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Divergent: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJessica Runnels,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Jessica Runnels



The Dystopian genre is very popular nowadays. A new way of running the world, a hero who fights against the new system, who wouldn’t love that? If you do love those things then Divergent is the right movie for you. It has action, romance, and a brave heroine, everything you could want in a movie.

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Once Upon A Time Review: TV Review

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJessica Runnels,
andTV
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by Jessica Runnels



Fairy tales are something everyone loves. They bring you hope and make you believe in true love. Fairy tale themed television has become very popular lately and I think Once Upon A Time does it the best. It mixes fairy tales with the real world.

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Hipsterhood: Web Series Review

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andJessica Runnels,
andWeb Series & Vlogs
SECTIONS

by Jessica Runnels



I love web series. They are a great way to create something short but wonderful. Web series are my favorite way of entertainment these days, and I have a lot of favorites but one of them on the top of my list is Hipsterhood.

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by Jessica Runnels



I was very very excited for this movie to come out. I was more excited than I have been for an animated movie in a long time. I loved the first movie and I couldn’t wait for them to make another one. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be as great as the first, because the sequels never are. But this did not disappoint.

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by Jessica Runnels



Web series have been my growing obsession for the last year. The episodes are shorter than a normal TV show and easier to catch up on seeing as they are on YouTube. Of all of the web series I have watched, Job Hunters is definitely the best. It is a dystopian style story, like The Hunger Games, but instead of competing to be free from their gloomy lifestyle, the characters of Job Hunters are competing for jobs.

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Monsters University: Movie Review

IN THE July 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andJessica Runnels,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Jessica Ham



Everyone loves the story of the two brave monsters who befriended a little human named Boo in Monsters Inc. So of course everyone was dieing to see the prequel, Monsters University. I looked forward to this movie for years and had high expectations. And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. The characters stayed true to themselves and made me laugh, cry, and cheer as they conquered the craziness of college.

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The Great Gatsby: Movie Review

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andJessica Runnels,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Jessica Ham




The Great Gatsby
has been my favorite book for years. It is beautiful and tragic and inspires you to experience life on a bigger scale. This book means the world to me so I was very nervous about seeing Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of it. I was worried it would be too flashy or the meaning of the book would get lost somehow. But, I was pleasantly surprised.

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by Jessica Ham




The Great Gatsby is a book that almost every high school student has had to read. Most of the time students hate the books they are forced to read in school, but I can guarantee you that The Great Gatsby is not one of them. I read it my junior year of high school and although I knew nothing about it, the description sounded intriguing. I got a couple pages in and I was hooked.

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by Jessica Ham



Romance and web series writer Kate Noble will be speaking at the next Yosemite Romance Writers Meeting in Fresno on April 20. Kate Noble is the author of “deeply romantic historicals” and collaborator on the awesome Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series, earning starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly for Follow My Lead, a spot on the Best Romance List from Kirkus Reviews for The Summer of You, and a RITA nomination for best Regency Historical Romance for Revealed. Her April 2013 release, Let It Be Me, has already been chosen as a Romantic Times Top Pick.

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by Jessica Ham



Theater has always been my passion. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love musicals. I love comedies, dramas, dramedies; you name it, I love it. But this past weekend I saw a musical like no other. That musical was Jekyll & Hyde at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Now, Jekyll & Hyde has been a musical since the 90s but the one I saw was a new revival. I love the original version but in my opinion, the revival is even better.

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by Jessica Ham
& Lorie Lewis Ham


My daughter and I went to see Avenue Q this weekend and since she knows the show so well I thought it would be great to let her share her feelings before throwing in a few of my own. We’ve had the great pleasure of seeing three Tony Award winning shows in a row now—this one being the latest—and I have to say each made me even prouder of the incredibly talented theatre community here in this Valley!

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by Jessica Ham



Cry, laugh, smile; that is what you will do when you read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author of all time. He writes the greatest young adult books I have ever read. He makes you feel like he understands you.

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Gossip Girl Books Review

IN THE March 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
andJessica Runnels,
andTeens,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Jessica Ham



If you love drama, teen romance, or the show Gossip Girl, then you will love these books written by Cecily von Ziegesar. It all takes place in New York, mainly the Upper East Side, and follows the lives of the rich and fabulous students of two prep schools in Manhattan. There are many characters in this series but the two that are featured are Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, the queen bees of the Upper East Side.

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Gossip Girl: TV Review

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andEvery Other Book,
andJessica Runnels,
andTeens,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Jessica Ham



Gossip makes the world go round. We all gossip, read gossip magazines, or listen to gossip on TV. It’s addicting and so is the show all about gossip, Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl follows the lives of teenage Upper East Siders Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgely). An online blog, Gossip Girl, recalls the events in their lives and the hottest gossip.

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The Guild: Web Series Review

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andJessica Runnels,
andTeens,
andWeb Series & Vlogs
SECTIONS

by Jessica Ham



Are you a gamer? Are you a geek? Do you like quality writing? If any of those apply to you, then you will love The Guild. The Guild is a web series created/written/starring the web-famous redhead, Felicia Day (who was also in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible). The series is about a group of gamers who are in a guild called The Knights of Good. A guild is a group of people in an online role-playing game who take care of each other and depend on one another for their success in the game.

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by Jessica Ham



One summer day a couple years ago I was really sad so I decided to browse some YouTube videos. While I was searching I ran across something that looked strange but interesting. When I watched it, I laughed harder then I ever have before. That was the day I became Shane Dawson’s biggest fan.

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