Over so fast, but it was nice while it lasted.
One of my goals for this year was to come visit more often, even if they’re very brief trips and I end up not leaving my parents’ house because there isn’t time for anything. But life being what it is, it will be rarer and rarer for me to have a whole week to spare, and this is still better than nothing. Back in April, I hope?
Goodbye, Lyla Garrity.
The FNL gif sets will eventually stop. Eventually.
*sobs into her blanket some more*
*weeps* What do I do with myself without this show?!
The kids in my reading group made this collage for National Libraries Day. It’s now decorating the children’s library, and whenever I look up and see it it makes me ridiculously happy :D
Can haz go?
S4 of Friday Night Lights is going to be the death of me, you guys.
Yesterday morning’s fog.
Jodie and Ana Co-Review Parks and Recreation (S1 - S5)
Jodie: “Parks and Recreation” quickly became my happy place show. If I was feeling down, or cynical I would marathon it because I knew it would restore my faith in the world. So, can we start by talking about what makes this program so full of hope and wonder?
Ana: Yes, that’s a great place to start! You’ll be unsurprised to hear I feel much the same way about it as you: I first got into “Parks and Rec” in January and February of 2013, and it made for perfect comfort watching during my least favourite months of the year. I think one the the things that make it a happy place series for people like us is the fact that, to once again borrow an analogy I know I’ll be using forever, “Parks and Recreation” is a hilarious series that doesn’t feel the need to punch us in the face all that much. All too often sitcoms default to the assumption that it’s hilarious to reinforce dominant sexist, racist, heteronormative, etc assumptions, often in a really gross wink-wink-aren’t-we-edgy-for-challenging-the-PC-thought-police sort of way. But “Parks and Rec” shows that being hilarious and being offensive really don’t go hand in hand. The humour is seldom lazy or mean-spirited, and I’d like to see anyone try to argue that it suffers for it. I do think there are some exceptions to its positive portrayal of women (and other disempowered groups), which I’ll be happy to discuss later on, but overall? There are awesome ladies all over this show. [READ MORE — READ A LOT MORE — WE’RE SERIOUS IT’S PRETTY LONG]
I think this is where I’m meant to say something like, “contrary to what these photos suggest, I did more with my holidays than eat and hang out with cats” - but we all know that would be a lie, don’t we?
Just a couple more holidays photos while I try to come to terms with the fact that they’re over.
1. I did not write the tag line. To the many of you who love it, I say, “I did not write the tag line.” To the many of you who don’t, I say, “I did not write the tag line.”
2. These things are not my decision. It’s not my movie, or my poster. I don’t know how to make movies or movie posters.
3. That said, I like the tag line. I found it dark and angry in the same way that Hazel is (at least at times) dark and angry in her humor. I mostly wanted something that said, “This is hopefully not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.” But that’s not a very good tag line. I like the tag line because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well.
3a. That said, I might be wrong. I’m wrong all the time.
4. What matters most to me is that you’re seeing Shailene as Hazel and Ansel as Gus for the first time, and it seems like people are (mostly) pretty happy with what they’re seeing, which is what I was anxious about.
5. Also, a major Hollywood studio released a movie poster in which the female romantic lead has visible evidence of her disability, which is damn near unprecedented, and I’m thrilled they put her face—and her cannula—on the poster.
btw, you can get a copy of the poster by donating $25 to the Project for Awesome. 100% of the proceeds go to the charities chosen by the nerdfighter community during the p4a.
(And if you hate the tag line, I’m sorry! You can put duct tape over it or something?)
I’ll be happy if the tone of the movie resembles Hazel’s voice in that way. 5) is true and completely awesome, and I’m trying hard to get over my unhelpful distrust of adaptations and not see everything as a terrible sign.