frayadjacent: Buffy and Willow, who's the only part of the image in color and is wearing a silly outfit. Text says "adorkable". (!Adorkable)
I forgot to include audiobooks in my Wednesday reading meme, so I'm posting about them now, and for good measure throwing in what I've been watching and listening to.

The last audiobook I finished was Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes. I finished it a couple months ago so my memory is a little vague. When I started it I was in the midst a roughly two month spike in anxiety, which made it a struggle to leave the house every day, and I was often late for work. (There are generally no short-term consequences for me for that -- I have Stuff I Must Do and where/when I do them doesn't matter much. But coming in at 11 when I'm not willing or able to stay correspondingly late isn't good for my career.) Year of Yes helped with that both by making my walk to work more enjoyable and by giving me motivation to leave the house, because I wouldn't let myself listen to it otherwise. Rhimes is a funny and engaging writer and speaker. I felt inspired as I listened to it to say yes to more things, but of course it didn't magically change my patterns of behaviour. I'm working on it though.

Now I'm listening to Amy Poehler's Yes Please -- I somehow missed the amusing similarity of titles till just now. Because I enjoyed Year of Yes I thought I'd like to listen to another fun/easy audiobook by a famous lady. I was trying to decide between Poehler's book and one of Mindy Kaling's, and I chose Poehler's because it has a bunch of cool sounding guest appearances. So far, though, most of the guest appearances have been very, very brief. It's an entertaining book, it occupies my mind on my long walk to/from work, but it's not doing anything more than that for me. TBH I kinda wish I'd gotten one of Kaling's books instead -- I listened to an interview with her recently and really enjoyed hearing her talk about early experiences with comedy.

I'm also very, very slowly and intermittently listening to Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. Her central thesis is that the changes required to (hopefully) prevent catastrophic global warming are fundamental (i.e., socialist) changes that can make life better in many ways, and that fighting global warming is a unique opportunity for building a powerful movement. I want to like it, I want to embrace the hope that it offers, but frankly right now I don't. It feels very 2014.

My next audiobook will be Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter. Which takes me to my next topic: podcasts I've been listening to! Because sometime around October I finally caught up with everyone else and started doing that. I started with Lexicon Valley, a linguistics podcast for a lay audience hosted by McWhorter. Obviously I like it a lot since I decided to buy his book.

The other one was, of course, Buffering the Vampire Slayer. It's squeeful and queer and the two women who run it are my age which I think substantially adds to my enjoyment. For example, one of my pet peeves with people talking about Buffy is when they mock the outfits. I mean yes, there are some examples of appalling taste, but mostly it's just a fancier, leatheryer version of how people dressed then, and I find the joking tiresome. On Buffering the Vampire Slayer, they note the costumes with nostalgic glee, and even genuine appreciation during their Buffy Fashion Watch segment, which I love. Also they love Cordelia and made her a song, and they love Buffy too. It warms my heart.

Now I've started also listening to Fangirl Happy Hour, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and am in the process of sorting through some leftist stuff to see which ones I like. Oh, and Stuff You Missed in History Class, which is a lot of fun and has two women hosts.

Now, for what I've been watching. I started a Gilmore Girls rewatch and got to the point in Season 1 where Christopher returns. I was enjoying it but I haven't picked it back up again and probably won't. Getting sucked into a multi-season rewatch is not in the cards right now. I've watched the first two episodes of The Get Down, a Netflix show about hip hop and disco in the Bronx in the late '70's. I liked it but didn't get sucked in, so I'm taking my time. There are only two episodes and I love the music, so I'll likely finish it. Finally, Mr. Adjacent and I have been watching Parks and Recreation for the last month or so. I can't believe how much I've forgotten from the first three seasons! It's been very fun to rewatch. As for my current shows, Steven Universe and The Mindy Project are coming back next month.

Also, I'm watching Booktubers, especially Claire Rousseau and Elizabeth at Books and Pieces.
frayadjacent: Buffy hugging Dawn, text says "weird love is better than no love" (BtVS: Weird love)
I'm rewatching Gilmore Girls Season 1 for the first time since 2007, AKA Before I Was Fannish. It's amusing to see how my reactions have changed.

Emily and Lorelai's relationship still has my heart. Actually, pretty much everything Emily Gilmore does owns me. For those of you listening to the podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer, you know their Cordelia song? I need one like that for Emily.

When I first watched the series (and then rewatched in order once it went off the air) I was in an intense grad school program. I identified a lot with Rory even though I was 5-10 years older than her character. I find that is much less the case now.

Oh my god, how did I not ship Lorelai/Luke before? Their Season 1 chemistry is perfect! I know I was (and will forever remain) burnt out on the multi-season will they/won't they arc, but still. Such good chemistry.

The ascerbic characters are so much more fun to me now. Paris, Michel, Mrs. Kim. And of course, Emily. Love em.

I don't think I'll actually make it through seven seasons. Right now I'm aiming to at least finish S1.
frayadjacent: Joyce comforting Buffy at the end of "Innocence" (BtVS: Buffy and Joyce)
Overall, it made me really, really happy. I haven't watched Gilmore Girls since Mr. Adjacent and I binge-watched Seasons 1-6 back in 2008. (I still have never watched S7 since it aired.) That was before I'd ever watched Buffy! We had to rent the DVDs from a video store that we walked to! A lot has changed since then. The miniseries hit a lot of the same notes that really worked for me in the original show -- especially with Lorelai and Emily.

NPR's pop culture happy hour episode on the revival was pretty spot on, if a little more critical -- particularly of Rory's storyline -- than I was.

Not really spoilery reactions (though don't read if you don't want to know anything) )
Big plot spoilers here )

Also, I watched the first episode of the TV series today, and my god, Rory was a brat! I will usually go to bat for sullen teenage (well girls anyway) characters but all I could think was that if she continued to act like that there's no way I could rewatch the show. I know she doesn't, though. Which I guess is part of why I was so surprised.

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