial, met a frog, saw the dinosaurs go extinct, and eventually fought and defeated Lavos before it had the chance to kill us all. And the best part is she doesn’t even know what that was a reference to!

So that’s what’s been going on in our lives. Sorry for the lack of posts but, as you can see, we were both busy with things that were of 100% equal importance. We’ll both be posting stuff soon!

The After-Word: Grotesque

Hello Good Readers!

I was going to do three posts this month. But then I read Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. I won’t lie – this one got to me. It made it hard to read anything else, both because it was so so good and because it was so so sad. For as much as I read, it’s actually pretty rare for a book to really affect me in the way that Grotesque did. In fact, I can only think of a few off the top of my head. Grotesque sticks with you; it stuck with me for weeks after I finished. Grotesque is a profoundly sad story filled with broken characters and the worst of human ugliness. It is unrelenting in its fatalism, ferocious in its criticism of male dominated society and classism, and it doesn’t shy away from showing humanity at its lowest. (In fact, the English translation had some sections removed because of this which I only just now found out about and am now very angry about – don’t censor my shit publishers!)

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