butchering of good books

   This passage from Ehren to Tavi really struck me as an emblematic strength of the series as a whole. Because so far, each of the books in Codex Alera has been its own distinct, unique conflict that’s felt whole, and like a complete challenge to the characters at the time. And time has progressed naturally; several years have passed. Tavi and his friends didn’t become superhero prodigy badasses over night, like I’ve found sometimes in the dregs of other fiction; they actually had to train, because they started out without their skills and had to rely on their wits.

   And each book has built upon the previous story as a series of stepping stones; each challenge when overcome has informed the next, so the next challenge when presented already has the fearsome scope of it presented, and the accomplishment of overcoming it feels earned.

   This progression is something I’ve really been enjoying and feasting on, because I’ve been absolutely devouring this series when I have a chance.

akama made a small bow. “i can see why he fears you. you are very much alike.”

akama walked away, leaving maiev to stare at her reflection in the dark mirror of the lake. her image glared back at her, a picture of frustrated fury. she stooped, picked up a pebble, && lobbed it into the water, smashing her likeness into RIPPLES.

Blend of lore and fiction

Jim butcher has done such a good job with his books of using monsters of lore, monsters of his own creation, and a blend of both in his stories that I sometimes have to look up some stuff. Perfect example of this is Grave Peril, I am enjoying the series and James Marsters reads the part with Agatha Hagelthorn when she says “the axe the axe the axe, I gave my Benson twenty wacks” with his skill I wonder if it’s a creepy nursery rhyme.


I can’t find on google any reference of this creepy ghost but I feel like I know that line from somewhere. Does this hit others in the series like it does for me

It review

27 years ago, a horrific event happened, one that disturbed and disgusted people everywhere and changed the course of human history… that event was the release of the godawful miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s massive doorstopper horror tale It, a miniseries that was lighter on scares than a Care Bears movie and had precisely one adult actor who was even trying… that actor being Tim Curry, who as Pennywise was delightfully, deliciously hammy. Tim Curry was the one sole redeeming element though, because between butchering the book, leaving out a lot of good stuff, and having the best effects a cheap TV budget can afford, this series just fucking blows. With how horrendously unscary this is (despite what people who were five when they saw this will tell you) and how piss-poor the adaptation was, is there any conceivable way to get It adapted properly into something that will impress audiences instead of make them laugh at how crappy and rushed it is?

I think the box office numbers of the latest attempt to adapt the novel should give you a good idea of the answer.

It, the 2017 movie, is easily one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made. It makes changes here and there, but still manages to keep all the elements of the book – the unnerving atmosphere, the feeling of helplessness, the camaraderie between the Losers – and make a novel that just seems so dauntingly unfilmable come to life. Well, half of the novel anyway; this only covers the time the Losers encounter Pennywise as children in the 80s.

So how does this tale of terror unfold? It begins with little Georgie, out playing in the rain with a paper sailboat… a sailboat that slips down a storm drain and into the sewers. Thankfully for Georgie, a nice clown named Pennywise was in the sewer and got the boat for him! Yay! Not-so-thankfully for Georgie, Pennywise rips his arm off and drags him down into the sewer as he screams for his brother! Not yay! Of course, his brother Bill doesn’t know this, and so when summer comes he and his group of pals – the awkward Jewish boy Stan, the nervous and panicky Eddie, and the loudmouthed joker Richie – decide to start investigating. Along the way, the Losers get the help of the tough-as-nails girl Beverly, the chubby Ben, and the black kid Mike, and together the Losers start looking in to the disappearing children… only to come across their worst fears, and sometimes a very creepy clown. Can these kids survive their summer and get to the bottom of the mystery… or will they float too?

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10 reasons why you (yes, you) should go see Vampire Academy

(also known as I have a lot of feelings after seeing the movie)

EDIT: WAIT GO REBLOG THIS INSTEAD (SAME THING AS A BUZZFEED ARTICLE).

  1. It passes the Bechdel Test.It passes the Bechdel test. I can’t emphasize this enough. Something that soooo many movies fail. The girls in this movie are developed characters that are more than the boys whom they talk about. Some of the girls are badass, some are graceful, some are intelligent, some are manipulative, some are arrogant, some are witty, some are compassionate, some are loyal, some are strong, some have crushes, some are awkward, some are popular. They’re dynamic characters. Girl empowerment is fabulous, so go support that shit.
  2. Young adult novel movie adaptations can be amazing. A lot of bestselling young adult novels have been getting made into movies lately. Some adaptations are good, some adaptations are bad. This one was good. Trust me, I am the first to be super sad and depressed if one of my favorite books is butchered by its movie adaptation. This was good. It kept the plot, kept the darkness, kept the romance, kept the humor, kept the action, kept everything that made me love it when I first read the books. 
  3. The friendship between Rose and Lissa. Props to Richelle Mead for this. Their friendship is the kind of friendship that I want with my best friends. They deal with the drama of high school and through everything else that they put with, they are unfailingly loyal to each other. They laugh, they fight, they cry, but when they do fight, there are apologies and forgiveness. They stay loyal to one another. That’s kind of cool in an industry where high school girls so often backstab and slut shame one another. 
  4. Female sexuality in the movie. Hell to the female empowerment on this one. There are scenes where it’s initiated by the girl, where it’s her choice, where she takes control over her sex life, and where she is empowered in doing so. In one of the last scenes, there’s a line about shaming slut-shaming, too. 
  5. Most of the people critiquing the movie are NOT in the demographic that the movie is meant for - teenagers and young adults. Is this their fault? No. Are all of them not in this demographic? No. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t an Oscar-winning movie. But it’s fun. It’s entertaining. It’s hilarious, actually. Zoey Deutch as Rose takes the prize for best comedic delivery. 
  6. The title is a little misleading. If you asked me to describe the movie, it would take a little while to get to “vampire movie.” It’s a movie that happens to have vampires. A witty, kickass high school movie. But if you do happen to love vampire movies, this is still for you, fangs and bloodsucking included.
  7. THE CAST. Okay, so maybe I’m really biased here because I met most of them. But the cast is incredible, honestly. Zoey freaking Deutch is perfect as Rose. Her comedic timing is on point and when you walk out of the movie you want to be her best friend. Danila Kozlovsky is hot and does the smolder and accent thing, which he and Dominic Sherwood must have practiced together. Cameron Monaghan pines adorably from afar, and his own badass-guardianness make it hard to understand why Rose doesn’t just go for him. Sami Gayle plays the mean girl in a desperate sort of way that almost makes you feel sorry for her. Lucy Fry is somehow royal and graceful and giggly and depressed all at the same time. Sarah Hyland is awkward and gawky and babbles to the point where it’s uncomfortable, and then shines in the end scenes of the film. Did I mention that they had great chemistry, too? The list goes on and on. These are rising stars and I promise you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future. 
  8. The writing and the directing. HELLO? THE WATERS BROTHERS? Um, yes. Mean Girls and Heathers aren’t classics for nothing. These guys know how to make a movie about high school and friendships and comedy and they know how to entertain you. 
  9. ALL THE POP CULTURE REFERENCES. Seriously. I caught Pretty in Pink, Gladiator, Superman, and Mean Girls, and I’m pretty sure that there were more that I just didn’t happen to catch.
  10. It made me feel something. The first piece of criteria with movies, or any art form, really, that I use, is if it made me feel something. Did it make me laugh, cry, smile, sigh, gasp,relate, anything? If yes, then it passes that test. This movie made me laugh, gasp, smile, and laugh. I laughed a lot. Vampire Academy was funny! I related to the characters, because yes, I am a girl in high school, and yes, they captured the feel of high school pretty damn well right down to the soundtrack.

Vampire Academy is a pretty kickass movie. It’s by no means the next Titanic or Inception, but does it entertain? Yes. Is it testament to female empowerment and friendship and loyalty? Hell yes.

EDIT: Hi everyone ily for all of your support, but please go reblog this instead? It’s the same thing, just turned into a buzzfeed article. Thank you! 

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher