Chapter by Chapter review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 22

OH. MY. SWEET. GHERKINS. (Photo from here)

So, when I was circulating at the Filipino Readercon, I seriously got more than one person asking me whatever happened to my chapter by chapter reviews of Tyra Banks’ magnum opus, “Modelland”. Had I stopped writing it? Will I still be writing it?

I know it may not seem like it — it’s been four months since the last “Modelland” post — but I do intend to finish this book. By hook or by crook. It’s just that….I’m only human, you guys. I need to recover my strength every time I finish a chapter.

ANYWAYS. Here it is you guys. Let’s dive back into the world of “Modelland”. I’ve got several folders of GIFs open and ready to be deployed. LET’S DO THIS.

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Your week in books#34

  • All of the cool kids have blogged about it already, so let me just add that I had a great time at the Filipino ReaderCon last week! Our “Fifty Shades of Grey” discussion went well, thank God, and it was nice to see so many readers in one place!
  • The National Book Development Board also released their latest survey on the state of reading in the country. I haven’t perused it yet, but will be writing about it for the paper! (Source)
  • National Book Store is bringing Canada-based Filipino writer Jennifer Hillier here to the country! She’s set to do a talk and a book singing at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4. (Source)
  • A long, long time ago, when I wrote a review about “I Am Number Four“, I linked to an article from the New Yorker about James Frey’s “fiction factory”. However, it would seem that “The Rise of Nine” is no longer following that particular model. (Source)

  • Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some “The Lord of the Rings”. And that I also love me a lot of other authors. What better way to ring those two things together than with alternative author’s versions of “The Lord of the Rings”? I particularly liked the D. H. Lawrence one. (Source)
  • io9 has some really great samples from Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson’s “Manual of Aeronautics”! I am still waiting with bated breath for a copy to show up at my local National Book Store. (Source)
  • In case you guys didn’t know, Superman and Wonder Woman are now officially a couple. I thought they were already doing it before! (Source)
  • While I still haven’t gotten around to reading “Catching Fire”, I do know that Finnick Odair gets all the ladies and the boys who like boys all hot under the collar and stuff. And I do have to say that Sam Claflin — who has just been cast as Odair in the movie adaptation — is certainly doing that for me. What do you guys think? Pictures under the cut!

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Your week in books#33

Watch thinking man’s porn star Stoya have an orgasm while reading Supervert’s “Necrophilia Variations”

  • I’ve been so remiss about blogging lately, that I haven’t told you guys about the great big Filipino Readercon happening at the Filipinas Heritage Library tomorrow. I’ll be there; you guys should check it out as well! (Source)
  • Jeffrey Eugenides and Junot Diaz do some historical cosplay for a Vogue spread on Edith Wharton. (Source)
  • I’m not really familiar with DC Pierson’s work, but he sure showed ” ? Idiot America ~ ???????x ?” that it’s a bad idea to outsource your summer reading to the internet. (Source)

  • The Guardian has an article compiling 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design. One of them involves kittens. (Source)
  • I haven’t read Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” yet, but I’m sure a lot of you guys have. If you’re in the vicinity of the New York film festival, Ang Lee’s movie adaptation of the book is set to open it. (Source)
  • And since we’re “in” New York, here’s a cute little thing about New York bookstores from the New York Times. Say New York one more time. New York. (Source)
  • Self-publishing is all the rage these days, especially after E.L. James and Amanda Hocking, so the New York Times has compiled a handy list of the advantages and disadvantages that come with doing it your way. (Source)
  • Former reality show star and New York Times bestselling author *sigh* Lauren Conrad got a lot of people riled up after she put up a video on her Youtube channel of her slicing up copies of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for a craft project. She’s since taken the video down, but on the internet, everything lives forever. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
  • What does Lemony Snicket have to say about all this then? I quote:

“It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented.”

Ouch. (Source)

  • Finally, Out Magazine has an interview with Stephen Chbosky, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, and Johnny Simmons regarding the big screen adaptation of Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”. Ezra Miller comes out as queer in it, if any one of you is interested. Because I know I am. (Source)

And don’t even front that you don’t want to see the photos, which you can find under the cut.

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Ronreads interview: Alyson Noel

The crowd at Alyson Noel’s signing!

Yes, yes, I know I’ve been remiss with the blogging the past few weeks.

In my defense, work has really been hectic, and there was the matter of those pesky monsoon rains. Me and my books are safe, but a lot of people everywhere else could really use some help. Anyway, here I am trying to make amends and decongesting my backlog of blog posts.

A few weeks ago, bestselling YA author Alyson Noel graced the country and signed a few books for all of us fans. And thanks once again to National Book Store, I managed to spend some time with her and ask a few questions about writing petulant teenagers, the many careers she had to go through before becoming a writer, and just a little tease about what’s coming the next books of “The Soul Seeker”series.

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