Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day songs... sort of.

Happy Singleness Awareness Day, folks!  Yeah, nobody appreciates that joke anymore.  Anyway.

Well, I'm sure 90% of Americans (American girls, anyway) are out there counting down their favorite love songs or movies or romance books, and that's fine.  Love is lovely.  HOWEVER, romantic love is not the only love.  And as a strong proponent of Singleness Awareness Day, I have taken it upon myself to give you... the friendship love, or phileo love, as C.S. Lewis said.

Frodo and Sam.  Mike and Sully.  Charlotte and Wilbur.  In many cases, friendship is more compelling than romance.  (Most cases for me, but - wait for it - that's a rant for another time.)  Yet it's often overlooked, especially on V-Tines's Day.

So, to make up for that, I'm counting down my favorite buddy songs!  Whoohoo!  I'm probably not going to rant too much - I'll just put a verse or two. ...Though if I can really keep from ranting about my favs, I'm not sure.

10. Trust Me - The Fray
Okay, so it's kind of... creepy in a way - like an old gangster talking to a new recruit or something - but still.  I like the protective sound of the song. (Told ya I couldn't resist ranting.)

We're only taking turns
Holding this world
It's how it's always been
When you're older, you'll understand.

9. I'm In The Way - Jars Of Clay
If you think that hope was left behind
I picked it up a mile ago
And I am running close behind
So don't give up and don't let go.

8. Sticking With You - Addison Road
And if I have to jump, then I'll jump
And I won't look down
You can cry, you can fight, we can scream and shout
I'll push and pull until your walls come down
And you understand I'm sticking with you.

7. Dandelion Wine - Blackmore's Night
Kind of a sad friendship song, like something you'd hear at the end of Lord of the Rings.

Let's laugh at the memories and talk all afternoon
Let's remember the moments that leave us all too soon
We'll smile at the pictures still lingering in our minds
When you're reminiscing, then all you need is time.

6. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
You're not alone, together we stand
I'll be by your side, you know I'll take your hand
When it gets cold and it feels like the end
There's no place to go, you know I won't give in.

5. Long Live - Taylor Swift
I guess you could argue that this is a love song?  Meh.  I like it as a buddy song.  Either way, it gives me shivers.

Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming long live that look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered.

4. Those Nights - Skillet
One of my most-listened-to songs ever.  Because it's awesome.  Again, maybe a love song, but I picture best friends better.

Remember when we'd
Stay up late and we'd talk all night
In a dark room lit by the TV light
Through all the hard times in my life
Those nights kept me alive.

3. Nothing I Won't Give - Vic Mignogna
Because it's about Ed and Al, the best brother duo since I really don't know when!   A little more angsty than most are, but it's still great.

I promise you, there is nothing I won't give
To see this through
Return the soul to where it lives
I promise you I'll go everywhere I've been
To find a way to make atonement for my sin and see
See your smiling face again.

2. For Good - Wicked musical
Even if you don't like musicals, it's hard to believe that this isn't a good song.

Like a wind blown from its moorings by a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird in a distant wood
Who can say that I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.

1. If I Didn't Have You - Monsters, Inc.

WHOO!  The epicest buddy movie ever! (Yes, I just coined a new word.)  Of course the song is awesome.  Maybe the previous songs have better technical quality or whatever, but when it comes straight down to it... this is the best friend song.

If I were a rich man with a million or two
I'd live in a penthouse in a room with a view
And if I were handsome - those dreams do come true -
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you. ...

You and me together
That's how it always should be
One without the other
Don't mean nothing to me
Nooothiiiing toooo meeeee... 
[Yes, I did have to do that.  It's my blog.]

I don't have to say it
'Cause we both know it's true
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have 
You - you - you - you
A-E-I-O, that means YOU!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

This is why I hate book-movies.

The Twilight Saga.  The Hunger Games.  And now Beautiful Creatures.  All books or series that have been or are going to be made into movies.   The hype is unbelievable. (Well, not for Beautiful Creatures.  That's not quite as well-known, for excellent reasons.)

I think everyone knows Hollywood is struggling.  And I personally don't mind lots of books being made into movies, if the people making them have proper respect for their sources. (That doesn't mean I want my book-movies EXACTLY LIKE THE BOOK!! but that's another rant.)  I love books, and there are hundreds of amazing, engaging stories out there.

So why doesn't Hollywood use them instead of picking out the stupidest, most boring chick fluff on the market?

Okay, okay, The Hunger Games is no chick fluff (mostly).  But it's not the best thing since sliced bread.  Katniss is annoying, the violence isn't gory but it's self-indulgent, and aaaaaauuugh, de Wuv Twiangle!  Must every girl have at least two guys hanging on her every selfish word now?


I have a list of books that deserve to be made into movies.  Hollywood, listen up.

1. Ranger's Apprentice series
Action!  Adventure!  Blood!  An awesome old grumpy mentor!  What's not to like about RA?  And, Hollywood, it's got ten books.  Sequel material!

I've actually heard whisperings of an RA movie, but that was ages ago, so it's might have been dropped.  I'd enjoy any recent interviews/snippets about it, though.

(Oh.  And if it does get made into a movie, Hollywood, please get Jeremy Irons to be Halt.  I BEG OF YOU.)

2. Artemis Fowl series
You know the whole villains-as-heroes thing that's going on?  Artemis fits the bill perfectly.  With fairies and technology.  It's James Bond in Wonderland.  Or... something.  Anyway.

Seriously, after ages of this series being insanely popular, it should be a movie already.  I guess finding a convincingly evil twelve-year-old could be difficult.  Asa Butterfield was kinda creepy as Morderd on Merlin, but he's not the Artemis type.  Oh well.

But really.  I'd pay twenty dollars to see this movie.  With some great CGI affects, it could be epic.

3.  The Sisters Grimm series
Fairytales are in, too, Hollywood.

This series is definitely a younger series, but if the movies got a little more grown-up - not a lot, just draw the characters more complexly, cut down the corny humor, make things a bit more terrifying.  Like How To Train Your Dragon, really.  Epic movie that came out of epic-but-sixth-grade-oriented books.  It's possible.

4. Children of the Red King series
Maybe a Charlie Bone movie would be pretty tacky coming straight off the heels of Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but in a year or two, I bet a lot of people would flock to see some more 'magical academy' stories - for instance, people with HP withdrawal.  Like me.

And again, sequels, Hollywood!  And they just keep getting better. (I haven't finished the series yet, but I'm close.)  The characters are interesting, and the 'endowed' idea is just fun.

5. The Bartimaeus Trilogy
Okay.  The best YA series of its kind - what kind that is, I'm not sure; maybe urban fantasy? alternate reality? somethin' - as a movie?  With the snarkiest djinni and the rottenest little magician you've ever met as co-stars?

As Bartimaeus would say: I ask you.  BEST. MOVIE. EVER.

True, I can imagine about a hundred things that might get lost in translation, due to Bartimaeus's amazing inner monologue and those delightful little footnotes.

But, if the movie didn't take itself too seriously, they could find ways to put it in there.  As long as it did take itself seriously sometime.  So, if they found a way to balance the humor with the darkness... Harry Potter, meet you maker.


So can you tell what I like to read/watch?   Yeah, lots of those are very similar.  Well, they're sending out a ton of similar teen romance movies and faux-angsty action movies now.  Might as well start a new trend!

Really, the best stories are in the kids' books.  Take my word for it.  You too, Hollywood.  Try looking for stories somewhere besides a Twihard's bookshelf for once.