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little-womenThat’s right. As part of their announcement of the projects they are seeking to develop for the upcoming season, The CW has declared a modern spin on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is on their plates. Slated to take a page from “Sex and the City”, it will follow working class sisters who try to make it on Park Avenue and the struggles they endure.

I will admit that my tastes aren’t as discriminating as I would like to pretend when it comes to TV.  I enjoy my Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy and have dabbled in Sex and the City and the new Eastwick, to add some soapy fun to my television viewing. There’s nothing wrong with this and I can stop any time that I want; plus it’s not like I’m hooked on the CW. I am well aware of the fact that most of the programs that they produce are far from high art. Let’s look at the fact that the just rebooted both 90210 and Melrose  Place, have a tendency to keep Tyra Banks on the air and cancelled their new “real life of models” show after two episodes.

The CW may have given me another season of Veronica Mars and might be keeping Supernatural on the air, but my trust of them is right there next to Fox. Which means nonexistent. What they produce is questionable at best, drivel at worst and I’m going to err on the side of caution with this one. I love this book, I love this story and these girls are staples in my life (or at least they were when I was eleven) and there is no way that this can end well in my opinion. Somehow the idea of modernizing this scares me unlike updating something like say a fairytale. Say it with me now: Jo March, fashion writer? Or is she going to go for things like sexposés while Amy tries to be the Jenny Humphrey? Is Beth going to be a nurse (the new go-to working class career) and is Meg going to turn to prostitution and/or be a prep school teacher? Will Jo be torn between her sexy older (married) boss and the hot boy next door Laurie?

Kill me now. Please.

The CW can take all of the trashy teen  novels they want and have at, just please stay away from this one. Let’s hope that it gets lost in development hell.  Is that too much to ask for?

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wuthering_heightsHarperCollins recently released a new print of Emily Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights. This particular edition features on its cover the tagline “Love Never Dies…” and a seal reading “Bella & Edward’s Favourite Book.”

The blurb describes the book thusly:

One of the greatest love stories ever told, beautifully repackaged for a modern teen audience Love the Twilight books? Then you’ll adore Wuthering Heights, one of the greatest love stories ever told. Cathy and Heathcliff, childhood friends, are cruelly separated by class, fate and the actions of others. But uniting them is something even stronger: an all-consuming passion that sweeps away everything that comes between them. Even death!

You have to love how excited the people at HarperCollins are about the death bit right there. Man, are some people in for a surprise. If they’re looking for everlasting love of the sweet and schmoopy variety, that’s ten bucks poorly spent right there. And those who go in looking for a happy ending? Hoo boy. Cathy and Heathcliff were never the kind of lovers for eternal bliss and gazing into the sunset together. They were barely even likeable at their best. That’s not what made the book a classic. Now, if Twihards want stalking, brutal fights, emotional abuse and a love interest who’ll hang your cousin’s dog, then they’re looking in the right place.

Already Waterstone’s page for the book has two reviews asking if the book is in “old english or mordern understandable english” and one that whinges “I was really disappointed when reading this book, its made to believe to be one of the greatest love stories ever told and I found only five pages out of the whole book about there love and the rest filled with bitterness and pain and other peoples stories through out.”

Yeah, seriously, Emily Brontë, how dare you write about bitterness and pain in your starcrossed romance? And what’s all this stuff about other people? And Cathy’s, like, totally a bitch, oh my god. Heathcliff’s all broody, though, and that apparently goes a long, long way. Can you imagine the results of doing this to other classics, though? What about a copy of On the Road with a new cover for all those Sam and Dean girls out there? “OMFG, but they arent even brothers, so lame.”

– Stefanie

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Adaptations aren't always fairy tales.

Adaptations aren't always fairy tales.

With the autumn movie season almost upon us, PCR’s Lina investigates whether the legendary film adaptation lives up to par and if what is coming next will be more than just a title only tribute to the original.

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Stupid lamb. Sick, masochistic fangirls.

Stupid lamb. Sick, masochistic fangirls.

As Twilight fever ravages San Diego, PCR’s Stefanie reflects on its latest symptoms – from a safe distance.

By the time the New Moon panel began this afternoon, more than five hundred diehard Twilight fans had waited in line for over forty hours to be there.

Take a moment. Think about this. The panel began at 1:45 pm this afternoon (PCR won’t be covering it; we value our lives too much to have attended). Fans had been sitting in line since 9 pm Tuesday, camped out on their Edward-emblazoned blankets. That’s a nearly two day wait just to know you’re in the same hall as Robert Pattinson’s hair.

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Sean Bean never gets what he wants. In Fellowship of the Ring, instead of the ring he dies of a terminal case of heroic redemption. In Ronin he doesn’t get whatever’s in the briefcase, and in Troy, well, you don’t think Odysseus wanted to spend ten years lost, right?

Now, Sean Bean is once again set to Not Get What He Wants as Eddard Stark in A Game of Thones, consequently giving fans exactly what they want, in the form of another spectacularly well-cast part in what is shaping up to be one of the Good Adaptations.

One does not simply walk into Winterfell.

One does not simply walk into Winterfell.

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