Sunday, September 22, 2019

Tolkien Blog Party || Tag

This year, Hamlette's tag questions are in 'would you rather' form.  Here are my answers!

Would you rather . . . 

1. ...join Thorin's Company or the Fellowship?

The Fellowship, because those dwarves can start gettin' on my nerves.  I'm also just more On Board, in general, with the Fellowship's quest than the Company's.

Modern Hobbit: Bilbo and the Durins 1/2
I mean I still love the dwarves.  They're just annoying sometimes.

2. ...ride Shadowfax or an eagle?

Both would be fun, but I feel like an eagle would be more of a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I'll go with one of them. 


3. through Moria or Mirkwood?

Well, now.

On the one hand, extended periods of total (or near-total) darkness.

On the other, demon spiders. 


As long as I'm with a few other people and there is at least one light source, such as Gandalf's staff, I'm going to go with Moria.  (I may regret that when I get down there, but oh, well.)

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4. ...learn to make elvish rope or mithril chainmail?

They're about equally useful, so I'll go with mithril because it looks cooler and would probably be a more interesting process. :-P

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5. ...try to outwit Smaug or Saruman?

Saruman, because it'd be much more morally and intellectually satisfying to best him; but, honestly, it's probably pretty unlikely that I'd succeed at either. 


6. ...spend an hour with Grima Wormtongue or Denethor?


(So, yeah, Denethor.  Because he's allllllmost worthless, y'know, as a person; but there's the barest chance that I could knock some sense into him.  And also, he's not creepy.)


7. ...attend Faramir's wedding or Samwise's wedding?

BOTH ARE SOFT AND PRECIOUS BOIS WHO DESERVE THE WORLD, so I'd very much like to attend both.  If I had to choose . . . I don't know whose I would choose, actually.  Because with Faramir's, you get Sage & Hallowed Locations plus the opportunity to potentially meet both Arwen and Eomer (which, you know, would not be terrible); but with Sam's, you get Fun & Nostalgic Locations plus terrific food. 

Eowyn & Faramir aesthetic 1/2

8. ...have to care for the One Ring or the Arkenstone for a day?

I thiiiiink the Arkenstone, because, as far as I recall, the consequences of succumbing to its dangers are not quite as world-altering as to those of the Ring. 

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9. ...have tea with Bilbo or Frodo?

Probably Frodo, because if he's old enough to even be able to have tea with me, we're probably approaching the Fellowship of the Ring time period, and by this point Bilbo will have gotten slightly . . . um . . . Crustier.  Let's put it that way. 

Modern Frodo aesthetic

10. ...fight alongside Boromir or Eomer?

For some reason, I sort of feel like Boromir would be more patient with a newbie warrior, so I'll cast my lot in with his.  Eomer would be all, "dID THEY SEND ME DAUGHTERS WHEN I ASKED FOR SONS??!?!"

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Hamlette is also hosting an a fabulous giveaway in honor of this historic event, so be sure to enter that HERE!

What would your answers to this tag be?
(Also, what think you of the aesthetic collages??  I found them, as ever, on Pinterest, the source of all beauty.)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Why I Love . . . {Elsa (+ Frozen in general)}

I watched Frozen a few times earlier this year, and it really reinforced how much I like it and what a good movie I think it is.

Specifically, what struck me again is how relatable Elsa is for me, and what a stellar treatment of anxiety the makers give us through her.

I struggle with a very specific anxiety that's difficult ⎼ or well-nigh impossible ⎼ to talk about with others because it's of such a nature that I imagine others would recoil from me if they knew about it.  I'm not the only one who has grappled with this specific fear, but it's not one that's widely talked about and one of the tricks I think Satan uses to keep me afraid is making me feel like I am the only one.  (Thankfully, that doesn't tend to work that much anymore because, again, I know for a fact that I am not. ;))

And in Elsa, I see myself.

Elsa is terrified ⎼ terrified ⎼ that one day she might hurt or even kill her loved ones.  She has this power that she didn't ask for and that she doesn't think she can control.  It makes her different from everyone else she knows.  And the harder she tries to fight her fear, the more all-encompassing it seems to become.

Folks, this is anxiety.  This is real, mind-clouding, paralyzing, existential terror.  Worrying that one day you might lose control of your own soul, so to speak ⎼ worrying that the people you love most might be hurt by or because of you; that you might "turn dark" out of the blue and against your will ⎼ that is a different kind of fear, right there.

Not okay, edit-maker, NOT OKAY.

Watching Elsa is subtly, brilliantly familiar ⎼ because she's all of us who struggle with this.  Desperately wanting to enjoy small, simple pleasures, but constantly worrying that if she lets her guard down for too long, catastrophe might overtake her?  Check.  Having a vibrant personality and active sense of humor and fun, but having that stifled again and again by fear and the effort of keeping everything under wraps?  Check.  Clinging to a specific object/practice (the gloves) as a coping mechanism??  Check.

So.  Anyway.  Elsa is a brilliantly written and produced character and I rest my case.

On to the movie in general.

Frozen's aesthetic makes me very happy.  (And I'm about to go full-on nerd, here.  Ye've been warned.)  It draws on all the ideological beauty of winter (isolation, clarity, crystallinity, purity, etc. and so forth) and uses it to frame an important story. 

It's just a cozy movie, full of nighttime scenes and crackling fires and mossy stones that turn into supremely unhelpful (albeit affectionate) trolls. 

  • It has great music.
  • It has a fun (and, more importantly, small) group of main characters.
  • It centers around the sister dynamic between Elsa and Anna, and the love story takes a backseat plus is healthy to boot. :D

also it gives rise to fan art like this and HOW THE HECK DO YOU PEOPLE DO THIS

Frozen is a wonderful movie and absolutely deserves to be considered alongside Tangled and that is all I have to say about that.  (Y'know, for now.)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Seven Questions Book Tag

My splendoriferous friend Katie tagged me for this (thanks a bunch, Katie! ♥), and I was really excited to answer her questions. :D  Let's get right into it!

What’s one genre you used to avoid, but now love? 

Memoir, actually!  I never used to read any non-fiction at all other than devotional/religious books or assigned reading for school, but lately I've discovered that I can really enjoy real people relating their real stories.  I don't tend to like biography or autobiography as much, but something about the intimacy ⎼ the visceral intimacy, in some cases ⎼ of memoirs does appeal to me.

Have you ever liked a movie adaptation better than the book? Which book? Why? 

*snorts* Have I ever . . . ALL THE TIME.  I've actually watched adaptations before reading the original material more often than I've done the reverse.  Often I end up liking the book and the movie about equally, but for different reasons. 

Currently, however, I probably like my favorite movie versions of all of Jane Austen's works better than the books, simply because I grew up on Austen adaptations and they're my preferred way of experiencing her stories.  

this because this is pretty

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell would be another example, probably because it's one of my favorite movies ever and it actually, y'know, has a conclusive ending.  (Not that the non-ending in Gaskell's novel was her fault, of course.  The poor woman could hardly be held responsible.  But still.)  And Jane Eyre.  While I enjoy the book, a lot of things in it translate better to the screen, in my personal opinion.  (Such as the entire character of Edward Fairfax Rochester. *ahem*)

(Also, like, I do like Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell.  I just like the movies more.)

Name one thing about your favorite genre that you absolutely can’t stand. Something you wish you could change. 

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I think . . . I think my favorite genre is probably fantasy, because when I find a fantasy specimen that speaks to me, it speaks to me in a way that other genres simply don't.  (That said, I don't tend to read a whole lot of new-to-me fantasy, as I'm sure I've mentioned before.  There are a few different reasons for that, and that's a post for another time.)

One trend I've noticed in the current YA fantasy market, that, as Katie so obligingly worded it, I absolutely can't stand, is tHE RIDICULOUSLY DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF STORIES CENTERING AROUND ASSASSIN "PROTAGONISTS" (or assassin "love interests").

Demek trying to speak the group's language

Mmm.  *facepalms forever*

[ATTENTION ALL LOVERS OF THE ASSASSIN PROTAGONISTS TRADITION:  I am now going to spew spontaneous hate at this concept.  You are not obligated to read it.  You are also not obligated to agree with me, obviously.  Just my personal opinion, this.]


Because, see, look.

If somebody wanted to write a character who was an assassin and actually delve semi-deeply or with even a semblance of accuracy into the moral ramifications of making your living killing people, I'd say, fine and dandy.  Go for it.

But people don't do that.  Instead, people try to push this "morally grey" garbage at me, trying to convince me that a bunch of hypothetical adolescents choking on their own angst are somehow made "cooler" by being able to kill a bunch of strangers with indifference.

"A clue:"

When was the last time you shipped a non-canon book couple? 

Probably Liesel and Max in The Book Thief.  I have my Thoughts on the rather ambiguous ending, y'all ⎼ I have them, indeed. ;)

The Book Thief.  Liesel & Max. Love. Love. Love.

How often do you write ‘rant reviews’? Or do you prefer to keep quiet if you didn’t like a book? 

I try not to talk too much about stories I don't like; unless they elicit some uber-strong reaction in me that, like, Existentially Shakes me with the depth of my aversion to the story in question (*cough* Rebecca *cough*).  Or if I feel like I just have to "get it out of my system."  Then I'll indulge occasionally. :-P

Also, though, I've pretty much figured out by this point certain trademarks (i.e. in the cover, title, synopsis, other people's reviews, etc.) that I can easily spot and that can usually tell me pretty reliably whether or not I'm going to like a book.  And if it's givin' off strong "not for me" vibes, I try to just pass on it.  (Though sometimes I am tempted, as I was in the library yesterday. ;))

Thoughts on Charles Dickens? Love him, hate him, in-between him? 

In-between him.  His stories are too sprawling for my taste, but I've greatly enjoyed Bleak House and especially Little Dorrit.  

In general I've also found him a bit depressing/borderline nihilistic.  I wish he incorporated more humor into his books, because when it does appear, it displays a bit of a Knack, doesn't it?

Paperback covers: glossy or matte? 

Ooh. *rubs hands together*

I guess, usually, matte?  But a glossy cover, if well-executed, can be quite nice indeed. :)

My questions:
  1. What is your favorite genre to read?
  2. What was the best book you read for the first time last year?
  3. Do you remember when you first began to read?  What drew you to it?
  4. How do you arrange your books?  By color?  By title?  By author?  By series?  By something else altogether?
  5. New books or used books?
  6. What tends to send you into a reading slump?
  7. What tends to pull you out of a reading slump?

I tag:
  • Anyone who ate fruit with their breakfast today. :-P 

Los libros son el avión, el tren y la carretera. Son el destino y el viaje. estan en casa.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

My Top Ten Fictional Heroes

As ever with these lists, it's difficult to narrow this down and these choices are the ones that are relevant at this precise moment in time; they are subject to change tomorrow.  (Or whenever I remember all the heroes I really ought to have put on this list and proceed, as a result, to facepalm with gusto and frustration.)

#10. Tom Sherbourne
{ The Light Between Oceans }

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Tom Sherbourne needs, to borrow a phrase, All The Hugs. He's scarred, but he doesn't want to dwell in his past trauma. He doesn't try to deny it, but he wants to move forward. He loves deeply and puts others before himself, and he's bound and determined to follow his conscience and do what's right.  And if he fails initially, he will make amends insofar as he can, even if it wrenches his own heart out. *clears throat*

Also, his letter to Isabel near the end makes me cryyyyyyy. And this quote, especially, speaks to me so much:

"Perhaps when it comes to it, no one is just the worst thing they ever did." 

*crying faces forever*

#9. Jude of Doran
{ The Hunting of the Last Dragon }

Once Upon a Time adds another tale from the Land of Untold Stories with Craig Horner taking the role of the Count of Monte Cristo.
This is kiiind of how I picture him.

I love that Jude has such major character development over the course of the book.  He starts out like pretty much any other typecast adolescent: annoyed by his younger siblings, desirous of glory and adventure, and not too invested in work.  But then he's thrust into one of those situations that strips people down to their barest selves and forces them to look at, for all it's so cliché, what really matter.  His entire family (in fact, his entire village) is obliterated by a dragon when he's away; and on top of that, he's saddled with the guilt of knowing that if he'd taken his younger sister with him as she begged, she'd still be alive.

So . . . that's a little sucky. 

Then, as he sets out on his journey to track down the dragon and kill it ('cause, like, what else are you gonna do), he crosses paths with a traveling circus and the Asian girl the owners have enslaved as an "oddity".  Then he basically rescues her from a would-be rapist and they flee together and continue his quest and so on and so forth. 

All that set-up to say, he's a different person at the end of the book than he is at the beginning.  But it's not so much that he changes all that vastly; rather, he evolves.  And all the maturity, courage, ingenuity, and protectiveness he's always had come fully to the surface.  He's precious and adorable, basically.

#8. Johnny Martin (Max Campion)
{ Penelope }

This movie in general makes me happy, and Johnny is adorable.  I love the alternately playful and lethargic persona that he displays.  He's kind of a seat-of-his-pants kind of guy, so he's not one of my absolute tip-top favorites, but he feels (as does the film itself) like an old friend at this point.  And he has a pretty decent character arc, too.

(Also, I like the fact that after he and Penelope have their first separation, Johnny makes the effort to turn his life around, and not because he's hoping that they'll reconnect.)

#7. Bertram Wooster
{ Jeeves & Wooster }

Typical Bertie look: good-natured sympathetic confusion.

On this list because he's a lesson in optimism and he always makes me feel better. ♥

He does not have his Adult Life Stuff together even a little bit; he's irrepressible; and he's always up for trying to help out a pal in distress.  

And he's possibly the single funniest character I've ever met in all my born days. 

#6. Digory Kirke
{ The Magician's Nephew }

always a queen of narnia, digorykirke:   digory kirke aesthetic

"Don't I just wish I was big enough to punch your head!"


He is precious and flawed and brave and loyal and curious and teachable and generally great.  He's staunchly determined to do the right thing, and even though he definitely slips up at times, his uncompromising sense of duty and integrity is wonderful to behold.  

Remember how fiercely protective he is of Polly?  Remember how boldly he stands up to Uncle Andrew and Jadis (most of the time)?  Remember how receptive he is to Aslan?  Remember how much he loves his mummy? *cries*

"Digory never spoke on the way back, and the others were shy of speaking to him.  He was very sad and he wasn't even sure all the time that he had done the right thing; but whenever he remembered the shining tears in Aslan's eyes he became sure."

#5. Killian Jones
{ Once Upon a Time }

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Tropey, cliché, guy-lined, black-leathered cheeseball that he is, I love Killian Jones.  I love his arc.  I love how complete it is.  He's a villain when we first meet him, though he's giving off those strong "bad boy who will be magically redeemed by his connection to the heroine" vibes that I know some of y'all hate so much (and with valid reason).  The thing about this guy, though, is that he spins that particular archetype a slightly different way.

Does he become Emma Swan's significant other?  Yep.  

Is his relationship with Emma the only thing that "changes" or "redeems" him?  Heck no. 

He's probably first drawn to change because of Emma, sure; but the actual work, the actual changes in behavior, the actual choices . . . those he comes to both on his own and with the help of friends.  He fights his evil tendencies hard and often; and he fails hard and often, too.  But change he wants to and change he will, with or without Emma. 

And I love him for it.  And, of course, for his adorable romance (because yes) and his camaraderie with other characters and his sarcasm (contrived though that latter sometimes is :-P).

#4. Shasta
{ The Horse and His Boy }

The Horse and His Boy - Shasta arrived at the tombs of the dead outside Tashbaan on the edge of the Great Desert.

This guy's really one in a million, y'all.  He's extremely brave for someone so young and with such a traumatic/sheltered past.  And even though he'll complain about it every now and then, he'd rather look out for others than exclusively serve his own needs.  

He's just adorable: adorably pouty, adorably ingenuous, adorably relatable.

" . . . And he told about the heat and thirst of their desert journey and how they were almost at their goal when another lion chased them and wounded Aravis.  And also, how very long it was since he had had anything to eat."

XD  I love him. 

There are just too many tiny little moments to mention, scattered throughout the book, that make me so fond of him.  But, basically, it comes back to what an unpretentious and courageous person he is; and just the way, in general, that Lewis brought him to life. 

#3. Cadvan of Lirigon
{ The Books of Pellinor }

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I've only read this series once (planning to fix that real soon, rest assured), but I fell hard for Maerad's rescuer/mentor/advocate/companion/friend.  He is certainly flawed, but he's humble enough to recognize that and to be willing to hear truth from the people who know and love him.  And the way he loves people in turn resonates really deeply with me.  He's wise and temperamental and deep-running and loyal.  Love him very muchly. 

#2. Tom Harte
{ Broken Trail }

If you're wondering why, you can read this.  The short version?  He's quiet and resourceful and very Down To Defend™.

#1. Faramir
{ The Lord of the Rings }

"War will make corpses of us all."

Same with Faramir.  I know you vets are tired of hearing about him, so I'll just direct those of you who might be new to the post where I talked a lot about why he's my #1 favorite of all time

Who are some of your favorite fictional sirs?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

It's So Classic Blog Party || My Five Favorite Classics

As I mentioned in this postRebellious Writing is hosting their It's So Classic blog party until the end of August, and I decided a fun way to participate would be to share my top favorite literary classics.  As you can see, there are only five of them in this post, because I have this weird thing where I don't like claiming that any book is a favorite until I've read it at least twice, and a lot of the classics I've liked have yet to be re-read. :-P  Also, I'm restricting my post contributions for this event to classics of the historical fiction variety, which obviously excludes Narnia and Middle-earth and so on.  But five his-fic offerings will do for now, don't you think?

So, here they are.  The classic (non-fantasy) books that I've loved the most so far.  (This list will probably surprise exactly no one, but there's nothing for it.  I'm Predictable™.)

#5. The Age of Innocence 
{Edith Wharton}

I'm in the midst of re-reading this one, and while I'm seeing more rabbit trails than I noticed the first time around, I'm still loving its caustic diatribe against societal hypocrisy and double standards. And I love that the book's agenda is housed in a tale that's compelling and moving enough in its own right. Story serves theme and theme serves story. As it should be.

#4.  Jane Eyre 
{Charlotte Bronte}

One of my all time favorite books currently reading it again for the 4th time. Just a great read

There are things I don't love about this book, but on the whole it's so engrossing and so well-written.  And the last few chapters are so happy. :)

#3.  Christy 
{Catherine Marshall}

-Catherine Marshall, Christy Alice Henderson

This one is a wee bit young to be considered a full-blown classic, but if I'm going off Hamlette's definition, then it works. ;)

As with literally all of these books, there are elements to this novel that I think would be better off excised or handled differently.  However, the setting is still uniquely stirring and moving for me, and certain passages just Get To Me in a way that few other books do.

#2.  Little Women 
{Louisa May Alcott}

Homelike and funny and poignant, I'm pretty sure this is a story that'll always have a place in my heart.  I love getting to know the March family and their entourage in both their flaws and their good points.  There's a lot to chew on in this book, character- and philosophy-wise, and whether you agree with Alcott's conclusions or not, you can appreciate the charm of the story and the lovable nature of the characters themselves. ♥

#1.  Ivanhoe 
{Sir Walter Scott}

Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe #bookquotes #ivanhoe


🎵🎶"Always and forever..."🎵🎶

The sass is outstanding, the boss-ness of the characters is outstanding, and the legendary aesthetic + folkloric poignancy are outstanding.  Read it, I tell you. 

What are your favorite classics?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Intern {2015}

#RobertDeNiro #AnneHathaway #TheIntern

{The Plot}

Widower Ben Whittaker joins a senior intern program at an up-and-coming online clothing store.  He finds himself working directly under the company's multi-tasking founder, Jules Ostin, who is facing challenges in both her business and her family life.  Initially unsure about her new employee, Jules soon discovers a kinship with him as he exhibits an exemplary work ethic and offers her support and wisdom that she desperately needs. 

{My Thoughts}

My oldest sister introduced us to this movie, and I'm glad she did.  I've seen it a few times now and like it very much.  It's an excellently made film.  (Nancy Meyers, who did the Steve Martin remake of Father of the Bride and the Lindsay Lohan remake of The Parent Trap, did this one as well, and I'm not surprised.  The movie displays all the trademarks I've come to expect from her:  a general level of reasonable family-friendliness, sharp scripting and production, and a talented balance of humor and everyday, relatable human depth.)

Anne Hathaway and Christina Scherer in The Intern (2015)
Yes, she does have a bicycle that she rides through her office, and yes, it looks fun.

The story and setting are very modern ones, more modern than I usually watch in anything that isn't a straight-up chick-flick.  This is just a movie about inter-generational friendship ⎼ not usually the stuff of deeply enthralling legend.  (Unless you think of all the mentor-mentee dynamics in the classical canon.  Then I guess it kind of is.  Anywho.)  But boy-howdy, does the plot ever draw you into that friendship and get you invested™.

I love how Jules and Ben figure out that they're kind of kindred spirits.  I love how their relationship is equitable: both have things to offer the other.  Their few-score age gap doesn't mean they don't have things in common, and the development of their interactions is really adorable and pure and sweet.

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern (2015)

That's not to say it isn't also deep, however.  The emotional climax of the movie comes when Ben accompanies Jules on her cross-country trip to interview a prospective CEO for the company.  

*SPOILERS*  I love this scene.  I love how stripped down it is and how beautifully it's acted.  It's just Hathaway and de Niro doing their thing: embodying two characters and making us feel for them.  Both of them have, at this point, found out that Jules' husband is having an affair, and so the night before this high-pressure executive meeting, they grapple with that together.  Jules bares her pain and anger and uncertainty and Ben tries to give her comfort and advice.  And there are certain lines and expressions in that scene that nearly make me cry.  (I won't share them because, you know, watch it for yourself and all that. ;))  It's such a delicate mixture of devastation and consolation.

"...I know if we got a divorce, he'd remarry, not necessarily to this girl, but someone and we know I'm not easy, so I could be like single forever...." ~ Jules Ostin, "The Intern"

Anne Hathaway definitely deserved the Oscar she won for her portrayal of Fantine in Les Mis, but honestly, I'm almost of the opinion that this scene alone should have garnered her another.  She completely inhabits it and she's so extremely vulnerable, so believable in that role of a normal, you-might-meet-any-day woman who's going through a hell that's all too common.

(Plus, can we give a shoutout to the artistic choice of including the "You Were Meant for Me" scene from Singin' in the Rain?!  And Ben crying??)

Okay.  Enough about this scene. *END OF SPOILERS*

Nancy Meyers' Film Kitchens || The Intern (2015) City dwellers will weep at Meyers’ foray into the digital era with a Brooklyn townhouse those perfect complimentary shades of blue for the kitchen. The set design was influenced by J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons.

Superficially speaking, the film is also very satisfying.  It has such a crisp, (what I believe is) intentional color palette.  There's the sleek, monochromatic modernity of the About the Fit office space and the Ostins' house; the soft, lamp-lit golds and browns of the nighttime interiors; the breezy greenery of the outdoor sequences; etc. and so forth. 

It's a movie full of laptops and coffee and traffic and morning sunlight streaming into urban kitchens; of family dysfunction and brave smiles; of relevant conundrums and everyday catastrophes.  It's chic and gentle and inspiring and wholesome.  (Plus, did I mention it's funny?)

So, yeah.  I kind of think you should try it. 

Robert De Niro plays a 70-year-old widower returning to work in The Intern.


Sex: One very mild fade-to-black scene between a married couple, plus maybe a few other insinuations that they're struggling with that aspect of marriage.  It's discovered that one character's spouse is cheating on them.  

A character relates how the girl he likes has stopped talking to him after he "accidentally" slept with her roommate.

A character's love interest opens the door to his house in the morning, mildly implying . . . you know, what that implies. 

Two slightly more graphic bits: An attractive house masseuse comes up behind a man and surprises him with a complimentary back/shoulder massage; a shot of the man's trousers implies that he has an erection, which he then tries to hide with a newspaper.  (Pretty easily skippable.)  Another time, the masseuse is giving the same man a foot massage, and somebody else comes into the room and gets flustered because the positioning makes it look like they're doing something else. (Which, of course, they're not.)  Also fairly easy to skip.  Both incidents are brief.

[I recognize that this list kind of makes it sound like a not-so-clean movie.  All I can say is, it doesn't seem that way ⎼ generally speaking ⎼ in context.]

Language: Mild, run-of-the-mill language scattered throughout, plus at least one instance of the f-word in a humorous context.

Top10: Dez Filmes Que Questionam o Modelo de Vida Tradicional - Cinefilia Incandescente

Go forth!  Watch!  
Or, if you've watched already, what did you think of it?

Friday, August 16, 2019

It's So Classic Blog Party || Tag

This month, Rebellious Writing is hosting a classic-themed blog party in celebration of their two-year blogiversary. (Congrats, RW!) The idea is to get talking about classic literature: What makes it great? What can we learn from it? What do we love about it? So, while I am not really a huge classics fan in the sense that I don't read tons and tons of them, I was excited to join in when I first heard about it through Hamlette's announcement. (Thanks for spreading the word, Hamlette!) And since the party is conveniently running all the way through August 30th, we all have plenty of time to figure out if and how we want to participate. :)

I have another post for this that I hope to be releasing soon, but for now, here are my answers to the tag questions the party hosts have put out.  (For this party, I'm restricting my answers to books that fall into more of the historical fiction category of classics than classics of the fantasy or sci-fi or children's variety.)


1. Link your post to Rebellious Writing (
2. Answer the questions
3. Tag at least 5 bloggers.

The Questions:

1.  What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to? 

I think most of the ones I know and have read have been adapted to the screen at least once, usually more often.  

2.  What draws you to classics? 

The fact that they're classics.  Usually I want to find out what's made them so popular, and since I have an interest in possibly completing a PhD in literature someday, I sort of have a sense of, "If it's a classic, I'll probably read it eventually."  (Not for every classic, you understand.  Just the majority.  We'll see if that actually happens. :-P)

3.  What is an underrated classic? 

Ivanhoe.  Not enough people love it as it deserves to be loved.  (I mean, I get that it has flaws.  But try to show me one flawless classic, y'all.)

4.  What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway? 

Little Dorrit certainly took me by surprise.  I hadn't liked the movie, but the book caught me up and swept me into a love story that was much tenderer than I had ever expected from Dickens. 

5.  What are your most favorite and least favorite classics? 

Most favorite: Ivanhoe.  For reasons already sufficiently enumerated. :-P

Least favorite: REBECCA DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED.  Or, perhaps Frankenstein.  Again, DO NOT GET ME STARTED.  How I should love to beat some sense of moral responsibility into Maxim de Winter and Victor Frankenstein.

I mean.  In my own personal opinion.  Others' opinions are others' opinions.

6.  What is your favorite character from a classic? Or if that is too hard, what is your favorite classic character trope (e.g. strong and silent, quiet sidekick, etc.)?

My favorite character from a classic is prrrobably Rebecca of York from Ivanhoe, but I love Beth March from Little Women, too.

7.  What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great? 

The Great Gatsby.  I've read it twice now and still don't quiiiiite "get it".  (I mean, I "get it," but I also . . . don't.)

But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do. Michael Scott

8.  Who is your favorite classic author? 

Wellllllll, now, that all depends on how you define "classic author".  I've been exclusively using historical fiction specimens in my posts for this party, but C.S. Lewis is certainly a classic author, differences in genre notwithstanding.  So, yeah.  Lewis.  And L.M. Montgomery.  I've also liked what I've read of Elizabeth Gaskell so far.

9.  In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic? 

"A certain age," and a certain level of lasting social/cultural impact. *adjusts professorial glasses pretentiously*

10.  Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title “classic”?

Again, a significant measure of immediate (or almost immediate) popularity over a period of several years.

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