What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood*

(*If you’re not a straight white man.) 

“Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward.” (x)

monday afternoon, you asked me what was wrong

you said: whats wrong with you? you’ve been so quiet these past few weeks. I had no response. I shrugged and turned my music a notch louder.

you don’t care about me, was what i wanted to say. you don’t need me around, you have other people to talk too. 

it’s been quiet, we’re becoming strangers once again

earlier today my you asked me how i was

i told you i was good; to which you replied you don’t look so good. i slammed the door behind me and turned my music one notch louder.

i’m only your everything, when you feel alone

monday night, you came into my room

i was told i looked depressed. homework, was my simple reply

i have to pretend for you. there’s nothing i can tell you. bottling it up might make me feel worse in the end, but its the only thing that makes you feel happy now. 

i’m scared of you reading my mind

i don’t know how much more i can take

i ran into you today. someone i’ve been avoiding for the past few weeks. you hugged me, triggering intense pain on my open wounds, you asked if i was avoiding you. 

of course not

how can you stay away from something, but still come back to it?

you were addictive, like peppermint.

i’m irrelevant

yesterday, i slept almost the entire day

but sleep doesn’t help your soul when its tired


I hate your big dumb combat boots
And the way you read my mind
I hate you so much that it makes me sick
It even makes me rhyme

I hate the way you’re always right
I hate it when you lie
I hate it when you make me laugh
Even worse when you make me cry

I hate the way you’re not around
And the fact that you didn’t call
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

klance week 2016

day 2: love/hate

People’s reaction to me is sometimes “Uch, I just don’t like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.” But it’s not that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave.
—  Mindy Kaling “Why Not Me”

Domestic lolix au where Felix stays over Locus’s place so often that he starts leaving his things all over, and Locus objects because he likes his place spotless. So Felix starts hiding small bags with his toiletries and clothes in them around Locus’s apartment. And Locus always finds them eventually and gives them back to him, and it becomes a ridiculous challenge between them until one day Felix gets there to find his things have been neatly placed at the sink beside Locus’s and his clothes in half of the closet.  


Last night’s Oscars saw some of the most glamorous gowns and debonair tuxes (and even a gown/tux combo—we’re looking at you, Gaga) and we at NOVL HQ loved watching the year’s biggest stars make their way down the red carpet. But the only thing better than a best-dressed starlet? A best-dressed book cover! That’s right—book nerds never take a night off.

In honor of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, we’re bringing you a round-up of some of our favorite looks that remind us of our favorite books with NOVL’s very own re(a)d carpet.

1. Charlize Theron—Josh Sundquist’s We Should Hang Out Sometime 

Who do we wish we could hang out with sometime? Red-hot Charlize Theron of course! And we think Josh Sundquist, author of We Should Hang Out Sometime would agree. After all, her stunning Dior dress pairs perfectly with his hilarious memoir. Best-dressed couple alert!

2. Leonardo DiCaprio—Jeff Garvin’s Symptoms of Being Human 

Is getting a little weak in the knees when you see Leo smolder on the red carpet a symptom of being human? We’d wager so. In any case, his classic black tux reminds us of the eye-catching cover of Jeff Garvin’s debut novel. Side note: How cute were Leo and Kate posing together? We’ll never let go, Jack.

3. Naomi Watts—Rebecca Serle’s Truly Madly Famously 

Naomi Watts was working the carpet in support of her man Liev Schreiber and Spotlight’s Best Picture win, but her shimmering Armani gown kind of stole the show! If her look were a book, it would have to be Rebecca Serle’s Truly Madly Famously. And how appropriate! This sequel to Famous in Love gives readers a glimpse of life and love behind the silver screen.

4. Brie Larson—Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Crime

We bow down to Best Actress winner Brie Larson, who looked downright regal in Gucci. A royal blue gown paired with a glistening silver accessory? It reminds of another stunner, Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Crime. Of course, Brie rocked a bejeweled silver belt and Kestrel is wielding a sword, but to each her own!

5. Mindy Kaling—Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia’s Dangerous Deception

What’s black, blue and breathtaking? Mindy Kaling in her off-the-shoulder Elizabeth Kennedy gown. Equally dazzling is Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia’s Dangerous Deception. Sure, looks can be deceiving but there’s no doubt about it: these two are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.