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 Finished Mockingjay.

Feeling sufficiently wrecked by it that I don't want to go to work.

adiva_calandia: (Manners respect and self-discipline)
I just finished book one of The Hunger Games.

I'll just be over here sniffling and hugging myself if anyone needs me.

Thank goodness I have the other two books waiting for me.

(I have not devoured a book that fast in I don't know how long.)
adiva_calandia: (Are you -- Nobody -- Too?)
Waaaaait wait wait.

Are Sherlock fans getting up in arms about Elementary just because they think it's a rip off?

. . . Did nobody notice Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes coming out before Sherlock and making beaucoup money and no doubt paving the way for Moffat and Gatiss pitching a Sherlock Holmes adaptation?

Has nobody noticed that this is how Hollywood, and indeed most creative media, works? You know, that thing where execs are really leery of spending money on something that's not a sure thing and so once a concept proves it can make money a whole bunch of similar things will inevitably pop up? Does no one remember that time we had all the zombie movies possible because things like Shaun of the Dead started to become hits? Or that time Law & Order hopped over the pond and gave Freema Agyeman a wig?

I mean, is that what's going on here? Or are people ticked off about Elementary for other reasons? Like Watson being a WoC. Please tell me it's not that?
adiva_calandia: (Are you -- Nobody -- Too?)
Part of my numerous homework readings tonight?

Prometheus Bound.

*cracks knuckles, passes head!Epimetheus a bottle of whiskey*

ETA: For some reason the entrance of Hermes near the end of the play always cracks me up. "HEY. HEY, OLD MAN. YEAH YOU. Um. Zeus says tells us who's going to overthrow him right now or . . . or you'll be sorry! Jerkwad!"

"AHAHAHA you whippersnapper. Piss off."

ETA2: The scene closes with earthquake and thunder, in the midst of which PROMETHEUS and the DAUGHTERS OF OCEANUS sink into the abyss.

YES, Ancient Greek theatre. YES.
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In Monsters class. Dissecting Harry Potter as myth. First criterion: "Myth is a complex network of narratives."

Doc: Is Harry Potter a complex network of narratives?
Student: No.
Student 2: Yes!
Doc: I'd argue yes. First we have the primary sources, the books. Then we have--
Student 3: The movies.
Student 4: The rides.
Student 5: Fanfiction.

And now we're talking about the monster origins of Dementors and Thestrals and House Elves.

I love my school. I needed this to cheer me up this morning.
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We watched the extended Two Towers tonight, which I've seen before, and now we're watching the extended Return of the Kng because I've never seen the extra material.

I forgot how much I'm in love with Pippin. Pippiiiiiiin. And just -- hobbits. Hobbits are so great.

This whole thing just makes me so happy and nostalgic for the days when I wore a cheap One Ring replica on a necklace and tried to write Elvish poetry.
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So I'm rereading Mairelon the Magician:

"--and you can take a look at it," Mairelon's voice said.

"Well, that's good news," an unfamiliar voice replied. "What's this Hunch says about you picking up another stray?"

Curiosity kept Kim motionless. "I would hardly call Kim a stray," Mairelon said. "And Heaven only knows what would have happened to her if I'd left her in the streets of London."

"Um. Still trying to make up for Jamie? No, no, I should have mentioned it. . . ."


For you, [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe. >.>

(Oh man I love these books. *hugs PCW, giggling* Jonathan Aberford is THE BEST. Can I make this into a movie?*)

(*I am certainly not suggesting that people should help me look for PBs fantasy cast the first book. That might imply I was actually going to try and do something with it instead of leaving [livejournal.com profile] cant_kim to continue to languish in limbo.)
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Multiple updates in one day! Christmas break is the best thing ever!

Pyth: reading your essay!
Adiva: :DDDD
Pyth: of course the first thing I notice is "remarkably perceptiveness"
Pyth: because I am a hyperobservant pedant
Adiva: Aw, damn.
Pyth: that is a lie; I am hardly observant at all XD
Adiva: <333
Adiva: ahahaha
Adiva: pedant story:
Adiva: Roomie loaned me this graphic novel called "Kill Shakespeare" which is like an orgy of Shakespeare crossovers
Pyth: XD
Adiva: minus any literal orgies, at least so far as I've read so far, but anyway
Adiva: like, Hamlet is transported to an England where Richard III is ruling and making deals with Lady Macbeth, and RIII tells Hamlet he needs to kill SHakespeare because Shakespeare is a wizard who will destroy the world, but of course Shakespeare is really more of a God and Juliet is an Action Girl leading the rebellion against RIII and it's all very epic is somewhat predictable
Adiva: ANYWAY
Adiva: lots of thee/thou/thy/thine in the dialogue
Adiva: so I'm reading this in the bathroom, and I come out and start ranting to roomie and soon-to-be-roomie
Adiva: "How hard are thou and thee? I mean, okay, I get it if you mix up thou and thee, but thy? Look at this line. 'Move, thy haggard!' What? I don't have a haggard! Oh, you mean you want me to move? Oh! Well! You should have said so instead of telling me to move my non-existent haggard! I am certainly a haggard and if you'd said 'Move, thou haggard,' I would have moved!"
Adiva: Beat.
Adiva: Me: *pointing at self*' Pedant.
Roomie: I don't know what just happened, with that whole conversation with yourself, but it should never happen again.
Adiva: Roomie: It was surreal as fuck.
Pyth: ...XD
Pyth: <3
Adiva: BUT SERIOUSLY GUYS
Pyth: ilu
Adiva: "THY" IS A POSSESSIVE
Adiva: FFS
Pyth: MOVE THY HAGGARD.
Pyth: /gets a cart
Pyth: THOU CANST USE THIS.
adiva_calandia: (Piano playing)
. . . Apparently Tom Waits wrote the music for an opera called Alice. (ETA: spfffft directed by Robert Wilson no less. That must've been a trip and a half.)



It also includes the following song:



which includes the following lyrics:

Oh, they called her Rosie when she was a girl
For her bright red cheeks and her strawberry curls
When she would laugh the river would run
She said she'd be a comedian
Oh what a pity, oh what a shame
When she said, ‘come calling’, nobody came
Now her bright red cheeks are painted on
And she's laughing her head off in the Reeperbahn


Am I the only person who thinks that Tom Waits songs sound like Dave McKean pictures look?

ETA 2: For my own reference:
Robert Wilson on 'Alice'
"I had two acts based on the two Alice books with seven scenes and seven knee plays each. The whole play is framed by Charles Dodgson alias Lewis Carroll. Dodgson alias the White Rabbit alias the White Knight guides Alice through the play.
It starts with Dodgson attempting to photograph Alice, and how, fleeing from him, she falls into Wonderland."

 
"Scene four shows Alice Liddell, now grown up, alone, drinking. Scene eleven shows Charles Dodgson alone, sleepless.
The finale of each act (scenes seven and fourteen) is a trial scene, in which first Alice, then Dodgson are found guilty of this relationship."
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So I and roomie wrote this play called Bad Hamlet, which is kind of like Sita Sings the Blues meets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with some genderqueerness thrown on top. We have three male Hamlets -- Quarto 1, Quarto 2, and Folio -- three female Hamlets -- Sarah Bernhardt, Leea Klemola, and Charlotte Charke -- and two Ophelias, one male and one female. (Also Harold Bloom, Laura Mulvey, and G. E. Lessing, commenting on the texts. Anway.)

It's a great play, and it's going to be awesome -- it goes up Saturday afternoon.

Problem is, our male Ophelia dropped out via text message at the beginning of the first rehearsal, and we haven't yet found a replacement. And that is stressful as fuck, because it's an important role.

Um, this is not really apropos of anything besides venting about the impossibility of finding an actor. Aaaaargh.

ETA: WE FOUND ONE.
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AHAHA this article on Midsummer is citing Skeat.

Oh I am such a dork. *face in hands, laughing*

("What's Skeat?" said Molly.
"It's the standard Chaucer text," said Janet.
"Why is that funny?"
"It's the same size as the remedial math book."
"What?"
"That's what I say, too," said Christina.)
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F-list, solve my life for me.

Are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass fairy tales?

Important question is important! Seriously!
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More media consumption!

'Salem's Lot )

Border Princes )

It also makes me really want to try and write a novel-length fanfic -- just spit it out, a la NaNoWriMo. I mean, I would kind of love to write for TV, or write tie-in novels like this, and the trick to it seems to be, as with all writing, to turn off the editor and go. King says something about that in the introduction of 'Salem's Lot, too, about how you can try to control the story and the characters, and that's called plotting, or you can let them go, and that's called storytelling. (Which also, of course, makes me think of Thomas Harris' introduction to Red Dragon and the life Hannibal Lecter took on. "I do not keep falcons -- they live with me.")

So maybe my project this July (31 days, not 30) should be to sit down and write a tie-in novel for a show and see what comes out.

Plans for today: Meeting with the director of Midsummer at 11, going over to the registrar to get an education verification form for my PFD, and then maybe just hanging out in Kiva Han with a coffee and some streaming video. (Ninjavideo and Hulu and Pandora WORK again! ♥__♥)
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Media consumption yesterday:

The Prisoner of Zena, by Anthony Hope. Which is UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL. I highly recommend it. Rudolf Rassendyll is a hottie. The last cinematic adaptation was 1984 -- high time for another one.

Tim Burton's Alice at long last. ALSO DELIGHTFUL. Minor spoilers? )

I also saw some of Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, which I was also delighted by for similar reasons. More minor spoilers )

And finally, I started 'Salem's Lot, but I'm not really far enough into it to have any thinky thoughts on it. Oh, although I feel it's worth mentioning that on the shuttle from the Newark airport to my hotel, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" was playing.
adiva_calandia: (iBook)
New blog post: "Greek geek." Yes, I just wrote a post about a Star Trek novel in Greek, and I'm damn proud of it.

Two weeks left in Greece. Two weeks. How did that happen?!
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New blog post: "to taxidi tou iroa" -- the hero's journey. Adventures in taking cabs, but more importantly, Steven Berkoff's Shakespeare's Villains. And a thunderstorm.

ETA: Oh, duhr, I'm an idiot. And the review of Titus Andronicus as put on by the National Theatre, in Greek, which I never posted.
adiva_calandia: (Are you -- Nobody -- Too?)
This is certainly exactly how I should be spending my time the weekend before midterms:

Here's to the ladies who . . . carry guns and trek through labyrinths . . . aren't they a gas? )

>.>

It's . . . entirely possible one day I will try and draw secondary characters to fit into the background like a Real Movie Poster, but I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you.
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New blog post: "Hymn on the road to Delphi."

In other words, what you get when you combine me, extreme anxiety and stress, a bunch of Homeric hymns, and an early-morning bus towards Apollo's oracle.

(I drank from the Castalian spring today. Maybe now that I've been ritually purified, I can come at my problems with fresh eyes.)
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Back from Crete. I'm a couple days behind on blogging, way behind on uploading pictures, currently feeling sort of grumpy. We're going to Santorini this weekend, leaving Friday, and it looks like we might be able to catch the metro from Syntagma to Piraeus but I'm not sure I want to deal with the risk of a delay (there's construction on the track). Which means getting a taxi, which probably won't cost that much, but I mean, the metro only costs €1, and the taxi will cost more than that.

Anyway, I thought everyone should know that apparently there was a book published last year called Commemorating Epimetheus, which is hilariously glowing in its description of Epimetheus and hilariously scathing in its description of Prometheus.

"The appointed hour was approaching when humans were to be brought forth into the light of day; and Prometheus, not knowing how they might survive, entered by stealth the common workshop in which Athena and Hephaestus practiced their arts, stole the practical arts together with fire (for the practical arts could have been neither acquired nor used without fire), and forced them upon humans. In the beginning, Prometheus' machinations were met with a certain astonishment. Only later were the ill-gotten gains of the crooked schemer thoughtlessly accepted."


Or from the back of the book:

Epimetheus has largely been forgotten, and yet, he was once credited with bringing humans into the world naked, unshod, without bed, and unarmed. Rather than view this condition as one of deficiency to be covered over through some kind of technical artifice, Commemorating Epimetheus describes the human condition positively in terms of its state of origin.


lolphilosophers. ♥ I mean, it's a totally reasonable retelling. I just think it's hilarious.

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