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I write stories for middle school souls, who deserve better than a culture of hopelessness and indulgence. Browse the blog, Sheepgate, where I give that culture a piece of my mind. TTFN, Emily

Five Characters I Fell in Love With This Summer

Five Characters I Fell in Love With This Summer

I've been watching a lot of Apple TV this summer, it seems. And although I am not sad to be leaving the broiling temps of this regrettable season in Atlanta, I do lament that I cannot continue to watch the following characters in action anymore. My only consolation is that you may not have discovered them yet, and so can enjoy your final days of summer 2016 getting to know these superlative figures yourself.

Do you feel the nostalgia? It's thick like ooze ... green ooze.

Do you feel the nostalgia? It's thick like ooze ... green ooze.

Eleven: Sometimes it’s a good thing to see the world in black and white. Eleven is a hard core, telekinetic science experiment who escapes from a warped government organization in the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. In the monster thriller set in the 1980’s, this girl absolutely steals the show with her buzzed head and girlish innocence. 

Dustin: Everybody needs that friend to tell him when he’s wrong. Dustin, a phenomenal character also showcased in Stranger Things, is friggin adorable. A retardation of the dental growth variety means actor Gaten Matarazzo melts with an irresistible lisp and raspy voice. He’s constantly telling his friends how certifiable it is to trust a mute telekinetic stray, who they happened upon in the woods. But would they listen to him? Noooooo …

Though nothing about this promo image is appealing, I stand by the recommendation.

Though nothing about this promo image is appealing, I stand by the recommendation.

John Smith: Even a deformed conscience is better than no conscience at all. And that is aptly demonstrated in the original Amazon Prime series, The Man in the High Castle with this seemingly sane Nazi official, overseeing the Third Reich’s holdings in the eastern United States. This character is so well-written, and so chillingly realistic, you will find yourself rooting for him. JUST WATCH I’M NOT KIDDING.

Ugh.

Ugh.

Sir James Martin: A hilarious character can save a bad movie. Thank you, Tom Bennett for allowing Husband Hill and me to finish the recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship. 99%, Rotten Tomatoes? IN WHAT UNIVERSE??

Skip to 1:40!

Scorpius Malfoy: Why waste time with self-doubt? I haven’t read The Cursed Child yet, but it was a huge release this summer. Here to tell us about her favorite character from this latest installment of the Harry Potter saga is my extraordinary sister, Sylvia Bass:

The most interesting character to me from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Scorpius Malfoy. He is a misunderstood child from a notorious family, but instead of letting that make him embittered and jaded, he lets it shape him into something wonderful. He is a steadfast friend to Albus Potter, and does not hesitate to risk his own life to save him. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (That was a biblical reference, not from the book, but I couldn't help myself.) What really secured my affection for Scorpius was the fact that he unabashedly pursues Rose Weasley, and is completely undaunted by her rebuffs. It makes me chuckle. I have no doubt that some day, she will no longer be able to resist his charm and they will make a very cute fictional couple. 

 

You can find out more about my sister’s incredible journey as a mother of four girls, with another on the way at www.sylcell.com. She is so insightful and such a courageous woman. Love you, sissy!

If you haven’t already, head over to the book club to see why I hated the August book!

 

Ttfn,

Emily

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