December 28, 2013

Thoughts on the Twelfth Doctor

Happy Christmas (A tad bit late), everyone! A time of happiness and cheer.... oh yes, and the Doctor regenerated. 

So. What did you think of the Christmas special? Certainly not my favorite episode, by far. But still... Eleven is dead. And I'm not at all sure what my thoughts on Twelve are. So I suppose I'll try to sort them out here.

He looks like an owl. 

Not exactly the most important thing about him, but I really needed to get that out of my system.

Owls aside, I like him. I don't like him. He'll make an amazing Doctor. He'll stink.

First of all, he seems like he'll be much more similar to the Classic Doctors, and a long shot from anything we've seen in New Who so far.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? 

Most likely a good thing. I'll miss Ten and Eleven's quirky personality, but a change from that would be good. 

“Eccleston was a tiger and Tennant was, well, Tigger. Smith is an uncoordinated housecat who pretends that he meant to do that after falling off a piece of furniture.”  — Steven Moffat

As Steven Moffat himself said,

“Eccleston was a tiger and Tennant was, well, Tigger. Smith is an uncoordinated housecat who pretends that he meant to do that after falling off a piece of furniture.” 

So who is Capaldi?

Second on the agenda. He forgot how to fly the TARDIS? Oh goodness, I hope not.

Third. I don't like Clara. Hopefully he'll find a new companion soon. Maybe Scarf Girl (Technichally, her name was Osgood, yes. But Scarf Girl sounds much better) from the 50th? I really do hope so. She seemed a much deeper character than Clara.

So. That's about it for today. Thoughts on Capaldi, anyone?

December 16, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Oh. My. Goodness.

**Spoilers Ahead**

I went to see the DoS yesterday, and... gosh. I don't know what to say. First and foremost, I didn't write the review yesterday because all I would've been able to do was squeal about how amazing it was.

And I'm going to try not to do that today, but I'm not promising you anything ;)

Let's start with... the acting.

Oh my gosh. The acting was amazing.

Martin Freeman did a wonderful job as Bilbo, same as the first movie.

And Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug?

His voice was so filtered that I could hardly recognize it, but gosh it was creepy. Almost as creepy as Sherlock when he's mad.

And then Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.

She did an amazing job, I must say, especially considering the fact that I originally hated the idea of adding in her and Legolas. But now, I'm not so sure. I was quite pleased with her character.

Except for one teeny, tiny thing.

The Kili/Legolas love triangle.

I'm perfectly fine with Peter Jackson adding in Tauriel for some female representation. I mean, goodness, look at this chart.

Tolkein really could have a done a much better job with adding more female characters, which is one reason why I liked the addition of Tauriel.

But now that I've seen the movie, I've realized that even though she did get some really cool fight scenes, she was added more for the romance than anything else.

Why can't we just get an awesome female character without romance and love triangles in the background?

As Evangeline Lily herself said,

“Because The Hobbit was my favorite book as a little girl, and the Silvan Elves were my favorite characters in the book, it would be a dream come true to play one, I agreed very quickly. And then they said to me, ‘Your character’s not in the book.’ And I took great pause as a great fan of Tolkien. I kind of gulped and went, ‘Whaaaat? Everyone’s going to hate me.’
At that moment when [Boyens] said there was a love story, I agreed to the job under one condition. One condition. And they agreed to the condition, and it was in place for two years. The condition was: I will not be involved in a love triangle. (“It’s true,” Boyens confirms). Because any of you who are fans of Lost — I had it up to here with love triangles."
So now I'm going to stop ranting about the love triangle, because I really honestly did love the movie overall.

Most of the things they changed from the canon, I liked. 

I didn't mind the fact that Bard was a peasant instead of the leader of Laketown because I feel that it enforced the entire theme of the LotR trilogy- that small people can do great things. 

I liked how they began to show Bilbo's growing attachment to the Ring, something that never really happened in the book.

I honestly did love Tauriel's character, and I still think she's an awesome.

And overall, the movie was totally AMAZING.

Rating: 8.5/10

I really should be wrapping this up now, so bye, everyone!

Oh, and as a side note, all my really old posts containing nothing but pictures have been deleted. If you really want to see those pics, most of 'em are on my Pintrest page, which is linked from the sidebar.

December 9, 2013

The Notebook Sisters Linkup

Hello all! And I'm back from my vacation this weekend! Unfortunately, I don't have any Ten gifs to go with today's post, so you'll have to do without. Unless I can find a way to relate Ten to books...
For the bookworms...

1. What was your overall favourite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)

Hmmm... Well... I must say, I really did love Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett. I really do hate picking favorite books, though *sigh* It's like picking a favorite parent or a favorite friend.

2. Which books did you reread this year?

The LotR trilogy, the Harry Potter series (As I do every year), The Wee Free Men, the Inkheart trilogy, annnnd that's all I can think of at the moment. Although there are tons more.

3. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?

Ummm... Do comic books count? If so, then Amazing X-Men #1. I mean, look at that artwork! And Nightcrawler is back! But if not, then I suppose Harry Potter, as it always does. I even bought myself a wand at the Dickens Fair this weekend and I'm planning on sewing myself a Slytherin cloak.

4. Best standalone you read?

Hmmm... Probably Shada, by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts. It's a Doctor Who novel about the fourth Doctor. Or perhaps Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman.

5. Biggest book(s) you've read this year?

Oh, gosh. Let me think. Probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or maybe Inkdeath, or something else. I really don't pay attention to the number of pages, but the more, the better! Oh, or possibly Dune. I read that on my Kindle so I'm not sure how long it was.

6. Most disappointing book(s) you read this year?

The Hunger Games. After all the hype about, it, I figured it would be good. Boy was I disappointed. It seemed poorly written to me and the characters... don't get me started on the characters.

7. Favourite leading-female character?

Hmmm... Either Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (She shows that girls can be smart and hold their own in a fight) or Meggie from Inkheart (I could totally relate to her love of books)

8. Favourite leading-male character?

Hmmm... Well... *Thinks* Can I say The Doctor? He was in Shada, after all. Or Sam from LotR.

9. Best romance(s)?

Percy and Annabeth. Or Ron and Hermione. one of the two.

10. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)

Pfft. Are you kidding? I always finish my books.

11. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort-zone?

Hmmm... Well, Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen. I was not impressed. And then there was World Without Fish. I'm normally not a fan of non-fiction, but I was very impressed with this one.

12. Which author did you read the most from?

Either Terry Pratchett or JK Rowling.

13. Top 5 books you'd recommend from all the books you've read this year?

1. Dune
2. The Harry Potter series, of course.
3. Anything by Terry Pratchett. Especially The Wee Free Men or Guards! Guards!
4. Fortunately, The Milk
5. Shada

14. How many books did you read this year all up?

I don't count. Probably around 100.


And I'm not going to participate in the writing half, mainly because the only book I wrote this year was my NaNo novel and it's still under revision. So, there it is! What do you think?

December 5, 2013

The Day of the Doctor Review

Well! Hello again! After virtually no new posts over the course of NaNoWriMo, I'm back again! Yay! *Throws confetti* *Crickets chirp* Anyway... The Day of the Doctor!

*Spoiler Alert*

Gosh. What can I say. It was brilliant!

Oh gosh. Look at his face. Ten has the best faces. Am I distracting you? Back on track.

Bad Wolf.

I don't know what to say about Bad Wolf.

I was quite excited about seeing Rose again, but I must say, I wasn't disappointed. Billie Piper was amazing as the Moment. The consciousness of a weapon of mass destruction? Yup. That's Doctor Who for ya.

I was quite impressed with the concept of a weapon that actually passes judgement on you for it's use.

And the punishment for destroying all of Gallifrey, including not only the Daleks but also the Time Lords?

Living to see another day.


Now. John Hurt. The Time War Doctor. 8.5, if you will.

I was rather suspicious about this.

I mean, adding another Doctor? This would totally mess everyone up.

Eight is still Eight, but Nine is Ten?

But Moffat pulled it off quite well.

He even managed to fill in some earlier plot holes.

Honestly, I hope Twelve spends his regeneration searching for Gallifrey. And now I'm going to have to catch up on Classic Who in the hopes that he does. After all... Gallifrey falls no more.

Rating: 9.5/10

Oh, and we mustn't forget.

The humor hidden so well that every time you watch it you find something now to laugh at.