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  • Charlie  (Charles  Darwin)  Janie  (Jane  Goodall)  Davey  (David  Livingston)   1  
  • So,  I  when  I  decided  on  this  topic,  Downton  Abbey  was  all  the  rage  –  and  I  was  ALL  THE  RAGE.  Everyone  kept  puHng  books  about  the  1920s  on  bibs  and  just  claiming  that  that’s  all  that  RA  is.  It  seemed  like  the  perfect  Pme  to  discuss  (a)  mulP-­‐type  RA  and  (b)  appeal  factors  and  how  they  can  live  in  perfect  harmony.  Like  monkeys  with  coconuts.   2  
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  • But  that’s  all  I’m  going  to  talk  about  anyways.   4  
  • So  let’s  get  to  monkeying  around.   5  
  • Stolen  from  the  illustrious  Holly  Hibner     6  
  • But  what  is  it  that  appeals  to  us  when  we  see  adorable  baby  photos.  It’s  clearly  not  species.     7  
  • p.  40  Next  slide:  What  is  appeal  in  general?   8  
  • p.  42  Next  slide:  But  what  is  the  definiPon  of  appeal?   9  
  • p.  42  Next  slide:  Joyce’s  appeal  divisions   10  
  • Pacing:  (ex:  Page  turner  or  Compelling)  -­‐ Characters  and  plot  quickly  or  slowly  unveiled?  -­‐ More  dialog  or  descripPon?  -­‐ Densely  wriben?  CharacterizaPon:  (ex:  IntrospecPve  or  Quirky  characters)  -­‐ Developed  over  Pme  or  immediately  recognizable  stereotypes?  -­‐ Focus  on  single  character  or  several  intertwined?  -­‐ Whose  point  of  view?  Story  Line:  (ex:  Complex,  Convoluted,  MulP-­‐story  threads,  or  Addressing  moral/social  issues  -­‐ Emphasizes  people  or  situaPons  and  events?  -­‐ What  is  author’s  intenPon  regarding  story  line?  -­‐ Is  focus  more  interior  and  psycholoical  or  exterior  and  acPon  oreinted?  Frame:  (Bleak,  Upbeat,  or  Historical  detail)  (seHng,  tone,  atmosphere)  -­‐ Is  background  detailed  or  minimal?  -­‐ Does  the  frame  affect  the  tone  or  atmosphere?  -­‐ Is  there  a  special  background?   11  
  • Storyline:  Determine  a  book’s  focus;  helps  readers  find  books  with  the  overall  structure  they  are  looking  for.  (ex:  AcPon-­‐packed;  Intricately  plobed;  Issue-­‐oriented)  Pace:  The  rate  at  which  a  story  unfolds  for  the  reader.  (They  only  idenPfy  books  that  appear  at  the  ends  of  the  spectrum)  (Ex:  fast-­‐paced;  leisurely  paced)  Tone:  The  feeling  that  a  book  evokes  in  the  reader.  (Ex:  Amusing;  Gruesome;  Suspenseful)  WriPng  Style:  Includes  the  language  used  in  the  book  and  the  level  of  detail  in  the  background.  (Ex:  ConversaPonal;  Griby;  Lush;  Scholarly)   12  
  • But  why  learn  these  things.  Why  o  why?  Split   13  
  • Amazon  is  not  a  good  place  for  period/seHng/genre  readalikes  but  it  is  a  good  place  to  go  to  see  what  people  who  like  one  thing  will  buy.  And  it’s  probably  not  what’s  on  your  bibs.    I’m  going  to  pick  on  the  NYTimes  arPcle  “If  You’re  Mad  for  ‘Downton,’  Publishers  Have  Reading  List”  from  January  11,  2012.    They  were  just  repeaPng  things  that  people  had  said,  but  it’s  a  great  example  of  how  bad  we  are  at  this.  A  selecPon  of  Ptles  listed:  Lady  Almina  and  the  Read  Downton  Abby  by  the  Countess  of  Carnarvon  Rose:  My  Life  in  Service  to  Lady  Astor  by  Rosina  Harrison  A  Biber  Truth  by  Charles  Todd  (WWI)  The  World  of  Downton  Abbey  by  Jessica  Fellowes  (Julian’s  niece)  Parades  End  by  Ford  Madox  Ford  (a  war  novel)  The  Decline  and  Fall  of  the  BriPsh  Aristocracy  by  David  Cannadine  We’re  going  to  use  it  as  an  example.   14  
  • Downon  Abbey  on  Amazon.  Customers  Who  Bought  This  Item  Also  Bought:  -­‐  Downton  Abbey-­‐related  items    -­‐  One  movie  by  the  same  producer  at  the  same  Pme  period  Gosford  Park  -­‐  And  then  a  tv  show  about  terrorism?  How  does  that  match  with  the  NyPmes  arPcle?   15  
  • Customers  Who  Bought  This  Item  Also  Bought:  -­‐  Something  Similar  -­‐  And  then  another  BriPsh  movie  with  a  defined  seHng  -­‐  Then  another  BriPsh  tv  show  that’s  wiby  and  fast  paced  -­‐  Something  Similar  -­‐  The  Soundtrack  -­‐  And  another  PBS  series  –  but  set  40  years  later  than  Downton  Abbey  There’s  very  few  period  based  purchases  here.   16  
  • Let’s  talk  about  how  we  get  down  to  monkey  business   17  
  • I  know  –  not  everyone  has  NoveList.  I  don’t  care.  Books  &  Authors  is  not  a  subsPtute  for  NoveList  when  it  comes  to  appeal  factors.  If  you  don’t  have  Novelist,  I  will  show  you  how  to  pick  out  appeal  factors  without  it  –  but  I  do  think  that  it’s  the  best.   18  
  • Jinni!  My  new  favorite  movie  resource.   19  
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  • All  of  these  have  different  advantages  and  disadvantages.  While  I  like  the  mail  tools  that  I  chose,  all  that  you  really  need  to  do  this  is  a  review.     22  
  • Let’s  dive  in!   23  
  • From  iTunes:  A  stately  country  house,  a  noble  family,  and  a  succession  crisis  are  the  backdrop  for  Downton  Abbey,  an  Edwardian  spellbinder  by  Oscar-­‐winning  writer  Julian  Fellowes  (Gosford  Park).  The  series  that  took  the  UK  by  storm,  Downton  Abbey  stars  Hugh  Bonneville,  Maggie  Smith,  Elizabeth  McGovern,  and  a  house  full  of  revered  actors  in  a  producPon  that  brings  a  glibering  bygone  era  to  life.  Downton  Abbey  does  have  non-­‐ficPon  books  associated  with  it  and  a  soundtrack.    hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/downton-­‐abbey/   24  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com  list  of  ‘Appeal  Terms  for  Adults’,  with  the  jinni.com  descripPon  in  mind.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven;  Issue-­‐oriented  Tone:  Strong  sense  of  place  Wri1ng:  Dialogue-­‐rich;  Engaging;  Richly  detailed;  StylisPcally  complex;  Wiby  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  wiby.  “ That  Dame  Maggie  Smith  is  just  perfecPon”.  Appeal  Factors  also  based  upon  Jinni.com  factors:  Character-­‐driven  (Ensemble  cast);  Issue-­‐oriented  (Society);  Dialogue-­‐rich  (Ensemble  cast);  StylisHcally  complex  (Stylized);  Engaging  (CapHvaHng);  Richly-­‐detailed  (Period);  Strong  sense  of  place  (period)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/downton-­‐abbey/   27  
  • Let  the  hard  work  begin!   28  
  • Time  Traveler’s  Wife  by:  Audrey  Niffenegger  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Passionately  in  love,  Clare  and  Henry  vow  to  hold  onto  each  other  and  their  marriage  as  they  struggle  with  the  effects  of  Chrono-­‐Displacement  Disorder,  a  condiPon  that  casts  Henry  involuntarily  into  the  world  of  Pme  travel.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven,  Intricately  ploMed  Pace:  Leisurely  Paced  Tone:  Moving;  Romanic;  Thought-­‐provoking  Wri1ng  Style:  Compelling;  Lyrical;  StylisHcally  Complex;  WiMy  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=121054&site=novp-­‐live   29  
  • Notes  from  a  Small  Island  by:  Bill  Bryson  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Before  returning  to  America  aser  spending  twenty  years  in  Britain,  the  author  decided  to  tour  his  second  home  and  presents  a  look  at  Englands  quirks  and  its  endearing  qualiPes.  Tone:  Funny;  Strong  sense  of  place  Wri1ng  Style:  WiMy  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=175385&site=novp-­‐live   30  
  • Logicomix:  An  Epic  Search  for  Truth  by:  Apostolos  K.  Doxiades  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Recounts,  in  graphic  novel  format,  the  life  of  Bertrand  Russell,  mathemaPcian  and  philosopher,  and  his  life-­‐long  struggle  to  achieve  perfect  logic  and  ulPmate  truth.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven  Wri1ng:  Engaging;  Wiby  Persepolis  for  a  different  patron.  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=324170&site=novp-­‐live   31  
  • The  Remains  of  the  Day  (Movie,  1993)  From  iTunes:  Oscar-­‐winners  Anthony  Hopkins  (The  Silence  of  the  Lambs)  and  Emma  Tompson  (Howards  End)  reunite  with  the  acclaimed  Merchant  Ivory  filmmaking  team  for  this  extraordinary  and  moving  story  of  blind  devoPon  and  repressed  love.  Hopkins  stars  as  Stevens,  the  perfect  English  butler  -­‐  an  ideal  carried  by  him  to  fanaPcal  lengths  -­‐  as  he  serves  his  master,  Lord  Darlington,  beauPfully  played  by  James  Fox  (The  Servant).  Darlington,  like  many  other  members  of  the  BriPsh  establishment  in  the  1930s,  is  duped  by  the  Nazis  into  trying  to  establish  a  rapport  between  themselves  and  the  BriPsh  government.  Thompson  stars  as  the  estates  housekeeper,  a  high-­‐spirited,  strong-­‐minded  young  woman  who  watches  the  goings-­‐on  upstairs  with  horror.  Despite  her  apprehensions,  she  and  Stevens  gradually  fall  in  love,  though  neither  will  admit  it,  and  only  give  vent  to  their  charged  feelings  via  fierce  arguments.  Marvelously  acted  by  a  supporPng  cast  that  includes  Christopher  Reeve  and  Hugh  Grant.  Storyline:  Issue-­‐oriented  (Master  and  Servant)  Tone:  Strong  sense  of  place  (Period)  Wri1ng:  Richly  detailed  (Period);  Wiby  (Clever)  The  Help  for  a  different  patron.  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/remains-­‐of-­‐the-­‐day/   32  
  • Cranford    (TV  Series,  2007)  From  iTunes:  This  wiby  story,  starring  the  Oscar-­‐winning  Judi  Dench,  follows  the  absurdiPes  and  tragedies  in  the  lives  of  the  people  of  Cranford.  Set  in  the  1840s,  Cranford  is  a  small  northern  English  town  on  the  cusp  of  change.  Talk  of  a  new  railway  being  built  brings  fears  of  the  breakdown  of  law  and  order.  The  arrival  of  a  handsome  new  doctor  from  London  causes  a  sPr  among  the  ladies  in  the  town.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven  (Ensemble  Cast);  Issue-­‐oriented  (Society)  Tone:  Strong  sense  of  place  (Period)  Wri1ng:  StylisPcally  complex  (Stylized);  Wiby  (Clever)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/cranford/   33  
  • Enigma  VariaHons  by  Edward  Elgar  (performed  by  Sir  Andrew  Davis)  Playing  (Theme)  From  Amazon  Descrip1on  for  the  Documentary  Associated  with  this  CD:  In  an  acclaimed  BBC  drama-­‐documentary  filmed  in  the  rolling  Malvern  Hills,  Sir  Andrew  Davis  unravels  the  mystery  of  the  famous  musical  puzzle  contained  in  Elgars  seminal  work.  A  landmark  performance  of  the  complete  work  by  the  BBC  Symphony  Orchestra  conducted  by  Sir  Andrew  Davis,  given  in  the  cathedral  in  Elgars  home  town  of  Worcester,  is  recorded  in  beauPful  surround  sound.  Wri1ng:  Engaging;  Richly  detailed;  StylisPcally  complex   34  
  • Oregon  Trail    (TV  Series,  2007)  From  Wikipedia:  The  Oregon  Trail  is  a  computer  game  originally  developed  by  Don  Rawitsch,  Bill  Heinemann,  and  Paul  Dillenberger  in  1971  and  produced  by  the  Minnesota  EducaPonal  CompuPng  ConsorPum  (MECC)  in  1974.  The  original  game  was  designed  to  teach  school  children  about  the  realiPes  of  19th  century  pioneer  life  on  the  Oregon  Trail.  The  player  assumes  the  role  of  a  wagon  leader  guiding  his  party  of  seblers  from  Independence,  Missouri,  to  Oregons  Willamebe  Valley  over  the  Oregon  Trail  via  a  Studebaker  Wagon  in  1848  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven;  Issue-­‐oriented  Tone:  Strong  sense  of  place  Wri1ng:  Engaging;  Richly  detailed;  StylisPcally  complex  JUST  KIDDING!  hbp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oregon_Trail_(video_game)   35  
  • LA  Noire    (PS3  &  Xbox  360,  2011)  Found  by  searching  for  “well-­‐wriben  video  games”  on  Google:  From  Rockstar  Games  via  Metacri1c:  L.A.  Noire  is  a  next  generaPon  crime  thriller  developed  by  Team  Bondi,  a  new  Australian  based  studio  founded  by  Brendan  McNamara,  of  "The  Getaway."  L.A  Noire  is  an  interacPve  detecPve  story  set  in  the  classic  noir  period  of  the  late  1940s.  It  blends  ac1on,  detec1on  and  complex  storytelling  and  draws  players  into  an  open-­‐ended  challenge  to  solve  a  series  of  gruesome  murders.  Set  in  a  perfectly  recreated  Los  Angeles  before  freeways,  with  a  post-­‐war  backdrop  of  corrupPon,  drugs  and  jazz,  L.A.  Noire  truly  blends  cinema  and  gaming.  From  Destruc1od  via  Metacri1c:  The  Good:  RevoluPonary  facial  animaPon;  1947  L.A.  is  recreated  in  stunning  detail;  lengthy  and  engrossing  story;  gorgeous  graphics  and  soundtrack;  great  ac1ng  performances;  adventure  purists  can  skip  through  the  acPon.  Our  Verdict:  A  rewarding  adventure,  a  richly  detailed  world,  an  intriguing  mystery,  and  a  fascina1ng  character  study  all  in  one—L.A.  Noire  is  truly  something  special.  ((hbp://www.destructoid.com/the-­‐ten-­‐most-­‐meaningful-­‐videogame-­‐quotes-­‐of-­‐all-­‐Pme-­‐64837.phtml)  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven  (great  acPng  performances)  Tone:  Strong  sense  of  place  (period)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (lengthy  and  engrossing  story);  Richly  detailed  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/playstaPon-­‐3/la-­‐noire   36  
  • That  wasn’t  so  hard.  No  need  to  be  scared.  Try  these!   37  
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  • From  Novelist:  When  a  woman  goes  missing  on  her  fish  wedding  anniversary,  her  diary  reveals  hidden  turmoil  in  her  marriage,  while  her  husband,  desperate  to  clear  himself  of  suspicion,  realizes  that  something  more  disturbing  than  murder  may  have  occurred.  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10078827&site=novp-­‐live   39  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven;  Intricately  plobed  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  Tone:  Disturbing;  Suspenseful  Wri1ng:  Compelling  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  fast-­‐paced  and  compelling.  “I  just  couldn’t  put  it  down!”  Appeal  Factors  also  based  upon  Jinni.com  factors:  Character-­‐driven  (Ensemble  cast);  Issue-­‐oriented  (Society);  Dialogue-­‐rich  (Ensemble  cast);  StylisHcally  complex  (Stylized);  Engaging  (CapHvaHng);  Richly-­‐detailed  (Period);  Strong  sense  of  place  (period)  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10078827&site=novp-­‐live   41  
  • Those  bananas  are  gone,  girl.   42  
  • Shuber  Island  by:  Dennis  Lehane  Novelist  Descrip1on:  U.S.  Marshal  Teddy  Daniels  and  his  partner,  Chuck  Aule,  come  to  Shuber  Islands  Ashcliffe  Hospital  in  search  of  an  escaped  mental  paPent,  but  uncover  true  wickedness  as  Ashcliffes  mysterious  paPent  treatments  propel  them  to  the  brink  of  insanity.  Storyline:  Intricately  ploMed  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  Tone:  Creepy;  Disturbing;  Suspenseful  Wri1ng:  Compelling;  Griby  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=072239&site=novp-­‐live   43  
  • A  Death  in  Belmont  by:  SebasPan  Junger  Novelist  Descrip1on:  In  the  spring  of  1963,  the  quiet  suburb  of  Belmont,  Massachusebs,  is  rocked  by  a  shocking  sex  murder  that  exactly  fits  the  pabern  of  the  Boston  Strangler.  Sensing  a  break  in  the  case  that  has  paralyzed  the  city  of  Boston,  the  police  track  down  a  black  man,  Roy  Smith,  who  cleaned  the  vicPms  house  that  day  and  les  a  receipt  with  his  name  on  the  kitchen  counter.  Smith  is  hasPly  convicted  of  the  Belmont  murder,  but  the  terror  of  the  Strangler  conPnues.  On  the  day  of  the  murder,  Albert  DeSalvo-­‐-­‐  the  man  who  would  eventually  confess  in  lurid  detail  to  the  Stranglers  crimes-­‐-­‐  is  also  in  Belmont,  working  as  a  carpenter  at  the  Jungers  home.  In  this  spare,  powerful  narraPve,  SebasPan  Junger  chronicles  three  lives  that  collide-­‐-­‐  and  ulPmately  are  destroyed-­‐-­‐  in  the  vortex  of  one  of  the  first  and  most  controversial  serial  murder  cases  in  America.  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  Tone:  Disturbing;  Suspenseful  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=197471&site=novp-­‐live   44  
  • Y:  The  Last  Man  by:  Brian  K.  Vaughan  Novelist  Descrip1on:  When  a  plague  of  unknown  origin  kills  every  mammal  with  a  Y  chromosome,  Yorick  Brown  discovers  that  he  is  the  only  male  les  and  embarks  on  a  transconPnental  journey  to  discover  why.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  Tone:  Thought-­‐provoking;  Violent  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=082474&site=novp-­‐live   45  
  • Rear  Window  (1954)  From  iTunes:  None  of  Hitchcock’s  films  has  ever  given  a  clearer  view  of  his  genius  for  suspense  than  Rear  Window.  When  professional  photographer  L.B.  “Jeff”  Jeffries  (James  Stewart)  is  confined  to  a  wheelchair  with  a  broken  leg,  he  becomes  obsessed  with  watching  the  private  drama  of  his  neighbors  lay  out  across  the  courtyard.  When  he  suspects  a  salesman  may  have  murdered  his  nagging  wife,  Jeffries  enlists  the  help  of  his  glamorous  socialite  girlfriend  (Grace  Kelly)  to  invesPgate  the  highly  suspicious  chain  of  events…  Events  that  ulPmately  lead  to  one  of  the  most  memorable  and  gripping  endings  in  all  of  film  history.    Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (Twists  and  turns)  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  (Thriller)  Tone:  Suspenseful  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/rear-­‐window/   46  
  • Sherlock  (2010  -­‐  Present)  From  iTunes:  Sherlock  Holmes  was  always  a  modern  man  -­‐  its  the  world  that  got  old.  Co-­‐created  by  Steven  Moffat  and  Mark  GaPss,  Sherlock  is  back  as  he  should  be:  edgy,  contemporary,  difficult  and  dangerous.  Sherlock  can  tell  a  sosware  designer  by  his  Pe  or  an  airline  pilot  by  his  thumb;  he  has  a  unique  analyPcal  brain  unlike  anyone  else  in  the  world  and  has  found  the  best  way  to  stave  off  boredom  is  by  solving  crimes.  When  a  chance  encounter  brings  soldier  John  Watson  into  Sherlocks  life,  its  apparent  the  two  men  couldnt  be  more  different,  but  Sherlocks  intellect  coupled  with  Johns  pragmaPsm  soon  forges  an  unbreakable  alliance  as  they  invesPgate  a    Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (Twists  and  turns)  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  (ExciPng)  Tone:  Suspenseful  Wri1ng:  Compelling  (CapPvaPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/sherlock/   47  
  • Fallen  by:  Evanescence  (2003)  Playing  Tourniquet  iTunes  Descrip1on:  Fallen  is  he  major-­‐label  debut  of  Evanescence,  a  Lible  Rock,  AR-­‐based  quartet  led  by  the  soaring  vocals  of  20-­‐year-­‐old  Amy  Lee.  Emboldened  by  the  inclusion  of  its  single  "Bring  Me  to  Life"  is  a  bit  misleading.  A  flawless  slice  of  Linkin  Park-­‐style  anguish  pop,  its  actually  a  duet  between  Lee  and  12  Stones  Paul  McCoy.  In  fact,  almost  half  of  Fallens  11  songs  are  piano-­‐driven  ballads  that  suggest  Tori  Amos  if  she  wore  too  much  mascara  and  recorded  for  the  Projekt  label.  The  other  half  of  the  album  does  include  flashes  of  the  singles  PG-­‐rate  nu-­‐metal  ("Everybodys  Fool",  "Going  Under").  But  its  the  symphonic  goth  rock  of  groups  like  Type  O  NegaPve  that  influences  most  of  Fallen.  Ethereal  synths  float  above  Ben  Moodys  crunching  guitar  in  "Haunted,"  while  "Whisper"  even  features  apocalypPc  strings  and  a  scary  chorus  of  LaPn  voices  right  out  of  Carmina  Burana.  "Tourniquet"  is  an  anguished,  urgent  rocker  driven  by  chugging  guitars  and  spiraling  synths,  with  brooding  lyrics  that  reference  Evanescences  ChrisPan  values:  "Am  I  too  lost  to  be  saved?  /  Am  I  too  lost?  /  My  God!  My  tourniquet  /  Return  to  me  salvaPon."  The  song  is  Fallens  emoPonal  center  point  and  defines  the  bands  sound.  Very  dark;  very  energePc  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  Tone:  Disturbing;  Suspenseful  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_(Evanescence_album)   48  
  • Overclocked:  A  History  of  Violence  (PC)  Googled  best  suspenseful,  fast-­‐paced  video  games  –  via  eHow  (hbp://www.ehow.com/info_8399365_suspense-­‐adventure-­‐pc-­‐games.html)  From  Anaconda  via  Metacri1c:  The  classic  point  and  click  adventure  game  breaks  new  ground  in  order  to  tell  a  story  revolving  around  psychiatrist  David  McNamara  and  five  young  paPents.  These  paPents  are  found  barely  clothes,  the  apparent  vicPm  of  a  traumaPc  act  of  violence,  in  the  rain-­‐drenched  streets  of  New  York  City.  McNamara  is  called  to  help  as  an  expert  psychiatrist.  At  the  Staten  Island  Forensic  Hospital  he  is  tasked  with  treaPng  the  young  paPents  -­‐-­‐  who  all  suffer  from  severe  amnesia.  Dave  begins  to  carefully  probe  their  memory,  trying  to  reveal  their  obscured  past.  The  story-­‐telling  approach  of  Overclocked  sees  the  player  take  on  the  role  of  the  pa1ents  as  they  are  quesPons,  playing  and  exploring  their  memories  one  by  one.  In  reverse  chronology,  the  player  makes  his  way  through  the  shards  of  their  past  and  experiences  frightening  events  that  seem  incoherent  at  first.  The  insights  gained  can  then  be  used  back  in  the  role  of  Dave  McNamara  to  piece  tougher  the  interconnecPons  between  the  vicPms  and  open  up  new  lines  of  quesPoning.  Storyline:  Character-­‐driven;  Intricately  plobed  (Take  on  the  role  of  the  paPents)  Pace:  Fast-­‐paced  (Adventure)  Tone:  Disturbing;  Suspenseful  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/pc/overclocked-­‐a-­‐history-­‐of-­‐violence   49  
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  • From  Novelist:  Relates  the  story  of  a  U.S.  airman  who  survived  when  his  bomber  crashed  into  the  sea  during  World  War  II,  spent  forty-­‐seven  days  adris  in  the  ocean  before  being  rescued  by  the  Japanese  Navy,  and  was  held  as  a  prisoner  unPl  the  end  of  the  war.  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10150625&site=novp-­‐live   51  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com.  Tone:  InspiraPonal;  Moving    Wri1ng:  Engaging;  Lyrical  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  inspiraPonal.  “I  just  couldn’t  BE-­‐LIEVE  his  story!”  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10150625&site=novp-­‐live   53  
  • This  is  the  most  inspiraPonal  monkey  photo  that  I  had…which  is  a  lible  bit  sad.   54  
  • What  Is  the  What  by:  Dave  Eggers  Novelist  Descrip1on:  A  biographical  novel  traces  the  story  of  ValenPno  Achak  Deng,  who  as  a  boy  of  seven  was  separated  from  his  family  when  his  village  in  southern  Sudan  was  abacked  by  government  helicopters  and  became  one  of  the  esPmated  17,000  "lost  boys  of  Sudan"  before  relocaPng  from  a  Kenyan  refugee  camp  to  Atlanta  in  2001.  Tone:  InspiraPonal;  Moving    Wri1ng:  Lyrical  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=154660&site=novp-­‐live   55  
  • Wild:  From  Lost  to  Found  on  the  Pacific  Crest  Trail  by:  Cheryl  Strayed  Novelist  Descrip1on:  A  powerful,  blazingly  honest,  inspiring  memoir:  the  story  of  a  1,100  mile  solo  hike  that  broke  down  a  young  woman  reeling  from  catastrophe-­‐-­‐and  built  her  back  up  again.  Tone:  InspiraPonal;  Moving    Wri1ng:  Lyrical  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10039635&site=novp-­‐live   56  
  • Zahra’s  Paradise  by:  Amir  Novelist  Descrip1on:  "Set  in  the  asermath  of  Irans  fraudulent  elecPons  of  2009,  Zahras  Paradise  is  the  ficPonal  story  of  the  search  for  Mehdi,  a  young  protestor  who  has  vanished  into  an  extrajudicial  twilight  zone.  Whats  keeping  his  memory  from  being  obliterated  is  nobhe  law.  It  is  the  grit  and  guts  of  his  mother,  who  refuses  to  surrender  her  son  to  fate,  and  the  tenacity  of  his  brother,  a  blogger,  who  fuses  tradiPon  and  technology  to  explore  and  explode  the  void  in  which  Mehdi  has  vanished"-­‐-­‐Publishers  web  site.  Tone:  Moving    hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10069956&site=novp-­‐live   57  
  • Good  Will  HunHng  iTunes  Descrip1on:  A  true  moPon  picture  phenomenon,  this  triumphant  story  was  nominated  for  9  Academy  Awards  winning  Oscars  for  Robin  Williams  (Best  SupporPng  Actor)  and  hot  newcomers  Mab  Damon  and  Ben  Affleck  (Best  Original  Screenplay).  The  most  brilliant  mind  at  America’s  top  university  isn’t  a  student…he’s  the  kid  who  cleans  the  floors!  Will  HunPng  (Damon)  is  a  headstrong,  working-­‐class  genius  who’s  failing  the  lessons  of  life.  Aser  one  too  many  run-­‐ins  with  the  law,  Will’s  last  chance  is  a  psychology  professor  (Williams),  who  might  be  the  only  man  who  can  reach  him!  Tone:  InspiraPonal;  Moving  (Feel  Good;  SenPmental)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (CapPvaPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/good-­‐will-­‐hunPng/   58  
  • Friday  Night  Lights  iTunes  Descrip1on:  Audiences  cheer  the  first  season  of  this  poignant  and  powerful  drama.  The  inPmate  storytelling  and  spired  performances  involve  the  viewer  with  an  authenPc  portrait  of  life,  love,  family,  and  friendships  that  really  hits  home.  Coach  Eric  Taylor  (Kyle  Chandler)  is  under  intense  pressure  from  the  enPre  town  to  lead  the  high-­‐school  football  team  to  the  championship.  Wife  Tami  (Connie  Bribon,  also  from  the  hit  movie)  provides  loving  support  as  the  school’s  counselor.  The  young  people  face  their  own  challenges:  the  former-­‐star  fighPng  to  overcome  a  tragic  injury;  the  cheerleader  torn  by  conflicPng  emoPonal  loyalPes  to  two  players;  the  quarterback  overwhelmed  with  responsibiliPes  on  and  off  the  field  (which  daPng  the  coach’s  daughter);  the  cocky  running  back  who’s  turned  to  performance  enhancers.  All  this  and  more  come  together  for  a  truly  human  drama.  Tone:  InspiraPonal;  Moving  (Feel  Good;  SenPmental)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (CapPvaPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/friday-­‐night-­‐lights-­‐2006/   59  
  • Duets  II  by  Tony  Benneb  iTunes  Descrip1on:  Tony  Benneb  is  an  indefaPgable  powerhouse  of  a  vocalist.  His  energy  and  charisma  have  guided  him  through  six  decades  of  hits.  The  perennially  hot  Mr.  Benneb  is  given  both  tribute  and  chance  to  shine  with  this  celebraPon  of  the  Great  American  Songbook.  It  doesn’t  hurt  that  some  of  the  biggests  and  most  respected  arPsts  around  are  helping  out  in  this  second  installment.  Behold,  Duets  II  with  arPsts  like  Lady  GaGa,  Mariah  Carey,  Michael  Buble,  Josh  Groban,  Carrie  Underwood,  and,  recorded  just  months  before  her  passing,  Amy  Winehouse.  Mostly  posiPve  -­‐  halfway  between  energePc  and  calm  Play  Don’t  Get  Around  My  Anymore  with  Lady  Gaga  Tone:  Moving    Wri1ng:  Engaging;  Lyrical  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/music/duets-­‐ii/tony-­‐benneb  Quotes  are  from  a  Blurt  Online  review  via  MetacriPc:  hbp://blurt-­‐online.com/reviews/view/3529/    However,  dont  scoff  at  the  collabs  clearly  geared  towards  the  soccer  mom  set  before  hearing  them  first.  Benneb  harbors  a  magic  about  him  that  inspires  you  to  become  caught  up  in  the  beauty  of  his  performance  prowess  regardless  of  what  arPst  is  playing  second  banana  to  him  on  the  microphone,  giving  him  or  her  automaPc  shine  with  his  arPsPc  credibility  by  virtue  of  associaPon  alone  -­‐  be  it  Carrie  Underwood  or  Lady  Gaga  or  John  Mayer  or  Mariah  Carey.  Never  thought  youd  voluntarily  listen  to  such  aunt-­‐centric  marquee  stars  as  Andrea  Bocelli,  Faith  Hill  and  Josh  Groban?  Check  out  how  sublime  they  are  on  Duets  II  sidling  up  alongside  the  true  master  and  you  might  find  yourself  turning  in  your  tastemaker  cred  for  a  used  copy  of  Romanza  in  no  Pme.  hbp://blurt-­‐online.com/reviews/view/3529/  (Blurt  Online  via  MetacriPc)   60  
  • Lost  Odyssey  (Xbox  360)  Googled  inspiraPonal  video  games  and  found:  hbp://www.cheatcc.com/extra/top10mosPnspiraPonalgames2.html#.UJHInsXA98E  Extreme  Gamer  via  Metacri1c:  Mistwalker  should  be  proud  that  they  created  an  ambiPous  tradiPonal  role-­‐playing  game  at  the  level  of  Lost  Odyssey.  Lost  Odyssey  touches  the  gamer  on  many  different  levels  with  its  caring  storyline,  explosive  baKles  and  metamorphosing  plot  developments.  The  presentaPon  in  the  graphics  and  audio  help  put  the  whole  game  together  creaPng  a  beauPful  amalgamaPon  showcase  some  best  talent  seen  in  both  areas.  If  you’re  a  fan  of  tradiPonal  role-­‐playing  games,  or  love  games  with  an  endearing  story  then  you  will  likely  fall  in  love  with  the  dynamic  inPmacy  Lost  Odyssey  provides.  Despite  being  challenged  because  of  its  tradiPonal  roots,  Lost  Odyssey  embraces  them  and  turns  on  a  memorable  gaming  experience  that  will  be  remembered  for  years  to  come.  Tone:  Moving  (“Endearing  story”)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (“Memorable”)  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/xbox-­‐360/lost-­‐odyssey   61  
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  • From  Novelist:  Police  officer  Rick  Grimes  is  shot  on  the  job  and  wakes  up  a  month  later  to  find  that  the  world  that  he  knows  is  gone.  Zombies  have  taken  over  and  are  killing  and  eaPng  those  who  are  sPll  alive.  He  sets  out  toward  Atlanta  in  the  hope  that  his  family  is  sPll  alive  and  endures  many  horrors  along  the  way.  Walking  Dead  does  has  a  ficPon  book,  a  tv  show,  and  a  video  game  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=149655&site=novp-­‐live   63  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com.  Tone:  Bleak;  Gruesome  Wri1ng:  Compelling  For  a  teen  patron.  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  fast-­‐paced  and  compelling.  “I  just  couldn’t  put  it  down!”  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=149655&site=novp-­‐live   65  
  • If  you  ever  put  me  in  this  costume  again,  you’ll  be  the  Walking  Dead   66  
  • Unwind  by:  Neal  Shusterman  Novelist  Descrip1on:  In  a  future  world  where  those  between  the  ages  of  thirteen  and  eighteen  can  have  their  lives  "unwound"  and  their  body  parts  harvested  for  use  by  others,  three  teens  go  to  extreme  lengths  to  uphold  their  beliefs-­‐-­‐and,  perhaps,  save  their  own  lives.  Tone:  Bleak  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=229325&site=novp-­‐live   67  
  • A  Long  Way  Gone:  Memoirs  of  a  Boy  Soldier  by:  Ishmael  Beah  Novelist  Descrip1on:  In  a  heart-­‐wrenching,  candid  autobiography,  a  human  rights  acPvist  offers  a  firsthand  account  of  war  from  the  perspecPve  of  a  former  child  soldier,  detailing  the  violent  civil  war  that  wracked  his  naPve  Sierra  Leone  and  the  government  forces  that  transformed  a  gentle  young  boy  into  a  killer  as  a  member  of  the  army.  Tone:  Bleak  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=189270&site=novp-­‐live   68  
  • From  Hell  by:  Alan  Moore  and  Eddie  Campbell  From  Amazon:  FROM  HELL  is  the  story  of  Jack  the  Ripper,  perhaps  the  most  infamous  man  in  the  annals  of  murder.  Detailing  the  events  leading  up  to  the  Whitechapel  killings  and  the  cover-­‐up  that  followed,  FROM  HELL  is  a  meditaPon  on  the  mind  of  a  madman  whose  savagery  and  violence  gave  birth  to  the  20th  century.  The  serialized  story,  presented  in  its  enPrety  in  this  volume,  has  garnered  widespread  abenPon  from  criPcs  and  scholars.  Osen  regarded  as  one  of  the  most  significant  graphic  novels  ever  published,  FROM  HELL  combines  mePculous  research  with  educated  speculaPon,  resulPng  in  a  masterpiece  of  historical  ficPon  both  compelling  and  terrifying.  This  new  ediPon,  which  has  been  completely  re-­‐mastered,  is  certainly  the  finest  ediPon  of  the  book  produced  to  date.  Tone:  Bleak  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=120492&site=novp-­‐live   69  
  • The  Dark  Knight  From  iTunes:  Visionary  filmmaker  Christopher  Nolans  sequel  to  teh  highly  successful  "Batman  Begin,"  sees  Batman  (ChrisPan  Bale)  as  he  raises  the  stakes  in  his  war  on  crime.  With  the  help  of  Lieutenant  Jim  Gordon  (Gary  Oldman)  and  District  Aborney  Harvey  Dent  (Aaron  Eckhart),  Batman  sets  out  to  dismantle  the  remaining  criminal  organizaPons  that  plague  the  city  streets.  THe  partnership  proves  to  be  effecPve,  but  they  soon  find  themselves  prey  to  a  reign  of  chaos  unleashed  by  a  rising  criminal  mastermind  known  to  the  terrified  ciPzens  of  Gotham  as  The  Joker  (Heath  Ledger).  Tone:  Bleak;  Gruesome  (Bleak;  Violent  Content)  Wri1ng:  Compelling  (Suspenseful)  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/the-­‐dark-­‐knight/   70  
  • Breaking  Bad  From  iTunes:  Emmy-­‐nominated  veteran  actor  Bryan  Cranston  (Malcolm  in  the  Middle,  LiMle  Miss  Sunshine)  heads  the  cast  of  Breaking  Bad,  portraying  Walter  White,  a  high  school  chemistry  teacher  who  life  is  suddenly  transformed  by  a  dire  medical  diagnosis.  Aaron  Paul  plays  Jesse  Dupree,  a  street-­‐savvy  former  student  who  "teaches"  Walter  a  new  trade.  Ann  Gunn  (Deadwood)  is  Walters  pregnant  wife  Skylar,  an  enterprising  homemaker.  Dean  Norris  (LiMle  Miss  Sunshine)  is  Walters  boisterous  and  crude  brother-­‐in-­‐law  Hank  who  happens  to  be  a  federal  drug  enforcement  agent.  Betsy  Brandt  (CSI)  plays  Walters  sister-­‐in-­‐law  Marie,  and  R.J.  Mibe  (Hannah  Montana,  Weeds)  is  Walters  son,  Walter  Jr.,  whose  teen  angst  is  further  complicated  by  cerebral  palsy.  Tone:  Bleak;  Gruesome  (Bleak;  Violent  Content)  Wri1ng:  Compelling  (CapPvaPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/breaking-­‐bad/   71  
  • The  BBC  Sessions  by:  Led  Zeppelin  Playing  You  Shook  Me  iTunes  Descrip1on:  At  their  incepPon,  Led  Zeppelin  redefined  hard  rock  for  an  enPre  generaPon.  While  their  studio  albums  were  brilliantly  recorded  documents  of  the  era,  their  live  performances  were  oddly  les  in  the  hands  of  bootleggers  and  the  less  than  completely  representaPve  "The  Song  Remains  the  Same"  collecPon.  These  BBC  Sessions  capture  the  group  in  their  early  prime,  stretching  out  the  mania  of  their  early  composiPons  and  jamming  out  their  love  for  classic  rock  and  rock  and  sturdy,  old  blues.  Considering  singer  Robert  Plants  vocal  authority  on  tracks  such  as  "You  Shook  Me,"  "CommunicaPon  Breakdown,"  and  "What  Is  And  What  Should  Never  Be,"  its  hard  to  conceive  that  he  was  sPll  considered  to  be  on  trial  at  this  early  point  in  their  career.  By  the  Pme  of  the  1971  sessions,  the  band  spreads  out  with  increasingly  intricate  material  as  their  classics  "Stairway  to  Heaven,"  "Going  to  California,"  and  "Thank  You"  are  saturated  with  an  eerie  vibe  that  only  these  young  men  could  invent  and  sustain.  Very  dark;  very  energePc  Tone:  Bleak  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Sessions_(Led_Zeppelin_album)   72  
  • Dark  Souls:  Prepare  to  Die  EdiHon    (PC)  I  looked  at  the  Walking  Dead  video  game  on  Amazon.com  and  looked  at  what  other  people  had  bought.hbp://www.amazon.com/Walking-­‐Dead-­‐Online-­‐Game-­‐Code/dp/B007WWW2C8  Review  from  IncGamers  via  Metacri1c:  Dark  Souls  is  a  game  that  pokes  at  our  sos,  flabby  bellies  and  laughs  at  the  way  other  Ptles  have  babied  us  with  cheap  gimmicks  and  easy  rewards.  It’s  a  game  whose  mechanics  are  the  perfect  reflecPon  of  its  bleak,  desolate  world.  You  will  suffer,  you  will  learn  and  you  will  feel  triumph  aser  elated  triumph  when  you  succeed.  The  subversion  of  tradiPonal  RPG  thinking  (levelling  up  is  nothing  compared  to  good  equipment,  and  skill  trumps  all),  tremendous  physicality  of  its  combat  and  clever  integra1on  of  co-­‐op  play  are  just  a  few  highlights  from  a  truly  outstanding  Ptle.  (hbp://www.incgamers.com/2012/08/dark-­‐souls-­‐prepare-­‐to-­‐die-­‐ediPon-­‐review-­‐victory-­‐achieved/)  Tone:  Bleak;  Gruesome  (“Bleak,  desolate  world”;  “ Tremendous  physicality  of  its  combat”)  Wri1ng:  Compelling  (“Clever  integraPon  of  co-­‐op  play”)  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/pc/dark-­‐souls-­‐prepare-­‐to-­‐die-­‐ediPon   73  
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  • From  Jinni:  One  day  the  peaceful  village  of  Midwich  is  cast  into  a  mysterious  sleep  for  several  hours,  but  with  no  obvious  consequences,  unPl  soon  all  the  women  of  child-­‐bearing  age  turn  out  to  be  pregnant.  Their  children  are  all  born  at  the  same  Pme,  and  grow  quickly  into  very  spooky  young  people,  with  strange  white-­‐blonde  hair  and  eerie  eyes.  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/village-­‐of-­‐the-­‐damned/   75  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com  list  of  ‘Appeal  Terms  for  Adults’,  with  the  jinni.com  descripPon  in  mind.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Sobering;  Suspenseful  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  creepy.  “It  sent  chills  up  my  spine!”.  Appeal  Factors  also  based  upon  Jinni.com  factors:  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Sobering;  Suspenseful  From  Jinni:  Atmospheric;  Scary;  Serious,  Suspenseful  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/village-­‐of-­‐the-­‐damned/   77  
  • This  child  of  the  damned  has  a  monkey  on  her  back   78  
  • The  Shining  by:  Stephen  King  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Jack  Torrance  sees  his  sPnt  as  winter  caretaker  of  a  Colorado  hotel  as  a  way  back  from  failure,  his  wife  sees  it  as  a  chance  to  preserve  their  family,  and  their  five-­‐year-­‐old  son  sees  the  evil  waiPng  just  for  them.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Suspenseful  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=038251&site=novp-­‐live     79  
  • In  the  Garden  of  Beasts:  Love,  Terror,  and  an  American  Family  in  Hitler’s  Berlin  by:  Erik  Larson  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Documents  the  efforts  of  the  first  American  ambassador  to  Hitlers  Germany,  William  E.  Dodd,  to  acclimate  to  a  residence  in  an  increasingly  violent  city  where  he  is  forced  to  associate  with  the  Nazis  while  his  daughter  pursues  a  relaPonship  with  Gestapochief  Rudolf  Diels.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Suspenseful  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=395373&site=novp-­‐live     80  
  • Locke  &  Key.  1,  Welcome  to  Lovecras  by:  Joe  Hill  Novelist  Descrip1on:  The  story  of  the  Keyhouse,  a  New  England  mansion,  with  doors  that  transform  all  who  walk  through  them...and  home  to  a  hate-­‐filled  and  relentless  creature  that  will  not  rest  unPl  it  opens  the  most  terrible  door  of  all.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Suspenseful  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=295686&site=novp-­‐live     81  
  • Rosemary’s  Baby  iTunes  Descrip1on:  Possibly  the  best  horror  film  ever  made,  this  brilliant  adaptaPon  of  Ira  Levin’s  best-­‐selling  novel  is  the  story  of  a  loving  young  New  York  City  couple  who  are  expecPng  their  first  child.  Like  most  first-­‐Pme  mothers,  Rosemary  (Mia  Farrow)  experiences  confusion  and  fear.  Her  husband  (John  Cassavetes),  an  ambiPous  but  unsuccessful  actor,  makes  a  pact  with  the  devil  that  promises  to  send  his  career  skyward.  Director  Roman  Polanski  elicits  uniformly  extraordinary  performance  from  the  all-­‐star  cast.  Ruth  Gordon  won  an  Oscar  for  her  performance  as  an  over  solicitous  next-­‐door  neighbor  in  this  classic  chiller.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Suspenseful  (Atmospheric;  Scary;  Suspenseful)  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/rosemarys-­‐baby/   82  
  • The  Dead  Zone  Wikipedia  Descrip1on:  Small-­‐town  teacher  Johnny  Smith  is  involved  in  a  car  accident  that  leaves  him  comatose  for  approximately  six  years.  Aser  regaining  consciousness,  Johnny  begins  having  visions  of  the  past  and  future  triggered  by  touching  items  or  people;  doctors  abribute  the  visions  to  acPvity  in  a  previously  unused  "dead  zone"  of  his  brain  that  is  abempPng  to  compensate  for  the  impaired  funcPon  of  the  porPons  injured  in  the  accident.  Johnny  also  learns  that  his  fiancée,  Sarah,  gave  birth  to  his  son  in  the  interim  following  the  accident,  but  has  since  married  another  man.  With  the  help  of  Sarah,  her  husband  Walt,  and  physical  therapist  Bruce,  Johnny  begins  using  his  abiliPes  to  help  solve  crimes.  However,  his  abempts  to  do  good  are  complicated  by  intermibent  visions  of  apocalypPc  events  brought  about  following  the  future  elecPon  of  congressional  candidate  Greg  SPllson.  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Suspenseful  (Atmospheric;  Scary;  Suspenseful)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/the-­‐dead-­‐zone-­‐2002-­‐1/   83  
  • Criss  Angel:  Believe  by  Cirque  Du  Soleil  Cirque  Du  Soleil  Descrip1on:  With  the  original  score  for  the  show  CRISS  Angel  Believe,  Cirque  du  Soleil  fans  are  provided  an  in-­‐depth  look  at  renowned  French  composer  Éric  Serra’s  work  which  features  key  tracks  from  the  pre-­‐opening  of  the  show  in  September  2008  to  today.  Éric  Serra  created  the  iniPal  music  composiPon  for  the  show  CRISS  ANGEL  Believe  and  incorporates  his  vast  experience  in  film  music  scores  (The  Big  Blue,  The  Last  Combat,  Subway,  La  Femme  Nikita,  AtlanPs,  The  Fish  Element,  etc.).  Inspired  by  the  show’s  themes  and  wriben  and  arranged  to  blend  with  the  visuals,  Serra  takes  the  listener  on  a  thrilling,  dreamlike  explora1on  beginning  with  sounds  of  vintage  children-­‐inspired  melodies  to  rock  and  gothic  moments  with  heavy,  industrial,  electronic  beats  to  classical  and  opera1c  influences.  Featured  on  4  songs  of  this  album  is  Nitza,  original  lead  vocalist  of  the  show  and  award-­‐winning  (Los  Angeles  Music  Awards,  Hollywood  Music  Awards,  DEKA)  world  music  arPst.  Rock  –  Very  Dark,  More  Calm  Play  Shadows  and  Whispers  Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Suspenseful  (Atmospheric;  Suspenseful)  (“Thrilling,  dreamlike  exploraPon)  hbp://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/believe/soundtrack.aspx  Quotes  are  from  the  “About  the  Album”  from  the  website  –  see  above.   84  
  • Silent  Hill:  ShaMered  Memories  (Wii,  PlayStaPon2,  PSP)  Googled  creepiest  video  games  and  found:  hbp://www.wired.com/gamelife/2009/10/scary-­‐games/2/  Konami  via  Metacri1c:  While  the  game  shares  its  twisPng  plot  with  the  original  PlayStaPon  game,  Silent  Hill:  Shabered  Memories  takes  a  different  path  in  many,  many  ways.  Characters  can  be  approached  but  offer  different  responses  and  be  found  in  different  places,  while  new  clues  and  gameplay  paths  can  be  followed.  The  Ptle  follows  Harry  Mason,  as  he  abempts  to  unravel  the  mystery  of  his  missing  daughter,  Cheryl.  A  broken  man,  Mason’s  invesPgaPons  lead  him  to  the  mist-­‐shrouded,  snowy  streets  of  Silent  Hill:  a  malevolent  town  where  the  shadows  play  host  to  a  wealth  of  evil,  misshapen  creatures.    Tone:  Atmospheric;  Creepy;  Sobering  (“Eerily  atmospheric”;  “Downright  chilling”;  “Disturbing  themes”)  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/wii/silent-­‐hill-­‐shabered-­‐memories  Review  via  IGN  hbp://www.ign.com/arPcles/2009/12/05/silent-­‐hill-­‐shabered-­‐memories-­‐review?page=3:  Meet  Harry  Mason.  Hes  crashed  his  car  in  the  middle  of  a  blizzard  on  the  outskirts  of  a  small  town  called  Silent  Hill.  Hes  confused  -­‐-­‐  his  memory  is  iffy,  but  hes  painfully  aware  that  his  lible  girl  is  no  longer  in  the  vehicle.  So  with  flashlight  in  hand,  he  braves  the  cold,  the  snow  and  inevitably  the  terror  as  he  searches  blindly  for  her.  This  is  the  setup  for  Shabered  Memories,  which  is  not  a  remake  but  a  full-­‐blown  re-­‐imagining  of  Konamis  classic  horror  adventure  game.  While  devoted  franchise  fans  will  find  some  familiar  gameplay  elements,  characters  and  story  arcs,  the  Climax  Studios  sequel  is  simultaneously  disPnguished  by  some  altogether  new  mechanics  and  concepts  that  represent  bold  and  refreshing  departures  from  the  convenPons  that  some  purists  hold  dear.  Backlash  is  therefore  inevitable,  but  whether  you  choose  to  define  the  experience  as  Silent  Hill-­‐esque  or  not,  it  is  undeniably  well-­‐executed,  eerily  atmospheric  and  at  Pmes  downright  chilling  -­‐-­‐  literally,  as  Ill  explain.  Shabered  Memories  is  an  adventure  game  riddled  with  a  host  of  disturbing  themes,  not  least  of  which  is  the  fact  that  the  town  is  caught  in  the  grip  of  a  snow  storm,  most  of  its  inhabitants  are  missing,  and  dreadful  monsters  periodically  scream  from  icy  formaPons.     85  
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  • From  iTunes:  JusPn  Bieber  abracted  a  global  audience  aser  posPng  videos  of  himself  covering  songs  by  the  likes  of  JusPn  Timberlake  and  Usher  -­‐  the  laber  of  whom  caught  wind  of  Biebers  talents,  and  helped  the  singer/mulP-­‐instrumentalist  relocate  to  Atlanta  and  score  a  record  deal.  Aser  recording  a  smash  first  album,  JusP  s  once  again  likely  to  be  taking  over  the  charts  with  his  sugar-­‐coated  second  album  "My  World  2.0"  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/music/my-­‐world-­‐20/jusPn-­‐bieber     87  
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  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com  list  of  ‘Appeal  Terms  for  Teens’,  with  the  Billboard  Review  in  mind.  Tone:  Moving;  Feel-­‐good;  Upbeat  Wri1ng:  Engaging  For  a  teen  patron.  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  were  feel-­‐good  and  engaging.  “It  was  so  much  fun!  I  listened  to  it  100  Pmes.  No  200!”  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/music/my-­‐world-­‐20/jusPn-­‐bieber   89  
  • JusPn  Beiber  wishes  he  was  the  king  of  pop   90  
  • The  Princess  Diaries  by:  Meg  Cabot  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Fourteen-­‐year-­‐old  Mia,  who  is  trying  to  lead  a  normal  life  as  a  teenage  girl  in  New  York  City,  is  shocked  to  learn  that  her  father  is  the  Prince  of  Genovia,  a  small  European  principality,  and  that  she  is  a  princess  and  the  heir  to  the  throne.  Tone:  Upbeat  Wri1ng:  Engaging  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=077425&site=novp-­‐live   91  
  • My  Life  in  Dog  Years  by:  Gary  Paulsen  Novelist  Descrip1on:  The  author  describes  some  of  the  dogs  that  have  had  special  places  in  his  life,  including  his  first  dog,  Snowball,  in  the  Philippines;  Dirk,  who  protected  him  from  bullies;  and  Cookie,  who  saved  his  life.  Tone:  Feel-­‐good  Wri1ng:  Engaging  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=179292&site=novp-­‐live   92  
  • Gunnerkrigg  Court  by:  Tom  Siddell  Novelist  Descrip1on:  AnPmony  Carver  is  a  precocious  and  preternaturally  self-­‐possessed  young  girl  starPng  her  first  year  of  school  at  gloomy  Gunnerkrigg  Court,  a  very  BriPsh  boarding  school  that  has  robots  running  around  along  side  body-­‐snatching  demons,  forest  gods,  and  the  odd  mythical  creature.  Tone:  Upbeat  Wri1ng:  Engaging  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=305365&site=novp-­‐live   93  
  • Wall-­‐E  iTunes  Descrip1on:  What  if  mankind  had  to  leave  Earth,  and  somebody  forgot  to  turn  the  last  robot  off?  Academy  Award-­‐winning  writer-­‐director  Andrew  Stanton  (Finding  Nemo)  and  the  invenPve  storytellers  and  technical  geniuses  at  Pixar  AnimaPon  Studioes  (The  Incredibles,  Cars,  Ratatouiller)  transport  moviegoers  to  a  galaxy  not  so  very  far  away  from  a  new  computer-­‐animated  cosmic  comedy  about  a  determined  robot  named  WALL-­‐E.  Aser  hundreds  of  lonely  years  of  doing  what  he  was  built  for,  WALL-­‐E  (short  for  Waste  AllocaPon  Load  Liser  Earth-­‐Class)  discovers  a  new  purpose  in  life  (besides  collecPng  knick-­‐knacks)  when  he  meets  a  sleek  search  robot  named  EVE.  EVE  comes  to  realize  that  WALL-­‐E  has  inadvertently  stumbled  upon  the  key  to  the  planet’s  future,  and  races  back  to  space  to  report  her  findings  to  the  humans  (who  have  been  eagerly  awaiPng  word  that  it  is  safe  to  return  home).  Meanwhile,  WALL-­‐E  chases  EVE  across  the  galaxy  and  sets  into  moPon  one  of  the  most  exciPng  and  imaginaPve  comedy  adventures  ever  brought  to  the  big  screen.  Joinging  WALL-­‐E  on  his  fantasPc  journey  across  a  universe  of  never-­‐before  –imagined  visions  of  the  future,  is  a  hilarious  cast  of  characters  including  a  pet  cockroach,  and  a  heroic  team  of  malfuncPoning  misfit  robots.    Tone:  Feel-­‐good  (Feel-­‐good)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (ExciPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/wall-­‐e/   94  
  • Make  It  Or  Break  It  Wikipedia  Descrip1on:  Make  It  Or  Break  It  is  a  relaPonship  drama  set  in  the  high-­‐stakes  world  of  compePPve  gymnasPcs.  The  series  follows  a  group  of  elite  teenage  gymnasts  as  they  deal  with  parents,  boyfriends,  coaches,  rivalry,  and  betrayal.  Payson  is  the  extremely  focused,  serious  gymnast.  Kaylie  comes  from  a  privileged  background  and  doesn’t  think  the  team’s  rules  apply  to  her.  Lauren  is  highly  compePPve  and  will  stop  at  nothing  to  win.  Newcomer  Emily  abracts  the  abenPon  of  everyone  when  she  arrives  at  the  gym  wearing  an  old  leotard  with  gymnasPcs  moves  beyond  compare.  Tone:  Feel-­‐good;  Upbeat  (Feel  good;  SenPmental)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/make-­‐it-­‐or-­‐break-­‐it/   95  
  • Back  to  Basics  by  ChrisPna  Aguilera  Metacri1c  Descrip1on:  The  Basics  in  the  Ptle  of  this  double-­‐disc  set  are  the  jazzy  blues  and  soul  sounds  of  the  1920s,  30s  and  40s,  which  Aguilera  tackles  with  the  help  of  Linda  Perry  and  DJ  Premier.    Found  through  a  co-­‐worker  Play  Candyman  SomePmes  –  it’s  just  a  feeling  what  fits.  Tone:  Moving;  Upbeat  Wri1ng:  Engaging    hbp://www.metacriPc.com/music/back-­‐to-­‐basics/chrisPna-­‐aguilera  Review  from  Amazon.com:  Back  to  Basics,  ChrisPna  Aguileras  first  disc  in  four  years,  refines  and  clarifies  the-­‐-­‐lets  call  it  "sexy"-­‐-­‐aura  surrounding  this  plaPnum  firebrand.  Here,  the  best  belter  in  a  class  that  counts  Jessica  Simpson  and  Britney  Spears  on  its  roll  call  has  turned  her  abenPon  to  love  songs:  the  supercharged  and  ubiquitous  first  single  "Aint  No  Other  Man,"  for  one,  and  the  hushed  stunner  "Save  Me  from  Myself"  for  another.  That  doesnt  mean  shes  foresworn  being  nasty,  though.  Dive  deep  into  this  set,  past  the  gorgeous  crackle  that  frames  the  old-­‐school  jazz-­‐,  blues-­‐,  and  soul-­‐inspired  tracks  on  the  first  disc,  and  youll  reach  a  playful  and  familiar  raunch;  "Candyman"  celebrates  a  "one-­‐stop  shop"  who  "makes  the  panPes  drop"  to  a  boogie-­‐woogie  beat,  and  "Nasty  Naughty  Boy"  sends  out  a  heated,  big-­‐beated  invita1on  to  "sip  on  my  champagne/Cause  Im  gonna  give  you  a  lible  taste/Of  the  sugar  below  my  waist."  Though‚ul  listeners  should  snap  out  of  their  fascinaPon  with  XPnas  undiminished  yet  newly  un-­‐tramp-­‐like  sexuality,  though,  because  what  theyll  really  want  to  focus  on  throughout  these  22  tracks  is  the  honest-­‐to-­‐God  ar1stry.  While  the  rock  producer  Linda  Perry  helps  disc  two  pop  in  interesPng  and  unexpected  ways  (check  the  muffled  blues  number  "I  Got  Trouble"  and  "Mercy  on  Me,"  an  obvious  nod  to  Fiona  Apple),  DJ  Premier,  a  mainstay  on  Jay-­‐Z  and  Nas  projects,  pipes  a  batch  of  aural  high-­‐fives  into  the  nostalgia-­‐biben  first  disc  (the  deep-­‐down  funk  of  "Back  in  the  Day,"  the  strut-­‐strut  early  hip-­‐hop  sound  of  "SPll  Dirrty").  Their  nudges  aside,  though,  Back  to  Basics  is  all  Aguileras  baby-­‐-­‐she  execuPve-­‐produced,  and  shes  found  herself  ar1s1cally.  Nobody  would  argue,  in  fact,  if  she  swiveled  around  the  chorus  to  "Aint  No  Other  Man,"  wriben  for  her  husband,  and  aimed  it  at  herself:  "You  got  soul,  you  got  class/You  got  style,  youre  bada-­‐-­‐."  -­‐-­‐Tammy  La  Gorce   96  
  • Lego  Indiana  Jones  (PC,  DS,  PlaystaPon  2,  PlayStaPon  3,  PSP,  Wii,  Xbox  360)  LucasArts  via  Metacri1c:  LEGO  Indiana  Jones:  The  Original  Adventures  takes  the  fun  and  creaPve  construcPon  of  LEGO  and  combines  it  with  the  wits,  daring  and  non-­‐stop  acPon  from  the  original  cinemaPc  adventures  that  enthralled  audiences  everywhere  (Indiana  Jones  and  the  Raiders  of  the  Lost  Ark,  Indiana  Jones  and  the  Temple  of  Doom  and  Indiana  Jones  and  the  Last  Crusade).  With  a  unique  tongue-­‐in-­‐cheek  take  on  the  original  adventures,  LEGO  Indiana  Jones  follows  Dr.  Jones  escapades  through  the  jungles  of  South  America  to  the  mountaintops  of  India.  Fans  can  build,  bable  and  brawl  their  way  through  their  favorite  cinemaPc  moments,  from  Indys  entanglements  with  snakes  to  his  dashing  boulder  run.  Pop  cultures  most  iconic  archeologist  whips  through  all  the  classic  moments  with  the  help  of  a  host  of  supporPng  characters  including  Marion  Ravenwood  and  Short  Round.  Players  can  also  mix  and  match  the  body  parts  of  more  than  60  playable  characters  to  create  new  heroes  just  as  they  could  in  the  LEGO  Star  Wars  games.  Tone:  Upbeat  (“Comedic  cutscenes)  Wri1ng:  Engaging  (“Brick-­‐busPng  good  Pme”)  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/xbox-­‐360/lego-­‐indiana-­‐jones-­‐the-­‐original-­‐adventures  Review  via  Atomic  Gamer  hbp://www.atomicgamer.com/arPcles/575/lego-­‐indiana-­‐jones-­‐review:  If  you’ve  caught  Indiana  Jones  and  the  Kingdom  of  the  Crystal  Skull  on  the  big  screen,  and  you’re  sPll  jonesing  for  Jones,  LucasArts  and  Traveller’s  Tales  have  just  the  thing  to  curb  your  treasure-­‐hunPng  hunger.  Treading  the  same  plasPc-­‐paved  path  as  the  successful  Lego  Star  Wars  series  comes  Lego  Indiana  Jones:  The  Original  Adventures,  a  brick-­‐bus1ng  good  1me  that  matches  the  accessibility  and  addic1veness  of  its  Force-­‐driven  forefathers…The  gameplay  is  addicPve  as  ever  and  the  Indy  makeover  oozes  with  style.  From  the  excellent  visuals  and  famous  cinemaPc  score  (you’ll  be  surprised  just  how  cool  you  feel  playing  as  a  Lego  when  that  rousing  theme  rises  through  your  speakers),  to  the  franchise’s  trademark  comedic  cutscenes—some  actually  top  the  side-­‐splibers  from  LSW,  —it’s  hard  not  to  recommend  this  one.   97  
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  • (PS3,  Xbox  360)  From  Metacri1c:  Final  Fantasy  XIII-­‐2  is  a  direct  sequel  to  FFXIII,  and  will  once  again  star  lead  protagonist  Lightning.  FFXIII  Descrip1on:  In  Final  Fantasy  XIII,  you  will  embark  on  a  journey  through  the  cityworld  of  Cocoon  and  the  outerworld  of  Pulse.  Along  the  way,  you  will  encounter  diverse  allies  who  will  fight  alongside  you.  Execute  powerful  abacks  with  weapons  and  magic,  and  summon  the  enigmaPc  Eidolons  with  an  evolved  AcPve  Time  Bable  system.  Experience  seamless  transiPons  between  real  Pme  gameplay  and  in-­‐game  cinemaPcs.  Do  you  have  the  courage  to  face  your  desPny?  Link  to  the  trailer:  hbp://youtu.be/zRDij-­‐wHKok  Final  Fantasy  does  have  a  soundtrack  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/playstaPon-­‐3/final-­‐fantasy-­‐xiii-­‐2   99  
  • hbp://www.thesixthaxis.com/2012/02/16/final-­‐fantasy-­‐xiii-­‐2-­‐review-­‐ps3-­‐xbox-­‐360/   100  
  • Chosen  out  of  the  Novelist.com  list  of  ‘Appeal  Terms  for  Adults’,  with  the  Sixth  Axis  descripPon  and  trailer  watching  in  mind.  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (Lots  to  do  outside  of  the  main  plotline)  Tone:  Atmospheric;  HaunPng;  Strong  sense  of  place  Wri1ng:  Compelling;  Dialogue-­‐rich  (AddicPve;  Totally  absorbed)  Primary  characterisPc  from  the  patron  during  the  interview  was  Compelling.  “I  just  couldn’t  stop  playing!”.  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  Tone:  Atmospheric;  HaunPng;  Strong  sense  of  place  Wri1ng:  Compelling;  Dialogue-­‐rich   101  
  • Compelling  yet  intricately-­‐plobed   102  
  • 1Q84  by:  Haruki  Murakami  Novelist  Descrip1on:  An  ode  to  George  Orwells  "1984"  told  in  alternaPng  male  and  female  voices  relates  the  stories  of  Aomame,  an  assassin  for  a  secret  organizaPon  who  discovers  that  she  has  been  transported  to  an  alternate  reality,  and  Tengo,  a  mathemaPcs  lecturer  and  novice  writer.  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  Tone:  Atmospheric;    hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=10004055&site=novp-­‐live   103  
  • Final  Fantasy  XIII-­‐2:  The  Complete  Official  Guide  by:  “Piggyback”  Not  every  book  has  a  perfect  readalike  in  every  type  of  media/print.  This  is  one  of  them.  Myself  and  another  librarian  tried  for  an  hour  and  a  half  and  found  no  nonficPon  books  that  we  would  give  to  someone  with  only  the  informaPon  given.    hbp://www.amazon.com/Final-­‐Fantasy-­‐XIII-­‐2-­‐Complete-­‐Collectors/dp/0307894215/ref=pd_sim_vg_3   104  
  • UnWriben:  Tommy  Taylor  and  the  Bogus  IdenPty  by:  Mike  Carey  Novelist  Descrip1on:  Tom  Taylors  life  was  screwed  from  the  word  go.  His  father  created  the  mega-­‐popular  Tommy  Taylor  boy-­‐wizard  fantasy  novels.  But  dad  modeled  the  ficPonal  epic  so  closely  to  Tom  that  fans  constantly  compare  him  to  his  counterpart,  turning  him  into  a  lame,  Z-­‐level  celebrity.  When  a  scandal  hints  that  Tom  might  really  be  the  boy-­‐wizard  made  flesh,  Tom  comes  into  contact  with  a  mysterious,  deadly  group  thats  secretly  kept  tabs  on  him  all  his  life.  Now,  to  protect  his  life  and  discover  the  truth  behind  his  origins,  Tom  will  travel  the  world,  to  all  the  places  in  world  history  where  ficPons  have  shaped  reality.  -­‐-­‐  Publisher  descripPon.  Tone:  Atmospheric  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=340833&site=novp-­‐live   105  
  • Pan’s  Labyrinth  Metacri1c  Descrip1on:  Guillermo  del  Toro  delivers  a  unique,  richly-­‐imagined  epic  with  Pans  Labyrinth,  a  gothic  fairy  tale  set  against  the  postwar  repression  of  Francos  Spain.    Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (Twists  and  turns)  Tone:  Atmospheric;  HaunPng(Atmospheric;  Surreal)  Wri1ng:  Compelling;(CapPvaPng)  hbp://www.jinni.com/movies/pans-­‐labyrinth/   106  
  • Lost  Jinni  Descrip1on:  Created  by  successful  television  producer  J.J.  Abrams  (FELICITY,  ALIAS),  LOST  became  one  of  the  most  popular  and  criPcally  acclaimed  programs  of  the  2004-­‐2005  season.  UPlizing  a  ripe  premise  and  well-­‐drawn  and  acted  characters,  LOST  abracted  a  huge  following  and  was  proclaimed  the  saving  grace  of  a  television  year  otherwise  marred  by  derivaPve  reality  programming.  The  story  concerns  the  survivors  of  a  terrible  plane  crash,  who  find  themselves  stranded  on  a  tropical  island  with  seemingly  lible  chance  of  a  rescue.  Medical  doctor  Jack  takes  a  posiPon  of  leadership,  helping  to  rally  the  survivors  and  prepare  them  for  a  period  of  difficulty  as  they  learn  how  to  survive  on  the  paradisiacal  island.  But  everything  is  not  as  it  seems,  as  the  island  offers  potenPal  danger  in  the  form  of  a  large,  mysterious  creature,  and  evidence  is  found  that  the  plane  crash  may  not  have  been  an  accident.  As  they  struggle  to  survive,  each  of  the  characters  forms  alliances  and  makes  enemies,  all  while  dealing  with  the  unresolved  issues  of  the  lives  theyve  les  behind.  LOST  disPlls  the  difficulPes  of  society  down  to  their  essence,  exploring  these  problems  with  compelling  characters  and  with  a  seHng  thats  equal  parts  paradise  and  mystery.  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (MulPple  Stories/Twists  and  turns)  Tone:  Atmospheric;  HaunPng  (Atmospheric;  Surreal)  Wri1ng:  Compelling;  Dialogue-­‐rich  (CapPvaPng;  Ensemble  Cast)  hbp://www.jinni.com/tv/lost/     107  
  • Eskimo  by  The  Residents  AllMusic  Review:  The  most  rewarding,  the  most  difficult,  the  most  accomplished  of  all  the  Residents  albums,  this  was  their  departure  into  the  field  of  imaginary  ethno-­‐musicography  that  they  had  begun  on  “Six  Things  to  a  Cycle”  on  Fingerprince.  Ostensible  a  musical  documentary  on  the  Eskimo,  this  is  an  album  of  icy  atmospheres,  poe1c  electronics,  and  imaginary  landscapes,  concocted  around  a  loose  narraPve  told  in  the  liner  notes.  There’s  also  a  subtheme  of  indigenous  populaPons  overrun  by  western  commercialism  (is  that  naPve  chant  actually  “Coca  Cola  is  Life”?).  Ex-­‐Henry  Cow  member  Chris  Cutler  plays  a  lot  of  percussion  on  the  album,  especially  on  the  finale,  “FesPval  of  Death,”  the  only  real  piece  of  rhythmic  music  here  which  shines  out  as  anything  but  dark  or  sinister.  In  any  other  group’s  hands  this  would  have  been  a  pretenPous  disaster,  but  the  Residents  pull  it  off  through  spirit,  humor,  and  sheer  bravado.  hbp://www.allmusic.com/album/eskimo-­‐mw0000193507    RecommendaPons  from  co-­‐workers  Play  The  Walrus  Hunt  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  (“Subplot”)  Tone:  Atmospheric;  HaunPng;  Strong  sense  of  place  (“Icy  Atmospheres”)  hbp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_(album)   108  
  • Kingdoms  of  Amalur:  Reckoning  (PC,  PlayStaPon  3,  Xbox  360)  Through  a  co-­‐worker  Metacri1c    Descrip1on:  Immerse  yourself  in  an  all-­‐new  massive  universe  from  the  minds  of  bestselling  author  R.A.  Salvatore,  Spawn  creator  Todd  McFarlane,  and  Elder  Scrolls  IV:  Oblivion  lead  designer  Ken  Rolston.  Choose  your  path  and  bable  through  a  sprawling  world  featuring  intense,  responsive,  and  customizable  RPG  combat.  Storyline:  Intricately  plobed  Wri1ng:  Compelling  hbp://www.metacriPc.com/game/pc/kingdoms-­‐of-­‐amalur-­‐reckoning  Review  via  IGN  hbp://www.ign.com/arPcles/2012/02/03/kingdoms-­‐of-­‐amalur-­‐reckoning-­‐review:  Reckoning  proves  once  and  for  all  that  great  role-­‐playing  experiences  dont  have  to  sacrifice  what  mabers  most  in  any  game  -­‐-­‐  gameplay  -­‐-­‐  while  sPll  remaining  true  to  all  of  the  minuPae  that  makes  the  best  RPGs  great.  And  while  Reckoning  certainly  has  its  own  flaws,  I  sPll  found  myself  uberly  saPsfied  with  my  experience  and  anxious  to  parlay  the  good  news  to  fellow  fans  of  the  western  RPG.  Reckoning  certainly  isnt  a  game  you  should  sleep  on.  Quite  the  contrary:  Amalur  demands  your  aKen1on.     109  
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  • Now  you  can  stop  monkeying  around  with  RA  –  because  now  you  know  all  about  a-­‐peel  factors!   111  
  • Next  slide:  Why?   112  
  • Next  slide:  Why?   113  
  • Now,  even  you  can  go  bananas  for  books.   114