A few weeks ago, my roommate Jamie and I excitedly bought the first book in the Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar, so we could get in touch with the roots of our favorite show on television. (Did I tell you I met the creator? Coolest moment in my life.) So, finals finally over, I read it. Ehh, I guess I don't have much positive to say. I liked it well enough being familiar with the characters as I know them from the show, but on its own, I do not really understand how this series took off. Maybe preteen girls like that they can read about sex and drugs and fashion (with real swear words!) without having to suffer the consequences personally? Maybe it's because I went to an all girls' school with a lot of rich girls, but I was disappointed by how unrealistic the book felt. Maybe it's not supposed to be relatable, or maybe it's an East Coast / West Coast thing, but I just don't see myself reading any more of the series any time soon. I like my Vanessa a skanky Puerto Rican, my Lil' J a flat-chested blonde, and my Rufus a sexy ex-rocker. Also, the show has a kickass soundtrack. Call me vapid, but TV > reading in this situation!
What does "Kat Ex Machina" mean? The blog's title, and my online moniker, is taken from the popular plot device in storytelling, Deus ex machina, which means "God from a machine." It comes from the ancient Greek theatre, in which actors representing God would swoop in to the action and save the characters from a seemingly unsolvable situation. It is still used frequently as a contrivance in film and television. Kat Ex Machina means Kat (me) from a machine, and as my blog entries on a computer are about the best way for me to broadcast my trivial thoughts, it seemed appropriate.