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Yesterday’s book sale trip was pretty slow, I only got two books, one of which I’ve already read.

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I lost my Earthsea book four years ago(?) at my first dormitory and I haven’t read it since. Looking forward to reading Ged again! I used to be so into this, but now I barely remember anything… I also have Tehanu at home, which I haven’t read yet because I don’t have The Farthest Shore.

Lucked out on Geoffrey of Monmouth! Very fitting since I recently continued watching Merlin.

In other news, I saw Les Miserables at yesterday’s opening night! What can I say? I thought it was FANTASTIC!

But I’ve a feeling that unfamiliar viewers may not enjoy it as much as fans do, because it’s quite long, and there are parts which can be boring. I mean, if you don’t like this type of music, you probably won’t like it. But since my bro and I are huge suckers for this, we ate it up like ravenous wolves etc etc.

- Almost everybody acquitted themselves well. I hate to speak ill of anybody, but why in the hell is Russell Crowe in this? Uhm, the nicest thing I can say is that there’s something missing in his Javert. Maybe I was looking for more force? I love Stars. It’s my favorite song in the musical, and it never fails to send chills up my spine, but ehh… it was just ok. It didn’t blow me away like Phillip Quast and Norm Lewis did. Loved the imagery of the number, though, Javert up high, looking over Paris, judging all of you and your aunts, with this huge-ass eagle gargoyle thing at his back. Also, I loved The Confrontation. Wolverine vs. the Gladiator! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!

- I liked Hugh Jackman’s Bring Him Home, but I liked it better at the reprise when he was dying. He made me cry a bit there. Fine piece of acting, that.

- Anne was beautiful and her I Dreamed a Dream was one of the most painful renditions I’ve heard (coupled with her acting, of course).

- I didn’t understand what kind of accent Sacha Baron Cohen was doing? Was that French? He and Helena Bonham Carter were hilarious.

- The audience was really amused by Marius’ lovesick-puppy antics, especially during Red and Black where he was arguing with Enjolras haha.

- Speaking of Marius, I was pleasantly surprised by Eddie Redmayne! I’ve such high standards for Mariuses because of Michael Ball, and the first thing I look for in a Marius is how he performs the awkward introduction moment in A Heart Full of Love. I must say, he nailed it! His Empty Chairs at Empty Tables was lovely too. The emotions!!!

- Another thing on Marius, after everything, wouldn’t you think he’d be too shell-shocked to carry on a relationship with Cosette (whom he barely even knows!). All his friends, and I mean, ALL, just died, leaving him the only survivor. Certainly there’ll be guilt issues right there, he couldn’t have gotten over them after one song… ( I realize that that the Cosette/Marius angle happens differently in the book. I should start reading!!)

- GAVROCHE’S DEATH! Oh god. And the scene where Javert pins a medal on the boy’s corpse – considering it was Gavroche who blew his cover and almost got him killed – I legit cried.

- Sam Barks as Eponine shone as well!

- Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Valjean, as the Bishop. It was rather fitting, and a very very nice homage, that he reappears to welcome Valjean to heaven. Well played, monsieur, well played.

- Enjolras dying with Grantaire, check!

People clapped and cheered and somebody even shouted “Bravo!” afterwards, which was reassuring, because (I love doing that and) nobody clapped when I saw The Hobbit. Sigh. Anyway, when the credits came, applauses were for Hugh, Anne, Sacha and Helena. I clapped for everyone (even Russell), especially for Colm haha. It was nice because the audience was appreciative, truly, the best way to see this film is with Les Mis fans.

We met some of my brother’s film friends, and they started chatting about how it was a very Tom Hooper film, etc. All I know is that it had a lot of long takes, close ups, and too much 45 degree diagonal shots.

Another thing, my pride as a Les Mis fan was injured when the guy next to me wouldn’t stop crying for the whole of the second act?? By the end, he was positively sobbing and I only teared up a couple of times? Maybe watching/listening to it too much has desensitized me already??? ( I think if it was Alfie Boe with Bring Him Home I could have sobbed like that too, maybe.)

Date: 2013-01-17 08:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meicdon13
The dude beside you reminds me of that guy I sat next to during The Dark Knight. I was about to start sobbing when he fucking bawls. Like, it sounded like he was about to die or sth. And I was like, "Okay. You're crying enough for the both of us."

Though I did my fair share of ugly crying during The Dark Knight Rises

Date: 2013-01-17 08:57 (UTC)
moonplanet: cover of Alan's CD single "Hitotsu" (alan-hitotsu)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
I have the book on my to-read pile, but I haven't seen the movie yet. I even recognize the actors' names in your post :O Apparently they got quite a few famous actors? I only don't know who Eddie Redmayne and Colm Wilkinson are.

Date: 2013-01-17 13:14 (UTC)
moonplanet: Mildred from the Worst Witch tv series (worstwitch-drawing)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
It is indeed thick! My edition has 488 pages. After "The Hunchback of the Notre Dame" I thought I wouldn't be reading older French literature anytime soon again (though it was a nice book to read and I really liked the descriptions of Paris, it took a LONG time to read), but when I found the Les Misérables book in my grandmother's shed, I did want to read it XD Especially as I've never seen the musical, only heard the songs (and I did read the musical script because I happened to come across it).
I am currently reading/finishing two other books (nonfiction; one German and one Dutch book, both reports of something the authors did (a life-style experiment and travelling, respectively)). I could start the Les Misérables book after that, maybe? Are you going to start it too :P ?

Date: 2013-01-18 10:47 (UTC)
moonplanet: Letting a book float in the library, accompanied by a red panda on the table. (library)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
I also read The Three Musketeers in high school (in French, for French class XD)! Frankensten is ALSO on my to-read pile, but that's a thin book. I only read a comic version of Jane Eyre (the story drawn as a comic, very pretty - it was drawn in a realistic style), but it was enough to understand references to the original book when reading "Wide Sargasso Sea" and "The Eyre Affair", for example.

Date: 2013-01-21 09:18 (UTC)
moonplanet: Green tea and a book and an autumn leaf (greentea-and-book)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
I bought "Wide Sargasso Sea" because it was required reading for a course, and then after I had bought it they changed the book to Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". I was a bit irritated, but after I had read "Heart of Darkness" (did you know there was a paper published on the topic of the 'relation between grass and death' in Heart of Darkness and the length was only HALF of an A4-sized paper?? Ridiculous XD), I still read Wide Sargasso Sea. I think not reading the book for a course made me enjoy it more. It was a nice book (though I didn't keep it because I didn't think I was going to re-read it), but I do think you need to know at least a bit about the story in Jane Eyre to understand it a bit more (because then you know the "future" of those characters). It's not very thick either so it's quite a quick read.
In short, I liked Wide Sargasso Sea but I am not going to re-read it, so it wasn't good-good, just good (in my opinion).

Date: 2013-01-17 14:20 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] serpentine
Oh man, I am jealous of your copy of A Wizard of Earthsea. I lost my copies of the Earthsea books about a year and a half ago, so I've been pretty sad since. It was the second fantasy universe that I was introduced to (Narnia was my first) and to be honest, I think it's been a huge influence on my own way of seeing the world.

I kinda want to see Les Misérables at some point, but I'm far from familiar with the story. From the previews though, it looks like a beautiful movie, plus I'm a sucker for anything that deals with real life historical events, even if it is fiction. I might wait until it comes out on DVD and I'll possibly wait until after I've read the book.

Date: 2013-01-18 14:14 (UTC)
serpentine: Epilogue Addendum #6 - Lucius never parted from his peacock again. (Silly - Lucius & Peacock Afterword)
From: [personal profile] serpentine
If my memories are accurate, then I think I first started reading fantasy before Harry Potter was published, even if it was just in the year before. Which might explain why I had such a hard time getting into the books in the first place and why I probably eventually became disillusioned with them.

(I was in HP fandom once, but not anymore due to various reasons.)

I'll probably read the book before seeing any movie. I need to read more classics anyways and I have it downloaded onto one of my e-readers, so I have a copy of it.

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