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DragonKidtheFirst has been devouring all of the books she could get her hands on lately. She picked up the Sookie Stackhouse book (on which True Blood is based) that I got from the library a few days ago and I had to take that away from her… but I traded it for Twilight! I’m not sure that was the best parenting decision, but I knew that there wasn’t much in the first book that she hasn’t read in GooseBumps. Right?

Anyway, it was pretty interesting listening to her read the book! It’s been so long since I first read it that I don’t remember what it was like to not know exactly where the story was going. DragonKidtheFirst is young enough that the whole book seemed magical to her and she had no preconceived notions of what vampires “are” to keep her from enjoying sparkly ones. She thought Bella was hilarious and can’t wait to find out if Edward grants her wish for him to turn her.

I told her she’d have to wait awhile before she got to read the rest of them, though. But I think I’ll hand her Harry Potter in the meantime.

 

Ahhh... the good old days!

Ahhh… the good old days!

Poor Jasper.

Poor Jasper.

Something that I've never noticed...

Something that I’ve never noticed…

Heh.

Heh.

Snape being silly is the best!

Snape being silly is the best!

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This video cracked me up this week! Is it bad that I know almost all of the scenes that they’re describing?

 

And some Joe, because… Joe.

 

 

Mmmm… Joe…

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Skipped another week there… but it was for a good cause. Girl Scout family camp!

 

But now, the busy summer is over and we’re through that crazy first week of school/preschool trainings/ack we have to get up early again phase so I should be a lot more consistent now!

 

This week, I was highly amused by something that isn’t even an actual “funny”- the casting announcement for the Fifty Shades movie! Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast as the leads and the fandom has imploded once again.

 

Let’s take a look:

Dakota and Charlie

Dakota and Charlie

 

This is the picture I’ve seen most often with the casting announcement, though sometimes it’s a picture of Dakota with blond hair. Anyway, she’s cute enough and I haven’t seen her in anything so I can’t comment on her talent (though she’s the offspring of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, take that however you like).

 

Most of the “problem” with the casting seems to revolve around Charlie, though. Poor guy!

 

There are lots of opinions out there, of course, though my favorites involve “boycotting the film” and creating an actual, official petition to change the casting!

 

Honestly, though, I think the main problem is that the pictures of Charlie that are being passed around are usually the worst ones the posters could find. Because I’ll agree with them that the photo above looks nothing like how I would picture Fifty.

 

And he’s also got a lot of pictures floating around from Sons of Anarchy type promos.

 

Like this.

Like this.

Or this.

Or this.

 

Which, while really really hot, are not exactly the image of Fifty.

 

Now, if they’d bother doing any searching at all, they’d find that Charlie cleans up really well! (Word of warning, though, doing an image search of Charlie can lead to some unexpected pictures… for instance, I had no idea that he used to be in “Queer as Folk”!)

 

Anyway, if you do some looking, you’ll find some very Fifty-ish pictures of Charlie out there.

 

Like this.

Like this.

Or this.

Or this.

Or this.

Or this.

 

But, really, does it even matter? The casting is done, E.L. is happy with it, and the production is moving forward. I’d be shocked if the petition did anything other than annoy the film makers and insult the actors who were actually cast. Their job is to become different characters with every new job so why would we think that they couldn’t possibly become the characters that everyone is expecting?

 

But the “controversy” is sure to bring some fun and ridiculous drama to the making of this film!

 

This is a funny, though!

This is a funny, though!

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The summer is almost over, Labor Day is next weekend, and school will be starting up again before I know it!

 

We’re super busy for the next couple of weeks, too. Which leaves me scattered and random.

 

Good think you guys don’t mind random!

 

I loved the story, but they have a point!

I loved the story, but they have a point!

Replace "50 Shades" with whatever I happen to be reading and this happens nightly at my house.

Replace “50 Shades” with whatever I happen to be reading and this happens nightly at my house.

If you're not reading Hyperbole and a Half, you really should!

If you’re not reading Hyperbole and a Half, you really should!

Team Peeta!

Team Peeta!

I don't even know.

I don’t even know.

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Wow, we’ve been busy around here! I missed posting the last couple of weeks because I’ve been spending weekends sleeping in a tent… I have a couple of weekends off now before our next camp-out, though.

 

Earlier this week, I saw Harrison Ford on one of those morning shows. I still love him, but I’m always surprised at how old he looks these days! In my mind, he still looks like Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

 

Anyway, that started me thinking about Star Wars and if there was any good StarWars/Twilight stuff out there. There’s actually not as much as I would have expected, but I did manage to find a few good ones!

 

I love this so much.

I love this so much.

Let's make fun of Edward!

Let’s make fun of Edward!

Now let's make fun of Bella!

Now let’s make fun of Bella!

Hmmm... I don't want to be any of these... time for a new fandom?

Hmmm… I don’t want to be any of these… time for a new fandom?

I just... I don't even know...

I just… I don’t even know…

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I’m reading Love Amongst the Ruins. It’s the most painful fic I’ve read since Dead Confederates. It’s so bad that I’m afraid I was terribly unforgiving of Dead Confederates. Maybe I should give it another chance. I’m thinking I might finish LAtR, read something brainy and important, and then re-read Dead Confederates with a fresh perspective. Maybe I’ll even read the Jane Auel series starting with the second book. DragonWife know how significant it is that I’d even consider picking up Jane Auel.

So, why is Love Amongst the Ruins so bad? At first it seems like it’ll be a pretty standard broken Edward and broken Bella find each other story. Sadly, this Edward is extra pitiful. Ya know how Twi-haters complain that movie Edward is all broody and self hating to the point of nausea? Yeah, this Edward is like that. I don’t even feel bad for him. I’m halfway through (376 pages so far) and he hasn’t made a dent in my heart. Instead of the beautiful man described I envision Christian Slater from Heathers – forced darkness, hunched over not from crippling injury but with hate and extreme selfishness. This story made me bored of Edward. I hate not adoring Edward. It’s so fucked up.

Bella is practically normal in comparison. There’s the whole love at first sight thing which I actually get. She gets to have a dream job of cataloguing old books into a library collection. Yep, she researches and plays with old rare books all day. There’s a fascinating mystery involved that gets mentioned in the first couple chapters. The next time it was mentioned in any meaningful way is 24 chapters later. Twenty four chapters!

I’m still reading this story only because I want to know the deal with MSM’s journal, music and collection of rare books. I don’t care if Edward ever says “the words’ to Bella. I don’t care if he ever finds a way to deal with his back. I don’t care if Bella ever learns what a man whore he was once upon a time. I don’t care if Esme finds out all the secrets and fires everyone. Just get to the fucking point!

 

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Back in the day, I used to watch Growing Pains. When I first heard about Alan Thicke’s son being a singer too, I could only imagine more of a cheesy singer than anything else. I know it’s probably unfair to assume that he’d be following in his dad’s footsteps but it was the picture I had in my head.

 

Of course, he’s turned out to be quite popular and has one of the catchiest songs around this summer… Blurred Lines. It’s seems like a fun little earworm! But, apparently, it’s also quite controversial. Here is the “clean” version of the video:

 

Not bad, right? Brings to mind Robert Palmer (I’m old, you know).  Then I noticed that there was a NSFW version! I’m all for NSFW so I made sure the kids weren’t in sight of the monitor and played it.

 

Boobies! I had to play it again for GESA, he likes boobies. Again, a little cheesy, but nothing that I haven’t seen before and everyone seemed to be having a reasonably good time.

Then I read online that I’m supposed to hate this video and, by extension, the song for being misogynistic and sexist. (There’s lots of commentary about it out there, like here and here.)

Oddly, that just made me want to share the video more!  Sexism and misogyny for everyone!

 

Plus, there are parodies which is always fun.

 

Growing pains! I do wonder what ol’ Alan thinks about the whole thing.

 

Muppets!

 

This one with Clinton was my very favorite (I’m always impressed by how much time and effort must go into these kind of mash-ups) until I found the one below. It’s from a burlesque troop in Seattle and it is fabulous.

 

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I think that this might be turning into a “what I found funny this week” kind of thing, but that’s ok. We have to accept the end of Twilight and move on, right?

 

I haven’t even been reading much fanfic lately, being all busy with book club and now researching the new diabetes. Daizy has, though, so hopefully she’ll have some good recommendations for me when I finally get a chance to read the “cotton candy” again!

 

And, after all that thought about not having as much Twilight funny stuff, I actually did find some Carlisle stuff that I hadn’t see before!

 

He’s my favorite.

 

South Park!

South Park!

You just can't house train humans.

You just can’t house train humans.

Overreact much, Edward?

Overreact much, Edward?

 

 

 

 

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Between house guests and doctor appointments (yay, newly diagnosed diabetes!), this week has been a little crazy. Plus, we’re remodeling a bathroom.

 

So, easy way out this week!

 

I enjoy this video and it ties in to last week’s True Blood theme! Side note: I got season 4 from the library. I know what I’m watching this week!

 

 

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GESA and I just finished watching True Blood Season 3 (three down, three to go!). I love that show! It’s super good and you all should watch it. Plus, Alcide is totally hot and finally showed up this season. (I love me some Joe Manganiello.)

If I have to pick a vampire, I’ll definitely go with Eric over Bill. Bill is whiny in a tortured Edward kind of way that just doesn’t appeal to me (at least, so far in the series). But I know that opinion is in the minority, especially around here!

Anyway, as with any other vampire story, True Blood has it’s share of Twilight bashing fans. It’s pretty predictable, but with pretty pictures of Alexander Skarsgard (Eric) to make it worthwhile!

 

Because they have enough Ho-Yay already?

Because they have enough Ho-Yay already?

I wouldn't mind testing this theory.

I wouldn’t mind testing this theory.

Lafayette is a lot of fun, actually.

Lafayette is a lot of fun, actually.

No sparkles!

No sparkles!

Always a good guide to vamps.

Always a good guide to vamps.

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