This blog used to be called "Laura + the voices," and you'll notice that's also the name in the URL. The "voices" originally referred to my idea of talking about my own writing. When I started this, I had some idea of writing interviews in character "voices." And then I didn't do that, like...at all. Oops. Mostly I talk about other people's writing here! This blog has become more of a casual, almost therapeutic space for me to practice low-stakes writing.
Hello! I'm back from my blogging hiatus. I've been on a horror kick lately, and most recently, I watched the first two episodes of Netflix's Hemlock Grove. I'm a bit late to this series, but for what it's worth, here's my review. I have some...issues. Pacing It's based on a novel, and you can tell. Once the show introduces something that might be interesting or lead to tension and conflict, it snatches it away like a precious plot-gem that it doesn't want you to see. There is way too much exposition and filler. The plot hangs together pretty well, but not much really happens. Case in point, it should not have taken two whole episodes to find out Main Character is a werewolf. Especially since everyone seems clued into this fact and accepts it as truth -- except the viewers. Then suddenly Rich Boy is asking if he can watch the transformation like it's understood that Poor Kid Main Character is a werewolf. No warning, no lead-up, nothing.