tomorrow when the war began

The Tomorrow series by John Marsden deserves the Netflix treatment

The ABC show is fun, but feels too restrained. My hopes if a Netflix series happen are:

-Go all out on violence, the novels never held back and had it’s gruesome moments

-Focus only on the teenagers, no parents.

-Do not adapt The Ellie Chronicles, end it at Book 7
The Honeymoon is Over

Tomorrow, When the War Began - chapter 2

I kind of got these two updates out quickly, part one is HERE

Summary: Caroline Forbes takes a post-graduation camping trip in the mountains with her friends only to return to nothing and no one. Can she find out what’s happened, especially with arrogant Klaus Mikaelson along for the journey?

“It ain’t no fun no more, I don’t know what to say. The honeymoon is over… It’s never gonna be that way again (the Cruel Sea)

Klaus wanted to hug her in that moment as she watched her dog being buried. She looked so shattered and it took all his willpower not to react. Instead he focused on what was going on, or not going on as it seemed. His mind went back to that night in the mountains and all of those airplanes which he’d dismissed as AirForce all too easily. Klaus decided to blame that possible error in judgment on the way his brain would momentarily stop working when she was nearby.

"We need to get out of here and raise the alarm,” Elijah suggested, placing the shovel on the ground gingerly. “Go to the police.” Klaus winced inwardly knowing that it was Caroline’s mother he was unknowingly talking about and seemed to be missing. Luckily Caroline didn’t notice his comment, still heavily dazed by what had transpired in the last half hour.

“What if there is no one else?” Klaus didn’t want to be negative but there was something very wrong about this situation and he figured it was better to address it now than stay in denial any longer.

“Someone’s obviously been watching too many post-apocalyptic films. Don’t be so stupid, Niklaus,” Elijah replied, dismissively. Caroline looked over at him curiously, like she had finally returned to the discussion after the initial wave of grief had passed. They held a silent conversation with their eyes both arriving at the same realisation.

“The planes,” she murmured after a brief pause. “You don’t think this is a coincidence, do you?”

“What are you both babbling about?” Katherine asked, the confusion on her face apparent.

“The other night a fleet of airplanes flew over,” Kol explained.

“You saw them too?”

“Let’s just say I couldn’t sleep, Caroline,” Kol offered, sending Klaus a knowing glance. “Whatever they were, Elijah’s right. We need to raise the alarm and we need to do it now.”

“Your house is closest,” Bonnie said, looking to the three brothers earnestly. “We should start there.”

As they made their way back to the jeep and climbed inside, Klaus couldn’t help but think about his last conversation with his parents. He wasn’t sure if he could forgive himself if that was the last time he’d ever see them again. He’d been so angry about their news and had conjured up this camping trip as an excuse to get as far away as possible.

As he watched the scenery rushing past, Klaus couldn’t help noticing just how quiet everything seemed and not in a good way. Yes, it was a small town but the herds of cattle he had become so accustomed to seeing on the side of the road had disappeared from view, almost as if they had fled in fear of something or someone. Caroline caught his eye in the rearview mirror as she drove, another silent conversation confirming she had noticed the eerie stillness too.

His place was deserted too upon quick inspection of the property and Klaus was fairly certain all of their houses would be similarly empty. That dreaded fact meaning no one was coming to their aid. But what were they supposed to do now?

3 days earlier…

“Where did you get to last night?’ Kol asked curiously, cornering him near the stream the next morning.

"I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Klaus lied, knowing exactly where he’d been and who he’d been with but had no intention of sharing it with his immature, younger brother. Plus, he was trying not to think about just how beautiful she’d looked in the moonlight, clad in those fitted, denim shorts and a blue checked shirt that complimented her eyes perfectly.

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Things I Learned from Tomorrow when the War Began
  • The title is very clever.
  • All Australians work on farms.
  • Aussies take dog deaths seriously.
  • When people are running away they are very herp derp and can run into a blunt object and start bleeding.
  • “What difference does a flag make?”
  • Stoners are people too.
  • THIS is basically Australian Red Dawn except better. (the original Red Dawn)
  • I will refer to the group as the kangaroos throughout the rest of this. 
  • GO KANGAROOS!
  • You can have a Red Dawn esque movie without making it a political message *cough cold war cough*
  • Never let a stoner be left on watch.
  • If you do not have a girlfriend before the invasion you will after it.
  • Ellie is an absolutely amazing character.
  • Hell is a pretty nice place.
  • Back to Ellie… I mean this woman keeps the group together while her own psyche is crumbling.
  • The lawnmower scene goes up there with the Full Metal esque war fucks with your head kind of scenes.
  • The Kangaroos are a great group. 
  • They all are different cliches but the movie doesn’t play on it that much.
  • Take note Hollywood but the characters actually have D-E-V-E-L-O-P-E-M-E-N-T during this movie.
  • Who would have thought?
  • This is probably one of the hidden gems of Netflix and I fully recommend it.
  • oh, this was also a book and they made a joke about books always being better than the movie.
  • That gave this movie bonus points.
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Phoebe Tonkin’s ABC | A for ACTRESS

It’s important for little girls to have characters to look up to, and also be entertained by the fantasy parts. There are a lot of not-so-good role models out there for younger kids, it’s good to have someone they can relate to on television.

Tomorrow, When the War Began

So, this is my Klaroline fusion with an Australian series of seven books by John Marsden. It was also made into a film at one point and now a TV series apparently. This is my first foray into sci-fi. All chapter titles from the awesome soundtrack.

Caroline Forbes takes a post-graduation camping trip in the mountains with her friends only to return to nothing and no one. Can she find out what’s happened, especially with arrogant Klaus Mikaelson along for the journey

Chapter 1: Steer

Feel it falling off like clothing, taste it rolling on your tongue. See the lights above you glowing and breathe them deep into your lungs (Missy Higgins)

Storm Lake - IA

“May he rest in peace,” Bonnie murmured, looking at the fresh grave sombrely. The others in the circle had their heads bowed and eyes downcast, even Klaus.

Caroline watched stoically as Elijah shovelled the last of the dirt atop the makeshift grave. She had been playing with her beloved dog Jesse only four days earlier and now he was dead. How she had no idea. Caroline had found his lifeless body on the driveway and had run inside to rouse her parents but Liz and Bill had vanished. To where she had no idea either.

Looking back she realised just how young and naïve she’d been up until this point. Caroline’s biggest worry was passing her final exams and graduating with the rest of her class. Once she achieved both of those things, Caroline was looking forward to a lazy summer with friends before her interstate college experience began. Little did she know what and who was about to come for them.

When she’d tried to call for help, Caroline discovered the electricity was cut, the house phone line dead and their cell reception was non-existent. It was frightening, paralysing and eerie all at the same time. If only she could go back.

Six days earlier….

“It’s our last summer in town dad, the least you can do is let me take the jeep for a camping trip,” Caroline pleaded. “Anyway, it’s only four days, what’s the worst that could happen?” Famous last words in hindsight.

She was almost 18 years-old and it felt so juvenile to beg. She was headed to North Western University in a few months and the least she deserved was some form of reprieve from her parents over-protectiveness. In all of Storm Lake, Caroline had lucked out, being the only daughter of the town’s most prominent lawyer and the local sheriff.

Her best friends would tease her mercilessly, especially rebellious Katherine who would constantly flaunt the rules and sneak out with local boys past curfew. Caroline was jealous of her supposed freedom until her parents had decided to send her to boarding school in Des Moines. Caroline wasn’t quite sure how sending her to a big city with more than her fair share of guys was considered a punishment.

She’d been sad to lose her friend so suddenly at the start of senior year but at least she still had Bonnie. Well, that’s what she thought until the Mikaelson family arrived and threw their small town into a spin. The younger brother Kol had taken an immediate liking to Bonnie and they’d spent their time getting to know each other very well as it turned out. She’d been gushing to Caroline about her first time only days earlier.

There was no doubting their looks were impressive but Caroline decided early on that his brother Klaus Mikaleson was missing the personality gene unlike his sweet talking brother. He kept to himself, barely managing a mumble of response to anyone, too caught up in his art apparently. Bonnie had shared that Klaus resented his geologist father for bringing them to town for field research after growing up in busy London.

His oldest brother Elijah was already attending college at Princeton and their youngest sister Rebekah was at an exclusive music academy in Switzerland, leaving the two brothers in Iowa. Unlike Kol who’d made it his social responsibility to fit in, Klaus had chosen to keep his distance during his final year and Caroline wasn’t complaining. It was guys like that who weren’t worth her attention. Well, that’s what she told herself anyway. The only annoying and equally irresistible part was those dark, blonde curls and crimson lips that had a tendency to curl upwards into an annoying smirk when she passed him in the halls.

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The 100 Hellatus Survival Kit

Since I know all of us will be in various stages of mourning and death over the next 9ish months, here’s some fandoms to fling yourselves into to cope! (WARNING: There’s a lot of books..)

* = (post) apocalypse / dystopia setting
** = relationship dynamic reminiscent of bellarke
*** = both

Television

**The Expanse

Want to fantasize about the delinquents in space? This is basically the S5 au you need.

  • kick ass space opera
  • diverse af cast
  • Nolden = Space Blarke (not kidding, this is what would’ve happened if she went to space)

**The X-Files

I know I never shut up about this show, but it’s for a good reason. Are you sad about Bellarke and need a long ass show to invest yourself in? With a slow burn couple, built on trust and respect and support? LOOK NO FURTHER!

  • government conspiracies
  • sad space parents
  • the longest slow burn that will renew your faith in blarke (its literally 7 years)
  • 10 seasons worth of content so you won’t run dry
  • MULDER AND SCULLY ARE LITERALLY BELLARKE I STG YOU CAN ASK HAILEE AND GRACE

Sense8

Looking for another “diverse group of misfits that create their own family” to cry over?

  • 8 people share a psychic link
  • the bad government want to experiment on them
  • the most diverse cast i stg (gay ships! trans characters! poc!)
  • ships that will make you cry for 17 days 
  • so many people sleep on this so and i not qu(white) understand

***The Walking Dead

How about another power couple leading a rag tag group of peeps through the apocalypse? (Yeah I’m talking about Richonne)

  • zombie apocalypse
  • i don’t think i really need to explain this
  • but ana would literally kill me if i didn’t include them on this list
  • richonne = bellarke material

**Lost

You can thank Mik and April for this one. In case you’re wondering what’s in store for blarke next season, or if you’re wanting to imagine that reunion.

  • DESMOND AND PENNY 
  • bunch a strangers plane crash on a magic island
  • it’ll melt your brains (I’ve watched it twice and I’m still not sure i completely understand everything)
  • but seriously ask mik about desmond x penny because she’ll make you cry about s5 blarke

Stitchers

Just want a cute feel good show with just enough angst and a ship that will cause you only minor pain?

  • girl with a made up brain condition “stitches” into the minds of dead people to solve murders
  • camsten gives me butterflies
  • its just really cute

Honorable Mentions: *Attack on Titan, *Psycho Pass, The OA, ***Battlestar Galactica (I’m still crying about lee and starbuck ok?) *Firefly, Teen Wolf, Glitch, Agents of SHIELD, Roswell, *3%, *Falling Skies, American Gods (SUPPORT RICKY)

Movies

***Pacific Rim

Stay with me here. How about a visually stunning movie about the people fighting monsters in giant robots? But with important character backstories, diversity, and Idris Elba?

  • giant godzilla like monsters crawl out of the ocean and terrorize the world
  • special pilots operate huge transformer like robots to fight them
  • watch and just imagine blarke isn’t drift compatible (can’t relate)
  • a sequel starring John Boyega

*Goodbye World

Still feeling that apocalypse vibe?

  • group of old college friends try to ride out the apocalypse in a cabin
  • its simple but dramatic

*Tomorrow, When the War Began (also a tv show and book series)

How about some Australian teenagers fighting back against a country on the brink of war and chillin’ in the outback?

  • its basically Red Dawn in Australia
  • its v dramatic 
  • based on the book series by John Marsden

*The Stand

I mean technically it was a mini series, but whatever. Down for the film version of Stephen King’s greatest work about the battle between good an evil across a pandemic ridden America?

  • a virus kills almost everyone in literally a couple days
  • survivors are called from all over to join either the good guys or the bad guys
  • its much cooler than it sounds
  • I’d recommend the book but its 1200 pages and I know y'all don’t have that motivation

*How I Live Now

Have a need for even more teenagers at the end of the world? 

  • political / nuclear apocalypse
  • group of kids try to survive in the english hills or whatever
  • ft. baby tom holland and a weird cousin relationship that i don’t get
  • its still good though

Honorable Mentions: Ginger Snaps, *Resident Evil (but just the first one), Electrick Children, *The Matrix, 28 Days Later, Children of Men

Books (this is gonna be a long one)

lets get the obvious ones out of the way…

**Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

If y'all haven’t heard of this yet between me, Ana, and Delaney in the past month where have you been?

  • ragtag (diverse) group of criminals misfits band together to pull of the ultimate heist
  • lgbtq+ characters! characters oaf color! disabled characters!
  • the ships will literally tear your actual heart out (*whispers* kanej)

A Darker Shade of Magic (and sequels) by VE Schwab

pretend to be shocked for a minute… are you in the market for a soul crushing series, with morally grey, but entirely lovable characters, and relationships (romantic and platonic) that make you cry?

  • parallel londons, blood magic, pirates, and princes
  • lila bard
  • bisexual prince and his pirate privateer lover
  • lila bard
  • otp thats meets when person a robs person b and leaves them bleeding in an alley 
  • seriously if you take one recommendation from this list make it this one
  • LILA BARD

ok on to the ones i haven’t spent the last month yelling about

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

book hangover after you’ve finished the first 2 books? well here comes the perfect combo of both!

  • fantasy dystopia? basically a fantasy world if the dark lord had won
  • alchemy magic!
  • group of misfits come together to perform a heist

***The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Does the absence of blarke have you longing for an angsty, enemies to friends to lovers ship?

  • dystopia where some people have super powers
  • girl who can kill people by touching them (she’s basically Rogue)
  • aaron warner <3
  • the angstiest shit i stg
  • its a romance hiding behind a dystopian storyline
  • i think warner has elements of S1 bellamy so I’m considering a similar dynamic, deal with it

*This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I couldn’t not include more from my queen. Looking for a book about monsters, and music, and the end of the world?

  • a future where  every violent act a human commits manifests an actual living breathing monster
  • the city of verity is controlled by 2 warring families, (August’s and Kate’s)
  • Kate and August come together to battle the big bad that’s threatening their town
  • the writing is so. fucking. poetic.
  • also no romance!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

do you love witches? and kickass female friendship? and love interests that stab each other in the heart?

  • witch best friends (aka threadsisters) on the run
  • a complex af magic system (truthwitch-sense lies, windwitch-control wind/air, you get the idea)
  • seriously the female friendship tho
  • angsty ships that try to kill each other!!!
  • ongoing, but book 2 just came out

*On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Can’t get enough of people dealing with the impending end of the world?

  • last survivors of a nuclear apocalypse sit on an australian beach and wait for their death basically
  • how people handle knowing they’re about to be wiped out
  • be prepared to cry

***The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

More. Space. Stuff???

  • fairytale retellings in space??
  • cinder(ella) with a cyborg arm
  • + red riding hood, rapunzel, snow white
  • its been 84 years since i read, but i think cinder/kai reminded me vaguely of blarke so I’m counting it

*The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I actually haven’t read this one so I don’t know if there’s a Blarke-esque relationship, but are you on the market for a book about gays and aliens in space??

  • space opera
  • introspective look at humanity and alien shit
  • some AI drama
  • f/f relationship (party!)

The Wrath and the Dawn (and sequel) by Renee Ahdieh

How do I open this one? Maybe you’re down for a retelling of 1001 Arabian nights?

  • such poetic writing
  • as i mentioned, retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights where this dude takes a new wife every night and kills her every morning
  • but then our salty heroin marries him and because she’s amazing she tricks him into keeping her alive through stories
  • and the romance is so angsty
  • i just started this so idk much else

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Looking to find a book basically about all of our lives?

  • fan fiction writer goes to college 
  • social anxiety is a bitch
  • theres a cute boy
  • its so fluffy it’ll make you smile

**Saga by Brian K. Vaugh and Fiona Stable

how about a few comic books? maybe one about a man and a woman from 2 warring intergalactic species on the run from their people?

  • forbidden romance between a bad ass black woman with wings and her kick ass asian husband with horns
  • running from both their governments that want their “abomination” baby dead (not a spoiler the first panel is literally her giving birth)
  • theres people with robot heads and alien orgies
  • its so fucking good
  • i feel like this is how 30 yo blarke would handle this situation

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns

On the look out for a superhero comic? Maybe, oh, ANOTHER ragtag group of misfits?

  • I know this isn’t everyone’s favorite iteration, but it’s mine and I love beast boy and raven so deal with it
  • robin, beast boy, raven, cyborg, etc.
  • just read it

Honorable Mentions: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Steivfater, Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (listen, she’s trash, but Jem is my son and I love him), An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, ***Red Rising by Pierce Brown,

I hope this helps everyone out! I tried to think of as many similarities as I could and then threw in some that are worth the interest! Happy Hellatus lovelies!

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“I didn’t tell Caitlin Stasey that Homer was gonna grab her here, so what you see when Deniz grabs Caitlin is all very natural. I thought it would be nice to get her reaction on screen. I think it sets up that Homer and Ellie have a platonic relationship, there’s nothing romantic here, which is very important.”

Stuart Beattie - Tomorrow, When The War Began Audio Commentary