Didn’t feel like doing a proper Suddenly post because movie-wise it was such a BORING month. In fact, let’s get that out of the way right now: I watched next to nothing, half of which was lame. The highlight? Ex Machina, right in the beginning of June. I just wasn’t in the mood for feature length movies, so instead, I read a bunch of books; now that went fabulously.
John Thomas says good-night to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with a hopeful heart. — Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence #lastlines
— Sofia da Costa (@filmflareblog) June 10, 2015
I had my first contact with Virginia Woolf for our podcast episode on The Hours. Mrs Dalloway wasn’t an easy read, but it left me eager to read more from Woolf. I also finished Anaïs Nin’s Henry and June, and I’m not sure why I ever stopped because this really was a great read and even became one of my all-time favorites. Anyone who isn’t bothered by books on sexuality needs to read Nin – her prose is so beautiful.
While on a classics roll I tackled D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was good but not amazing. I’m not sure, I have mixed feelings on this one. And then, because every time I read a couple of classics I need to unwind with some light reading, I gave these dark erotic novels a try because there were so controversial, sigh.
They were Kitty Thomas’s Comfort Food (you can skip this one), and The Dark Duet series by C.J. Robert (DNF’d Epilogue), which I guess are okay…? They did manage to handle semi-well the whole psychological thing of being attracted to your captor. From a horror pov they were alright too. It’s all the cheesiness that ruins these books, you know?
Wow, this book section is getting really big isn’t it? And I’m not done! I discovered No Regrets by Shannon K. Butcher when I was looking for books with police/army characters, and I ended up buying the whole Delta Force series. It’s romantic suspense, which is a genre I wasn’t really used to but have to say I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the crime/thriller bits, and again, it only annoyed me when it got cheesy. Did all three men need to call their women honey? They also get a bit repetitive and chichéd towards the end, No Escape being my least favorite. But all them have something, so it’s fun summer reading.
Right now I started Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance because of this article, and Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber because I NEED to know if Black Jack is coming back (shame on other Outlander fans for taunting me with the possibility!)
June marked the return of Orange is the New Black with its best season so far. It also meant a new season of Hannibal, still going strong despite being cancelled. What to say about that. It’s obviously not an easy show to like, mostly because it’s so freaking weird I feel like I go into a trance every time I watch it – and that’s really the only way to enjoy it. I must say Europe agrees with Hannibal though, the level of aesthetic porn is through the roof. Did you see the Primavera murder? So beautiful. I’ll definitely write about it by the end of the season.
And finally Suits, which is arguably weaker this season. Darvey is getting cheesy (I’ve complained about this so much lately that maybe the issue is me), and there’s really not much else happening. Still, two episodes in is too early to judge. This month I also returned to Veep, Broad City, Penny Dreadful, and True Detective – so far all great!