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danielle lou
27 April 2012 @ 11:45 pm
I just did a tidy up of the ol' friends list, trimming anyone who hasn't been active in ages (usually, a matter of years). This means nothing other than that I'm slightly obsessive. Proving my point, I tracked every single account I removed from my list so that I will know if you suddenly start posting again. That way, I can gleefully re-add you immediately. Because, you know, I love youse all.
danielle lou
01 April 2012 @ 01:54 pm
As expected, in the cold light of day (ie. anytime OTHER THAN MIDNIGHT) I am suitably embarrassed by my Hunger Games reaction post from last night. Nevertheless, I'm back with more thoughts:

[Spoilers (click to open)]

  • CAESAR FLICKERMAN. How did he not make it into my first post? Seriously! Blue hair and terrifying teeth are the new cool, I have to tell you. I laughed whenever he was on screen. So fantastic.
  • The cave scene with the Peeta-this-ointment-will-save-your-leg and oh-no-Katniss-let-me-also-very-slowly-put-some-on-your-forehead was the only bit where I was really like, GO AWAY GOOEY TEEN MOVIE FRANCHISE BRING BACK OUR CHARACTERS. Maybe it was just too drawn out and that's what made me squirmy?
  • in the midnight screening, everyone laughed at poor Gale whenever he was shown seeing snippets of the arena while waiting back in the district. He had his oh-man-I'm-so-sorry-for-Katniss-but-does-she-really-have-to-make-out-with-that-blonde-dude face on, and Ruth will attest to the fact that the audience cracked up. So cruel!
  • the relationship dynamics between Katniss and her mother were really well played. This doesn't get a lot of action time in the books -- it's shown more through internal monologue. I thought it was excellently done in the movie.
  • did anyone else cringe at the random capitalisation in the opening text? Something like: Twenty three Tributes must enter the Hunger Games and Fight to the Death... or whatever the text was. Ugh! The fonts were also a bit ugly. But this shall not stop me from liking the film immensely. Oh no it shall not!
I realise that all I've really written is my response to the movie adaptation -- what I thought, how it made me feel. Other people have written far better thoughts on the themes and ideas presented by these stories. People like John Green, who seems to say everything better than most people anyway. I refer you there.

EDIT: oh my. Hank Green, brother of aforementioned John Green, said in this video exactly what I tried to say somewhere in my last post, only he made a lot more sense: I feel like these days, in order for a movie with any violent content to get a PG13 rating, you have to trivialise the violence, take all of the emotion and suffering out of death -- and is that what we want to protect our kids from? ... So I guess we're not trying to protect kids from violence; we're trying to protect them from... emotion? Is that the new system? EXACTLY. I think that's what I felt was missing when the intensity of that grief and that emotion -- and the violence which it all directly resulted from -- were played down. Thanks, Hank, for saying it better.

danielle lou
20 March 2012 @ 10:47 am
Ugh, I'm so out of touch with you guys. :(
danielle lou
20 May 2011 @ 10:27 am
Poll #1743033 It's been too long...

What's something awesome about your life currently?

What's something not awesome about your life currently?

How can I be praying for you this week?

If I could do something nice for you this week, what would you want that nice thing to be?

danielle lou

It's been a while, but I think everybody could use a little love and a little encouragement right now. So comment away -- anonymously or with your username -- and make your friends' days a bit brighter. Feel free to also share any prayer requests or confessions you might need to get out there. Let's keep it real, but let's also make sure it's cruelty-free. This is decidedly a Warm Fuzzy or Genuine Sharing zone. Got it? And please feel free to tell your friends. x

PS. For ease of reading, start a comment thread with the username of the person you want to praise up; then future commenters can add their love to the thread.
danielle lou
13 September 2010 @ 01:55 pm
Trying to find a taxi, especially when traveling with the whole family at rush hour,she has been known to throw herself on her knees on the pavement of Park Avenue, with hands upraised, hoping some taxi driver with a sense of humor will stop, a practice frowned upon by her husband. Prone to exaggeration ("Of course I exaggerate — I'm a writer"), she can't resist making everything a little bigger than life, with hundreds becoming thousands and thousands becoming millions. She even refers to Chekhov's Three Sisters, as Four Sisters, and Orwell's 1984 as 1985. She can't help it.

All of you, whatever you are doing, stop right now and go and read this article about Madeleine L'Engle, by her husband, Hugh Franklin. It's beyond adorable.
Current Music: Birdsong
danielle lou
19 August 2010 @ 10:48 pm
Small friends trim of people who appear to have drifted away from LJ. If you're still here and didn't want to be removed, holla back.
danielle lou
25 June 2010 @ 12:32 am
I just gave the friends list a trimmity-trim, cutting those with whom I don't have much interaction or whose journals have lain dormant for some time. If you've been cut and wish you weren't, let me know. I have no complaint with anyone; I just like to keep my list interactive, to know who's reading and where it's all at.

So why do I always feel awkward?
danielle lou
06 March 2010 @ 12:00 pm
I have ten eight Dreamwidth invite codes to give away if anyone wants one. Just leave your email address if you're keen. Comments screened.