Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NEW BLOG REVEAL and other items of interest

Hey readers, I'm pretty pumped right now because I just started a new blog! (Don't worry,On Stories and Words isn't going anywhere).

I've been really interested in film criticism lately and I wanted another place to write about movies(more as a critic than as a fan, per say) without overwhelming this blog. Thus was born Moving Pictures, the new home for my film and television criticism.




I try to be more serious and professional than I probably am here. Ha. xD My first post is a review of Spider-Man: Homecoming(bet you didn't see that coming). Go check it out!

This means I will end my monthly Cinematic Excursions posts, which I'd kind of slacked off on anyway. It also means I'll probably write less about movies at all, but I plan to more than make up for that at Moving Pictures.

As to other news items...

+I'm indefinitely retiring my Les Mis blog. It'll still be under my Blogger profile but I'm not going to update it any more.

+And speaking of my (apparently numerous) blogs...I have another one I never told you guys about. I didn't want to promote it here because I want to discuss topics there(politics, theological controversy etc.) that wouldn't be appropriate for this blog. But I decided  as long as I keep this site free of that, I'll go ahead and announce I have another, less censored blog. ;D It's called M. M. Johnson.

+Blimey Cow has been releasing awesome videos and you all need to watch them. Here is one of my favorites:



How are you guys? What is your favorite Blimey Cow video? Have you read any good books lately?  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Am I The Only One Who...

Am I the only one who...

puts ketchup on everything
logs onto Pinterest to look for pins from a movie right after watching said movie
has a love/hate relationship with sleeping in
eats chocolate excruciatingly slowly

feels 100% more hip with sunglasses
almost always likes a movie better the second time
alternates between feeling very on top of things and feeling very, very behind
goes through movie/book genre kicks
checks out far more books at once than she can actually get through because tall TBR piles motivate her to read

is disgusted by people who fall asleep during takeoff on a plane(that's like the best part of vacation, come on)
feels more grown up when wearing a purse
doesn't really decide what she's ordering at a restaurant or coffee shop till just as she's ordering it

Well, am I the only one? Do you relate to any of these? 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tagged for Two Tags

Thank you Olivia and Art3mis for tagging me!! :D I'm going to start with The "100 Books the BBC Think Most People Haven't Read More than 6 of" tag. It's fun to prove people(or the BBC) wrong, so here we go...



Rules...

1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.

3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

1.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen *
2.  Gormenghast Trilogy -  Mervyn Peake
3.  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë *
4.  Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5.  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *
6.  The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7.  Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë 
8.  Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9.  Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
10.  Great Expectations - Charles Dickens *
11.  Little Women - Louisa May Alcott *
12.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13.  Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14.  Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15.  Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
16.  The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17.  Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18.  Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 
19.  The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20.  Middlemarch - George Eliot 
21.  Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22.  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald *
23.  Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
24.  War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy *
25.  Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26.  Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
27.  Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
28.  The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29.  Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll *
30.  The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 
31.  Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
32.  The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33.  Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain *
34.  Emma - Jane Austen
35.  Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe *
36.  Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37.  The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 
38.  Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39.  Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40.  The Joke - Milan Kundera
41.  Animal Farm - George Orwell *
42.  Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43.  One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 
45.  Under My Skin - Doris Lessing\
46.  Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery *
47.  Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 
48.  Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes 
49.  Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50.  Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner



51.  Beloved - Toni Morrison
52.  The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53.  Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
54.  Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen *
55.  My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56.  A Dolls House - Henrik Ibsen
57.  A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens *
58.  Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59.  The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevesky 
60.  Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61.  Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62.  Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63.  Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64.  Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65.  Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66.  On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67.  Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68.  Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69.  Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70.  Moby Dick - Herman Melville *
71.  Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72.  Dracula - Bram Stoker
73.  The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74.  Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75.  Ulysses - James Joyce
76.  The Inferno - Dante 
77.  Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78.  Germinal - Emile Zola
79.  To the Light House - Virginia Woolf 
80.  Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
81.  A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens *
82.  Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
83.  The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84.  The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85.  Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86.  A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87.  The Stranger - Camus
88.  Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89.  Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90.  The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91.  Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92.  The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery *
93.  Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94.  Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
95.  A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96.  Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
97.  The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98.  Hamlet - William Shakespeare 
99.  Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
100.  Metamorphosis - Ovid

And thus a grand total of...17. :P I'd like to read more of them someday!

I'm actually not going to tag anyone for this, but please take it if you'd like! Thank you, MovieCritic, for creating the tag! 

Next, the Four Fictional Characters Tag!

Rules

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun! Be sure to let them know you've tagged them.

Anne Shirley(Anne of Green Gables)




Of course. I cannot have a list of characters to whom I identify without Anne. She's basically my fictional counterpart, but kinder and wiser and harder working. :P We are both a little weird and both crave deep friendships.

Rose MacClare(Downton Abbey)

Ha. Wishful thinking. Rose MaClaire is cheerful, compassionate, and personable. She's pretty extroverted(which I'm not) and-- for just the first few episodes-- rash and rebellious(which I hope I'm not), but I identify with the way she often hides her feelings behind cheerfulness-- something I occasionally do. However, she questions cultural norms, values friendships, and gets excited for things other people wouldn't. She starts a bit *cough* rough around the edges, but it makes her character arc all the more satisfying.  I think of any fictional character I've ever encountered, she may be my biggest role model.

realizing I will never be as amazing as Lady Rose MacClare 
Bilbo Baggins(The Hobbit)

I actually wrote a blog post on the subject, so I'll cheat and just link that. (by the way I wrote this post over a year ago so don't judge ;D)

Alexander Hamilton(Hamilton)




Confession: everything I know about the first secretary of the United States I know because of Hamilton. That makes it hard to say how much I'm like the actual historical figure, but when it comes to the character in Lin Manuel Miranda's musical, we are the same. :D

He's constantly overwhelming and annoying the people around him with the subjects he's passionate about and that. is. me. xD Also he talks a lot and can be overambitious. Sadly I'm not as hard working and I can mostly safely say we have different moral weaknesses. Obviously I don't support everything he did. Otherwise, I think we're pretty alike.

I tag anyone who's seen any of the Spider-Man movies this summer. 

Thanks for reading!