Saturday, September 24, 2016

BBC Robin Hood Tag

A click will teleport you to Ruth's wonderful blog.  :)
Hi, everyone! I just discovered Ruth's blog, "Amongst Spring Blossoms," and she has a BBC Robin Hood tag going, which is super exciting because there are very few fans of that show. In fact, I've only actually met one person who is super into it, and that was at youth group and he doesn't go very often. So it's refreshing (and encouraging) to meet other Robin Hood lovers!

Honestly it's a cheesy show, but that's part of the lovableness of it. Everyone I've tried to watch it with has despised it, so let's just say it's not for everyone. xD

All right, I haven't watched the show in about a year, so please forgive me if I'm not as specific as I was in the Tolkien tag:


1. Who is your favourite character?

Guy of Gisborne. I know he's supposed to be the villain, but I tend to go for the lonely and conflicted types, and Richard Armitage portrays Guy's indecision excellently. 

Gotta love that Tangled reference  :D

2. Who did you dislike the most?

Kate. The one true love for Robin is Marian, end of story.

3. Which couple did you like the most?

It's a close tie between Robin and Marian and Guy and Marian. Robin obviously is more noble than Guy, but it seemed that Guy actually paid more attention to Marian and was a good fit for her. Her lighter personality fit well with his dark and brooding persona and dry wit. But obviously it couldn't work out.

Guy and Marian's relationship in one gif

4. Who would you rather have as a couple together with Kate?

No idea. Sorry, I don't remember Kate's character that well, I just remember that she was rather irritating so I wouldn't wish that suffering upon any of the main characters. 

Hey, and I just discovered that Wikipedia agrees with me on this issue! 
Kate was generally disliked by fans of the series, who considered her a poor substitute for Marian and Djaq. Reasons cited include her unlikeable personality, her unconvincing relationship with Robin, her particularly high tendency to get captured or injured, and her inability to live up to the praise and compliments regularly given to her by the other outlaws. 
You tell 'em, Wikipedia! 

5. Which death was the saddest?

Definitely Robin's. He had time to prepare for it, which made it worse; one image that I vividly recall from the show is him running his hands through the grass for the last time. 

6. Who deserved more than he/she had in the series?

Guy of Gisbourne. With enough counseling and a person who genuinely cared about him but also resisted his aggressive tendencies, he could've been a hero.

7. Which of the characters who you didn't see much in the series (only three or less episodes) would you want to see more?

Prince John. I think I remember him being entertainingly pouty...

8. What do you think of Allan's betrayal and Robin's reaction on it?

My heart broke. I kept waiting for Allan to realize that he didn't have to betray Robin and that they could be reconciled, but that never happened. 

As for Robin, I think I remember what he if I remember right, Robin's reaction to Allan was justified but he should've been more merciful. That seems to be one of Robin's main character flaws in this series: he thinks of himself as the main administrator of justice and forgets about forgiveness. 

9. Who do you think is funniest?

Much, in his dreadfully cheesy way.

He has the best expressions!

10. Which character bored you most?

Huh, I can't think of one. Probably one of the side characters that just shows up in one episode. They're usually pretty flat.

11. Who changed to someone less nice in season three, do you think?

Robin. He started becoming more self-righteous and negative, which I guess I should've seen coming, but it still hurt.  :(

*****END SPOILERS*****

Thanks, Ruth! It was fun to reminisce. And to all you fellow BBC Robin Hood fans scattered throughout the world:

Is there a particularly cheesy tv show that you enjoy? Have you seen any other adaptations of Robin Hood? And on the slim chance that you've seen the BBC show, who's your favorite character? 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Tolkien Blog Partaaaaay

Happy Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, everyone! I should be doing schoolwork right now but it is very important to get this post out on the actual date, right? Riiiiight.

Anyway, thanks to Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice, I'm participating in my second-ever blog tag...and it's Tolkien-themed and features a little green hobbit door, which is fantastic.

1.  How many books by J.R.R. Tolkien have you read?

Well, if you count The Lord of the Rings as one book, as it was originally intended, I've read three. The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Children of Hurin. I'm obviously not the greatest Tolkien fan because I started The Silmarillion and could not for the life of me forge my way through it. What got me through LotR were the vivid descriptions and amazing character moments, which aren't in  The Silmarillion, although I'm sure some argue otherwise.

Also, if you haven't read it, do yourself a favor and scratch The Children of Hurin off your list. It's super depressing.  :P

2.  Have you seen any movies based on them?

Yep. Peter Jackson rules. The original LotR film trilogy is ridiculously amazing, and The Return of the King is my favorite movie of all time. I am convinced that George Lucas secretly made the Hobbit prequels and advertised them as Peter Jackson's films as a twisted act of vengeance for his rise to popularity. 

Haha, just kidding! You prequel fans can put those axes down now. The Hobbit movies were ok, just not as good as LotR. In fact, I am not going to tell you how many times I went and saw An Unexpected Journey. (Hint: approximately as often as my age at the time.  xP ) 

3.  Are there any scenes/moments that make you cry?

Every. Blasted. Moment.

4.  Are there any scenes/moments that make you laugh?

Yes! Mostly involving Mary and Pippin.

...Pippin: "It comes in pints?"
And Merry's face.  xD

"I don't think he knows about Second Breakfast..."

When Gandalf goes in to talk to Denethor and tells Pippin it would be better if he didn't speak at all.

"Wait, where are we going?"

The Ent-draught scene.

Merry and Pippin running into Frodo and Sam when they're being chased by Farmer Maggot.

"That still only counts as one!" 

"We dwarves are natural sprinters, very dangerous over short distances!"

...And many more.  :)

5.  Have you ever chosen a Middle Earth name for yourself?  If so, what is it?

"Glorfindel the Awesome" was my screenname for a lot of things at one point. If you've read the trilogy, you'll know Glorfindel is the elf who gave Frodo his horse in TFotR. But I also found a part in The Silmarillion about an elf also named Glorfindel who killed a Balrog BY HIMSELF. He died with the Balrog like Gandalf did, but he still did it without magic which is ridiculously cool. My theory is that this Glorfindel is the same one in TFotR, and he was reincarnated in the halls of Mandos, lord of the dead. And he is awesome.

6.  Who would you want to party with/marry/fight to the death? (pick three characters)

Party with: Pippin
Marry: Sam Gamgee
Fight to the death: the Witch-king

7.  When was the last time you visited Middle Earth, via books or movies?

Wow, it's been a long time. At least a year, mostly because I have trouble getting into the books and because I'm taking a break from the movies so they don't become too familiar. (Also the emotional ups and downs while watching them are too much.  xP  )

8.  Do you consider Gollum to be a villain?  Why or why not?

No. Gollum was originally good as Smeagol, but then the Ring turned him bad. Sure, Gollum probably made some sort of decision to obey the Ring's influence, but he was definitely under the Ring's duress for every one of his evil actions. 

I think Gollum is basically who Frodo would have become if he had kept the Ring for an extended period of time; you can see traces of evil in Frodo coming out the longer he keeps the Ring. Frodo managed to resist its influence at the beginning, whereas Gollum jumped right in and murdered his friend for the Ring at the beginning, but I think there still is a parallel
 9.  How would you sum up what Tolkien's stories mean to you in one word?


(If you don't know what that means, please look it up. I just discovered it recently too, and it's a beautiful word.)

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.

“Many that die deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

“You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”

“What do you fear, lady?” he asked. 

“A cage,” she said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”

“And yet you counselled me not to adventure on the road that I had chosen, because it is perilous?”
“So may one counsel another,” she said. “Yet I do not bid you flee from peril, but to ride to battle where your sword may win renown and victory. I would not see a thing that is high and excellent cast away needlessly.”
“Nor would I,” he said. “Therefore I say to you, lady: Stay! For you have no errand to the South.”
“Neither have those others who go with thee. They go only because they would not be parted from thee-because they love thee.” Then she turned and vanished into the night.

"Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam."

Pippin: I didn't think it would end this way. 
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path... One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it. 
Pippin: What? Gandalf?... See what? 
Gandalf: White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise. 
Pippin: Well, that isn't so bad. 
Gandalf: [softly] No... No it isn't. 


Thanks, Hamlette, for the fangirling opportunity, and y'all have a wonderful last few hours of Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday/the first day of fall!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Little Prince Review

Ahh, The Little Prince. I must admit that I read this book for a discussion a couple years ago and I didn't like it; I thought it was just weird. I've never liked the kind of story that's just bizarre with no apparent point to it *cough* Alice in Wonderland *cough*, but when I watched the new movie adaptation a few weeks ago I realized that maybe there is a point to this wacky little story.

As G.K. Chesterton writes,

I wonder if he tried to do anything
with his hair in the mornings.
The Arts show forth the glory of God; or, to translate the same thing in terms of our psychology, to awaken and keep alive the sense of wonder in man. The success of any work of art is achieved when we say of any subject, a tree or a cloud or a human character, 'I have seen that a thousand times and I never saw it before.' 

(For you grammarians out there, I used single quotation marks just for GKC. He was British.  :D)

So how does this relate to The Little Prince? Well, first of all I should warn you that this won't be a comprehensive review. I'll be talking about a few little things that stuck out to me, rather than about the overall writing--or screenwriting--of the book and movie.

Actually, I might just end up quoting stuff from it because it's hard to express the points made in this book without using the original words. (Well, it was originally written in French, but you know what I mean.)

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. 
 Grown-ups love figures... When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? " Instead they demand "How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? " Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.

I could keep copying quotes from Goodreads all day, but if this is the kind of story that's for you, perhaps those excerpts piqued your interest. It seems that the main conflict in the story is between adulthood and childhood--not an issue of age, but an issue of looking at the world. The book (and the film, which is beautifully done too), are steeped in a childlike wonder. The author gives you a new way of looking, at hats, at snakes, at wells, and most of all, at stars. 

G.K. Chesterton would be proud.
Saint-Exupéry looking epic

Plus, check out this the author's bio! According to the back flap of the book, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a pilot for France in the early 1900s. "A year after the book's publication in 1943, Saint-Exupéry disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron."

Isn't that intriguing? Now you have to read it.  ;)  And the movie's on Netflix, so if you have it there is no excuse! 

If you feel like commenting, your turn! What do you think of the Little Prince, if you're familiar with it? What do you think about Alice in Wonderland, or the "nonsense story" genre in general? It's okay if you like that sort of thing. I will restrain my indignation. ;)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Random Things #2: Explosions, Fears, and Italian Sodas

I couldn't think of one particular thing to do a full blog post on, so buckle your seat belt and prep your hyperdrive for the second installment of Random Things!

Last night, while watching The Guardians of the Galaxy for probably the fifth time (I'm at the point where I can mentally recite most of the lines before the actors say them), I thought, Why can't real life be like this?

I mean, I'm almost 17 now and I've never gotten the chance to:

1. Blow stuff up
2. Travel to an alien planet
3. Use a jet pack
4. Almost die

That last one might not seem that appealing, but think about it. Wouldn't it be awesome to be say, "Hey, I know I've made a lot of mistakes in the past and I haven't done that much with my life so far, but I'm going to try to save the world and I'm probably going to die doing it but that's okay"?

I wish I could do that. Actually I'm not sure whether I would have the guts to do that, but just to have the chance would be awesome.

See, what if life was just one big decision, and we chose good or evil in one fell, epic swoop? Instead, we're more like mini Groots: we've got to bide our time and make a lot of little decisions so that we can slowly grow into either a hero or a villain.

It's frustrating, but that's the way God made it for us so there must be a point to it. Perhaps it's actually better and more heroic to try to choose the good in a lot of little decisions like making PB&J for a friend, rather than in making one decision to attack an alien overlord.

I just wish it could all go faster.

On a completely different note, while exploring the marvelous land of YouTube, I also discovered a few amazing Passenger songs. For those who are unfamiliar with Passenger, he's sort of in the folk genre and he has a very distinctive voice, which when paired with thoughtful lyrics creates just the right combination. (Warning: some of his songs contain strong language, which is unfortunate. I've taken to glancing through the lyrics of his songs first, so I can know which ones I don't want to be listening to.)

This one is really good (and completely clean), though.

The verse about fire and light gives me chills.

Hmm, what else...

Let's share some random facts about me! Oh wait, this blog is basically made up of random facts about me...hehe. Might as well add more:

1. Anything that looks like a person curled up on the ground, whether it be discarded clothes or a shadow, freaks me out. This is because I had a nightmare when I was little about a pile of clothes that turned out to actually be a really creepy lady, and ever since I've never been the same. *dramatic pause*

2. I am somewhat obsessed with Italian sodas. Fizziness, and cream, and sugar, and more cream! I like mixing coconut with other flavors such as raspberry or lime.

3. My favorite tv show is Doctor Who, and my favorite Doctor is 11.

That's all I've got for now, so I'll leave it at that.

You may have noticed I haven't been asking specific questions at the end of blog posts anymore. It's because not very many people usually answer, so I feel like I'm forcing the two people who often respond to say something. Not that I don't love reading comments, I just don't want to make it awkward.

*pause for thought*

You know what, I'm overthinking that. I'll ask questions anyway, but there's no pressure to respond if you don't want to. I can always talk to my imaginary friend...*sniff*...  ;)

What did you think of Guardians of the Galaxy (if you've seen it)? Do you have any unusual fears and/or Italian soda preferences?