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Feedback: June 27, 2014

Your love for ”The Fault in Our Stars,” opinions about our sexy Summer Must List, and more

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Beautiful Boy
Your review of The Fault in Our Stars (Movies) was not ”okay” — and that’s coming from a middle-aged mom who introduced the book to her tween daughters. This is the most faithful book-to-movie adaptation I’ve ever seen. Yes, Gus seems a bit ”too good to be true” (in both the movie and the book), but what girl, or woman, doesn’t dream of that?
Steph Martin
Lakewood, Colo.

Naughty Bits
When I received the Jessica Alba cover, I was surprised by how racy it was, but then I remembered it was the Summer Must List and it had been done before (Ryan Reynolds in 2009). Then I got Masters of Sex‘s equally racy cover. While the occasional pinup isn’t a bad thing, having it every week degrades the quality of EW, in my opinion.
Jamie Schumaker
Michigan City, Ind.

The editors respond… Surely you noticed our restraint in keeping Channing Tatum’s shirt on for the 22 Jump Street cover no easy feat! Seriously, though, the caliber of the stars’ work still reigns supreme, but when it comes to Masters of Sex, provocative imagery does speak to the nature of the show. It doesn’t have Sex in the title for nothing.

Summer Bummer
Jason Derülo, Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, and many others are competing for the song of summer (Music). Like Green Day said, wake me up when September ends…with the fall release of a new Foo Fighters album. You can keep all that summer stuff.
Erik Weiss
Houma, La.

Harsh Reality
Re: the Janoskians (Insider): I realize that since the advent of reality television shows and YouTube, audiences have gotten even less discerning about what they are willing to watch. But the Janoskians? Has the bar really been set that low? Do they really deserve a recording deal, a feature-film deal, and a clothing line? I’d say it’s madness, but it’s more akin to sadness.
Mark Schlazer
Boca Raton, Fla.

Food for the Soul
I appreciated your tribute to Maya Angelou (Legacy). In addition to her memoirs and other works, I most remember her smothered-chicken recipe, which reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking and its Southern deliciousness.
Yvonne Dows
San Diego

Correction: In season 2 of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, the role of Shelley will be played by Madeleine Martin (Summer TV Preview).

OITNB: Character Check-In
Readers profile some of Orange Is the New Black‘s most intriguing inmates, who’ve muscled their way to the forefront in season 2

Suzanne
Suzanne is incredibly insecure. Vee is able to manipulate her quite easily, and once she’s in that circle, it’s the first time we’ve seen her with friends. —Hellen

Gloria
It’s not that Gloria doesn’t have power, it’s just that she knows how to pick her battles and play a long game. She doesn’t get angry…she gets even. —meronym

Morello
You’ve always wanted to empathize with Morello because she seems like a sweet kid who just got caught up in a bad way. Her episode turns that idea on its head. —Michael Grooms

Poussey
The sex scene in Poussey’s backstory — I was not prepared for that! Wow!!! She’s an awesome character. I love that she is smart and not a follower; she thinks things through. —DenyseP

Taystee
She has a naive way of thinking about the world. She really thinks as long as she works hard and gives her all at something, it’ll come to her, whether it be work or family. —Jai

Rosa
Her story was a real gem. Rosa is a beautiful soul who happened to take joy in robbing banks, and I loved her kinship with her chemo buddy. —Babyinastraightjacket

For more info on the ladies of Litchfield, tune in to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Radio Channel 105 on SiriusXM July 3 at 7 p.m. for an OITNB special featuring interviews with Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, and more.