Feedback: December 13, 2013
Your reactions to our ''American Horror Story'' cover, votes for the best YA novel of all time, and more
Horror’s Head Cases
And the EWwy for Best Acting by a Disembodied Head goes to…American Horror Story: Coven‘s Kathy Bates! Just by using her facial expressions, she knocks it out of the park in your cover and feature photos!
Silver Spring, Md.
What would’ve possessed you to talk about an episode that hasn’t even aired yet? I purposely don’t watch previews so twists won’t be spoiled. No such luck with LaLaurie’s decapitation once I opened my mailbox.
The editors respond… Dear Annoyed: Every week, we debate how much to reveal about the projects we’re covering. The brilliant idea for this particular cover photo — featuring Kathy Bates’ head on a platter — actually came from AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy himself, and once we heard it, no other image would do. Did we worry it might bother some of our more spoiler-sensitive readers? Yes. Was that worry enough to stop us from proceeding with such a visually arresting cover? No.
Shoot to Thrill
”The Joy of Sets” was an absolute joy to read! I’ve been to a few (unfortunately empty) sets and have always been amazed that so many fantastic films/TV shows were made at the location. You’ve allowed me to learn more without having flown across the pond. My only question is: May I go with the writer next time?
Prutha S. Patel
I’ve made the U.S. my home for the past 20-plus years, and not much makes me homesick for the U.K. But this feature certainly did. Clark Collis’ rain-soaked adventures on British-based film sets and those craft-services menus (game pie, yum) had me longing for Blighty. Well done.
I’m a young film lover, and MPAA ratings have an important effect on my movie-watching ability (News and Notes). Because of the MPAA, instead of learning something from The King’s Speech, children will mindlessly absorb the violence of a popcorn movie like Insidious: Chapter 2. But hey, at least the killer has a clean mouth, right?
Thank you for spotlighting songwriter Shane McAnally (Music). Ever since I first heard his music in the movie Shelter, I’ve bought everything I could find. The songs he put out as Shane Mack are so good that I hope he releases some of his own music again. Either way, I can’t wait to hear more from him.
San Mateo, Calif.
Correction: The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen is from District 12 (Catching Fire review, Movies).
The Best YA Novel of All Time Is…
After vanquishing You-Know-Who, Harry Potter faced some literary giants in our online bracket game. But even John Green, author of runner-up The Fault in Our Stars, conceded on Twitter: “I wanted to vote for myself. But I voted for Harry.” Looks like the Boy Who Lived will live forever.
To Kill a Mockingbird
I love Harry Potter, I really do. But I feel Mockingbird has so much more depth. It’s one of the few books that can truly be called a classic. —oragne
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
It taught us that it’s okay to be who you are — and it’s okay not to be sure of who you are — as long as you and the people you love accept your true self, along with the baggage that comes with it. —Brandon
The Fault in Our Stars
I voted for this over Potter purely because I think it is better written. I’m sure lots of people will disagree, but reading is, as with all media, something that is completely subjective. —Hannah Izzy Birch
Winner: Harry Potter
It’s the series that busted open the YA genre. I don’t think young-adult books would be what they are now without the help of J.K. Rowling. —RobinBird1800