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Sundries on a Saturday night

And now I have S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y: night! In my head. HEED! DOON! NOO! Mike Meyers makes me laugh. "If it's noo Scootish, it's CRAP!"

Tiiiiny little flist trim, nothing to worry about, some folks I haven't conversed with in a long time, or interests changed, or... Just keeping a tight ship. Doesn't mean I won't still check your LJ out, just not with my morning coffee every day. It's only LJ!!


Loved it. LOVED it. Wanted another hour. Or five. I know a lot of people are going to be pissed about things being cut, or plot elements from the book changed - small spoiler: no Dobby etc. - but I'm quite glad, actually - it wouldn't have worked with the movie - but I thought they did a fantastic job of whittling down 700+ paged to a less than 3 hour-long movie.

I have ALWAYS been a Ron fan, and I remain a Ron fan, and now that the twins let their hair be a bit longer, GUH. And WHOA with the Ron/Harry love. Sue? YEP. And the director didn't get the memo that Hermione is crushing on RON, not Harry. Because if you didn't know? You'd believe Hermione was in looove with Harry.

I finally am cool with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. (Dumblydorre) In PoA, I thought he was too frenetic, too energetic to play Dumbledore, because Richard Harris wasn't. But then I re-read the series and remembered that Dumbledore (who fucks no Americans! - heee!) is funny. Quirky. Sparkles, regardless of his age. And I get it. Snape isn't used as much (I have serious Alan Rickman love), but I thought the direction left him more sympathetic to Harry than sinister, which is odd.

It was scary, beautiful, heart-breaking, and lovely. And that's all I have to say about that. [/Forrest Gump] Oh, and Cedric's Dad? *heart breaks* WHERE IS THE CEDRIC/HARRY FIC? Dude. Harry was CRUSHING on Cedric. Hee! Even my husband thought that.

Now for the IMPORTANT STUFF. The Chronicles of Narnia Trailer.


Anne of Green Gables and the Chronicles of Narnia are HUGE parts of my childhood. I always lived in a fantasy world when I was a kid. My grandmother got on to my mom when I was four - back when I would only come when called the RIGHT make-believe name - and it was one of 20 - for letting me "live in gee dee make believe. She ain't gonna know what's real when she grows up."

My dad dislocated his back when I was three when I shrieked, "DON'T SIT ON DOKA!!" Doka? My imaginary cat. For three weeks I was "Cindy" who lived in "the towers and made bubblegum and [was] married to Boyfriend." So what I'm getting at is: I come by my crazy honestly. Heh. Well formulated worlds, deep and rich? Yeah. That's my first love. Which explains my blind devotion to Star Wars. Dialogue? Crap. But the VISUALS! They are REAL PLACES.

I totally identified with Anne and her Katie-in-the-Glass friend. Her love of fantasy, of dreaming... And the Chronicles of Narnia were the first books my dad gave me for ME to read. To myself. And I'd go out to his shop, prop my face up on my hands and talk to him about the latest chapter, and he talked to me about the symbolism, the story, etc. I was 8. He talked to me like I was his equal. That was a very special thing for me.

Am I the only one who opened every closet I came to? Every door? Feeling the back to see if it would lead to snow and Mr. Tumnus and all of it? I watched the specials over and over again. Read the books every summer - up until my first child was born, honestly. Are they great works of literature? Not hardly. But when Aslan is tied to the Great Stone Table, and the girls hold themselves? It's the same as Matthew telling Anne she's "his girl" as he dies from a heart attack. *clutches chest*

Precious, hard, and wonderful moments from my childhood - those "rites of passage" made easier through the comfort of my book friends.

So the trailer was before HP. And I know there are those who listened to the CoN on the radio, and it seemed small to you, but to me? Narnia was vast. It was a wild and untamed America in my head. (Shh. I know it's a UK product. Point of reference for me as a child is all) And it looks beautiful and solemn and majestic, and please, oh please do not let it be bad. I teared up a little bit. That little girl in a nightdress down to her ankles who snuck books under the cover with a stolen flashlight to finish "one more chapter" got a glimpse of one of her most favorite made-up worlds that is real - if only I read it enough and dream enough and believe harder...

She got very excited.

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mirasol
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Narnia? Is everywhere.
stoney321
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
*bites lip*
*climbs in your lap*
allegraconbrio
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
So, when is there going to be a movie about "The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?" Running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art still has its lure over me. Ha.

I have read the Narnia books, but not one of my best loved. Madeleine L'Engle and the Mrs. Basil book were my touchstones. Of course "A Wrinkle in Time" was wrenched from my imagination in a not good t.v. adaptation last year.

Sheesh. I ramble. I read books under the covers with a flashlight, too. I think that most of us in this LJ world have done so. *smooches you*

All that said, I will see GoF on the big screen. And I am sure I will miss parts of the novel that were cut out due to understandable constraints, have a bit of glee at seeing Cedric for the first time, and cry.

*loves your little girl self* I have that interest and glee still. It is good, I think.
oolongtea
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
There already is a movie!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070079/

I *so* wanted to be Claudia.
stoney321
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
*rubs eyes*

WHAT??? *dashes*
allegraconbrio
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
OMG! 1973? I missed it? Ingrid Bergman!

of course you wanted to be Claudia - so did I!

:off to check netflix:
stoney321
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Okay, so when I was in NYC this summer on our marathon day of museum viewing...

I totally wanted to hide in the bathroom and dig all of the change out of the fountain and live there, too.

There were things I would have loved to see on screen, simply because I would be willing to sit through 10 hours of movie. But truthfully, I thought it was terrific on its own. Really, the best so far and I LOOOOOOOVE Prizoner of Azkaban. Loved it.

Tell us what you think when you see it!!
allegraconbrio
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
PoA was wonderful. Really the best adaptation I have seen of the series to that point. And I was in absolute love with Chamber of Secrets - I saw it on the same night that Buffy and Spike brought down the house in Smashed. lmao - it was all about magical things and hot slayer/vamp sex that evening. Thank goodness for VCRs.

I will get my hiney to a movie theater soon. And will give you the full run-down of my impressions. So happy you loved it. :)

janedavitt
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I was a total Narnia addict as a child. Know the books off by heart and David adores them too so we've pushed them at Eleanor.

And you know how I feel about LMM.

David and I can't wait to see it. I watch that trailer and tear up every single time.
stoney321
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
*clutches hands to chest*

Aslan. They had Aslan in the trailer. *bites lip and crosses fingers*

I wanted to bury my face in his mane and hold it, too, when I was a girl...
poshcat
Nov. 19th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, my dear, you are so easy to love.

My sister and I read The LW&W when we were girls under the tree in the back yard one summer, and we cried so hard. Very affecting.

Of course, it sort of wrecks it that now whenever I try to reminisce with my sister, she says, "OMG, not the crying under the tree story AGAIN?!" Hee.
stoney321
Nov. 19th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
HAHA!! *wishes I had a sister like that* She wasn't a "reader." I was the nerd for reading, you see.

And you? You I cuddle and squish and share my candy bar with. *wishes I could fold a map and make Canada closer THAT way*
bisi
Nov. 20th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
I love the way a wonderful book flavours all your memories of the time you read it, and when you re-read it all those sensory memories come crashing back in - the smell of what was cooking, your mood, the weather, music. I got Lord of the Rings for Christmas one time, which is a dry, misty time in Nigeria, full of the smell of dust, and the way I imagine some of the scenes will always be flavoured by that.

Little pic for you - we've got frost this morning, so pretty! I'd make a cut if I knew how to do that in comments.



Course I've got tons of WORK to do today *spits* which is why I'm messing about uploading pictures.
stoney321
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Ooooooooooooh! Oh, how GORGEOUS.

And that's a perfect way to put it: your mood, your surroundings - they all affect the final product, don't they?

(You seem to be working on the project from hell, yes? Hooray for beautiful pics!)
floweringjudas
Nov. 20th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Ask and ye shall receive!
Cedric/Harry Fic Masterlist.

*uses the icon juuuuuuuuuust for youuuuuuuuuuuuu*

floweringjudas
Nov. 20th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Re: Ask and ye shall receive!
stoney321
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
But Ron fucks wereflamingoes!
AWESOME! You are the winner of my HEART.

And: *cackles with the laughing*
trepkos
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
*scared*
So, are you telling us the Narnia trailer was bad?
stoney321
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
NOOOOOOOO!!!!

The Narnia trailer made me tear up, made me think I was going to go to the imaginary place in my head - the one I've been carrying around all these years.

And I hope the movie delivers! That's why I said "she got very excited." *crosses fingers, toes, eyes, and spleen*
elcazavampiros
Nov. 20th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
They didn't have a Narnia trailer on the show we watched. However, there were about 20 other trailers (one of which I thought looked like the most boring ever - can't remember the name).

I did miss seeing Alan Rickman, but in the few scenes he was in, I thought he was superb.

I agree with you totally on the Michael Gambon thing. I hadn't read the books until this past summer and I really liked Richard Harris in the role and felt that Michael Gambon seemed like a shadow of the original Dumbledore in the last movie, but after reading the books and seeing this movie, I felt he showed greater depth to the character.

stoney321
Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Right on MG. I thought he FINALLY owned the part of Dumbledore, although it's still visually jarring - but that's because we watch the movies in my house almost every weekend, so RH is still fresh in my mind.

I'm so proud of you for reading the books, Caza! Now I don't think you're illiterate. Hee hee!!!
elcazavampiros
Nov. 23rd, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
I read real goood.
dancingdragon3
Nov. 20th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about Narnia. I cried and cried when Aslan was on the stone table, and at the end of the last book where they all run "farther up and farther in" (I think that's right).

The thing that I am worried about is that it will some kind anti-Harry Potter/vast-left-wing-pagan-conspiracy movie. One that makes the Christian metaphor over the top fundyfied, and the movie ridiculous and one-dimensional. I hope they do it right, and do the entire series. I would love to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader in movie form.

I haven't seen GoF yet, or Serenity but don't tell anyone, but I look forward to it. There's never enough Draco for me though. Harry/Cedric is interesting, the whole boy likes boy, so he goes out with boy's girl situation (you have read OoP right?)

I am intrigued by it's PG-13 rating. And it's implications for further movies and their more mature content. It's going to be weird seeing those kids kiss. (Especially after what I imagine them doing to each other!)

stoney321
Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
Right. I mean the books ARE a Christian allegory, and he makes no bones about it, but Christian does not mean in the books what Christian in our modern society means AT ALL. The wild-eyed, bible clutching hate mongering, yeah.

VOYAGE. That was my second fave book in the series. The Silver Chair was my fave. (Ponds! That lead to worlds! I'm a pond hopper.)

And have I read OotP?? Oh, you darling thing. :-D I keep my HP obsession under wraps, but let's just say, yeah. I absorb all things HP into the Borg that is my brain.
winterlive
Nov. 20th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, my Stoney. This is why I love you. <3

Narnia!!!
stoney321
Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
NARNIA!!

*kicks stupid LJ for lack of email notification*

I JUST saw this reply. Booo!
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stoney321
Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Hee! I am a Cruel and Strict mother and do not allow talking during movies in theaters... That way, our car is a chattering whirlwind on the drive home, everyone jazzed from the movie experience. So... we'll probably all see it together. But Mom will sit on the end and have tissues at the ready to pass down the row.

(Oh, Mr. S teared up with Cedric's dad. Oh!) I didn't miss the S.P.E.W. bits in addition to what you mentioned. I understand everything can't go in to the movie, and I can always go back and read the books for the lost bits. The plot and themes were there and wonderful.

PoA was my favorite up until this one. PoA was the first time the movies became FILM. With layers and intrigue and they FELT like they were magical. WIth the irising in to scenes? It let the audience sneak a peek into the magical world, you know? And something that has ALWAYS bothered me was Ron and Draco should not be amazed at magic. Watch the first 2 movies. They "whoa!" along with Harry and Hermione. They've seen their parents Apparate! And Mrs. Weasley have the kitchen make dinner! Why would they "whoa" over a broomstick flying into their hand, etc. The 3 and 4th movies FINALLY got that figured out.
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