The Casual Vacancy HBO TV Show
The first novel J. K. Rowling wrote after the Harry Potter series titled, The Casual Vacancy, was recently made into an HBO mini-series with the same title. When I read the novel I loved it so much I made a point of reviewing it here.
Here’s part of that book review:
Rowling could have held back in some instances, especially with regard to the male teenage characters. And yet she didn’t, and I found this aspect of the book more like a character study. It surprised me, too. As someone who never had read Harry Potter, I honestly didn’t think she had it in her. This is why I didn’t want to get into an overall plot description with this review. So many others have done that well in other reviews, and I wanted to add a few different thoughts…if that’s possible…for readers who might be thinking of reading The Casual Vacancy but aren’t sure if it’s the book for them.
All I can say if that if you like things glossed over and hidden, and you’re not a fan of really reading about some of the more intense things in life, this might not be the book for you. If you tend to take the more difficult aspects of life seriously and you carry images around in your head for a long time, this book might not be for you either. But if you are interested in reading something that gets into the realities and complications of what life is like today, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprsed at how J.K. Rowling managed to pull this off. And I hope there are more books like this one in her future.
I’ve already seen the first two installments of The Casual Vacancy on HBO and I recommend it highly, even if you didn’t read the book. You’ll also get to see what life is like in a quiet little English village, too…at least I’m assuming this is all accurate.
I don’t have any idea when the show airs again, but I do know that the first two installments are on On Demand. I’m sure if you check your cable listings with a search you’ll get all the information you need.
A Lot of Gay Sex In New York
This one is really nothing more than clickbait and an advertorial for a web series titled, Hunting Season. From what I gather it’s about all the sex gay men in their 20’s are getting in New York. It’s annoying for many reasons, but one of the most annoying reasons is that it suggests that only gay men in their 20’s, in New York, are getting a lot of sex. Which is pure bullshit…on all counts.
When Alex runs into someone from his past he re-considers the consequences of his freedom and decides to make some changes, with unexpected results. His two best friends are going through their own turmoil as well, as Tommy (Marc Sinoway) confronts someone who despises him and everything he stands for, and TJ (Jake Manabat) and his husband explore non-monogamy in their marriage.
You can read the rest of this tripe here. It’s the worst kind of advertorial, with cliches like “keeping his dance card filled.” However, as someone in the comments pointed out it’s pure escapism and fantasy and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just wish these PR and marketing idiots would realize that once in a while and say that.
The Pope Is At It Again
This is an interesting Pope. It seems that each time he opens his mouth something more unusual escapes and makes headlines. This time he’s claiming that heterosexual marriage is The “Masterpiece of Society.” Obviously, emphasizing the word “heterosexual.”
Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other. In many countries, the number of separations is increasing, while the number of children is in decline. Christians do not marry only for themselves. They marry in the lord in favor of all the community, of society as a whole.”
I noticed how he fails to mention that the Catholic church makes money on divorce in a highly interesting way. I’m going to simplify this, but here’s a link to more details. When a Catholic gets divorced he/she is not in the same high standing as the non-divorced Catholic. I don’t think anyone can dispute that, especially if they re-marry. In order to receive what is called a “Papal Annulment” from the church, which will put the re-married divorced Catholic back in good standing, the divorced Catholic has to go through a tribunal council and it winds up costing about ten thousands dollars to do this. I think the costs my vary from place to place. The people I know spent thousands. It also takes a great deal of time…years sometimes. I know several people who have been through this, and I’ve actually answered a ten page questionnaire for someone. And I hope I never have to do that again. They were some of the most personal, private, embarrassing questions I have ever seen in my life. It wasn’t something I enjoyed doing, but I couldn’t refuse either. However, my personal advice would have been don’t bother and spend that money on something more important.
Here’s an excerpt from the link above:
The wait for a decision from the Tribunal can be frustrating, as the process may take many months. Because of the number of marriage cases pending before the Tribunal and the detailed and careful process with which each one is handled, it is never possible to expedite any one’s request for a declaration of nullity, or to promise a definite date of conclusion, or even to promise a favorable decision. Because of this, if you are seeking an Decree of Invalidity with a future remarriage in mind, please know that the priest or deacon assisting you in your preparations is not able, and not permitted, to set even a tentative date for a new marriage until you have a final and favorable decision, in writing, from the Tribunal.
Isaac is kidnapped and Lion Hewitt hires The Rainbow Detective Agency to find Isaac and to keep the physical affliction from becoming public knowledge. It all turns out to be fun and games until poor Isaac finds his luck has ran completely dry!
The playful banter between Proctor and Blair was a lot of fun and they remind me of Oscar and Felix on the Odd Couple. They are passionate men so you can expect to read quite a bit of steamy scenes with these two. Both, Proctor and Blair were very excited to get acquainted with Isaac and see his special package ( so to speak).
A very fun story! It reads like a smooth dream and the characters have a lot of energy, heart, and charm.