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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2014|11:14 am]
little miss sunshine
I'm happy to see LJ filling up again with lots of HP people, either wailing in distress or gloating--I'm on record as being a H/Hr shipper first and foremost, although as the series went on I came to really appreciate R/Hr more. Having said that, I've actually been rereading the books for the past few months (it's good stress relief for grad school) and think I might ultimately come down on the side of trio friendship? I think if you made me pick, I'd still pick H/Hr, but their platonic relationship is so strong that I would almost be sad to see that ruined. Ultimately, I just wish she hadn't written the damn epilogue and let us all imagine whatever we wanted to about the course their lives would have taken.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. Be nice to each other, you guys - now you all know what it's like to be on the opposing side. Let's be friends!

(In other news, January was a deeply awful, awful, horrific month for several people that are very dear to me, and one of these situations is still ongoing, so I probably won't be around here again for a while until things calm down on the RL front. But stay warm, folks!)
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book rec [Sep. 12th, 2013|11:46 am]
little miss sunshine
My life is truly, honestly crazy right now, because I majorly bit off more than I can chew this semester (and am having to actually drop one of my classes as a result, which hopefully will help a little...?) but I wanted to pop in for a moment, and give you guys a book rec:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Read it. Read it now. Read it yesterday. It is the best YA I have read in I don't even know how long. And it's a standalone! Read it read it read it.

And yes I know everyone is talking about the new HP news this morning but I don't even know what to say about it so I'm just going to say nothing for the moment.

Also can I say that I am officially giving up on the 100things challenge? Everytime I post to LJ and don't post about that I feel guilty, so I'm just going to drop it and then not feel guilty! This is my week of dropping things, la.
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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2013|11:02 am]
little miss sunshine
Oh my God, you guys. If you ever want to take a trip down memory lane, I'd recommend going through ten years worth of emails on your fandom email account. I was going through my Yahoo account, forwarding emails to my Gmail that I wanted to save before deleting the Yahoo (it got hacked, which was the straw that broke the camel's back - I've needed to delete that email account for a while), and omg. Some of it was hilarious, some was cringe-worthy, and it was all very...sad. I think that's the best word for it. There were emails from a bunch of people I once considered good friends who I never talk to anymore, so that was a bit depressing, and reflecting on the golden years of HP fandom is a bit depressing for me at times. I don't miss fandom in general, but it was a big part of my life for a few years there - it's how I know almost all of you! - so...I dunno. It's hard to disregard entirely.

Anyway, update your address books - my old yahoo account is dead, so my email for online purposes is m.michelle@gmail.com. (Disregard this, those of you who have my RL Gmail.)

In other news, IT IS SPRING BREAK and I am having the best week ever.
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oscars insta-reaction [Feb. 25th, 2013|12:53 am]
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[current mood |giddygiddy]

I thought (UNSURPRISINGLY) Seth MacFarlane was a pretty terrible host, with only a couple of notable exceptions (the Sound of Music joke was great, as were his jokes about the length of the show, but truly EVERYTHING ELSE WAS AWFUL). But! Having said that, I still enjoyed this more than I've enjoyed the Oscars in several years. I was super invested in them this year since I've seen almost all the movies and REALLY REALLY WANTED ARGO TO WIN YESSSSSS. And there were so many excellent things! Argo winning! Flustered Ben Affleck! Jennifer Lawrence falling and then Hugh Jackman AND Bradley Cooper trying to help her (such gentlemen)! The Les Mis medley (I MAY HAVE TEARED UP DON'T JUDGE ME)! DDL's acceptance speech! Adele! George Clooney being hot! DANIEL RADCLIFFE!! Watching poor Kstew trying to hobble across the stage without crutches, poor thing (I felt bad for laughing but I couldn't help it)! A TIE IN ONE OF THE CATEGORIES!! MICHELLE FREAKING OBAMA!!!!!!!!!! Seriously if we could have had Tina & Amy for this instead of the Globes it would have been THE PERFECT OSCARS. What a great awards season this was. Why must it be over???

okay bedtime now. I have a meeting tomorrow morning to finish work on a presentation I have to give this week. SIGH, SCHOOL.
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finally watched last night's downton abbey finale... [Feb. 18th, 2013|09:29 pm]
little miss sunshine
[current mood |annoyedannoyed]

Ugh Downton.

Knew it was coming for the past two months (thank you, fucking internet), but still: ugh.

Y'all, British period pieces are my one true love, so whyyy when one is finally popular with the general public does it have to devolve into such a mess?
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The Hobbit [Dec. 14th, 2012|12:06 pm]
little miss sunshine
Verdict: unimpressed.

Seriously, parts of it were good but I thought it completely betrayed the spirit of the book and tried way too hard to be uber-epic like LotR and in the process lost all the things about the book that make it so delightful. It's too long, of course, and there's no need to drag this out for two more movies, but the main issue is that this movie is just trying to be something that its source material is not.
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:( [Dec. 6th, 2012|09:25 pm]
little miss sunshine
I was just browsing around Rotten Tomatoes, as one does, and all of the early reviews of The Hobbit - even the positive ones! - are pretty much confirming my worst fears about this movie. It is too long, and the fact that they're making three movies is totally insane. I didn't even like the extended editions of LOTR - I vastly preferred the theatrical versions - and I am starting to get a horrible feeling that I'm not going to like The Hobbit at all. Which is sad, since I actually like the BOOK The Hobbit better than the BOOK LOTR - but for me the whole appeal is that it's short and sweet. Which this movie experience is not going to be.

Also can you tell it's officially winter break here in these parts? I never update this much. I have nothing to do with my days now other than nanny, read, and bake Christmas cookies. IT. IS. AWESOME. It would be more awesome if all of my friends didn't have real jobs that prevented them from playing with me during the daylight hours.
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100 Things #18: Percy Jackson [Dec. 6th, 2012|07:47 am]
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Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians [book])


I'm going to go ahead and do my Percy entry now, since I just read The Mark of Athena and I am full of feelings. In short: Percy is freaking awesome. When I first started reading The Lightning Thief I remember being a bit unsure about it. Ugh, I said to myself. Do I really want to be getting the first person POV of a twelve-year-old? YES. YES I DID.

Percy is really great, and if you haven't read the PJATO books you totally should, they're really great and fun middle grade fiction. If you think they seem a bit juvenile for you, I'd recommend giving them a shot anyway - they feel a bit young at the beginning of the series, but you really do get to grow up with Percy and the fifth book in the series is absolutely fantastic. I love a series where each book is better than the one before it, and that's truly what I feel happens with this one.

Anyway, Percy is a really great narrator - he's super sarcastic and a total smartass and he's just basically hilarious. He's a really fun person to be in the head of. This series would not have worked with a different main character, him being a total little punk at times is what makes the books so entertaining. And he has legit skills, too, so he can back up all of his smartalecky behavior. Also, the friendship and eventually romance that is built up between him and his eventual girlfriend, Annabeth, is truly fantastic. They squabble all the time and give each other hell, and when they finally get together it is so emotionally satisfying in a way that few children's or YA books are in this regard. I find this relationship about 10,000x more moving than any of the absurd love triangles that you see in YA nowadays, and at the risk of getting skewered by all of humanity, much as I love The Hunger Games and Katniss/Peeta, I would still take Percy/Annabeth any day of the week. That is how much I love them. In the Heroes of Olympus series (the follow-up to PJATO) you get to see Percy and Annabeth as a couple, and it's so refreshing and real. They're clearly in love and would do anything for each other, but it has a feel of realism about it that I think is lacking in a lot of YA books nowadays. Percy isn't some idealized boy for girl readers to swoon over, he's totally real and kind of an idiot at times, and Annabeth is a total badass and doesn't need anyone to save her but she also really relies on Percy, you can tell, because they love each other. I don't want to talk too much about Annabeth, because she will be getting her own post at some point, but she is also completely awesome. They respect one another's decisions and choices and abilities, and it's so much better than just about any other romance out there for teen readers that I just have to stop now because I could go on forever. I enjoy the plotlines of these books (especially the original series), but I am truly almost embarrassingly enthusiastic about this relationship, and I really think everyone should read these books if they want to see a teenage romantic relationship written properly.


In summary: Percy Jackson is the man.
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2012|12:47 pm]
little miss sunshine
I don't wish to be melodramatic, but I just finished The Mark of Athena (if you do not know what that is then YOU NEED TO GET OFFLINE AND GO READ SOME PERCY JACKSON, FRIEND) and I cried like a baby. One of my friends (who I got hooked on the PJ boks in the first place MOO HA HA HAAA) actually WARNED me that the ending was intense because she figured I would freak, but NOTHING COULD PREPARE ME.

Anyway, I'm now really glad I was two months late in reading it (due to my insane desire to reread the original PJO series PLUS the first two HoO books first) because now I only have ten months to wait instead of twelve but STILL. DAMN IT RICK RIORDAN.

Now please excuse me, I am going to go watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while wearing reindeer antlers. The glamorous life of a nanny.
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UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT [Nov. 11th, 2012|09:41 pm]
little miss sunshine
Finally saw The Avengers. Liked it well enough, but it has finally pushed me over the edge into accepting that I do not like comic book movies (specifically Marvel universe movies [because I do adore the Nolan Batman trilogy, so that is one big score for DC]) as much as the world wants me to. I am sorry, universe. Please don't hate me.
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