Thursday, December 29, 2011

Update

Hello, everyone. I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas. The week before Christmas I worked more than I ever have in my life; it was quite a taste of real adult life. Added to that I was working on finishing parts of my Christmas outfit.

My Christmas was lovely especially since just a few days after Christmas we visited Chicago for a few days; I have never been before, actually I have not been to many big cities (San Francisco-that hardly counts though since we did not spend much time there, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and Chicago) as Chicago is the third largest in the U.S., it was the largest I have visited. I will post some photos of my trip, presents, some new things I have bought, and my Christmas outfit later this week.

This rest of this week will need to be used to prepare for school (I still need to finish organizing my room, and I have two textbooks that I need to order) and celebrate the New Year with friends. By the way I was thrilled to find that I had sold my first textbook!

We are having a New Years Eve Eve party tomorrow; I cannot believe it will be 2012 next week. I am ready for some aspects of it (I have carefully filled out my purse calendar with all the great movies coming out next year), but I am nervous about some (I will have my first ever classroom setting class, I will have to do math which I have not done for about 5 years, and I will have science classes).

Oh, and I recently finished my crazy long bucket list which I will post soon as well. My sister listened to me read parts of it and scoffed at it. I do not have to have an adrenaline filled bucket list thank you very much! My bucket list is just like other that I have read on my favorite blogs. I want one of my friends to read it first this week, and then I will post it.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Jane Austen Birthday Week Tag

This blog has a Jane Austen week birthday tag.

 1 - What was the first JA novel you ever read, and who introduced you to it? I actually saw one of the movies first (I am a terrible person  I know); I saw the miniseries Pride and Prejudice with Collin Firth with my friends during a sleepover. Later my mom obtained Pride and Prejudice from the library. I own most of her works including her unfinished ones. (Anyone besides me in agony that Sandition was not completed? It promised to be amazing; well, I mean the hero was probably going to be wonderful). I have read all seven of the finished novels and the two unfinished ones. I want to read her Juvenilia and The History of England as well. I also own four (I have read two) books about her and/or her books.

2 - Which is your least favorite JA novel, and why?  (Everybody posts about their favorites... I want to know what's at the bottom of your list!) I suppose Lady Susan although I certainly don't dislike it. I am not sure of the exact favorite order of any of the books really. Northanger Abbey might actually be my least favorite; I find Catherine embarrassing and the book rather boring overall.

3 - Who do you think is the funniest character JA ever created? Many of her funny characters I find embarrassing or annoying. I suppose it might be Mr. Collins at least the way he is portrayed in the best film adaptation of that novel.

4 - Which JA villain[ess] do you love to hate? I think Mary Crawford because I always hate the girls that the hero despicably falls in love with instead of the heroine. Mary has too much going her way as well beyond Edmund's love.

5 - What's your favorite JA quote? Oh, there are so many such as the first line of Pride and Prejudice. I also like,"Nor I," answered Marianne with energy,"our situations then are alike. We neither of us have any thing to tell; you, because you communicate, and I, because I conceal nothing." This so perfectly describes me and my next younger sister except that I, the older one am Marianne. There are so many humorous lines in Pride and Prejudice. I love when Lizzie is teasing Jane about Mr. Bingley,"He is also handsome," replied Elizabeth,"which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete."

6 - If you were to "start" someone on JA, which book would you recommend to them first and why? If he or she are not used to classic works then probably Pride and Prejudice, but if he or she is more thoughtful then perhaps Persuasion.

7 - What is your absolute favorite JA film adaptation and why? Picking one is far too hard. I love the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries and the most recent Persuasion. I think (know, am convinced, firmly believe) that Kate Beckinsale plays the most accurate Emma (I have seen the three most recent versions), but I believe that Jonny Lee Miller plays the most accurate Mr. Knightly. Oh the battles the Emma movies create!

8 - If you could authorize a new film adaptation of one of JA's novels, which would it be and why? Probably Emma, so we could finally have one that has all the characters done right in the same adaptation.
While we are on the subject of film adaptations I have watched the two most recent Pride and Prejudice adaptations, the three most recent Emma adaptations, the most recent Mansfield Park adaptation, the two most recent Sense and Sensibility adaptations, the two most recent Persuasion adaptations, and not a single Northanger Abbey adaptation.

9 - Which JA character do you most identify with? Well, I was like Marianne (emtional extremes and drama and Catherine Morland (gullibility) mainly as a teenager, but now (I am one and twenty) I am not quite as extreme as I was before . I have some of Emma's snobbishness I am afraid, and I now believe I am a little like Lizzie as I like to laugh at people's ridiculousness.

10 - If you could have lunch with JA today, what question would you most like to ask her? I would want her to tell me all about Sandition and, if she had time, The Watsons.

11 - Is there any one thing that you think could have been improved upon in one (or all) of JA's books?  What is it and why? I wouldn't want Fanny and Edmund to be in the same family; even back in that time some people thought cousins marrying was not right (for example William Cowper's uncle did not approve of it). I also would find it nice if Colonel Fitzwilliam could have married Charlotte Lucas although this is merely a preference unlike the above which is more of a moral issue.

12 - If you could have lunch with one of JA's characters today, who would it be and why? Perhaps Captain Wentworth to commend him on his extraordinary faithfulness. I actually might be afraid of him so perhaps I would choose one of the minor characters like Charlotte Collins; I would not be as delicate as Lizzie and would question her closely on her choice of a husband and her life with him. Colonel Fitzwilliam would also be an interesting choice. I would ask him if he ever liked Lizzie enough to marry her if either of them had had the money and if he still thought money was all that important. Yes, I would pick Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Break Plans

I have a great many plans for Christmas break, but since it is nearly one quarter over for me and I haven't accomplished much, I am not certain that all the plans will be even attempted but plans are fun to make anyway.

I definitely must clean my room. It is so messy that it is actually dangerous for me to walk around in it. I need to more than merely clean it; it must be organized so that I can craft easily. I am also hoping to find a small but essential missing part of my sewing machine (I normally use my mothers, but I thought I should give mine a shot again).


This is the only "organized" portion, but I am happy with that little bit and proud of my pile of presents.

I want to be quite industrious with my crafts as well. I want to add several more items to my etsy shop (I have quite a few started) as well as make two Christmas gifts. I also want to make a few items of clothing for myself.


Here are some of my yarn crafts. I love yarn so much; its like candy for crafters!

I also intend to update the look of my blog and etsy shop a little bit.

I need to learn to use this camera manually.


And finally, I plan on reading the 100 Cupboard series.



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Austenitis: Birthday Tag!

1. August-named after Augustus Caesar.

2. Peridot

3. I have had themed family parties when I was younger. I had a tea party recently. I think it would be fun to have a masquerade ball.

4. The pearls Dad bought for me in china; he bought me pearl stud earrings and a string of pearls (so much prettier to say than a pearl necklace. I am definitely a pearls over diamonds girl (excepting of course where engagement rings are concerned).

5. Roses! August's flowers though are poppies and gladiolas (Roses belong to June-June gets two of my favorites in gems and flowers).

6. I believe I was born on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 181st birthday (I have also seen his b-day was the 7th too-I will have to find more official sources-if the 1960's Encyclopedias are not considered official). I was also born 45 years to the date after the bombing of Hiroshima.

7. Yes.

8. I like my birthday month and date now, but I wish I could change the gemstone to ruby, aquamarine, or amethyst (I don't think pearls and diamonds are the best for birthstones-they are more general gems).

9. Two of these are outrageous, but I would love a trip to Europe, a white gold and diamond key pendant, and a specially made cedar hope chest.

10. Random #1 In Korea I believe they count their age as one from their actual birthday, so when we would consider them say 20 they would consider themselves 21. Random #2 I know of someone who celebrated her kid's half-birthday.

Here is the link to join in the birthday tag: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/11/birthday-tag.html


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Organic Make Up Choices

I am going to write a little bit more on Wednesday about my love for all things organic, but I have not posted much except about giveaways, so I thought I would go ahead and post a little bit about makeup.

The very first makeup I bought was mineral makeup from my local Rainbow Blossom most of which was on sale (which is why it first caught my eye); I was starting to become really interested in organic stuff then because of my acne. I had not been interested in wearing makeup (and I don't think my parents wanted me to wear makeup) when I was in high school. I was 19 or 20 when I bought this makeup, but I did not start regularly wearing it for some months after I had bought it.

I was quite the amateur in my choices, but I also was in the sale basket, so I suppose that can be some excuse. I bought powder that was way too orange for my skin tone and dark blue and orange-gold eye shadows (I have blue eyes and although I am technically a brunette, I need to have the colors of a blond). Those were my worst choices. I also had silver sparkly eyeshadow which would have been okay had I not worn it so heavily; my mom sometimes made me wipe it off. The mascara was my favorite thing, and it definitely made me feel much better about myself when wearing it, so I got hooked. Now I wear mascara whenever I am around people even if we are just going to the park with friends.

I was given Mary Kay a few months ago which I know would thrill many women exceedingly, and I have used it, but I feel very strongly about using organic items, so I am giving the makeup to a friend. I have given much of my poor color choice makeup away.

Right now I have Lavera Volume Mascara which I purchased from www.drugstore.com. My foundation is Nvey Eco which I purchased from www.saffronrouge.com; I think it is okay, but I want a more pink toned and dewy foundation. I also have set of four limited edition Alima Pure eye shadows (light pink, light gold, soft brown, and dark brown). I have also tried an eyeshadow from http://www.etsy.com/shop/EllaRoseMinerals?ref=ss_profile.

I have also ordered from skinbotanica.com. I want to try Dr. Hauschka's mascara and concealer, Living Nature's foundation, and more eyeshadows from EllaRoseMinerals. I just love looking at all the pretty makeup choices!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Read It and Weep

I just recently watched this Disney flick after seeing it float on my Netflix suggestion list and dismissing it for months. I ended up enjoying it; I should have realized by now that I frequently like things that I am uninterested in watching at first.

There were a lot more stereotypes both in people and plot in this movie than in Lemonade Mouth. At least I thought so. If you have not figured out by now that my reviews/gushes are spoilers, I will go ahead and issue a warning: I am going to reveal much of the plot of this movie. I will attempt to make this review more of a real one.

Okay, lets start with the characters.

This is Jamie. She and her friends Harmony, Lindsay, and Connor are everyday, normal teens. They have their small interests and crushes and problems. They blend in with the crowd; they are, do, and say nothing that makes them stand out. Jamie keeps melodramatic and rather caustic journal story of her days. She wants to be a writer, but not at the cost of her privacy.

Is is the imaginary Jamie. Is Saves the Word is the title of Jamie's journal. This alter ego is supposed to be the good, successful girl who shows up the mean girls at school. The cool, smart, popular Is does and is everything Jamie wishes she could do and be. She is  perfectly poised at all times and has a response or retort for every unnerving occurrence in Jamie's life. Is does everything right. "The populars" don't have anything on Is; the mean girls can never triumph over her.

Speaking of mean girls.

Sawyer is the stereotypical snobby, nasty popular girl with the hot boyfriend (on whom Jamie has a crush). She regularly treats Jamie like a piece of trash, and everything seems to go her way. She is the head of the trio that Jamie dubs "the populars."

Connor is the secret author of works that sing Jamie's praise (one being a poem that causes Jamie to have a crush on Marco). He has a huge crush on Jamie that none of his friends suspect until he gets upset about Jamie ditching the quartet's prom plans to go with Marco. He is the only one who offers her any support when her unpopularity soars.

Lenny is Jamie's older brother who acts like Jamie is an embarrassing nuisance, but who really actually cares what she thinks of him. He dreams of being a musician but does not have enough self-confidence to play in public. Jamie's friends acknowledge his talent before she gives him the time of day.

Jamie accidentally causes her journal to be turned in to class, and it wins a prize. Her journal becomes a bestseller, and she is very embarrassed. Eventually, she starts slipping into popular girl mode. She starts spending time with Sawyer, ignores her friends, breaks promises, and is cruel to her brother about his music. She agrees to go to prom with Marco. Everything culminates when she lets it slip that her story is her journal and the characters in the journal are real people in her school. She pretty much has no friends and no popularity at this point; Marco thinks she's Is and calls her that all the time. Connor tries to help her, but he finally cannot take it anymore.

She realizes that Is is not a nice person and that she is letting the Is part of her take over. She tells her brother (through the door that he closed on her) that his music is good. She goes to prom with Marco fighting with herself the entire time. A teacher gives her the credit for decorating the event even although it was all the work of Lindsay and Harmony (she signed them up to decorate with her against their protests). After much internal struggling, she gives them their rightful credit and apologizes to everyone. She chases Connor down (Marco had revealed to her earlier that Connor wrote the poem) and kisses him. Her brother gets up in front of everyone and plays a song for her. Everything is happily ever after.

It was a sweet movie like most Disney flicks are. I had a lot of issues with it though. There was a lot of things that were not addressed correctly or at all. Jamie's selfishness is dealt with, but no one else has their fault shown to them and no one else apologizes. Hardly any conflicts occur where only one person is wrong, and the same applies to this story. I would consider Jamie's friends Lindsay and Harmony fair weather friends; they did not point out the wrong direction she was going, and they gave her the cold shoulder when she made mistakes, and I am sorry, that is as wrong as what she did to them. And I have to saw Sawyer did far more wrong to Jamie than Jamie ever did to her.

Jamie says in her apology that she should never have wrote all those nasty descriptions of her classmates; she said everyone is not as black and white as she described them as being. There certainly is plenty of grey areas in life, but that does not mean we should dismiss all the black and white areas. One black area in particular is Sawyer's nastiness and selfishness. That issue is not dealt with at all, nor is the fact that Jamie's friends stopped being real friends to her when she stopped being real friends to them. So its okay to do your friend the same wrong she did to you simply because she did it first? Yeah, I do not think so. I have yet to see a movie where more than one person apologizes; there is usually wrong on many sides, but only one person is emphasized as being in the wrong.

This movie followed the typical underdog gets the girl pattern, but I liked it particularly since Connor was the only one who made any effort to stick by Jamie. I also liked the twist that the reason (or one of the reasons) why Jamie liked Marco was because of Connor's poetry.

Oh, and like many Disney flicks the characters have to be really blind for the plot to work. It is hard to believe absolutely no one figured out on their own that they were characters in the book; all the main characters would have even if she had not stated that it was her journal (which everyone might not have known anyway until she apologized). And Connor's crush, at least Lindsay, Harmony, and Marco should have known about it. I would believe it if Jamie herself did not see it; she did not want to see it, and we can make ourselves blind to things we don't want to see. To use that theory on the entire school would be a stretch though, especially since people already like imagining real people in the characters of fiction without any basis for doing so.

The issues that I mentioned were some of the reasons that prompted me to write a serious review. Another reason is that I feel like I should actually put some thought and effort into some of my reviews. I don't have a problem with gushy reviews, but I want to spend some time on really writing about things as well as gushing over them; there is plenty of time for both.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thor

I finally saw Thor!!!!! I watched it for the first time yesterday...and fell in love with Loki. Yeah, my sister is not happy; she says that he is hers. Oh, and I am still in love with Thor too. I cannot wait for The Avengers to come out!

Yeah, this movie was great, but not for the plot. For the two REALLY handsome men! Yes, this not a review; this is a gush post. Sorry...not really.

But seriously, the plot was fine, but it was waaaaay too fast for a superb movie and a little too simple. All superhero movies are definitely not created equal. It was like the directors did not want to think too much or make a very long movie. This was a kind of candy movie (yeah, eye candy too).  Oh, and I thought that Thor's little band of sidekicks (especially the girl) were stereotypical and lame. It was SO fast; it did not deal thoroughly with all the issues such as Thor's childishness (zap, he is mature now), the father's lack of sensitivity (towards both his children), Thor's treatment of Loki, and Loki's inferiority complex.

Oh I like them both; I just am more lenient to Loki. Oh.My.Word. The scene when he finds out what and who he is?!!! His acting=amazing. Actually, all the actors were great. Oh, they could have had a much better movie! Yeah, I refuse to believe that Loki attempted to kill Thor; the directors just did not explain it. Loki is NOT a bad guy; he.is.not.the.end.

I also love the scene when he patches up things with the ice king, so they all can leave with no harm done from Thor's little expedition, and then the ice king insults Thor and Loki who is headed back towards home says, "D.....!" because he knows exactly what is going to happen next. Love.

 What a sweet, silly boy Thor was. He was hilarious with his ludicrously pompous and old-fashioned mannerisms and actions on earth. Like when he walked casually into the street and just looked at all the cars while they honked at him.

Jane was rather nondescript, but the romance was sweet. It was also hilarious that she kept hitting him with her vehicle.

Here he is in all his pompous glory! That movie is going to be so much fun!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lemonade Mouth

I love sweet Disney movies. This one was about a band formed in detention by five struggling kids. Their school's principle does not appreciate music and is fanatic about the school's sports program, athletes, and sponsor for their gym and field. He banns their band after their first performance when they attempt to tell other teens to "speak out" and "be heard." The kids eventually get to play regularly at a popular restaurant. After more strife and trouble they gain another band member, work out their personal troubles, and become a nation wide popular band. Oh, and they get a sponsor (the guy who made the lemonade machine in the basement that gave them their name) for an music hall for the school (and by getting the attention of their principle, it is implied the music program obtains more attention).

Stella is the artsy, trouble maker. She is the new girl and school and resents her parents for that. She also is the cause all the kids get locked up for a few hours until their parents or guardians pick them up. She eventually forgives her parents.

Mo is the gifted beauty queen from a traditional Indian family. She has a boyfriend secretly, and Charlie has a crush on her. Her father pushes her to do everything perfect, while she just wants to do the things normal teens do. Her father eventually accepts who she is which she says is part Indian and American teen.

Charlie is the quiet drum loving boy who lives in his older brother's shadow. His mother expects hims to be great at soccer like his older brother, but he doesn't even like the sport. His older brother (who doesn't do so great during his first semester in college) helps Charlie to tell their parents the truth. Charlie eventually has to relinquish his crush on Mo. He accepts that and moves on.

Wen is the piano player in the band. He has a crush on his friend Olivia which he is too blind to see she reciprocates. He is struggling with the issue of his dad's new and much younger girlfriend. He comes to terms with his new family. And he makes up with Olivia after they fight.

Olivia is the quiet, nervous girl who has private tragedies in her life. Her mom is dead, and her dad is in prison (for unstated reasons), and she has not contacted him in a while. Eventually she forgives him, and she writes him a letter about the story of their band (she is narrating it throughout the movie).

Scott is Mo's popular boyfriend. He is in THE band of the school. He does not appreciate her band, and he flirts with one of the cheerleaders. After he hears Mo's band, he likes it. He tries to get her back, but she says he has to accept her and her music. When the band is struggling, he steps into help, and he becomes an official member. He and Mo get back together.

I enjoyed this movie;some things I did dislike, however. I would have liked to see more romance from Wen and Olivia. Stella's attitude is never addressed.There is deception from several of the kids, and the kids get locked up, although not arrested, at one point for Stella's silliness.

I liked the music and the lighthearted feel of the whole movie. I also really appreciated the part Scott plays. He is not a total jerk; actually, I don't consider him a jerk at all. He makes a mistake, sees it, and apologizes. He gets his girl back. I like that twist. In many movies he would have been made a jerk, he would have lost his girl, and the "underdog" (in this case Charlie) would have gotten the girl. I appreciate that this movie broke from the typical Disney tradition. It showed that the popular kids are not intrinsically jerks.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Movie Tastes

Fairytales


          Yeah, love stories and cute guys are my main requirement for movies...:D I love Disney fairytales still, especially the newest-Tangled. I mean who could possibly not like Flynn (and I like his assumed name better than Eugene). And of course the animal sidekicks that are a necessity for Disney princesses. Oh yeah, and Repunzel. So, yeah I still like little girly movies...SO?


Fantasy

  • Okay, so sometimes I have to use a code name for Harry Potter, but this is my blog, so I can say that I love Harry Potter-well, I love it because of the books (that needs to be another post)...the movies could be better, but I still enjoyed them.
  • I liked Lord of the Rings for time but got sick of them after a while...I am still going to give them a few years before I try them again, so that they will feel more like new.
  • I think I gravitate to this genre as well. I enjoyed Narnia, but I experienced something of the same feelings toward them as Lord of the Rings.
  • As stupid as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are, I still enjoyed them. Jack creeps me out at times, but I think he is just hilarious. And I love Norrington. 


Sci-Fi


          The recent Star Trek movie is my only like in this genre...which I have to admit is probably mainly because of the guys...I mean soo many handsome, truly talented actors in one movie. There is a little love and some action, so yeah I love this movie.


Super Heroes


          I have seen the first two of the Batman trio and the first Ironman. I have seen snipets of the Spiderman movies, and I have seen Captain America. I want to watch Thor soon. It is rather strange that I even like this genre, but I guess I like it because of cute guys, action with not much gore, and the thought provoking aspect of many of them.


Period Drama/Romance

  •  Much of the period romance I like falls in BBC's miniseries catagory or at least is BBC. 
  • I have seen all three versions of Emma (oh, the arguments those movies cause-this HAS got to be another post, BUT I need to read the book and watch all three movies again first), I have seen two versions each of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility. I have seen the newest version of Mansfield Park and have not seen any Northanger Abbey film (of the main six Jane Austen novels that one was my least favorite although Henry Tilney is probably one of the better heros). 
  • I have seen three versions of Little Women and want to watch a fourth. 
  • I have watched the Anne of Green Gables movies (the books are so much better and the movies deteriorate from first to last-the last one was an abomination). 
  • I have seen North and South (Richard Armitage-oh, my...sigh) and Wives and Daughters.
  • I have seen only one version of Jane Eyre and have not made it completely through one Wuthering Heights version (I am sure you can understand why I can only manage a little at a time!).
  • I have watched the 2002 Nicholas Nickleby and greatly enjoyed it (although I am naughty and have not read the book). 
  • I have watched two versions of Ivanhoe
  • I have watched The Eagle...yeah, I think this is probably my most watched genre!!!Hey, this a well done genre though :D


Modern Chick Flicks


          Yeah, I love Chris Pine...oh wait, that is not what I was supposed to be writing about :D Um, I have not really seen many in this genre except preteen ones like the Princess Diaries (I like them but not equally-can you guess which I prefer?) and Hallmark which is sometimes fun but really lame. I would like any suggestions for clean, non-Hallmark modern chick flicks.


Classics

  • I have not watched very many classics, but I watched and enjoyed A Roman Holiday (except the sad ending), A Friendly Persuasion, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • I saw and thought Sabrina (I do not like Humphrey Bogart-if someone like Gregory Peck had played the main man I would have enjoyed in infinitely better), My Fair Lady and Meet Me in St. Louis were okay.
  • I disliked North by Northwest, Rebekah, and Casablanca
  • I have also seen old versions of Little Women and Ivanhoe, but other than that I have not seen many more old movies. I am severely deprived; I need to go make a list of all the ones I have seen recommended on other blogs.

And...........WHAT IS UP WITH THE PRINCESS BRIDE LIKING??!!!


 I am totally and completely befuddled and annoyed and perplexed and confounded and irritated and, well, you get it, by the love of this movie. And yes, I have watched it and no, my watching was not done with an open mind. But I can be made to like something that I was prejudiced against even while I still mentally disapprove of said piece of entertainment and can provide a concrete example of said ability-The Hunger Games anyone? So, why peoples?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My T.V. Show Tastes

Reality T.V. (TLC, Food Network, and HGTV)

I LOVE What Not to Wear; this show has had a significant influence on my style sense. I also really like Four Weddings. Say Yes to the Dress is nice too.

I like to watch some of the Food Network shows with my family like the cake decorating ones and Bobby Flay's Throw Down.

On HGTV I like certain design shows (that are probably not regularly on now), and I love House Hunters International, Property Virgins and My First Place.


Preteen

Yeah, I have immature tastes, but I think some Nick and Disney shows are sweet and/or funny. On Nickelodeon I like Drake and Josh, iCarly, House of Anubis and Victorious.

On Disney I like The Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Shake it Up, and Sonny with a Chance.


BBC

I love BBC Robin Hood :D It is not well acted or planned or well-fought etc. And Marian's costumes were terrible. BUUUT!!!! I think its so fun. That is I think the first two seasons are awesome...I refuse to see the third season because the directors committed sacrilege in that season. Robin and most of his men are really handsome...and cheesy. Sir Guy is handsome...and well acted. The sheriff is obnoxious and gross. Marian was annoying in the first season, but much sweeter in the second. They have wonderful adventures and epic escapes and plenty of romance and angst and EVERYTHING!

These are miniseries so I include them here since my movie post is going to be huge. I will probably review each one separately again. I think some of the other Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell films might actually be miniseries too.


Classics

I adore Hogan's Heroes. I also like The Andy Griffith Show. When I was younger I enjoyed I Love Lucy, but I don't know how funny I would find it now. I have seen a little of the Dick Van Dyke Show, but I did not think it was very funny.


Other Things I Have Watched, But Do Not Like

I watched one episode of Psych and started another a month or so ago, but I did not pick it up again...I thought it was way too tacky and not funny enough...and I like kiddie shows, so it really must be pathetic. I have watched bits of crime/mystery shows with my friends, and those are definitely not my thing...I mean I cannot stand any fear and suspense. I have seen bits of the soaps and soap like shows-Switched at Birth...no comment.

The Hunger Games

So a week or so ago I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay).

I liked it. I LIKED IT. Just so we are clear when you start reading the barrage of criticism I have for this series. I was biased against it when I started the first book, but I started to really enjoy it although all my initial reasons for dislike still stand...in my brain, not my emotions :D

The series was NOT well written by any means. I think it was written at about juvenile fiction level; the content,  however, was more young adult fiction, so the overall feel was confused, and the story was not believable (for more than one reason). I thought the story was farfetched. There was no hint of Christianity or any religion in this story. The emotions behind this story was dark and despairing, and the author did not seem to have any moral direction at all. Actually one of my friends thinks that the author did not really put any thought into the story line, plot, character, etc. I agree that she seemed to have no control. So, on that note let's start with Katniss.

Katniss is a moron. The End.

Okay, Katniss is a good daughter and sister in that she provides for her neurotic mom and her annoyingly "perfect" sister. Those are the only people she really cares about; she is selfish and clannish. She has a problem or two with the Hunger Games-they are ugly and might hurt her family. She sees no problem really with killing other people. She treats both Gale and Peeta abominably, and as they both realize, uses them and and only wavers between them since she cannot decide which one she cannot survive without. Most success with people she has is purely happenstance...or because of the noble and gifted Peeta. So yeah, she is pathetic, and I despise her...this may or may not be in part because she gets Peeta...

The boys.

Peeta is the angel, the only good and stable character (until the last one). Gale the best-friend-who-had-to-be-made-bad-to justify-the-choice-of-the-2nd-boy...really it was that obvious in the book. No, I am sorry, there does not need to be a justification for her not choosing her first friend. People change their minds, meet new people they like better, don't know their minds at first, don't fall in love with their best friends, etc. all.the.time...you don't have to "explain" Katniss's choice by making Gale "bad." And by the way Katniss has no room to be self-righteous; she has no more morals than Gale does. Grrr. Oh, I wanted her to end up with Peeta to be sure. And I am glad the Gale part was not painful, but the lame way the whole situation was handled drove me crazy.

The plot. My sister and I both compared Panem to the Soviet Union. But I still think the author gave Panem more absolute control than is humanly achievable. I also don't think that many people would quietly give in to such barbarity. A friend thought the existence of the Roman arena games would mean this sort of thing would be realistic, but a second look at that comparison would show the gladiator games to be a totally different situation entirely. Those games were not a national thing-all of the nation was not forced to participate. Nor were all the games forced-there were paid gladiators. The Roman games look like child's play next to Collin's games. Yes, humans are sinful, but they were made in the image of God and have some common grace among the lot of them.

The first book was the most thought out-and it goes down from there but not evenly by any means: the third was a plummet down from the second. There was no sense in it, no thought behind it (unless that of, "Last book-must end this thing!"), almost no plot really. People were killed off-including one that I liked (Finnick)-killed off in the most offhand casual way- I mean one liners . Being killed off is a great deal of different than being killed or dying by the way...hey why didn't Collins just kill off Gale? I mean she sends him out of the way to another district. Switch Finnick and Gale. Collin's also had to seriously mess with her best creation: Peeta. He is not Peeta for most of the last book. She doesn't hardly even fix the poor, much abused guy at the end. Really, Mockingjay is quite the bloodbath. Here, we need to end the book, get plenty of tragedy in, pick a hero for Katniss, make sure the Hunger Games are ended, and voila-the trilogy is over...!!!!!

And my final abomination.

Alright, so the book says Peeta was blond, blue-eyed, and sturdy. Gale is described as dark and lithe. Good, my pictures are in order, right? I saw these two guys before I knew the names of the characters they played. Then I read the book and matched them according to the description. Guess what? Someone knocked the people who cast these actors on the head and switched them. I mean I can understand messing up one...but a total switch (although smirk face on the bottom doesn't look either part feature and expression-wise). I was thunderstruck when I realized their mistake.

I am sorry directors-did you miss the memo? Peeta is not a dork. Okay even Gale should not be played this bad. So he's bad for both...but natural coloring, size...People!

I am sorry, that is Peeta. Because I believed it when I read it and because it should be is so.

Google images of Gale in the Hunger Games and Peeta Mellark to see what types of guys come up. Yeah, very dark, moody guys for Gale...and Josh Hutcherson...okay, okay and Liam too. Peeta Mellark? Stunning blonds...and fake blond Josh...and Liam! Owww. This casting HURTS! I tell you. I hate it when they get characters so wrong. This time since they were in my head (for the movie) while I read the book so it felt like I had been tricked!!!

K. Had my rant. Bye.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Secret of Moonacre


I cannot even remember how many weeks its been since actually I watched this movie. Where to start...well, lets just say out of 5 stars I would give it a 3; I mean I liked it, but it is not well made in anyway.


I liked the historical fiction aspect, and I liked the fairytale aspect. There is a handsome man, and a cute young man. There is a tiny bit of mystery, a tiny bit of adventure, and a tiny bit more of romance. I mean its cute, and but that is all that I can say about it positively.


Now, I am much better able to point out the flaws; I can nit pick very well. For starters the plot did not progress well, there was not enough mystery, the movie was too fast, and there was not enough to the story so it seemed to me that pieces were missing from it. And if that is not enough...


I assume the time period was supposed to be around the late nineteenth century judging by the costumes, but the heroine's bustle drove me insane as theys resembled to me the skeleton spine of a dragon. I normally envision covered bustles and hoops, so I will have to look to see if they are in any way accurate-and even if they are I will like them no better.


Okay, and so some of the character's costumes (and other aspects of life) seemed like they were supposed to be from the medieval period of history. And I could not stand most of the adult moon princess and moon princess look-a-like's (another issue I will get to in a moment) costumes-they were flat out ridiculous.


I also do not like that several of the same actors and actresses played different characters. I mean they played corresponding characters in their same respective families, but it was still strange.


On to some more...shall we say moral issues? The main heroine was quite young, but they forced her into quite mature clothing styles that I consider immodest and seemed very shocking/saddening on a girl who looked like a child. Then there were the ideas prevalent in so many stories that if there is a fight only one person is wrong and that if the guy does wrong only he is wrong on principle both of which ideas lead to only the man apologizing...I cannot express how much that this sort of thing irks me.


So, it was a cute story with many flaws...no, I didn't hate it; I am just a super critical person. I can sharply criticize things that I deeply like as well as those that I deeply hate.