Marry Date or Dump: YA Lady Authors

Happy New Years Eve! Alee and I came up with this one on Skype (in fact we are chatting as I type). This time we are giving you three female writing powerhouses in the young adult world. Let us know in the comments who you would marry date and dump.

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Breaking Dawn 2: The End of the Twilight Saga

Like any good Twilight fan (yes I know this is embarrassing, but I don’t care!) I spent the weekend having a marathon of all the Twilight movies with my mom before heading to see the newest and last film in the saga “Breaking Dawn Part 2” Sunday morning. Surprisingly, I remembered this part of the books the least. Plus, after the gore and disconcerting number of extreme close ups in its predecessor “Breaking Dawn Part 1” I didn’t know what to expect.

The film pleasantly at the same time met and exceeded my expectations. It has the self referential humor of the other films in the theories and goes beyond the narrative of Stephanie Meyer’s finale to add excitement and produce an ending that pays tribute to all five movies. There are some unexpected twists which I suggest you don’t try and find out through spoilers. Also, it’s pretty fun to see Kristen Stewart not have to be an awkward, hunched over girl who is consistently falling over her own feet. And, as my mother said, “who knew becoming a vampire meant having perfect eye makeup on all the time?” Although, be forewarned the movie contains a CGI baby.

Also the premier of the movie has meant photos of my favorite real life couple back together and more interviews with Robert Pattinson, who continues to be hilarious and tied for me with Lena Dunahm for most unique and charming media interviews. My two favorite interviews for this movie have been his appearances on Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. I also love the number of memes that have popped up on the internet denoting Pattinson’s hatred of the Twilight movies. What’s particularly funny is they aren’t made up, they are pretty much all direct quotes from Rpatz himself.

You can see more at these Tumblrs:

So let me know if you are planning and going to see the film? If you’ve seen it what do you think? Is anyone else anticipating Twilight withdrawals… Who knows maybe Stephanie Meyers will decide she wants another bazillion dollars and decide to write another one.

Marry Date or Dump: The Volturi

They are everyone’s favorite vampire royals. If you HAD to marry, date and dump each one, which Voluturi would you choose for which role? Let me know in the comments. People with reasons get extra credit!

Aro Volturi, who can read every thought a person has ever had once he has made physical contact
Marcus Volturi, who senses the strength and nature of relationships
Caius Volturi, who has no known powers



Kristen and Rob: Back Together! (?)

As some of you might know, the whole Kristen Stewart cheating scandal, and ensuing Robert Pattinson break up in July caused me a little distress. In fact, you can read about it in this post. I discovered, that I was not alone in this. In the days following the alarming news, we tried to analyze the relationships chances through messages on Kristen and Robert’s t-shirts, checked hourly for updates, and almost lost it when we heard that Robert was putting the couple’s shared house on the market and was hiding out at Reese Witherspoon …. okay, maybe that was just me.

The close attention didn’t just last for days or weeks. When Robert went on the publicity circuit for Cosmopolis, everyone was watching to see if he would fall apart or give us a clue as to the future of their relationship. He was (perhaps unsurprisingly) mum on the subject. Even though he did look adorable eating ice cream on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, things didn’t look good.

It surprises me then that as the couple has apparently gotten back together, that people aren’t making a bigger deal. It trickled up last week on a few entertainment cite. This week (I would say a more reputable site, also the cite that broke the break up scandal to begin with) confirmed the rumors. They are back together. The house isn’t being sold.

The surprise in fact has me questioning if they are really back together. I’m crossing my fingers, waiting for the Breaking Dawn premiere … and looking for something healthier to fill my time/interest.

Late Adopter

Last week I started listening to Freedom by Jonanthan Franzen on the way to work. I’m a few disks away from finishing (so don’t ruin anything for me!) but let me tell you, I am in love.  It seems to capture human experiences and emotions in a way that seems more real to me then anything else I’ve read, even my own diary. The characters are flawed, interesting, and believable. The plot is intricate without being heavy handed. In fact I would recommend you all read it, except for the fact that you probably already have.

I can’t help wondering why I didn’t read this book back in 2010 when it climbed the best sellers list and it seemed like everyone was talking about it. I am trying to find people who will discuss the book with – but the message thus far has been clear, the rest of the world has moved on.

I am a consummate late adopter. I don’t know if I am just contrary, or consistently out of the loop – but somehow I’m always behind the trends in movies, music, and especially in books. I didn’t even start texting until 2008. Something hits the scene and somehow everyone around me has read/heard/watched it. My friends are talking about it in hushed tones, trying not to give away endings. Blogs and magazines feature interviews with the author and strong love/hate opinions.

From Hunger Games to Inception to the Twilight Series (oh and The Office and Taylor Swift) I am completely out of the loop and then once I finally get around to reading/seeing/listening I am the biggest fan of all. I don’t know…maybe because it feels like everyone has moved on my ardor only grows. Not to say that anyone has moved on by the Hunger Games or Twilight, as evidenced by the recent Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart debacle, or the internet quest to figure out who will play Finnick in the next Hunger Games movie.

Who else has had similar experiences? What are some things you’ve been late in adopting and ended up loving?

Kristen and Rob: Please Stay Together!!!

This is kind of an embarrassing question to ask, but is anyone else a little heartbroken over the Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattinson debacle of this week? Seriously, if I read one more article about him moving out, or them not speaking then I am breaking out the sweat pants and ice-cream and putting the television permanently on Lifetime. Although don’t worry, I won’t be making any tearful youtube videos, like this one. (You won’t be sorry for clicking on the link, it is hilarious).

If Twilight taught me anything about myself, it was that I am a person who loves hype. I don’t understand people who didn’t read Harry Potter because “everyone else was doing it.” Apologies to all anti-peer pressure commercials, but if everyone else is doing it, then it probably is fun.

The Bella/Edward obsession is no exception. It might not be well written, and it is kind of creepy – but it compelled me to keep reading. And Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of that relationship kept me going to the movies. People can nay-say all they want, but there is something in the writing and the performance that resonates with people, otherwise they wouldn’t be so popular. But another thing that made it fun was the hype. The fact that millions of other people were also reading and watching and talking about it; that what you were reading was on the front page of every magazine in the grocery store checkout aisle.

That’s what made the Kristen and Rob relationship a fan’s dream. Edward and Bella were eternally in the checkout aisle, but with better clothes, funnier jokes and equally good hair. First they wouldn’t confirm they were in a relationship, then Rob joked to Oprah that they were having a baby and the next thing you knew they were living together.

Somehow, the hype surround Kristen cheating, and Rob moving out hasn’t been as fun to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the characteristic drama (her public apology) and the real time updates (thank you – but it makes me really sad to think these hollywood soul mates might not make it through. And that makes me feel very very silly.

If you haven’t been following the scandal as closely as me (i.e. you aren’t a crazy person) here is the timeline:

  • Wednesday morning: posts that sources have confirmed Kristen had an affair with her Snow White director. The web explodes with disbelief. See this (since updated) article telling us to take a breath, because it may not have happened.
  • By lunchtime, with uncharacteristic speed, Kristen issues a public apology to Rob, calling him “the person I love and respect the most.”
  • Within an hour Rupert Sanders, the 41-year-old director, issues a public apology to his wife and two kids.
  • That night, Rob leaves the home he shares with Kristen carrying a suitcase.
  • Everyone and their mother takes to the internet to speculate, mourn and criticize the situation.
  • Today reports that Kristen and Rob are not speaking to each other.
  • Alison writes confessional blog post instead of writing in her diary, slightly exaggerating in order to satirize her true pain. Then feels bad she’s more concerned with the 20 something celebrities instead of the married couple. Then feels concerned that she is referring to herself in 3rd person.

Marry Date or Dump: Young Adult Polygamy Edition

The big three of young adult fiction (Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games) all feature two male leads, which makes it a bit tricky to find a third for the marry, date or dump formula. I guess I could have picked a secondary character to round the duos out, but instead I started thinking about what it would be like to marry date and dump both of these male characters from each series at the same time. How would Peeta and Gale split up the household chores? Would Ron’s jealousy of Harry and inferiority complex become an issue in the bedroom? You can see why these polyamorous hypotheticals became so intriguing. What dynamic duos would you choose, and why?

Gale and Peeta, from Hunger Games
          Edward and Jacob, from Twilight
             Harry and Ron, from Harry Potter

MTV Movie Awards: Battle of the YA Book Adaptations

I love to vote. This extends from voting for presidents to voting for american idol contestants. So when I saw the link to vote for the MTV Movie Awards I clicked on it, prepared to make some snap decisions.

What I found was a pretty a battle between Harry Potter 7 Part 1, Breaking Dawn 1, and Hunger Games. What a conundrum! I think I like hype a little bit too much, but I pretty much love all three of these series.

In the end, Harry Potter got most of my votes with a few going to Hunger Games. Eclipse was my least favorite movie thus far, although it did kill me a little not to give “best kiss” to Bella and Edward.

So after thinking about this for most of the evening, I am officially curious. How would you rank these series, and these movies?

Also, don’t you think it is super interesting that 3 of the most dominant movies (Bridesmaids and The Help were also all over the polls) are targeted at teens and based on books? I do.