First off, I'd like to thank the wonderful Laura of Quirkology fame for designing this absolutely perfect graphic for my PoP feature. Could it be any more awesome?
Once I realized that NaNo was something of a futile effort, I actually got a lot of reading done. And thanks to a new subscription to eMusic, my iPod is happy and full. Also, what's with companies that insist on capitalizing the second letter? This drives me cRazy. Anyhow, here's the list of my November readings and watchings and listenings.
Biggest Blue Hi-Fi by Camera Obscura
Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith
Hello, Starling by Josh Ritter
In The Aeroplane, Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
meiko by Meiko
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down by Noah and the Whale
Prospekt's March EP by Coldplay
Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers
Wisely by Wisely
All-encompassing review: I love them all, but Josh Ritter and Elliott Smith are probably my faves.
Things I Learned About My Dad (In Therapy): Humorous and Heartfelt Essays edited by Heather Armstrong: Some of the essays almost brought me to tears and the others almost had me peeing my pants they were so hilarious.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: Underwhelming. I like her other work, but never really got invested in the story.
He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo: Yeah, I'm now one of those girls that quotes this to her friends.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: DUDE. SO GOOD.
Ivy by Julie Hearn: Enjoyable and well-written, but not memorable.
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier: I first read this six years ago and it's stuck with me all this time. Deliciously and vividly rendered.
Paper Towns by John Green: SO GOOD TIMES TWO. Read this book.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Eh, I'd rather read Catcher in the Rye, but I overall liked it.
30 Rock: Season Two
Twice, as a matter of fact. And I loved it. I had low expectations and I was very surprised. Yeah, it's super flawed, but all of those imperfections are exactly what the book suffered from. (For instance, cheesy dialogue, weak plotting, obvious narration, inconsistent pacing of the romace.) But it's both genuinely and unintentionally funny, which is great for a teen movie. The scenery was gorgeous and while some of the camera work bothered me, I approved of things like the lighting, costumes, and transitions between scenes. Also, the music was shockingly good. Kristen and Rob did fantastically in areas that I didn't anticipate, like the chemistry between Bella and Edward. I'll totally see it a third (and maybe a fourth) time in the theaters.
Sidenote: If you haven't read it yet, Eric D. Snider wrote up a pitch-perfect rejected Twilight screenplay.