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Hm, it would seem that I promised a Dalton picspam, didn't I?

Do I really need to say that there are lot of pictures behind the cut? Well, anyway, THERE ARE. And also mild spoilers for The Lion in Winter, Hot Fuzz, and Flash Gordon -- rather extensive spoilers for The Living Daylights. )

I'm afraid the Wuthering Heights portion of this project will have to wait for another post, but I hope this was enough to go on for one evening.
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Right, another drive-by because, unbelievably, I have to actually get up early tomorrow, oh curse my generous spirit -- BUT OH MAN MY FEELINGS ON THIS JUST HAVE TO BE SHARED RIGHT NOW, EVEN IN TRUNCATED FORM.

I literally just wrote about how I never understood the need to fangirl Heathcliff BUT THIS IS MY JOURNAL AND I WILL BE A HYPOCRITE IF I LIKE AND GODDAAAAAMN JUST DO ME ON IT, TIMOTHY DALTON. )

Oh, and I finished The Living Daylights and I actually hated very very little of it, and in fact thought it was rather awesome, and I totally shipped the Bond/Bond Girl OTP, AND SERIOUSLY OKAY THIS IS JUST MY WAY OF SAYING THAT THERE WILL BE A TIMOTHY DALTON PICSPAM THIS WEEKEND, SO PREPARE YOURSELVES.

(AUUUUGGGHHHH WHY DID I NOT CAP THE JANE EYRE MINI WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE?)
snowystingray: (marian)
It probably has not escaped your notice that I have been watching a ton of Lost lately. In the midst of this I also happened to check out the 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre from the library. I've had it on request for ages and it finally came through a few weeks ago... so I picked it up, got distracted by Lost, meant to watch it, didn't have a chance, got my "friendly due date" reminder yesterday, was all set to renew it online and then just watch it later in the week -- AND GUESS WHAT? "NO RENEWALS AVAILABLE ON THIS ITEM." Just dandy. Like I said, I had been waiting FOREVER to watch this mini and I hated to take it back unviewed, so... yes. I just watched the whole thing. All 311 minutes. Oh, Timothy Dalton, why do you do this to me?

Thoughts )

Do you have a favorite Jane Eyre adaptation that I should add to my immediate MUST BE WATCHED list? (Knowing you all, I'm sure Toby Stephens is probably going to win, ha. DON'T WORRY, GUYS, ALREADY ON THE LIST.) Also, all of [livejournal.com profile] hulamoth's postings are now prompting me to check out Ivanhoe (never seen/read any of it! I'm so inexperienced!). And... and... hmm, what other minis do I have next to watch? Go ahead, rec away. (Or, if you're feeling truly adventuresome, you could also rec some actual books in case I somehow magically remember how to read -- but I'm facing a mass of airplane travel next month and will most certainly need something to keep me amused.)
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From [livejournal.com profile] dollsome

01. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
02. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
03. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

My questions )
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I hope everybody had a great Christmas! Aside from our weird weather (alternating between sweltering heat and torrential downpour), we have been having a very nice holiday. The main highlight has been a surprise visit from my sister and brother-in-law, who haven't been down in Florida since May. Well, actually, I was the only one who was in on the surprise, but it was still a lot of fun to see everybody else's reactions!

Since I'm mentally still about four years old when it comes to omg presents yaaay!!!, I'll go ahead and gush about all the cool stuff I got. )
snowystingray: (elizabeth swann)
I was really hoping that this whole five fictional loves thing would inspire me to post more rather than just lurk around LJ, and then I rediscovered RollerCoaster Tycoon. Oh. My. God. Most addictive game ever. I saw my little brother playing it on Saturday and was all, "Oh, man, I remember playing that all the time in middle school!" And then I decided to play for a little while. And then a little while longer. And then... gahhh. I was almost late for my friend's party on Saturday night when I lost track of time playing. Luckily, she lives right across the lake so I still managed to get there in time. See, now, this is what happens when I get four days of work off in a row -- I have too much free time to dedicate to pointless past times!

2. Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre
Unlike with Little Women, I do remember exactly when I first read Jane Eyre. It was the summer between fifth and sixth grade, and my grandmother took me on a two week long trip to Paris. I brought two books with me to read during the plane ride. While the first book has completely passed out of my memory, I don't think I could ever forget Jane Eyre. You could count it as my first foray into "adult" literature; it's definitely had an effect on the way I've regarded pretty much any other book since then. The relationship between Jane and Rochester has left a similarly indelible mark on the way I've regarded other relationships. Jane Eyre is often labeled as a feminist book about a strong young woman finding herself and her own happiness, but I think that is oversimplifying and almost cheapening it. Rochester is a huge part of her happiness and I think people just shy away from saying that because it makes her seem too dependent on a man rather than self reliant. I just can't see why people would find fault with a girl who wants to spend her life with the one person she's found who can be a friend, a companion, and a lover all in one. It is truly a case of finding her soul mate; however flawed Rochester may be, he never has to make himself "worthy" of Jane's love. She loves him because of who he is, because of his character that comes through his actions. After the hugeomgshocking!!1! revelation about his past, although she can't admit to it Jane still forgives him in an instant, because even without knowing everything about him she still instinctively knows what kind of a person he is.

On a less dramatic-romantic-soul-mates note, he just seems like a great person to talk to. They can sit down and discuss anything, no matter how random, and it is still an interesting and intelligent conversation. He enjoys cross-dressing! He likes charades! He takes care of bastard children! Check, check, and check on my list of things that I like in a man.

Er, I realize now that I mostly wrote about why Jane likes Rochester, but I've always identified with her character so closely that you can just carry her reasons over to me as well.
snowystingray: (beauty and the beast)
I am so nervous about school starting tomorrow that I am incapable of posting anything original today. Instead, I'll just steal a bunch of stuff from other people and share it here.

An awesome article ganked from [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge: A new planet named Xena. There... are not even words for this. While I'm sure this announcement has made some people lose their faith in the scientific community as a whole, I'm all for it. My personal favourite quote from the article is, "Dr Brown and his team have christened it Xena, after the warrior princess in the old television series, '... because we always wanted to name something Xena.'"

Most recently nicked from [livejournal.com profile] mystickeeper, that book meme that has been floating around )
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For me, wrapping up a paper is the hardest part by far. I've been on the computer for two hours now and written a grand total of one sentence. Of course, part of that is because I was perusing my friends page and ogling Jeremy Irons, but a good deal of it can be attributed to the fact that concluding paragraphs are evil. Luckily, we have an extension until the end of the week. If I write one sentence a day between now and then, I should finish it on time. Meanwhile...

Book meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] manveri:

1) Total number of books in your house:
Gosh, I don't even want to guess at this. A couple hundred to be sure, but that is what happens when you live in a family of packrats. Fifty of those are probably copies of the Bible; we have an entire shelf dedicated to religious books alone. We still have a ton of kids books, too, simply because my parents have a hard time getting rid of stuff.

2) The last book you bought was:
The latest book I got was "Brideshead Revisited," but I had ordered it online a few weeks ago. The latest book I bought was, um... Okay, it's a tie between "Men at Arms" and "Commodore Hornblower," because I bought both of them the last time I went to the bookstore.

3) What was the last book you read before reading this?
I just finished rereading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" the night before last.

4) Write down 5 books you often read or that mean a lot to you.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I first read this book when I went to France in fifth grade, and it was the one bit of English that I was able to read for two weeks. I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I read it, and since then I have read it at least once a year. This was probably my first transition from children's books to adult literature, so it has become something of a standard by which I measure pretty much everything else I read.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This is the first Dumas I ever read, and it is probably still my favourite. I read it over the summer a few years ago and spent the better part of a week locked up in my room working on it. I don't even know how to describe that experience, but I could already tell that it was something that would have a huge influence on my life. The way Dumas relates his characters in most of his stories makes it pretty clear who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. In this book, though, there is a lot of ambiguity and I like that because, especially at the end, the reader is able to feel sympathetic for pretty much everybody. Obviously the Count has a powerful presence, and yet without the minor characters the story wouldn't be half of what it is.

3. Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester. I did read "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" first, but this is far and away the absolute best book out of the series (from what I have read so far, anyway; I still have three books left). I hadn't seen "Mutiny" or "Retribution" before reading the book, so I wasn't spoiled for any of the events in it. I have never been a big fan of reading books with a lot of action or suspense, but this book proved to be an exception. It also introduced the character of Mr. Bush, who I absolutely love to pieces. Forester really shows of the range of his skills in this book as well, making the final game of whist just as exciting as any of the battles that occur earlier on. This won the award for my favourite book of last year.

4. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. I think most people have something, be it a book, movie, TV show, whatever, that they enjoy immensely as a child, forget about for many years, and then go back an revisit, only to be moved in a completely different manner. I just did that this past week while watching "Labyrinth," and a couple of years ago while rereading this book. I read it first when I was in about second grade, and then I didn't read it again until maybe two years ago when I found it while cleaning out my room. I decided to read it again and was surprised to find myself crying through pretty much the whole thing. This is one of the very few books that has made me reevaluate myself and the way I treat other people. It's easy to justify being mean to people who are always negative to others, but especially since reading this I always try not to judge people too harshly.

5. Okay. I'm cheating. I knew when I first started this that I had to include Harry Potter, but I couldn't think of which one to put. I was going to save it for last in hopes of picking one along the way, but I couldn't, so I'm just going to consider them as a collective. I've gotten so attached to these stories over the past five years that I can't seem to remember what life was like before. I don't know if I should even bother explaining it here; I'm sure you all know the impact it has had in my life, considering the fact that I probably wouldn't even be involved in LiveJournal or the internet in general if it hadn't been for Harry Potter. Of course I love the books by themselves, but they mean more to me than just the story and the characters. It introduced me to more than just the world of magic; it was the first time I ever got involved in the fandom. I am one hundred percent sure that my life would be vastly different if I didn't have Harry Potter.

5) Who are you going to pass the stick to (to three people) and why?
[livejournal.com profile] rainbowjehan, [livejournal.com profile] katwm80, and [livejournal.com profile] queeniefox, simply because I am curious to know what their answers would be.
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This morning [livejournal.com profile] bluesmarty13 and I went to the mall to shop for Rita, whose birthday party is this evening. I thought it would take me a long time to pick something out, but I found something at the first store we went to (some pajamas with owls on them; yeah, they are as weird as they sound, but I liked them). Of course, I ended up buying some stuff for myself. We went by Barnes and Noble and I bought "Commodore Hornblower" and "Villette." I have been working on the copy of "Villette" that I got from the library, but it has been difficult because it doesn't have any sort of notes or translations for the French sections, which I have to just skip over and come back to later when I can use an online translator. The copy I bought today does have translations, so I will be able to read it all through without stopping every other page and trying to guess what they are saying.

I really wanted to go by the fabric store to look at stuff for a possible version of this dress. However, my mother really wasn't up to it, and it would have been my third trip there in the past two weeks. Maybe next weekend...
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I'm rather embarrassed. I figured so many people would have stayed home from fourth period on Monday and Tuesday that my four day weekend would have gone unnoticed. After all, we had already been told that we wouldn't be going to periods one through three, and on Friday our fourth period teacher told us that we would simply be watching a film. Apparently there were not many people who followed my same line of thought, because I was one of only two people missing from that class for the last two days. I feel like some horrible truant. I didn't miss any classwork and I don't suppose it really matters that I stayed home, but I still feel bad.

Our testing today was just as boring as I anticipated. I had more time after the test than I thought I would, so I finished reading "Phantom"... Urgh... I really had high hopes for the book, and I spent the better part of my weekend working on it, trying to finally get to the part that was so moving and beautiful and extraordinary for so many readers. By the time I got to the last page, I realized that part was never coming and I was terribly disappointed. This novel was a painful reminder of why I hate re-tellings or expansions of stories that I love. I am trying to scratch it out of my brain to prevent it from sullying my love of both the musical and Leroux's novel. The only thing I am grateful for is the fact that I checked it out of the library instead of blowing fifty dollars on it.

On a happier note, I started on "Villette." I'm only a few chapters into it, but I am already enjoying it immensely. I will have to free periods tomorrow during which to work on it, so I'll probably post more thoughts on it then.
snowystingray: (do not make me zap you)
Why am I the only one online? Oh, wait, that's right! I'm the only one without a social life.

Of course, that means that I have lots of free time to do things such as read all of "Princess in Waiting." I did enjoy it quite a bit, but some parts kept bothering me.

First, the fact that "Jane Eyre" was used as an example of how to play mind games with your lover. I know that everybody who reads a book gets a different impression from it, but I think you'd have try pretty hard to get that out of it. I don't think running away from a marriage to a man who already has a wife constitutes playing hard to get. By the same token, being proposed to by your cousin doesn't really strike me as an attempt to make your old flame jealous.

Second thing that bugged me... Oh, that Ioan Gruffudd's name was misspelled. At least he made the cut on their cute guys list, though.

Finally, Michael bugs me. He is too perfect and it is just not fair. I have played the awkward and out-of-place teenager long enough; it is time for the climax of the film, during which I discover Mister Gorgeous whom I have been secretly crushing on has secretly been crushing on me. Not that I have a Mister Gorgeous in my life. But I should. Life imitating art and whatnot. Anyway.

Am I the only one who would like to see Mia/Rene? If only because I have a thing for guys who are named Rene?

Oh, and I just thought of something else that bothered me. There is no way that Michael could have "Star Wars" DVDs. I suppose you could argue that the story could take place in the near future and the DVDs have already been released, but then again if Michael was a hardcore fan with convictions (and of course he has convictions) he would probably be boycotting because aren't they only putting out the special edition on DVD?

Please remind me again why I am alone on a Friday night...

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