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Tonight was a bit of a disappointment but while driving, I did end up behind a car whose license plate said "4 NARNIA". The one time that I've found myself liking a vanity plate!
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Finished watching the DVD commentary with Andrew Adamson and the "Pevensie" children today. Georgie continues to be adorable and shouts everybody down when she has something to say. It's amazing how much the actors really do seem like their characters. Some of the other things they mentioned:

--Andrew blew a foghorn when William was sleeping to wake him up.
--Georgie talking about their looks on their faces when they meet Aslan at the came and feeling silly because her character has this joyful reaction. "William's looking serious and Anna's looking serious and sexy, and I'm not looking serious and sexy, I'm just grinning like an idiot!"
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I've owned the DVD for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for several years but I didn't get around to watching any of the commentaries until now. This morning I started the audio commentary with Andrew Adamson (the director), William Moseley (Peter), Anna Popplewell (Susan), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), and Georgie Henley (Lucy). It's a riot; the kids tease each other just like real siblings would. So far I've watched up through the scene where Edmund meets the White Witch. Highlights:

--Georgie was completely terrified of horses in the beginning (where Mrs. Macready fetches the Pevensie children in a cart) and somebody told her not to make any sudden movements, or the horse would attack.
--Difficulties because Skandar grew at least 5 inches while shooting the film.
--Georgie had to eat real sardines during the scene at Mr. Tumnus's (James McAvoy) house and was completely grossed out.
--For the scene when Lucy enters Narnia for the first time, Georgie was blindfolded and bodily carried across to the set, where she saw the winter wood.
--The Pottymouth Bucket. Every time somebody swore and Georgie heard them, that person had to put $2 into a bucket they kept on set. Once, William's cell phone went off while they were filming and he had to pay because he swore; then he had to pay even more because the others didn't like his ring tone.
--Teasing Skandar about having a crush on Tilda Swinton while filming the scene with the White Witch.
--In the process of filming the above scene, Skandar ended up eating about 36 very large pieces of (real) Turkish Delight. I've had Turkish Delight and though it's very good, I can understand why he felt sick at the end of that.

finally!

Jun. 17th, 2010 03:16 pm
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Via [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, a trailer for Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

I don't love it yet but I don't hate it, either. I agree with a few of the reviewer's notes, in that while it was interesting to bring back the White Witch for Prince Caspian, it's getting old. There's plenty of material to work with in this book without her. I just want my sea voyage adventures but it looks like they're heading in a different direction (a clip of Peter and Susan in Narnia? Umm, yeah). Also, I'm not that much into 3-D.

On the plus side, Lucy seems awesome. You can tell because she has more trailer-time than Edmund, Caspian, and Eustace combined. I also like the scene where they get sucked into the painting--Eustace grabs the painting like he really thinks he can shove the water back into the picture as it's spilling out! The image of the sea filled with lilies is nice. I hope the soundtrack is as good as it was for the first two movies.

It's going to be interesting to see how this turns out.

ouch

Jan. 25th, 2010 03:40 pm
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xkcd accurately summarizes the majority of children's fantasy in three panels. Too true. I'm surprised children's fantasy hasn't revolted.

Without even trying hard, I can think of (to varying degrees of accuracy--the children are kicked out of the world they discovered):
--The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
--The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
--Seaward by Susan Cooper
--Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

drabbles

Nov. 20th, 2009 08:51 am
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Let's get this started! Here are a few of the drabbles I wrote this past 30 days. Happy reading!

Disclaimer: None of the following fandoms, book or TV show or anime, belong to me in any way. I've only borrowed them temporarily and will give them back when I'm done playing.

Title: Roleplaying
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Do I have to die at the end? )

Title: Wardrobe Malfunctions
Fandoms: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / [other fandom revealed at the end]

Lucy was right, there's another world in the wardrobe )

Title: Employee Bonding
Fandom: Witch Hunter Robin
Warnings: Potentially slight OOC

Who says fire has to be used just for fighting? )
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Here in western New York, middle of the day, it's snowing again. (After it all melted yesterday because the temperature was 45 degrees Fahrenheit at 10 p.m., what the hell?!) Very pretty at this point, pretty flurries that aren't too windy, and it's even more enjoyable because I don't have to go anywhere. Looking out on it, I want to spend all afternoon writing next to a window with a view, or go roaming in woods (possibly feeding chickadees at the same time, as they're the world's cutest and cheekiest birds), or make snow angels. It reminds me of my current writing project, which is very much winter-oriented.

What are your favorite wintry books, movies, or music? There's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, of course.

Good Christmas music can be found on the albums "Mistletoe and Wine" by the Mediaeval Babes; "To Drive the Cold Winter Away," "A Winter Garden," and "A Midwinter Night's Dream" by Loreena McKennitt (though I haven't listened to the last one yet).

On days like this, when there's just enough snow and still other colors in the world, I can love winter.

EDIT: Everyone's suggestions in the comments added. Also, the novel Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip. The book is both lovely and haunting.
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I was dreaming about Narnia when I woke up this morning and now there's a Dr. Who marathon on TV, which produces:

(Setting: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Lucy is telling her siblings about Narnia for the first time and showing them the wardrobe.)

Susan: So...you're saying it's bigger on the inside?
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I was looking at information about Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader on imdb.com and the plot outline ends as so: "Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world." My immediate reaction was, Chronicles of Narnia: At World's End! The crew of the Dawn Treader encounters plenty of strange things in that book but as far as I can recall, undead pirates are not on the list.

Still no word on who is doing the voice of Reepicheep. (pouts)

speculation

Aug. 8th, 2007 05:12 pm
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Sometimes I go brain-dead at work, but today I had an interesting thought about a parellel between Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

cut for the virgins who haven't read the books )
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The other day half of my group went on a walking tour of Valencia´s historical area district (aka Barrio del Carmen). Afterwards I was walking back to the metro stop and came across a bookstore. (Squee! The fact that I´m not fluent in Spanish isn´t at all a deterrent. Whee.) After picking out some postcards I went poking through the children´s section, thinking that would be a good place to begin reading.

Result: The purchase of the Spanish translation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe . I won´t understand half of what is written, but at least I know the gist of what is happening, C.S. Lewis has a simple writing style, and it will be good practice for reading out loud. Part of me insists that I was just feeling the effects of new-book deprivation. (Notice that I am not denying it.) Shopping can be so entertaining.

I apologize if there are typos; I´m still adjusting to Spanish keyboards.
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My summary of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King:

Roses are read
Roland's eyes are blue
Ka sucks
And Flagg does, too.

Technically Banned Books Week was last week, but I forgot and so wore my shirt celebrating it this week. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about: this takes place in the United States (any other countries?) every year during the last week of September and is in defiance of books that various people have wanted banned for various reasons. I bought a white t-shirt and wrote on it using fabric paint. On the front: I <3 Banned Books. On the back:

Beloved
Grendel

Brothers Grimm
Chronicles of Narnia
Where's Waldo?

Shel Silverstein
A Wrinkle in Time

I wanted to add The Diary of Anne Frank along as a couple other titles, but I ran out of fabric paint. Still, I'm pleased with the result.

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