Anne Adaptations: Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew (2017) Part 1

(Original thread here.) Today we are taking a look at the third movie in Breakthrough Entertainment’s Anne of Green Gables trilogy, Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew.

Why is it called that? No idea.

This was released July 1st, 2017, following February 2017’s release of Good Stars. There’s also basically no information on this one. They also didn’t care about it, I guess. I really don’t get the title, but let’s just get into it.

The movie, of course, opens on a shot of Matthew.

This series really should have been called Matthew of Green Gables since he’s clearly the main character. And he’s using a cane now so you know he’s old.

Look, it’s exactly the same shot as every other time we see Green Gables!

Finally, at 1:15 we get our first shot of Anne. She, Diana, Ruby, and Jane are in her room laughing for an awkwardly long time because dialogue is hard, okay?

She’s reading a story she wrote, I guess.

Matthew walks into the house and loudly goes, “Hello?” because Matthew always wants attention.

Also we’re back to gloomy lighting.

I guess this is the story club which happened right after Anne turned thirteen in the book, but why would I expected anything to be in order here??

Besides, it won’t come up again so it doesn’t matter.

Ruby says men don’t get down on their knees to propose “nowadays”. She’s both right and wrong. So from what I found, that didn’t start to be a thing before the 19th century, and it seemed to go in and out of fashion through the 20th.

…but do we care? Probably not!

Anyways, this is just an excuse to pick on Ruby more. Jane tell her, “Don’t be so… the way you are.” I don’t know why this series decided to bully Ruby, but it’s just mean to her.

Wanna know why it’s gloomy again? It’s fall. Last movie was shot in summer and now it’s fall. They were shot back to back. It is kind of gorgeous outside but it shows how badly made this series was.

We’ve spent like 4 minutes hearing or talking about Anne’s story. I’d care if it came back to matter at all, but it doesn’t. They find the time to make fun of Ruby more, though.

Anne comes down to breakfast wearing this. I guess NOW we get the fashion changes. Out of nowhere.

Sure.

I mean, there was a clear point in the book (and the 1985 series) where Marilla changed her mind about clothing and a natural progression of Anne’s wardrobe that showed both that change and Anne’s gradual maturing. But making it one random morning is totally the same thing.

Marilla says that “the flounce on that dress makes you look even taller” which is two scenes combined. And. I mean. She’s not tall. This actress is quite short.

According to Matthew, Josie Pye is “all tots and no taters”.

Who wrote this dialogue?????

Editing Laina: @soupspoonserena asked if tater tots even existed and as far as my research shows, no, no they did not. As far as I could find, tater tots were invented in 1953 and if you google “all tots but no taters” with quotation marks, nothing comes up. So no one has ever used this phrase on the internet. No idea what it’s supposed to mean.

Anne asks to skip breakfast since Diana’s waiting. Marilla says it’s the most important meal of the day and “the last time we tried that, you nearly drowned yourself.”

Anne: “It wasn’t because I skipped breakfast.”

Except… it was. She skipped breakfast so she didn’t see Matthew before leaving and he couldn’t warn her to stay off the pond. Movie, you can’t rewrite the first movie now. I was there! TWICE.

Anne talks about being older but not feeling older and not being sure if she’ll like being older. They don’t really say how old she’s supposed to be and I think they’re hoping we don’t ask too many questions.

Okay, I’m not going to insult the child’s acting too harshly, obviously, but I’m not sure if shooting two movies in one year is healthy for a kid her age. A fair bit of this movie, she seems uncertain with her acting choices and just a bit awkward overall. It’s like they were too rushed to give her time to get comfortable.

And it makes no sense to make them so fast, as you’ll see as we go on.

There’s a gag all this movie about the puddle here. I don’t know why. It’s not funny.

Editing Laina: I actually really like these boots. French heels are so pretty. Also, it’s funny that she’s wearing a heel but she’s still so short XD

Marilla: “She may be fourteen, but there’s still quite a lot of the child in that girl yet.”

Oh, sorry, she’s 14. This movie’s so forgettable that sometimes when I’m not looking at my notes, I forget what’s happened.

Also, I mean, that’s a line from the end of the book. And it’s Mrs Rachel’s line. And it’s not a scene with Matthew in it. But okay.

Editing Laina: So this is taking place, what, three months after the end of the second movie? Because they’re doing like a first day of school thing, and that’s September, and the end of the second movie took place in spring, before Anne’s now-in-the-summer-birthday. So three months has changed everything?

Look, an establishing school shot, I guess.

Why so zoomed in? They still have the set, as far as I can tell.

For some reason, Anne’s hat looks photoshopped in this pause. It’s kind of hilarious to me XD

Diana points out Gilbert had a growth spurt and ask if it’s not time to “bury the hatchet between you two.”

I guess the Diana jealousy plot is gone because they’re fourteen now and it’s beeen three months. It lasted over a year in the second movie, but okay, sure.

Gilbert, like Anne, has not particularly grown in the last month or so of real world time, but his voice did drop a bit. I’m sure that’s a relief to him after the last movie.

Anyways, he ignores Anne but says hello to all the other girls.

So if they’re 14 and the first movie was when they were 12 (a later line confirms this), and the DVD cover of the first movie says it was 1907, that means it’s about 1909 right now.

Jane’s hat seems too far back for 1909 to me. Ruby’s is more accurate.

Go Pro footage! And we’re only 7 minutes in, what a treat.

Rachel complains about Miss Stacy’s bike, while Marilla mops the… study? Dining room? Sitting room, maybe. I’m not sure, but she kind of mops herself into a corner.

The vague attempts at accents are back for this scene, and Rachel’s hair is BAD. What is this even supposed to be?

Marilla asks about the Abbey bank and Mrs Rachel complains about the class exercising. It’s been a year. Why is this coming up now???

Bit of history class. They learn how to paddle, I guess? I question Miss Stacy’s French accent. It could be fine, but it sounds off to me. Anyways, Anne and Gilbert have to paddle together and no one cares.

That night, Anne dreams about being a fur trader with Gilbert as her partner. He sings Alouette and his accent is TERRIBLE.

Yup, this is her hot Gilbert dream. Also I don’t think they were actually on the water for this. Or moving at all. Just sitting in a boat on a lawn paddling. Really worth it.

Anne gets caught reading in class. Miss Stacy is wearing another outfit that doesn’t fit well.

The book is Sense and Sensibility now instead of Ben Hur so Miss Stacy can comment about Anne liking romance. She asks if Anne agrees with the theme. Wanna know what the theme of Sense and Sensibility is? “Men prefer women who are aloof.”

So that’s what Jane Austen boils down to, folks – what men want women to be like.

Anne: “That’s what Ruby said.”

Miss Stacy: “In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with telling the truth.”

The truth is that’s an awful summary of Jane Austen and this movie should be ashamed of itself.

Anyways, this isn’t actually about the book, it’s about the Queen’s class. We don’t actually see her tell Anne this – it just cuts to Anne telling Matthew and Marilla.

God, look how huge Anne’s pupils are. Maybe you should take that as a sign to turn a light on.

There’s kind of a funny moment of Anne saying grace as fast as possible because Matthew and Marilla have been waiting for her to do so as she rambled about Queen’s.

Nitpick but why are they using a spoon in the gravy boat? Isn’t the point of a gravy boat that you can pour from it? Otherwise why not just use a bowl?

Nothing much happens in this scene besides them telling her they’ll make Queen’s happen if she gets in. Really worth losing those Miss Stacy moments, and not making that relationship stronger.

Diana won’t be in the Queen’s class and Anne has a little meltdown over it. Diana pulls her into this gap between the school buildings that I never noticed/I don’t think they ever showed before. It isn’t a mistake or anything – I just had a moment where I was confused.

Diana of her parents: “They think it’s a waste of money. I’ll most likely get married and stay home.”

Anne: “You don’t have to be like that.”

Diana: “My mother thinks so.”

By the way, this goes nowhere. This movie does nothing with Diana’s character.

Anne’s acting in this scene is kind of… bad. It’s really insincere.

Meet Moody Spurgeon. No, really, we’re actively meeting him. He’s new to Avonlea, apparently. Why? I dunno.

The way he interacts with Anne, Luce and I thought they were going to introduce a love triangle subplot with him/Gilbert/Anne (read that however you want) but nope, nothing. He’s just here now.

Miss Stacy goes into a big speech about Queen’s and how hard this will all be. The entrance exam, she says, is in two months. It’s 15:24.

Anne stares at the yard a bit and reads some Latin to show she’s growing up and serious or something.

I think she may actually be wearing a corset, which I would normally applaud, but seeing the line of it like this means it doesn’t fit particularly well and she’s also not wearing a corset cover, probably.

You shouldn’t see a ridge like this.

More spelling bees between Anne and Gilbert because that’s original, entertaining, and totally the most important college prep there is.

But I do like this blouse. It looks quite modern in construction to me (not hand-sewn at all) but it’s okay.

Anne makes a Kings and Queens of England chart sitting on her bed with a bowl of glue probably dripping all over the sheets because this movie is allergic to using tables.

It’s a studying montage. I don’t care that much and neither does the movie. After exactly 3 minutes (seriously, 15:24 to 18:23), two months have passed, and it’s exam time!

Sure felt like a struggle, those 3 minutes.

Luce: “This whole movie felt like a struggle.”

It’s cold enough you can see their breaths. When is this supposed to be taking place? Did a year pass? Are they almost 15? Why is Anne’s hat so much bigger than everyone else’s?

@AnomriaReid said: “The hat looks Photoshopped in again lol” AND IT DOES

What a beautifully lit shot.

Wouldn’t want to see their expressions or anything.

I think this is just the normal class set, as badly lit as usual. Maybe not, considering the cobwebs… or maybe this supports my theory that this movie was shot out of order and this was one of the final scenes shot right before winter!

We only see like two shots, but I don’t think they even travelled for the exam. There’s no other kids here from other places. The Queen’s entrance exam comes to Avonlea now, I guess.

The exam dude rings the bell to start and that’s all we see of the exam.

Cut to Anne working the garden with Matthew. Mathew stares off into the distance like this and talks about some bird.

That’s not just an awkward pause, he holds that expression for a while.

Diana comes over with the paper and tells Anne she got in to Queen’s. Absolutely couldn’t have narrative tension there, eh?

Subtle bank foreshadowing.

And we’re off to Queen’s!

Marilla isn’t coming to the train station because why would we want emotion? So a rushed goodbye it is.

The Queen’s prep from “want to join the class” to “moving away” lasted 8 minutes. 15:24 to 28:08, give or take a few seconds.

Mrs. Rachel watches Matthew and Anne go, then comes to see Marilla. This interaction is pretty good. Marilla teases Rachel, Rachel teases her back, they talk about Anne and Rachel praises her.

I think this is the first good scene in the movie.

And since the pacing of this movie is kind of garbage, that’s where this section ends.

Can’t Wait Wednesday (153): Now I want brownies

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill of Breaking the Spine.

The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta

Release date: October 12th, 2021

Summary (from goodreads): Syd (no pronouns, please) has always dealt with big, hard-to-talk-about things by baking. Being dumped is no different, except now Syd is baking at the Proud Muffin, a queer bakery and community space in Austin. And everyone who eats Syd’s breakup brownies . . . breaks up. Even Vin and Alec, who own the Proud Muffin. And their breakup might take the bakery down with it.

Being dumped is one thing; causing ripples of queer heartbreak through the community is another. But the cute bike delivery person, Harley (he or they, check the pronoun pin, it’s probably on the messenger bag), believes Syd about the magic baking. And Harley believes Syd’s magical baking can fix things, too—one recipe at a time.

The part where I talk: I really like the sound of this. I like the fabulism vibes of this, and I really hope this has recipes in it. I really love books with recipes. Also, honestly, I’ve never read a book where the main character doesn’t use any pronouns and I think that sounds cool. 

What are y’all looking forward to reading this week?

– Laina

Adult Review: Six Weeks to Live

Wait, another adult book? And it’s not even for a challenge? It’s just a book I think sounded cool?

Who is she? (I can’t stop making this joke. Help.)

Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie

Published: May 4th, 2021 by Atria Books
Genre: Adult Thriller
Binding: eARC
Page Count: 384 according to goodreads
Part of a series? Nope
Got via: The publisher offered me an eARC for review

Summary (from goodreads): Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live.

While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good.

Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recently had to move back home, is being unusually solicitous.

But with her daughters doubting her campaign against their father, Jennifer can’t help but wonder if the poisoning is all in her head—or if there’s someone else who wanted her dead.

Review: I may have stayed up until two-thirty in the morning reading this. I had a lot of fun reading it. I don’t read a lot of adult books, as I’ve probably said like six times in the last month, but this sounded interesting so I thought, “What the hey?” And I’m very glad I did!

This is a thriller, obviously, but it’s a pretty light read over all. I feel like this would make a really good beach read. Wait, when is this posting? September? Okay, it’d made a really good sitting on your porch with a cup of tea book. Are my metaphors making sense? What I mean is, it’s not the most intense or serious book in the world, despite the subject matter. There are moments that are more serious, or sad, but the main focus isn’t really Jennifer’s death, as odd as that sounds. She really focuses on the poisoning.

Like if you’re looking for a sad book, this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for a book where you literally can’t trust the protagonist because she can’t trust herself, because her brain is literally working against her, this might just be for you! The pacing is really good, and keeps you reading even when you should stop and go to bed, and the use of the countdown as Jennifer’s time literally runs out is very effective.

This alternates between Jennifer’s POV chapters in first person, and her daughters’ POV chapters in third person, and I normally kind of hate that. It’s kind of necessary in this book, and it works okay, but it’s still not my favourite. I also found the ending a little cheesy. 

All in all, this was a fun read. Not a favourite, but I enjoyed it. It was very approachable, too, for someone like me who’s just dipping a toe into adult literature that isn’t some variety of romance. Would recommend for a quick, easy thriller read.

Representation: Jennifer’s daughter Miranda is bisexual. 

Content notes: Cancer, poisoning, talk of child abuse, specifically factitious disorder imposed on another, and obviously death of a parent.

Other notes:

  • Do you think this book is weird for the author Jennifer Lynn Barnes? My name’s really uncommon – I never see it in books, so I don’t know.
  • For some reason I got really stuck on this detail about Sesame Street. Did Sesame Street in like the late 90s do segments with French? I kept wondering if the author meant Sesame Park, the Canadian version of Sesame Street.

– Laina

Waiting on Wednesday Update (16): So many mermaids

This is a series where I look at my old Waiting on Wednesday posts and talk about if I actually ever did read the book, if I liked it if I did, and if I haven’t, would I or not. That kind of thing. I think it’s an interesting idea, and I hope you do, too.

I seriously just need a break between Anne movies so we’re doing one of these!

WoWed March 9th, 2011:

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

Release date: May 3rd, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): It’s senior year and Charlotte Locke has just transferred to a new high school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future starts to seem like a black hole.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, and rich. As her new sidekick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team-and closer to Neal, the most perfect boy she has ever seen.

Senior year is finally looking up… or is it? The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more he wants to keep their relationship a secret. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive. Could Charlotte’s new BFF be hiding something?

Update: Honestly, I just don’t enjoy contemporary YA that much anymore unless it has a really interesting concept, and this concept isn’t doing much for me.

WoWed March 16th, 2011 (apparently there were a lot of mermaid books coming out in spring 2011):

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Release date: May 10th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Tempest Maguire loves her California coastline home. Surfing the killer waves. Taking care of her brothers and dad. Loving her longtime boyfriend, Mark. But the weight of her secret is pulling her under, toward the ocean’s ever-growing call.

Tempest’s secret? She is half mermaid, a legacy left by her absent mother, who returned to the ocean many years ago. And now Tempest has her own choice to make. Complicating matters is Kona, an enigmatic newcomer whose otherworldly abilities hint at a shared passion and common secrets.

But there is more at stake besides Tempest’s heart and her identity – her life may be in danger too. Because the waters hide a mysterious and dark secret world of their own, one full of sweeping romance and thrilling adventure – but one where nobody, least of all Tempest, is safe. 

Update: Oh my god the Photoshop on this cover has aged so badly. It looks so incredibly fake XD

I like mermaids, a lot. But I’m not that into the kind of standard YA paranormal romance so I probably won’t be seeking this one out any time soon.

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

Release date: October 25th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren–the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city.

There she comes upon a friend she hasn’t seen since childhood–a dashing young man named Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alander band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air. 

Update: Sirens are actually bird monsters.

But that’s just me being salty. Get it? XD

Same thing as the last one, though. 

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Release date: July 4th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.

A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?

Update: …am I reading this right that this opens with the rape of a fourteen year old? That’s um. A lot.

The reviews are really mixed on this one and I’m not sure how I feel. I definitely am not putting it on my immediate to-read list.

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Release date: July 21st, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn’t, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love – again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.

Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she’s opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn’t. But when she’s offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

Update: This cover is also kind of awful, is that just me? I feel like it’s really cheesy. This has a cool premise, but I’m not really drawn towards it. I did read something kind similar, the Wicked Deep, which I wrote a terrible review for three years ago, but I really liked. And I think I’ll probably stick with that, lol.

Siren’s Storm by Lisa Papademetriou

Release date: July 12th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can’t remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she’s from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?

Update: Weirdly I kind of like the sound of this one? I’m curious how this one has aged, honestly.

WoWed March 23rd, 2011:

My Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher

Release date: May 10th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Vanessa is wise beyond her years. She’s never really fit in at school, where all the kids act and dress the same. She’s an artist who expresses her talent in the wacky colors she dyes her hair, her makeup and clothes. She’s working on her biggest art project, and counting the days until she’s grown up and can really start living.

That adult world seems closer when Vanessa gets her dream job at the art supply store, Palette, where she worships the couple who runs it, Oscar and Maye. And she’s drawn to a mysterious guy named James, who leads her into new, sometimes risky situations. Is she ready for this world, or not?

Update: Oh, she’s Not Like Other Girls, is she? Yeah, this doesn’t seem like something I would really pick up now.

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Release date: May 10th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Update: This cover has not aged well, wow. I also honestly am not particularly interested in this. It just sounds very basic 2011 YA paranormal, and there are so many other books I’d rather read.

WoWed March 20th, 2011:

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

Release date: May 24th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings—about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history. She sees herself wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her. She sees herself as a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

She sees herself dreaming. Because reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust even. No, Agnes’s encounter with a mummy is happening on Lord Showalter’s verdant green lawn, where butlers abound and strolling sitar players strain to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.

And a beginning. Not just of Agnes’s debut season and the ever-shrinking scope of her future—home, husband, and high society. No, something else begins as well, because the mummy Agnes unwraps is more than a mummy: It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing a mystery, an international intrigue—and possibly a curse.

Update: I actually think this sounds kind of cool! I would actually read this, I think. I would be interested in if it comes across as kind of… you know, problematic. But it sounds cool.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Release date: June 14th, 2011

Summary (from goodreads): For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?

Update: I read this! I read the whole series in 2016. The reviews are private on my blog, but you can see the first, second, and third book reviews on Goodreads. They are older, so don’t be too harsh on me pls, but I was not a big fan of these. Frankly I was probably too light on these books – they have not aged well. And honestly they aren’t memorable at all. Would not recommend this series.

So only one book read of this set but technically it’s three?

Would you read any of these? Have you read any of these?

– Laina

Can’t Wait Wednesday (152): Give me the creeps boy, and free my soul + A Middle Grade Moment

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill of Breaking the Spine.

The Violent Season by Sara Walters

Release date: October 5th, 2021 

Summary (from goodreads): Every November, the people in Wolf Ridge are overwhelmed with a hunger for violence–at least that’s the town rumor. Last fall Wyatt Green’s mother was brutally murdered, convincing Wyatt that this yearning isn’t morbid urban legend. but rather a palpable force infecting her neighbors.

This year, Wyatt fears the call of violence has spread to her best friend Cash–who also happens to be the guy she can’t stop wanting no matter how much he hurts her. At the same time, she’s drawn to Cash’s nemesis Porter, now that they’re partners on an ambitious project for lit class. When Wyatt pulls away from Cash, and spends more time with Porter, she learns secrets about both of them she can’t forget.

And as the truth about her mother’s death begins to emerge from the shadows, Wyatt is faced with a series of hard realities about the people she trusts the most, rethinking everything she believes about what makes people decide to hurt each other.

The part where I talk: The joke in the title is that I think this book sounds creepy and I’m here for it.

Also ngl when I first read this summary and saw “November” and “a hunger for violence”, I was just like “Isn’t that just how November is?” It’s like my least favourite month. November in Canada is just cold and gloomy. I’m not a fan.

And now for a middle grade moment!

Susie B. Won’t Back Down by Margare Finnegan

Release date: October 5th, 2021

Summary (from goodreads): Susie B. has a lot to say. Like how it’s not fair that she has to be called Susie B. instead of plain Susie. Or about how polar bears are endangered. Or how the Usual Geniuses are always getting picked for cool stuff over the kids like her with butterflies in their brain. And it’s because Susie B. has a lot to say about these very important things that she’s running for student council president!

If she’s president, she can advocate for the underdogs just like her hero and fellow Susie B., Susan B. Anthony. (And, okay, maybe the chance to give big speeches to the whole school with a microphone is another perk.) But when the most usual of Usual Geniuses also enters the student council race, Susie realizes this may be a harder won fight than she thought. Even worse, Susie discovers that Susan B. Anthony wasn’t as great as history makes it seem, and she did some pretty terrible things to try to help her own cause. Soon, Susie has her own tough decisions to make. But one thing is for sure—no matter what, Susie B. won’t back down.
 

The part where I talk: I really like the sound of this! I really like the idea of a middle grade confronting the idea that historical figures that are presented as super cool actually aren’t. I’m really excited to read this one. 

What are y’all looking forward to reading this week?

– Laina

Things I’ve Read Recently (116): Disappointing Endings

If you’re new around here, Things I’ve Read Recently is a series of posts I do that are basically mini-reviews of books that I either forgot to review, didn’t have enough to say for a full review, or just didn’t want to do a full post about for whatever reason.

Yancy Street Legends (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, volume 8) by Brandon Montclare, Ray-Anthony Height, Gustavo Duarte and Alitha E. Martinez 

Published: December 31st, 2019 by Marvel
Genre: Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 136
Part of a series? This collects issues 42-47
Got via: The library

Summary (from goodreads): The War of the Realms comes to the Lower East Side! Lunella and Devil meet the original kid hero, Spider-Man! And if that isn’t amazing enough, wait until the War of the Realms breaks out! With Manhattan frozen solid and Frost Giants prowling the streets, Devil must keep the peace — while Moon Girl encounters Thor!

Then, it’s a real family crisis! With time and space fractured, Lunella and Devil will have to team up with younger versions of her parents and grandparents — all without erasing Lunella from history! Maybe Doctor Strange can help! Plus: Exactly what trouble does Devil Dinosaur get into while Moon Girl is stuck in class? And — at last — the biggest battle of brains in the Marvel Universe! It’s Reed Richards vs. Lunella Lafayette — and it’ll be Fantastic!

Thoughts: The only part of this I liked was the idea of Devil Dinosaur getting drunk and then becoming Dino-Thor. Because that is a hilarious pun, and a bunch of Asgardians getting a dinosaur drunk is also hilarious.

The rest was a big letdown. Four out of six of these were completely disconnected stories and there’s no overall theme. Considering this was the end of the series, it’s disappointing. There’s no message or even a real finale. It just ends. And everyone was out of character and kind of unpleasant – there wasn’t any character growth or anything. 

Really wasn’t a big fan of this one at all and that’s a shame.

Party People (Ghost-Spider, volume 2) by Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara, Rosi Kämpe, and Ian Herring

Published: January 5th, 2021 by Marvel
Genre: Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 112
Part of a series? This collects Ghost-Spider issues #6-10, which follows Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, which follows, Spider-Gwen
Got via: The library

Summary (from goodreads): Gwen Stacy has it all! Two worlds – two lives – in perfect harmony, with endless realities and infi nite possibilities to explore with her friends! And don’t forget her dad, a police Captain whose cases Gwen likes to help solve when she can! But what will George Stacy’s latest mystery mean for Ghost-Spider? Prepare to learn the answer to the question you didn’t even know to ask: whatever happened to the Susan and Johnny Storm of Earth-65?!

Plus, rock and roll dreams come true for the Mary Janes as Gwen takes her band on a rip-roaring multiversal concert tour! But not all those eyes belong to starstruck fans. There’s something symbiotic and sinister stirring in the Prime Universe – and something unsettling is happening to Ghost-Spider’s costume. Something…Gwenom-ous!

Thoughts: Half the stuff in this summary is barely touched on and a bunch of it is started and then left with no conclusions. Is this just the “disappointing end to series I really liked” post? And to be clear I don’t blame the creative team here. I think Seanan McGuire especially really understands Gwen Stacy and is probably one of the best writers for her there is. She gets her in a way that no one else I’ve seen does.

But Marvel just fucked Gwen over. There are so many reboots and stops and starts, and being tied so tightly to all these events like Spider-Geddon and whatever this Outlawed thing that’s going on with this one is. Gwen just has absolutely no room to shine and they clearly have no faith in her. It’s such a shame.

And this volume is fun! I will say the art style in this one is different from the Dog Days Are Over issues, and sometimes things just looked weird? Like these faces are just odd. I’m not a big fan of this artist.

But the story is fun. I actually liked the Johnny and Sue Storm story and if this had been leading into like 8 more issues on this plotline, I would have been having a really fun time. It’s a good story, and it’s well-written. And seeing Venom!Gwen, especially as she goes a little feral, is really cool and I’d love to see more of that. But it’s a shitty way to say goodbye to Gwen. Her finale is like two pages long. There’s no exploration of the emotional impact or anything. 

I’m not that interested in the Carnage mini-series, honestly, so this is probably where I get off the Gwen Stacy train for now which is sad. I love this character. I wish Marvel did, too.

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Fix the World (Skyward, volume 3) by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela, and SOMEBODY Bowland

Published: August 27th, 2019 by Image Comics
Genre: Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 136
Part of a series? This collects Skyward issues 11-15
Got via: The library

Summary (from goodreads): Willa’s faced terrifying storms, giant man-eating bugs, a deadly rebellion and a whole lot of heartbreak… but nothing can prepare her for this. It’s time for Willa to fulfill her father’s last request. Time to fix the world. But a revelation will rock Willa to her core and test her in ways she never imagined possible.

Thoughts: This was underwhelming, honestly. I never got super attached to this series in general (honestly at one point I tried to make a note about this and forgot the main character’s name) but this one especially didn’t do much for me. I liked the last chapter/comic the most as it did tie up all the ends well, but the rest were meh.

Also the world-building rules are suddenly different. Willa’s hippity-hopping through the desert with no explanation of how she isn’t floating off into nowhere like tons of other people have and that just confused me. And I think the disability rep in this series kind of sucks, honestly. 

It’s not like a terrible series or anything but I didn’t enjoy it and if it hadn’t ended with this volume, I probably wouldn’t have kept reading it.

Just To Get to You (Spell On Wheels, vol 2)

Published: December 29th, 2020 by Dark Horse Comics
Genre: Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 136
Part of a series? Yeah it follows volume one, you can look the numbers up yourself on this one.
Got via: Library

Summary (from goodreads): The witches Andy, Claire, and Jolene find themselves back on the road traveling across the American Southwest when a mysterious dark force possesses Claire. Spells and confessions fly as the group confronts phantoms, cryptids, and personal drama.

As they make their way along the I-10 toward the elusive presence possessing Claire, they discover you can’t go home again, not really, and they’re running out of time.

Thoughts: Honestly this was kind of underwhelming, too. Both the characters and the art were kind of inconsistent. Apparently Claire’s not fat anymore, because fat rep totally isn’t important. Her body is drawn differently all through the volume, but it’s basically never drawn fat anymore. It’s really disappointing.

The plot also wasn’t much to write home about. It’s a cool idea, but it seemed rushed and a little shallow. It feels like it had half the time it needed to tell its story. Which is probably close to what happened since it got cancelled before it was even released. 

Cool premise, love that it’s queer, falls down on execution. Terrible fat rep.

If you got this far, leave your favourite colour in the comments.

– Laina

Anne Adaptations: Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017) Part 3

Time to finish this beast.

(Original thread here.) It’s Diana’s birthday and we’re singing. Off key!

What an awkward way to stand in this gloomy ass house. Half of them aren’t even in the same room.

This character is only ever referred to when on-screen as “Minnie”. Her full name, Minnie Andrews, is only said once when she’s not even there, in that first dinner scene at Green Gables.

When she showed up here, I FULLY believed this was 3 year old Minnie May Berry. I just assumed they had aged her up incredibly fast. It made as much sense as anything else in this movie! No, Minnie May just doesn’t show up in this series after her one scene. She does kinda disappear in the book, but still. I was confused by this character suddenly existing.

Josie comes over to Diana and says they should go outside and “play dare”.

Actually, Josie’s outfit here is neat. The boots are maybe a bit modern, but I like them and I like this dress.

I won’t say the same thing about this crowd

As you’d expect, Josie dares Anne to walk the ridgepole and BOY let’s talk about how this goes.

Diana: “No! Anne, you don’t have to.”
Josie: “Oh yes she does!”
Diana: “It isn’t fair to dare anybody to do anything so dangerous.”

So. Remember the last movie? When Josie dared Anne to go out on the ice AND SHE ALMOST DIED?

Not only is this basically the same plot, but that means Josie loses most of her character arc of the book, which already isn’t much. When Anne falls off the roof in the book, Josie think she’s killed her and she even comes and visits Anne during her recovery from her broken ankle.

She’s still Josie Pye, but it’s growth. She certainly wouldn’t dare Anne to do more dangerous things. Now she kind of looks like she’s ACTIVELY trying to murder Anne AND Anne didn’t actually learn anything about dares from her ice adventure.

But don’t worry! Anne only gets this far before Aunt Josphine comes out and stops her.

Yeah, they don’t actually DO the ridgepole scene.

Aunt Josephine and Anne talk about honour and Aunt Jo says, “In my book, loyalty trumps honour.” Pay attention, folks, because that’s the lesson of the movie. “If we don’t know where our loyalties lie, how can we make a difficult choice?”

Back to Sunday school. Mrs. Allan is talking about “besetting sins” which she says come from “too much thinking about yourself” and “hurt the ones you love most”. Movie, if I wanted a Bible lesson I’d watch Veggie Tales.

…I pictured Anne as a carrot, still with the hat and braids, and I laughed so hard I had to take a break.

ANNE OF GREEN GIANT VALLEY

Also this dress is… not good. It’s kind of ugly? And ill-fitting.

Apparently the cure for besetting sins is to “love yourself less and deny your own desires”. What an amazing lesson.

And the next scene is Anne praying before bed to be more sensible. LOT of religion in this movie. A LOT. Anne tells Marilla that Miss Stacy gave them an assigment to write about “the most remarkable person we’ve ever known or heard about.” So that’s what she plans on doing tomorrow as Matthew and Marilla will be in town for most of the day.

Marilla also asks her to make dinner. And by dinner, she means supper, and yes that’s pedantic, but dinner wasn’t their evening meal in the book.

Next day. Anne’s got no ideas, basically, so we’re just watching her sit.

She finally starts to write and a knock interrupts.

Matthew and Marilla come home and complain about town being crowded. Matthew says that’s why they live “out here’ and are “staying out here”. Remember when that was a plot point in the book? Yeah, me neither.

God, look how bad this top/jacket looks.

Looks like Anne wrote about half a page, but made no dinner. This is late in the evening, apparently, as Marilla calls for him and Matthew comic-relief runs into the house.

Oh. Cool. So a peddler stopped by the house.

And this is the shade they went with for Anne’s hair.

This wig is so bad. It looks like it’s about to fall off and when Marilla rinses it the next day, it barely looks like it’s getting wet. Gotta love a $5 Party City wig.

Okay, full disclosure, so I’m watching Lore while doing this thread and look at the difference in lighting in these scenes, which are ostensibly set in the same time period. The fashion in this episode is kind of meh and these characters are meant to be richer but still. You can SEE.

Matthew: “Miss Anne, one thing I don’t understand. I believe you’d see the cow kneel before you’d find 2 cents around here.”

Anne just… had pocket change in the book. “Chicken money,” she called it. Probably from selling eggs? They’re REALLY pushing the idea that the Cuthberts are super poor for some reason.

Anyways, Anne apparently traded a whole ass chicken for the dye.

Hair cutting time! Look, one whole snip! You kinda can sorta even see it!

Apparently Anne was away from school for 5 whole days and she’s wearing this hat now.

(Why is she the only one wearing a school apron?)

So she just tells the other girls what happened and they swear not to tell. No embarassment factor or anything.

Gilbert asks to carry Anne’s books and says nothing about the hat. Suuuuper in character, that.

Season transition! At least it’s not stock footage?

But, yeah, so much for that school year.

Am I supposed to believe this isn’t the same day?

Editing Laina: WHEN is it now? It was summer, and Anne and Diana turned thirteen. Now it’s spring again, I guess? So they’re nearly fourteen?

Oh, look, Anne’s hair grew back. How convenient.

That is really cheap, honestly. There are absolutely no consequences to Anne’s choices! She wore a hat for like 20 seconds and now her hair is the same as it was before. This is the same thing as having two dare scenes. It means Anne’s learning nothing from her misadventures, and it makes lines like “I never make the same mistake twice” ring very hollow. What did she learn from this???

So, Miss Stacy reads about Camelot to the class (probably the Lady of Shalott, but who knows). Walking home… some kids start talking about it.

I can’t actually see them to tell you who.

But it spins awkwardly ahead to Anne and Gilbert talking, pretty far from the others.

Just great camera work here.

Again, Diana is sad looking at them and Jane goes, “I told you.”

I can’t even enjoy this as queer pining because everyone is so out of character and I hate the message so much.

Anne stares back at Diana/the other girls for some reason. Motivations are not a thing in these movies.

I love how they hooked her braid up like it’s actually shorter. Nice try, movie.

Back on Green Gables, it’s suddenly super cloudy and Matthew sells a pig. They couldn’t afford to pay the other guy to have a line, so it’s awkward.

Anne gets home and complains to Matthew about how being thirteen is so complicated. I truly don’t get this movie’s obsession with thirteen being some big milestone age. I know it is in Judaism, but they act like it’s an inherent thing for human beings.

Like, you turn thirteen and suddenly life is complicated. But only in girls’ lives! The movie literally says “it’s different for girls”. Thanks for the weird gender roles, I guess?

Editing Laina: Seriously, aren’t they basically fourteen now?

This conflict doesn’t even make sense. You can date and also have friends.

And then Matthew rambles about some whisper in him he hears on beaches and I tune out a bit whenever he talks tbh, but it’s about knowing the right thing to do, I guess?

But wait. To be a good p̶r̶a̶i̶r̶i̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶m̶a̶n̶ person and make good choices and not have “besetting sins”, I need to think less about myself and of others more… but I also need to listen to my inner voice more and not other people? AND I need to think of loyalty before honour so again that’s thinking about others before myself.

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE HERE? How do I be Good Person??

These three talk about putting on a show for their friends and family. Great establishing shot.

Okay, it’s Ruby, Anne, and Diana. Jane doesn’t get to be here today, I guess.

So now the Elaine bit is going to be a full on show.

Ruby wants to be Lancelot and Diana says if she plays dead, she’d “actually die of fright” and she’d rather be Guenivere anyways. Since Jane’s not here, that leaves Anne to be Elaine.

Diana: “Your hair’s come back ever so much darker since you cut it.”

It’s been dark the whole movie!!

Also is Ruby even that blonde?

Editing Laina: BRAIDS DON’T END LIKE THAT.

Marilla struggles to thread a needle so Anne does it for her. I’ll give them kudos for showing her vision deterorating.

Oh, apparently Anne is writing the play. Sure, whatever. We’ll go with that. I don’t care about any of this enough to complain.

Minnie Andrews is just involved in all this now. What, is she the director’s kid or something?

This scene also has just the weirdest music.

This patch of grass is going to be the stage and “look, there’s our old raft” that we’ve never seen before.

Looks incredibly safe as very loud thunder cracks overhead. Maybe the children should go inside until the lightning stops, movie???

It also begins to rain as Anne tests the raft. It doesn’t immediately sink, so she says, “(something)’ll float down to the end of the lake. It’ll be ever so dramatic.”

Lake? Avonlea has a lake now?

Ruby: “Well, what about Miller’s Creek?”
Jane: “Well, the water’s slow in the summer.”
Ruby: “It’s still dangerous. And it’s starting to rain.”

Luckily it’s STOPPED raining by the time they run around the… lake.

Jane and Ruby also have some weird tension that comes out of nowhere and is never addressd again. Jane’s just kind of mean to Ruby.

These two watch the girls run by.

Gilbert: “Sometimes girls can be crazy.”
Other kid: “Skittery as ticklefish.”

Okay then?????

Oh, see, it’s sunny on the other side of the lake. The girls run fast – they outran the rain.

Anyways, I guess this is what they wanted to see?

It’s storming again and Marilla finds Matthew wandering aimlessly through the house looking for the leak from the beginning of the movie. Because Matthew has dementia now.

Oh, God, I forgot about this part. So a bunch of people show up to this thing including John Blythe.

Splitting image of Gilbert, eh?

He stares after Marilla like this for some reason.

Also for some reason, Marilla says to Matthew: “It was a missed opportunity and it was a long time ago. Don’t bother about it now.”

Why do nobody’s clothes fit well??

Also, Anne’s got some very polyester-looking flowers in her hair.

When I think Edwardian, I don’t think “Claire’s accessories” but okay.

They put on this whole play and you don’t care so the next thing you need to know is Anne lies down on the raft and they shove her off into the lake.

This is a great meme tho

EXTREME ZOOM

Soooo yeah all the adults just watched Anne float away onto this lake and were like, “This is fine.”

Diana realizes “This is not fine” and yells for them to stop.

Matthew: “There’s a current in the lake. The rain last night must have raised the water level.”

Marilla: “She’s heading for Miller’s Creek!”

Surprise.

Oh, apparently this is Charlie Sloane. He doesn’t matter. They run off.

All the kids run to try to help because the adults are basically useless.

Appparently Miller’s Creek has WATERFALLS. I don’t remember those in Barry’s Pond!

What kind of creek has waterfalls??? And while we’re here, how many ponds, lakes and creeks does this series think PEI has??

Yeah Anne’s stunt double is doing this, lol.

Anne floats to a totally different body of water

Then we get some Go Pro footage that doesn’t match what we just saw at all.

Charlie Sloane’s boat just happens to be here. So he shoves Gilbert off and away.

Like, y’all. The water where Anne is, is so shallow that she could just stand up and be fine.

Look, Gilbert’s practically scraping the rocks with his paddles.

Also, he just bellows, “ANNE, I’M COMIN’!” and the actor’s voice breaks a little and why do the movies want to humiliate this child so badly????

The girls, Marilla, and John Blythe are chasing them and basically useless

Gilbert yells, “I’m comin’, Anne!” again and it’s just as funny the second time

Like I know you can’t actually put children in danger, but maybe this doesn’t need to be so dramatic then

Anne’s raft just got stuck on this rock. They zoom in like this is really scary, but the raft’s not moving. She could literally just. Stand up.

Oh, and Matthew runs off into the woods and gets lost because Matthew has dementia now.

Dramatic Gilbert rowing!

His… his oars are TOUCHING the rocks!

Matthew’s still lost because dementia.

After some dramatic slow mo footage, a tree appears!

Marilla, John, and Diana come to the other side (??? it’s unclear) and see the empty raft and assume the worst.

Um, hi again 1934 influence? Didn’t expect to see you here. Anyways, Anne’s in a tree.

Why did she get off the raft? She already went over the waterfall and it wasn’t sinking. What’s the point of this?

Matthew helps by showing up in time to watch as Gilbert “rescues” her.

Let’s talk about this scene before we move on!

WHAT THE FUCK

Why are all the adults okay watching Anne drift away to her death while they just sit there? There’s like 30 adults why are they letting the children do all the work saving her??? Why were they not concerned with this idea in the first place? Like what was the plan to get her back from the middle of the lake???

Boating across a pond while playing with your friends is a lot different from being launched on a raft into a lake in front of a dozen adults!

Gilbert’s just sitting here with a tree in his face as they awkwardly “flirt”. Just let the boat move forward a foot, I beg you.

“Gilbert Blythe, I’m forever in your debt,” Anne says and ew.

Marilla and John Blythe are having flirting, too, I guess???? Thanks, I hate it.

Anne sees this face and this face and is like, “Nah, I’m picking Diana.”

Obviously the right choice, but why???

Anne: “I can’t be such good friends with you anymore.”
Gilbert: “I beg your pardon?”
Anne: “I’m sorry, Gilbert. It’s difficult being thirteen. For me, for a girl. It’s extremely complicated, but loyalty conquers all.”

Gilbert, as confused as the rest of us: “Loyalty to WHAT? You make no sense.”
Anne, tearfully: “No, for the first time in my life I’m being perfectly sensible.”
Gilbert yells: “That’s not fair! If you do that, I swear I’ll never speak to you again!”

Do WHAT? I have no idea what’s happening right now.

Also everyone watching just kind of ignores this weird breakup thing happening in front of tem.

That’s probably wise, honestly. What even was that?

And so, Matthew wanders back into the woods, never to be seen again.

I wish.

Um.

I don’t like the way Matthew is standing over Marilla with a wet cloth. I guess I have to get a new sleep paralysis demon from each of these movies, though. Remember last movie’s?

Cool, he’s going to lurk awkwardly over Anne, too. My favourite.

He says, “It’s all well and good to be sensible. But don’t lose the romance, Miss Anne.”

Great, cool. Matthew gets the last line of the movie!

Seriously, that’s it. That’s the whole movie.

Was this better than the first one? NOPE.

And that’s apparently where I ended my notes. Thanks, past me.

This movie doesn’t have PTSD flashbacks, I guess, so that’s an upgrade, but it makes so many bizarre choices.

I don’t know why the bridge – or should I say tree – scene had to be the dramatic climax of the movie. I don’t understand the choices they make in changing the timeline around so much. I don’t understand why Matthew has dementia. I don’t get any of it.

And the worst thing is there’s till another movie! There’s 3 of these monstrosities! We still have so much to go!

These will be the deah of me.

Can’t Wait Wednesday (151): This is non-fiction and I can’t make a joke in good taste

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill of Breaking the Spine.

Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert

Release date: October 5th, 2021

Summary (from goodreads): In the early morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob marched across the train tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and into its predominantly Black Greenwood District—a thriving, affluent neighborhood known as America’s Black Wall Street. They brought with them firearms, gasoline, and explosives. In a few short hours, they’d razed thirty-five square blocks to the ground, leaving hundreds dead. The Tulsa Race Massacre is one of the most devastating acts of racial violence in US history. But how did it come to pass? What exactly happened? And why are the events unknown to so many of us today?

These are the questions that award-winning author Brandy Colbert seeks to answer in this unflinching nonfiction account of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In examining the tension that was brought to a boil by many factors—white resentment of Black economic and political advancement, the resurgence of white supremacist groups, the tone and perspective of the media, and more—a portrait is drawn of an event singular in its devastation, but not in its kind. It is part of a legacy of white violence that can be traced from our country’s earliest days through Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement in the mid–twentieth century, and the fight for justice and accountability Black Americans still face today.

The Tulsa Race Massacre has long failed to fit into the story Americans like to tell themselves about the history of their country. This book, ambitious and intimate in turn, explores the ways in which the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre is the story of America—and by showing us who we are, points to a way forward.

The part where I talk: I have definitely heard about this, but I’m not very familiar with the history. (I’m not American.) I’d like to learn more, and I like Brandy Colbert’s writing, so I will probably actually check this out sometime in 2022. 

…that sounds really bad considering it comes out in October 2021, but I am being realistic with library orders and my own time XD And I want to be able to take my time with something like this and really absorb what I read – I don’ want to rush it because it’s December 29th and I have to read three more books before 2021 is over.

So what are you all looking forward to reading this week? Did you have a bit of an exisential crisis about the idea of 2021 being over? Spoiler, it’s still July for me AND I CAN’T PICTURE IT.

Talk books to me, please. Distract me.

– Laina

A Casual Reading Goal Update – I’m really not sure what to call this, but I wanna talk

At time like this, I bet vlogging is easier XD

So, we’re heading into September and as a major Halloween girl, I am entering the season I thrive in. I thought this would be a good time to think about what I want to do for the rest of the year. Not actually because, like, Halloween, but because we’re moving into the final quarter of the year and the seasons are changing, and that puts me in a planning mood.

Let’s talk!

My goodreads reading challenge is basically done, lol. I only have two left to read to finish it out, and I have a bunch of graphic novels and comics checked out from the library so I’ll hit that easy. I’ll probably reach it by the time this posts.

I’m a little behind on my FOLD Reading Challenge, but I have the books I needed for July and August out from the library, and I just ordered my September pick. I’m not gonna tell you all of those because I think it’d be repetative to read me talking about the same books three times, but I do have the books I need, and I have the rest all picked out. I finalized my choices yesterday, so I’m all set up there.

I’ve been slowly reorganizing my bookshelves (follow me on TikTok to see that, I… do that now…) and I would like to continue actually reading the books I own, but that’s still a bit of a mess. Like a literal mess – not everything is where it should be yet and the books in my room are slowly taking over places where they are not supposed to be. I need a better system of where to keep my library books.

So I went through my goodreads tbr shelves and for each of the categories I read, I picked out a handful of books that I thought looked good, and these are going to be what I pick from for the rest of the year when I order books from the library. Now I’m not saying that’s going to be all I’m going to read, or I’m going to read all of these, but I want a more curated list of choices than the 1000+ books I have on goodreads.

Middle Grade

Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky – This has Coraline Other Mother vibes and I’m super here for it

The Raymie Nightingle by Kate DiCamillo

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – I’ve heard this is great

Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown – MG horror? Yes please

The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow – CULT SHIT

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake – I really like this author’s writing, and my queer MG reading has been lacking this year

Starfish by Lisa Fipps – We really need more good fat rep in MG

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari 

Young Adult

Sleepless by Terri Clark

One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus – I read the first book of this and I want to read the sequel before I totally forget the first book

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin 

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé

Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe – This is going to be a movie and I want to read the book before watching that

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall – So this is something y’all don’t know about me, but I love Wilderness survival books. Like Hatchet, that kind of thing – love them

Non-Fiction

Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodríguez McRobbie

Shrill by Lindy West – I’m “cheating” in that I own this already. I found this one at the thrift store. But I don’t read a ton of non-fiction so I’m being realistic here about how much and what I’m actually likely to read

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – I’ve read some true crime recently and I’ve heard this is really good

Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson 

Adult Books

Foxlowe by Eleanorr Wasserberg – Goodreads says this is a Gothic novel and I’m into those vibes lately

Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz – I read the first one of this earlier in the year

The Magdalen Girls by V. S. Alexander

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Duncan – I really liked the Miseducation of Cameron Post and this sounds so good?????

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey – Everyone is saying this is super good

Last, here are 5 books that I just really want to read so I’m gonna try and make them a priority

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – I DNFed this solely because my eARC was super messed up, so I wanna get a physical copy

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit

Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis – I told you, I really like wilderness survival books, and I really liked The Female of the Species, so I wanna read more of McGinnis’ books.

So that’s 35 books I’m interested in reading in the last four months of his year! What do you think I should pick up first? Anything else you think I’d be into? Where do you keep your library books?

– Laina

Anne Adaptations: Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017) Part 2

(Original thread here.)

When last we left the Good Stars, Matthew was pretending to have a heart attack to prank Anne!

Very funny.

To make up for scaring the daylights out of her, he invites her to pick mushrooms with him in the woods. She immediately forgets about the pie in the oven and agrees to go. Now this is my favourite part. This is the part where Matthew leaves the path, gets lost and disoriented, and this movie starts its dementia plot.

No, I’m again not being glib. That’s what this movie is doing.

Anne leads them back to the path and Matthew pressures her not to tell Marilla about this. Wonderful.

At supper, Anne picks at her food until Marilla mentions the pie she burnt to a crisp. Also, Marilla had a headache again today. I feel that.

Anne vows to be more sensible. All book accurate, to be fair to them.

It’s still gloomy, fyi. It’s supposed to be cozy, I think, but it’s not great. It just looks sad.

More school stuff. Gilbert leaves an apple on Anne’s desk.

She swipes it off her desk, and it rolls into Mr. Phillips who reminds them of the “no food in the class until lunch” rule. Luce was a bit confused by this and asked where they were supposed to keep their lunches. Good question!

It’s not super spelled out, but there’s a brook behind the school they’re said to keep their milk bottles in to stay cold, and in the 1934 movie, they actually use metal lunch pails submerged in the brook as well, one of the few clever things in that movie.

They may also keep them not in the classroom proper but in like the coatroom, which if the mudroom in my old house was anything to go by, would be less insulated and colder in the winter. This actually is not unreasonable. Food in the classroom could be distracting, and most of these kids probably had a good solid breakfast before coming to school. Plus, bugs and mice are a concern. You really don’t want mice in your classroom.

Anyways, Gilbert says it was his apple, but Anne says she was the one who dropped it, so they both have to write lines.

Look at the 50 lines they both write.

Looks like 50 to me!

You can really tell where Gilbert’s actor’s handwriting starts. Anne’s too, tbh.

We get some light child abuse as Phillips grabs Gilbert by the ear and lectures/insults him some more. Anne offers up her ear, but apparently Phillips draws the line at child abuse towards girls!

Now he’s all reflective or something? More sad music anyways.

Zoooooom in on his face as more sad music plays over some slightly goofy editing of children running past him

I honestly don’t understand why they’re trying to do some emotional arc with Mr. Phillips. Literally who has ever cared about him? We all know he’s the worst.

A thing I do think is well done – Marilla is shown struggling to read at night, moving the book closer to the lamp and eventually getting out a magnifying glass.

Anne comes to talk to her because we have to spend at least a third of the movie in pajamas.

She eventually confesses the whole Matthew thing. Well. We don’t see that conversation at all. But she says, “It’s about Matthew” before the scene ends, so I assume she’s not talking about his bad taste in shoes or something.

Then they straight up recycle this footage.

Think I’m exaggerating? Check out these time stamps.

Mr Phillips is sad again, I guess. Anyways, he announces he’s leaving to work for RBC again. Gilbert starts to fake cry, Anne giggles, and the whole class fake-cries as Phillips gives a big speech. Tbh though the first time around, I wasn’t sure if it was fake crying and not just actual bad acting.

After school, the class mocks his speech. So if it’s supposed to be funny, why all the shots of Phillips being sad? I really don’t get it.

And again, there is MORE light in this movie because it was shot in summer, but it’s not GOOD lighting.

Take this shot. This is brighter, but it’s not better. The angle of the sun and the direction they’re facing means their faces have deep shadows.

It’s the same reason you don’t take a Zoom call with your back to a window. It isn’t the worst, but it’s not well done.

Here’s another shot that isn’t well-framed. It looks like the kid at the top can’t reach over the camera so he’s at a super awkward angle. It just breaks the illusion.

Okay, enough nitpicking. For now, at least.

Matthew goes into town to get I think Anne’s birthday cake (don’t know why Marilla wouldn’t make it) and a gift. He fumbles around the store a while, having no problem talking to the female shop clerk at all.

Mr. Phillips walks in to get his mail and Matthew goes to confront him, only to have Phillips praise Anne. Technically this happened in the book. But it happened BEFORE Anne complained about him (the scene we saw last thread). Phillips’ praising of Anne is WHY Matthew says he’s not so bad in that scene in the book. But we had to get a Matthew Passionate Speech instead.

They just muck around with the timeline so much and I don’t understand why.

And then Matthew doesn’t actually get anything but a letter from their Aunt Florence in Charlottetown… wait, how old is this aunt supposed to be? They’re already in their 70s. He forgets to give it to Marilla until that evening. “Uncle Abner” has apparently “finally passed away” and Florence apparently wants them to move to Charlottetown.

Matthew is vehemently opposed and demands to know how Marilla knew about his memory issues like she doesn’t live with him. Anne overhears them fighting and runs down in tears to confess. FINALLY Matthew apologizes for asking Anne to lie to Marilla. I honestly hated that so much. You never ask a kid to lie to their parent(/parental figure).

Also I won’t screenshot this, but Anne’s face is covered in snot and I find it distasteful they couldn’t give the actress tissue for 5 seconds. Honestly, maybe this was the best movie set ever but a couple things they choose to do in these movies make me feel very protective of this actress.

Matthew is still calling her “Miss Anne”, also, and I still hate it.

Now it’s Anne’s birthday and it’s a gloomy ass day!

Okay this shot is supposed to be Matthew and Marilla talking about Gilbert and his father, but my God look at this extra in the background.

Could y’all not find an actual potato sack to put her in? I haven’t talked about the fashion in these movies because it’s just boring, but look at this! Terra in the Netflix live action Winx Club gets better clothes than this poor extra. What is this????

This is the point where I realize we haven’t actually seen Anne at her own birthday party yet.

There she finally is! In her Christmas dress?

Okay, let’s assume this is the same year as the Christmas where she GOT this dress. Diana’s birthday is supposed to be in February and Anne’s in March. Tomatoes aren’t done growing in March in Canada, though, so Anne’s birthday is now in like… July, maybe? Should Anne still fit in this dress?? Has she not grown at all?? I’m confused.

Also the bow is oddly large. It’s more Jojo Siwae than Edwardian to me.

Anyway, Anne and Gilbert are just hanging out now. Anne apparently still doesn’t like chickens.

Gilbert: “I understand they’re awfully good roasted.”

Has… has he never eaten chicken??

Apparently his father says Gilbert should try roasting one himself but Gilbert says, “A man roasting a chicken? I don’t know.” Is sexist Gilbert what you all wanted? Well, it’s what you’re getting!

Welcome to the BEST addition to the story – the “Diana is jealous of Anne and Gilbert” plot.

Yeah, this is a thing now.

I think this is… who is this? It’s not Ruby, Ruby’s blonde. Is THIS Jane Andrews? Imdb says it is, but she has like not been here at all til this second. She wasn’t even IN the first movie!

Anyways, Jane (I ASSUME) says: “You watch, she won’t be back. Not in the way she used to be.”

Diana: “Yes, she will.”

What does that even mean? That if a girl likes a boy she’s somehow permanently changed and no longer will care about her friends? What kind of message is that????

Finally, a bright spot! We meet Miss Stacy!

I will say her accent is a bit strange. She sounds like a movie star from a 40s movie or something. It doesn’t sound really Canadian – it’s very Transatlantic.

Anyways, apparently there will be a “brisk walk” first thing every morning. Good luck with that in the winter.

Or maybe it won’t be an issue because they walk all of 20 feet around the side of the school.

While exercising, Anne and Gilbert flirt because that’s how the story goes here.

Whoa, look how uneven/really dark in spots Anne’s hair is here. This isn’t like a highlight/lowlight situation. It’s just patchy. Also why does it look like Gilbert has a ton of bronzer on his forehead?

Such interesting flirting, like whacking your arm against someone else’s.

Diana is upset again.

Also we’re just pretending not to see this clearly paved road in the background. I half-expect to see cars driving by.

Here’s another example of why I’m not doing a fashion thread for this series.

It’s just bad. Why is her vest so rumply?

Anne recites some poetry in class because who cares. Diana is jealous some more of Gilbert.

Now what on earth is this shot?

I guess we needed more Go Pro footage as Marilla, Rachel, and Anne walk to church and talk about the new reverand.

Wait, is this the same church? It’s hard to tell with how dark the first one was, but this does not look like the same church.

Here’s the Allans.

“She’s far too fashionable,” Mrs Rachel says, and is she??? She looks like basically everyone else to me.

Then we get to listen to a sermon. Great. And after that Sunday school. Yay!

Cool bench, though.

I am not Christian and this is a whole lot of focus on Christianity. And I am bored. Ruby Gillis is apparently also bored, so she asks, “Will there be a Sunday School picnic this summer?”

So maybe it’s actually like June?

More Go Pro footage of heads.

God this movie is so slow.

Um.

Look between Anne’s head and Marilla’s shoulder. Beyond more pavement that shouldn’t exist… is that a trashcan?

I guess time has passed since Anne says “Mrs Allan is always telling us”. Or it’s bad writing, who knows.

Marilla does decide to invite the Allans for tea “next Wednesday” and says Anne can make a layer cake.

Anne and Diana hang out on I assume Barry’s Pond but I mean. Can you tell where we are???

Diana’s birthday is a week away and she’s excited to be thirteen like Anne.

Apparently Anne spends all her talking with Gilbert now. Sure. Great.”No, I don’t,” Anne claims but I don’t believe her or care.

Cake montage. It’s not very interesting. Surprise. Vanilla adding needs a close up.

Anne manages to make this centerpiece. “Wild roses”, eh?

The book about Matthew: “He never said a word to Mrs Allan, but perhaps that was not to be expected.”

This movie:

He talks to both of them perfectly easily.

Mr Allan: “How are you, Matthew?”
Matthew: “I’m seventy-six.”

Which I will admit is a mood, but it’s just not very Matthew-like.

The Reverend Allan immediately shoves his teacup INTO the centerpiece and no one thinks to do a second take so Marilla isn’t pouring tea over the plant in his cup.

Luce thinks this was deliberate and a joke about the centerpiece being too large, but I dunno.

Also the teapot doesn’t match the cups and saucers. How inappropriate.

Here’s Anne’s cake.

Loaded with liniment, as you’d expect. Mrs. Allan plays it off well. Matthew has to interject with some “Now, Marilla”s because God forbid he not talk. There’s no reason for Anne to not have smelled the liniment in this, also. She’s not stuffed up.

Mrs. Allan comes up to comfort Anne and this dress really could use some sleeve supports. Your sleeves are droopin’, Mrs. A.

This whole thing was… fine? It’s got a lot of book stuff in it. It’s just rather dull. We’re at the hour mark of the movie and it’s really dragging.

Again, there’s no real like 3 act structure where I could find natural stopping points, so I’m just giving up after 30 miutes.