This is why I love Austen so: not the romances, not the manners porn, not the “out of countenance”-ing, but this. Words to live by, Miss Eliza Bennet!
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It’s that time of year again, as 2011 draws to a close, when JJ picks her Best Reads books. This year’s been a bit of a mixed bag for me, and despite the spate of new and shiny YA titles with attendant romances and cool dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi settings that came out in 2011, the books that […]
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Books win their audiences for a reason. Most popular books wear their artlessness on their sleeve: Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series, is an awkward writer with little feeling for construction, but the intensity of emotion with which she imbues her characters is enviable. You never doubt her commitment to the material, which […]
Last night Cap’n Sweet Valley was unable to see Handel’s Rodelinda at the Met and, knowing I was also a fan of opera, bequeathed me his tickets. To my surprise and very great pleasure, Andreas Scholl was Bertrarido, a role for which he had sung to great acclaim in his debut. (I have something of […]
In a nostalgic mood (and because I’m either suffering from food poisoning or a monster has taken up residence in my stomach), I decided to rewatch some Disney films I loved as a child: Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmations, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It’s probably been about 20 years since I’ve last seen Bedknobs and Broomsticks […]
Katniss seems a bit winsome instead of hardened and cynical, I still hate whoever it is they cast as Gale but I approve of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, and why is Haymitch sporting a blond wig? Nevertheless, this trailer is succeeding in getting me excited for this movie–I think they’ve got the visuals for the […]
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So. Hello, blog. We haven’t spoken in a while. How are you? How are things? How’s life in your corner of the internet? I’m so sorry for treating you like that friend I speak to once every six months only when I have something exciting I want to share, but it’s a little hard to […]
I won’t lie; I was a teeny bit worried when I heard that John Green’s next novel was going to have a female narrator, mostly because he does the boy narrator so well, but also because the female narrator of his Zombiecorns novella didn’t sound like a girl to me. However, my fears have been […]
First and foremost, you love yourself some books. Some people have porn, you have that scene where Beast reveals to Belle the library that he is now giving over to her, as he knows it’s what she would love more than anything in the world. No human being will ever romantically live up to you […]
At the moment, I am utterly glutted on commercial YA fiction. I don’t want something high concept (and ultimately soulless), I don’t want some epic, steamy romance (I especially don’t want that), and I don’t want a first-person narrator. I have read so many of these in the past 8 months that I’m about to […]