friday5 for October 12, 2012

1.  Everybody's favourite hilarious girl, Lena Dunham, has signed a book deal. Ridiculous advances celebrities receive to write books aside (it's a platform thing, not an ability to write thing, though clearly Lena can write), I'm ultra-excited about this news. Lena's HBO show, Girls, is fantastic and Lena's a triple-multi-whatever-you-guys-she's-awesome-threat in Hollywood. The girl has serious talent for someone so relatively young. I will definitely be ordering her book when it hits shelves in the not-too-distant future. I hope there's a chapter specifically for the ladies.

2. The new season of Community has been delayed :(  This is sad news for those of us fans who have been waiting for new episodes, even though they bring with them the very real possibility that once this season airs, there will be no more new episodes ever. Which is a tragedy. I've been there before. So many times. Shows that I love have been cancelled despite their brilliance. Thankfully, some of those shows continue on in other forms, or even make their way on to Netflix, but it would be sad to lose Community from network prime time because comedies of that caliber are becoming few and far between. On the other hand, it looks like the delay might be a blessing in disguise if it means a better time slot and more promotion. I guess time will tell. Delays in TV land are rarely a good thing.

3. A Wrinkle in Time has been made into a graphic novel. I tend to only read graphic novels that are original in that format (as in, weren't novels first), but since Madeline L'Engle's classic is an all-time favourite of mine dating back to my read-by-flashlight-under-the-covers days, I might have to pick this one up. The art looks cute and it's been a while since I read this fantastic story.

4. In other blast-from-my-childhood news, it looks like a new line of Jem dolls are being made. This news is truly, truly, truly outrageous. I still have my original Jem dolls packed away in a box somewhere--I even had the Synergy doll, though I have to admit, the new Synergy doll looks a little too diva for my taste. Girl needs to scale back the sass. Rio's style has improved (on the clothes front at least--not really sure what's happening with that hair), but what's with the Jem duffel bag? I know he's her manager, but there's something co-dependent about carrying around a duffel bag with your girlfriend's name on it (plus, what would your other girlfriend think?)

5. Though I said before I wanted to include a recommendation every week (which didn't happen last week), I've decided that moving forward, I want to dedicate the final point in the friday5 specifically to a young adult new release for that week. This week, Mystic City by Theo Lawrence has caught my eye. First off, look at that cover!

I love a good swirly hair cover. There's something so swirly about it. And the plot sounds pretty bad-ass too:
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.  (Summary from