YA REWIND: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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February 13, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, I talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and the tremendous impact the boy wizard has had on my life. After, I spend some time on the Casting Couch discussing the first movie adaptation, its problems and successes, and why I would actually approve of a reboot in ten years.

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Hollywood Jane Recommends: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

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February 10, 2013

Considering how big a fan I am of the original source material (as well as the A&E mini, the Keira Knightly film, and the zombified version), I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to sit down to watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, “an online adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.” Maybe it’s because I’m such a big fan; I wasn’t sure I needed to see yet another version of the story.

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That Ol’ Potter Magic

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July 14, 2011

Tonight, after I get off work, I’ll be driving down to Irvine to wait in line for a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. There was a time when I didn’t think Hollywood would make all seven books into films, certainly not with the same set of actors. Looking at the pictures of the main characters then and now has been a bit of a shock – I feel old. Which is what happens when you start young. I began reading the books in 1999, but it was really two years after that that Harry Potter changed my life. How many people can say that about Twilight with a straight face?

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Is the World Ready for Ms. Marple: Super Spy 3D?

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March 29, 2011

News broke this morning that Disney is planning a reboot of the Miss Marple franchise – starring Alias’s Jennifer Garner as the titular sleuth. There’s one major problem with this: Miss Marple is an elderly spinster. To the shock and horror of many Agatha Christie fans, Disney plans to age Marple down to her 30s or 40s for this new movie, which begs all sorts of questions, the primary one being, ‘Why?’

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Definition of Insanity

I’ve been remiss with this blog (and have been waiting a week to use the word ‘remiss.’) I can’t even entirely blame my thesis. The last couple of weeks have been occupied with Top Secret Work of a Holiday Nature and Top Secret Work of a Nostalgic Nature, neither of which can be discussed on a public forum. Yet. (There are spies everywhere.) Also, the acquisition of Angry Birds for…

December 15, 2010
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My Two Knuts

An Open Letter to Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times in Response to “Steve Kloves Speaks”: I’m not the most unbiased of Harry Potter fans; I don’t pretend to be. The Harry Potter series was a mainstay of my life for seven years, and continues to ripple through it even after the final book was published. I was a part of the online community that Steve Kloves fears so…

November 14, 2010
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And Now For Something Completely Familiar…

A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I went to see Prince of Persia. (Stop judging me, I thought it would be funny – which it was, just not on purpose.) The worst part wasn’t even the terrible script, the egregious miscasting, or inexplicable dullness of the “action scenes.” (Why was so much of that movie in slow motion?) It was the previews. As trailers go, they were pretty standard….

June 30, 2010
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