It's been a long week. First there was a power outage tuesday due to hail and torrential rains. Then I've been busy all week at by day job. The point is, I haven't gotten a lot of work done on the new story. But rest assured I am trudging alone and will post it as soon as I can.
Good news, everyone! I am almost done with the rough draft of the new story. I should be done with it by this weekend. Since I write it down with pencil and paper, I will take some time to transpose it in to a Word file, and then to edit it into something I would like to publish. I still hope for a end of July/begining of August deadline. Hope you like it.
Edit: I just finished the rough draft. Now on to fixing my mistakes :).
Yesterday, I went to see the new/last Harry Potter film. It was a prett good movie, if you separate it from the novel it was based on. Spoiler alert from here on out. I understand the medium difference between film and book requires certain differences in structure. But to make changes that are critical to the plot is not one of them.
First of all, the very nature of the horcruxes was changed. In the book, Voldemort never knew if a horcrux was destroyed. But in the film, he felt every destruction as if it was a physical attack against him. That was important, as it added to Voldemort's desperation to not only eliminate Harry, but achieve total victory. He might not have event attacked Hogwarts the way he did if he was certain that they had never found it. He wasn't, so he attacked quickly and without mercy. In the movie, however, because he knew if a horcrux was destroyed, he knew that the one in Hogwarts was still intact. His attack on Hogwarts thus is not so much desperate as a controlled attempt to regain his property.
Another difference is the popular declaration: "Not my daughter, bitch!" by Molly Weasley. In the book, it comes from out of nowhere. Sweet, if hardassed, Molly had never uttered such language in the past, and certainly never became so angry. So when she stated that unexpectedly, every reader knew that it had truly hit the fan. In the movie, it is obviously built up. In fact, it's presented as if Molly used such language frequently. There was just no emotion the whole deal. It just was. I suspect it was only added because it was popular when it first appeared. But just compare it to the treatment "I'm the Jugernaut, Bitch" recieved in X3. There is came as a surprise and was said with good enough emotion. That was a much better homage than the Harry Potter line recieved.
But all this is minor compared with the atrocity that was the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle. In the book, it was an intense stand off between the two mortal enemies prophesized to kill the other. During which, Harry pleaded with Tom to save himself, by showing remorse for the first time in his life. Harry implored for many intense minutes whiled explaining the reasons that Tom couldn't win. (1) Harry's sacrifice for his friends provided a protection from all of Tom's deadliest spells. (2) The Elder Wand belonged Harry and thus wouldn't harm its master. The confrontation ends when Voldemort attempts to kill Harry, only for his curse to rebound again and kill him, this time for good. A brillant conclusion for a wonderful opus. And the film shat on it.
In the movie the final confrontation is changed to a mono-a-mono battle between Harry and Voldemort. It even ends up with a Beam-o-War between the two. That's it. No intense banter, no Harry explaining how Tom can redemn himself, it was just a classic fight to the finish. And it changed the whole nature of the story. One of the themes of Harry Potter is that Love Redemns. In the movie that theme is dicarded and replaced with Evil must be destroyed, no possible second chances.
Why is this important. Because by changing the ending, THEY CHANGED THE WHOLE STORY. Harry never learns the value of remorse or pity. He only learns that bad people need to be destroyed, no ands, ifs, or buts. That is not the lesson Ms. Rowling intended to convey. She wanted people to know that showing mercy is not a sign weakness, but a sign of true strength. That is not the ultimate lesson of the movies, not at all.
Damn Hollywood. They always do this. Rather than a bit of dialog that might make the audience think, they went for a magical fist fight. These directors, producers, and even screenwriters; they truly think that American audiences are dumb, that they only want action, action, and even more action. No phychological drama at all. And because of that, they ruined a great story.
Earlier today a Democratic Representitive from, somewhere, offered his opinion on how to solve the debt crisis. His solution was to expand the definition of Government spending to include revenue not collected. I sincerely hope that that statement sends a shiver down your spine.
What that Representitive (I do wish I could remember his name) is saying, is that our Elected Officials and Policy Makers need to think of taxes not collected as a part of Government spending. That attitude presupposes that all of a citizen's income belongs to the Government. After all, if the Government taxes 90% of a person's income, the the 10% not taxed would be considered Government spending.
This is the wrong attitude for any Government official to have. This is not about the rich paying their 'fair share.' This is about whether or not the Government is on the side of the citizen, or itself. What do you think?
Tomorrow is the releas of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. While I won't go to see it for about a week after release, I will go to see it in theaters. It is a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen. As my brother said:
"One ring to rule them all. One ring to find them. One ring to find them all...Oops. Wrong series."
In three days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released in theaters nation-wide. It will conclude the wonderful film adaptation of the seminal Harry Potter series by the talented J.K. Rowling. I will see that movie, will you?
As the last movie is released, I can't help but realize that Pottermania has dimmed down quite a bit since the publication of Book 7. I am not at all saying that Harry Potter is no loger popular, but how many will actually be in line for the midnight premeir come Thursday night. It is just another reminder of the transitory nature of popular culture. Only time will tell if Pottermania has any longevity.
I for one am still a fan.
My new story is coing along nicely. I am now half-way through the rough-draft. I should be done definitaly by next week and then go through it to make appropriate revisions. I do hope that there are a few of you (you know, 3 or more) waiting with bated breathe.
Cracked.com is one of the best websites ever. It always in gobs of interesting, if useless, information. One in particular is this article. In it, it mentions that Belle in the story of Beauthy and the Beast suffers through Stockholm Syndrome. The whole thing was an attempt to make the love between Belle and the Beast to be wrong. And they are correct.
But what they failed to take into count, and I don't fault them for it as it wasn't the purpose of the article, is that the Beast let. Belle. Go. In the end, the Beast did fall in love with Belle and didn't want to keep her against her will anymore. Furthermore, the Beast at no point physcially harmed Belle. I'm not saying the emotional abuse wasn't bad, but she was never harmed by the Beast's hand.
All in all, I'd say it was still a good love story.
Well Casey Anthony has been aquitted of all charges of murder and manslaughter. For my part, I'm a little sad that now we will never know what truly happened to little Caylee. Now there are many out there who will say "of course we know what happened to Caylee, her mother killed her." But we need to remember that twelve people heard all available evidence to that fact, and decided that it wasn't sufficient. We, the public, did not hear all of that evidence and are in not in a position to judge anyone. Let's instead pray for Caylee's soul, and for her surviving family, including the mother, and let that be the end of it.
One this, the day of American Independence, we should look back and see just how 13 very different colonies/states combined in order to shrug off tyranny. It seems impossible to believe, but the new American nation was in great danger of Balkanizing. Pennsylvanians did not get along with, or associate with Virginians. Massachusetts had very little in common with South Carolina. We were very close to not having a USA at all. But in the end, our original colonies knew that they had to unite in order to preserve the liberty we now take for granted. This Independence Day, let us all remember that our difference make no difference, that we are all Americans.
Happy July 4 everyone.
This is the world in which they lived: