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Showing posts with label top ten tuesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label top ten tuesday. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Top Ten Villains on TV

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is All About the Villains. I decided to do my ten favourite villains on TV, since I don't tend to like villains in books, but I sometimes do on television.

Lucretia (Spartacus)

She has a great character arc and is truly the best villain ever, because she's a good villain who is written and portrayed excellently.

Ilithyia (Spartacus)

She's a very funny villain, without meaning to be. She just speaks her mind without knowing she's being rude. Ilithyia is a bitch.


Crassus (Spartacus)

He's just as smart as our protagonist Spartacus, and respects his enemy.


Caesar (Spartacus)

Damn you, you sneaky, smart, strong good-looking bastard.


Callisto (Xena)

Undefeatable crazy evil blonde bitch with a weird obsession with Xena.


Alti (Xena)

Undefeatable crazy evil brunette bitch with a weird obsession with Xena. Only even more undefeatable.

 Moriarty (Sherlock)

Evil genius. I shivered/shuddered just finding a picture.


 "Captain John Hart" (Torchwood)

He's a bad person... But he's got some good qualities... Never mind, no he doesn't... Hang on, maybe he does...
Tbh it's the jacket I like the most.


Missy (Doctor Who)

The funniest serious villain to ever... villain. Missy is very very Weird.

Bonnie (Doctor Who)

There's something sexy and scary about her at the same time. It's disconcerting.

Who are your favourite TV villains? Do you agree with this list? Who would you put at #1?

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Top Ten F/F Relationships on TV

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is to do a television-related topic, so I've chosen to do my ten favourite female/female relationships on television, past and present. Some of these are ships, some are friendships, some are antagonistic relationships. Not a spoiler-free post.

1. Xena & Gabrielle

Xena: Warrior Princess 
This one's a given.

2. Xena & Callisto

Xena: Warrior Princess
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You hurt me, I hurt you back tenfold.

3. Eve & Varia

Xena: Warrior Princess
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Varia has good reason to hate Eve, but ultimately forgives her. Cue happy feels.

4. Ilithyia & Lucretia

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The best frenemies to ever frenemy.

5. Gaia & Lucretia

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They genuinely care about each other and Gaia is essential in Lucretia's character development.

6. Nicole Haught & Waverly Earp

Wynonna Earp
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No Bury Your Gays trope here!

7. Waverly Earp & Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp

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 Healthy family relationships are so rare in fiction. Given the end of season 1, let's see how long this lasts.

8. Cosima Niehaus & Delphine Cormier

Orphan Black
Delphine is alive!

9. Clara Oswald & Jane Austen

Doctor Who
Still a better love story than Twilight, and they don't even have any scenes together.

10. Alex Vause & Piper Chapman

Orange is the New Black
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Such an unhealthy relationship that sometimes it's hard to watch. But it's so good!

Talk to me...

Do you know all these relationships? Which are your favourites? Who would you add to the list?

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Top Ten Books Set in the Future

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc). If you read my blog you'll know how much I love historical fiction, but you may not know that sci-fi is also one of my favourite genres, and I love futuristic settings a LOT.
Click the covers to go to the Goodreads links. 

Uglies (Uglies, #1)
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Diverse Energies
Diverse Energies edited by
The Comet's Curse (Galahad, #1)
The Galahad series by Dom Testa
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
 The Dust Lands trilogy by Moira Young
Genesis (The Rosie Black Chronicles, #1)
 The Rosie Black Chronicles by Lara Morgan
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
  The Adaptation series by Malinda Lo
The Carbon Diaries 2015 (Carbon Diaries, #1)
The Carbon Diaries series by Saci Lloyd
Titanic 2020 (Titanic 2020 #1)
Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman
Exodus (Exodus, #1)
The Exodus series by Julie Bertagna
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars edited by Ian Watson & Ian Whates

What are your favourite futuristic books? Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Top Ten Books by New Zealand Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Tuesday REWIND - go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit. I missed 19 July's Ten Books Set Outside The US, but since that's too broad I thought I'd narrow it down a bit and show my international readers what they should be reading. These books aren't all set in New Zealand, but they're not set in the US, either.


Love in the Land of Midas by Kapka Kassabova


Rosetta by Barbara Ewing



I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale




Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers by

A Necklace of Souls by

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
(C'mon, it's a classic!)

Talk to me... 

Do you have any favourite New Zealand books? Are you going to try any of the ones on this list? How well do NZ writers compete internationally?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Top Ten Random Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Ten Facts About Me. 

1. I'm in my first year of university, studying Communications

2. I'm left-handed

3. My favourite picture book is Weslandia by

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Top Ten Reasons I Love Xena: Warrior Princess

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Ten Reasons I Love X. I thought and thought about what I was going to do, and finally decided on one of my two favourite TV programmes, the 90s cult classic Xena: Warrior Princess. 

 For those who don't know (gasp!) it's about Xena (Lucy Lawless), a warrior woman who kicks arse around Ancient Greece and the rest of the known world with her gal pal Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), a bard and Amazon princess/queen. It's an American show filmed in New Zealand, but most of characters speak with - or try to speak with - American accents, which can be both distracting and hilarious. Physics does not exist in this show.

Okay, now you know the basics, here are just ten of the things I love most about this show.

1. It's so absurd and even the creators didn't take it seriously. The humour, the AU episodes, the WHOOSHes... Ridiculousness will rule the show!

Nigel interviewing Gabrielle and Xena in an actual episode

2. It has two of the best female villains ever. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Callisto                             Alti

3. Women everywhere! This is possibly the most feminist TV show, even today, not just because of all the lady warriors, but because it's about inner strength as well. They don't shy away from female relationships, either, which is pretty special.


Gabrielle and Xena fight together

4. It's set mostly in Ancient Greece and includes a lot of Greek mythology, including the gods (my favourite is Aphrodite, but Ares is the star) but they also travel to Britannia, Rome, Egypt, India,  China, Japan, North Africa...

Ares and Aphrodite

5. It's anachronism central! Gabrielle meets Homer one episode after she and Xena meet Helen of Troy, which is ten years after Xena meets Julius Caesar; Xena invents CPR and the kite, she and Gabrielle get crucified and get sent to hell and heaven and meet archangels... There is a very long list of historical inaccuracies, and it's brilliant because it's not meant to be accurate.

Ancient Greek underwear??

6. The "subtext", or as I call it, "text".

7. The same actors are recycled into different roles. Spot The Karl Urban is a favourite game that Xenites like to play.


Karl Urban as Julius Caesar, Cupid, Mael, and Kor

8. One of the main themes is tolerance: of different cultures, religions, world views, personalities, genders (there is a very progressive episode in which Xena kisses a transgender character, whose actor (also transgender) was actually HIV positive, to show the audience that you can't contract HIV from kissing someone who has it), etc.

 9. There's a musical episode! (Actually there's two, but the second one is terrible.)

 10. And of course, Xena and Gabrielle's relationship. They are the most married of couples you can conceive of. They have the closest friendship and the deepest love. I saw someone refer to them as the "mothership", on account of the show being very influential on general fandom. One of my favourite things about this show is that it's about a positive loving relationship between two women, back in the 90s! No wonder it's so important to millions of wlw around the world.

 I could very easily add ten more things I love about this show, but I'll stick with the prescribed number. 

What are your feelings? Nostalgia? Overwhelming fannish feels? Have I convinced any poor souls who aren't familiar with the show to watch it? Will you watch the reboot?

I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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