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Fanmix: "This Town and I" (Jellicoe Road)

You could call this my ~serenade to Melina Marchetta's novel, On the Jellicoe Road. It started out as a character-by-character playlist, but then I thought, hey: why not let their whole entwined story play out in all the songs?

Cue me wasting a whole afternoon on a giant five-parter fanmix.

(...I think I may like the cover best of all.)

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Gender!Swap: Stand by Me

Whew, so my recent frenzied film rewatches have finally brought this into being! It’s been burning a hole in my mind for awhile.

I LOVE Stand by Me. I sorta wish I could send flowers to my childhood’s VHS rental store, just for having it in their collection. It’s really almost as though they had this film just for me and my friends to grow up on. Some years ago, I  also found the Stephen King novella it was based on (The Body), and I soaked up everything else that I didn’t know about my favorite characters. They’re almost real to me, I can’t even tell you.

The thing is: this isn't only a ‘critics-approved’ film. Nope. It’s totally beloved, and no wonder. Anybody could see a bit of themselves in it. It’s all about childhood and goldenness and losing innocence when you didn’t know you still had it; it’s about being yanked into harsher waters and trying to stay afloat, when you're still not quite ready to "grow up". And it is about friendship. Oh, is it about friendship!

It also revolves all around four boys, and that was always fine by me. After all, their journey in the movie  quite isolates them from (almost!) everyone else in the world.

But like anyone who eats up the character-study goodness of a gender!swap, I’ve been having a blast re-imagining Stand by Me. Let’s say the golden summer and the sweet melancholy strain and everything else in this story stay intact…but let’s say that these familiar characters were all young girls! Girls living in the shadows of their mothers and their sisters; four girls who go questing down the railroad tracks…

Well, why ever not? Other than the character-study aspect of it, fantasy casting is always hella FUN. : )

If you’re not familiar with the film (it goes without saying that I recommend it with all my heart!), here is its DVD cover summary, as seen through

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends--sensitive Gordie, tough gal Chris, flamboyant Thea, and scaredy-cat Verne--are in search of a missing girl's body. Wanting to be heroines in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool, and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the girls discover a strength they never knew they had. Stand by Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up.

“It was almost noon as we set out to find the body of a dead kid named Rachel Brower…”

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Love the stories

This is the most beautiful post in the world.

Fuck appreciating literature, people. Love stories. Love wordplay. Love a deliciously delivered anecdote, a razor-sharp joke, a ripping yarn, a swashbuckling hero who fights for justice or a lost intellectual who takes bloody vengeance into his own hands; love tales of kings and queens and wizards and goosegirls; love space-faring smugglers and penniless governesses; love confused adolescents and bitter old men; love fallen angels and irritable monsters, mad scientists and grumpy sidekicks, cabbage sellers and long-anticipated saviours…

I am still reading the other commentaries. There’s more. There’s more and more and more.

And good gods, do I love the stories that have made me me.

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Writer's Block: Bookmarks

What is the last great book you read?

How ‘bout two?

--The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I read this book in one emotional gulp, one sick afternoon ago. It was one of those hazy, omg-does-the-world-still-actually-exist? reading experiences. I remember thinking things like: I am going to crack and I have to lock that door or they’ll all catch me losing it , then next thing I knew: huh, it is locked already, did I do that? Whatevs. Hazeeeel! Augustuuuus!

Also: whoops, that’s a scarf, not a tissue (lucky for that poor scarf).

And yet! I was tearing up*, but I also laughed so hard that I choked on my lozenges. Sometimes did both at the same time. To quote another book that I love: “they were the kind of tears that came when she was just too full."

--I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I just finished it this morning, after reading it various states of dreaminess for the past days. How to describe it? Blurb-y words like ‘sensory’ and ‘dreamlike’ won’t suffice. Cassandra Mortmain’s diary entries are like listening to pieces of music composed by Yasunori Mitsuda . There, that’s high praise from me.

Yep, I’d seen the TV movie before. Flawless cast that I couldn’t get out of my head-canon (I Capture the Castle = that time when Riley Finn from Buffy gave me feels!). Well except for that unremarkable dude who played Simon (mentally replaced him with Joshua Jackson).

Here’s a quote that I wrote down towards the end (but there are SO many quotable quotes, this is just the one I ‘caught’): I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.

"No college except life"—don’t you just love that?

*some people sob over books. I tear up and implode.
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Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Augh. My heart actually physically hurt reading this, you guys:
Though I hadn't seen him in over twenty years...

It just. Makes me think of time. Memory and losing touch and reconnection, how surreal it all is sometimes. And loss. The way that stories can tell the truth so much, sometimes, that it aches.

And this part:

It’s easy to forget how satisfying it is to create a character, to discover something magnificent in a script or a scene, and then bring those things to life with other actors in front of an audience.

Yeah. Yeah. I so rarely ever think about how it is from the "other side", you know? Bless you, Wil Wheaton.

ETA: Big spoilers for the film in the comments.
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hair, monsters, and a swordsman

+ *Luke Skywalker voice* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Well, damn! Here I was believing all these years that my hair was just too thick to stay put in those braid loopies. And wondering where the hell Leia hid the tufty ends of her braids.

+I found that article in the first place because I am convinced that there is a pic out there with Jessica Sula wearing Leia hairbuns. I saw it once, I swear. Still no luck in finding it, if it exists… but I now am thisclose to making a Star Wars!Skins Tumblr photoset with Grace as Leia, Rich as Han, and Alo as Luke (Farmboy, geddit?).

shhhh, this is how I deal.

+That Naboo underwater chase in The Phantom Menace is ten times funnier if you imagine that Qui-Gonn and Obi Wan were trolling Jar Jar Binks through the whole scene. THINK ABOUT IT. They are both perfectly straight-faced when those things come at them out of nowhere, and come on, it’s kind of hard to believe that they never Force-sensed those gargantuan underwater disturbances.

Further proof of this: Jar Jar squawks and passes out, and then Obi Wan tells Qui Gonn: “I think you overdid it.”

(lol, so George Lucas probably didn’t intend the line to mean “Epic trolling, Master”. But it’s way more fun that way, and he Rick-Rolled us with Jar Jar, SO.)

+ I have only now processed that this is going to be an actual movie on actual movie screens.

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I hope this is released everywhere, with a subtitled theatrical version. Because tons of grown-ass fans WILL be slavering to see this!

(Amusingly, the little bro’s reaction when he heard about this was something like shitshitshit, please don’t tell me it stars Tom Cruise.)
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"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."

^Madeleine L'Engle

+ I just heard that Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes is going to be made into a movie, as is Madeleine L’Engle’s Camilla. I wonder if this is going to be a new trend: classic slice-of-life YA books getting turned into movies. I mean: the movie studios are still snatching up the rights to Paranormal Romance novels, aren’t they? And I think the dystopian YA books will follow suit.

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+ It’s just too bad that Madeleine L’Engle never lived to see any great adaptation of her books. I know she hated the Wrinkle in Time TV movie, and from what I’ve heard, the Ring of Endless Light one does not even begin to touch the absolute amazing-ness of the book (also: whyyy would you cast Jared ‘Puppyface’ Padalecki as the bad boy anti-hero? Really??).

I am really happy that publishing companies seem  intent on reprinting Madeleine’s entire body of work. Bought a whole new set of them over the holidays. Finally I got to read her rare standalones and got around to the rest of the Austin books that I never read (or: only read once) in my adolescence. See, I loved Meg Murry a whole lot (still do!), but I was Vicky Austin. **

I recently reread my lovely, by-now-falling-apart Time Quartet collection, the books about the Murry family.

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...One day, I WILL learn to write an organized book!post.

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So, universe, I honestly could not care less about Glee and it’s “storylines” anymore. (A few weeks ago, I got curious and read one S3 episode summary...and I backed away wanting to punch the Glee Wikia.)

But but BUT:

holy exploding ovaries, Mike Chang

Hurrrrr. I don’t usually get especially excited over an attractive dude putting on eyeliner, but it’s Harry Shum Jr.. Why they put Finn in the limelight when they could be plastering this guy and his face (and his abs!) all over the TV screen is beyond me.