Plucked: From Page to Screen #1


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Welcome to
Plucked: From Page to Screen!
Inspired by how we watch TV series almost as much as we read books, Cilla and I came up with this feature. What if we take a character from a bookish or a television universe and toss them into a different one, in the other medium? Every month, we’ll be sharing our mash-ups with you.


BOOK CHARACTER: Kenny Showalter from The Princess Diaries fa.gif

TELEVISION UNIVERSE: DC Comics

SCENARIO: Kenny becomes a member of Team Flash

I’ll admit it: when Cilla and I decided to go with characters from The Princess Diaries series (because the two of us also have a feature in which we make our way through the series now that we are in our 20s) and the universe of DC Comics, my immediate thought was to pluck Lilly Moscovitz.

Why? Because she annoys me to pieces with the way she treats people, and because I don’t think she is as much of a genius as Mia claims she is. I thought that placing her with the genius team who makes up Team Flash would have caused friction.

But then I thought: what if I pluck another character from The Princess Diaries series? What if I pluck someone who is actually shown to be good at science… How would that work out? Thus, we have Kenny joining Team Flash.

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For those of you with little knowledge of Kenny, he dates Mia in book three of the series, is her lab partner who always does most of the work, and is a liar — in a way that is not cruel, but in the sense that he does it because he is not over Mia and is attempting to get a reaction out of her to validate his feelings.

Due to his science skills, Kenny could make an important member of Team Flash. I believe he would easily be able to keep up Caitlin Snow, Doctor Wells, Barry, and Cisco as they discuss the concepts of speed, time travel, and breaches with connections to Earth Two. I could also picture him aligning himself closely with Cisco, simply because they have that personality that is more akin to a friend you want on your side rather than a romantic partner of any sort.

So, welcome Kenny to Team Flash. I bet that Princess of Genovia would think twice about you if she knew about the secret identity you lead when you head to Star Labs every day for an “internship program.”

What do you think? Can you picture Kenny as a member of Team Flash?  What other characters from The Princess Diaries series would you throw into the DC Comics universe?

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And don’t forget to check out Cilla’s Plucked post on her blog!

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November 2015 Book Releases

I honestly don’t care about anything as much as I care about The Lunar Chronicles ending this month with Winter

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  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn — November 3rd
  • Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams — November 3rd
  • The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay — November 3rd
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer — November 10th
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom — November 10th
  • The Virgin’s Spy by Laura Andersen — November 10th

October 2015 Book Releases

…So. I forgot to do this in September. Sorry! I vow to be more on top of things as we go on. As for the October book releases I am looking forward to…

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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin — October 6th
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell — October 6th
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston — October 6th
  • All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani — October 13th
  • The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander — October 13th
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith — October 20th
  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire — October 27th
  • Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal — October 27th

May 2015 New Releases

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! Go enjoy this month’s exciting crop of new releases.

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  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas — May 5th
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge — May 5th
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — May 12th
  • The Sound of Glass by Karen White — May 12th
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer — May 19th
  • A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith — May 19th
  • The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura Andersen — May 19th
  • Illusionarium by Heather Dixon — May 19th
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han — May 26th
  • Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan — May 26th

April 2015 Book Releases

Happy April! There are plenty of great books being released this month; I hope some of these titles will catch your eye and entice you will give them a shot.

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  • Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella — April 1st
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — April 7th
  • Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight — April 14th
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison — April 21st
  • The Bone Tree by Greg Iles — April 21st
  • Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman — April 21st
  • The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London — April 28th
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey — April 28th
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — April 28th (I was lucky enough to be able to read this one early, and you will absolutely want to add it to your TBR list. My review will come closer to the release date.)

What April new releases are you looking forward to?

February 2015 Book Releases (& Harper Lee news!)

I know it’s early, but HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY! Ask your sweetheart to gift you one of these new releases  😉

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  • I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios — February 3rd
  • A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor — February 3rd
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah — February 3rd
  • Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby — February 3rd

What February new releases are you looking forward to?


Also, it would be criminal of me to do a new release post without touching on the news that broke across the literary world today. In case you had not heard — Harper Lee will be publishing a sequel to her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The book will center around adult Scout returning to Maycomb, and here is the real kicker: this book was written before Lee wrote Mockingbird. To say I am excited for this book is an understatement given that its predecessor is one of my favorite books of all-time.

Go Set a Watchman will be published on July 14th, so go add it to you must-have list right now!