Bore in the Streets, Snore in the Streets: The Secret Adversary Review

I love Agatha Christie. When most people ask my favorite author, it’s a rapid fire response about the brilliance that is Christie. Her mysteries are smart, compelling and, typically, keep you guessing to the end. With “Secret Adversary“, the pulse is novel thrives on discovering Mr. Brown’s identity. Unfortunately, that’s where the comparisons stop.  It’s unlikely you will find me continuing with The Young Adventures, Ltd. on any of their other journeys.

Maybe it is modern day marketing (and I don’t say this lightly as a public relations professional), but the back of the book drew me in with it’s description: two young lovers solving crimes and always on the run. Yet, nothing about it felt electric. Tommy and Tuppence genuinely care about each other, but the relationship always felt brother/sister-like. Their engagement at the end was not the end goal of my reading. It happened, but I would have been okay if it didn’t.

What the book does right is the characterization of Tuppence: quick-witted, smart mouthed and full of wonder. Alone, I hope I could follow her along as she stumbles into these highly dangerous situations. On the other hand, I’m okay if Tommy wants to sit on the sidelines. While I compliment Christie’s development of characters, he just sagged against Tuppence’s brightness. They were a fine pair, but he just seemed to exist.

Moving on, the characterization of Mr. Brown was fascinating. An ever changing chameleon, no one could ever pinpoint his true identity. While it seemed like he hid in the shadows, he was always in broad daylight. Don’t let me fool you, he isn’t a Moriarty or Joker. But he held his own, and built an interesting counterpart to the Young Adventures.

The story itself was your typical mystery. There was nothing that stood out or made it revolutionary. While it kept you guessing who Mr. Brown was, the mystery at hand wasn’t all that compelling or seductive. You knew the culprit after a few chapters, you just had to discover his identity. Sure, there was the aspect of finding Jane Finn, but even that unraveled rather quickly (or shall I say, felt transparent). This wasn’t as page-turning as “And Then There Were None“, but it found its charms through characters.

Ultimately, “The Secret Adversary” is what I’ve grown to love about Agatha Christie, but a little lacking on the heart of other mysteries. While I feel this way, I know many other cherish Tuppence and Tommy and enjoy some of the other adventures they tackle together. Please never let my words make you hesitate on whether or not you should pick up a book. Everyone has their own cup of tea they enjoy.

Don’t worry about my love of Christie diminishing, either. I will be following up with “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” and “The Body in the Library“. The latter of which follows my favorite protagonist, Miss Marple. The former, of course, is lead by Hercules Poirot, who is a fine literary hero in his own right. Every mystery gives you something to unravel, it’s just about finding what your book soul is searching for in that moment.

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Love Across Time: Time Traveler’s Wife Dive In

Disclaimer: To begin things, I’ve posted this rewind a little later to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Why? Because I’m an overly cheesy romantic, and I’m all about timing. Even if it is a day late, I think we are all still feeling the love tonight. Also, there is most definitely spoilers below. Read at your own risk.

There’s something oddly familiar about reading an old book, and I don’t mean rediscovering longed to be re-read pages. It’s similar to the feeling of smelling a candle that brings back childhood memories. That’s how I feel every time I touch the spine and re-open “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

I got chills reading the first chapter of “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” passages I have read 3 times before. I can only equate it to a feeling of being home. An “oh, there you’ve been” notion, that I’m not sure another book will ever be able to capture. I truly believe I’ve slightly given up on reading books because I don’t think they can capture this magic. That’s partly why I’ve turned to graphic novels because the art and fast pace is the closest I feel to it. This feeling, though, that’s what a favorite book is for, right?

The thing that always draws me into “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is the how deeply integral time travel is to the plot. I know, you are probably thinking, “no dip, Sherlock. It’s literally in the name.” It’s more than that, though. Based on the title alone, this seems like a novel dedicated to a man and a woman and their romance through time travel. Alternatively, it’s about a man named Henry de Tamble, who is burdened by this disease that causes him to time travel. As he ages, he learns that he tends to go to important times in his life, which is what always bring him back to Claire Abshire.

It’s more than love, though. Henry finds himself traveling to times where he interacts with himself, teaches his younger self how to push through and other figures who are important in his life. He discovers that he cannot interfere with time or change things no matter how much he wishes he could.

The other side of the story follows Claire and how she adjusts to loving a man who cannot always be there and finding herself and her style in everyday life. Between wanting a family and wanting to be a successful artist, Claire even struggles with understanding why her lot in life involves a man who travels across time. Yet, she doesn’t want it any other way.

The book divides the two stories by breaking them up into sections, with each character telling a certain part of their lives. As far as books go, it is one of the most realistic love stories, despite being held up with a science-fiction premise. It shows the inner struggles and triumphs of a relationship, family troubles and the value of friendships.

One of my most treasured moments in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” revolves around Claire and her mother’s death. Not only do we see and feel her inner turmoil, we watch as Henry tries to provide the support that Claire needs while also watching his wife crumble in this delicate time. Eventually, she finds a note from her mother and it is a small, tender moment that I think almost anyone can relate with.

Ultimately, the book revolves around these two beautifully flawed humans who find a tenderness in one another and grow together. They are two independent characters and they acknowledge the fact that their lives are more valuable spent together. There comes a time where Claire is on her own without Henry, but that never spells the end of their love story. Like some of my favorite romantic story lines, they built a life together and a love that transcends across time.

 

 

Reading Rainbow: Popkaiture’s 2017 Reading List

2017 has already started off as a mixed bag, but there is no better way than remedying it with some good old fashioned reading. If you have nothing better to do in your free time or just really love to read, join me on a unique reading journey. Between revisiting old favorites and journeying onto new stories, I hope you will join me for one helluva reading voyage. At the end of each month, I’ll dive into a dissection of each book and what I’ve gained through each piece of glorious literature. Let’s get started, we don’t have much of January left to finish our first book!

January’s Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife is my favorite book, and I learn something new with every reading of it. Unfortunately, the rest of Audrey Niffenegger‘s writing has not been able to recapture the magic of this book, but that isn’t going to stop me from loving it. If you are willing to dive into a relationship and the various moments of times they spend together, then get ready for one amazing magic carpet ride. I’m very excited to revisit this book, as it is the perfect way to kick of 2017!

February’s Book: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

I’ve solved mysteries with Miss Marple and followed behind collecting details with Hercules Poirot, but this is the first crime I’ll be solving with Tommy and Tuppence. Mysteries are my game, and this is the first of three on the list. If you’ve never read Agatha Christie before, she is the mother of modern mysteries. I wish there was another author who could recapture her magic for today’s audiences, but I’ll settle for constantly finding new stories of hers to read. The Secret Adversary specifically follows a couple who is attracted to the allure of private investigating, but their first assignment threatens to test their bond. There’s nothing better to celebrate the month of love than a couple who embarks on these mysteries together, and continue to grow with one another over each new case.

March’s Book: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Every new year deserves a little bit of comedy, and Mindy Kaling is the perfect author to help you giggle. Why Not Me? is the follow-up to her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and I’m excited to see the different aspects of her life with this new(ish) short story collection. Maybe we will find out the answer to the lifelong question: why not me? Or maybe we will just get a full heartfelt laughs at relatables stories. Any way it goes, Kaling will be the perfect entry way into St. Patrick’s Day 2017!

April’s Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Marking off one of the classics, April is dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five. My husband and I just inherited a whole collection of Vonnegut’s books, and I’m looking at this being the first of many books of his that I will be reading. I missed out on reading this gem in high school, so I’m making up for lost time.

May’s Book: Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Just like January was dedicated to my favorite book, May is dedicated to my husband’s favorite. A science-fiction story centered around a badass teenage girl? Sign me up! Since Isaac Asimov is my husband’s favorite author, I’m familiar with a few of his works and have been dying to read Second Foundation. 2017 is going to be dedicated to tackling things I’ve been wanting to do, and my reading list is no different! Let’s adventure into one of the greatest sci-fi stories of all time together.

June’s Book: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

To mark the start of summer, we will be backpacking with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Okay, maybe not backpacking, but Ann Brashares captures the joy and turmoil of a teenage summer. I’ve been wanting to revisit this series for awhile, especially with all the talks of a third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. If I get you addicted and inspire you to read the rest of the story, well that’s all part of job! 😉

July’s Book: Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex was, hands down, my favorite book of 2016, and it’s sequel is getting released July 4, 2017! If you aren’t familiar with Sarah Kuhn‘s work, get acquainted with her. She has such a genuity and quirkiness to her writing, and I indulge in it wholeheartedly. Heroine Complex follows Evie Tanaka, while Heroine Worship will be following Aveda Jupiter, who is her best friend and original superhero. I’m a little skeptical of diving into Aveda’s mind, mostly because I loved Evie’s story, but I’ll follow Kuhn to the end of the line. I hope you will, too!

August’s Book: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

If you are familiar with Barbara Kingsolver, then you know that she weaves together her words with lyrical storytelling. I read her novel, The Poisonwood Bible, in high school, and I’ve been dying to revisit her writing. Prodigal Summer feels like the perfect next step, and I’ve only heard people rave about it. I’m not sure what to expect for it, but I’ve heard that it centers on three different stories and it’s very organic in more ways than one. If you don’t know how to interpret that, neither do I. Let’s do this together!

September’s Book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I was introduced to Rebecca in my senior AP English class. Described as a modern-ish Jane Eyre but with a lot more intrigue, and I’ve been dying to read it. I’ve owned this book since reading that article, and I’ve never touched it. Well, that’s all about to change this year! I feel like this is a good way to welcome back school or welcome in fall, whatever change you are experiencing in September. I’m ready to experience Daphne du Maurier. It’s been a long time coming.

October’s Book: The Trespasser by Tana French

The 6th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, Tana French is the closest we have to a modern day Agatha Christie. I’ve been a fan of this series after one of my English teachers recommended it to me. French has such a unique way of constructing a mystery, and each book follows a character from a previous book. This means you don’t need to read the first five, but I recommend it if you enjoy mysteries and if you want a little bit of background on everything. I’m excited to see where The Trespasser is going to take us.

November’s Book: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The last mystery on this list, so we have to do it right. Back to Christie, but this times at the hands of Hercules Poirot. Murder on the Orient Express is a classic, and one of the few big titles I haven’t tackled from the Poirot stories. Why has it taken me so long? I was waiting for something great to come along, like the Murder on the Orient Express film that will be released on November 22nd. I’m gearing us up for the movie, so you’re welcome. Also, just be prepared because we know it will not be as good, but we take the victories no matter how small!

December’s Book: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Two years ago, I read this book called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Little did I know, this was a series referred to as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the next book was a “prequel” called The Angel’s Game. Luckily for you, this book can be read independently of one another, but Zafon’s writing is very alluring and eerie. Some categorize this as a mystery, and while it has mystery elements, it feels like your technical gothic fiction. What is gothic fiction? I’m glad you asked. It’s like the best of horror, mystery and romance in a dark setting. If that sounds tantalizing, then Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the author for you.

Things to Make You Smile: Best of 2016

What’s better than beginning a new year by looking back at what was good from the last? 2016 wasn’t one of the best years on the books, but it had it’s moments that reassured everyone maybe it would be okay after all. I mean, if you can’t escape with a good movie or book, then what even is the point? If you are still looking for a little bit of sunshine, I hope this list provides you with everything you need. Here are the ten things that made 2016 all worth it (well, kind of).

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La La Land

Damien Chazelle created a Hollywood musical masterpiece, and he knows it. Unlike traditional musicals, La La Land only boasts 6 songs with actual singing, but it’s soundtrack isn’t something to brush off. The songs littered through out the movie will make you fall in love and leave you humming for days. Maybe that’s just me, I have bought the soundtrack digitally and received the vinyl for Christmas (I can’t stop singing it, and I know I’m driving my loved ones crazy).

Much like the tagline, this movie is for the fools who dream. If the opening scene doesn’t draw you in and the last 15 minutes doesn’t get your tear ducts working, then I think we need to talk. Bring back the chemistry from Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sparkle like they never have before. Gosling hit a stellar year with film, and has already partnered up with Chazelle for a Neil Armstrong-biopic, but it is Stone who steals your heart and doesn’t stop running. Stone brings sincerity to every role she touches, but La La Land is the next level and her career best. I’ll be forever grateful for this 2-hour romantic stroll about the ones who dream. Until it is on DVD, I guess I’ll just be humming along to the soundtrack every day (sorry loved ones).

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Sarah Kuhn’s “Heroine Complex”

Lately, I’ve had a hard time connecting to books. Graphic novels are a different story, but traditional books have eluded me this year. That was, until I stumbled across Heroine Complex at our local Barnes and Noble. If the cover didn’t suck me in, the story did. A fine mix between your soapy fantasy love story and the baddest female super heroines previously missing from DC and Marvel movies,  you’ll fall in love with Evie and her fellow companions and see why representation is so important in storytelling (and, of course, every day life).

With the sequel, Heroine Worship, set to be released in July 2017, I can’t wait to fall back into the comfortable, sassy mind of Evie Tanaka and see if her life is still ridded with evil cupcakes. Cheers to Sarah Kuhn for making such an easily lovable character, and for reminding me that good books are always waiting around the corner.

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Arrival

Speaking of women who kick ass, have you seen Arrival? One of the sharpest sci-fi movies to date, I instantly fell in love and connected to Amy Adams‘ character, Louise Banks. The story felt familiar (in the best way), and the structure of the film will make you long for more science fiction stories. The movie is based on a short story by Ted Chiang called, “Story of Your Life.” If you connected to this film like I did, I highly recommend checking out the short story and connecting to some of Chiang’s other material.

I don’t want to spoil the plot of Arrival, but if you follow along closely you will catch little bits of detail that unravel for a very hard hitting final act. Don’t sleep on this film. If it is still in theaters around you, I urge you to go out and see it now.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

One of the few new shows I actually loved this year, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency captured my heart with episode one. The titular character, Dirk Gently, is such a gem, but he doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the supporting characters. Ultimately, this feels like the love letter Douglas Adams deserves, whose novel the show is based upon.

To anyone worried about getting too attached to a show, Dirk Gently’s has already been renewed for a season 2! That means another season full of ridiculous adventures, a new mystery to explore and an opportunity to show this show to the people you care about most in your life. With all of its quirks, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was the show I needed in 2016.

Added bonus: If you love the show as much as I do, be sure to follow their Twitter account for a little extra pep in your step every morning.

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The Nice Guys

Shane Black created a very raunchy buddy-cop comedy, and I’m here for every second of it. I remember seeing previews for The Nice Guys in February and wanting to see it, but alas my husband and I waited until it was out on DVD. Out of all the movies we saw in 2016, I wish we would have saw this one in theaters. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe had some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever scene, and, much like Dirk Gently, the Twitter account did a great job of promoting that fact (enjoy).

The movie itself found a way to pair up two unlikely candidates to solve a mystery that is so ridiculous, that you will want to follow it until the in. Sprinkled with inappropriate jokes, Gosling truly owns every scene, but his character’s daughter, Angourie Rice stole the show in her own way. Crowe reminds you that he can be charming, but more than anything the movie left me wanting a Yoo-hoo! If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.

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Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr’s Batgirl Issue 50 (and before)

Why Issue 50? Well, that is the last issue that the Batgirl trio, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr, worked on together. Batgirl of Burnside, as I like to call the journey (but it also the name of the first volume), was one of the greatest re-envisions of Batgirl and I relished in every issue. If you ever glanced at any of Tarr’s work, then you know exactly the kind of beauty you are getting yourself in for. As for Stewart and Fletcher, they help bring the images to life and create a story worth living in.

Don’t be too sad that they aren’t creating any more issues for Batgirl (even if I’m still silently sobbing in my pillow), they developed a new comic series through Image Comics called Motor Crush and it is worth diving into. Just as vivid and lively as Batgirl, this is a dynamic trio that I would keep my eye on in years to come.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

When I recently read Danielle Gutierrez’s article about Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, it was everything I’d been feeling and more. With little promotion before it’s release, Popstar was one of the best comedies I’ve indulged in. The Lonely Island has always had a direct line to my funny bone, but this felt like a refinement over their past material and built a monster that I’ve watched multiple times since purchasing on DVD. Unfortunately, like Gutierrez mentioned, I was one of the few who saw it in theaters, much less to tell all of our closest friends about it who didn’t even know it existed.

If you are looking for a good laugh or some good weekend entertainment, rent it. Get stuck on the comical soundtrack, buy it and play it on repeat. After a gloomy 2016, who doesn’t need something like”Incredible Thoughts” to brighten up their day? If this is any sign of what is to come from The Lonely Island, sign me up for more. Like usual, I’ll be there waiting for it the day it releases.

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Kate McKinnon

If you’ve made it through 2016 without anyone bringing up Kate McKinnon, I’m utterly shocked. One of the brightest stars of 2016, McKinnon not only dominated SNL, but also made a name for herself in Ghostbusters amongst other comedies released this year. Even with lackluster releases of Office Christmas Party and Masterminds, McKinnon found a way to make herself stand out against a crowd of comedic superstars. If she didn’t steal your heart as Hillary Clinton on SNL, then I truly have no hope for you going forward.

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Mahershala Ali

The best parts of Moonlight and Luke Cage, I’ve been a huge fan of Mahershala Ali since his role as Remy in House of Cards. Every time Ali graces the silver screen, he brings something new to the show. Whether charming or threatening, I’m almost always captivated with what he is selling. The most disappointing part is that Ali is almost always in a supporting role. Somehow, he never lets that stop him from dominating every scene, usually stealing the light from the main performer (looking at you Mike Colter). Let’s leave it at this, there is a reason he is sweeping the awards for best supporting actor this season.

For the Love of the Game

The moment I heard about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, everything was wrong for the rest of the morning. I claimed I had lost all respect for him, I tweeted good riddance. Did I mean any of these things? No. I did this because I was human, just like Kevin Durant is human.

Like many others out there, I want to be mad. My Kevin Durant, the one I welcomed into Oklahoma City in 2008, was not the same Kevin Durant that accepted the deal with the Warriors. That Kevin Durant has been hardened from injuries, not being able to return to the finals and constantly pressured into getting a ring. Wanting to be in the same league of LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the players who boasts both MVP titles and championships within their home courts. That changes a player, and each year I have watched become KD become more bitter and be more vocal about his complaints.

These are not things to blame or burden him with, Kevin Durant is constantly trying to evolve as a player and become the greatest player in the world, like Russell Westbrook and I think he is. That’s why he went to the Warriors. This is the next step for him to prove himself to critics and show he isn’t a slumping superstar. For those who criticize him and call him a bandwagoner, these are the same people that criticized LeBron about his move to Miami and praised him for his return.

The Difference? Durant always said he was not LeBron, he tweeted in 2009 that he wanted to stay in Oklahoma City all of his career. He was the Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant of our generation, or that’s what we were led to believe. In the end, he’s was the LeBron James of a few years ago. The LeBron who I thought I understood, and then I was disappointed in. The LeBron every one hated and burned jerseys over, who people criticized and called a bandwagoner.

Neither of these men are bandwagoners, they went on this journey because basketball isn’t what it was a few years ago. It’s about super teams. Why have one good player when you can have five? This decision wasn’t about money, it was about a ring. The same reason LeBron left Cleveland to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. It’s the reason everyone wants to ignore because it’s easy to complain and wish for the basketball style of the 1980s or 1990s.

Does this mean Kevin Durant could come back? I hope so, but I don’t want to get my hopes up and place faith in a hollow place. Although I heard the reports of Jerry West whispering sweet nothings in Durant’s ear, I also heard the “close insider” talks about how Durant would return. I didn’t think he would leave Westbrook, the dynamic duo who was awarded KIA’s December MVP together because when in sync they are unstoppable. I believed the trading of Ibaka, the one that hurt because it was another member of the unstoppable 2010 team, would show Durant that we were growing and becoming stronger. There were many factors that I thought would lure Kevin Durant back for one more year, but the odds were always stacked against us.

Alas, the Thunder could never deliver him a ring as fast as the Warriors could. Truthfully, I’m not even sure they can get a ring this year, but I know a part of me doesn’t want them to. That’s partly my bitterness over the situation, but I don’t think they will be the team everyone wants them to be. One slip and it won’t be Steph Curry or Klay Thompson or Draymond Green’s fault, it will fall on the heavy shoulders of Durant. He’s walking a fine line between basketball hero and villain, when the truth is he’s just playing for the love of the game.

While Oklahoma is no longer my home, there are things you hold dear. The Oklahoma City Thunder was one of them. While I and Thunder fans held Durant up with pillars on one side, Westbrook and the team held him up on the other. Durant is going to test the waters and see if this is truly the evolution he envisioned for himself, but I think it will fall short. Not because the Warriors aren’t talented and won’t be able to deliver another crazy season, but because it’s not the home or the crowd that has followed him and loved him for eight years. I cannot follow Durant to Golden State, but I hope he finds what he wanted there. I’ll keep my Durant jersey folded away for now, but I’ll be excited when this NBA season is over and we are in the summer of possibilities.

No matter how much hurt I carry around, a part of me will always view Kevin Durant as my favorite player and the best in the world. I’ll long for the days of a Durant and Westbrook team up, miss the little things they did with one another on the court and enjoy it a little too much if Westbrook can lead the Thunder to beat Durant with the Warriors. For now, it is a bitter goodbye and a message for the next year: Come home, KD. Oklahoma City is the home you need, and the Thunder is the team you deserve.

Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders

Before we get started, let’s get some preconceived notions out of the way: Yes, I am a young millennial, a recent college graduate and a female. Unfortunately, this formulaic assumption leads to comments like, “Of course you support Bernie, you naive little thing.” But like most millennials, I grew up in a broken system.

This broken system was lead by the Clinton and the Bush family. We grew up watching the system fail before us, 9/11, the housing market crash, bailouts galore and now we are going through one of the biggest racial divides our country has ever seen. Even seeing all of this, we aren’t negative, we’re distrustful. Maybe I am being presumptuous and speaking for a generation who doesn’t feel the way I do, but look at the support gathered around Bernie Sanders.

If you are younger than 55, you tend to lend your helping hand to Bernie Sanders, a self proclaimed democratic socialist who wants to fix a broken system. Based on that alone, we are drawn to his idealistic ways, even though we were skeptical when he first announced his candidacy. Then how did he attract the younger crowds, you might ask? His record, his history, his approval rating in the senate. Unlike many politicians, he isn’t afraid to go out of his way to voice an unpopular opinion because the thing is, it isn’t so unpopular.

Our drive is for a candidate who is open and cares about our voice, the voice of the working class. Take a peak into how politics is being ran right now, the voice of the public rarely turns out real results. And now comes along a senator who stands up to “Big Brother,” and we flock to him. It’s the same reason Republicans are drawn to Trump. The system is rigged, and we want someone who we feel can change it. The only difference between the two lies between “telling it like it is,” and someone who actually listens to the people and wants to make a difference.

Sanders is leading a political revolution, he is funded by the people and has voiced his distrust of the establishment. The same distrust I mentioned earlier, the one that strikes a chord with millennials and turns them against main stream media. We want the American Dream in the sense that we want a government that provides equality for all and cares about the betterment of society and its people. It makes sense why younger generations are attracted to someone who is anti-establishment because we want to restart and build something better, like FDR with the great depression.

And that’s really the meaning of democratic socialism, right? Providing people with the opportunity to succeed without capitalism getting in the way. Big money shouldn’t be in our politics, our medical care or our schools. The graduating class of 2015, my graduating class, will graduate from college with more debt than ever before. We are being set up to fail before we even get into the business world, so Sanders’ message of cutting the bullshit resonates with a lot of us. It is resonating so well, that even Hillary Clinton has started adapting his stump speeches into her own. And this is not to bash HRC, but to show that she recognizes the power Bernie has tapped into.

Millennials biggest concern with Hillary is her indecisive nature. Six months ago, Hillary wasn’t running the campaign she is today. I’ve always struggled with the Clintons’ simply because I remember them growing up, I remember her campaign in 2008 and how she has a very fear heavy tactic of deeming the GOP as our biggest enemy, and clinging to people like Obama and Henry Kissinger. It makes me afraid that she cannot work across the aisle and won’t be able to pass through a lot of the ideas that she is now promising. It makes me afraid that she will say what people like to hear to get elected, but not follow through when it comes time.

To quote The Dark Knight (2008), Bernie Sanders is the hero America deserves, but he is also the hero America needs right now. For those put off by his plans to uproot the political system, research his policies, look through his history and how he has always championed social issues. Maybe this is a “rose-tinted glasses” view of the Sanders’ campaign, but it fits the candidate I choose to support and the idea of what I want the country to become.

 

 

Top 10 Comic Book Romances

To celebrate the holiday of love and the release of Deadpool, I’m serenading all of you by compiling a list of the best superhero romances through out comic book history. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but these are my favorite romances. Fair warning, they are a little heavy on the DC Comics side, but I can’t help what compels my heart.

10. Superman (Clark Kent) and Lois Lane

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Beginning this list with one of the most iconic comic book couples only feels right. When you think of superhero relationships, Superman and Lois Lane are probably one of the first to come to your mind. While I am not a Superman fan, there is something about their relationship that draws you in. Perhaps it has something to do with its everlasting power. While they aren’t always together there is a part of Clark Kent that will always hold out for Lois Lane.

9. Gambit (Remy Etienne LeBeau) and Rogue (Anna Marie)

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Rogue will forever be my favorite part of X-Men, and Gambit is your lovable southern mutant. Together they are a force to be reckoned with, but there is always something that will hold them apart. Rogue’s powers cause her to absorb the powers, life and even memories of any one who touches her. This causes a greater tension than “will they or won’t they?”

8. Wolverine (James “Logan” Howlett) and Storm (Ororo Munroe)

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I know many people prefer Wolverine with with Jean Grey, but I like to group Jean Grey and Cyclops (Scott Summers) and I love Wolverine with Storm. These two have a strong foundation of friendship and it blossomed into one of the better relationships within the Marvel universe. With all the alternative timelines inside the X-Men universe, at least I can pretend they are happy and married somewhere.

7. Raven and Beast Boy (Garfield Logan)

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I grew up with Teen Titans as a little kid, and then when I matured and got into comics I still found an attachment to Teen Titans. More specifically I found myself still compelled by the relationship between Raven and Beast Boy. Sure, there is Terra and Jericho that complicates the relationship between these two, but like the above characters on this list there is just a special connection between these two. While Teen Titans seems to come and go, these two seem to stick around forever.

6. Batwoman (Kate Kane) and Renee Montoya

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Kate Kane and Renee Montoya have a complicated history, but it is also one of the most progressive relationships in modern day comics. Through out Batwoman’s storylines, Kate Kane is still not getting the justice she deserve in DC Comic’s New 52. While Renee may not be the best fit for Kate, their relationship symbolized a new wave of comics and hopefully we will start to see more LGBT relationships blossom throughout the different superhero comics.

5. Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Isley) and Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel)

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To Preface this, Harley Quinn‘s relationship with the Joker has always bothered me. While many people still cling to that relationship, I have always preferred her friendship with Poison Ivy because it was an escape away from the abusive nature of the Joker. With the New 52, we have gotten to see Harley break away and become her own villain, and even more so we got to see the relationship with Ivy blossom into something more. I also do not think DC Comics is perfect, their handling of the Batwoman comics was poorly done, but I think they are starting to make strides and their comics. Making a relationship many people loved as cannon definitely speak volumes to me.

4. Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle)

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This was the first relationship I was really introduced to with my comic book adventures. Batman was my first love; I own every movie, watched every cartoon and have done my best to read whatever I can get my hands on. Furthermore, his relationship with Catwoman was electric. She was the yin to his yang, in the sense that she walked the fine line between good and evil. Batman, for his part, mostly brought out the best in Catwoman. Together, they kind of defined each others moral code. Kind of like Superman and Lois Lane, you can’t think of iconic couple without thinking of Batman and Catwoman.

3. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage

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They aren’t a perfect couple, but there is just something special they share. Through each chapters of their lives, they always find a way back to each other. Thankfully, Netflix and Marvel has done a great job of bringing this relationship to  life and showing its imperfections, as well as its perfections. I feel like I am simplifying their relationship, but it just feels very real minus the super powers. We even feel the journey between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones as they explore the world of parenthood and how they fit that into their “jobs” and everyday life. So maybe this couple truly celebrates the hero in all of us.

2. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Gwen Stacy (Spider-Gwen)

 

Gwen Stacy will always be the true love of Spider-Man, in my heart. Yes, there is Mary Jane, the girl who loved Spider-Man, but isn’t Peter Parker more than a costume? While the Amazing Spider-Man films suffered from a lack luster script, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone really captured the essence and chemistry that I felt reading pages shared between Gwen and Peter. Thankfully, Marvel has resurrected Gwen Stacy and created Spider-Gwen. And yes, I relish in joy with the interactions between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen. While the two can’t be together in their respective universes, maybe they can find love within the Spider-Verse.

1. Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Dick Grayson (Nightwing/Robin)

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And the couple to top the list is Batgirl and Nightwing. They grew up together, had flirtatious fights with stolen glances. They matured together and broke away from the bat that helped them so they could create good on their own. No matter what though, they always come back to one another. While they are good in their respective areas, they’re perfect together. They don’t have to hide who they are between each other, and they know each other better than anyone else could. Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson are perfect together, whether they want to admit it (or succumb) to it or not.