10 Things Book Blogging Has In Common With Orphan Black

Since this is the last day of Armchair BEA and we can write anything we want, I got a little silly. I hope you enjoy this!


Have you been watching Orphan Black? Those who have will know exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you need to watch this show! It’s on the Space Channel here in Canada, BBC America in the States. Binge watch it now! It’s about clones, but it’s a mystery and a thriller. It has heart and an amazing cast, which is almost just one person. Several women (Tatiana Maslany) learn that they’ve been a part of a scientific experiment, a cloning experiment. They only find each other when someone starts killing the clones.

Since I’m obsessed with this show, I think about it a lot and I’ve discovered that Orphan Black has some things in common with book blogging.

Small audience, awesome fans.

Orphan Black is not a huge show, yet. It’s got a lot of critical buzz, but not big ratings (though the audience doubled the premiere of season 2). It has some seriously devoted fans though. Do you know they have a whole Tumblr full of gifs and fan art? Fans are members of the Clone Club, which includes Orlando Jones. Now I don’t know for sure but Orlando Jones is not a fan of my blog (you never know!). What I’m telling you is just because the audience of your blog may be small, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a devoted fan base. You probably have a reliable group of people who visit, comment on, and tweet your posts. They are your own Clone Club.

No two clones are alike.



Sure, they’re clones, but they all have separate personalities. Even though one actress plays all the roles of the clones, it’s easy to tell them apart. It’s the same with book blogs. We might all be blogging about books, sometimes we review the same books, but no two blogs are alike. We each have our own voice.

Diverse cast.

Even though one actress plays many roles, even within those roles is diversity. Cosima, a brilliant scientist, has a girlfriend, who may or may not be evil. Felix is Sarah’s gay foster brother. Art, the cop who just wants to know the truth, is a minority. Oh yeah, and then there’s Vic the dick.

Within the book blogging community, there are many niches: young adult, romance, fantasy, everything else! You can find opinions on just about any book you are looking for.

The Ladies kick ass!

The clones are tough. They are in fight or flight mode. They’re in danger, but know how to defend themselves. Then there is the mysterious Mrs S (Maria Doyle Kennedy). You do not want to mess with Mrs S.

mrs s

Every year VIDA releases statistical data on the abysmal state of women reviewers and female authors being reviewed in major publications. Bloggers help to make up the difference. A vast number of book bloggers are women. Okay, we’re not the New York Times, but our voices are loud. We review more books than those publications, and not just the best sellers or the critically acclaimed. We’re also pushing for more representation for female authors within the industry by the discussions we have online.

Hey, there are guys too!

So, the actresses are great, but there are superb performances by the men. Besides Felix and Art, there’s Hot Paul, Dr Leekie, and the new guy, Cal. Yes, there are men book blogging too, in all niches.

“This is my biology, this is my decision.”


One thing that is reiterated throughout the series is how the clones are individuals. They make decisions for their own good first. Cosima decided to work for Dyad, Sarah decided to run. Bloggers are independent. There are blogging tutorials and how-to guides available but every blogger runs their blog their own way. Not everyone reviews ARCs, or the latest releases. Some people don’t even post “reviews.” We bristle at being told how to do things on our blogs. My blog, my rules.

“We’re better when we’re together.”

Even though the clones go their own way, when it comes to solving problems, four heads are better than one. The same can be said of blogging. Events like Armchair BEA, and Bloggiesta bring bloggers together to discuss ideas and solve blogging issues. Together our voices are more likely to be heard and effect change.

There will be blood (not literally, unless you get a paper cut).

Crazy stuff happens on this show. Alison hot glued her husband’s chest.Ouch! She had her reasons. Every episode someone gets hurt. I’m not saying book blogging is violent but at times things can get hairy. There are disagreements and drama. Feelings get hurt. Those things generally blow over quickly. On the other hand, your blog maybe so quiet sometimes you want to hit your head off a wall! You put your blood, sweat, and tears into a post only to have no one comment. It can be frustrating.

Don’t count anyone out.

So, it seems like someone is done, or someone has fallen so low they’re never getting back up. Next episode, everything changes!


Personally, I had a bad couple of blogging years. I lost my mojo. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t blog. Blogging was such a part of my life that even then, I couldn’t give up all altogether. I reviewed sporadically. I stopped accepting pitches and only read what I really wanted. I wondered if I’d ever get back to blogging. Then, recently, out of the blue, I wanted to blog again. I wanted to read everything! I had this sudden burst of blogging energy. I was revived! Refreshed! Resurrected! If you ever have a dry spell or writer’s block, hang in there. It doesn’t last forever.

Both are awesome!

This is the best show on TV right now! Book bloggers are the best on the internet!


Gifs via Tumblr.


  1. Hahahahaha, love this post! And yes! Book bloggers ARE the best on the internet! Truer words were never spoken.

    You've also reminded me that I'm still one episode behind on Orphan Black -- gotta catch up this evening before the next one airs!

    1. Oh yes, do it! Tomorrow's episode should be good!

    2. Jenny, I don't know why but when I click on your name it doesn't go to your blog. It goes to Personal Identity Portal. It didn't do that yesterday. You might have been hacked.

  2. Haha! You win the interwebz.

  3. I love this! I LOVE Orphan Black! I saw the actors that play Felix (Jordan Gavaris) and Paul (Dylan Bruce) at a convention in Toronto last summer and Dylan is super hot in real life (and nice and funny) and Jordan is hilarious. (And also super nice).

    These are great comparisons and very accurate!

    1. So lucky! And how great that they were nice. I love that.

  4. I really want to watch this series. All the commercials look awesome!

    1. It really is! Once you start, you'll be hooked.

  5. Love the creativity of this post! Nicely done. Once this goes to Netflix or Amazon Prime, I'm watching!

  6. I've binged on Orphan Black since I discovered it a few weeks ago. Fantastic show with some great characters. Love your post.

    1. I watched all of season one over Christmas. I think it was over 2 days! I couldn't wait for the new season.

  7. I haven't heard of this show, but it sounds like fun! The comparison to book blogs works for me. Loved this!

    Joy's Book Blog

  8. What a fun post! My husband got hooked on Orphan Black this weekend and is begging me to try it. I think you've helped to convince me!

  9. Best blog post title! I've been a harder core OB fan since it first aired. And I'm such a goof, so in awe of Tatiana, that I swear, every week I marvel at how they managed to cast actresses who look so much alike. Because it can't be one person playing all of them. *winner* :P

    1. I'm always forgetting they are the same person. For a second when Alison wasn't on for a couple of weeks I thought the actress was on vacation! Then I remembered.

  10. I'm a fan of Orphan Black too!! And this post is just wow! I never thought of it but your RIGHT, book blogging is a LOT like Orphan Black.

    "Oh yeah, and then there’s Vic the dick." - favorite line :DD

    1. Poor, Vic. Just when I feel sorry for him, he does something awful.

  11. BEST POST OF THE WEEK. And I haven't even SEEN Orphan Black. I'm going to bookmark this to come back to every time I'm feeling a bit 'blah' about blogging or something crops up to tarnish the experience, and I want to remind myself of all the good shizzle that goes on in our lovely book-lined corner of the internet. Thanks chuck. :)

  12. Hah, this is so cute! All those things are true. Except I have never heard of Orphan Black :P But I'm going to tell my boyfriend about it because we're always looking for a good series to get hooked on.

  13. Love. Love. Love this post. You compared two of my favorite things. Well done!


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