Coming from a Greek family, I use feta cheese a lot. Now, I know not everyone enjoys feta, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it.

Even so, sometimes I want to mix things up and try different cheeses. Has anyone ever tried to convince me that I can’t do that? Has anyone ever said, “Hey! You can’t like that other cheese because it’s not feta”?

No, because that would be stupid.

Simply put: we’re free to enjoy as many types of cheeses as we wish, even if some cheeses are not as good as others.

The same, then, goes for TV shows.

The constant conflict between fans of BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary, the two newest versions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, hasn’t stopped since the latter was announced. As a fan of the BBC show, I admit to being skeptical, worried that Lucy Liu’s casting as Joan Watson would lead to an overdone will they/won’t they relationship. But I gave the show a chance, ended up loving it, and now I get to enjoy two different shows about the world’s most famous detective.

Based on fandom reaction, however, that doesn’t seem to be right. Many Sherlock fans seem to believe that the American series is “ripping off” the BBC one; others seem to be really pissed off about two huge roles being gender-swapped. Elementary fans, on the other hand, point out the problematic aspects of Sherlock; a common argument seems to be that Elementary is the moral choice.

Or, the TL;DR version: a common fandom belief is that you can like one of the shows, but not the other.

You should not need anyone to tell you that it is okay to like two different TV shows, you do not have to choose between them. You can like Sherlock, or you can like Elementary, or you can even like both.

There have been a number of adaptations based on Sherlock Holmes, to claim that one rips the other off because they air at the same time is ridiculous. The source material hasn’t changed, it’s how each adaptation handles the material that creates something new and interesting. At the same time, preferring a show that’s less problematic does not give you moral high-ground. In a perfect world, fans would recognize and point out problematic aspects of a show, but unfortunately, that’s not always going to happen. Issues such as the representation of women and race are, of course, valid reasons to not like a show, but watching a problematic show does not make someone a shitty person – if that were the case, there wouldn’t be much left to watch.

Neither show is perfect, but both are so fun to watch. Sherlock is clever and suspenseful, with incredible performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and the rest of the cast. Elementary is smart, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are fantastic together, and it’s doing something completely different with the source material.

But I didn’t write this intending to determine which show is the better one – that’s an entirely different post.

Don’t argue with, or shame, or disrespect someone for enjoying something. With the return of Sherlock, I’ve seen far too much of that recently. Fans don’t have to choose, nor do they have to worship both shows.

Do, however, feel free to debate between quality of the shows, because that’s always fun for a TV lover.

Originally posted on my blog.

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.