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Struck By Lightning Book Review

3 Jan
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3.5 stars

So, as a huge fan of Chris Colfer, I forced myself to read the book very objectively. And hooray, because I did! In all honesty, I thought the book was…okay. It was nice. Not stupendous. Just a good read.

Struck By Lightning is a book where the character, Carson Phillips, is a senior at a very conservative town Clover in California, and he desperately wants to escape to the college of his dreams, Northwestern. He is the head of a dead school newspaper and writer’s club, and when his counselor tells him his college application needs more sparkle, he decides to start a literary magazine. But the only way he’ll get submissions from his unwilling peers is to blackmail them-and that’s just what he does.

Schematically, the book was extremely short. Its girth may look decently novel-sized, but the font is very large, and it can be easily read in about 2 hours, if that. The main thing I noticed is that it lacked a middle, probably because of the short length. There was a very lengthy build-up of the exposition (the blackmailing didn’t begin until half-way through the book, which was the whole premise) and a lengthy end. What I desperately wanted was a middle-a growth.

Carson as a character didn’t really change until the end. There was some attempt at the whole ‘hey, maybe I don’t actually hate all these people!’ but it was never explored. In fact, nothing really was explored; the book was very tell, not show. Obviously it’s supposed to be a journal so that’s kind of expected, but the development was lacking. The whole emotional journey where perhaps the blackmailed students and Carson could get along occurred through perhaps four conversations and then a simple statement that hinted at change within Carson. Even at the end, Carson’s personal growth takes place over two pages and is just a whole lot of “I’m never gonna let any situation be a bad one, I will always fight for success and happiness”.

Chris Colfer, the author, is an extremely busy guy. And this book was hurriedly written AFTER the movie was created, and it was based on the screenplay. And it shows. It reads rather like a script, with the bare minimum in regards to fleshing out emotions and other character’s depth. And I think that’s where the movie comes in. The book is the supplement, not a stand-alone. The movie is the real star. Normally I stand on the opposite side, saying the book is usually better then the movie. But in this case, since the movie was in fact the original, it is sure to have a lot more to offer than the book; even based on the commercials, it gives us the emotions the book lacks, where small facial cues make up for words. And the ending will work much better with a movie perspective-not to give anything away, however.

All in all, the book was the bare minimum of what I’m sure is a spectacular story. I can’t wait to see it really shine in the movie version, where it can really come to life.

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Glee Review – Dynamic Duets (And Blaine/Kurt Commentary)

23 Nov

Let me just start by saying that there’s always some good and bad aspects of every Glee episode-but by gosh, this one had twice as many hits than misses compared to the rest. It was funny and ridiculous and adorable and stupid and over-the-top, and…perfectly imperfect.

The episode opened up with one of the lightest and most comedic aspects of Glee we haven’t seen in a LONG time, and goodness was it refreshing. The superhero club has apparently gained much popularity at McKinley and the leader, Blaine, (sorry, sorry-Nightbird) helped everyone really get into character. The entire opening was filled with funny one-liners (despite a quick stab in the heart for klainers everywhere), culminating with a dramatic video from the Warblers.

Next we see Finn trying to spearhead the Glee club, and miserably failing, while sass-master Blaine decides that he’s going to head off to get the stolen Nationals trophy back from the Warblers. For the few out there, fan-girl squeals could not be contained at the reappearance of Sebastian (Grant is back!). The Warblers reveal that they want Blaine back on their choir, and we learn that with Blaine, no means no, unless everyone around him starts singing back-up vocals for his inevitable solo. The entire Warbler scene was over-the-top hilarious and I just…I love Glee.

Alas, new-kid drama could not be avoided but like every episode has been proving so far, despite those Glee fans out there refusing to fall in love with all of the newbies, Ryan Murphy and his gang of writers prove that no one can resist their charming new characters. We learn that Ryder is dyslexic (so now he is apparently a complete mix of Finn and Sam) and Jake gets bullied for his mixed-race (by none other than Cookie from Ned’s Declassified…). Ryder and Jake, and Kitty and Marley, seem to be on much better terms by the end of the episode, and all of them seem to genuinely like each other except for Kitty. That chick is hiding something, and there better be a good reason for why she’s being such a manipulative jerk to Marley (the writers have been known for making girl characters mean to each other for stupid, petty reasons). Also both of the new-kid duets were spectacular! Darn you, RIB!

Finally, we reach the Blaine/Klaine drama. Sigh. Here’s where I shall announce that this aspect of the show made me a little upset. You should probably know that I’m a Kurt-staner. Living on internet filled with Blaine-staners. So I tend to get frustrated by most of the other opinions I see online. You see, this episode shows Blaine’s side of the story. He cheated on Kurt (yes, to you hopefuls out there, he DID sleep with Eli, not just make-out or something) and he’s been beating himself up this entire time, and wants to transfer to Dalton because he feels more welcome there. After hearing his story, Sam comforts Blaine by basically saying something along the lines of ‘You messed up, but you’re not a bad person. You’re one of the good guys.’ While I don’t think that Blaine is a terrible person either, and that one mistake defines a person, I still can’t forgive him that easily yet. I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. The show is mostly from Blaine’s aspect right now, not Kurt’s, because of the school being the central point of the show. Because of that, we’re only seeing how sad and guilty Blaine has been feeling, and he looks kind of like a sad puppy dog-adorable and heartbreaking. But just because Blaine feels bad about cheating doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It doesn’t mean that he didn’t throw away his relationship and shatter the trust they had because of his own insecurities and loneliness. And when I see people going “poor baby Blaine” all the time, now even on the show itself, it irks me a little bit because he. still. cheated. I’m not saying I’ll never forgive him, but I’m going to need a little bit more redemption other than “look how sad and heartbroken and guilty baby Blaine feels”. And that redemption obviously has to involve Kurt; I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t mind some groveling for forgiveness on Blaine’s part!

Just on the break-up story line in general; it kind of made me sad. Not because of klaine, but because of the blatant favoritism that made itself apparent after it happened. Because guess what-if Kurt has cheated on Blaine, people would have lost their minds. They would have spent weeks blaming Kurt for making Blaine sad. They would have pitied Blaine. But even when Blaine is the one who cheated-they still pity Blaine.

I love Kurt and Blaine, don’t get me wrong-but I think cheating is a very serious offense when it comes to relationships. It’s going to take time to build from that, and  to earn forgiveness for Blaine-I just hope that others will consider this too (even you, Sam!).

But to break up the angst, there were a few key moments that screamed pure Glee, by it’s actual definition-joy. The painting scene-it made me want to curl up into a ball and scream (the happy kind of screaming, that is). The moment when Blaine and Sam stole the trophy back; unfortunately my mom was the room when it happened, but if I had been alone I would have cried from how perfect it was and how happy it made me. And the ending performance. I don’t know if they freaking purposely did the outfit parallelism between Some Nights and the pilot rendition of Don’t Stop Believing (red shirts and all), but it was ridiculously nostalgic and heart-warming and oh gosh, when Glee does group numbers, IT FREAKING BLOWS YOUR EMOTIONS OUT OF THE WATER.

Few more little things:

Finn was adorable. I remembered why I like him, even though he can be ridiculously offensive and hurtful at times.

Puck is back! And doling out such-ahem-most insightful advice to his half-brother Jake.

Tina is the voice of the entire fandom-by the way, I’m still frustrated that the new kids have been getting so many solos compared to her.

All of the music this episode was spectacular!

Eli had only like two lines, but one was frustratingly hilarious because everyone had been commenting on the lighthouse profile picture beforehand.

Kitty and Marley are hot-I smell a new “faberry”-esque ship beginning.

And it is now canon that Blaine smells like raspberries. That is all.

What did you guys think of the episode?? I’d love to hear your thoughts- let me know! Also sorry I haven’t written a post in a while. I suck, I know.