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My Mad Fat Diary

A young friend of mine recommended this tv series  My Mad Fat Diary and told me I would enjoy watching the show. And I did. He knew me pretty well, this friend of mine. We both loved the show.  I was pretty down, you see, after the Outlander midseason finale.

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My Mad Fat Diary is a British teenage comedy/drama and was probably intended for the teen population and the young adult (like my young friend) and not for a married woman in her late thirties. But I loved the show. I guess I’m just young at heart. Anyway, as someone who is used to watching American movies and tv shows and because English is just my third language, I had trouble understanding the first three minutes because of the British accent. But after that, I was hooked.
And also I just love their soundtracks. I’m going to search and download all the songs from the show.

And as always, I googled this tv series and found out that it was based on a book from Rae Earl’s diary My Fat Mad Teenage Diary. Sharon Rooney is just fantastic as Rae Earl. And Nico Mirallegro, well let’s just say that if I were still fifteen years younger  I’d migrate to the UK just to ask him out 😉

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The second season finale was so good I’m not sure I want to watch a third season where they will split up again and hook up with other people. I don’t think I would want a “TO BE CONTINUED” after that season 2 ending.

And because I loved the show so much I read the book My Fat Mad Teenage Diary. I know the story was based on actual events of the life of Rae Earl but I love the show better. The story was okay, I guess. But the abrupt ending left me hanging. It was like a story cut short before the climax and there was no resolution. I know it was a diary made into a book but I expected something at the end. I didn’t even realize it was the last page. It was like reading a suspense story and just before the good stuff, you discovered the last few pages were missing and nowhere to be found.  I know there is a book #2 out there but you know, I guess I just want some sort of resolution or ending in every book I read even if there’s going to be a sequel to the story.

Outlander: The TV Series

Let me start off by saying I am an Outlander book series fan for some couple of years already. In fact, way when the social network Friendster was popular, I wrote on my About Me column that Jamie Fraser was my ultimate crush.  So when I learned that an Outlander TV series was on the make, I was so excited. But it was a bit of a letdown when I learned that I can’t view it on tv since no cable company here in my country is going to air Outlander. But thanks to the internet I wasn’t overly worried on not being able to watch the show.

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I was able to get updates on the making of Outlander thru my fave author and creator of Jamie Fraser, Ms Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page. And when I saw Sam Heughan as Jamie for the first time, OH MY GOD I almost swooned. He was the Jamie I have had in my head since I first read the book. The rest of the cast? Well,  I must confess I didn’t pay attention to them that much.

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             Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser( photo credits to owner)

I was able to view all the episodes via online streaming and I must say that the tv series did justice to the book. My once previous disinterest of the other cast from the series quickly turned into curiosity. Then admiration. I am ashamed now how I had disregarded the rest of the cast when they are the ones who, on the whole, made the Outlander tv series come alive. I mean,Sam Heughan’s presence as Jamie on the screen can only do so much but it is the supporting characters that made the show interesting and fun to watch.  It is impossible for me to ignore the performances of Graham Mctavish, Duncan Lacroix,  Grant O’Rourke, Stephen Walters, Bill Paterson and the rest of the highlanders cast. Caitriona Balfe is perfect as Claire too.

When I heard that Tobias Menzies was going to be Frank/Black Jack Randall I was pretty skeptical. I knew him only as Edmure Tully from Game of Thrones and I couldn’ t imagine him as anyone else. But lo and behold, Tobias Menzies totally owned Frank/Black Jack Randall. I am utterly amazed by his performances. He was so outstanding on the episode “Garrison Commander.” He made me hate Black Jack Randall yet made me feel in awe of him as an actor at the same time. I am forever his fan.  And I must confess that I am now crushing on him. Don’t get me wrong. I still love Jamie and still think Sam Heughan is hot and perfect for the role but it is Tobias Menzies that I look forward to watching on the show.

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The second half of season one will be aired on April of 2015. This is six months of waiting for me. I guess I’ll just reread Outlander again. And this time, I now have faces to place on the characters of the book.