Last time I was on the Lit Musing’s podcast I shared with you about how my interest in fantasy helped shaped my life as well and how it introduced me to all things magical. Today, I want to discuss one of my favorite tv series, a series I’m sure many of you can share with me. Charmed was a show I definitely could relate to. With not only one, but three very strong and capable female leads, and a never-ending supply of baddies to take on, this show, which aired every Wednesday, was my escape from the pressures of school and everyday life.
More than anything, I wanted to be like Pru, Piper, and Phoebe. Each sister represented a colorful personality, and when together, nothing could stop the trio. I remember thinking about how I also had three sisters, and how maybe one day, I’d discover we were special too. It’s these connections that kept me going, out of trouble, and in the ever-changing world of fantasy. This will be a show I watch with my own daughter one day, because I want her to know that even when things get tough, you can rely on family and your own strength to get you through the hardest of situations. That the light can always find a way to shine through any crack, no matter how small. No matter how much my sisters and I fought, at the end of the day, Charmed brought us together. How powerful is that?!
What I couldn’t get enough of was how this show related to real-world situations, and how they mixed zesty magical twists between sisters, but also offered up situations one would run into from day-to-day. I could go on about this show forever if you let me, so I will let you guys tell me in the comments who your favorite character was, and why! Don’t be shy guys!
What I’m most excited about, is discussing the new spins we’re being introduced to with the remakes of shows like Sabrina and Charmed. How we’re being introduced to the pressures of our modern society, and how we’ve come together as a nation to denounce bullying!!! These are all great topics, so let’s hear from you all in the comments.
While we’re on the subject of powerful women, let me take you back to my high school years. To the good ol’ times where the only place you could find me, was in our small school library, zealously tucked away, soaking in every paranormal and fantasy read I could before I went home. I was lucky enough to have found one of my favorite female writers at an early age. Kelley Armstrong introduced me to the world of werewolves beginning with her well known masterpiece, Bitten.
Her incredible descriptions in Bittenreeled me in, empowering me to rush through the rest of the series, centered around Elena Michaels, the only known female werewolf. The idea of Elena being the only surviving woman to have survived a lycanthrope’s bite was just the ticket I needed to survive the pressures and drama of my budding high school life. I invite you to discuss with us in the comments about your favorite Kellie Armstrong book! My favorites were the first three, Bitten, Stolen, and Dime Store Magic.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It’s all in the name!
Did you all know that Warner Bros. really wanted the show to be called Slayer. Whedon refused. (In Whedon We Trust!)
Other actresses who auditioned for Buffy included Katie Holmes, Selma Blair and Charisma Carpenter, who went on to play Cordelia…which was the original role SMG auditioned for.
Ryan Reynolds could’ve played Xander…but turned the role down. And clearly was never heard from again.
The Neverending Story
Since we spoke a good deal about this movie last time, I dredged up some goodies to share with you all.
This was the most expensive film in German history, and Michael Ende, the books author, publicly bashed the finished product, calling the movie, “revolting.” The main character, Atreyu was originally supposed to be green.Inthe book, Atreyu had blue hair and green skin.
Thanks for having me once again, and I can’t wait for our next podcast this month when we focus on the theme: Fate vs. Destiny.
Bye for now!
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