TV Review: Reign or “Treignwreck”

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It’s Disney movie recap time! F-U-N fun!

So Geek Charming is one of those terribad teen movies I just cannot resist: shamelessly derivative, shamelessly trite, and shamelessly cheesy. I heard it was based off a novel, which I have never read and basically know nothing about. I do know, however, that the movie changed the ending, and people seem to be glad of it, since the original ending sucked. Like HP epilogue style.

Geek Charming is listed as a comedy, but one of the funniest bits is actually its imdb summary:

Dylan Shoenfield is the pink princess of the upscale Los Angeles Woodlands Academy. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new it bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her Serge Sanchez bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog, self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool.

Really, how can I top that? Pure gold right there.

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Modern Updates Can Kill, or the Nancy Drew Files

Anyone remember this series?  It came out around the same era as BSC/SVH, the late 80s/early 90s.  Basically they were an attempt to make Nancy Drew hip and modern, which means they’re like SVH with mysteries.  Amazingly, I found a bunch while moving, the only ones of my old books to survive (the ‘rents got rid of the rest when I was away at college).  A little ironic, since they were never as dear to me as SVH/BSC, but they’re certainly snarkable.  How can I turn down an opportunity like that? Continue reading

We’ll Always Have NYC or BSC #51, Stacey’s Ex-Best Friend

So I hit up the big annual book sale here and scored a shitload of Sweet Valley (mostly SVU, a few classic SVHs) and BSC. It truly speaks for my mental and financial state that hitting up a used book sale is one of the highlights of my week. Anyway, as you can see from my stamp a few entries back, Stacey was always my fave BSCer. I find it only fitting that the first BSC book to grace this blog is a Stacey book, “Stacey’s Ex-Best Friend.” I have to say how much I love when a book’s title pretty much spoils the whole story. But then, unexpected twists and jaw-dropping surprises were never the draw of the BSC, right? One of its most beloved traits is its predictability, and the fun isn’t in figuring out what happens–it’s seeing how we get there. Frequently via copious descriptions of outfits, hairstyles, kids’ adorable shenanigans, and other details we don’t need to know to follow the story.


Cover art courtesy of the sublime dibbly-fresh.com

First off, let’s snark the cover. This scene actually happens in the book, although Hodgepodge messed up a minor deet, which I’ll explain in the recap.  I am again annoyed by Hodgey’s refusal to depict Stacey’s perm, one of her central character traits.  I know drawing curly hair is a bitch and he probably got sick of it after Laine’s ‘do, which is appropriately fluffy and perm-y and early-90slicious, but is it too much to ask for a Stacey perm?  On a more positive note, I totally love Laine’s stankface here. 

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