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Moondust Review

So, I finished reading Moondust by J.L. Weil about three weeks ago. All I can say is “Hallelujah!” The reason I say that is because the plot has finally a good pace to it. It wasn’t as slow as the first two books. If only the first two books had the same pace as this book, it would have made them better. Anyway, I’m going to start this review with the small stuff. The characters of Bri’s aunt and friends became a bit better. They were less stock characters and became real characters. Anyway, the grammar and punctuation issues. But I finally figured out why. I took a better look at the author’s website, and it turns out that the author self-publishes her books. I would think that if an author had a publisher, the author’s works would have to undergo a proofreader or an editor. Anyway, onto the bigger stuff. There are still some things that were left unanswered. For example, what lead Lukas to do what he did? Did something happen to him that made him like that? Why didn’t Bri’s mother want Bri to know about her heritage? Why didn’t Bri’s paternal side take Bri after her parents died if they knew that she could inherit powers and abilities? Will Bri now reach out to her father’s side of the family to learn more about magic? Or will she stick with learning about magic through Gavin’s family? What makes Bri’s powers/abilities so scary, besides the obvious, that other witches and warlocks were willing to her in order to stop her? Is her ability to steal other witches’ powers also associated with another witch or warlock that did horrible things à la Voldemort from the Harry Potter series being a Parselmouth?
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The ALA Most Challenged Books Of The 2000s

As a result of seeing the Twilight Saga being on a most challenged list, it led me to the ALA list for 2000-2009. As expected, the Harry Potter series was way higher on the list than Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Although, I think that His Dark Materials should have been higher on the list for reasons that I mentioned in this post. Anyway, the book that surprised me the most was Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. Now, keep in mind that it’s been a while since I have read the book but I saw the 2007 movie adaptation. Anyway, based on what I remember of the movie, I can’t really see the justification for the book being challenged. Now, on the list, the reason that was given as to why it was challenged was that a death was crucial to the storyline. Personally, I think that’s a load of B.S. I say that because there are other stories out there that are worse in terms of deaths being a crucial plot element.

Bridge To Terabithia

Are Bonnie Wright and Jamie Campbell Bower Engaged?

I stumbled upon this video through watching an extended version of the Eclipse trailer. In the video, it talked about how there are rumors that Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginnie Weasley in Harry Potter, and Jamie Campbell Bower, who played Caius and Anthony in New Moon and Sweeney Todd, are engaged to be married. When I first heard that, I was like “What?” Anyway, if the rumors are true, I think that they should wait until they are a little bit older. I say that for two reasons. The first reason is that Bonnie and Jamie are young. I mean Jamie is only a few months younger than me. And from what I understand, Bonnie is about two to three years younger than me and Jamie. Since I’m still 21, that would make Bonnie about 19ish. Now, I’ve heard that young married couples, where both people are in their early 20s, the marriage usually doesn’t last very long. So, based on that factor alone, I think they should wait. Anyway, the second reason is that both Bonnie and Jamie are celebrities. And everybody who hasn’t been living under a rock also knows that when two celebrities get married to each other, their marriage usually doesn’t last very long either. So, when you combine the youth and celebrity factor into the marriage, it’s most likely going to fail. I’m not saying that if the rumors are true and they actually get married, that the marriage will automatically fail. However, Bonnie and Jamie would have a lot stacked against them.

“My Books Are About Killing God”

One day, I happened to stumble upon this article and I found it to be somewhat interesting. In the article, it talked about how The Golden Compass should have been boycotted, and how Chris Weitz copied the Chronicles of Narnia movies, in terms of design, etc. Anyway, that’s not what I found interesting. What I found interesting was the quote from Philip Pullman that said that his books are about killing God, and that there’s less controversy surrounding it as compared to the Harry Potter series. You know, I don’t get these Christian people/groups who are against having the Harry Potter series in school libraries because the Harry Potter series are about wizards/witches and magic, and yet they allow His Northern Materials, a series about killing God. The way that I look at it, and having read His Northern lights, the Harry Potter series is a small fish compared to His Northern Materials in the metaphorical frying pan. Because I think that a series about killing God is way more anti-Christian than a series that has very little, if any, religious connotations, whether it’s Christian, Wiccan, etc.

His Dark Materials

Gia Carides vs. Helena Bonham Carter

Like I said in my two previous posts, I watched Sweeney Todd and My Big Fat Greek Wedding last week. I realized then that Helena Bonham Carter and Gia Carides kinda look similar as their respective characters. When I looked up pictures for them as Mrs. Lovett and cousin Nikki, the thing that did it for me was the crazy curly hair and the expressions that they had on their faces. Anyway, that’s just my opinion and you can judge for yourself.

Gia Carides and Helena Bonham Carter

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