Jennifer Lawrence Confirmed for The Hunger Games

Ugggggggggh.

It's not that I have anything personal against Jennifer Lawrence. I haven't seen Winter's Bone, but I've read good things about her performance. And it's not even entirely that I had my heart set on Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss (though that is HUGE reason). We won't even get into the fact that Lawrence is blonde and blue-eyed and Katniss IS NOT (that's a whole other issue I won't even get into).

No, my main beef is that Lawrence is 20 and looks it. At the beginning of the trilogy, Katniss is 16. By the end she's probably around 18, since Catching Fire takes places a year after The Hunger Games, and Mockingjay sometime after that (can't remember the exact time frame). By the end of filming all three movies Lawrence will easily be in her mid twenties.

So, I'm bummed. I was hoping for a younger actress. Isn't that kind of an integral part of the Hunger Games story? These are children being forced to kill each other. With twenty somethings it's like any other summer action flick. :/

WHAT'S MORE is that people are all hepped up over Hunter Parrish for Peeta. The same people who keep poo-poo-ing Lawrence are all for him and the dude is 23. Sometimes the double-standards put on women drive me up a wall. Lawrence is an old hag at 20, but Parrish is super hot so yay! :/ REALLY PEOPLE? REALLY?

In other YA book news, I read Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. I've actually never read a steampunk novel before and I quite enjoyed these. I think my favorite part though, were the Darwinists, even if the idea of walking around INSIDE OF A WHALE creeped me the hell out (and I don't like the idea of using animals as weapons), because their stuff was soooo bizarre. Didn't have near the emotional impact The Hunger Games had on me, but they were both quite fun and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.

MOVIES

Jan. 17th, 2011 02:11 pm
Went on a bit of a movie watching extravaganza this weekend and saw The King's Speech and True Grit, both of which are wonderful movies and I can't recommend them nearly enough. First up: The King's Speech!



I saw this just in time, considering I randomly watched The Golden Globes last night. Normally I steer clear of awards shows because they tend to be a million hours long and never that entertaining. But I was working from home last night and wanted some background noise. I'd read that Colin Firth pretty much had the Lead Actor in a Drama category wrapped up and I couldn't agree more. He was fantastic as King George VI, and what a part to play! He had the perfect mixture of stoic (we're talking British royalty here), strength, and vulnerability. He was so human in his faults (temper, frustration, etc) and even knowing the outcome of the movie didn't detract from his speech at the in the least. Plus, I just loved the look of the whole movie. I read one review (Ebert?) that talked about how a lot of the sets were these long, narrow spaces that served as a sort of mirror to Bertie's struggle to get words up and out his throat. As a bonus, Helena Bonham Carter was a treat as his wife Elizabeth.

I guess it was rated 'R' because of the use of 'fuck'? It's not even used in a sexual context. Bertie blurts it out in a fabulous tirade during a speech therapy session. It's a shame if the rating is what keeps people from seeing this movie.

Next Up: True Grit!



After I saw this movie I turned to my sister and asked her which she liked better: The King's Speech or True Grit. She couldn't decide. I'm not entirely sure of my opinion, because while I think The King's Speech is technically the better movie, I found True Grit slightly more entertaining. It's the one I thought more about when I decided to write this entry. Maybe simply because as a western there is more straight up adventure? I also think it's in large part due to Mattie Ross, the 14 year old girl dead-set on avenging her father's murder.

Mattie Ross is my hero. Here be spoilers )

Now, for some Golden Globes bitching. We'll move past the fact that True Grit got shut out, which I think is a shame. All three main parts were played to perfection, the dialogue was great (a much truer adaption to the book than the first movie, from what I've read) and the scenery and camera work was A+. Maybe it wouldn't have won, but it surely deserved some nominations.

Hate that Glee won Best Comedy. Not only should Community have been nominated, at the very least Modern Family should have gotten the win over freaking Glee. Ugh. Though, oddly enough, I'm fine with the Supporting Actor/Actress nods that Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch got (especially because they had some of the best speeches of the night).

Even more than that - I can't accept that Mad Men didn't win for Best Drama. Now, I'm pretty biased here because I've never seen Boardwalk Empire, but Mad Men was AMAZING this season. Jon Hamm was incredible as Don Draper and had some of the meatiest material he's ever had on the show.

UGH, THIS IS WHY I DON'T WATCH AWARD SHOWS.

Mockingjay

Jan. 4th, 2011 01:42 pm
Finished the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. I haven't been that affected by a book, since, well... The Hunger Games. But that also probably has more to do with the fact that when I get around to reading, I read more romance novels than other genres. In fact, after finishing Mockingjay I immediately finished the last of Lisa Kleypas's Hathaway books and have moved on to Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. What with all the tv watching I do, what's a bit more brain-rotting? Besides, they're fun. Lord of Scoundrels is turning out to be just as funny and charming as everyone said.

Back to Mockingjay and The Hunger Games books in general... SPOILERS, OMG. )

I really can't recommend this series enough. Has anyone read anything else by Suzanne Collins? Is it all as good as these books were?

I'm pretty psyched for Eona: The Last Dragoneye to get released in April. Besides that, I don't have much on my plate as far as reading. Probably just some more romance until I burn out on it, as I do once in a while.

Finished watching the first episode of Jyuui Doolittle and... I'm still not sold on it. I want to love it, because it has Mao, Shun, and Narimiya Hiroki with BONUS ADORABLE ANIMALS. But I keep finding issues in everything, like how Tottori has this huge veterinary complex and does all these complex tiny monkey eye surgeries by himself. Or why Asuka suddenly needs to find a place for her horse after the surgery. Um, where were you keeping the horse before that it can't go back? I know she can't sell it, because who is going to buy a horse who might never recover from it's leg surgery and need to be put down. But seriously, the horse had to live somewhere before. Her father had been dead for a while, so someone was helping to pay board for it. I know it's a small thing and often with dramas you have to turn your back on logic, but it really bothered me.

Speaking of the horse. I think it's hilarious that they kept calling it "her" when it had a big old horse penis hanging out there for everyone to see. Just make the horse male, what the hell.

Plus, that cat puppet. OMG. The cat puppet. I still can't get over that thing.

The monkey was pretty freaking adorable though.

More complaining, this time about anime. I finally watched Cowboy Bebop a while back (yeah, a decade+ later than EVERYONE ELSE) and I feel like a horrible anime fan (though I baaaaarely watch it anymore) when I say: I just don't get it. The animation was cool and the music was awesome, but the story? I couldn't get into it at all. There were episodes here and there that were fun or interesting, but the overall arc of the show left me cold. I liked Spike, but I really didn't give a rat's ass about his past.

Anyway, I watched the first episode of Samurai Champloo last night, though I'm not sure why, since it's pretty much going to be the same thing. I'll give it four episodes and we'll see.

I think my main issue is that I'm a shoujo girl at heart. I watched the first few episodes of Princess Tutu and am way more interested in finishing that, though right now it's pretty silly.

I also watched the new ep of Pretty Little Liars last night, because everyone seems to be crazy over this show. I liked it, I just had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on. I guess I need to play catch up on the first half of the season.

ETA: WAIT, MORE DRAMA STUFF! I want to know what everyone is watching this season. Right now I think I'm only going to check out Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta (aka that hopefully completely ridiculous one with Toda Erika and Miura Haruma. Though TimelesSubs is fansubbing it, so it might take foreeeeeever). Nothing else has really sparked my interest, which is probably for the best because there is older stuff I'd like to watch.

Jane Eyre

Nov. 10th, 2010 02:31 pm
So I had no idea that Jane Eyre, perhaps my favorite book of all-time, was getting, yet another, film version. I've actually only ever seen the the 1983 version with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton, though I've heard pretty good things about the 2006 mini-series. I suppose I just love the book so much that I never felt a desire to see it adapted for the screen.

But then I saw that poster and kind of loved it. Though I'm not entirely sure about the sans-serif font choice. Anyway, I thought it was lovely and the teaser looks very promising.

As troublesome as adapting Jane Eyre is, my favorite Jane Eyre spinoff, The Eyre Affair would be even more difficult. It's a world inside books and I worry that it needs to be read for all the wordplay to be appreciated. But if someone managed to do it, I'm pretty sure I'd be all over it. Love that book too.

ETA: The waitlist for Mockingjay from my library is 235 people long. All these kids need to get out of my way, dammit.

haHA!

Nov. 9th, 2010 08:49 am
I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with NaNo for a whole week. I missed a few evenings due to work/play/laziness but made up for it and was back on track last night.

The key is to just not do anything else. Even when I really do not want to write, I sit down and make myself do it. The idea that I'll just have to make the word count up later is a great motivator. I truly wish I'd taken the time to sketch out an outline before I started, because I only have a very vague idea of what my plot actually is. I know I could go ahead and do that now, but then that's writing without any of it counting towards my total words and I can't have that.

My main issue at this point in the main character. Her characterization is all over the place and it's is practically killing me to not go back and edit. I have an idea of what I want her to be in my head: easily annoyed but also quite flighty. And on paper she's just coming off as a snob, not simply disinterested. I want her to be funny, but with an edge and it's totally not working. I'm frustrated and as a result getting more invested in secondary characters... which isn't helpful.

It's not helping that I'm also reading Catching Fire which, while it's not as good as The Hunger Games I still love it. It's making me very anxious about my own writing.

ETA: Forgot to mention my knitting debacle! So, I'm not a knitter. I prefer crocheting (not that I do that much of it), but recently I picked up a pattern for a knit hat. It's a very loose beret and I thought it was adorable. It was marked as "easy" so I thought: SCORE. I'd only attempted knitting once before, but the double needle thing was tricky for me. So, I had to reacquaint myself with casting off and the stitches (thanks youtube!) and was on my way.

The first issue came when my cats got into the yarn. I woke up Saturday morning to the entire ball of yarn unwound and knotted throughout my entire living and dining room area. We're talking around multiple table legs on multiple tables. They couldn't have done this with the cheap yarn I picked up for practice, no, it had to be the fancy stuff. UGH. CATS.

Then I totally failed on stockinette stitch. I read that it was one row of knit and one row of purl. Okay, I thought, simple enough. So I was doing that and... it did not look right. I thought maybe I got my stitches turned around or something, so I kept going, but it didn't look anything like the picture. Then I realized that you're supposed to turn the piece when you do the purl side, only I was working on circular needles, so how the hell was I supposed to do that? Then I searched youtube and realized when you're working in the round you just keep using the knit stitch. You don't have to worry about purl stitching at all. Awesome. I'd just wasted hours and had to rip everything out.

This hat better be AMAZING when I'm done.

ETA THE SECOND: Who out there has an ebook reader? I'm starting to think I'd... really really like one. I've poopoo-ed (NO idea how to spell that) reading on the computer for so long, because I love actually holding a book in my hands. But the idea of carrying around a whole library also really appeals to me. I've browsed around a bit, but I'm wondering if anyone on my flist has a preference. I'm leaning towards the Nook over the Kindle because I'd be able to put library books on the Nook. You have to strip the DRM off of them in order to put them on the Kindle, which sounds like kind of an (illegal) hassle. THOUGHTS, PLEASE.
Things have been going a little non-stop at work. I wanted to make this post on Monday, but that... didn't happen. So here I am! Pieced this sucker together throughout the day. My eyes kind of ache and all I want to do is some loooong distance looking, since I'm sick to death of staring at a computer screen, but I need to get this post up. DEDICATION, PEOPLE. Recognize.

First, PROJECTS.

Randomly decided a couple weekends ago to refurbish my dining room table. This wasn't exactly the wisest move since I had a really tight budget for the month (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, CAR), but I did it anyway. Because who am I to kowtow to reality? I laugh in it's face. Besides, I was bored of looking at this: BEFORE! )

It was just a cheap dining room set that was actually found on the curb. The two red chairs I got from a family friend since it originally only had three chairs. I removed the legs, which was a lot easier than I thought. I was worried it was going to be super complicated, but it was just two bolts that were easily undone. Then I sanded all the pieces and primed the legs, sides of the table, and all five chairs.

TIP: Don't get quick-drying primer. It leaves all kinds of crazy brushmarks. I wasn't too concerned for this project though, since it's nothing fancy, but this is information I will hold for future reference.

Then I primed the top of the table. I used the same color stain as I did for the armoire I refinished, but it looks a LOT darker. I couldn't quite figure out what the table was actually made out of. I thought it was wood, but now think it might just be MDF with a veneer? It's not that heavy though. Anyway, it didn't want to take the stain at all. So I had to just let it sit on there and dry. When I've stained stuff before it soaks it right up. But this took for-ev-er. But it eventually dried. I don't even know how many coats I put on until it looked even. Then I put on three coats of satin polyurethane. I didn't want it to be super shiny, especially because it ended up coming out pretty much black. That's not exactly my style, but it looks really good against the aqua blue I put on the legs. That was just a little quart of paint my sister had left over from painting her room.

I ended up using the pale yellow I bought for my kitchen on the chairs. I love the way the table turned out, but I'm not convinced I like how the chair color looks. Maybe I just need a better rug to pull the look together? Anyway: the finished project ladies and gentleman: AFTER! )

The desk covered in junk and kitty litter bag probably aren't helping the look. OH WELL.

I also made a monkey: MONKEY! )

It's for the boy my cousin had a couple weeks ago. I have several other new babies to make gifts for. I'm making a lion next and I think I need to switch to a smaller weight yarn because it's HUGE. It might eat the baby, is what I'm saying.

On to entertainment yammering...

Not really thrilled with this week's Mad Men. I think it's because the last couple of episodes have been pretty fantastic. This one just felt blah. Good, but not GREAT. I want to like Faye, but she hasn't really clicked with me yet. But I was thrilled when she refused to break client-confidentiality for Don. Then she went and backed down :( As least it made Don feel guilty for SLEEPING WITH HIS SECRETARY, AGAIN. BECAUSE IT ENDED SO WELL THE LAST TIME OH MY GOD.

Read The Hunger Games. Loved The Hunger Games. Need the next book in the series, WHY MUST THE HOLD LIST BE SO LONG?! D: Katniss was a fantastic heroine. I loved her. I loved how exciting and emotional this book was. I cried like a baby when Rue died. Full on sobbing. The only downside is that I'm trying to come up with something to write for NaNo and I've got nothing. I wish I had the creative powers displayed by Suzanne Collins. *jealous*

Finished My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and enjoyed it overall. By far the best thing about it was Mi-ho. It reminded me a lot of Fantasy Couple in that respect. I loved Anna, but could take or leave the rest. There were things I both liked and disliked about the finale. Mi-ho and Dae-woong's final day together was beautifully done. I teared up when they kept trying to find something to do and being thwarted. I thought the resolution was a major cop out though. I don't ask for much, but I do ask for no deus ex machina. If they were going to have the Samshin grandmother come in and help fix everything, they least they could have done was introduced her earlier. Random, but I loved how Hye-in was all "eff you people, I'm sick of this nonsense" by the end XD

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