If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is the latest in Young Adult trilogies to be made into film franchises. At least I’m assuming that’s the plan, as the first installment is slated to hit theaters Friday. Unlike its more supernatural counterparts, Gayle Forman’s novel lacks any mythological creatures, but never fear:she more than overcompensates for it with an obscenely sappy depiction of teenage existence. Continue reading “If I Stay by Gayle Forman”

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American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 307: “The Dead”

I am always amazed that this show gets me to feel so bad for Delphine. This woman creatively tortured slaves in her attic for years, and yet I was still hoping that Queenie would not turn her over to Marie Laveau. I guess Kathy Bates is just that good. The Delphine/Queenie dynamic is an interesting one, and in spite of Madame LaLaurie’s laundry list of wrongdoings, I still think that Queenie will come around. After all, they bonded over fast food and fashion – that bedazzled tiger sweatshirt sported by Delphine was breathtaking. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 307: “The Dead””

American Horror Story Coven, Episode 302: “Boy Parts”

I’ve never written about American Horror Story, mainly because I like to zone out and enjoy Evan Peters after a stressful Sunday of analyzing The Walking Dead. However, in light of the fact that The Walking Dead has not required much thought or analysis as of late, I have found myself scrutinizing the new season of AHS. Mind you, past experience with this show has prepared me to be fully disappointed by the season’s conclusion, but for the time being, I have been geeking out. Continue reading “American Horror Story Coven, Episode 302: “Boy Parts””

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a sixteen-year-old young man whose narration suggests a mild retardation or some sort of unresolved trauma to the brain. In any case, Charlie’s woebegotten melodrama is told through a series of letters that he is writing to an apparently random individual (although Charlie consistently maintains that this person is not a stranger, the individual’s actually identity is never revealed). In these letters, Charlie admits to his growing apprehension regarding the start of high school, but his fears are alleviated upon meeting some new besties, Patrick and his step-sister, Sam. The trio partake in a series of high school adventures that are commonplace in books and film, but rarely occur in the reality of high school. They drive quickly in a truck and and refer to it as “being infinite,” and habitually enjoy alcohol, pot, LSD, and sex. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”