Thursday, April 27, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

Another tag! I saw this one in a few different places, and despite not being tagged, I couldn't resist snatching it. :)




Author You've Read The Most From

Thanks to the very long A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket.

Best Sequel Ever 

I think The Chronicles of Narnia and Wingfeather Saga sequels may trump their firsts.

Currently Reading

The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, A Tale of Two Cities, and Start Here.

I have a problem with multi-reading. ;)

Drink of Choice While Reading

Water, hot chocolate, tea, or anything in a Starbucks cup.



E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book!! I have a Kindle, but I will always prefer real books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School

Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables books.



Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Emily of New Moon.

Hidden Gem Book

Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Reading Lord of the Rings, like Lover of Lembas said, and discovering the Lousia May Alcott books.

Just Finished

Hood by Stephen Lawhead

Kind of Book You Won't Read

I'm open to anything that looks good except trashy romance...which never looks good, so...

Longest Book You've Read

War and Peace.

Major book hangover because of...

Hmm. I don't usually get "book hangover" in that I don't want to move on to new books(I'm always up for new books!), but I will sometimes take a long time to process everything from a good book.

So, Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper or maybe Bridge to Terebithia.

Number of Bookcases You Own

I don't really own either, but by virtue of being in my bedroom, I like to say I have two. ;)

One book you have read multiple times

I've read The Hobbit five times which I think makes it the book I've read the most.

Preferred place to read

The couch, my bungee chair, and sometimes the bed.



Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read

I'm feeling sentimental today, so I have two rather gushy ones.

"I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam." --Frodo, Return of the King

"And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you." --Eponine, Les Miserables 

awwww

Reading regret

Alice in Wonderland. But I had to read it for school, so what could I do? ;)

Series you started and need to finish(all books are out in series)

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. I started them about two years ago and genuinely enjoyed them, but I haven't gotten to the last two books yet. Maybe this summer!

Three of your all time favorite books

Anne of Green Gables, Lord of the Rings, and Les Miserables 

Unapologetic fangirl for...

Those three and anything else by L. M. Montgomery

my face when someone mentions them ;)


Very excited for this release more than all the others

The fifth Penderwicks book.

Worst bookish habit

Maybe starting too many books at once?

X marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Caddie Woodlawn. Great book.

Your latest book purchase

Yay! A chance to show you my beautiful new books. :) The Outsiders is probably the most gorgeous thing on my shelf. <3




ZZZ-snatcher(last book that kept you up WAY late)

I usually don't stay up super late for books, but maybe Don't Waste Your Life.


Well! That was a long tag. 0.0 Feel free to take it!

When was the last time a book kept you up late? Have you read anything good lately? Any Penderwicks books fans? 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tag-- I'm It!

It turns out it's been over two months since I've participated in a tag(excluding the BatB tag I wrote in March), so I'm just in the mood for new ones!


Hamlette tagged me for one, which as far as I can tell is simply called "Tag-- I'm It!"

Rules: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people. 


1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? 

The first five Anne of Green Gables books and the Chronicles of Avonlea installments and a beeaautiful collection of Louisa May Alcott novels-- all passed down from my grandmother who received them in the '50s. These are also some of the first books I read of my own initiative, so they will always be special. :) 

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 

I'm in the middle of several books, but the "main" one is Hood by Stephen Lawhead, for which I have mixed feelings. My last read was Winter by Marissa Meyer(more mixed feelings) and once I finish most of the books I'm currently reading I'm planning to either re-read The Outsiders or re-start The Book Thief.


The Book Thief




















3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? 

I didn't hate it per say, but Beauty by Robin McKinley sorely disappointed me. A number of friends had enjoyed it and I had even lent it to one friend before I read it telling her she would like it(and she did), but I found it to be a yawner. So many more interesting things out there. 

Then again, I had a similar experience with the other Robin McKinley novel I've tried-- The Outlaws of Sherwood-- so perhaps her writing just isn't my cup of tea. 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 

Good question. I'd like to think I'll get to all the books I want to read before I die, but if I don't it will probably be Lady Susan by Jane Austen or another lesser-known book by one of my favorite authors. 

5. What book are you saving for retirement? 

Maybe I should save re-reading War and Peace for retirement. I would really like to read it again since I was a little disappointed the first time, but 13,000+ pages is dozens of hours I could spend otherwise. 

6. Last page: read it first or wait 'til the end? 

When I was young and foolish, I used to read last paragraphs, but now I have outgrown that custom. Such ridiculousness. ;)

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 

Depends how long it is... 

8. Which book character would you switch places with? 

Probably one of the Pevensies. Probably Lucy because all the exciting things happen to her and she has great older brothers and I really want older brothers. 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 

Yes. Lord of the Rings reminds me of being obsessed in 6th grade and the cozy-ness and happiness that ensues every read. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 

Well, I am pretty proud of the aforementioned L. M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott books my grandmother gave me, so those. 

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? 

I'm sure I have, but besides birthday or get-well-soon gifts, nothing comes to mind. 

12. Which book has been with you the most places? 

Any of the books on my shelf(and I think there are a few) that I took from my parents' shelf that they've had for a long time. I've lived the majority of my life in the same house, so I don't have any special "this-book-has-survived-thirteen-moves" stories. 

13. Any required reading in high school that wasn't so bad later? 

I hated The Scarlet Letter when I first read it for school, but when I was later assigned to skim over it and write a paper on it, I appreciated it more. I think I would like it a lot better now. 

14. Used or brand new? 

Either. I love acquiring used books because I'm cheap, but I still highly value new, beautiful, unread books.



15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? 

Nope! 

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? 

It's always hard to definitively say a movie is better because movies and books are such different story-telling mediums, but possibly Hugo or North and South or The Giver

17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbooks included? 

The Master Puppeteer made me hungry because it's set in Japan and every time it mentioned rice I really, really wanted to have sushi. ^.^

18. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 

Hmm, I read from such a wide variety or recommendations and discoveries that there isn't really one particular person I return to for ideas...

19. Is there a book outside of your comfort zone(e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 

Generally I don't care for hyper popular YA dystopian books(not that I've read that many), but The Maze Runner was a pleasant exception.


I am tagging...

Rachel at A Girl's Place 
Bekah at Bekah the Bookworm
Lover of Lembas
Erudessa at The Flowering Vales 

Only participate if you're interested and thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cinematic Excursions: March

I know this is pretty late, but I wanted to highlight all of the movies I saw in March and make monthly movie-updates a habit. We'll see if it sticks! :)

Singin' in the Rain


















My local theater featured this and, not only was it beautiful on the big screen, it was even better than I had remembered it from previous viewings. I've decided it's my favorite musical on movie.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers



Another classic musical, but unlike Singin' in the Rain, I found the music to usually distract, rather than complement, the story. But it's entertaining all the same. :)

Spider-Man 2002















This is my favorite discovery of March 2017. I'll admit that the special effects are really lacking, but it's fifteen years older than the current Marvel franchise, so we can cut it some slack in that regard.

But really, it is awesome in so many respects. It doesn't stoop to the over-the-top action and killing sequences of current Marvel movies and Peter Parker is a very solid role model. "Forget the flying monster guy" and this movie is really good. (bonus points if you caught that reference)

Maybe when I finish the trilogy I'll write a new post about the many merits of Tobey MaGuire's Spider-Man.

Beauty and the Beast(2017)




















This was the most anticipated movie of, like, my whole life-- I had been waiting for two years.  You can read my review here, but bottom line: it was very beautiful and very well done in a number of ways, just not quiite the perfect film extravaganza I'd looked forward to. :/

Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones














Waay better than I expected. Once you get past the rather poorly constructed plot and how ridiculous Yoda looked while lightsaber-dueling, it was pretty good. Padme and Anakin are really sweet and Obi-Wan is a great character, especially played by Ewan McGregor.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

So many mixed feelings. It was epic and big and emotionally powerful, but Anakin's development didn't flow like I'd expected it to in the directions cited by Attack of the Clones. I liked the Emperor's story, though. I'll never see Darth Vader the same again.

~~~

Which movies did you watch in March? Do you love Spider-Man 2002 as much as I do?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happily Back From My Impromptu Hiatus

In case you failed to notice(if you did, that's honestly okay), I took a three-week break from the internet that ended last Monday.

I got pretty behind on responding to comments over the break, so I'm sorry about that, but I just finished responding to everything today. Thank you for the lovely comments! :)




In other news,

~I'm going to post a list of the movies I watched in March and my corresponding opinions soon

~I have watched both Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers far more times than is healthy or sane

~I finished The Lunar Chronicles

~I started Merlin because between Doctor Who and Robin Hood I don't watch enough cheesy BBC tv  ;)

~Wait For It from Hamilton is an incredible piece of music


I'm planning to get back into the swing of blogging again, which is an exciting prospect. :) But for now, I'm off to practice piano.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beauty by Robin McKinley Book Review

This is my last Beauty and the Beast themed post for a while, I promise.

222659 Goodreads Synopsis: A young woman, well educated and honourable, accepts responsibility for her father's act and leaves her family to enter the enchanted world of castle and Beast. The Beast she finds is not the one she imagined, but can she stay with him?

A gifted storyteller embellishes the classic tale, developing a new and very real world of her own in a love story that has all the wonder and magic of the fairy tale.


My least favorite part of this book was its pacing. Had the first third been much shorter and the last fifth much longer, I would have enjoyed it much better. The author took far too long setting up the story, wasting pages and attention that should have been devoted to Beauty and the Beast's relationship. 

And I found the ending sweet, but anticlamactic. The ending, by the way, is my favorite of all the Beauty and the Beast movies and re-tellings I can remember reading/seeing. It needs to be perfect and beautiful and happy, but when this one fell a little flat, there was little other merit to praise.

Also, I couldn't get into the characters(except maybe the Beast). Beauty's family was horrible for letting her give herself to the Beast, but I was lost between confusion over why she missed them and then how she adjusted to indefinitely living without them so easily.

Essentially there was nothing to drive the story beyond my desire to finish it and write a review in the near future. 

All that being said, there were enough small things that added up to make a not-entirely-bad book.  I appreciated the literary references, many of the twists to the original fairy tale, and the incorporation of a horse as the main character.

So, long story short, I was disappointed, but  I don't hate Beauty. I just don't know if I could honestly say I like it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

My two main impressions:

~ it was really, really pretty

~it was really, really sweet

The music made me happy and, though some cast members sang better than others, it was pretty well executed.



Most of the additional scenes were fun, especially the prologue(that eyeshadow, though), but many of them failed to complement the original story. For example, at one point the Beast and Belle use time travel apparatus to visit her past and discover what happened to the mother who was never mentioned in the cartoon. That scene served to satisfy our interest about her mom, but did little to drive the story or develop the characters.

Also, without revealing too much, the ending played out a little differently than it did in the 1991 movie. I didn't care for the alterations, but "on that point it is best to remain silent" until you have seen it and decided for yourself. :)

Now, besides the music and visuals and sweetness, the one other element that filled my heart with joy was the casting. So much yes. So many familiar faces and perfect choices for the roles. The actors I appreciated  were...

-Emma Watson

Hermione! She was a pretty good Belle. She looks like Belle to begin with and she brought the strong, but feminine attributes essential to most good female characters.

-Dan Stevens


He played one of my favorite characters in Downton Abbey, Mathew Crawley. I was looking forward to the transformation at the end of the movie when he would look like said Downton Abbey character, but, to my delight, the CGI managed to match his facial expressions to that of the Beast's to where I could was thinking, "Wow, that's just the way Matthew would have said that!" throughout the movie.

-Emma Thompson 

Mrs. Potts has never really been my favorite character, but Emma Thompson pulled the role off nicely.

-Luke Evans

Isn't it funny how both the live-action Disney princess remakes have featured a villain played by an actor who was a hero in a Tolkien movie? (sorry, that was a mouthful)

Cinderella featured Cate Blanchett(Galadriel) as the evil stepmother and Beauty and the Beast included Luke Evans(Bard) as Gaston. Both cases required a little getting used to, but in the end, Luke Evans was a perfect Gaston. He made him humorous and despicable and just like the cartoon.

-Gugu-Mbatha Raw

She had a relatively minor role as the featherduster, but it was nice(and somewhat ironic) to see the graceful star of Belle

Lastly, I was surprised to recognize Hattie Morahan(the enchantress) from Sense and Sensibility and Mr. Holmes.

~~~

Now, about the gay character. Yes, LeFou was gay. Yes, the "exclusively gay moment" the director promised us was nothing more than about three seconds of men dancing with each other, but yes, there were a fair number of clues leading up to that. LeFou mildly flirts with Gaston throughout the film, which is uncomfortable, but not terribly inappropriate. Just disagreeable and unfortunate.

Downton Abbey(the best tv show ever) features a gay character as well. It's definitely uncomfortable, but I still watch the show because it takes a neutral position on his actions(and because it never crosses my personal border of content I don't tolerate on a screen). It doesn't shove it under our noses and ask us to celebrate like Disney did.

As a teenager, the issue was whether I would financially support something I didn't morally support. In this select circumstance, I was willing to do that. That was my decision, but I respect yours.



So, conclusion: Beautiful(and somewhat shallow)...but mostly beautiful. To quote my previous mini-review, "a long string of overwhelming eye candy". :)

What did you think of Beauty and the Beast? Did you like the casting?

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Adieu, Adieu, To You, and You, and You"

I'm taking an internet break for three weeks starting today, just so you all are aware. I do have two posts scheduled for this week, but after that nothing until April.



I need more time for reading, family, school, writing, and movies and *ahem* worthy tv shows.  And it seems good to step away from the all-consuming distraction and addiction that is the internet. 

So long, friends! :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast 1991 Quotes Answers

The quotes and their characters are...

1. "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it."

Cogsworth 

2.

Character 1: "The wheels in my head have been turning."
Character 2: "A dangerous pastime."
Character 1: "I know."

Gaston and LeFou respectively 


3. "So you want me to throw her into the asylum, unless she agrees to marry you? Oh, that is despicable. I love it!"

Monsieur D'Arque("creepy person" and "asylum guy"count xD)

4. "For once it might be grand to have someone understand-- I want so much more than they've got planned."

Belle

5. "Well, there's the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep."

Cogsworth

6. "How can you read this? There's no pictures!"

Gaston

7. "Master, I could be wrong, but this might not be the best way to win the girl's affections."

Lumiere

8. "Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?"

Chip

9. "Perhaps there's something there that wasn't there before."

Mrs. Potts

10. "Don't you see? She's the one. The girl we have been waiting for. She's come to break the spell."


Lumiere


Scores
Livia Rachelle- 80%
Fawnabelle Baggins- 90%
Mary Horton- 90%
Cordy- 100%
KB- 80%
Madison- 100%
MovieCritic-30%


Beauty and the Beast Trailer Game Answers

I'm sorry to post the answers so tardily!

Here are the screenshots in the correct order:


(a)
(g)
(b)
(c)
(e)
(d)
(f)

-The Scores-
MovieCritic- 100% 
Cordy-  71%



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Week Wrap-Up Post



Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my Beauty and the Beast week!



There were a few posts I didn't get around to, namely a book review of Beauty by Robin McKinley(which I think I called "Belle" a few times, so sorry for any confusion) and a review of the 2017 movie. But since I still want to write both of those, I will publish them soon-- just out of the context of this week. :) 

Here are the tag participants-


And other related BatB posts were...

~Hamlette's review of The Phantom of the Opera book and its similarities to Beauty and the Beast, which I found fascinating. 

~Heidi's lovely review of Belle by Cameron Dokey 

~Cordy's To Set Your Fairy Tale Minds At Ease, in which she defended Beauty and the Beast and that Belle fell in love with "a beast" 

~Mary's A Word About Beauty and the Beast, which was excellent

~Rose's post about the Broadway musical of Beauty and the Beast(yay!)

~Tarissa's review of the original fairy tale, which I want to read now 


If you wrote something that I didn't link, please tell me and I will add your link. Thanks for participating! :) 

Friday, March 17, 2017

VERY Short Beauty and the Beast 2017 Analysis

Well, I have seen Beauty and the Beast 2017.

Three thoughts:


1. The casting was very perfect. 

2. The music was beautiful. 

3. Almost the whole thing was a long string of overwhelming eye candy. So much prettiness. :)



More about my impressions and the "explicitly gay moment"(*rolls eyes*) later.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beauty and the Beast 1991 Quotes Game



Hello, all! I'm so sorry I've been neglecting to reply to your comments. I will do that soon, but I'm pretty packed today(and planning to see BatB in theaters tonight!!), so I haven't gotten around to the comments.



Anyways, here is a quick game for those of you who've seen the 1991 Disney movie(and those of you haven't, I suppose). Just submit which character(s) said the quote, and I will post the scores on Saturday! :D

1. "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it."

2.
Character 1: "The wheels in my head have been turning."
Character 2: "A dangerous pastime."
Character 1: "I know."

3. "So you want me to throw her into the asylum, unless she agrees to marry you? Oh, that is despicable. I love it!"

4. "For once it might be grand to have someone understand-- I want so much more than they've got planned."

5. "Well, there's the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep."

6. "How can you read this? There's no pictures!"

7. "Master, I could be wrong, but this might not be the best way to win the girl's affections."

8. "Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?"

9. "Perhaps there's something there that wasn't there before."

10. "Don't you see? She's the one. The girl we have been waiting for. She's come to break the spell."



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two Broadway Beauty and the Beast Songs You Should Try

It's not too late to jump in on the Beauty and the Beast party! :)



As you are probably aware, there is a Broadway Beauty and the Beast musical which currently travels the country.

(What you may not be aware of is that Hugh Jackman once played Gaston in the Australian cast.)

But that is neither here nor there.

Actually, I wanted to highlight two songs from the musical which aren't in either of the Disney movies, but still deserve attention. :)

They are...

Home

Is this home? Is this what I must learn to believe in? Try to find something good in this tragic place? 



Belle sings this one. It has a nice melody, and fleshes out a little more what was arguably skimmed over in the cartoon: her internal processes after deciding to stay with the Beast. Essentially she acknowledges the undesirable circumstances, but resolves to make the best of them. But much more eloquently. ;) 

If I Can't Love Her

No beauty could move me, no goodness improve me, no power on earth, if I can't love her. 



A song from the Beast! We didn't get this in the cartoon, but we should have. It develops his enigmatic character, especially at a pivotal part of his arc. And it harks back to the prologue song, which is beautiful.

Honorable Mention: Me(sung by Gaston)

What are your favorite songs from the Broadway musical? 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Why Belle Is My Favorite Disney Cartoon Princess

Day Three of the Beauty and the Beast Week! :D Today I'm discussing one of my favorite things about the Disney movie, Belle.





I prefer Belle to Mulan, I prefer her to (cartoon) Cinderella, and I prefer her to Snow White. She strikes a perfect balance between their flaws. Mulan practically abandons femininity, but Belle embraces it. Snow White and Cinderella fall into the damsel-in-distress stereotypes, but Belle can stand on her own to feet. By the end of the movie, Belle and the Beast had each saved each other's lives.

Also, I like Belle because I get her. She's the social outcast of her society and, while that isn't quite how I would describe myself, I'm no Gaston either. My interests often contradict societal norms, but like Belle, I'm usually okay with that.

And I love books. I love experiencing a good story again and again.



Lastly, despite my introversion, you could say I want "adventure in the great wild somewhere," in a sense. I want to dream big, even if I don't have any very specific aspirations at the moment.

And so, because of her femininity matched with capability and her similarity to myself, Belle is my favorite Disney princess.

(minus Lily James's Cinderella, who isn't a cartoon character) 

Who is your favorite Disney princess? Do you identify with Belle? 

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Trailer Game

If you're like me, you've seen the latest Beauty and the Beast trailer many times. 

So, I thought it would be fun to test your memory of the trailer. :) I have eight screenshots below in random order. Organize them by their appearance in the trailer and I will post the answers Saturday! 

The scoring might be a little tricky, so you'll have to bear with me on that one, but I'll figure something out. :)  

a.

b.

c

d.

e.

f.

g.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Answers To The Beauty and the Beast Week Tag

Here are my answers! 





1.When did you first experience Beauty and the Beast?
When I was around four or five and watched the Disney movie. Come to think of it, we had a picture book version of the (non-Disney) story, so that may have been first.  Either way, I was four or five(or even three perhaps).

2. In what forms(book, movie, retelling) have you experienced Beauty and the Beast?
I've seen the cartoon, read the picture book version I just mentioned, listened to the Broadway recording, seen a high school production, and read Beauty by Robin McKinley.

Also I've read The Phantom of the Opera and Howl's Moving Castle which are at least reminiscent of BatB, if not technically re-tellings.

3. Who is your favorite character in Beauty and the  Beast?
Belle! I'm going to publish a whole post on why she's my favorite later this week.

4. What is your favorite song from the Beauty and the Beast(cartoon or Broadway musical)?
Probably Belle, the first song from the movie. I also love The Mob Song for some reason. I'm interested what that will look like in the live-action movie.

5. If you were turned into a piece of furniture what you want it to be?
A wardrobe would be fun, I could hold lots of pretty dresses.

6. What would your dream cast for Beauty and the Beast be? (This can be as elaborate or simple as you desire.)

I really like most of the cast for the 2017 movie, but I would like to see Georgie Henle as Belle.

7. If your school were performing BatB which character would you want to play?
I'd probably like to play one of the blonde girls in the village who sing in Belle. A small role, but expressive, and I'd get to sing. ^.^

8. Like Belle, do you enjoy reading books multiple times?
Yup. Very much.

9. If you were to write a retelling, what would you change?
Hmmm. I think it would be fun to try to incorporate time travel. I'm not sure how exactly, but it's an interesting thought.

10. Are roses your favorite flowers? 

No, I don't think I have a favorite flower... I do want to name one of my daughters Rose someday, though.

Beauty and the Beast Week Kick-Off and Tag

It has started! :)

I'm so happy that you all were interested to join-- it should be fun! :)

First of all, I should clarify something. I built the scheduling of this week around the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie which is coming out this Friday. But sadly, the director announced recently that it will feature a gay character-- LeFou. This development certainly disappointed me-- I believe that the Bible flatly condemns same-sex relationships and that it's inappropriate for Disney to force this kind of content into a kid's movie. And for these reasons, many Christians have chosen to not see or support the movie this week.

I respect that, and if you are among them, that's fine-- we can still celebrate and discuss the cartoon and other manifestations of the story this week. :)  And if you are planning to see it-- great! We'll see how it goes. 0.0

I just ask that if you agree with Disney's decision, you remain respectful to those of us who don't.

So, here's how this is going to work--

I'm going to post a game tomorrow and several other Beauty and the Beast-related posts throughout the week. I'll post the game answers and a wrap-up post this Saturday. The wrap-up post will contain a list of all the pertaining links to what you've written, so if you're planning to participate(even just filling out the tag), please remember to submit the link in the comments below this post.

The subject includes the cartoon Disney movie, the new Disney movie, the original fairy-tale, or any other movie/tv/book adaptions or re-tellings.


The Blog Buttons:






The Tag Questions: 

1.When did you first experience Beauty and the Beast?
2. In what forms(book, movie, retelling) have you experienced Beauty and the Beast?
3. Who is your favorite character in Beauty and the  Beast?
4. What is your favorite song from the cartoon Beauty and the Beast?
5. If you were turned into a piece of furniture what you want it to be?
6. What would your dream cast for Beauty and the Beast be? (This can be as elaborate or simple as you desire.)
7. If your school were performing BatB which character would you want to play?
8. Like Belle, do you enjoy reading books multiple times?
9. If you were to write a retelling, what would you change?
10. Are roses your favorite flowers? 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Recent Happenings





So far, 2017 has been pretty cool.

There was the initial holiday let-down at the beginning of January-- when school started again and we stopped listening to Christmas music 24/7--, but I "recovered" quickly. ;D

Now I feel content with the point of the year that we're at. The end of the school year is tolerably near and, following that, summer. Yay summer. :D Also my Beauty and the Beast Week is approaching, which is exciting.



It's always interesting to look back and think on where I was a year ago(which was Florida, by the way, so that's not always helpful). Or the things I was thinking about and the things I was doing.

So I thought I would share some of this year's-- the moods and things that have been happening in the last few weeks.

Star Wars Obsession 

Ever since I saw Rogue One for the second time, I've been in a big SW kick. And the release of Episode VIII's title and the anticipation of a trailer have only fed my enthusiasm. I re-watched A New Hope and The Force Awakens and bought a Rogue One poster and checked out a character encyclopedia from the library.

Also, I'm finally starting to "get" Star Wars limbo and...world. As much as I enjoyed the movies, I used to be shamefully ignorant of the Star Wars world and vocabulary, but because of this kick I'm learning it now. :D

Philippians 4

I've decided this is my favorite chapter of the Bible. It's encouraging but challenging and includes so many "famous" Bible verses.



Music

I started listening to Twenty One Pilots. Crazy, because it's totally out of the genre that I usually enjoy. Totally. But despite its occasional darkness and *ahem* weirdness, I like it. Especially the Blurryface album.

Also...

~You've Got Mail soundtrack

I've been listening to this for as long as I can remember and it's still good. xD

~You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra

I don't know what it is with this song.

~La La Land soundtrack

Alll the songs. City of Stars, Someone in the Crowd, and whenever I need motivation for whatever task is in front of me(be it starting school, cleaning the bathroom, or clearing the table), Another Day of Sun.



Ukulele

I bought a ukulele! It sounds so happy. :D

my ukulele and the Rogue One poster my siblings think is weird :D



Snow

We've had a LOT of snow this year and one can particularly enjoy it while taking a day-road trip.

I took pictures, but I'm pretty sure they look deceptively good because they're small. In reality, they're pretty blurry. xD The snow was gorgeous though.






Youtube

As always. ;) 

Here are some of the best YouTube videos I watched this month...









Josh Taylor from Blimey Cow has his own Youtube account called Movie Trailer Trash for reviewing and discussing movies and movie trailers and it's really good.

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What have been some highlights of your year? Do you have any snow? Do you ever experience "kicks" of enjoying a certain movie series? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Reasons To Like Persuasion 2007

My small contribution to Hamlette's Jane Austen week, a Persuasion movie review:






Persuasion 2007 may be one of the more underrated Austen movies. It's a given that any period drama fan has probably seen both P&P movies and the'95 S&S, but poor Persuasion 2007 sits neglected in the corner.

But I like it. It's enjoyable and endearing, even if Sally Hawkins does look straight at the camera on multiple occasions and the ending almost resembles a chick-flick.

So...here are the top five reasons to watch(and like) Persuasion 2007...

5. The Length

With Sense and Sensibility '95 at 2 hours and 20 minutes, Sense and Sensibility '08 at about 3 hours, and Pride and Prejudice 1995 at almost 6 hours, it's convenient to find an Austen movie I can watch in a single evening. 93 minutes is the perfect run time for this movie-- not too rushed, not too tedious.


the main actors-- Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins


4. The Thoroughness

But despite the abbreviated length, the movie fits in all the essential details and characters.

Captain Benwick could have been slightly better developed and I was sad to miss the lovely scene wherein Captain Wentworth gives his letter to Anne, but overall the necessities were there.

3. The Oceanside Shots

They are so pretty.

2. The Humor

Mary is hilarious. Absolutely obnoxious, but hilarious. And I laughed pretty hard at her poor husband, Mr. Musgrove as well.

1. The Tension

I've read the book and seen this movie before, but I still started to get a little nervous for the outcome towards the end.

Will Captain Wickham propose to Louisa? 

Will Anne catch Captain Wickham in time? 

That's one of the movie's strongest points-- its ability to re-involve me in a story I already know the outcome to.

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Have you seen this version of Persuasion? What did you think? Did you like the casting choices?