Fuller House Flip or Flop?

Season 2 was just released a couple of days ago and everybody has been binge watching. Myself included, but as with Season 1 it is painfully obvious that the writers have no clue about the original series. Yes, this is not going to be a “happy go watch the show” post. There are so many things wrong that tick me off.

Starting with the biggest thing that irks me: Kimmy Gibbler. By the end of the original series she was bugging me because there was no character development with her then and for the most part, there still isn’t any character development. She is still the dumb best friend comic relief. There are small moments of maturity, but even those are marred by sheer dumb luck. Further perpetuating the stereotypical dumb blonde.

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In contrast to prove my point about her, at the high school reunion they brought Duane back. The boyfriend who used to say “Whatever” all the time. He matured and made something of himself. Yes, Kimmy was still able to turn him into a big pile of “whatever” goo but that was because I think he still has a crush on her, or that is what we are supposed to think. In any case he went from caveman, to normal human person! Kimmy is still an idiot.

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The crass, dirty jokes that are part of “aging with the original audience.” The original audience grew up with clean, family friendly jokes. Some may have been aimed at the parents, but were never so openly in the gutter. One instance that sticks out most right now is in Season 2 Episode 1. Fernando is wearing Kimmy’s robe. It is too small and right away you know he is going to bend over and his junk is going to be exposed. In the original, this would have been done with more finesse, showing him bending forward with junk away from camera. Today the junk is blocked out in full view of the audience. Oddly enough I can’t find a screen grab of the scene, but it happened.

Then, with the crass and lazy humor, there is the full on shock value of same sex kisses exchanged by hetero characters. Kimmy and Stephanie, a couple of times.

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Matt and Steve

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And while there have not been full out kissing between the three, but Fuller House has completely perverted the platonic relationships between Danny, Jesse and Joey. Almost every scene they are in together, the script alludes to them being together. Watching the original series, you know there was nothing like that going on. It would have been ok, but I don’t think that anyone would have even thought about it if Bob Saget hadn’t said that he took the part because he thought it was about being progressive and was “three men in a relationship raising kids.” This was revealed in the Lifetime Movie Network “documentary” about how the series got started.

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Poor Becky has been turned into a baby hungry robot. I swear every other word out of her mouth has been “baby” the other word being “want.” I think the writers finally got tired of hearing it too and gave into her demand by letting her adopt a child at the end of season two. Now what are they going to do with her character? Is she going to demand another child? One of their own? Or is she going to talk Stephanie into letting her be a surrogate?

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Speaking of Stephanie, Oh my God! They have turned her into a slut. Not only have we seen her go through a few on the show, it is alluded to her going through them like a diabetes in a candy store while she was working as a dj. Obviously she has been characterized as the female version of Jesse before he settled down with Becky, but really? Let’s make her a slut in order to replace the Jesse from season one of Full House.

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Given her the inability to have children and paired her up with a nimrod who was invented for this part. He was never mentioned in the original series, Kimmy only had an older brother named Garth and possibly younger sisters.

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Let’s not forget the numerous slight of hand jokes shoved down our throats and aimed at the Olsen Twins. We get it they didn’t want to do the show and everyone is upset. They didn’t want to do the show, get over it and move on. Their little sister at one point said she would step in for them. Let her. If not use another actress or leave Michelle where she is. Stop hounding the twins and the audience like we can do something about it.

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The new kids don’t really bother me too much. Jackson can be a brat off and on, I’m waiting to pass judgement on the middle son because I think they are building up for something with him and if they lead us in the wrong direction with him, I will be pissed. The babies can’t do any wrong, they are babies. Ramona…I don’t have bad or good to say about her. She is just there. Same as the “Popco(?)” and “Lola” characters. They don’t add much but they don’t take away much either. 

And is New Kids on the Block going to be replacing the reoccurring roles of the Beach Boys? If so couldn’t you have picked a better band? They kind of suck

I’m pretty sure there is more, but that’s all I can think about right now. My wine is clouding my memory. Anyone else think the new series is going down the toilet?

#ASI: Amy Dawson

Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I live in South Dakota, originally from Iowa. I’m pretty much a goof most days. Always trying to be the funny girl and probably failing miserably. 😉 I went to school for video production and have worked in television for over ten years now. The last two years is when I just started writing books!

Discuss your newest book. My last book is called That One Moment. It’s book 5 in my London Lovers Series but reads really well as a standalone. It’s about a broken damaged hero who had a tragedy happen in his family over five years ago. He spiraled down a dark and twisty path and this book begins one year after he gets out of rehab. So he’s just finally starting to feel confident in himself again…and then of course a girl has to come in and shake things up for him! 😉

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have a bit of a unique start in writing. It’s always come easy for me…with college papers, letters, etc. But it wasn’t until I had a story to tell that I thought I could maybe write a book. My first book is called Chasing Hope and it’s my true story of my struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss. It’s super emotional but inspirational at the same time. I’m so so proud of it. My fiction work blossomed from that basically! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad that you could take something like that and see the light in it.

What are your current projects? Right now I’m starting a British soccer romance series. Sexy Harris brothers. They were the siblings to the heroine in my last book and they all play professionally. They were too cute not to get their own series!

 What books have most influenced your life most? British chick lit. It’s what made me fall in love with reading and probably hugely why I based my series in London!

What inspired you to write your first book? My own true story of how I got my daughter.

 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? The hero of my last book is special because he’s broken…and there’s just something about a broken man laying it all bare…putting it all out there for the world to see that is sexy as hell. You want to be the woman to fix him and when you get glimpses of him being strong…raar baby! Sounds like a great read!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I always seem to include some sort of message in my novels. For That One Moment, it’s really about loving yourself and trusting yourself to be okay. To not be afraid of your own shadow and to still continue to take risks because the payoff in the end can be magical.

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I totally see Robert Pattinson as my hero. He’s sexy, but in the dark, smoldering and complicated sort of way. For my heroine, Vi…Imogen Poot would be perfect I think! Maybe just a bit blonder though!

When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided. LOL. It just sort of happened. And even then I denied calling myself a “writer” for a long time. But with eight books out now, I’m starting to finally believe! Sometimes it just happens like that.

Why do you write? Because it is fun! I get to play God and make all sorts of decisions. And I get to have people read what I write and squeal with me about this world I created. So amazing.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My miscarriages. I had my daughter and it was so wonderful but I was terrified I would forget all the bad stuff that led up to her…and I didn’t want that. Because the bad got me to the good.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I currently still have a day job at the TV station. I work soooo many hours. Maybe someday I’ll just write full time, but for now…I’m juggling both.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Finding time to do it all. It’s so much all the time.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The stakes were high because it was HAYDEN! My readers were calling him #MyHayden for months before I even wrote the book. I was intimidated that I wouldn’t write something to live up to all they were  making him out to be. In the end…I think I just might have nailed it though. J

What is the easiest thing about writing? Writing is all a tremendous amount of work. But having fun with readers…that part is hella easy!

What book are you reading now? Marry, Screw, Kill by Liv Morris!

What is one random thing about you? I like to eat Doritos and Cottage Cheese together. Me too!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer! I edit as I go…pen and paper would be awful for me!

What does your writing process look like?  Ear buds, kleenx (I cry a lot when I write), snack, Diet Coke fountain pop…44 ouncer. 🙂

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t write in the shower but I get my best ideas in the shower!!!

How important are names to you in your books? Sometimes important, not always. Sometimes I come up with names and I’m like…this will work for now, but then all the sudden I get attached to the name and I just can’t bring myself to change it. Makes me mad b/c it was just a filler name that stuck! Sometimes the first choice just …works.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  I want every book I write to be better than the last. On book #8, that is getting so hard and so intimidating.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m sure there’s TONS of mistakes I’ve made. You learn as you go though.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? “Success looks a lot like hard work.”

What is your favorite book and why? A Girls Best Friend by Samantha Young. It’s just light and frothy and British and sexy! I want to reread it right now!

Do you have any advice for other writers? Networking is huge in this industry. Meet other authors, make friends, make contacts. It all opens doors one way or another.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love TV. I watch a lot of TV. Oh..and family. I have a husband and daughter I spend all my free time with…I probably should have said them before TV. EEK. Maybe I should revisit that with a therapist at a later date. Lol

From where do you gain your inspiration? Real life. I’m a watcher now. Everything around me is potential inspiration for a story. You’re never safe in my presence!

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-published you get to have all the power…muhahahahaaaaaa.
Traditional…you can give up some of the power…and maybe have more free time! :O What is this free time you speak of?

How do you market your books? Social media, Facebook ads, newsletter, fan club.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Go for outside the box ideas. Don’t get lost in the sea of authors. Stand out!

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? A lot. Probably 50/50.

What do you do to get book reviews? I try to network with bloggers and then as I gain fans I find ones that want ARCs in exchange for a review.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Good I’d say!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I’ve learned a lot from good and bad reviews. I learn my strengths and weaknesses and try to apply them to the next book.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I feel like Anne Hathaway would be really interesting. I don’t know…I’ve always loved her and I love a lot of things she says. I think she’d be fun and inspiring.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Potter!!!! I want the Potter franchise to be mine.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? You won’t write a book until you just DO IT. Stop talking about doing it and just DO IT! 🙂

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website! www.amydawsauthor.com

#BookReview: #Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 4/5 Stars

Overview: Claire Randall and her husband Frank, have survived World War II and are taking a second honeymoon in Scotland to become reacquainted before returning to normal lives. All goes well as she follows him around town, researching his family tree and she learns about the local herbs. Early one morning, they sneak to the top of a hill covered in standing stones (similar to Stonehenge) and witness a witch ritual. Curious afterword, the two investigate the rocks after the witches leave and Claire finds a rare blue flower. They hurry back home, after coming close to being found by a forgetful witch, and Claire can’t get the flower out of her head. She decides to go back for it and falls through the center of the middle stone. When she does, she is transported back in time to 1743. Struggling to realize what happened, she wondered around and is attacked by the English army, rescued and captured by a man from the clan MacKenzie. In need of a nurse, thanks to the war and impromptu herbal lessens, Claire helped a man named Jaime recover from a bullet wound as they returned home. As things seem to normalize, chaos always seems to be right around the corner. She is thought to be a spy, kidnapped again, forced to marry Jaime (whom she later falls in love with), punished for being kidnapped, breaks into prison, attacked by wolves, almost drowned, cursed and helps her new sister-in-law give birth.

Opinion: Pretty good. First I will admit to have only watched the first five or six episodes of the TV show, so I do have to take the comparisons into account as far as I can. The first section or so seemed a bit…lacking compared to the show. Book Claire is very adamant about not liking Frank’s ancestral digging; as well as viewed botany as more of a new hobby. TV Claire, seems more interested in his work and more knowledgeable of botany than Book Claire. Book Claire also tends to be more whiny about getting home to her own time. Yes it is understandable that she wants to get back home, but she really needed to take a chill pill about it. Compared to the rest of the book, it seemed almost out of character for her to pout so much.
As the book goes on, the characters become stronger and more human-esque. For the most part it was good, but there is still a small part that felt like it was too much. Too many side characters or too much action to make it a 5 star book in my eyes. Still very much worth the read.
The book itself was good, a few typos and strange phrasing but good.

Recommend: Yes

Secrets & Lies Rant

Maybe I’m just in a mood to rant, but if TV producers are looking for new show ideas, why not come up with your own? Secrets & Lies is a TV series that originated in Australia, and America decided to “adapt” it for Americans. So I checked it out awhile back on Netflix, the Australian version, and just couldn’t get into it. Because I couldn’t get into it, i forgot the name of the show and never put two and two together until now. Then Sunday night, I was bored and checked out the American version.

When the US decided to “adapt” this show, I was thinking that there were going to be big differences. Like take the main bases of the show and enhance everything else. Guess what? They changed a few names and moved locations….that’s it. The guy still finds his dead son (doesn’t know it’s his son), the inspector is still psychotically out to peg it on the guy. We are talking word for word ripoff! No ingenuity at all.

Obviously it’s not my cup of tea, as I couldn’t get into the original, but it ticked me off because they didn’t put in any effort to change it and really make it ours. This story line could happen anywhere, as proven with the two differences, so what makes the location of the show so special? What makes the location so unique it can only happen in America? If your not going to make a show your own, or prove to viewers why you should have made it first, why do it? 

This is classic plagiarizing. If it is frowned upon in writing, why not in television? Even if the show was stripped down to the bare essitials, a guy finds a kid dead that he turns out to be related to and he is the prime suspect, everything else can be changed to make it fresh and better. It doesn’t have to be his secret son from an affair, it could be a cousin who lives in the neighborhood. It could be known they were related, which would make the fact that he is the prime suspect even more dark. The weapon of choice could be a prize baseball bat or the guy could be a Plummer and the weapon be a missing wrench. Why use a flashlight that the guy hardly ever used? I never really understood why a painter needed a flashlight to begin with. He is working inside houses with bright lights on. Change the younger daughter to a boy and try to gain some sympathy from the main character.

There is just so much that could have been done to make it better and “more American” than what was done. Rant over.

May #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.

May books:

Night School: Resistance

Pines non-CLTBR

Wayward non-CLTBR

The Last Town non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR

My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!

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I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!

As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.

April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

Discipline or Abuse?

A little while ago a TV show aired a miniseries about a man slapping a child. (Little clear up, I watched the Australian version.) Each episode gives a different point of view from those that were around at the time of the incident. The first episode sets the scene, it is Hector’s 40th birthday and his wife is throwing him a party with friends and family. Hector is having his own issues leading up to the infamous slap, and before he can have a nervous breakdown his cousin slaps a child that isn’t his.

This child in question is about four or five years old, single child and spoiled. His parents allow him to get away with anything and they display that through out the show. He is first in trouble for biting another child, then he breaks a video game controller. Hugo, the child, is then caught messing with CDs  and vinyl records, coating them in chocolate and chips as well as scratching them. The last incident before the slap is him being yelled at by his parents for repeatedly pulling up flowers from the roots. The mother’s response is to pick him up and breast feed him in front of the other children and Hector, who comes to sort out the arguing. The children went outside to play cricket, and the child has the bat/paddle thing. Playing by the rules, he was out and didn’t want to give up the bat. He starts swinging it around aiming for the surrounding kids, and that is when the cousin stepped in, took the bat and smacked him across the face.

His father is an argumentative sort, who finds problems with everyone and all of their choices. Obviously he really flies off the handle when his child is hit, especially when it was by a man he had been having a heated argument just seconds before.

First off I do not have children, but helped raise three sisters and grew up surrounded by little cousins as the oldest in the group. Secondly, I do not support child abuse, but I do believe in spankings. I want that clear.

I can understand where the cousin was coming from. Someone should have taken the child to task before it got that out of hand. Hugo was attacking his child and the other children with a bat, had no one stepped in someone was going to get hurt. Then the kid would have hurt someone and gotten away with it.

While I feel that action needed to taken, the approach was wrong. Children need discipline and to be taught right from wrong. Sitting in a chair and yelling at a child who obviously never listens, is not going to work. Babying him when he is so clearly in the wrong is detrimental to his social development. He is going to grow up feeling entitled and used to everyone giving him whatever he wants on a silver platter.

It drives me insane when children are not taught any manners, but to go around doing things they are not supposed to be doing is worse. It also shows the other children rebellion. If that kid doesn’t have to listen to his parents why do I? With unruly children, people wonder why the world is going psycho.

Reprimanding a child for wrong doing is completely fine, but slapping the child was wrong for different reasons. One you don’t slap a child, they need a spanking, time out or some sort of action that makes them realize they are doing wrong. Secondly it was not the cousins place to do it. The parents should have stepped in and done something. And I don’t mean breastfeeding, the kid was too old for that anyway, or separating him from the other children with the promise of explaining why he was wrong later. Discipline should be done in the moment so the child fully understands what he did wrong.

Am I wrong in thinking this? It seems like parents no longer care about their children or how they turn out. Then when the kids are all grown up, everyone expects them to act right, but how can they when they were never taught how? At the very least, if I did half the crap that kid did, I would have gotten a stern talking to and put in time out. That’s the least, at most I would have been spanked, told to say sorry and put in my room or some room alone to think about my actions.

I know I’m not the best example, but seriously people need to take control of their kids or not get upset when others do it for them.