Descrip5on 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 producJon that brings a gliBering bygone era to life.
From jinni.com: The mood of Downton Abbey is stylized and cap5va5ng. The plot centers around masters and servants, social diﬀerences, and power rela5ons. It is a drama and period TV show. StylisJcally, Downton Abbey stars an ensemble cast. In approach, it is serious and realis5c. It takes place, at least partly, on an estate and in the countryside. Downton Abbey is set in England. It happens in the 1910s. The TV show is known for being a Golden Globe winner, an Emmy winner, and criJcally acclaimed. Downton Abbey is especially suggested for a girls night.
Appeal Factors • Character-‐driven • Issue-‐oriented • Strong sense of place • Dialogue-‐rich • Engaging • Richly-‐detailed • StylisJcally complex • WiBy
From Publisher’s Weekly: /* Starred Review */ There’s the evil you can see coming—and then there’s Amy EllioB. Superﬁcially, this privileged Gotham golden girl, inspiraJon for her psychologist-‐parents’ bestselling series of children’s books, couldn’t be further from the disturbingly damaged women of Edgar-‐ﬁnalist Flynn’s ﬁrst two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. But as Amy’s husband, Nick Dunne, starts to realize aper she disappears from their rented mansion in his Missouri hometown on their ﬁph anniversary—and he becomes the prime suspect in her presumed murder— underesJmaJng Amy’s sick genius and twisted gamesmanship could prove fatal. Then again, charmer Nick may not be quite the corn-‐fed innocent he iniJally appears. Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternaJng accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relaJonship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgeBable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good wriJng. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg. (June) -‐-‐Staﬀ (Reviewed March 26, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 13, p)
From Publisher’s Weekly: /* Starred Review */ From the 1936 Olympics to WWII Japans most brutal POW camps, Hillenbrands heart-‐wrenching new book is thousands of miles and a world away from the racing circuit of her bestselling Seabiscuit. But its just as much a page-‐turner, and its hero, Louie Zamperini, is just as loveable: a disciplined champion racer who ran in the Berlin Olympics, hes a wit, a prankster, and a reformed juvenile delinquent who put his thieving skills to good use in the POW camps, In other words, Louie is a total charmer, a lover of life-‐-‐whose will to live is cruelly tested when he becomes an Army Air Corps bombardier in 1941…In the "theater of cruelty" that was the Japanese POW camp network, Louie landed in the cruelest theaters of all: Omori and Naoetsu, under the control of Corp. Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a pathologically brutal sadist (called the Bird by camp inmates) who never killed his vicJms outright-‐-‐his pleasure came from their slow, unending torment…By wars end, Louie was near death. When Naoetsu was liberated in mid-‐August 1945, a depleted Louies only thought was "Im free! Im free! Im free!" But as Hillenbrand shows, Louie was not yet free. Even as, returning stateside, he impulsively married the beauJful Cynthia Applewhite and tried to build a life, Louie remained in the Birds clutches, haunted in his dreams, drinking to forget, and obsessed with vengeance…The books ﬁnal secJon is the story of how, with Cynthias help, Louie found his path… Hillenbrands triumph is that in telling Louies story (hes now in his 90s), she tells the stories of thousands whose suﬀering has been mostly forgoBen. She restores to our collecJve memory this tale of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, suﬀering, remorselessness, and redempJon. (Nov.) -‐Reviewed by Sarah F. Gold -‐-‐Staﬀ (Reviewed October 11, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 40, p)
From Publisher’s Weekly: Taking a well-‐worn genre—ﬂesh-‐eaJng zombies overrun the world and the unlucky surviving humans must deal with the gruesome apermath— and approaching it from a purely character-‐driven point of view propels this series into the spotlight from out of nowhere. This collecJon of the ﬁrst six issues of the ongoing series opens with police oﬃcer Rick Grimes awakening from a gunshot-‐ induced coma. From here, hes immediately dragged into a world where dangerous revenants are shambling amok without any sort of an explanaJon. From the moment Grimes comes to, its a harrowing baBle to avoid hordes of decomposing zombies and a hope-‐against-‐all-‐odds search for his missing family. Grimes makes his way to Atlanta, the nearest large city where there may be other living people, and events take several unexpected turns upon his arrival, as he meets up with a rural encampment of survivors. Of course, as in recent hit movies 28 Days Later... and Dawn of the Dead, the last humans may turn out to be as much a danger as the zombies. Forceful scripJng that gives the book a strong grounding in reality, crisp b&w artwork, a shocking ﬁnal sequence and brisk, gory proceedings elevate this book from the trash heap of pedestrian horror comics. (May) — Staﬀ (Reviewed June 14, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 24, p45)
From jinni.com: The mood of Village of the Damned is scary, suspenseful, and atmospheric. The plot centers around evil aliens, a family in danger, and supernatural abiliJes. It is a horror, sci-‐ﬁ, and thriller movie. In approach, Village of the Damned is serious. It takes place, at least partly, in a village and in a small town. The sexng is England. Village of the Damned happens in the 1950s. It is based on a book. The movie is known for being criJcally acclaimed.
Review from Billboard: Fipeen-‐year-‐old pop sensaJon JusJn Biebers ﬁrst Billboard Hot 100 single, "One Time," was an insanely catchy ode to young love that immediately won over fans. And so were his second, third and fourth. Its no wonder, then, that Biebers debut album, "My World," sJcks to the formula. His vocals are as boyish as they are disarmingly mature. With genuine swagger on the nimble R&B track "Bigger," Bieber sings, "I was a player when I was liBle, but now Im bigger . . . and all the haters, I swear, they look so small from up here." The ballad "Down to Earth" (a song he co-‐wrote about his parents separaJon) reveals a deeper side: "So we ﬁght through the hurt, and we cry and cry and cry and cry/ Then we live and we learn, and we try." Judging by the delivery of those poignant lines, its hardly a stretch to imagine Bieber racking up more hits in the next decade to come. (Billboard via MetacriJc)
From The Sixth Axis: Pros: Likeable characters, the baBle/Paradigms systems are great, looks fantasJc, some of the music is wonderful, hunJng monsters can get very addic5ve, lots to do outside of the main story. Scoring Final Fantasy XIII-‐2 is almost irrelevant. For every person who nods their head whilst reading this review, there will be one wondering just what on earth I’ve been smoking. I absolutely love the game, and found myself totally absorbed in everything it has to oﬀer. The Paradigms system, the monster hunJng, even level grinding was enjoyable, encouraging experimentaJon to put together the best possible team and Paradigms. 2012 has certainly kicked oﬀ with a bang.
Appeal Factors • Intricately PloBed • Atmospheric • HaunJng • Strong Sense of Place • Compelling • Dialogue-‐rich