Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remembering Robin

I've started this post so many times in my head and never knew quite what to say. But I figured I needed to get it out before any more time had passed.

Robin Williams. Genie. Peter Pan. Mrs. Doubtfire. That crazy dad in RV. The semi-evil musician in August Rush. The professor in Dead Poets Society. And the professor in Flubber. Every time I look back over my life, he's been there, in some form or another. And when I heard he had died, not just died but taken his own life, I broke down. It was like losing a long-time friend. He gave me so much laughter throughout my childhood and into my adulthood, so much fun, and so much hilarity. A part of me always expected him to be there.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And the Twelfth / Fourteenth / Whatever # He Is Doctor Arises

If there is one thing I've learned in my years of watching Doctor Who, it's never get attached to any one Doctor. So I haven't. In fact, I even love classic Doctors like Six or Five or Seven. Heck I even really like the Original Doctor, obnoxious old crank that he is. So, I would be hard-pressed to pick a true favorite of the entire franchise.

However, at the moment with the new set of Doctors, my favorite is Matt Smith. His eyes twinkle, he's laid back and just plain fun. He doesn't have zaniness of Nine or the broodiness of Ten, so I love Eleven. But, because I'm very accepting of new actors taking on the role of the Doctor, I was excited at the prospect of a new Doctor. That excitement doubled, maybe even tripled, when Capaldi was announced because he doesn't fit the modern mold that fangirls have come to expect. Capaldi is old and cranky with a lined face and grey hair. He isn't anyone's boyfriend. He is the Doctor and I'd like to think that maybe Capaldi will get the fan's focus back on him being the Doctor and far less on pairing him romantically with a companion.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunflower Blogger Award - New Round of Questions

So, I've been nominated yet again for this award, which is so sweet of Hamlette! I think this makes the third, or possibly the fourth time. I love how everyone comes up with new questions that are totally unique from one another. On to the questions!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

In Defense of Severus Snape

I was already an adult when I first experienced the Harry Potter series. My parents were of the same mindset as most Christian families, that Harry Potter was evil and their children needed to be protected from it. I never really minded all that much, apart from missing out on the latest thing that had all the kids my own age salivating. So, when I did finally watch the movies and read the books, it was without the wide-eyed wonder I would have used as a child reader. I wasn't moved by the story. Oh, it was interesting, but nothing spectacular, and I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Ron was a jerk. Hermione was a know-it-all. And Harry, well, Harry goes it alone far more often than I liked in a child.

Fortunately for me and the best friend who has waited oh, so patiently for me to join her fandom, my opinions are prone to change. I wasn't ready to love Harry Potter when I read it 6 or so years ago. But I was ready when I plunked myself down in my office chair for a long work-day, and plugged myself into the audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I was hooked from that moment on. I couldn't wait to start my day so I could spend 6 or so hours with Harry and his friends. I love going to work every day anyway, but listening to Harry Potter made the day that much more enjoyable. I lost myself in that world, a world come alive through the voice acting of Jim Dale. I'm very much an auditory and tactile learner and the books themselves were too long, too burdensome, for me to fully enjoy reading. You must admit that Rowling got more verbose as she went along. I didn't remember much of them after my first reading. Now, I feel like I remember almost everything. Sure, some details have escaped me, but where I saw Harry's world in black and white before, now it's in vibrant color with scents and sounds and sights that before I couldn't even imagine. Jim Dale did it for me. He drew me into the world of Harry Potter, a feat I thought impossible.

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