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Jul 02

These Are a Few of My Favorite Tropes! by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 2, 2021 at 2:18 PM by Genesis Gaule

While some people might think of any use of tropes as something that hurts an author’s writing, they may be surprised to find that almost every story utilizes them. They can be incorporated into a story to set up a character type, be creatively used to complicate a journey, or just used for some feel good content. If you’ve ever been waiting for a love triangle to unfold, you will either want to pull your hair out in frustration or be at the edge of your seat in anticipation. Coffee shop settings with romantic tension are either your cup of joe or make you yawn. Essentially, everyone connects with and favors some tropes over others. Here are a few books that incorporate some of my favorite tropes.

Found Family:

One of my all time favorites is the “Found family/Chosen family” trope. In these stories, a group of misfits find a home in the company of others in the group. They learn to confide, trust, and protect each other on their journey to complete a mission. It's a great way to create character arcs in a work of literature, when a ton of exposition for a large ensemble may feel out of place or unnatural. Over time we can see more of a character’s personality and background come out when they encounter difficulties. It’s also a reminder to readers that your family is made up of people that care about you, not necessarily the family you were born into.

Some books that incorporate this trope well are:

The House in the Cerulean Sea

by TJ Klune

When a group of children in an orphanage have the power to destroy the world, it’s up to Linus to investigate how dangerous they really are. Along the way, he may have to choose between saving his newfound family, or the world.
Science Fiction KLUNE

Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.
Junior BARDUGO

Artemis Fowl Series

by Eoin Colfer

(Slow build over the entire 8 book series) Artemis is a young boy genius with a mantra to guide him through life: “Gold is Power”. When this leads to elaborate and risky schemes to maintain his family’s wealth, those he once considered enemies will turn out to be more than he ever expected.
Junior COLFER

The Hobbit

by J.R.R Tolkien

A homebody Hobbit is reluctantly swept up into an epic journey by a wizard and thirteen dwarves.
Science Fiction TOLKIENebook

Enemies to Lovers:

When it comes to romance, “enemies to lovers” books are particularly fun to read. In these stories, people who see the worst in the other person grow to find themselves lost without them. Snarky humor and heartfelt moments of character growth? What more can you ask for!

Red,White and Royal Blue

by Leigh Bardugo

Alex Claremont-Diaz--America's Goldenboy First Son--has a beef with Prince Henry across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of state devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined... and could possibly upend two nations.
Fiction MCQUISTON

The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy. Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. When her eternally lucky tiwn sister Ami gets married, Olive, is forced to spend it with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.
Fiction MCQUISTONebook

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

At the end of eighteenth-century England, spirited Elizabeth Bennet copes with the suit of the snobbish Mr. Darcy while trying to sort out the romantic entanglements of two of her sisters, sweet and beautiful Jane and scatterbrained Lydia.
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If you are curious to find out more about the patterns found in media, try looking up a book on Tropedia. You may find yourself surprised by the list of tropes a single novel contains, and even more surprised to see if there is a trend connecting all your favorite books.

Feb 05

Seconds, Please! by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 5, 2021 at 12:56 PM by Genesis Gaule

I may not be a foodie, but I’m definitely an eater. In honor of our Winter Cooking Challenge (and because I happen to particularly enjoy a book that features descriptions of mouthwatering food), here are some titles from our collection that will make your stomach rumble.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Tita has a gift for food. Her cooking is divine, so finely prepared that a single bite moves the eater to great emotion. Though Tita has fallen in love, tradition dictates that the youngest daughter, Tita, remain at home to take care of her mother. To add insult to injury, Tita’s mother arranges for Tita’s older sister to marry the man Tita loves AND asks Tita to make the wedding cake. The bitter tears Tita weeps as she whips the cake batter give the wedding guests a remarkable reaction, proving that there’s more to Tita’s gift than meets the eye.

Each chapter is prefaced by one of Tita’s hand created recipes.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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While Crazy Rich Asians focuses more on the topsy turvy relationship of Rachel Chu and secret billionaire Nicholas Young than cooking, it has some mouth-watering descriptions of food:

“As Rachel tasked the char kuay teow, her eyes widened in delight at the rice noodles flash-fried with seafood, egg, and bean sprouts in a dark soy sauce….Then it was time for the satay. Rachel bit into the succulent grilled chicken, savoring its smoky sweetness carefully.”

YUM.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is bursting with food. The opening scene details the preparation of lutefisk, and then moves on to braised pork shoulder, chocolate habaneros, heirloom tomatoes and more. There are recipes peppered throughout the book too – Kraft caramel bars and chile oil being two examples. As this is set mainly in Minnesota, reading it is a nostalgic trip for your tastebuds.

The book follows Eva Thorvald, daughter of a Midwestern chef, blessed with a once-in-a-generation palate, as she becomes the mysterious chef behind the most sought-after dinner reservation in the country.

Rutabaga, the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal

While Rutabaga is firmly in the genre of fantasy, it doesn’t make its recipes any less appealing.

Rutabaga, having grown bored of the standard food offerings available in his home town, travels the land searching for strange and magical ingredients to add to his cookbook. Rutabaga’s mouth-watering creations include a Perfect Pep Potion, Stuffed Koraknis Spinwheels with Sliced Pyka’s Palm, and a recipe especially created for those of us who don’t have access to magical ingredients: Chocolate-Dipped Dragon Claws. (The claws are bananas, guys).

Dec 11

YA Books Coming to the Big Screen by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 11, 2020 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of the best things is finding out that your favorite book will be coming to life as a movie or TV show. Here are some of my favorite young adult books that are coming to the big screen!

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

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Series Available in book | e-book

This series kept me on the edge of my seat! About a boy named Todd and his dog Manchee, the story takes place on a planet in the future where a mysterious germ killed all the women and affected all of the men, making it so that you can hear all of their thoughts. But things aren’t what they seem, as Todd discovers when he finds a girl, Viola. The movie adaptation is slated to be released in January and stars Spider-Man actor Tom Holland and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Shadow and Bone available in book
Six of Crows available in book

These two lush, amazing fantasy series both tie together in the same universe. Shadow and Bone is about Alina Starkov, a girl who unleashes a magic she didn’t know she had and then is taken to train with the Grisha, the country’s magical military elite. Six of Crows is about a group of six outcasts who come together to pull off an impossible heist. Filming was just done to make these two book series into a Netflix TV show, and it doesn’t yet have a release date.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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Series Available in book | e-book

This series is an amazing story full of lovable characters and humor. About Percy and his adventures as the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, him and his friends face monsters, gods, and other figures of Greek mythology. Besides already being made into two movies, those who have read the Percy Jackson books know that the movies had the potential to be much better, so Percy Jackson is currently being adapted into a TV show for Disney with Rick Riordan himself directly involved in the process.

(P.S. Netflix is said to be adapting Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series as well which is about Egyptian mythology!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Series Available in book | e-book

This fairy-tale romance is one I never get tired of. The Selection is the chance of a lifetime for 35 girls who get to compete for the crown and Prince Maxon’s heart. But America Singer wants no part in it—having to turn her back on her secret love with Aspen when she’s Selected—until she meets Maxon. This book has been picked up by many producers to no avail but will finally (hopefully!) become a movie under Netflix in the coming years.