The Joker’s Parents Revealed! – J/K , J/K


Katherine (best co-worker ever) and I both agree that we find Leto’s joker reveal underwhelming. For one, he isn’t deformed and the past two beloved jokers had facial deformities. I am going to need convincing because I don’t really feel moved that Leto looks like Iggy Pop and Ziggy Stardust had a baby.

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Iggy Pop
Ziggy Stardust

The problem with Leto’s joker is that I’m not afraid of him; I’m more worried for him. Did he get hugged enough? Does he need to go to the dentist? Is his left hand cold? Katherine thinks he looks too young.

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Suicide Squad – Joker- Jared Leto

I think its because he doesn’t look disturbed, he looks surprised. I totally image the caption being, “Like OMG, Batman. I haven’t seen you for like, a minute.” You know what? He also looks like I did in my early 20’s when I was pissed off at my English ex-boyfriend in Chester, UK.

Miss Christina - Pre-Librarian - Pissed Off in England
Miss Christina – Pre-Librarian – Pissed Off in England 2004

I think Leto knows he doesn’t look the part because he instagrammed the following and totally distracted me:

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You win, Leto. Oh, my. Big ups to Harley Quinn ‘cuz GRRRRLLL. For good measure I included the Arkham Asylum, Quinn and Joker’s Love-At-First-Sight meeting:

Put some Suicide Squad and Joker on Hold: (Click to hold & remember your Library card)

Batman Vs Superman Trailer that WB wants you to pay for(plus Uptown Library Funk)


Shameless PLUG: Batman Day – Villain Takeover – Thurs. July 23

So did you hear that Warner Brother’s wanted you all to pay to see their Batman Vs Superman Trailer??? As my co-worker Tom puts it, “They want you to pay to see an advertisement.” Yes, they do and that is just one of the many missteps by WB. Do you really want me to get in my car, drive to the theater, pay for a ticket, find a seat, wait for the trailer to play, watch 3 minutes of a trailer that looks like any other recent Batman trailer, go to my car and drive myself back home!?

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Listen, I’m a millennial and I’m pretty positive they want my money. As a millennial, I get my groceries delivered, I watch my movies streaming, and I can’t be bothered to interact with those outside so I Tinder myself a boyfriend. I actually almost stopped texting altogether and just send a snapchat of facial expressions to respond to friends. I would NOT go to the theater to watch it for free or even if you offered me a complimentary candy, not even for a B v. S memorabilia of some sort, let alone PAY for it. A person, as angry/apathetic as myself, leaked the trailer and Sarah of LaineyGossip.com posted it for us to see. Hurry up, before the trailer is taken away by WB! lol I mean you don’t have to rush THAT much because WB is sooo out of touch it’ll probably be up for another day before they realize it.

BTW below is an awesome library version of Uptown Funk my co-worker Allison sent me in an email.

Superhero Face Punch the Trailer (Sara’s genius renaming of this movie.)

Library – Uptown Funk

That Creepy Guy at the Funeral – Review- GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Cornerstone.

 

Many new and interesting books have come into the Prosser Library recently, (Miss Christina: You’re welcome.) and one of them was, The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds. This book is about a teen, named Matthew, whose mother dies and the off-beat way he tries to cope with the pain. His grief finds him working at a funeral home, surprisingly enjoying the mourning of others. I have been to a couple funerals and if a stranger was watching with delight, I would be very creeped out and definitely suspicious. Also, Matthew understands this, so in order to be less noticeable to the people he is creeping on; he decides to wear a black suit to work every day.

Originally, I thought this book was going to be like a short story I read called, The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this story, a minister suddenly begins wearing a black veil and never takes it off and no one ever dared ask him why (Miss Christina: Even when he is “alone with his fiancé”… dedication). Despite the similarity in the stories that people around the two main characters find the reason for their black garments mysterious, in this book, Matthew only wears the suit to work -at a funeral home. That’s like naming a book, The Lady in the Purple Parka, but she wears it only outside -during the winter.

Frosted Tips and Funeral

(Miss Christina: Because teenage love cannot be solely based on frosted tips anymore…) Matthew sees a cute girl at her grandmother’s funeral and asks her out! Who does that? What was he thinking, “Oh, that girl is cute. I should ask her out -but after the eulogy. Timing, Matthew, timing.”

The Boy in the Black Suit, was all over the place. It had fragments, run-on sentences, and the sentences seem choppy. It paced like an eight year old wrote it and most of the sentences did not make any sense.  For example: “I mean he didn’t have a father, but he never had one (p. 79).” If I put that sentence in a paper or a blog post I would have been ashamed of myself. I guess because the story is set in Brooklyn New York most of the characters talk with double negatives. It made characters hard to understand and made me want to take a red pen and correct each sentence in the book. Save yourself a red pen and a headache by never picking up this book.

The Rule of Thoughts, Not as cliche as you think – Review- GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: William is a Sophomore at Bloomfield High

The Rule of Thoughts is the second book in the Mortality Doctrine series. I expected this book to live up to the epic cliffhanger where first book left off. It did all that, and more. This book felt like a medium read to me. It didn’t move so quickly that it felt rushed and incomplete, but it also wasn’t so slow that it put me to sleep. It was an easy read, but it requires you to pay attention constantly, or you’ll miss things.

Basically, the Mortality Doctrine series is about a trio of friends who enjoy playing games on the Internet. One day, while traversing their favorite game Lifeblood Deep, they meet a rogue computer program named Kaine, who plans to become an actual human being and take over the world. As cliché as it may sound, the amount of gadgets and technology in the story provides a new twist on a common genre.

However, one thing that I disliked about this book was the lack of action. Granted, a novel about teenage cyber hackers may not be a complete thrill ride, but as action-packed as the first book was, the sequel seemed a bit lackluster by comparison.

The ending of the book was as odd and mysterious as the beginning, albeit we do have a tad more insight on the world of technology and the private lives of our trio of protagonists. Nevertheless, I still feel that the third book in this supremely satisfying series will be even more spontaneous and incredible than the first two. If you enjoy technology, light comedy, and trios, then this is the book for you. If you’re new to the genre, then your head might spin a bit before you get the hang of it.

Anyone ever tell you that you look like a shoeless hobbit? – Review – GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Ijaaz is a Senior at Muhammad University Homeschool

The Mistborn Trilogy is a glorious book series detailing the mystical realms of space, time, and the nature of whether or not going shoeless is worth it. Apparently, shoeless is the way to go since shoes are rarely mentioned in the entire, three book (over 1000+ page) series. Shame, what a rip off of Lord of the Rings with the shoeless Hobbits, their dirty toes and calloused feet. (I’m joking.) But seriously, no shoes in the entire empire? It was only mentioned, if memory serves, five times.  Shoeless protagonists aside, this was an amazing book, much more epic than I expected it to be. I was thinking that it was going to be a rather enjoyable, curiously exhilarating ride that I would soon forget about soon afterward.

Yes…that’s not at ALL what happened. What happened was that the book took me by the hand and threw me into a misty world where ash falls from the sky like snow, the sky itself is blood red, and the world around me is a desolate, dark and destroyed expanse reminiscent of the fabled nuclear apocalypse. Had I gone further, I would have been enslaved and put to work under some nobleman to grow some vegetables on some plantation. At least, until Kelsier came. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

My only problem was the pacing. It was slightly (very, very slightly) slow paced, which marred the otherwise perfect pace of the book, but it was negligible and did not at all detract from the story. Speaking of, the story is that the Lord Ruler is the Big Baddie/Lord Voldemort of this universe, and the Chosen One, Vin/Kelsier, must destroy said Baddie for the skaa’s – their people’s – sake. In a way, it’s the biblical story of Moses and Aaron retold, with a dash of the David/Goliath feeling. This, I suppose, could be a source of inspiration of the story, but it is so original that I just think it just popped into his mind a la J.K. Rowling.

I can not say anything regarding the ending other than that it is extremely profound and inspirational. I often wondered why hadn’t I checked this book out sooner.So the next time you go out and look up at the sky, wishing for something interesting to happen, imagine it’s a blood red sky, where snow-like ash falls and thick white mist shrouds the night sky. You just might find that adventure you’ve always been searching for in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.

Anime Day – A success! – Take that, snow :-)


Thank you everyone who made it through the snow storm and opted for the Prosser Library instead of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I had a blast with all of you and I hope you enjoyed reuniting with or meeting new friends. We had some teens come from other towns! The bagels were great, thank you Isaacs Bagels Cafe and of course the pizza was amazing, as always, Village Pizza!

Gratuitous Pizza Consumption

A lot of the boys were surprised at how much they liked the Sailor Moon R movie! William and I were discussing that it would be more universal without the transformations. If you’re not familiar with Sailor Moon, each planet in the Milky Way System has a solider. They are called Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, etc. for the planet that she protects, she also has her own unique transformation from their human outfit to equip themselves into their sailor soldier uniform. I totally agree that this would definitely widen the appeal, however, it wouldn’t be Sailor Moon without it.

I had to go in and out of the room quite often to clean, do reference and what not… Every time I came back during Rurouni Kenshin the teens would say, “Some just got assassinated Ms. Christina!!” It was a total crack up because the movie mostly consisted of farming and people eating sushi (which made the movie a tough sell to the kids).

But on the handful of times I stepped out of the room I returned to a serene outdoor setting and then a description from the teens of the latest death at the hands of reformed assassin, Kenshin. It became a running joke. The last 20 minutes redeemed the movie for the teens and I got my street cred back.Anime Day Teens

I think we could pull this off again. What you guys think? Shall we make this an annual thing?

VIZ Recommendations by Mark deVera

 Interview with Amy Yu, Manga Editor and Mark deVera, Publishing Sales Associate  of VIZ Media

Anime Day – Giveaways – Tribute – Prosser Library – 3/21/15


Prosser Library is throwing its first Anime Day THIS SATURDAY.  Giveaways will include Naruto and One Piece bags for the first 20 teens to arrive and for the rest, exclusives from New York ComiCon. We have two Viz Media representatives skyping in from California to talk to the teens about new up-and-coming titles, how Viz recruits its artists, and which titles are chosen for publication.
Anime Day will also include bagels for breakfast and pizza for lunch while we play countdowns of the top anime movies, top anime battles, and a tribute to the just passed, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. In between these activities, we will be showing the anime classics Sailor Moon RRurouni Kenshin, and Princess Mononoke.
Anime Day – Saturday, March 21 – 10 AM – 5 PM
Schedule:
 
10-10:15 am Breakfast (Top 10 Anime Films and Top 10 Anime Battles)
10:15 -11:15 am Sailor Moon R
11:15-12 Guest Speaker (s) 45 min
12-12:15 pm Lunch (Tribute to the late Yoshihiro Tatsumi)
12:15 – 2:15 pm Rurouni Kenshin
2:15 -3 pm Guest Speaker (s) 45 min
3 – 5 pm Princess Mononoke
Below are the bios for our guest speakers:
Amy Yu has been an editor for Viz Media for over eight years. She has edited various manga titles through the years, from the VizBig format of Dragon Ball to the current bestselling graphic novel series Nisekoi. Some of her beloved series include shojo titles like Dengeki DaisyOtomen, and High School Debut. She is currently working on My Love Story!!, Master Keaton, and Maid-sama! among other fan favorites.
Mark de Vera is a Publishing Sales Associate at VIZ Media. While that title may sound like pretty stale and corporate-y, in reality it is a very fun job filled with much excitement, satisfaction and, most importantly, manga! As a manga salesman, Mark spends his time getting manga into bookstores, promoting manga titles through a variety of marketing efforts and representing VIZ Media at conventions. Of manga series he likes, Mark is fond of many Shonen Jump series, horror manga and the classics from the greats such as Osamu Tezuka. His favorite manga series include Maison Ikkoku by Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of Inu Yasha and Ranma 1/2, and Hikaru no Go drawn by Takeshi Obata, the artist of Death Note. Of the many things that Mark loves about his job, one that is at the top of his list is talking to the fans directly.

Oreos = Drugs?!


I’ve never done cocaine, which according to this article is a big deal because I have quite the Oreo problem. Connecticut College released a study in 2013 almost no one heard of, probably an attempted cover up by BIG OREO, that lab rats needed their next fix of OREO as much as their need to feed their cocaine and morphine habit. Are you having any ethical bad feelings that there are these sad, aching drug-addicted rats? I’ve heard on NPR that junk food companies have found the perfect combination of sugar, fat and salt that makes the brain go wild with addiction. It is important to note that the rats were isolated and given no stimuli but the Oreos and drugs, so… I mean. Who are we to judge? Truly, the most important pieces of information to take from this is that drugs and Oreos stimulate the same part of the brain, and lab rats go through a life of hell for the sake of seemingly anecdotal scientific publishing.

I remember when I went to England in ’05 with my friend from grad school. We went to newly opened Liverpool ONE and made our way into a milkshake shop. In the list of flavors the sign said, OREOS SOLD OUT. I said, “Awww, man! No oreo flavor let’s go.” Everyone in the store literally stopped what their doing and said, “You’re American! We just got OREOs here a few days ago. We love them. OREOs are from America. Do you love OREOs?” When I told them that yes, every American loves OREOs and my favorite was the winter OREO the milkshake line scattered and surrounded me. “What do you mean? There is more than just one kind?” My friend and I described seasonal OREOs, inverted OREOs, double stuff and so on to a crowd of people OOOOing and AWWing. Some declared the next time they were in America they were going to get the special kinds we were talking about. It became like a bucket list goal.

Anyhow, you might wonder why OREOs weren’t in that part of the world. It was because there were very tough restrictions on food during Tony Blair’s time. Grape jelly did not exist in the UK and one trip it took me weeks to find a peanut butter cup. When his time was over it was like Burger King, Pizza Hut, Doritos and all of the junk food kings pounced all at once in 2005. OREOs came out on top for sure. I do miss how we used to be so different than the countries around us but now, I’ve been travelling abroad since 2003, every country I go to is the same. In celebration, of the OREO and in morning of globalization I have OREO gifs below.

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Future Books Now – Top 5 – Guest Blog Post


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Cornerstone.

Every year I pick a book theme and this year the theme is teen books that take place in the future. I’m on my fifth book and I’m already seeing patterns. So here is a list of the top 5 things you will find in recent Teen books based in the future:

  1. Characters have weird names. I understand that in the year 3,000 there might be more unique names but many are just ridiculous. I read Earth Girl by Janet Edwards and one of the names in the book was Krath. What kind of name is that?!! I wasn’t sure if they were a girl, boy or a cheese single. I know people have the darnd-est names now, but even a century back there were Alexanders and Philips. 
  1. Earthlings have spread out across planets and galaxies. I realize these are fictional stories so they have artistic license, but I don’t understand how we can just drop our issues and start colonizing other planets. (Miss Christina: AIDS, terrorism, sociopathy on the rise, wheat intolerance…) All of a sudden there are no more wars and we are all happy clams. It doesn’t make any sense!

  1. Characters have an internal ear piece. Not too long ago everyone had a Bluetooth, but that’s died down. I feel like having an electronic device implanted in your ear would be hazardous to your health. In Insignia by S. J. Kincaid and in Across the Universe by Beth Revis, people have communicator implants. In reality, everyone would probably die of cancer.  This was in the news recently! Sleeping near your phone or tablet is harmful because of the radiation!! Imagine a 24/7 ear piece.
  1. Everyone in space is doing great. So it leaves the question, what do they do with the handicapped? Do they get rid of them or are they just so advanced that they can cure genetic disorders? Or do they heal on their own? (Miss Christina: Is it a wondrous thing that they are missing or is it super shady and totally be included in the plot?) Nothing is explained to us.

  1.  Everyone wears the same type of clothing.  In the future I would expect that we have cool clothing that automatically fits you like in Back to the Future and is really pretty, but not in these books.  In Matched they wear poop brown clothing.  In Across the Universe they basically all wear burlap sack shirts and pants.

After reading these futuristic teen books my picture of the future is that we are spread out across galaxies getting along with names based off of name brands like Playton and Disnet. We all die of brain cancer but no one knows why and then we’re buried in our burlap sacks.

Leonard Nimoy has passed away at 83 – A sad day.


My father would watch Star Trek TOS (The Original Series, us nerds like to abbreviate) almost everyday on TV. I would sit next to him at a insanely young age, I could barely talk, and I would whistle the sound of their communicators every time it sounded. My father groomed me to be a Trekkie (and a tragic Giants fan). I didn’t bond with my father through tea parties and dress up but through our evening Star Trek marathons.

Despite all of those TV shows and movies, my favorite memory of Leonard Nimoy is when the TODAY show interviewed him for the Star Trek movie revamp and Al Roker invited Ann Curry to join the interview. She runs to set and wraps her arms around him and graciously announces, Are you hugging me? Then she sits on the couch like she’s supposed to when she obviously isn’t. Then **GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH**, she reaches over and grips his ears with her hands! He was so polite. I bet that happened to him all the time.

ACTORS, thankfully they have the personalities that revel in that much attention. I probably would have had my ears removed to never deal with that again. Anyhow, we’ll miss you!!! You’re a huge part of my childhood and adult happiness. I giver your family and friends my condolences.

 

Also, Teen Book Board Member Josh, wants to commemorate Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins.

Teen Book Board – Guest Speaker Interview – Gossip Columnist & Film Critic


The Teen Book Board was so lucky to welcome Sarah Marrs, gossip columnist and film critic for Cinesnark and Lainey Gossip. The Board Members asked some great questions that I listed in this post. I did some editing to the interview to include visuals and the main points that Sarah was making. If you want to know more about Sarah’s insights be sure to check her future posts on her blogs.

1:40 Why can’t the siblings in Fantastic Four have both been black to not have changed any back story? Why give them an adoption back story at all when the cast can be any race or multi-ethnic?

3:54 What are your insights on how people reacted to a black Stormtrooper?

5:55 With two high profile trans characters on television, is this the beginning of more trans storylines, characters and actors?

7:55 How can a label be introduced into a movie or TV plot without tokenizing and pointing out a difference?

9:25 Why don’t you consider Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence and Divergent’s Shailene Woodley action stars alongside Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson?

10:53 Does portraying religion fall onto the shoulders of foreign films?

13:06 Why are women more sexualized in action films than men?

18:10 Why does the action genre include romance plots with women?

21:33 Is it racial preference in Hollywood or lack of interaction with non-whites? Is it exclusive or exclusionary?

24:03 What happened with Selma at the Oscars? Who nominates for the Oscars and what is their demographic?

32:46 Who are racially centered movies made for?

Thank You, Cousin Tina – Taylor Swift Edition


I read about Vogue’s BFF cover for Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. They look exactly alike, they live together, and share clothes. I had a frenemy like this in high school. People thought we were sisters but Kay and Tay could pass for twins. Anyhow, to my amazement I saw this photo was taken at Oscar de la Renta’s show. My cousin works for him and I couldn’t help myself.

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She responded with some details that blow the lid off on how cool Miss Christina is. I am officially related to someone who made skin-to-skin contact with Taylor Swift. Read the juicy details in the screen shot below:

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Love you, Tina!

35 years later & 2 Weeks Overdue – SBTB


Everything that is amazing happened on Fallon. The Saved by the Bell Reunion! Yes, I know it happened like, two weeks ago. But I want to talk about it. I want to dissect it, I want to relive it every day but I’ll include y’all just for today. First of all, the set still exists. I swear to you I would get married on that set and when we kissed at the end everyone would yell, “Ooooooooooooo!” Apparently, iCarly and That’s So Raven has been filmed there.

Also, why have Theissen, Berkley and Lopez not aged?! Did they sell their souls? Is it their makeup or lighting, because I want! People used to think I was at least 5 years younger but after having a baby, the age just got slapped right onto my face.

Fallon knew exactly what we wanted. He gave us A.C. Slater’s magical ballet dancing.

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35 Years later ; 2015
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Jessie going nuts during the substance abuse episode, where she hysterically repeated the chorus from the Pointer Sister’s.

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Oh, yeah. Cell phones.

Growing up, every time someone pulled out that block of a phone I would think, They’re sooooooo rich. Anyone remember car phones? Luxe.

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I don’t even think I could elaborate on the Berkley jab Gosslear gave about her future occupation. I screen shot that face she made… It’s real. It’s been 20 years and you can see it in her eyes, it’s still there and it’s never going away. I love that Gosselar has an, I’m sorry they made me do it, face.

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TIME OUT. 

Job well done you guys.

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35 Years Later

Pssh, Valentine’s Day


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Valentine’s Day 2015

Every year I post anti-love songs on my Facebook for Valentine’s Day AND a picture of my pups with a rose in her mouth. People get a kick out of it. I decided to make a list of my top 5 of Anti-Love Valentine’s Day Playlist. You’re welcome. Comment and give me your top 5 anti-love songs.

Alannis Morrisette- You Oughta Know

Florence and the Machine – Kiss with a Fist

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Kelis – Caught Out There

Fionna Apple – Limp 

You’re Not Seeing Double – Who owns the rights to Marvel characters


People will soon wonder why there are two Quick Silvers and why X-Men movies can’t quite get it together like the Avengers ensemble. Contrary to popular belief, Stan Lee owns nothing. He just makes obligatory cameos like Where’s Waldo.

Below is the Geek Twins chart of which companies own which character. It is the simplist and best depiction of the mess Marvel made giving up it’s rights back in the 90’s.

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Anyone I show this chart to asks, who is Namor. When I looked him up I found this picture:

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Namor the Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)

I wouldn’t mind seeing the live action version of this guy. I also checked out the Man-Thing trailer and it looks lame. It might as well have been produced by Lifetime.

Like City of Ember but underwater – Review – GUEST BLOG POST


OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Christina is in 10th Grade at Cornerstone.

Throughout reading Atlantia by Ally Condie, I was having flashbacks because everything in this book seemed so familiar. It was a mashup of City of Ember and Sister Sister; some romance, too many murders, and a lot of secrets. Atlantia is about orphaned, twin girls named Rio and Bay, who live in an underwater area with a glass boundary called, The Below, Atlantia. One day out of every year a group of teenagers line up and get to choose whether they want to say in The Below with other survivors or go to The Above and harvest food to send back with risk of cancer from all of the pollution.

When they make their choice, the Minister, the head of “The Counsel”, flicks soil or water in their face (Miss Christina: Ha, ha. So, they get baptized with dirt.) Since there is a random rule that one family member must remain in The Below whilst one is above, the orphaned sisters make a pact upon their mother’s death that they both will never go above and separate. However, after Rio gets water flicked, Bay decides that she wants to go to The Above. (Miss Christina: …and gets dirt flicked; this is incredible!)

Rio deals with her abandonment by stowing away on an Atlantia morgue chamber table that washes away dead bodies which rise to The Above. Aunt Marie, an Atlantia pariah, tells the counsel that her niece, Rio, was trying to escape and reunite with her sister. When Rio’s true identity is discovered, a whole bunch of murders suddenly happened.

I feel like every book I read now has mass murder, which made me want to throw the book across my room!!! Initially, I liked Atlantia, but after writing this post, I realized there were too many things happening at once. (Miss Christina: Like, why do Rio and Bay have an Aunt with a lame name like Marie.) I do not recommend this book because they traveled around on river gondolas… underwater, they had non-functional metal trees with falling metal leaves that miraculously no one gets hurt by and underwater bats. A book this ridiculous should be immersed in water and forgotten like the city of Atlantis so that no one will ever be tempted to read it.

Teen Book Board – Canceled Due to Snow – PART II


Teamnate_Angry_Cupcake_by_Two_PlayersTEEN BOOK BOARD 2/2/15 CANCELED 

I know I keep promising you guys cupcakes but the weather gods aren’t having it. We are canceling again and by no means attempt to come to the library. Yes, I have had teens walk to the library during a snow day. Yes, it was because I am that amazing. Enjoy your day off and re-watch the superbowl’s halftime show and cheer on #leftshark, the true winner of the super bowl.

Go, left shark! Go, left shark!

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Ayla gets a TV show!


I remember being with a friend’s mother at the West Hartford Public Library the summer before my Freshman year with summer reading list in hand. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to read and it was just a list of titles. Mrs. Stone said to me, “You know what, Christina? This one was my favorite!” I am so grateful for her recommendation because it was the first time I was totally consumed by a book. When I managed to put the book down at night, I still didn’t get any sleep because I wondered what would happen next. I even dreamt about the main character; she was a strong, outspoken teen who didn’t fit in for glaringly obvious reasons but demanded to be treated with dignity anyhow.

The book was, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel.

Unlike what most people believe today, we are the species Homo Sapien Sapien. At one point our species lived amongst the species Neanderthals, often referred to as cavemen. A toddler girl named, Ayla was of Homo Sapien Sapien and was orphaned after a natural disaster. A Neanderthal tribe found her wandering in the woods and adopted her. As she grows older, it becomes abundantly clear that her physical and intellectual abilities are not only far superior to those around her but it is also the markings that her kind is downfall of their own.

Daryl Hannah made a disastrous movie version in the 80’s. The unique form of communication in the book was turned into grunting and hand waving. It didn’t help that the book became a series with extra saucy romance excerpts that nicknamed body parts (totally veering off-course thematically). I can tell you that I was thoroughly traumatized reading the sequential titles and realized that Ayla went from my own feminist icon to a lonely woman having an awakening. I still practically toss a book to the other side of the room when the romantic content gets too high.

I’m sorry; I just treated this blog like a therapy session. The reason why I am writing about this book, after years of repression, is because Lifetime is turning it into a TV series! There is no known release date but I obviously will need to read the book again and I will be squealing at every scene. It’s been a great time for nostalgia,

with the TLC tv-movie Crazy Sexy Cool,

 

the Peter Pan live event,

 

The Save by the Bell Story tv-movie,

 

and the incredible Brittany Murphy biopic! Alicia Silverstone’s hair! WHY!!!!!??? AMAZING.

 

Let’s hope that the book gets the live-action treatment it deserves or that is will be spectacularly disastrous for optimal gifs and memes.

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