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MFL Transmedia Roundup – 17

The girls celebrate their last days of summer, Jo finishes her first draft and Amy takes over the book club on this week’s roundup!


March Family Book Club Chapters 6-10

theamymarch:

Greetings, people in the know. Firstly, I am simply overcome with excitement to be sharing my thoughts from our latest novel-reading union. Of course, my sisters decided to contribute their thoughts as well, so in order to cover all sides of the story I have decided to present their perceptions in my collection. I apologize in advance for their clear lack of understanding of even the simplest of main themes in this novel.

Beth has once again aptly summarized the chapters that we delved into this week.

Jazza takes care of Rory after the choking incident and they use the opportunity to become closer friends with each other. Rory talks a lot about her family back in New Orleans and how eccentric they are, and Jazza talks about her dogs and her nice, normal family. The next day, Rory needs help with an English paper and hits the library for some books where she meets this strange guy with crazy hair and a trench coat who was reading in the dark in the literary section. His name is Alistair and he helps her pick a book to help with her paper, but overall he seems very odd. The next morning, Rory meets Jerome in Art history and he tells her about how there was another Ripper Strike that it’s all over the news. He invites her to come to the pub where the attack took place and to convince Jazza to tag along, which apparently means that he’s pretty into Rory. Jazza resists when she finds out exactly where they’re going but the three eventually arrive at the crime scene and it’s really busy. Rory runs into this strange bald guy who gives her a weird feeling. They all end up heading to the pub where they have a good time and get a little tipsy before heading back to the school. Unfortunately the second Ripper attack puts the school on edge and the students aren’t allowed to go out as much anymore - especially on the night of the next expected murder!

Many thanks Beth. Now please everyone, continue on to enlighten yourself.

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Would YOU take your crush to a crime scene for a first date?

Find discussions of this and other hard-hitting questions in this week’s March Family Book Club!


March Family Book Club Chapters 6-10

theamymarch:

Greetings, people in the know. Firstly, I am simply overcome with excitement to be sharing my thoughts from our latest novel-reading union. Of course, my sisters decided to contribute their thoughts as well, so in order to cover all sides of the story I have decided to present their perceptions in my collection. I apologize in advance for their clear lack of understanding of even the simplest of main themes in this novel.

Beth has once again aptly summarized the chapters that we delved into this week.

Jazza takes care of Rory after the choking incident and they use the opportunity to become closer friends with each other. Rory talks a lot about her family back in New Orleans and how eccentric they are, and Jazza talks about her dogs and her nice, normal family. The next day, Rory needs help with an English paper and hits the library for some books where she meets this strange guy with crazy hair and a trench coat who was reading in the dark in the literary section. His name is Alistair and he helps her pick a book to help with her paper, but overall he seems very odd. The next morning, Rory meets Jerome in Art history and he tells her about how there was another Ripper Strike that it’s all over the news. He invites her to come to the pub where the attack took place and to convince Jazza to tag along, which apparently means that he’s pretty into Rory. Jazza resists when she finds out exactly where they’re going but the three eventually arrive at the crime scene and it’s really busy. Rory runs into this strange bald guy who gives her a weird feeling. They all end up heading to the pub where they have a good time and get a little tipsy before heading back to the school. Unfortunately the second Ripper attack puts the school on edge and the students aren’t allowed to go out as much anymore - especially on the night of the next expected murder!

Many thanks Beth. Now please everyone, continue on to enlighten yourself.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

What is your theory about the murderer?

How would you structure your studying schedule to make sure that you fit in all of your courses, especially with so many distractions like the murders going on at the school? 

Describe the unsuitability of a crime scene as a venue for a first date.

Why is Rory so isolated from the other students?

Another book club post from our favourite sisters!


MFL Transmedia Roundup – 16

The first #MarchFamilyBookClub has finally happened! Check out what the girls had to say about Maureen Johnson’s book “The Name of the Star”, hipster drinks and find out why #Joisthemaster.


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A master post for the underdogs of the web.

VLOGGING FORMAT WEB SHOWS

  • Autobiography of Jane Eyre-The Autobiography of Jane Eyre is a modernized web series​ adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’​

  • A Tell Tale Vlog- Edgar Allan Poe attempts to keep a writing vlog while Lenore the Lady Ghost haunts his study.

  • CarmillaCarmilla is a modern adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic novel of the same name. 
  • Classic Alice- When college student Alice receives a bad grade on an essay, she partners with her friend Andrew to film a documentary about living her life according to classic literature.

  • The Goreys (Season One & Season Two)-Meet the spookiest family on YouTube.

  • Green Gables FablesGreen Gables Fables is a youtube mini-series modern adaption based off L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series.
  • Jules & Monty-Jules and Monty is a web retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet created and produced by students at Tufts University.

  • Kate the Cursed-Kate the Cursed is a web series based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew developed by Emily Lubbers and Zoe Lorenz.

  • March Family Letters (coming December 2015)-The March Family Letters is a vibrant, fun, and modern reimagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Classic growing up story “Little Women”.

  • New Adventures of Peter & Wendy-A modern adaptation of the classic novel “Peter and Wendy” by JM Barrie.

  • Nothing Much to Do-Set in a contemporary New Zealand high school. ‘Nothing Much To Do’ follows the life of Beatrice as she navigates her way through a new city with the help of her best friend and favourite cousin Hero, her school friends, and her ever frustrating rival, Benedick.

COMEDY

  • Adult Wednesday Addams- Wednesday has finally moved out of the Addams Manor.

  • Ask a Slave (Season One & Season Two)- Ask A Slave is a comedy web series based on the actress’ experiences working at Mount Vernon portraying one of George Washington’s slaves. All questions and interactions are based on true-life events. Watch Lizzie Mae, housemaid to President and Lady Washington, respond as modern-day Americans say the darndest things about history.

  • A Bit Much- A Bit Much is a new webseries based on William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The series takes the War of the Sexes out of 16th century Sicily and into the equally scenic and exotic, Camp Messina in upstate New York.

  • (character) (Season One & Season Two)- A rag tag bunch of lovable randos stage the financial romance “1-1= None: Accounting on Her Return” on Theatre Row in Hollywood.

  • Squaresville (Season One & Season Two)- Squaresville is a funny, weird, quirky, indie teen web series about growing up in the suburbs with nothing to do. Each episode is filled with funny situations, weird characters filled with teen angst, hipsters, romance, drama, and adventure. It tackles the universal issues of growing up misunderstood, teen issues, gay and lesbian issues, relationships, and friendships, all with a light, off-kilter touch. Squaresville is full of comedy, drama, and everything else you want out of your favorite tv online.

  • the Unwritten Rules (Season One, Season Two, & Season Three)- Based on the book, “40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman” by Kim Williams, the web series examines the comedic realities of a Black Co-Worker in a predominantly white workplace

ROMANCE/ROMANTIC COMEDY

  • Kissing in the Rain-Two sets of actors keep finding themselves kissing in the rain, all while grappling with their off-camera feelings between takes.

  • Hipsterhood (Season One & Season Two)- Hipsterhood is a web series about two hipsters in Silver Lake who keep seeing each other around town, but can’t get to that next step of actually talking.

  • Til Lease Do Us Part- A new lesbian web series about two exes living together by The Gay Women Channel.

DRAMA

  • Teenagers- A web series that explores teen angst, freedom, sexuality and racism through the eyes of several teenagers as they navigate their way through their final year of High School.

  • Blank Verse- Blank Verse is a webseries about William Shakespeare and the great writers of his time, re-imagined as modern day university students.

FANTASY

  • Misspelled- Murder, mystery and magic collide in this story of 5 clueless witches! Can they overcome their differences to save themselves from impending doom? They don’t know, but they can google it.

  • My Immortal- A fan-made Harry Potter parody based off of Tara’s most famous creation: Enoby (Ebony?) Darkness Dementia Raven Way, the original mallcore goff who turns the lives of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley upside down.

SCIENCE FICTION

  • Chronicles of Syntax- Chronicles of Syntax is set in present day and revolves around Sian (later referred to as Syntax) and a secret government facility called the Fallen Angel Network. It is Sian’s job to beat down the bad guys and find the rest of her team, which sounds easy but these guys don’t remember ever being chosen, and there’s someone else trying to get to them first. Only when she gathers all the members of her team can she access memories sent back through time, information that could stop the oncoming apocalypse.

  • Job Hunters (Season One & Season Two)- Job Hunters is a dystopian comedy web series set in the near future about a world in which college graduates are sent to report to MAEWIN - a program designed to match recruits with job based on their ability to fight their peers in an arena from 9-5 each day. These recruits then spend their time off living together in government sanctioned safe houses.

MUSICAL/MUSIC-ORIENTED

  • Little White Lie- Sami and Duder Reese are in a band. They are brother and sister. And they suck. They steal all their music and try to become famous in this webseries.

  • Musical: The Online Musical- You’re the first audience member in 6 months to show up to the musical that is the life of Henry and his fellow townspeople. Find out how the town has fallen into ruin and why only Henry knows the singing and dancing ways of the land. Then…help Henry.

ANIMATED

  • RWBY- RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.

 Feel free to add any other web series that you know of to the list, along with a link and description.


March Family Book Club Chapters 1-5

thejomarch:

So, as requested, here is a selection of minutes from our first book club meeting for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

How we’ve always done our book clubs (since everyone does it differently), is that every week we each come up with a question about a small section of the book. Then we, well, talk about those questions! Super exciting I know.

And I guess since you wanted to hear about what goes on for our meetings we will start taking turns being secretary and posting parts of the meetings on our blogs!

But before that, Beth thought that those of you who were too lazy to didn’t have enough time to read the book might benefit from a quick summary of the chapters we read. So she wrote you one! Isn’t she great?!

Aurora, or Rory for short, moves from New Orleans to London, England to go to a private school called Wexford for pre-university or A-Level classes. Right as she gets there,a “Jack the Ripper” style murder is committed and it’s all over the news. Rory gets the rundown of how things work at Wexford from her housemistress Claudia and despite Rory’s protests, basically forces Rory to choose field hockey as her mandatory daily physical activity. She’s there a day early and meets Charlotte, the competitive head girl and Jerome, a prefect who is apparently handsome and easy-going. The next morning she wakes up to her roommate Jazza (who is a swimmer) and her mom settling into the room. She knows right away that they will get along. The next morning Rory has to deal with a hectic first day: she has to get up early, waits in a long line for a shower, finds her classes are more difficult than she expected and even forgets her mouth guard for field hockey. At dinner she tells her new friends a little bit about her family back home and how quirky they are. While telling a thrilling story, Rory ends up choking on her food. Someone performs the Heimlich maneuver on her and then Charlotte and Jazza take her down to the health center. 

And now that you’re all caught up, onward to the book club!

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Is there a better way to spend a Saturday night, than reading about reading?


March Family Book Club Chapters 1-5

thejomarch:

So, as requested, here is a selection of minutes from our first book club meeting for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

How we’ve always done our book clubs (since everyone does it differently), is that every week we each come up with a question about a small section of the book. Then we, well, talk about those questions! Super exciting I know.

And I guess since you wanted to hear about what goes on for our meetings we will start taking turns being secretary and posting parts of the meetings on our blogs!

But before that, Beth thought that those of you who were too lazy to didn’t have enough time to read the book might benefit from a quick summary of the chapters we read. So she wrote you one! Isn’t she great?!

Aurora, or Rory for short, moves from New Orleans to London, England to go to a private school called Wexford for pre-university or A-Level classes. Right as she gets there,a “Jack the Ripper” style murder is committed and it’s all over the news. Rory gets the rundown of how things work at Wexford from her housemistress Claudia and despite Rory’s protests, basically forces Rory to choose field hockey as her mandatory daily physical activity. She’s there a day early and meets Charlotte, the competitive head girl and Jerome, a prefect who is apparently handsome and easy-going. The next morning she wakes up to her roommate Jazza (who is a swimmer) and her mom settling into the room. She knows right away that they will get along. The next morning Rory has to deal with a hectic first day: she has to get up early, waits in a long line for a shower, finds her classes are more difficult than she expected and even forgets her mouth guard for field hockey. At dinner she tells her new friends a little bit about her family back home and how quirky they are. While telling a thrilling story, Rory ends up choking on her food. Someone performs the Heimlich maneuver on her and then Charlotte and Jazza take her down to the health center. 

And now that you’re all caught up, onward to the book club!

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The Discussion Questions:

1) DISCUSS THE IMPLACACIES OF THE CCTV SYSTEM AND YOUR EVERY MOVE BEING WATCHED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT.
2) IS THERE A SIGNIFICANCE TO AURORA’S NAME?
3) GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, DISCUSS WHICH CLASSES YOU WOULD TAKE AT WEXFORD…AND WHAT SPORT YOU WOULD TAKE, AND WHY.
4) WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS IS THE MURDERER?

See if you can guess which sister wrote which question before clicking that read more!


MFL Transmedia Roundup – 15

Meg goes for a run, Jo is a joker and Amy pledges to become a vegetarian? Geez, a lot happened this week so what are you waiting for? Catch up here!


We’re in the middle of casting some characters right now, so we thought we’d chat auditions in this hot-off-the-presses-if-presses-were-a-thing-that-could-make-videos production vlog!


MFL Transmedia Roundup – 14

THE BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!

Read on to find out what’s at the top of the annual March family summer book club list!


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