Everything’s Eventual. Even Life.

It’s been a while, right? I am tempted to say that I will try to be more constant and do not stop writing for this long, but somebody taught me that I should not say things, that I should do them. So… I will not say anything. Now back to business.

Today I am here to share with you my thoughts on Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. Published in 2002, the author delivers exactly on his promise: dark tales. Each one of the 14 short stories is dark in a very specific way. Some of them are horrific, some seem like they came out of your worst nightmares, some of them might perfectly work for Black Mirror, and some are just… fucked up.

As it happens with King’s stories, they are not the kind of tales you will get an easy scare from. They build up and get deeper with each character trait. Even though they are a few pages long, you get to know and understand how and why the characters think and react the way they do. That’s how well written they are.

While I was reading the stories, I thought that, as dark as they are, they are perfectly non-fiction. I do not mean that they are true stories, I mean that things like that can actually happen. Sometimes life can surprise in so many different ways, but you never get to choose in which one. Who says that, as a doctor, you will never find someone that has been declared dead but he is not? Or that crazy people are not working at fancy restaurants? Or that hell is not just one never-ending deja vu?

“Everything’s eventual,” he says, and it is true: the stories, the horror, the nightmares, the darkness. Even life. So if you want to enjoy a compilation of tales that will make you wish you had chosen broad daylight to read them, sit back and enjoy the mastery of Stephen King’s writing and his always prolific imagination.

Everything’s Eventual. Even Life.

The Doctor Is In

First of all, you need to know that I am a Whovian. I am not going to say that I have watched every single episode since 1963, but I will say that I have watched every single episode, Christmas special, omnibus, and mini-episode of the new series. By no means this makes me an expert, but I wanted to establish that fact before I issue the following comment.

Last night, the BBC released the news about who will take over of one of the most iconic characters on television. Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor in a saga that has been on air since the last century. If you do not know who she is, I highly recommend to check out Broadchurch, an intense TV drama about the murder of 11-year old Danny Latimer. In this series, Jodie plays Beth, Danny’s mother.

To be honest, I did not know what to expect regarding the new Doctor, but somehow I thought that it would be a male again. A few weeks ago, I remember reading an article where Steven Moffat explained why “it didn’t feel right” to have a woman as the Doctor, so imagine the surprise of the fandom last night! (Well played, Steven, well played).

After watching the 1-minute teaser posted by @bbcdoctorwho, I could not help but to look at the multiple replies and, to my awry surprise, the negative ones outnumbered the praising ones (at least at that moment). Many of them did not have anything to do with the acting skills of the actress but with the mere fact of her genre. I cannot believe that something so natural as gender is facing so many people. Are they married to the idea of the Doctor being a male? Why? Will it hurt the story? Will it make the Doctor less awesome?

I understand that Doctor Who is an icon and such icon has been a male for over 50 years, and that the companions have been mostly women, and that there has been some great tragic love stories in between, but why not a change? Does it feel like the end of an era just happened? Would the Doctor being a female would override all those stories? Absolutely no! Or is it that it will be “weird” to look at Jodie and then think about Rose and Ten, River, and Clara?

According to the story line, the Doctor regenerates into a new physical body and acquires a new personality (sort of), but he/she never forgets. Nothing is lost, ever. Just like 11th said once, “Nothing is completely forgotten. People leave traces.” Always. I believe, this will bring a whole new wave of excitement to the show. I cannot wait to see what Whittaker will bring to the role and who will stay as her companion. I cannot wait to learn what will be the plot about and what new adventures she will be up to.

We are living in a time where we need to accept change and be open to new ideas. In my humble opinion, we cannot expect that the status quo remains exactly like that. Everything evolves and regenerates (especially the Doctor) and so should we. This goes beyond the battle of sexes. This is about embracing the unknown and realizing that anything is possible, even the Doctor being a woman.

The Doctor Is In

Wonder Woman: The Empowering Super Heroine

When I grow up, I wan to be like Diana Prince, a.k.a. the Princess of Themyscira. There, I said it. Finally, last night I went to watch Wonder Woman. I know, I know….I am a bit late, but I would like to share my thoughts with you about it still. In summary, I absolutely loved it. Yes, it a little bit long (over two hours) but totally worth it.

I am not an assiduous super hero movie goer, but I found Wonder Woman utterly compelling since the moment I watched the trailer. Maybe it was because the actual hero or heroine is a woman and not only a chick that looks hot in spandex and is part of a crew led by a man. Diana Prince made me feel that we can have super heroines standing up for themselves, not just supporting, and that was very empowering.

Yes, Gal Gadot is gorgeous and yes, her costume is quite revealing, but I do not believe the intention is to make men drool in the movie theater. Likewise, the Amazons are beautiful and they are not super models; they are real warriors with a mission that demands commitment and sacrifice. Diana Prince is the same, but she also has a kind heart with the naïvety proper of someone entering a new world. However, I love the fact that she is ridiculously smart and can put men in their place – and win them over – just with brains.

She does not need to be rescued, and she totally believes in herself. Oh but that did not come only because she is a goddess herself (sorry for the spoiler), but because she was trained harder than any other Amazon. She believed in her mission from the beginning and went for it. Moral: work hard, very hard, and you will conquer.

I do not know about you, guys, but after watching it and while watching it, I imagined myself like one of the Amazons: strong, bad ass, and capable of defending myself from anybody in the world. Every time a man appeared on screen saying things like, “Who let this woman in?” or looked at her like she was a pink elephant, I just wanted to unsheathe my sword and start slicing them. To be honest, that is how I feel every time a man is condescending, mistreats women, or simply acts like a prick.

Now, please, do not get me wrong. I do not consider myself a feminist, and I do not have anything against men. I think you guys are awesome, and I believe that we need each other to achieve great things. And that is something Wonder Woman is very good at: It is not us versus them. It is more like, “Us and them.”

Another thing that makes this movie and Diana Prince memorable, is that she is genuinely caring, compassionate, and believes in love. And that is exactly what ignites her power – like every other woman because we are capable of that. Okay, it is love but more than that, is the loss of it. Sure, she literally falls for the very first guy she sees but, as it happens in real life, you never, or almost never, end up with your first love. It gives you a taste of what it is and sometimes breaks your heart, but most of the time, it leaves.

Speaking of leaving, have you ever noticed that all great super heroes are loners? They have objects of affection at some point, but rarely they stay together once they devote themselves to save the world. I wonder if there is any sort of theory or any sociological or psychological study about it. I would be very interested to read it. Could it be because of the generalized idea that you cannot have everything in life? Could it be because love distracts you and makes you less productive whether your work in an office or you save humanity? Also, for those who already watched the movie, did you realized that she is never called “Wonder Woman” in the entire film?

I never like to say that a movie, book, tv show, etc. is good or bad. This is my second “review” and pretty much I am telling you how I feel about it and what were the reactions and thoughts it provoked in me. In this case, you can see that it did a good job. Wonder Woman has it all: it is entertaining and it has humor, amazing action and fighting sequences, a little bit of love, and definitely makes a girl feel like we can do anything we set our minds on…. oh and also makes you feel like getting a sword, a shield, and hit the gym with all your heart and soul. *Giggles*

Wonder Woman: The Empowering Super Heroine