Factoring in my backdated posts, it's taken me about a month shy of 3 years to get to this point. Here's to the next thousand! *clinks glasses*
In celebration, I thought we we would take a break from the thick swamp of episodic TV talk and discuss some other things.
A. Remember when I was telling you about how all movies in 2009 look terrible so far? Yeah, I found the first one I want to see in theaters.
Because I was poking through Office Tally after a few days away, and I saw the trailer for Away We Go. Was not aware John Krasinski even had a movie coming out this summer, but BASICALLY, I EXPLODED WITH JOY. Flailing all over the place. Must have. Must have right now.
He has Jim hair! John's tragic normal hair* is the only reason I have not yet seen License to Wed, or in fact any other movie he has ever done, ergo I am so freaking excited about this fact that I am willing to overlook his accompanying glasses and mountain man beard, his co-star being Maya Rudolph, the overall look/style/tone of the film (the music choice here is not helping), and even the fact that the film is rated R, in the name of Jim-hair and the fact that he's playing a pending father.
My insides have already gone *squish* and melted and run together based on all the cute bits in this trailer alone. And when one of the people involved in said cute bits is Maya Rudolph (*hiss, hate*) and I can still squee over them, well, WE'RE IN FOR GOOD TIMES.
(* You know, on most people it wouldn't be tragic; it would just look nice/fine, but I have grown accustomed to loving him with the floppy moptop. You have probably noticed, at some point in my TV reviews, that I generally don't react well when I'm asked to go from overgrown waves/curls to a clean cut.)
Come on, internet. Try and ruin it for me. Tell me horrible things about it. I know you want to. I am determined to remain steadfast no matter what curve balls you will surely throw at me before June!
B. Deleted scene #2 from last week's episode of The Office is up, and my only question is WHY DID YOU NOT LEAVE THIS IN, AS THE OVERALL EPISODE QUALITY WOULD HAVE IMPROVED EXACTLY 350%. (This is what I always say about Jim/Pam scenes. But that is becauseJim/Pam scenes should never be cut. Except that one time when I agreed the TH about watching DVDs worked better as an internet extra than within the context of the episode. Whatever. Shut up. This one should have been left in.)
100%: I don't like watching Jim get humiliated. But I do like watching Jim stress out and desperately try at his job.
100%: "You're mocking me? Really, today? Like I don't have enough going on?" And I know Pam merely grins and continues to be only quasi-sympathetic, but I like to believe that he actually gets a little annoyed with her attitude here. Only because I'm so fond of angry!Jim, and it somehow intensifies when Pam's the object of it. As much as I love their perfection, I also like to see that they do, in fact, occasionally get mad at each other like normal human beings.
100%: "Sweetie? Do you mind eating that at your desk? I don't want him to keep seeing us together."
...I'm sorry, I'm still DEAD OF SHOCK AND JOY AT "SWEETIE." It is my highest aim for ships to progress to the point of terms of endearment. This wouldn't have been among my personal choices for them, but Pam's use of it here? Expertly played.
*grimaces and braces self for onslaught of fanfic suddenly featuring "Sweetie" more times than could ever be necessary*
50%: The fact that the above quote introduces a possible hitch about the status of their personal relationship as coworkers. I AM IGNORING THOSE STUPID HORRIBLE CASTING SPOILERS; this could still be interesting.
C. A literature meme yanked from afteriwake , yay!
1) What author do you own the most books by? This is a good question! I actually had to think about it, but J.K. Rowling still tops the list. Unless we include series books, in which case K.A. Applegate takes it, since I have the first 20 or so from Animorphs.
-2) What book do you own the most copies of? I have two copies apiece of:
-Little Women (mom's vintage cloth cover, my Apple Classic)
-Black Beauty (my mom's and my newer one from an eBay batch)
-Beautiful Joe (my original find at a library sale and a newer one from an eBay batch)
-More Than Courage (Mom's, eBay batch)
-Pride and Prejudice (mom's 60's paperback and the new edition I bought for Brit Lit).
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Well, it does NOW. I just didn't notice because I'm so used to survey questions starting with "what."
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? I apologize for being lame and mainstream, but I tend not to be all that moved by book characters - if I even remember them - so let's go with Remus Lupin. I suppose Mr. Knightley was also rather charming in Emma, once you mentally wipe the whole "I've been in love with you since you were 13 and I WAS AN ADULT" part.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Because I'm pretty sure there are no other books over 50 pages that I've read 9 times.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? THAT IS AN EXCELLENT QUESTION. Gosh...here are some possible candidates:
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell (I was 9 when I first read it, but I don't know if it was a favorite right away)
Mustang: Spirit of the West or San Domingo: Medicine Hat Stallion - Marguerite Henry
Call of the Wild or White Fang - Jack London
Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year? Ooh, ooh, pick me! Blake's Therapy, by Ariel Dorfman. Of all the hated things I read in Capstone, I wanted to punch that one the hardest. It was one of the easier reads, but man, I saw no reason I needed to read it, ever.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year? I refuse to narrow it down by more than five:
You Know Where to Find Me - Rachel Cohn
Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson
The Fox and the Hound - Daniel Mannix
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (although Our Mutual Friend really stuck with me...)
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Misty of Chincoteague - Marguerite Henry. Because everyone should at least know of this book, yet people remain ignorant of its existence, and IT DISTRESSES ME A LOT.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Flying Changes - Sara Gruen. I have actually started casting this film in my head. I don't usually imagine books being turned into movies, but I have an intense desire for this one.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? Anything else by Nicholas Sparks. When you have advertisements for your upcoming novels, it's gone too far.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. Can't remember any right now. :( I'm sure something happened within Hogwarts.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult? I Am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW HARD I WANT TO GO ALL "FAHRENHEIT 451" ON THAT NOVEL. But it transfixed me with its horribleness until I finished.
(okay, I have read worse stuff in YA fare but I refuse to acknowledge it or have blocked the memory. "Reality Chick" might cover it if you desperately need a title)
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read? Madame Bovary in French, which I ultimately gave up on as SHEER IMPOSSIBILITY (not that this stopped me from doing my final paper & presentation for French on it 3 years later!). And the first 300 pages of Our Mutual Friend, which I never could or would have finished without the aid & guidance of my brilliant Brit Lit professor, were a slow march.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen? Does a film of The Merchant of Venice work? The only plays I've seen live are Hamlet and Othello.
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? French. Not just because it's my language love, but because Russian literature makes me want to shoot myself - which reminds me! I think Crime and Punishment may actually be the most difficult book I've ever read.
18) Roth or Updike? Updike, based on the fact that Amazing Prof teaches Roger's Version in the Scarlet Letter course and I don't know who Roth is.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Sedaris, I think...I remember some funny essays.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare. He's hard for me to read, but the other two are closer to impossible.
21) Austen or Eliot? THIS IS NOT A CHOICE. AUSTEN.
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? *sighs contentedly* Well, now that I've finally gotten to study Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare, I'm not as grouchy as I once was about my shoddy English program. I do feel a little awkward that I haven't read anything by Hemingway or Virginia Woolfe, though.
*pause to Wikipedia things* Wait, WHY HAVE I NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN INFORMED OF FLUSH: A BIOGRAPHY?!
23) What is your favorite novel? Black Beauty
24) Play? Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie." *treasures fondly*
25) Poem? Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott"
26) Essay? "Truly, Madly, Guiltily" - Ayelet Waldman. I always feel so subversive when I read it.
27) Short story? The only one I can ever remember is Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"
28) Work of nonfiction? James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small quartet
29) Who is your favorite writer? Austen. The Bronte sisters. Marguerite Henry. Dorothy Lyons. Lynn Hall. Jim Kjelgaard. Albert Payson Terhune. Francesca Lia Block. And about a dozen more YA authors whose names I can't think of because their books aren't on my shelf, I just pounce with confidence on everything I see from them at the library.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? Toni Morrison! Man. I have read three of her books, and for non-specific general reasons, I can't stand any of them.
31) What is your desert island book? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, until such time as they find a way to cram the entire series into one dictionary-sized book with small print. (On second thought, a desert island would be the perfect time to tackle The Complete Works of Shakespeare...or maybe Jane Austen's. I'm conflicted! I'm overthinking this question because I don't want the survey to end!)
32) And...what are you reading right now? Nothing at the moment, but I've got two library books left - Daphne Grab, Alive and Well in Prague, New York and Elizabeth Rose, For the Love of a Dog