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November 28-December 3rd

Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school.
Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

Writing Prompt #I

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow back in the seventh grade, and all the past years between then was a dream?

If I woke up in 2002, I would first stop my two year psychotic crush on a teacher. No wait, I wouldn’t stop that, it lead to a great story idea in eighth grade for an English assignment. One thing I’ve learned from Doctor Who is changing the past can be good, but it can also change who we are now.

I would however it more effort into my health though. I allowing me to skip my three month stint in the hospital in 2009. It would also give me the opportunity to indulge in a guilty little secret of mine. Not many people, if any, know that I’ve always wanted to join one of the armed forces. Marines specifically, always liked the uniform and they are the best of the best. Great-grandfather was in the Army but Marines was always more appealing.

Let’s see…what else? I’d be nicer to a few people and practice the clarinet a bit more. Really I wouldn’t make any bigger changes because I would be too paranoid about how it would change my family, who seem happy with their current lives.

Secrets & Lies Rant

Maybe I’m just in a mood to rant, but if TV producers are looking for new show ideas, why not come up with your own? Secrets & Lies is a TV series that originated in Australia, and America decided to “adapt” it for Americans. So I checked it out awhile back on Netflix, the Australian version, and just couldn’t get into it. Because I couldn’t get into it, i forgot the name of the show and never put two and two together until now. Then Sunday night, I was bored and checked out the American version.

When the US decided to “adapt” this show, I was thinking that there were going to be big differences. Like take the main bases of the show and enhance everything else. Guess what? They changed a few names and moved locations….that’s it. The guy still finds his dead son (doesn’t know it’s his son), the inspector is still psychotically out to peg it on the guy. We are talking word for word ripoff! No ingenuity at all.

Obviously it’s not my cup of tea, as I couldn’t get into the original, but it ticked me off because they didn’t put in any effort to change it and really make it ours. This story line could happen anywhere, as proven with the two differences, so what makes the location of the show so special? What makes the location so unique it can only happen in America? If your not going to make a show your own, or prove to viewers why you should have made it first, why do it? 

This is classic plagiarizing. If it is frowned upon in writing, why not in television? Even if the show was stripped down to the bare essitials, a guy finds a kid dead that he turns out to be related to and he is the prime suspect, everything else can be changed to make it fresh and better. It doesn’t have to be his secret son from an affair, it could be a cousin who lives in the neighborhood. It could be known they were related, which would make the fact that he is the prime suspect even more dark. The weapon of choice could be a prize baseball bat or the guy could be a Plummer and the weapon be a missing wrench. Why use a flashlight that the guy hardly ever used? I never really understood why a painter needed a flashlight to begin with. He is working inside houses with bright lights on. Change the younger daughter to a boy and try to gain some sympathy from the main character.

There is just so much that could have been done to make it better and “more American” than what was done. Rant over.

#Musical Monday Review #5: Grease 2

Overview: A year or two later, we are back at Rydell High with a new set of Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Sandy’s goody two-shoes cousin, Michael, has transferred from England and is our leading man. He falls for bad girl, Stephanie, who is the leader of the Pink Ladies. As he is not a member of the T-Birds, it is socially unacceptable for the two to date. In order to when her heart and acceptance he buys, fixes and learns to ride a motorcycle. Michael then rides around keeping his identity secret, and woos Stephanie, but the T-Birds leader, Johnny, becomes jealous and runs him off into a ravine the night of the big talent show. Believing him dead, Stephanie breaks down on stage over the loss of her love. In the end, the mysterious rider, rises from the dead and is reunited with Stephanie.

Opinion: A lot of people do not like this musical because they say it doesn’t resemble the first Grease. I think that it resembles the first one and is a great sequel. It shows the drastic changes in the times as we go from post war to cold war. Fashion and morals are changing, so the way people act is going to change as well.

I think this show gives a bigger insight to the culture and fads back then. Where the first one only gave us small glances. Most prominent would be the fashion trends. In Grease one we see poodle skirts and dresses on the girls. In Grease two we are seeing the transition to pants.

The lyrics tend to be more explicit than in the first one. They don’t go hog wild, but again we see the differences in what is popular and not. We also see double entandras in a lot of the music. My favorite song has always been “Score Tonight,” where they are in the bowling alley. When your young and don’t know any better, you think they are talking about bowling, and some might be meaning it, but others are meaning it in a more carnal nature.

The choreography seems to be more sophisticated and extravagant, showing more the age of the actors and again the times. The 50’s were more demure and chaste. The 60’s are moving into a more open and hedonistic era. Evidence of this is in the song “Reproduction” Even the most studious and nerdy students branch out to randy movements.

All in all the music is great, the actors bring the characters to life and it makes for a good movie. Plus high school students now can relate to it easier as they seem to have more in common than with the first one.

New Hat

So it may seem that my blog and life are undergoing changes, as I find new things that I want to do. I’m still trying to figure out where my life is headed, which at 25 is a bit late in the game for me. I tend to procrastinate.

My blog is new, and I’m new to blogging so I expected to make changes as I go along. Which is why I named it Books and More, I knew I wanted to do book reviews, but I didn’t want to limit it to just that. I honestly thought I would have more on here about Doctor Who, Sherlock (TV series) or one of the other many fandoms I have been a part of.

While I’m in the midst of changing, starting a new school and adding different aspects to my blog, I’m also thinking about starting a little side business. I have been collaborating with an author to edit her next book. If she is happy with my work, maybe I could turn that into something. I know I probably wouldn’t get rich off of it, but I could make enough to be happy. Doesn’t take much Lol.

In my mind, I like to think that I don’t have over 110 followers for nothing and that they enjoy most of what I write. I would like to ensure them that I’m still going to be here posting and it should be pretty consistent context. I just hope the changes aren’t so drastic that y’all decided to unfollow me.