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#NoKidsPolicy

I know you are all probably thinking why a book review blog has a post on this new No Kids Policy and for those who tune in for my reviews I will get back to them soon but this is a serious issue that I feel just cannot be ignored.

As many of you will know from previous reviews, Veronica Mars is probably one of my favourite TV shows and excitingly, the movie is released this Friday. This has obviously lead to a lot of interviews for the cast, notably Kristen Bell, the actress behind the title character. Through her interviews (and twitter feed @IMKristenBell) I’ve learned about her #NoKidsPolicy which is aimed at getting magazines to stop publishing pictures of children against the consent of their parents and the child themselves. To me this seems like a strange policy, not because I think it is a wrong policy but because I cannot believe that we have to need it. In an age where consent forms for a school picture is needed, why do paparazzi (now nicknamed pedorazzi) think that harassing young children is fine? 

We live in a world with a celebrity culture and it seems that being good at your job via music, sport and cinema/tv has meant a journey into this realm. Personally, I do feel that many new and upcoming people within these areas are in them purely for the fame. People who ring the paparazzi, telling them which restaurant they are going to be dinning at are obviously there for the fame. However, not all of them do these jobs for the celebrity status that seemingly comes with it. Cue Kristen Bell and hubby Dax Shepherd who have a young daughter. Their belief is that although they chose the path of actor and have to deal with their choice to be in the limelight, their daughter did not choose this lifestyle. Until their baby girl is old enough to choose for herself, they do not want her pictures to be public.

To me this seems fairly reasonable. In my magazine experience, those selling pictures of their babies tend to be the ‘Z’ list celebs trying to make a quick buck. Yet big companies relying on celebrity gossip feel it is fine to exploit children to sell magazines.

Being English, my earliest memories of the paparazzi was through Princess Diana. She was so hounded by them that as she hurried her driver to escape their flashes, her car crashed and as we all know, she died. Obviously this is an extreme case but if a woman who had experienced the paparazzi for numerous years is so anxious to escape them that it results in her death how should a child react?

These men are attacking children on their way to school, home and parks. Even after parents and children have said no, these animals keep attacking. I ask you a question. Why are ‘regular’ children’s faces blurred by the media when consent has not been given yet celebrity’s children aren’t? Why do they have to get injunctions for this to occur when the common man can take it for granted? Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry's paparazzi battle

People argue that celebrities exploit their own children, not the magazines and I refer to an interview with Kristen Bell where she states “if the parents want to take a picture or bring a kid to the premier or don’t mind that the photo is taken then post it”. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd’s argument surrounds the idea of consent and actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are taking this idea further by asking a law to be put into place in the state of California where if someone “seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes” children then fines and possible jail time should be considered.

For me this all sounds reasonable and the magazines will still get their baby photos by celebrities who are willing to allow their child to be photographed safely. I agree with this law but what do you think?

 

(Side Note: for me this issue is akin with child abuse so therefore my linked book is “A Child Called It” by David Pelzer. Great book, horrific read!)

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Veronica Mars… THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

Apologies for numerous things to start. 1. I am sorry for my three week absence, no excuse just haven’t written anything for a while! 2. I am sorry for the extremely excitable and obsessed version of myself you shall meet in this post. 3. This is not a book review, it isn’t even a review but an excited squeal of something to come!

So, from one of my first ever posts you may remember that I just re-blogged my friends posts. Granted it was to open you to my Rizzoli and Isles reviews but still it was an easy option for my first post. For those of you who did not read this post, it was basically my friend saying how much she hoped that Rizzoli and Isles the TV show would stay on air, especially as some of her favourite shows had been cancelled. Remember? No? Well remember the show that started off this downward spiral into despair of TV show cancellations? Veronica Mars. It was amazing. The dialogue, characters, cases, story arcs and relationships, this show had them all. Rob Thomas had created this being who just amazed and Kristen Bell played her so well that I fully believe there to be a place called Neptune and to have a Mars (driving a Saturn) living there. However, this show

was cancelled after 3 seasons. Yet I don’t feel that Thomas knew this was to happen, mainly as there was a pitch for a season 4, and that the end of season 3 is not how a show should end. Yes there were no real cliff hangers as such but what we wanted for Veronica did not happen. Who wants their heroine’s last moments on-screen to be her walking away, alone, in the dreary rain? No one!

So WB (or rather CW) cancelled the show and there we stood. Bereft of a friend, lost of a show. Then… Thomas and Bell fought for a movie. They fought for years and believed that this should happen. How many actresses fight for their TV character to be resurrected into a film? Along came Kickstarter and this is where the magic began. They went to WB and were told that if they could raise the money and if they could prove they had the fan base for a film then they would help support the films release. The Veronica Mars team decided $2 million was all they needed to be able to make a simple yet excellent film. In 11 hours this happened and was surpassed. After the month that was allocated for backers to pledge their money, $5.7 million was raised. Nearly three times the needed amount. Hopefully we shall see our hard earned money used well.

If this wasn’t all the film needed to prove that it had a strong fan base, MTV created a “Movie Brawl” were people could vote for their most anticipated film of the year. Veronica Mars was put into the mix and competed against The Hunger Games: MockingJay, Divergent, Vampire Academy as well as many others. A hard task for any film, especially one slated to have no fans. Yet it won… How? Because this was a top TV show with top fans and now it shall be a top FILM!!!!!!

The film comes out 14th March in the USA. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that it will come out in the UK and mainly in the North West! I know of at least two backers who want to see it here!

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Just to prove how obsessed I am over this show a selfie of me in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter Backer exclusive T-shirt!

 

 

 

 

(Side Note: She has been compared to this character a lot so my book linked to this post is the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene)

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Rizzoli & Isles – the show that restored my faith in TV

Hello. Well I promised some more book orientated posts would appear soon and to start off what will be my Rizzoli and Isles section, here is Jaivomis (from the blog ratherbemental.com) take on the TV show based on the books. Great books and great TV show. Many of the shows mentioned in this post were ACE but were cancelled! 😥 though if any take your fancy please check them out! 

“Some call me an optimist – or at least I like to think they do… But when it comes to TV, I’m unfortunately that grumpy old man who sits on the bus murmuring about you because you had the audacity to sit next to him. Alas, that may be soon to change.

So what made me this way? Well, I was an optimist, I really was. I grew up watching seven years of Buffy, eight years of Charmed. Never did the words, ‘Network’ or ‘Cancellation’ enter my little head. But then I got older. And I got wiser. And I got pissed. Why? Well because the greatest show I’d ever known, the show I related to on so many levels, the show like no other got cancelled. And that show was the masterpiece they call Veronica Mars.What is this, I hear you say… Well not many people watched it. But those that did loved it. It launched the career of the lovely Kristen Bell, and critics called it the sassiest and smartest show on TV. But here is were I got mad.Networks are businesses. Businesses are about making money. To make money, you need to make a huge hit that sells globally, or a pile of shit that costs no money to make. Which is exactly why we have the ‘Only way is Essex’ and the ‘Jersey Shores’ of the world. It costs about 10 grand an episode to have a man with a camera follow a bunch of bad acting chav’s around for the day. Whereas it costs hundreds of thousands an episode to hire good actors, good writers and basically good everything. And that was when I learned the important lesson of – money makes the world go round.It does – money and sex. That’s life. And so after Veronica Mars got cancelled, despite it being arguably the best written show on TV,  I lost faith in TV. I didn’t want to watch anything  new, especially anything the US was churning out, because I didn’t want to get so god damn disappointed again. But eventually, inevitably, I did. I picked up another show. I couldn’t resist once I realised it had my all time favourite Law and Order ADA, Angie Harmon as the the lead character. So I took the gamble. What happened? Well ever heard of Women’s Murder Club? The books? Yes. The series? No. Why? Because it was canned. And it was a nice little show. Funny, heart warming, exciting. But when the writers strike hit, the networks wanted to get rid of it, and fast. So they fired a few people. Hired a bunch of new people who basically could not give a shit, and then the last 3 episodes were made, and they were made badly, and that was that. All over.

By this point, I was worse then mad. I was upset. The renewal period of TV felt like waiting for exam results. Which is a ridiculous, but true, notion. But I decided that I owed it to myself to keep trying. I love TV. I’m a watcher – I always have been. Whether it be films or TV. So I kept going, and I stumbled upon Joss Whedon’s new creation known as Dollhouse. Original, innovative, well cast, exciting, thought provoking..! There was nothing this show didn’t have! And as soon as I saw the pilot, I was worried. Seems like a strange time to be worried, I know. But I knew that a show like this, that wasn’t mindless “You cheated on me!” or “Your through to the next round!” BULLSHIT, was going to go through some tough, tough times. Now I’m not trying to insult the whole of America. But the average Joe doesn’t watch shows like Dollhouse and Veronica Mars. They watch Deal or No Deal, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars. I guess people work so hard through the week, they don’t wanna use their brains too much when they have time off. <——-That, right there, is not me. I wanna be challenged by a show. I wanna laugh at extremely well written dialect. And I want to cry because a character I cared about is hurt or dead, not because American Idol’s newest contestant once had a pet chameleon and it DIED. Honestly, who gives a shit? And so when the first season of Dollhouse ended, it struggled. As I knew it would. But like Veronica Mars did more than once, it held its ground and got renewed. Unfortunately, by the second season, the network felt it was just tooground breaking for america and it got cancelled. And once again, I was pissed/angry/annoyed/upset. 

Just in case your thinking I am pathetic right now, with no life and someone who lives in the box – I don’t. But when you invest time in something, that never gets a proper end, or watch something so well written that you care about these characters – it is heart wrenching when your loyalty to them is rewarded with no continuation. Its like networks are the worst storytellers ever to exist. One out of every hundred shows gets a proper ending, if were lucky. Where is the sense in that?

Don’t get me wrong, if something is bad – I am the first person to say cancel it. Because there is nothing worse then the good shows being blocked by the bad ones. But its when the quality shows go that I have a problem. And they do, incessantly.

So what’s my point? Well about a year ago, I once again stumbled upon a new show. Not again – I know. I myself was hesitant. So what got me watching? Well Angie Harmon, again. After the disappointing cancellation of Women’s Murder Club, I really wanted to see her do well. She’s a great actress, and a lovely person. And I just felt after how well she did in Law and Order, she needed a proper opportunity to prove herself once again.  Add on to that the lovely Sasha Alexander who was the hilarious Kate from NCIS – well it couldn’t really go wrong in my book. And well, Rizzoli & Isles was born. And I loved it. Every second of it. It was a crime show at its core yes, but it was funny, likeable, enthralling and well written. The two leads had more chemistry than a hydrogen bomb, and all the supporting cast were just as loveable. And so I waited. Would this one be successful? Would this survive the chop?

A year on, and it’s cables highest rated show. It’s being shown in several countries. It’s DVD is available for purchase. TNT are calling it there new main show after the Closer ends. And its just doing fantastically! Amazingly! Beyond expectations! Season 3 has already been given the go ahead. And it’s constantly trending on twitter. What more could I ask for?

Well there is this – Don’t mess it up TNT. It’s an amazing show. Please please stay true, and keep it on the air. Let it come to its natural end when its time. And not before. 

Not a big ask… is it?”

(Side note: clearly the “Rizzoli and Isles” series by Tess Gerritsen. Look out for my reviews of the books to come! Starting with the 1st book “The Surgeon” sometime in December! Read it.)

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