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Writer's Block: Random acts of kindness

What is the nicest thing you've ever done for a stranger? What is the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?


I've helped people who needed help. gave someone change to buy a drink,helped people in store confused over electronics. helped a girl I met in a chip shop with her drunk,passed out friend.put them in taxi,gave them money for the fare. give food to someone who was hungry.

I was reading the answers and most were people saying they'd done simple nice things.
One caught my attention cause she said the nicest thing she'd done is pray. and then went on a tirade how the best thing you can ever do is pray.it was tl;dr, so I didn't finish, but I skimmed and I think I got the gist.

and I must say, that is bullshit. praying is not the nicest thing you can do for someone. if you find someone on the street freezing, what will you do? pray so the weather will change? pray that someone will come along and help them?(hint: you are that person) there is a story, a parabole,I guess, that talks of this devout man whose town is flooding. he prays for help. three different people offer him help, offer to help him, but he refuses,saying God will save him. he dies, and he asks God "why didn't you save me?" and He responds "What's wrong with you? I sent you a boat,a helicopter, why didn't you save yourself?"

God isn't going to miraculously intercede in your life. a lot of people seem to think He is going to come down from the sky and make everything alright. that's not how it works.
this is your life.your planet. if you don't help make it better,no one will.

I really hate people who complain but do nothing to help. who say it's the goverment's responsability. or religious types who think God will sort it out.

the goverment can only do so much. God won't sort anything out. free will,remember?
(well, He might. remember sodoma and gomorra? remember the great flood? game over)


I don't have anything against religion or religious people per-se, but I don't like to see you cowering behind your faith.
pray all you like, pray for strength, for bravery, for justice, for faith.
but remember, they won't be handed to you in a silver platter. you don't get strength, you get opportunities to be strong. and if you are, you'll be surprised at what you can do.

this rant was brought to you by lj's question of the day.
(also, I finished good omens last night)
What does this day mean to you?


MERLIN'S BACK!!!!!

Yes, that's what I choose to focus on, not sad/bad things that happened decades ago.

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Today I finished reading "the vast fields of ordinary"  by Nick Burd. it's about this kid, Dade, and his last summer before leaving his small hometown in Iowa for college. 

at first he only wants it to end, to go, to move, since there's nothing for him there. he doesn't have any close friends, his only friend, sort of, is his fuck buddy Pablo with whom he has a complicated relationship. he feels distant from his parents and like many kids in small towns, he wants to move away and let his 'real life' begins.

but then,through luck and coincidence he meets two people who change his life, lucy, the neighbour's niece, and Alex, the town's pot-dealer, both of whom become close friends and allow him to be who he is and begin to turn into the person he's going to be. by the time he reaches college, he barely recognizes himself. 

I enjoyed this book a lot. it was fun. it was pretty real,too. the parents weren't monsters, the protagonists weren't fucked up miserable kids. it's a tale of a ordinary summer with ordinary people. 

I liked that, different from other YA novels I've read, it didn't treat drinking and doing drugs as a major event. the kids were teetotalers and they weren't alcoholics either. parents did freak out but in a credible way.

there were parties, annoying parents and neighbourhood gatherings,mean girls,trouble, but nothing out of the ordinary.  it was a slice of life. 

Dade's gay but it isn't a novel about him discovering that.he knows and he's known for a while. it is however about him discovering and experiencing life, making close friends,falling in love and growing up. 

there are no big revelations in this novel.no big moments. no big declarations of love or anything like it.

is more of a calm appreciation of all these things. realising that you are in one of those perfect,memorable times with the right people and the perfect music. realising what it's like to be happy, that it doesn't have to be euphoric and amazing all the time, more like being content with you are and what you have. and realising that running away doesn't change anything, you can be miserable in the greatest city in the world. 

It's a rather sweet novel,I think, and I liked and I definitely recommend it. 

 

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doctor who reaction post.

So, s5 has come and gone. I have been told a billion times to wait til the end of the season to judge.
and I must say, I am disappointed.

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I like when I read a book and I find that I agree with what the book says even though I’ve never read it or anything similar before.
It’s happened with quite a few books, like with ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ but I particularly enjoy it when it is some kind of philosophy book or something else.
like with david hurn’s on being a photographer, I liked that I agreed with what it said, and I found its advice most useful. it felt as a way of validation, someone saying that I’ve been doing something right and that is always good. I’ve also felt with way while reading ‘letters to a young poet’ by rainer maria rilke , It’s good to find that something that’s crossed your head has crossed someone else’s. but it’s also good when it hasn’t.when they have thought of a problem or a situation one way and you realise you’ve somehow managed to come across a new solution.

since I wrote this,I have to add Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, cause it's all kinds of awesome. it tells his experience with football but it's not really about that. it's about fandom and if you take part in it at all, I am sure you'll find yourself nodding in agreement.

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Jun. 16th, 2010

oh, lj, I know I've been neglecting you for tumblr, but stealing its ideas isn't really the answer,you know? b

Writer's Block: Fan love

Who is your favorite TV character of all time? Why did s/he make such a big impact on you? Do you collect any memorabilia? Did s/he inspire you creatively in any way?


oh,lj, you're starting to repeat yourself. although last time it was more "role model" rather than "favourite character"

I'm not sure who is my favourite character,to be honest. there's many I love.
I grew up watching the x-files so Mulder and Scully had a big impact on me.Mulder with his beliefs,his passion, his quest and Scully being more skeptical, not falling for anything, being a wonderful female character the likes I'd never seen before in the silly national soap operas I watched before. and yes, through the years I had a lot of x files memorabilia. posters,tshirts,comics,vhs (90's,ok?) and whatever else I could get my hands on.
then there's buffy,which I started watching when I was about 15 so just the right age. Sam Seaborn also played a important part in my teenage years, I love his passion and idealism and eloquence (in the page) and love for writing. from TWW there's also President Jed Bartlett,who I mentioned in the role model post. cause he's the kind of man you look to for advice, that you ask yourself, what would he do? he is incredibly wise, very cultured, and well, a geek. who won a nobel prize and made it to president. and on one fic, he's elizabeth weir's mentor. she is also a favourite, as well as Daniel Jackson, both of whom showed me that you don't need to be good at maths to succeed.
Rose Tyler is also a big favourite. an ordinary girl who becomes extraordinary. she was clever and kind and amazing.

I also loved Veronica Mars, who was everything I wanted to be in school.

and captain tighpants who is honorable and awesome and on whose crew I'd love to be.


The Doctor is on the list of course. are reasons necessary?
This is all pure speculations, I know no spoilers. and there is little to no mention of specific events from previous episodes.

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THis last episode of doctor who was really strange.I'm not even entirely sure I liked it.

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Writer's Block: Book based

Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?

Plenty of my favourite books have been adapted. the results vary. my favourite adaptation is the 200 5 version of Pride and Prejudice. everything about it is a close to perfect as you can get. ELizabeth and Darcy are hot, the right age, fit the part, have loads of chemistry, all the actors fit their characters very well, the costumes are right, the photography is amazing, the music is brilliant, it stays close to the book without being a carbon copy and it has its own life, its own spirit, it stands on its own.
there are plenty of good austen adaptations. and some quite not so good. and others that are a different animal like lost in austen and p&P:a latter day comedy

I love Harry POtter but the films always disappoint me. and even though the movie is kind of a mess,really, I love Prisoner of Azkaban cause at least the characters begin to have a life of their own, they're not just a motion version of the book,like the 2 first movies feel, andthey're not even good adaptations. they have gotten increasingly better, even if the latest one disappointed by falling flat at the end, as a fan I still love them even if they're far less than perfect and most of the time I'm sure non-fans don't understand a book,but with harry potter I'm afraid I take the stance of "if you haven't read the books, then it's your own fault if you don't understand" cause there's some many things to do, than waste time explaining plot or how something works or what is a character thinking seems like a waste.

recently, percy jackson was adapted. I admit, I had not heard of the series before it was adapted. but I have been reading it aand I really,really like it. the movie is fun, even if it is completely different and often feels like an AU version of the story, despite being directed by chris columbus it is still a pretty good movie, I thought.

another adaptation I love is Nick Hornby's "About A Boy" which strikes a great balance of adaptating a book, letting it find its own feet,while mixing two stories and using voice overs. it's a film I've seen a billion times, since it's on tv all the time and I don't grow tired of it. the film cuts a few thins I would've liked to see but mantains the integrity of the story and the spirit of the characters and lets them be the same story while standing on its own.

The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy is a similar story to Percy Jackson. I honestly like the movie, it's charming and its got great casting, but it's the kind where it's not so much an adaptation as it is an AU, a retelling perhaps of the story, like the same characters but in something not-quite-unlike the original.

what I look for in a adaptation is that the film is enjoyable, that it has its own spirit, that it can stand on its own while keeping respect for the original, not to turn the characters OOC and completely change the story and the meaning or on the other hand, to change nothing and be a boring carbon copy.
carbon copy examples: watchmen, vanilla sky, they're simply put, boring. watchmen has a few redeeming moments and it is at least visually impressive. vanilla sky makes you want to go to sleep

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