The Shapes We Mae

BINGEWATCH WORTHY: JANE THE VIRGIN

Mindful MediaKate WeinerComment

I very rarely watch T.V. Most of the time, it feels like a distraction from what I really want to be doing when I get home--eat, read, and SLEEP. Lately, however, I have found myself craving the comfort of a deliciously escapist story. And I can think of no better companion for nursing a cold than "Jane The Virgin."

This take on a telenovela is unexpectedly fresh and fearless (and star Gina Rodriguez is kickass in real life). Even though the plot lines are totally absurd--ripe with revenge, lust, and a hearty dose of drama--the story is grounded in a real sense of heart. The women on "Jane The Virgin" are strong and don't play to type. I love that this show takes on topics like virginity, abortion, and motherhood without apology. "Jane..." doesn't stake a claim on the "right" or "wrong" way to be a woman. And in doing so, this unconventional telenovela is proof that sometimes, the stories that ring truest are those that are the most fantastical.