Stuff You Should Be Watching: Her Private Life
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Articles / December 19, 2019

This post is not so much about the series, well, it is about the series, but it is also about how I use foreign language shows as one tool in my mental health toolkit. So, please bear with me during the preamble… Reading is my usual method of escapism, but sometimes my brain won’t be still long enough to get into a book. I’ll be pulled out of it with thoughts and reflections I’d rather not have. If I truly want to disengage from the world around me, then I need to keep my brain engaged with something other than itself/me. Enter Netflix and Fibre. Either while knitting or while spinning, I can watch/read a foreign language TV series. For those glorious minutes/hours, I am suspended from the world around me. My fingers move automatically – be it with needles or stretches of unspun wool – and I can disappear into another world. Usually, I emerge with a skein of wool and a renewed sense of calm and/or purpose. Show Spoiler In this endeavour, I have ventured through Russia (Silver Spoon), Mexico (La Casa de la Flores), France (Black Spot) and Brazil (Nobody’s Looking), all of which I would highly…

The Rec League: Healthy Boundaries
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Articles / December 19, 2019

This Rec League was sent in by Nushie and it’s a great topic for the romance community: I’m looking for romances where the heroine stands up for herself and is willing to (or already has) cut off her toxic family/friends/exes. I want a heroine that puts her happiness first – I don’t think that’s an outrageous request, but I’m having trouble coming up with many examples in romances. I’ve read way too many books where the heroine is nobly sacrificing herself, paying for an ungrateful family member’s sin. So many heroines justify putting up with emotional abuse, theft, sabotage, and outright malice; their anthem may as well be, “But it’s family.” This is ultimately used to showcase how ‘good’ a woman she is; I refuse to accept that a heroine has to sacrifice to deserve a happy ending. My rec is The Obsession by Nora Roberts. At a young age, the heroine reports her serial killer father to the police. She does not feel guilty about cutting contact with her mother, who continues to support her imprisoned husband. A | BN | K | AB Sarah: There are a few Nora heroines who set hard lines with toxic parents. The…