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Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale to play Truth or Dare for Blumhouse
Variety is reporting that Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has joined the upcoming Blumhouse Productions supernatural thriller Truth or Dare, which is being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2).T...

Variety is reporting that Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has joined the upcoming Blumhouse Productions supernatural thriller Truth or Dare, which is being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2).

The film has been written by Wadlow, Chris Roach (Non-Stop) and Jillian Jacobs and follows “a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. The game doesn’t stop and follows her back home.”

Blumhouse is off to a strong start in 2017, having scored two big box office successes in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Hale is set to feature in the final season of Pretty Little Liars this April, and has recently completed filming on the feature film Dude, where she stars opposite Alexandra Schipp

Welcome to the Convince Me Initiative's 17th contest of CREATIVE CRACKSHIPS!

What does this mean:  
We take 6 suggestions from our followers, and we use them for our contest!

Crackships-  The top 6, as submitted by you, the voters, are:

  1. Any sort: Erik X (from Creature Feature) and Mila Kunis
  2. Any: Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr.
  3. Any:  Leon Thomas III and Lea Michele 
  4. Any Sort: Audrey Kitching and Kate (Katherine) Moennig
  5. Any: Phoebe Tonkin and Owen Wilson
  6. 3s and 4s:  Lucy Hale, Jonathan Groff, and Ed Robertson (from Barenaked Ladies)

Submissions:
-Pick a pairing, & show us your art! Gifs, manips, drawing/digital art/etc, or even make a video! Submit the crackship, or submit a link to the post of it.
Submit As Many Entries As You Like. -There’s no rating, so you can let your imagination run wild. 
-It doesn’t have to be new for the contest, or only have the names mentioned in it.  As long as you made it, and it fits, that’s all we care about.
-Even if you don’t enter, you can still win something! Get 5 people to enter (this can include yourself), and you’ll get a prize!

Deadline: You have until August 8th to finish submissions!
Ask questions, if you’ve got ‘em.  Enter early.  Enter often.  Have fun, and Convince Me!

Prizes: Check the Convince Me Initiative for more details.  

Please enter and reblog! We want to give you things. (Also, we rely on reblogs to get exposure, and if we need some entrants, to justify keeping this going. Do it for the crackships. Do it for the pngs. Do it for us?)

Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Title: Tiny Pretty Things
Author: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Genres:  Contemporary, Realistic
Pages: 448
Publisher: HarperTeen
Review Copy: ARC from publisher
Availability: On shelves May 26th

Summary: Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Review:  I haven’t seen or read Pretty Little Liars, but have seen Black Swan so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Tiny Pretty Things. I remembered the intensity of the ballet company in Black Swan, so I imagined that the competition between the three lead characters in Tiny Pretty Things would be intense. What I didn’t expect, because I was Pretty Little Liars ignorant, would be the level of “mean girlness” that existed by a few members of the ballet academy. Either way, I was so involved with the story that I sacrificed sleep to finish it. And then…that ending! Thank goodness there is a sequel because that ending was just cruel to readers with such a cliffhanger.  But I digress…

Tiny Pretty Things just killed me - in a good way. Seriously. It’s been a bit since I read it and  Gigi, Bette and June are still with me. I was so into the world that Ms. Charaipotra and Ms. Clayton created that during some true OMG moments, I had to remind myself that it was a novel. That some of the characters really wouldn’t behave that way in real life. That ballet academies are not as cut-throat as what is depicted in movies such as Black Swan and in the novel (at least I hope). But, at no time did I ever want to put the book down and take a break from all of the backstabbing and manipulation that was going on. No, I was intrigued to find out what would happen next and try to figure out which character really did what. I do love that I could never figure it out, and as one who loves to solve a mystery but is disappointed once I figure out before the characters do, I was glad that I was continually kept guessing. In fact, in reference to the cliffhanger, I still have no idea what happened. When I read the last page, I was irritated because I wanted the second book already. I needed to know what happened next. I wasn’t actually ready to leave Gigi, Bette and June behind. And that is the hallmark of a great, fun novel.

Within the YA sphere there has been discussion about creating unlikable characters, especially female unlikeable characters, and whether or not the readers will connect with said character. In Tiny Pretty Things, there are a number of female characters that the reader just loves to hate! These characters are not one dimensional, mustache twirly villains, they are complex characters whose reasons for doing the bad things they do make sense to them. Even though the characters are unlikeable, and people I really would not want to be around in person, I was still able to feel for them, connect with them because Ms. Charaipotra and Ms. Clayton, made me understand them and even empathize them. I am of the camp that YA writers should write unlikeable female characters because unlikeable girls/women do exist, but also for readers to allow themselves to stretch their compassion muscles and understand people for both the good and the bad decision they make. I salute Ms. Charaipotra and Ms. Clayton for not holding back in their creations of Gigi, Bette and June because if all three girls were sweet, model perfect ballerinas the story would have been very boring. Instead Gigi, Bette and June are interesting characters that made me feel for them all sorts of feelings - compassion, joy, anger, hate. But most of all I saw them as distinct young women each trying their hardest to achieve their dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Those three characters make Tiny Pretty Things the amazing, intense novel that it is and why I’m anxiously waiting for the sequel.

Recommendation: You best buy it on May 26th. Make Tiny Pretty Things a best seller please!

Tonight's episode of Pretty Little Liars; Featuring:

-Gay Flannels
-Mona is Smarter Than Everyone
-Tracking Devices
-Animals in Cages
-Dolls are Fucking Creepy
-Liars Do Illegal Shit
-Emily is a Lesbian
-Aria Talking About Ezra
-Sunglasses
-Dead Doesn’t Mean Dead
-Breaking and Entering
-Casual Emison References
-Hanna Marin Is a Badass Goddess
-Ambiguous Sex Scenes

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EPISODE DID NOT FEATURE:
-Alison Dilaurentis
-Showers
-My Sanity

6B: A Summary featuring Spencer Hastings

Spencer goes to Spain and runs into CALEB of all people?! 

Aria ends up working in publishing, despite all the time we watched her fall in love with photography?! 

Emily learns to DJ and teaches Caleb how to surf?!

Hanna is engaged to NOT Caleb because Europe and Hanna’s fashion career  was too much for them?!

Alison becomes a teacher despite not going to high school like at all?!

She's No Angel: featuring:

-Photography is Fucking Creepy
-All Roads Lead To Radley
-A Surprising Lack of Parents
-Pot Cookies are Yummy!
-Old Characters Are Actually Relevant
-Gay Flannels
-Creepy Dolls
-A Body that is Not A Body
-Cryptic Texting
-“I’ll Protect You”
-Mr. Dilaurentis Put His Foot Down
-Sunglasses
-Hanna is a Badass Bitch
-New Love Interests For All!
-Spencer is Falling Apart
-Police Don’t Do Shit
-Casual Death Referance

For me, I’ve always seen Pretty Little Liars as problematic. The show features a lot of ableist language, such as ‘crazy’, ‘psycho’ etc. and emphasises the fact that mental illness is feared, not understood and treated correctly. The problem of ableism in the show is also extended to Radley, a sanitarium, which by the 1980s, we had started to change our mentality towards how we treat those who are neuroatypical and have mental illnesses, personality disorders and disabilities. I knew this was problematic, and I let this go.

A small part of the show early on featured a small amount of transphobia. Alison referred to Lucas as “Hermie” short for “Hermaphrodite” - this is a transphobic slur and was used openly by Alison. Her character was all sorts of offensive, and I learned to live with that.

BUT

Being trans is an individual journey - no two cis people are the same, so why all of a sudden are trans people? - erasing a trans persons past can be really transphobic and something they should process alone. The show portrayed the trans character in a really negative light. Yes, use preferred names and pronouns, but never erase someones history and where they have come from - unless they want to forget it. Thats personal preference. They didn’t really give CeCe a choice in this, she was the stereotypical “boy who dresses up in dresses as a kid” trans person. This can be a common attribute to trans journeys, but its not a blanket norm for all trans or genderqueer or agender people, or anyone in between and all around.

The main problem is NOT CeCe’s name and pronouns here. Its the fact they linked her mental illness to her being trans, feeding into the archaic idea that being trans is a mental illness, and not how people should identify. It also made CeCe into “we should pity her because she’s trans”, rather than “we should commend her for being a trans person, and we should use her character as a positive trans voice for the community.”

I’m not mad that my theory was wrong. I’m mad because they managed to continue the problematic elements in the show, in a massive explosive reveal. They exploited a trans character (and by extension, the trans community) to make it “entertaining” and “something no one would ever expect”.

 "It’s tough because I love Lindsey Shaw so much as an actress, and that’s always a problem, is that you work with such amazing actresses and then when it’s like their character story lines kind of change, then you don’t get to see them for a while. So, of course, I’m upset because I love working with Lindsey but we’ll have to see, we’ll see what happens with Emily.“ - Shay Mitchell