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March 2013

Hooked on YA Fiction

Of course there’s Harry Potter, and Twilight, and The Hunger Games but for this post I’m referring to realistic fiction. And for this genre, there are two authors I fancy most: John Green and David Levithan.

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For me it started with Green since his works are in a rage these days. I kicked off with Looking for Alaska then next the more popular The Fault in Our Stars. One thing that really striked me is the wit. And boy does he have it. And because these are young adult (YA) novels, their themes are very relatable because admit it, we all have been there or for some, going through it and each time you turn a chapter or page, you take with you something to ponder on. Particularly with these two, the stories include that of love and tragedy. But the thing is, they’re not only about that. They’re also about coming-of-age and the struggles that come along with it, and yes, about friendship. And no novel better signifies that than Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Enter David Levithan, I can’t emphasize enough how this pairing is a match made in heaven. They should really collaborate again. Easily the most insightful (and gay) read I’ve ever had. And I learned that with Levithan, hilarity ensues. So I had to venture on his individual works and you know I had to go first for Boy Meets Boy. Again, I was blown away with its biting reality and inspiring openness. All these characters (to name a few): Tony, Paul, Noah and for WGWG: Will Grayson, The Other Will Grayson, Tiny, for LFA: Pudge, Alaska, The Colonel, for TFIOS: Hazel, Augustus Waters, Isaac, they’re all etched in my mind (and heart). They’re not just characters because they can be representations of people in real life; in our lives. Now I’m about to start with Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, one of several novels co-authored by Levithan and Rachel Cohn (read: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). How bout you, any YA literature I ought to be reading? 🙂
Speaking of, special mention for The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I adore that book! (and Charlie).

“Oz” is Child’s Play

I’m not as concerned about James Franco criticized for being as stiff as a board as compared to Mila Kunis’s blank-face performance. It was like she was reading from a teleprompter or something. She became not half-bad when she transformed into the wicked witch but only because she was wearing prosthetics. I mean, I love her but Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams outdid her here by a thousand miles (i don’t wanna use outshined, so cliché). Anyways, the movie was for kids clearly. I should’ve gotten that when the word “Disney” flashed on the screen. Of course, the graphics were a feast for the eyes but they could’ve made an animated film and the characters may have come off more alive. It was enjoyable sure but I guess I was expecting a dark approach ala Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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And if I had known the reason for this whole shebang was a boy, I may as well have turned myself. Ah, love is a many splendored things indeed. I couldn’t grasp how she has gotten fast in love with Oz, the great and powerful, cos I fall fast, mind you, but not THAT fast. Anyway, going back, it’s worth letting your kids watch this and then let out an “oooh” or “aaaww” yourself but you can wait for the DVD release and watch it on your flat screen. Or you can download it illegally (not that I’m promoting it), it’s your call.

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