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17 September 2006 @ 10:22 pm
Three Very Important Things  
1. Grey's Anatomy. Oh, that kiss. [wibbles, flails, burns with jealousy] Ohohoh. I would not suggest trying to discuss this with me because if anyone spoils me I will have to hunt them down and kill them and sell their body for spare parts and I really don't have that kind of time. Also: incoherency!

2. I had to write an essay about The Merchant of Venice for my brother today. WTF, I have never read this before. Suck it up, Antonio. STFU, Gratiano. 
... I'm so glad I didn't decide to do an English degree after all. Trying to write about literature with a modicum of intelligence would have been the death of me.

3. PoT: this fandom is obsessed with hickeys! Obsessed, I tell you!
Current Location: fluffy pink cloudloveland
Current Mood: flirtyromantic overload
Current Music: Lamp-posts (Bell X1)
Ria: utena secretkessie on September 17th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I had to do The Merchant of Venice for the Junior Cert. Ew. That said, I loved Macbeth for the Leaving. And I ended up reading all of To Kill a Mockingbird at home because I was furious with the teacher for only focusing on the sections required for essay answers. Atticus. ♥

Yeah, I was always going to go off and do an English degree. XD

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: iDuckscoradh on September 17th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
That's odd! I did R&J for Junior, and Macbeth for the Leaving. And because I took a year out, when I got to college everyone was babbling about Hamlet. [facepalm] It's amazing how that exam sticks around ... I know people who are still having fisticuffs at dawn over getting five points less than someone else. >.>

I had to do Silas Marner, AKA the book with no redeeming features whatsoever. Then again, I always found dissecting books I hated easier than dissecting those I liked. I would have hated to get Circle of Friends!

I live with an English student, so I can live vicariously through her and correct her grammar without any of the assignments. FTW. :D
Riakessie on September 18th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
My teacher didn't like R&J, so we got stuck with Merchant. It's ridiculous, really, how everyone obsesses with that one exam when it's really only a stepping stone. That said, am still bitter I was 12 points off an A in English. :D And then I reached college and had to put up living with a girl who continuously bemoaned getting an A2 in English instead of an A1. Oh boy.

I nearly bought Silas Marner even though I wasn't studying it. Heh. The book addiction will kill me yet.

Best of both worlds, then!

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Banana headscoradh on September 18th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Dude. Word. I know people who were obsessing about rechecks to get the extra five points. It's like, hello, you got the course you wanted ... the end. [headshake]

Eh, well, I suppose if you like George Eliot --? I thought the whole book was lame and she wrote it in a really condescending manner. Like, ooh, look at these stupid country people. Ah well.

Totes. ♥
Halrloprillalar: data pairprillalar on September 17th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re #3, are you giving the hickey obsession thumbs up or thumbs down? :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Jane Austenscoradh on September 17th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
It's like everything -- if well done, and the characters are shown to really dig it, then I'm all for it. Random biting =/= automatically hot, though. I wonder what the HP equivalent is ... rimming? [thoughtful]
...: [JP] D'aww.chowburger on September 17th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
We're talking about the episode that just happened on RTÉ, right? Because holy crap yes.

I am so glad I didn't have to do anything Shakespearian as the main text for my LC... too much with the crazy. I like the Merchant of Venice film with Jeremy Irons, though; me and my sister spent the bits we didn't quite follow slashing Antonio and Bassanio mercilessly - made easier by the fact that the actors seemed to be doing most of the work for us. Good times, good times.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Banana headscoradh on September 17th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Okayokay YOU can totally talk about it because you've only seen as much as me. :D :D :D

Oh, ALEX. I knew there was something set up from the moment that girl in the wheelchair came on -- total foreshadowing for never having been kissed before. And what Alex said to her! About first kisses! FUCK I HAVE TO STEAL THAT LINE AND DRESS IT UP SO IT LOOKS LIKE MY OWN.

And oh boy. The way he kissed her. The boy got skillz.

Okay, I'm shutting up now. :D

You didn't? How'd you get away with that? I thought it was compulsory! Did you do Circle of Friends instead?

Macbeth was an awful tool ... Shakespeare's got loads of plot holes, don't you find? Still, he's easy to quote. Nothing makes any sense out of context so you can say 'Macbeth was a snake in a past life' and there'll be something there to back it up ...
...chowburger on September 17th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Ahem, let's pretend I didn't spend a boring week downloading episodes... But still, no spoilers! I don't remember anything properly until I've seen it a second time, anyway!
I hate the guy one second and then love him the next - it confuses me! But I love it. Much like I love Alex/Izzie (though you know those 'previously on Grey's Anatomy' bit at the start? And the few times they showed George punching Alex and yelling 'YOU GAVE ME SYPHILIS!' Yeah, ideas were put into my head.)

FUCK I HAVE TO STEAL THAT LINE AND DRESS IT UP SO IT LOOKS LIKE MY OWN goes through my head at least once no matter what I'm watching.

I think it's just compulsory to have Shakespeare somewhere on the course. We did Pride & Prejudice as our main text, and then As You Like It, Silas Marner, and Witness for the comparative.
AYLI was basically one giant plot hole, which made it kind of hard to pick out the singular ones... It was funny, though, and I'd probably have actually enjoyed it if I got to read it in my own time, instead of having to read it out in class and have the teacher translate every bloody line. Even the obvious ones! Bah.
I, Ociwen: chibisanadareposoir on September 17th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Because what could be more embarassing for a teenage boy than a teammate pointing out your hickey in the tennis clubhouse?

:D :D :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Apollo balletscoradh on September 18th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
But I thought they were like a badge of honour -- at least if you got them from a girl? Or maybe it's the other way around? [confused]

I must try writing one, so. Just for the craic.
Matchy西: fuji_ever smilingmatchynishi on September 18th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm very glad I didn't do an English degree, too. Books should be *read*, not... make essays out of. :D That is my opinion and will never change. ^__^

Hickeys are all of the good. Yesyesyes. :D *shameless hickey fan*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Prison bitchesscoradh on September 18th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Books should be *read*, not... make essays out of. :D That is my opinion and will never change. ^__^

I always thought that too, but there was stage in my life where I was planning to go the Arts route. I ... forget why I changed my mind, now ... [confused]

There needs to be a hickey CLUB. Yes. :D
Matchy西: Fuji_smirkmatchynishi on September 18th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
"There needs to be a hickey CLUB."

YES. I would join posthaste. :DDD
Serenia: Oishi writingserenia on September 18th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
I often wish I'd stayed at school to do English. I know my grammar suffers, and there's a lot of literature I haven't read. Admittedly, my fiancee's mother owns most books covered in high school and university English, but there's a lot I haven't gotten around to reading. I read War & Peace when I was 16, but I haven't read anything by Shakespeare.

And I don't recall the last time I wrote a hickey in my stories, but it does seem like a very schoolboy thing to do.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bitchsmitescoradh on September 18th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
I know my grammar suffers

Are you kidding? You are a stellar example compared to some of the dreck that's out there. Everyone makes mistakes but ... some people's writing is nothing but a mistake. Not yours!

I never got very far into War and Peace. Everyone seemed to be getting engaged at the age of twelve, and there was a war, and, eh ...

I can't say I feel you're missing out by not having read Shakespeare, myself. Then again I am an awful plebe, myself. [shrugs] I hate Dickens, too!

... are you getting an inspiration? [waggly eyebrows]
Sereniaserenia on September 19th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
Oh, I won't argue that my spelling and grammar runs rings around 90% of the fanfic published on fanfiction.net *grin*, but there are times when I agonise for fifteen minutes over whether I should have a semicolon or a hyphen at a particular point.
I guess it helps that my mother used to teach adult literacy. Sometimes I helped her, but some of her 40-year-old students felt a bit uncomfortable being taught basic word processing by an eleven-year-old.

I do love historical fiction, so I loved War & Peace. My only beef with it was that the type was sooo tiny that it made regular books look like large print! Also, I got to the point of only being able to read one or two pages in a sitting.

I have too much inspiration and not enough writing time!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 18th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
I used the word 'myself' twice and now I want to scream. After all the effort they put into updating lj in new and pointless ways, don't you think they could bring in commenting editing?!!
Sereniaserenia on September 19th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
*laughs* I'm always reading and re-reading things to see if I've used the same word twice too close together. It does rather suck that you still have to delete and repost comments, and the original poster still gets both.
Trinity Day: Supernaturaltrinityday on September 18th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Do I want to know why you have to write an essay for your brother?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Dane Danescoradh on September 18th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
[laughs] He's only fourteen and he's crap at English. Whereas I got straight As. I ended up trying to analyse it with him, which was ... tonnes of fun. [eyeroll]
Cait: readingcoralia13 on September 18th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
2. You had to write an essay for your brother? I wrote an essay last year on Merchant and Midsummer, talking about how the lower-class characters in these plays informed the mood of the plays themselves. My prof. was not as impressed as I'd hoped. In my experience, the papers get easier as the term wears on and you figure out what the prof. is looking for (and, it's awful, but also how much bullshit you can get away with. I have to say, in my school, the answer is: "not much.")
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 18th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yup. He's only in his second year of high school though, so it wasn't high brow stuff. :D He's having trouble just dealing with the difference between quoting and paraphrasing (and he doesn't know what either means, or how to spell describe, or what inverted commas are ...)

and, it's awful, but also how much bullshit you can get away with.

I always think it must be hard not to say stuff that's already been said by other people -- like in those essays they publish with the plays. Is that true?
Cait: studyingcoralia13 on September 18th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is so true. It was all fine back in the golden years when they just wanted you to write a paper on a text ("Choose a residence from Vanity Fair and explain how you think it symbolizes something about the text"), but then they start asking you to use secondary sources, and after reading Peter Stallybrass's essay on feminine rule, for example, he owns my opinion. I'm way too impressionable. The whole time I was writing my paper on The Faerie Queene, I was like, well, just read Stallybrass. Or, wait, I'll just quote him to death. And it didn't even overlap that much with my topic. It's when you find something that is in answer to the same question as your essay that you are in real trouble.
gwathhenationgwathhenation on September 19th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Random, I know. But I think I remember you saying you downloaded the movie Latter Days aeons ago, and I was wondering if you could tell me where you downloaded it from. Thanks.
Liz_eliza_b on September 19th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
But..."Merchant" is the best thing since sliced bread! *flails*
i mean, if a play every had slashy subtext...
Liz_eliza_b on September 19th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)