A to Z: Ugly

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As you might imagine, the “U” has given me a big of a difficult time. There are few “U” names, and there are few girl characters in books with any of those “U” names. The only characters I could come up with were in books that I hadn’t yet read, and since I’m in the middle of comps and the end of the semester (which, contrary to popular belief, gets more, not less, busy in the last few weeks), I don’t have time to read anything new right now that isn’t on that list.

I ended up having a fascinating conversation about “The Ugly Duckling” and gender that I’ll come back to in a post after A-Z is over, and the ugly stepsisters in “Cinderella” were discussed…And I started thinking about Scott Westerfield’s “Uglies” series. And I realized that “ugly” is a long and complicated concept that we put into…

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Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!

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Originally posted on A Tolkienist's Perspective:

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Peter Jackson announces Hobbit 3′s altered title

Forget The Hobbit: Into the Fire; the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – states Peter Jackson on his Facebook page, here.

In the mind-blowing statement, Jackson discusses how he and his team arrived at such a significant alteration:

“There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug … And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.“.Peter Jackson

The news comes straight from the director himself, barely half an hour ago.

Totally unexpected and intriguing.

I personally loved “There and Back Again”, but I understand…

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