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26 July 2008 @ 08:53 pm
mission: reinvent love. failure. abject.  
There is a trend, yes? For 'celebrating mediocrity,' I believe it's called. FUCKING DANGEROUS TREND.

The ethos espoused by Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging could be called child of eta: the love you just the way you are trend.

There's nothing wrong with that per se - although I do wonder how people who actually believe it add, like, rapists and axe murderers and people who use mobiles in the cinema to their bell curve. What's wrong is the concept that this is universally applicable. The concept that to get a cute and nice guy, you don't have to do anything to catch up yourself.

Let me put it this way: you've got a hot, sweet, sensitive, witty girl. Is there any reason why she should go for an unattractive, lame-and-dirty-jokes obsessed, doesn't-wash-his-hair-with-any-great-regularity, not interested in her for anything but sex, dumb, inarticulate guy? (Swap genders as required.) Aside from the idea that he should be 'loved for who he is'?

I am here to say, regardless of how un-PC it is: NO.


There's a reason why people never hook up with people more than two above or below them. It's because, no matter how many kittens you rescue from trees, if you look like the back end of a bus, the prettiest girl in school just will not care. Likewise, you could be the most genuine person ever and know the entire back catalogue of Pink Floyd, but the cute guy in the band will still pass you over for the equally genuine and music-fanatic girl with the pretty hair and big boobs.

Why can't any romcom preach the value of reinvention? Of making the most of what you've got, by natural means or artificial? It can't be more damaging than getting teenage girls to believe this bullshit.

The screenwriter should have been shot.

Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK was that bit at the end with Lindsay? And the whole 'you're perfect' thing. Let us remember that Robbie was kind of lame and obsessed with wombats. He wasn't perfect. Georgia sure isn't perfect. THAT WAS THE FUCKING BASIS OF HER CHARM.

Every interaction between Robbie and Georgia had me rubbing the spot between my eyebrows like an old woman. Unless kids have changed a LOT in the last five years or so, none of that is how they roll. Plus, way to make Robbie an uber-dork. (I WUV MY CAT! YAY AIR GEETAR!) I kept looking at him, wanting to appreciate the sweepy bangs and Spencer-blue eyes, but all I could think was: fuckit, you're an idiot.

It was horrifying how young the actresses were or seemed. Especially in comparison to the boys, who were obviously cast as a lot older. It was borderline creepy. I felt like a fucking perve watching this, you guys. It also helped with the big dose of 'how to make this film absolutely unbelievable' that everyone took prior to filming. You can just about buy it in the books, because Georgia comes off as mad-in-a-fun-way. Unusual, interesting, etc. Here she's just whiny and the self-centredness didn't play as wry and cute, it was just - no. Like in a 'Wow, Georgia, way to suck' kind of way.

I'm amazed that they managed to take every weirdass scene from the book and make it into a deeply unfunny film sequence - the touching your boobs with a dead hand, the pencil test, the eyebrow shaving - and completely missed things that could actually have been enjoyable. Plus, did they have some funding from the Department of Education? HAI GURLS, THIS IS HOW YOU SQUEEZE A SPOT K.

I still kind of want an 'Angus Rocks' t-shirt. Despite my aching sadness that he wasn't at all the prime player he is in the books. Libby wasn't insane!

So very, very disappointing.

Also, they all had such crap teeth. Unreal.
Current Mood: irateirate
Current Music: when love and hate collide (def leppard)
Voldemoo: mice 25 strongfrantic_mice on July 26th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
IDK, I just think people gravitate to their own kind of people. It's not above or below or sideways, but what you're interested in and what you assume peeps are all interested in by how they look.

Like say, somebody is all scraggly and looks like a hobo and you're into self-improvement through artificial means or whatevs. It's like fokit, you have totes different outlooks of the world. PLUS below or above it should feel reciprocal, not like somebody's being generous and somebody is just so damn lucky.

BAD about the movie. =/
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: skyscoradh on July 26th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I just think people gravitate to their own kind of people.

Hmm, but. Maybe people grow out of this and I just HAVEN'T, but what about all the times people get crushes on 'unattainable' other people? That's not gravitating towards your own kind, that's reaching for the stars and getting slammed. And while my method of judging the world is through appearance - I get my unattainable crushes on guys who are way too hot for me - and someone else's is, like. Intelligence, that doesn't mean they won't fall for someone whose brain is five times bigger than theirs. If you know what I mean.

Okay, I'm not sure if that was even to the point. >.> But this film didn't seem to show two people who were on the same level where it counted. It was more 'how do I get someone to like me when they are too good for me?' which then turned into 'it's okay because Who I Am is enough!'


I so love the books, as well.
Voldemoo: mice 3 playfrantic_mice on July 26th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
BLERGH! I DUNNO! I'm terrrrrrible child because I see delish cheese and they're like YOUR MOOLA IS TEH LACKING I'm like YEAH well, your cheese is stinky and probably has worms in it. Maybe it's a self-preserve thing but unattainability turns yummy to rancid like *snap*

I think it's a balance thing. You don't have to turn yourself into a sex goddess to get your sex god, because EWW that's so cold and Mergers & Acquisition-y, but sweat smells bad on anyone so use deodorant. Liking yourself is ALL about improving, not about stagnant unmoving water-type self-satisfaction. ROT ROT ROT

Aw, they killed your book, huh? *mourns*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: For the Roadscoradh on July 27th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a self-preserve thing but unattainability turns yummy to rancid like *snap*

I believe this is what's called the mature approach, sadly (for me), I am in a lot of ways still fourteen. Also terminally contrary, so if someone says my cheese is lacking I'll spend the next twenty-seven years rechurning it and wow, did I ever lose the thread of this metaphor. >.>

I think it's a balance thing. You don't have to turn yourself into a sex goddess to get your sex god, because EWW that's so cold and Mergers & Acquisition-y, but sweat smells bad on anyone so use deodorant

That's too hilarous. No more to be said. ;D

Oh totally. Still, there's a new one out, all ready and waiting for me when I finish my exams...
mrsquizzical: mollywobblesmrsquizzical on July 26th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
lol. it's usually uniformly perfect teeth that makes me grumble in films! :~P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: redhot flowersscoradh on July 27th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Dude, these kids probably haven't lost all their milk teeth yet, that's what it was. D:
Kladyphoenixia on July 26th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Well, there's an element of that. But, of course, when you're soundly in the middle of the bell curve (as most people are, by definition) there's a whole lot of options. The really hot and really ugly people are few... so, to that extent, loving people as they are seems to be a pretty valid approach.

Me? I'm average, and I've never actually gone for the 'hot' guys, I always like the average looking guys with the great personality... but then, the below-average guys with good personalities, I always find them offputting in one way or another... but maybe their appearance comes into it, subconsciously. I don't know.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: snowy owlscoradh on July 27th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Me, I'm just cranky and bitter. I'm not saying I know or have ever liked some guy who's on a - idek, Brendon Urie level of hotness. That kind of guy doesn't hang around every street corner. But even within the hump of the bell curve there's a lot of gradation. You can be on the upper or the lower and dude, in the end, all the guys want their girls to be hot. Regardless of what they are like themselves or the personalities of anyone involved. That's been my experience. Maybe it's too narrow - it probably is. *sigh*
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: fishscoradh on July 27th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
What am I on about? Bloody good question.

I am not an advocate for settling. I could go into paragraphs - books - about how I'm so not, but take my word for it. The answer I gave to the bit you quoted is no.

I'm saying, I guess, that to avoid settling, unless you were born Claudia Schiffer, is to make an effort. Work out, dye your hair, get a new wardrobe, work on being nice to old people and kittens, try not to be a thumping bitch. This works both ways, don't get me wrong. There are guys who pull their weight with this shit and it ups the ante for them too.

The ugly guys with the 10s obviously have money. I personally wouldn't touch that, but I'm privileged in the sense that I never have and never will have to worry about making my own money and plenty of. Money can balance the equation. None of this is right or fair, I think it just is.

What I'm also saying is that I'm bitter and twisted about all this, I have capital I issues, and it might take me another 22 years to get my head around it. But right now it seems like it's either terrible looks or terrible personality that brings you down, and personally? I'd rather it be my appearance.