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About Us: Serena Yang

Here's the next installment in our "about us" series. Meet Serena Yang!

What area of the world do you live in, and what do you do? (Because we all know you don't make any money doing this.)

I live in a small island that is like nowhere else on Earth, where people wear edible clothes, drink Starbucks while biking to work, and pass by naked men with nothing on but a purple cape without even blinking. Welcome to San Francisco.

Professionally, I yell at people, color code, and herd cats. I recently got promoted, so now I can add "being overhead" to the list.

What show or shows are you covering on the site?


Fill in the blanks: "If ______ weren't already doing a great job, I would review _____."

How can you ask me that question? The reason I found this place to begin with is because of Billie's reviews of Buffy and Lost. As Josie said, it's part of my viewing experience. But the shows that I love enough to have an opinion on would be True Blood, Dexter, and Chuck.

What's your favorite television show of all time? (Okay, top five will do if you can't narrow it down to one.) What was the first show you fell in love with? What show would you consider to be your guilty pleasure?

Buffy is easily my favorite show - although I completely blame her for making me think it's ok to talk like a valley girl. My top 5 is rounded out by Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Glee, and Alias.

Since I've been a tv addict most of my life, I can't remember when I first fell in love with a show - but I can tell you that the first show I remember watching obsessively was Buffy.

As far as guilty pleasures go - I openly admit to loving Gossip Girl and listening to Britney. So I have no shame, but I love L&O: SVU.

Who's your favorite male television character? Same question for female. Favorite television theme song?

Dexter, Casey from Chuck, and Eric from True Blood, and Adama from BSG come to mind. I'd have to say Buffy, Sydney Bristow from Alias, Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, and Sue Sylvester from Glee.

I love the BSG theme song, but I love the Alias opening sequence.

What character do you identify with the most, and why?

Oy. A better answer would be what character do I aspire to be? There I'd say Blair Waldorf for her wardrobe, Sydney from Alias for her crazy talents, and every tiny female that could kick a**.

Actually, I want to change my answer to character I identify with most to Debra Morgan (potty mouth) and Greg House (crankypants).

We love movies, too. What are your top five movies?

Gladiator, Chicago, Mean Girls, The Last Emperor, The Dark Knight.

We love books, too. Who are your favorite authors? What are you reading right now?

Harry Potter - well, up until book 5, at least. I think Stephen King is incredibly talented, but I don't read too many of his books because they scare the crap out of me. (I slept with my windows closed and lights on all summer after reading Salem's Lot). I am - not surprisingly - a fan of historical fiction a la The Boleyn Girl. But my favorite author is JD Robb - trashy murder-mystery-romance novels that always entertain no matter how often I read them.

I read a bunch of nonfiction, particularly about human nature and group dynamics. I know, sounds really depressing. A good one is Stumbling Onto Happiness.

When did you realize you were a hopeless geek?

When I broke up with my (then) boyfriend because he couldn't fix my wireless router.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

A dachshund.

What's your sign?

Virgo, year of the fire dragon. I was destined to be an anal-retentive control freak.

What's in your iPod/MP3 player?

GLEE - of course! Lady Gaga also kicks it. Sometimes I listen to Beethoven.

What's your least favorite chore around the house?

Emptying the dishwasher.

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Oooh... lychee. Or green tea. This is all, of course, a dream, because I'm asian and lactose intolerant.

Cats or dogs? Elvis or the Beatles? Sam or Dean?

DOGS! Beatles. Who?


  1. Hi Serena!

    It's nice to virtually meet you!

    And, as SF is one of the few places in which I've actually resided (I'm from and currently in Seattle, as you no doubt could tell from the webbed feet tho you might also have thought Black Lagoon), you cracked me up with your build-up description that punchlined SF and I thought HA! I shoulda guessed, I really should.

    Buffy making you think it's ok to talk like a valley girl -- too true; they sure used that element darn creatively both in building a world, and also in making with the funny. I still like to quote Buff imitating Willow with her line about a math test, "...this could be mathier!". :-)

    I agree with the Salem's Lot observation -- in my opinion THAT is the book that Joey on Friends shoulda put in the freezer! And it wouldn't have saved him, ohh no.

    Oh, and the photo at top is wonderful -- seems to me a great reflection of y'all on the Internet covering TV about Life... and of course irreverently so! Lies there a story therein?

  2. Whoa... that's what I get for not being online for 2 days - a post about me! I should have known better and put up a less indecent picture :-)

    Green Hornet - I wish that my Buffy speech was limited to creating inappropriate verbs and nouns. Unfortunately, I like totally sound like I'm like 16.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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