( The fandom meme )Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
I'm not sure it counts as a 'guilty pleasure' if you don't feel guilty about it (and hell, why should anyone feel guilty about what they enjoy, f*** other people if they make you feel that way, even if they/I think what you like is dumb...) but the show I got completely hooked on unexpectedly is a reality show called Catfish
. I've also got quite a soft spot for Ramsay's Hotel Hell
, which is real car-crash TV, but there's just something about Catfish
that makes it the winner of this category.
Basically, it's a show following on from the premise of a 2010 documentary
of the same name about online relationships - it's hosted by the guy who was the subject of the original documentary, who now basically goes around the US meeting people who are in online relationships and investigating whether or not the person they think they're involved with is actually the person in real life.
Anyone who's ever been online can probably figure out what the answer to that is going to be, with some really gullible people out there and also some who are clearly not wired up correctly (it's amazing how the 'oh, I had low self-esteem so I pretended to be someone prettier/more successful' line gets trotted out). Also, people, do you not use Google? If your online boyfriend tells you he's a successful rapper and is touring, wouldn't you just be a little curious to see what's online about him? Anyway, yes it's all faked but that doesn't stop it being entertaining as all hell.
In other news, I'm trying to make some headway on my trope_bingo
card and have posted the first story (Maker
, a Wild Wild West fic) on AO3 - I'll do a proper post here and on trope_bingo
when I have a few more done. I'm also still working on my 1930's UNCLE AU fic
I'm applying for jobs, though getting a bit frustrated by the amount of duplication on the various websites I've been asked to use, have signed up for some volunteer work (waiting to hear back on that) and am due to start a couple of courses next week. Since I'm getting JSA, I thought I might as well benefit from stuff where I don't have to pay course fees and am starting a preparatory course for teaching adults (I've run training before but have no formal qualifications so this is step 1 in getting those, as an option) as well as trying out Tai Chi. Since I am the least coordinated person I know, the latter should be very interesting!