Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bravery in the Unexpected

Caution: Spoilers from Harry Potter. If you have not yet seen/read this wonderful story, then I do not suggest you read this post. Farewell.

...Why are you still reading this? There are spoilers!

Are you gone yet? Good.

Bravery in the Unexpected aka Why Neville Longbottom Had His Own Story

We are all the main character in our own eyes. Life feels like it revolves around us because we can only see through our eyes. There isn't a person that we revolve around and know that they are the "main character".

In fiction, there are roles cut out for each character, hero, villain, sidekick, mentor, etc. but that doesn't mean that they each have to have a personality that perfectly conforms to the stereotypes. A villain can be compassionate, a hero can act villainous, and a sidekick can act heroic.


Neville was the hero of his own story. He didn't sit back and act like a side character, he took up the sword and slayed the snake. He didn't care that Harry was supposed to be the one who did heroic deeds, because everything didn't revolve around Harry for him. Even though he was a side character, for a few moments, he was the hero.

So when you're writing your characters, don't make them just one thing. Let them be the hero of their own story.

Toodlepip

Monday, October 26, 2015

My Top 5 Sountracks

Here is another unsolicited Top 5 thingamabobber. This time I decided to tackle soundtracks. It took me a long time to decide which ones won out over the others, but I finally narrowed it down to five...with plenty of honorable mentions, of course. :)
Now, I'm not going to put the top five in order because then we'd be here all day, but at least I have a top five.

Treasure Planet
Surprise, surprise. This soundtrack is so beautiful and serene for being a movie centered around space piracy. It reminded me of a 17th or 18th century style mixed with a modern twist. It's a gorgeous soundtrack. One of my favorites in the soundtrack is "Silver Leaves". That song is so touching and fitting, especially for the farewell to such a great character. I mean, he is a pro at speeches.

Now, you listen to me, James Hawkins. You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course. Stick to it, no matter the squalls! And when the time comes you get the chance to really test the cut of your sails, and show what you're made of! Well, I hope I'm there, catching some of the light coming off you that day. - John Silver

Is that not just the best speech ever? I kid you not, that has gotten me through many a difficult day.
Overall, I give this soundtrack a five star, glowing review.

Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron
Okay, this movie is unspeakably amazing, as is the soundtrack. It is so emotional, but at the same 
time so epic and adventurous. It really feels like a horse running across the plains of the wild west. There is no better way to describe it than what freedom feels like. It just takes hold of something deep in your gut and won't let go. Whenever I listen to any of the songs, I can recall the exact moment that Spirit begins to narrate again. It melds so well with the soundtrack that it becomes almost a part of the song to me, not to mention that the composer is Hans Zimmer who is a musical genius.  
my favorites are "Canyon Chase" and "Here I Am". This movie makes me cry every time.
Look at that unbridled beauty.
This one gets five million thumbs up and six golden stars.

Lord of the Rings
LOTR is on my top five because of the sheer fantasy epicness of it. And no, I am not going to pick a specific movie soundtrack. We would be here for so long. The score for Lord of the Rings is one of the best orchestral music pieces that I have ever found. The way Tolkien described Middle Earth's beautifully vivid world is conveyed perfectly in this emotional, expressive, and flawless soundtrack. When I'm listening to the score, I can imagine Middle Earth so easily. The score is so beautifully fitted to the film, but at the same time able to be taken for fantasy inspiration without forcing the writer to copy Lord of the Rings. Another five thumbs up. 

Pirates of the Caribbean
This soundtrack is exciting, fun, and adventurous. It has an underlying theme that pulls everything together and makes every individual song seem slightly familiar. It definitely has a bravado and sheer orchestral force that taps into one's emotions and riles them up. Many people dismiss it for not having enough diversity, but I think that it has just enough to make it great. To me, this soundtrack is perfect when writing sword-fights or a chase scene. I give it five thumbs up, five stars, five...children. 

Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series very near and dear to my heart, so it is no surprise that it made the Top 5. To me, the score captures the child-like wonderment and adventure that I feel whenever I watch or read the Narnia saga. It balances well the more childish themes of discovering Narnia and the amazement of it all  but also having the darker themes of the villains. It is moving and makes me want to take up arms and fight for Narnia.


Honorable Mentions
The Prince of Egypt!! I love this soundtrack, The musical numbers are also superb, especially "Deliver Us" and "All I Ever Wanted". Ach, that soundtrack is wonderful.

How to Train Your Dragon. I don't think I have to explain this one. It is just such an adventurous and fast paced soundtrack. It's, for lack of a better metaphor, like riding a dragon. 

The Amazing Spiderman!! This one is a more sci-fi, action style, but it's just as good as any of the adventure, fantasy soundtracks. "Saving New York" inspired one of the larger battles in a novel I've written. I love this soundtrack and recommend it wholeheartedly.

Well, there you have it. My Top 5 Soundtracks.

Toodlepip

Friday, October 23, 2015

Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold aka Why Hermione Granger is a Refreshing Change


There are usually two kinds of female characters: the tough, intense chick with a dark past and mysterious nature or the happy (almost clueless) feminine girl who everyone loves.

That 'or' should not be there. It should be an 'and'. Most writers/people-in-general that I have talked with forget that someone can be tough and feminine, can be mysterious and happy, and can have feelings while still being strong.

The "strong" characters become emotionless, and the characters with real emotions become weak. Don't get me wrong, I love the females who can stand on their own and do some major damage, but when the price of that is their emotions being discounted as weakness, that is when they become something to be re-written.

Hermione Granger has very real emotions while being very tough. She cries, has moments of regret and pain, yet she maintains her fire and fight. She can stand on her own.


Not to mention, she doesn't fall into the stereotype of the nerdy, smart girl with glasses and a pompous answer for everything. She may be bossy at times, she may be a bit of a know-it-all, but in the end, she is just a girl who does well on her school-work.

She doesn't fall for the "Chosen One", and she doesn't treat Harry any differently for being "special".

Hermione Granger was a revolutionary female character to the world of literature.

So when you are writing your female characters, don't strip them of emotion to make them tough, and don't make them weak to be feminine.

Toodlepip

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Birthday Celebrations and All That Sentimental Nonsense

Wazzup? Guess what day it is? Nope, it's not my birthday. It's two days after my birthday, but that still counts.

My birthday this year was one of the best ones I have ever had. For the past couple years, we haven't really done birthday parties, and to be honest, I like it better that way. We take the day and go do things that the person would enjoy, and we just have fun as a family.
Well, my day started out with carrot cake pancakes and bacon. In case you don't know, carrot cake or red velvet cake is my favorite, but we couldn't very well have red velvet pancakes, so carrot cake pancakes was amazing. From there, we played a board game and then went to Ballard to peruse an amazing bookstore. Then, we walked around Ballard and found a shop that sold drinking chocolate and...get this, BUTTERBEER!!!! Of course I had to try some.

We walked around the Ballard Sunday Farmer's Market and tried the many samples that were there. I loved just meandering around the stands and seeing all the brightly colored flowers, vegetables, clay pots, and all sorts of other things.

Panda Express was next because let's be honest, Panda Express is amazing. At first when I started eating, I felt kind of guilty because I had carrot cake pancakes for breakfast and there was a lot of sugar in the Butterbeer and drinking chocolate, but I realized, "It's my birthday, calories don't count on birthdays." And I kept on stuffing my face.

We went to the movie theater to see a movie that I have been excited for since it came out, Jurassic World. We even saw it in 3D! That was pretty amazing. It was really such a good movie. I loved how they just kept raising the stakes, instead of keeping it at the same level. One thing after another just kept going wrong, and it was so awesome. The ending was kind of unexpected (how the conflict was resolved), but it did make sense. It was also extremely comical, so I enjoyed that. It's always nice to have those funny moments. 

For dinner we had ravioli (my favorite) and cheesecake (also my favorite)!!

Overall today has been amazing. From my sister and brother, I got a T.A.R.D.I.S. mug. 
The detail on it is really cool, and it seems like a quality mug.  I also got a book that I have been dying to read. It's by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, and you all know how much I love that. It's Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. It came out on October 6th, and I had been counting down the days until I could check it out from the library. Well now I own it!  

This birthday has been such an amazing one, and I am just so lucky to have a family that is willing to put so much into making me feel loved. 

Toodlepip

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Thoughts

Alrighty, this movie (and book) is in my opinion so awesome, so this 'Thoughts' thing might will be very biased. I will not be voicing my annoyance at differences, because though there are some, I do recognize book to movie adaptations and how difficult it must be to write screenplays, so I will excuse it in this case.

First off, I would like to say that this 'Thoughts' post will be riddled with exclamations of adoration towards the soundtrack. So...be forewarned.
Ooo, startin' out in WWII.
I love how the story starts out by showing you their character's core traits. Edmund who is standing by the window is disobedient and curious, Peter is protective and fatherly as he herds his family out of their house as the bombs are raining around them, and Susan is motherly, taking care of Lucy. 
Aww, having to say goodbye to your children during this time must have been so hard for the mothers and families of WWII. I can't imagine being separated from my parents for that long. It would be awful.
I would love to live here. 
"Gastrovascular."
"Is it Latin?" 
"Yes." 
"Is it Latin for worst game ever invented?"  I love Edmond's sass. 

I love this moment.
The playful background music fades to a music box melody and everything is still. You can hear the slight pitter patter of rain against window. I couldn't help but hold my breath as she walked up to the shrouded wardrobe. This particular piece of music is just so fitting.


That's right, Lucy. You keep walking towards the shady lamp post, aint nothin' gonna pop out and scare the living daylights out of you. To be honest, I would walk towards the shady lamppost too. 
This movie saddens me. As wonderful as it is, it makes me very sad. Because I know that I won't ever get to go to Narnia, and I know that it's silly, but I see myself in Lucy very much, so when she gets to go, I kind of feel like, "Hey, why can't I go?" I know it's fictional, and I know it's never going to happen, but I just can't help it.



MR. TUMNUS!!  "Were you hiding from me?" "Well, -I-uh, see- I didn't want to scare you." When I first saw X-men, and the professor came on screen, I shouted "Mr. Tumnus!!" Professor Xavier, I know the real reason you're in a wheelchair, you're hiding your goat legs. 
Aww, Mr. Tumnus, you're such a gentleman, if it wasn't for you about to betray Lucy and tell the White Witch about her.  Though he is a good faun at heart. 


I love the scene with Lucy and the fire. It's so serene and enchanting, but it has an uncertain edge to it, not to mention that the Narnian Lullaby is breathtakingly beautiful. 
Aww, even though we only see Mr. Tumnus for a short while, he's so endearing and funny. 


Darn you, Jadis. This is exactly how sin works, pulling you in with sweets and Turkish Delights, promising you good things to come. I've always liked Jadis as a villain because she follows through. 


I have a soft spot for elderly eccentric characters that seem crazy and are just so lovable. Whenever Digory would come on screen, it would be my favorite moment. I love the part where he's talking to Susan about Lucy, and she mentions that Lucy thought she found a world...in the upstairs wardrobe, and his eyes just light up, because he knows. I only hope that I can one day be an eccentric elderly British man  woman. He's so cool.

Watching this movie when we haven't had snow for almost two years was not a good idea. I miss snow so greatly.

"Aslan is on the move." I love that line. 

Edmond is so foolish, but that just makes his redemption all the better. I can never get my head around it that even after hearing about Aslan, and seeing what the White Witch did, he goes running to her. I just don't understand that. 

Aww, I love how in prison, Mr. Tumnus' first thought was to Lucy's safety. He's seriously such a good faun. "Do you know why you're here, faun?" "Because I believe in a free Narnia." Seriously Mr. Tumnus, you're so cool.


I love the fact that Father Christmas is real in Narnia. I always envied the gifts that the Pevensies got, but I didn't envy Lucy's dagger nor Susan's bow; I always envied Peter's gift. His sword seemed so magnificent, and I've always wished that I could bear one into battle. Maybe I crave a battle to fight too much. I don't know, but I do want a good sword. I've always wondered what Edmund's gift would have been if he had been with them.  

When they are floating along the river, and the music starts to play, I just...
It's beautiful.
The music is so beautiful. I love the soundtrack, and the rise and fall of the tones and melody.



Aslan's Army is so magnificent and well put together. I love the bright colors of the tents. It is such a nice contrast to the plain dull white of the Witch's palace. I bet that was on purpose. 


Seriously, every time Aslan come on screen, I feel a sense of reverence that I can't really explain. Aslan is what actually made me want to believe in God, but I still can't get over the fact that Aslan was voiced by Liam Neeson. 

The beauty of the sets and scenery is astounding. I remember quite a few years ago when I was convinced that I could find Narnia if I only tried hard enough. I would pretend that I was in Aslan's camp. When the sun was just right through the trees, and the sky was just so, I could close my eyes and see it so clearly. I miss that.

Peter
Peter has to be one of my all time favorite characters. He's protective of his siblings, and I just think he's awesome. He makes the difficult choices, even when he has three people telling him differently. He's brave enough to lead an army, and smart enough to make strategic decisions.

The bravery of a boy against impossible odds and impossible numbers is astounding, and he even makes a joke during all of it.
"Numbers do not win a battle." "No, but I bet they help." 

I hate that Jadis was wearing Aslan's mane into battle. I only recently realized that fact, and I just hate it so much. It seems so disrespectful and unnerving which I guess was the point.

"Are you with me?" "To the death." 

"For Narnia and for Aslan!" I love that quote with all my heart.

THE SOUNDTRACK DURING THE BATTLE!! Excuse me while I go die in a corner from hearing perfection.
How can something be so beautiful?

When the stone table was broken, I didn't get it as a little kid (the analogy of it), but now, it's amazing how much a genius C.S. Lewis was.

When Aslan is silhouetted by the sun... I love this moment.
Much beauty. Such majestic.
I really like how the battle didn't only focus on Peter or Edmund, but it also showcased the bravery of others fighting the battle. It made it seem more realistic. 

MR TUMNUS!!! You're okay!! No matter how many times I see this movie, I always get super sad when I see Mr. Tumnus like that. He was such a good friend. The whole scene with the stone animals and creatures being turned back to flesh and bone is really cool, and when Mr. Tumnus goes to fight, he's so funny - just plowing through people without any armor or training...

As evil as Jadis is, I think she is such a cool villain. She can fight really well, she has good battle strategy, and she looks scary. She is a well-constructed villain with weaknesses as well as strengths that seem overwhelming and unbeatable. If I had to choose a villain to be, I would probably pick her.

The music is so amazing and fitting. I love the song "Only the Beginning of the Adventure". Go, listen to it.


They're so young! I'm used to how they were in Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 


When they start towards the wardrobe, I always try to telepathically communicate with them and change their mind about leaving Narnia, but they never listen.


I love the professor's slight smirk and knowing eyes as he asks them. I always like to pretend that the very reason he allowed children to come to his home was because he hoped that through them he would be able to rediscover Narnia.


All I know is that I will never stop keeping an eye out for my wardrobe.

I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! 

Quick Note: Sorry for how long the post was, I just have a lot of thoughts.

Toodlepip

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fights and All

Fights and All aka Why Ron Weasley was a Real Best Friend

You know what I'm tired of? I'm tired of the sidekicks/best friends always being perfect little angels. By this I mean they are the picture of pushovers. In a fight or conflict they may be strong, opinionated, or whatever trait the author has deemed made them individual, but with the MC, they agree with everything, they don't protest to a word s/he says. While this angelic approach may be a popular one, I find it exhausting. I want my characters to act like real people, and I want characters in other books to act real people too. That is why I think Ronald Weasley is one of the best best friends that could have been written.

He and Harry didn't agree on everything, and while you want to make your MC and supporting character get along and see eye to eye on some stuff, don't forget to include the more real, human aspect of it. People don't always get along, and you shouldn't be afraid to show that.

Toodlepip

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Bedtime Movie Tag

Hey guys! Guess what? Guess what? I was tagged! *happy dance* Golly, I just love it when I'm tagged. Thanks a bunch Hamlet for tagging me. 
And without further ado, let's do this thing.

1.) A movie that kept you up
I don't know if this is exactly what the question meant, but there was a night a couple years ago that our parents called all of us kids out of bed to watch a movie. It was 10:30, and we were supposed to be in bed usually by 9:30. We stayed up until 1:00 that night, the lastest we had ever stayed up. It was such a big deal.

2.) A movie that made you scared to sleep
This is a story that I have told many times to many people. It was a night when my siblings and I were home alone. We decided to go through our old VHSs and watch some. Well we did, and the last VHS that we played was about a giant bunny that was this "crazy" person's imaginary friend. Well, it turns out that this "crazy" person wasn't so crazy, and the giant bunny was real. This movie dealt with insane asylums, cheesy shadowed camera angles, and the most cliche lines ever, but it was too creepy for 7 yr old me. I barely slept that night, tossing and turning, and dreading every shadow that seemed to creep closer.

3.) A movie that made you go to sleep
Weeeeell, I have actually never fallen asleep watching a movie. I just can't, but I guess that a movie I found boring was...gosh, now I've forgotten every boring movie I've ever watched.

4.) A movie that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release
Okay, I'm going to have to piggyback Hamlet's answer, but slightly modify it. Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'm usually the last one to see a movie because of my low income (aka none), and I have to wait until I get it from the library or Redbox, but this movie...I was not going to wait to see this. I had already heard 2 spoilers (one of them which was detrimental to my fragile heart), and I did not want to find out any more. I was tossing and turning trying to figure out how I was going to see it in theatres, and also at how awesome it was going to be. I was so excited for it.

5.) A movie that has your dream boyfriend/girlfriend ship of two separate movies
I don't quite understand this question. And I don't really have any cross-movie ships. I've never thought about cross-movie ships really. I got nothing, but if we're talking about ships in general then I could talk for days...

6.) A movie that would be your worst nightmare to live in
Discounting horror, I would have to say Fury. I picked this movie because all the dystopian nightmarish movies have hope, survivors, and a triumphant ending, but the scariest thing about Fury was it really happened.

7.) A movie that reminds you of nighttime
Batman. Every Batman movie ever. It's epic, but it just reminds me of night.

8.) A movie that has a nightmarish cliffhanger
Well, if they ever turned the Mark of Athena into a movie that would be the WORST  cliffhanger ever. That's all I can think of.

9.) A movie you actually dreamed about
I've never dreamed about a specific movie, but I have dreams with characters in them. Some of the more memorable ones were with the Doctor (and I know that's a TV show, but...whatever), Jace Wayland (don't ask), and Hermione Granger. Oh, there was also a dream where I was Harry Potter, and I was stuck in a giant spiderweb. That was a weird dream.

10.) A movie monster you would not want to find under your bed
Uhh, how about that giant bunny? I would not like to find him under my bed. That would be terrifying, and I would need therapy for life. Or how about a clown? A clown counts, right? Because let's be honest, clowns are not fun and happy, they are sadistic little pale faced creepers. 

I think that's all the questions I got! :) Now for the tagging. 




I tag Olivia!
   
       Chloe!

      Riley!

and Morg!

There you have it. Thank you again Hamlet for tagging me. :)

Toodlepip

Friday, October 9, 2015

My Top 5 Doctor Who Monsters

In my many Interweb experiences and happenings, I have seen many a 'Top 5 Doctor Who Monsters.' And so I thought, why can't I do that? I have opinions just like any other human being. And believe me, I have plenty of opinions. So, here are my Top 5 Doctor Who Monsters.

#1 The Weeping Angels

The reason this is #1 is because when I watched "Blink." it was at night...in the dark...when I was home alone. That seems to be the recipe for disaster that I have made more than once. I also love that they use a natural human trait to their advantage. Blinking. And there is something so wonderful about them moving only when you can't see them. Because I think that as a rule, everyone - at one point - was at least uneasy about the dark, about what you can't see in that shroud of creeping shadow. And their fangs and way of moving is absolutely terrifying.

#2 The Vashta Nerada
These are so creepy. I am still so creeped out by them. I mean, they could be anywhere, in any shadow, in any corner. And they attack so silently, so quickly, and so viciously. The eerie repetitive voice of the victim only adds fuel to the proverbial fire. And the two shadows thing in super creepy. I have actually experienced two shadows at once. It was evening and the sky was getting dark. It was light enough for me to still cast a shadow, but dark enough that my brother was using a flashlight. he shone it in my direction, and just for a split-second, for one eensy teeny weeny moment, I had two shadows. 

#3 The Silence
 Not only are they frightening to look at (can you imagine encountering one), but their abilities are far more frightening. They can tell people to do things, they can manipulate peoples thoughts and use them as slaves to carry out their bidding. They can take over the world without firing a single weapon, without harming a single person, without shedding a drop of blood. They can take over the world silently and unbeknownst to all. That is what makes them truly frightening. 

#4 The Empty Child
This is 4th for the reason that I am terrified of the idea of possessed children. I am uneasy around children. I never know what to do with them or around them, so if one was out to infect me and if it was following me around, I would probably want to die. Not to mention the gas mask. I read facial expressions more than I listen most of the time, so to not be able to see someones face makes me uncomfortable. And a gas mask is just creepy. 

#5 Peg Dolls
I'm not even going to include a picture. These things freak me out too much. The others were on this list mostly for their abilities, but this one is on this list for sheer creepy factor. These things freaked me out so badly, I had to stop watching it for a couple minutes to check all the doors in the house (I was once again home alone at night). These dolls are awful. The way they laugh and sing... Whoever wrote that episode...


But at the same time, congrats on making such a creepy episode.

Honorable Mentions

The Clockwork Men
The two minutes before we actually saw them were the scariest. The anticipation of the unknown was the creepiest part. I love/hate their ticking movements. It's a sound that would fill the room in an eerie way, but it's truly brilliant. I have to mention their reappearance in Season 8 was quit a good one. They were entirely different, yet they seemed so familiar. It was an ingenious move on the writers part. :)

Well, there you have it, my top 5 DW Monsters.

Toopdlepip

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Balancing Comedic Relief

Balancing Comedic Relief aka Why Fred and George Balance the Whole Story

Serious, gritty novels with even seriouser characters, teenage angst and troubled pasts, these are all things that I see very often in YA fiction. Readers are drawn to gritty, harsh novels because they believe that it will make them more well-read and cultured, when in reality, it just gets boring. When a book has only one tone, it becomes flat, tiring to read, and difficult to finish.

That is why comedic relief is a common occurrence.

It breaks up the tone of the story, making it more relatable and more realistic. Because life isn't just one giant flat line, it's a really weird rollercoaster. Unfortunately, most writers take comedic relief and twist it into a sarcastic, cynical character that only exists to make the readers chuckle but ends up making them groan.

That's why Fred and George stand out to me as "funny" characters. They are not only funny and a nice relief from the serious tones of Harry Potter, but they are actually characters. They have personalities and moments besides just making someone laugh or pulling a prank. They inspired hope in the entire school with an act of rebellion and defiance.

This moment in the film was something that really changed the way I looked at Fred and George. They displayed a trait that strayed from the typical "funny" character's actions. They showed compassion, caring, and a natural tendency to protect the innocent and small. 

When you create "funny" characters for comedic relief, don't resort to one-dimensional characters that are only there for a gag. Remember to make the characters well-rounded.

Toodlepip

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ever After Musings

Caution: This post will be riddled with spoilers from Ever After. If you haven't seen it...this post is not for you.
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Note: I have not seen the 2015 Cinderella, so when I say this one is my favorite, it is excluding the 2015 Cinderella.

I finally saw Ever After, and it was one of the best renditions of Cinderella that I have ever seen. I almost like it better than the original tale from the Grimm days.

Love this costume.
Danielle de Barbarac is forced into servitude after the tragic death of her father. Her stepmother is an...unkind person who cares nothing for Danielle and only cares about her own daughters, but Danielle is not as helpless as one might think.

I have so much praise for this movie. I love the historical twist, and I adore the characters. I'm going to start with them.

Danielle is a refreshing change from the typical damsel in distress.


I mean, she lobbed a prince in the head with an apple, and the prince was moving...and an apple is a highly unreliable choice of ammo, but still... She is a perfect mix of head-in-the-clouds and grounded. She has a temper, but is inherently sweet. I know all of these sound like contradictions, but they work somehow. Without the temper, she would be insufferable and a Mary-Sue, but with them, she has a strong flaw that often gets the better of her, not to mention she's smart and stubborn.
She saved him!
She definitely doesn't need no man to save her.

I loved this scene.
When she was in that situation, I rolled by eyes, thinking that I knew what was going to happen.

Danielle cringed at the old man's touch, his calloused fingers sending chills of horror and disgust down her spine. "Unhand her, you fiend." The prince galloped in on a white horse. The old man cowered before him, "But sire, I was only - " "Oh, I know what you were doing." Danelle let out a squeal of delight, "Oh, my prince has come for me! I knew you loved me." The prince reached down and lifted his love onto the horse. They galloped away into the sunset. Roll Credits.

Okay, maybe not as cheesy, but you get the idea. I thought for sure it would have a predictable and groan-worthy ending, but no, I was surprised. Danielle stood on her own and saved herself. I honestly love that. 

The Stepmother. 
She is my favorite out of the stepmothers in all the Cinderella stories. She was humanized. She genuinely cared for Danielle's father, and you could see that in little moments when her stern demeanor cracked. Not to say she wasn't despicable, because she was, but I liked that she wasn't as ridiculously merciless as some of the other stepmothers. 

The Stepsisters.
I'm only going to talk about Jacqueline. She was such a nice change from the typical, snooty stepsister.

I enjoyed seeing both sides of the coin. You could see her being picked on by her mother, and you could see her being kind to Danielle, while the other stepsister was just awful. I felt like this story was more plausible because of the humanized stepmother, and the kind stepsister. 


Leonardo da Vinci 
I loved loved loved that they added Leonardo. He fit so perfectly what I imagined the real Leonardo to be. He was crazy, sweet, and terribly fun. He was so wise, too. I want him as my grandpa or next door neighbor or something.  


Overall, I loved this movie. The costumes were amazing!! 




And I can finally gush about this movie with the best of them.

Toodlepip

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Favorites

Hello. How are you all doing? Good? Cool. Well, it's the end of September, and I'm excited for this month's favorites because it's FALL!!! I know that technically fall didn't start until the 23rd, but in my mind fall starts on Sept. 1st.  Anywho, details aside, here we go!

Book
I found a new series that I like a lot more than I thought I would. I like horses, I would go so far as to say that I would be totally happy living my life in a stable, but I do not like riding horses. Other than that, they are awesome. They're the bee's knees. So when I was told to read a series that focused on horses, I was skeptical, but this series is awesome.
The first book.

Music
I found a boutique, motion picture advertising music collective  thing called Audiomachine. They have so many great songs, and I stumbled across them on Pandora. After that, I listened to more of their songs, and I am hooked. I have gotten so much inspiration and ideas from their music.

Character
One of my favorite TV shows right now is Heroes. I am weird in the way that I tend to like psychopaths as villains better than any other type of villain. It's not surprising that my favorite character this month is Sylar!!!

He's smart, and even though he has really twisted ideals, he's oddly relatable...for an evil guy. His motives are plausible, and he is menacing. He's a really awesome character.

Drink
I found a blueberry-acai-cranberry-pineapple juice that tastes like magic and unicorns. I know that the combination sounds weird and gross, but it is like delicious berry flavored cotton candy, and the best part is there's no artificial sugar. It's all natural. Yay for health.

Food
We went to a friends house a bit ago, and my sister and one of the girls made...
Drumroll please.
Chinese food!!! They made fried rice, teriyaki chicken (which may or may not be Chinese), and potstickers. That means my favorite food is more general this month. Chinese food is the best. End of discussion. :)

TV Show
Is it okay that I say Heroes again? This show is seriously awesome. I am almost done with the second season, and it's amazing. The storylines are really cool, and all the characters are fun to follow. It's such a cool show!!

Movie

This movie, for starters, has Ben Barnes in it. Caspian!! And Jeff Bridges. Pretty much anything that he's in is awesome. We're only half-way through it, but it's good enough. There are some parts of it that feel a little sloppy, but overall it's really cool. The villains actually have power, the hero actually has spunk and a bit of personality, and also, you know, Ben Barnes...

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