Movie Mondays: INSURGENT Review

I would be remiss if I didn’t review INSURGENT, since I’ve posted before about reading the series by Veronica Roth and my admiration of some of her choices.  However, with time, the appeal of both the series and the movie franchise has lost some of its appeal. I’ll probably need to see INSURGENT again to have a clearer grasp on what I think, but my overall reaction was…eh.  For an action movie, this was pretty anti-climatic and undercut the major revelations that serve the books better.

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Book Review: ALLEGIANT (DIVERGENT series)

I just finished ALLEGIANT, the third and final sequel in the DIVERGENT series by Veronica Roth.  It would be a disservice to give away anything that happens to the major characters, but I have to say that Roth’s writing is as brave and convention-shattering as her main characters.  She demonstrates that Young Adult fiction does not have to be safe and comfortable for its audience.

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MM: Twi-Moms, Mortal Instruments & Female Protagonists

movie_mondaysSophia McDougall recently wrote an explosive article called “I hate Strong Female Characters” for New Statesman.  Her point, targeted at Hollywood, is that in effort to counter claims of sexism, blockbuster films include a token “Strong Female Character” in their action films and allow extreme acts of violence fly from these not-so-delicate flowers to prove the point that they are just as good as any man for any job.  After seeing the latest teen paranormal romance book-turned movie MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, I might just hop on McDougall’s bandwagon.

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