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I've been doing a lot of rereads this year, not necessarily on purpose, but because they're stories I've wanted to revisit.

One thing I've liked about Graceling both times I've read it is the acknowledgement & discussion of different types of romantic relationships and how those bind people to one another. Maybe there are less types of relationships in Graceling's world and marriage is expected (since it's a typical medieval-style fantasy setting), but that isn't altogether different from reality. Although being in a relationship and not being married are accepted, there's still a pretty strong societal feeling of marriage being the ~end goal~ of any relationship and if you don't end up getting married, you "aren't ready to commit" or whatever and there's a perception that your relationship isn't as good or deep as a married person's.

In Katsa's case, she's the niece of a king, so it's a foregone conclusion that she'll marry some lord and have a manor and children to look after, except that's very obviously not something Katsa wants, nor is it something she could even pretend to make herself do. She knows early on that she doesn't want marriage or children, the realization of which makes her feel even more like an unnatural or damaged woman (I certainly identify with Katsa's disinterest in having children). Although it's Katsa and Po's noble positions that allow them to decide for themselves that they won't have a traditional relationship, it's still heartening to read about how they discuss it and communicate their needs...although I'm sure Po's Grace helped with the communication aspect a lot.
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5. A song that needs to be played LOUD [Let's Dance (InFiction String Remix) by David Bowie]



This is one of my favorite Bowie remixes and I just happen to always listen to it LOUD. Especially around 3:40.

I should probably be doing these when I more fully awake...
lemonbalmgirl: (daria)
(skipping Day 3 until I can think of something that isn't a cop out)

4. A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about [Take Me Anywhere by Tegan and Sara]



This doesn't remind me of someone I want to forget about exactly...it reminds me of a situation with a person that I severely fucked up. That friendship still limps along, but its never been the same and this and a few other songs are like hyperlinks to memories of that situation, so I listen to them rarely.
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Slowly chipping away at Project Superhero-Crotch. This is the second time I've started this pattern - the first time I just...approached it wrong? And the errors just stacked up until it became too frustrating to work on. Luckily [personal profile] milesy gave me some tips (since it's their pattern), so I took another stab at it, starting with the largest chunks of color (grey, there is so much fucking grey in this).

Anyway, I'll be working on the grey for a while yet...

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2. A song you like with a number in the title [I Need Two Hearts by Ballboy]



This song won out over Garbage merely because I've been such an emo fuck lately.

Honorable Mention
#1 Crush by Garbage
Three Minute Hero by the Selector
Five Years by David Bowie
Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
Nineteen by Tegan and Sara
lemonbalmgirl: (sin is fun)
1. A song you like with a colour in the title [Violet by Hole]



I'm going to have to make a playlist of songs with colors in the title now because I found SO MANY in my iTunes library.

Honorable Mention
Infra-Red by Placebo
Mr. Blue Sky by ELO
Post Blue by Placebo
Village Green Preservation Society by the Kinks
Paint It Black by GOB
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Knowlingly watching the US film version right after watching the source material pretty much guaranteed that I'd dislike the film version, but I kind of knew that.

Obviously the film felt very truncated compared to the series and a lot of characters were removed from the story. In some ways that was a good thing, since you can only do so much in two hours, but it also made some of the remaining characters seem like miracle workers for accomplishing as much as they did. (And a few of the characters that were left in this version still ended up feeling like they were just taking up space and not accomplishing much?)

I was supremely happy that 1) they axed the romance subplot, and 2) that they didn't shoehorn in a new romance subplot between Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams.

I also read a little background on the production of the film and I think I would have liked it more if the original actors had stayed on board (Brad Pitt as Cal & Edward Norton as Stephen). I think that also would have helped with the perceived ages of certain characters (Ben Affleck, 37, married to college sweetie, Robin Wright, 43, both of whom went to college with Russell Crowe, 45 - I had trouble ignoring how young Affleck was compared to the other characters considering what their relationships were supposed to be. He just *looked* too damn young!)
lemonbalmgirl: (star lady)
I've been rewatching "State of Play" (2003 BBC series), which I haven't seen since before the 2009 US film remake came out - I'm pretty sure annoyance with the remake is why I heard about the show in the first place.

I'd forgotten a lot of the smaller plot points and just how many familiar faces are in it. I forgot how annoyed I become at John Simm's character, and that David Morrissey's character isn't as conniving as I expect. I wish Rory McCann's character had more screen time, along with Philip Glenister's. And I basically love Bill Nighy in everything ever.

I've got one more episode to watch, and I can't quite remember how everything wraps up.

I'll probably look for some fic later tonight...

EDIT: Finished the last episode. David Morrissey's character was hiding more than I remembered. As I said earlier, there were a lot of finer plot points that I'd forgotten, but overall I still really like the show and I'll probably watch it again in a few years.

I'm going to watch the film version tomorrow, partially because I want to see how they've updated the technology used in the plot. The technology, what's used now vs. in 2003, was definitely a subject that kept crossing my mind while I was watching.
lemonbalmgirl: (books)
You can find me on Goodreads & Librarything.

1. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees - Mike Shanahan

2. Witches of America - Alex Mar

3. The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show - Ariel Gore [reread]

4. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett [reread]

5. Archangel (Samaria #1) - Sharon Shinn [reread]

6. Doreen Valiente: Witch - Philip Heselton

7. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett

8. Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6) - Terry Pratchett

9. The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time - John Kelly

10. Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways - Gemma Gary
11. Graceling - Kristin Cashore [reread]
lemonbalmgirl: (star lady)
I miss LJ being a thing and posting more journal-y entries than I feel comfortable posting on Tumblr. So, um, I guess I'm going to try to post on here more even though I don't have any friends on here...

Also, I just went through my icon folder to upload a few more and MAN, all of icons (esp fandom icons) are so oooooold. Which shows how long it's been since I've been active on a platform that lets you use multiple icons. D: