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  1. If you like dark fairy-tale retellings that are also romances I recommend Entreat Me by Grace Draven. It is like the Disney Beauty and the Beast except darker, more twisted, more atmospheric and in stereo (there are two romances for the price of one)! Also the heroine is a widow and kinda gangsta. I liked her, she would totally cut a bitch. edited to add: Also Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdom series. All of them are fractured fairy-tales. They characters all exist in a world where they realize they are living out different "stories" referred to in the series as The Tradition. First one is a The Fairy Godmother is Cinderella re-telling where the main character Ella can't live out her destiny because the nearest Prince Charming is only a newborn baby (he himself has to wait for the next Cinderella to come along). It is a clever series that is fun to read.
  2. I personally loved Francesca's book. After Anthony's it is my favorite. My theory is that it is a very different tone from the rest of the books -- a little more angsty rather than humorous.
  3. The BI doesn't seem to fit her. She died in 2004 from cancer. She was also a devout Muslim at the time of her death she wouldn't have used drugs and alcohol.
  4. The romantic conflict between the hero and heroine is the engine that runs a romance novel. It has to be believable and it has to be sustained up to a point otherwise you have no story. Simon's promise to his father to let the name die with him is one of the conflicts that keep Simon and Daphne from getting to that 'Happy Ever After' that is the goal of the romance novel. So it can't be something he can overcome too quickly. To modern though processes it can seem petty for him to drag it on for too long. But back then it would have been a little more complicated than that. Simon is a gentleman. It is more than a title, it also includes an entire code of conduct that becomes ingrained and indoctrinated. The entire concept of 'honor' is woven into that as well. When he promised his father it was a vow. Simon's nature would not let him to just let that go easily. To go back on a vow would have been an incredible breach of honor. So much so, he was willing to die on a dueling field in order to keep it. So I get that it seems a rather ridiculous, but it makes sense in the context of the time.
  5. Oh yeah, I did not mean a limit per person, I meant a limit for simultaneous borrows for an item. For instance the library may only have 3 copies of an ebook so only three patrons may have that ebook out at a time, hence the long waitlists. But with Hoopla the book is just available right then and there.
  6. I am only one episode in and I had to come and vent about the non-linear storytelling. I thought my tv skipped to the middle of the next episode when it went from Fran and Harold leaving Ogunquit to a very pregnant Franny already with Stu. What? I read the book (multiple times), I knew Frannie and Stu would get together but I could see someone new being very confused. And yes, I loved the Don't Fear The Reaper credits in the original mini-series. Sigh. Also this.... LOL. Amazing how that original mini-series has stayed with me. In the original mini, I though Cory Nemec as Harold was kinda bad and thought Molly Rigwald was miscast. I like this Harold a lot better but yeah book Harold was chunky. Someone more like a Jonah Hill type. I am still not sold on this Franny, she disappears into the woodwork for me. Did I mention I dislike the non-linear storyline? I think it completely squanders one of the best aspects of the story ... the way the virus spreads and the immediate horror of it. Oh well.
  7. Bridgerton absolutely increased demand for her books. Even The New York Public Library system has insane wait times. And all of her books have a waitlist, except, oddly the one that one just released. I swear right before Bridgerton came out they were all pretty available at NYPL, even the audiobooks. Hoopla is great because unlike borrowing from the library itself, Hoopla oddly, does not have borrow limits. But I have heard that it can be pretty expensive for a library to contract with Hoopla.
  8. I think the Charlotte/race thing is interesting in what they attempted to do. But I don't think it was entirely successful. I am also in the camp that I wish the show was just colorblind. The showrunner acknowledged that the show exists in an alternate universe very deliberately, so it would have been nice if they had really gone all the way and simply decided that that alternate universe fully embraced multi-racial society as no big thing. Another thing I find interesting is that in my very unscientific, anecdotal observation is that almost everyone who mentions that convo seems to be unsatisfied about it, but not for the same reasons. Some people just wish it hadn't happened and that race was not an issue. Others wish the show had done more and explained the society and how POC were able rise to that level. Like I said I am in the camp that wish it hadn't happened. Exactly. It is just nice 'to be' and not belabor everything. I got into a little debate with someone on twitter and I said , you know black people don't stand around all the time and talk about our black state of being amongst ourselves.
  9. Yeah, this is where I am. I think for a biopic to be successful, especially when the subject is someone contemporary, the actor playing them has to disappear into the role so you don't see famous-actor-playing-famous-subject but rather famous subject being so well portrayed you don't think of the actor at all but of the story. Looks (make up and hair) go a long way in aiding that illusion. But voice, speech cadence and mannerisms all do that as well, and all that has to come solely from the actor. I just wonder who writes a movie about Lucille Ball and thinks... Nicole Kidman will be great in that role. Did she need to audition? Was there anyone else even considered? It just feels very calculated and cachet and not necessarily done for good creative reasons. Possibly an unpopular opinion, but I don't find Nicole Kidman all that great an actress. She's fine. I've liked her in some stuff and found her stiff and unconvincing in others. There was an earthiness and saltiness about Lucille that I am not convinced Nicole can tap into. I could be wrong. I mean, I would have never in a million years thought Jamie Foxx could do Ray Charles and he absolutely killed it. Javier Bardem, otoh, I think is a really good actor. The physical transformation of him into Desi wouldn't be all that extreme. But my own personal opinion is that he gives off this air of menace. LOL. Is Desi a secret abuser? A member of the Cuban mafia? Did he and Lucy drop a lot of bodies as they became rich tv moguls? I can see it...
  10. Romance novels are like tv shows, once something becomes popular that thing becomes very much "in." Early days of romance, medieval romance was very popular and kings and queens were always speaking characters. Heroines were usually ladies in waiting very close to the queen, there was lot of court intrigue and the heroes were very much high in the King's confidence. Then Julie Garwoood and Diana Gabaldon showed up and Highlander romances pushed out the purely court medieval romances. Suddenly every hero was in a plaid and saying "dinna fash ye'self lassie." The Battle of Culloden was in every book and Bonnie Prince Charlie was always a lightning rod plot character. It was when the Regency romance took supremacy that the kings/queens dissolved into the background. Interestingly in most books it is the Prince Regent aka Prinny who will make a brief appearance, very few mention Charlotte.
  11. Well to move a little away from historical or small town, I think Suzanne Brockmann's Seal Team 16/Troubleshooters series would translate fantastically to screen. The military culture is immersive and there are equal parts action, romance and danger. Diversity. Great personalities. It is the type of romance that I don't think people who don't read romances think exist. I remember watching The Old Guard on Netflix (I highly recommend, btw -- not romance) and think that minus the supernatural stuff it is exactly the vibe I could see for the Brockmann series.
  12. I thought that the brownstone Cliff and Claire Huxtable lived in was probably about right. He is a doctor with a private practice and she a lawyer. So definitely something they could have afforded. They could have gone way fancier, but with five kids, one of whom was in college, it felt modest enough.
  13. Lucy and Desi but make it gritty. And talky. Oh, so very talky.
  14. I'd bet for every legit person whose twitter is being removed that were actual real live followers of these bozo, there were 100x that many bots also being cleared out. The Armie thing, so far to me, just sounds like dude has a niche bondage kink. Meh. I would not be surprised if the "I vant to suck your blood' stuff is just all part of the role play (but if not ...dude, ewwww, seriously?).
  15. Kirstie is also melting down because she's losing followers. She literally said in a tweet that she feels "so helpless." I am like, Bitch, what is wrong with your life? She still has 1.5 million followers and losing a few 100K makes her feel "helpless"? What the hell did she do before Twitter? The importance that people put on Twitter just boggles my mind. Sure, I like it and have an account but if it were disappear tomorrow I'd be "oh, that's too bad. Welp, gotta figure out what to cook for dinner." And if we have learned anything from MySpace and AOL/AIM, there will always be some new innovation that will compete with or outright push out the old.
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