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    Unpopular Opinions

    I used to lurk on the Westeros forums back when the books actually came out with some sense of regularity, and it was strongly pro-Jon/anti-Sansa. People did seem to soften towards Sansa a bit once she got to the Vale. It's interesting because we're discussing this in terms of Jon and Sansa, but it's not Jon that was a factor in how readers felt about Sansa - it was Arya. So much conflict was shown between them before they were separated, so people tended to pick one of the sisters and they almost always picked Arya and seemed to think even worse of Sansa than they might have if Arya didn't exist. Of course on the TV show they've had Jon and Sansa together for a while now, working together but also with a number of conflicts between them, so TV viewers have been inclined to pick sides between them the way book readers were inclined to pick sides between Sansa and Arya. In the books we've yet to see Sansa and Jon really interact. We know Sansa was cold to him in a way that the rest of his siblings weren't, but that was just described in a line here and there - no real scenes between them.
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    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    This is something I find I just can't grok. I've read the various theories for Smollett's motivations, and they make sense in that I understand the English words in these sentences, but I don't understand. What on earth??? I don't know if he'll ever come forward with an explanation of his own, but I doubt I will find it any more comprehensible than anything else that's been speculated. Speaking as a member of the gay community, fuck Smollett. And that's one reason why he's going to be dumped from the show, because his support from the gay community will largely vanish. Not just vanish - turn into loathing. Without that fanbase, he has little to offer Fox or Empire TPTB that they don't get from the rest of the cast. I have no sympathy for him at this time. I can't imagine what he could say that would earn my forgiveness right now. In a few years after a journey of self-work and redemption, if I feel like he's truly learned something as opposed to just being sorry he got caught in his lies, maybe. I read today that it's estimated that the costs of the police work that he'll likely have to reimburse will probably run into the hundreds of thousands. Add in his legal fees, etc. and whatever he has from Empire is going to be gone quickly. And he's not going to get any work for a while. WTF was he thinking?
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    Books We'd Love To Be Movies

    I'd love to see Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds made into a limited-run series. It's an episodic book, so that format would be perfect for it. But it would have to be for a channel or streaming provider that's willing to pony up the budget to do it right.
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    Frozen 2 (2019)

    I really liked Once Upon a Time’s Elsa story - it did a nice job of digging into Elsa’s insecurities and struggles and let her finally attain peace and confidence. I also liked Anna briefly getting to point out the hurt that she went through too, even if she was under the influence of the mirror at the time - the adult her understands and when not mirror-influenced has compassion, but somewhere inside is still the kid sister who was abruptly iced out and repeatedly rejected without knowing why, which is what made her a perfect target for Hans. Ugh, their parents! And Georgina Haig was a perfect Elsa. I’m quite eager to see what the film sequel does with this! Writers, don’t fuck it up! If OUAT with all its many flaws could deliver a good Elsa story, the original team certainly can.
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    Frozen 2 (2019)

    Agreed. I understand the reasons for why the first movie centered on Anna given what the original story was. But as much as I enjoy Anna she's a typical Disney princess, while Elsa is quite a departure, and I think that's part of why Frozen was and remains so popular. Elsa's relatable in a different way, since she's struggling with fears just as so many people do. I'm sure Frozen 2 will focus at least as much on Elsa as Anna, simply because there's just a lot more for the writers to mine with her. I always find Elsa heartbreaking, even in a silly short like Olaf's Frozen Adventure. I'm ridiculously excited by this trailer!
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    Authors You Used to Love, But No Longer Read

    It's not the usual way that the question gets interpreted - "author was once good but quality fell off/some other reason so I quit reading new books from him/her" - but it opens up a new avenue for discussion. I'm trying to think now if there's anyone that I've simply reread too much and so I no longer reread, but I'm not coming up with much. Of course, part of that is because I have so many books to read that I don't have much time to reread anyway. The closest might be Agatha Christie. But even then, any new film/TV adaptation always sends me running back to reread the book in question. Or heck, even just a book coming up in conversation. I was in a conversation recently in which German measles being a danger during pregnancy came up, and I mentioned that being a motive for murder in the Christie mystery and now I'm about to dig that up and reread it. So, I don't reread her as often as I used to, but I still do. Though, I was just reminded of something from my childhood. My biological mother always took me to her hair appointments, and I always brought a book to read. So one day we went, and I had one of the later Ramona Quimby books with me. I liked it just fine, but this hair appointment ran way longer than normal - hours longer - and I reread that book so many times that I could never read it again afterwards. I have never been so sick of a book in my life. Not even One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, which is boring enough to read once (I understand that that's largely the point, but it still doesn't make it any more satisfying!), but thanks to the way certain school things lined up, was assigned reading three times in two years. If book readers get special customized hells, mine will probably be a library in which that is the only book.
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    Spoilers And Shockers

    If that spoiler is true, I'm concerned it's going to be presented as some sort of quasi-romantic thing. "I was so upset with my sister for almost killing you that I almost killed her, because I love you so much!" I thought Jordan coming back with Rafe's baby would be stupid, but I'd a million times rather have had that than this. I agree with the others who have said this reminds them of when Ron brought back the Rebecca character on OLTL.
  8. Did Sorel say that she wouldn't be returning to the show as in she refuses to ever return, or did she mean it as "My stint is up, the writers don't have any plans to bring me back at this time"?
  9. Why would they recast Vivian? Is Louise Sorel unavailable?
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    Getting To Genoa You : Y&R Daily Chat

    Virginity's actually on the rise with the younger generations but not as a religious thing or as "currency" - just more not being in a rush and taking the potential consequences a little more seriously, and prioritizing other things more (the Great Recession had a lot of impact on young people). Of course there are still young people having sex, but Lola wouldn't be considered unusual either, unlike the way she is on the show. If the writers were connected enough to know what's actually going on with younger millennials and iGen/GenZ they could tilt the writing for Lola in a way that would make it something fresh and quite current. She wouldn't be out of step as someone who is simply more interested right now in her work and getting established professionally than in having sex. But why bother trying to make the young people on the show relevant and recognizable to young people who might watch?
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    I, Tonya (2017)

    Me as well, so it didn't bother me at all. I think the single best moment is when Tonya says in an interview, "I mean, come on! What kind of friggin' person bashes in their friend's knee? Who would do that to a friend?" and Margot Robbie just gives such a look at that moment that you know you're looking at someone who would do that. It just really underlined for me the point that this is just what people are saying happened, not necessarily what actually happened.
  12. Lee Thompson Young (of Rizzoli & Isles) is another that comes to mind - actively working series regular who seemed to have so much going for him but was depressed, and his coworkers were on set to film when they learned about him. So very sad.
  13. That doesn't surprise me. The series did seem to be running out of steam, and Jane/Andy/Toby never really felt like all that close of friends. The last book I read in it was a Special! where the original trio came back for Alison's wedding and interacted with the new trio. Now I'm wondering if that wasn't the publishers' last gasp attempt at spiking sales for the series. But of course if you have to have your original characters guest-star because the new ones aren't holding up, that's not going to work for long.
  14. I think that is the first time I have ever seen "producer of" used in reference to books, and I'm wondering what it means. (And yeah, I really enjoyed the Kent Family Chronicles until Jakes got away from his original idea of tracing the family all the way down to the present day and got stuck on one Kent man in particular, which of course was the one Kent man in the entire saga I never was very interested in. And for my money the best book was the one that centered on Amanda Kent. She was Jakes's best and most complex character ever, and I loved the ending. I was also very fond of Philip and Anne's love story from the first book, but yeesh, what an intolerably cruel ending Anne had, even by Jakes's standards. I don't think I could stand to read it again.)
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    Worst Book Love Interests

    The Guinevere I like best is in Nancy McKenzie's duology The Child Queen/The High Queen, which were later combined into one novel, Queen of Camelot (the only difference from the duology is that McKenzie is able to cut out the recap stuff near the start of High Queen, which is nice). While it gets a little tiring reading most all the other characters constantly going on about how she's the most incredible woman ever, she is sympathetic and behaves honorably.