the real kwon (bookelfe) wrote,
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Okay, this was and is going to be a booklogging post, but first I have to express my glee over BSG - I think this may have beaten out Faith as my favorite episode this season, in part, I admit, because I am a sucker for hilarity and hilarious awkward. The dialogue was definitely the snappiest it's been all season, I think - dude, Gaius Baltar was on tonight. Trying to bond with the Hybrid! Preaching to the Centurions just for the lulz! Also, Helo and the Eights (Roslin: "You are not married to the entire production line!" Helo: "OR MAYBE I AM!") struck me as funny, because I am kind of a bad person, but also painful and something that needed to be done. I'm always fascinated when they explore the complexities of just what it means to be that close to a Cylon, and the individual identity thing, and yeah. D'Anna: also fabulous, I had forgotten how much so; I really liked the way they explored Roslin's development, I loved her patching up Gaius, and Roslin/Adama at the end was kind of the most awesome thing imaginable and I'm not even a gigantic 'shipper. It is episodes like this that get me excited about the show.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. I have been trying to get myself into the habit of reading more nonfiction now that I am not having regularly scheduled learnings, so I picked up Melanie Rehak's Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. That makes two nonfiction books for this year! . . . both of which were in fact nonfiction about the production of fiction, but, you know, baby steps. Anyways, I devoured Nancy Drew when I was little (and 'fess up, guys, I know at least some of you did too) and I remember only gradually figuring out that Carolyn Keene was not real - mostly when I tried doing the math and realized she would have had to be writing constantly from the 1930s to the 1990s - so the most interesting part for me was reading about the development of the ghostwriting process, the struggles over the character between ghostwriters and editor, and the creative syndicate's attempts to keep up the illusion that there was a real, consistent Carolyn Keene. As for the rest, I would have liked a less biography and more analysis of the changes in the books over the decades (glaring omission: the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys crossovers!) but it was a pretty interesting look at the publishing process and collective creation of a character.

Also, now that I have finished all the nonfiction books in my to-read pile, if you have any nonfiction book recs to throw at me I would appreciate it!
Tags: battlestar galactica, booklogging, melanie rehak
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