I freaking love Orange is the New Black. It's an amazing show. All the hype about it is definitely justified, not only because it opens the discussion about an otherwise marginalized population, prisoners, but because the show is done so well.
I can't say whether the show captures a 100 percent realistic portrayal of prison life, but regardless, it opens up an almost taboo-like discussion that a lot of people weren't talking about before.
It's based on a true story, of course, but the adaptation is going much differently than Piper Kerman's memoir, which I read earlier this year.
When Mark was in grad school, he was involved in a group called the Appalachian Prison Book Project. They not only send books to prisoners, but they also talk about realities that prisoners face day to day. I also took an investigative journalism class in college that focused on prison life, recidivism, and restorative justice. I guess it's always been a subject area that piqued my interest.
Anyway, as you may or may not know, the second season of Orange is the New Black premiered on Friday, all 13 hourlong episodes, and I may or may not be done watching the episodes already. Please don't judge me.
No spoilers here, but just saying this season goes into a lot more depth and is more polished than first season, in my opinion.
Hope you all had a good weekend. :)