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One More Thing

One more week! Squee!

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Still Tired

Soleil and Vanessa, bless them, let us do a short rehearsal yesterday. So we went through the sisters scene I do with, curiously enough, my sister, and then went through my scene where I’m searching for my sister.  I was so exhausted that I was super close to tears the whole time. And I was feeling shaky, so my wonderful Izzybella kindly went out of her way to pick me up and drive me. I didn’t want to risk falling asleep while I was driving.

 So I was home by 9, took an Ambien, and was asleep before 10. My dog woke me up around 4:45 or so telling me that if she didn’t go out right then, she was going to have an enormous poop explosion and it would make a terrible mess and it would be all my fault and I didn’t want that responsibility to lay on my hands and so I’d better just get up and open the door so she could go poop thank you very much. And then, I swear, she said, “Ahem! Ahem! Open the damn door right now, dammit!” I muttered things not lawful to be repeated as I staggered to the door, opened it, and then went back to bed. I didn’t even bother about how the door would get closed (Molly, curiously enough, hasn’t learned how to close the door yet.), but figured I’d close it when I got up.

I’m really groggy today. I’m only in the first scene we’re rehearsing tonight, so I’m going to see if I can do that one and then go home for another early night.

My beloved L-squared just brought me some doughnut holes to give me a sugar rush. Is’t that sweet? So I’ll end this post and see if I can get high on doughnut holes and a Dr. Pepper. Which, ugh, disgusting combination.

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Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things Faith Likes that Start with the letter B

1…. Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Or, as Andrew refers to her, the Slayer of the Vampyres. Either way, I love her.

2. Bittersweet chocolate. And even though they don’t start with the letter B., I also like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, double chocolate, chocolate chococlate chocolate, and any version thereof. Chocolately goodness. Mmmmm.

3. Bumbershoot Casserole, one of my favourite blogs to visit.

4. Babies. I really love babies. They’re so cute and innocent and captivating and curious. They don’t care if you are fat or if you have bad hair, they just love you because you’re loving them.

5. Blogging. I love to blog. You may have noticed that, from how I frequently do 2 or 3 posts on one day. I also love reading my friends’ blogs. And reading their friends’ blogs.

6. Books. This should have been number one, because honestly, if I had to choose between Buffy and books, it’s be books (sorry Buff.) And if I had to choose between chocolate and books, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it would be books. I want do just read books and write books all day and all night and never have to do anything else unless it’s something I want to do like go to Greece with my sister or go on a fun road trip with my honey bear.

7. Boreanaz, as in David. I have a PETA poster of him with some dogs on my desk.  He’s not having to be broody like he did in Angel, so he’s wearing a great smile and holding two beautiful dogs. When he’s not broody, I think he’s very nice looking. No Spike or anything, but nice looking.

8. Bill. Mr. Bill, a former co-worker, passed away not too long ago. I love him. Every now and then I’ll see someone outside smoking a cigarette, and wearing an outfit Mr. Bill would have worn, and I get all excited until I remember that Mr. Bill’s not coming back.  I have a rubber Mr. Bill (from SNL) toy on my desk, and it makes me happy because I know how much my Mr. Bill would have loved it.

9. Bread. Bread is truly the staff of life. I like good hard baguettes, substantial pains de Provence, hearty, grainy bread, sourdough bread, raisin bread–just give me some good bread.

10. And while you’re at it, put some good butter on that good bread. I’m a huge fan of French butter, and splurge on it every other month or so.

12. Beans. I think beans are some of the best food there is. I don’t think I’ve ever met a bean I didn’t like in its natural state.

13. Bed. Because that’s where I’d like to be right now. In bed, with a good book and a crossword puzzle, although I wouldn’t do much reading or puzzling because I would very soon be sleeping a blissful sleep.

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Booking Through Thursday

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1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie? The best include Gone With the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. Both were beautifully adapted to the screen, and I was able to enjoy both the books and the movies without feeling cheated.
2. The worst?  Unquestionably Jane of Lantern Hill, an absolutely dreadful movie based on a charming L.M. Montgomery book.  I was very excited to find the movie at the video store, because the book is one of my favourites. But I was so completely disgusted with all the alterations they made. There were few similarities beyond the names of the characters, and it wasn’t my story at all. I understand the difficulties inherent in adapting a book to movie, and expect there to be significant changes. However, when the only similarity between the book and the movie is the characters names, and perhaps a location, I feel it should no longer be allowed to bill itself as “based on” or “adapted from” that novel.  Why, yes, I do feel very strongly about this. Thank you for noticing!
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.)  In all the cases I have cited, yes, I did read the book before seeing the movie. It made no difference whatsoever in the good adaptations. It made all the difference in the bad one; had I seen the movie first and then read the book, I’d still have hated the movie. It was poorly done.

This is on my mind today anyway because I’ve been considering the enormous task of adapting the Harry Pottern novels to movie format. I love the books immeasureably–if you told me that I could have EITHER the books OR the movies, but not both, there’s no question about it, give me my books.  However, I do enjoy the movies a lot.  The first two are the least well-done, and I believe it’s because they tried to stick too closely to the events as they are outlined in the book.  With the advent of Alfonso Cuaron as director of the third movie, things began changing, and I got a new view of the characters and their stories that I liked.  Each movie afterward has gotten better and better. When I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning, I was incredibly pleased with the results. True, there were things I wished had been included just because i wanted to watch them. However, overall, the movie was just excellent. There were some scenes that I wondered how they could possibly be translated to film, and danged if they weren’t some of the most brilliant moments.

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