Good morning!! (Or good evening, if you’re on the other side of the world!)
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of The Vampire Diaries on The CW. I don’t get a lot of time to watch television, but it’s one show that I’ll get up at 4:30am to watch. (Because that’s the only time I can watch without an interruption from my kids or my husband. Which actually didn’t even work for me this morning, because someone had a poopy diaper. But I digress.) I’ve also been intrigued by the new show Arrow, which I stupidly thought was a play on the Robin Hood legend, and it’s not. It’s based on the Green Arrow comic books. (I think. I may be misquoting my husband.) I haven’t watched Beauty and the Beast yet, but it’s one of my favorite fairy tales, so I’ll be checking that out on Hulu Plus rather soon.
TV to watch:
The Vampire Diaries
First, if you’re writing for teens, I think you need to be watching some kind of teen television. It doesn’t have to be angst-ridden drama, but something. Watch Friday Night Lights on Netflix. (Probably one of my favorite shows of all time.) Watch Sixteen and Pregnant. Something. Anything. Not necessarily because you’ll get a good idea how teens act (though sometimes it’s dead on accurate), but because you’ll get a good idea for what teens like.
Anyway. Spoilers ahead, yo.
Did you watch #tvd? What did you think? Personally, I’m glad they followed through with Elena becoming a vampire. I was worried that the Season 3 cliffhanger would be one of those, “LOOK WE BUILT UP TENSION OMG WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN” that would end up with, “Oh, okay, Bonnie did a spell and now we’re all back where we started.”
I was excited about the pastor taking over the Council — until he lit a match and blew up the house. WTF was that? Is he going to reappear? Or did they introduce a villain just to kill him off? Brigid = confused.
Okay, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear that I like shows about family dynamics. Go figure, right? (Okay, okay, and I like shows about hot guys with badass weapons.) This was a pilot, so the jury is still out for me. I’m just not sure whether I like the guy. Hot? Check. Physically athletic with rather cool fighting moves? Check. A suitcase full of drama? Check.
Takes himself a little too seriously? Check check check.
And it’s that last one that’s making me pause. I’ll give it another episode or two. It’s not like The Secret Circle, where I loved the books but the actors in the TV show didn’t resonate with me.
Beauty and the Beast
Did you watch? Should I?
Books to read:
Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble
This book was amazing. AMAZING. It’s not marketed as YA (which is a shame as far as I’m concerned, because I’d put this up there with John Green and David Levithan). The main character is in high school, and he’s gay. Best part about this book? It’s not about struggling with the acceptance of being gay. It’s about love, and self-acceptance, and seriously, I couldn’t put it down. I rarely read while on a treadmill, but for this book, I set the magnification up as high as I could, and I read while running. I ran four miles. And I’m a chubby writer.
Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.
But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.
J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.
Read it. You won’t regret it. (I accidentally typed “You won’t refred it” first. You won’t do that either.)
Something to do:
Get outside and breathe some fresh air! Seasons are changing all over the world. Get out there and enjoy it! Tell me what you’ve got going on this weekend.