DC is creeping into all corners of the market by making certain every demographic has as much access to their heroes as possible. Their latest endeavor is a team-up with some of today’s most popular young adult novelists. In DC Icons, the company has created a series of YA novels featuring some of their most popular characters. Each book in the series is written by a different author, whom fans of YA fiction will most likely recognize.
In each book, the main character is not quite a hero, but a teenager on the verge of becoming one. The stories are not origin tales, exactly. However, they are stories that bridge the gap somewhere between the characters’ origin and the stories we’ve already seen of the characters’ later heroics. The books are not connected and the stories do not necessarily follow a specific continuity. The series is a true anthology that allows fans to pick up whichever book interests them most without needing prior knowledge of any of the other books. So far, the series includes four books, with three having already been released. The fourth will be available on March 5 of this year. I’ve read books 1-3 and have the scoop on which ones to check out. Continue reading →
Netflix has its fair share of foreign-language misses; most of which, I rage-quit within the first ten minutes. There’s bad dubbing, too-rapid subtitles, cheesiness, and poor production value, with varying combinations of those four main offenses. In fact, finding good films/shows on Netflix that I haven’t seen before has become a bit of a unicorn hunt these days. Foreign language or not. So when I do stumble upon that odd show that sparks new joy, I have to share it with you geeks. The Hookup Plan, or Plan Coeur, in French, is one such unicorn. Continue reading →
The holidays season is over, a new year has begun, and it’s time for life to find it’s natural rhythm once again. During the season, I found myself with an excess of vacation days and a scarcity of episodes from my favorite TV series. What’s a girl to do? Why, try new and interesting shows, of course! I dove into three different series to see what treasures I could discover. Here’s my haul:
Why do I love The Princess Switch? Because love stories, however ridiculous, warm my heart. I’m a shallow, shallow woman, and as long as the acting is decent and I’m personally attracted to the cast, I’m all in. But what truly makes The Princess Switch stand out among the other candy cane and hot cocoa romances, is that in this tale, you get two love stories for the price of one! Continue reading →
“I’ll Give You the Sun” is a story told in two parts by twin brother and sister, Noah and Jude. Noah tells the story of their lives as it leads up to an experience that shattered and reshaped their world. Jude tells their story as it unfolded afterward. The narrative jumps back and forth between the two voices and time periods.
I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…
AMC just finished airing the first season of its show, Dietland. The series is based on a book of the same name by Sarai Walker. Both the book and the series follow mostly the same plot and focus on the same basic themes: self-acceptance, facing inequality and rape culture in our society, and the notion that women have much more power than they give themselves credit for. While the show and book both have some tough parts to get through — TRIGGER WARNINGS for those who, like me, are sensitive to descriptions and depictions of rape in literature, television, and movies — they do provide what I believe to be a much-needed commentary on our current culture’s obsession with a particular standard of beauty and the double-standard of expectations for men and women.