Catching Up With Exclamation!

Let’s Stay Informed, Shall We?

FAB NERDS! It’s been months since we’ve last seen each other. I know, I know. But listen: this summer is going to be different. You are going to get some stellar N&F posts EVERY Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We are gonna make up for lost time, I promise. So before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s play a little catch up. Here are the 10 Big Things that were happened in my life since I last updated this little blog.

1. I Was In A Play!

I am not really playing this violin.

I am not really playing this violin.

True facts! I was in a play called Kafka:Divided at Purchase. It was more or less an adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. I played the Sister and I danced with a violin. I wish this picture wasn’t so small, but it was in a small theatre, so I guess that’s approriate.

2. My Senior Project Got Approved!

I KNOW!!!

Yo! Remember how all I talked about for a while was writing my senior project proposal and presenting my project in front of the Board? Well I did. And I’m approved! That’s right, I will be directing Babble at The Underground Theatre at SUNY Purchase College in March! More on that in the coming months. For now, let’s just smile. ūüôā

3. I FINALLY Saw Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway!

I’ve been following this show since I found out Santino Fontana from Submissions Only would play Prince Charming. I’m a little bit obsessed. As soon as I had my final week under control, my friend ¬†and I booked it over to the Broadway Theatre for Rush Tickets and watched the magic.

Excited Faces

Excited Faces

For more magic with the cast you can watch Ella’s Laura Osnes on her Broadway.Com Video Blog or watch this adorable video from The Times which has my favorite song in all Rogers and Hammerstein.

4. I Finished My Junior Year of College!

RIGHT?!?!

5. SMASH was Canceled!

I just want to thank you all for your kind words this time of need. As you know, SMASH and I were very close. We all knew the end was coming, but I was hoping that after Karen and Ivy’s duet ¬†at the Bombshell opening we’d have at least one more season, but that’s life, right?

But it’s important to remember the good things about the ones we’ve lost, so if anyone has some good Ivy/Derek fan fiction or some Jimmy in Jail fan art, please send it my way. I will be waiting with baited breath, but until then let’s end this section the way SMASH intended…

6. Princess: Long Island Premiered!

And it is amazing.

7. I Bought New Hats!

I was busy during my hiatus, I promise, but I also bought this hat and I think it’s really cool. Here I am wearing it at a Father’s Day Brunch with my dad and brother.

FabNerds, Don't tell my brother he's on here, ok?

FabNerds, Don’t tell my brother he’s on here, ok?

8. I Worked on A Middle School Production of Grease!

True. I choreographed a bit, but mainly I designed their lights. I won’t show any video, because of the whole “videos of minors” thing. So here’s a video of a Korean Production of the High School Hit.

9. I Made Ticket Stub Art!

If you follow me on Instagram (@TheFabJessGoing) you might see these pop up occasionally. I one of my summer jobs involves working at a movie theater and sometimes it’s dead and I’m bored and the only friends I have are ticket stubs.

My New Best Friend.

My New Best Friend.

10. I Met LC!

So, I’ve never read any of reality star turned fashion guru, Lauren Conrad’s novels (that she writes herself!) but I do think her website is wonderful. And when I heard she was doing a book signing near me TODAY, well, I just had to go. Here’s a pic.

My Other New Best Friend.

My Other New Best Friend.

We talked about the horrible rain she drove in to get there. Her make-up was Fabulous.

…sooo. That’s all I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I’ll see you on Wednesday with a new post.

Stay Cool,

Jess

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Lizzie Bennet and Why You Should Love Her

One last group hug before ya go.

Get out your tissues FabNerds, because tomorrow is the last episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Let me repeat that: Tomorrow. Is. The. Last. Episode.

Ever.

Take a second.

Now, I have talked about my love for the LBD a little before and if you are ever on the internet at all, it is likely someone else you know has posted videos or gifs or articles or fan fiction about it it. There is no denying it’s popular and there’s not denying the fans are passionate. Just look at these tea flavors someone made.

If you are my mother or many of my friends…you might find that annoying. Honestly, if I was just coming into the show now I would find it annoying too.¬†Luckily, I saw that first episode within the week it went up and soon fell in love with Lizzie’s story regardless of the fact that I’ve been trying to finish Pride and Prejudice for the past ten years.

There’s not much that can be said about LBD that hasn’t been said already – everyone from Ms. Magazine to Wired has done a write up on it, in some form or another. Yet, I feel like I would regret not sharing why I love it before episode 100 goes up on Thursday.

I went to a play a couple weeks ago that was an adaptation of a fairly well-known piece of literature and I was shocked to see that most of the female characters from the original work (who were all quite¬†prominent) were either¬†eliminated¬†entirely or whittled down to stock characters. For the first time it really struck me how rare it is to find female-driven¬†stories, even in this century; there aren’t as many Joss Whedons and Sarah Ruhls as we’d like there to be.

That’s what makes The Lizzie Bennet Diaries so special. It’s not just Lizzie’s life that we are following – it is the lives of three other well-rounded women. I don’t mean “well-rounded” as in they can check off multiple boxes on Mr. Darcy’s list of what makes an accomplished woman. I mean they are not just a bunch of cute archetypes or sketches of interesting women. Lizzie, Charlotte, Jane, and Lydia* are representations of real, complete women – flaws and all.

And they aren’t playing second fiddle to Lizzie or the romantic plot of the P&P. We care just as much (or maybe more)¬†about the state of Charlotte and Lizzie’s friendship as we do about Lizzie and Darcy’s face-sucking. Hell, we don’t even see Darce’s face until more than halfway through the series**, but we do see¬†Charlotte’s¬†and despite their secondary status in the novel all of Lizzie’s friends and sisters are prominent on our small screens. To quote The Lydia Bennet, herself:

True facts.

Also, in this modern day and age when we are all just too busy, it’s nice to have an excuse to read some literature. And thanks to fan-created website Darceny – I finally have a reason to finish reading Pride and Prejudice. Even if you don’t want to join the online book/video group (though you should because it looks awesome and I think I will be pretty active on it) I know plenty of other people who are just picking up Austen’s second novel again because of the show.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: If it gets people to read more, then it must be a good thing.

So I’ve said all I have to say on the LBD. At 12AM EST tomorrow I will be awaiting the final episode with everyone else. I’m said to see it end, but I have a feeling that it is just the¬†beginning and I am so grateful with what the Lizzie Bennet Diaries gave me. If you haven’t at least watched the first episode by now, you should. Here it is.

No Regrets,

Jess

Too many gifs?

*And Gigi, and Caroline, and frankly every character Male or Female on the show.

** And it’s waaaaay longer until we see Darcy and Lizzie suck face.