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Hi, everybody!

It's been a little while, hasn't it? I've been busy - getting sick again, dressing up and being social for all of my work-related holiday shindigs, writing, betaing, planning my upcoming trip - and have been looking forward to this weekend for so long. And now it's half-over!

But it was gorgeous today and is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, so that will be nice. I'm going to try to catch up with some friends here in Brooklyn and take advantage of the weather.

I still need to do laundry and dishes and clean and pack. Also, I need to set aside some money for repairs (it turns out the plumbing for the entire building was fucked from the word go).

I've been writing quite a bit recently, and though I can't own up to most of the fics I've written (as they're posted anonymously for holmestice and yuletide), there's one I can claim now: the first half of a long post-S2 Sherlock fic written entirely in 221Bs, "Answered with a Question Mark" (yes, the title is from a Duran Duran song). I couldn't get the whole thing finished in time to post before S3 comes along, so I put up what I had and plan to finish it after S3 airs. I'm not posting it here until it's done, but it's up at AO3.

I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Friday evening, and there was such DRAMA due to the theater. First, after all the previews aired and we'd been reminded not to use our phones, the lights came up and an easy-listening soundtrack came on. This was in lieu of the film we'd all paid to see. And then, during the showdown with Smaug, the film just stopped and the lights came up again. As for the movie itself: I have no particular love for Tolkien and am really only watching the movies for the pleasure of seeing Martin Freeman on the big screen, and it struck me how extraordinarily nuanced his acting was in the midst of this epic (some might say bloated) movie series. He is just astonishing.

I saw 12 Years a Slave a few weeks ago, and I still can't talk very much about it, other than to say Chiwetel Ejiofor is, as usual, blindingly brilliant.

I wasn't sure what I'd be doing over Christmas this year - there was a possibility that my dad would come back up and stay with me - and now it's been settled that I'll go to him instead. So I'll be going down to DC on the 24th and returning on the 30th, the day after his 70th (!) birthday. And I'll get to go to the greatest bookstore ever while I'm down there, which will be a treat.

I hope you're all doing well and looking forward to the new year!

This same entry also appears on Dreamwidth, at http://innie-darling.dreamwidth.org/433124.html.

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It's been interesting reading everyone's reaction to The Hobbit. I quite enjoyed it, but it wouldn't be something that I would rave about. I thought there were some very good bits, and far too much of some of the other bits. Although if you'd left me with Bilbo and Thorin, the dragon in the background and occasional additional dwarves I'd probably have been perfectly happy. It may be I was watching for the wrong reasons ;)

I love Richard Armitage - he was absolutely delicious in North & South, which I just now decided to rewatch in the very near future - but Thorin is such a jackass that I took very little pleasure in seeing him onscreen. Same goes for the lovely Lee Pace, who also had to contend with hair many shades too light for his beautiful face.

I was really only invested in Bilbo, Balin, and Bard (how's that for alliteration?) - everyone else could jump into those rivers of molten gold, as far as I'm concerned. I was thinking of why Tolkien wrote so many dwarves, if we got so little differentiation between them (though it's true they have small alliances and differences amongst themselves), and I think it's to isolate Bilbo even further, poor little guy.

I know exactly what you mean about watching for the wrong reasons!

It may be that I was looking to intently into Thorin's eyes that I didn't notice his behaviour. And I suppose I was pre-disposed to give him the benefit of the doubt. I think that may be what differentiates a really good film and a reasonably good film for me. In a really good film I'm affected by the characters, regardless of who's playing them, in a reasonably good film, the actor has a much greater sway on my feelings.

As for John Thornton - he has faults, but they are far outweighed by the rest of him.

That's a really interesting distinction to make - I think in general I gravitate toward certain actors, and want to see their full range, so I'm fine with seeing actors I love play bad people. I do get frustrated when an actor I love is delivering a fantastic performance and the rest of the film fails to live up to it.

Mmmm, John Thornton.

Like you I concentrate on certain actors and will watch them in all sorts of things I wouldn't consider otherwise; which have at times led to me seeing programmes I've really enjoyed but wouldn't normally have seen. A good actor should be able to play bad people convincingly. My observations was more that given a character that is neither very good or very bad (most people) if I like the actor then I tend to unconsciously treat them as good until proved otherwise, which wouldn't necessarily happen with a different actor playing the part.

Happy Yule and Merry New Year to you and yours!

And to you, sugar! Congratulations on the new job!

And a happy holiday to you with safe travels along the way :)

Back at you, sugar! I hope you have a great holiday season!

The first movie focused too much on Thorin and too little on Bilbo for me, but I plan to see the second anyway.

I heard critics on the radio talking about Twelve Years a Slave and people being afraid to see it, and I recognized myself there. I can get really upset about fiction; I'm not sure how I'll handle non-fiction being brought so close to me on the screen. Reading about slavery is very intense for me. I know I should see it, and I want to, but I'm not sure if I could handle it on a big screen.

The second is definitely more Bilbo-centric, but there was still a sense of "we don't have to keep focused on him, because we can always come back to him later, why don't you take a look at this diversion over here?" At least for me. I will say Martin Freeman makes every moment he gets count.

I made the choice to see 12 Years a Slave in the theater for a couple of reasons, one being that I rarely see "big-screen event" movies in the theater, and this sounded like the right movie to break that streak. The other was that I didn't want to give myself the option of pausing or stopping the movie - I wanted to get through it all in one go, as the filmmaker intended. I know exactly what you mean about fiction and non-fiction, because I'm just the same, but I will say that I was glad to see it on the big screen because Chiwetel Ejiofor does so much acting with his face that I would have missed on my TV screen.

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