by Melissa Albert
What do head injuries, holidays and the Mayan apocalypse have in common? They all make you want to SING, of course, in this "Love, Actually"–inspired episode that's no more like "Love, Actually" than any episode of "Glee."
A bump on the head sends Artie into a black-and-white Alterverse, where his legs work fine and his choice of football over glee club means that glee doesn’t exist. Led by Brittany’s leprechaun friend Rory, his Christmas guardian angel, Artie witnesses an alternate timeline in which Becky’s pregnant, Rachel’s a librarian, Finn’s a homophobic jock and Quinn is dead...of a broken heart? That’s where you lost us, "Glee," though it is pretty delightful to see Will Schuester back with his lovely wife, the evil Terry. In a world without glee club, he’s too drunk to notice that her (fake) first-season pregnancy has resulted in her giving birth to a doll.
To prove to everyone how cool a glee club would be, Artie performs a desperate "Feliz Navidad," complete with shawl and maracas. The unimpressed reaction makes him decide to accept his wheelchair as part of his destiny, as long as it means he can have a song in his heart.
by Cassie Title
I can’t believe this was the "Vampire Diaries" mid-season finale, because there were hardly any epic shocks or deaths involving characters fans are truly invested in. Seriously. That death of someone who’s been around since season one? Carol Lockwood. Really sorry, but I don’t care at all. The woman’s only seen at town events anyway, so the only thing important about this is that Tyler’s gonna freak out and become all dark and twisty and have some new revenge development I won’t really care about. That’s all.
Additionally, the episode summary on The CW’s website included this bit: Professor Shane "reveals a piece of ancient history that leaves them all speechless." Um, really? Everyone was speechless? I’m pretty sure that anyone with half a brain could guess that Shane had been to where Silas was buried, and that Silas was connected to the cure. They went "Lost" on us and didn’t fully explain what the cure was (Silas’s blood? A potion buried with him? I don’t know). But, not only was it the opposite of shocking, I’m almost positive that Shane had even said something like it before. And even if he didn’t, IT IS NOT A BIG REVEAL. IN FACT, IT’S SO HEARTBREAKINGLY OBVIOUS THAT I’M EMBARRASSED FOR EVERYONE ELSE WHO’S PROGRAMMED TO BE LIKE OMG WHAT AN AWESOME EPISODE! So, yeah. Disappointment, especially when the mid-season finales are usually incredibly surprising.
Now that I’ve ranted, let’s get down to work.
Spotted: Georgina Sparks all dressed up with nowhere to go. Such will be the case in a few short days when "Gossip Girl" ends its six-season run on The CW.
It looks like, at least, Georgina's alter-ego Michelle Trachtenberg is sorta, kinda, maybe ready for the finale. Or, perhaps more accurately, is wondering whether you're ready?
So, are you?
As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the "Hush, Hush" series.
Readers of the "Hush, Hush" series often ask me for book recommendations—they're looking for a story that has the same sexy, suspenseful vibe as my books, and when I read "Poison Princess" by Kresley Cole, I knew right away that it would appeal to fans. The romance between Jackson and Evie broils as hot as the small-town Louisiana setting. Jackson's complex, roguish character is certain to keep readers guessing—can we trust him? He's a bayou bad boy with a trail of dark secrets, after all. If you're going to read "Poison Princess" after dark, do yourself a favor and check the door locks first.
As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Gayle Forman, author of "If I Stay" and the upcoming "Just One Day," out January 2013.
"It’s like being in love, finding your best friend." So says Queenie, one of the engaging heroines in Elizabeth Wein’s terrific novel "Code Name Verity." It’s a little like being in love, reading a gem of a book like this one. Set during World War II, "Verity" tells the story of two best friends, Queenie, a spy, and Maddie, a pilot. Queenie’s been caught in France by the Nazis, and the first part of the narrative is her confession, a twisting tale of friendship and war, a tease and a dance. Really, it’s only when you get to the second half of the book that you understand the incredible complexity of the tale Queenie (and Wein) have woven. Then you’ll race to the end and start it all over again. And if I’m being vague on the plot details, it’s intentional. Loose lips sink ships. They also ruin books.
by Ryan J. Downey
"O Come, All Ye Faithful," tonight's midseason finale of "The Vampire Diaries," promises a major revelation and the death of someone we've known since season one. It could be Matt, Jeremy, Tyler, Bonnie or one of the parents.
Candice Accola couldn't spill that secret when Hollywood Crush caught up with her by phone earlier this week, but she did dish plenty about Caroline's tension with her best friends, tonight's confrontation between Stefan and Tyler, the sire bond, the latest steamy Delena developments and how a character death goes down behind-the-scenes.
Last week, Caroline made her disapproval of Damon Salvatore and Professor Shane pretty clear to Elena and Bonnie. It was frustrating for the audience, because we know her feelings aren't misplaced. "She doesn't trust Shane," Candice told us. "She doesn't know who this Shane is. Shane just kind of came out of nowhere. Usually, Bonnie has had crushes on boys that are within the circle. Shane is just not in the circle. Caroline is from a small town."
As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Eliot Schrefer, author of "Endangered."
I went into reading Patricia McCormick's "Never Fall Down" hoping to find ways to dislike it (McCormick and I were both finalists for the National Book Award, and I guess I was feeling competitive). A book about the Killing Fields, with a blurb by Archbishop Desmond Tutu? I was ready for guilty manipulations and pat battlefield epiphanies. Instead I got a moving, intimate and gritty retelling of a real boy’s (Arn Chorn-Pond) experience of being pressed into military service by the Khmer Rouge. A veteran journalist and poetic writer, McCormick knows to keep her story grounded in specific, vivid detail, especially at her novel’s most harrowing moments: Sometime screaming, too, and then we hear the crack, like splitting coconut. After that, quiet. Small sound, cracking the skull.
As the year draws to a close, MTV is reflecting on The Big and Best of 2012 on—fittingly enough—12/12/12, bringing you eight hours of performances, special guests, prize giveaways and much more.
And you know what time it is? It's time to talk movies!
The last 365 days (give or take) have been good ones for film, with "The Hunger Games," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "The Avengers" and many more dominating the conversation. And, really, it's only just begun. So get clicking on the video above to join the discussion and peek previously un-released After Hours installments, exclusive interviews and more!
As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Julie Kagawa, author of "The Immortal Rules."
So, what can I say about "Pushing The Limits" by Katie McGarry?
Should I begin with I don't read many contemporary novels, but this one wove a spell stronger than any fantasy book? Should I say how wonderful the characters are, how they each have their own problems but you can relate to them completely? Or maybe I will gush about how steamy the romance was, and that the kissing scenes melted your insides into gooey paste. Regardless, "Pushing The Limits" was my favorite book of 2012. It is about two "broken" characters, Echo and Noah who, despite the chaos of their lives, somehow fall in love. And in doing so, discover that they are exactly what the other needs. Echo is a girl struggling with her past, trying to remember the dark, terrible thing that left her scarred and drove her mother to madness. For Noah, every day is a fight to keep his family together after his parents died, leaving him and his two younger brothers alone.
All adventurous women do...pick up the DVD for HBO's "Girls." At least according to creator and star Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old took to Twitter today to remind fans that even though the second season doesn't start until January, you can get your fill of Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa with the release of the first season on home video.
Also today, HBO released the one-sheet for the upcoming season, complete with the tagline "Almost getting it kind of together." Sounds about right to us.