Month in Review | June 2016



Hello, blogger friends! I do hope this past month has been good to you. Many things happened in the month of June – the official start of summer being one of them, not to mention June marks the halfway point of the year, and right around the corner peeks the Independence Day holiday. My uncle always says July 4th marks the halfway point of summer and if you look at Memorial day as the “unofficial” star of summer and Labor Day as an unofficial end, he’s right. How crazy fast has this year gone!? 
 
The blog had a crazy good month speaking of one day in particular, which was amazing because of the reader volume. So... if any of you who helped aid that are still hanging out here, thank you.

Another month’s close means another “month in review” here on Finding Wonderland. Let’s take a look. 

…..Favorites from June 2016….. 

1. Blog News | Okay, so first things first. Pardon the "dust." I'm still working on getting my current layout in tip-top shape with little tweaks here and there. If you're encountering any problems with this one, please let me know. I can only see/test it on the browsers/devices I have, all of which look fine.

Secondly, remember that blog series I was talking about? Well I delayed sharing the post because I first decided to get in touch with a few potential participants to see what they thought and if they'd be willing to join in. I've had some interest so sometime in the next two weeks, I'll be sharing the post and see what you, the reader thinks.

Please, do feel free to offer ideas and/or comment with things you'd like to see. My tentative idea is to open this one up to YOU the reader (with a form) in order to answer some queries you may have about blogging or anything related to book blogging content.

2. Nikon Camera | I broke (a story I won't share because, well, it's not all that interesting) my trusty GE camera, which was nothing fancy, but still... relied upon. Though still usable I cannot use it any longer with my tripod because, of course, the worst of the damage happened where it attaches to the tripod. Today, I picked up (a very inexpensive) Nikon, which I'm hoping will be a decent choice.

Speaking of cameras, what do YOU guys recommend? I'm looking to (someday) make a more significant upgrade that would involve using lenses that a DSL would provide.

3. Dan + Shay, 'From the Ground Up' | Technically I think I discovered this song last month but considering I don't seem to talk about music much anymore (why is this I wonder? *she asks rhetorically*), I thought I'd add it here. What new music are you enjoying?

2. INSPYs 2016 | Yesterday we announced the 2016 INSPYswinners. What a year! As always, it was a wonderful experience working with the Advisory Board and of course, we’re ever so grateful to the judges for giving of their time and to the authors for writing the stories that inspired these awards. Our hats are off to you. 

Congrats... Patrick W. Carr, Varina Denman, Cathy Gohlke, Jody Hedlund, Carrie Stuart Parks, Kathryn Springer, and Sarah Sundin

4. Mr. Darcy | I finally met Mr. Darcy… or at least close. Yes, I added a Funko Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies style) to my menagerie of Funko Pops. One simply couldn’t have Lizzy Bennet without her Mr. Darcy. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
 
5. Pride + Prejudice + Zombies | This film came to DVD last month, but I didn’t sit down to watch it until June. If you missed it, I HAD FEELINGS about this one. Said feelings you can share, dismiss or raise your eyebrow over in my film and book reviews or the re-share I posted of the Romantic Moment I contributed to Silver Petticoat.  

…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, were fun to write)
 
1. Captain America: Civil War (2016) | The titular name should be self-explanatory

2. Everything Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | For reasons (and no, I won't apologize for oversharing about this in this monthly recap *wink*)

3. Her One and Only by Becky Wade | A beautiful end to a beautiful series

4. Joy (2015) | A really interesting and well-acted true story with Jennifer Lawrence
 

…..Monthly Popular Posts (June 2016)…..


2. Joy (2015) | This was really, a very good film inspired by a true story.

3. The Convenient Groom (2016) | A darling Hallmark romcom based on Denise Hunter's novel.

4. Garage Sale Mystery: Deadly Room (2015) | A Hallmark mystery starring Lori Loughlin.

 

…..Popular Posts the Week of June 23rd-30th …..
 





 

…..Books Read | June 2016…..
 
   
  

…..Around the Interwebs…..
 
Silver Petticoat:  Following in the footsteps of the norm, I enjoyed a fun month at the amazing-ness that is Silver Petticoat. Let’s take a quick look at what I’ve reviewed or contributed.  

Articles and Lists | Only yesterday I previewed the summer 2016 months in YA fiction; earlier in the month I shared a list of 10 YA Contemporary Reads Perfect for the Beach (featuring authors like Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Morgan Matson and others); and then because we all love Hallmark Channel, I took at look at their upcoming programs with a Previewing Hallmark Channel's Summer 2016 Programs article.
 
Book Reviews | Finally I read and reviewed Teri Brown's Velvet Undercover which I really enjoyed, and my second literature review spotlighted Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.



Film and TV Reviews | The only film I reviewed this month was Beyond the Mask, a fun swashbuckler of the inspirational variety; Houdini and Doyle and the final season of Mr. Selfridge were my two TV series reviews, and much as I didn't expect this (I even teared up), I'm going to miss Harry Selfridge for all his scandalous ways.

Romantic Moments | Much as I enjoyed writing these articles and reviews (as listed above), I think my two favorite feature opportunities with Silver Petticoat this month were the two articles I contributed to Silver Petticoat's "Romantic Moment" series. Those were Doctor Thorne's Frank and Mary and Pride and Prejudice and Zombie's Lizzy Bennet and Col. Darcy. *heart eyes*

As always, thanks to the editors of Silver Petticoat and my fellow contributors! Working with you all is always fun.
 

That’s an end to the month here at #FindingWonderlandBlog. What was your bookish, blogging or life like this past month? Did you discover any new (and amazing) authors or reads? How about new bloggers? Or must-try new finds?

Comment down below with your thoughts! As always, I’d love to chat with you.  

To my fellow American readers, I wish you a fabulous Independence Day weekend. 🎆 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
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Announcement | 2016 INSPY Award Winners



Following a behind-the-scenes snag which forced a delay, the INSPYs Advisory Board is now ready to announce the 2016 INSPY winners. Our sincere apologies for this delay, but we'd like to share with you the results of our judging panels.

Before we do, some shout-outs.

First to our six panels of three judges, thank you. Every year we are grateful to have bloggers apply to judge and give of their time and expertise in these blogger awards. We so appreciate that and thank you for the years some of you have put in. If you're new, we hope you enjoyed the experience.

Secondly congratulations to the authors who were finalists and the winning authors. It's because of your stories we can run this program.

Finally, to my fellow advisory board members, Jamie, Lydia, Rel and Stacy. Another year has come and gone, and as usual, I must thank you for the time you all put into these awards and no matter the work, ultimately how fun you make this experience. Overwhelming or not, nothing can take away from the fun we have each year.

Without further ado, let's discover the 2016 INSPY Award Winners.
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Following careful consideration, our incredible judging panels chose the 2016 INSPYs award winners in our seven respective categories. Following months of reading (by the Advisory Board and later, our judging panels), planning, author interviews and emails in access, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2016 INSPY Award Winners.
 
Below are the seven winning novels in their respective categories and a statement from our judges on the reason why they felt it was worth the award…


CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE / ROMANTIC SUSPENSE  

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer: In a category full of wonderful contemporary romances, we had a tough choice to make! Ultimately though, The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer stood out from the rest with its character growth and true-to-life issues as well as the author’s expressive way with words. Each character in the story was intriguing – from Gin and her daughter Raine, to firefighter Dan and Raine’s boyfriend Cody, to Dan’s big crazy family, Cody’s mom Evie, and even Gin’s coworkers. The romance between Dan and Gin was sweet and built slowly (but not too slowly), and the obstacles between them felt genuine, rather than just thrown in to create conflict. The relationship between Cody and Raine also felt real and sincere. Throughout this novel, Springer deftly dealt with true-to-life issues like single parenthood, teen pregnancy, poverty, and judgment within the church, showing how God can work through the hard things in life to bring healing and beauty. Really, that “realness” is what makes The Dandelion Field a perfect expression of the Inspy Awards’ mission statement, and it’s why we chose it for the 2016 award for Contemporary Romance. 


DEBUT FICTION

Jaded by Varina Denman: Representing the best in debut fiction, Varina Denman’s Jaded is a complex contemporary novel that goes against the security most in its genre exhibit. The faith issues it wrestles with, the efficient snapshot of small-town living, and the quiet yet meaningful prose collide to create a story with depth. The romance is refreshing, not because of the opposition it presents, but because of the characters. Its heroine, Ruthie is a beautifully flawed and relatable character, whose fall from grace makes the lessons of forgiveness impacting, a theme that will stay with the reader long after the final page.


GENERAL FICTION

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke: Our panel chose Secrets She Kept as winner of the General Fiction INSPY award for its deep emotional impact and for the subtly powerful way its theme of forgiveness is threaded into the story. We loved the way the dual timelines interwove and built on each other as secrets from the past were gradually revealed to modern day characters and to readers. Gohlke’s vivid storytelling and close attention to historical detail immersed us in the historical time period with Lieselotte, even as we discovered with Hannah just how profound an impact the past can have on the present. We found the lead characters endearing, and gladly cheered them on – Hannah toward self-discovery and a better understanding of her mother, and Lieselotte in her perseverance in following her conscience despite danger, betrayal, and hardship. The story as a whole impressed us all, and we are delighted to give the INSPY to this title.


HISTORICAL ROMANCE


Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin: Through Waters Deep was an inspiring story about two individuals who learn that they’re stronger together while trusting in God than they are going it alone. Loveable characters, some suspense and danger, an historical setting the comes alive, sweet inspirational moments, and a romance that builds from friendship, all combine to make a masterly woven story that is engaging from beginning to end. Perfect for Historical Christian Romance readers!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SARAH SUNDIN

LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund: An Uncertain Choice stands out with a breathlessly tangible medieval setting, vividly described characters that are constructed in such a way that invites readers to know them better with every page. The writing, the characters, and the romance; every nook and cranny of An Uncertain Choice was flawless! Every page is a masterpiece of relatable storytelling as expressed through its impactful POV. Beyond its beautiful prose, An Uncertain Choice boasts a delicious romance, with three dreamy and chivalrous knights (!).The novel has everything and more any reader could want in the YA historical, or any fictional world, genre!

MYSTERY / THRILLER

The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks: We chose The Bones Will Speak because it draws readers in from the very beginning. Opening a suspense novel should involve a riveting and twisting plot that will hold reader’s attention until the final page. The Bones Will Speak provided just that. Its suspense is top notch, but the main character Gwen Marcey is what keeps us flipping the pages. The nail-biting suspense keeps readers engaged and the shroud of mystery surrounding the real culprit keeps the whodunit a guessing game. Fine writing, complex characterization and a great story make this book a winner.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE STUART PARKS

SPECULATIVE FICTION

The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr: This novel seamlessly combined the best of fantasy and mystery to create a unique story all its own. The complex tale described a world very much like our own: a nation grown complacent in its undeserved blessings, flawed characters who sometimes failed despite their good intentions, and yet, also, the redemptive work of God through his servants. The protagonist is a man mired by doubts and fears but unbroken by the darkness around and within him. Instead, he pours his heart out in honest, broken prayer, and takes the example of his Lord to heart by striving against the odds to bring good into a world that often does not recognize it. Engulfing twists, delightful wit, and authentic discussions of tough moral quandaries make The Shock of the Night a book not to be missed.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK W. CARR
 
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We’d like to thank our judges for their hard work and careful consideration of each title.
Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors!
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – Or the Film in Which Darcy and Lizzy Kick Butt


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

There is a certain danger that lies at the surface when a writer messes with classic literature. After all, there is a reason something has come through generations and stood the test of time through wars, emerging as a distinct classic. While I respect this mindset and understand its reasoning and purpose, I am not one such person bothered by creative liberties taken with classic literature. Or at least I haven’t been. 

Relinquishing her sword for a ring is not something Lizzy Bennet (Lily James) is poised to do. She’s a skilled warrior made so by the circumstances of her world which is infected by a mysterious illness that plagues the citizens of Meryton with the plague of the undead. Against this rising force the Bennet’s and many of them must fight against the zombies walking among them. Into their small community arrives the wealthy Charles Bingley (Douglas Booth), who takes a shine to Lizzy’s elder sister, Jane (Bella Heathcote). Among Bingley’s party is (much to the delight of Mrs. Bennet) the even wealthier Darcy (Sam Riley) who’s yearly income is double that of his friend.  

As Jane and Bingley form an attachment, Lizzy and Darcy undergo a sparring relationship that inspires Lizzy to rise and match each of Darcy’s intellect challenges. Unbeknownst to Lizzy, Darcy falls a little bit harder each time the wry Miss Bennet bests him. 

Finding the best place to start in discussing the pros and cons, good and bad, awesome and fail of this adaptation isn’t easy. Why? The reason is simple. Let’s face it, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is (kind of) a hot mess. And I adored (nearly) every second of it. Perhaps the inclusion of the “bad” is the best starting point since working up to positive leaves us with something to anticipate. The film started off in a way that left me gleeful. I loved the set up (Darcy in an epic duster coat SLAYS THINGS before five minutes are gone) and the fact that the opening credits take on a “story time” appearance which offers background. But once the first 15 minutes or thereabout have passed, I felt the story hits a stalemate.  

Though not wholly, this was part of the reason I shut the film off after 30-40 minutes in. The more practical reason being that I started watching it late at night, and no matter what I tell myself (things such as REAL book nerds don’t sleep), I do require some sleep. The script bookends itself to complement the novel whereas some of the middle portions widely differ, and I felt like this creates a stale environment and sometimes awkward transition into the next sequence of events. But after a few days away, I finally finished the film and let me tell you, my reaction took a 180 turn for the better. I became enthralled and somehow, charmed by the latter portion.  

ROMANTIC MOMENT OF THE WEEK | Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Matt Smith

Where to begin? Allowing myself to share all of my fangirl feels would take a number of additional pages then I’ll allow myself because, yes, I wound up feeling that positively about this film. One such reason for this is the cast, who are exceptional. Lily James (War& Peace, Cinderella, Downton Abbey) again leads a strong group of young British talent and is, as usual, at her most charming. (Only this time she gets to play with a fiercer persona.) Then there is Charles Dance as Mr. Bennet, an actor also at the top of his game, and it was pleasant to see Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations) in something again.
I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring. - Lizzy Bennet 
But it’s Matt Smith (Doctor Who) who steals the show as Parson Collins. He plays the role as if it were tailor-made for him; every (all too rare) scene he’s in is comedy gold. My only flip-flop casting choice lands on Sam Riley’s shoulders. As I already alluded too, I did love the opening sequence which Sam commands since he’s the only primary character involved, but as the film progressed, I doubted him a number of times. That said, I think by the end, I was leaning more in the “approve” camp and suspect with subsequent viewings I’ll be Team Darcy as played by Riley.

Looking beyond the cast, the rest of the production sparkles with magic, comedy and romance. The costumes are beautiful and I found myself liking the unique designs, and use of familiar patterns and style juxtaposed to create a steampunk vibe. The atmosphere is overall, darker, but that’s to be expected. What is unexpected is the great departure this script takes from the novel. For a story such as this, I approved of these changes though to say more would spoil the effect, so I won’t.  

If you step into this expecting it to be what it is – a literary mash-up that doesn’t take itself seriously, then I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this. If for no other reason (although methinks there are a ton), fans of Matt Smith should see this merely for his portrayal of Collins. True this isn’t as masterfully romantic (because there are more time constraints) and the zombie attacks might have been limited to fewer numbers, but I’d argue the final romantic scene between Darcy and Lizzy can hold its own quite beautifully (and it’s this that won me over to Riley’s Darcy). That, for me, is quite enough to overcome any minor disagreements. It made me look at characters with fresh eyes, which I respected and gave us plenty to love.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Everything from the Bennet women sitting in a parlor cleaning their muskets to Mrs. Bennet complimenting Lady Catherine on her pantaloons (yes, this happens) and finally, to that final swoony moment. This is a creative, witty gem of a costume drama that while not fit for everyone, is a delight from beginning to end for those of us OK with some rule-bending within the immortal words of Jane Austen.  ♥

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CONTENT: There is some zombie violence, none of which is terribly graphic although the just-out-of-frame head bashing or head shots are certainly impacting. A couple engages in a literal sparring match when a proposal goes array. There might be some minor innuendoes. The film is rated PG13.
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Romantic Moment Feature | Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy


Pride Prejudice and Zombies

Today, I have to confess, an obvious theme is present on Finding Wonderland. The reason being I'm reposting something from Silver Petticoat (because it's an epic moment that has to be duly spotlighted) and secondly, I've finally written a review of said film.

The spotlight feature is, of course, the literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

FILM REVIEW | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Not only am I resharing this "romantic moment" from the film (which I finally watched), I'm also reviewing the film and for the purpose of archiving (which I'll admit, I'm terribly behind on), I'm re-posting my book review which was published on Silver Petticoat last week. Basically, if you'd like to find all of this zombie content fast, just search the 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' tag. It'll all be there.

But this feature is all about the romance - and seriously, no matter how unusual this mash up is, this proposal scene from Darcy (as played by Sam Riley) holds its own. The moment he speaketh the words... no, I won't repeat the words. Instead I'd best let you read about it should you like.

Suffice to say, my fangirl heart was a goner.

Romantic Moment of the Week | Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

THE FILM: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
THE CHARACTERS: Lizzy Bennet (Lily James) and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Sam Riley)
THE MOMENT: Darcy proposes to Miss Bennet


Of all the reincarnations of Jane Austen’s classic love story Pride and Prejudice, perhaps there’s none as creative as that of the literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Based on the novel (of the same name) authored by Seth Grahame-Smith, and also bearing the name, Jane Austen, today’s romantic moment is from the recently released to DVD film adaptation, which I must confess I wound up adoring.

From here on out, be warned, there will be lots of SPOILERS.

The Lead-In: Lizzy Bennet and Colonel Darcy

This Lizzy Bennet and Darcy pairing are on an even more equal ground than Austen’s classic pits them. There they are matched wit for wit, but here they are equal to one another in their weaponry skills as experts. Their romance is comprised of beginnings that are much the same as Austen’s original, at a ball. It’s there that their eyes first lock and an instant spark of curiosity is born.

Following this, there are unexpected meetings in society, a (literal) sparring proposal, and an eloquent letter in which Darcy says the following:

Pride Prejudice and Zombies Proposal

“Of all weapons in the world, I now know love to be the most dangerous. For I have suffered a mortal wound. When did I fall so deeply under your spell, Ms. Bennet? I cannot fix the hour or the spot or the look or the words which lay the foundation. I was in the middle before I knew I began.” Continue Reading ➔

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen Seth Grahame-Smith – A Literary Mash up in Which Darcy and Lizzy (*gasp!*) Fight Zombies


  


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About the Book:
Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Source: Bought
 Publication Date: 2009 (Reprint 2016)
Find the Review elsewhere: 
Amazon ǀ Goodreads ǀ Silver Petticoat | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere: 
Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads 
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Fantasy, Romance 
Rating: 4 out of 5

A kind of “literary mash-up” and retelling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (of a sort) is sassy, creative fiction. Ironically, I found it as relevant to today’s society (is there anything that cannot be cured by a dose of infected zombies? *sarcasm*), as it might appeal to those who admire the old literary language that Austen wrote with such class and grace. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat Review.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

ADAPTATION RECOMMENDATION 

Of course, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has already been adapted earlier this year starring Lily James and Sam Riley. But if you like Austen mashups like Lost In Austen or Austenland, you might also enjoy this one although those aforementioned noticeably lack the addition of zombies. For those who like contemporary films, Warm Bodies is also an adorable rom-com involving zombies.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Dynamic Duos and Teams


 
Believe it or not, I think I find the Top Ten Tuesday “freebie” weeks more challenging than those that already have a topic set. This week, the ladies tossed out the rules and asked us to either revisit a topic we missed but wanted to participate in or there is always the creative option open to us which is choosing topics we wish they’d already covered. 
 
Because I’m a total last-minute procrastinator, I didn’t want to take the time to dream something up that was, well, clever (or had the appearance of being so), which is why I’m taking the easy (or is it book nerd laziness?) and keeping things simple.
 
Broke and Bookish June 28th Topic 
FREEBIE WEEK – topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!
 

My topic this week is “Dynamic Duos.” This was a topic way back when that I didn’t participate in. Below is a blend of “duos.” Everything from friendships to sleuthing partners, and even, some romantic pairings, because, let’s face it; we book nerds love getting caught up in a good romance, am I right? Some of these picks might be stretching it a bit as they’re not all “dynamic” in the traditional sense, but that’s part of the fun of Top Ten Tuesday; reading everyone’s twists and take on a topic. Also below are a variety of mediums (books, TV shows and films).   
 
(Apologies in advance for mistakes. I brought a whole new meaning to "last minute" with this week's Top Ten Tuesday post.)

Top Ten Tuesday June 28th
 

1. America Singer and Prince Maxon from The Selection by Kiera Cass | These two were (in my opinion) meant to be the moment they first spoke. But of course, I wasn't confident in it ending up this way. I still haven't finished the series, but spoiler girl that I am, I do know the ultimate conclusion. Amazon | Goodreads


2. Drew Farthering and Co. from the ‘Drew Farthering’ Series by Julianna Deering | This trio of crime-fighters are all wonderful characters! Goodreads
 
 
4. Jem Watts and Merinda Herringford from The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | I know this one has made my list several times, but come on, could I really make this (topic) list and not include Jem and Merinda!? I don’t think so. They do, after all, reinvent the Sherlock and Watson canon. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
4. Jo March and Laurie from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Okay, much to my shame, I don’t think I’ve read this novel before. But whatever, I love these two together in the 1994 film adaptation.
 
 
5. Kurt Weller and Jane from Blindspot (NBC) | I adore these two. They're not only well matched in the intellect and combat aspect of their work, they have an undeniable chemistry that's amazing.
 
 
6. Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy from the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Of course, we all love the classic Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, but these two? There is a new energy and “magic” in their relationship that is lost in the classic version.
 
 
7. Lucy Ailing and Helen from The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay | I loved the sweet relationship that developed between the wise Helen and the confused (and in need of wisdom) Lucy in Katherine Reay’s latest masterpiece. Their relationship mirrors a grandmother/granddaughter bond or if you’re curious about an image you can hold on to, think of the relationship between Claire and Sophie in the film Letters to Juliet. Amazon | Goodreads 

 
8. Makenna and Veronica from Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon | Who doesn’t love a dynamic bestie duo? These two are fabulous together. Much as I adore the romance in novels, I think I actually prefer their friendship as the “driving” theme of these novels over their respective romantic relationships. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
9. Natasha Romanaff and Clint Barton from The Avengers | These two aren’t a team in the sense that they make up the whole of the Avengers, but they are paired off a lot and I love their easy-going friendship.  

 
10. Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak from Arrow (CW) | I feel like some of the Olicity shippers are dying out, but I'm not one of them. I still adore these two both as members of Team Arrow, fighting-for-the-good against villains, and as a couple. If there is a fault line in their coupling, this lies directly on the doorstep of the writers.
 
 
11. Peggy Carter and Jarvis from Agent Carter (ABC) | Is there any crime-fighting duo cooler than these two?
 
 
12. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson from Sherlock (BBC) | I adore this Holmes and Watson duo as I do CBS’ Elementary. But at the end of the day, this show probably overwhelms the former because there’s a.) Benedict Cumberbatch, who is amazing and b.) it’s from the BBC and is therefore, properly British!

 
13. Tris Prior and Four from Divergent | I’ve not read the books by Veronica Roth, but I love the kick-butt Trip and Four – and their romance is a great improvement on the YA trope.
 
  
14. Veronica Mars and Wallace Fennal from Veronica Mars (WB / Movie Adaptation) | Who doesn’t love these besties!? I love how Veronica bullies Wallace into doing favors for her and in return, Wallace was the best, most loyal friend Veronica could ask for (although I will admit, he was often the better friend).

What topic did you chose to feature in this week’s “freebie” Top Ten Tuesday? Have you read any of these novels? Or do you like any of these "dynamic duos"? Who would be cast as your favorites in this topic? Comment down below with your bookish (or other conversational) thoughts and if you like, please leave your Top Ten Tuesday links! I’d be happy to visit your meme.  
 
Thank you, as always, for visiting Finding Wonderland.
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