Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Forsyte Saga

So apparently I spoke too soon.

I was not back.

I slipped back into depression this past week. What a roller coaster.

When I'm not moping around the apartment in my pajamas and crying, I have been catching up on a lot of great television. A lot of great soap operas, actually.

No, not The Young and the Restless. Nothing like that.

I'm talking about soap operas that take place in the late 19th century.

My favorite?

The Forsyte Saga

This is a series that focuses on the shocking scandals and affairs of the Forsytes, an upper-middle class British family.

It spans generations and decades, with people coming and going, loving and dying.

The costumes are pretty, but not spectacular The acting is the same. But that's not the point. It is simply a delicious storyline, with characters that are not cardboard cut outs. Each character is like a storyline, with their personalities and emotions twisting into a colorful kaleidoscope. You never truly know each character, but you watch them grow and for that reason, your favorite character always changes.

Right now, this is my most favorite character of the series.

He is Soames Forsyte, the twisted husband of the beautiful heroine, Irene.

He is so disturbed, wicked, and head-scratchingly bizarre, you can't help but cheer him on!

Plus, every time he enters a room, he glances around suspiciously, with haughty pursed lips worthy of Doctor Evil (one MILLION dollars!). It is so over-the-top dramatic, I have found myself entering places (restaurants, public libraries, my parents' house) with the same accusing glare and daring arched right eyebrow. It makes people in real life nervous and I love it.

(Okay, I obviously have way too much time on my hands. Haha.)

Definitely pick this series up on Netflix or your local library. I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Mine will be slightly happier because one of my closest friends is coming from Dallas to visit me. I think it will be the bright spot in my month, really.

I promise to catch up with everyone soon! Please forgive my second long period of absence. xoxo!


Some Girl said...

Oh, I do hope you start feeling better soon. Enjoy your weekend.

Pina Colada Kisses said...

It's snowing here and you will get better soon just a state of mind so change it. :)

Jaime said...

Sorry to hear of your sadness... I hope you feel better soon. Thinking of you!

Nikosmommy said...

Ahhh the Forsyte Saga. My mom watched the entire thing on PBS a few years back...on Master Piece Theatre. There was NO calling/talking/interrupting while the show was one..she was totally caught-up!!
(what a great distraction from your everyday !!!)
A cocky, all-knowing grin, with eye brow raised, is how I like to enter every room. Doesn't everyone??? Though my 4yr old isn't down with it and asks if there's "something" wrong with my face....

JenBen said...

On it! How many volumes are there? There are only 6 episodes on 3 volumes in my library. Is that all? I am going to watch them right away!

Love you, love you, love you and miss you! Please call soon!

daisychain said...

I hope you feel better soon sweetheart, I've had the same kind of week x

Sherin said...

Oooo, this looks really interesting.

I'm sure things will start getting brighter for you soon!

jane st. clair said...


Sandy said...

Thank you so much for your comments Jennifer, I'm glad yesterday's post made you smile. Everyone seemed to love the blue shoes ... I waited about 6 months to get those suckers...hang in their girlie ... you'll be ok. I missed hearing from you.

Fashion Chalet said...

I am toying with the idea of a drastic cut. But then I "chicken out" haha. So nope, not yet. But who knows? I love the style from this post. Reminds me of romance and old fashioned glamour. :)


Style Artisan said...

"you watch them grow and for that reason, your favorite character always changes."

Please take that observation to heart. What you are going though right now is your own catalyst for change.

Life is definitely a roller coaster. But if that is such a bad thing, then why do roller coasters have the longest waiting lines at the amusement parks?

Because the fear, the anticipation, and the sheer exhilaration are what make us appreciate the ride!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Nineteenth Century soap operas? I had no clue such a thing existed! I must investigate these more!!

Please don't be sad, Jennifer; things will get better darling!! :)

Aquiles Damiron-Alcantara said...

I surely missed you. I understand you need your space and time to go through this hard process. Your daily life has changed and that is tough. Hope you feel better soon.

I also love to watch old television shows sometimes. Remember Dr. Quinn from the 90's? Well, I used to watch the show with my mom (in Spanish translation) when I was little. Lately, I found many of the episodes on YouTube. When I have free time I catch up on some of those old, 90's, corny episodes. :)

Con aprecio,

Leah said...

Jen, I hope you're feeling better. It's good to take some time off to meditate and recharge. xoxo

Tom Bailey said...

It is being able to share like this that can release some of the pent up emotions. Thank you for sharing.

I hope you do something to let yourself feel the joy you deserve.

With kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

Aimee said...

get well soon! :) cute blog, im following!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I'm so happy to hear your friend is coming up to visit to you!! I remember you posting about him & how much fun you two have!! Everything will be okay, dear. I'm glad that your feeling better. I've heard of the Forsyte Saga, but I've never seen it. The outfits are gorgeous. =)

Kristin said...

I hope you're doing ok sweets. Someone with your writing chops will land a fabulous job!

Inspiration in Italy said...

This looks great, definitely worth checking out. I hope you feel better soon, Jennifer - sending you lots of love today friend!!!


Couture Cookie said...

Feel better soon, hun! And it's totally OK to watch soaps when you're feeling down. I was addicted to Days of Our Lives for 4 months straight back in '03 - not pretty. xoxoxo

Couture Carrie said...

I'm so sorry you've been feeling depressed, darling!

Love the costumes in this film...

And your Dr. Evil reference is awesome :)


Sophia said...

I am happy to see your optimism come around :) I hope you had fun with your friend!


Liya said...

i do hope things brighten up soon!
lord knows we all go thru some unfortunate rough patches

chin up darling, things will get better

kpeach said...

you def needed something to cheer you up-glad you found it-it is all going to be great in the end! xo

Jenna said...

I'm sorry to hear you're going through such a tough time!!!! I hope things start looking up, I really do.

CMA said...

love these photos
great inspiration
thanks for sharing as always
and thanks for your sweet comments, it means the world to me!


JulieChats said...

Hope you're doing better soon! I've got to pass that show along to a friend of mine! Thanks for sharing it!

Stoppin' by to say hi from VGNO!

English Rose ♥ said...

Darling you take as long as you need, we are all here for you and wishing you all the best - Bed, Pyjamas, Soap Operas and my boyfriends Ben and Jerry are always there for me when I am feeling down - I loved the Forsyte Saga but it is quite intense!

Wishing you a speedy return =]

Thanks for your wonderful comment, sorry for such a late reply

Stay safe and chic darling,
English Rose x

Audrey Allure said...

i hope you cheer up soon!

and hmm i haven't heard of forsyte saga before; it looks intriguing.

WendyB said...

Hope you're feeling better...I know what you're going through too well. At least you found some fabulous TV!

Style Artisan said...

All right, Jennifer. Turn off that TV and check out the award that I just gave you. You deserve it!

Sabine said...

The Forsyte Saga sounds addictive. I really hope you get better soon! x

OceanDreams said...

Jennifer, I totally have been watching this series the past month or so from my Netflix and I am so hooked! Have you seen Part II yet? I am a bit bitter about what happens to some of my favorite characters, that is all I am going to say, ha ha. But it feels nice that someone understand my obsession now! :P Glad it helped you feel a tad better, hang in there love. If you need anything e-mail, k?

The Owl's Closet said...

i hope u feel better soon, jennifer! a far greater opportunity is waiting for u:) this soap opera sounds intriguing, btw:)

MJ said...

I'm so sorry I missed this post - lots of hugs coming over the Atlantic for you! Feel better soon!