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Paper Dolls: Book Two: Chapter One – Part Two

Previous: Chapter One – Part One

I woke up the next morning, or what felt like the next morning in a bright, white room.

My memories were slowly forming in the back of my head when I realized I was no longer in the cave on the beach.

Had they found us?  Was my immediate thought. The room I was now in reminded me far too much of the Darose, Zendo facility – only less upscale. There was an odd flicker from the light overhead that buzzed for far too long.

I glanced down. I still had my clothing on so that seemed like a good sign – maybe.

I blinked and scanned the space around me.

There was a large window to my left. The curtains were closed but a small stream of white light encased with slowly moving dust had managed to free itself from the drapery.

Two thin white blankets were nestled over my lap that I slowly peeled back. I pushed my legs off the side to the floor. As I attempted to move a wave of dizziness came upon me. The world tilted to the left and I followed it.

I heard my mouth release a sharp yelp as I threw my body weight into the side of the bed frame.

The walls were probably built thin incase something like this happened. It was only a second after that the doors to the room burst open and two men descended upon me, taking me by both sides.

“No, wait,” I heard myself say and I gently placed back into the bed.

“Easy, Ms. Liu,” said the dark-haired man on the left, “We got you.”

“No, you don’t understand…”

Their shadows had closed in around me. I tried to pull away but found the attempt useless.

“Sara,” A low voice rose into the air.

For a moment I thought my brain was playing tricks on me.

Sara,” The voice spoke again, this time it appeared irritated.

I turned in the direction of the door, where the voice was coming from.

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R.I.P. Chris Cornell

While we rarely do discuss music on Tea & Fiction, I felt it was important to highlight the contributions of Chris Cornell to the artistic community as a whole.

As a child born in 80’s but grew up in the 90’s Black Hole Sun was one of my introductory tracks into alternative rock music.

In high school, Audioslave‘s self-titled album was one of my favorite albums in 2002.

Rest in Peace Chris Cornell.

Tea & Review: A Suitable Girl

A Suitable Girl debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd 2017.

A Suitable Girl

Directors: Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra

At the beginning of A Suitable Girl we come to the juxtaposition between two very stark moments in time.

As an audience, we are given a montage of images: an evolution of little Indian girls growing under the watchful eye of their families.

But the narration offers us what is to be their future. It is a blunt, sweeping attempt to angle us all in the proper direction: marriage.

There will eventually come a time where she will marry and leave her family behind.

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Paper Dolls : Book Two : Afterlife – Chapter One – Part One

Chapter One – Part One

The funny thing about you being dead, twice mind you, is you get a lot of perspective.

When I first died. I mean, when I first thought I was dead I couldn’t quite cope with where I was in life. Everything, everything I had ever known had gone up in flames. The Past became my Present. My Future, or at least the future I had hoped for was gone.

There was no back button. There was no way to undo our actions.

If you’ve lived the life I had lived up until that point – you might feel like: what was the point then?

You try to make up for a broken childhood. You try to re-make yourself in a better woman who you thought you could be. But what does that do for you? What?

I can’t even say I died. Not yet, anyway. That’s later of course, but you’ve seen that. Or at least, part of that.

But when life or a combusting, anti-matter explosion kicks you in the stomach you don’t slither off into the darkness and give up. No, that’s not how you were trained. That’s not what you know how to do. Giving up is not something you do. You fight. You get up. You shake your fist at the goddamn sky and say you’re gonna make something of your life.

Granted, this was before I had been thoroughly exposed to any form of popular cinema so I had no strong archetype female to compare myself to.

When my eyes opened and I saw the brown world below me my heart lodged itself under my tongue.

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‘Girls’ in the Friendzone

When I was in high school, all my girlfriends and I would have DVD marathons of Sex and the City. We thought it was the most “relatable” show on TV as we struggled with boyfriends and the garden variety of school issues. We’d see ourselves in the various characters. I was unofficially dubbed Carrie because we were both writers. But I preferred being  Miranda for her sharp tongue and wit.

By the end of the Sex and the City, I really hated Carried. I thought she made some horrible life decisions. It really angered me that this was supposed to be the mirror that reflected our own lives. When in truth it did quite the opposite.

We were teenagers in the Bay Area. Some of us had jobs. Some of us were artists. We didn’t buy expensive shoes. Our social gatherings never rotated around brunch.

The closest thing we had to that was Lovejoy’s teahouse on Church street in San Francisco.

By the time GIRLS came around in 2012, I was intrigued. I was drawn in under the assumption that this was a “realistic” version of what I had missed in Sex and the City. My hopes were that GIRLS was delivering a version of life turned to art that I had only seen in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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Tea & Review: Attack on Titan: Season Two – Beast Titan + I’m Home

Attack on Titan‘s Season 2, Episode 1: Beast Titan throws us back into the hell behind and in front of the wall.

It has been four years since the Attack on Titan anime debuted in America and fans have been hungry for development since we last left Mikasa, Eren, and Armin.

Eren is still healing from his epic, Titan throwdown with Annie. But just because our main characters aren’t the focus of the season opener it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything happening.

Following the battle, it is discovered that there is a Titan built inside one of the protecting walls. We saw this at the tail end of the first season but seeing it again is still kind of freaky. Like, how long has the Titan been in there? How exactly do you build a wall without seeing a giant Titan? It seems unlikely. It also opens up the door of possibilities that the Titans have a deeper, more insidious relationship with the humans.

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 8

The season finale of Legion is a bittersweet experience. Lucky for us, though, we will definitely be getting a season 2.

FX’s Legion Season 1, Episode 8: Chapter 8 brings an end to the first installment of David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) journey.

Artistically, Chapter 8 is an homage to the visual style representing David’s mental state for the full season. It is the moment that David is the most himself and less connected to the Shadow King.

This episode didn’t have the fancy sequences of earlier episodes. This is because David is no longer in the jittery mental state. He is now has a decent grasp of reality. The creative shift will probably continue into season 2. Fans who may not have been impressed with the season finale, because of lack of artistic craziness, may a hard time adapting to the new mental status of David.

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Tea & Review: Logan

The only unfortunate thing about the film Logan it is the last movie showcasing Hugh Jackman as everyone’s favorite mutant.

Overall, Logan is a big departure from what’s been expected of Marvel’s X-Men franchise.

Apocalypse was a bad movie. Sure, you could try to look for good moments (i.e. Michael Fassbender) but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lot.

The movie Deadpool really opened up a lot for Logan. For a long time now superheroes have been good and shiny the way superheroes are “meant to be”.

But when Deadpool dropped Hollywood took a breath and stepped back. It was almost like they forgot what made certain superheroes so popular. Deadpool, for one, isn’t exactly a character that holds up the shiny, gloss like template like the many movies before.

With that in mind, the idea of a gritty, broken down superhero seemed like an obvious choice. Enter old man Logan.

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