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September 4, 2012 in Just for Fun
We published this post last Christmas, but still find ourselves giggling about it every now and then. In honor of our final days of hiatus, we’re reposting, and hope you will enjoy a chuckle at our strange sense of humor as well. YA Books we’d give celebrities… the fun just never ends.
(Originally posted Dec. 21, 2011)
In honor of the upcoming holiday, the spirit of giving, and a profound abundance of sarcasm, Gracie and Madeleine have compiled their gift list for a few famous folk. We sincerely hope these celebs have these books under their tree on Christmas morning!
Warning: List may induce one to snork** eggnog.
Madeleine’s gift: Modelland by Tyra Banks … because Tyra’s favorite thing is Tyra.
Gracie’s gift: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore …Even though, for me, Timothy will always be Number One.
Gracie’s gift: The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan. This refers less to her hair and more to her acting range. Though I guess this does apply also to her hair.
Madeleine’s gift: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler …Because the world, like, totally wants to know!
Gracie’s gift: I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb. Enough said.
Madeleine’s gift: Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. She’d be carried into an awards show by any of those things.
Gracie’s gift: Looking for Alaska by John Green. Wait! She can see it from her back yard! *whew* False alarm.
Madeleine’s gift: Too easy! Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, obviously, since that’s all she wore on that one Rolling Stone cover…
Gracie’s gift: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente , also known as—The Girl Who is a Good Singer but She’s Mostly Just Annoying, Yet Circumnavigated Her Way Into Everything In Hollywood.
Madeleine’s gift: Peak by Roland Smith… because she already hit hers.
Gracie’s gift: Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle. It’s his new campaign platform. “Peace, Love, Ducks!” will sound really good when chanted at a political rally.
Madeleine’s gift: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. I mean, having your own TV network doesn’t exactly scream “retirement.”
Gracie’s gift: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Oh, sorry. Am I projecting my hopes for the conclusion of this season of The Vampire Diaries onto his reading list? Probably.
Madeleine’s gift: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi…in preparation for what will happen to his career once puberty hits.
Gracie’s gift: Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John… Because he just is.
Madeleine’s gift: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. (Frankly, I wish she would.)
Gracie’s gift: Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen. Because that’s how you do it right, ladies.
Madeleine’s gift: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin…She clearly has amnesia, considering she forgets things like NOT taking crack before going to court.
Gracie’s gift: All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin… Umm…remind us what those things are again?
Madeleine’s gift: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, since he’s all sparkle, and no bite.
Gracie’s gift: The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. And by “clockwork,” we mean “biological clock.” The whole world’s.
Senator Anthony Weiner
Madeleine says: Exposed by Kimberly Marcus…Cuz… yeah.
(First published November 9, 2011)
The all-important synopsis…
Elena Gilbert always gets what she wants. After all, beautiful and popular go a long way in a small town like Fell’s Church, Virginia. She has a close circle of friends, a cute All-American boyfriend, and basically holds student body in the palm of her hand. At least that’s what she had before her parents died.
Living with Aunt Judith in their family house, Elena now feels as if she’s out of place waiting for life to begin again. And that’s when she encounters Stefan Salvatore: new student, good-looking, confident and…completely not interested in her. As Stefan avoids her every advance, her resolve grows to capture his attention and his heart.
But Stefan holds a dark secret that he struggles to control. And as some people start to turn up dead, the result of supposed animal attacks, only he holds the knowledge to unlock the grasp that the night has on Fell’s Church–and Elena.
I should probably ‘fess up to something right off the bat. I love the CW’s Vampire Diaries. It’s one of my top 5 favorite shows, and those of you haters out there just cannot possibly understand what good television it is. Because if you watched the first half of the first season, you’d be hooked. The actors are well-cast, the pacing is amazing, and the writers on this show are a step above brilliant.
And after that small rave, if you are thinking that I only picked up this book after watching the first few episodes of the television show, well, you’d be right. I’d like to deny it, being a girl who is a big advocate of “the books is always better than the movie/television show/theater production” philosophy. But, I think it’s important that I keep these reviews on the up and up. So. There’s my first confession.
For my second confession, I’d like to tell you that this review is going to really be more of a book review slash comparing and contrasting the book from the show. More of a hybrid, really.
Now that we have that all cleared up, I feel much better. Let’s dive in!
[No spoilers ahead, FYI]
The Book vs. The Show
Book Elena vs. Show Elena
Well, first of all, Book Elena is blonde. Blonde, popular, self-centered, petty, and a little bit cruel. Show Elena has dark brown hair, is tragic, sweet, caring and strong-willed. The first time I picked up the book, I only got half-way through. I disliked Book Elena so much, that I put it down never to pick it up again. Until I talked with a good friend who assured me that things get better as one reads. See? This is why it’s important to have friends that read.
So, I picked it up again and I think there’s hope for redemption in Book Elena’s future.
The General Lack of Jeremy
I have to tip my hat to the genius who decided that Show Elena’s sibling should be troubled teenage Jeremy. ‘Cause in the book, Elena’s sibling is four-year-old Margaret who is almost a non-entity. Well done, show folks. Well done.
Book Friends vs. Show Friends
In the book, Elena’s circle of friends are:
- Meredith, seemingly the closest friend of all those surrounding Book Elena. She’s never mentioned or alluded to in the show.
- Bonnie, whose family line has a druid past and appears to be almost identical to Show Bonnie…except that Show Bonnie and Elena are much closer. Kind of like Book Bonnie & Meredith combined. Oh, and in the book Bonnie has red curly hair. And on the show, Bonnie looks like this:
- Matt appears to be the same on the show and in the book.
I must be honest and say that I am currently a bigger fan of the show than this book. But I’m further along in the television series than I am in the book series, so I’m willing to give it a chance. So far the plots are only vaguely similar, so I liked that. It made the book much more interesting to read.
I appreciated that Elena appears to be growing as a person and as she endeavors to be more worthy of Stefan, she’s becoming more worthy of her readers, too.
Much like the show, I also really enjoyed the flashbacks into Stefan’s past. Understanding his character through his own thoughts could be a big plus for the books.
The jury is still kind of out. I enjoyed the read enough to pick up the second book (or, rather, add it to my ginormous reading stack), but I’m not going to put it as a top recommendation anytime soon.
We all have guilty pleasures in life. A second piece of chocolate cake. Facebook stalking an an ex. Some wine. Some of the frosting from your chocolate cake–eaten with a spoon. A trashy romance novel with no literary–or morally redeeming–value. Blasting some Ke$ha in your car on the first day that feels remotely like summer. You know, those completely decadent things that do not make you better, smarter, healthier, or more productive but you do anyways and love every moment of it.
A problem arises when something starts as a guilty pleasure but the more time you spend with it, the more you love it and come to appreciate it. Until you reach the realization (long after your friends and loved ones do, mind you) that your guilty pleasure has turned into a full blown obsession.
Yeah, that’s me and The Vampire Diaries.
I’m not the hugest Twilight fan. (Full disclosure: I really really really don’t like it. And yes, I’ve read all the books. And no, I didn’t think RPatz was attractive enough to be Cedric Diggory when Goblet of Fire came out so I’m SURE you can imagine what I think about him as a sex symbol.)
However, I am a huge LOST fan. (Full disclosure: For my birthday party a few years ago my husband printed and taped Dharma labels to everything and it will go down in history as one of the sweetest things ever.) So I was sad about missing Ian Somerhalder in anything since his time on that show was too short!
But I couldn’t bring myself to watch a show with high school girls, vampires, and most offensively, vampires that wrote in diaries.
Until Annalynn came into my life. And told me that pretty, wannabe-hero Boone played a really complicated, interesting evil character. *sigh* Have I mentioned that I have a thing for redeemable bad boys? Cause…well…yeah. Annalynn strong-armed me (full disclosure: she was really nice about it) into watching the first disk of season 1. After 6 episodes, I actually thought : “Crap, this show is actually really well written. And I really love the characters. And why is everyone on the cast so beautiful? IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?!” I knew in that moment I was hooked.
One year later I’ve seen every episode (some multiple times), I subscribe to the music channel on Spotify (omg, the music on that show is so good) and Annalynn and I have since converted Madeleine. *sticks thumbs in suspenders and smiles smugly*
I will say no more in the effort to be spoiler-free. And will simply post you this gem from one of the last episodes of this season. This was my favorite moment of season 3.
Boone Delena fans.