Hello, hello, and welcome to another edition of Fangirl Friday. I'm your host, Jane's Views, and I will be taking you through my absolute faves of the week!
TV Show of the Week
RuPaul's Drag Race
This. Show. Is. Fierce. I am totally obsessed with RuPaul's quest to find the next Drag Superstar. This show is hilarious, heartfelt, bitchy, over-the-top dramatic, creative, and FUN. It really is a fly on the wall experience of what being a drag queen is all about in the 21st century. I know some people find some of the terms used in the show problematic, but as someone who is not part of that community, I don't feel comfortable passing any judgment on it. All I know is that this show can raise my spirits in a flash.
Podcast of the Week
One of the latest podcasts to come out of the Wolfpop Network, The Canon is hosted by Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson. Every week they come together to discuss a "classic" movie and debate whether it should become part of "the canon" of great movies. Their debates are loud, sometimes academic, sometimes just pure vitriol, but always fun to listen to. They're even sometimes successful in changing my mind about certain movies (I will never watch Pretty in Pink the same way). Definitely a great listen for anyone interested in media debate.
Podcast Episode of the Week
The JV Club with Janet Varney (guest: Felicia Day)
Okay, y'all already know about my intense love of one Miss Felicia Day. I was thrilled that she was going to be on The JV Club with Janet Varney because those interviews are always interesting, topical and revealing. This one was no different, and it really made my (very stressful) day so much better. Felicia has just finished writing her book (that I'm champing at the bit to get a hold of... WHY DO YOU COME OUT IN AUGUST?!?!?!) and she made some very powerful remarks that I needed to hear right then at that moment. She, like myself, is a perfectionist, and often finds it difficult to work when it's not going to immediately come out perfectly. She expects a lot from herself, and I can relate to a tee. However, she was totally inspiring when she said that there are days when all that's going to come is crap, and you just have to acknowledge it and push through it. It was something that literally turned my day around, so for that Miss Day, I thank you. Grab this fantastic episode on iTunes!
Book of the Week
Spinster by Kate Bolick
When I saw the cover and the title of this book, I knew I needed to have it in my possession. Kate Bolick, journalist for The Atlantic, details her experiences growing up expecting her life to somewhat mirror her mother's, but never quite having the desire to fulfill the "typical female dream" of settling down and getting married. She discovers "awakeners" in five female writers/poets/inspirers from the past and through her exploration of their work and their lives, begins to discover more of what she wants from life, and why the word "spinster" ain't all people think it is. I highly recommend this, especially from a feminist stand-point.
Upbeat Anthem of the Week
I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Yeah, I have to admit. I really, really, really, really, really, really like this song. It makes me so happy every time I hear it, it pumps me up when I go for my runs (...alright, run/walks) and it's actually super empowering. This video is ridiculous, but the song itself is totally anthemic and amazing and I will be bouncing around to it for weeks to come.
And that's it for this week, guys. Later days!