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A few months ago after my DVR was beginning to get too full, I decided to delete all The Carrie Diaries I had saved. It wasn't important to me at the time, my mom was the one who wanted to get into it since she was always a big Sex In The City fan where as I had never seen an episode of that show in my life.  Seeing the episodes available on Netflix this past week was a nice reminder that this was a show I wanted to get into. When it comes to CW shows, you should never go into them expecting to be impressed. From Gossip Girl to The Vampire Diaries, these shows are filled with gorgeous looking people who do mediocre acting, but it works for the young adult crowd. It's an easy demographic to channel since most of us don't care about fantastic cinematography or Oscar award winners as the lead roles.

Once I decided to give The Carrie Diaries a go, I was instantly hooked. I realized this was a show I was going to love to hate. Yes, I genuinely love it and at the same time, hate it. It has to be doing somewhat well that it was picked up for a second season which will be wrapping up within the next few weeks. It took me about 3-4 days to conquer both the first and what has aired of the second season. But why do I love to hate it?
It's extremely cliche and unrealistic...
Everything about this show is completely cliche and unrealistic. We can start off with the fact that there's a slut, a nerd, a bitch, a gay, a hot guy and the ever so perfect Carrie. Every single teen show has these exact characters and it's something that creates an emotional connection with the watcher. You know who you need to love and who you need to hate because of their personality traits. When it comes to how unrealistic it is, I don't know anyone who was 16 turning 17 that got a major internship at a magazine and then became a writer for it as well. If that was the case, I would have started that years ago. The second unrealistic point is how the show is supposed to be set in 1986 and it's nearly impossible to tell that's the case. I can't give the costume designer respect because it looks like everything came from Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. The 80s aren't depicted well enough for my taste, aside from the cars and how big Carrie's hair is.
Austin Butler is hot but can't act...
So I've seen this kid a few times. You might know him simply for the fact that he's Vanessa Hudgen's boyfriend. Alongside my CW show obsession, I find myself addicted to ABC Family as well. He had a small role on the show Switched at Birth (which was uniquely good) and after flicking through Nickelodeon one day, I saw him in a rerun of iCarly. He's definitely got his roles down in young television, but if it wasn't for his looks, I don't know what else could really help him. His acting is far from impressive, but he nails Sebastian Kydd perfectly. Everything about him is drool worthy. The chemistry between both Annasophia Robb and Austin Butler is beautiful on the show, I constantly find myself envying how perfect they look together. He's lucky he's got dreamy hair to help him succeed in this rough business, though.
And the characters are just downright irritating...
I can't even tell you my love/hate relationship with the characters on this show. I could honestly dissect every character and tell you my pros and cons about them. I think Mags (Katie Findlay) is the one character that makes me want to punch things episode after episode. She's constantly in the wrong place at the wrong time and has caused so much drama and tension through out the whole show. It's hard to even feel bad for her when she hits her lowest of lows because she's just so god damn annoying. I don't even care too much for Donna LeDonna's typical popularity driven character or even Mouse being the typical Asian nerd. Yet, there have been many times where Carrie has driven me insane too. She always has so much greatness going for her in more ways than one and she always ruins it by saying something stupid or blaming Sebastian for it. I sit in front of the TV and want to scream at her to just shut up. And then there's Walt, a boy trapped in the closet who finally feels motivated enough to come out to those closest to him. Why must television constantly depict gays in a stereotypical fashion? They make him as fashion savvy and wussy as possible. This is not true and it drives me insane. I think I can just say the name Dorrit and not even explain why she bothers me since fans of The Carrie Diaries will probably understand me just from that.

But now that I'm in too deep, I have to see what happens at the end of this season and I can't give up aside from all my nitpicking. I can completely admit to the show being my guilty pleasure at this point and I'm not ashamed. I haven't read many reviews about The Carrie Diaries, but I wonder if there are other people on the same page as me. I know I'm not alone in this!

 
 
I am pretty shocked that the internet didn't explode this past Sunday. When I heard about One Direction's album "accidentally" leaking on iTunes, I was pretty sure the fandom would be in an uproar. Sadly I don't follow the 1D fandom enough and everything I do know is from my 11 year old niece, which is fine with me. I've heard horror stories of fandoms from being a BTR fan so I try to avoid going into them in the first place. They're a weird place, like a bar at last call. The lights come on and everything you didn't want to know finally shows. All in all, I stay out but that didn't stop me from being curious about Midnight Memories

I have nothing against One Direction, honestly. I thoroughly enjoy their music and I do think they're a talented and handsome group of guys. I always go back and forth on who is the most talented and most attractive in the group and I can never pin point it. Their vocals are all strong and their personalities are compatible, but unique nonetheless. 

The only qualms I have with the boy band is that there is a severe lack in songwriting and simply put - Louis. Hearing the progression from Up All Night to Midnight Memories, their maturity has excelled in sound, but Louis' voice still gets me. It's pretty hilarious because in my opinion, I am most attracted to him, but he definitely ranks last in vocals. Sometimes I wonder if he was kept in X Factor for the fact that he was good looking (except for that god awful Bieber bowl cut).  My biggest guess is they nearly slaughtered him with a butt load of vocal lessons to put him on the same level as the rest of the guys or simply, cut his lines in their songs down to one or two segments. Whatever works though. 

Moving on to songwriting, I am always impressed when I know that not only are artists using their own voices, but they're singing the words they concocted too. I always open up CD booklets when purchasing an album out of curiosity of the photos and most importantly, lyrics. I am slightly disappointed in the lack of power One Direction has in writing their own lyrics. I think when you follow an artist you love so much, there's a sense of honor and admiration knowing they worked as hard as they did on the writing aspect. Not to say 1D doesn't work their asses off because I know they do, but it'd be nice to see what they have to say musically more often. 

After listening to Midnight Memories through and through for the past few days (yes I didn't wait, I told you I was curious!), I can finally conclude that I have mixed feelings. A lot of the songs were too slow for my liking, especially coming from Take Me Home. I felt like their prior album was more "single ready", meaning most of the songs could end up on top 40 radio in a heartbeat. This album dragged for me, especially since I listened to the deluxe edition so it was twice as long. There are two songs I have been jamming to back to back since they seem to be the most up beat and to my taste. If you're not sure on whether you want to listen or not, I would recommend starting with the more energetic of the tracks such as Does He Know? and Alive

1D stuck to their typical sound which I praise, I am always iffy when artists swap around their sound. When BTR released 24/seven, I listened more than ten times until I found songs I enjoyed. Let's be real though, every artist will have a killer album and one (or more) that sucks. I am impressed that these British (and Irish) guys are doing so well, though. I always see an influx of boy bands every four years and they don't seem to last forever; under the exception of The Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, and Boyz II Men. Don't you think it's time to give it a rest?

All that aside, I can see myself turning into a "Directioner". I am being swayed because of their popular demand (I am enthralled with trends, a follower of sorts), but you won't see me buying that Harry Styles life size stand up from FYE anytime soon... or I could be lying.


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Must listen: Little White Lies, Better Than Words, Don't Forget Where You Belong