Corpse Bride

Corpse BrideThis episode was way easy to edit.   I think Melanie and I leveled up our talking skills.

The Corpse Bride is a 2005 film directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson.   The film is set in Victorian era England where the son of a rich fish monger, Victor, is to be engaged to the daughter of an ‘old money’ couple named Victoria.   The match is a business arrangement.   Love isn’t even a factor.   However, when the two young people  meet they hit it off right away.   Unfortunately, Victor is so nervous he screws up the wedding reception and after a stroke of bad luck, accidentally marries a dead  woman named Emily.

This is a great stop motion film that’s surprisingly touching and romantic despite its horror appearance.   The Corpse Bride seems like she’d be a horror from the underworld who rises from the dead to exact revenge upon the living, but she’s actually a sweet tragic heroine who you really feel for even if she’s scary looking.

We tried to do a little more research for this review than normal, and hopefully it shows.

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant Book CoverSkulduggery Pleasant is a Young Adult Fantasy series by Derek Landy that so far consists of the books, The Scepter of the Ancients, Playing with Fire, and The Faceless Ones.   The premise is that a twelve year old girl  named Stephanie Edgely is saved one day by a talking skeleton detective. That day she discovers that magic is in fact real.   However, unlike most people upon having their world view turned upside down her response isn’t ‘Waaaah I want my life to be normal again!’

No, her response is, ‘CAN YOU TEACH ME TO  THROW FIREBALLS WITH MY MIND?!’

Well, that’s her response after she passes out.   No one’s perfect.

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best book series I have ever read. I sincerely hope that it’s able to one day rise to Harry Potter level of fame.   It more than deserves it, and is a beacon of light to anyone who yearns to read about a heroine who kicks  butt and doesn’t appear to have an emo bone in her body.

This episode is meant for those who already know and love the series. We discuss and analyze the plot of the first three books and theorize on the plot of future books.   So please, come back to this episode after you have read the books.   Otherwise, you’ll be cheating yourself out of one amazing ride.

If you haven’t read the books already, you must check them out.


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