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Chapter by Chapter review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 15

I don’t know what happened, guys.

Early on, it seemed like Tyra had a plan with this thing. Heck, they were even small moments where it appeared like she actually had a fair to middling handle on prose and storytelling.

But 15 chapters in? The gif up top is beginning to look more and more like an accurate depiction of how this book was written.

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Chapter by Chapter review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 14

I must admit that there are days when I don’t think that I can accomplish this task that I got myself into.

This damn thing is moving slower than a white boy on his way to his own circumcision. We’re more than 100 pages into this endeavor and the only thing we’ve been able to find out is that Tyra doesn’t care about albino people.

And it’s not like I can’t handle a story that moves like molasses. I managed to survive the first five chapters of “The Fellowship of the Ring” and actually finish the damn trilogy. I persevered through the incessant braid tugging of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series — or at least persevered up to book nine. I CAN HANDLE IT.

But sweet baby krakens, Tookie dela Creme just might be the one to break me. Thank Gandalf for commenters like Margo for leaving such sweet comments like this one —

“Please post chapter 14 soon! and so on! I have all your reviews on this book bookmarked on my computer. Every time i need a good laugh I read one of your reviews on this ridiculous book, your incredibly witty and very entertainingly hilarious! i love you”

— because I would have given up on this biznaz several chapters ago.

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 13

To tell you quite frankly guys, the past few chapters have been less than satisfactory. I mean, even less satisfactory than the other chapters that have come before them.

For one thing, Tyra hasn’t given me a lot to work with in the past three chapters, where she merely rewrites the same scene, only changing the place where all of it is happening. And these past three chapters have been pretty short too! Couldn’t she have just jammed them together into one bigass chapter?

But then again, who am I to question the workings of Tyra’s mind? She knows what the readers want. After all, Modelland debuted on the number two spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. All of you aspiring writers should just give up and take up taxidermy.

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 12

I will forever believe that Ty-Ty stole the idea of Modelland from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Would you guys believe that it’s been a whole month since I did one of these things? Work just kind of piled up on me during the past month, and it’s been difficult to sneak in a few chapters of reading. And besides, sometimes I feel like I’m just screaming in the desert with this one — I don’t think anybody but my friends read this thing.

BUT THEN! From out of the great internet ether came this comment from Melaina:

“When are you posting the next one?”

Someone who I don’t know personally! Sweet potato babies, you are getting your chapter by chapter review and you are getting it now.

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 11

So here’s a funny thing that happened last week. I was just sitting in front of my computer, bashing the keyboard since that’s the only way I manage to put out something halfway readable, and I noticed something weird about my blog statistics.

See, on a good day, I usually get x amount of visitors to my blog, usually drawn here by the search words “alex pettyfer shirtless”, “kellan lutz shirtless”, and “winter is coming big tits”.  Sometimes, when I get linked by National Book Store, it rockets upwards to around y amount of visitors.

But last week, views on my blog skyrocketed to z, and after the initial celebration I wondered what spurred this sudden interest. Did I get linked over on National Book store’s Facebook once again? Turns out I didn’t. So who did I have to thank for this surge in views?

Apparently, I had Tyra to thank because last week she debuted the moving fashion editorial you see at the top of this post. It’s all about her book, “Modelland”, and it generated enough interest for people to start looking for reviews of the book online. And guess who’s been taking the pains to review it chapter by chapter.

I knew one day I would be a trendsetter.

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 10

It’s gay pride day here in the Philippines, and I had planned to be at the pride parade and maybe even at the parties afterwards, but things just didn’t go my way today. I had a really early appointment this morning, a coverage halfway across the metropolis after that, and then a throbbing headache to top it all off.

So rather than walk in solidarity with my LGBTQI brothers and sisters, I just headed home and did the gayest thing I could think of that did not involve some guy’s genitals — I decided to read and review another chapter of Tyra Banks’ “Modelland”.

It can’t be a hate crime if the violence is self-inflicted, right? Maybe a self-hate crime at the most.

The chapter title is “Bou-Big-Tique Nation””. I may choke on my own vomit.

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapters 8 and 9

I was going through my bookshelves this morning like normal people do and I thought of leafing through my copy of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” just for old times sake. It’s been more than a decade, after all.

While looking through my copy, I found out that Chapter Six, “The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters”, and Chapter Seven, “The Sorting Hat”, starts on page 88. The chapters talk about several characters Harry meets on his way to Hogwarts, as well as the moment where Harry is finally picked to be part of a house.

Meanwhile, Chapters Eight and Nine of Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” — named “T-DOD” and “Bzzz” — begins on page 87. The two chapters are about Tookie meeting several characters on the way to Modelland and finally being picked to be an Intoxibella.

Am I saying that Ty-Ty is trying to fashion herself into a “fashion” version of J.K. Rowling, rewriting “Harry Potter” in a very inefficient way? No, I most certainly am not. Is she just renaming characters from Rowling’s universe? I don’t know. Maybe you can ask Xenophilius Lovegood Theopilius Lovelaces.

What I am saying is that it’s time for another installment of “Modelland”!

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 7

Oh my goodness me, it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these! As you guys probably know from the recent posts, there have been a lot of book-related activities happening around the metropolis these past few weeks.

There’s the recently concluded Manila International Literary Festival, the 2011 Komikon, and the thousand other things that I had to do because I have a job and I need ALL. THE. MONEYS.

But now, on this cold November morning, I finally have some time! Let’s plunge back into Tookie De La Creme’s fabulous frolics along the fashion forward streets of Metopia!

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 6

The chapter title is actually this:

“Stunning, Statuesque, Strobotronic Stars with Stupefying Stratospheric Struts”

I want to lie down beside that chapter title, ply it with dark chocolate and white wine, and make sweet, sweet love to it until the break of dawn. And then do it again the next day.

In this chapter, Tyra finally delivers on the trip to LaDorno that she hinted at but never delivered in Chapter 5, finally introduces the Intoxibellas to the readers, and invites us all to play “Guess how to say this in proper English!”

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Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapters 4 and 5


Smize, you skinny bitches! Smize!

OH. MY. GAWD. Did you like, totally hear about, like, that Forgetta-Girl Tookie de la Whatsis getting like, a SMIZE or whatever? She was, you know, at the faucet or something doing like, stuff, and it totally fell into her hand like whatever. Ugh. So not fetch. And now, like, of course her family’s going crazy and whatever and such as.

And like, whatever, it was SO. UNFAIR. Like really, because I like, wanted to be a top model and whatever since like, forever, and it like, really hurts and whatever that I didn’t like, get a SMIZE and such as. UGH.

I hope you guys at least snickered a little because I think I just had a mini-aneurysm typing those two paragraphs. I feel like a nosebleed is about to come on. Or the vapors. Or whatever quaint Victorian ailment suits this whole situation.

ANYWAY. The above paragraphs pretty much sum up what went down at the De La Creme residence in the previous chapter. And as previously stated in earlier chapters, getting a SMIZE increases your chances of being picked to go to Modelland by 91 percent. “91% Chance” is also the chapter title, so I guess we pretty much get that in this installment.

Continue reading Chapter by Chapter Review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapters 4 and 5