The Tribe

My Top 5 TV Shows

So yesterday I let you in on my Top 5 songs by one of my favourite singing groups, The Corrs, in honour of them reforming.  Today, I’m gonna let you in on one of the easiest categories, my Top 5 TV shows.  I bet you can guess which will be number one.

 

5. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that I watch and sit there wishing that I was living in it.  The fictional town of Stars Hollow comes across as unique, hilarious and so warm, full of fun, interesting characters that I would want to know.  It is the supporting cast that make this show so great and their weird anecdotes never fail to make me laugh, particularly watching the rudeness of Michel and Sookie’s clumsiness.  And then there is the theme song — you cannot help but love that.

4. The Wire

I only watched The Wire recently, but I fell in love with it instantly and it quickly became one of my favourite TV shows.  There has never been a show that has messed with my emotions more than this one and being based on real life in the city of Baltimore just brings it home more to me.  It broke my heart when the teens in Season 4 got screwed over by the system and I was sickened by the unethical reporters in Season 5, not to mention how devastated I was when Wallace and Bodie were murdered in Seasons 1 and 4 respectively.  The storylines are gripping and the acting is amazing, but it is the characters that truly stand out, as I fell in love with so many of them.The Wire

3. Diagnosis Murder

This may surprise you, but I’ve got crazy love for Diagnosis Murder.  I can watch episodes of that programme over and over and over again, and still not get tired of them, even when I know who the culprit is.  There is something so captivating about Dick van Dyke as Doctor Sloane, and I love that his real life son plays his son in the show.  I like all members of the supporting cast, even when Jack left and Jesse came in as his replacement, which is not always the case for TV shows.Diagnosis Murder

2. PhoneShop

I love, love, love PhoneShop.  I’m not a huge fan of comedies, because I don’t usually find them funny, but PhoneShop is one of those few comedy shows that I do find funny.  In fact, I find it funny over and over again.  It uses British, urban humour perfectly and it has a great mix of characters that all amuse me.  I cannot believe some of the ridiculous situations they find themselves in and some of the foolishness that they come out with is just too much for me.  This show is hilarious and I will happily watch it again and again.PhoneShop

1. The Tribe

Of course, my number one has to be The Tribe, my most favourite TV show in the world.  I can’t really explain why I love The Tribe so much, especially as I’ve come to notice some of the dodgy acting and annoying characters as I’ve got older.  However, I’ve always loved the original story of children and teenagers being forced to survive and make their way in a world where all the adults have died.  My favourite thing about it though is the quirky, unique outfits which remind me of DIY fashion culture, the bold make up and the cool, but sometimes ridiculous, hairstyles.Tribe Cast 2

There you have it, my top 5 favourite TV shows.  Are you a fan of any of these shows or are any of them your favourite?  Let me know your favourite TV shows.

An Epic Read

Last Thursday, I was ecstatic to see that The Tribe: A New Dawn, the second book to continue the story of TV show, The Tribe, had arrived.  This was a book that I desperately wanted and I had only ordered it about two days prior, so having it arrive so quickly meant that I could not contain my excitement.

The Tribe truly is my most favourite programme ever and I was devastated when it ended, but thankfully these books have allowed the plotlines to follow through and develop.  Although the first novel, The Tribe: A New World, did not fail to disappoint, author A.J. Penn, stepped up to make A New Dawn even better.

Once I started reading A New Dawn, I could not put the book down and I had it finished within one day.  Just like a TV episode, each chapter finished with a cliffhanger or nail-biting moment, which meant that I had to read on to find out what would happen to each character.  I found myself cheering for my most loved characters in their victories, feeling sad in their defeats and getting annoyed at some of their silly or naive antics.

Reading this book was kind of like an emotional rollercoaster, as I found myself happy for the outcome of some characters, before being brought down again by the sad fate of others.  The end was heartbreaking and I ended up with tears in my eyes, but there are also so many great developments that will create plenty of storylines for the next novel in the saga.

I hope that there will be more of Tai-San, as I was disappointed about her not being a key fixture in the main body of the novel when she played a major part in the prologue.  I also want the Mall Rats to eventually find her so that she can get back with Lex, because they belong together.  Any other girl who gets involved with Lex just needs to step aside, because Lex and Tai-San are soul mates.

The Tribe: A New Dawn was an epic book and I will definitely be reading it again.  If you’re a fan of The Tribe, go and get your copy now, and even if you’re not a fan, you should read it anyway.  Jut make sure that you read The Tribe: A New World first.

A Great Year of Reading

As you know, I absolutely love books and reading is one of my favourite things to do.  I read as often as I can and indulge myself in stories or knowledge that will expand my mind.  This year, I have been fortunate enough to read some amazing books, which I found difficult to put down.

I finally picked up the book, Coming Home by Mariah Stewart, months after receiving it for Christmas last year.  After the first few chapters, I was hooked and hungry for more, which led to me buying the next four books in the Chesapeake Diaries series on Amazon.  These were nice stories of love and romance, which is exactly what I want to find someday.  I’m hoping to get the next three books in the series next year.

I love a good book series, so I also read the Casteel series by Virginia Andrews, which I genuinely could not put down. Just like the Chesapeake Diaries, I read the first book, Angel, and then quickly bought the four remaining books on Amazon.  In typical Virginia Andrews style, this series was a gripping, twisted, emotional rollercoaster that kept me wanting more.  However, the plotlines did start getting predictable after a while.

One Blood: Inside Britain’s Gang Culture by John Heale and Hood Rat by Gavin Knight were two of my favourite books this year.  Just like Among the Hoods by Harriet Sergeant (my favourite book of 2012), these are non-fiction books that gave me a greater understanding of young men and gang culture in this country.  I was truly inspired and I know that these two books will be a great help to me in my future ventures.

I also loved reading, Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, a biography of the legendary fashion editor who went on to revolutionise museum exhibitions.  As you know, fashion still has a special place in my heart, so reading this book was a treat for me.  The fashion world owes so much to Diana Vreeland and fashion lovers everywhere should go out and get this book.

One of my biggest surprises of this year was reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I loved more than I ever thought I would.  The story was unique but sad, and I never knew what was going to happen.  It was interesting to read the tale of events from the point of view of various characters and I would recommend this classic to everyone.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde intrigued me, as did The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.  I was a little disturbed by The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, but I actually really enjoyed the sweet and sometimes sombre Agnes Grey, again by Anne Brontë.

This year, I expanded my reading horizons and was very happy with the outcomes.  I found amazing stories and texts that I am going to return to again and again.

I just can’t wait for 2015, when I am going to read a new set of books and uncover new surprises.  I especially can’t wait to get my hands on the final book in The Cousin’s War series by Philippa Gregory, The King’s Curse, and The Tribe: The New Dawn, which will continue the story of my favourite ever TV show.

What books did you most enjoy reading during 2014?