BuzzFeed, please read!

Recently, BuzzFeed News ran an article about why the Divergent movie franchise was a flop. This is a refutation of that article. Their Argument BuzzFeed is basically arguing that Divergent didn’t work as a movie because the plot was too confusing: One possible reason for its collapse is the weakness of the source material. The structure […]

Empire State Party

Later that afternoon, Julian called a family meeting in the library.  As soon as the last two people trickled in — he couldn’t help but notice Mark and Christina were holding hands — he clapped his hands together enthusiastically.  “How does everyone feel about a trip to New York?” Diana perked up and came out […]

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is based on a book of the same name by Les Standiford. It tells the true story of how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. It was a nerd’s dream. It took me right back to reading Great Expectations in ninth grade. And it makes me want to read more of Dickens’s work. […]

Peppermint Patty

When I was watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” this year, I notice something I hadn’t noticed before, even though I’ve been watching it every year for my entire life. Peppermint Patty.  She’s a tomboy, but she has a crush on Charlie Brown.  And  she addresses almost everyone as “sir” no matter what.  It’s probably just […]

Canceled or Cancelled?

This one makes absolutely no sense to me.  And, it’s tripping me up. I always thought “cancelled” was spelled with two “l”s.  That’s always the way I’d seen it spelled.  At least until now, that is.  These days I’ve seen it spelled more often “canceled”.  I don’t know why this is, but it’s gotten to […]