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* THANK YOU to all my flisters who voted in this week's Idol! I made it through and we are now down to FOUR finalists! Season 10 began in November LAST YEAR!! This is one helluva crazy writing game. I've been playing for three seasons now and although I am EXHAUSTED I really love love love therealljidol. I'm not sure what the future holds for Idol....but I can't imagine that it will stay on LiveJournal exclusively, if at all. Great prompt this week, due Monday evening. Looking forward to spending Sunday writing!

* Two episodes into Westworld and I'm absolutely HOOKED. Who else is into this show? I can see why Manson was so in love with Evan. It's nice to have a show again that The Viking is into as well. Other than that, I'm watching The Originals when I'm alone.

* Kidling2 and I watched the tv version of It last night in anticipation of this weekend's release of the new It. It doesn't hold up. At all. And that's okay. I don't think this new film is going to be anything more than a new-fangled scary movie with an amazing Pennywise. And that's okay, too. If King's 1,100 page novel can be used to create more deep horror than I support it. The new Pennywise alone makes the effort worth the while. The heart of the issue is that the novel IS FRIGHTENING. Almost beyond belief. And not because of jump scare but because of what It is and what It represents. It really is an existential horror, a fear of the abyss. A horror version of Heart of Darkness and A Passage to India and all of Lovecraft's work. Anyone on the flist interested in a read/reread together? We could form an online bookclub?


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Sep. 8th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
Me, me, me, me, me!
Sep. 9th, 2017 03:54 pm (UTC)
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oooohhh, yes -- it's on my re-read list already, would love to do a shared reading!

(I read "It" for the first time in 5th grade, if you can believe it -- I was a scarily precocious reader, and I devoured as much classic Stephen King as I could get my hands on. And, yes, it scared the bejesus out of me!!)

And CONGRATULATIONS on making it to the Final Four!!

Sep. 9th, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
Excellent! This is going to be great!

I cannot believe you were that precocious, A! I was reading Narnia in the fifth grade! I bet you're going to have a lot to share when we start dissecting this monster!

Sep. 8th, 2017 09:51 pm (UTC)
Westworld is so so good, I am glad you are watching it! I've been in love with Evan Rachel Wood since I saw her in way back once upon a time in "Thirteen." She is not only a talented actress, but an incredible singer, and badass lady generally.

IT ruined my childhood.I couldn't walk near storm drains, or take baths without deep seated dread for years. I still get sweaty palms around clowns...which surprises a lot of people in my life because I am generally the creepiest creep of the group and delight in all things dark and untoward. I want to confront my fear as an adult...I'll admit this is the first time in my life when I am actually nervous about watching a scary movie.
Sep. 9th, 2017 03:58 pm (UTC)
Westworld is so good and I think those of us who enjoy serialized tv are living in good times. So much art for the small screen out there right now!

I didn't care for her at all in True Blood but she's definitely knocking this one out of the proverbial park.

I think IT ruined a lot of childhoods. If you're up for the bookclub, join in! I'm thinking October is the perfect time. And that gets you all set for NaNoWriMo when you're going to take your changeling story and write it loooooooooooooooong!
Sep. 10th, 2017 03:20 am (UTC)

Agreed! The shows are much smarter, more diverse, and nuanced. I was never a True Blooder. Evan does some astounding work in things like "Mildred Pierce," "Across the Universe," "Into The Forest," and "Charlie Countryman."

I've never done a book club, and I think the sense of community for this one will do my deep seated fears some service. I am usually the creepiest creep in the room, but I am still harboring emotional scars from this story. What a time to confront it head on!

Now you have me seriously considering NaNoWriMo which I never even heard of before...the changeling story, you say? I am going to masticate that for a bit.

Sep. 9th, 2017 12:25 am (UTC)
I wasn't afraid of clowns until I read It. Read, not watched. I will never watch. The stills are bad enough.

Those Skarsgard boys are everywhere these days, aren't they? I'm partial to Floki, myself.

A horror version of Heart of Darkness and A Passage to India and all of Lovecraft's work. Anyone on the flist interested in a read/reread together? We could form an online bookclub?
*falls down laughing* Guess what I checked out at the library today? Heart of Darkness. I'm on a Joseph Conrad kick. Bookclub away!
Sep. 9th, 2017 03:59 pm (UTC)
You know I'm partial to Gustaf/Floki myself. Kidling1 is partial to Alex...so there's enough of them to share. Bill is filling out nicely. ;)

I'm still not afraid of clowns but I am fascinated by how visceral a fear it is. Were we afraid of them in the caves, too????
Sep. 9th, 2017 07:04 am (UTC)
Well done on the final four!! You've definitely earned it! It really has been a long ride. I think if/when Idol does move it will need to have at least one season on both mediums so people can travel over.

What is Westworld? How are you finding The Originals?

I spent much of my teens reading Stephen King novels. Would definitely be up for an online book club. Though I have to admit I've failed miserably at online book clubs in the past. I am a slow reader.
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, J. It's definitely going to be a challenge to figure out the best way to move forward. I despair of LJ and can now clearly see the bare spots here...it's pretty depressing.

Westworld is on HBO, one season finished. It's a semi-futuristic robot thing...and the cast is all-star and stellar and it looks amazing, too!

I'm loving The Originals and it's certainly making me realize that The Vampire Diaries was too high school and the character of Elena far too overwhelming. The Originals is definitely of a larger scope and the storylines combine well. I'm just into S3 now and enjoying the plausible backstory and the modern tension. Of course I'm upset that Klaus is paired with anyone but Caroline....but so it goes, eh?

Yay for bookclub! I'm not sure this novel is even something that can/should be finished, J. And I'll discuss that theory when we begin. I'm thinking October?
Sep. 9th, 2017 05:58 pm (UTC)
Looks like an interesting show.

Glad you're enjoying The Originals, I completely agree, it's like a more grown up version of TVD, so much better.

Yes October book club definitely!
Sep. 9th, 2017 09:53 am (UTC)
I'm delighted you're watching Westworld. It seems so much your thing - even the opening credits seem intensely your thing! I hope it continues to satisfy you.

I neglected to vote but I wanted to say I really liked the final image of the scattered jet black beads, though it reminded me of one of Psyche's tasks as well as the task in the hut of the Baba Yaga.
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
I wish more folks were watching Westworld...at least here on LJ!

Thank you! I worked with the Psyche myth throughout my thirties...so I can't be surprised when aspects bleed through. The tasks have overlapped in many myths and fairy tales and are such a strong visual!
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