"Mature" is not a word one would usually apply to Lydia Bennet, but this was a surprisingly mature and imaginative take on Lydia's part of Pride and P"Mature" is not a word one would usually apply to Lydia Bennet, but this was a surprisingly mature and imaginative take on Lydia's part of Pride and Prejudice. That Farrant manages to accomplish this while staying true to the original story and creating her own lively, engaging narrative voice is truly impressive -- I picked this up while ordering, intending to do my due diligence by reading a few pages, and found I couldn't stop. Farrant finds depth in Lydia while still acknowledging her childishness and silliness. It helps to be a modern reader, aware that Lydia is a teenage girl who's likely extremely bored, but I don't think Farrant hammers in that point, or any other, too harshly. This book doesn't exactly provide Lydia with the happy ending one might want, nor does it (view spoiler)[fully redeem Wickham, much to my relief -- I'm not sure there would be a way to do that without going deeply OOC or soppy (hide spoiler)]. But this is a more positive spin on her fate, and her character. Plus: it's fun....more
I really should not read Hollywood novels. I'm not like some industry ~insider~ or anything, but I feel like you don't have to be to understand that sI really should not read Hollywood novels. I'm not like some industry ~insider~ or anything, but I feel like you don't have to be to understand that so many details in this book are wrong.
*A callback audition for a major network TV show would not be held in an auditorium. It is not the school play. *Said network show would not get picked up for 13 episodes before the pilot is even filmed. *I'm not sure how an accident on Highland would cause everyone to "bail onto Fairfax" when those streets are like two miles apart. *All of the Valley is not Burbank. I'm really not sure how you would stand on Mulholland Drive "looking out at the lights of Burbank." *As far as I know, there's no room at San Diego ComicCon called "the Sayers Room," and people certainly aren't allowed to stand up against the back wall for panels when the rooms are full. Also, audience members can't stand up in their seats to ask questions!
All of these issues appeared relatively close to the beginning of this novel, but I kept reading. I kept reading because, in spite of all these errors, the characters' emotional realities and the way their relationship developed rang really true to me. Those details, Turner seemed to get right: what it would be like to suddenly have your first acting success, to get to know your castmates, to have to deal with a deeply closeted boyfriend with whom you nevertheless felt a profound connection. Vince's character voice felt authentic, even if his environs often didn't.
But those mistakes kept yanking me out. And they got worse and worse as the story progressed. I didn't believe the way Turner had her imaginary network deal with promotion or controversy, I didn't believe her depiction of how talk shows work, and I didn't buy the supposed turn-around time between when episodes are filmed and when they air (this was significant to the plot). Things that I might have otherwise let slide became glaring, because unfortunately, Turner had lost her credibility with me through all these mistakes. She even misspells Emmys. ("Hold my purse for a sec, my Emmy's really heavy" = okay; "OMG, we're going to the Emmy's!" = NOPE.) I started skimming the last third of the book because, despite caring about Vince and Alex, I had lost faith in their world.
I'm sad to see that Turner hasn't published another book (this one is, I believe, from 2011) because there's a lot of promise in this: she's a good writer. But she badly, badly needed a good editor....more
Now this is a modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation that I can get behind! This book is not only adorable and diverse, it's packed with lots of good stuffNow this is a modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation that I can get behind! This book is not only adorable and diverse, it's packed with lots of good stuff about adjusting to change and making new friends in a way that's subtle and amusing. I'm going to feel really good selling this to kids....more
My catalogue copy called this "An LGBT twist on Taylor Swift's 'You Belong With Me,'" and that's very consciously exactly what this is -- down to theMy catalogue copy called this "An LGBT twist on Taylor Swift's 'You Belong With Me,'" and that's very consciously exactly what this is -- down to the lyric reference of the title. It's gently funny and very cute, and Hall does a good job balancing the characters' POVs (including the cheer captain/soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend of one of the guys), making their motivations understandable and worthy of sympathy, even when they mess up. (A wholesome message for teens!) Nothing here is that groundbreaking or remarkable -- except, I guess, the very fact that it's an LGBT twist on Taylor Swift's 'You Belong With Me.' Pretty sweet....more
Well-written, but increasingly problematic as it goes along. The main issue is: if you make Cinderella a dude, all the female characters you're left wWell-written, but increasingly problematic as it goes along. The main issue is: if you make Cinderella a dude, all the female characters you're left with are extremely unpleasant. No one gets their eyes pecked out by birds in this, but it's still not pretty. Also the ending is extremely rushed and suddenly (even more) unrealistic.
I really liked the fairytale quality of the first third, though....more
This volume contains: two issues summarizing Iron Man 3, two issues summarizing Captain America: The Winter Solider, a post-CATWS issue about Bucky anThis volume contains: two issues summarizing Iron Man 3, two issues summarizing Captain America: The Winter Solider, a post-CATWS issue about Bucky and Rumlow, and a reprint of the opening issue of the original Civil War comic.
The IM3/CATWS issues are incoherent to a truly impressive degree. If you are unfamiliar with these movies, I am sure you would have absolutely no idea what is going on, and possibly come to believe you must be suffering from some sort of brain tumor; if, like me, you've seen both films many, many times, these issues are still nearly impossible to follow, even though 99% of the dialogue is taken directly from the screenplays. So who are these comics for? NO ONE.
The comic about Bucky and Rumlow is pointless, and I say this as someone who would happily read about Bucky grocery shopping, preparing his income taxes, visiting the DMV, etc.
The opening of the Civil War comic is a) old news, and b) really not in any way related to the Civil War movie.
There is absolutely no reason to buy or read this volume....more
Picture Home Alone but in the woods, and instead of Kevin trying to stop criminals from burglarizing his house, he's trying to destroy some innocent dPicture Home Alone but in the woods, and instead of Kevin trying to stop criminals from burglarizing his house, he's trying to destroy some innocent dude simply for having the temerity to consensually bone his mom.
This kid and his friend are basically psychopaths.
This book is also remarkable for its commitment to the Nerdy Pixie Dream Girl fantasy. Here's her stunning debut:
I whip around and come face to face with one of the cutest girls I have ever seen in my life. She's got geek-chic black specs, has a blunt-cut hairdo, and is wearing a skintight Himura Kenshin T-shirt.
It's as if someone plucked the perfect girl from my mind and plopped her down in front of me. The kind of girl you dream about running into at Comic-Con.
The kind of girl who makes glasses look hot.
The kind of girl who will talk to you for hours about Hayao Miyazaki's films, and Fullmetal Alchemist, and the influence that medieval history has on Game of Thrones.
Ooh. Let me see if I can grasp what you're telling me -- is it that she's not like other girls?
If you love timeless gags like slipping laxatives into someone's food to give them explosive diarrhea, the classic "wiping with poison ivy" trope, at least three instances of riotous vomiting, a character spraying urine into another character's mouth, pages-long descriptions of farting into a sleeping bag, and the state of having an erection described as "wielding the Odinsword," then you'll love this book!...more
Better than average tie-in material: Before the Awakening provides some really fascinating backstory for Finn, Rey, and Poe (plus some lovely Phil NotBetter than average tie-in material: Before the Awakening provides some really fascinating backstory for Finn, Rey, and Poe (plus some lovely Phil Noto illustrations). The Finn section was particularly engaging (read: feelsy) but all three offered their pleasures. Full disclosure: I didn't like the movie very much, but I do like these characters, and enjoyed seeing them in scenarios that actually contain some original ideas. *cough*...more