such a great adaptation

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Sparkplug Witwicky had thought that all the kids were in school, and with Meredith fulfilling a rare order from someone other than her husband and Judith running what appeared to be every washable item owned by half the town - and by the amount of camo, half of Sector Seven too, the mechanic had also assumed that heading to the Ark would be a decent place to engage in a few hours of solitary Asimov with the occasional Autobot for company. However, from the sight of a teenager sprawled idly in the command centre, such was not to be.
From a pile of bean-bags on the floor before Teletraan-1, Chip Chase flopped his head backwards, glasses falling up towards his forehead in the process, “what?”
Sparkplug frowned and tilted his head, “you’re not even trying to be dignified right now, are you?”
“Uh…” Chip wrote half a line of code by touch and readjusted his laptop where he was balancing it on his stomach, “since I’m lying on every beanbag I own listening to Glee covers and modding Stellaris, I don’t think so.”
“Glee and game modification,” the elder Witwicky said, lowering himself down to sit on the only beanbag that didn’t have part of the sixteen year old genius on it.

He hummed an affirmation and sat up a little, typing a few more pieces of code before pulling his glasses back into place to review. Sparkplug flipped past the introduction and foreword of the Asimov anthology he had been given for Christmas a few years back and trawled the contents for an interesting title until Chip paused in his typing again.
“What is it you’re doing exactly?”
Chip hummed and attacked the ‘page down’ key for a few seconds, “trying to put Cybertron in Stellaris, but the game doesn’t like it that much.”
Sparkplug tried to recall what Stellaris entailed as he flipped to the first page of The Bicentennial Man, “That’s the one like Civilization but in space, right?”
Chip nodded, “yep. But the game refuses to accept habitable asteroids so I’m having to alter the code.”
Sparkplug looked up, “habitable asteroids?”
“Yeah, I was talking to Optimus about Hadeen - that’s Cybertron’s star - and he said that there’s this big asteroid about where Mars is in our solar system that has evidence of habitation, like the actual remnants of a colony, so I’m trying to get the game to let me colonise an appropriate asteroid so it can be Botropolis.”
“…Yeah, Optimus cringed too, but apparently that’s what his babel fish gave him.”
Sparkplug smiled at the appropriately geeky nickname for the translation circuits the Autobots used to speak human languages, “I am glad you read so much sci-fi, Chip.”
Chip took off his glasses and grinned,  "Me too.“

A few minutes passed with few sounds other than the turning of pages and keystrokes before Sparkplug’s thoughts drifted away from considerations of robots and transhumanism to the teenager before him, “I thought you had class today…”
Chip looked sheepish and sunk deeper into the bean-bags, “yeah… I didn’t feel like it…”
Sparkplug met his eye and sighed, “your dad called, didn’t he?”
Chip hummed glumly. Sparkplug marked his page and put Asimov down beside him, “you don’t mind me calling him ‘useless’ do you?”
Chip shook his head. Sparkplug gave a solemn nod, “Chip, listen to me here, there’s no reason you have to feel bad about your useless father who thinks running a tech company from three decades in the future is more important than being in your life. You understand, kid?”
Chip nodded and visibly perked up.
“Good,” Sparkplug gently patted his knee, “have you still got that slightly sketch copy of the Robin Williams film of this?” he asked, waving the anthology.
Chip looked confused for a moment, “oh! You mean Bicentennial, yeah, I’ve still got it.”
“Do you want to watch it?”
“Sure! Can you help me with the set up?”
Sparkplug nodded with a parental smile, “Of course kid.”

Book Rec List if you love Carry On

Thanks for 500+ followers on this little side blog!! As a thank you, here is a book rec list for Carry On lovers! Most of the books have queer male protagonists and possess noted other similarities to Carry On. (It goes without saying you should also read everything else Rainbow Rowell has written). Happy reading!

Young Adult Lit 

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Why you will love it:
✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist 
✓ Takes place in a magical training camp (mermaids! trolls! elves! harpies!)
✓ Enemies to lovers
✓ Boyfriend with wings!
✓ Subverts gender norms within fantasy genre

The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman
✓ Takes place at magical grad school
✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist 
✓ Read the books first but the TV adaptation is pretty great too!

Openly Straight and Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg
✓ Raf is a sarcastic gay mess, Ben is a sweet confused bisexual mess 
✓ Takes place at (non-magical) boarding school 
✓ Friends to lovers to enemies to friends to lovers

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist (from the 18th century)
✓ Friends to lovers (with angst for days)
✓ Fun/romantic/exciting/hilarious/touching and amazingly clever writing
✓ Tight breeches/bandits/pirates/drunken shenanigans

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist 
✓ Subverts tropes of “the chosen one” stories
✓ Deals with protagonist’s anxiety disorder in a moving and beautiful way

I also recommend:

Thirsty by MT Anderson 
Every Day by David Levithan
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak 
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by VE Schwab
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich SJ Goslee
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

New Adult/Romance 

A Charm of Magpies series and Jackdaw by KJ Charles
✓ Enemies to lovers
✓ Takes place in Victorian-esque England…but with magic!
✓ Mystery plot and sexual tension for days

An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the City) by KJ Charles
✓ Enemies to lovers
✓ Takes place in Victorian-esque England…but with (fake) magic!

The Ruin of a Rake (#3 in The Turner Series) by Cat Sebastian
✓ Enemies to lovers
✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist 
✓ Courtenay is a dead ringer for Baz

Mature Content (Cyberlove series) by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson
✓ Enemies to lovers like whoah

Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert
✓ (Non-magic) college setting
✓ Frenemies to lovers
✓ Sweet and not too smutty

Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan
✓ (Non-magic) college setting
✓ Roommates to lovers

Hooptober 4.0: 2/2 Tobe Hooper films

I would gladly watch a movie about James Mason as a high class Renfield, dragging around his millstone of a master and trying to sell antiques.  Sadly, the tv adaptation of Salem’s Lot is not that movie.

It’s tempting to blame this movie’s slow pace on the book it was adapted from, but that isn’t really accurate- in the book, for every scene of people standing around there’s an intense bit of soap opera (which comes in two flavors: pre- and post-vampire.)  In the adaptation, standing around is all we have.  In the book, the great sin is characters written in stereotype; in the adaptation, the characters are not even fleshed out enough to be recognized as stereotypes.  There’s some great vampire makeup and a scene of death-by-antlers which was perhaps copied in The Lost Boys, but these great moments are painfully brief.  Likewise, it’s always nice to see noir staples Marie Windsor and Elisha Cook Jr. at work, but what is there for them to do?

For all its faults, the novel Salem’s Lot was a pageturner.  The worst possible crime in adapting it was to make it dull.


“why do you love lance so much?” why do you NOT?! look at him! this boy can light up any room he enters



les miserables characters ranked from how good they looked in the anime adaptation

1. Grantaire 

fucking great thank you whoever drew this. i love it. 11/10

2. Thenardier 

looks like a WarioWare character 10/10 

3.  Madame Thenardier

looks like a legend of zelda npc that sells you milk 8/10 

4. Eponine 

i can dig how they gave her the trademark lips/eyelashes of all the mean anime girls. 7.5/10 

4. Gavroche

he’s got buckteeth and freckles its fine 7/10

5. Fantine 

This is based on style points alone look at this look!! a bonnet. hair. corkscrew. hair. dress. lil necklace. she kind of looks like she’s gone tho 6.5/10

6. Enjolras

this is a less fashionable fantine so he’s one rank under. 5/10

7. Cosette

I’m 90% sure this is that goth anime vampire girl image that was super popular in like 2007. you know the one. 4/10

8. Marius 

he looks stupid as hell 3/10 

9. Jean Valjean

2/10 where is his fucking mouth 

10. Javert


Reasons to watch the LEGO Batman Movie
  • It’s so meta. Batman narrates through the opening logos and they show clips from the other adaptations of Batman and talk about how Joker and Batman have been fighting for 78 years. My personal favorite is when Alfred calls Batman out for all the Brooding™ he’s done since 1966.
  • It’s freaking hilarious. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the funniest movie I’ve seen in years. The jokes always hit the mark and even just how the characters act are enough to get huge laughs.
  • The characters. Batman is of course amazing but there’s also Robin who’s a literal ray of sunshine, Alfred who is the coolest butler ever and so much more, one of the best adaptations of Joker, and Barbara Gordon who is such a competent leader and fighter and so amazing in general.
  • Batman’s and Joker’s relationship. Having Joker portrayed as wanting validation from Batman that he is his greatest enemy but Batman not reciprocating those feelings creates one of the funniest, most amazing hero-villian dynamics ever to be put to film. 
  • It’s actually emotional. Amongst all the hilarity and action scenes the movie does take time to address the concepts of loneliness, confronting one’s fears, if you are really a good person or not (or if you’re in between), and the nature of family. It gives so much depth to Batman that is hardly seen in other adaptations and that’s what makes it so great. 
Am I undeveloped or developed?

Those who are “undeveloped” will naturally express the negative qualities of their particular sign whereas those who are “developed” will express the positive. It’s important to note that everybody has room for improvement and it’s likely that you’ll relate to a combination of both the undeveloped and developed characteristics of your sign. 

Be sure to check your Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, Pluto and Lilith.

UNDEVELOPED ARIES: childish, becomes profoundly angry over insignificant issues, aggressively competitive, confrontational, erratic mood swings, doesn’t want their ego to be hurt, impatient, compares themselves to others, jealous, often feels offended, only desires physical affection,  antagonistic, too competitive, forgets that other people can assume responsibility and leadership roles, domineering, tendency to start a project and then lose interest in it if progress is too slow or things have become too complicated.
DEVELOPED ARIES: energetic and dynamic, sociable, extroverted, wants to have fun, openly affectionate, adventurous, motivated, inspirational, enthusiastic, independent, studious, open to new opportunities, talks about their feelings, loves to go out, shows you off, goal-orientated, hardworking, capable of great accomplishments if they learn how to constructively use their abundant energies, naturally enthusiastic and always ready for activity and competition, inspiring to others, ideas and creative projects seem to flow from them in a never-ending stream, full of energy and never lack courage, straight-forward, doesn’t hold grudges.

possessive, clinging, overly jealous, refuses to open up and speak about their emotions, apprehensive about falling in love and becoming vulnerable, headstrong, intense need to possess, resistant to change, shy and reserved, immense fear of being rejected, lazy, insensitive, holds grudges, better at sustaining what others have started rather than starting things themselves, critical, has to be right all the time, treats people as objects or possessions thus leading to difficulty in relationships, can be lead but never pushed, slow to change their opinions.
DEVELOPED TAURUS: strong, deliberate, practical, exacting, determined, persistent, persevering, compassionate, loves harmony and beauty and can be extremely affectionate and romantic, loyal, extremely productive, amorous, passionate and tender-hearted, extremely romantic, only wants the best for those they care about, thoughtful, unashamedly affectionate, supportive, emotionally stable, good with money, able to bargain and compromise, always finish whatever projects they start, reliable, trustworthy, careful, steadfast, people tend to feel secure around Taureans, patient, cool and collected, they have the patience and ability to devise practical solutions to problem.

UNDEVELOPED GEMINI: judgemental and disapproving, frivolous, control-freak, disingenuous, scheming, has ill intent, contradictory, restless, impatient, emotionally closed off, poor listeners, superficial, deceitful, insincere, untrustworthy, plays mind games, usually emotionally detached, self-centered, obnoxious, con artist, trickster, they gather in all types of information but seldom getting to the depth of any subject; broad and not deep, people may have difficulty in keeping up with their rapid change of conversation topics, often finish other people’s sentences, indecisive, emotionally detached, difficulty in projecting themselves into the emotional reactions of other people, lack of concentration, undependability, wishful thinking, dreaminess.
DEVELOPED GEMINI: friendly, clever, talkative, versatile, curious, perceptive, intuitive, logical, interesting and entertaining dialogue, realistic, gives sound advice, carefree and relaxed, great communicators, very intelligent and talkative, outgoing and a socialite but doesn’t rely on the company of people for happiness, persistent, gaining knowledge and disseminating comes naturally, quick thinkers, ability to use the right words in any situation, possess tremendous wit and a good sense of humour, they use their minds rather than their hearts to find their way through life, logic and reason are their guidelines, ability to understand what makes other people behave as they do.

UNDEVELOPED CANCER: domineering and arrogant, emotionally manipulative, feelings are easily excited and displayed, codependent, melodramatic, jealous and possessive, clingy, emotionally volatile, unsteady, manipulative and conniving, bad-tempered, moody, overprotective, controlling, anxious, argumentative, sensitive, martyr-like, responds to life through their emotions rather than through their minds, tend to absorb the emotional vibrations of wherever they are which can be exhausting, unconsciously seeks sympathy, attention, and affection from others, tendency to keep all their problems to themselves.
DEVELOPED CANCER: kind-hearted, affectionate, selfless, benevolent, supportive and nurturing, counselor, takes the time to empathise and understand other perspectives, openly affectionate, respectful and considerate, tenacious, sympathetic, industrious, thrifty, protective, caring, eager to help, accommodating, charitable, likable, amiable, bashful, excellent memory, home-bodies, fond of family life and domestic tranquility, enjoyers of travel and adventure, quietly tenacious and hard working.

UNDEVELOPED LEO: has an attitude of superiority, vain, desires recognition, thrives off of compliments, doesn’t care about the needs of others, insecure, egotistic, autocratic and tyrannical, insolent and ill-mannered, conceited, head-splittingly loud, obnoxious, demanding, intolerant, overly pessimistic, domineering, lazy, close-minded, gossips, unable to accept criticism without being offended, narcissistic, feelings are easily hurt, money seems to slip through their fingers.
DEVELOPED LEO: supportive and encouraging, proud of their friend’s achievements, considerate, attentive, thoughtful, compassionate, extremely romantic, cheerful, hopeful, dignified, playful, treats those they love like royalty, optimistic, expressive and communicative about their feelings, emanates a powerfully positive aura, adventurous, confident, socially conscious, friendly, mean and cruel acts are beneath them, they always have the belief that whatever they do it for the other person’s benefit, affectionate, they can be counted on to bring the snshine to other people’s lives, exceptionally generous, seldom depressed, resilient.

UNDEVELOPED VIRGO: victim mentality, likes the idea of being seen as cold-hearted and emotionless, seldom opens up, unreasonably high standards, overly pessimistic and negative, too critical of themselves, can’t accept compliments or praise, incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions, hypercritical, skeptical, dull and bland, undemonstrative, pedantic, desire to be unapproachable and mysterious, jeopardises mental health to maintain an image of perfection, discriminating, aloof, skeptical, picky, sarcastic, whiny, self-centered, always seeking perfection in whatever they attempt and thus easily disappointed, tendency to worry, difficulty expressing themselves as passionately as they desire.
DEVELOPED VIRGO: a high achiever, productive, laid-back, sweet and affectionate, thoughtful, caring, fast learner, achieves their goals through determination and hard work, can work well autonomously and in groups, selfless, intelligent, more than willing to help others, adaptable, perfect organisers, handles mental health well, punctual, reliable, great deal of common sense, practical, friendly, logical and able to main an objective perspective on issues, detail-oriented, keeps a clean work and home environment, curious and inquiring minds with keen analysis and a great memory, enjoys analysing people, situations, and problems, always looking for new ways to take care of themselves.

UNDEVELOPED LIBRA: dependant on the advice and opinions of others, hopeless romantic, unable to take into consideration the feelings of others, believes the world revolves around them, missing sense of identity, indecisive, extraordinarily superficial, places immense value on appearances, unsure about who they really are, neurotic and paranoid, manipulative, uses people for their own benefit, charms their way out of dilemmas, compulsive liar, enormous inability to take responsibility for their own actions, impulsive spender, passive-aggressive, adverse to confrontation, can be idealistic, dependent, insencere and lazy, has a difficult time being alone, in love with the idea of love and thus rushes into relationships without forethought.
DEVELOPED LIBRA: sweet and affectionate, nostalgic, hard workers, shows their partner off, proud, caring, protective, a good friend and advisor, happy-go-lucky and optimistic, opens up about their feelings, loves to talk, strives to maintain balance within their relationships, romantic and sentimental, diplomatic, peaceful, fair, cooperative, sociable, finds the most peaceful solution to benefit everyone, able to listen and make compromises, mediator, helpful, happiest when in a relationship or in situations where they can work with other people, able to provide sound and practical advice.

UNDEVELOPED SCORPIO: paranoid, distrustful, refuses to open up, emotionally volatile, mood swings, emotional outbursts, possessive, overly jealous, incapable of handling rejection, resentful, focuses solely on their partner and forgets about themselves, often too passionate about the wrong things, grudge-bearing, stops at nothing to exact their revenge, stubborn, overly sarcastic, vindictive, pseudo-intellectual, victim mentality, immature and childish, bad-tempered, surly, social recluse, misanthrope and a cynic, controlling and power hungry, makes unconscious agreements with themselves that they must fulfill which leaves the people in their life confused and puzzled, all or nothing mentality, self-destructive, fixated on finding true love and finds themselves stuck in toxic relationships, insolent.
DEVELOPED SCORPIO: productive, studious, hardworking, works well in teams, provides security and stability to those closest to them, ambitious, efficient, courageous, resourceful, incredibly intuitive, charismatic, enjoys and tackles challenges, friendly, loyal to the end, make friends easily and give unwaveringly to them, capable of extreme self-sacrifice for those they love, friendly, empathetic and caring, magnetic personality, self-sufficient and independent, demonstrative, happiest and most fulfilled with one partner with whom they can combine emotional and sexual love, persuasive, passionate, energetic and zealous, artistic, generous, values justice, loves to look after and take care of people who are close to them, sensitive and loving in nature.

UNDEVELOPED SAGITTARIUS: finds it difficult to express their feelings properly, believes they’re always right, easily offended, disrespectful, tactless, brutally honest, hasty and impulsive, overactive mind, careless, obnoxious, critical of themselves and others, incredibly irresponsible, boastful, self-righteous, arrogant, quarrelsome, dogmatic and dictatorial, outspoken to the point of bluntness, “truth hurts” mentality, easily distracted, tendency to over-indulge in food and drinks, restless, reluctant to commit to people and careers, overlooks small details.
DEVELOPED SAGITTARIUS: dependable, generally always optimistic regardless of the difficulties that may be besetting them, open-minded, friendly, honest, versatile, adventurous, enjoys the outdoors and sports, aspires to travel the world, philosophical, desire to understand the deeper issues and abstractions of life, both physically and mentally healthy, friendly, helpful and humorous, excellent conversationalists, gift for making friends, humanitarian, will help anyone who is need, loyal and honest, straightforward and sincere, there is nothing devious or manipulative in their nature.

UNDEVELOPED CAPRICORN: bossy, worried, pessimistic, retaliatory, suspicious, stubborn, intolerant, hard to please, does not have a lot of self-confidence and doubts themselves constantly, cold and comes off as heartless, only interested in their work, makes up no time for their partner, flinty, cold-hearted, seems like they don’t have emotions, too hard on themselves, fears failure, inferiority complex, seeks retribution for wrongs done to them, tendency to isolate themselves from people due to their reserve and fear of being hurt, self-doubting, lacks confidence, prone to overworking themselves, difficult for them to relax, lacks personal magnetism, feels inhibited in expressing their emotions.
DEVELOPED CAPRICORN: have goals that they aspire to reach, supportive, persuasive power, can inspire others, desire to climb whatever mountains are necessary and to stand on their own two feet, organised, methodical, responsible, honest, efficient, patent, practical, goal-oriented, dependable, only expresses hostility as a defence when attacked, very loyal to close friends and people they care about, respect and recognition are important to them, strong self-discipline, nothing turns them from their course if their mind is made up, will give up many pleasures in order to reach their goals, hard work invigorates them, thifty, abhor waste; this includes wasting a lot of talk in idle chatter, creative, work becomes therapeutic.

UNDEVELOPED AQUARIUS: social recluse, impersonal, unpredictable, hard for them to show affection and love openly, radical, doesn’t know what love feels like, avoids relationships, cynic, tactless, harsh, hard for them to open up to someone, stubborn, lost in their own world, rigid, uninterested in romance, rebellious, can’t find their place in the world, acts cold, uninterested, bored, hard to reach, delusive, idealistic, low energy levels, can be absentminded at times, will rebel just for the pleasure of it, do things to deliberately shock people, not prone to excessive displays of affection.
DEVELOPED AQUARIUS: friendly, original, unique, intuitive, broadminded, non-conforming, different, independent, freedom-loving, scientific, unusual, helpful, super practical and great worker, seeks to share knowledge with others in order to bring about a better life for all, group activity is their customary mode of operation, helps others so they can help themelves, concerned with humanity as a whole rather than any one particular individual, philosophical, visionaries, determinated, persistent, analytical and scientific minds, ability to think things through to an accurate conclusion, they do not like arguments unless they feel there is a need to defend a person, an ideal or a principle, loyal and faithful, desires independence.

UNDEVELOPED PISCES: impressionable, indecisive, self-pitying, hypersensitive, changeable, unassuming, idealistic, moody, manipulating, expects too much from others and then feels hurt if the other person doesn’t come through for them, strong tendency to place their loved one on a pedestal which can lead to disillusionment when they discover their loved ones has faults, insecure, easily carried away, generally do not possess strong willpower nor do they have a dynamic approach to life, can appear to be determined on the outside but underneath inner doubts are brewing, insecurity causes them to seeek reassurance from others, difficult time saying no, will stay in bad situations thinking that they can somehow change the other person, some love to play martyr while others need to play the saviour, tend to think with their heart rather than their head, easily used by others, falls for any kind of sob story.
DEVELOPED PISCES: sympathetic, compassionate, helpful and caring, very sensual and sensitive, loyal and honest, creative, extremely active minds, strong imagination, sentimental and romantic in love, very generous with their time in helping other people, always feel their best when they are serving others in some capacity, will become less moody and introverted by using their compassion outwardly for others, reluctant to hurt others, makes friends easily and are quite loyal to them, many forms of art, dance and music appeal to them, instinctively seem to know their own capabilities and limitations.


Robert Hardy [29th Oct 1925 - Aug 3rd 2017]: Ten Of The Best

Dick Carlton, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold [1965]

Abwehr Sgt Gratz, Manhunt [1970]

Archdeacon Haynes, The Stalls of Barchester [1971]

Lord Ernest Belville, Raffles, [1977]

Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great and Small [1978-1990]

Twiggy Rathbone, Hot Metal [1988]

Charles Augustus Milverton, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes [1992]

Sir John Middleton, Sense and Sensibility [1995]

Cornelius Fudge, Harry Potter [2002-2007]

Tite Barnacle, Little Dorrit [2008]

Robert Hardy’s Desert Island Discs episode is one of the most entertaining ones ever, including his talking about being taught by C S Lewis and J R R Tolkein, having inappropriate tights moments while acting with Judi Dench at the RSC, and the two books he wrote about the longbow. Listen to it here.

10 Things I Learned as an Interviewer for the Interviewee

As a fourth year medical students (yikes) I was able to become an interviewer for my medical school. So yes, that means maybe someone I’ve interviewed may one day see this. Though probably not. Anyways, it was very surreal to be on the other side of the process all these years later and while I’m getting ready for interviews myself (anyone want me for residency, btw?)

A lot of expectations and previous notions about interviews that I had really did change and I can see how intricate the process actually is, and I get why we get asked the questions we do. At least somewhat better.                                                                   

All experiences and interviewers are different but here are some things I think can really help out the interviewee. Maybe things you thought were hard and fast rules but aren’t or things you didn’t expect us to be looking for. Anything to help! And while this is directed at pre-meds, the advice should still general enough that anyone can use it, if they want.

Some things to know beforehand; I was part of a two-on-one interview setting which lasted 30 minutes with a few preset questions we needed to ask. The interview was blind, so we couldn’t see stats.

Take a second to observe your interviewers.

This isn’t an open invitation to judge your interviewers, but most of us are pretty telling in the way we present ourselves. If you can take a break for the nerves for a second pay attention to our introductions, our demeanor and how we’re dressed. It can give you a sense of how relaxed or stringent we may be and what our personalities may be like even if we were told to stay stone cold poker-faced. And always keep in mind who your interviewers are and what departments they’re from. It can help guide the tone we set for the entire interview.  

Play off the interviewers.

Now that you’ve taken a moment to take in your surroundings use those to your advantage. If we’re playing tough, answer with strength and intention. If we’re relaxed, don’t sit so stiff and maybe get us to laugh. If you are asked thought provoking questions, take time to think about it and provide thought provoking answers. The more you work with us, the easy and more open a dialog becomes and the more personable the interview will become. It’s a great way to show flexibility and adaptation, and for the interviewers who did this well we found ourselves impressed.

If I’m offering you information, take it.

If I am telling you that I am a 4th year and I can answer your questions about rotations, classes, or student life I am literally giving you questions to ask me in the event you have forgotten all of yours. If faculty tells you which program they are a part of and what they specialize in they are opening that line of information for you. They are telling you were their interests and focuses are and you can run with that, if you like.

Please, please do your research.

We had an application who couldn’t tell us what they liked our school. Had no idea what the mission statement was or what the goals of the school were. Didn’t have a clue. I had to use my doctor face so I could stay neutral. It was bad. I get that you just want to be in medical school but come on. Point blank, there is no excuse for anyone to know nothing about the program they’re interviewing for. You should also have worked out answers for frequently asked questions. Getting stumped on classic medical school questions…it’s a big red flag. So please plan ahead and do your research.  

Pick the length of your answers carefully.

Different types of questions prompt different types of answers. There are a lot of questions that can prompt follow up questions. Hobbies for example; going into every detail about your hobbies is probably counterproductive. But that’s assuming you have a fair amount of things you like to do that aren’t medicine. You can add a snip here and there, like “I’ve done that for 15 years” or “it’s really a huge passion of mine” but if there is interest in hearing more, we’ll most likely ask. If you only have one thing, don’t think “I like running” is a good enough answer. Give us something to work with. There are questions, especially theoretical ones or tell me a story situations that are meant to be longer. And always keep in mind your time limit.

Be confident, not cocky.

There is a huge difference between smug and confident. We had one prospect who gave this shit-eating “gotcha” grin after every question they thought they had aced. It was almost like they were trying to directly challenging me. It got to the point that I stopped caring what they were saying and was just getting pissed. The answers could have been great (they weren’t) but all that stuck with me was the cockiness. Not sure if you do that unintentionally? That’s what practice interviews are for. There are very clear differences when someone was proud of an answer and were pleased, and what this individual was doing. And if you do act that way, personally, I don’t want you representing my school, regardless of what your application looks like.

I don’t care about the “right” answer. I care why.

I know there are certain questions answers that are kind of set in stone. And I know straying too far from say, an ethics question, is hard to do in a new and unique way. The way to make yourself stand out from the crowd is to explain the reasons why you believe this to be the “right” answers since those tend to differ among applicants and shows your critical thinking skills past “well obviously this is the right answer”. Aside from that most interviewers don’t have specific expectations for most questions. We’d rather just hear about you and your personal experiences, honestly.

We’re not always looking for your spoken answer.

Sometimes we’re looking at your body language. I will purposefully ask questions I know there are only a few answers too. Not because I want to know if you know it, but rather how you viscerally respond. Do you look uncomfortable when answering an ethics or grades question? Did you answer robotically? Are you still looking at me? Can you pick yourself back up after a rough question? What you do speaks just as loud as the things your saying and I’m looking for it.

Use your personality and responses to show you want to be here. Not your grades.

This was not an isolated event. I had a few prospective students speak about a class and sneak in “which I got an A in” and continue. Not really a fan of that. I naturally assume that everyone we interviewed had good enough grades and scores because, well, you’re at the interview. At this point in the process all I want if for you to shine beyond those things and prove to me that you can be a doctor on paper and in person.  

Make me feel connected to you.

In the end, I want to feel like I know who you are. I want to know what you stand for and I want to experience the person who wants to become a physician. I want to appreciate your story and how far you’ve come. We don’t need to become best friends, we don’t need to have similar thoughts or values or personalities. But I want to feel like we could understand each other now and in the future. Let me be excited about you and for you. Let me want you to be here so I can check accept.

I hope someone was able to get something useful from this because for all of you here dying to enter this crazy profession I want you to reach your goals. I really do, and I’m just doing all I can on the internet. Good luck to everyone on your interviews!


“He is tired of life. He has madness in his soul.”

Alexander Siddig as Mr. Shaitana, “Cards on the Table” - Agatha Christie’s Poirot [2006]

Sometimes I’ll Just Type A Single Letter ‘H’ And Get Too Scared To Finish The Word: 5 Questions With Stephen King

With dozens of best-selling novels, many of which have been turned into acclaimed film adaptations, Stephen King is unequivocally one of the most beloved and well-known storytellers in America. We recently sat down with this legendary horror writer to ask him five pressing questions about his fascinating life and incredible career.

1. What is your personal favorite film adaptation of your books?

Without a doubt Oh Great, A Boat Came Alive. They really nailed the part where the boat comes alive and everyone is bummed out about it.

2. How did your interest in writing horror begin?

A friend of mine in high school severed both of his legs in a car crash and put them back on using only his mind. Unfortunately, he hadn’t mastered telepathy and he switched left with right, plus they were backward. I immediately started writing about it, and my novel Erik The Scary-Legged Teen was published less than a year later.

3. You famously struggled early on in your career. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

What really set me back, initially, was that I kept pitching these stories about terrible things happening to an editor of a publishing house. The actual editor who I sent my novels to said that he hated that all of my stories included him being disemboweled by a dog or murdered by a car. I would tell my younger self that the main characters in my novels don’t always have to be the editor that I send my manuscript to.

4. How do you feel about Stanley Kubrik’s legendary adaptation of your novel The Shining?

I have come around to the film in recent years, but originally, I felt a little betrayed. During filming, I would ask Stanley over and over, “You will add in some things where viewers can turn pages like in the book, right?” And each time, Stanley would look right at me and say, “Yeah, yeah, Stephen. Definitely.” So imagine my surprise when the film comes out and there are no pages at all.

5. Do you ever get scared by your own writing?

Oh, big time. Sometimes I’ll just type a single letter “H” and get too freaked out about what’s coming next to be able to finish the word.

Jonathan Cape

EXCLUSIVE: Benedict Cumberbatch is reteaming with BBC One and Masterpiece for the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning 1987 novel The Child In Time. Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce the one-off 90-minute drama which is written by Stephen Butchard.

In their first commission, Pinewood Television and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch TV will produce The Child In Time for BBC One with Masterpiece co-producing. Studiocanal has worldwide sales.

Cumberbatch, who is coming off of the fourth season of BBC One/Masterpiece sleuthing series Sherlock, will play Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s book author whose daughter suddenly goes missing in the lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.

The film will explore the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Her absence sets Stephen and his wife on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.

This is one of McEwan’s major early works. It won the Whitbread Novel Award in 1987. One of Cumberbatch’s first notable feature roles was in the adaptation of McEwan’s Atonement.

Butchard is known for Five Daughters and The Last Kingdom. Julian Farino (Marvellous, Entourage) will direct.

Cumberbatch says, “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child In Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.”

Pinewood Television’s Creative Director Helen Gregory, adds, “I am delighted to be bringing Stephen’s beautiful adaptation of The Child In Time to the screen in collaboration with such huge talents as Julian Farino and Benedict.”

McEwan is “thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high level creative team. I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honor to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of The Child In Time.”

The drama was commissioned by the BBC’s Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore. Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, Wegner says, “The Child In Time is a unique and moving story and one which I think will touch the heart of every BBC One viewer. I’m proud to be involved with both Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV’s first television commission, and to welcome Benedict back again to BBC One.”

Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton notes the broadcaster “has been proud to showcase Benedict’s work for many years, and of course Sherlock has been a fantastic gift to our audience. To co-produce the first television drama out of his shop, SunnyMarch TV, with Pinewood Television is very gratifying.”

Studiocanal, which acquired a stake in SunnyMarch last April, has distribution rights. Rola Bauer, CEO/Partner of Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions, who took on oversight of all Studiocanal production and co-production television activities in the U.S. last year, secured the co-production deal with Masterpiece.

Exec producers are Helen Gregory for Pinewood Television; Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and David Boulter for SunnyMarch TV; Lucy Richer for the BBC; Eaton for Masterpiece and Butchard.

Cumberbatch is currently shooting The Weinstein Co’s The Current War and reprises his role as Dr Stephen Strange in Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok which releases in November. He’s repped by Conway van Gelder Grant and UTA.