Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

What a gigantic disappointment. I’d seen the trailer for this story “soon to be a major motion picture,” and expected a Kdrama in print. It did get there, complete with wrist-grabs, back-hugs, and surprise car accidents, in the last 100 pages of this 550 page tome. You just have to wade through 450 pages of excruciatingly detailed descriptions of every last material possession of each inconsequential character first. And if you didn’t think anyone could write a character more two-dimensionally than soap opera characters, this guy nails it. The disapproving MIL is pretty tame by Kdrama standards. The male lead is a bit of Gary Stu, would be relegated to second-lead in Kdramaland, and would definitely NOT get the girl. The subplot is much more compelling than the main storyline. And I don’t know how this guy was approved for two more books, let alone a major motion picture.

Zine handout for teens at the Y

Kinda looking forward to this. Here’s the zine handout I made for the teens I’ll be doing outreach with at the Y next week. I’ll bring some of the zines I picked up at ALA last year.  We’ll look through them and talk about them.  Then they can make their own on the theme of “summer side-quests” so that they can submit them to the collaboration Gluestick (had to work, didn’t get to go) is doing with Comic Carnival, if they want.  I’d love to build a collection in the branch.