Happy Deepavali/Diwali!

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:49 pm
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Happy Deepavali/Diwali!


Oct. 15th, 2017 04:37 pm
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I went searching for mermaid media, specifically a 2000 Hong Kong tv serial someone told me about called Legend of Heaven and Earth: The Mermaid Beauty, and even with the browser translation function the language barrier made it tricky to get useful information in terms of comprehensive plot. It was made even trickier by the fact that there are multiple titles (I think a mix of official and unofficial based on international dubs), which lead to a snowball effect where I ended up finding stuff about a completely separate mainland China tv serial called Legend of Mermaid (aka The Legend of Chasing Fish) which was confusing the heck out of me because at first I thought they were the same because hey, title variants, except NO THEY'RE NOT.

AND THEN because of the clickhole I ended up being bouncing through the internet and found I think three different mermaid-based China/Hong Kong/Taiwan* movies (I think they're movies?) all of which have multiple English titles but came out in the same freaking year of 2016 which I'm suspecting is because that's the year that Stephen Chow came out with his The Mermaid movie which destroyed box office records and... I suspect there may be even more out there. Good grief.

*I'm really sorry but I got so overwhelmed I ended up closing all the tabs instead of trying to identify each one properly.

ALSO I'd made another mistake where with the promos of Siren coming out recently, I thought that that was the Australian TV show that was announced ages ago just with a different name but nO! The Australian TV show is called Tidelands and I swear...

Description of Siren: “Siren,” which has been ordered for 10 episodes, takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. (source)

Description of Tidelands: The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.” (source)

Plus that freaking indie The Little Mermaid movie with Shirley McLaine and William Moseley is supposed to come out this year!

Never thought I'd say it, but this may be too many mermaids.

Book Log

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:37 pm
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Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc makes it the second book of this author's to have a title that left me confused by the end, though this one a little more disappointing than the last.

This book, thanks to its title and the blurb at the back advertising a "revisionist history" and Joan's having a "forgotten mentor" had me expecting something far more controversial or challenging of the known history of Joan of Arc, perhaps in trying to break down of the mythos of her actions. I braced for that, and there is some interesting theorizing about Yolande of Aragon's role as Joan's secret benefactor, but that comes at the beginning of Joan's arrival on the public stage and... pretty much the rest of it goes on as normal.

Cut for length. )

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Oct. 11th, 2017 05:24 pm
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It is the 11th of October, 2017. I am officially a doctor.


Oct. 9th, 2017 09:55 pm
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I watched this trailer a couple of months ago, but I'd forgotten about this upcoming show until a new clip came out recently. Knowing my luck Siren will either be awful or canceled after a couple of episodes, but I've been wrong before and am happy to be wrong again.

To be frank I'm tired of the dark 'n gritty mermaid thing, but The Lure pleasantly surprised me when I gave that movie a chance (despite it still being dark 'n gritty) so... here's to 2018.

Book Log

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:11 am
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Just finished Elizabeth Norton's The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor, which is a whole book dedicated to the singular drama llama what went on between Elizabeth Tudor & Thomas Seymour (+ Catherine Parr). I saw it in the store but wasn't going to pick it up because I'd conflated the author with another I don't really like (Jane Porter, maybe?) but Alison Weir wrote the high praise blurb on the front cover, and thank goodness for that, because it turns out Norton wrote the biographies of Jane Seymour and Margaret Beaufort that I really liked but forgot she was the author of, oops. Too many authors! It's getting hard to keep all of 'em separate!

Anyway, I was curious how in the heck there could be a full book dedicated to what was a relatively short period of Elizabeth Tudor's life, even accounting for the inclusion of background with Henry VIII, Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr. Turns out, Norton presents a wonderful detective work piece of putting together what is generally known plus her own arranged chronology of things as they may have happened, the various other players involved, plus the actual accusations + evidence used during the drama. Eg. I didn't know about Thomas's thing with Sharington and the counterfeit money, or if I did, I must've forgotten.

Among the things I liked is that Norton presented the rumour that Elizabeth had a child by Thomas, by deviating into a mini-section about the legend that a mid-wife was kidnapped to handle the birth of an anonymous woman, plus Norton's own personal conclusions on the validity of it, plus the impact of the legend on the players whether or not it was true. There's lots of things like that, breaking down the investigation on Thomas and Elizabeth to pick it apart (much like Weir's book on Mary, Queen of Scot's supposed murder of Darnley), though she doesn't delve as much to speculate how deeply the whole affair must've affected Elizabeth and her future choices as queen in regards to marriage and potential suitors. (Jane Dunn's book did that better, but Norton's probably just not as interested in that).

Most fascinating to me is the whole brotherly love of Thomas Seymour vs. Edward Seymour situation, which I guess is one of my favourite Team No One dramas where they're both awful to each other and yet you can see how they both had good points and could've worked together but didn't, and then they both ended up having the same fate ANYWAY. Also, Anne Stanhope needed to chill. (Which is another nice thing in the sense it shows clearly that there's more to Catherine Parr than the "boring" sixth wife of Henry VIII.)

I may try to pick up a biography of Edward Seymour down the line sometime, I do find him fascinating.

Ocean Girl

Oct. 7th, 2017 07:24 pm
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I'm a couple of episodes into Ocean Girl's season 3, and turns out my memory was still wrong when I made my last post about show, because despite my then-belief that the season 2 finale must've been the last episode I'd ever watched, in episode 3x03 an Ocean Dude showed up, and I've DEFINITELY seen him before. So now I'm at a loss to how much of the full show kid!me actually watched.

Anyway, I'm having mildly downer feelings about season 3 thus far, what with the tone change for the more serious. Seasons 1 and 2 were firmly in the YA category, what with subplots to do with the kids & teens getting up to adventures, and then going above their realistic paygrade in saving the day, sometimes with an assist from helpful adults. I may be completely wrong of where the show is going, but the opening season 3 episodes are shifting to a more adult mindset, with the helpful adults (Dianne and Winston) being shunted off-screen and the rest of the adults turning into more realistic obstacles and/or enemies. There's still some fun hijinks here and there, but not the way it used to. I miss Froggy and Vanessa and all the other kids from the earlier seasons. The earlier seasons were also wonderfully casual in its diversity, with deaf kids signing to each other, kids in wheelchairs, etc. which so far in season 3 has disappeared as well.

Then there's Kal. As a character he makes no sense to my understanding of the world so far, though of course we only just met him so there may be more. But basically, I'd thought that Neri speaks and acts the way she does because of her isolation on the island. I thought it made for a nice contrast with Mera, who is awkward but grew up among humans, and the Ocean Planet people from the last episode, who also spoke relatively normally. But then no! Kal shows up, and despite having been brought up on the Ocean Planet with his people before going into hypersleep, he speaks and acts almost exactly like Neri and... I'm at a loss.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Oct. 4th, 2017 02:46 pm
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Light all the lanterns.
Eat all the (sugar-free and gluten-free) mooncakes!
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