Weekend Goodies: “Carrie Diaries” Trailer and some book snob memes!

It’s my first day as an alumna from Fresno State, and I feel fantastic! My friends and family have been so supportive, and even though I’m nervous about taking steps into the ‘real world,’ I’ve never felt happier, and I can’t wait to conquer life my way! I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for me!

One thing I’m looking forward to, as you all know, is the premiere of “The Carrie Diaries” on the CW. The trailer debuted yesterday, so take a peek:

My first impressions are that this show will be a total teenage guilty pleasure, full of naivete about the big, bad world out there. It actually combines both book prequels The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City, but I already know that the CW won’t follow the plot-lines exactly.

And that’s not a bad thing, given that the show “Gossip Girl” completely kicked the book series in the behind. Plus, it looks like the show offers more diversity, since there weren’t any Asians or African-Americans in the novels. Yay for multi-culturalism!

So overall, it will be complete fluff, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining!

Now for a shout-to another book blog. I noticed that Insatiable Booksluts had tweeted about Snobbery’s post “What It Means to be a Book Snob.” I hope they don’t mind me sharing these hilarious Condescending Wonka memes, because I think you guys will totally relate!



Please support this wonderful blog Snobbery and check out the rest of the memes! And share any book-related funnies you find on the interwebz! Spread the LOLs!!!

“Community” is Officially the Best Comedy on TV

So if you haven’t experienced the wonderland that is “Community,” then you are missing out–big time! This show about an eclectic study group at Greendale Community College has some of the wittiest jokes I’ve ever heard on TV. Instead of the slapstick nonsense that normally gets aired, “Community” has become a beloved cult classic for its rapid-fire one-liners, political incorrectness, and meta-entertainment that appeals to the hipster masses.

The latest episode, “Digital Exploration of Interior Design” (yes, all episodes are named to sound like college classes!), elevated the humor to a new level by parodying George Orwell’s 1984. Take a look at this clip:

In this episode, Shirley and Pierce are upset that their cafeteria sandwich shop idea has been stolen and sold to Subway. Because of a loophole which allows individuals to become physical representations of their corporations, Subway can sell its food to Greendale’s students. Britta falls in love with the face of Subway (real name Rick), despite her resistance to corporate capitalism.

My favorite part of that clip is when Subway thinks that students should be “forced” to read 1984. While I agree that the novel is one that everyone should experience, forcing them would be doing exactly what Big Brother does in the story. Needless to say, I was downright giddy with the “Community” writers this week for coming up with such irony!

And the 1984 references don’t stop there! In a sideplot, best buds Troy and Abed find themselves feuding over whether they’re going to break a world record by building the largest blanket or pillow fort. They come to a standstill when they run out of room in the school, and Greendale must choose sides, creating a battle for no reason whatsoever.

Blankets v. Pillows…Oh, the humanity!

Fans of 1984 will notice the similarities between this fort war and the wars between Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. The entire world fought over arbitrary land boundaries simply to keep the military-industrial complex alive. Luckily, in the show, the battle ends with zero casualties, but I greatly enjoyed this subtle comparison to Orwell’s masterpiece.

All in all, “Community” is TV’s most underrated show, suffering low ratings while mind-numbing junk like “Jersey Shore” and “Dance Moms” manages to gain publicity. Some people are just too dense to appreciate real, well-thought-out comedy that exists in this diamond in the rough.

Do yourself and “Community’s” staff a favor by watching this show and saving it from cancellation. Forcing you would be very Orwellian, but trust me, it’s for your own good! Mwahaha!

It’s Debut Time for Little Carrie Bradshaw!

My mom’s third graders and I have just come back from the Fresno Fairgrounds, and while they’re watching some School House Rock, I thought I’d share some news from “The Carrie Diaries” upcoming TV show.

Image via Us Magazine

It’s the first photo of AnnaSophia Robb as a teenage Carrie Bradshaw! I feel very invested in all things “Sex and the City,” and I’ll definitely check out this prequel when it comes out. Doesn’t she look fantastic?

This look is so Carrie: colorful, sparkly, girly, and topped off with an oh-so-cute pair of pointy red stilletos. I said quite a while ago that Robb would be the perfect fit for the role. She’s so charming and fresh-faced. Can’t wait to see if her acting’s just as adorable as her outfit!

So I am alone in my love for Miss Bradshaw and friends? Come on, share your thoughts! Is this show a must-see or a snooze-fest?

PS: I just finished Sophie Kinsella’s latest chick-lit novel, I’ve Got Your Number, so check back again later tonight for my review!!!

“The Carrie Diaries” Casting Update!

I rarely post twice in one day, but I just had to let you guys know about the highly-anticipated CW show “The Carrie Diaries,” based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. I reviewed this “Sex and the City” prequel in September and discussed potential actresses to cast as the teenage Carrie Bradshaw last month.

Such a “Carrie” outfit! (Image via Foam Magazine)

Well, one of those actresses–AnnaSophia Robb–has just landed the lead role, according to Variety.com. Best known for “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Race to Witch Mountain,” this show will be sure to make Robb popular with older teens.

The novel did not include Carrie’s best friends Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte since they did not meet one another until after Carrie moves to New York, but we’ll see if producers stick to the story.

I’ll keep you updated with the latest developments, but I just wanted to let you know I called it! Who knows? Maybe the head honchos at the CW read my blog! Well, I can dream, can’t I?

PS: I’ve now reached 5,000 views! Thanks so much for reading! Love, Book Club Babe

Weekend Update!

So I feel bad that I haven’t started off the new year with a bunch of blogging, but that’s because I’m currently reading Ally Condie’s sequel Crossed and listening to Mindy Kaling’s audiobook Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? So far both are going ok, but Mindy’s is definitely more entertaining. Hopefully, I’ll be posting both reviews next week.

I’ve also started my last semester of grad school: I’m taking a class on Media Ethics (no, not an oxymoron!), and I’m also the social media specialist and student grader for a professor in my program. Not to mention, I’m still working as an academic tutor, and preparing for my two-month-long comprehensive exam. Phew! Just typing this paragraph stresses me out! But come May 19, I will be DONE! Watch out real world!

Ok, one more thing about myself and then I promise I’ll bring the discussion back to books. I recently spent a relatively insane amount of money on Rocket Languages Japanese (still cheaper than Rosetta Stone!), a program with dozens of speaking, writing, and cultural lessons. It’s got PDFs I can print out, and mp3s I can transfer to my iPod.

Why did I do this, you ask? Well, it’s not official yet, but for my graduation present, my younger brother and I are going to Tokyo to visit one of my best friends who lives there! We won’t be travelling until the end of June, but I want to learn as much Japanese as I possibly can before we go. It’s a challenge with everything else I have going on, but studying the language has become my favorite extracurricular activity!

Alright, back to the main attraction: this week I read on The Huffington Post that Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries has been picked up by the CW. Not a huge surprise, since “Sex and the City” was one of the hottest shows ever, and its teenage prequel will be perfect for the CW’s demographic. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creators of “Gossip Girl,” will be producing the show. Much like my opinion of the Gossip Girl novels, I have a feeling that The Carrie Diaries may be better on screen than in print–mostly because all that high school melodrama seems more tolerable when you can stare at gorgeous guys like Ed Westwick.

So which actress do you think should play 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw? Blake Lively’s got the look, but is too mature now to pass for a teenager. Dakota and her sister Elle Fanning are the right age, but look way too innocent to pull off Carrie. After a Google search of “blonde actresses under 20,” I found some worthy choices. These girls all have Disney/Nick backgrounds, so going to the CW will give them that “I’m not a little kid anymore” vibe. Plus, they’re all 18-19 years-old.

AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer,” “Bridge to Terabithia”) 

Image via DenimBlog

Meagan Martin (“Camp Rock,” “10 Things I Hate About You” TV show)

Image via IMDb

Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana,” “Spy Kids” 2 and 3D)

Image via TeenIdols4You

So who deserves the coveted role of Miss Carrie Bradshaw? One of these young women, someone else, or someone completely unknown? Let me know!

Minna-san sayonara! (Goodbye everybody!)