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By Dakota Star

โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐”ฝ๐•’๐•“๐•๐•–๐•ค: ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•–๐•ค ๐• ๐•— ๐•„๐•ช๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•š๐•”๐•’๐• ๐”ผ๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ

By Quill and Lantern Publishing

If you saw me on the street and stopped to chat, youโ€™d learn Iโ€™m a twenty-eight-year-old college graduate who works as an independent contractor for a marketing firm in New York City. My acquaintances have no idea I collect dying souls to send them to heaven, nirvana, hell, moksha, purgatory, hades, Valhalla, paradise, Summerland…To be honest, Iโ€™m not sure where they go. I collect them but never having met my boss, Iโ€™m not clear what happens after the deposit. I love my job and my life, but then I met the man of my dreams and everything went to hell.๐Ÿ’€

eBook: books2read.com/RavenousFables๐Ÿ“š

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N9CXYCH

Is it Good When Genres Collide?

Love me some zombie romance, but this has become an interesting question for me after recently watchingย Midnight Massย on Netflix. The limited series started as a character study. After spending four years in jail for a drunk driving accident that led to a girlโ€™s death, Riley returns to his small fishing community, Crockett Island, on a remote island off the coast of Maine. At the same time, a new priest, Father Paul, arrives.ย 

Described by Netflix as a โ€œ…twisty ensemble drama with supernatural thrills and slow-burn scares,โ€ it would seem to defy an easy definition in terms of genre. I love that. I am a huge fan of space cowboys, zombie romances, and small-town horror-romance. The more of a mashup, the better.

The first five episodes were excellent as the audience learns more about the main character, his family, and his history. We are introduced to a host of eccentric characters including the devout Bev Keane (creepy from the get-go). Twisty, scary events coincide with the new arrivals including (spoiler alert) the death of a pet.ย  Is it the new priest, the ex-con attending AA meetings, the over-zealot townsfolk, or something worse? I didnโ€™t know if this was a character study, a small-town mystery, a supernatural thriller, or a horror series. The last two episodes were such a disappointment when my mashup turned to a heavy-handed message about religion entombed in clichรฉ horror elements.ย 

The point of my long-winded review is two-fold. Mashups are hard to do well as seen by many that fail to work. One would think Iโ€™d love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I canโ€™t reconcile Jane Austinโ€™s style with zombie death and gore. I like the idea of it but not the text as written. When elements don’t click, mashups turn into a disjointed, underwhelming experience.

Yet, when skillfully created, theyโ€™re my favorite entertainment. I’m a fan ofย Warm Bodiesย toย Rocky Horror Picture Showย toย Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well such asย Aliens, From Dusk till Dawn, andย Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheepย is pretty amazing too).ย 

Classic texts such as Frankenstein are also hard to place in a single genre. Is it science fiction, horror, gothic fiction, or romance? I Am Legend by Richard Matheson overlapped zombies and vampires in his science fiction work. As someone who can never stick to a single genre when writing, mashups are my favorite. 

What Happened to Wynonna Earp Season 4?

I was so excited when Wynonna Earp, Season 4 landed on Netflix. Unfortunately, my favorite characters have gone from bad ass to asinine.

Take Wynonna. She is a modern-day gunslinger, but in Season 4 lacks her gun, Peacemaker. It seems like the writers have added random challenges and lackluster plot devices to keep Wynonna battling something. Wynonna has become a caricature of her former self as she stamps around town and clobbers everything from zombies to Nedley monsters, to witches with bats, boards, and Doc Holiday’s help.

Wynonna still lacks a gun in episode 6 where she has to find a woman in a painting for a random clan of nuns. The woman in the painting happens to be Rosita (a character from past seasons) and the nuns are actually revenants. During Wynonna rescue attempt, she and Rosita are magically transported to the nunnery, and the nuns demand a fight to the death in exchange for their help finding her gun. What? This plot line was so random and nonsensical. But after zombies in the basement that lead to a doorway to the Garden of Eden, who am I to question. ย 

WYNONNA EARP — “Look At Them beans” Episode 403 — Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp — (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY)

I feel worse for the character of Nicole. She went from being a sheriff in town to being naked. It seems like the writer’s of the show want little more than to put her in her birthday suit. She is naked in the Garden of Eden and in some other scenes. If not naked, she is usually making stupid stupid choices or pining for Waverly. Not only does she fail to figure out Nedley is the monster plaguing her (something everyone else quickly deduces in episode 3) but also makes one of the most stupid deals with the devil so to speak. This all diminishes her once strong character.

WYNONNA EARP — “Look At Them beans” Episode 403 — Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp — (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Productions, Inc./SYFY)

The changes in the characters mirror the perplexing plots and the crazy speed in which storylines are created and then abandoned. Why was there a machine governing the Garden of Eden? At first I thought it was to protect the world from this revenant that was there, but Doc Holiday kicks the evil through a door in two seconds. Doesn’t seem too much of a threat. And why did the door open so easily then, but not for the Wynonna and company when they want to return home?

I still have some episodes to watch. Maybe all my questions will be answered, but I doubt it.