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There just aren't enough movies and shows about, well you guessed it - Vikings.  There are a few movies (13th Warrior, Valhalla Rising) and occasionally True Blood will have some Eric flashbacks, but other than that, the subject is mostly ignored.  So I was super excited last year when The History Channel aired a series called Vikings. 

I figured if anyone could do a historically accurate depiction of the Norse era, it would definitely be The History Channel (no horned helmets!).  The series is centered around the life of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary ruler and hero from real Norse sagas.  And I was right: it was historically accurate and all kinds of awesome. 

My only issue was that the wife of Ragnar was also a warrior which is not historically accurate, but oh well.  Also, the end of the series was a bit strange because they started throwing in some supernatural elements.  Obviously, I normally love supernatural anything, but it seemed odd to start the series depicting the Viking era as it really was then throw in some gods and magic at the end.  The second season starts this month and I am curious to see where they will take it.

**If you missed the first season, it's available on Amazon Prime or DVD**

There just aren't enough movies and shows about Victorian monsters.  OKAY there actually are quite a few, but I want more....and I'm going to get it.  Showtime will be airing a new series this May called Penny Dreadful (what a great name!).

Here is the description of the series from the Showtime website:

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

There is a Penny Dreadful digital book club through Goodreads here:
The book club will be re-reading the classics that inspired creator John Logan to write the series – “Dracula”, “Frankenstein”, and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.


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