Web Video: The Literary Lair

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The Literary Lair is a book review show created in March 2012. It was created by Mike Gleason of BlackScarabFilmZ, (a brand for all the web videos he makes) and is the flagship show. This show revolves around Mike and his reviews of books, there are storylines scattered in, but they usually don't take away from the show's overall pacing. He also has a show called How to Fix It, where he talks about flawed media and how to fix it... He also has riffs, (BlackScarabRiffZ) rants, (BlackScarabRantZ) and vlogs about movies or tv shows, (My Thoughts). He also writes articles for RT Gomer Productions. His videos are also hosted on RT Gomer Productions and on Manic Expression.

The Literary Lair contains examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Spock's response to Worf's question of how to avoid a Vulcan Nerve Pinch being, "Don't let a Vulcan near your neck", from Before Dishonor, which Mike hated, but admitted it had some good humor.
    • Michael originally hated "Anne of Green Gables" but admitted that the scene where Diana got drunk accidentally was comedy gold.
  • American Accents: His New York accent creeps into some reviews.
  • April Fools' Day: Did nothing for his first one, but for his second, took a page of out Linkara's book and reviewed an Italian Star Wars rip off under as The Cinema Snob.
    • For his third April Fool's Day, he (in-universe) re-tooled the show into a cheesy sitcom, complete with a network mandated character, culminating with Mikesano breaking character to complain about how stupid it was.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Bound and Gagged: In his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" review he was tied up by his cybernetically enhanced Mirror Universe Counterpart. Mike then proceeded to insist that he had to be ripping of Mechakara, which caused his mirror self to literally throw the book at him. (And it was a blatant Linkara rip off)
  • Halloween Episode: For 2012 and 2013 he looked at Goosebumps books.
  • Lost Episode: The Death Wish review. Michael planned to review the Charles Bronson film after watching it and finding that it was loosely based on a book. But, he found that editing a movie review was harder than it looked, and gave up after a month of attempting it.
  • My Future Self and Me: In his review of HG Well's "The Time Machine" his future self showed up to ensure that he reviewed the book.
    • He also reappeared in his review of HG Wells' "War of the Worlds"
    • A double whammy in his review of "The Three Doctors" when his past self appeared with his future self, meaning that to his past self, he was the Future Self and to his future self, he was the Me.
    • His future self re-appeared in his review of Don Quixote, that took so long for Michael to finish, his future self was the only version of him that had read it and was able to review it.
  • Running Gag: He has a running gag of saying "NOT THAT ONE" when two things with the same name show up. (For example, Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye and the Family Guy character named Holden Caulfield)
  • Trekkie: He is a Star Trek fan and has reviewed 4 Star Trek books, although one of them was "Before Dishonor" He also did a Top 10 TNG episodes in early 2014.