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High on Grey’s

Shocked, excited, upset, anxious, perplexed all of which are just a few of the whirlwind of emotions that hit you while watching Grey’s Anatomy, or as fans coined it “Grey’s”.  Created and written by Shonda Rhimes, the medical drama just finished it’s 13th season run and let’s just say that Rhimes never fails to have us on the edge of our seats following Meredith Grey, her peers, and other doctors as they navigate their careers at Grey-Sloan Memorial hospital.  

Characters, (left to right) Jackson Avery and Alex Karev, performing surgery.

The term medical drama may be an understatement for Grey’s Anatomy.  Not even Shakespeare’s Hamlet can live up to the amount of drama that these characters live through.  Rivals at the workplace?  Grey’s has it.  Messy love triangles?  Check.  Patients dying left and right, because of unsuccessful procedures?  Obviously.  Take your most dramatic high school experience, multiply it by fifty and boom you now have accurately found the drama level that is Grey’s.

Drama is the show’s greatest gimmick, one can’t not be entertained by all the scandals.  Watchers like myself can’t seem to peel their eyes away from the screen as we watch in anticipation of the next big confrontation.  It’s like giving heroin to a drug addictthe more conflict Rhimes presents us with, the more we just can’t seem to stay away.

The Netflix binge watches of the show immerse you into the lives of the entire hospital gang and before you know it, you’re sobbing along with Meredith as she professes her love for Derek.  Her pain is now your pain, which hits you like a ton of bricks.  Cristina leaves Burke at the altar you feel that too, hard.  Richard relapses and starts drinking againmight as well stab yourself in the stomach, because that’s how you’re going to feel.

A viewer using a tablet to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy online.

Now this is good, right?  It means you like the show?  I mean yeah, it’d be great except for the fact that just about every season ends with a fiery inferno.  And what goes best with a fiery inferno?  Death.  That’s right, the characters that have become part of your family are now dead.  Just like thatpoof they’re gone without even the slightest warning.  The devil might as well have risen from the ashes, plunged his grimy little claws into your chest, and ripped out your heart in a slow and agonizing motion, because that’s the minor leagues compared to Rhimes and the other writers.

There’s almost no point in having a favorite character as they’d have better chances of survival if they were in the Hunger Games arena rather than at Grey-Sloan Memorial hospital.  A bombing, a shooting, a sinkhole, an earthquake, two plane crashes, and so many automobile crashes we’d have better luck counting the sand at Venice Beach.  

No one is safe from the curses that fill the halls of Grey-Sloan.  Patients are typically on the show for multiple episodes, Rhimes really giving us, as the audience, a chance for this patient to be the latest addition to the family of characters we love so much.  By the end of their second episode, she has us all really rooting for them to make a speedy recovery.  It’s just a routine surgery, what could go wrong?  Apparently everything, because nine times out of ten the patient is the newest cadaver in morgue downstairs.  Aka, get ready for another heart rip out.  

Character, Izzie Stevens, with her fiancé Denny Duquette moments after he died of a stroke.

One might ask, why don’t you just stop watching Grey’s?  To that I have to say, does telling a drug addict to stop doing drugs actually get them to stop doing drugs?  I didn’t think so.

As a watcher, you spend so many hours getting deeply invested into the show and the characters.  Just to let it all go, because you have have a case of Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” with Rhimes and the plot direction she chose, seems silly.  No matter how much Grey’s makes you want to slam your head up against a wall or stick some brightly colored push-pins into your eyes, you always tune in for the next episode.  Sure, you might vow to never watch it again after that ever-so-depressing episode, but by the same time next week your body is shaking, you’ve broken out into a cold sweat, and you give into your craving.

The reality of it is, yes, there’s times when as a watcher you’ll love Grey’s Anatomy.  Yes, there’s times when it’ll make you want to throw your tv out the nearest window.  But regardless of your emotions towards the show at any given moment there’s the undeniable fact that Rhimes is a brilliant writer, who has cultivated one of the greatest shows currently on tv.  It’s the show you’ll love to hate the scenes always keeping your mind turning and you wanting more.  If Grey’s can run for all these seasons with this many tragedies, well then move over science, Rhimes may have found the secret to immortality.


20 Time Project (Update #7)

While evaluating everything we have done for Break the Blame, me and Renad came to a major realization.  What started out as an awareness campaign has turned far more into an empowerment campaign.  Throughout our campaign we’ve been conducting tons and tons interviews to find out how the current views and expectations society has and puts on women makes women we know feel.  Originally this was going to be our video, but once we finished it, it just didn’t sit right with us.  We felt as if it missed the mark of what Break the Blame really was– an empowerment campaign.  We found that we strayed too far from our initial topic to use this video.  Another part of our campaign– something we thought was so insignificant to the major points, such as the video– has turned into the most important part of our project.  Throughout the campaign we’ve been handing out many small messages, with empowering words on them to girls at our school.  Renad and I have scrapped our original video and decided to film one involving people’s reactions to these messages as well as them reading them aloud.  We feel as if it will be a good end point for our campaign as everything has actually built up to this video.  We’re using the empathy interviews we conducted to compare how people felt before and after they got these messages.  On another note our bake sale was very successful and now we’re just wrapping everything up!  We’re very happy with how it all turned out, even if Break the Blame took a new direction than originally planned.

20 Time Project (Update #6)

Our project is going well– we’ve finished editing the first video and are now working on editing a second.  We filmed it back when we filmed our first, though we weren’t sure if we’d have time to edit it, but we decided to go ahead with it and release it a bit after the first.  This video isn’t an interview one like the first.  It’s focus is empowerment and we’re showing that through spoken words and images.  It’s a bit more understated than our first video, but we believe it gives the same effect.  We drew inspiration from Ariana Grande’s tour video, in which she focuses on female empowerment.  We have our bake sale set for 2 weeks from this weekend and have planned to have it at our local grocery store.  The money made from the bake sale will be donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), which is the charity we decided on.  RAINN is a anti-sexual violence organization and we felt it was a good fit for our donation to go to, considering what Break the Blame is all about.  We’re beginning to start working on our end of the year speech, which will be all about Break the Blame.  We still have a few more things we want to finish up, but we’re starting to brainstorm outline ideas.

20 Time Project (Update #5)

As of now, me and Renad are currently in the editing process of our awareness video.  We’ve finished all the interviews and are now working on piecing them together in a way that flows nicely.  We’ve decided that we don’t want it to look exactly like a whole bunch of interviews that are just question and answer.  We want the message to be powerful and to achieve that, we know that we need to make sure it’s edited in a way that really draws people in.  Editing styles make all the difference.  Good information doesn’t ensure people will want to watch, thus we want to make sure all the aspects are there.  Other than editing our video, we’re working on the bake sale, which we now have a list of all the goodies we’re going to sell.  We’ve decided to stick to simple treats, like cookies and brownies, because we know they sell well.  There’s not going to be any set prices for anything, as we’re just going to be asking for donations.  The bake sale will be taking place in the next week or two, after we get everything cleared with the grocery store we plan to have it in front of and with our friends that have agreed to lend a hand.

20 Time Project (Update #4)

We’re currently in the process of setting up interview times with the people that have agreed to be apart of our awareness video.  Originally we were just going to have females be apart of the video, but have now decided to include males and that it’d be interesting to hear their voices on the subject of rape culture too, as many males are also speaking up against the current views of society on this topic.  It’s important to us to include all voices that want to stand with us and fight against rape culture and sexual harassment.  We have all of our interview questions for both females and males and are planning on interviewing them and having our awareness video up in a few weeks.  We’re planning on posting the video on Youtube, along with sharing it on Twitter.  As for our event, we’ve begun planning it but have scaled back from our original idea.  We’re going to have a bake sale outside of a local grocery store to raise money for a charity that supports our cause.  We’re currently in the process of researching charities to determine which one we would like to donate to.  We also are creating t-shirts that have our name “Break the Blame” on them, that we will wear during our bake sale.  If demand is enough, we’d consider selling the t-shirts through our website and donating the profit to the same charity from our bake sale.

Humans of Denmark (Ophelia)

“How’s your love life?”

My love life is confusing.  There’s this boy– I like him a lot.  He likes me too– I can tell. He’s always really sweet and affectionate with me.  We’re young, but that doesn’t take away what we have.  I don’t think age is what determines love, I think it’s the connection you feel with the person– and we definitely have the connection.  I really hope it works out for us.  I think it might, but my family is sort of getting in the way of things.  My dad and brother both think the boy is playing me and is going to break my heart.  My brother is also very concerned about me ruining our family’s name, but he’s allowed to act exactly as I am with no judgement which is so not fair.  Anyways, back to the boy.  His place in society is much different than mine and I guess I do see what my family means about it not working on based on that, but I don’t see why love should be bound to what society thinks.  I know on one hand I should listen to my family, but on the other I really like this guy and believe he truly loves me.  Love is so much more complicated than I thought.

Turn of Events (Book Blog #3)

I’d say I’m about three quarters of the way done with Rick Yancey’s book, “The Infinite Sea”, now.  I’d say I’m still enjoying it, although the action has slowed down a bit in the last few chapters.  The main thing that Yancey does– which I love– is that he divides his book into different segments, each another character’s point of view.  What I didn’t know he did was divide the book into two different parts.  During the first part we watched the events unfold through the eyes of Cassie, Evan, Poundcake, and partly through Ringer.  It’s ambiguous what actually happens to Ringer, but what we find out in book two is that she was taken to Wonderland, along with Teacup.  We discover she surrendered herself to save a fatally wounded Teacup, whom Ringer had accidentally shot.  Essentially, the events that unfold in Wonderland are happening in time with the events unfolding back at the hotel with Cassie and the rest of the team.  I think this is an interesting tactic Yancey uses.  I can tell he likes to make a story as round as possible– giving his readers as many different perspectives as he can without making it confusing.  I think having this alternate root of events play out instead of just be summarized for us later, is actually really helpful. It keeps my attention and interest in Ringer and Teacup as characters, since I can know in detail what exactly they have to go through.  Yancey has amped up the use of suspense, but using Ringer’s first person point of view to his advantage.  There’s so many odd and potentially harmful things happening to her in Wonderland, yet what exactly is happening or why it’s happening is unknown.  Because Ringer doesn’t know, neither do we as readers.  This is something I love that Yancey uses, because it keeps my attention.  I want to know what’s going on and the only way to do so is to keep reading.  Wonderland seems like a strange enough place so far.  Ringer’s only somewhat normal interaction is with a blonde boy named Razor.  He seemed really opposed to her at first, but he’s slowly coming around.  My guess is that she eventually gets him to see that Vosch and the other military leaders are actually the others (aliens) and he allies with Ringer.

Beneath the Deception (Sonnet 130)

Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130”, tells an interesting story of a man and his lover.  Instead of doing as most do– compare their lover to all things godly– Shakespeare compares the woman to all things the exact opposite of godly.  He uses satire to poke fun at the unrealistic comparisons many use when talking about their lovers.  It seems as if he thinks very negative about the woman, until the end of the sonnet when he explains how his lover is as amazing as the other women with false comparisons, even though his lover is in the sense more real.  The Sonnet Project NYC did a modern adaptation to Sonnet 130, which helps to further clarify the meaning of the sonnet.  The video opens with a couple wandering through Central Park, in which the man begins to compare the woman’s eyes to the sun, when– what seems to be– a homeless man speaks up about how his mistress is nothing like that.  This situation mirrors Shakespeare’s opening line, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”, perfectly.  It shows how many will try to falsely compare their lover to things, mostly to sound more romantic and endearing.  The homeless man cutting into the moment represents reality.  Sonnet 130 uses satire to try to bring people back to reality and show them how ridiculous these “romantic” comparisons are.  As eyes aren’t actually like the sun, the homeless man interrupts the couple to instill a sense of reality in them.  The couple is the false comparisons and the homeless man is reality, both alluded to in Sonnet 130.  The image of the homeless man represents that a godlike appearance isn’t what makes love special.  It communicates the line, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare; As any she belied with false compare”, in which Shakespeare explains that his lover is as special as any women compared to those false things.  A homeless, grungy man isn’t what most consider as the ideal version of a lover.  Although he is discussing his lover, the image he portrays serves to show that love is more than skin deep.  You don’t need to live up to the false comparisons many use or the godlike appearance presented in these comparisons to be a special person or have an amazing love.

Sonnet Project NYC – “Sonnet 130”

Sonnet 130 – Shakespeare (text)

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red, than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

I’m Hooked Like A Fish (Book Blog #2)

I’m still reading “The Infinite Sea”, by Rick Yancey, and I have to say I’m loving it even more.  In all honesty I’ve never been the most avid reader, only really reading when I was assigned books at school, but I’ve had an extremely hard time putting this book down.  I don’t think I’ve enjoyed anything this much since I read the Hunger Games series back in middle school.

One thing I’ve noticed that really keeps in invested is Yancey’s style of writing.  He keeps his chapters extremely short– limiting them to only a few pages– and breaks the book up into mini books.  Each mini book is told from a different characters’ point of view, which gives us insight on what each character is thinking.  I like this idea, as it lets us get to know each character on a more personal level versus just having one main narrator that we learn about.  The short chapters pair well with the different point of views, as it keeps the story moving.  Stalemate in a book is something that always causes me to loose interest, so I really am hooked with Yancey’s style.

Yancey also never fails to surprise us.  Since the last name I checked in on here, there’s been a bunch of plot twists.  I guess the biggest is the fact that Evan is alive.  I was honestly really shocked, because I was positive he was dead.  There was no way he could’ve survived the explosion from the end of the first book.  When I started reading the mini book in his point of view I thought it was Ben narrating originally.  I’m not sure I fully trust Evan as a character yet, seeing as he lied to Cassie for awhile in the first book and then attacks Ben, Poundcake, and almost Sam, just to see Cassie.  I mean he used the excuse that he didn’t want them to shoot him, but I don’t know it just seems a little off to me.  It’s also crazy to see how much silencers, aka the aliens in human bodies, can take in terms of being wounded.  Evan was able to withstand so much before he finally became completely human, and it makes me wonder what exactly these aliens are made up of.  Like what special capabilities do their bodies have that allow them to heal from the impossible?

A part of the reading the really stuck out to me was when Cassie was explaining how the old her is gone.  Her and Ben are no longer the bright eyed kids they were a few months ago in high school, but instead essentially emotionless fighters.  I feel like this is a common theme within dystopian books– the characters undergoing a transformation similar to Cassie and Ben.  But I was thinking that maybe it isn’t just limited to dystopian books, but spans to anyone who’s undergone a traumatic event.  When your life is flipped upside down and all the hope is sucked from you, is it possible to be your old self?  Can one stay optimistic when life keeps beating them down?

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