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4/12/08 08:04 am - I'm crying again

He doesn't seem to think that I have a good enough reason to be really upset. I don't have any real problems.

I shouldn't have to justify my feelings.

Knowing that it'll all be okay in the future doesn't make it any easier to deal with now.

I don't know who I am anymore. That's a real problem.

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12/11/07 08:31 pm - The Golden Compass

So I liked the movie. I seem to be very much in the minority on that score, but I understand why: It's because I am one of the few people for whom I think the movie is actually meant.

What do I mean by that? I mean that this is a fandom movie. This is a creation that is designed for people who are already familiar with the world of the books, who know what canon is, and that the movie isn't it. For people who don't want the movie to be a substitute for the book. The book will always be better; the movie can only be flashier.

And what do I mean by all that? Well, that is how I respond to a few complaints:

"They watered down the controversy." Not really; they just didn't spell it out for you. If you know it's there, it's still there in a big way. In fact, I think it is very appropriate that no one says CHURCH BAD in this movie, because Lyra still hasn't figured out what exactly is good and bad yet. It's not until the second or even the third book that the protagonists can really put a name and a face to what they're fighting.

"Daniel Craig was barely in it." That's because that's his character; he's more of a driving force, an ideology, than a person. And if you're going to see it for the celebrities, you're going for the wrong reasons, and I don't expect you to be satisfied.

"Mrs Coulter didn't do anything evil." That's because that's her character. Like Asriel, she is a driving force. Part of what makes her so scary is that you never see her doing anything evil; you only see other people doing evil things, as per her bidding, and realize that the evil and the beauty are the same person.

In fact, the only objection that I agree with is that the dialogue was stilted in places. Yet even this I can respond to, in two ways, because different parts were awkward for different reasons.

1. That's what happens when you take book dialogue and say it out loud. The way people talk in books isn't the way they talk in real life. So basically the writers can either be true to canon, or make it sound natural, but not both. And returning to my whole idea that this is meant for people who are already familiar with the books (and the dialogue within them), I think they made the right call.

2. That's what happens when you have to explain things to people who don't already know them from reading the book. Those scenes felt awkward because the movie as a whole had a tone of assuming that the audience already knows what's going on, and so when that pattern is broken with exposition, it feels weird.

In summary: Never judge a book by its movie. The opposite, however, is a good rule of thumb.

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11/9/07 12:40 pm - Going to Whistler!

*dances*

I am so looking forward to this trip. I really need some time off after the stress of mono (which has combined into a nightmarish snowball with diving and school), and I can't imagine anything more fun and relaxing than 3 whole days (plus a half day today) with Mike. I love him so much!

*more dancing*

But I really don't want January to come and take him away. *sniff*

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10/23/07 05:00 pm - Endless frustration

I have spent a lot of time crying over the past few days, and it's mostly because of diving. I really wish this season would shape the hell up and stop throwing obstacles in my path. It's nearly the end of October, and my season hasn't really started yet. I cannot even express my anger and frustration.

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10/14/07 07:37 pm - An ethical question

Does it make me a bad person that I like hearing my boyfriend trash his exes?

Actually, I don't care. It's amusing. Sucks to be those bitches.

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10/6/07 12:50 pm - I have the flu

It really sucks.

I took today off of work, because I really need some rest to keep my mind and body from just breaking down completely. Blegh.

I am so lucky to have Mike. He is really keeping me alive right now. *heart*

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9/28/07 10:31 pm - I'm in denial

Because I know that if I let myself feel what I want to, I will be too scared to live my life.

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9/18/07 05:13 pm - : )

I have the best boyfriend ever.

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8/28/07 02:05 pm - Eureka

I think I figured out what the accidental foreshadowing that JKR mentioned in Prisoner of Azkaban was!

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times...If one only remembers to turn on the light."

Say, with a Deluminator perhaps?

If that's not it, then I dunno.

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8/22/07 02:37 pm - A brilliant analogy

A thought occurs: Each of the provinces of Hyrule (as it looks in Twilight Princess) corresponds to one of the provinces of Canada. How so? Well...

Ordon: Sort of distant from the rest of the country, both physically and philosophically; this is the land where people live in the middle of nature, among the mountains and forests. BC.

Eldin: It might not be the biggest or most impressive, but bottom line, it can take care of itself, because its natural resources are a good source of economic stability; there's also cowboys and Indians. Alberta.

Lanayru: For lack of a less stupid way to put it, large and in charge; the biggest province, the most urban and populous one, the one where the capital is located, the one that therefore thinks the world revolves around it. Ontario.

Snowpeak: Snow and peaks, but also a surprising amount of wealth; I bet there's gold in them thar hills. Yukon.

Desert: Basically uninhabitable, it continues to exist more as a tribute to a long dead culture than because it actually contributes anything to the current dominant race. Nunavut.

(Really, though, I think that Snowpeak is more like Whistler than anything else. Snowboarding and mansions? Come on.)

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