ever_maedhros: (elsa)
I keep hearing and reading this same theme everywhere: if you're an adult and you love Frozen, you're either a parent or an anomaly. Just because a movie is made for children doesn't mean you have to justify liking it as an adult. Children's films and books have a sophistication all their own. You take a deep, complex theme and put it in simple, vivid imagery that resonates with all age groups.

What, I ask you, is childish about that? I think that's actually pretty mature.

Part of me is wondering if this theme is circulating just because Frozen is popular, and some people have to be special snowflakes and act reluctant. >:)
ever_maedhros: (bbc sherlock)
I'm finally caught up on Downton Abbey, having watched episodes 2 and 3 today. And I am NOT okay with anything going on in Anna's storyline right now. I didn't think anything could bother me more than deaths of Sybil and Matthew--congratulations, this does. I get sympathetic trauma the way some people get sympathetic stomach pains. I can't imagine how people who actually have bad memories that can be triggered would feel about this.

On a much pleasanter note, I saw a semi-modern take on The Taming of the Shrew this evening. It was lots of fun, if a little eccentric in its execution, and I now I HAVE to see Kiss Me Kate again. :)

Also, I saw a mercifully preserved recording of a simple made-for-TV musical of Cinderella. Starring teenage Julie Andrews. I tell you, she's the MOST adorable thing I've ever seen in my life in that role. The musical itself is a pretty corny, but it's absolutely worth it, if only for baby Julie Andrews and her Fairy Trollmother. (If you watch it, you'll see why I think the godmother's a total troll having way too much fun. I got my copy with the Netflix DVD option.)
ever_maedhros: (liz wave)
Happy 200th Anniversary to one of my favorite novels of all time! Congratulations, Miss Austen. Your work is still very much appreciated, even after all these years. If we fanatics have anything to say about it, we'll keep on reading and discussing and admiring for another two hundred years as well. And another two hundred after that.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Those words are immortal, and also one of the best and briefest proofs that Pride and Prejudice is not simply another mushy romance novel. The opening line is not about twu wuv, or how lonely hearts are destined to find each other some day, or some similar drivel. If Elizabeth Bennet's story was a romance, the first words would reflect that. They would promise sugar and spice and everything nice, drowned in saccharine feelings. Instead, Miss Austen provides us with a wry spin on life's quirks. If anything, it's a (somewhat gentle) parody of romance. She gives us the promise of a witty caper in manners, social commentary, and the way impressions and perceptions alter over time.

One more point, and I'll give it a rest. The title is Pride and Prejudice, not Love and Romance.
ever_maedhros: (rain arrow)
To the many online dating websites out there . . . I cordially hate all your ads in all mediums. Especially those of Christian Mingle. Not preacher's wife material, sorry--I'm cynical and anti-social, at best. If I want to go hunting for a man, I'll do it my own way, thanks. (And that's putting it mildly.) Leave me alone.

On a more positive note, I had a fun conversation with a customer at work about Hinduism, Sarah Brightman, writing, and photography--especially sunset photos. I found out she's won a lot of contests and has been featured on the local public TV station. I hope I didn't talk her ear off--once I get comfortable talking, I can't shut up. LOL. Little chats like that make working retail a little less of a pain. :)
ever_maedhros: (woe is me)
Photobucket switched one of my accounts to its new, updated version which does NOT allow me to copy links for my icons all at the same time. I'm not copying 20+ link codes icon by icon, so off I go to switch back to the old version, like I did with another account I use more often.

Guess what? Photobucket won't let me switch back.

I may just throw a ladylike hissy fit. Don't know how to manage that, but I'll figure it out, if I can't figure out how to get my links the way I need them. Blasted website! I'm wanting to to post some icons of The Importance of Being Earnest. Maybe I need to go Bunburying in order to sort this out.

ETA: It finally switched back to the old version for me. I just had to try it multiple times. YAY!

ever_maedhros: (the stupid)
Apparently, retailers are assuming that next to nobody wants to buy a copy of The Hunger Games in a set with BOTH DVD and Blu-ray. The only places I've found that carry that are Best Buy for an affordable price (which is out already, due to low stock in the first place) and Amazon for a ridiculous price. I really don't want to have to spend close to sixty bucks just so I can have both. :(


ever_maedhros: (you're kidding right)
A trend of thought seems to have emerged in The Hunger Games fandom. When people think Katniss Everdeen, they think of a strong, powerful heroine. Katniss has basically become the symbol of young girl without a single weakness.

Why do so many people assume Katniss Everdeen has no weakness? Where does Suzanne Collins state or imply in her Hunger Games trilogy that her heroine has no weakness?


So what gave people that idea? )
ever_maedhros: (you're kidding right)
I watched the first episode of the first season of the BBC Robin Hood yesterday. I'd heard that the story was not impressive, but Richard Armitage was satisfyingly evil as Sir Guy of Gisborne. Turns out, the story was unbelievably awful (especially for a Howard Pyle fan like me), and what little I saw of Sir Guy was . . . WOW. I already checked out all three seasons from the library, sooooo . . . I guess I'll just skim through it and watch all the parts worth watching. ;)

You know what's sad, though? Later that evening, I watched Rango with my family. The brilliant writing for that movie ("And the hero is off to rescue his (emotionally unstable) maiden!") was a huge contrast to what I just saw with Robin Hood. Despite the fact that Rango is an American film, and Robin Hood a British TV show. As Samwise Gamgee would say, "I don't know why . . . it makes me sad." (Even though I'm American myself.)

Okay, I'll stop rambling now, and try to NOT mention anything about how I couldn't even get on LJ for hours prior to this post.


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