Today on twitter someone told me I should SUPPORT the shows and movies I’m talking about instead of just tweeting about it because “tweeting about it doesn’t get them views/money” and I’ve never, ever, encountered someone who so badly missed the point of my entire online brand. Wildest thing someone ever said to me.
I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so here goes. These are some of the books/plays/poets that I think (this is just my opinion!) everyone should read before they die. If anyone wants to add to the list, then please do by commenting or reblogging!
Fantasy and/or Children’s Novels:
The Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always love Potter, until the very end.
The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis.
The Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan. All of his books are great, not just this series, but the others too.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Oz Books) - L. Frank Baum.
The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare.
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Once & Future King - T. H. White.
Dystopian and/or Utopian Novels:
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins.
The Maze Runner Trilogy - James Dashner.
The Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth.
The Giver Quartet - Lois Lowry.
Lord of the Flies -
The Handmaid’s Tale -
The Road - Cormac McCarthy.
Gothic and/or Horror Novels:
Dracula - Bram Stoker.
The Beetle: A Mystery - Richard Marsh.
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley.
The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Writings - Edgar Allen Poe.
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice.
The Darren Shan Series - Darren Shan.
Salem’s Lot - Stephen King.
Dreamcatcher - Stephen King.
The Shining - Stephen King.
Carrie - Stephen King.
Young Adult and/or Influential Novels:
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (I have Go Set A Watchman but I still need to read it!).
Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit -
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini.
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffery Eugenides.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky.
All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven.
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell.
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell.
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell.
Landline - Rainbow Rowell.
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell.
Looking For Alaska - John Green.
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green.
Paper Towns - John Green.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews.
Crime and/or Thriller Novels:
The Alex Rider Series - Anthony Horowitz.
The Cuckoo’s Calling -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
The Silkworm -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
Career of Evil -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville.
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens.
The Beach -
Plays (read them and if you can see a performance or two, there’s nothing like the theatre):
The Oresteia - Aeschylus.
The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles.
The Odyssey - Homer.
The Iliad - Homer.
William Shakespeare’s Plays (these are just a few of my favourites!):
Measure for Measure.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Merchant of Venice.
As You Like It.
The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster.
William Blake’s Poetry - Literally one of my favourite poets.
William Wordsworth’s Poetry.
War Poetry - two of my favourites are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
Sylvia Plath’s Poetry - C’mon, who hasn’t read her work?
Carol Ann Duffy - I love her.
I think that’s all I have for now. I know I’m missing loads, but this is what I’ve been able to come up with so far. Also, just because she asked this is for the lovely @glide-thru, I read a lot :P
I’ve now dated all the dads in @dreamdaddygame. Now the spoiler-free rundown of my impressions of the routes in the order I did them that no one asked for.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for that friends to lovers trope, so I went for Jock Dad first. Of all the dads, I feel like you get to know Craig the best because of the extra gym scene. The fact that they keep calling each other bro just makes all the more romantic dialogue that much funnier. You can certainly feel their history which makes their move into less platonic territory feel fairly natural. A good, standard romance.
I did Damien next because he seemed to be one of the tumblr favorites and it was a pretty good choice. He’s a sweet guy going for an aesthetic–both things I can appreciate– but it was almost too much. The route had two of my top five favorite scenes in the whole game, but the switcheroo at the end felt a little disingenuous. I get what they were going for, but I feel like, as a Dad, I never reaalllyy got to know Damien. Like I chipped away a little at him but he was so unwilling to let me in that I only met the REAL Damien at the end of the third date. This can be compelling story-telling, but not my particular cup of tea for a romance. Still a Good Dad, and I love him.
Knife dad was next because by now I had slept with him at least once, and I liked his scene in Damien’s route. I actually messed him up the first time by jumping into bed with him that first night. Though I felt like his dialogue choices were a little dicier (gotta get that S rank) I LOVED the story of Robert’s route. I like the bittersweet reality of his life and how that affected his epilogue. I want Robert to be happy with my whole heart. Mary, though. I had warmed up to her slightly in Damien’s route, but I couldn’t deal being a first hand witness to her self-destruction. Though, I’m not saying it shouldn’t have been in there. We needed to get to know Mary, and Robert’s interactions with her showed us a lof about him. So it was a love to hate situation, in the end. 10/10, would cryptid hunt again.
Brian doesn’t get nearly as much love as he deserves. I feel Brian as a person on a spiritual level. I AM Brian. I love Amanda and Daisy in this route, and Brian felt the most dadly of the dads. The minigames made his route feel different gameplay-wise, which was great considering I was 4 dads deep at this point. Plz nerf that golfing mini-game, though, damn. That was hard. I dominated skeeball, however. Overall, a pretty well-crafted, fluffy, enemies-to-lovers story. Ya definitely wanna smack ‘em in the head and be like “YOU LIKE EACH OTHER, YOU IDIOTS.” The epilogue feels like a bear hug around your brain.
Ohhhh….maaannnn. So by now, I had sorta kinda heard what happens at the end of Joseph’s route, so I didn’t want to do it last in case I needed a palate cleanser. Now…I feel like I can’t talk about it too much without spoiling, but they did the temptation aspect really well. The guilt weighs heavy, then, at the end, when they finally pull it off ya, they SLAM you with that epilogue and ugghhhh. It made my heart hurt. What it did particularly well is give me a different perspective on Mary. By getting a little peek into their marriage, she becomes a more sympathetic character, and Joseph stops being blameless in their marital discord. The overall contrast between the WASP aesthetic and the rotten thing that is their relationship underneath is some good shit. It’s a good “bad end” for this game. Distressing but with an optimistic undercurrent and a good foil for the more storybook endings.
I love Mat. I love his route. I love the music. I love the mosh pit. It’s just a sweet, gentle, story about finding love after heartbreak. It’s filled with all these really cute small moments of hands touching and picking out records and other goofy stuff that all builds and builds to this lovely warm feeling at the end.The girls get along, which is a huge plus. Also contains two-middle aged dads trying to figure out how to buy pot which will brighten your day and clear your skin.
(This is the playthrough where I managed to get Amanda’s bad end, though, so that sort of made it a little sadder)
I saved this one for last because I had a feeling it would end up being my favorite. I was right! Hugo is a man struggling with being an authority figure when he’s a big kid himself and my god I geeeetttt that. The “I have a dark secret” part of his route was natural and sincere, and that he lets you in on it at the second date makes you feel like you’re getting to know a side of Hugo that no one else gets. There’s a special part of him that only belongs to you and no one else. He felt very real and tangible to me as a character, love of cheese included. I also wrecked shop at trivia except for the first question which I’m convinced is a troll because none of the available answers are correct.
Firstly, I did not know that Saturation 2 was coming out when I heard the first one. Secondly, I like this one better. BROCKHAMPTON managed to top themselves after only a couple of months of me enjoying the last shit that I listened to. Thirdly, they’re coming out with another album before the year is up. How the fuck are these guys still on top like this. The unity and chemistry on all of these tracks is absolutely magnificent. JOBA and Dom, these guys are renegading everyone else they’re on the track with. Kevin’s hooks are some of the best I’ve heard all year. Ameer’s voice and this man face…..iconic. Merlyn snatches yo attention every time he jumps on the track and GOD DAMMIT MATT CHAMPION PUT OUT A FUCKING ALBUM!
You know, one of Truman’s bigger scandals was that he wrote an insulting letter to a critic who gave his daughter’s play a bad review. It was seen as the most wildly inappropriate abuse of the president’s bully pulpit and a disgrace to the office. Now look where we are.
Child’s Play is a rare horror franchise that has maintained its
original continuity. Over the course of seven movies and thirty years,
Don Mancini has been the heart of Chucky; he has written every
installment, in addition to directing the latter three entries. Despite
the singular voice, however, the tones vary wildly between films. Each one offers a refreshing change of pace without sacrificing the
integrity of the one that came before it.
the misstep of going pure camp with Seed of Chucky, 2013’s Curse of
Chucky brought the killer doll back to his darker roots. Cult of Chucky
is a direct sequel to Curse, but it brings together the franchise’s
three distinct story lines - Nica from Curse, Andy Barclay from Child’s
Play 1-3, and Tiffany from Bride/Seed of Chucky. It also balances the
more serious nature of the
original Child’s Play and Curse of Chucky with the lighthearted fun
found in Child’s Play 2 and Bride of Chucky. The result is as close as
you can get to pleasing fans of all eras of Chucky.
Prompt: “Do not try and twist this around to be my fault when it’s clearly yours.”
Summary: Bucky harbours a crush on you and asks you to help him with an assignment. Things don’t turn out as planned.
Warnings: SMUT. Oral sex (female receiving), unprotected sex (I guess they didn’t have time to work out the logistics? WEAR A CONDOM FOLKS).
AN: It’s really wordy. And I know nothing about kinesiology or muscle groups or massage therapy so please don’t get upset.
Coming home from class that day, you tossed your schoolbag onto the floor and flopped on the couch. You were exhausted and sore and desperately needed a break from school.
Groaning, you heard a knock on the door. Hoping it would be one of your roommates with their own key, you called out, “Who is it?”
“Bucky,” came the muffled answer.
“Oh, for fuck’s sake,” you muttered, hauling yourself up. Throwing open the door, you snapped, “What?” and without waiting for his answer, you returned back to the couch.
“Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning?” he asked, rummaging through the fridge.
Grumbling, your eyes widened when you recalled the emergency chocolate stash you had hidden above the fridge. As Bucky was much taller than you, he could probably reach it easier so you tried sweet talking him.
“Bucky?” you called out, in a sing-songy voice. “Care to be a gentleman?”
He outright laughed at you, “What do you need??
“I’m going to share a secret with you but you can’t tell anyone. Promise?” you pulled yourself upright and looked at him. He nodded his agreement, “Can you reach into the cupboard above the fridge and pull out my emergency chocolate stash? Please?”
You caught him rolling his eyes at you but he abided to your request. You squealed and clapped your hands when he reached it easily and he brought the box of chocolate over to you.
“My hero,” you drawled out, snatching the box from him as he sat on the couch next to you.
Generously, you offered him a treat but he declined, munching on the apple he pilfered from your fridge. “You know,” he began but you held out your hand to silence him.
“I know the apple is better for me but right now, it’s chocolate or wine and it’s too early to drink.”
He shrugged, “Suit yourself. What’s the matter though?”
You fell back on the couch groaning. “Ugh. I’ve got three essays due in the next week on top of wrapping up some independent study units. Then, I have a play to review and it’s not enough to read the play but I actually have to trek to the theatre to watch it which normally I wouldn’t mind but I’ve picked up some double shifts at work to try to make extra money so I can maybe - just maybe - pay off some of my student loans.” You stopped to breathe.
“So you’ve got a lot on your plate right now?”
It was your turn to roll your eyes, “That’s what you took away from that? Yes. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.”
my fifty-sixth Evangelion book review, here is Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Q E-conte Shuu (Evangelion New
Theatrical Edition: Q Storyboards Collection), published by Groundworks. This is a new book that just came out this
week, and it is devoted to storyboards for the Evangelion: 3.0 movie. (If you also want to see storyboards for the Evangelion:
1.0 and 2.0 movies, check out my fifty-fourth and fifty-fifth book
reviews. Or for storyboards from the
original Evangelion TV series, take a look at my twenty-seventh review!)
book is not available in English or French, but there are plenty of
pictures. It also has a removable dust
jacket, however there isn’t any alternate cover art hidden underneath. But that’s okay, because the book has plenty
of interesting stuff inside, such as this lovely scene when Shinji sees Kaworu
playing the piano:
column on the left is for dialogue (or sometimes other audio for the
scene), the column in the middle is rough sketches of the visuals for the
scene, and the column on the right has additional instructions such as camera
directions. However, as you can see above,
sometimes the visuals are just too big to be contained in only one column…
the topmost shot of Kaworu at the piano was so large that it extended into the
left and right columns!
reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures!