For two years, BSBS was shelved and I went on with my life. Out of all the strife I’ve been through and the mistakes I’ve made–and I’m not saying this just to be dramatic–having stopped recording BSBS Reviews has been one of the biggest regrets in my life. There were so many reviews I wanted to do since I started, but never mustered up the gumption for it.
With the Kick Ass reviews done, my expectation was that I could just review all the things I love and just geek out about it, but then I wondered how relevant and useful it would be, if it all, to review books and movies that were already old by the time I’ve formulated opinions worth of a review.
So I thought of a new plan, one that I’m enacting now, but horribly did not follow through with 2 years ago. My process for BSBS is as follows: look up what movies are coming out next month, cross reference them with a Goodreads list of books that are being adapted for film, and then read the books before the movie release date, watch them, and review them.
Sounds simple right?
Wrong. It’s actually difficult. Especially when I don’t enjoy the content. The Mortal Instruments was going to be the first of many BSBS Reviews that I would record and then release on the movie release date, but I lost my patience with the book. Minor spoilers if I ever decide to review that boring ass piece of shit: I mildly enjoyed the movie and the book was…a boring ass piece of shit.
So boring that I couldn’t even finish half of the book by the time the movie came out, and even then I just got annoyed with the recording process, especially living in a loud household where if I didn’t time my recording sessions properly, you’d hear several noises happening in my house that would just make my videos really weird. Sparing you the details, let me just say I have a very loud family.
On top of that, the SD card I had back then would crap out on me after having thought I’ve recorded 10-30 minutes of footage, only to realize that it malfunctioned. I just lost my patience and interest in doing BSBS with the noise at home, the boringness of some of the reading material, and the crappiness of my equipment.
Fast forward two years later though, I decided to just get over myself. I’ve been working a lot in the past 2 years and have worked jobs I’ve loved and profited greatly from, financially and personally, and I decided to just get a new and expensive SD card. One that could record more than just 30 minutes of footage because damn the last few reviews were originally 30-60 minutes long, and with the art of studio magic, I’ve cut them down to less than 10 minutes leaving in only the most important stuff to cover for each review.
When I started up again this past January, I had a better idea of how I would go about my BSBS Reviewing process and went at it with a better attitude towards it. Where I once see it as me forcing myself to read shit I don’t like, I now see it as getting the opportunity to read and watch things I normally wouldn’t if I wasn’t trying to review the hottest and latest novel to film adaptations.
After all, my first ever BSBS Review was on Twilight, a series I hated with the burning intensity of Hell itself, but I had fun slamming it anyway. And of course, being surprised by the few good things I found about it made me realize that even the most hated mainstream bandwagons have to have some merit to them, else it would make no sense why people hop on in the first place.
Following in the tradition of BSBS Reviews Season 1, I kicked off the show’s revival with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another dumb and perplexing idea that people seem to jive with. I hate zombies and could care less for period pieces, and I wondered if mashing these two things together would make me enjoy them and well…here’s what came out: