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Roland Deschain, Abe Lincoln and what to read next?

2 Jul

So, although I love to read, I have been accused of reading “trendy books”.  Yes, this was the phrase used.  I think this was after a lengthy conversation concerning the conceptualism of Moby Dick which included someone who stated that the only books they read are biographies.

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Now, don’t get me wrong , I love some of the classics.  I was reading Edgar Allan Poe,  Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Sheridan LeFanu, Oscar Wilde, Hemingway in either middle school into high school.  I was in accelerated reading classes where we discussed, dissected and beat symbolism to a slow tortuous death in every possible way.   While there was nothing wrong with that, I enjoyed other novels as well.  I pretty much read anything people shoved at me.  I’m not much different now.  There is something about books that, no matter how much I dislike them, I HAVE to get all the way through to the end to see what happened.  Sometimes, if I didn’t like the book, I gave it away and passed it on.  Other times, I held on to them and still have them lovingly tucked away on a shelf, covers worn down, pages turning soft.

Even in this day and age of digital readers, I still love holding the weight and heft of an actual book in my hand.  There is a ton of convenience of being able to carry 100 books in my bag, but for the ones I love, I still go out and buy the space consuming paper ones.

My digital reader isn’t much different than my book shelves and holds a mix of Neil Gaiman, Lewis Carroll, Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Marie Lu, Arthur Machen.  The list could go on and on.

Really, I understand some people only want to read certain things, but I want to read a ton of things and I want to share it with everyone.

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And when they get movie releases, oh, my hopes are so high!  I know it’s just going to hurt me in the end but I can’t help it!

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It’s awful for those around me.  I talk about it for years until the release and sometimes I don’t even think it’s a 50/50 chance of liking it, but I WANT to so badly.  Then I go to the theatre and watch it….  Sometimes, it works out wonderfully and other times., there is just no saving it.

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From: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:04 PM

To:    mickey

Subject: I’m baaaaack

Did ya miss me?

 

From:    mickey

To: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:04 PM

Subject: RE: I’m baaaaack

YeS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How was it?!

OMFGITWASSOAMAZING!

We need to go on a cruise together!  You can put a deposit down, and then pay little by little.  UGGGGH  Once I am out of my mini financial crisis thats what I am going to do.

Anyhoo.

So I ate, slept, read and tanned.  Made my little heart so happy!

And now I am so sad.  Back to reality.  *sigh*

I read the first Dark Tower book.  Tell me it gets better.

From:    mickey

To: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:14 PM

Subject: RE: I’m baaaaack

It does

That one is the hardest to get through

It’s laying groundwork

To: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:35 PM

To:    mickey

Subject: Re: I’m baaaaack

Ok.  Cuz I put it down and was like, um, thats it?  it was good, but not great.  I figured though.  It  took me a minute to get through the first hunger games but i pressed on.  Lol

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From:    mickey

To: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:03 PM

Subject: RE: I’m baaaaack

Yea the first book has actually been rewritten too

I read the original book and yes

It gets much much better

And you should see the graphic novels for it

 

From: Lela

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:09 PM

To:    mickey

Subject: Re: I’m baaaaack

yeah, I am imagining the graphic novels are amazing. but i want to read the first few books first 😉

I also got Abraham Lincoln Vampire hunter  I am starting that one before the next dark tower though.  i think.  i dunno.  DECISIONS!

From:    mickey <

To: Lela <

Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:15 PM

Subject: RE: I’m baaaaack

Do it, it’s an easier read

But definitely go back!! It’s worth it!

From: Mickey <
To:  lela <   Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:28 AM Subject: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

But although I haven’t seen the movie, the trailer itself turned me off the movie, although I really liked the book.

The book was written as a biography with small insertions of supernatural events.

The trailer shows a tall dark and brooding axe throwing BAMF with mad athletic skills… which was never the case in the novel?? Unless I misread it?

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Also this and bad reviews:

http://io9.com/5921290/10-rules-of-blockbuster-movies-that-hollywood-forgot

Things that sound funny should be funny. This is sort of a marketing problem, but also sort of a storytelling problem. We can’t count how many times lately we’ve heard film-makers say stuff like, “Sure, the movie is called Cowboys & Aliens, but it’s not a comedy.” Ditto for Battleship and Abe Lincoln. We also heard a lot about how John Carter was trying not to be too comical. There seems to be a trend towards tackling goofy concepts in a dead-serious way, while still keeping a goofy title. It’s possible that for some concepts, the alternative to “comical” isn’t “serious,” but rather “dull.”

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From:  lela
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11:01 AM

To: Mickey

Subject: Re: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

I am reading the book.  It is incredibly good.
I hear poor reviews about the movie.  I believe I will wait for the HBO or Redbox release.

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how could they do this to us?

Gosh, Maybe it’s better that The Dark Tower project was shut down??  I don’t know if I could deal with these kind of articles surrounding it!

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Worst “The Hunger Games” Movie Reaction Post Ever

19 Apr

From: Mickey
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 4:41 PM
To: Lela
I think next week we should do Hunger Games movie reaction?

From: Mickey
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 10:33 AM
To: Lela

I saw it

Have you seen it?

From: Lela
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 10:38 AM
To: Mickey

No. 😦

 

From: Mickey
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 10:48 AM
To: Lela

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    When?

From: Lela
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 10:58 AM
To: Mickey

I got sick and kept having dizzy spells. But I did watch more Doctor Who. 

From: Mickey
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 12:50 PM
To: Lela
Subject: Katniss’s weight an issue?

http://www.themarysue.com/hunger-games-successful-female-film/

Jennifer Lawrence’s weight was complained about??

From: Lela
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:18 AM
To: Mickey
Subject: I FINALLY SAW IT

I FRICKIN LOVED IT!!!!

SPOILERS!

**MINOR SPOILERS**

 From: Mickey
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:30 AM
To: Lela

Ok, which parts?? I LOVED the additional scenes!  I loved Seneca Crane.  The riot in eleven, that choked me up more than Rue, probably because I didn’t expect it.

From: Lela
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:43 AM
To: Mickey

So, I cried at the Reaping, I cried saying bye to Prim.  I cried when Rue died, I cried with riot in 11…  I cried.  A lot. I pretty much left that theatre looking like I was in a fight, hair was all messed up because my ass kept falling asleep so I would have to move and adjust, black lines down my face from makeup.  HOT MESS.

I love how they showed the control room in the Capitol. I think they did a good job with the mutts (I was worried about that).  I have a question was the part of Peeta throwing the big metal ball in the book?  I didn’t remember that at all.

PS  Even though I am warming up to Peeta, I am still Team Gale.

the real trio

From: Mickey
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:46 AM
To: Lela

Pshhh how could you not be team gale?

I expected to cry more and did not.  Maybe because I was bracing myself for it.

I loved seeing the control room.

From: Lela
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:45 AM
To: Mickey

umm…

WTF?

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/hunger-games-racist-tweets-rue_n_1380377.html?ref=topbar

RUE

From: Mickey
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:46 AM
To: Lela

Yea… people didn’t actually READ and ASSUMED that she looked like Prim because she reminded Katniss of her sister.

Remind and LOOK LIKE read differently, they also do not mean the same things.

But you know what they say about assuming…

From: Lela
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:55 AM
To: Mickey

…makes a racist out of you and me? 

From: Mickey
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:56 AM
To: Lela

Well I guess that’s how the saying went.

She never talks about races so it’s all inferred, but that far into the future, I’m sure people have other things to worry about.  Plus, if you’re district is cut off from other districts, much less the rest of the world… what’s your field of reference?

After reading the books a few times, I wondered if Betee and Wiress had Asian blood by the way they were described though.

 From: Lela
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:33 PM
To: Mickey

LMFAO 

“Finnick is incredibly handsome. Really, he’s practically a joke of physical perfection — in Catching Fire, Collins describes him as a muscular, tan, bronze-haired dude with sea green eyes. So he’s either a merman or an Australian. But unlike Australians, Finnick’s beauty masks a bleak inner life: After winning his Hunger Games, he makes a life for himself as a high-class prostitute in the Capitol. It’s a tricky doucheboat-with-a-heart-of-gold role, requiring an actor who can be threatening, but also melancholy, but who can also pull off Finnick’s Caligula-worthy “Golden Net” outfit, which seems destined to test Catching Fire‘s PG-13 rating more than any kid-killing montage.

In Catching Fire, Finnick is about 24. But since the teenage Katniss and Peeta are played by Jennifer Lawrence (21) and Josh Hutcherson (19), it seems likely that Lionsgate would be willing to stretch the age range into the late ’20s or early ’30s. It seems to me that there’s one actor in Hollywood that’d be perfect for the role…but unfortunately, Chris Hemsworth happens to be the older brother of Liam, and it’s a well-known fact that the space-time continuum will implode if two Hemsworths appear in the same movie together.”

popwatch.ew.com/2012/03/26/hunger-games-finnick-catching-fire/

Armie Hammer

From: Mickey
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:39 PM
To: Lela

There’s a campaign for Armie Hammer, the prince from Mirror Mirror.

www.facebook.com/ArmieForFinnick

http://armiehammerforfinnickodair.tumblr.com/post/20296309778/catopeetagirl-armie-hammer-as-finnick-odair

From: Lela
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:58 PM
To: Mickey

Meh.  He also looks too nice.  Finnick, to me has an asshole hottie face. lol Not a pretty face, if that makes sense.

  

From: Mickey
To: Lela
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:59 PM

Wasn’t he an ass in the social network?

 

 From: Lela
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:11 PM
To: Mickey

Yeah, I didn’t see that. Maybe he plays a good asshole?

You know who was meant for Finnick, but acted 20 years too early?  William Zabka.  Aka Johnny from Karate kid… although maybe he’s not pretty enough…

From: Mickey
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:15 PM
To: Lela

Or this guy back when:

http://pinterest.com/pin/36380709459797798/

But, I think it won’t matter?

It will be an Rpattz thing all over again, a Jhutcherson and Jlawrence thing

Everything will think they are all wrong for the part.

And after professional grooming, tanning and colored contacts and a personal trainer everyone will drool over him and say he was only the perfect choice…

But as long as he CAN ACT, I think most people will be happy.

The rest is all trickery.

From: Mickey
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:46 PM
To: Lela

Fun fact: Stephanie Meyers pictured Henry Cavil when writing about Edward Cullen.

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From: Mickey
To: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:38 AM

Posting ideas:  list of movies that make you cry?

 From: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:29 AM
To: Mickey 

Easier.  How about a list that does not make me cry? 

 

From: Mickey
To: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:34 AM

I wanted to post about the movie.

From: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:36 AM
To: Mickey 

Doesn’t Hunger Games get its own post?

 

From: Mickey
To: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:37 AM

Would it be long enough? Do you want to write up something really long about the movie?

I think I wrote a really long one a while ago about the books themselves?

It was just going to be an aside how there were parts of the books I cried at more than the movie and different parts of the movie affected me.

From: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:45 AM
To: Mickey
I think it could be long enough, especially if you add pictures?  You can also add the fan videos.  The Rue and Katniss one from Mainstay Productions made me cry more than the movie. 

Rue and Katniss – Mainstay Productions

 From: Lela
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 9:57 AM
To: Mickey
Subject: Cabin in the Woods

 WAS OUTSTANDING!

From: Mickey
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 4:55 PM
To: Lela
Subject: RE: cabin in the woods

…. we never did write anything up for THG

From: Lela

Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 4:59 PM

To: Mickey

OMG we didn’t. Ok. Start it off.

From: Mickey
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 6:44 PM
To: Lela
Subject: RE: cabin in the woods

….

What do I even say that hasn’t already been said?

……   TO THE INTERNET!

TO THE INTERNET!

I’m just directing to various other blogs and websites that wrote up well reactions:

http://mockingjay.net/2012/03/23/the-hunger-games-movie-reaction-post-what-did-you-think/

http://victorsvillage.com/2012/03/24/reaction-the-hunger-games-movie/

www.themarysue.com/hungergames-successful-female-film/

http://io9.com/5895771/the-hunger-games-will-ruin-you

“strongest female performance in an action film since Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and this has got to be one of the biggest reasons for the success.” http://whatculture.com/film/6-reasons-why-the-hunger-games-has-made-500-million.php

Ripley – BAMF

www.chrisdevlinwrites.com/blog/?p=3646

www.andmagazine.com/content/phoenix/12154.html

Fan Fiction to Paperback

6 Apr

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

To: Lela

From: Mickey

Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:40 PM
Subject: FF to paperback

 

So I came across a surprising piece of information today on the internet.  (oh internet how I love your infinite wisdom)

Sebastien Robichaud

 

  This guy so it says (and the interwebz NEVER lie!)  is Sebastien Robichaud, who wrote a fanfiction story that I thoroughly enjoyed called “The University of Edward Masen.”  He also followed this up with another tale called “The Ice Queen and Mr. McCarty” which was also fantastic.  I was attempting to find more information on UoEM as the story has been pulled from the internet and is being published.  I am probably very behind with this information but I was thinking about it after seeing all the hype lately about another FF turned legitimate novel called “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  Anyone who has been paying attention to this story can see that the author is not shy about admitting that her novel started out as a fan fiction that evolved.  Now with three novels and a movie deal in the works, it seems like it has thrust fan fiction out into the public eye.  But because of the success of Fifty Shades, I wanted to go on a quest for other stories I knew had been pulled to be published and find out the new names of the titles.  It’s actually NOT a bad marketing tool for “Fifty” and I wish the others would follow suit because fans or even just curious readers of the stories might seek them out in order to see how much has changed and how much they recognise, similar to  seeing a movie version of a book.  I am guilty of all these things and at the same time, I am so proud to see them publish these diamonds in the rough that ended up being big time works in the fan fiction community.  There are some seriously talented writers out there and some are very much asking for constructive criticism concerning what they put out there.  It’s exciting to meet people who like these stories and join websites and forums where we can discuss to our hearts content and squeal with delight when stories update, needing to drop everything to read the new chapter that just posted.  I know, I know, I have said this before in my other FF post.  But really… there is a whole world and it seems that the “real world” is finally sitting up and taking notice.

 

 

 

To: Mickey

From: Lela

Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: FF to paperback

 

Every time I think of fan fiction, I remember my days of writing old Saved By the Bell and Dawson’s Creek episodes…  I would’ve never expected the guy to be older!
Cassandra Clare is also a fan fiction turned legit author, right?

 

The Mortal Instruments

 

To: Lela

From: Mickey

Sent: Friday, April 6, 2012 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: FF to paperback

 

Yes she is, she wrote Harry Potter FF.

 

To: Lela

From: Mickey

Sent: Friday, April 6, 2012 10:04 AM
Subject: RE: FF to paperback

 

?…. Nothing else to say?

No banter, no humour J

Have you read any?  Do you think it’s a good idea?

What about the 60 year old man???

 

 

To: Mickey

From: Lela

Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: FF to paperback

 

 

I don’t know enough about fan fiction to be funny about it. 

 

I read all the ones that you sent me, and the bourbon something or other one. Having never read the actual books they were based on, well I loved those.  Those actually got me back into reading again.  And of course there was my fan fiction written in composition notebooks while in PR for the summer because there was no English TV.  Bet you didn’t know that both Dawson and Zach Morris had girlfriend’s named Lela

 

I did find it strange that a 60 year old man wrote that, but listen when we’re 60 we’re still going to watch the same type of shows and read the same type of books.  I mean sure, we may have to dive in a few more titles such as, “ Life without a Hip” and “Where are My Teeth”, but I think our tastes won’t change.  So most likely this older gentleman always like teen romance novels??? lol  I have no idea on this.

Pixar's Old Man playing Chess

 

 

To: Lela

From: Mickey

Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 2:17 PM
Subject: RE: FF to paperback

 

Seriously.

Customer just walked in with the 50 book.  A girl here started asking her questions and the lady said she just bought it and was only on page 1.  I thought to myself… she’s really going to sit in there and read that while waiting for her meeting???! … really, it’s soft core, the whole way! … I mean, I know that’s one of the reasons it was so popular when it was updating.  And to be honest, I skip those parts.  I can only read about thrusting, ministrations and coming undone so many times.  It was actually one of the reasons I had stopped reading the FF when it was updating.  I’ve never been big on reading those kinds of novels.  But yes, I went and read 50 out of curiosity.  She is a stronger woman than I to be reading that in public. 

I blush just thinking about it.  Lol

 

 

 

Puzzles, Half Truths and Unreliable Narrators

14 Mar

  

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I just finished Portal 2.  Yes, I know, I AM SO BEHIND.  In reality, I wanted to wait until the price went down and then I needed to find time to finish the game.  Seriously, if I don’t reign myself in, I can literally sit around for hours getting sucked in. I would stay up all night playing Half-Life.  I finished The Indigo Prophecy in one weekend.  I would easily log in eight hours at a time on Resident Evil. 

Now that I have a real job and a home to take care of and family close by, all these things take up time.  So gaming time is normally limited to the late evening, early night for a few hours.  Plus, I have to share a gaming system, so even if it is free, there is no guarantee it’s my turn to play.  So finishing a game in the space of days has turned into MONTHS of play for games like Heavy Rain.  (Some of that though may have had to do with the subject matter, which really stressed me out if I played too long.)

 

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I will say, most of the games that I played go back to days on the computer itself.  Remember Zork, Myst, 7th Guest, or Missing?  There was a lot of thinking and yes, possibly even note taking involved in these games.  But the mystery can be what makes these stand out in my mind, exploring and experimenting until something worked. 

This is the same with Portal 2 and at the end of the single player game(I am still in the middle of co-op), I was curious about certain aspects of the game. 

 

*SPOILERS

Yes, I saw her name on the potato project, which made me wonder how long she had really been in the facility.  Seems that the smart thing to do would be to keep all the people there that day, put them in long term sleep to wake up whenever a new test subject is necessary. 

I saw a lot of debates on whether anything GLaDOS said should be trusted and how the main protagonist is silent and the ones who do speak are unreliable narrators.  A lot has to be inferred on what the player can actually see, as well as trying to decipher what could be useful information to you and what is only useful to someone else at your expense.  GLaDOS, and by extension the other AI, are unreliable.  Some of them indicating they were only doing things because they were told not to and given a made up consequence if they violated the rules. 

There are a lot of illusions to the story of Prometheus in the story, as well as some dark humour.  Loved it. 

Of course, there aren’t really any clearer answers by the end of the story, just clearer questions to ask. 

It’s very smart that the narrative trips you down memory lane to give you this, because even after the game is over, there are still things your mind lingers on. 

Plenty of movies follow the same;  the ending of Inception, Source Code,  the whole of Donnie Darko,  parts of Moon, Stay, The Machinist, PI, Fight Club, Momento, American Psycho.   Some of this is due to the viewer’s perception based on not being given enough information but in plenty of these examples are also faulted by an unreliable narrator.  Some movies at least tie up things in a nice bow at the end but really… don’t some people just love not always having the answers?

Haymitch gives advice to Katniss. But how much isn't he telling?

  

The Wicked novels by Gregory Maguire, just ended with “Out of OZ” and there is some question of an extra character being included by the end.  I asked the only other person I know who has read the entire Wicked series and she gave me her view, which is very different than mine had been.  The forms have tons more speculation, which was just fascinating to read.  Even “The Hunger Games” (really gearing up for the movie’s midnight showing) has questions of whether Katniss is a reliable narrator?  Is she being too hard on the people around her?  How clearly does she really see these people?  As the series goes on, it becomes quite obvious that she was left in the dark for a number of things going on around her, so her perception is very unreliable at times.  In the case of THG, there is a fanfiction author I enjoyed named “Solaryllis” who does a good job of trying to fill the holes in of what is actually going on within the confines of Suzanne Collins story.  To be fair, this made me more sympathetic to certain characters that we don’t get much background motivation for in the novels.

 

 

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But let’s move on to one of my favorite puzzle like books with an unreliable narrator, “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski.  It is the story of a young man, Johnny, who finds a manuscript in the aparment of a man named Zampano, titled “The Navidson Record”. This is a tale about a house that is bigger on the inside and how it affects the family who lives there.   Almost everything in this book is ambiguous, from who the “writer” is, how much of the original story has been changed in the narrative and how much influence the companion piece “The Whalestoe Letters” have on the psyche of the narrator.  There is even a footnote indicating that the person who found “The Navidson Record” is making conscious changes to the story.  After that, you begin to wonder what other changes he is making based on his mood or other outside influences.  The best part is going on to the forum website and seeing the little notations people found, like the midi file hiding on the cover that plays “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” or the secret codes hidden in some of the letters.  Then there is the CD “Haunted”, written by Poe and the author’s sister.  They were obviously inspired by each other during the creative process which makes things so much more interesting. 

 

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In just about any of these cursory internet searches, it points the way to the forums where loads of fans discuss theories in the books, little nuances they noticed along the way.  Even more fun can be TV Tropes WMG (Wild Mass Guesses)  where they freely admit all sanity is left behind.  But in all cases, the fun is in the debates, the fun is in the guessing and throwing out conspiracies and finding things to back it all up.   A good story is one that stays with you long after you’ve finished the book, or watched the movie, or even finished the game.  It’s something that even years down the road, is something that sticks with you and, because of this familiarity, can be recalled with fondness.  It is something that when you revisit down the line, with a different perspective, may be looked at in a different way.  For this, I am glad that there aren’t always clear answers.

Too Many Books :)

28 Feb

 

I am in the process of moving into a new home.  The problem is, I am living out of the old one so I have spent the last 4 weeks packing all the things that I am not “immediately” using.  This included totes upon totes of books. 

I spent the last weekend organzing the three bookshelves that are at the new home.  There are still bookshelves and books at the old home.  But we have this room that I’m told is a “formal sitting room”.  This is the room that I started setting up the shelves in and cleaning and filling up.  Someone came over in the midst of this and said to me “Why are you putting bookshelves in here?”

“Where else would I put them?”

“In your study or computer room?”

Now even though this house is twice the size of the place I currently live in, no room would be ambitious enough to be called a study.  It is also debatable whether an entire room will be designated just for the computer as this would mean not having a place for guests to stay.  But this “formal sitting room” seems like a wonderful place to put books.  It gets wonderful lighting and the name indicates I am already putting chairs in the room.  Wouldn’t it make sense to put some books out for people to read?

Then the person said to me, “How many books can you have?”

……..

I looked around and realized I had two rooms full of boxes of books and hadn’t even brought them all over.  I know I still have books in boxes at my parents house (The Nancy Drew Collections!)

Someone did point out to me that the person who commented was NOT a reader. 

I only know that with the new “sitting room”  I already plan on buying better book shelves, but I am going to use a free chair left by the old owners.  It smells fine and I plan on cleaning it, but it IS, unfortunately,a pink velvet, yikes! But if I have the money, I would rather have a place to store the books than a new chair to read in.

 

 

“Books are a hardbound drug with no danger of overdose. I am the happy victim of books.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Hailey and Sam – a Love Story

8 Feb

I was looking through my bookshelf the other day and brought down Only Revolutions by Mark  Z. Danielewski to reread.  This time I wanted to give it a really in-depth read too.  If anyone out there has read this book, it is a literal never ending story.  The book has two covers, one on each side, and when the story begins, the right side up text takes up more of the page and beneath it, is upside text for the story told from the other side of the book.  Where one story begins, it is the ending of the other story and when you get to the end, you just flip the book over and start again.

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According to the Wikipedia entry, the book is about: “Sam and Hailey, and Hailey and Sam, wild and wayward teenagers who never grow old. With an evolving stable of cars, the teenagers move through various places and moments in time as they try to outrace history.”

I have read it a couple times before and had read it eight pages one way and flipped it the other way for eight pages, which is recommended by the author according to the dust jacket.  A few years ago I went to see the author on a book tour and when he read it, he read the top portion and then flipped the book over to read the bottom.  You see, although the beginning of her story is also the end of his and vice versa, it is also an echo, even before they “meet”.  This was an incredibly romantic idea to me.  I read her portion where she comments in stream of consciousness and when I flip it over and read his lines, it becomes obvious that he was always there.  Even before she was aware of him.

So I was spending my lunch break starting with Hailey’s side contemplating the top text in relation to the bottom.  I only read eight pages in before flipping the book over and starting on Sam’s side and heard echos of her narrative.  I didn’t get far that day, but I did get someone else curious about the book.  Mostly, in a day and age when ereaders are common and convenient and people can read on ipods and phones, well, how quaint was it that I was carrying an actual book?  Of course, anyone who has read Danielewski’s books realize that something may be lost in a translation to digital formatting.  I was showing the pages and trying to explain that this is love story about two teenagers who are “allways sixteen”.  It was easier to hand her the book and have her read the page, first the top and then the bottom.

The conversation got me thinking though.  I have normally been drawn to more unconventional love stories.  Has anyone  read “The Eternal Enemy” I had listed a few blogs back? It was a love story about a teenage girl that involved cyborgs and time travel.  Even as I got older certain things stuck with me more than others; the sacrifice in “A Tale of Two Cities”, the prince in “The Last Unicorn”, all of “Legend”.  I remembered that the love story in “28 Days Later” seemed very organic to me, especially in comparison with other movies that may force two leads to make out because he’s a guy and she’s a girl and they’re in an intense situation… and no chemistry.  I never got into movies like “The Notebook” or “Sleepless in Seattle” and I didn’t even know that “Steel Magnolias” was a love story until recently.  For some reason, I thought it was about a group of friends getting their hair done and one having diabetes or something.  Lela can vouch for my arguments against traditional RomComs in our younger years.

So what did I end up gravitating to?  Off the top of my head, “Amelie”,  “Penelope”, “I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK”, “Secretary”, “Lars and the Real Girl, and “Love Me If You Dare”.  I’m sure if I thought about it longer then I would have more.  Some people may argue that any of the above may be a conventional love story, but it seems that the theme in all of them is a love story on their own terms.  Amelie was painfully shy, Penelope was born with the nose of a pig, Young-goon was convinced she was a cyborg and locked in a mental institution, Lee was a secret cutter, Lars couldn’t bear to be touched by people and both of the lead characters in the last film were destructive on a level on par with “Wuthering Heights”.  At the end of the all though were happy endings, albeit happy for them, because their love interest accepted them for who they were, flaws and all and they made something work for them.

Amazingly enough, after reading that list, I realise that  am in a totally normal relationship.  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching though, I wanted to post some movie lists that touted some of the most unconventional stories (unanimously, they all include “Harold and Maude”).

http://community.flixster.com/movie-list/10-great-unconventional-love-stories   (I have to admit a soft spot for “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

http://www.eurotv.us/top-10/top-10-most-awesome-movies-with-unconventional-love-story  (this mentions “Crash” but posted the wrong picture making me double take”

http://my.spill.com/profiles/blogs/valentines-day-unconventional?xg_source=activity  (I like this list, it mentions “Wall-e” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

http://secretlabyrinths.blogspot.com/2010/03/big-fish.html  (This is my favorite here, as it lists tons of movies, her reactions and screencaps)

Everyone should go over to http://www.onlyrevolutions.com/ to hear a reading from “Only Revolutions”.

because without her, I am only revolutions of ruin” 

 

I'm a Cyborg but That's OK

 

 

Wall-e & Eve

Graphic Tees We Love

2 Feb

So I was just going to publish a half post, mainly it was just to point any Firefly fans over to RiptApparel.com for this Reavers shirt but then I got to thinking.  I mean… where do people get their shirts?  I have a few I really like, a Forbidden Planet/Futurama mash up from Woot.com and of course the Tardamask from Threadless.com.  I’ve bought from ThinkGeek, Cafepress, Redbubble and DieselSweeties, but the internet has an endless supply of wonderful shirts.  DieselSweeties had a wonderful little handwritten note inside my purchase and I know that ThinkGeek had really good customer service if any of the purchases come out incorrect.

I am still, however, on a quest to find the perfect Hunger Games t shirt and I’m hoping with only 50 days left before the movie comes out that stores will start carrying more and more of them.

woot.com

woot.com

threadless.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for graphic tees?