Friday, June 8, 2012

Elsie Chapman Takes the Dare

WARNING: This vlog is a reading of material that is of a sexual nature. So if you're under the age of 13, please do not watch.


All right, now that I've gotten that out of the way, I'm taking the dare this week. It comes courtesy of my friend and fellow Thirteener, April Tucholke, who dared me to do a reading from Flowers in the Attic. With its touchy themes, I'm not sure how it would do today, but back when I was a young teen it was the book to read. Not only was this the book we hid from our parents, it was also the one we hid from our teachers at school.


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Up next on Tuesday, June 12th, is the lovely Jenn R Johansson! Got a humiliating truth or dare for her? It'll be her very first as a Thirteener, so go here to submit!
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Elsie grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and two kids, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). She's repped by The Chudney Agency, and her debut novel, DUALED, will be published by Random House in February, 2013. A sequel, DIVIDED, will be published February, 2014. Find her online at elsiechapman.com.

26 comments:

  1. Maybe you should have gone with the Truth! Ha!

    You are exploring one of the deep questions of the universe in this dare: Why is reading cheesy sex scenes (or non cheesy ones) out loud so embarrassing? That question ranks right up there with why does watching a sex scene in a movie with your mom NEVER get any less awkward no matter how old you are? (And I mean that you and your mom are watching a movie with a sex scene ... not that your mom is in the sex scene of the movie. I haven't had much coffee yet and couldn't figure out how to make that sentence more clear.)

    You did great Elsie! Thanks!

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    1. You are so right, ATU! I remember thinking, please don't let there be a sex scene, not with my parents in the room! Thanks for watching!

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  2. Elsie, you are so cute! And brave! As some who just read Flowers in the Attic for the first time like a month ago, that scene is way too fresh in my head.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I'm just glad I was able to finish reading it out loud :) How did you miss the fun that is Flowers in the Attic until now? I think I read it when I was 10 (explains a lot). I knew even then I was probably a bit young for it, though.

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    2. Megan, I think your next dare should be an over the top positive review of Flowers. As in, comparisons to Shakespeare and James Joyce, and literary term dropping like allusions and allegory, etc. Are you in?

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    3. Yes, please. I second this, Megan. And you can make a cover for it, too??

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    4. I wouldn't dream of trying to top the original cover with the drawing of a house and that lady's face stuck up in the attic. That was pure artistry.

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  3. Ha! Great vlog, Elsie. I've actually never read FITA… maybe I need to give it a try! :D

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    1. EMMA. You must go find a copy and read it NOW. Okay, once your done your copy edits, go pick it up and read it :)

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    2. Emma, you live in the land of Shakes...and I think the world's greatest playwright would have appreciated the scene chewing theatrics of VC. You must read FITA. You must.

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  4. Still laughing over here. This vlog was so funny but April might be kind of evil. I haven't decided yet. :)

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    1. Oh, I already know she's evil. Totally warped and evil. We need to think of sick dare for her.

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    2. Totally not evil. Totally sweet and wholesome and just misunderstood.

      I think you guys already dared me to go hang out with those savage coyotes in the forest at twilight and risk getting chewed on. That's pretty wicked.

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    3. Wait, are we making that an official dare, then? Cue the howling beasts!

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  5. This was so entertaining, Elsie. You have the cutest laugh. (And that sounded creepy. Um...)

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    1. Hahaha! Thanks! And so not creepy. But after reading this book, your mind does get a little twisted...

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  6. Haha, this is just as cute and hilarious the second time. :) You are so much fun!

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    1. #weareSOfuntogether

      #notetoAprilhardtocrashtwitterpartieswhennotontwitter

      ;-)

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  7. Elsie - you are truly one brave girl. Brave girl. This was spectacularly awesome, especially how you totally crack up - which makes me crack up.

    And now I have an overwhelming desire to read FITA again even though I'm pretty sure it scarred me as a child!!

    I blame you once again...

    #whenarewetwitteringwithoutaprilagain????

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  8. ELLEN! Hahaha! I couldn't help it! It's cheesy in the book, and about 100x worse said out loud! So glad I made you laugh!

    #twitterpartyanytimeyouguysareupforit
    #aprilissneakythoughwehavetobecareful

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  9. Oh my god. April sure does owe you! I was snorting and laughing at every moment you lost it, Elsie. Hahahaha! My kids were like, "what's wrong with you?" and I was all "Nothing! GO AWAY!"

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  10. Lydia, so many words that should never be combined and then said out loud! hahaha. So glad you enjoyed laughing at me--and that's what I said to my kids when they wanted to watch it :)

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