Wednesday, August 5, 2020

“MIDNIGHT SUN”: STEPEHENIE MEYER’s “TWILIGHT” Alternate POV Novel Finally RELEASED



In the middle of the first decade of the 21st Century, an aspiring writer from Phoenix, Arizona saw her first novel published. That story of about a human girl and her eternally-teenaged vampire boyfriend greatly affected the media portrayal of vampires and transformed the book into a franchise and its writer into a household name for young adults. Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga would span four books adapted into five films, plus spinoffs. She even rewrote the first novel with vampire Edward Cullen as narrator, only to stop in 2008 when her early manuscript chapters were leaked. For a time fans thought that was the end of things. It was not.

BEIRUT, LEBANON Rocked by MASSIVE EXPLOSION of Stored AMMONIUM NITRATE



These days no national government should probably have to worry about any other thing than to preserve its country against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But life is never simple, and there are always other crises that will demand attention. This much is true of the Middle Eastern nation of Lebanon as anywhere else. Aside from the coronavirus, the country was reeling from an economic meltdown that has seen the poverty rate actually reach to over half the population percentage, caused by outrages such as a Central Bank-run pyramid scam and proposed taxes on things like voice app messaging. It seemed things could not get worse.

SAVED BY THE BELL Sitcom REVIVAL on PEACOCK Has a Bit More EDGE but STILL FUN



In 1988 a high school-set teen sitcom produced by NBC aired one season on the Disney Channel. The following year NBC retooled the show and moved it back on its own network as perhaps one of the most iconic sitcoms for young audiences in the early 1990s: “Saved by the Bell.” While it gained spinoffs especially one with a new set of characters, it is the original cast that is most remembered. Perhaps that is why the new “Saved by the Bell” sitcom being developed by Universal TV for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service brings back some of those cast members to make the show a direct sequel, but with bite.