last book in a series

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“TELL ME WHERE APPA IS!”

Okay guys. I’m gonna be real with you for a sec. The Captain Underpants movie is coming out in June, and y'all in the LGBT community and those who support it should totally make sure you watch it!! The movie is based off a 12-book series. In the last book, one of the protagonists, Harold, is revealed to be gay. This is super huge for an elementary series of kids books!!

The movie coming out is based on the first four books (that I’m aware of), and if it does well, Dreamworks will probably finish making the series. It would be so important to have that sort of representation for young LGBT kids seeing this movie!! I’ve rarely seen movies where kids are revealed to be LGBT, and that would be such a huge stepping stone!

Anyway!! This movie looks really fun and exciting on top of having the two protagonists that are minorities (Harold’s best friend George is black, and both boys have AHHD). So support it if you can!!

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best of 2016  → top 8 new books

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Once was a Time by Laila Sales
Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Slackin’ with the Sleuth: Reviewing Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

As much as we like to pontificate over bad page-to-screen adaptations, the idea of involving the original author in the delicate process of translating literature to film language is not as fullproof as one might think. Does said author even understand what made his book work? Not necessarily. Would a novelist know what makes a good movie tick? Rarely, if ever.

But when a second adaptation of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” came along, and when Daniel Handler became part of its writing team, fans across the globe allowed themselves a faint breath of optimism. Daniel had written no less than two original movie scripts before (Rick and Kill the poor), and his unfortunate experience on the first adaptation had given him a testing round, so to speak: this time, he would know what worked and what didn’t. With the last book in the series published over a decade ago, he even had a chance to, perhaps, improve and revise the source material.

The end result is aggravating, baffling, conceited, dreadful, exasperating, flacid, grim, horrifying, irritating, jittery, klutzy, long-winded, malicious, nerve-wracking, ostentatious, petty, querulous, rash, sinister, tepid, unrefined, vapid, wasteful, xylophone, yamn-inducing, zonked — and probably the best thing you’ll watch this year.

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i had a nightmare last night that lazytown was originally an extremely long horror book series. there was a locked, forbidden room in my school library containing every dusty, dense lazytown tome. the series was later adapted into a live action series in japan faithful to its roots of psychological horror masked beneath colorful visuals. the series was heavily edited for the english dub localization and became the kid friendly version we are familiar with. sportacus was played by will smith. he looked so tired. so decrepit and old.

Okay so here’s a lot of reasons why you should consider reading the Unwind Dystology (please read the Unwind Dystology)
• The very concept is really unique, basically parents can choose to retroactively terminate their teens and send them into a divided state

• There is so much world building in the first book but it’s done so subtle that you won’t even realize you’re getting random new information

• Unwinding has actually had bad and good consequences and the books go over both the good and the bad

• teenagers actually act like teenagers in this YA series

• Every character is really well developed like wowie

• The character descriptions are usually ambiguous

• Really strong female characters

• There are some LGBTQA characters (first that pop into mind are Hayden and Bam for main-ish characters)

• The books are really well written

• If you have problems with reading then no worries, these books have pretty short chapters and there are page breaks in the form of “advertisements” (note there are no advertisements page breaks in the first book)

• Really nice poc representation (CyFi and Starkey are some of the best characters imo)

• There’s an autistic character and she’s really sweet and she’s so nice I love her

• Every character is relatable. Including dirtbag villains. Especially the dirtbag villains

• The motivations for characters are very believable

• It deals with subjects like religious sacrifice, terrorism, the gray morality of the world, if we really have souls, divorce, mental illnesses, wanting revenge on everything, and of course, abortion

You know what I never understood about the shadowhunter tv show & books? How clary and jace just totally believed that they were brother and sister. Like. A murdering, manipulative psychopath told them, and immediately they believe him. LIKE. GUYS. You wanna maybe confirm that shit??? How about get a goddamn blood test just to make sure that the sci-fi hitler piece of shit that told you you’re related isn’t lying? IF THEY HAD JUST USED THEIR GODDAMN BRAINS AND THOUGHT “hey, valentine has never been a great dude. Maybe he was just telling us that to screw with us? maybe he’s lying?”
I swear to god if they had just taken some sort of goddamn blood test it would’ve saved everyone so much pain and I wouldn’t be making this GODDAMN text post about it.

Reasons to read Robin Hobbs's Realm of the Elderlings

. Lotta material (it’s a series of series)
. Characterization so good it literally feels like real people
. Lots of POC (including most of the main characters)
. A genderqueer prophet is one of the major recurring characters
. Multiple different cultures and political systems (there’s a matriachy)
. Hella feminist (especially Liveship Traders)
. Telepathic powers and communicating with animals
. Most unique take(s) on dragons I’ve ever seen
. I cried. A lot.
. Last book in the most recent series is coming out this year
. Please

On the Ending of Animorphs

Or: What Animorphs got right that Harry Potter got wrong.

Obvious massive spoilers ahead:

So I flashed through the last three books in the series, and I have to say, even knowing what was coming, having read this series back as a teen, I really wasn’t prepared. It’s one thing to read this series as some middle/high schooler over the years the series was released. Obviously I was part of that demographic. But to read it now as an adult all the way through in the course of about six and a half months, to get all of the subtleties, to be able to appreciate the messages this series gives. This ending hit me hard.

Because the Earth was saved. The war was ended. Humanity lives. But these six kids, the Animorphs, don’t get happy endings. There is no coming back from this war for them. But it’s not like this heartbreak wasn’t earned as a series. Everything that has happened throughout these books, all of the decisions these kids were forced to make, if K.A. Applegate had given everyone a happy ending, I would honestly have felt cheated, because it’s anathema to the anti-war message this series has crafted.

Rachel died. Rachel was a warrior, the only one of the Animorphs who seemed to get enjoyment out of the war. She wasn’t a sociopath, there was just something in her that would have made it impossible for her to go on even if she had survived. So she gets to the die the hero. She willfully goes with Jake’s plan, even tho she’s scared, even tho she doesn’t want to die. But she does, and once again does the dirty deed Jake has asked her to do: she kills Jake’s brother, her cousin, Tom. This is why her character only makes sense if you accept the fact that she probably killed David back in The Return. Since that point, she has had no qualms about killing. She murdered that Yeerk that only wanted to escape to be a nothlit. She was willing to run down that innocent military officer with a truck. Rachel was not the type of person would could have survived this war and had any semblance of a healthy life. But even in her death, she was still scared: was her life worth it, she asked; did she matter?

Rachel’s death pretty much strikes out the last remnants of Tobias’s lingering humanity. It’s not that it gives him manpain; he doesn’t grow from this, but is utterly wrecked. But it’s not just that Rachel died; it’s that Jake sent her to her death. Jake betrayed the illusion that the Animorphs was a family, the only real family Tobias had ever known. So Rachel’s death basically destroys him so much he leaves behind the actual remaining family he has: he abandons his mother Loren and his uncle Ax to live his life as a hawk. He has the option of becoming a human nothlit, but he doesn’t. Tobias has given up on his humanity and humans in general.

Ax goes back to the Andalites and gets the military rank of Prince, gets to become an even bigger hero than his brother Elfangor. It’s everything he ever could have wanted or strived for. He’s widely respected and admired. But when the Andalites begin to dismantle their military government and go back to civilian mode, Ax finds he cannot make the shift back into normal life. He cannot go back to his family and just make a home for himself. Whether he has become addicted to war as Rachel has is unclear, but it is clear that war has so become a part of himself that he cannot let it go. He chases down the last remaining Yeerk force for years because he cannot move on.

Marco at first seems to have been the one who got through it all okay. He soaks up the attention and celebrity that comes with being a war hero. He goes on talk shows, signs books and movie deals. He exploits his time in the war for money so he can be a millionaire. He surrounds himself with beautiful women. He buys multiples homes, this kid who started out the series in the slums. But it becomes apparent that this is a façade. Look at how he reacts to something so minor as dropping his keys in the pool. He morphs lobster. Marco has immersed himself into stardom and surrounded himself with stuff because something in him is broken beyond repair. The fame isn’t enough to fill it. It’s hollow and empty.

Cassie probably comes the closest of successfully moving on. She keeps morphing, learning about her beloved animals. She helps the free Hork-Bajir. And it’s obvious she has had to do a lot of soul-searching to make peace with what she has done in the war. She tells herself, tells Jake and the others over and over that they did what they had to do, that as the victims they had the right to do what they did to their oppressors. Even with that assurance, tho, it seems to not be something she even fully believes. See her reaction when Jake admits he did what he did not because he was a victim, but because he plainly just wanted the enemy to suffer. And this creates a rift between her and Jake. They don’t get to be the happy couple. She moves on to someone else. And that’s portrayed as okay, while heartbreaking.

And then there is Jake. Jake, who was simply unable to recover from having his family taken as controllers, who was ultimately unable to have the weight of leadership on his shoulders without it consuming him. Jake, who ordered the bombing of the Yeerk pool. Jake, who manipulated and treated his ally Erek King as property. Jake, who ordered the death of his brother and sent his cousin to her death. Jake, who threw the auxiliary Animorphs, a group of disabled kids, into the front lines as cannon fodder resulting in every single one of their deaths. Jake, who committed genocide against seventeen thousand helpless Yeerks out of revenge. Jake, who has become numb to the world because of his actions. Jake, who cannot even get enjoyment out Visser Three’s court martial because he realizes that he, too, is a war criminal. Jake, who knows that just as Alloran will forever be known as the Butcher of the Hork-Bajir, he can not escape his actions. Jake the Yeerk Killer.

Which leads us to the infamous cliff-hanger ending. But let’s be real, there is no cliff hanger. After Ax is captured by a new enemy only known as The One, Jake gets Tobias and Marco back together for a rescue mission. And you think this might play out as the typical trope, war heroes getting together for one last mission, for one last hurrah to end on a high note. But while I don’t doubt Jake genuinely wants to save Ax, it’s obvious the real reason he’s going: he wants so badly to make right what he did wrong. He thinks this is his chance for redemption, to not fall back into the traps of war that made him go against everything the Animorphs thought they believed in.

But in the end? It’s 99% percent likely Ax was already dead, absorbed into The One. Jake rams their ship into the Blade ship. There’s just no way he, Marco, and Tobias survived that. The reader must accept that there was no last hurrah. All of the young heroes, sans Cassie, are dead. Jake, in his desperation to right his wrongs, kills his friends and himself.

And that feels incredibly empty. It’s harsh and unforgiving. But as I said above, it was earned. If the Animorphs had just moved on and lived happy uncomplicated lives, how disrespectful would that ending have been? Compare this ending to the Harry Potter series. Rowling may not have had qualms killing secondary characters in the final book, but her faves the Golden Trio and their love interests were never in danger. Harry, Hermione, and Ron emerge from the war largely intact. They get to marry out of high school with the person they were set up with from the beginning. Rowling was not committed to her message. The war doesn’t seem to have any lasting affect on the heroes. The good guys beat the bad guys. They pop out kids and get their happy endings. There’s no lasting damage. Which, if you aren’t willing to see through your message to its end, why bother?

anonymous asked:

I just came across Percy Jackson, and I started reading a story of yours. Why exactly do adults write about this stuff? Isnt this supposed to be a children's series?

Because now I can write about it and drink at the same time. Duh. 

Look, anon. Buddy. The last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series was published eight years ago

If a fan was anywhere above the age of 10 at the time, they’re now an adult. Gasp! (I was 19, so this doesn’t really apply to me, but the point still stands.)

Rick Riordan has since put out six more books in that PJO verse, plus five books in two other mythological series. The content isn’t stopping, so why should our interest in the series and characters stop just because we’ve crossed the magical threshold into boring adulthood? I’ll be the first to admit that elements of Riordan’s writing style are not meant for me, an adult, but overall, I continue to enjoy his books and the universe. 

Adults participating in children’s fandoms is hardly unusual. They only become an issue when boundaries with actual teens get crossed and are using their fannish interest to be predators or online bullies. 

For instance, I grew up in a children’s series book fandom. You may know it, it’s this little world-wide phenomenon called HARRY POTTER. 

Adults were always, always, always a visible part of Harry Potter fandom. They ran the forums, the fan and news sites because they had the money to host servers or buy domains or code the damn things. They wrote the best fic and drew the best art because they already had experience and skill built up. They wanked the hardest over shipwars because, well, adults fight over dumb shit just like kids.

As a pre-teen and teenager, I never got the impression that adults weren’t supposed to be in the fandom because Harry Potter’s demographic was children and pre-teens. One of the worst parts about fandom-centric tumblr is that you don’t see a lot of these old fannish efforts that are clearly and obviously run by adults any more.

Adults can enjoy shows and books aimed at children. You wouldn’t have half the good shit in whatever fandom you participate in if we didn’t.