When I first attempted to write this post, several months ago, I titled it “the real reason Nicholas Sparks is the worst”. I was planning to discuss the lawsuit against Nicholas Sparks that has accused him of being racist, antisemitic, and homophobic in the workplace. I then planned to use that as a lead-in to discuss how romance novels are just awful in general.
Something about that original post just never feel right. Maybe it’s because I have no way of knowing if Sparks is really guilty of what he has been accused, or maybe it’s because any time I start to attack the Romance genre I find myself haunted by the memory of Jane Austen.
This is what you find when you search for “Jane Austen” and “ghost”.
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Ladies, and I say that because Demetri Martin has proven that if you end any sentence with that it becomes creepy but had nothing to share about starting with it,
How are you doing? Just trying to keep things casual and upbeat [and polite, because I am Canadian, after all] before we move on to a subject I’m trying to form an opinion on. You can be sure that if I was even 23% sure of myself this would be a post that confidently projected my opinions as being truths, but alas, here we are.
Last week I came across an article on the AV Club on what you probably know to be one of my favourite shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It concerned one character in particular, Detective Charles Boyle, and how much of the season followed his attempts at wooing fellow officer Rosa Diaz. Now they weren’t, and I’m not, making any comments about workplace romances- the focus was instead on the fact that she was clearly not interested in him.
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Tagged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Charles Boyle, dating, friend zone, Full Boyle, harassment, interested, nice, nice guy, no, perseverance, persistence, refusal, relationships, rom-com, romantic comedy, Rosa Diaz, tenacity
After so many weeks where the focus of this show has been decidedly anything but what the title implies we have an episode that is all about the Benjamins. Last time we were with Max and Caroline the snarky one had found out that her boyfriend [yeah, things were getting serious] Deke was a rich kid. Cue the feeling of betrayal, brace yourselves for the emotional fallout.
Her decision is to break up by breaking into his dumpster house and taking back her toothbrush and her second favourite gnome, Gnomosexual, both clear signs to Caroline that this relationship might actually have a pretty decent foundation. Even though Deke catches her in the act and speaks to the heart of her actions [“you’re too big a babypants to tell me you’re breaking up with me”] her reason is unassailable: the rich and poor don’t mix. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the ATM, Beth Behrs, Caroline, Cast, CBS, characters, cheesecake, Current Total, Deke, Earl, Eric Andre, Han, Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennings, Luis, Matthew Moy, Max, McRichyMcNeverHadToWorkForAnything, million dollars, money, Oleg, Phill Lewis, poor, review, rich, RichyRichPretendedHeWasPoorenstein, rom-com, romantic comedy, S3E16, Sophie, television, the Monopoly Man, TV
I don’t know if I made it clear last week, but I really like Deke’s dumpster house. It evokes the whole Tiny House Movement that’s going on which actually helps make it appear less cartoonish, and it also proves just how much I loved The Boxcar Children when I was younger. All that being said, the prospect of there being a wine and cheese party in such a small space just oozes with promise, sort of like how the garbage outside of Deke’s place oozes with . . . other things.
In the hands of a more capable director and more creative writers, I’m ideally thinking the crowd from fellow CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, the majority of this episode could’ve taken place in the green dumpster no problem. There were so many interactions to work with, what with the whole diner crew plus Deke and Chef Nicolas and Bebe. Unfortunately the focus was pulled to the two title and the Pastry Schoolers don’t really mix in with the Dirty Diners [those are their gang names now and I stand by them]. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Icing on the Cake, BB Gun, Bebe, Beth Behrs, Bromberg, Caroline, Cast, CBS, Current Total, Deke, dumpster, Earl, Eric Andre, Han, I love you, Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennings, Lindsay Slow-Hands, Luis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matthew Moy, Max, Oleg, review, rich, rom-com, romantic comedy, S3E15, Sophie, television, TV
This episode of 2 Broke Girls . . . I think probably the best way to sum up my feelings about this episode, humour-wise.
“So you thought that in your head and your brain was like: ‘That’s okay to say?'”
“That’d be funny if you got jokes.”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m not this show’s target audience when it comes to comedy. It’s not like I’ve forgotten that, either, it’s just that in the 21 minutes and 45 seconds of this episode I heard five iterations of the joke “brown chicken, brown cow” and that’s four and a half times too many.
And now I’m going to drop that thread completely, because no one tunes into these reviews to hear me whinge about how it wasn’t funny. I mean, this still manages to be a far cry from that one episode with 2 Chainz, so I count my blessings no matter how small they may be. Continue reading
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Tagged 2 Broke Girls, And the Dumpster Sex, Beth Behrs, Caroline, Cast, CBS, Current Total, Deke, dumpster, Earl, Eric Andre, Han, Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennings, Luis, Matthew Moy, Max, Murder Car, Oleg, review, rom-com, romantic comedy, S3E14, Sophie, television, tone, tropes, TV
Welcome back to the CWR 2 Broke Girls Reviews, everyone! Did you miss the show? Did you miss me [writing about the show]? I’m going to say upfront that I appreciated the break like nothing else, and coming back was . . . difficult. Approaching a show from that angle is far from helpful, and I ended up analyzing every little thing, as I am wont to do regardless. But then the tone of the episode, and perhaps the rest of this season, became crystal clear.
2 Broke Girls is channeling the rom-com vibe like a successful séance. Continue reading
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