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28 November 2004 @ 07:37 pm
All the beez are ded  

At Sharon's, when we were watching Shrek 2, there was a trailer for a FILM VERSION of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'! It's like, write a fantasy novel, particularly one that's nominally for 'children', and they'll make a movie out of it. Looks good, actually, better than the books...well, I bought the first one for my brother for Christmas because he didn't find Truckers funny (yeah, I KNOW!) and Lemony Snicket really is a kid's author. Explains what words mean and everything. Not really my cup of cola. Must read more than the first chapter now, though, so I can check out the film...all I got was a biting baby, the hell?

Oh, and this, a direct quote from X Mag, some Extravision video review, for PoA:

Techinically dazzling, fast-paced (so far, so good) and chock-full of Rowling's boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), PoA is a Potter-movie classic.

I kid you NOT.

Ace screenwriter...LOYALLY ADAPTED...*dies*

Current Mood: cynicalcynical
Current Music: 'Lay Me Down,' the Frames
Insufferable, man.cynicalpirate on November 28th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
Ok, so the film for 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' is going to be amazing. I know someone who knows someone who is friends with Klaus, and Violet is the next Wednesday Addams. And the biting baby is adorable. Also Jim Carrey (who I now love after seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is Count Olaf. And Jude Law is in it, using a typewriter. *loves*

I must confess, I am a geek, and I have read the books. All of them. I've finished book 11, the Grim Grotto, and I fully anticipate completing the whole unlucky thirteen. They're not wonderfully written, but once you get to book 4, you're kind of inextricably tied up in this tangled web of mystery, and you have to uncover and solve the huge mysterious puzzle that hangs over the Baudelaire orphans. The author, Daniel Handler Lemony Snicket is a veritable genius at foreshadowing and dropping in clues that you think are irrelevant at the time, but make so much sense later.

I can't believe you didn't see people advertising them in the cinemas around the time of PoA. There would be a picture of one of the books, and writing would come up on screen that read: NO WIZARDS. NO HAPPY ENDINGS. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

Ok, that's quite enough book-pimping for today. But yes, read the books. They're crap, but addictive!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 28th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, I admit the film looks TEH KEWL, which is kind of prompting me to read the books - I really despise people who went to see HP and LotR without reading them, so I'm not going that route! And I KNEW Count Olaf looked familiar!

NONONONONO. Reading any book doesn't make you a geek, or a nerd, or a swot - it makes you INTELLIGENT AND A NON-SHEEP. Trust me - it took me years to learn this but it is TRUE.

But sure PoA was back in June! I hardly go to the cinema and, erm, never watch TV, so it's not surprising I missed it.

Don't mind me - this is how I started reading HP...

TEACHER: Well, these Harry Potter books are some craze, eh?

ME: (aged 14) A book I haven't read and others have? How can this be? *sees book, belonging to friend* Huh, shitty kid's book. Will read it anyway, to sneer.

*five minutes later, finishes chapter one*

*addicted from there on in*

*shrugs* Well, I sense a premonition...I sense that, the money that was going to go on clothes now I have nearly all the Discworld books, will now be going on ASOUE....
...chowburger on November 28th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to read those books FOREVER, but somehow never got around to it... But, having just finished Fool's Fate I now have time to start on them *woo!* And the movie does look really cool. Must go steal them off my sister now.

TEACHER: Well, these Harry Potter books are some craze, eh?

ME: (aged 14) A book I haven't read and others have? How can this be? *sees book, belonging to friend* Huh, shitty kid's book. Will read it anyway, to sneer.

Heh, I think that's how most people got into it. Mine was more like;
MY MOTHER: Here, I read about this recently released book in the Sunday Times. It sounds intriguing.
ME: (aged about 8) Ew, it's about a boy! Cooties!
*has been addicted ever since*

I'm easily addicted to things... ><

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 28th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yup. It will be all cynicalpirate's fault when we become bankrupt addicts. Hahaha.

Was it just me, or did the entire Tawny Man trilogy read as one extended piece of (bad!) fanfiction? And where is the Fool/Fitz action? Huh? Huh?
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Jenniferfate_envies_us on November 28th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
To along with the rest of the comments:

How Jenn became involved in Harry Potter...

Thanksgiving Day however many years ago the first movie came out

COUSINS: Ohhhh, can we go see Harry Potter????
AUNT: Sure!
ME: Oh kill me.
---After Movie---
Me: Dammit.
---At the store a few days later---
GRANNY: Oh, look its one of those Harry Potter books. Do you want one of these?
ME: *mumbles incoherently*
ME: Sure.
---That Night---
ME: *addicted after first chapter* Urg. Why are these so damn good?
---Next day---
ME: Granny, will you buy me the second Harry Potter book?

And that is the story of how I found the wonderful world of Harry Potter.

I really want to see Series of Unfortunate Events. I really need to read the books though. They're soooo expensive. There is always a library, I suppose. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 29th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
I know! I started the first chapter, sneered at the title like you would not believe - then, when lights were out (this was in boarding school) my friend was like, 'Please can I have my book back now?' and I was like 'NO!' Finished it by the next night, school notwithstanding!

I was lucky - the first one of those only cost me six euro in a cheapy bookstore. However, when I went back, there was no second book, or fifth, or tenth...and they're notorious for not ordering in stock for AGES. *sulks*
denial_girldenial_girl on November 28th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Since everyone's telling the story of how they got into HP...

Rosie O'Donnell: Everyone read Harry Potter!
MOM: Maybe we should get that to read at the cottage.
ME (at 13? 14? Can't remember.): Eh, okay.
**couple weeks later at the cottage**
ME: Ooooh, this is good! It was Quirrel, WTF?
MOM (**halfway through PS**): This is good. Ron and Hermione are gonna get together.
ME: No way, you're nuts!
**couple years later, reads GoF**
ME: Dammit. How'd you know???
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 29th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Okay, I've never been one for spotting plots, so Quirrell was a TOTAL surprise to me. I really believed in her EvilPlotting!Snape. Funniest line in the lame-ass first movie too - 'There's a TROLL! IN THE DUNGEONS! --thought you ought to know.' *faints*

I always knew Harry would never get with Hermione, anyway, as it was way too predicatable, although everyone who went to see the films thought so...but that was just Watson crushing on Radcliffe, imho.
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amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on November 28th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
He... didn't find Truckers funny?! O.O Have you taken him to see a doctor about it? Or maybe he'll grow out of it on his own accord... but still. *boggle*

The fact that there are people out there who have read Pratchett and still doesn't like him never ceases to baffle me.

I saw the first HP movie before starting on the books, and I probably wouldn't have seen it at all if it wasn't for Alan Rickman and Nasubionna's megapluspretty (and (sort of) Rowling-approved!) fan art.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 29th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
I KNOW! He turned out to be a JOCK! I cannot believe we share the same genes. He watches TV constantly and I never. Like, wtf?

People find him CONFUSING, apparently, because of the interconnecting storylines. *rolls eyes* To be honest, I have no words.

Pity it was so bad, then! The third one rocks, though. After HP and LotR, I don't think I could go to see a book remake without reading the book...I even avoided the Five Children and It because it looked like such an awful rendition, and I loved that book as a kid. That and The Phoenix and the Carpet...JK owes Nesbitt A LOT.

Cool art, btw!
henbock on November 29th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
Hi just so you know I do read all your entries I just have nothing to say, for once.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 29th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Okay...and Sharon does know about this, she's just not interested in my 'Harry Potter shit'! Do you ever have credit, incidentally, or are you just not getting my messages? I think there's something wrong with my stupid phone...
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Caitcoralia13 on November 29th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
SoUE will rock the theaters!!! It looks SO good! I read the first book, might have read the second, too, and they were good, but not good enough to pay that much for. I don't really remember them very well, but the movie looks fabulous. And if I don't know what's supposed to happen, I won't end up heartbroken, like I am after EVERY SINGLE HARRY POTTER MOVIE. ACE?!?!?! LOYALLY?!?!?!?! FUCK HIM!
I'm sorry. You know how I feel about this. We need speak of such unpleasentness no more.
Oh, and when I was at the movie theater yesterday to see Finding Neverland with Johny Depp (yay!) and Kate Winslet (yay again!) (which, btw, was awesome), I saw a poster for a new version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe due out next December!!!! That should be amazing!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 30th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
Same here, actually - it looks as colourful as PoA, but without all the canon-rape stress!

FHRB. Word, man.

OH, NOOOOOOOOOO!! Are they TRYING to kill me? I mean, Good Omens, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Glaxy, and now THIS? Just think of all the stress engendered by loyal fans trying not to scream 'THAT'S NOT IN THE BOOK, NIMROD!' ie me.

Okay, okay, but anyway, are Peter and Edmund fine?!!
Caitcoralia13 on November 30th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
The poster was just showing an open wardrobe with a snowy forest inside - no kids yet. I have faith. I must believe that Kloves is an abberation, not the norm.
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