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For you lovely British readers out there, this might be totally old news, but as an American, I’ve just discovered the incredible BBC show The Misfits and it is AMAZING!

I just discovered it through a friend who had watched it on Hulu. If you’re unfamiliar with Hulu (if you’re not American or perhaps, been living under a rock), Hulu is an online streaming service that mostly offers TV shows to be streamed online, but there are some films and a few documentaries as well. I personally have Hulu Plus, the paid premium service, but you don’t need Plus to watch this fantastic show.

The plot is basically, in my opinion, a more urban, gritty and realistic version of NBC Heroes mixed with a more modern, grunge style of the Breakfast Club … or something.

It’s kind of a bit difficult to describe, but it’s about a group of kids in their late teens who all show up on their first day of Community Payback (community service to us Americans) only to be caught in a freak thunder/ice/ hail storm where they are promptly struck by lightning.

Shortly after, they discover they’ve all acquired different super powers since the storm. You follow them through their everyday community payback antics and not so everyday insanity where trouble seems to find them at every hilarious and somewhat disastrous turn.

Lastly, and as a random side note, I just want to say how education this has been for me, as an American girl, to learn more British slang and how fantastic that has been. I doubt I’ll be using them much as they sound like they’d be pretty offensive in most conversations, but still really interesting to know and hilarious to hear my boyfriend try to add them into his everyday vernacular.

Some Brit Slang I’ve Learned & Their USA Equivalents:

{hope I don’t offend anyone!}

  • Chav – American equivalent of calling someone trashy, tacky or ghetto I think.
  • Wanker – Idiot or Moron.
  • Slag – Whore or Slut.
  • Bloke – A Guy or Man.
  • Arse – Ass.
  • Cheers – Goodbye or Thanks or as a toast when drinking.
  • Twat – Idiot.
  • Taking the Piss – Making fun of someone, mocking or messing with them.
  • Fanny – Vagina.

If you want to check out the serious awesomeness that is BBC’s The Misfits, you can watch all of the seasons for free online on Hulu – here.

You can also see their direct website – here.

Have you ever heard of the Misfits?

Are you a huge fan or not so much?

Oh! And if you’re from UK, definitely let me know if I’ve gotten the slang right or wrong!

Let me know your thoughts on this!

♥ Tianna

It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

Welcome to my first ever book review!

This book was originally loaned to me by a friend who had been raving about it for a month or so before she finally convinced me to give it a read and I am so glad that I did!

First off, picture a society similar to Hunger Games (only not), but better.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is Hunger Games if it was more thought out, better written, just a realistic, and deadlier, if that is possible, which is pretty incredible when you consider it’s her debut novel!

First off, the book takes place in what we assume is post world war type Chicago. In this society, there are 5 main factions each dedicated to a specific virtue – Abnegation (selfless seekers), Amity (peace-seeking), Erudite (knowledge-seekers), Candor (truth seekers), and Dauntless (thrill seekers). At age 16, everyone takes an aptitude test which determines what faction they are best suited towards and then they must choose which faction they want to join. Some stay in the faction they were born into while others transfer to a new one, often leaving their families behind forever. Beatrice, our main protagonist, is born into the life of Abnegation, but she has doubts about belonging in a faction dedicated to selflessness when she never feels good enough. When she takes her aptitude test and results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and may never tell anyone or she faces certain death. Then, she is faced with a challenge that may change her life forever – stay with Abnegation or transfer to another faction?

I am really enjoying this series at the moment, currently re-reading the second book Insurgent, and I think anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Uglies series, Infernal Devices or any kind of science fiction types will like this series. I definitely recommend it!

Buy it on Amazon – here! 

Have you read Divergent?

If so, what did you think?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this book with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.