Fly on the Wall: An Explanation

The Hiltonian has been made aware that this past week’s Fly on the Wall has created a sense of uneasiness on campus. We apologize for causing this upset, and would like to take a moment to fully explain our intentions in correlation to the Fly on the Wall column.

The Hiltonian has served as Reinhardt’s news source since 1924 and the anonymously written Fly on the Wall column has been a part of the newspaper for the past several years. Fly on the Wall is an Opinions / Arts & Entertainment piece that is made to entertain by being humorous and satirical in nature. It is strictly the opinion of the writer, and does not in any way reflect the views of The Hiltonian staff.

Any student at any time can submit content for the Fly on the Wall column. The column is written anonymously and a different student writes an article on a different subject each edition. Editors then pick from submissions as to which article will be published, based on the criteria of entertainment potential and the ability to relate to students.

The Hiltonian staff apologizes for any lack of clarity regarding Fly on the Wall. It is NOT a factual news article, but merely an opinion of a student. Anyone with any further questions, comments, or concerns is welcomed to submit a Letter to the Editor. (See link at the top of page.)

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

The Hiltonian Staff

The Evolution of Asian Women In Cinema

In the film industry, the Asian female has long been a sexploitated figure or a means by which producers could add an element of the exotic in their films. From the limited opportunities offered to old Hollywood Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong to the subsequent submissive roles given to Asian actresses over the years, there has deservedly been a lot of outcry against the cinema medium for mis-utilizing the talents of its Asian thespians. However, in recent years, there’s been a sudden movement where Asian women are allowed to explore further depths in their humanity. They’ve officially embraced their different sides and now symbolize a figure of terror in Asian cinema. In honor of the approaching Halloween, we’ve highlighted below the 7 most dangerous and scariest Asian female characters of the last two decades (beware spoilers):

 

7. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953)

The only cheat on this list was made 60 years ago, but Ugetsu does speak of the future horror movement in our modern days and has thus earned its place here.

The Story:  In 16th century war-torn Japan, a man leaves his wife and young son at home to go sell his potteries at another village and win bread for his household. Lady Wakasa,  a woman clad in all white, and her older maid buy some wares from the man and tell him to deliver them at her manor. The man does so and becomes ensorcelled with Lady Wakasa’s charms. He chooses to forsake his family and stay on as Lady Wakasa’s new husband.

What’s Dangerous About Lady Wakasa: Turns out she’s a ghost come back from the dead to experience what she never did in her lifetime: wedding bliss. By the time the husband comes to realize this, it is far too late. The ghost refuses to let him leave.

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6. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, Thailand, 2004)

The Story: After a night drinking with friends, a photographer and his girlfriend accidently hit a woman who was standing in the middle of the road. They decide to run off without helping the young woman. Soon, the photographer begins to see shadows in his pictures, which his girlfriend believe is the ghost of the girl they killed. As the people around them begin to die, the girlfriend decides to make research into who they hit on the road and begins to realize that her boyfriend is more closely related to the ghost than she originally thought.

What’s Dangerous About The Ghost: Besides being a ghost, the girl the couple hit was actually the photographer’s ex-girlfriend. When the photographer broke it off with her and allowed his friends to rape her, the young woman committed suicide and was actually trying to warn the girlfriend. The photographer and his friends are the true monsters in this film, but the ghost still haunts them relentlessly, driving them to suicide or catatonia.

Remade in Hollywood in 2008 as Shutter.

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5. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 2000)

The Story: The precursor to The Hunger Games, Battle Royale sees a group of students dumped on an island where they must kill each other in order to survive. The last one standing wins his or her life. While most of the students either try to hide or form alliances, one girl named Mitsuko Souma proves that she’s not here to make friends and goes on a rampage.

What’s Dangerous About Mitsuko: Though she does not win the battle, Mitsuko manages to be the second-deadliest person in the game, killing a total of 6 of her fellow students. Throughout the film, she is shown to use both her body and her mind to get ahead, seducing two boys (and then offing them) and convincing one of her classmates to make an alliance (and then offing her). What’s more dangerous about Mitsuko is that you find yourself rooting for her…

Equivalent in Hollywood is The Hunger Games.

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4. Alone (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, Thailand, 2007)

The Story: Twin sisters Pim and Ploy are born conjoined to the stomach. As children, they are staying in a hospital where they meet a boy named Wee. They both fall in love with him, but Wee only has eyes for Pim. Jealous, Ploy thwarts her sister and Wee’s union. Upset, Pim asks that they undergo an operation to separate them. Ploy does not survive the operation. Years later, Pim is dating Wee when Ploy begins to haunt them.

What’s Dangerous About Ploy: Ploy actually never died from the operation. When Pim asked for the operation, Ploy strangled her and assumed her identity when doctors had to force the surgery to separate the living sister from the dead one. So really, while throughout the movie we are spooked by the ghost, we come to realize that the ghost is really Pim trying to warn Weese of Ploy’s deceit.

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3. Ju-On: The Curse (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2000)

The Story: A man suspects his wife Kayako is having an affair. So he kills her, their young son, and the family cat. Now the house is haunted. Anybody who visits the house becomes haunted by its past occupants, prominent amongst them Kayako herself accompanied with her death rattle.

What’s Scary About Kayako: Even before she became a ghost, Kayako’s obsession and subsequent stalking of a man was a bit eerie. This is what led to her husband’s suspicions. Now, she haunts anybody who steps foot in the house; not only that, her facial expression and the sound she makes as she crawls on the floor towards her victims are true horror staple.

Remade in Hollywood in 2004 as The Grudge.

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2. Ringu (Hideo Nakata, Japan, 1998)

The Story: A reporter is investigating the validity of a story where a tape is allegedly cursed. It is claimed that anybody who watches the tape dies after seven days. The reporter watches the tape and is shocked to realize that the curse might actually be true. Through her research, she finds that the one killing the viewers of the tape is a woman named Sadako Yamamura who herself was killed by her father years ago and thrown down a well.

What’s Dangerous About Sadako: She is so dangerous that she induces heart attacks in her victims when she crawls out of the TV or any other reflective surface. And she keeps her promise about coming for you after 7 days.

Remade in Hollywood in 2002 as The Ring.

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  1. 1.     Audition (Takashi Miike, Japan, 1999)

 

And the title for most dangerous Asian female character goes to Asami Yamazaki, undoubtedly the most deceptive and creepiest of all the characters on this list.

 

The Story: Shigeharu is a middle-aged widower with a teenage son. He hasn’t dated in years but is constantly told that he should. His friend sets up a fake film audition where the two men can choose a potential new wife for Shigeharu from the number of applicants. A lot of women show up, but Shigeharu remains transfixed by Asami, a ridiculously beautiful and unassuming young woman.  The two begin to date. Then, abruptly, Asami disappears. Shigeharu tries to track her down, only to find that all of the contacts on Asami’s resume don’t really exist. But it is Asami who tracks Shigeharu back to his house, drugs him, and begins to torture him for lying to her and for not loving her enough.

What’s Dangerous About Asami: All the while she’s cutting your foot off with a wire, Asami keeps a smile on her face.

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Teddy Casimir, A&E Editor 

 

 

 

“Wear” is Your RU Spirit?

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When you arise Saturday morning, do you prefer your FREE eagle shirt or a $50.00 Polo? Since it is college football season, and this is Reinhardt’s first year with a football program, it’s only logical to look golden! Feel as if gold isn’t your color? Take a trip to our bookstore, located across the hall from the glasshouse. The book store isn’t just known for the $100 mandated books, but also for the large variety of spirit items and apparel. We are heading towards fall so it’s around the time for a nice, cozy hoodie, which is even offered in pink! Anyone can throw on their school colors, but it takes a real fan to put on the school name!

The definition of school spirit is showing some kind of enthusiasm or emotional support for one’s educational institution. This can apply to any type of school, from elementary schools to universities. It is shown through attendance of athletic events, school colors in dress and decoration, or verbally in the form of chants or cheers. Student behavior reflects on the school; representing it well shows a degree of student investment in their institution’s good name. This definition is heavily associated with good sportsmanship among students, and their families at sporting events. School spirit is really based upon encouraging not only the players but each other. College football is a big deal especially in the South. Not supporting your educational institution’s sport is slapping each player in the face – no matter the sport.

Sitting on the Eagle side isn’t enough support, but the body paint, intense shouting, and aggression towards the opposing side signifies true spirit. This southern tradition includes tailgating; now, that takes spirit to a different level! This pre-game hollering ritual is accompanied by greasy foods and all the Coke products known to man! The most important ritual, however, has to be the dress code! Have you ever had a group of fans give you that “stank” look? Not having on the right color or name can easily cause that look, and to avoid the radical behavior of others, it is necessary to have on the right apparel.

Some people resent following the crowd. Not everyone is going to find their golden shirt “swag” enough. This is where our book store comes in, which has all types of apparel from T-Shirts (short and long sleeves) to hoodies, & sweatpants for the November/December football games. Although our primary colors are navy blue and gold, you can find apparel in many other colors (even neon) that fit your personality and type in our book store! If that’s not enough, who’s to say you have to limit yourself to the apparel in our book store? You can even get creative, and design your own shirt, sweat, or even shorts! Spirit wear is based on the person, not the school, so whatever you feel represents Reinhardt is what you should go for!

Michelle, Staff Writer 

Don’t Forget to Laugh

          In only their second semester here at Reinhardt University, the improv group, “An Excuse to Laugh”, is already off to a hilarious start! Their first performance last Thursday had nearly everyone in the room laughing until they couldn’t breathe. With the always funny returning members, plus newbies Anna and Trenn, the gang started the year off right by playing games that not only encouraged laughter, but also had the audience joining in on all the fun. In almost every single game, the audience provided the scenario for the actors to partake in. They were not disappointed!

          Sophomore Michael Vavases, the official biggest fan of the group, stated, “An Excuse to Laugh is the perfect stress reliever for the week. It’s on Thursday nights, right before the weekend and the last day of a lot of classes. I have cried laughing at them.” The group has the ability to allow students to get their minds off school for even just a little bit, and it’s normally a huge help to everyone who watches. Statistically, “more than 30% of all college freshman report feeling overwhelmed” – that is a great deal of the time! Thirty-eight percent of college women report feeling “frequently overwhelmed”.  No matter how much stress you may get piled on you during the week, it never hurts to take a break and laugh your head off every once in a while! Laughter is a stress reliever for people of all ages!

           How do you become part of such an amazing and entertaining experience, you ask? Well, since two new members were added just last week, there will unfortunately be no more members added this semester. They do, however, try to hold auditions every semester – if you think you’ve got the stuff, be sure to audition in the Spring! You may have a chance at making it! Now you’re asking yourself what you would have to do to audition for the hilarious group, aren’t you? Well, during the audition process, you must perform a few games with the group to see what your strengths are. If they like you, you’re in! The group performs every Thursday night at 10 pm, so everyone should make an effort to make it out this week! It really is a great stress reliever! You will not be disappointed! 
Ashley Davenport, Staff Writer

Why Miley Cyrus Can’t And Shouldn’t Stop

As 2013 nears its end and video montages begin to assemble the most talked-about moments of the year, there is no doubt that   george Miley Cyrus will feature prominently in almost all footage. From the release of her bizarre video “We Can’t Stop” to her controversial VMA performance, Miley Cyrus has truly marked 2013 as her own. Still, many clamor for her to stop; but I see no reason why she should. In a society that continuously exploits sexuality and makes male sexuality in particular something fluid, (see: George Clooney’s transformation from a bright-eyed rugged type to a silver fox) whereas women only have a brief period in their 20s where they can be viewed as sex symbols, I hope that Miley Cyrus, or her creative team, continues to take charge of her image and shock the crowd.

Let it be clear that I actually dislike, borderline hate, Miley Cyrus’ music. “We britney-and-madonna-kissCan’t Stop” was decent, but her recent “Wrecking Ball” is an epic fail, in my opinion. Her music just does not aesthetically appeal to me, and neither do the over-sexualized images in her songs (…well, sometimes they do). In her recent video for “Wrecking Ball”, Miley Cyrus licks a hammer in a very suggestive manner, rides a wrecking ball in the nude, and then proceeds to cry throughout the video. The singer-actress seems to be going through a phase where she is desperately trying to shed her good girl/Hannah Montana/churning-butter-on-the-little-house-on-the-prairie image. Her actions are indeed desperate. They are a cry for attention. We get it Miley. We got the message that you weren’t the same Sarah, Plain And Tall little girl that we watched grow up. We got the message when you stated “I’m a hillbilly but I can twerk.” Still, the media seems to not be able to process the new Miley and continues to give her exactly what she wants – a reaction.

We are the society that cried out in horror when Britney, Madonna and Christina made out at the VMAs. We’re the same society that came out in large numbers when Channing Tatum started gyrating across our movie screens in Magic Mike last summer and miley-cyrus-vma-gif-5praised him for it. This is what it takes for a woman to be noticed in the media, as sad as that may sound. So, I applaud Miley for not allowing the media to sexualize her as she began to blossom. Homegirl has a plan! She’s taking control of her image and forging it for herself. Even if I sometimes find said image appalling and downright downgrading, I commend her for staying one step ahead of the media. Over time, the media will become desensitized to such an image, and female celebrities will have plateaued into a celebrity image much more fulfilling. I must conclude by saying this: sexuality is not an insult, but it can be manipulated. Let Miley do with hers as she will.

Teddy Casimir, Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Forgetful Freshman

By Elizabeth Harrisen

By Elizabeth Harrisen

What Does Your Hair Say About You?

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Does your hair make who you are? In today’s society, hair plays a key part in how others pass judgment upon you. A lot of individuals that aren’t creative with their hair are creative in another aspect. Major influences usually come from celebrities and popular fashion cities across the globe. Celebs are infamous for the exotic hairstyles at major shows and events – from Katy Perry’s 24 hairdos to Nicki  Minaj’s pink, green, blue, and blonde hair colors.

Have you taken a glimpse around campus lately? What length and colors do you see? When entering college most girls, and some guys, feel the need to change their appearance in order to be more comfortable transitioning to the new stage in their lives. Lately aqua blue of any length is all the rage at Reinhardt! Why, you ask?

Most people change their hair color because they want to “stand out”. Some people don’t want to follow the crowd, and hair is a way to express individuality. Have you ever heard the phrase “be a leader, not a follower?” Well, when it comes to the radical styles of hair today, it isn’t just to turn heads – it’s to make a LOUD fashion statement! This is a commitment and tie to showing-off who you really are! Those who make this statement are stereotypically viewed as outgoing rebels. Not everyone can stick out, as you already know.

Some individuals are content with the more natural looks, which still follows a stereotype. Take for example; Blondes are sexy, redheads are hot-headed and brunettes are good girls.  Even with a natural look any individual can explore other drastic cosmetic changes to their appearance. As of right now COLOR says it all and if your hair is “vogue,” your make-up or outfit better be spectacular!

 

Crista Washington, A&E Editor

Top 10 Shows to Watch This Summer

downloadWith summer vacation just around the corner, students are beginning to make plans to fill those hours while they hide away in air conditioned rooms. Obviously, my plans will include catching up on television shows I’ve put off in order to focus on school. While summer TV premiers are still a ways off, services like Netflix and Hulu offer great ways to find old shows and catch up on newer ones. Here are some shows that I recommend:

10. Fox’s New Girl. While I stopped watching in season one, the quirky show starring Zooey Deschanel still draws a large fan following. From what I saw of the first season, the show is cute, fun, and a decent show to pass an extra thirty minutes with. And the reviews on season two show that it only got better.

9. NBC’s Community. Still haven’t caught up with the Greendale Seven? Now’s the time to do so! While season four has released some dull episodes since opening in February, the first three seasons are golden. Still one of the best comedies that also challenges the way sitcoms are made.

8. Looking for a short, but wonderful show to watch? Try Syfy’s Alice. Released in 2009, the two episode show follows a new Alice down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland no one has seen before. Originally released as a TV movie, Alice is the perfect blend of children’s fantasy and an adult’s science fiction. It tugs at your heart strings and makes you cackle with laughter.

7. Each summer isn’t complete without watching a couple days worth of reality shows. Luckily, streaming websites are full of them. From Cupcake Wars to Project Runway, there’s tons of reality shows to pass the time with.

6. Fox’s Firefly. Another short run show, Firefly was canceled after only one season. However, the fan following grows stronger each day. Once you get past the hour and a half first episode, the sci-fi-meets-western-show grows on you with the story lines and wit. At only thirteen episodes and a movie, Serenity, this show is definitely worth watching.

5.  Despite the mostly middle aged women fan following it has, Masterpiece Classics’ Downton Abbey proves to be a show for just about anyone. Well, as long as you like period dramas. The show’s first two seasons proved just how talented the writers and actors were. Viewers were wrapped up in the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family as well as their staff living alongside them. However season three falls a bit short as some of the actors took their new found fame and left for other roles. In the end, the show proves well written and captivating for just about anyone who watches it.

4. Need something to keep the kids quiet during your newest babysitting job? Netflix has added a wide variety of cartoons, including Adventure Time and Spongebob Squarepants. Even if you want to catch up on shows from your childhood, Netflix will fix you up.

3. BBC’s Being Human. What started as a small tv show became a wide spread hit in a short amount of time, even spawning off an American version. The UK show follows the “lives” of three unusual housemates: a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. All three try their hardest to incorporate themselves into regular human lives, despite the odds against them. With only five seasons (only four have aired in America) the writers do a lot with these characters, and very well too.

2. BBC’s Merlin, although having officially ended, takes an interesting spin on the tale of the warlock and the adventures he has protecting King Arthur’s life. A major twist it, Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere, and even Morgana are all in their late teens/early twenties. All sorts of small changes to the characters’ backgrounds create something new out of an old tale. And it also makes for great television.

And finally…

1. BBC’s Doctor Who. With the 50th anniversary of this beloved sci-fi show coming up soon (November 23rd 2013 to be exact), fans around the world are gearing up for the monumental occasion. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? The show itself follows an alien Timelord called the Doctor and his companions as the travel throughout time and space in his TARDIS. Netflix not only shows seasons 1-6 of what’s known as “New Who” but has now uploaded many episodes of “Classic Who”, featuring Doctor’s 1-7. The episodes will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate our existence, as only the best shows can.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

Faculty Spotlight: Donna Coffey

Dr. Donna Coffey is an Associate Professor of English at Reinhardt University and is held by many students as one of the most compassionate teachers they’ve ever had. Dr. Coffey’s formal education began with her Bachelors at the College of William and Mary. She later received her masters from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Virginia.

Reinhardt University Sophomore Vanessa Irie commented on her class:

“She is very passionate about teaching and leaving an impact on her students. No matter which class of hers you take, you’ll come out a better critical thinker, especially about the instances occurring in your own life.”

Dr. Coffey teaches classes covering content about Creative Writing, Women’s Literature, Modernism and Environmental approaches to Literature. Dr. Coffey has been teaching at Reinhardt for over a decade and has been Director of the Honors Program since 2011. Since she’s been at Reinhardt, she’s been awarded the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award (2004) and the Faculty Research /Scholarship Award (2007). An accomplished writer, Dr. Coffey work has appeared in the Calyx, Prime Mincery and The Comstock Review. She has even published a book, Fire Street.

“What made me think I was a god? Renovating children

Like fixer-upper houses. The rose was a contract I kept

and broke. When they moved in, I said neither yes nor no.

 

I bought more food. These were not the children I had

planned. Chimborazo is a volcano in Ecuador. I learned

this from an Emily Dickinson poem. She knew before I did.

 

Every white house is hiding something red.”

 

(Excerpt from Fire Street poem “Chimborazo Park.”)

The book, a collection of poems, details the previous life of Dr. Coffey.  It vividly relives stories from her childhood as well as depicting the relationship developed between her and two impoverished children she loved as her own.

A great professor, advisor, writer, and human being, anyone at Reinhardt, freshman or upper-class men, should be sure to take one of her classes. If not enlightened by her teachings, one can expect a good time with class discussions sparked by literary analysis and philosophical musings.

 

Leon Sapp, Staff Writer

 

 

 

10 Books to Read This Summer

book-on-beach1There is nothing better than lying by the pool, on the beach, or even in your room with the AC on high, exploring a new book. With classes over and three months of freedom ahead, it’s a great time to start that book you’ve put on hold since August. Here are some books you should consider reading:

+ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Don’t let the “teen” section label hanging above this book in the store fool you. John Green displays his master writing style in this intelligent story about two teens fighting cancer. It’s not only highly entertaining but also evokes questions about youth, love, and what it means to live life to its fullest.

+ The Diviners by Libba Bray. After best sellers like A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine, Libba Bray tells another captivating story, only this time things get spooky! Set in New York in the 1920’s, the story follows a group of strangers as they explore the hidden paranormal secrets of New York, and their own secrets as well. Not only does the storyline appeal to readers, but Bray’s mastery of the language of the ‘20s and the lively settings engulf readers into this new world.

+ A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Want to finally understand what everyone’s going on in, or get ahead of, the HBO show? Start right here with the first book in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series! Don’t get discouraged by the hundreds of pages or the multitudes of characters, though. After reading about two hundred pages in, I finally got into the swing of things and the rest is easy. Definitely worth jumping on the bandwagon!

+ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before you scoff and remember being forced to read this novel in high school, hear me out. Reading about Gatsby’s magnificent failures outside of the pressures of school allows you to really think about the story. Entwine yourself with Gatsby, Daisy, and the other wonderfully selfish characters. All in time for the newest movie adaptation releasing in May; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carrey Mulligan, and Tobey McGuire.

+ The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Missing the boy wizard and Rowling’s magical way with words? In her newest adult novel, Rowling breaks completely away from Hogwarts in her trip to the fictional town of Pagford, that happens to be falling into turmoil. Once you forget this isn’t her Harry Potter series, the people of Pagford become realistic and entertaining.

+ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A perfect by the pool read, Erin Morgenstern presents a love story laced with whimsy and mystery. Two illusionists use a traveling circus as their battle ground as they fight to become masters of their trade and avoid their fate. Full of details and passion, Morgenstern provides a story you’ll never forget!

+The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. With the newest batch of movies detailing adventures in Middle Earth being released into theaters, picking up this prequel to the Lord of The Rings trilogy provides easy entertainment. Even if you’re rereading it for the first time since you were a kid, it’s worth reading.

            +Faerytales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr. This collection of short stories involving all the creatures of Faerie is a great piece to read. While some stories continue the stories of Marr’s characters in her Wicked Lovely series, there are plenty of standalone stories that entice readers with the magic of the words.

            + A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous. Adapted from a diary of a German woman trapped in Berlin during the Russian occupation of Berlin, this novel reveals the horrors those citizens faced in the name of justice for a war their country lost. Wonderful novel, but it does get fairly graphic with detailing the horrors of rape and death at the hands of the Russian soldiers.

            + Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. For fans of the Hayao Miyazaki animated film, this book offers an entertaining alternate view into the world of the Wizard Howl and the daring Sophie Hatter. However, not everything in the book matches the movie and the new twists only increase my love for the story.

 

Lexi Brendel, Reviewer

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