November 28, 2013 by Heather
Another year, another Thanksgiving. Looking back on the last year, I could not have predicted the huge changes that would occur, the opportunities that would arise, or the outpouring of love and support I would receive during one of the most challenging times of my life.
Thank you. Thank you to my family, my friends, and to perfect strangers around the world who offered a kind word when I needed it most. Whether we know each other personally or not, please know that encouragement has meant everything to me.
For those who are celebrating the holiday today – I hope it’s a wonderful day full of good food and those you love. And to everyone else I wish the same, even if it’s just another Thursday for you.
October 24, 2013 by Heather
As promised, I am writing weekly reviews for The Originals at Vampire-Diaries.net, and it only took four episodes to remember that I should mention it in this space. It’s a busy television season already!
I’ve added an index (accessible from the menu above) for easy linking, and will of course add new links as they go live. In the meantime, here are the reviews so far:
On the LYTD and other stuff front, there should be news of the breaking variety going live soon. Exciting! Keep an eye on LoveYouToDeathTVD.com.
October 1, 2013 by Heather
Today is the official release day for Love You to Death – Season 4: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries – now available everywhere in paperback and ebook format – and the first reviews have arrived!
First up, Tiffany at Angelized1st:
Aside from the Timeline, my favorite parts of the book are the questions, the interviews with the show’s cast and crew, and the musical list for each episode. As a fan of the series myself, I’m always theorizing each episode. What I love the most is how Calhoun and Vee come up with very insightful questions and theories in the episode reviews. For instance, “What will Jeremy’s, “Oops, I’m not dead” explanation be? and why did Silas tell Stefan, “It doesn’t matter, does it” after he reveals Bonnie has died. Not only did co-creator Julie Plec provide the foreword for the book, but the book also contains interviews with executive producer Caroline Dries, write Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow), and more! If you would like to relive season 4, or brush up on what happened before The Vampire Diaries season 5 premiere this Thursday, then be sure to pick up your copy of Love You to Death this Tuesday.
And Clarissa at ScreenFad also gave us a glowing review:
The admiration that Julie Plec, Caroline Dries and all of the people who work on the show have for the fans (and for Crissy and Heather as cheerleaders for the show) is evident throughout the pages, from Plec’s forward to the interview quotes peppered throughout the series. This is a show whose fans are passionate – and occasionally demanding (admit it) – but who love this series and the writers, producers, editors and other staff know this. And they’re not ashamed to admit what they love about the show and what they feel they could have done. In fact, it’s these small admissions of “I wish we had done this differently” or “this is where our challenges lie” that “Love You to Death” displays so well, connecting the production staff with the fans in a way that’s utterly refreshing.
Crissy and I have also done our first interviews in support of the book. Over at The Televixen, Melissa asked us a variety of questions about our personal Vampire Diaries Season 4 highlights and what we’re looking forward to as we head into Season 5:
Is there a particular Season 4 episode that you think everyone should watch again before the new season begins?
Crissy: Oooh, good question. I think anything with Silas mythology will prove useful. I recently rewatched the last four episodes in prep for Season 5 (from “The Originals” to “Graduation”), and that felt like a good refresher, but I think revisiting Shane’s exposition bombs about Silas would be good. Bonus: Atticus Shane back on your TV.
Vee: Did we mention we have an unhealthy Professor Shane fixation…? Well, everyone should watch “The Originals” again in preparation for the season premiere of the show after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3. That’s a freebie. In terms of TVD, I’d agree with Crissy that the Silas stuff is going to be important heading into Season 5. I’d say rewatch “The Walking Dead.” I can’t help feeling that there is important info embedded throughout the episode, and it’s fun watching the scene with Bonnie and Silas in the tunnels now knowing Silas’s true face.
Crissy: Agreed! There’s a line in that episode that’s like, “Oh well, now we will NEVER SEE his true face.” And you just know — now that we have seen Silas’s true face — how much fun the writers were having screwing with us. Those rascals!
Our publisher ECW Press is also giving away five copies of LYTD4 via GoodReads, open to entries through October 31st! (U.S. and Canada only.)
And, finally, Crissy and I sat down for a chat with Lucia of the Heroine TV podcast yesterday and the episode is already available for your listening enjoyment at Heroine TV. We discuss everything from how the interviews came together, the logistics of long-distance writing collaboration, our feelings about Vampire Diaries Season 4, and our expectations about Season 5 and TVD’s spin-off, The Originals.
Oh, and enjoy this reminder that the Love You to Death series now has an official site:
— julieplec (@julieplec) September 28, 2013
Thanks to everyone who’s purchased the book and sent us lovely messages. We’re beyond appreciative.
September 21, 2013 by Heather
One of these days I’ll have a substantial post to make, but for now I’m overwhelmed with excitement/nervousness as people tweet to say they have Love You to Death 4 in their hot, little hands. Will this feeling ever get old? I hope not.
And the great Vampire Diaries season 5 and Originals season one machine begins its grind into top gear. It’s going to be a busy TV season, y’all. Crissy Calhoun will continue to review TVD at Vampire-Diaries.net for its fifth season and I’ll be dipping back into the review waters myself with weekly musings on The Originals. I will try my damndest not to be terrible. Or to go overboard on the Elijah love.
Anyway, the real point of this post: check out the official site of the unofficial companion books to The Vampire Diaries, Love You to Death! (Trivia: The Julie Plec quote is from the LYtD 4 foreword.)
September 16, 2013 by Heather
A few days ago, we had a Skype meeting (and when I say meeting, I mean a silliness session), and Crissy asked if my copies of Love You To Death Season 4 had arrived yet. Well, they arrived today:
I was expecting a manila envelope with a few copies, not an entire box. Crazy times!
Speaking of, we’ve been busy with the Season 4 posts over at Vampire-Diaries.net: Crissy and I break down the killer moments of Season 4, and the entire V-D.net gang gets in on the Favorite Episodes of Season 4 action. Both posts are loads of fun, so swing by and love the copious amounts of blood vomit with us!
September 13, 2013 by Heather
Nostalgia is a sleeping bag and I’ve spent the last week with it zipped up to the chin, trying to sort out if I’m feeling the effects of the (ever-so-gradually) changing season, I’m coming down with a cold, or I’m stressed out with finances, day job stuff, and the impending television season. My guess is a combination of all of the above, served up with a hot side of general dissatisfaction with The State of Things™, and I just want the aural equivalent of curling up in a nice, fat sunbeam.
Enter Rhino’s The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze & Brit Pop Gems set. I remember when this set was first released in the latter naughts, but I was probably too broke to fork over cash for a collection of songs I still know all the words to. So when a Brit Box landed in my lap recently, I brought it home and spent the evening wallowing in tracks that are programmed into my DNA (“Vapour Trail,” “Common People,” the list goes on and on), as well as experiencing ground-shaking quantum leaps of “holy shit, I haven’t heard this since I was in middle school/high school/college” (“Kite”) and realizing that I miss Dodgy more than I ever would’ve guessed. Do you remember Gay Dad? Because I do. I owned that full-length. They were called Gay Dad.
So, despite being a bit baffled that whoever compiled this set thought “Tracy Jacks” was the best representation of Blur’s Parklife (really?), it’s been fun visiting this playground again. Objectively, a few of the bands are terrible, and I don’t care. Without them, I wouldn’t have discovered better bands. Under the cut are five songs that brought it all back for me, for better or worse: Trashcan Sinatras, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Nick Heyward, Catatonia, and (of course) Dodgy.
September 8, 2013 by Heather
I use “lately” loosely, as I’ve managed to read a handful of books since July, and my GoodReads 2013 Reading Challenge widget is mocking me as a I type this. The To Read stack has become various piles of books scattered throughout my apartment, with highest priority reserved for beside the bed, because I am that person, always.
Note: I’m not including Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves on this list because I’ll post something closer to its October publication date.
August 16, 2013 by Heather
This popped up on my Pandora last week and I immediately rubbernecked to see who was doing a Replacements cover, and of “Swingin Party” no less, and then I learned this young woman is from New Zealand and is 16 years old and…that makes me die inside. Just a little. It’s like Birdy all over again, only now we’re on the opposite end of the moody ingenue spectrum.
That all being said, I love this cover. The Replacements’ Tim is one of those albums I hold sacred; I’ve gone weeks just listening to it on repeat. The original song is a bit plucky despite being utterly miserable, so to hear someone cut right to the misery and make it a dirge? This should close out bars every night.
August 7, 2013 by Heather
As of now Love You to Death – Season 4: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries is at the printers. What a strange, anxious feeling this is: no more edits! No more rewrites! No more changing anything. What is this new reality in which I am not constantly fretting over whether we’ve assigned proper episode numbers? WHAT IF THERE IS SOME CRUCIAL PIECE OF INFO WE HAVE GOTTEN TERRIBLY, IRREVOCABLY WRONG?! Okay, excitement is definitely outweighing anxiety here in Casa LYTD and we can’t wait for you to buy a copy (Please?) or two (PRETTY PLEASE?) and let us know what you think. So while we wait for October 1st, here’s a look at our finalized front and back covers (click for bigger, legible version):
Oh, right – SURPRISE! Did we forget to mention that Julie Plec wrote our Foreword? Yep, Ms. Julie “Somehow-Found-The-Time-While-Overseeing-THREE-Television-Shows” Plec was gracious enough to write the LYTD4 foreword even after she agreed to answer an insane amount of interview questions. We’re not sure how we racked up such amazing karma, but we are honored and beyond thrilled to have Julie’s approval – and that is despite my knee-jerk, snarky live-tweeting of The Vampire Diaries every Thursday and inevitable knee-jerk, snarky live-tweeting of The Originals every Tuesday starting in October. (Look, it’s a sickness. My love is THIS BIG.)
Working on this book was an invaluable learning experience and that is because my co-author Crissy is not only a consummate professional (she wrote three books this year, the crazy woman) and talented writer, but because she helped me watch The Vampire Diaries in a new way. Being asked to play in someone’s sandbox is the ultimate honor and I felt like I spent a lot of time flailing about and being overly cautious, but by the end I finally got it and knew what Crissy’s standards were and exactly what to do/watch out for/write about next time. The Love You to Death series is excellent because Crissy is excellent. I could not have asked for a better friend to guide me through the process.
Will there be a next time? A Love You to Death 5? I honestly don’t know, but I do know this project helped refocus my energies on writing and, as a result, I’ll be attempting to live up to the standards Crissy has set with her Vampire Diaries In Review posts at Vampire-Diaries.net and will be writing weekly The Originals In Review posts, starting this October.
In the meantime: Crissy and I will be pimping ourselves out for as many interviews and podcasts as we can reasonably muster, all in the name of LYTD4. If you want to chat and help us get LYTD4 out in the wider world, we’re happy to! We’d love these guides to happen as long as The Vampire Diaries (and The Originals?) is airing, and we are indebted to the TVD fandom at large for their continued support and enthusiasm. THANK YOU.
July 26, 2013 by Heather
I’ve been in a very particular music mood the past few months, which means digging back through my iTunes library and lending a more intent ear to music I downloaded on a whim and then promptly forgot about. (This happens more than I should admit.) I remember enjoying the first The Hundred in the Hands album I heard (their self-titled), and downloaded their follow-up, Red Night, upon release – but I’m just now really listening to it.
This falls under what I like to call “4am music” – dark, dreamy, gorgeous, and a shade sinister. And this particular track features an amazing bass line, so slap on your headphones and play it loud.