UPDATED: Our Favorite Books by Black Authors

We’ll be updating this post regularly with more favorite books by Black authors, along with their Bookshop links. Happy reading!

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The Best Books We Read in 2020

We write this post every year, but this year it has a little more meaning. I don’t know about you, but reading was the only thing that got me through this year. We love television, of course, but reading was the only activity absorbing enough to get me to stop doomscrolling. So here are the books that got us through quarantine–the best books we read during this cosmic joke of a year.

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BuffyWatch: Season 4, Episodes 10-12

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 4, Episode 10 “Hush”

Let’s get this out of the way: I think “Hush” is overrated, a little gimmicky, and certainly not worthy of being the only Buffy episode to be nominated for a writing Emmy. It’s good and all, but that’s just crazy.

Two things it does have going for it, other than the gimmick: a super creepy villain, and an equally creepy accompanying nursery rhyme. We see both in the prophetic dream sequence that opens the episode, where Professor Walsh is talking about communication, and then forces Buffy and Riley to make out in front of the whole class. (It’s all about how Buffy and Riley are talking too much, so they haven’t kissed each other yet? Or that they can’t make out because they haven’t told each other their secrets yet? Whatever, they’re so boring.) Then Buffy hears a classic little horror girl singing the nursery rhyme: “Can’t even shout / can’t even cry / the Gentlemen are coming by.” Yikes!

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We’re on hiatus! But we’ll be back :)

Hello dear readers! We’ve been on hiatus for a couple of weeks now, but I’m only writing this now because–well, usually we feel like we’re just writing into the void (and for our lovely mothers, who read every post).

But one of our readers was kind enough to ask where we’ve been, so I’ll tell you–Adversion had a baby! Or, more accurately, two of us had a baby, and the third now has a baby niece. I know you’re dying to hear about her, so I will tell you: she is a human child. She has a Social Security number and everything.

Welcome to the world, Adversion baby! And to our readers: thank you for reading, and we’ll be back soon 🙂

BuffyWatch: Season 4, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 4, Episode 4 “Fear, Itself”

It’s Halloween in Sunnydale, which means it’s time for Giles to insist that nothing ever happens on Halloween, only for something to happen on Halloween. In this case, Buffy and friends attend a haunted house at a frat (always a terrible idea) which, thanks to some ill-placed decorative occult symbols, becomes an actual haunted house. It’s pretty similar to season two’s “Halloween,” where everyone transforms into their costumes–in a great way.  Continue reading →

Image description: Jody in a red tutu, dancing on pointe between Charlie and Cooper.

Thoughts We Had While Re-Watching Center Stage (for the 40th time)

On May 12, the quintessential dance movie of our generation has its 20th birthday. No, not Black Swan! We’re talking something far better: a sweet, silly, bubbly confection full of actually great dancing that made every girl I knew want to be a ballet dancer: Center Stage.

We both rewatched the movie in honor of the big day — not that we don’t regularly rewatch it anyway — and found ample evidence to justify our predetermined conclusion that yes, this movie still rules. Continue reading →

Faith slams a knife into the wall next to Buffy's head, both of them staring intensely at each other.

BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 16-18

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 16 “Doppelgangland”

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A Willow-centric episode! Sort of like Willow’s The Zeppo, but far more interesting. Willow is starting to get a complex about being the “good girl” all the time. Snyder basically forces her to tutor a dumb jock, who expects her to just do his homework for him. Giles asks her to drop everything to do research at the drop of a hat, and Buffy hits a nerve by calling her “Old Reliable.” Plus, her fashion choices have become 1000% more questionable since the previous episode, just in case you forgot she was nerdy:

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BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 4 “The Beauty and the Beasts”

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Remember when Oz was a werewolf and no one ever talked about it again? It turns out that three nights a month, the gang locks him up in the book cage and Willow reads to him from Call of the Wild (hence the hilariously dramatic voiceovers, a Buffy staple). Willow lets Xander watch him so she can study, but he immediately falls asleep, and Oz gets out of his cage. I blame Xander’s sheer incompetence, but can they also just–stop trapping monsters in the book cage? Has this ever worked for them, even once? Continue reading →