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Fri
Jan 24 2014 5:35pm

Original Sin: Klaus/Caroline Hotness in The Vampire Diaries 5x11

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Vampire Diaries, including last night’s 5x11, the show's 100th (!!!) episode, “500 Years of Solitude.” Enjoy!

The Vampire Diaries and I have had a very tumultuous relationship. As a kid I was a rabid fan of the book series, the old (fabulous) covers faded and creased from rereading. When the television show aired I had mixed feelings. Elena as a brunette! What happened to Meredith? Why are they friends with Caroline? (I forgive the addition of Jeremy…because he is awesome!) But still I dutifully watched the show and it grew on me. Then I stopped watching. Then started again, then stopped—you see where this is going.

Then Klaus entered and my life, er I mean Vampire Diaries, and I was never the same. Sure, he's evil; yeah, he has the weirdest relationship with his family; OK, he wanted to create an army and then killed said army when they disappointed him. But I understand him! Well, not really, but I want to.

[Klaus and Caroline did WHAT last night?!...]

Tue
Feb 14 2012 9:30am

Holding on to Letting Go: Why Do We Hesitate to Start New Series?

Deadly Sins by Lora LeighI am a long-haul reader. I find a series I like and I stick with it. Committing to an ongoing series is a bit (a lot) like the ups and downs of a relationship. There’s the first attraction—This book is made of gold and chocolate. The Honeymoon period—Books 2-5 are still so awesome; this series can do no wrong. The doubts—Uh-oh, books 6-7 are slipping, I might quit. The makeup sex—book 8 is back and better than ever. And so on. 

Although I pride myself on sticking with it, I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I finish a series, no matter how much I love an author, it takes a while to jump into another series by the same author. It could be a touch of fatigue, or that I am afraid their next venture will be wildly different or too much the same. Whatever the reason, I drag my feet a bit.

[Go ahead, dive in...]

Sat
Mar 26 2011 11:00am

Romantic Literature for Chicks: Green, Kinsella, and Giffin

My reading tastes are like my moods: fickle and ever changing. Not so long ago I was introduced to someone as a reader and of course was asked, “What do you like to read?” Since I read in many genres, I was unsure of how to answer. Here is a brief but eloquent transcript:

Me: Um…I guess women’s fiction
New Person: Like chick-lit
Me: No, well, maybe. Yeah, I guess. I also read romance.
NP: Isn’t romance women’s fiction?
Me: No, well…yes?

I consulted my various book friends, thus sparking a heated debate: My literary women’s fiction cluster did not take kindly to the term chick-lit, and the romancers did not find chick-lit to be romantic enough.

(As an equal-opportunity reader, I find it silly to judge a book solely based on the category it “fits” into especially since genres are constantly growing and changing)

So today I appeal to the strict romance reader with a few of my favorite genre-blurring books. So come on! Live a little—put a little “lit” in your romance!

[Onto the recs...]