A/N This ended up being really long and the first part is just me talking about fic so skip ahead to the part in sections to actually hear about the book.
I have spent a fuck-ton of time reading fanfiction since I graduated college last May. I don’t know if this is because my time spent as an English major required me to do so much close reading (thinking through symbols and themes and characters) that I needed an extended break. Or if it is because I simply really like fanfiction. Probably that second one because let’s be real, I love it so much. Enough to spend a ludicrous amount of time reading it. This isn’t to say that I haven’t been reading anything other than fic, just that it takes up the majority of my down time. Recently, I have also been working my way through Tennyson’s Idylls of the King with an intensity rivaled only by my reading of Mallory (see a theme there?) and doing a lot of research about fanfiction. Because even with something that is supposed to be for fun, I find that I spend time thinking deeply about it. With fanfiction, it is less about the actual material and more about the ideas surrounding the form. I’m probably going to write a dissertation on fic by the time I ever get around to writing everything I have to say about it so let’s move on.
Working at a library—as I do—definitely has its perks. On one hand, I have books continuously at my disposal. New books, old books, hard to find books—a plethora of ideas and information. But for a collector, such as me, who is always searching for her next read (whilst invested in as little as three other books all at the same time) the power at the circulation desk can be very overwhelming. And soon enough, the books find their way to Beverly, otherwise known as, my car.
I get around to them eventually.
If you’ve been keeping up with de blog you’, you’ll remember I only recently finished writing about its predecessor Ransom Riggs’s super awesome book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when I found out about the sequel. So, on that note, I’ll say that it took some mild self control not to yank Hollow City right from my co-worker’s hand the day we got it. But two weeks later when I did get the book, I was happy to say that my patience was rewarded because it was fantastic!
Some **SPOILERS** ahead if you haven’t read Miss Peregrine (Editor’s note: If you like weird/mildly creepy things and this applies to you get yourself to the nearest bookseller or library!)
The story picks off exactly where Miss Peregrine left off. Jacob, having decided to stay in 1940 to help his Peculiar friends, is found leaving the the destroyed island house toward London in search of help. They have evaded the wights and hollows but their fearless leader, Miss Peregrine, is trapped in her ymbryne form. Traveling like refugees, Jacob and his friends face the uncertain peculiar world and war torn WWII London discovering answers, allies, and of course, the unexpected along the way.
It’s a trip
Just as in Miss Peregrine, Riggs writes Hollow City with the help of even more vintage photos, some which are stranger then than the last, whereas others are only made so through Riggs’s imagination.
Two books in and I am still completely in love with this form of storytelling and even more in love with the Peculiars as Riggs integrates deeper ideas into his fantasy world. The time in which he sets the story creates a parallel that cannot be unintentional. Though he does not dive too heavily into details of WWII as the children are traveling, the reader is completely aware that the experiences of the Peculiars mirror both what has happening in 1940 and what is happening in their universe.
Much like the children in England, Miss Peregrine’s children are in the midst of a war. Both are refugees, whose home life and sense of order has been torn apart, only to be replaced by uncertainty. In simplest form their enemies too, are much the same—both have a longing for power and believe that there is such a thing as a superior race.
Though this is a fantasy-paranormal type novel, its elements—such as time travel—allow readers to experience glimpses of the realities written in our history without true horror. Yet there were many instances as I read which left me deeply unsettled and even sickened. Particularly, when the children visited a time loop filled with Peculiar animals.
The island, once filled with all kinds of unique and beautiful creatures, was now largely a graveyard—their kind all but extinct because of human cruelty. They were abused, “hunted and placed in zoos” and even made into furniture. This sort of mass genocide, where the world saw it’s capacity for human cruelty, is one that is not unfamiliar to us. Given the WWII setting, it would seem that Riggs is taking a unique opportunity to give his readers a glimpse of the holocaust through his fantasy as upon sharing the story Addison, the dog, would tell the children, “Some truths, are expressed best in the form of myth.”
Definitely darker, but most definitely worth your time. And if you love this and are dying for more, Riggs promises that another book is on the horizon!
Happy reading! Maybe I’ll go clean out my car….
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Usually I am the actual worst at following through with any of my New Year’s resolutions. Like countless other Americans, I have resolved to eat better, go to the gym more, blah blah blah blah blah—It works for about two weeks and then I’m over it. (If you ever worked out with me and are still my friend—bless you.)
Ergo I’ve short term goals are more my thing, which are easy enough if they both benefit me and be be enjoyed by me. Because I like me.
So this year I decided that my first goal would be to play catch-up on all my Youtube programs that got pushed to the wayside in the midst of life. One of them being the latest Pemberley Digital adaptation—Emma Approved—based on Jane Austen’s Emma.Source:theoverlookedonlookers
I finished about two days after the new year,which is excellent timing to complete a resolution. Though I’ll admit, I was kind of embarrassed, as a self professed Janeite, and supreme lover of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,how could I have actually fallen off the bandwagon in the first place. It’s not like it was bad, or boring or anything like that. But once I missed one episode, it was quite easy to miss two, then three….and before I knew it I was a solid two months behind.
Usually I end up in these situations when a show goes on hiatus or I’m not home during the episode premiere. And, sometimes it’s hard to find several hours in which to play catch-up. But, this is Youtube for goodness sake! I have an iPhone! There is no reason I should not have been able to find time to watch an episode that averages between 2 to 7 1/2 minutes. What was holding me back?
Emma is the story of a young, rich, society woman who loves to involve herself in other people’s lives—particularly in matchmaking, without understanding that there is consequence when you stick your nose where it doesn’t belong. She has the best intentions, but is by no means humble when she succeeds and has such a wild imagination that she is blind to the obvious. The modern adaptation, Emma Approved sticks to this same theme but builds on the original character making Emma a lifestyle expert who specializes in the business of matchmaking and helping others in various degrees and platforms. Sticking to the spirit of Austen’s Emma, the modern Emma Woodhouse is as meddlesome and blind as her novel counterpart and often pushes the envelope much too far in her attempt to decide what is best for other people. Honestly it makes her extremely irritating ay times.
Which is when I realized the severe irony of my situation.
Before diving back in to the show, I had stopped at Episode 4-The Right Decision, In this episode Emma is asked by her friend Annie, to help her cancel her wedding to her fiance Ryan. Emma agrees, while secretly continues to plan the expensive celebration claiming that Annie didn’t know what she was saying and she knows what is best for her future.
BAD MOVE EMMA. BAD FRIEND MOVE.
Even though the situation ironed itself out, and ended up being fine. It was one of the most selfish things I had ever seen someone do, and I hated her for it.
I fell for it.
I had caught myself in the trap, the one that Austen herself had predicted before she even penned Emma when she wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like"(Austen-Leigh)
Because, even though I was vaguely familiar with the story and it’s ending having started reading the novel and having seen Clueless, it was hard to completely like Emma—as good as her intentions—because I what I had seen so far left me unsure of how messy Emma’s meddling behavior might get, what situation would be her breaking point.
As I have said, I had only just started reading the novel, so my viewing experience is/was definitely different from many others. Yet,I knew that from my research with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries that in an adaptation—especially through Pemberley Digital—you need to expect the expected, and the unexpected. More importantly, you need to be able to think outside the box. Such as, could Emma’s meddling have driven a wedge between her and Annie? Will Annie’s marriage be as happy as it is now?…among other questions.
In a weird way, I don’t feel quite the same way about this Emma Woodhouse as as I have about Alicia Silverstone’s Cher Horowitz in Clueless. I think it is because her decision to meddle weigh more as an adult. Does that mean that Cher’s meddling is in any way more or less dangerous? I don’t know, but in a high school setting it certainly makes her problems seem more superficial and less permanently life altering.
But Emma Approved is not Clueless. Emma is an adult business woman trying to make her way in the world. But because she is Emma, she is still bound to make mistakes (like all of us, I might add) that have much harsher consequences, and because she is embodying Austen’s Emma, I think I will continue to be critical of her—and that’s good! I fell—predictably—exactly as Austen said I would. So they must be doing something right.
Snaps for you Pemberley Digital! I know I’ll be eagerly awaiting what you have in store for us this February.
Austen-Leigh, James Edward, and R. W. Chapman. Memoir of Jane Austen. Oxford: Clarendon, 1926. 157. Print.
Sometimes my friends like to bust me—lovingly of course—for my desire for a homework assignment as I am adjusting to my post-graduate life.
Seriously Noelle, you want write a paper? Why??
I’m sure it is a little psychotic to my peers to think that I would actually want to spend any extra time doing all the writing, the research,—the stressing,—trying to come up with the perfect thesis, or what have you. But, what can I say, you can take the English student out of the classroom, you can even hand her a diploma, but you cannot take away the nerdy excitement whenever something really cool happens.
In this case it’s Disney’s newest animated flick, Frozen. Source:disney.wikia.com
Let me just say that the urge to write something was never so strong. Here I am trying to watch this film and the gears in my brain were working faster than I could actually put my thoughts together. But, amid the fragments of awesome, one point was screaming above the chaos,”YES, Disney is finally starting to get it!” Finally, a film that portrays a Disney princess in a more realistic, or rather, more responsible fashion—though as a side note, however unrealistic it may be, no one can deny that the power to control winter would be amazing.
Now before anyone cries cynic, know this: I am a total sucker for a Disney princess movie, and could have actually cried from pure elation at seeing Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World for the first time. However, I am also a realist who can no longer ignore the problematic areas of what has become known as “Disney Princesses Franchise.” Here are a few examples of what I mean.
- She meets a guy once—declares him the best, most romantic dude ever; the one who will take her away to a life of complete bliss. While she waits for her rescuer, she spends her time in the woods doing a lot of cooking and cleaning. Bilingual, Snow is well versed in the local dialects of deer, squirrel, rabbit, chipmunk etc. For how smart she seems in theory, she does not use those smarts to protect/defend herself against suspicious old women wandering in the woods.Source:gameraboy But, I’ll give her this, Snow White does try to see the good in people and situations and sometimes the world in general needs a little more of that.Source:imaginationconnection
- She dreams of a better life—YAY! Dreamers are the best kind of people because they have a sense of optimism. Except she thinks meeting a “Charming” guy is the only means to get a better life—‘womp.’Source:disneyboost Meets the guy once, dances with him, falls in love, and marries him at the end of the film.—Jeezus,The Prince must be one hell of a dancer…. If you’d like to know more of where I’m going with this, I recommend the book Just Ella.Source: snowwhitecinderellaaurora
- Pricks her finger and has to sit out for the film’s key action. Source: weheartit I would say that the Disney company definitely could have written this script better to make Aurora much less helpless—I mean for the lova’ God, Prince Phillip got some of the best scenes in the movie. Though let’s be real, he could have done nothing without those fairies. I guess that makes it a little better…but I’m only scrapping at the surface here. In any case, even if she only spent her time singing, dancing, and sleeping; I suppose dreamy thoughts can be kind of endearing.Source misscinemafanatic
Ariel-The Little Mermaid
- Dreams of being part of the human world, learning and knowing more. Love it! I always get chills when she sings Part of your World and belts out these lines that makes me go hmm
Bet’cha on land they understand
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women sick of swimmin’
Ready to stand. (http://www.stlyrics.com/)
Preach girl. All very inspiring, until we realize that Ariel is only pushed to manifest her dream of knowledge after she sees Prince Eric. Source:weheartit
To make matters worse, she gives up her voice to a sea witch who declares that she doesn’t need it because body language is not to be underestimated—you can take that to mean exactly what you think it means.Source:apineopines
Listen to Ursala’s advice anyway, it super sucks and there is a lesson in that. But you knew that right? No gal in their right mind wants to be treated like a doll or a puppet on a string. It’s just gross.
Belle-Beauty and the Beast
- My favorite. She is smart, loves books and will always stand up for herself. She refuses to marry the town’s super douchebag bro—Gaston—(‘aka’ the real beast of this movie) despite his being a “major catch.” Source:itsbethanyyy
Yeah, okay, if I ate five dozen eggs everyday there would be one word for me, dead. Since Gaston did not have a heart attack, this really is a fairytale. Anyway, Belle does fall in love with her captor animal like tendencies and all, so the Stockholm syndrome thing is a bit problematic.Source:dreaming-the-blue-sea
- “I am Merida and I will be shooting for my own hand” I love this girl! Merida is a completely unconventional princess who wants to take control of her own destiny. Why should that include getting married anyway? This film, unlike most other Disney princess films, focuses on other relationships instead of the romance thing. Very refreshing. Viewers rejoiced when they saw a princess more willing to don a bow and arrow then “whistle while you work.” Merida proved a popular character because she was so unlike any princess we had ever seen before. But then, Disney had to sell merch so this happened. Source: www.parade.com
Annnd, we are back to square one.Source:gifwarehouse
Okay, so that’s probably more than a few. But if you were skimming (come on, I know you did it) what I had to say, then you will probably agree with me when I say that there is a distinct line of difference in characterization from Snow White to Merida. And,as much as I enjoy watching princess movies, I can’t get into the meek, domestic, perfect princess anymore. In many ways, she is like a Barbie doll, so far unreachable for x number of reasons that I just can’t identify with her.
Yet over the years, slowly, the image has started to evolve and improve. And here is where Frozen made me excited.
Okay so here is the general plot line…
Frozen is based on Hans Christen Anderson’s The Snow Queen and tells the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, princesses of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa has a unique gift, the power to control winter. The sisters are very close until Elsa accidentally hits her sister in the head head with her snow powers. Fearing the worst, Elsa and her parents take an unconscious Anna to see the magical troll people who remove her memory of the incident and offer a warning: Should the Elsa ever lose control again and hit her in the heart, she would not be so easy to heal. Her parents place Elsa and the rest of the family in seclusion so that they can protect her and hide her powers. Unfortunately, this builds a huge wall between the once close sisters which only worsened with the death of their parents. The castle remains in strict seclusion until the day Elsa comes of age to take her place as Queen.
On coronation day, the sisters have very different feelings. Anna is excited for life to enter the palace once again as she sings about music, dancing and meeting people with open arms. Most of all she is excited that she will no longer be lonely and wonders if she will meet “the one” at the ball that night” Her sister Elsa, is freaking out knowing she has to see anyone. Having spent years in hiding, she is terrified that someone will find out about her powers and believe her a monster. She sings about her want to be separated from people, and continuing to be the person they want and/or expect her to be.
The movie progresses with Anna meeting a handsome prince named Hans, becoming engaged to him that night. Once she looks for Elsa’s approval—which she refuses to give, the powers she has long concealed are inadvertently released placing the kingdom in eternal winter. While everyone wails in terror, Anna goes after her sister believing that the are stronger together and will be able to figure this entire thing out.
Like other films in the genre, Frozen keeps the feel and essence of a traditional Disney film, but also challenges past conventions.
Here’s what I mean:
Anna and Elsa.
- These two are the kind of princesses I’ve been wanting to see! Anna was way super awkward—and I totally get that, obviously. Source:takemealex-vause She has an open heart like all of the princesses before her, but she acts more like the ladies I know and love. As she sings about her excitement over the ball, she exclaims “Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone,” and in her nervousness over seeing a fine looking gent “I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face!” In a world where ladies were supposed to be “well behaved” these lines would never have even made the cutting room floor. When talking of her role as Anna, actress Kristen Bell told the Digital Spy "I was desperate to infuse her with all these awkward qualities that I had as a little girl, or that I have currently as an adult… I thought, she should talk too much and talk too fast and talk to herself and trip, and be awkward, and wake up with a snort, like I do!"(Dibdin) And it worked, but Anna is not clumsily falling over herself looking like a disaster in need of saving either. She is resourceful, determined, and a strong heroine, perfectly capable of saving herself and the kingdom.
- There is a lot that I can say about Elsa too, but here are the two main points. 1. She becomes Queen—the first of any animated princess—without anyone running around in panic yelling , Mercy me the kingdom is DOOMED! A woman is in charge and she has no husband to assist her. 2. Elsa is someone that a lot of people are really identifying with. As I have been perusing tumblr, what a lot of fans have been saying is that they really get her introverted feelings and not wanting to let people in. For a variety of reasons, they’ve been there. Who hasn’t, right? But, what I have been thinking about myself, is how she represents something else. Like, how it can destroy a person inside to not be who you are for fear that others will think you strange or dislike you. A strongly misunderstood character, her song “Let it Go” was a real powerhouse ballad by Elsa’s voice actress Idina Menzel, in which Elsa finally embraces who she really is. You never saw her look so powerful as when she finally started to accept who she was—seriously.
Disney pokes fun at themselves
- Watching the movie, and then thinking more about it later, I got a definite sense that this film would be about the relationship between the sisters and their ultimate need to mend the riff between them. As I mentioned earlier it was Anna’s engagement to Prince Hans that caused Elsa to accidentally create the storm and flee. But here is what’s funny, Elsa, is not the first person to question Anna’s rash decision to marry a guy she just met. On her way to find Elsa, Anna’s new friend Kristoff protests her wanting to help him while they are being chased by wolves saying, “I question your judgment, who marries a man they just met.” Source:h—aute
Despite, Disney’s past trend of ending their movies in “shot gun-type marriage,” form it would seem that even they have realized that it’s not necessarily the most responsible ending, and it is important to point that out, while maintaining the strength of Anna’s character—like when she does take the initiative to save Kristoff during the chase. Snaps for you Disney!
- I’ll just say this, he is not all he seems to be and a prince is not always the fairy tale goodness, hearts, rainbows, and happily ever afters. Source:meridastraighthair
Anna’s search for permanent friendship through marriage is probably not a good idea. If you’d like to know more, Jezebel.com says everything you need to know here.
The Songs and the Snowman
- Just picture all the funny-cuteness you need in a comic relief character and you have Olaf. Source:weheartit And the songs—as you might have guessed already have an air of Disney Renaissance.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and since I promised my friend a simple blog in exchange for a paper,—whoops might have gone a little overboard—,I’ll cut it here. But I believe that Frozen is giving us an opportunity for to make a positive change in animation. Two thumbs up. if you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.
WorksCited Dibdin, Emma. “Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen Is about Unconditional Love’” Digital Spy. N.p., 6 Dec. 2013. Web. 29 Dec. 2013.
In all the busyness of life and—I’ll admit some laziness on my part (apologies), I completely forgot to post about the book I recently read for my book club—Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
First of all OMG this book!
I hate to say it, but I am a huge offender of the cliche saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” I’m sorry—but interesting covers just grab me and this one was no exception. I mean just look at it!
I’m not sure that many people will argue with me when I say that spooky children can almost always be creepier then anything out of Elm street. If the cover isn’t enough to suck you in, then it was definitely the other peculiar and often chilling photos that accompany the novel.
And here’s the kicker—they are all real. Author Ransom Riggs loves old photography and is a self professed collector of “weird stuff”(Riggs). However, even Riggs cannot tell you anything about the original context for most of the photographs. But he does know one thing—they creep him out.(Riggs).
They creeped me out too—to the point where when I started to read, I took my friend’s advice and tried not read too much at night. But, as I got further into it, I discovered that I couldn’t stop reading and it was not the children themselves that disturbed me so much as the horrors that seek them out.
As reading and writing are totally my thing, I’m always really interested in how others develop and creatively express their ideas. Rigg’s use of photos was so compelling that I wish I had thought of it myself. It’s brilliant not only as a storytelling mechanism, but also in further immersing his audience into the world of the peculiars. Using real photographs adds a certain layer to the experience; one which makes you stop and wonder if, “maybe this could be real.”
Rigg’s main protagonist, Jacob Portman, lives what appears to be a normal life. As a child his grandfather, Abraham Portman, would tell him stories about the children he knew in his youth and all were far from ordinary. There was an invisible boy, children of impossible strength, and a girl who could control fire—among others. As he grew older the tales and the children’s pictures seemed nothing short of make-believe, until the mysterious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s death. Though his whole family questions his sanity, Jacob is convinced that his grandfather was murdered by a horrifying creature. Following his dying words, Jacob journeys to a small island in Wales looking to his grandfather’s past for answers.
To me, there is something completely engaging about a world where the extraordinary exists within an ordinary life—I think they call that fantasy literature or something—but if this is your sort of thing, then you should definitely check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And if you find that you love it, word on the street is that Riggs not only has a sequel coming out this January 14th called, Hollow City but he’s also has sold the film rights to Miss Peregrine.
While I can’t make any predictions on the film,—we all know how those can be— I am eagerly awaiting the release of Hollow City which is sure to have even more stellar photography complete with creepy feelings and even more peculiar circumstances.
FYI: I accept gift cards for Barnes and Noble, BAM, Amazon, or really any book seller.
Riggs, Ransom. “9 Creepy Photos That Appear In ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2013
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Hello, anyone still out there? Just in case you’re still hanging on out there, I’ll give you a little something to keep you interested.
For graduation, I got an iPad mini from my uncle. I mostly use it to look for jobs when I’m feeling too lazy to pull out my laptop, and to play different app games that I don’t want cluttering my phone.
Recently, I found an app called “Too Far” and in the description, I found that it was a multimedia book by the author Rich Shapero. A description of the book from app.toofar.com says that “Rich Shapero’s Too Far App seamlessly combines an enchanting novel with original music and stunning visual art, to create a fully immersive storytelling experience.”
I can’t sum it up more than that folks. The book has music that plays during certain page spans, and a map that pops itself up when the location is mentioned and zooms in to the specific location, which gives the reader a little refresher on the world that the story occupies.
It’s a bit on the younger side of the young adult world, but I think that the different multimedia aspects make the book interesting to readers of any age.
So, if you have fallen victim to the Apple World, as I have; take some time to download the free app Too Far!
First of all, sorry this post took so long to get up. I ran into a few bumps with the holiday and a family vacation last weekend that I forgot about until the night before. Here is last week’s Game of Thrones post!
June 23-29: Chapter 27: Eddard (“It’s the Hand’s tourney…”) to Chapter 35: Eddard (“He found Littlefinger in the…”)
Once I found my stride with this section of the book, I found it really hard to stop. (Yes, I am reading this in sections which is why I barely cling to the schedule.) I tried to take notes as I read, but I found myself getting caught up in the action of the book and setting my pen down and forgetting to pick it back up.
Between physical fighting and verbal confrontations, this section of the book was more amped up than the rest of the book so far. (In my opinion) I don’t necessarily like one type of narrative over the other, but I may have to say that this is one of my favorite stretches of the novel so far. This is for many different reasons, minor characters dart in and out of the narrative at neck-break speed, my opinions on certain characters were challenged, and all of the story lines came together in a very clear way for me.
How one man manages to make up (and keep straight) so many major characters, I have no idea. Now, add in all of the minor characters that George R.R. Martin has somehow managed to bring in to this book as well. I just want to spend some time in this man’s mind. But not really, that would just be one weird remake of Being Tom Malkovitch. But seriously, in this section Martin uses seemingly unimportant characters to say very important things. Many of the guards voice opinions on matters of the kingdom that cause the reader to see the action in a slightly different way or cast doubt on the stability of the ruler. Simple servants pop in to the narrative to show the reader just how important the family names and titles in this book are. I really enjoyed being able to see just how much detail Martin puts into these books through the minor characters alone.
As for characters who have caused me to doubt my original thoughts, the heads of the Stark family. Both Eddard and Catelyn’s chapters forced me to see each of these characters differently than I had in the beginning. I originally cast Eddard as the character put into place by the author to relay boring technical details to the audience. In his chapters in this section, I saw Eddard Stark’s true colors coming through. He allows Arya to pursue her passions of knighthood and swordsmanship rather than forcing her to conform to societal norms. While he is in the position of King’s Hand, where he must conform rather than voice his own opinions. (which he manages for the most part.) I actually found myself (dare I say it) liking Eddard by the end of this section.
Though on the other hand, I can’t say the same for his wife. I originally found myself really liking Catelyn’s passion for her family. Though now I am seeing where this passion will be her downfall. All of the actions Catelyn is taking to protect her family are only serving to nearly bring her to death each and every time. I don’t like watching the downward spiral of characters in novels, but it appears that we will be watching Catelyn spiral down, down, down.
Finally, though I did realize that all of the story lines in the novel were tied together one way or another, this section serves to bop the reader over the head with the connections. This is really the first time where we see such emphatic desire for action from the King against Daenerys and Khal Drogo. I think I just really like seeing where interwoven story lines meet up in novels.
Alright my dear readers, this is where I leave you for now. I will try to power-read the next section and have an update up toward the middle of this week so we can get back on track! Until then, happy reading!
So, I’m currently laid up on the couch in my living room after having my wisdom teeth taken out. What’s better while recovering than a good movie? On a whim the other day I picked up the movie Warm Bodies at Target as sort of a preemptive “get well soon” present to myself.
When I first saw the previews for this movie I remember thinking that I liked the premise, but I wasn’t sure on how well it would be executed. Who honestly needs to sit and watch another reworking of the same old love story? But in the end, I caved obviously. The movie was on sale and I was curious, what honestly did I have to lose except a few hours that I would have spent aimlessly wandering the internet anyway?
This movie was brilliant, it was cheesy as all heck, but it was good. Every step of the way the movie poked fun at the fact that it was indeed another romance movie. The main characters are Julie and R, and one scene features a conversation on a balcony; straight out of every middle-schoolers’ “ideal” romance story. Romance somewhat takes a backseat to the main action of the movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an important part of the movie, but it’s not constantly thrown in the face of the viewer. The movie emphasizes the idea that there are bigger things than love, which is refreshing.
What I also loved about this movie what the narrative style. The main character R is a “corpse” or a zombie, meaning that he cannot talk except to groan and mumble. This does not exactly lend to quality movie dialogue. But, how this is worked around is but giving the view the ability to hear R’s thoughts in voiceover form. This adds so much humor to the movie. This also adds to the empathy the viewer has for R, the audience can hear his thoughts but not the thoughts of the other corpses around him. Because of this, the audience feels the same sends of wonder about the state of being of those around him as R does.
The corpses in this movie do not fall under today’s Hollywood ideal of zombie. These corpses are the victims of a disease that has taken over the world. In their current state, it seems as if the corpses are still somewhat human unlike the “Bonies” who are basically what we see as zombies today, undiscriminating flesh eaters. This places the corpses just outside the realm of the villain figure in the movie. You can’t quite root for the guy who just ate someone’s brains (which this movies plays with really nicely, but I won’t tell you how) but you can’t dislike him as much as the walking skeleton who scares the piss out of you.
All in all, I highly suggest this movie; whether it is for a date night, a friend date, or just a night in by yourself. This movie has a lovely balance of romance, comedy, drama, and action. And honestly, who doesn’t love a good zombie movie?