Young adult fantasy romanticizes folkloric creatures

This week, Aimée Carter’s latest novel, The Goddess Inheritance, hit bookshelves, continuing the otherworldly literary trend in teen fiction. Following in the footsteps of previous trends featuring vampires, werewolves and fairies, Greek gods and goddesses might be yet another installment in the teen fantasy literary canon, one that really picked up speed with the release […]

Patience proves key for lonely hearts

Every now and then, an inspirational quote comes along and knocks your socks right off. Trying to find some inspiration and guidance in my life, I googled “quotes about love” and this Dr. Seuss gem popped up: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” […]

Enjoyable films don’t need to be highbrow

Last year I reviewed Breaking Dawn — Part 1 for the Daily Trojan, and I took a lot of flak for it. Twi-hards can be pretty vicious when they’re hiding behind an anonymous comment system. I won’t deny that my words were harsh, but I have — embarrassingly enough — read all the books and […]

Vampire films haven’t retreated back to the shadows

Vampire films have a mixed success rate in Hollywood. Breaking Dawn Part 1, though a critical bloodfest, raked in the money. Fright Night, more charming toward reviewers, did poorly. True Blood still draws in fans while 2007’s Moonlight barely scraped out a season. But the vampire genre hasn’t retreated back to the shadows. At least […]

Robert Pattinson to hold private movie screening for charity

Robert Pattinson has donated a private screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 to generate funds for Program Advancing Girls’ Education, an organization helping to educate teen girls in Cambodia. The movie will be screened for 20 people in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, the night before the global release.  The winners of […]

SCA Alum Returns Home for Screening of “Abduction”

Five minutes after 7 p.m. The students squirm anxiously in their seats. Some have been waiting an hour. Others longer. Idle chatter rises and falls and everyone’s eyes are trained on the door. Finally, his name is called and he enters the room. Everyone applauds. Clean-cut, wearing a gray sweater over a white button down […]

Fairy tale films not so successful

Once upon a time, a pretty girl got lost in a scary forest only to be rescued by … a beast? A hunter? A bunch of little men? Any of those will work for the multitude of fairy tale films from our childhood. We have all been inundated by these narratives, which often involve a […]

TV shows reluctant to accept sci-fi title

Brannon Braga, writer and executive producer of the upcoming television series Terra Nova, which is about people who travel back in time, recently said that his show was not really science fiction, even claiming that it has less science fiction elements than the earlier seasons of Lost. Really? A television series about people from the […]