30 Years of The Princess Bride

My first copy of The Princess Bride was a VHS tape that my grandmother recorded from the TV. There was a blip on the tape during the rhyming game between Fezzik and Inigo Montoya. It cut to static for a few seconds, then picked up again once the ship is out to sea. Because of this, I spent a good ten years playing and replaying the tape, able to quote the movie from start to finish except for the rhyming game. Imagine how thrilled I was to get the movie on DVD years later and finally see that scene in full!

2017 marks the 30th anniversary for this beloved movie. A handful of theaters nationwide held screenings during the month of October, which I was unfortunately unable to attend. I did, however, make an effort to rewatch the movie and reread the book that inspired it.

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Wonder Woman

For the first time since her original entry into the world of superhero comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has her own record-breaking blockbuster movie. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is the best-known and most enduring female superhero of all time. The only live action version of Wonder Woman prior to Gal Gadot’s debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year was the 1975 TV show starring Lynda Carter, which I grew up watching in the 1980s. I don’t remember much of it apart from the theme music, but I did have a Wonder Woman outfit that I wore as often as my parents would let me.

I have already seen the new Wonder Woman movie twice, and I absolutely loved it. However, it shames me to admit I have never read the comics. So I did what I always do when I need to catch up on my reading: I turned to my library.

Cover of Wonder Woman Archives by William Moulton Marston Cover of Wonder Woman: Gods and Monsters by George Pérez Cover of Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth by Gail SimoneCover of DC Universe Rebirth Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka

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Staff Recommendation: American Gods

Book cover of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

One of Neil Gaiman’s best-known pieces of fiction, a topic of fascination and discussion for his sizeable fanbase, is the novel American Gods. It’s a high-concept doorstopper of a book, with both a universe-shattering frame story, and a series of thematically similar but otherwise unconnected vignettes. The frame story follows protagonist Shadow Moon as he accompanies the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (a barely disguised Odin from Norse tradition) as he rallies other half-forgotten deities from various mythologies and cultures. The focal antagonists are new “gods” based in the worlds of modern technology, like television and the Internet, and all are hard at work trying to capture Shadow to get him to fight for their side. The vignette stories mostly show us who the other gods are in this fictional universe, to flesh out the mythology and show us how these ancient beings might navigate a modern setting.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With the newest entry in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling has once again proven herself a master of imagination. However, it’s important to remember that there are now two books bearing this same title: the screenplay which is the basis for the movie starring Eddie Redmayne, and the Hogwarts Library edition that serves as a facsimile of Harry Potter’s text book. Both are available through the Chesapeake Library, and both are quick, entertaining reads, but make sure you know which version you’re looking for. (Click on the book covers to go to that item’s catalog page!)

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The 10 Movies I Watch Every Halloween

Welcome to another October! Anyone who’s known me for a little while knows that this is my favorite time of year, and that Halloween is my favorite holiday. For the past several years, I have challenged myself to watch thirty-one scary movies during the month–one for every day leading up to Halloween. It’s tricky, and the longer I do this the harder it is to find new movies to fill up all the days. However, there are a handful that I make of point of rewatching every year because they are my all-time favorites. Click on the titles below to see each movie’s entry in our catalog.

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