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Posts by Alanna Bennett

  1. Review: The Fault in Our Stars Is Beautiful, Imperfect, and Completely Worthwhile

    Review

    I held out a spectacularly long time. I would like that known. Tears did not leave my eyes until the film's third and final act. This is not to shame those for whom the tears came sooner; for many the weeping was but a foregone conclusion. For some they never came at all. For others they were entirely the point. But I'd just like it known.

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  2. Teen Wolf Recap: Galvanize

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    If there's one thing I'm confident about when it comes to Teen Wolf, it's that it really gels when it finds inter-character dynamics that work and then plays with that for all it's worth. This is, in large part, probably why I liked this week's "Galvanize" as much as I did. It might also have been the escalation of story for a new character who's quickly becoming one of my favorites, the discovery of a new power involving electricity, and the fact that this episode was actually pretty good at balancing the constant forward momentum of this week's driving thrill. All in all, it was a pretty solid episode of Teen Wolf, and it left me intrigued and rearing for what's next.

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  3. Teen Wolf Recap: More Bad Than Good

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    Teen Wolf's 3b is in full swing, guys. And sure, we've seen episodes where bigger things happened — lizard people revelations and murders and such — but this episode had some truly suspenseful stuff, mixed in with some cute, and Scott Being Great, and more people finding their anchors within themselves. Basically, it was Teen Wolf in a stride, if a deceptively simple one. Then again, I may just be saying that because new student Kira is the most adorable person to ever exist. As I'm taking over Rebecca's Teen Wolf recapping duties for this week, let's get to it, shall we?

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  4. The Mary Sue Interviews Beautiful Creatures Author Kami Garcia About Her Upcoming Series Legion

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    Kami Garcia has spent most of her writing career working with a partner — Margaret Stohl, with whom she wrote the Beautiful Creatures series. Now she's breaking out on her own, with a new series of books entitled Legion. The first one, Unbreakable, comes out October 1st, and The Mary Sue had the chance to speak with her about world-building, writing solo, and her love of Joss Whedon (she's been called his "talent-sister" by Buffyverse tie-in novelist Nancy Holder).

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  5. Teen Wolf Recap: “Unleashed”

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    Isaac Lahey. Cute little werewolf puppy with a tortured past. Fashionable dresser. Secretly British. He's a lot of things. He can rock a wet T-shirt scene with a surprising amount of dignity and genuine emotion. He can share significant moments with both Scott McCall and Allison Argent within seconds of each other, thus launching a new OT3 which I will cherish forever or at least until Jeff Davis crushes it under tears and turmoil. Guys, I think Daniel Sherman's Isaac Lahey is this week's Teen Wolf MVP.

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  6. Teen Wolf Recap: “Fireflies”

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    Things I've learned from Teen Wolf this week: Teenage wereboys can really rock a scarf. Don't go camping. Work ethic is dangerous. Oh, and apparently virgin sacrifice is still a thing. This week's episode is called "Fireflies," so excuse me while I banish images of Nathan Fillion and Owl City from my brain.

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  7. Teen Wolf Recap: “Chaos Rising”

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    I've watched a lot of teenage supernatural shows in my life. Probably too many. You can blame Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which served as the laugh-tracked gateway drug to the Buffys, the Vampire Diarieses, the Smallvilles, the True Bloods*. And here's a fairly obvious thing I've noticed from my time in the supernatural show trenches, teenager-focused or not: After a certain amount of ruminating in the first couple seasons, things tend to get complicated. Teen Wolf has reached that point. Last season upped the ante with the stakes of the kanima storyline; the overall writing got stronger as the show got increasingly darker. The same happened with Buffy: The first season still rings with episodic camp, and the second upped the stakes (and had a sizable impact on the genre itself) when it *spoiler alert I guess* turned good vampire Angel into a ruthless killing machine, marking the true beginning of a show that holds a big place in the cultural canon at least partially because of its ability to deftly handle the long-haul, character-fuelled story lines. And so it goes with most supernatural shows (although few hold the place Buffy does in the history books): As seasons pass things darken, and complexify. Teen Wolf may retain some of the irreverent banter of the first season, but gone are the fluffy, campy romps of the early days; this season's tagline is "This Might Hurt," after all, and the show seems determined to live up to its promise to emotionally wound us--and, perhaps even more so, its characters.

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  8. Teen Wolf Recap: “Tattoo”

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    ERMAGERD, guys, Teen Wolf is back. I tried to curb my bucket loads of feels for this silly little MTV show turned surprisingly dark and deft take on supernatural lore, but I failed. Ohhh, how I failed. I just really missed Stiles' face. But we're back, and just as dark, deft (sometimes daft), and sassy as ever. We're back. Stiles winked at Derek, and there was body art. And birds*. Buckle up, we're diving back in.

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  9. The Fandom Tea Party: The Day the Long Arm of Pop-Culture Touched the West’s Classiest Beverage

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    Over the past few months, a situation has developed. I have become completely engulfed in my love of tea. Tea has become the bowtie to my Eleventh Doctor, the Dumbledore to my Harry, the flowing raven hair to my Jon Snow. One might call it an offset of Anglophilia, an active side-effect of watching one too many shows that air on BBC, but I have accepted my fate. Luckily for me, we live in a magical age where getting overly emotional about things like fictional characters and hot beverages can by some crazy random happenstance mesh, to be accepted by some group of lovable weirdos on the Internet, and I happened to stumble into what I will refer to as the “tea fandom” at the perfect time. One mythical night, not too long ago, I was introduced to my new favorite trend in warmed-up flavored water: fandom teas.

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  10. The Internet, Fan Culture, and Creators: A Blessing We Shouldn’t Turn Into a Curse

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    Steven Moffat enrages a lot of people. It’s simple fact. When you take over one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time and replace a beloved showrunner, the change is bound to stir up some feelings no matter what you do. This is made double true when among the changes to the show are issues that lend themselves easily to Internet ranting (read: most things, but most particularly those involving female companions and the like). This is made triple true when you are the type of showrunner who likes to interact—some would say tease, some would say torture—your fans on said Internets, metaphorically poking them with a long stick and frequently reminding them how often you are going to make them cry. Steven Moffat stirs up a lot of emotions in people, it’s true. Some people probably prickled at the first mention of his name in this article. It’s just his general presence. But Steven Moffat also deleted his Twitter account recently. And that has a lot more behind it than the man himself, a lot more that I'd like to explore.

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