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Happy "Angry Black Friday", bitches

This man is my hero. Because if I were sleeping out in the freezing cold in front of a store just to be the first one inside of the Best Buy this is EXACTLY what I would want as entertainment.... a guy screaming about racism and enraging elderly women. Happy holidays!



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Animation meme + Mini critiques

Goodness. I had to do this.....

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- X what you saw
- O what you haven't finished/seen or saw sizable portions
- Bold what you loved
- Italicize what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral


CLASSIC DISNEY
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[X] 101 Dalmatians (1961)
[X] Alice in Wonderland (1951) - I really don't understand why people love it so much. The story never really interested me, even as a fantasy lover.
[X] Bambi (1942) - My favorite Disney film of all time. The story is so simplistic and almost lyrical- truly an overlooked gem. It is so emotionally complex under the surface; Disney did such a flawless job of painting a portrait of life in "microcosm". It was the original "circle of life" movie ;)
[X] Cinderella (1950)
[X] Dumbo (1941)- adorable and innocent-but-not-so-innocent
[X]Fantasia(1940)- Still as captivating and impressive today as it was back then
[X] Lady and the Tramp (1955)- was at one time my favorite classic Disney film. Their simplest stories are most often their best
[X] Mary Poppins (1964)- a childhood staple. Mary Poppins will always be a straight up G in my book
[X] Peter Pan (1953)
[X] Pinocchio (1940)
[X] Sleeping Beauty (1959) - The most artistically beautiful of ALL of the Disney films, in my opinion.
[X] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)- Gahhh, I hate this movie.
[X] Song of the South (1946)- I don't find this movie racist.... whatsoever. Being raised in the south and all. Not that that has any bearing on anything.



DISNEY'S DARK AGE
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[X] The Aristocats (1970)- It's cat's playing jazz music and.......well...... that's what it is. Cats playing jazz music.
[ ] The Black Cauldron (1985)
[X] The Fox and the Hound (1981)- My best guy friend calls me Vixy and so I am obliged to like this movie
[X] The Great Mouse Detective (1986)- not one of the more memorable Disney films, but definitely fun
[X] The Jungle Book (1967)- I loved the novel more, even as a kid. It was much more violent and realistic... and exciting
[X] The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
[X] Oliver and Company (1986)- my most loved Disney film from this period. The music is so infectious and it was really a big leap in a new direction for Disney. I still love Dodger and Rita and the gang :D
[X] Pete's Dragon (1977)- the dragon creeps the hell out of me
[X] The Rescuers (1977)-  Uneventful, but for some reason we always pulled it out and watched it. The second one was actually better.
[X] Robin Hood (1973) - LOVE LOVE LOVED it and still do. Had a hugenormous crush on Robin Hood as a youngin'
[X] The Sword In The Stone (1963)- very cute movie

THE DISNEY RENAISSANCE
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[X] Aladdin (1992)
[X] Beauty and the Beast (1991)- I never really liked this movie as much as my friends always seemed to
[X] A Goofy Movie (1995)- this one kind of gets stuck in its time, which makes it more funny as it ages
[X] Hercules (1997)- I like the songs. The end.
[X]The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)- this one was always one of my favorites. It definitely has one of the best Disney villans.
[X] The Lion King (1994) - This movie most SERIOUSLY kicks ass. It's hard to top, and has a well earned number 2 spot on my top Disney films list.
[X] The Little Mermaid (1989)- This movie has horrible morals. Sell your soul for a man you don't even know? Whine about what you don't have when you're A FUCKING PRINCESS? .... why do we love it so much? *is guilty. cries*
[X] Mulan (1998)- "Let's get down to business, to defeat the huns!" Where would we without this song to sing obnoxiously in public?
[X] Pocahontas (1995)- meh.
[X] The Rescuers Down Under (1990)- like I said, better than the first. But I haven't seen it in a while
[X] Tarzan (1999)- One of the last good films Disney put out.... sadly

DISNEY'S MODERN AGE
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[] Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
[X] Bolt (2008)- very dumbed down CG movie is very dumb. But I enjoyed the action sequence at the beginning.
[X] Brother Bear (2003)- it had its moments
[X] Chicken Little (2005) - Umm, hello Zach Braff....
[X] Dinosaur (2000)-  ahhh, I remember this one. It's basically the land before time on steriods.
[X] The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - ALWAYS manages to make me laugh
[O] Fantasia 2000 (2000)- I've watched scenes from it... but the only one I like was the one with the forest godess or whatever she was
[X] Home on the Range (2004)- Urrrgh...
[X] Lilo & Stitch (2002)- this is a great movie because it is strangely relatable. The characters are so enjoyable and are what really make it stand out; the art style too.
[] Meet the Robinsons (2007)
[X] Treasure Planet (2002)- actually a pretty cool movie



PIXAR
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[X] A Bug's Life (1998)
[X] Cars (2006)- I am very sure I lost brain cells watching this
[X] Finding Nemo (2003)- Two words: OVER. RATED.
[X] The Incredibles (2004)
[X] Monsters Inc. (2001)- my favorite Pixar film. The humor is always classic!
[X] Ratatouille (2007)- really enjoyed Ratatouille. I love how it doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence like most animated movies do these days and how it plays around with new ideas
[X] Toy Story (1995)- great nostalgic value attached to this one
[X] Toy Story 2 (1999)
[X] Toy Story 3 (2010)- felt like I was putting my childhood on the shelf with this one *blows nose*
[X] Wall-E (2008)- cute. That's about it
[X] Up (2009)- I loved it, and then the love began to wear off...

Pixar in general is a bit over rated, but it certainly is holding up better than Disney itself is.

DON BLUTH
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[X] All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)- Love it! The ending is such a tear-jerker
[X] An American Tail (1986)- Pretty good
[X] An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)- I remember watching this a lot as a kid. The songs from it were so catchy
[X] Anastasia (1997)- I hope no one took this movie too seriously.... jeeze. It's just a cartoon.
[X] The Land Before Time (1988)- The original was excellent
[X] The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)- dumb and forgetable, but full of Tim Curry LOLz
[X] Rock-a-Doodle (1991)- So much to make fun of....
[X]The Secret of NIMH (1982)- Just an awesome film. The best Don Bluth, hands down. It's original, dark and gritty for a kid's film, but it always leaves me with a comforted feeling by the end of it for some reason...
[X] Thumbelina (1994)
[] Titan AE (2000)
[O] A Troll in Central Park (1994)- just clips from the Nostalgia Critic's review.

CLAYMATION
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[] The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)
[X] Chicken Run (2000)- oddly memorable; there's something interesting about chickens with British accents.... anyway, a likable movie
[] Corpse Bride (2005)
[X] James and the Giant Peach (1996)
[X] The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - LOVE. But they've been whoring it out FAR too much.
[X] Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)- All I can say is WATCH THE ORIGINAL SHORT FILMS. This movie blew compared to them.
[X] Coraline (2009)- interesting, but not something I'd likely watch again

CGI GLUT
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[X] Antz (1998)
[X] Happy Feet (2006)- I sort of liked this one; not a terrible movie over all
[X] Kung Fu Panda (2008)- CG blah.
[X] Madagascar (2005)-  CG blah... but it has its moments.
[] Monster House (2006)
[X] Over the Hedge (2006)- the traditional example of the mentally deficient, "high calorie", oh-so-American CG garbage movie
[X] The Polar Express (2004) - The animation makes me cringe
[X] Shrek (2001)-  not the greatest thing ever but certainly not the worst
[X] Shrek 2 (2004)- was better than the first. That's not saying a lot.
[] Shrek The Third (2007)
[] Monsters vs. Aliens


IMPORTS
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[X] Arabian Knight (aka The Thief and the Cobbler) (1995)- The Recobbled Cut version of this movie on youtube kicks many asses. Stay away from the original release though, as that is not the way the creator meant for it to be seen.
[X] The Last Unicorn (1982)- One of those classics that you can't really understand or put into words why you like it. I just know I love it. The reason much of this movie is kind of strange and awkward is because of how faithfully it follows the book- which doesn't always make for the cleanest plot. Still an awesome movie.
[] Light Years (1988)
[] The Triplets of Belleville (2003)- On my must-see list whenever I can get my hands on it. Recommended by a friend.
[] Persepolis (2007) - Not what I was expecting but a great move and one I'd highly reccomend
[] Waltz With Bashir (2008)
[X] Watership Down (1978) - an ok adapation of a great book.
[] When the Wind Blows (1988)
[] Yellow Submarine (1968)


STUDIO GHIBLI/MIYAZAKI
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[X] Grave of the Fireflies (1988)- I can't even look at the title without getting depressed... but everyone should see it at least once in their life.
[X] Howl's Moving Castle (2004)- Why must everyone hate on this movie? It is very near and dear to my heart; I first saw it when I was going through a very difficult time in my life and just seemed to shed a little light on things. Mad love for Howl's <3
[X] Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)-
[X] Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)- just one of those movies that is unfailingly entertaining with every viewing
[X] Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)- What a fun movie! Definitely the best of the Lupin films.
[] My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999)
[X] My Neighbor Totoro (1993)- certainly one of the greatest "children's" films of all time, but seems to transcend time and can appeal to any age. Real, original Miazaki magic.
[X] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)- I really hoped that I would like it more than I did. It's still a classic though
[] Only Yesterday (1991)-
[X] Pom Poko (Tanuki War)(1994) - Really obscure and odd, but also oddly enjoyable. It would probably help if I were Japanese to catch ALL the cultural references, but I was proud of myself after recognising a few.
[X] Porco Rosso (1992) -This movie's dialogue is so contangiously witty to me that this fact alone makes it one of my favorite Ghibli films of all time. The English dub is great; all of the voices for the characters are super lovable, which is rare of me to say since I haven't exactly adored every Ghibli dub out there.    
[X] Princess Mononoke (1999)- Hands down the Ghibli film that's closest to my heart. Everything about it is stunning, especially when seen and heard exactly as Miazaki intended it. It has always been a great inspiration to me.
[X] Spirited Away (2002) - Unforgetable. <3
[X] Whisper of the Heart (1995)
[X] Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (2009) - It's the characters that drive this film. If you try to overanalyze it or try to fit it into a shape that it's not, of course it will fall flat of your expectations. Not everything should be taken for face value; there is an underlying meaning in the themes of Ponyo that you miss out on if you spend all your time complaining about how things don't make sense. I really enjoyed this movie.

SATOSHI KON
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[X] Millennium Actress (2001)-
[X] Paprika (2006) -  my first introduction to Satoshi Kon and still my favorite. Don't fuck with Paprika. Ever.
[X] Perfect Blue (1999) -
[X] Tokyo Godfathers (2003)- a very....erm... original Christmas story. Took a second viewing to really appreciate it.
[] Memories - "Magnetic Rose" part (1995)

SHINKAI MAKOTO
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[] She and Her Cat (1999)-
[] Voices of a Distant Star (2001)-
[] The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)- need to see
[] 5 Centimeters per Second (2007)- need to see


OTHER ANIME FILMS
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[X] Akira (1989)
[] Appleseed (2004)
[] Appleseed: Ex Machina (2007)
[] Arcadia of My Youth (U.S. Title - Vengeance of the Space Pirate) (1982)
[x] Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003)
[] The Dagger of Kamui (U.S. Title - Revenge of the Ninja Warrior) (1985)
[] Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)
[] End of Evangelion (1997)
[] Fist of the North Star (1986)
[]Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
[X] Ghost in the Shell (1996)- All around incredible sci-fy film that lives up to the hype.
[X] The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)- Loved how simply yet effectively drawn out the emotion is in this movie. You "feel" every second of it. Very well done and one of my favorite anime films. 
[] Lensman (1984)
[] Macross: Do You Remember Love (U.S. Title - Clash of the Bionoids) (1984)
[X] Metropolis (2001) -  The darker characters made this one very memorable
[] Neo-Tokyo (1986)
[] Ninja Scroll (1993)-
[] Patlabor the Movie (1989)
[] The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
[] Project A-ko (1986)
[] Robot Carnival (1987)
[] Robotech: The Shadow Chronicle (2006)
[] Silent Möbius (1991)
[] Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
[X] Steamboy (2004) -
[] Sword of the Stranger (2007)
[] Unico and the Island of Magic (1983)
[] Urotsukidoji: The Movie (1987)
[] Vampire Hunter D (1985) -
[] Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (2000)
[] Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987)


CARTOONS FOR GROWN-UPS
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[] American Pop (1981)
[X] The Animatrix (2003)
[] Beavis & Butthead Do America (1996).
[X] Cool World (1992)
[] Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
[] Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
[] Fire & Ice (1983)
[X] Fritz the Cat (1972)-  Wow. This movie.....
[] Heavy Metal (1981)- I liked this when I was younger probably because it was so "naughty" and forbidden. Now I'm just ok with it.
[] Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)- for wahtever reason I never got to watching the end of this but I didn't like enough to really care
[] Hey Good Lookin' (1982)
[] Lady Death (2004)
[] A Scanner Darkly (2006)
[] South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
[] Street Fight (Coonskin) (1975)
[] Waking Life (2001)


OTHER ANIMATED MOVIES
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[X] Animal Farm (1954)
[] Animalympics (1980)
[] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon The Movie (2007)
[] Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker -
[X] The Brave Little Toaster (1988)
[] Bravestarr: The Movie (1988)
[X] Cats Don't Dance (1997)- a childhood favorite
[O] Care Bears: The Movie (1985)-  after the nostalgia critic's review I had to check it out.... but never saw the whole thing
[X] Fern Gully (1992)- A really God-awful movie that I loved as a child.
[] G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
[] Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)
[] He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985)
[X] The Hobbit (1977)-
[X] The Iron Giant (1999) -  Brilliant film. One of those animated movies that seems to never age for me. It's fresh every time I watch it.
[] Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
[X] Lord of the Rings (1978)- actually a very descent film
[] Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
[X] My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) - Annoying and surprisingly entertaining all in one!
[] Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982)-
[X] The Prince of Egypt (1998)- EXCELLENT movie. I always loved the voice work and especially the music in this one. Not to mention the stunning animation. It can be difficult to pull off biblical stories in film but this one was very well done and entertaining.
[X] Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002)
[X] Quest For Camelot (1999)- tend to make fun of this one nowadays....
[] Ringing Bell (1978)
[X] The Road to El Dorado (2000)- another good one from Dreamworks. I really enjoy their films from that period.
[X] Space Jam (1996)- ugh....
[] Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
[] Superman: Doomsday (2007)
[X] The Swan Princess (1994)- Cute movie, but the music from it is more memorable than the actual film
[] Transformers: The Movie (1986)
[] Wizards (1977)
[X] Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)- HILARIOUS.
[] Wonder Woman (2009)
[X] Balto (1995)- loved it obsessively as a kid and the DVD is still sitting on my shelf, hehe. Great art style
[X] Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)- also loved it obsessively as a kid. Of course I was a horse crazy little girl...
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Found: My Muse.

I admire ideas that sweep you off your feet- they are a rush of fresh air when we are down in the pits and in need of intervention. I found my intervention in a revamped idea for an old story that had gotten stale in the prewriting stages. Maybe because I am back in the mood to obsess over things- typical summer behavior is the ability to be infatuated by the stuff that which, well, infatuates me(animation, namely.... the fact that I just signed on for Netflix is not going to help this situation.) Never-thee-less, I find myself at the foot of a mountain again. A little shaken after taking the first step, hoping I won't turn back, praying that there will be footholds along the way. I'm ready to write something that I hope someday will make its way out into the big, cruel world and perhaps bring it hope.

My baby, my first fantasy novel begins life here in it's infancy. And I think this one's going to take me for a ride.

Chow.
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When I set goals for the summer they always seem end up lost in the proverbial couch cushion of procrastination. One thing that's been getting me down recently is the fact that I can never seem to finish what I start, whether it's a writing project, simply reading a novel, cooking something new I had planned on making.... I'm starting to hope that one day soon I'll grow out of my ADHD or whatever this is causing me to give up on tasks. Especially writing tasks. They say the key to being a successful writer is having the perseverance to finish something. I completed one short story that I posted in my facebook notes. But everything else I've started on writing-wise this summer has been a jumble of genuinely good ideas that I lose hope on within the first page. Somehow I'll find my motivation. I just have to think positively, pull my mind out between those cushions of failure and dispair, and look forward to bigger and better things.

I did finnish SOMETHING else this summer, at least:
I finally completed an ancient iMovie fan video for Slumdog Millionare with Coldplay's "Yellow". It's short but I tried to capture the essence of the couple's relationship- Jamal + Latika- throughout the film. I find their story one of the most inspiring of any couple's in film history. The single line you're skin, oh yeah, you're skin and bones turn into to something beautiful gave me the idea for this little project. Although it may be regarded as a physical change from girl to beautiful woman, I think it is more of a testament to Latika's inner change. She becomes a stronger person because of Jamal's love and devotion to her- she becomes beautiful within, not weak or frightened anymore.

This little project also reminded me how much vid making has changed on youtube. I used to be sort of active in the community of people who would make AMVs and such, and many still do. Nowadays it's a huge competition to see who has the fanciest effects- I'm not saying that's a bad thing since many of these are actually very good looking and very entertaining to watch. But everyone seems to have sort of strayed away from doing really strong storyline vids the way we used to. It doesn't matter much, but oh how times change quickly.

I needed some creative restimulation, so I've returned to LJ. Hopefully I'll find something worth staying for.
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Crash Into Me..... Um. Please?

 I fricking love Dave Matthews Band. I love their new album. I love the fact that iTunes gave them a "Week". They should get a month. They should get 3 months. It's impossible to get tired of their music. Much like Coldplay. They've been part of the soundtrack of my life since 1st grade or before. Like I said. I fricking love Dave Matthews Band. That'll be all.

And is that a Mardi Gras parade on the new album cover? I do believe so. Mad love for Louisiana.
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Writer's Block: Immigration

If you had to immigrate from your current home, where in the world would you choose to go?

Most certainly Western France! I'd love to live in either along coastal Brittany or inner Normandy around the city of Roen, Lyons-la-Foret or Les Andelys. I've always been attracted by the French countryside and its beaches; these are all-around reasonable places to live.
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WHY. SO. SERIOUSLY. FLAWLESS?


Heath Ledger. Forever.

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Great. Barrels. Of. Flaming. Diesel. Fuel.

I don't think there is a word in the English language that can describe how many times The Dark Knight towered over my expectations. Even though I'm practically RUNNING on adrenaline right now, I can't help but think how emotionally stunning this gem of a film was underneath the explosions, knives, shmexy actors and badass Bat-methods of transportation. It's genuine. As genuine as anything Hollywood these days could possibly churn out- and then some.

The story snatches you up immediately and keeps it death grip on you for the entire 2.5 hours. Not only is this length survivable...it's thriveable. There are absolutely no dull spots to be spoken of(unless I'm preaching to a choir with an attention span of less than .00001 seconds). Every character is exquisitely portrayed. I need not express my feelings of sheer awe at Ledger's performance. It's been done for me in over 4000 pages worth of Yahoo Movie reviews(10 reviews per page mind you), out of which the majority- if not every one of them- exalt the tragic actor's final performance. The Joker sent chills down my spine in just about every scene he appeared. The essence...the entire aura of unadulterated menace was  unfailingly harnessed for the role. THIS is what acting looks like. May its embodiment rest in peace.

I'll skip over the waterfall of praise I'm prone to spew immediately after seeing a film like this to singularly applaud the psychological aspects that go far beyond what is the norm in movie undertones today. You don't go into a superhero movie looking for a take-home schooling on the depths of the human mind....the things that truly drive evil beneath material greed....the things that drive human impulse in times of distress. Whether the audience is aware of it or not, you get one hell of a psychology lesson to compliment your one hell of a thrill ride. Many hero movies, and just movies in general, try for this type of hold on the emotions that also make our brains work a little bit to perceive the actual depth of things. A great percentage of them fail at making us really think. And I can honestly say that for all of the working out we do, most Americans are in more need of a brain workout than a physical workout. This is not a movie to take for granted as a simple action flick. It's bursting at the seams with authentic intellectual prowess.

In short: it's dark, it's violent, it's skillfully crafted and it's memorable.

Seriously, you don't need me telling you that this movie WILL blow you away. It's everywhere. The hype- and trust this one simple review of THOUSANDS like it- is well deserved. You'll walk away a bit shaken but without regrets.


Spiderman, IMO, has been officially beaten to a slimy pulp.... no disrespect implied. I love you Tobey.
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Les Miseranimals

Going through Youtube yesterday I had a spaztic fangirl attack when I saw this- it's part of an Animaniacs(yes, the old Steven Spielberg cartoon) episode called "Les Miseranimals". It pokes fun at the musical using cats and dogs. They did a pretty cute job of parodying the songs in Les Miz too....it's even got a Sweeney Todd reference or two thrown in there for extra points(musicalluv!):

(Part 1)


(Part 2)


So *apparently* the French revolution started because....there wasn't enough meat to make meatpies with so they had to use cats 0_o Runt-Valrunt and the Javert/bulldogonsteroids killed me.

"I am definately, definately Runt-Valrunt....definately" and "At the end of my fork is an unknown food product" = lolz.
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Ello govnah. Just wanted to recommend a story from FF.net that is VERY dear to my heart. It's by an incredulously talented, faithful reviewer of mine- Kelsismom- and has got to be one of my favorite stories to date.

Inspired by the tv show Samantha Who, it's a really fun, really engaging piece. You can't go wrong with a plot centered around amnesia, oui?

("Erik Who?"- because why couldn't Don Juan have been a comedy?)



Just to add, have you ever eaten cookies at a nursing home? You know, the ones the old ladies make? Those are some damn good cookies.

<3 Smiles and Kittens, Soléne
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from my POTO.com and FF.net posts- nothing really new here guys, just updating the old LJ




Oh yes. I am officially out of the dark ages of preliminary writing with my big epic phic, Les Shatteréd, and am ready to hear your feedback. Three full five-subject notebooks of outlining, drafting and piecing together later I'm finally coming to the end of the beginning. All of my irritating plot wrinkles have been ironed out by my handy dandy little chronological sequencing process so I'll be giving it the 'go' awfully soon. It is fully mapped out from beginning to end. Here is the official “preview” of sorts for this latest, “3-book” piece. Tell me what you think:



Les Shatteréd: Official Preview


“The cries of the multitudes- starving, rotting, burning- will rise from the foundations of Paris. Her belly will swell with death and the Seine will flow gorged on the blood of her children. Their eyes blinded by a terrible whiteness from which they are shielded from the horrors of this world, cast into one where only a hell of light is visible. Where there is no escape. And so unto all the world...until nothing is left...

...That, my dear, is why you must trust in me.”


-Erik, excerpt from Book The First: Pax

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The Opera Ghost's story began as a relatively simple affair. But what occurred in the wake of the infamous disaster would leave an eternal scar across the face of history...forever. Its story is one of lives doomed to tragedy from the their beginning, somehow intertwined in suffering by a malevolent force of nature so great that it would ultimately tear the fibers of European civilization, driving these lost souls, once so prosperous and spotless in the eyes of the world, ruthlessly at each others throats like dogs. But in the midst of this blood drenched battle for power, vengeance, and, in the bitter end, survival, stands victorious in the smoke of the onslaught the purest affliction of the human soul: compassion in the form of love. It is a tale encompassing the many common roots of stories- of lust, deceit, grudge, betrayal, devotion, sacrifice, trust, redemption.

But above all things, it is the story of a man and the world- of the world that despised him...and how he would give his very soul to save it.

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A beautiful, talented young diva with the world in her palm, searching tenderly for the final piece that will make her soul complete and a perfect life a reality. The valiant nobleman who patiently awaits her with the face of a god, staunch will of iron, and riches to match the unmoving strongholds that are his morals. The lovely former dancer who's heart is possessed by sweetly fleeting love, making a living as an innocent housemaid to raise a proper dowry for her poor but virtuous lover. The good doctor with his charm, wit and age, doomed to a life of prosperity in partnership with his old friend's son. The impossibly handsome aristocrat who has devoted his batchloresque life to serving the greater good in the footsteps of his father...

And the unstoppable force of nature that will inevitably unmask them all. They are the Shattered flawless models of society- and their tragedy is one that would shake the world to its very core. For even the shining city of Paris has her hidden wounds...but none have, since her beginning, cut as deep as this.

Nearly a full year has come to pass since the doomed affair of the so-called “Opera Ghost”. The people of Paris seem to have since then forgotten the tragic incident...everyone, that is, except a certain Christine Daaé. She is bombarded daily with terrible internal unease, although the world around her is as pristine and story-book perfect as the life she pretends to live. Even her adoring fiancé Raoul seems to have so easily left the sordid past behind, now only concerned with the planning of their sinfully late marriage. But months, she finds, are not sufficient to numb the pain of the burden she still carries- the pain that is still as strong as ever. She has made every possible excuse for more time but he persists, determined for them to finally be happy together, convinced that this is the only way to free her. When she finally sways to his well intentioned wish, news of their impending wedding spreads quickly to the Vicompte's closest, wealthiest, most prominent childhood friend: Micheal Reinier, a charming man and the most impeccably handsome and eligible humanitarian in Paris. This bon vivant batchlor, though concerned most thoroughly with his departed father's mission to help the less fortunate, upon hearing the news cannot help insisting to celebrate their marriage with the most lavish of the year's parties at his palatial estate. But on the night of the ball, Raoul finds his fiancé missing...

and the world would never be the same.

What followed would become the ultimate struggle for power and survival, pitting the sordid outcasts of society against their pristine upper-class counterparts as the progeny of the world's most infamous biological disaster. The White Blindness. A viral disease, a plague of devestationally massive proportions, so rare that the world's only trace of its known medical description lies in a destroyed book of gypsy myth. One man alone holds in his memory the virus's only cure...and the world's only hope. But can Christine overcome her darkest fears, her greatest weaknesses, and above all her most primal instinct to put every living ounce of her trust in him again?

The journey to find and protect the cure that would change the down-spiraling fate of all civilization is treacherous- a trek across the bloodthirsty Sahara desert to posses the last trace of the cure, requiring the purest and most selfless of all sacrifice. But what would you sacrifice to save the very society that in its horrendous cruelties made you a living monster?

Choices must be made. Trust must be broken. Tyranny must crumble. Facades must be exposed. Forgiveness must conquer vengeance- or death awaits the world.

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Original Synopsis:

Les Shatteréd is an epic sequel to our original story, taking place almost a full year later. It involves the still unmarried couple of Christine and Raoul, a seemingly indifferent Erik, the reluctantly involved Persian, an all-powerful aristocrat, a lion, a single flower, a journey through uncharted desert, the near downfall of all civilization...and a plague known only as the White Blindness, caused by the most deadly and "incurable" virus the world has ever encountered. It is genuine story that goes far deeper than romance and adventure- it explores what lies hidden beneath the souls of all mankind and how only mass, all consuming tragedy is able to bring to the surface its capacity for evil...and even for good. It is the ultimate personification of "dark" facing "light" and how the two can mask themselves with kind deeds or hatred to distort who "they" truly are.

It is the ultimate facade. And this is its story.

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Other regarding “L.S.” :

--Currently looking for an informal EDITOR. No hard core editing skills needed. I just want someone skilled in more refined style of writing themselves to personally help me through this more “epic-esque” piece- as far as polishing it goes, before chapters are released.(EDIT: there is a likely chance I've found a permanent one so- scratch it.)

--The entire work will be sectioned into three parts or 'books': “Book the First: Pax”(the shortest in length), “Book the Second: Lady in Waiting” and “Book the Third: Benediction”. All three books will be run together in one story on for the sole reason that they will be easier to keep track of- I originally wanted to make them separate but it should work out better this way.

--Will be mixed origin, mostly of Webber and Leroux influence w/ some Kay for a tiny bit of background input(the Persian's story is particularly different in this sequel)

--Some of my character designs are a little different than standardly seen- two are even tweaked from real-life people. For instance my Erik's general design is physically based off of my favorite singer, Josh Groban, with a unique differentiation of the usual deformity seen in “half-mask” designs. My Meg, as another example, is the farthest thing from a blonde and I even gave a little twist to Raoul's usual design. As a side note, I've been talking to a friend of mine who happens to be an extremely talented amateur artist about possibly getting these fleshed out. She's a POTO fan herself and told me she would only consider it if I threw a character based on Gerard Butler somewhere in the mix. So, happy to oblige, I ended up making him our villain. Wouldn't have it any other way now XD

--Yes, it will be a rather dark story. The eventual rating will either be T or M depending for the most part on how far I intend to go with the violence, torture, plague, etc. *Some events will be based loosely on the Black Death pandemic of the 14th century and the Nazi regime of Germany to give a little more insight.

--As far as the romantic elements go, I'd like to forewarn that this is not- and I repeat, NOT- your average E/C, although I will not defend that it isn't E/C. It is...in an emotionally straining sort of way. (Geez, I hope I'm making sense). But by no means is it “Raoul bashing”, though reading through most of it, it may seem to be. Not wanting to give away terribly too much, but Raoul plays one of the most spiritually defining elements at the bitter end of the story...especially for Erik. If I can get the emotion right it will end up being something TOTALLY different from what's usually seen in fics. I would also like to note that the main pervasive focus of L.S. is not going to be on the romantic elements. It truly is more of a “tragic epic”.

And that is really all I intend to share at present. Like I've said, a TON of preliminary work has gone into this...especially historical and medicinal research(I've learned more about the hypodermic needle than I cared to know). As for me, I can't wait to dive into writing this one. Expect the Prologue and Authoress's Foreword chapters most probably this weekend

*If there's anything you'd like to get in on I'm currently looking for artists especially to help out with character designs for a special project I'm accompanying this with. PM me here if you thin you'd be able to help.

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