Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dating a Modern Day Prince Charming

Okay, I wasn't going to do another post today, but I saw this article as I was scrolling through FB and I just had to share a few thoughts. **See disclaimer at bottom of post**
What little girl didn't dream of one day capturing her own Prince Charming? I know I still do, and as a YA romance writer I can guarantee all my heroes are going to be a "Prince Charming" in some kind of way, whether it's Sir Galahad, King Arthur, Wade, Percy or even one of my other heroes from my books that aren't out yet......I can go on. But enough from me, on to the article:

19 Ways Dating Prince Charming Would Be Totally Different In 2016

by  Talia Koren on Elite Daily and Love Is A Mother F*cker (with my comments thrown in)

Once upon a time, Prince Charming was stoic and classically handsome. He might have worn a cape, because let’s be real, Prince Charming was almost a superhero. His one power: wooing the ladies.
So, maybe it’s not the norm anymore for dudes to be living in castles. Instead of attending social events like fancy balls, we go to bars.
Today’s average Joe won’t run around the city to find the hookup who left her right shoe at his place.
Even though we don’t live in a world where fairy godmothers actually exist, that doesn’t mean there’s no real Prince Charming. He could be the guy who picked your glove out of a slush pile or held your hair as you puked in the unisex bathroom of a bar.
If you come across 2016’s Prince Charming, you’ll know.

1. He’d be on Tinder, but his brief profile is equal parts funny and mysterious. It includes his current job (pretty impressive, but he’s not braggy about it) and a couple of his niche interests. He’d make a joke about being a sucker for something semi-embarrassing, like astrology.  I've never been on Tinder but someone like this would catch my eye.

2. In photos, he’s posing with his puppy and doing something outdoorsy. It’s not an LL Bean catalog, it’s his life.  Or he could have a pic at a sporting even or **cough**comic con type place (yes, I'm a nerd)

3. There are no gym or mirror selfies to be found. Not a single damn one. Preach sister!

4. The modern day Prince always texts you back within the first 20 minutes of receiving one from you. He’s okay with phone calls, too. A total must

5. Most importantly, his “read” receipts aren’t on. Whew.  'nuf said

6. This Prince holds witty conversation, showing you he’s interested without seeming too thirsty. To quote Sherlock "Brainy's the new sexy" A man who can hold his own in a conversation of wits and voice his opinion without being a jerk is a huge thing!

7. He adds you on Facebook and Instagram first, freeing you from that anxiety-ridden wait. OK!

8. He’ll always like your profile pics and Instagram posts as they appear, but he’s not going to double-tap your tweet from 2011. He’s supportive, not creepy.  Hummmmmm

9. This Prince takes selfies like a pro and might even post a couple of you, too. He remembers your good side. how charming ;P

10. Modern Prince Charming remembers you mentioning your love of lavender. For no damn reason, he picks you up a lavender-scented body lotion.  Can we say brownie points :)

11. Instead of ordering showy flowers to your desk at work, he sends his Seamless login so you can order yourself lunch on him. Talk about making co-workers jealous.

12. If you got stranded in the rain with only 15 percent battery on your cell, he’d probably treat you to an Uber ride. We all have those awkward damsel-in-distress moments.  My hero......

13. When it comes to sex, modern day Prince Charming makes sure you orgasm before he does. He communicates, asking if what he’s doing feels good.  I think this may be the biggest ask of all. But you can't sound creepy when you do it. This isn't "Trainwreck" people **shivers in dread**

14. He doesn’t complain about “The Bachelor,” and even shares his HBO GO password without being weird about it.  Love a man who is not afraid to have a TV addiction

15. He could probably make choosing a movie to watch on Netflix the most magical moment ever, especially because he has no shame. His favorite flicks are some of your guilty pleasures. So many ways to go with this one....I can't choose

16. He’s up for anything, even if the new restaurant you pick is out of the way and has strangely mixed Yelp reviews.  And he offers to buy. I'm fully aware women can pay, and I support that, but I also think there are times where you value yourself enough to not feel downgraded because the guy is paying.

17. On girls’ night, he surprise Venmos you enough cash for a drink on him.  Yes please.

18. He’s well aware the biggest turn on is letting you do your thing. Prince Charming isn’t possessive, because he knows you’re coming home with him. Princes are suave as f*ck, by nature.  There is something to be said for a little possessiveness. Just not the "me Tarzan you Jane" type.

19. Imagine what Cinderella, Rapunzel and the rest could have achieved with a modern day Prince on their arms. A girl can dream, right?  Forget celebutante power couples. Real people couples......The possibilities are endless!

 So maybe a few of these are a little...meh. But I gotta say a modern day Prince Charming is a total game changer from old school Prince Charming. Me personally, I'd favor a blend of both, leaning slightly more towards the old school side, but only a tad. This is why I love writing YA heroes, and I'll admit it now, most of my heroes are going to fall somewhere in this range. :)

<3 LH

Disclaimer--this article was published on Elite Daily's website and written by Talia Koren. I am reposting what she wrote and linking back to the source article..--Now what comes after the list is all me.

Suicide Squad

We've all heard a million and a half things about it and goodness knows that many have thrown out all their thoughts and feelings about it. Me personally, I've always been beyond crazy excited for this one!

We all know I'm a proud geek and I can't even begin to say how happy I am that the DC comic universe is finally starting to get it's life! I've always preferred the DC characters to Marvel, honestly I didn't really even start to care about Marvel until the first THOR and I saw the drool worthy Chris Hemsworth as the Viking God of Thunder. Then Chris Evans got thrown in as Captain America and.....well I was hooked, mostly to see incredibly hot men in very scintillating tight uniforms.

 But I digress.

Now, clearly Warner Brothers isn't quite the marketing warmonger Disney/Marvel is, but you gotta give them credit. When Suicide Squad, and it's cast, were first announced it got a ton of hate. Yet's one of the biggest anticipated releases of the year. Anyone who can sway public opinion like that has some serious chops. Then add amazing cool posters like the ones floating around here and I'm even more excited.

I think what appeals to me most about this--outside the fact that Katana and Harley Quinn are two of my all-time fav bad girls--is that this movie is about the villains. Seeing Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wolverine, Captain America and all the rest of those guys is all great, but Villains just always have a little more character and charisma to them. I mean look at Heath Ledger's Joker!!!! I don't know how anyone will ever top his performance, but I think Jared Leto will do the roll justice. Or maybe I should say bad justice :)

Clearly I don't have all the posters here, as there is quite the assembled cast of villains for this movie, but the ones here are the ones I'm most excited for.

Funny thing is, as far as I can see the only superhero that's going to be making an appearance here is Ben Affleck's Batman. I'm thinking, since one of the most exciting plots of the movie is Harley's origin story, that that's where the Dark Knight will come in. Same with Joker. Oh man... I am so crazy excited for this!!

I popped over to Wikipedia to drop in a quick little bio on all out bad guys for this movie for those who are still trying to learn more.

    Will Smith as Deadshot: An expert marksman and assassin. Smith stated that Deadshot and Harley Quinn are "allies" in the film, but that they do not know what is happening with the other characters.

    Jared Leto as Joker: A psychopathic supervillain. Leto described his role as "nearly Shakespearean" and a "beautiful disaster of a character" about portraying the villain, he stated "I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing these psychological games. But as the same time it was very painful."

    Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn: A crazed supervillain and former psychiatrist. Producer Richard Suckle described the character as "a fan fav. Funny, crazy, scary... You can't come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do."

    Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag: A military officer. Tom Hardy was previously cast in the role but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

    Jai Courtney as Boomerang: An assassin who utilizes deadly boomerangs. About his role, Courtney stated, "he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. [David Ayer]'s first instruction was, 'find your inner shitbag'."

    Jay Hernandez as El Diablo: A former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames. Hernandez sets his character apart from his teammates as he "just wants to stay out of the fight", while "most of [the Squad members] are happy to get out there and kill people".

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc: A supervillain who suffers from a skin condition that causes him to develop reptilian features.Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as "a cannibal with rage issues".

At this point there's only one thing left that seems a mystery to me. Scott Eastwood. He announced back in March of 15 that he was cast in the movie, but nowhere does it saw what his role is. Not even a hint. There's speculation sure, but I'm dying to know what role he'll take on here. And Scott's not the only actor listed as a top billed star to not have a character assigned to his name on IMDB. There are three other start, all in the top line of casting who don't have a character what on earth could that mean? I mean seriously and I the only one curious about what DC may have up there sleeve here? Or maybe I'm just getting myself way too excited and seeing possible movie epicness because I’m so excited to see Suicide Squad.

I fear I shall have to wait until August to get my answers, unless someone lets a major spoiler slip between now and then. Once can only hope, right? Don't forget to mark your calendars. August 5th, SUICIDE SQUAD!!!
<3 always LH