Dear Thundie! You asked why I wanted to watch Chuno, right? I finally sat down and marathoned the rest of my eps yesterday, and I have to say, it surpasses expectations. (On the downside, am all caught up now, so… [insert nail biting].)
So I thought it would be your average boring melodrama of one girl with like, the 5 other attractive men in the cast, but no! It actually has plot, plot not driven by Lee Da-hae’s snow-white skin. Not that nakedness on this show is gratuitous or anything, it’s just that in the first 6 episodes, all that manflesh and heaving bosoms is spoiling me a little.
Grumbling about distracting nekkidness aside, the pacing, the cinematography, the music are all perfect. The acting leaves me a little cold at times, but that’s just because the set-up is begging for narm. (That link goes to tvtropes. This is a warning for you to inform your friends and family in case you never make it out of that site.)
Picture feudal Korea at the beginning of the Qing dynasty, plots are afoot, slavery abounds, and people insult each other with words like ‘contumelious’ and ‘slattern’. (I recognized X’s translating style about halfway through episode 1. A difficult job well done. )
This is DAE-GIL. He is responsible for about 60% of the chest-baring in this show.
This seems appropriate, right before the Oscars.
I watched Star Trek last week and gaping plot holes aside, a few similarities to Star Wars (the originals) jumped out at me. I think it’s quite amusing that Abrams chose to follow the somewhat stereotypical format, but the movie is entertaining, so we’ll leave it at that.
- A young blond boy drives really, really fast.
- The main bad guy suffers the loss of his young, pregnant wife and subsequently goes off into the rails of crazy.
- Some old wise dude blames himself for all the death and destruction that happens.
- A Very Important Planet is Destroyed.
- The hero does not get the girl, his second-in-command/best friend (sorta) does.
- The hero also did not know his father, and goes on to follow his footsteps.
- There is a wrinkly green alien who looks like a reincarnated tennis ball.
- The really weird uniforms/costumes. (Though Zoe Saldana rocks those boots.)
And just for fun:
- How many times does Kirk get choked by angry people intent on ending him? Also, he spends most of the action scenes dangling off some sort of cliff/sheer edge.
- You will never be able to convince me that Iowa has a giant chasm running through the middle of the state. (Trust me, I’ve lived there. It’s all plains and cornfields.)
- You will also never be able to convince me that Kirk managed to climb up an icy cliff without his gloves on. (Or for that matter, his coat.) I don’t care if he had acclimatization training in the Antarctic, that’s just not possible without frostbite.
- By normal Hollywood standards, the hero would be dating the girl, super good at kicking ass, struggling to accept himself and thus Kirk is actually not the hero. Spock is.
- Eomer is McCoy. I will never get past that. (McCoy: Space is death and disease wrapped in darkness and silence. Kirk: Hate to break it to ya, but Starfleet operates in space.)
- Uhura is good at what she does, has Spock completely whipped and isn’t defined by her relationships with the men around her. Plus, WOC. *fist pump*
- SULU IS AWESOME.
Okay, done now.
How did you like the movie?
- You knew it was coming, don’t deny it.
Who: Anyone who is legal (*coughcough*) and is willing to.
Where: Um. Near something you can fall on, especially when the cheesetastic Almost Paradiiiiiiiiise starts playing.
Why: … you need a reason for a drinking game?
WARNING: Don’t use all of these, okay? I don’t want you to die of alcohol poisoning. (No, seriously, a few friends tried the Merlin one with just the ‘magic’ clause, and almost died anyway.) DO NOT USE VODKA. (Unless you’re Russian.)
Right. So. Rules:
1. One drink every time Jan Di gets in trouble and has to be rescued by the F4. (Add extra drink if there’s fighting and Ji Hoo gets involved.)
2. One drink every time Ji Hoo tries to look like he’s in love with Jan Di and is pained but only manages an expression of gentle constipation.
3. Finish the bottle if Lee Min Ho undresses.
4. One drink for extra long, drawn out montage/circling shots.
5. One drink if Yi Jung plays the saxophone.
6. One drink if Woo Bin raps.
7. One drink each time Jun Pyo gets hit.
8. One drink every time Jan Di’s classmates come up with some ridiculous way of trying to pick on her (that would all result in them placed in juvie irl, but let’s not dwell on that). Bonus drink if she has to be carried out.
9. One drink for the red tag.
10. One drink every time Ji Hoo plays some sort of instrument.
11. One drink when someone gets a makeover.
12. One drink every time Jan Di wears a skirt that is short enough to endanger public decency.
13. One drink every time Ji Hoo wears something that ISN’T white.
14. One drink every time Jan Di makes a face that you’re afraid will freeze on.
15. One drink every time Jun Pyo gives Jan Di something and then she loses it.
16. One drink every time Jan Di kicks someone.
17. One drink for tragic flashback explaining why our princes are so screwed up.
18. If you’re watching with friends who are familiar with the HYD-verse, one drink every time someone complains that the ‘other versions didn’t have this!’
19. One drink every time impending doom is announced with a closeup of Jun Pyo’s mom.
20. One drink every time Jan Di’s boss does something weird.
21. One drink if everyone at some posh banquet hall fall silent in awe at the amazing entrance of whoever.
22. One drink every time the boys put on some sort of sports related costume.
23. One drink for every time Jan Di spends the night at someone else’s house. Bonus drink if it’s Jun Pyo’s.
24. One drink if the characters stare at their own reflections moodily. Bonus drink if there’s water involved.
25. One drink for every time Jan Di’s family says “oh she must be fine” when she disappears for days, weeks and even away to a foreign country and there is absolutely NO communication. (docmitasha)
I would have added a rule for whenever the soundtrack comes on, but we’d all be under the table then.
Will add to this as things occur to me. Also feel free to suggest rules!
Caveat: I don’t condone excessive alcoholism. I just think it would be funny to actually know how often these things happen in the average episode of BBF.
GUYS I AM NOT KIDDING YOU, THERE IS TWILIGHT VAMPIRE GLITTER FOR SALE.
ETA: OMFG NOW THERE’S A BEDSHEET SET. WTF WORLD. THERE IS NO DEGREE OF CAPSLOCKING THAT REPRESENTS MY CHAGRIN.
Hey dudes, guess what?
USA Weekend has a poll up on whether Harry Potter is better than Twilight. General hilarity ensues.
(Besides being a transparent ploy for attention, dudes, you think there’s a comparison? God.)
Some of the best comments:
Anon: Sadly, I have read Twilight. You know how everyone has to watch a train wreck? Well imagine if that train fell onto a hospital, and then the hospital caught on fire, and then an airplane was attracted by the flames and flew into it as well, blowing up, and then out of nowhere Godzilla showed up and started stomping on things, and just when you think it can’t get WORSE, the Enterprise shows up with Picard and starts shooting at Godzilla. And that is how I can read it, BECAUSE YOU GOTTA KNOW IF PICARD CAN KILL GODZILLA.
I have fallen prey, alas, so I have only five words for you:
YOU HAVE NO BACKSPACE BUTTON.
That is all. (But it is unfortunately crucial to the Nano process – so turn off all those internal editors, people, and perfectionism be damned.)
I swear I will shut up about Twilight one day. Meanwhile, have a poll. It’s got ticky boxes!
(In case you wanted to know, I am in the last category.)
Um, have no real energy after completing two midterms, a presentation, two recaps and some odd hours of watching POTW and studying (and still need to get back to drafting), so will do a list instead:
1) Don’t give up.
2) Never ever attempt to convince yourself that you can’t do Nano if you miss out a few days at the beginning. (it’s kind of critical if you miss half the month, but 3 days? Not a huge deal.) As it is, I’m still running around with 3 large bits and little cohesion.
3) Write what you want to write – if you’re stronger with humour than high-flying literary fiction, go with humour. If you hate the genre, chances are you’ll stare at the doc/paper for a long time and find excuses not to complete it.
4) Do not tell yourself that you can make up 1000 words later. There will always be later (and late enough, you will find yourself saying, ‘next year’), so plan well.
5) Keep writing. Even if it’s the worst cliché or pastiche of the genre and makes no sense whatsoever, keep writing. The point of Nano is to get that ‘first vomitous draft out’ (to borrow javabeans’ words). Editing is for December. Seriously.
6) If you get stuck, move on to something you do know fairly well and come back when the muses hit you again. (Or, if you’re like me, and tend to write during 3 hour blocks, then get up, walk around, eat something, and come back.)
7) Don’t give up. (Again. This is important.)
Sevenses (As a sidenote, doing screencaps is such fun!)
These are almost too adorable to eat. (Due to almost hellish backload of recaps and episodes and the such, and also, horror of horrors, am learning how to screencap, will probably not resume normal programming soon.)
Pikachuuuuuuuuuu, I choose you! (Or in my case probably Evee and its 10^infinity evolutions.)
And if that isn’t geeky enough for you, here:
For all you traditionalists:
Usually I’m grateful that my cupcakes come out of the oven in the right shape, you know? But the makers of these totally went above and beyond the call of culinary duty.
And some English trivia, because I’m a word nerd – in Canada we call them muffins (go to England, ask for a muffin, and you will get a bread-like thing that has no sugar in it; woe), in the States they’re cupcakes (depending on size and nutritional content, lol), but in Ireland, they’re called fairy buns. (*snerk*)
Pictures courtesy of Cakewrecks.