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Here comes your friendly neighborhood superhero! | Spider-Man Random Fandom

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Spider-Man: Homecoming was released earlier this year and nerds and geek alike fell in love with all the characters.

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I, personally, don’t have an opinion about the movie yet because I haven’t watched it (I know. Shame on me.). However, I have a major celebrity crush on Tom Holland. I mean, who doesn’t?

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In celebration of the movie (yes, we know it’s a little late), December’s Random Fandom will be Spider-Man themed! Because we know there are a lot of fans of the older Spider-Man movies, this RF is not limited to the recent movie.

As always…

A Quick Overview of the Program:

Who: you and your buddies
What: Spider-Man Random Fandom
When: Thursday, December 14 (4:00-5:30)
Where: Flower Mound Public Library in the Program Room (near the restrooms)
3030 Broadmoor Ln.
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Activities:

To start off, there will be a trivia in related to Spider-Man. From what I heard, it might be a Kahoot, so be prepared to jam out to the bomb Kahoot soundtrack!

There will also be a silly string target practice outside where players have cans of silly string to spray at villains. The silly string will act like Spider-Man’s webs that shoot out of his wrists. Whoever successfully defeats all the villains in the shortest amount of time wins. Just remember, do not spray your fellow players with the silly string!

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In honor of the viral .gif of Spider-Man dancing (pictured above) that supposedly can go with any music, there will be a dance. It might be a dance battle. It might be just a dancing fest. Who knows? You’ll have to attend to find out!

Just like in the beginning of the movie, there will be a task to steal Captain America’s shield! On top of that, there will be a mini scavenger hunt in search for Stan Lee, who made a cameo in the recent movie.

And because we’re a bunch of nerds, we are also going to play Superfight. I’m going to try and TL;DR the rules of the game:

Basically, there are a stack of white cards and a stack of black cards. The white cards have characters on them (ex. ninja) while the black cards have powers on them (ex. ability to freeze things). When it’s their turn, the player picks up three white and three black cards. They have to choose one white and one black one, set them face down, and return the remaining unused cards into the deck. The next player does the same. Then both players turns over the chosen white card (to reveal their character) and then have to choose a black card from the deck at random to add to their skill. Then they reveal everything to the table (the rest of the players waiting their turn) and have to plead their case as to who would win in an one-on-one battle. Whoever the table chooses wins the round. If you want to official rules of the game (because I know I’m terrible at explaining things), click here to go to the official rules page. All you need to know is that the game is tons of fun.

In addition to all the fun games, there will be web serum punch served (don’t worry, you don’t have to be bitten by a radioactive spider to enjoy it) and maybe get to watch the Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

It doesn’t matter than you’ve never watched a Spider-Man movie in your whole entire life (like myself). You can still attend Random Fandom! It’s just a program to spend time with like-minded people and have fun. Don’t forget to mark December 14th on your calendar and hope to see you there!

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– Jessica, your friendly neighborhood nerd

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Let’s Review: Wires and Nerve

By Ashley
Teen Advisory Group member

IMG_1293Hi! My name is Ashley, and I’m new to TAG so I thought that I’d take a few minutes to introduce myself. One thing that you need to know about me is that I love to read. I always have my nose in a book! Besides reading, I also like mythical creatures, dogs and cats, and a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale.

Anyway, everybody knows The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer, right? Well, she wrote a graphic novel called Wires and Nerve following Cinder’s (Selene’s) “sidekick,” Iko. Since most of the hybrid-wolf packs got away, Iko takes it upon herself to track them down and capture them. This is especially important that Iko does this because of the fact that she is an android, so she can’t get hurt.

However, if you didn’t like Iko as a character, you’re probably not going to like this book. After all, this book is a whole lot of Iko. She is a very feminine character. She likes clothes, shoes and net dramas, (though most of this is only mentioned and not shown). She also spends a LOT of her time daydreaming about boys.

Yet, Iko is left questioning her own humanity, misreading romantic tension with a royal guard calling her beautiful (or so she thinks), and having the pressure of finding all the hybrid wolves.

While I’m on the subject of Marissa Meyer, be sure to read her new book Renegades! Happy reading!

 

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Let’s Discuss: Is The Library Important?

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

(Spoiler Alert: Yes it is.)

Nim again and this time, I’m not in a good mood.

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The best way to explain it is with a good old storytime. So gather around boys and girls, Nim’s about to rant!

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Calling All Superheroes! | Justice League Random Fandom

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member


DC is releasing another superhero movie soon! It’s called Justice League, and it’s coming out on Friday, November 17. According to a fellow nerd, although almost all of the DC Comics superheroes have been part of the Justice League at one point or another, this movie focuses on five of them: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg.

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*distant fangirl and fanboy screams*

For those of you who don’t know, Random Fandom is an hour and a half (1 hour, 30 minutes) long monthly program at the Flower Mound Public Library where fangirls and fanboys alike get together and do fandom-related activities in spirit of that fandom. This month’s fandom revolves around the Justice League movie (obviously).

A quick overview of the program:

Who: you and your friends!
What: Justice League Random Fandom
When: Thursday, November 9 (4:00-5:30)
Where: Flower Mound Public Library in the Program Room (near the restrooms)
3030 Broadmoor Ln.
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Let’s Review: Twilight Breaking Dawn

By Anne
Teen Advisory Group member




I spent all of Thanksgiving break las year on this book. I bought a hardback copy of it at the Flower Mound Book Sale (the next on is on October 20-22— come check it out!) for the very affordable price of one dollar.
And I have to admit. I really tore through this book.
And yes, a year later is a terrible time to do a book review. I know.
Good thing this isn’t actually a book review.

But I wasn’t lying when I said I tore through the book, because I did.

Now why would I do this to a perfectly good copy of Twilight?

Well, for one thing, I needed a thick book, and I was not about to do it to a book I did not read or to Harry Potter (yes, I play favorites).
For another, there are plenty of copies around. My destroying of this book does not put the book population of Breaking Dawn at risk.
Finally, I’m a chess player. The cover is ascetically pleasing to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
(Also I did this one instead of the first one so people wouldn’t see the it on my bookcase and go “Oh, can I borrow thi— OH MY GOSH IT’S HOLLOW.”)

But it was really fun to make! I’ve always wanted a hollow book, and now it is even more special to me because I made it instead of just buying it somewhere.
I reused some of the paper in a school project for entrepreneurship.


And what I didn’t use for this, I recycled, don’t worry.

Oh! And see this quote?

I was actually going to use a different one (both quotes came from the book), but even though the other one was in the center of the page and this one wasn’t (although you can’t tell now), I cut the pages so unevenly that the relative center moved (you can see how uneven my wall is). I was lucky enough to see that this one fix was better.
Basically I use my book to hold candy, but if you want to make your own, I recommend Heather River’s blog on the subject. That’s the one I use. The Art of Manliness Has a pretty good one too, especially if you are trying to figure out the “why”s choosing to make a hollow book.

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Let’s Review: The Grapes of Wrath

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President


Nim here!

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As we know, school’s right around the corner and schedules have been released, leaving all of us scrambling to get supplies and summer assignments ready. There’s a good chance that some of y’all have not read your PAP/AP English Summer Novel, and that’s not good (especially if you have English in the Fall semester). In fact,

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But no fears! If you’ve been assigned to read the Grapes of Wrath (for example: Marcus juniors), look no further! I’m here to give a formal and an informal summary + some important stuff I annotated for (yeah, remember that?). But honestly, you should still Sparknote the book, I am NOT a trusted source on the analysis stuff.

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Authors Who Don’t Narrate the Way You Expect

by Anne Marie
Teen Advisory Group

In general, narrators  are the same. First person, third person– you know, what you read 95% of the time. Point being, they are either in the story, or else they are the all-knowing narrator.

But what about the narrators (who in these cases, are also the authors) who refuse to follow the rules? The ones don’t care about the fourth wall and mercilessly tear it down?

They tell a different story. Here are a couple of my favorites.

 

*Lemony Snicket*

Lemony Snicket ruthlessly throws down the fourth wall. Near the beginning of the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, he warns the reader not to read his books. It does not have a happy ending (which is true), so you are better off reading something else.

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And if you watch the Netflix version (which is pretty great– WAY better than the movie), “Lemony Snicket” often comes in and breaks the fourth wall and clears up definitions, much like he does in the books.

But not only does he clear up definitions, in the books he has a very *ahem* strange writing style. I don’t remember which book it was, but one time he was explaining deja vu, and then he repeated the passage exactly to give the read a sense of deja vu.

Another time, he wrote “very” for a couple pages. I don’t remember the reason why, but I know he was making a point.

 

He’s always making a point.

 

And it’s like that in all the books! It is very strange, but hey, who wants to read something “normal”?

 

*Pseudonymous Bosch*

The Name of this Book is Secret’s author “Pseudonymous Bosch” is very secretive of the critical information in the books, even of the author’s name.

(No, you don’t get it. “Pseudonymous” literally means “pen name”. As in: “the name on the cover is not the name of the person who wrote this book”.)

Want an example of how secretive the author is? Here is the first chapter:

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And here is one farther in:

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But unlike Lemony Snicket, this narrator acknowledges his own shortcomings. He realizes he will make mistakes and asks his readers to 1) forgive him and 2) forget the information he gave you.

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Why do I say Pseudonymous Bosch is a “he”? Well, I read the books, and who the author is was one of the biggest secrets in the series, so of course he gives it away.

But you’ll have to read the book to figure out who it is.

 

 

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Let’s Review: Hamlet

By the vice-president of the Teen Advisory Group:

Hi everyone! I am back after almost a year-long hiatus with a new series on English IV books (original, I know). My class recently finished Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and this short post will primarily focus on dissecting its main characters Hamlet and King Claudius without spoiling the plot too much.

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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 Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


It’s been awhile since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s still on my mind. It’s been months (!) and I’m still thinking about it. A lot of authors (especially in the young adult genre) make the romance aspect of their story so predictable. Not Sarah J. Maas though! She threw plot twist after plot twist in this story that my head is still reeling after all of it.

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Even though this book is categorized as “young adult”, I would consider it more as a new adult series. There are some sexy times that aren’t censored like most young adult novels. Beware.

One thing I love about this series is the character development. You start off thinking you understand each and every character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then you read A Court of Mist and Fury and then you realize that all the things you found holy were a lie because the author decided to throw in some important backstory. Like most people after a major event, the characters change, hence the character development. Each story gives a little more insight into who each character is. A wise ogre once told me, “[People] are like onions. [People] have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” It’s exactly like that. Every book is like peeling another layer of each character.

If you like finding new OTPs (One True Pairing), then you’d really like this series. There are many couples that I can help but (silently) squeal whenever I think about them because I love them so much. There were some times where I squealed out loud in public when I thought about my OTPs and I’ve gotten some strange looks. It’s okay though. It’s totally worth it.

I find that whenever I read young adult/new adult romance novels, I don’t like the female character because she acts like a damsel in distress all the time. Like, honey, that boy won’t help you unless you help yourself first. Then, in other times, the female is unnaturally emotionally strong. I mean that girl won’t even blink an eye if a puppy was kicked. What will it take to get you to feel sad? Thankfully, that’s not the case with Feyre (the main female protagonist). She’s strong, but she’s also human. She’s feels emotion, dang it, but she doesn’t act weak.

Overall, I liked the story because it was fast-paced and intense. It was like I was on a roller coaster the whole time. There were times where I had to set down the book to wrap my mind around what happened.

If you like fantasy romance novels that are filled with action, heart break, and hot guys, you’ll definitely enjoy A Court of Mist and Fury. My only suggestion is to start with the first book, obviously.

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