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The Romance Trope: aka My Rant for Riverdale and My Love of Parks and Rec

By a member of the Teen Advisory Group


Has anyone else noticed that basically all songs are about falling in love? Books and movies too, in one shape or another. It kind of gets old after a while. So it was kind of cool when I found this online:

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Hehehehe. “Whatsername”=Veronica.

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10 Books on my TBR list

Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your own TBR list and finally read some of the books (and I hope this works for me too!)

Leviathan by Scott Westfeld
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over 6 years since it’s the only Scott Westfeld series that I haven’t read.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I added this book to my TBR shelf 4 years ago after I read multiple reviews raving about this book. I started it a few years back, but unfortunately never got farther than the first chapter.

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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Like the Mara Dyer book, I added this book to my shelf over 4 years ago. A friend gave me the book as a gift, but I’ve yet to actually read it.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I heard about this book three years ago after multiple friend recommended it to me. Last year, I checked it out from the library, but of course was I extremely busy then so I never got the chance to start it.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
I really don’t know that much about this book, but I had two friends recommend it to me in the span of two weeks a few years ago so I added it to my shelf. Since I’m not super familiar with the plot, this one will probably continue to get pushed off until I make it through the rest of this list. (unless I hear more praise for this book!)

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The sad thing about this book is that I met the author two years ago and got the book signed, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never gone father than the first 20 pages.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Precursor: please don’t kill me for this! When the movie came out a few years ago I went to go see it and I absolutely loved it! The next day I went to the bookstore and bought the book, but lo and behold I still haven’t read it yet.

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Beastly by Alex Finn
This was the same situation as Warm Bodies, where I saw the movie, liked it a lot, then decided to buy the book. I started it a few years back, but didn’t read more than 10 pages.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Also the same as the last two, expect this book was on my radar before the movie even existed. An English teacher from middle school recommended this book to me, so I checked it out from the library. However, as you can probably guess by now, I never got more than 50 pages in.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first heard about this book after I’d finished reading all of John Green’s books and was looking for something similar. Out of all the books on this list, this is probably the one that I want to read as soon as I can.

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After reading through this list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, what book has been on your TBR list for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Emma

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5 Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

Today I wanted to share 5 upcoming book to movie adaptions that I’m excited for!

Wonder

What it’s about: Wonder follows the life of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity, and his struggles at his new school.
When it’s released: November 17, 2017

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Everything, Everything

What it’s about: Everything, Everything follows Maddy, who has a rare condition that forces her to stay in her home, but Olly, the boy next door, won’t let that stop them from being together.
When it’s released: May 19, 2017

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My Cousin Rachel

What it’s about: An Englishman plots revenge against his cousin, but soon finds himself falling under the spell of her charm.
When it’s released: July 14, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

What it’s about: When 13 strangers find themselves stranded on a train, one man must race against time to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes another time.
When it’s released: November 10, 2017

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The Circle

What it’s about: Mae Holland, a tech worker, lands her dream job at a company called The Circle. But she soon discovers a criminal agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family, and of humanity.
When it’s released: April 28, 2017

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What movie are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Emma

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Reel Talk: Fallen Movie

by Emma
Teen Advisory Group

If you’re a fan of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, you may remember hearing the news (a very very long time ago) that the first book was going to become a movie. Fallen follows Luce Price, who is sent to a boarding school called the Sword & Cross. On the first day of classes she is mesmerized by Daniel Grigori, one of her fellow classmates who is eerily familiar. As they grow closer, she soon finds out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

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Fallen stars Harrison Gilbertson, Jeremy Irivine, and Addison Timlin alongside Joely Richardson. Other notable cast members include Daisy Head, Malachi Kirby, Lola Kirke, Hermione Corfield and Sianoa Smit-McPhee.

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A few stills have been released, and we even have a trailer, but news on a set release date is sparse. Originally, the movie was set to be released in late 2015, but after this didn’t happen Lauren Kate confirmed that it would be released in late 2017. With so much delay is the release date, readers are left hoping that eventually they will finally get to see the movie they’ve been waiting for for years!

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While there is not set domestic release date yet, the studio is encouraging fans to retweet the trailer so they can see what kind of demand there is. So if you want to see Fallen in theaters soon retweet the trailer!! Click here to watch it on youtube! fallen-760x549.png

Fallen is coming, but not soon enough! I’ll post a follow up post once the movie (hopefully) comes out!

Until next time,
❥Emma

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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Let’s Talk: Books and the Media

Nim here! Since we, at the Flower Mound Public Library Teen Advisory Group, LOVE books (trust me when I say LOVE), obviously we are pretty pumped when books are made into movies. Within the span of one month, we had the release of Fifty Shades Darker (which I have some strong feelings about) to the future release of Before I Fall (which I’m curious about). Since Young Adult books are frequently made into movies, I want to talk about today. And not only are books made into movies, there are occasions when the opposite occurs. What may not be known is that there are some TV shows that have their own novelisations. Let’s take a look at two examples of both sides (four in total):

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What Does the Library Mean?

teen-panorama_editWhen you think of a library, what pops into your brain? Do you think about books? What about resources? Maybe you think of the annual Summer Reading Club.

The Flower Mound Public Library means “life, love, happiness, Heather and Jennie [two youth librarians; also sponsors of the Teen Advisory Group],” according to Harshini Cormaty, a freshman at the University of Texas in Dallas. Anne Marie Kluthe said that the library is “a great place to study… but a greater place to get distracted by a bunch of books instead.”

But if you look at Merriam-Webster, a library is “a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow.” Sure, the library does hold such items, but it also holds so much more. A regular at the FMPL would know that the library has more than mere books and videos within its confines. It holds adventure, fun, relaxation, and a safe place. But how does it have all that? Perhaps we should explore what the local library has to offer to teenagers.

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Teen Writing Group 

Teen Writing Group is always lots of fun because you get to talk to other people writing stories like you. We had a prompt at the beginning of the meeting about the location on your GPS changing and there was someone there waiting for you. No one has the exact same style of writing so it was cool seeing how our minds would take this. Somehow we ended up with a few Doctor Who references, but as they say great minds think alike. After that we got to work. Heather passed out character charts for us to develop our characters. All in all, it was a great meeting. Hope you come to the next one!

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Reel Talk: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Movie

Can September come any faster?! This has been the main thought coursing through my head after seeing the amazing trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
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I’m a huge fan of the book, and I’ve been excitedly waiting for news on this movie ever since they started casting in 2014. I was a bit nervous as the release date for the movie shifted from July 31, 2015 to March 4, 2016 then to December 25, 2016 then finally to the official release date of September 31, 2016, but now I’m filled with nothing but excitement for the release.

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Set to star Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, and Ella Purnell, and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s is sure to be a hit!

Now for those of you who haven’t read the book yet (which is something you should fix before you see the movie!) I’ll fill you in on what’s happening.
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When Jake’s (Butterfield) beloved grandfather leaves him clues to a mystery that spans different times and worlds, he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a refuge for children with some pretty incredible abilities. As Jake learns more about the residents and their powers the mystery and danger deepen.

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Now that’s all I’m going to say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I would highly recommend reading the book before you go to see the movie in September! I’ll plan on posting a review of the movie after I watch it.

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With two more books in the series this could be the beginning of a new franchise, now that The Hunger Games series is over and The Divergent series is coming to a close in 2017. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more about this movie and getting a new trailer or some new stills in the future. What do you think of the movie trailer? Are you as excited as I am?

Read more about the movie and see the trailer here

Check out the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs from the library here

See the series on Goodreads here

Until next time,
❥Emma

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FMPL vs. NVPL

Welcome to Night Vale: a novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor came out in October 2015, and the podcast has been running since 2012. Here is a post with 10 differences on the Flower Mound Public Library with Night Vale Public Library.

  1. The only thing you need to bring is your library card, and maybe a bag or two. Not body bags, book bags.
  2. Librarians can, in fact, see the color blue. Sure, it’s only an urban myth in Night Vale, but we do know for fact that the librarians can see the color blue. They might not be able to see orange, though.
  3. There is not a map of the library, but it’s fairly obvious where each item is. You would not need a map or have to find out which of the maps you have are forgeries. There is even a system to how the books are organized.
  4. Everything will, in fact, be fine. Nothing bad is going to happen. No librarians who creep up and try to attack you. No man-eating books. No children-eating books. No people-eating books. Everything will be fine.
  5. The library will not be empty. There will usually always be a librarian around and even people, too. The librarians will be right where you can watch them.
  6. The bulletin board has events that are happening in the library. They are all new and happening that month. Also the Sheriff’s Secret Police will not report you or even observe you and take you to be interrogated for going to one of these events.
  7. The library is very well lit. No librarians can sneak up to you in the shadows since there are none. They usually lure you to them by implanting a question into your brain.
  8. There are no child statues that are in pain. The statue is happy. So happy. So terribly happy.
  9. The summer reading program is not dangerous. We don’t give out librarian heads as trophies and  everyone survives. Some even get to stay longer locked up in the library.
  10. There is no fountain in the library. That would be dangerous. Someone may drown or get stuck in it. Even worse the books would get wet.

A few more are: The librarians will not attack you. You will not find teeth scattered on the ground. The reading areas are safe. They do not have records of your life details. People don’t just visit because there are no options left.

If there is any I forgot to mention leave a comment below. Another thing you can leave a comment about is if you want to see a Welcome to Night Vale Random Fandom! Bye guys!

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