My Bookshelf: Beastly

fassTitle: Beastly

Author: Alex Flinn

Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy/Romance

Amazon summary:
“I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll,stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.”

My summary:
Beauty and the Beast in New York.

Cheers:

  • It was realistic and well-written.
  • I enjoyed the beast’s thoughts. Sometimes a character’s thoughts are terrible and add nothing to the story, but this wasn’t the case.
  • It was an enjoyable story. Nothing deep that you haven’t seen with every single “Beauty and the Beast” story, but it was still enjoyable.

Jeers:

  • I hated the weird text chat thing. So weird and unnecessary.
  • Not related: This has absolutely everything to do with the movie and not the book, but I hate that the movie beast and the book beast looked different. I think the movie beast was a lot better at making a modern day beast, though obviously it failed in making Lindy unattractive because Hollywood can’t possibly make a movie about genuinely unattractive people.

Would I recommend it?:
Yeah. I’ve been meaning to read this for years, literally, because my friend gave it to me with a huge bag of books in high school, but I just never got around to it. I watched the movie and remember liking it enough, but I felt like I might be a little old for the book. Still, I enjoyed it, and it’s been out long enough that it shouldn’t be hard enough to find a really cheap paperback. It’s literally just the story of Beauty and the Beast though, nothing new, but since I love the Beauty and the Beast that was fine for me.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Beastly-Alex-Flinn/dp/0061963283

Some Realistic Alien Movie Ideas

I’m watching Independence Day and I want to know why there aren’t any realistic alien movies. I’ve come up with some ideas for Hollywood.

  1. Aliens find Earth, act like friends, then slowly impose a puppet government over the entire earth to extract resources like America would do to any other planet.
  2. Aliens finds Earth, but they’re dumb as fuck. Basically alien teenagers who got lost at Alpha Section 6 and allow us to treat them like gods in The Road to El Dorado fashion.
  3. Aliens find Earth, they think we’re dumb as fuck. They treat us as completely insignificant and ignore us like ants.
  4. Aliens come to earth and refuse to acknowledge our world leaders. They’ll only talk to the idiot stoner they met upon landing and make everyone go through him.
  5. Aliens come to earth and bring a terrible disease. Accidentally kill us all. Feel really bad, but only as bad as Americans felt for killing all the Native Americans.
  6. Aliens come to earth fleeing a terrible sun explosion or something that destroyed their home planet. We impose a quota system and only let a few in each year. The rest chill in a ghetto on the moon.
  7. Aliens come to earth. They sneak up on a guy’s porch at night in Florida and get shot dead. Man goes free, we start a war with the aliens.
  8. Aliens come to earth saying the escaped from something terrible. There are too many of them so we end up capturing them and putting them in concentration camps. We experiment on them and kill most of them, and at the end we find out that they are actually humans from millions of years in the future, escaping an apocalyptic earth and unknowingly going back in time. We killed ourselves.
  9. Aliens come to earth, they’re not any more exciting than we are. Talk mostly about taxes and low military pay, and how private donors had to fund their space program to get them there.
  10. We go to an alien planet. There is bacteria and worms and not much else, but no oxygen to sustain us. Billions of dollars is spent getting an astronaut infected with Super Ebola to kill the entire planet upon his return.

Edit: My dad thinks that for 5 the disease should wipe out everyone but the Native Americans. “Everyone likes a revenge movie,” he said.