Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
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1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.

I love them because they make me giggle and ship at the same time.

Like I said.

My favorite scene.

The hosts:

Haruhi interrupts Tamaki's big "I quit" speech and he snaps out of it. Hooray!

I loved this scene in the manga - Haruhi offers some cake to Tamaki and upper crust start muttering how common it is but Tamaki doesn't care. Awwww.

It totally takes this to get them even consider their feelings. LOL. So thick-headed. :)

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)

5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

from diorama

Date: 2011-11-29 01:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Kawaguchi Haruna is so damn pretty (and damn lucky - she gets to hang out with Daito Shunsuke and Yamamoto Yusuke, fer cryin out loud). God, this drama was such good crack. Have you seen the new movie trailer?

Re: from diorama

Date: 2011-11-29 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
She really is gorgeous.

Is there a trailer? EEE!

Re: from diorama

Date: 2011-11-29 03:27 am (UTC)
celestialdescent: Image: Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club laughing (friendliness)
From: [personal profile] celestialdescent
::butts in:: Yup. Granted it's only about 30 seconds, but it's something. YouTube link is here.

Re: from diorama

Date: 2011-11-29 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oooooh! ILY!!!

Date: 2011-11-29 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
I confess I dont know how much respect I'd have for a grown 30 yr old man falling for a 19 yr old woman. I can't help but feel like the author wrote herself into a corner by making her SO young. Like would she be less pretty and relatable at 26 or 27? come on now. i mean its one thing when period romance novels make the heroines super young and have a big age gap in the couples but in this situation its like ehhhhh? but otherwise it sounds super interesting to me. i love horrible/hilarious people. so entertaining.

Date: 2011-11-29 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
To be fair, the author also goes the other way - one of the other OTPs is a 21 yr old guy and a 29 yr old woman. :)

I don't know, normally the age difference might bother me, but it doesn't here, in part because the power differential is sort of even - despite his vast experience in the sack, it's the first time he's ever fallen in love and he's v.v.v. desperate thinking he can't have her, but also because she never comes across as childish. But mmv. I suspect I am too much of a sucker for the whole "super-seducer brought to his knees by power of love" to really object.

ETA: and the age thing is at least not swept under the rug, people do comment on it. So that's something :)
Edited Date: 2011-11-29 03:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-29 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
Yeah haha this is where my suspension of disbelief comes to standstill because like he's THIRTY years old and been in 209302 relationships and never fell in love even ONCE? even briefly? riiiight. Its obviously that whole fantasy where the woman was his first and only love and his true love and I'm just like *eye roll* because I don't know it strikes me as so silly, esp since I'd much rather someone have been in love, and learned from that experience so that when they are in love with me now they wont make the same mistakes. I'm sorry I'm not trying to criticize! We all have our things! I am gonna go shut up now. :x

Date: 2011-11-29 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I married the first person I ever love and I am his first love and trust me, it worked out very well - I like knowing I am the only person in his heart. MMV though.

As to how realistic the scenario is in the novel - not at all, I freely admit - but I like my bit of romantic fantasy. This said, there plenty of selfish people who spend their whole lives without loving someone - the fantasy bit isn't that he hasn't been in love in all this time but that he's actually fell for someone now :)

Date: 2011-11-30 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
Awwww really? Thats sweet. I dont have alot of experience in relationships and by that i mean I have zero. But i did fall in love once, and it was mutual but it wasnt really a relationship per se and there was no sex lol. soooo yeah, i figured most people fall in love young. even me who barely interacts with people lol. I guess the idea of struggling to find the right one and then finding them appeals to me more than just finding them one day after no one, even though hilariously in my real life the latter is morelikely because of how people in my culture do relationships and marriage. but i am just cynical so, yeah, what do i know huh? lol.

Date: 2011-11-30 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
People can have relationships, and pretty satisfying ones (I am not just referring to one-night stands) without love - with liking present. I think there is a difference between liking and loving. Mr. Mousie wasn't the first guy I dated or the first one I liked, but he was certainly the first one I loved (nor was Mr. Mousie plucked from a monastery - I may have been his first love but I was not his first gf). I was 21, close to 22 at the time (33 now). This obviously isn't true for everyone or majority of people but it is possible. I rather liked not having to compete with a shadow of the past. I suppose even if I was with someone who loved someone else before, I'd need to know I was loved the most. But luckily, it's not an issue.

He was also my first in every sense, a fact which made me very happy, but this is getting into tmi. My culture is more concervative than mainstream American one but it's not a 'premarital sex is a sin' one nor does it go for arranged marriage or similar. And Mr. Mousie is as American as apple pie - so it's still possible even in the 'slutty' world :)

Obviously, by now this discussion has zip to do with the book :)
Edited Date: 2011-11-30 01:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-29 03:32 am (UTC)
celestialdescent: Image: A collection of items, including two cameras, a Hello Kitty toy, and a handwritten note. (Default)
From: [personal profile] celestialdescent
I'm actually surprised you haven't seen Henry Cavill in anything until now. I thought you would've watched the most recent movie adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Also, love the Ouran cap dump. =D I miss the drama.

Date: 2011-11-29 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I tend to stay away from adaptations of the classics I read because I am a purist and they iritate me :)

Date: 2011-11-29 04:30 am (UTC)
celestialdescent: Image: Qing Chuan from Jade Palace Lock Heart stares at the sky. (thoughtfulness)
From: [personal profile] celestialdescent
Yeah, I only watched because my brothers did and I'm very torn about the ending. Better that you stay away.

Date: 2011-11-29 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scanky-chops.livejournal.com
Ok, so i said i'd rec you some chicklit books and well, it's gonna be long lol.

Re. your comment about Kiss & Tell being out. It's the latest book by Fiona Walker so it's the easiest to get your hands on. Her other books are super hard to find (thankfully i have most of them, if not all in paperback) but if you're going to go through them i'd say start with French Relations (the first in the Tash/Hugo series) followed by Well Groomed. The other book i mentioned before, Kiss Chase is just pure wonderful fluff. It'smy fave along with the trilogy. There's also Walker's Oddlode quartet of books which you might want to try afterwards. You get a lot of backstory for Rory and Faith in those. You also get Spurs but i won't say anymore lol.

Other writers... You've probably heard of that Shopaholic film right? Well, the author of the books on which it's based on, Sophie Kinsella, has also written some fab stand alone books which i pretty much think need to be made into J/Kdramas and i pimped them all in THIS POST. I can give you the pdfs of all the books mentioned if you want to read.

Sarah Mason is really good too. Her first three books HERE are great and again, if you want dls then i can give you them. Also check out Jilly Cooper's other books esp. Score!

You should also probably check out Susan Elizabeth Phillips who isn't British but i adore her chicklit. Oh and Lisa Kleypas' modern writing.

There are others but i'd have to dig books out lol.
Edited Date: 2011-11-29 03:54 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-29 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Re: Fiona Walker. I got the two other Tash and Hugo books and Kiss Chase. If I find out after reading them that my loving K&T wasn't a fluke, I'll get the rest. Alibris is awesome for almost any book in existence. I wish Rory had another name though because it makes me think of Doctor Who (I love DW's Rory but still...confusing).

I read the first Shopaholic ages ago and liked it. I read some other book of hers (about lying) which I liked. Thanks for the link, will explore :)

I loooooove SEP. Love. Didn't realize Kleypas did modern stuff - I will be on it asap.

I think I will have great fun exploring other Jilly Cooper stuff - Rivals is so ridiculously entertaining (I am about halfway through now).

Thanks for all the recs!

Date: 2011-11-29 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Oy, you haven't watched the trashy 'wonder' that is The Tudors?! Henry Cavill plays Charles Brandon, one of the main characters in it. I found the 1st season rather entertaining but didn't watch any of the others. Bit too heavy on gratuitous boinking and too easy on actual history. ;P Henry Cavill was quite pretty though.... ;P

Date: 2011-11-29 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Now that you mention it, I did see a few eps. They really murdered off history (they married Brandon to a composite nonexistent Tudor and in the prcess wiped out the line that leads to current queen). I probably would have stuck w/ it anyway if only it was entertaining.

Date: 2011-11-29 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kainee.livejournal.com
OMG, Georgette Heyer reference with These Old Shades. <3! I love the sequel, Devil's Cub, too!

Also, for a good book that uses this trope but is fantasy, have you read Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion?

Also, I wish someone would just compile the Bridget/Andrew moments in Ringer. It would make watching it so much easier. I don't care about anyone else.

Date: 2011-11-30 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I loooove TOS and DC. Avon's proposal to Leonie is one of my favorite romantic moments ever. Ahhhh. Why did nobody ever make movie out of it?

I love Bujold's Miles books but Curse of Chalion didn't click with me. Seeing it has that trope though, I am going to give it another chance.

Date: 2011-11-30 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kainee.livejournal.com
Now I have to re-read Curse of Chalion. I just finished marathoning Ringer and OMG, shipping Bridget/Andrew sooo much! I hope Andrew starts figuring stuff out since I don't want him to accidentally cheat on his 2nd wife the way he apparently did with Siobhan on his first wife. Also, doesn't help Bridget's whole stance of trying to right wrongs with Siobhan as a misguided attempt to redeem herself for her dead sister. Who apparently really isn't and I don't think they can write their way out of redeeming Siobhan's character... Also, no Ringer fanfiction to tide me over for December. :(

Date: 2011-11-30 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iheartkleenex.livejournal.com
Henry Cavill is gorgeous!!! I have been liking him for years now and nobody knew about him and now my baby is growing up and becoming famous! I'm so proud of him! ;p

Date: 2011-12-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Mmmm, yes he is.

Date: 2011-12-12 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prettierdanpink.livejournal.com
The lightning/church scene is one of my favorites in the anime :) Haruhi is really pretty! Not sure about Tamaki, though.

Date: 2011-12-12 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Tamaki grew on me :)


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