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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Fictional Crushes

NOT ME POSTING A TOP TEN TUESDAY ON TIME FOR ONCE. Best of all, today's topic is FICTIONAL CRUSHES. My name is Lauren and I have a Type. Hades from Greek mythology I still secretly want to be goth; crushing on the god of the Underworld seems like a decent way to achieve that. The… Continue reading TOP TEN TUESDAY: Fictional Crushes

Books, Theater

Book Recs Based on My Favorite Musicals

I've been listening to musicals recently to help me cope with a sudden onslaught of work. I revisited some old favorites as well as a few that I once hated. Because I worked so much last week (and thus spent at least 50 hours listening to musicals), I decided to do book recommendations based on… Continue reading Book Recs Based on My Favorite Musicals

Movies, Theater

I Really Enjoyed “Cats”

Trainwreck. Abomination. Fever dream. I've heard all these words and more used to describe Tom Hooper's adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's '80s hit. Viewers described such horrors as cats unzipping their own skin and eating the heads off cockroaches with human faces. After hearing these things, I wanted more than anything to see this movie.… Continue reading I Really Enjoyed “Cats”

Books, Theater

Dear Evan Hansen Book Tag

Did I rashly promise to do summer book tags? Does that sound like something I would do? Okay, hear me out: My friend Staci bought me Dear Evan Hansen for my birthday and I've been putting it off until...now, I guess. It's currently sitting on a shelf next to some other summer-y books that I've been prrrrrrromising… Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen Book Tag

Entertainment, Music, Theater

Top Ten Favorite Hamilton Songs

EXPLICIT CONTENT WARNING No joke, I have several MONTHS-old drafts of this same post, but none of them ever felt right. Hamilton happens to be my partner's favorite musical, so that motivated me to (finally) finish. I tried to turn this into a list of my favorite Hamilton show moments, but all my favorite moments came from the… Continue reading Top Ten Favorite Hamilton Songs

Theater

Converted by same-sex “Oklahoma”

A good adaptation can change your mind about a play. To put a twist on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival retooled "Oklahoma" as a queer romance featuring multiple gay, transgender, and gender-nonconforming characters. I won't be able to watch straight "Oklahoma" ever again. The same-sex interpretation makes a lot of… Continue reading Converted by same-sex “Oklahoma”

Books, Movies, Television, Theater

R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 10

For round 10, I picked Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket and Mark Cohen from RENT Background Kyo Sohma can turn into a cat. That's kind of his thing. If involuntarily turning into an adorable animal isn't embarrassing enough, he's an outcast in his own family, forced to spend the remainder of his life in a locked… Continue reading R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 10

Movies, Theater

R.I.P It or Ship It: Round 4

For round 4, I picked Roger Davis from RENT and Queen Amidala from Star Wars Background If Roger Davis isn't singing about his problems, he's running away. Granted, he has depression, something I've only recently been able to appreciate. He sulks in his apartment. He worries about his lifespan. He picks out melodies on his untuned guitar.… Continue reading R.I.P It or Ship It: Round 4

Movies, Theater

R.I.P. It or Ship It Round 2

For round 2, I picked: Aaron Burr from Hamilton and Kylo Ren from Star Wars Background Most know Aaron Burr as the man who shot Alexander Hamilton. In the musical, his personality boils down to strategic passivity and resentment at playing second fiddle to the brash, inelegant Hamilton. Kylo Ren, the new trilogy's polarizing villain, idolizes… Continue reading R.I.P. It or Ship It Round 2

Books, Theater

R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 1

For round 1, I picked: Daine Sarrasri from the Tortall Universe and Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton Background Daine Sarrasri, the lame follow-up protagonist to Alanna of Trebond, almost made me swear off fantasy. Daine represents everything I hate in female characters: she has the power to talk to animals, but is too incompetent to be of much use.… Continue reading R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 1