Friday, 8 February 2013

Undone Blog Tour: Cat Clarke Talks TV Shows!

Undone is Cat Clarke's third book for teens and was published on January 31st in the UK. It has yet another brilliant cover (is Cat lucky or what?!) and sounds really, REALLY good. I'll be reading it soon! Here's an Amazon summary to tide me over until then:

Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she's learning to live with it. Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online ... and he kills himself. Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down. A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.

 Sounds good, yes? Read on for an equally good guest post about one of my very favourite subjects - TV shows! - and check back over the weekend for a giveaway of the book.


When I’m not writing, it’s a pretty good bet that I can be found curled up on the sofa, watching DVD box sets and drinking tea. I thought I’d share my current top 5 TV shows, and hopefully get some recommendations from you in return.

1. Game of Thrones

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. I haven’t seen season 2 yet and if it isn’t as good as the first season I may cry. There’s so much to love about this show – incredible world-building, characters you really care about (Tyrion FTW!), characters you hate (Joffrey! Gah!) and lots of fighting.

2. The West Wing

This is the only show I watch that makes me wish I had an actual job. Granted, that job would have to be something really high-powered in the White House, but I reckon I’d be really good at it. If you like watching people talking really fast about things you don’t quite understand (but wish you did), this is the show for you.

3. Friday Night Lights

I was skeptical: a show about American football? Er… no thanks. But one episode in I was a complete convert and it was only a matter of days before I was obsessed with Tim Riggins (Texas forever!) and hating stoopid Lyla Garrity. Coach Taylor and his wife are my favourite TV couple of all time.

4. Queer as Folk (US version)

I think I watched all five seasons of this in less than a month (while I was on a tight deadline for UNDONE, actually). Again, I wasn’t sure I’d like this – an American remake of a British show – but I was proved wrong yet again. Brian Kinney is one of my favourite characters ever, even though his hair is a bit silly. WARNING: there are A LOT of rude bits on this show (and on Game of Thrones, now that I think about it).

5. Buffy/Angel (please don’t make me choose!)

Who doesn’t love Buffy? I’m pretty sure no one I’d ever want to associate with. I’ve just recently started an Angel rewatch and I am LOVING it this time round. Maybe it’s something to do with me being older and wiser. I’ve sort of stalled in the middle of the Great Buffy Rewatch because I’m on season 5 and something BAD is about to happen.

This seems as good a time as any to wheel out the old Buffy vs Edward clip… just because.

So what are YOUR favourite TV shows? Are there any glaring omissions from my top 5?


Friendly Neighbourhood Bookseller said...

You should try The Walking Dead. It's about a zombie apocalypse, and the zombies are there and present and creepy as all hell, but really it's about people and how they react and how they cope, or don't, and there are beautiful moments hidden away in there. We're in the middle of Season 3 at the moment but they're short seasons, you'd catch up no problem. And it's not any more violent than GoT, and people don't talk about sex nearly as much.

Or, Vampire Diaries. Damon Salvatore; that's my entire argument there. Just Damon Salvatore.

Jesse Owen said...

Fab post - completely agree about Buffy / Angel - think a rewatch is in order soon.

Though I have to admit this is the only one on this list I've watched!

I might have to give Game a Thrones a try :)

Sophie Wilson said...

I like lots of TV shows but mostly I just flick through channels and watch random programmes depending on my mood. However, I regular watch Coronation Street, Sky Atlantic's horror series The Following and BBC's Waterloo Road. I have the season one Gossip Girl box set and was obsessed with that show at the start of this year. My all time favourite show used to be Pretty Little Liars but I have not found this series as captivating as the previous ones which were brilliant so I highly recommend them. Although I sometimes love American shows like PLL, Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives I do prefer British television. Another one of my favourite shows is Misfits and I was lucky enough to meet the cast at a book signing last year. I also loved My Mad Fat Diary which is still available on 4od.