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07 February 2005 @ 10:40 pm
I was driving in Chicago, dropped acid and had to swerve to avoid the pyramids  

Of books and weddings, because there's no mice and no pretty men

I caved and bought the first Princess Diaries. (I never go to the library. Other people? Touching books? And bending them and folding down pages and leaving them open because they can't be arsed to get a bookmark...GAH! That's sacrilege! Yeah, I have the UU Librarian's view on this; wanna make something of it?) How could I not, when cynicalpirate 's read it?

My reading is not, and has never been, of a particularly high calibre. I'd never have even got into fantasy if it weren't for the boy I fancied when I was eleven lending me The Hobbit; had to read it then, of course. (Most romantic thing that ever happened me, incidentally, and I've retained a preference for blue-eyed bastards ever since.) Yeah, the PD is funny. More so than the Nicola one and the Teen Idol one, because those characters were borderline Sues and Mia is just a freak.

Not enjoying Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, though. The humour is so self-aware my mind refuses to find it humourous. In addition, I find the archaic spelling (surprize, shew, shoking?!) pretentious. It's readers who are supposed to be delusional, not writers. Hello, Mizz Clark? 'Tis the twenty-first century, yeah. Sorry to burst your bubble, there. Sheesh.

I'm delighted to see that Muriel's Wedding and Four Weddings and a Funeral will be on TV for our Valentinian delectation. I have no particular stance on that feastday (aside from wishing to remind everyone that it's for a saint who was tortured to death - I think), but I do love weddings! Which, like VD, are so girly that I have no idea how any boy worth his testosterone-boosted salt can stand either.

Speaking of weddings, I have decided where I want to go on my honeymoon - the Montreal Comedy Festival. (Stuck me as odd, though, that when they were inteviewing an American political satirist he said it was okay to mock the administration unless they were at war. At war! We walk around - or rather, Americans also walk around - listening to iPods, wearing Nike runners, discussing Big Brother or Pop Idol or whatever, and we can be at war. It's so ludicrious. Bloodless combat at it's best. Except for those America is war with. The mind. It boggles, and dies.) 

 
 
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...chowburger on February 7th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
I heart the Princess Diaries *hearts*
It's not possible to not enjoy a book about a freak girl in big boots. Ever seen the movie? Not half as entertaining as the books.

I started Jonathan Strange, but couldn't really get into it... It was too, I dunno, blah.

Four Weddings and a Funeral! That's another thing I heart! Always cry when yer man dies, though.
I love how Hugh Grant spends half the movie going 'fuck, fuck, fuck!' but then switches to 'bugger, bugger, bugger!' as things get worse XD
*has an infatuation with the word 'bugger'*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 7th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
I was pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed the films, mostly for the cool driver guy. Imagine my jaw dropping when I read her ruthless, REAL descriptions of the most-definitely-ALIVE father and ebil grandma. Woah. It is vair funny too.

Blah is the exact word to describe it. And Mr Childermass is SUCH a ripoff of Snape. I think.

Me too! I learned off that poem just because of it. So weep-inducing.

*hey, is a terminal slasher. bugger is her LIFE. sort of*
Caitcoralia13 on February 7th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
He said it was okay to make fun of the gov unless we are at war? Who is this man, and why won't he get out of my country? Honestly, I hate people who spread that crap about "protesting is a form of terrorism". This war is not some sort of noble Christian crusade, like Bush wants everyone to think. It is a futile, dangerous, prejudice-based, and hate-filled war against an abstract noun, against people who are spread out around the world, united by nothing but spite and a loose organization of criminality. This war is bullshit, and if we can't talk about it being bullshit, then we are condoning Bush's behavior, and then, my friends, then we are truly condoning terrorism.
*steps off soap box*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 7th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
I actually wish I HAD got his name, he was very good. You don't get screenings of the Montreal Comdedy Festival, do you? Because he'll be on it.

I probably should have explained better...the question was, did he get a lot of flak for ribbing the government? And he was there, no, not really, and Ed Byrne was all incredulous going, surely from all those who think it's unpatriotic to mock your mockable leader, and he replied, no, only after 9/11 and when we're at war.

Although he did say it was bullshit. What was it...Bush declared he would stand for uniting instead of dividing, and your man was there, he's managed to unite every nation in the world against America! (Except it was funnier when he did it.)
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Earth-Bound Misfit: Dilbertsmithy161 on February 7th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Was wondering whether to read Strange & Norrel or not ... I think you've just put me off. Hate pretentious writers. And you're right, readers are supposed to be delusional, not writers **nods** Self-aware humour? It doesn't end its gags with exclamation marks, does it? **unsurpressed shudder** that would be bad
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 7th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh, I wouldn't want to put anyone OFF any book. I mean, I'm picky. And odd. The humour is over-done...here, an example!

Mr Norrell (who knew there were such things as jokes in the world or people would not write about them in books, but who had never actually been introduced to a joke or shaken it's hand) considered a while before replying.

Just...no vim, no snap, no sparkle. It's a very worthy sort of book, I grant you. It could have been written by Dickens, or someone.
gabbysun on February 7th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
I never could get into wordy books. I'm a skimmer at heart, and so read my books many many times. xD; I don't think I like so much purple prose, which I find is abundant in many books today, but concepts. Ideas. I think I first started really thinking after Terry Pratchett, and I never want to go back. :D

Awww . . . I rather like archaic spelling. xD; Of course, I tend to classify any word with a 'u' in it like 'colour' in that category, but then again I'm in the States. HAH
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, phew! I thought I was alone! I mean, I try to make myself like the classics, but I can't. Look, they're crap, and that's all there is to it. Some exceptions...like Jane Austen. And...

...okay, ONE exception.

Yeah, I don't believe I ever thought so much before Pterry. Love.

COLOUR IS NOT ARCHAIC. COLOR is ebil. How can you discriminate against the poor little u? How?!?
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bat crimeiceetoile on February 8th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
I love when you're sarcastic and nasty about books. But I couldn't get into the Princess Diaries, I think the film put me off them forever.

Yes, but I like watching American Idol. It's the best thing they've imported over to us for years. Because I checked, and my iPod isn't American, it's child sweatshop labour somewhere poor. Which should bother me more than it does, no?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think. xD I quite liked the film. There were some funny lines, and Anne Hathaway made a passable geek, and Michael was pretty. But woah, are the books COMPLETELY different to the film. Like, they hardly have anything in common except the name.

I can't stand reality TV. Or manufactured music. Gag City. Sorry!

I didn't think iPods were American. Possibly I was trying to say there were a sign of the times? Who knows? Not I.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on February 8th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
I don't celebrate VD.

I do, however like calling it that. Makes it sound lke some kind of nasty STD.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
It's there to be endured or bewailed at, I think.

I can't take the credit, though - stole it off of anyotherknight.
bat crimeiceetoile on February 8th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
dude, you got recced on the Harry/Draco forum. Very complimentarily recced, too. in case you haven't already seen it: http://www.fictionalley.org/fictionalleypark/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=222&perpage=20&highlight=&pagenumber=30
ficficfic!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. No, no, I didn't see it till now.

Wow.

I am extremely happy now.

Wow.

*has been recced! squees quietly*
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Insufferable, man.: tink!cynicalpirate on February 8th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
I hate it when people fold over pages. But I am never organised enough to get a bookmark, so I'm always losing my place.

I got an mirage-y HP bookmark as a bday present, to go with my copy of Good Omens. But it's H/Hr. Harry's face melding into Hermione's... not what I want to see when reading. Visited the bookshop a few days later, and saw that they had Ron/Hermione, and Harry/Draco. Either of those would have been highly appreciated.

My family are SO not discerning shippers.

I started reading the Princess Diaries before the film, and I really liked them. But they get progressively worse, as the Cabot gets seduced by teh money and just mass-produces fluffy shite. Wouldn't read past number 3 of the series. If you want more Meg Cabot, check out All-American Girl, which smacks of dead plot bunnies, but is a fun trashy read.

I'd never have even got into fantasy if it weren't for the boy I fancied when I was eleven lending me The Hobbit; had to read it then, of course.

That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard in my life. *swoons*

Speaking of weddings, I have decided where I want to go on my our honeymoon - the Montreal Comedy Festival.

*sniffs*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
I used to do it as a kid. And then realised my sin, and repented, and ever since have kept a box (yeah, a box) of bookmarks beside my bed.

Gahhh. H/D bookmarks. Must. Have. *grasps for*

Thanks! I just bought the second one today, and I won't bother getting any more after the third. She has some good lines, god love her, tis a pity she keeps writing nearly-there Sues and predictable storylines. That Mills and Boon stint did her NO favours.

One of my better life moments, actually. xD

Well, obviously you are to come, if you like. If you like stand-up, rather. If not, you can go to, er, a strip-bar, and I'll go to the crazy men dissing women.
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starts with k: Jonothan Meyers White Tuxanyotherknight on February 8th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, Juste Pour Rire, excellent choice! If it wasn't so close to Toronto -and unlikely to ever marry- I'd want to go there for a honeymoon, too! So happy you didn't say Niagra Falls (the Canadian side is cheese central; there is a forty foot plastic Frankenstein on the main strip - tres romantique, non?), or Toronto (CN Tower: world's largest phallic symbol. Visible for miles, annoying, expensive, pretentious, causes much anticipation but ultimately anti-climactic...). Montreal, though, that's where it's at -- the envy of Canada, but too cool to be France. Plus, we get reruns dating back to before I was born running three times a day on the Comedy channel.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 8th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
I am GAGGING for these reruns. I adore stand-up...my mother cannot understand it at all.

Oh, it's got a French title? We call it Just For Laughs. Actually, it's Ed Byrne's Just For Laughs, because he presents the (millisecond) clips. Know him at all?
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starts with kanyotherknight on February 10th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Such compliments! My french is terrible. The only fun I have with it is talking to Americans downtown - "flacon du mais" is hilarious (I got it off JFL) because you can mangle the pronunciation and it sounds like a terrible swear. My teacher didn't notice cheese that had been stuck to the wall - maybe french teachers are naturally ditzy?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on February 10th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
A bit like the Irish verb 'feic'. Pronounced like feck, which is the Irishization of fuck. Vair funny!

Oh, for definite. Her clothes were the most tragic thing I've seen since Austwitchz. (sp?)