The Netflix Chronicles: Jane the Virgin (Seasons 1-2) Review

 

Over the past few months, I have been slowly watching Jane the Virgin. So, I thought for this week’s Netflix Chronicles, I can revisit the first two seasons in a review. Let’s start.

Meet Jane: About the story

To me, the premise of the story feels very close to my experience as a young Muslim. Except, it was more vague? Like, no one really talks about sex openly. Anyway, I identified with Jane’s dilemma, I suppose.

What started out as a simple idea for a story turned into an engaging and charming series of events. I just fell in love with the mystery underlying a romance, the coming of age tale of a young writer as well. All of these things were fantastic to watch.

The more common theme of a love triangle frustrated me often. For the record, I have always been #teamMichael. He was such a kind, goofy man, who knew Jane really well.

Also: the narrator is amazing. I love him.

meet the characters

Jane

Jane Gloriana Villanueva is easily one of the most relatable characters I had ever encountered. A woman of color, a writer, a hard working person, and totally sweet. She is a romantic at heart.

For a while, I thought she would get annoying as she struggled to find her right partner. However, she remained sweet and kind.

Xiomara

Ah, she drove me into a state of fury. Perhaps it is because I’m more of a Jane, but I got really upset with all her rash decisions. Still, she is a good mother, and daughter (eh, kind of). I am impressed with her development as someone looking for a career and for a place in the world.

Michael

Love him. He grows closer to Jane, and they start trusting each other. When they do that, their relationship flourishes and becomes quite beautiful. Still team Michael.

Rafael

I mean…he is the spoiled rich boy who is trying to redeem himself. There are certainly some layers to his personality that I did not anticipate at all. Cancer, divorce, familial problems, identity. Also: the actor who plays Rafael is phenomenal as a person. I follow him on Instagram, and he constantly inspires me to strive to be a better person.

Petra

There are quite a few elements that make Petra a compelling “villain.” I grew to love her a lot, even when she did terrible things. Her development as a mother, daughter, and sister was stellar. She comes from such a rough background. It’s really hard not to empathize (at least for me).

Luisa

Why is there not enough Luisa? I love her. My favorite mess of a human being reminds me of myself a bit too much. I don’t drink, but I still connected with her on a deep level.

The mystery

Sin Rostro and Mutter kept the story from getting too predictable. I am still not sure how it is going to work out now that I am on the third season. Listen, peeps, I just get thrown off by all the face changing surgeries going on.

Very invested in seeing how this is going to be resolved.

Overall:

I’d recommend this show to anyone, really, especially friends who have anxiety. There isn’t any violence or scary moments on this show, and it is a fun time in general. Highly recommend it.

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Bromances

After a week of disappearing, I am hoping to be back into the swing of things. Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week, we are discussing our top 5 bromances. A bromance is a friendly relationship between two people who identify as male! Let’s begin.

5.A darker shade of magic by v.e.schwab

Listen, Rhy and Kel are brothers and I love them so much. They are willing to risk their lives to help each other. And, they give each other’s partners a hard time, which is perfect. Poor Alucard.

But, really, he kind of asked for it.

4. Demon’s lexicon by sarah rees brennan

Ah, my favorite demon dude Nick and his brother Alan are fantastic. There’s a lot of lying, I admit, but it is mostly to protect the other person. So much sacrifice going on, too. I love these two boys. They have a lot of issues to process throughout the series. That is why I like them so much.

3. the mortal instruments and the infernal devices by cassandra clare

Alec and Jace are fantastic parabati. I think it’s nice to see them figure out what it really means to be this close without any romance in the equation. How about the legendary Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs? Perfection. I just love how friendship is portrayed in Clare’s work.

2. the raven boys by maggie stiefvater

Come on, how can I not talk about the Raven Boys? This group of awesome, bad-ass dorks who basically geek out over dead Welsh king is endearing. Think of Gansey, and his protectiveness of Ronan. The clashing between Gansey and Adam. Noah and his sacrifice.

 1. Harry potter series by jk rowling

The Marauders are the ultimate bromance. I mean, even though I ship Sirius with Remus, I think the rest of the group was just friends. They’ve been through a lot.

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Hidden Gems in YA That Deserve More Hype

Hello, and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that is run by the lovely folks over at Broke and Bookish. This week, our topic is the Top Ten Hidden Gems in whatever genre we prefer. I am going to talk about the Not So Hidden Gems That Deserve the Hype.

Let’s begin.

10. White cat by holly black

Not many people talk about this trilogy, and, like, listen: this is so good. Noir fiction is not something I reach for normally. Holly Black just knows how to write dark and eerie fiction, that is dramatic and funny at the same time. I’m due for a reread at some point soon. It’s been five years since I have read this series.

9. Lament by maggie stiefvater

For whatever reason, I feel like Stiefvater’s older work tends to be dismissed. Before I had even heard of the Raven Cycle, I read this duology (is it a duology? Such a mystery). It had music, and fairies. In short, it was a delight.

8. the knife of never letting go by patrick ness

In general, Patrick Ness doesn’t get enough credit in the blogging scene. After reading his A Monster Calls, I am pretty much invested in all his work, which I have collected quite a bit of (ew, that sentence was so gross. I apologize to my friends and family). All I hear is how there’s something horrific that happens in this first book. As Augustus Waters says to Hazel Grace Lancaster, “It’d be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” That’s all I can say to Patrick Ness. I’m ready for this.

7. the girl at midnight by melissa gray

I started reading this book a few days ago, and I was kind of annoyed by all the claims that it was just another Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I also had read snippets of before. This story is a bit of a slow burn, but it has such an intricate world. Plus, the main character steals a burrito. How can I not like her? Come on.

6. Deathless by cathrynne m. valente

Haven’t read this one yet, but I noticed that it doesn’t have much of a discussion on it. It has a fascinating exploration of a Russian myth/folklore and I want to read it so bad. I have the book ready to go, and I will be picking it up soon to see what it’s all about. For me, I am hoping to see a better exploration of power and good/evil. The way this story was pitched on the Internet was “Shadow and Bone but with more Russian folklore and better relationship discussion.” I am here for this! Also, we need to talk about this book more. That, I know already.

5. unspoken by sarah rees brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is often mentioned as a side-character to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, which is so not fair. This lady is such a talented humorous person, and I just love her writing. Yes, some of it can be boring at time (at least in the Demon’s Lexicon world), but I am definitely looking forward to this trilogy. She has a lot of really neat ideas, and I’d love to hear more discussion on her work.

4.When the moon was ours by anna marie mclemore

We need to discuss diverse writers, and share the love. I can’t praise this book enough. McLemore has a fan in me forever, because she is inclusive, sensitive, and cautious with her characters. Beautiful work like hers needs all the attention it can get.

3. the falconer by elizabeth may

All I saw on Goodreads was a lot of assumptions about this trilogy. Look, books can have a similar premise, but that doesn’t mean it is “diet version” of each other. Every author can have a different take on the same idea. Elizabeth May develops this premise so much in the second book, and I love this person’s writing so much. I feel like she is so underrated and it is not fair.

2. Beautiful creatures by kami garcia and margaret stolh

I’ll be honest. The spin-off of this series was not a wise idea. The beauty of our Dark Castor is that she was a mystery. Some things are best left alone. But, still. The series was so cool, and it explored a dark setting and tone. I’ll always love this pairing and the characters in general. Plus, libraries are powerful in this series. How can you not like that?

 1. poison study by maria v. snyder

No one talks about this series that much, and it is such a shame. This is one of the most fast-paced and exciting novels I have read in a long, long time. Normally, I slowly go through a story. Not this one. I flew through it, and I am thrilled to be continuing with the series. We need to show this series some serious loving, because, it is such an accomplishment in storytelling. Truth, not exaggerating.

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About Me: Reading Journey Since I Started (Book) Blogging

From what I recall, this website was started in mid-to-late September. I had started taking blogging more to heart, and putting a more serious effort with my reading and writing. Today, I am honoring this journey thus far. In other words, I am going to be talking about my reading journey since I started (book) blogging.

The beginning

Books were usually things I only read from school–libraries, and curriculum assigned stuff. But, my family and friends started gifting me book, and, before long, I started out buying books with pretty covers. These were the days before I had heard of BookTube or the blogging community.

Reading early on

For a while there, I was only reading books that I’d found on Goodreads. Mostly: I was reading the Percy Jackson series (and maybe the series after that, too: Heroes of Olympus) and Spiderwick Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments series, too. Some co-workers would recommend stories: Twilight, Wicked Lovely come to mind.

There were popular books I had hauled.  Obviously some of it was based on favorite authors: so, I got some Holly Black YA books, John Green books, and so on. Back then, I was not reading regularly, nor was I buying books frequently. Moreover, there was little discussion regarding my thoughts and feedback on what I read.

Book blogging

My book blogging journey started when I met Inge on Goodreads. She had posted a witty and funny comment that a mutual friend had liked and/or commented on. That’s how I stumbled on her blog with Aly (at the time, it was just the two of them). They were starting this shady spot on the Internet called OfWonderland.com (I’m joking. Their site is beautiful).

Through Inge, I met the coolest kids in town, who recommend books all the time. Through them, I started to learn more about diversity in literature and #ownvoices, which were once figments of my imagination as a woman of color who is bi-cultural.

some rules

So, right now, I have decreased the amount of books I ask for every month. In general, I have been trying to get at least one #ownvoices work per haul (this is a very new decision). For the most part, I still read some hyped books.

Goals and dropping some names

Right now, I am exploring some more LGBT+ authors. To be honest, my goal is to read more from trans authors, but I don’t know of a good place to start. I am also struggling to find aromantic asexual representation in young adult literature. The search continues.

At some point, I want to have read a little bit from across the globe. I have some work by people of color, but not enough. I certainly haven’t read and reviewed their work, which is something I’d like to work on as well.

Some historical fiction from a different, marginalized group is also pretty intriguing.

Finally, I am aiming to explore more disability in the books I read. So far, I haven’t read any fantastic disability representation.

In general, I am trying to read more diversely. So, if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments! I’d love to support #ownvoices authors more.

Your Turn:

How has your writing progressed since you started blogging and/or video blogging, bookstagram(ing)?

 

 

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Last Week of August 2017: TBR and Planning

Welcome to the last week of August, 2017. I thought it’d be a good idea to share my TBR and planning for the week, since I have been feeling off for a while. My first announcement is: guess who is still reading for the Reading Quest challenge? NOT ME.

To me, I’d rather read what I like rather than “compete.” I was not really interacting with anyone, anyway. Even though I try to socialize, it’s not really feeling good to talk much. So, I’ll read what I like.

sequels:

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder is definitely on my TBR for this week. I flew through the first book (Poison Study). Yelena is clever, resourceful, and driven. It is hard not to like her, honestly, and even more important is how imperfect she is–in a completely non-generic way.

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May. I’m scared to read this one, more than the usual anxiety I have about starting books.

What is important about reading these two books quickly is seeing representation for (sexual) abuse survivors like me. My emotional stitches have been yanked open. And, I am in need of witnessing people become heroes in their own tales.

Loose Ends

Once upon a time, I was an innocent little baby, who was trying to read freaking The Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It’s been 84 years and I am still not done. It’s such a slow read, with no humor. When I read it, I try so hard to connect with Katsa and Po, but to no avail. So..after much consideration, I decided to give the trilogy to my brother (where books are read and then donated, hopefully).

On a more fun note, I am nearly halfway through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue . As someone with psychosomatic seizures, you have no idea how much I teared up at the epilepsy rep in this book. Heck yes. I am enjoying that book. Thank goodness.

Going rogue

I may pick up more books from these past book hauls (July and August) before the month ends. But, I’m taking it easy from now on when it comes to my reading.

Your Turn:

What are you planning to read this week? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

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Week 3 of August, 2017: To Be Read Plans for the Week

Hello! My past week was awful in terms of reading, so I am hoping to pick up the pace again. Get my act together once more by creating a nice to be read plan for this week.

Failure to launch

Last week, I had spiraled into a great bout of poor mental health. Basically, reading took a step back because I had no interest in doing anything. Sometimes, this happens to me, especially when I get triggered.

At any rate, my hope is to pick myself back up again.

The reading quest:

I was truly enjoying my First Book in a Series challenge. To fulfill it, I was reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I made it to half of the book and now I need to carry on with it.

The Girl at midnight?

Ah, that book is kind of a slow one. I need to put it down for now–I like it enough to keep it. My plan is to simply not have this one be a priority and read it every once in a while. I hope it picks up the pace at some point soon, because…man it’s tough to read.

Verb’ed

Hopefully, I can get started on the second challenge which is a Book With a Verb in the Title. For this element of my quest, I am going to be reading Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May.

Excuse me. I have to do a happy dance here, because I am so excited to read this one.

Side Questing it

I want to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue this week. Earlier last week, I read snippets from the beginning of this book, and found it easy to get through. A little joy is kind of what I need to be reading right now.

 

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Your Older Sister: 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

 

 

 

I started blogging late in 2012, following my beginning a journey in mental health treatment. Blogging wasn’t completely foreign to me; I had participated in LiveJournal accounts. This post is about advice in regards to blogging. So: here are 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging.

10. Have a plan

When I started blogging, I wanted to track my journey with mental health professionals. Basically, my posts were mostly angry and self-pitying. There was no plan behind my blog, no awareness of niche. In a way, I approached my blogging as a LiveJournal writer might: as a diary.

My assumption was that someone with mental illness would connect with me based on having the same diagnosis, which is a very flawed series of assumptions on my part. Again, there was no planning. I had zero recognition of process and intentions (because there were none).

9. Know Your audience

I am still very guilty of this, because I don’t quite know who the “masses” who visit my blog are. Perhaps I can do polls to get to know them better. For the most part, they are fellow book readers. There’s a lot of common approaches to writing in this community, and I am trying to see what works for me as a writer.

Awareness comes from interacting with your audience (which is something I’m new to). No one is obliged to read your posts.

8. Networking

This networking thing is very strange to me, because I am very bad at approaching people. If anything, my whole book blogging career is owed to Inge. She introduced me to people who are so lovely and kind to me. Then, Ely added me to this group of bold and strong individuals while we worked on the Disability Diaries.

I am not good at making friends, but I’d tell myself to try to comment on more blogs and network better to get a better sense of audience, content, and ways to present myself.

7. write what you like

Shannon always says this on her blog: write what you like to talk about. At first, I was like, “Pfft, Shannon.” But, the more I read her blog, the more I see what she means. The more passionate you are about the topic at hand, the more engaging and interesting your writing becomes. Also, and this is kind of something I didn’t ever consider before, when you write about what you’re truly passionate about, you start connecting with your own people–folks who have things in common with you.

6. keywords and seo plugins

I am very new to WordPress Up until September of 2016, I was using Blogger. Now, with this new web hosting service, I am able to use some nice plugins to help guide me along the way. In a way, these plugins help guide me until I get better at writing posts that are streamlined.

5. Consistency matters

Some people say that if you write amazing posts, you’ll be successful. I don’t agree with this approach to blogging. Instead, I am keen on posting consistently to have a nice batch of content for people to enjoy.

4. Write in Advance

This ties back to posting consistently. For me, I get bouts of heavy depression and general anxiety (along with other issues). Life happens, too. Writing in advance and scheduling posts helps keep the blog consistent, even when you are not actually writing every day.

3. List new ideas somewhere accessible

I like writing in a notebook. Always brainstorm new topics. Explore things that interest you. See what other people are writing, and fill in the holes in the narrative from your own perspective.

 

2. Don’t do it for the money

Blogging is not easy, and I am not sure how one can actually sustain themselves with this job as their main source of income. If you approach it as a business, it loses its fun.

 1. Be Yourself

Finally, remember who you are. Your values and sensibilities are ultimately what will define your blog and its direction. Use writing as a way to chart your development as a thinker, writer, reader, artist, person.

Being yourself is the best shade of you that anyone could ask for. But, also, be open to learn and grow–develop yourself as a person and blogger.

 

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The Netflix Chronicles: Season 1 of The 100

 

Shannon, my buddy who loves this show called The 100, recommended that I give it a shot. After millions of years full of hesitation, I finally managed to finish my first season of the show. Here are some of my thoughts.

Premise

In essence, the story doesn’t start out as particularly foreign. It has to do with space, radiation, and coming back to earth. These are some of the more out of the ordinary elements in the premise. But, the rest: colonization, survival, morality, romance, dystopia. These are all relevant topics.

Characters

It took me a while to actually figure out who are my favorites. Thirteen episodes, and I still hate Murphy. This boy is so much trouble. Surprisingly, Bellamy was not my favorite at first. But, I feel like his character arc, and the dynamic he has with Clarke is promising and rather compelling. Also: “Here, there are no laws,” is one of the most iconic lines I have ever heard. Oh, that and, “Whatever the hell we want.”

Raven is probably up there in terms of favorites. I like her contrast with someone like Jasper (another favorite). The way the story is set up, it pushes the envelopes of natural selection against a more unbalanced competition between various groups of people.

I am liking the transition the 100 go through, from criminals, prisoners, to pioneers, all the way to invaders and enemies. The struggle these characters face in defining themselves with a harsh and unforgiving background is executed beautifully.

The Adults

It is going to be so interesting to see the adults on the ground, dealing with the issues these young people grappled with. I have a feeling things won’t go well for the People from the Sky.

Ships

This is probably one of the very few shows where I am content with whichever ship is presented in the fandom or in canon. It’s probably because I like (almost) all of the characters. My qualm is in the lack of diversity within these characters.

People of color are rare, and it is kind of baffling to me. Also: how come there are no queer people? I am confused. Sincerely confused.

What is Next?

“On which planet would you rather?” I am curious to see Jasper’s unfurling PTSD. He’s probably the closest one to my existence. I wish I were more like Octavia or at least bright like Raven.

Oh well.

To these characters, all I have to say is, “See you on the other side.”

And, to my Shannon, thank you.

 

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The Spotify Playlist Project: The 100 (Season 1)

New series included:

I love making playlists and exploring new music. Therefore, it became an idea of mine to start sharing my Spotify playlists. My plan is twofold: first, I’d like to spend more time listening to tunes. Then, I’d like to create playlists so I can have my own fangirling experience. Obviously, I want to make all kinds of playlists, not just those inspired by shows. However, I thought it’d be a good idea to start with a show I feel very strongly towards: The 100. 

Highlights:

Overall Tone of the Show:

The most typical song you can include is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. So, I am straying away from that hit.

“Start a War” by the National
We expected something, something better than before
We expected something more

This song feels like the very heart of this group of humans crashing back into the ground.

Another one, “R.I.P to My Youth” by The Neighborhood 
Well…These kids have to grow up way too fast and the circumstances on the ground really rob them of their youth.

Finally: “Things We Lost in the Fire” by Bastille 
Grounders vs. People from the Sky show down in season 1 finale 

Character Themes

“The Other Side” by Ruelle 
Powerful and hurt, the song reminds me of my precious Jasper Jordan. “We are buried in broken dreams/We are knee-deep without a plea.” It reminds me of his, “See you on the other side” catch-phrase. To me, this one reminds me of Monty as well (because I can already tell we could lose either one of these friends).

“Lady Lizard” by Laura Doggett
“But you’ve got so lost you can’t even remember what’s gone
‘Cause you spent too long trying to please the few
But the sacrifice was you
You shout blue murder, blue murder
But they wouldn’t have a clue”
An Octavia song for you, as she searches for her place on the ground. Is she a grounder or a person from the Ark? Seeing her in battle, full on cold blooded reminded me of this song. Yet, I always have a feeling that Octavia won’t make it by the end of the series. Both societies could wipe her out.

Ghost in the Wind by Birdy
“Can someone tell me who I am?
I haven’t recognized myself in a while
And since you left I stay up every night
Thinking if you were here, you put me right” 
Excuse me while I ship Bellamy and Clarke ever so blatantly. These two leaders, the mind and the heart, trudging through very murky waters with heavy responsibilities on their shoulders. But, also, the song reminds me of the 100 and the adults up in the Ark.

Finally:
“Silhouette” by Aquilo
The devil’s on your shoulder/The strangers in your head/As if you don’t/remember/As if you can forget/It’s only been a moment
It’s only been a lifetime/But tonight you’re a stranger/Some silhouette” 

A Bellamy (and sometimes Murphy-esque) song right there.

(Dina, you said “finally.” Well, I LIED.)

“Dancing on My Own” by Callum Scott
And yeah, I know it’s stupid/But I just gotta see it for myself/I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh oh oh/ I’m right over here, why can’t you see me, oh oh”
My darling Raven Reyes’ song. I am so impressed with this girl’s strength, intelligence, and resilience. She gets to watch someone so special to her fall in love with someone else. Ugh. SO MANY FEELS.
Reminds me of her epic line, “Not the way I want you to love me.”

Human” by Rag’n’Bone
” Some people got the real problems/Some people out of luck/Some people think I can solve them/Lord heavens above/I’m only human after all”

Another Bellamy and Clarke song. Reminds me more of Clarke since she is more of a “royalty” type person (her parents are on the council). She was faced with so much animosity at first. People tend to expect her to have all the answers.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Characters Who Are Foodies

This week for Top 5 Wednesday, we have a fantastic topic: character fitness routines. Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group where we get weekly topics to discuss on our blogs. Because yesterday’s post was about bad-asses, I wanted to talk about my top 5 characters who are foodies.

5. Alice in Wonderland by lewis carrol

In my head, this answer includes two characters. While I have not read Heartless by Marissa Meyer, I am CERTAIN that home girl likes to eat. And, in Alice in Wonderland, that scene where Alice samples different foods (mushrooms!) always sticks out to me.

4. Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by becky albertali

Simon and his Oreo loving ways is definitely up there with me on the foodie-loving spectrum.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of azkaban JK Rowling

These kids LOVE food, okay? The food is described so beautifully and it just makes me want to cry (from hunger, not sadness). I am a fan of the food at the feasts and Honeydukes! Also, just to be honest, Butterbeer sounds really appealing as well.

2. the hobbit by jrr tolkien

Bilbo and all the hobbits love their food, too. Second breakfasts, and enjoying each other’s company is what it is all about for these characters. However, don’t be quick to assume that Bilbo and Frodo are the same in this regard. I don’t think they are. Bilbo was used to comfort. Frodo adjusted to camping and being on the run. In my head, it takes Bilbo way longer to get used to this change in, uh, pace.

 1. Lord of shadows by cassandra clare

Listen, Kit Herondale and his frustrations with eating AND being a Shadowhunter just resonated with me so much. I love that kid already. To me, he’ll always be a foodie.

Let me explain:

I think you can be a foodie and still be a hero, get things done, and be fantastic. This assumption that foodies are lazy or unworthy always upsets me, as someone who is in recovery from disordered eating habits. Furthermore, I have a lot of frustration toward the shaming of bigger bodies. When I was thin and unhealthy, no one gave me grief. But, now that I am fat and have healthier eating habits, I am faced with a lot of critique, shaming, and hyper-sexualizing. And, that is not cool, yo.

Your Turn:

What is one thing you imagine about characters you love most? How do they spend their days? What are their routines like?

 

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