Category: Fiction

The Mulan Trailer Is Here!

The full trailer for the March 2020 live action remake of Disney’s Mulan has finally dropped, and I think I might still be willing to check out the movie when it hits theaters. When it was first announced that Mulan was being remade, everyone was thinking, “Here we go.” Then we heard that Shang wouldn’t be in it, or Mushu and that it wouldn’t be a musical, I, personally, was floored.

 

 

Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies for the music and singing. Mushu is undoubtedly one of the funniest characters in the movie and has his own journey to go on. He and Mulan’s relationship works because they have to realize that who they are is enough and that they can do great things as themselves.  So a lot of people were not too keen on ever seeing this movie.

 

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But when the teaser trailer came out it, honestly piqued my interest. The teaser looked gorgeous and I had a spark of hope even though I was still wary. The full trailer is out and it looks interesting. There’s a shapeshifting witch so…that’s a little weird. Instead of fighting Shan Yu there is another evil army leader, named Bori Khan that will be the main antagonist. Not a bad change so okay. Again, it looks beautifully done but that’s all I can really say about it.

It could be a hallow remake where they try to do things exactly from the cartoon-like The Lion King (2019) or they could add new concepts and ideas but some of which are unneeded or flop for me entirely, i.e Aladdin (2019) and Beauty and The Beast (2017).

 

All we can do is what until March I guess or until it eventually comes on Disney +.

 

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Watch the Mulan (2020) trailer here

 

 

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This Wattpad Story Is ‘Slow Dancing’ To Television

Slow Dancing, a Wattpad story, is on its way to having a series adaptation. The story written by Noelle or hepburnettes has gained an amazing amount of reads since its release, 9.6 million in fact. Producers Arron Levitz and Eric Lehram who worked on Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, a Hulu show which was also adapted from a Wattpad story, are set to produce this new series in collaboration with Mediacorp.

 

 

Slow Dancing is about a twenty-year-old woman who is tasked to help her long-time crush after he has a serious car accident that leaves him temporarily blinded. However, the task is nowhere near easy because Isla, the main character has to pretend to be Kaden’s (her crush’s) girlfriend because she didn’t make it. Yeah, intense. The first twenty chapters are available to read for free, but the rest of the story has to be paid for, so you will have to acquire coins in exchange for the rest of the chapters.

 

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As a genuine fan of Wattpad as a platform, I hope this works out well. A past adaption from Wattpad like After was a mess in my opinion but Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is okay. There is some serious talent on the website and it’s an amazing opportunity to have their works made into television and film. The only hope is that the end result is good.

 

 

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‘The Lord of the Rings’ Most Precious Quotes

Say what you will about book adaptations—yes, the book is better about 99% of the time—however, no one can deny the beauty, the thrill, and the wonder of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The beginning of this month marked the release date for the final installment of the trilogy, Return of the King, today is the anniversary of The Twin Towers‘ release date, and on top of that, the 19th is the anniversary of the one that started it all, The Fellowship of the Ring. In honor of these terrific films that, as long as they were, did a fantastic job at capturing the original and beloved books by J. R. Tolkien here are Lord of the Rings quotes that made us love the movies.

 

 

And so it begins…

 

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With a bit of a bumpy start…

 

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You’re not you when you’re hungry, grab some second breakfast

 

A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
– Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring
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[closing Frodo’s hand around the Ring] I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.
-Aragorn, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
-Queen Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring
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I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.
-Samwise Gamgee
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And who could forget this iconic scene that awed and devastated all of us who were young at the time!
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Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.
Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers
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Frodo Baggins: I can not do this, Sam.
Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we should not even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, They Were. And Sometimes you did not want to know the end. Because How Could the end be happy? How Could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, This shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And When the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk In Those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only They Did not. They kept going. Because They Were holding on to something.
Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo … and it’s worth fighting for.

The Two Towers

 

A bit of a long quote, but one of the most inspiring speeches in storytelling. All the love for Sam!

 

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Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… then you see it!
Pippin: What? Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores… and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: Well, that isn’t so bad.
Gandalf: No. No, it isn’t.

-Return of the King

 

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Gimli: I never thought I’d die fighting side-by-side with an elf.
Legolas: What about side-by-side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye, I could do that.

-Return of the King

 

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Frodo: It’s gone! It’s done!
Sam: Yes, Mr. Frodo. It’s over now.
Frodo: I can see the Shire. The Brandywine River. Bag End. Gandalf’s fireworks, the lights, the party tree.
Sam: Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I was to marry someone… it would have been her. It would have been her!
Frodo: I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee. Here, at the end of all things

-Return of the King

 

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Bilbo: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!

The Return of the King

 

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Enter to Win These Killer ‘Ninja Daughter’ Prizes

The Ninja Daughter is an action-packed thriller about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with Joy Luck Club family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child.

Sounds gripping right? You need to get your hands on Tori Eldridge’s new book and here’s your chance! Enter our giveaway to win The Ninja Daughter plus other killer prizes.

 

ENTER OUR Thrilling GIVEAWAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ‘The Ninja Daughter’ Prizes:

 

Enter for a Chance to WIN the Ninja Daughter and Ninja themed prizes (Contest on Hive.co)

 

 

  • A Copy of The Ninja Daughter

  • A BEAUTIFUL, HAND-CRAFTED TEA Vessel

  • Golden Lily Milk Oolong Tea

  • Red dragon note cards signed by the author 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

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Be taken on a wild ride of an intense thriller filled vigilante justice and kick-ass action!

 

After her sister is raped and murdered, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated. Not only does she live above the Chinese restaurant owned by her Norwegian father and inspired by the recipes of her Chinese mother, but she has to hide her true self from her Hong Kong tiger mom who is already disappointed in her daughter’s less than feminine ways, and who would be horrified to know what she had become.

But when a woman and her son she escorted safely to an abused women’s shelter return home to dangerous consequences, Lily is forced to not only confront her family and her past, but team up with a mysterious—and very lethal—stranger to rescue them.

 

“Eldridge’s debut thriller introduces readers to a heroine for the #MeToo era and deftly explores the dangers of Lily’s avocation, the challenges of familial relationships, and the need to continue to fight the abuse and exploitation of others.”
―Library Journal (Starred Review) and Debut of the Month
 
“Eldridge expertly mines both domestic suspense and action thriller.”
―Publishers Weekly
“If you love a heroine who’s tough, brilliant, and never runs from a fight, look no further. Tori Eldridge introduces the warrior-sleuth you’ll want fighting by your side.”
―Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE SHAPE OF NIGHT
 
“THE NINJA DAUGHTER is a remarkably fresh, intense thriller, and Lily Wong is one hell of a new hero. Tori Eldridge is redefining the genre.”
―J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of TEAR ME APART

 

Learn more about the prizes! 

 

The Tea Vessel

Lily Wong tea vessels have been crafted especially for The Ninja Daughter by Julie Berkowitz Ceramics. Julie’s husband and son hold black belts in the To-Shin Do ninja martial arts. Julie is an artist and a teacher, sharing her gifts with love from North Carolina.

 

Golden Lily Milk Oolong Tea:

Golden Lily Milk Oolong Tea (from the Jin Xuan mountain in Tawain) is a favorite of Lily’s since childhood, and is the tea she and Ma drink together in The Ninja Daughter. The special growing region and process gives this tea its natural creaminess, milk flavor, and silky texture.

 

Red dragon note cards:

Red dragon note cards were designed by Sophie Appel especially for The Ninja Daughter, featuring Lily’s dragon and ninja shuriken.

 

 

Enter for a Chance to WIN the Ninja Daughter and Ninja themed prizes (Contest on Hive.co)

 

About the Author:

 

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Tori Eldridge is a Honolulu-born writer who challenges perspective and empowers the spirit. Her debut novel, The Ninja Daughter, is the first book in the Lily Wong series and was inspired by her debut short story featured in Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2014. Other short stories have been published in several anthologies, and her screenplay The Gift earned a semi-finalist place for the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship.

Tori is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Norwegian descent and graduated from Punahou School with classmate Barack Obama. She holds a fifth-degree black belt in To-Shin Do ninjutsu and has traveled the USA teaching seminars on the ninja arts, weapons, and women’s self-protection. Tori has performed under her maiden name (Tori Brenno) as an actress, singer, dancer on Broadway, television, and film. She and her husband, Tony, live in Los Angeles where they raised two wonderful sons.

 

There is so much more to Tori that we had our video department put this together:

 

 

An actress, writer, mother, and martial artist? That’s one killer combo!

 

 

We also had the pleasure of sitting down with Tori to talk about her recent book, her writing, and what inspired her to write The Ninja Daughter.

 

 

Learn more about Tori and keep up with regular updates at www.torieldridge.com

 


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Tune In to One of These Four Literary Podcasts

Podcasts are a form of oral storytelling which is why they have become so popular. Everyone loves stories, loves to hear something inspiring. Here are four literary podcasts that you can listen to and we hope at least one of them will, yes, inspire you.

 

 

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4. Food 4 Thot

This is a podcast that describes itself as a “multiracial mix of queer writers who talk about sex, identity, culture, what we like to read, and who we like to read.” What they don’t describe is how they do it. Raucously. There seems to always be an audience in the background laughing, clapping, or in perpetual shock and awe. Before they get into books, they play games like “to tweet or not to tweet,” and give an entertainment news briefing. In the most recent podcast, host Tommy Pico read an excerpt from his fourth book, a collection of poems entitled, Feed. It’s a very honest poem, and this podcast isn’t for the shy or faint of heart, but I do suggest you tune in and see if you like it.

 

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3-Black Chick Lit

Also known as “reader life from the POV of two WOC.” It’s a podcast hosted by two women named Mollie and Danielle. Though they do not live in the same city, they manage to make the podcast work. One thing they love: genre fiction. I know this because one of their latest episodes was dedicated to N.K Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, of the fantasy genre. The two discuss the book’s gender politics, its more subversive moments, the authors’ bravery in writing the series, and so much more with rich intellectual curiosity. I definitely would recommend this podcast to anyone who loves listening to two smart women engage and enjoy each other’s company.

 

 

 

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2- Literary Disco

Literary Disco is a podcast hosted by Tod Goldberg, a New York Times bestselling author, Julia Pistell, a writer and member of Upright Citizens Brigade, and Rider Strong, also a writer and actor, probably most well-known for his role on the TV show, Boy Meets World. This podcast is great. Why? It’s a mixture of intellectual discussion and light playful banter about books (of course) and they make it fun. For instance, in a more recent podcast, Rider Strong reads an excerpt from an anonymous book, and the other two have to guess the author and title by feeling out the genre, time period, and other elements that make up this book only known by its excerpt. It’s called “Judge a Book by Its Cover.” Get it? Except it should be “Judge a Book by Its Excerpt.” Anyway, they all have a great time, and so will you.

 

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1- The Book Review Podcast

The Book Review Podcast at the New York Times gets the top spot because it is the most in-depth, especially the “ten best books ” podcast. In this year’s specific episode, they divulge their process for how they choose each book, which is title by title and not as a whole. They choose five non-fiction and five fiction books, and the editors clarify that the word “best” does not mean what books they loved the most, but which had the highest literary quality. They also save time in the podcast to talk about books that were their own personal favorites. This year the top ten included Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School for fiction and The Club by Leo Damrosch for non-fiction. You have to tune in, even if you haven’t heard of these books. After listening to the podcast, I promise you’ll want to read at least one they’ve mentioned as soon as possible.

 

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