sherrilina: (Arya Stark (Game of Thrones))
Ugh once again I find myself angry and disappointed by the Emmy nominations, I don't know why I even bother to expect anything different...*sigh*

My main beef is the way The Borgias once again got snubbed in all of the major categories, especially acting when such average performances as Mr. Bates, Anna, and the Earl of Grantham got recognized, what the hell?! I mean I love me some Downton Abbey, even enjoyed season 2 unlike most of fandom, but it certainly did not deserve to get SO many awards, especially at the expense of better shows that were ignored. (And if they wanted to insist on giving it that many acting ones, they couldn't have given nods to the more talented cast members like Laura Carmichael?) Michelle Dockery can get it though, hope she wins. And I hope The Borgias at least win in some of the technical categories it was nominated in, like music (the music in the finale was stunning) and costumes...should have been nominated for art direction too (one of the most beautiful shows I've ever seen), but oh well. It irritates me though when I see people complaining that Game of Thrones got screwed over or "hosed" because hello, YOU GOT BEST DRAMA AND BEST ACTOR THAT IS PRETTY MAJOR FOR A GENRE SHOW! /rant

Also rooting for Community to win for "Remedial Chaos Theory" (glad it got that at least, ugh) and for Veep (which was very funny and deserved recognition, though I feel it had a big advantage being on HBO, which seems to be where the nominators look first regardless of quality). And I was delighted to see Portlandia nominated for "One Episode More" (the BSG epp, and the only one I've seen actually, lol), because it is so accurate and clever! ;) But yeah, I don't think I will be watching, as usual. It's funny, I watch so much TV these days, and yet the Oscars are still a much bigger deal for me.


+ After 2.5 months of working on it, I finally finished reading Game of Thrones! Unfortunately too late to read the copy of ACOK I borrowed from my GG-and-GoT-loving classmate, since there's only 2 weeks (!!) left in the program and she moves away right after...but I'll find it somewhere else. I'm just happy to be finally done, each of these are so damn long it feels like a real accomplishment, lol.

I was impressed by how well they condensed this monster into the TV show and keep it mostly faithful. I wonder though, will we ever learn more about certain things like Rhaegar and Lyanna (what did she want Ned to promise her?), etc? Because that was a bit of intriguing backstory for me that was mostly cut from the show and which I wanted to know about...and then Ned died before dreaming more about it. :/ But looking back, I do think that aside from Roz and the sexposition scenes a lot of the things HBO added improved on the book, like showing Renly and Loras (explaining why he decided to contest for the crown and showing their relationship) and giving us more insights into Cersei, like that scene with Robert...

And of course Dany/Drogo was waaaay more shippable in the show, IMO, aside from the first scene. I found in interesting the way HBO changed that one scene where she tries to convince her husband to try to take the Iron Throne for her, making it into that intimate scene of her doing his hair when in the book they've just finished sex--amazed that HBO didn't take advantage of that for their usual female nudity quota! Also just the acting, the pain and panic in his voice when he almost lost her, which doesn't translate as well in the books...

One thing I found just as shippable though (if unrequited) was Dany/Ser Jorah...loved how desperate he was in the end when he thought she was going to kill herself! Honestly I don't find much that's shippable in this book so I have to go with what I can. Likewise Jon Snow was JUST as annoying and emo and useless in the book as on the show, contrary to what I had heard. The only way the books are better is that on the show he looks like he's in his mid-20s while he's acting 15, which makes it all so much worse.

Oh and it was nice to have everyone's names spelled out this time, made it easier to follow than it is on the show...for example I totally did not catch that the guy who torments Jon Snow on the wall, Yoren, was the same guy who helped Arya escape from King's Landing. And getting Sansa's inner voice was very interesting, you can better see how her whole worldview changes...


From a cursory flip-through ACOK though, did they move all the Jaimie and Brienne stuff from SoS into season 2 then? :s Since I notice they didn't have POV chapters in book 2...

+ I also finally finished watching Arrested Development for the first time, after starting it on Netflix about a year ago, lol. I hadn't known s3 wasn't a full season so the end took me by surprise....not sure how I feel about some of the twists, but it made for a good finale. I kind of worry about how the "new" season will be, thought it's neat they are actually bringing it back!

+ And finally I snagged this "Guess the Ship" meme from [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50 (I meant to do this when it emerged like a year ago, but um better late than never):

(1) Think of 15 ships you support.
(2) List them using descriptions of the characters involved rather than their names.
(3) Have your f-list guess as many of the ships as they can.


1) London teen helps war survivor heal from trauma as they hold hands through time and space. (Doctor/Rose guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sunnytyler001)

2) Brother and sister are each other's romantic ideals and the only other ones who understand each other's literary references. (Cesare/Lucrezia guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sunnytyler001)


3) Co-dependent king and ward are miserable without each other's love despite their ever greater clashes of wills. (Uther/Morgana guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sunnytyler001)

4) He continues to see and interact with his non-human girlfriend after her death, sometimes holding hands with thin air in public. (Jeremy/Anna guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

5) A pair of young people from very different parts of the city find companionship and love through mutual intellectual interests. (Dan/Blair guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

6) Two curly-haired dead flatmates feel alive when they're together. (Mitchell/Annie guessed by [livejournal.com profile] sunnytyler001)

7) A couple of pirates with intense chemistry are more alike than either is willing to admit. (Jack/Elizabeth guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

8) An egoist unexpectedly falls in love with someone besides himself; she falls for him too despite her mission and beliefs. (Gaius/Six guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blasterboy606)

9) He makes her feel warm and whole and helps her cope with a devastating loss; she breaks his heart. (Jacob/Bella guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

) He's rebelling against Heaven, she seeks power through the Church; when they're not trying to kill each other, they make out. (Marisa/Asriel guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

11) Two nerds can relate to each other's pasts of unleashing apocalypses through hubris and alliances with demons. (*~SASSY~* guessed by [livejournal.com profile] probing_grays)

12) Two best friends often know what the other is thinking without speaking a word and are fiercely loyal to one another. (Harry/Hermione guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)

13) A criminal mastermind and a female police agent gradually develop friendship and romantic feelings despite being different species from different worlds. (Artemis/Holly guessed by [livejournal.com profile] hmsharmony)

14) Two kids grow closer while fighting in a war together, but are still too shy and awkward to ask each other to the school dance. (Jake/Cassie guessed by [livejournal.com profile] probing_grays)

15) A warrior and a seer become best friends and then something more, though outside forces prevent them from ever being together. (Cordy/Angel guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50)


Also someone please rescue me from Tumblr.
 
sherrilina: (Adrian/Rose (Vampire Academy))
This past week had several important and noteworthy book-related events for me, namely 1) finishing Mockingjay at last, and then 2) finally seeing some exciting news about the plots and release dates of the final book in the Georgina Kincaid series (one of my all-time faves) AND about the forthcoming VA spinoff series (which I've been dying to know about since finishing The Last Sacrifice last December)!

First, let's talk about the Richelle Mead-related stuff, beginning with the VA spinoff news...(which I took the liberty of finally getting myself an Adrian/Rose icon for, since I now have the space and a D/R icon just isn't appropriate for this post! ;)):

Spoilers for new series and VA #6: The Last Sacrifice )

And then, after squeeing about having that summer blockbuster book to look forward to, I suddenly notice that the final Georgina Kincaid novel, apparently called Succubus Revealed, is coming out exactly one week later on August 30!!! (Or who knows, maybe it will come out earlier than that, with this series they often do show up early in bookstores). \o/ <333 I can't even...it's going to sure be a summer (or rather, month?) of Richelle Mead! :p I kind of wish that these two big summer releases were spaced out a little further apart in the summer, but on the other hand I'm going to have more free time in August than earlier to read them, so maybe it's just as well...I'll have to read the first one pretty fast to make sure I'm done in time for the GK novel! ;)

The book description for the GK book is also now on the website and quite interesting...

Cover and Description for GK#6, spoilers for #5 )

Also I must as always take a moment to pimp both of these series, but especially the Georgina Kincaid series, starting with Succubus Blues, (since fewer people I know read it, lol), to anyone who loves supernatural/urban paranormal stuff...they are SO entertaining and funny/witty (the best of Secret Diary of a Call Girl or Buffy, what have you in terms of biting wit), but also have a fascinating supernatural verse and memorable cast of characters (which for instance an OCD Martha Stewart-wannabe vampire and an Archdemon boss who is a secret John Cusack fan and drinking buddies with the area's Archangel that he used to know before he fell from grace and became a demon and all--such a cute bromance, lol), and some really compelling drama and well-written romance all at the same time. I don't know if I've ever enjoyed a book series as much as I've enjoyed reading many of the books in this one.

And then there's Mockingjay...O_o  Big Spoilers Ahoy!

You love me. Real or not real? )

I remember reading a F!S a while back (when I still read them, lol) that claimed THG was just like Animorphs--which is a ridiculous claim, but I admit that with this comparison on the mind as I finished this book, I did see several parallels between both series in terms of events, themes, moral quandaries, gritty realism, etc--all of which just show why both series are memorable and a cut above the average YA series:

Brief meta about The Hunger Games and Animorphs, MAJOR spoilers for Mockingjay and The Beginning (#54)!  )

Speaking of The Hunger Games, while I was going to reserve judgment on the movie even with the questionable actors cast in the male roles (I only know JH from playing the evil douchey Steve in the Cirque du Freak movie, hard to imagine Peeta from that role, lol), the new spoilers about the script and what has been changed are making me begin to actually think this movie will be terrible, the script sounds in parts like a badly written fanfic...:/  Anyone else see them?

And lol, since beginning this post I now see that the next Sookie Stackhouse novel is also coming out soon at the beginning of May and has a description out?  O_o  Just book news galore this week...


sherrilina: (Lord Asriel/Marisa  (Golden Compass))
This meme has recently been going around some parts of my flist, and dedicated/hopeless shipper that I am, obviously I couldn't resist! ;)  Just vote in the poll for the ships of mine that you also like.  Since I have a ridiculous number of things I ship I tried to limit this list to pairings I feel/felt more passionate/strongly about, though the list still ended up being way too long, lol.[Poll #1673927]

Brownie points to anyone who gets the more obscure literary ones! ;)  Also note the high volume of d00med!ships in this list, lol...

sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))
So I saw Eclipse at midnight with [livejournal.com profile] beaksy13 , as I said earlier, and as I hoped there was a fun crowd there, as far as audience reaction—especially since they cheered by far the most and the loudest for Jacob and the J/B bits, which obviously I approved of! ;) xD  Here are my thoughts on the movie....

Edward liked it, so he put a really ugly sparkletastic ring on it! )

Before the movie though there was an awesome new trailer for both parts of the last HP movie (though admittedly it would have been more awesome had it shown the usual H/Hr moments, along with all the R/Hr and H/G it was showing! :( ). Still so many months away though...
sherrilina: (Booth/Brennan (Bones))
So I finally caught up on the last few episodes of Bones season 5. Here are my thoughts…

Spoilers for episodes 5x17 - 5x22 )

In other news, tonight I will be seeing Eclipse at midnight with [livejournal.com profile] beaksy13 . Hopefully it will be a good crowd that laughs and catcalls at all the right (ie wrong) moments! :p

Also woot for España's victory over Portugal and advancement to the Quarter Finals in the World Cup today! xD I hope they can make it even further....this is the first time I have ever gotten remotely invested in the World Cup, or followed games and such, I'm learning so much...

sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))
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It was actually Star Trek, which I saw a couple of weeks ago.  I had heard endlessly about how amazing it was, but even so I was surprised by well, how AMAZING it was! xD  I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm so glad I went and saw it after all!  (I admit that I hadn't had much interest in seeing it despite the great reviews).  I hope they make more movies like this....it almost makes me want to watch the actual series!  Also I loved the cast, Kirk and Spock provided quite the eye candy and I loved seeing Sean of Sean of the Dead and Harold from Harold and Kumar!  I really do love Simon Pegg, and had had no idea he was in this, so it was a great surprise.

And speaking of movies:  Can I just say how much more excited I am about the NM movie with these sexy, very J/B (yay!)-centric posters coming out? ;)  If it's even half as good as such posters promise it to be I will be very happy indeed....though I'm still worried, since NM is my fave book (and the J/B handbook practically), and it's Chris Weitz at the helm, whom I don't trust after "The Golden Compass", so we'll see....

Also the HBP movie is looming ahead....I hope that it's as good as the previews make it seem to be, though all the comments I've read from the people involved saying that the movie is going to stress the "romantic comedy" parts of the book (ie 'Sweet Valley Hogwarts', the weakest and cheesiest part for me) makes me doubt a little....

As for "Little Ashes" I never got the chance to see it, it disappeared too quickly!  Ah well, I suppose that's one to Netflix sometime....this way I can watch it dubbed without R!Pattz's awful accent...

Fandom Meme

Feb. 7th, 2009 09:48 pm
sherrilina: (Morgana (Merlin))
Saw this meme on the LJ of [livejournal.com profile] sparkling_gold and couldn't resist snagging....though I feel like most of these fandoms will be so obvious that it's not really a matter of guessing--as obsessed a shipper as I am, I'm not really one to keep quiet about which ships I love! ;) Though I suppose that the challenge is guessing the second favorite ship--for some of these I hardly know the answer myself! :p 

1. List 15-20 of you favorite old and new fandoms.
2. Have your friends guess your favorite two ships from each fandom. (Note: for me the second fave can involve a person from the first fave!) (Note II: I realized that there are some fandoms for which I really only like one ship, so for those you only have to guess one!)
3. Strike out the fandom when someone guesses correctly and put the name of the first person to get it right.

List of Fandoms Here )
sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))
Yes, I know I'm late posting this here--I did hear the news when it came out a few days ago, but have been too lazy to post my thoughts on the news here yet! ;)  Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to work on my LJ....but anyway....

OMG I'M SO EXCITED, IT'S THE BEST NEWS I HEARD ALL DAY!!!!!!!!! :D I've been wanting this for SO long, since I first read the books (1 year anniversary coming up this Thanksgiving weekend of my having read Twilight and New Moon--scary!) and thought about the movie versions--really, I have always been more excited about the idea of a "New Moon" movie than a "Twilight" one, since NM is my fave of the books and features my OTP--I can't wait to see it onscreen!!!! :)  And I also think that this movie will be the perfect thing to revitalize the Jacob/Bella part of fandom, which took such a hit with the disaster that was "Breaking Dawn" (I mean, beyond the expected hit), and which has been lagging so much lately--I'd love to return to the glory days on [livejournal.com profile] sortofbeautiful ! :D 

I'm also psyched at the chance to actually attend an opening this time around with all the screaming fans and energized audience, and at another opportunity to wear my Team Jacob shirt that I worked so hard on for the BD release, only to get wear it for so little time! ;) 

So yeah, I'm pretty stoked, though now I realize I really need to get going finishing my J/B vid using KStew and Steven Strait clips, before it becomes too outdated with all the Twilight and then NM clips--because I have a good start, and I suffered through WAY too many craptastic Steven Strait films ("Undiscovered" being the worst) not to put these clips to use...:p
sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))

Hey that rhymes!

Anyway, as I've explained in the last post, I had some trouble posting this--but here it is at last! What I loved and hated and thought in general about the fourth Twilight book....

Warning--it's crazy long!  Just like the book. :p

Spoilers for BD and Bones season 3 finale )

Also while I'm at it, I'll share some pictures of the sweet Team Jacob shirt I made for myself using a design I made on the computer and then printed onto iron-on transfer paper....

Team Jacob represent! )

Also here's a picture of the adorable little Jacob!wolf plushie I bought at a Borders a few days before, and with whom I read BD!  Here he's posing with his two books, before book 2 of Breaking Dawn was out.....;)

sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))

I've had it written for a while, but both when I first tried to post it September 1, and when I just tried to post it tonight, I was unable to do so thanks to LJ deciding not to post what I write, or deciding that when I put things behind a cut, it's only for sh**ts and giggles, and that they don't actually have to keep all of it behind a cut! *rolleyes*  So I'm going to try again, but it maybe a while, since I don't know when this whole "cuts don't work" business will end....>:(

I hope I can post it, since I worked damn hard to write it.....

sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))
So I posted this already on the relevant communities, but I haven't posted it here yet--so here goes.  This was the first fanmix that I completed, though the J/C one is the first one I ever started (I'll shortly post that after this, since it's too much two put two mixes in one post).  Comments are love! :)  And please excuse my lack of fanart skillz, it's er, the thought that counts, no? :p

Medium:
Books/Films
Fandom:
Twilight
Subject:
Jacob/Bella
Title:
“How To Save a Life [EP]”
Warnings:
Spoilers for Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse only! (No Breaking Dawn!)
Notes:
This fan mix centers on the ways in which Jacob helps try to save Bella’s life, especially in “New Moon,” though with a little “Eclipse” as well.

Preview:


Her personal sun )
sherrilina: (Jacob/Bella (Twilight))
Okay, so I've actually been finished with the new Artemis Fowl book (The Time Paradox) since July 17, and with Breaking Dawn since this past Monday--I've just been too lazy/busy doing other stuff in the fandom (like reacting to these two books elsewhere) to bother writing reviews here yet, though I've been really meaning to (especially with the AF book).  Though considering that the new AF book only just came out in the UK this week (and stupid Borders has only begun to really promote it and have it prominently on display this week) perhaps it's as good a week as any to finally write my review!

Sorry for the cheesy title, I can't resist them, especially when "the agony and the ecstasy" so well describes my reactions to these two books:           


I'll be back when I have more time to post more detailed reviews of each, in which I will explain my reactions and the things I liked and disliked that I allude to here....;)

These two books also mark the end of the big summer book releases for me, with the first one being Kushiel's Mercy in June.  Of course I didn't even know then that a new Artemis Fowl book was coming out this summer! (I only found out about the release the day of in fact!)  As it turned out I had one per month, though in some ways I wish the new AF book had come out August 7 like it did outside of the US, so that I would have had more time to focus on Twilight before that new book came out, and so I would have had something to cheer me up afterwards....
sherrilina: (Sidonie on Kushiel's Mercy cover)
I found this meme on LJ (thank you [profile] jenuhlyn!) and found it interesting, even if I think the list of books included is a little random (especially in some of the modern books it chose). 

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

01. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
02. Italicise those you intend to read.
03.Underline the books you LOVE.
04. Strike-through the books you consider unreadable.
05. Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them.

Here are my results:


Speaking of reading, I've been doing a lot of re-reading lately now that I'm reunited with all my books (especially the Kushiel ones, after having just finished that series with Kushiel's Mercy!), as well as making progress in Broken, the next Women of the Otherworld book I have to read (I'm a little behind in that wonderful series) which focuses once again on the first heroine of the series, Elena the female werewolf.  It's interesting to compare to the pack in the Twilight books...

I feel like reading a more realistic fiction book right now though, and am especially eager to read the recently released debut novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which is based on Hamlet (my favorite Shakespeare play, recently made into the most hilariously bad musical rock opera EVER!), and  which seems really good and compelling from the glowing reviews and the excerpt I read in a free publication recently.  Plus it's a dog story, and I love dogs too!  Hopefully the library will have it (and not checked out!) Monday, or I'll be spending a while in Barnes and Noble reading it...;)

I'm also interested in reading The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue, which I remember seeing in the store a while back, but which has recently caught my attention again....it also is highly rated and looks interesting, being about a changeling; it reminds me of The Moorchild, one of my all-time favorite books which I've re-read more times than I can count......in fact, just thinking of this new book makes me want to re-read Moorchild again! :p

sherrilina: (Jake/Cassie (Animorphs))
Lol, sorry about the cheesy titles, I can't resist....:p

Anyway, it seems like I just hop from fandom to fandom at random......one week I'm obsessing over the Tudors, the next over Jacob/Bella and Twilight--and now I've recently gotten interested in/obsessed with the Animorphs books once more--an old favorite series when I was younger, which is still enjoyable now I've realized.  With the exception of the earliest books, they are definitely mature enough writing-wise to be enjoyed by older audiences (I just reread #9 and it was fine), and from the beginning there have been mature and complex themes and questions raised in the series. 
There's even the TV show (as cheesy and bad as it often was), to use for music vids, if I can get my hands on the footage....I'm also trying to make my first fanmix for Jake/Cassie, though I have to figure out the photo-editing program first, even though I have a very simple idea in mind.....luckily it's a free program....

And speaking of Animorphs, Stephanie Meyer's new (non-Twilight) book, The Host, is coming out this Tuesday, and it has a lot of similarities with Animorphs--largely in the invading parasitic alien race that wraps itself around the hosts' brain and controls it--Yeerks anyone? :p  Still, I always loved the concept, so I'm really looking forward to the book, and will definitely be buying it tomorrow at the nearby Barnes and Noble and starting it, even if I should be doing other stuff....;)  Still, it's been a while since a long-anticipated book has been released, so I'm going to grab it when I can!  It's the first of the summer book blockbusters for me, with the next being Jacqueline Carey's much-anticipated conclusion to the second Kushiel trilogy, Kushiel's Mercy, which comes out in June....

And in a piece of unexpected, yet almost as exciting news, the teaser trailer for the "Twilight" movie has FINALLY been released! :D  I've been waiting so long for this, so eager to see how they were going to market it, and what it would look like.....it seems they're going to advertise it as a thriller, which I think is good and suits the mysterious mood of Twilight--and which will attract more viewers than a simple romance as well!

Check it out....

http://www.myspace.com/trailerpark










And last but not least, Happy Bonesday! :)  Only one more day after today I can say that until next season....*sigh*  
Looks like it will be a good episode too!  Anything with Max-related angst is usually top-notch.... 

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