I’m still alive

ik I’ve been absent for a while. I’m sorry. But I guess I just haven’t felt much like recapping. But you never know–maybe that will change soon. I will say that the season finale of Make It or Break It was freaking epic. The whole final arc of the season, really. Perhaps when I get my mojo back I will recap it.

Meanwhile, I have a new blog in which I indulge my love of Korean pop music (K-pop). So if you’re into K-Pop too or just want to read me snarking it, I hope you’ll check out Lipstick Chicken.

Until next time!

Yes, I am still alive

Oh man, I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. Real life got super busy, and inspiration got super low, and… you know how that goes.

So Make It Or Break It premieres on Monday. And I know I keep saying this, but when it comes to recapping MIOBI… I’m done. For serious this time. I’m sorry, guys, but I just cannot do it anymore. I realize now that perhaps I held off so long updating this blog b/c I knew people would be expecting another MIOBI recap, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I think it’s time to close that chapter of my recapping life. For those left disappointed by that news, I’m sorry. But I will still be watching, and I’m always up for a chat on this show’s delightful absurdity, so feel free to comment here or hit me up via e-mail if you’re interested.

That said, I’ve got a new crack now, and it’s called Point Pleasant. Some of you might recall this short-lived show. It aired in ’05 but it looks like it was filmed in ’97. It got some brief publicity for being a wannabe Twin Peaks and being co-produced by Buffy‘s Marti Noxon. However, PP had more in common with a low-budget OC crossed with a Dan Brown novel, which means it was awesome. Look for the first episode to be recapped here in loving detail soon. Fortunately, there’s only 13 eps, which means I should probably get through them all in a reasonable amount of time. Woo!

I was thinking of switching the focus of this blog from YA lit to old 80s/90s teen TV shows and movies (BSC and SVH eps totally fall into this category, so TU will still retain its YA ties). I might do books from time to time but I seem to thrive more on the television/cinema medium. That said, I am asking you, dear readers, if there is any old teen show or movie you’d like me to recap either concurrently with or after Point Pleasant? I’m asking for cancelled shows only please… as I learned with MIOBI, anything currently airing is just asking for my commitmentphobe tendencies to rear their ugly head, and also, I think it takes a few years after the fact for me to properly appreciate how charmingly awful a show is. I’m only willing to entertain taking on a complete series if it’s very short-lived, like PP (we’re talking a partial season here), otherwise I’m pleased to do a “worst of” sort of thing, like the Agony Booth’s Worst of Trek. So… comments? Suggestions? Any terrible episode of a 90s teen show you’re just dying to have me eviscerate recap? (keep in mind the show itself doesn’t necessarily have to be bad, just the episode). I’m in your hands.

I’d like to thank the academy

Just a quick post to thank the sublime Sadako for this fabulous award! I love it!

I also now have a spiffy new blog to follow! Get a Pencil and Your Casebook

Oh, and I might as well announce this now, too–I’ve been thinking it through, and I’ve decided that I can’t recap in the same amount of detail I used to anymore.  These things take a long time, guys!  Longer than you’d expect.  Also, when I took on Make It or Break It, I vastly underestimated the time it would take to recap a weekly series.  As a result, the main reason I opened this blog–YA nostalgia–has been sadly neglected. So I was really left with little choice–downsize the recaps or slowly go insane as this blog took over my life.  I’m going with the former.  But no worries, there’ll still be snark aplenty–just think of it as Snark Concentrate. Great snark, less filling! (Hey, it’s a nostalgia blog, I’m going to make 80s references). I’ll also be experimenting with other recap formats, like the screencap recap in the last BSC post.  Plus I’ll be able to update more often.  Everyone wins!

That said, the new and much shorter Make It or Break It recap is finished and awaiting a proofread from a friend; it should be up soon!  I’m going to fire up Stacey’s Big Break tomorrow.  Also have some classics from a recent book sale, and I swear I will finish The Secret Circle once I find the time and motivation to spelunk around in my closet for it. Damn place is like the Bermuda Triangle of old YA books.  Until next time!

The only thing I enjoy more than dancers who can’t act is gymnasts who can’t act or Touched By an Angel 3×29, “A Delicate Balance”

All right, so I was really going to try and get a Sweet Valley book recapped, but I got distracted by the awesomeness that is Touched By An Angel 3×29, “A Delicate Balance.”  After writing my last blog entry I got inspired to track it down, and I wasn’t disappointed.  SVH fans, take heart–this show (or at least this episode) is really Sweet Valleyish, with a bit of Center Stage thrown in.  Meaning it’s awesome.

I’m recapping this Agony Booth-style, which means it’ll be long and slightly image-heavy, so I’ma cut this for those of you on dialup.

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Yet another snarky YA lit blog

Because there really aren’t enough of these on the Internet.

Actually, I just like snarking on things, and figured it was time to put it all in one place instead of scattered all over  livejournal and goodreads as well as AIM convos with whoever was unfortunate enough to be online at the time. I’ve been hitting up used bookstores and slowly rebuilding my collection of 80s and 90s YA and will be blogging my way through it.  I also read more current YA (and occasionally, I even read books for grown-ups) which I will snark here, too.  And the occasional teen movie.  You can’t leave those out.

I probably won’t snark on too many books for grown-ups, however, because they’re just not as fun.