I used to watch a lot of television. I mean a lot. I was always sort of drawn toward cop shows, possibly because I liked the procedural aspect. I’m not sure. One of my favourite shows as a teenager, was NCIS. If you are not acquainted with television, NCIS is a very long-running show, which focuses of Navy Cops. It is not explicitly right-wing, but definitely appeals to that sort of demographic. So quite opposite to my super liberal self.
The main reason, I watched that show, as it kept killing characters, and suggesting that revenge is a good course of action, if you’re the ‘good guy’, was Ziva David.
From what I gathered through my super scientific research on tumblr, is that this character was an inspiration for many women, young and old, and the reason many people watched the show. She suffered through a lot, and overcame even more. She was strong, but kind. She had been through a trauma conga-line, but still managed to find joy. She also regularly kicked ass. The actress left, because she was burnt out, which led to a rushed exit. Eventually she was ‘killed off’ offscreen to fuel man!pain for another character’s exit storyline.
However, seeing as that all happened after I stopped watching, I chose to believe the character laid down her guns, and is now doing rewarding work, while finding peace.
She was also a reader, with her making a few literary references throughout the eight seasons she was on the show. For someone, who did not speak English as a first language, she had quite highbrow liteary taste.
So, as a light sort of post, here is a compiled list of some of the books, she refrenced. Most of this is based on memory, or tumblr research, because I’m not going to sift through nearly 200 episodes.
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