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48. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman


Now watching:  ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 1 Episode 5 : THE CHICKENING

I must say that i am pretty much enjoying the first few episodes of this not so latest series of Netflix.  I know, it is already on it second season since it premiered last year, but I just got my hands on it last month.  And boy, ive been impressed!  It was an overhaul version of the book that i just read last month, but still I am quite thrilled to see these girls come alive in the tv screens.  Well, they did a lot of changes, major ones, like the names and the sequences of events, plus the characterization of each and every people Piper met while doing her time in jail, but still I cannot shake the fact that i already did have an idea before i watch them on tv.  This version is quite more explicit than its written counterpart, since it is more visual and vivid, seen by the naked eyes.  But honestly, im hooked.  Taylor Schilling is really fit for the job.

I am really looking forward for more wonderful episodes of OITNB.  Not that i want to experience it myself in real life, though!



Orange is the New Black book cover


“With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there. — goodreads”

MEMOIR. the first that i was able to read one. in all honesty, i was excited to read this because of its Netflix’s adaptation. i heard about the book mainly because of the show. As much as i wanted to dive into watching, i would really want to have a headstart by scanning through it. hence, i listened into its audiobook counterpart. What did i get? Yes, a true-to-life-story, personal experience, blow-by-blow updates of a day-to-day life inside prison. Though it was very factual and informative, i lost track of all the names and their doings. Yes, some of them stuck to my mind because Piper was constantly mentioning them, but unfortunately, the way she sometimes narrated, truly confusing. Jumping from one topic to another, the flow was just frustrating to follow through. it was because she wanted to put all of those details, even the most minute ones, to emphasize, or rather to squeeze in the one year chock of informations about her imprisonment.

The book was really an eye opener for me. though, it happened at the other end of the geographical world, far from my local home, i believe it doesn’t fall far away from the realities and actuality of the situations, also happening in every prison cells in my country and others. the book revealed most of the unfairness and mistreatment, racial discrimination, impartialities of the justice system.

Though, Piper seemed to get away from the harsh truth of being confined in jail, by being helpful and friendly to everybody, by constantly using her good and charmed looks, by befriending who’s who while inside, and by being tagged as rich, blue-eyed, white blond who almost got everything she wanted, there was no mistaking that still, she lost some of her good months away from her family and loved ones. nobody dreams of going into jail, thus i assumed that in that one year, she really learned her lesson well, along with other useful crafts she did inside.

The conclusion tugged my heart, as the reconciliation with Larry gave a wonderful feeling. i just wish she mentioned more of the life outside, especially with all the bonds she formed with other inmates, i just wish she remained in touch with them. because in a lot of ways, these women had impart life wisdoms to her that she will carry through and remember for the rest of her life.

I’m glad, somehow, i knew one Piper Kerman out there.

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BREAKING BAD: say bye-bye to me!

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series that originally aired on the network AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013. The show’s main character is Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The show, created and produced by Vince Gilligan, was set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Throughout the series, Walter produces and sells meth to earn money in order to secure the financial future of his family: his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), and children Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly (Elanor Anne Wenrich). The show also features Skyler’s sister Marie Schrader, and her husband Hank (Dean Norris), a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who is avid in solving the case involving the meth empire. Walter teams up with lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who helps him get into contact with drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). In the fifth season, Walter heavily involves himself with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons) and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser).

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the great television series of all time. By its end, the series was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including ten Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. On August 14, 2011, AMC renewed Breaking Bad for a fifth and final season. The series finale aired on September 29, 2013. — WIKIPEDIA


Five seasons of Breaking Bad.  I thought, it will never grow on me.  Yes, i admit i am 7 months late from the airing…But as i reached the last episode, the last scene, where Walt White was finally facing the music, so to speak, I felt a tug in my heart.  Not hard, but enough to know that though he screwed himself really bad in this series, he will be missed.  The time that i spent marathoning him and his ingenious skills in cooking blue meth, dodging bullets here and there, escaping any circumstance, by luck or chance.  The love and hate relationship with Jesse Pinkman, his family Skyler, Junior, Hank and Marie.  They were all my companion every night before i get to bed.  And must I say, they bored the life out of me sometimes, but still i went on.  And boy, I was glad i saw through it till the end.

THE END.  The most fitting end to the series that anybody can think about.  Since Mr. White did a lot of bad doings, he must pay for all of this.  In a way, we can say that he deserved this.  But of course, he won’t go unless he made sure that everybody who crossed him will be going down with him.  And the love for Jesse, that was so obvious! I never had an inkling that he doesn’t care personally for this kid.  The methods he used were somewhat against the morals and guilt but only all for the concern he felt he must do to save his family and this junkie-kid.

On the same note, Jesse Pinkman who lived up to the end of the series was supposed to die at the end of season 1, originally.  I remembered chancing upon this article  on the net.  I’m glad it, didn’t happen.  Because Aaron Paul truly did an awesome job in acting as a very screwed-up junkie.

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(images courtesy of buzzfeed and google)

Although, it ended with a sad note, deaths here and there, it also ended with a bang..oops! i mean bangs! (you know what i mean if you have seen the finale!)  Mr. White explained to his wife, Skyler, he did “the breaking bad act” all for himself.  Not for his family or anyone, but for himself.  Because he was good at it.  And most all, because he felt alive.

I couldn’t agree more, Mr. White!


To all the casts and crew of Breaking Bad,

bb cast

thank you for making the bad…. SO GOOD!

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