• Three More Harry Potter Parody Songs

    Date: 2016.03.14 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Teenagers by My Chemical Romance

    They’re gonna fill all your nooks
    With all their lies in the books
    To make a citizen out of you
    Because they only cast to stun
    And keep an eye on you, son
    So they can watch all the things you do
    Because the plans never work
    They’re gonna give you a smirk
    Cause they got methods
    Of keeping you clean
    Infiltrating your beds
    All our pure blood lines to shreds
    Another cog in the mudblood machine
    They said all death eaters scare the living shit out of me
    They couldn’t care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe we’ll leave you alone
    But not me
    The traitors down at the school
    They want to make you a fool
    You better keep an eye on your kid
    But if the Dark Lord they’ve charmed
    We’ve got something for their arm
    We’ll make them pay for the things that they did
    They said all Death Eaters scare the living shit out of me
    They couldn’t care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe we’ll leave you alone
    But not me
    Whoa yeah!
    They said all Death Eaters scare the living shit out of me
    They couldn’t care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe we’ll leave you alone
    But not me
    All together now,
    Death Eaters scare the living shit out of me
    They couldn’t care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe we’ll leave you alone
    But not me
    Death Eaters scare the living shit out of me
    They couldn’t care less as long as someone’ll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe we’ll leave you alone
    But not me

    Click here for the music video for “Teenagers” by MCR.

    Undone – Sweater Song by Weezer

    {Next few lines mumbled in back-ground}
    Hey Q! How we doin man?
    All right…
    It’s been a while man, this place is so rad…
    Albania’s my favorite man, don’tcha love it?
    Yeah…
    Oh man, you wanna pint?
    All right…
    Aw man, hell bro, this is the best man,
    I’m so glad we’re combining together and stuff. This is great man.
    Yeah…
    Hey Quirrel this could very well kill you, you know?
    Yeah.
    Aw man, it’s gunna be the best…I’m so ready.
    Wrap me up bro!
    I’m me,
    Under,
    turban,
    I am,
    I can rise and,
    Hear me,
    Know me…
    If you want to destroy my horcrux, pull out your basilisk fang.
    {more mumbling}
    Hey what’s up?
    Not much…
    Um, did you hear about the diary?
    Yeah…
    I think I’m gonna hide, but my friends don’t wanna hide.
    Can I get a ride?
    Oh no,
    It go,
    It gone,
    Bye-bye [bye],
    Do I,
    I think,
    I sink,
    And I DIE!
    If you want to destroy my horcrux. Woah woah a woah.
    Pull out your basilisk fang. Your basilisk fang!
    Watch it unravel, I’ll soon be weakened.
    Lying on the floor, Lying on the floor! I’ve come undone.
    **awesome guitar playing**
    If you want to destroy my horcrux. Woah woah a woah.
    Pull out your basilisk fang. Your basilisk fang!
    Watch it unravel, I’ll soon be weakened.
    Lying on the floor, Lying on the floor! I’ve come undone.
    If you want to destroy my horcrux. Woah woah a woah.
    Pull out your basilisk fang. Your basilisk fang!
    Watch it unravel, I’ll soon be weakened.
    Lying on the floor, Lying on the floor! I’ve come undone.
    Oowoo-o Oowoo-o Oowoo-o

    Click here for music video of “The Sweater Song” by Weezer.

    The Bird and the Worm by The Used

    He wears his heart
    Safety pinned to her laughter
    Her laughter is all that he knows
    Shot down by classmates
    Whose glances can cripple
    The heart and devour the soul
    All alone he turns to stone
    While holding his breath half to death
    Terrified of how she’ll die
    To save her life he crawls
    Like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Out of his grasp away
    Pushes him whispering
    Love of his life will die
    The day realizing of murder to come of her kid
    Made him out of his mind
    Out of his mind
    All alone he turns to stone
    While holding his breath half to death
    Terrified of how she’ll die
    To save her life he
    Crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    All he knows
    If he can’t reprieve it she goes
    And so he moans
    He crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm from the bird
    Oh he crawls like a worm
    He crawls like a worm
    He crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a…
    Out of his grasp away
    Pushes him whispering
    Love of his life will die
    All alone he turns to stone
    While holding his breath half to death
    Terrified of how she’ll die
    To save her life he crawls
    Like a worm from a bird
    All alone
    He’s holding his breath half to death
    Terrified of how she’ll die
    He crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm from a bird
    Crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm
    Crawls like a worm from a bird

    Click here for the music video of “The Bird and the Worm” by The Used

    For my first two Harry Potter parody songs click here!

  • Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

    Date: 2014.05.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    An ARC!! Can you believe it? Me with an ARC!Where I Got the Book: From the book group I have recently joined: Not So YA Book Club at Little Shop of Stories

    In Short: Pioneering girl attends a previously all male military school trying to survive against those who want her out.

    Sam McKenna is from a military family. Her father is a distinguished lieutenant colonel, one brother was a ranger, and the other has a very promising military career ahead of him. Growing up as an army brat she spends most of her time competing with her brothers seeing who can accomplish the dares that the others challenge them to do. Sam never backs down from a dare.

    Last year Sam’s oldest brother killed himself. Before he did, however, he dared her to become part of the first group of girls to ever be admitted to a traditionally all male military high school. As sophomore joining this school Sam will be lumped in with the rest of the freshman recruits and have to go through basic training with them. It means no cell phone, no TV, no free time, and no walking anywhere other than the gutter as long as she’s a recruit. As a female it means everything is going to be twice as hard. Most of the school is in an uproar over females being allowed to attend and several are more than willing to make sure the girls don’t last the year.

    While proving herself worthy of admittance to the military school Sam (known as McKenna or Mac by those at the academy) discovers a secret organization known as the “Society” who want her as well as the other female recruits gone and they will stop at nothing to force them out of the school.

    This book was amazing! I had to force myself to stop reading at several points because of life needing attention instead of letting me read. Hensley wrote very diverse characters and more than believable scenes. At one point I realized I was unconsciously holding my upper arm forward waiting for another character to see the bruises that Sam/Mac had on her arm. I kept wanting to jump in the book and help her out–or figure out away to get President Obama involved! Some parts genuinely had me holding my breath or had my stomach tied in knots worrying over what would happen to the characters.

    I don’t know if there will be a sequel to this book, but I know I will definitely keep an eye out for more by this author. I also absolutely intend on buying this book when it is released.

    Red Flags: There is teenage drinking and smoking. Because of the situation I would find it out of the ordinary if there weren’t any cursing and there is, but I don’t think it is excessive. There are some “intimate” moments (some good, some bad), but nothing graphic. Also, we learn more about her brother’s death, but it too is not graphic.

    Grading

    Plot: 10/10

    Characters: 10/10

    Writing: 10/10

    Originality: 10/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 50/50

    Tidbits

    Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Military, Underdog

    Original Release Date: Not yet released! Projected release date to be 09-09-14

    Author’s website: http://www.joynhensley.com/

    Twitter: @joynhensley

  • Polkadot Pillow–Not a Tutorial

    Date: 2013.02.27 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    My house is bland. It is so boring. The only character it has is the dog toys and our cat tree. Other than that–and a few pictures–anyone could live here.

    On my slip-covered, comfy couch we had been using old $2.50 standard size pillows as our throw pillows. It was very sad. So I went on a hunt for throw pillows something that would go with what we already have in the living room and stylish. Just as I was giving up hope I found some very soft, very cushy throw pillows in a deep chocolate brown at Pier 1…but when I got home this is how it looked with our couch:

    So bland

    It reminds me of a rock or a bit of land you overlook on your daily walk. It makes me want to slip into a coma.

    So I tried to find other pillows. I couldn’t find any. What I did find was crazy pillows, silky pillows, incredibly loud patterned pillows, ridiculously priced pillows, and really nice pillows that wouldn’t fit. None that I liked. None that felt like me. I decided to make some myself.

    I turned to my favorite craft blog, Make It and Love It, for inspiration. I really liked how her button pillow looked, but I knew that my four legged clan would probably try their best to detach and ingest the buttons. The buttons were nixed. I decided on a blue and green polkadot fabric (it’s cute…I’m 5’1″ so I’m automatically cute…a perfect match). I picked brown for the trim so that it would create a cohesive look.

    I am really, really, really ….really new to making things for my home. Things that would be put on display. Things that some women I admire could whip up before breakfast. I tried using my sewing machine, but I very smartly did some test rows and the stitches had sporadic looping in the back. I spent hours adjusting various dials, reading over the manual, and was completely unable to fix the looping. So I hand stitched it.

    Finished pillow!

    I also left an opening at the bottom to 1. turn it right-side out when I was close to done  and 2. to be able to add or remove stuffing in the future as needed holding it closed with snaps.

    My snaps!

    I know what you’re thinking: “Why didn’t you just sew in a zipper? It would be much easier to stuff and you could put a real pillow in to stuff it.” Well person who I automatically assume is judging me,  didn’t I mention I was new to this? The thought of adding in a zipper and making it look good with the trim was too daunting a task for my little brain. However, perhaps you were just offering a thoughtful suggestion– in that case: thanks, but little brain.

    I used fluff from those cheap pillows.

    I still need to make another for the other side, but at least this time I know I can do it! *crosses fingers*

    Better, right?

    So…what do you think?

  • Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

    Date: 2012.07.07 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Where I Got the Book: My favorite indie book store: Little Shop of Stories


    In Short: Jane Austen themed vacation, murder mystery


    Charlotte Kinder is a woman and mother barely surviving a divorce. She has locked her emotions and her heart away to keep her safe from pain. Better to be numb than to be overcome with heartache.


    When visiting her mother she comes across a note from her younger self with goals to achieve. One such goal: reading some works by Jane Austen. Austen’s books make Charlotte begin to feel again, to hope again. She decides to take a vacation to visit places like the ones in Austen’s world and ends up in a resort that specializes in creating 19th Century experiences for their guests.


    I don’t think her younger self meant for Charlotte to get caught up in not one, but two mysterious murders. One occurring centuries ago and the other happening before her eyes.

    This book is not exactly a sequel per se to Austenland. While it does have a handful of references to the first book I would say this one could stand alone or beside Austenland without any dependence on it whatsoever. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book like that before which makes it pretty unique.


    This book was riveting. Truly. It doesn’t just deal with the present of pretending to live in the past. It’s in a constant evolving flow so that you get to know the protagonist as a child, a teen, a woman, a mother, and as a person trying to find faith again in relationships, and herself. All while learning about Charlotte you’re taken into the dance of falling in love again and kept on your toes trying to solve two different murder cases.


    Red Flags: If this book were made into a movie (which I hope some day it is), it would be given a  PG-13 rating due to a few innuendos and the presence of alcohol (apparently any use of a drug bumps a movie up automatically to PG-13). I do not remember, however, there being one bit of profanity used. To me that’s pretty major because it seems to me that people think something can’t interest adults without involving at least some expletives.

    Grading

    Plot: 10/10

    Characters: 10/10

    Writing: 10/10

    Originality: 10/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 50/50

    Tidbits

    Genre: Adult Fiction, Murder Mystery, Romance

    Original Release Date: January 31, 2012

    Author’s website: http://www.squeetus.com/stage/main.html

    Twitter: @haleshannon

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShannonHaleBooks

  • 3 Reasons Why I Refuse to See “Magic Mike”

    Date: 2012.07.06 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    1. Just looking at the IMDb page for the “Parents Guide” makes this movie seem like a major motion porno. This is the very first entry (highlight to read): “A bedroom scene includes a married couple (the man is bare-chested and the wife’s bare breasts are shown) when another man and woman enter the room (they are clothed); the clothed woman lies in bed with the husband, who tells the other man to touch his wife’s breasts, he does so and the two men tell each other they love each other like brothers while the wife strokes the other woman’s outer thigh.
    2. Any woman who has ever complained that Hollywood only uses thin, plastic, over-groomed women in movies which sets a standard for every other woman to also look like that and sees this movie now looks like a hypocrite. How can you say that you support the use of real, diverse forms of beauty and give the makers of this film your money? Although not as common as in women there are men who suffer from eating disorders and even more who have body image issues. In a movie that declares to the world “perfect girls night out movie” it tells men that those body types are the ones that women crave. Just as every girl got upset at how the boys all drooled over Megan Fox leaning over a car’s engine in “Transformers”–how do you think it makes the guys feel to see every gal flocking to the theaters to drool over the male strippers?
    3. It is genuinely no better than going to an actual strip club. That is basically what this movie is offering. The ability to experience a strip club without being inside of one. What’s the difference, really? Worried about someone seeing you leave the club? Well people will see you leave the theater. Worried about sanitary conditions? How clean do you think theater seats actually are? How about moral implications? It’s absolutely the same! Whether you’re lusting after a man on the screen or a dancer in front of you, it is no different.

    I know this comes off preachy–the title of the post should have warned you it would be–but I honestly think we are better than movies like this. Maybe not as a society…at least not yet…but as individuals we are better than this.

  • Reactions to “Superman” (1978)

    Date: 2012.06.11 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    It has been a while since I’ve posted–and even longer since I have watched the original “Superman”. So since I have time and nothing else to discuss I’ll give another reactions post a chance! (Note: I missed the first 10 minutes of the movie.)

    1. Even in other planets fathers try to live through their sons.
    2. Wow, so the planet is breaking up, ceiling is falling in, and the mother backs away from the part that is falling–which happens to be right over her baby. Some mother she is.
    3. Is it really wise to surround your infant in a vehicle of sharp crystals?
    4. It’s kinda creepy how much the Kryptonians knew about us.
    5. Why is it always farmers or a farming community? No wonder people are suspicious of those who live in the sticks! They’re hiding aliens!
    6. Um…can they show that on tv?? Again, some mother! can’t even clothe her child.
    7. WHAT? This woman needs psychological help! She wants to just take him in and not even look for his parents?
    8. You can tell this is the sixties. “Oh, Brad.” How about “Brad, you’re such a [bleep] jerk! Keep your [bleep] hands off me!”
    9. He has to doggy paddle to run?
    10. That’s Lois!?! Cradle robber.
    11. Lies! He totally meant to show off.
    12. Wow. Just living with an alien for a couple of years SERIOUSLY ages you.
    13. Great, Clark. You had to show off again and you killed your dad.
    14. Creepy! Why would you steal a flower from your father’s grave and give it to your mother? It seems a little Oedipal if you ask me.
    15. What? Isn’t that Kryptonite? How can he hold it?
    16. Why exactly does he have to leave? Why north?
    17. Litterer!
    18. Actually that’s highly irresponsible of Clark. He has no idea what that alien substance could do to our planet.
    19. Again, another indication his mother was awful. Did she leave a message for him? No. Or maybe he just didn’t find the right crystal message thingy.
    20. Why is his head getting bigger??
    21. 12 years? He must be really hungry! Also, were  there any potty breaks?
    22. Where did he get the fancy pajamas? If there are no potty breaks then surely they didn’t go shopping!
    23. I find it a tiny bit insulting that to “fit in” he makes himself appear so weak.
    24. Why can’t he send the money himself?
    25. Oo the evil Finger of Beckoning!
    26. Rip off the lady’s purse? What are you going to do? Sell it cheap leather conditioner at 5 times the price?
    27. He’s trying to be inconspicuous by being extremely weak, but then he’s going to say exactly what’s in her purse? C’mon Kent!
    28. Good dog!
    29. Don’t they need a ticket to board?
    30. O.o
    31. How can she live with him? I guess you have to take the bad with the baubles.
    32. Lois could really use spellcheck!
    33. Can’t elevators do both?
    34. He’s right. That is a bad outfit. Primary colors, really?
    35. Underwear on the outside?? I mean who does he think he is? Quailman?
    36. And why does he need a belt to hold his underwear up? Hmm??
    37. The way the glass is shaking on the building’s windows…I call fake!
    38. So all of the sudden he does nothing about crime and he’s going to start now because of a little helicopter incident? I guess you have to start somewhere, but it’d be nice if he had gotten that rapist about whom Lois was writing.
    39. What an inconvenience for the city! Really? Really did he have to put the boat in the street??
    40. Does he really have to push his fist forward to fly? I mean what did the air ever do to you that you must punch it?
    41. And still no word from his mother.
    42. Why would Otis stay with him?
    43. Well that was subtle Clark.
    44. Eww..did she just ask if he pooped regularly?
    45. Why would he reveal that? Hey everybody, I can’t see through lead!
    46. Hussy! Asking him to look at her panties!
    47. Ok if a personage were to fly someone, don’t you think he should have a better grip on his cargo? Here, let me just push on your shoulders and grab onto your arm.
    48. At the speed at which they are traveling wouldn’t she be a little less wobbly?
    49. Hmm is that symbolic of woman’s dependence upon man? Once she gains a little independence she drops out of the sky.
    50. Wait. She had a date with Clark and the Man of Steel? Tut tut tut.
    51. Do you think Otis is really dimwitted or he just acts that way so he can do stuff like that to Lex?
    52. I don’t understand how they just know it’ll kill him.
    53. Illogical car crash. How could her body have landed like that?
    54. Also, illogical–men would stay behind to guard the missile.
    55. So Lois just happens to be in the west when Luther is?
    56. Ok why did he go to the trouble of the revolving door earlier when he can just poof into his uniform?
    57. What’s it gonna cost the city to fix that!?!
    58. How is it they’re already back in NY?
    59. Can you sue Superman?
    60. But then where would you make your movies, Gene?
    61. How does he know that he couldn’t stop them? Superman hasn’t been timed before.
    62. Their pool is mislabeled
    63. You can’t “get it on with the good guys” because you want riches and “good” and “rich” don’t often go together.
    64. This is why you never invest in bridges. The Earth shakes a little bit, expensive wires snap, and somebody always has to make a point of driving over the edge expecting you to save them.
    65. What no “thank you” for turning off the power? Or for saving your life?
    66. They must have hired her for her ability to scream.
    67. Really this movie isn’t about Superman–it’s let’s see how much we can do exactly to Lois before her heart gives out.
    68. If this were Disney, she would have woken then.
    69. Now he’s really angry with the air.
    70. Illogical. Time isn’t dependent on the Earth’s rotation to move forward. If anything, he just screwed up the rest of the world making the Earth change direction like that.
    71. So did all those people he helped while Lois died–are they dead now?
    72. In a world that doesn’t realize someone with glasses on is the same person, how could they have hoped to catch a man who wears a wig?

    The End!

  • Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

    Date: 2012.04.24 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 2

    Where I Got the Book: Christmas present from my sister who purchased it from Amazon

    In Short: dual point of view, character delving, chilling

    I was really excited to begin this book. I had read all of Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy and had enjoyed the romance and the myth woven together. What can I say? I’m a fantasy girl. Also, shortly after its release the book was optioned to become a movie (IMDb shows it in development with a release date of 2015). The Scorpio Races, however, was nothing like that trilogy, however, still really enjoyable.

    Kate “Puck” Conolly is an orphan with two brothers (one older, one younger) with a careful watch on the ever thinning contents of the pantry and the jar that holds all the money they have. Sean Kendrick who was abandoned by his mother and watched his father die is the hired “horse whisperer”/trophy racer at the Malvern stables. The Scorpio Races are what drive the two together and the haunting, terrifying, hungry, and beautiful water horses that come asore at the end of October may be the death of them.

    On the small island of Thisby the Scorpio Races run on the first of November hold the island’s heritage and the greatest source of income for the merchants there. They also, however, are the cause of many deaths. The year Puck decides to join is the first year a woman has ever dared to race. She races to save her family. Sean races for freedom.

    My Thoughts: This book started out slow for me, but you get to know a great deal about the characters, the island, and you feel the importance of an event because of this. Once the characters started taking shape in my mind, however, I found the book to be an absolute riveting read. For someone looking for a book as filled with action as one of the Percy Jackson books, I would say borrow first, then buy. Like in Shiver there is romance in the book, but–a little to my disappointment–Stiefvater doesn’t dwell on it for extremely long. In all honesty though, the brief moments of romance fit the characters that she had created, so I believe she did them justice.

    Red Flags: Little bit of language. There isn’t profanity throughout the book, but there are a few instances of curse words as well as a few innuendos and uncooth words. I think the reason Stiefvater chose this diction though is to emphasize and bring a ring of authenticy to the island and fact that a young woman was throwing herself into what had been historically a man’s sport. Also, the book–about blood thirsty horses–is a bit violent. You are a witness to death, brutality, and practices that seem barbaric.

    Grading

    Plot: 10/10

    Characters: 10/10

    Writing: 10/10

    Originality: 10/10

    Enjoyment: 9/10

    Overall: 49/50

    Tidbits

    Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

    Original Release Date: October 18, 2011

    Recipe for November Cakes: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/maggiestiefvater/6505338297/

  • A Lesson Brought to You by My Sister

    Date: 2012.04.22 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 4

    Recently I was talking to someone else about how much I don’t like Zooey Deshanel. Her hair is always flippin’ perfect, she’s an actress AND a singer, she’s beautiful, thin, dainty, every guy loves her, and she can’t pull off “dorky” because she’s too adorable. Come on, Zooey, dorky by definition means awkward. With your looks and personality the closest you can be is vivaciously zany.

    Then I learned on top of all of that she has a successful blog, too!  *Turns green from head to foot*

    Right in the middle of my loathe parade over every aspect of Ms. Deshanel I remembered something my sister said when she caught herself doing the same thing: “Oops my insecurity is showing!”

    That statement has been the most honest, awakening string of words I have come across in my life. That is exactly what is happening when I’m tearing Zooey Deshanel or anyone else down. I’m being insecure and trying to make myself feel better. No one thinks better of me if I speak my mind and really it doesn’t make me feel better to think in such a way. It leaves me very bitter.

    So the lesson here for the both of us is that whenever we’re feeling envious and hateful toward someone we need to check our behavior. Is that person really so awful or is our insecurity showing?

    PS–Ms. Deshanel, I hope you have a long and happy life continuing to do all the things you love to do.

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    Date: 2012.04.10 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 2

    The Fault in Our Stars and the Pup

    Where I Got the Book: I have two copies actually–one pre-ordered from Amazon for Christmas and one from when my husband went Hanklerfishing at Kroger!

    In Short: true love on borrowed time, cancer

    I hesitated on beginning this book because I had been feeling a little down and so many people talked about how the book made them cry that I didn’t want to make my mood worse. Also, right around the time I received my copy a relative of mine died from the cancer infecting his brain.

    Hazel is a sixteen year old girl residing in Indiana whose lungs don’t work due to the civilization cancer had established with in them. (Gah! I so don’t want to type much more than this because I feel like everything past the first chapter would contain spoilers. That’s how much I love this book! I view any and all info on it as a spoiler!) Through a forced attendance to a support group she meets Augustus Waters who is in remission–i.e. cancer is gone currently, but we won’t say you’re really cancer-free unless you stay that way for a few years. From the first support group meeting they click and the romance grows from there.

    The obstacles Hazel and Augustus (sometimes Gus) face are: not being defined by their cancer, fulfilling wishes, and maintaining dignity while the body is doing its best to fall apart. That’s all I’m going to say about this because of a previous reason stated within a parenthesis.

    My Thoughts: I really did love this book and how real all of the characters became to me. I literally started yelling at John Green (who of course wasn’t in the room) that such and such COULD NOT happen while caught up in the story. I even stopped reading twice and tweeted at him about two pages that made this not-easily-emotion-invoked reader to cry. (I will not reveal which pages–that is unless you read the tweets.) I will admit that I didn’t understand everything within the first read, but that’s the point of subsequent readings. You hold the story in your heart, you grow, come back to it again at another time, and then notice things you didn’t before or understand something you rushed through earlier in your quest to find out what happens next.

    Red Flags: Language. The first curse word you encounter is on the third page of the story and it will not be the last one. I think this book is a pretty realistic representation of teenagers–and yes a great deal of them use profanity. There is also a depiction of some more-than-kissing displays of affection and implied sex. If you are someone who really can’t enjoy a novel because of these red flags, you may not want to try it. But if you’re able to accept them, look past them, or not be bothered by them at all I emphatically encourage you to read this book. Seriously.

    Grading

    Plot: 10/10

    Characters: 10/10

    Writing: 10/10

    Originality: 10/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 50/50

    Tidbits

    Genre: Love and Romance, Young Adult Fiction

    Original Release Date: January 10, 2012

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  • Explanations and Reactions

    Date: 2012.02.16 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    So I haven’t posted in….uh forever. I’m still fairly young, so a few months can still be forever. Shut up! Anyway… :-p …I haven’t posted lately because I’m contributing to another blog with much more potential than my own (and looking for more contributors if you’re interested). I probably shouldn’t, but I worry that I’ll run out of ideas to offer the other blog so I haven’t been posting anything new here.

    However, my friend has requested that I review “Fiddler on the Roof” for her and another friend wanted to know how I liked it–and since I’ve been making him do play-by-plays for me of movies he hasn’t seen before–I figured I’d make a post of my reactions to FotR. Here goes:

    1. Things that would be shakier: playing hacky sack, holding a twirling competition
    2. No girl should aspire to become a matchmaker because you will become old and ugly (another example: Mulan’s matchmaker)
    3. I will always associate the matchmaker song with Mrs. Doubtfire
    4. If all the young women are wed to old men what do the young men get?
    5. Rich men, fat wives–that’s how it should be! then we can all aspire to have a body type highly attainable these days
    6. Yay for “If I WERE rich man” (subjunctive! hooray for correct usage!)
    7. He’s going to strain his back dancing like that
    8. I hope none of that spit got in the milk
    9. Yay I’m glad this movie is making me laugh
    10. Well I appreciate that he got angry about the father calling her a cow
    11. But he’s too old for her!
    12. I’m so glad I got to choose my own husband
    13. While all these men are out dancing with each other what are the women doing?
    14. I never understood the historical hatred toward Jews
    15. Woah he got off his roof!
    16. Oh thank goodness!!!!
    17. How many hands does this guy have?
    18. YAY!!
    19. And that’s why women should carry weapons
    20. Ha ha! I saw a parody of this on “The Nanny” (dream sequence)
    21. So the more facial hair you have…the better man you are?
    22. That looks safe–paper cups for wax protection anyone?
    23. Hey! I’ve heard this song before
    24. Lol that older lady looks like a cabbage patch doll!!
    25. Even at a wedding the men and women are kept apart?
    26. Show offs
    27. Ah so the couple registered at Bed Bath and Beyond
    28. Uh oh–oh good! people who actually listen to their religious leaders–or not
    29. Yay he said what I was thinking! Dance with your wives!
    30. Boogie on down rabbi!
    31. That darn horse should have never whinnied
    32. OH NO! but why? I don’t understand…why do people do this to each other?
    33. Intermission! Those who require it please make use of the facilities
    34. Lol “they are so happy they don’t know how miserable they are”
    35. Making your own decisions–how modern
    36. There are all those hands again
    37. Aww he’s a good dad
    38. HA HA–I bet Adam was afraid of Eve too that’s why he ate the apple
    39. Poor guy, it’s hard to be vulnerable
    40. Uh oh clean shaven guys!
    41. See? I told you! Uh oh!
    42. Busy body ol’ coot
    43. The Gulag?
    44. Women are so brave
    45. The train sounds a bit like a Willie Wonka machine
    46. Yay for good news! woah…that’s a lot of people ..OH *whew*
    47. I wonder what they’d think of mine
    48. Oh so that’s what it takes to become a person?
    49. Hey! that’s nearly the same lines from “Ever After” (or vice versa)
    50. Why is he always stubborn in the beginning? you’re gonna cave!
    51. Lol love the wife
    52. It’s hard to take a man seriously when he’s acting all of 2.5 years old
    53. What? priest?
    54. Wow look at that beard! he must be a great man!
    55. Uh oh …now that’s just dumb. I’ll chalk it up to you being upset
    56. He’s got two more daughters..guess that means more heartache. no wonder people of the past only ever wanted sons
    57. Hey now. don’t be a jerk.
    58. Lol I hope he doesn’t really do this part aloud..lol all those hands are showing up again
    59. I guess the butcher got that last hand
    60. What? young matches for young matches?? how extraordinary
    61. No!
    62. What do they have a deal with Uhaul? where will they go?
    63. Well that sucks
    64. Lol maybe that IS why
    65. Man this sucks
    66. That’s a long trip
    67. Ha ha! silly woman
    68. Wow but how will they get there?
    69. Poor cows
    70. Come on!! when will you see her again?
    71. Yay!
    72. LOL my fraidy cat was talking to the baby!
    73. Again, sucks.
    74. Couldn’t wait for spring??
    75. Poor guy..guess he couldn’t take his roof with him
    76. Good movie! very witty

    So there you have it! My reaction to “Fiddler on the Roof”. Very well done! I’m so glad that it’s not one of those movies that EVERYONE thinks is so wonderful and I don’t get the big deal. (Examples: “Citizen Kane” and “Pulp Fiction”)

    I don’t know when I’ll post here again, but you can check out other posts at the link up at the top.

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