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Aug. 13th, 2009

Julie and Julia review

Of all things to happen to me while I'm out of school and unemployed, my computer had to start acting up. So much as a You-tube video would have it shutting down. But really, I'm no expert. What would I know about computers and why they do funny things? So, while my precious baby is in the hands of the Geek Squad, I didn't have a God damn clue about what to do with myself. I was going out of my mind! I had no computer to fumble around the internet until I got too tired. I couldn't really write anything as all of my files went with the computer. And the way I usually escaped my boredom, being the Sims, had been taken off of every other computer in the house. On the verge of slight insanity, my mom offered to go see a movie with me so I could get out of the house. Because my dad and brother stayed behind, my mom and I decided to see a movie that we both knew that they definitely didn't want to see.

And so, from the limited use of my mother's laptop, I give you my review of Julie & Julia.

As a person who loves movies as much as reading and writing, I always look at a film's writing closely. In my opinion, very much like the actors in the film, a screen-writer has the potential to kill a movie if it's not well written. I don't think that is the case for screen-writer Nora Ephron, the mind behind modern classics like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry met Sally...

This film, which was inspired by the true stories of the life of Julia Child and the story of Julie Powell, a government worker who blogs her way through the late cooking legend's cook-book, was exceptionally well-written. Based on excerpts from Powell's book "Julie & Julia" (a memoir inspired by her blog) and Child's memoir "My life in France", the film's writing gracefully moves between the two stories, showing both the ups and the downs for both women. I haven't seen that many movies that I could say inspired me. But seeing the stories of these two women, decades apart, go through their own struggles, whether it be Julia Child's troubles with getting her love of cooking out to the world or the impact that Julie Powell's slight obsession with her project has on the rest of her daily life, I was truly touched. Ephron's adaptation of these two tales comes together into one inspirational theme. If I could come up with a phrase to describe the film's message, it would have to be "when the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'"

Not to mention that the movie shows a variety of food in such a way that you can't walk out of the theater without pondering whats in the fridge at home. Even me! In fact, I'm eating a piece of chocolate cake as I write this review. And after working in a super market for nearly a year, I just can't pass this up. Why anyone would want to murder a live lobster and cook it is beyond me. After handling those things, I can't even go to Red Lobster.

Now for the performances...

I think I can count Meryl Streep as one of the greatest actresses of our time. She has to be if she's been nominated for an Oscar as many times as she has! I think she was as wonderful as she ever has been. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on her portrayal of Julia Child from my own point of view. Being the tender age of nineteen, I have never seen anything of Child's original show. Actually, I didn't even know who Julia Child was until I started seeing trailers for the movie. However, my mom gave me her opinion of Streep's performance based on her memories of the late icon's show. The following is what my mom told me in the car on the way home

Streep's portrayal was excellent with a good sense of character and an impeccable impression of Child's oh-so-familiar voice and accent.

Now, in my opinion, it was impossible for me to not like Julia. Streep was just a ray of sunshine, taking us through Child's relatively mid-life decision to pursue her passion for food, and her determination to write her book. A real feel-good story that I haven't seen in a while. I would not be surprised if when that time of the year comes around, Streep is once again nominated for the Oscar. And I quote my mom as to saying "And she should"

Never before have I identified with a character than with Amy Adams as Julie Powell. I can't lie to you. I have never been much of a fan of  Adams' in the past. But in this movie, I adored her performance. She plays a normal young woman, unhappy with her career and friends and harbors a passion for writing, who dedicates herself to the challenge of cooking all 542 recipes of Julia Child's cook-book in the time span of a year. As I watched this movie, I came upon a realization that I never thought I would say to myself while watching a movie. A play maybe, but not a movie. This was the thought that went through my head as I pondered the film on the way home.

"Holy Shit! That's basically my life!"

I saw so much of myself in Julie's story. I may not be turning thirty any time soon, but I am a writer with a drab day and I feel as though my friends' lives are moving along faster than mine. I loved the down to earth nature of Adams' performance, making her more likable. I loved how she showed the effects of Julie's project on her emotions, in particular the stress and eventual melt-downs. And the best way I could describe her was as a woman worth rooting for.

The only complaint that I have about the movie was the sense of length. It may only be roughly two and a half hours, but it felt much, MUCH longer than that. More that once, I found myself wanting to go through my purse, find my phone, and check to see how late it was. I thought that the movie had to be three or four hours long! But I was shocked to see that it really wasn't.

In conclusion, I think Julie and Julia was an excellent movie. It was possibly one of the best I have seen this year. It was a wonderful combination of wonderful writing and inspiring performances. And I can expect that this movie will get quite a bit of attention from the Academy come award season.

So, in the words of Julia Child...

Bon Appetit!

Aug. 12th, 2009

Writer's Block: Two Truths and a Lie

I have nearly all of the Backstreet Boys' music on my iPod

I've dated a rich boy

I have not read all of the Harry Potter books

Take a guess!

Post two truths and a lie about yourself as an answer to Writer's Block. Have people guess which is the lie in the comments.

Aug. 5th, 2009

One fan's Review of "Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince"

Spoiler warning!!!! This is an in-depth analysis and review of the film. Haven’t seen it yet? Haven’t read the book? Don’t want to know anything? Turn back now.

Words could not possibly describe how unbearable it was for me to wait for the film of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince to be released. Of all the books of Harry Potter books, the sixth book had always been my favorite of the bunch. Ever since I truly became a fan about a year ago as a result of an unusual fascination with Alan Rickman (hence my pen-name), I waited for this book to become a movie. I will admit I was one of the fans that wanted to damn Warner Bros. to hell for moving the release date to this July. I know that business will be business and it was their decision; but not only did we all have to wait twice as long for the movie, they also opened the flood gates that would lead to the irrepressible monstrosity we know as the Twilight franchise (sorry to any Twilight fans out there, but nothing will convince me to read those books). I can actually now see the reasoning behind the move. I mean, it turned me into a psycho super-fan. But as I waited for the movie, I had some very real fears about the movie. When I saw the movie of Order of the Phoenix, I wasn't pleased with what director David Yates did to the story. When I found out that he would be directing the rest of the films, all I was saying to myself was "Dear God, please don't mess this one up!” I finally got the opportunity to see Half-blood prince with my friend and her brother the Monday after it was released. Five days later, I saw it again with that same friend along with our mutual friend. And after seeing the movie twice, I managed to scrape together a thorough opinion.

I thought that the film was very well made. The special effects, whether it be audio or visual, were state of the art, much better than when the films started.  But the only way I can describe the story, as a fan, was that I was rather disappointed.

As an adaptation, I thought that the film was very poorly written. My impression was this movie was nothing but the skin and bones of what it really is. For a movie that’s three hours long, I feel like I didn't get as much as I could have. I understand that liberties have to be taken to adapt a book of that size into a three hour long movie. I just feel like there may have been more intelligent ways that screenwriter Steve Kloves and David Yates could have achieved that. Many of the major changes that were obviously made were quite pointless, and the sheer lack of detail and mystery was utterly disgusting.

For example, the Half-blood Prince’s book. The book is called Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince for a reason. Harry and Hermione go do whatever they can to try to uncover his identity, and it comes as a shock to all when it’s discovered to be Snape. This plot seemed to get lost in the story and laid by the wayside. And to me, this was almost a crime, as the other films included enough of their respective titles to earn them. Speaking of Snape, what happened to the great debate of Harry Potter?! The way that Kloves and Yates wrote the film, it’s completely obvious that Snape is really a bad guy. Of course, those of us who have read the book or otherwise know better than that. But dear god! Snape’s true allegiance is going to come out of left field for some. This pissed me off not only as a fan of the story, but as a bigger fan of Severus Snape.

By now, as a fan of literature, I’m used to story points being left out of film adaptations due to time constraints. However, it’s one thing to leave things out. It’s a completely different thing to change certain plot points altogether. Several times, I found myself thinking that the diversions from the book made by Kloves and Yates could have been lived without. Not to mention that along with disappointing die-hard fans, they’ve got their work cut out for them to justify some of these changes in future films. I mean, really! The plot problems that may come up could have been easily avoided by leaving the story as Rowling wrote it.

One of the first things that I discovered to really bother me was the progression of Harry's relationship with Ginny. In my neck of the woods, this had to be one of the most anticipated plot twists in the whole damn film series. Not to mention that there are plenty of people out there in chat-room land who love the Harry/Ginny pairing. I was never a fan, but I accepted it. Rowling can’t exactly re-write the book. With all the promotion that this storyline was getting in the media, I was expecting it to be quite well done. What I saw was a very uneven story that ends with no resolution. Firstly, it doesn’t do a thing for Harry’s character that he’s picking up girls in cafes, and then is suddenly into Ginny. From what I remember, I found Harry’s almost immediate attraction to Ginny and his jealousy of Dean Thomas (who’s relationship and eventual break-up (wait a second! Did they even break-up?!) with Ginny went vastly unexplained) to be alright. But the actual romance was almost completely wrong!

Since it seems that the writers deemed it necessary to spare Harry the shit-load of trouble that he gets in with Snape in the book (another change which annoyed me because it not only changed points in the story, but Harry is left to not find out the shit-load of trouble his father and Sirius got in as students), he couldn’t exactly have the first kiss with Ginny the way people (or at least everyone I know) wanted to see. His detention keeps him out of quidditch, Ginny comes in to save the day, Gryffindor wins the quidditch cup, Harry and Ginny just absolutely snog in front of the entire Gryffindor house in their common room, and then they start dating for the rest of the book. I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought that was awesome! It was sudden, it was unexpected, and it was cute! In the movie however, this moment was replaced with Ron and Lavender making out after he wins the first match. While this makes for a touchingly beautiful moment between Hermione and Harry, it leaves the Harry/Ginny story to get off to a slow start. And when the kiss actually does happen, it leads to a major change that may compromise the plot of Deathly Hallows. Harry didn’t go into the room of requirement alone, therefore he doesn’t place the Diadem of Ravenclaw on top of the cabinet where he ultimately hides the Half-blood Prince’s book, and therefore he doesn’t know where the fuck it is when he’ll eventually have to look for it! And furthermore, this change makes the kiss less climactic. If these two fancied each other as much as it appeared in earlier scenes, these two should have gone to town as in the book. And that whole “close your eyes….peck, quick, run hide!” thing, come on! And to top it off, that’s basically where that ends. A brief introduction to something that turns out to be a huge part of Harry’s story. With all the anticipation to actually seeing it, on top of the media coverage of the film, this turned out to be incredibly dissatisfying. I can only hope that they pick it up and make it work in the last two films. After all, this turns out to be love! Not just cute puppy love.

Another thing that annoyed me greatly was the Death Eater attack at The Burrow. If I remember correctly, that did not take place in the book. I find this scene to be rather pointless. Really, Bellatrix and Greyback (who, by the way, they fail to identify verbally) circle the house with flames, lure Harry out (thus luring Ginny out), barely a wand fight, then set the house on fire and escape. It seems to speak to me about how much is going to be cut out of Deathly Hallows now that the Weasleys are homeless. And the icing on the cake with this scene is an almost desperate attempt to introduce the concept of the Lupin/Tonks relationship. First of all, Tonks is already underdeveloped as a character. Then her role, already so small, is cut back to almost non-existent, an example being that she is replaced by Luna Lovegood in the scene when Harry arrives at Hogwarts. Then suddenly she and Lupin are dating, no issues about it. What happened?! Though a small storyline, this one has troubles too. It’s happens prematurely, and it seemed to me that this was only added as a passing glance to acknowledge that it actually does happen. Let’s see what happens next year. Overall, there seemed to be no actual use in this fight scene except to provide a fight scene.

This leads me to my greatest disappointment of all! The Ending!

Aaahhhhhahahhhhh!  I could go one for days about this! Alright, firstly, the Death Eaters get in right under every one’s noses. Yes, I know that they do when they actually get in the castle! But they make themselves known! Big battle! Nothing of the sort in the movie! David Yates has made statements that the battle was cut to prevent the story from becoming repetitive, due to the huge battle at the end of Deathly Hallows. But what this did was that it allowed the writers to tell the audience, no, scream at them, that something really bad was about to happen. You could almost see Dumbledore’s death coming a mile away. Instead of increasing the tension, this just makes the ending anti-climactic.

Then comes the actual moment of Dumbledore’s death. Why did Harry have to be fully mobile and hiding instead of being stunned by Dumbledore? It just made Harry look like some kind of coward by just having him watch the whole thing without even trying to intervene. What happened to the Harry who will do anything for those he loves and cherishes? What happened to the Harry who once tried to take on Bellatrix to avenge Sirius? Not to mention that he is not under the invisibility cloak and he is seen and hushed by Snape. I have no clue why that bothers me, but it still bothers me. However, the scene’s saving grace is that the actual act of Snape killing Dumbledore was done to the letter. And for that, I’m incredibly pleased.

But the one thing that gutted me was the absence of Dumbledore’s funeral. I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I was strangely looking forward to this in the movie. It was an emotionally devastating moment and I feel that a character that important deserved that kind of ending. Buy hey! I don’t know their reasoning behind it, and I don’t know the first thing about film making. So I’m not going to argue it. I just wanted to see it.

On a lighter note, while I thought that the writing was borderline ludicrous at some points, I did find some good points about the film’s writing. I found this movie to be genuinely funny. At times, I found myself laughing hysterically, something I don’t usually do. And if I can give Kloves credit for something, it’s that the little moments between characters were wonderful. Whether it be Harry comforting Hermione, Ron’s reaction to drinking a love potion, to Cormac McLaggen up-chucking on Snape’s shoes (the moment my friends call one of the funniest in the film). And I just have to throw this out there. Bravo and a standing ovation to Kloves for the very first line after Harry kisses Ginny, courtesy of Ron “So, did you two do it?” I have never laughed so hard at a movie or line that wasn’t meant to be a comedy.  

Now, switching gears, the poor writing seems to have been made up for with excellent performances by the whole cast. It just shows that all these films were very well cast and they picked actors that stand the test of time with these characters. In a lot of cases, the performances have gotten much better as the films progressed. In the case of the younger actors, I can identify with them as I'm still young and can remember those kinds of feelings and experiences from my school days. As for the older actors, I can never really give any of them bad reviews. These films are just examples of what makes them the big names that they are. While there are several roles that disappointingly cut back, like Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal of Hagrid or Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis, who both won me over a Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom respectively, the pivotal roles were probably the best of all the films so far.

Daniel Radcliffe always struck me as the perfect Harry Potter. Sure, that opinion has its roots from seeing him as a child in the first film and thinking that he looked exactly the way I would have pictured Harry. But in each of the films, Radcliffe seems to play Harry on such a deep level. He's a young boy with a big destiny, and at the same time, he's your average teenage boy with your average teenage problems. Every time, Radcliffe finds the balance. I think his performance in Half-blood Prince fantastic because he plays a Harry who has somewhat matured. He is totally committed to his mission with Dumbledore in finding out what could bring down Voldemort, while jugging it with his growing feelings for Ginny. And in the end, I love the way he accepts what he has to do and steps up to face his destiny. I have a feeling that I won’t be disappointed with his performances in Deathly Hallows pt. 1 and 2.

Emma Watson to me seems to be one of the actors that improved with age. I credit this to the advancement of Hermione’s character. It’s in this movie that we finally see Hermione have some real emotions, something that I think Watson pulled off without a hitch. I felt truly sorry for her as she mourned her unrequited feelings for Ron, tugging at your heartstrings as she cries on Harry’s shoulder. And her animosity towards Lavender almost makes you want to see Hermione sock her in the jaw. In my opinion, this film shows what Watson is capable of achieving as an actress, an opportunity I don’t think she quite got in the other films.

Rupert Grint successfully takes on the role of comedy relief in this movie. I won’t lie; I haven’t found anything genuinely amusing about his performance since Chamber of Secrets. Since then, I just saw Ron Weasley as a typical, tunnel-visioned teenage boy. I absolutely adore the way Grint bluntly delivers dialogue so that you can’t help but laugh. The scene where Ron consumes Romilda Vane’s love potion was absolutely phenomenal thanks to Grint. It, in my opinion, was the funniest scene in the film and Grint’s best performance to date. But I can only hope that Ron can get a heroic moment in the next two films, one that doesn’t take place on a quidditch pitch.

One person that I was quite surprised by was Bonnie Wright as Ginny. In films past, I was not a fan of her performance. In fact, I can say that I hated her as Ginny. I never found Ginny to be a likable character in the books, and Wright’s portrayal did absolutely nothing to help it. But in Half-blood Prince, that somewhat changed. I found myself seeing Ginny as a character worth liking. I have to say that this was due to the fact that I found Wright’s performance to be much more subtle than in the other films, thus making her more appealing. However, I don’t think she’s quite reached her emotional potential yet.

Another performance that I was surprised by was Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy. I just can’t deny that I absolutely hated him in the other films. It seemed rather amateur to me because I know how easy it can be to play someone so mean and nasty. But when I watched Felton in this movie, I felt sorry for him more than anyone else! He delivers an impeccable performance as Malfoy struggles to do Voldemort’s will, even though it is quite clear that he doesn’t want to. It shows a whole new side of Malfoy that we haven’t seen before, a side that shows that he’s not the miserable little shit that we all love to hate. When Felton stood before the bathroom mirror crying, I just wanted to jump through the screen and hug him! This movie shows just how good of an actor Felton really is.

Lavender Brown was a character that I expected to be a character that I would love to hate, and new comer Jessie Cave did not disappoint me. Her obsessive devotion to Ron (and the fiery passion that comes with it) along with her annoyingly high pitched voice makes you really wish that Ron would just wake up and smell the coffee. She plays Lavender as sort of a crazy fan girl who, like all crazy fan girls, just ends up crashing down to earth when faced with reality. And by doing so, she adds to the films comedy relief because it’s almost hard to believe that someone could really be that obnoxious.

It took a while for me to accept Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. This was made obvious by phrases being thrown around my Facebook page such as “Snape didn’t kill Dumbledore, Michael Gambon did!” In Half-blood Prince however, it was quite different. I think this is Gambon’s most Dumbledore-like performance yet. I loved the way he played the dear old headmaster as a man who, somewhat obviously depending on how you look at it, knows he doesn’t have much time left. But he still has a way with words that is just whimsical.

I didn’t quite know what to expect of Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn. I was unfamiliar with his previous work, although I was aware that he’s an Oscar winner. I thought that Broadbent’s portrayal of Slughorn to be positively delightful. He is well meant old man who knows what he’s doing in his line of work. Very much like Dumbledore in a way, and very non-Slytherin like. And yet he also plays him with a bit of guilt, since by the end of the movie we all know that it’s mostly his fault that Voldemort is impossible to kill. Broadbent played Slughorn in a positive light that purges the darkness that Snape held over the Potions classroom.

Which finally brings me to Alan Rickman...

Rickman's portrayal of Severus Snape has never failed to win me over. I'm more of a fan of his than I am of these movies. He's most of the reason of why Snape became my favorite character. Once again, his performance is absolutely amazing. I only wish there were more of him to talk about. With all the pages that Snape is on in the book, I was really excited about that possibility for the movie. My true disappointment! But he makes up for his lack of screen time by completely stealing the scene. His trademark deep velvety voice hypnotizes throughout the movie. And it’s in this film, as with the other films, that shows just how well Rickman knows his character. I could even see the faintest trace of “Why am I doing this?” deep in his eyes at several times. And for me, that sold it!

 For a while, I thought as though I was going to walk out without one bad thing to say about Rickman. I thought that I was just going to walk out laughing at my friend’s comments. The only thing she could find wrong with him was that he looked like he had put on a little weight since the last movie. She found it funny to taunt me by throwing around phrases like "male pregnancy", like I noticed (okay...maybe I did notice, but I couldn't care less. Come on, the man is in his sixties. Back the fuck off!) But then we get to the end. Oh no! Snape's altercation with Harry was probably the one scene that I was most looking to seeing played out before me. It could have been a chance for Rickman to play on one of Snape’s weaknesses by being called a coward. It could have been his chance to show the most emotion in these films to date. But what do I get? I get the same…calm…pause filled speech that he uses throughout the rest of the damn movie. I don’t blame Rickman as much as I blame David Yates, but all I know is that this was the phrase that was echoing through my head “Come on, man! Freak the fuck out!!” But other than that, I find absolutely nothing wrong with Rickman’s performance, and I don’t care how biased you think I am for saying so.

In conclusion, I didn’t think that this movie was a bad movie. It is an example of how far modern filmmaking has come as far as special effects go. It’s an entertaining film for people who haven’t read the books, and even though many fans would be somewhat disappointed by the adaptation, I think most people would be satisfied. And the acting in this film is among the best in the film series. I only hope that I can walk out of both movies of Deathly Hallows and be completely satisfied, although I might have a hard time with that. I hated the way Deathly Hallows ended.

Jun. 14th, 2009

Writer's Block: Talking Ducks

Two words......Spongebob Squarepants.......need I say more?
Happy birthday, Donald Duck! Which cartoon character do you think is the most disturbing?

Jun. 11th, 2009

Writer's Block: All Broken Up

Unlike others, I have had only one relationship to speak of. And I can't speak for my ex-boyfriend (especially considering that it's been six months since I've seen him), but it was tough for me.

This is the story, cut down as to not bore anyone. My ex-boyfriend and I met in High school. He was sixteen and I was fifteen. He asked me out after knowing me less than a month. I, being rather naiive and desperate in such a sexually frustrated school, accepted without even thinking. Surprisingly, it lasted for two months! He asked me to his prom. I said no because I wanted my prom to be special and I didn't know anyone else there. The weekend passes. I come into school the following monday and hear rumours that he cheated. I want his side of the story. One problem....he won't talk to me. I finally corner him and yell at him in my confused anger. He runs away with his tail between his legs. Later that day, he breaks it off with me. Later that week, he goes on to blame me completely and then proceeds to reveal deeply personal information that had friends of mine confronting me, thinking that I had been threatening suicide (which I was not)

And, by the way, I go down in my classes history for my blow-up, which nearly everyone heard, whether they were in the room or not.

I was completely broken up afterward, crying for two days after the break-up, prompting my friends to rush to my side with ten gallon tubs of ice-cream. They all say that I had every right to be upset. It was my first relationship afterall. But when I think on it now, I shouldn't have been so upset. We were not a good match. I know for a fact that there are plenty of others out there that I would want to be with more. And there are probably other girls who would be a better match for my ex-boyfriend (though I'm not entirely sure what someone would see in him. I don't even know what I saw in him). In a way, that break-up opened my eyes to what I really want in a significant other. And for that, I'm thankful.

I'd like to take this moment to pat myself on the back for not going to town on dissing my ex. Believe me, I could go on for days with that! But that would only make me look bad. I'm over him! None of it matters anymore!
Have you ever had a bad break-up with a significant other? How did you handle it?

Writer's Block: Call Me

I do have a landline at home, but i never use it. If you need to talk to me, text me. More than likely, I'll get back you within the hour. My brother is worse in my opinion. He can get back to you within the minute.
Do you still use a landline at home, or do you rely completely on your cell phone?

May. 1st, 2009

Writer's Block: Swine Times

With everything thats happening in the world today, this was the last thing that would have expected to see on the front cover of the paper every single god damn day.




When I first heard about swine flu, I won't lie to you. Yes, I was a little concerned about it. But unlike everyone else in America, I actually went online and researched said disease. The swine flu is nothing more than a strain of influenza. It's everything that you could expect from the flu. Coughing, sneezing, fever, aching, chills, nausea, and vomiting. If you get swine flu, the only problem you will have is three days of hell. The only people who have anything to worry about are those with immune issues, those with cancer, the very young, and the very old.

If you are a healthy person, the chances of you dying from swine flu are SLIM TO FUCKING NONE!

What really made swine flu "swine flu" was the media!!!!! I mean, really?! Holy shit! The way the media is covering the pandemic is like this is the next black plague! Might I add that the normal flu kills thousands of people all over the world every year. Why is the media making this seem worse?  

But people are buying into it!!!

I work in a super market and two (COUNT 'EM TWO) people one day were wearing masks. I could go on forever about how I haven't heard one damn thing from my bosses, but our customers are hounding us to keep the place clean!!

I knew that the country was in complete panic when three days ago, I was speaking with a good friend of mine. Our conversation turned to the disease. She started spitting out shit that I haven't heard, and I usually stay on top of the news. She said three people had already died in the U.S. when I knew for a fact that it was only one. I love her, but she should just chill.

Naturally, I don't want to get swine flu because it would mean three days of missing class and work. And all I can say to the people who are playing up this pandemic into an international panic....


Are you worried about catching the swine flu? Do you have a plan for avoiding contagion or dealing with quarantine?

Mar. 30th, 2009

Coming to a fellow writer's defense

While I was browsing the web tonight, I came across a very disturbing discovery right here on LiveJournal. Someone (oh...who was it again...ah! It's on the tip of my tongue) took the first two chapters of Forgive Me by PrincessCaspien95 on fanfiction.net and ripped them apart sentence by sentence. And might I say that this lovely piece of critism, along with the comments that followed, were truly some of the most tasteless pieces of flame work I've ever seen done to a story. They called the story a monstrosity for shit's sake!!!

Now I have quite a few things to say myself.

PrincessCaspien95 happens to be a very close friend of mine in real life. Let e start by saying that she also stumbled across this post while google searching advice for future fanfictions. And I don't think it takes a fucking rocket scientist to say that when she saw this, she was more than just embarrassed. She was mortified!!!!! When I talked to her after she found the post, the girl was crying!!!!! The poor thing is thinking that she will never be able to write a fanfiction ever again.

Now that I've read the post myself, let me give a critism or two to those assholes!

Who gives you the god damn right to insult a writer like that for the world to see. Especially when you don't actually know the person behind the story. PrincessCaspien95 is really a sensitive person in real life and those pricks openly say nasty things about her and her work. And she so boldly wrote in an author's note on fanfiction.net that if no one had anything nice to say, DON'T SAY ANYTHING!!!!!! The girl just can't take flames! She can't even take peolpe talking about her behind her back in real life. Now she ahs to deal with embarrassment on a global scale. People!!! Give her a fucking break!!!!

Now about those accusations of the crime of Mary-Sue....

If I remember correctly, the definition of May-sue is an original female character who is perfect in every way, dropped into the story to fall in love with a male character of choice. Having read hundreds of fanfictions in my days of cyber-writting, I found something unthinkable...yet surprisingly true.


When PrincessCaspien95 created that character and then expanded on the character, she set out to create a character that was not a Mary-sue. In fact, I've read rough drafts of later chapters. I can safely say that this charcter eventually becomes anything but a Mary-Sue. SHE EVENTUALLY BECOMES AN ANTI MARY-SUE!

If only those shitheads gave her a chance........

I have absolutely no shame in coming to a friends defense. After all, I'm not going to sit back and let her reputation be ruined. She really is a good writer. Those people just happened to have come across some of her earlier material when she was trying to find herself as a writer. And last I checked, that is not a crime agaisnt fanfiction, literature, or anything else.

By the way, if you happen to have read that post and agree with everything that whoever it was said....need I say more.

(P.S. I have been informed that said fanfiction has since been taken down out of shame)

Mar. 27th, 2009

Writer's Block: Previously on My Journal

All my friends would have to do would be to talk to me or refer to my notebooks or my fanfiction.net page.
If a friend started reading your journal today, what would you need to fill them in on so they could understand what you're writing about?

Mar. 26th, 2009

Writer's Block: First Things First

The theatre

I was a very shy child with not a lot of friends. I was often by myself with no one to play with but myself. Therefore, I developed an elaborate imagination to make up for the lack of companionship. But as I got older, I started to get involved with school plays and found that I absolutely adored it. It was an opprotunity to be someone else and live in another world. And this lead me to find the path of life that truly makes me happy. I found myself coming up with my own characters that now are part of my own works. In a way, the theatre helped me to become a writer.

But don't get me wrong. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't wish that I could have gone further with acting. But oh well! There's a Tony for writing too.
Who (or what) do you consider to be your first love?

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