Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Well, I did it. I managed to read 10 books this month! I had my doubts around mid-month, but somehow managed to make it.

(* I feel the need to preface this with the fact that this is getting ready to be a really long Gilmore Girl rant so um… if that sounds boring to you I’m not going to be offended if you want to just wait til next time… *)

It’s no secret, I’m obsessed with the Gilmore Girls. I’ve watched every season somewhere between 5 and 7 times, some episodes more if I catch them on TV. When an episode begins, I immediately know what the whole episode is about from memory. I can recite the lines, and will at every given moment relate real life events to something that happened on the Gilmore Girls. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found Like Mother, Like Daughter, a novelisation of 5 episodes from season 1 of the show from the first person point of view of Rory Gilmore (the daughter).

First, here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

Okay, let’s face it. My mom and I are never going to have a “normal” mother-daughter relationship because my mom isn’t just my mother, she’s my best friend. She would do anything for me, including asking her parents for the tuition money to send me to Chilton, this prestigious prep school that just accepted me. That was probably one of the toughest things she’s ever done, although agreeing to weekly dinners in exchange for the loan probably runs a close second. My mom’s just miserable at the mere thought of this. But the way I look at it? – I’d just say life is going to get a lot more interesting.

– Catherine Clarke – Like Mother, Like Daughter

Ok,  seriously I’m a mega insane fan of the show, I need to go to Gilmore Girls anonymous for crying out loud… and even my eyes begin to gloss over at that synopsis. Maybe it’s because I’m not a young pre-teen/teen which surely this book is aimed at? I’m not sure, I mean, if I’m not elbow deep in a good Stephen King or a good Chuck Palahniuk novel, I’m usually devouring the latest YA novel I’ve unearthed at the book store (yeah my tastes are insanely varied…) So I like to think I can deal with reading a story aimed at a younger audience, but this book just had me literally exclaiming “You have got to be kidding me!?!?!!!” to my husband about every 5 seconds.

The first thing that bothered me about this novel is that as it’s first person narration from Rory’s point of view, you get all this Rory internal monologue that isn’t present in the show. The dialogue of the novel is directly word for word from the episodes, so that is the only redeeming factor. But the things that Rory thought, just didn’t sound like Rory to me. I suppose maybe non-fans of the show wouldn’t mind or notice, but at the same time I don’t see a non-fan of the show even trying to read this book.

Anyway, here are a few sections that had me sighing loudly:

First, Rory and Dean’s first meeting –

I gazed up the legs. They were connected to a very good-looking boy’s face. He was tall, at least six feet, and had brown hair that flopped nicely. He was wearing a leather jacket and was really, really handsome.

Oh Dean, if you didn't have such nice floppy hair you'd be a dog!

So his hair flops nicely, he’s very good-looking and really, really handsome…isn’t there a better way to convey “hey, this guy isn’t hard on the eyes!”? In the show, what we get is Rory on the ground, slowly panning up from his legs to his face, and then stammering like an idiot. Is this just the reverse effect of “the book’s better”? This time it’s the show that’s better….

Ok moving on…here is a section where Lorelai, the mother, has just informed Rory that they are going to the grandparent’s house for dinner on Friday:

“We are?” I asked, surprised. My grandparents. Emily and Richard Gilmore. Even though they only live half an hour away in Hartford, we don’t see them often. I was surprised by my mom’s statement.

“Mm hmm,” Mom said.

“But it’s September,” I said.

“So?” she asked.

“So what holiday’s in September?” I asked. We usually only went to Grandma and Grandpa’s for holidays. Major holidays.

First, this bothered me because she felt the need to convey she was surprised by her mom twice in about 3 seconds. Second, her asking her mom what holiday in September to me conveys they only visit on holidays, no need to then go ahead and restate that.

Am I just  nit-picking here? I honestly don’t like being harsh, and I especially don’t like being harsh to something Gilmore related, but this writing just seems bad! Again, the dialogue is good, and reading the script would probably be amazing, but this novelization just isn’t working for me.

Finally one last section that bothered me – Rory describing her grandmother Emily:

My grandmother looked perfect. She’s always wearing an actual outfit, like a suit, and her hair is done, and she has on pumps with heels, and pantyhose.

I’m sorry but Emily Gilmore surely commands a better description than that! “An actual outfit, like a suit”….really?

Emily Gimore played by Kelly Bishop

 

 

I’m going to be honest, I’m really conflicted by this whole thing. I love the Gilmore Girls show so much, that disliking anything to do with them is hurting me physically and mentally. I don’t even want to leave the house or speak to friends after having such a mental conflict. The book did get a little better, after all the new character’s descriptions were out of the way. It sort of just went along to mostly being dialogue, and since the dialogue was word for word from the show I really enjoyed that part. I do have more of these books, and I’m not sure if I will try to read them or not. Hopefully she won’t have to describe her grandmother anymore, so it might be halfway decent.

Phew Ok, sorry about that guys, major Gilmore rant is officially over.

 

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Matthew’s Day Off

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Honda has released a new commercial featuring Matthew Broderick spoofing his most famous role as Ferris Bueller, and it has people all in a tizzy.

Is “tizzy” a real word? WordPress isn’t underlining it for me letting me know it’s wrong. It is underlining “WordPress” though… anyway I’m getting sidetracked here.

A few days ago there was a teaser spreading like wildfire around the internet, simply featuring Broderick opening the curtains and saying “How could I handle work on a day like today?” which led to speculation of a possible sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  in the works. I’ll admit, that would be pretty freaking exciting.

But as it turns out the whole thing was just a teaser to the commercial I have posted above. Ignoring the fact that the whole thing is just a Honda ad, I think it’s pretty awesome. I love it, the whole thing is an homage to one of my favorite movies of all time. People on YouTube just seem angry about it though, and I can understand that to an extent because I’d be first in line to see a Ferris Bueller 2.

But then I started thinking – John Hughes, the mastermind behind Ferris is unfortunately no longer with us. Is there anyone out there worthy enough to try to recreate the awesome that was that original movie? Even if Hughes was still with us to make a sequel, would it even be good? Or would it be sad – watching a middle-aged man reprise a role that hasn’t been revisited since 1986?

I love Matthew Broderick, and I love Ferris Bueller, and if someone someday does make a sequel I’d be there with open arms to embrace it (and I’d probably be too blinded by bias to tell anyone it’s bad if that is what it happens to be). For now though, I get a grin out of watching this commercial and will just be happy with that.

What do you think, angry there’s not a real sequel, or just glad to see a funny homage Ferris Bueller?

Seriously…I’m Kidding

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Sunday I finished reading Seriously…I’m Kidding by my BFF Ellen DeGeneres. That leaves me today and tomorrow to read one more book in order to have read 10 books this month! *Runs off to find a Dick and Jane book* Phew, I’m back.  I got this guys, I got this.

I love Ellen, so much. I watch her show like it’s a religion. I own box sets of her sitcoms, I own her books, and every day when I step out of my shower I wipe my feet on her face! (Well, my shower mat is Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo). She’s so funny! I love reading her books too, because it sounds like what the inside of my head sounds like.

Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

I’ve experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?
– Ellen DeGeneres
Mostly, it’s like 241 pages of delicious creamy monologue from her show. Well, maybe creamy isn’t the right word, that makes it sound kind of gross. Anyway, you get the point.
Here are a couple of my favorite excerpts:
Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990’s, if you wanted to tell everyone that you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, “I ate waffles for breakfast!” That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.
And:
There’s a very easy way to save water. Take group showers. It’s fun. It’s friendly. At first, my house-keepers were resistant to this idea. But luckily my landscaper talked them into it.
– Ellen DeGeneres
Oh that Ellen, she does go on, and on, and on… she’s so funny! I mean, it’s no wonder she’s my BFF for life! If only we could meet, so I could let her know about us being BFF. I’m sure she’d see it too, that we were separated at birth or something. Nevermind she’s older than my mom, that doesn’t matter. Pfft. Logistics and stuff, I ain’t about being logical!
…Maybe I shouldn’t have tried writing when I’m sick and surely under the influence of NyQuil. That stuff will whack a girl up – yo. Oh yeah I was talking about Ellen. This book is full of useful stuff, like how to save water, short short stories, haiku, practically anything you’d want to read while imagining Ellen’s voice the whole time. And if you get tired of reading, you can just turn to the front cover and get lost in her Cover Girl blue eyes. Such….pretty………eyes.
Ok I’m going to bed. Read Ellen’s book!

7 x 7 Sunshine

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What a great start to my day! I checked my email to see that not only did I receive one award today, but two!

Thank you to buddhafulkat for the 7 x 7 award and thank you to Limebirdbeth, lovely founder of the Limebirdwriters, for the Sunshine Award! You have both put a smile on my face today.

7 x 7 Award

The rules are:

1) Share some general things about myself:

I’m pretty boring. I’ll be 28 in a couple of months and it freaks me out that I’m getting closer to 30, even though I know that is pretty silly. I’ve been with my husband since I was 19, but we just got married a couple of years ago. I’m obsessed with the Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, and Ellen! I used to hate McDonald’s food until I worked there, then I started to love it. Don’t ask me why. When I was 16 I got kicked out of a school program (Upward Bound) for participating in cannibalism and tarot. There was another girl kicked out with me, and we’ve been best friends ever since. It was like fate! Neither of us have eaten a human, and the people who ran that program were literally crazy, but it makes for a good story. That same friend introduced me to my husband… so really I owe my life to cannibalism.

2) List 7 posts on my blog that I think should be read:

Well this makes me feel kinda weird, like I’m pimping myself, but uh, here goes –

Dirty Laundry
And His Name is Zort
That One Time I Almost Went to Prison for Murder
Such a Weird Kid
Sticker Bush
Blog About Soup
My Old Kentucky Home


3) Nominate 7 more bloggers for the award and let them know about it:

For the Sunshine award, Limebirdbeth nominated the 10 bloggers that had been with the Limebird Writers the longest. So, I think I’m going to do the same here, for the 7 X 7 award!  Limebirdbeth was actually my first follower, but since she’s already got this award I’ll have to skip over her. But seriously, the Limebirds are awesome and you should all be following them! Then buddhafulkat was my second follower, but she’s the one that passed this award onto me in the first place…. 😀

Write or Revise Daily
LoSpeak
Gin and Lemonade
Verified Kayo
4amWriter
ScribblingHermit (shoot she already has this one, but check her out anyway!)
Kourtney Heintz’s Journal 

Sunshine Award

The guidelines for receiving this award:

1) Thank the person who gave you the award –  Thanks again Limebirdbeth!

2) Write a post about it

3) Answer the questions below  

4) Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know

Answer 10 questions:

Favorite colour: Orange
Favorite animal:  kitties
Favorite number:  34 (I was born on 3/4/1984 at 3:34. Maybe when I’m 34 I’ll have the best year ever!)
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Vanilla Coke Zero
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
My passion:  Film. Studying film, writing film, editing film, enjoying films, film history…you get the idea.
Getting or giving presents? Giving
Favorite pattern:  polka dots
Favorite day of the week: Friday or Saturday. I can’t choose, but those are my days off of work and both equally awesome.
Favorite flower: Mums. They bloom in the fall and they are such pretty fall colors. It’s the flowers we used at our wedding.

10 Bloggers  – I’m going to pass this onto blogs that make me happy, but I suck at following blogs, and would also pass this back to folks that have already received it, or to those who are giving me the award in the first place. Plus by putting these all together on  one post I’ve put it on myself to choose 17 blogs and holy cow I dunno if I even follow that many…. So anyway here are 8 blogs that make me happy. 8 is practically 10, right? :

Lifeintheblueridges
Conversing with Novels
Kitty bloger
Spectacular Disaster
Stayoutofmyhead
Robin Hawke
The Wootape Letters – Yeah I’m still going to shamelessly plug my husband!  He’s funny, he’s a grouchy nerd, and he amuses me. I’m sure if you checked him out, he’d amuse you too!
Snagglewordz

Feel free to pass these along, or not, whatever you want 🙂 And thanks again to Limebirdbeth and buddhafulkat for giving these to me, it really means a lot!

Bodies Revealed

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Well, aside from watching my best friend have a C-Section and seeing her guts come piling out of her body – I probably did one of the most disturbing things ever today. I don’t know, maybe most people won’t think it’s disturbing. At any rate, I went through the Bodies Revealed exhibit.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) there were no pictures allowed inside the exhibit, but if you need more, a quick google image search comes up with a lot of pictures from the exhibit.

Bodies Revealed is literally just that – real human bodies that have been preserved and dissected to showcase anatomy. My best friend (the one with the guts) has been wanting to go to this exhibit for a few weeks now. I, on the other hand, was apprehensive about going. I just felt weird-looking at what were once living people, on display for all the world to see (and that does include everything, if you know what I mean).

All the same, the exhibit was set up respectfully to showcase the human body. My husband was under the impression it was art, and that is not the case really. It’s more like a museum, of the human body. Just about everything there could be was dissected and on display – and that did include lungs with cancer, and emphysema (with a box beside them for people to dispose of their tobacco products), a brain that had suffered a stroke, and any number of other things along those lines. They even had fetuses from a couple of weeks old to over 20 weeks. (There was a sign warning about that section, and they were the result of miscarriages, unfortunately. I found that section so sad.)

Honestly, I’m really conflicted by the whole thing. It was all set up to be educational, showing different parts of the body, what their function is, what can happen if they get cancer or in the case of the liver – fatty, but every time I’d start to really get interested in whatever it was I was learning, my mind would go back to the fact that these were real people.

It didn’t help that my best friend’s son (the one who came out when I was watching her guts) kept calling them zombies. “Look at that zombie!” – Oh dear the looks we got…He’s my kind of kid!

Yeesh.

Well, I did learn one thing today – we don’t yawn because our brain needs oxygen. Turns out, we have no idea why we yawn!

We Have Always Lived In The Castle

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I’m 8 books down for the month, having finished Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In The Castle around 6 this morning. I’ve had this book on my “to do” list for a few years now.

Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
And the synopsis from Amazon
Alone since four members of the family died of arsenic poisoning, Merricat, Constance and Julian Blackwood spend their days in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears.
I think the first thing I said when I finished the book was, “wow, that was weird”. Which is a good thing, to me! I love weird. I’ve heard this book described as a horror (as Shirley Jackson wrote some horror novels), but I don’t really know if that is a true representation of this novel. Sure, it has some horrific people, and our protagonist Merricat is disturbed and performs magic rituals to keep their house safe. But it’s not really horror in the sense that Stephen King’s IT, is horror. It’s more psychological than that, and delves into the horrors that human nature can produce out of fear and spite. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book, but I really enjoyed it!

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I have to reblog my husband, because he is cracking me up over here!

The Wootape Letters

I’m getting old. I accept that. I’ve also come to realize that things from my time are just simply better than things from now. Well, mostly. It’s a given that some things, like computers, phones, video games, have progressed and improved over the years. Some things however, like humans, cereal, pizza, well, these things have taken quite a dip in quality.

Strawberry Krispies

Back in the early 1980’s, or as I like to call it, “The golden age of Krispies”, Rice Krispies came in three flavors; normal, chocolate, and strawberry. I’m not talking about that “rice Krispies with strawberries” bullshit either, I mean actual honest to goodness pink Krispies that turned your milk pink.

No one seems to remember this but me.  I say this with all seriousness, I have met one other person that remembers this, and I made him the best man at my wedding. My priorities kick…

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