Lauren's Playground

I edit, I write, I proofread, review and teach.

What you’ll find on this blog:

Just like it says on the tin (or in the title), these are the things you’ll be reading about if you choose to follow me:

Book reviews.  This is probably what I write the most of – as of January 4th, I’d already read my first book of 2015.  It was the first of a trilogy and I wanted to read all of them before reviewing, that’s my excuse for taking until the 19th.

TV.  I watch so much TV that there really should be more, and yet… mostly reviews, sometimes my “Spotlight On” category in which I focus on a certain type of show, character, object or, in my last post, Alternative News Programmes for those people who prefer not to watch their regular bulletin.

Film reviews.  Probably what I write the least of.  I do like films, but if I can watch TV instead, I usually do.

Week in Review was originally a weekly post with brief thoughts on one book, one TV show and one film I’ve seen in the past week… and still is, except for when I don’t have three things and I want to write something else.

And the rest.  Currently, just a review of the radio play Cabin Pressure.  It recently concluded with a final two-part episode, which means 26 wonderful episodes for you to go get a hold of! Welcome! I hope you enjoy your visit!

January 4, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Your Family or Mine

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First impression review of the first three episodes.

Verdict: Points for being different, though it’s one where I suggest waiting to make your decision until after the second episode.  The episodes alternating between the two families will be useful if you like one more than the other but could also potentially be jarring and prevent any ongoing storyline.  ♥♥♥♥/5 Continue reading

April 27, 2015 Posted by | First Impressions, TV Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Spotlight On: Alternative News Programmes

I know, I know, and I agree; The News is The News, is a serious thing, and should only be learned by watching The News.

Then again, if enough people want them and watch them and get them made and renewed, who am I to argue? Here are my top three – okay, the three I watch – in no particular order – though it’s sort of most favourite to least favourite/seen the most to seen the least.

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April 19, 2015 Posted by | Spotlight On..., TV Reviews | 1 Comment

How to Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne and Everyone Else by Jason Arnopp

12376816I’m not sure why I bought this.  I mean, I am: I was studying Journalism and I like Doctor Who, but what I don’t know is why I haven’t read it until now.  It definitely wasn’t because I started and thought it was hard to read or of no use.

If you’ve been a journalist as long as the author I don’t know if it will tell you anything new, but you might still enjoy it for the anecdotes.  If you’re studying or new to the game, I definitely recommend picking it up for a read that manages to be both informative and entertaining.  Even if you aren’t any kind of journalist, the style and the stories are still worth it.  ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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April 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week in Review 7: One Big Happy, iZombie, Younger

I had a busy pilot week this week! Okay, so they’re all sort of similar, but that doesn’t matter.

TL;DR: Watch them all!

One Big Happy: Full points for being a fun pilot that had me literally laughing out loud. ♥♥♥♥♥/5

iZombie: I give it a 4 because I’m a cynic who thought Forever was going to be really different and was then disappointed – even Psych caved eventually – but it was an interesting, different and fun watch. ♥♥♥♥/5

Younger: As a fan of Jane By Design, it’s opposite-Jane, as a fan of The Devil Wears Prada it has the evil boss, and as a fan of Bunheads, it has Sutton Foster, so I’m in.  If you’re a fan of none of these things, but are willing to buy the idea of a 40 year old pretending to be 26, then you should enjoy this cute comedy. ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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April 5, 2015 Posted by | First Impressions, TV Reviews, Week in Review | , , , | Leave a comment

Hart of Dixie

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Unusually for me, I just watched the finale – only two days after it aired!

After three full seasons and a shortened fourth season, our adventures in Alabama end with an appropriately titled “Bluebell” and an hour that serves as a great series finale – which it probably is – that manages to tie everything up while reminding you why you fell in love with the show in the first place.

What did you fall in love with? The fish-out-of-water story of Zoe Hart, surgeon extraordinaire, who got uprooted from her fast-paced New York city life and deposited in Bluebell, Alabama to hopefully work on her bedside manner, where the doctor’s practice isn’t quite as high tech, the public transport is nonexistent and the people are… a whole different kind of wacky.

If you don’t exclusively watch crime, doctors or gore, then try it out for a fun show that never gets too serious but also isn’t too silly.  Bluebell is just the new Stars Hollow you’ve been looking for! ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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March 29, 2015 Posted by | TV Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baggage Claim


Singleton Montana Moore is almost 30 and feeling the pressure to find a man: her mother’s been married a bunch of times and her younger sister is just about to tie the knot herself.

So she does what anyone would do; decides she’s going to get engaged before the wedding.  Which is in how long? That’s right, a month!

By-the-numbers enough that you can see several of the “twists” coming, but not necessarily in a bad way; it’s an enjoyable couple of hours with a likeable leading lady and her wacky friends. ♥♥♥♥/5
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March 23, 2015 Posted by | Film Reviews | , , , | 1 Comment

CSI: Cyber

imagesFirst impression review of the first three episodes.

Predictability aside – and I speak as someone who doesn’t really like crime shows and only really liked CSI: NY previously – it seems to be a good show that manages to be cyber without getting lost in technobabble. ♥♥♥♥/5

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March 23, 2015 Posted by | TV Reviews | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Week in Review 6: Cat Shaffer, CSI: Cyber, Baggage Claim

TV Show I started: CSI: Cyber Film I saw: Baggage Claim

Book I started: Dixie White and the Seven Dates by Cat Shaffer

Which I’ve been told I’m not supposed to talk about yet because I have it as a proofreader and it isn’t published until April 21.  From what I’ve read so far, though, I think I’ll be telling you to check it out.

March 22, 2015 Posted by | Film Reviews, Week in Review | , | Leave a comment

The Fault in Our Stars


Given that I read the book a couple of years ago and was “desperate” to see the film from the second I heard one was happening, it’s disgraceful that it took me until yesterday (it came out last June!) to watch it.  And it wasn’t even because I was scared it was going to be bad.  That’s just what I do.

If you have read the book, watch it for a good adaptation.  If you haven’t because of the content, put your fears aside and give it a chance, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Continue reading

March 17, 2015 Posted by | Film Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rules of Engagement

Bianca Kajlich, Oliver Hudson, David Spade, Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price and Adhir Kalyan

Starring Bianca Kajlich, Oliver Hudson, David Spade, Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price and Adhir Kalyan

“Rules of Engagement” might be a war term, but here it’s been appropriated as the rules of engagement for couples in different stages in their relationships.

It was never one of my favourite shows, but it was (almost) always an enjoyable seven seasons that you might enjoy if you’re looking for something simple and easy to watch.  ♥♥♥♥/5 Continue reading

March 16, 2015 Posted by | TV Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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