Legacies

I had my initial reservations about Legacies because I am a huge fan of the The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. And I did not want to start something which might ruin my memories of them. Blame it on the heartbreak I suffered from Game of Thrones Season 8.

Legacies did not disappoint.

When I started watching it, I had wanted to be disapproving of it. And the first three episodes did feel like I was watching The Flash Season 1. Every episode a new monster turns up and the Super Squad slays it.

Then, Jo came back from the dead.

This episode is one of my favorite moments of Season 1. I love this family 🧡

Speaking of the Saltzman twins:

Both are the extreme ends of a spectrum and co-dependent on each other. While Jossie is an introvert and the care taker, Lizzie needs the care and is the outspoken one. Lizzie also has emotional issues and has her own meltdown sessions like how I have done so many countless times. These girls remind me a lot of my own passive-aggressive nature.

And from here on, the plot picked up pace, the monsters got interesting and the emotions started flowing.

While in the TVD and the Originals, the focus was mainly on the three factions – witches, vampires and werewolves – Legacies talks about all those creatures whose existence is now regarded as just a myth.

We have all sorts of supernaturals – there’s dragons, arachnids, gargoyles, night hags and even unicorns. However, my favorite was the Necromancer.

He was quite the right mix of comic relief and mystery.

And I also liked Lizzie Saltzman’s version of the Legacies courtesy of a Jinni!! (Whoever told you Genie’s granted only three wishes?)

Welcome to the Salvatore Boarding School!!

To be fair, they have called it out quite clearly in the first episode that they wanted it to be Hogwarts-ish but they had to settle down for a downsized version of it. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost it’s charm. I would still love for this school to exist.

The supporting cast of students is not there just to aid in the help of fighting monsters but each get their own special moments to shine. Each person is also given unique character traits. Lizzie has her storm clouds, Josie is bi-sexual, MG is a comic nerd, Kaleb has the swag, Penelope is the evil ex with a purpose, Rafael has his werewolf aggression and Landon is a phoenix!!

We can’t speak of Legacies without mentioning Hope Andrea Mikaelson.

Okay, now I don’t exactly like Hope (I think it’s bit too much that every boy and girl on campus seems to have a crush on her? Or like, how she won Miss Mystic Falls without literally doing anything!) but I think she is very courageous and confident. And she did say this one line that got me thinking, “The only thing that’s stopping me from being happy is me.”

Do you also think that Hope looks like Katherine Langford?

Danielle Rose Russell has done a wonderful job of being Hope but everytime she pulls her hair up in a pony I am immediately reminded of Katherine and what might have been.  But I still wouldn’t trade Danielle for her.

There are many subtle hints at Damon and Elena’s children – yes, children, as in plural – and the even the name of the daughter is mentioned as Stefanie Salvatore. Matt has a couple of appearances before they retire him as Sheriff.

Caroline’s absence from the school is explained well but I really want to see her on the show. It was good to see Alaric too. And I wish they would let us know what happening back in New Orleans.

Books or Their Movies??

Part I) Popular Books that were better than their Movies

Harry Potter Series

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Harry Potter is what defined my childhood and made me what I am. When I read the books, my imagination soared, they brought me so much happiness.

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Well, I’m not saying the movies were bad. In fact, the initial movies were really good but they started twisting the plot to fit the screenplay and the latter movies were just so bleak you know.

I was emotionally invested into the books, which is why, even after reading them n times, I still cry over Dobby, feel that numbness when Dumbledore is thrown off the tower and oh I feel so bad for Snape!

To complete my book collection, I saved money and hunted for the books wherever I could. But with the movies, even though they are on TV every other day, I don’t feel like watching them.

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The Da Vinci Code

Well, in fairness, with hugely descriptive books such as these, it’s difficult to fit everything into a 2 hour movie. The author has put ample amount of research into the book and crafted it well to trigger intrigue. The movie tries quite well but just doesn’t hold a candle to the book.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander blew me off! I couldn’t stop till I finished all three books. This is a character that has intrigued me and annoyed me in equal measure. I have read many characters in many novels but Salander is a character which is complex as well as really easy to understand at the same time.

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While, the movie is stylish enough, it doesn’t dive deep into the minds of the characters. We can see their actions but we can’t hear their thoughts.

Part II) Popular Series/Movies that were better than their Books

Game of Thrones

*Trying not to think about the finale here*

But this series was simply outstanding. It’s something that doesn’t need my justification because it will always stay legendary.

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Hence, when I came to it’s books –

  • First off, I think MBBS students also do not read such fat and fine print books.
  • Secondly, I get being descriptive but describing a person travelling over 5 pages is exhausting to read. And, I used to stay up in the night to read these books dutifully. There are so many sections that needed a trim.
  • Thirdly, I don’t know if I will live long enough till the last book comes out.

The Vampire Diaries

I am a fan of this series. It’s my love, my passion, my foray into a new world of supernatural obsession. It’s where I met my fictional love, Damon Salvatore. It’s when I unintentionally started binge-watching 😝

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I made an attempt to read the first book and I found it pretty basic. It didn’t stir the craze and hence I couldn’t truly move forward and read it completely.

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Gone Girl

I vaguely remember reading the book but I remember the movie characters pretty well. So I guess I can safely say the movie made a much bigger impact on me than the book.

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I read that the endings in the movie and the book are different but I can’t seem to remember the book ending. Which could only mean I was sufficiently satisfied with the movie version.

Part III) Popular Books that were as good as their Movies

Devil Wears Prada

The glitz , the glamour, the arrogance, the style – matched up every bit to the book.

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The Girl on the Train

The performances in this movie did justice to bringing the book alive.

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The suspense, the revelation, the ending was all like I remembered it and wanted it to be.

P.S. I Love You

Oh, I loveee this book. It makes me cry, feel warm within and just makes me feel so grateful for my life.

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And the movie brought out the same deep ache and mushiness.

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I love them both!!

Mixed Bag – 1

I have been reading, watching, streaming all over the place; literally.

Movie: The Sky Is Pink

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For a movie that is about impending death, this is a very positive one.

Inspired by a true story; Aisha Chaudhary was a girl who was born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). She was destined to not live long. The movie traces the journey of Aisha’s parents (Moose and Panda – as Aisha calls them) who vow to give her all the happiness they can for whatever time she has left.

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In a voiceover Aisha says, “You know those moments when everything is perfect and you feel so blessed to have this life as yours. My life didn’t have these magical moments – Moose and Panda created them.”

The real life Aisha Chaudhary was a motivational speaker at the young age of 15 and wrote the book My Little Epiphanies, which got published one day before her death. She was 18 when she died.

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This is a very heartwarming movie , despite the fact that is about a family dealing with a lot of pain. Maybe because, it is projected with a buoyant lens. And Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar have pulled a fine job being Moose and Panda.

I wonder why real life inspiring stories such as these do not get sent to the Oscars?!

Book: The Single Girl’s To Do List

Rachel Summers is in a relationship for 7 years. She knows that Simon is The One. Meanwhile, Simon….. breaks up with her.

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Suddenly, Rachel’s perfect life is in shatters. She can’t figure out what she did wrong or why suddenly everything is swiveling. To get a grip, she does the one thing she is best at – Makes a To Do List.

With the help of her best friends, Emelie and Matthew, they come up with the following:

  • Get a makeover
  • Exercise
  • Do something extreme
  • Find a date for your dad’s wedding
  • Do something your ex wouldn’t approve of
  • Buy yourself something obscenely expensive and selfish
  • Write a letter to your ex
  • Travel somewhere you’ve never been before
  • Contact your first crush
  • Break the law

This book is a typical chick lit romance and since currently I’m in my chick lit romance book phase, I lapped up all the mushiness and all the bound-to-undergo-a metamorphosis plot. It is not a new story – it’s all expected. But even then, it’s a fun enough read.

But, if you are newly single, this list is certainly not to be considered for pointers. Let’s be realistic 😜

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Don’t take notes!!

Youtube: Pretty Fit

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Well, Prajakta Kohli is one of my favourite Youtubers but Pretty Fit….umm…

The idea of the show, Functional Fitness, is fabulous. And it also fits in with MostlySane’s RealTalkTuesday Content. But you know, I wished, instead of having a frivolous air, it could have been a bit more serious.

Instead it looked all staged – the Kareena Kapoor pranking Prajakta parts,
felt like it was trying too much – Prajakta trying to distract the celebs from their tasks
and too kiddish – showering the winners with all the “validation in the world.”

It has great potential – I just wish it could be treated as an earnest show committed to the fitness challenge.

I loved all the challenges – they were unique and very creative. Also, it is inspiring to see your favourite women performing these tasks.

We had,

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Neha Kakkar making a glass of Lassi from scratch – from cleaning and milking buffalos to churning the milk.

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Dangal actress Sanya Malhotra visiting the Dhobi ghats to wash, dry, press and iron an armload of clothes.

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Mithila Palkar on a fishing boat, pulling the nets and getting nuste aboard.

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Stand up comedian Sumukhi Suresh getting sugarcane juice from the fields to the glass, literally.

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RJ Malishka’s Day In the Village – sweeping the angaan, fetching pails of water from the well, making bhakris of rice and gobar cakes.

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Finally Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan getting her hands and feet dirty digging the soil and making a beautiful clay pot.

I loved the exercises that were designed by the trainer Urmi, for each challenge. Again unique and creative and very much doable by even common folk like us.

Other plus points, all the heart to heart talk shared by the celebs, the colorful costumes, the way in which every challenge was properly organised.

I would personally love to see another season albeit focused at the tasks in hand.