August 29, 2017

Lately//Books&Movies

Aghhh, why does time go so fast?? Guys, August is going to be DEAD in two days. *dying noise*

(*whispers* Natalie, stop being so dramatic. Wow. *end whispers*)

Ahem. So, I got back from a trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan last Friday. That was fun. But that's not what this post is about. Today I'm here with a vague continuation of my last "lately" post, a collection of miniature (VERY miniature) reviews of the books and movies I've read and watched lately. I could probably go on and on in a post about EACH of these, but for my own sanity (and your attention span) I'm going to try and make this quick and painless. Readysetgo.

Watching....

Poldark (season one)
Ross and Demelza
told you I'd steal it, Olivia :P
Just to preface, I will not be watching any more seasons of this show. Season one was sketchy enough and when I looked up what happens in the next seasons......WHO WROTE THIS SHOW? *throws laptop out the window*

(Has anyone here read the books? If so, are they as horrid as this show is/gets?)


Things I loved:
~ROSSELZA. Ross and Delmeza were the absolute end to cuteness. THEY WERE ADORABLE.

~Verity (Minnie ;)) was sooooo sweet and SHE AND ANDREW WERE AS CUTE IF NOT
SOMETIMES CUTER THAN ROSS AND DEMELZA. Ahhh. <333 (Naomi, you would LOVE them.)

~The ocean and cliff side scenery. Like wow.

~The introooo. It's insanely gorgeous. Here, watch it. You must.

~The setting of 1700's England. *nods*

~Speaking of Ross again, he's very attractive, wouldn't you say? And if you don't agree, whatever. I say he is. :P I mean, he's Kili so.....enough said.

~Demelza's amazing hair and her pretty dresses and her accent that I sorely want to imitate but can't. :P

~THE SCENE WHERE ROSS AND DEMELZA HAVE THEIR NEW BABY. That was quite possibly the sweetest scene ever. :')
"How could we have made something so perfect?.....I promise I'll make the world a better place for her."

Ross, Demelza and Baby Julia.
awwwww

~THE MUSIC.

(I aplogize for all the CAPs. I had to get this out of my system. :P)


What I didn't like:
~Um. Need it really be said? This show could have been SO good without all the adultery going on.
I agree, Guy

~Like, the beginning of Ross and Demelza's *cough* romance.  At least Ross was honorable afterwards though.  Like yes, you both did the wrong thing, but then you did the right thing by getting married right after.

(It's like the only honorable thing Ross does tbh so it deserves recognition. *clap*)
Thorin needs to enter this show and beat some morals into Kili-Ross.
~Margaret. And just everything about any scene she's in. No.

~Elizabeth She was just kind of so-so at first. Then she agreed to marry Frances and I was like "aww yeah good girl, see he loves you!" Then she got progressively more annoying. It's not like she didn't have a chance to change her mind before marrying Frances. Stick with your decision. Argh.

~Frances Wow, this guy went from kind of pitifully sweet to myyyyyy woooooordd you are the worst human on the planet wow.

~I could go on, but I won't. :P


All the above things were pretty easy to skip, but even with skipping I don't think watching this show was the best decision for me. This show still really pushes the envelope on my movie standards. And it's aggravating.  It pretty much promotes sin and says that "you can be with whoever you want, never mind who you're actually married to lol!"

But by the time most of that had happened, I was halfway through the first season and I decided to keep going till the end. As long as things were going well with Ross+Demelza and Verity+Andrew I'd ride it out.

Aaaand that's why I WON'T be watching season two. Because Ross cheats on Demelza with Elizabeth and I was so done when I found that out.
may or may not be what I plan on doing to Ross


But, I suppose watching the first season wasn't all loss. I still really enjoyed the GOOD plots from it (like Ross and Demelza being adorable and happy, Verity and Andrew's romance, and just the stunning scenery and cinematography and DID I MENTION THE MUSIC?) and the show actually gave me lots of inspiration for one of my own stories AKA sequel number 37* of my Princess and the Pea story. (One of Alethea's brothers...that's all I'm going to say.)


*exaggeration....kind of

La La Land
La La Land (2016)

I honestly don't have words....this was so beautiful. I wish it wasn't something I can only watch on clearplay because I want to watch it over and over again. I'll grant you, the ending isn't my favorite but it has a beautiful sadness kind of reminiscent of Roman Holiday. And you all know how I love that movie.

Random things I loved:
Mia's wardrobe~Seb's piano playing~ALL THE MUSIC~vintage movie references~the magic~the tap dance-yellow-dress dance~the vintage cars~encouragement of dreaming~the colors~the epilogue sequence~the dance~when Seb makes dinner for Mia dawww~their second dance in the "stars" the one where she's in a white dress~but also the first one when she's in a green dress~almost/pretty much everything~did I mention how magical this film was?~if I go on this list will be crazy long


Iron Man
Ironman is the only person who publicly told people what his secret identity is. I find that mildly amusing. :)
that ending was pretty epic
Watched this on clearplay, too. This was fun, though it lacked Captain America. :P On the whole, I enjoyed seeing Iron Man's backstory and he IS a hysterical character. (Also, can I live at his house for like a week? SO MANY COOL THINGS.) His and Pepper's relationship is pretty cute, too. My only complaint was so many explosions. Can we cut back on the gunfights and explosions? No? I didn't think so.


Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
SOOOooooooo I finally watched it, and to put all my thoughts into writing would require a bigger post that this one. Suffice to say I loved very close to everything about it and may or may not have cried at several parts.

The Princess Bride
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I've finally seen it, thanks to this girl and her siblings. It was fantastic and hysterical and now I want to watch it again. :P

(Also, I really loved Westley. He was a great hero.)


Sense and Sensibility (2008)
Sense & Sensibility directed by John Alexander (TV Mini-Series, 2008) #janeausten #fanart
I received this for my birthday and ahhhh I love this movie so much. I enjoyed it even more than all the other times I watched it. I do believe Sense and Sensibility is officially my favorite Austen story. (Though My. Knightley is my favorite hero. Go figure.)

Persuasion (2007)
Ann Elliot and Captain Wentworth. BBC Persuasion {2007} Gosh I love this movie! Capt. Frederick Wentworth is my favorite Austin hero. <3 He's so sweet!
Also got this for my birthday and enjoyed it, though it just doesn't do it for me the way the good old 1995 version does. But it's still fun owning a different version, though. :) (And that ending is scene is ADORABLE. <3)



Reading....

The Daughter Pays by Mrs. Bailie Reynolds

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So, a certain very wonderful friend of mine made my birthday extra specially-exciting by gifting me with my very own copy of one of her favorite stories ever,  The Daughter Pays!!! Of course, any reading a of a recommended book from a friend (especially when said book was gifted to you) is a nerve-wracking experience, because I want so much to like it for their sake!

I needn't have felt nervous on that score concerning this book. I loved it.

*Slightly spoiler-y*
When a certain young man was introduced as the possible love interested for Virgie the heroine, I immediately began rooting for him. Imagine my surprise when she ended up marrying the man who, by all accounts, was the villain. (If this is confusing, read the book. It makes much more sense that way and it's much more fun to experience the drama firsthand.)
*Definitely spoiler-y*
I can honestly say that I never had a complete change of heart about any character like I did for the true hero of this story, Osbert. I went from absolutely loathing him to pitying, rooting for, and even loving him. His character arc is stunning and honestly one of my favorite parts of the story. He becomes a humble, penitent man eager to redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he now loves and he goes about this in the most patient, admirable way.

Though I doubt this was meant as a fairytale retelling, the story reminds me of both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast—with Virgie as Cinderella and Osbert as the Beast. This only makes me love the story more. :)

*end spoilers*

Set in the Edwardian era, with lots of lovely description and sparkling dialogue, I totally and whole-heartedly recommend this story.


Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

"Little Men" by Louisa May Alcott, illustrated by Ruth Ives (http://www.etsy.com/listing/114719806/little-men-by-louisa-may-alcott)

This dear book was one I promised to read for Miss March. And I only wish I had read it sooner!! It was one of the most sweet and wholesome books I had read in a long while. Besides falling in love with the boys and their antics (Nate and Dan were two favorites....but I loved so many of them *hugs*) I also felt as if this book gently guided me more in the direction of honoring God in thought, word, and deed. It truly is a book that lives up to Philippians 4:8.Now I can't wait to read Jo's Boys.

(I still don't understand the order in those titles. Shouldn't the boys be Jo's Boys before they are Little Men?? :P)

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
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Finally, finally, finally I read a book I've wanted to read at Olivia and Éowyn's recommendation for a long time. AND IT WAS EVERYTHING THEY SAID IT'D BE.
Wow. There was so much I enjoyed and liked and loved about this story:

~The snark. Even with everyone "theeing" and "thouing", Sir Walter Scott put an incredible amount of humor and wit into the dialogue. Our modern language is missing out.
For instance, one of my favorite parts:

“Nay, then,” said Wamba, “I will pray you for a close sight of that same horn that hath so powerful a breath.”
The Knight undid the clasp of the baldric, and indulged his fellow-traveller, who immediately hung the bugle round his own neck.
“Tra-lira-la,” said he, whistling the notes; “nay, I know my gamut as well as another.”
“How mean you, knave?” said the Knight; “restore me the bugle.”
“Content you, Sir Knight, it is in safe keeping. When Valour and Folly travel, Folly should bear the horn, because she can blow the best.”
“Nay but, rogue,” said the Black Knight, “this exceedeth thy license—Beware ye tamper not with my patience.”
“Urge me not with violence, Sir Knight,” said the Jester, keeping at a distance from the impatient champion, “or Folly will show a clean pair of heels, and leave Valour to find out his way through the wood as best he may.”
“Nay, thou hast hit me there,” said the Knight; “and, sooth to say, I have little time to jangle with thee. Keep the horn an thou wilt, but let us proceed on our journey.”

Maybe it's just me, but I found Wamba's methods of getting a hold of the bugle and keeping it to himself hysterical. xD And that's only one example of many humorous parts in Ivanhoe.

~Rebecca. She was amazing. Absolutely loved her.

~Wamba and Gurth were adorable and/or funny by turns. Those two are priceless. (But Wamba is probably my favorite, shhh)

~Is it weird that I kind of felt bad for Bois-Guilbert after awhile? Like, I know, he was a horrid person and everything about his actions and reasons and mind were messed up but....I still kind of felt bad for him?? I don't know....

~Ivanhoe was pretty cool, although it took forever for the namesake of this book to even be in the story!

~Richard masquerading as the Black Knight was epic. :D

~Athelstane's "resurrection" was priceless.

~ROBIN HOOD.

Things I didn't like:

~Mmm. Not much. It was a long book that could get a little draggy here and there, but on the whole it was a breeze compared to some big classics. (cough, Les Mis) Also, I found it horrible how everyone treated Isaac and Rebecca just because they were Jews. I suppose it was historically accurate. But my word. All these "Christian" characters are not acting as Christians should. And did it ever occur to you that the Jews are God's chosen people?? Read the Bible once in awhile!

(Hush, I know the common folk didn't read the Bible back then*, but still. I'm ranting against history more than anything right now, not Ivanhoe itself.)

*Right?? I think that's how it was...I'm pretty sure only the church had access to the Bible, and then it was read it Latin at services. Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone.

~The fact that Robin Hood also joined in this treatment of Isaac and his daughter was disappointing. I like to think of Robin Hood as really admirable, but all my favorite shows and stories with him in it tend to present a less-than-perfect Robin. Which, you know, I get it, that's fine I just...*sigh*. I expect better of my heroes. :P


The Beginning of the War by Anna Holmberg
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Reading this book was so fun, because it's the debut novel of this girl, a real-life friend who's also a blogger pal now. Her story was, I admit, quiet different from the usual books I read. It was a quirky and funny fantasy and very surprising. (I mean, an eel—called a Bwopper-eel—just dropping out of the ceiling is certainly unexpected. :P) But the characters were fantastic and this book made me giggle many times. Rhondin, Allyn, Dehmatthir....there are so many great characters. One of my absolute favorites, however, is Bruceking the dragon. His snark is fantastic:

"Rhondin looked up at the dragon. "Hello," he said.
Hello, the dragon said, sounding remotely bored.
They greeted him, and he continued, trying to sound nonchalant. So the humans have finally come back. He turned his gaze to Esril. The elf that I don't know has come back too. Who is this stranger?"

I just really loved him. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who like light-hearted fantasy. :D Anna did a great job with her book and I can't wait for the sequel to be released! (I also hope that A CERTAIN CHARACTER is either saved or given a proper death in said sequel. *cries*)

Fun fact: part of this story is set in East Tawas, MI, a place I was actually driving through when I finished reading this book. (No, I wasn't driving myself while reading at the same time. I may text and drive but I never read and drive.) (I'm kidding, I don't text and drive and neither should you IT'S AGAINST THE LAW.) (Hmm, now I want to write a ranty post about driving...)

Where was I? Oh yes. What I was leading up to was that being IN the place where said book was set while reading it was a very fun, new experience. :D

Dare by Tricia Mingerink

My blog review: Dare by Tricia Mingerink -  https://embersreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/dare-a-book-review/

This was a fun read and I definitely want to read the rest of this series some day (I mean, I have to find out what happens to Leith and Renna and Shadrach and Brandi....). Read full review here for more details!!


Exiles by Jaye L. Knight
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ASAKJJFKLJGLDFGK!!!! Read full review here. ;)


Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery 
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Yay! A new LMM novel!! *confetti* I found this short little book incredibly lovely and sweet. LMM's novels are always full of magic, but I especially love her romances and this one didn't disappoint. :) Eric was such a kind, gentlemanly hero (without being annoying like most "rich young men" are in books) and Kilmeny simply adorable. Definitely am glad I bought this one. <3

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That's it, friends! 
Have you read or watched any of these? 
What are your thoughts on them?

PS. Two more followers and I'll be at 100. Wow. Thank you all SO much. *HUGE GROUP HUG*

43 comments:

  1. Kilmeny of the Orchard was so sweet <3 And Little Men - innocent, but deep.

    Whenever I've seen Poldark around I've considered watching it - just for Kili! - but your review has been very helpful, thank you!
    Jem Jones

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    1. Glad you agree, Jem. :D

      I know, right?? I mainly watched it for Kili, too. I'm glad my review helped you out!

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  2. Your "Poldark" review amused me greatly--especially the gifs ;-) I never really considered watching it because it SEEMED super drama-heavy, which isn't exactly my thing; but I'm glad to know about the content as well . . . Like, okay. Showing the "grittiness" of real life is one thing--but actually PROMOTING cheating on your partner like it's a "good thing" is QUITE ANOTHER. I do not approve, Jeeves. *stern face*

    I kind of need to check out "La La Land," don't I?

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS. The more I think about that movie the more I love it.

    S&S 08!!!! *screams* Best. Austen. Movie. Ever. Hands down. No question.

    I'm not a big fan of Persuasion 07. I really want a new (longer!) adaptation, especially if they could get Ioan Gruffudd as Wentworth--now THAT, ladies and gentlemen, would be amazing.

    Did the common people in medieval times have access to the Bible? Short answer: Not really. As you pointed out, the only translations of the Bible available were in Latin, and even though all educated people of that time knew Latin (and I do mean ALL, it was very different from today--Latin was like today's basic math, something you just HAD to know), the common people weren't literate, so they couldn't read it. (Not even literate in their own languages--so even if the Bible had been in English or French or whatever, it wouldn't have done them any good.) What they knew about the Bible they got from their priests' sermons, pretty much.

    What's really, REALLY sad is that even many Christians who DO have access to the Bible still think it's okay to speak and act in ways prejudicial to Jews. Martin Luther, for instance--he certainly read the Bible, and he was still violently anti-Jewish (and he wasn't alone in that, by any means; so many other educated people of his time were the same way.)

    So yeah . . . the history of Christian treatment of the Jewish people is pretty ugly :-/

    "Exiles" was BRILLIANT and I need "Bitter Winter" in my life IMMEDIATELY.

    This post was so much fun! <3

    P.S. 100 FOLLOWERS WHAT. You deserve it, girl!! *hugs*

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    1. Glad it provided some amusement, Jessica! :D Yes, exactly. Granted, the show didn't necessarily PROMOTE said adultery, but...it was just treated too lightly. Everyone kind turned a blind eye to it because "well, it's not GOOD, but..." :P Yeah. On the whole that show just has awful messages.

      Yes, I think you should. :D

      IT WAS SO MAGICAL. AND THE SONGS. <3

      I knew you'd appreciate my reference to that movie!! <3

      Hmm, Ioan Gruffudd as Wentworth? I'm not sure about that....he's William Wilberforce to me. :) (Have you seen Amazing Grace, by the way??) But it SOUNDS interesting.

      Ahhh, thanks for clarifying that! Hmm, I had no idea the common people knew Latin. That's good to know. But ohhh, right, illiteracy is why they couldn't read it. Gotcha. :)

      That is very sad and horrible. I didn't know that about Martin Luther. It's so sad how people can totally miss or misunderstand a BASIC Biblical principle: "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

      Part of me is a little apprehensive about "Bitter Winter" because...well, we've talked about this. ;)

      THANK YOU!!

      PS. D'awwwwww. YOU ARE THE BEST. THANK YOU, JESSICA!!! *hugs back*

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    2. Please forgive me for jumping into your conversation, Jessica and Natalie!

      I want to give you a little background on why everyone labels Martin Luther anti-Semitic. In the early days of the Reformation, he wrote and spoke quite favorably and lovingly about and to the Jewish people. He believed that they had a common cause in shedding light on the word of God and bringing it to the people, and he thought that once they were able to more widely read the Bible themselves, they would realize that Jesus was indeed their long-awaited Messiah. He expected they would join with him in spreading this good news. But that didn't happen. In fact, there were many prominent Jews who worked with the Roman Catholic church against the spread of reformation ideas and condemned Luther and his followers and dangerous upsetters of the status quo. Eventually, Luther became very bitter and disappointed about all this, which is why he wrote things opposing the Jewish people which, yes, are quite anti-Semitic. By that time in his life, he was also plagued with a multitude of health issues and taking a pretty hefty dose of medicine every day dissolved in wine, which may have contributed to his growing more extreme and less balanced in his views about the Jews and many other subjects. When have been hunted as an outlaw for decades, are drinking medicine mixed with wine to combat chronic pain and illness, and have been personally attacked and reviled by people you believed would be your allies... I can see how you might lash out in anger.

      That doesn't mean I think Luther was right in what he wrote, but I hope it helps you understand that there was more going on than "Martin Luther was a Jew-hating jerk."

      (Also, completely unrelated, but Ioan Gruffudd is my dream casting for Captain Wentworth too. Probably cuz he shone so brightly as Horatio Hornblower.)

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    3. @Natalie--yes! I have seen Amazing Grace, and I loved it :) It's one of my favorite period dramas, actually. I love the strong historical element and the way it addresses slavery and racism.

      @Hamlette--I understand what you're saying about Luther, and it's always important, I agree, to try and understand WHY somebody who holds racist views (or any other kind of bigoted/prejudiced/hateful views) thinks and feels that way. But at the same time, those views--and the people who hold them--can never be excused, because they HURT OTHER PEOPLE. Luther had no right to expect the Jews to support him or his ideas, and no right to lash out and attack them as a religion/culture/race, no matter how much he personally may have been hurting. (Although I'd like to make VERY CLEAR here that I IN NO WAY regard Luther as the only anti-Semite of his time or even the worst anti-Semite of his time. Plenty of Catholics thought, spoke, and acted in the exact same way, and they were ALSO very wrong for doing so. None of them can be excused.)

      Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who wants to see Ioan Gruffudd as Wentworth!!! *bounces excitedly* Maybe we can petition BBC . . . ?

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    4. @Jessica I'm so glad you love Amazing Grace, too!! Every time I watch it, I love it more and more. Have you read the book, Amazing Grace, by Eric Metaxas? It sheds even more light on Wilberforce and what he did and it's SUCH good read. One of my very favorite nonfiction works.

      @Hamlette I don't mind at all that you jumped it! Thank you for that information on Luther and your views of everything. I think both you and Jessica made some very valid points. I don't really have anything to say myself since I don't know much about Martin Luther. But I found your information on him very intriguing. Thank you!

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  3. Ha! Well sneered Sir Guy. :)

    *Catches one glimpse of a Certain Title over a Certain Picture and swoons* You are the sweetest friend, Natalie. :) I'm over-the-moon thrilled that you loved it so much! The descriptions and conversations - ! At times they're almost poetic in their loveliness, without being ultra sentimental; I think it may very well be the most dramatic, yet delicately told love stories I've ever read!

    No, it is not in the LEAST strange that you feel sorry for Bois-Guilbert!!!! Take that from the girl who has a long and detailed rant, *ahem*, theory about why Bois-Guilbert is the person in the story with the greatest character arc, etc. :)

    I haven't seen Beauty and the Beast, but the coloring of that end scene is so dreamy.

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    1. Heehee. :D

      Awwww. Yes, I admit I went to your Pinterest board for that one. (Which, by the way, is SUCH a perfect board for that story!!) I'm so happy I loved it, too! It's such fun to fangirl over it together. :D "Dramatic, yet delicately told". I completely agree.

      Oh, GOOD! I'm so glad. And *cough* I surely would love to hear that rant sometime. ;)

      Isn't it lovely? I'm so glad you think so, too.

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  4. Awesome post, Natalie! Kilmeny of the Orchard is one of my very favorite LM Montgomery books!!

    I apologize for the following monster comment, but I wanted to answer your question about the Bible and people's attitudes with Jews.

    Back in the Middle Ages, books in general were very highly prized possessions, mostly because a lot were still handwritten. Yes, a lot were chained to the tables in churches or libraries but that doesn't mean that people couldn't read them or have access to them. They just couldn't walk off with them!

    Jessica Prescott is correct though. Literacy was not *needed* as much as it is today, so a lot of the peasant population went through life illiterate. Most of the evangelizing by the Catholic Church was done through oral Tradition, not by written text. Bibles were probably the first books owned by common families, and they became more readily available after the printing press. Even then, there was not a complete printed English translation of the Bible until the late 1500s-early 1600s (The Douay-Rheims Version). And yes, the Mass was in Latin, but actually, almost all men could understand it (the common grammer schools taught Latin to young boys). Girls, depending on their status, may have been educated in Latin by their fathers or from a tutor. Also I should point out that there are 7-9 different passages from the Bible in a Latin Mass, so people were getting instruction from the Bible, just in a different setting.

    Also, here's a little more context with the Jews.

    The Jewish Covenant with God was broken when the Holy of Holies was exposed after Jesus Christ died on the Cross. The need for the covenant was over. The salvation of the world was done. Now all peoples would be welcomed into Heaven.
    Unfortunately, a lot of Jews were bitter and extremely angry about this. They actively persecuted the infant Church (even Christ Himself was persecuted by His people!!) The things that they did to OUR LORD were apalling enough, never mind to ordinary followers. The Pharisees were especially known to be power and money hungry. They used usury - the practice of charging interest on loans - which is condemned by the Catholic Church as being unjust. All of those bad marks on the Jew's reputation was handed down by the dominant culture, so those cultural dissentions between Jews and the Christians were centuries in the making.

    Does that mean that the Church (and with that, it's people) has an excuse to be anti-Semitic? FAR FROM IT!!! But, as we all know, cultural dissentions are often the hardest things to get rid of in a society.

    Hope this helps!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! :)

      Ahh, no apology necessary! I appreciate your taking the time to answer my question in such depth.

      I always thought medieval people COULDN'T understand the mass since it was in Latin, so your information otherwise is fascinating.

      Everything you said about the Jews is very interesting as well, especially what you said about usury. That helps me understand Ivanhoe a little better. :)

      Thanks again!

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  5. Eeee!!! SO MANY LOVELIES. <3 <3

    Oh, I'm sorry - I should have warned you about Poldark. It is pretty sketchy. :/ We didn't even end up finishing the first season (blame my sisters for that, not me! :P) and I haven't heard spoilers for the next few seasons, but really?! Ross did that? THAT MAKES ME BURN WITH RAGE. It wasn't the cleanest story line, definitely not. (It's pretty sad how those kinds of stories are portrayed as "normal" and "fine" these days. Actually, it's REALLY sad. It REALLY makes you appreciate clean stories so much more!)

    LA LA LAND!!!!!!!!!!!! *shrieks* I love that movie SO GOSH DARN MUCH!!! (It's on my wish list for this year. :D :D) (DUH.) I wish it was a tad bit cleaner (y'know, no swearing at all, and no living together until after being married kinda stuff) but I'm glad it wasn't any worse. I LOVE IT SO. <3 (And yes?! Isn't the scene when Sebastian cooks dinner the CUTEST? And however painful, I thought it was great how their arguments (especially the one during that dinner) were so REAL. As in, that's totally something that would happen in real life.)

    I've seen a little of Ironman, and I thought it was quite funny, but honestly,those kinds of movies I don't particularly care for. (Captain America, for one, was a movie I disliked. :P) I like action movies with lots of BRAINS. Ones that make me think and challenge me so much! (Like the Bourne series... though they are pretty violent.)

    Beauty and the Beast was lovely, yes. :)

    I found the Princess Bride a little cheesy, but then also quite original at the same time. However, give me Zorro over it any day.

    S&S '08!!! YAAAS. <3 <3 <3

    Oh, Little Men is a darling of a book! I love Louisa May Alcott's writing! It's a tiny bit tedious at times, but so WHOLESOME, y'know? It's so simple and sweet and just... DARLING!

    Aaaaand, I haven't read/watched any of the others. :P (Also, you're been watching a lot more movies and reading a lot more books than I have!!! WAYYY MORE! I struggle reading a chapter a day and watching 1 movie a week. Ugh! Why is life so busy!! Why do I have so many projects all the time... :P Last night I watched "Brooklyn" again and ohhh it's soo beautiful it hurts. It hurts so much but I love it so much. (I'd definitely recommend it, but watch it with Clearplay 'cause it has some language and a bedroom scene.)

    Anyways! Off to do one of the 109809839083 things I should be doing!

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    1. Thanks, Gabby!! (Haha. I was about to call you Gabby--then I thought, "No, I can't, I have to use Miss Meg." I scrolled up to remind myself that indeed I CAN use your real name, now. :D)

      Oh, don't feel bad! After all, I watched it before I emailed you about it. (Which I still need to respond to...sorry!) And I knew what I was getting myself into...partly. :P Like I said, season one is just barely tolerable (with skipping) but season two passes the limit for me!
      I KNOW, RIGHT? Ross is supposed to be the HERO. I'm all for anti-heroes that change for the better, but all of Ross's change seems to be for the worse. Who knows, maybe the people in charge plan for him to become better at the end of the series, but I certainly don't need or want to go through all that unnecessary angst just to see him FINALLY realize how awful his conduct is. (That is, IF he even realizes it.)

      I know. :( It's really, really sad what this world's "entertainment" has become! My family is watching a really delightful show called "The Donna Reed show". And, like most b&w tv shows from the 50's, the married couple don't even sleep in the same bed! They have separate twins. Compare that with shows like Poldark and worse....ugh.

      Sorry. Rant over, I promise. :P

      YAY WE CAN SQUEAL ABOUT LA LA LAND. <3
      YOU LIKED THEIR ARGUMENTS, TOO?? Okay. So, I almost mentioned that in the post but I didn't. YES. The dinner scene argument! Exactly! When watching it, I was kind of stunned because I'd never seen a movie/tv argument acted out so well and realistically. I just....loved it, as odd as it sounds. :P I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's so interesting seeing how their conversation escalates and how they react. Plus, it's just cool seeing a romantic couple in a movie have arguments over real issues, not just fake "fighting" because they "love each other and don't want to admit it". Does that make sense? :P

      Haha. Well, honestly, I enjoyed the marvel movies (at least the ones I've seen) a lot, but to each their own. ;)

      I haven't seen any Zorro. Is it a movie or a tv series? And is there any content?

      :D

      Wholesome and darling are the perfect words. <3

      Aww, I'm sorry you're struggling to find time for books and movies! It really does take some work to carve out time, sometimes. :/ Brooklyn is one I've wanted to see for awhile, now!! Clearplay had it at first, but then they changed their system and they don't have it anymore. :( I hope they get it back because I really would like to see that. (I'll tell you if/when I see it. ;))

      GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!! *encouraging hug*

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    2. NOOOOO. BLOGGER ATE MY COMMENT.

      Oh darn!! Now I have to go and write it all... I may have to rush it a little. :/

      Haha, I know, it's a bit weird using my *real* name now. :D

      YES! That TOTALLY makes sense! I love how their argument was so REAL, it just made the movie so much more believable and relatable and deeper. <3

      Zorro has been made into a lot of adaptions! Some are clean, some have some content and I should imagine some have quite a lot, but there are some gems among them. The Mark of Zorro was made in 1940 and was is black and white (also clean, I'm pretty sure) but I haven't seen it much. I just remember being impressed and thinking it was a great re-telling, so I would recommend it. The ones I've seen the most are "The Mask of Zorro" and "The Legend of Zorro" with Antonia Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They do have a bit of content (nothing absolutely awful, but enough to make me squirm and hit the fast-forward button) but they're pretty funny and action packed. The basic storyline is a man goes masquerading in a black costume and black mask, by the name of Zorro (hiding his true identity) and fights for his people + seeks revenge. Basically. (I'm wonderful at plot lines, I know.) (I might even be so talented as to have said that the wrong way.)

      Oh, I think I just to need to be careful with how I spend my time so I can make the most out of what I do have - but it's just hard because THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WANT TO DOOOO. :P

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    3. Ahhhh that is the worst! Hate when that happens. :(

      Exactly!! "Believable and relatable and deeper."

      Thanks for all that information about Zorro! I'll have to look into it sometime. The story sounds fun. :D Kind of like the Scarlet Pimpernel or even Robin Hood. ;)

      THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. I relate. <3

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  6. Iron Man is so much fun. SO much fun. I get the hugest kick out of the first movie, in particular. Tony Stark would drive me nuts in real life, but on screen in small, 2-hour doses, he just amuses me.

    I love The Princess Bride so much, my brother and I named our second dog Westley. The book is also hysterical. TCM is bringing it to the big screen in select theaters in October, and I'm so taking my kids. Or at least my oldest. Or at least meeting my brother at the theater to see it with him. Loves it to bits.

    Beauty and the Beast -- love the soundtrack. Really ought to see the movie a second time to solidify my feelings/thoughts on it.

    Just saw S&S08 for the first time earlier this year and dug it SO MUCH.

    I also prefer the '95 Persuasion to the '07, but the '07 has its good points.

    I like Little Men better than Little Women, actually. And WAY better than Jo's Boys, which involves the boys growing up and is bittersweet.

    Yeah, I can never exactly hate on Brian du Bois-Guilbert because... the poor, sad puppy. I mean, a total jerk, but still... pitiable.

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      AWWW. I approve of that dog's name. I hope to read the book someday! I started it a long time ago, but the humor was lost on me at the time. I was too young, I think. Plus it confused me since it's written as if a true story. Have fun seeing it in October!!

      I'd love to read your review of "Beauty and the Beast". :D

      ISN'T IT GREAT??

      Agreed. :)

      I haven't read "Jo's Boys" yet, but I've heard enough about its bittersweet side that I'm a little nervous.

      I'm glad you feel that way, too.

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  7. Natalie, you make me want to read and watch all the things on here that I haven't read or watched!

    Except for Poldark. *Glares at Aidan Turner and throws a tomato at his head* It makes me sad that such a well-produced show, which seems as if it would be enjoyable in most respects, could show such sinful and wrong things as being perfectly fine.

    :) "Stop that rhyming now, I mean it!" Ha ha, guess what the wallpaper on my computer desktop is right now?

    Aww! Thank you for the review of my book, that is so sweet of you! Can I send a hug over the internet? Hee hee, quirky is what I'm goin' for! And I can't really remember where on earth I got the idea for Bwopper-eels. Where did that COME from? Boy, I have no clue, but it's weird. And SORRY!!!! Perhaps I will revisit that "certain character" in the future. (Actually, I started writing the story in that same campground in Tawas.) :D

    Perhaps I should read Ivanhoe, it sounds like a right jolly tale. :) And everything else here that I haven't read! I really should try reading the L.M.Montogmery books again; I haven't in a very long time. Hmm...first, I must finish Little Dorrit.

    Thanks again! :)

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    1. That's like the best compliment ever for these kinds of posts. :D

      But yes. Not Poldark. Good choice. :P I knoooooow. In all other respects it was SO good. WHY.

      :D That poster of The Princess Bride?

      Awww. Sure! *hugs back* I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! I've been meaning to do it for awhile. I'm glad I finally got around to it. Good! You definitely did a good job making it quirky. :D If you ever remember how you came up with Bwopper-eels, I'd be interested in that story. I certainly hope you do. ;) (That is SO fun!)

      Ohhhh, Ivanhoe was amazing! I think you'd like it. :) And yes, LMM books are so good.

      Thank you, too!!

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  8. That is pretty much why I didn't/don't plan on watching Poldark. Why would I want a main character cheating? I want to LIKE the character that is supposed to be the hero!

    I loved LaLa Land . . . until the end. My sister said I should just watch and skip the ending. I understand the ending for Roman Holiday; it fits. This ending just makes Mia look like every other grasping, shallow, commitment-phob actress.

    I haven't read Ivanhoe in awhile (actually, I'm not certain if I read it myself; Mom read it to us, I think). From what I remember Sir Brian is one of the only characters with more than one dimensional character development. He was evil, sure, but he was a whole evil person. Not a cardboard paper person. I like DeBracy, at least in the BBC Ivanhoe (which is problematic). I've never been overly inspired to re-read. Didn't care for story or writing.

    Little Men. Emil, Nat, Dan, and Tommy (what is it about book Tommy/Tom/Thomas's that are so hilarious?) are my favorites. Especially Dan. Add Josie and Teddy (Jr.) to that for Jo's Boys which I loved also (in parts anyway). But I loathe the ending to the latter (like I did for Little Women).

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    1. Exactly! I love antiheroes who CHANGE, but main characters that stay sinful are not heroes. :P

      Very true. At least in Roman Holiday there were legitimate reasons for their separation. I can't think of one reason Mia and Seb couldn't have stayed together!

      Aww really? Well I'm glad you think Sir Brian is a good character, too. :) I just recently saw the BBC Ivanhoe. I liked a lot of the first half, but it wasn't as true to the book in the second half! Plus there was some content I didn't care for.

      I haven't read Jo's Boys yet but I'm hoping to soon! :D

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  9. I really liked this post! I've been wanting to try Iron Man. My mom loves his movies. :)
    Have a good day!
    -Amaris

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  10. La La Land. <3

    And Verity does look adorable. Because Minny. :-) (Although I'm not going to watch Poldark. It looks too dramatic for me. And I hate it when marital unfaithfulness is one of the main plots. NOPE.)

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    1. Yes. <3

      EXACTLY. She's just like Minnie except not as silly and she's just the sweetest thing ever. (Good choice, though. :P)

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  11. THIS POST IS SO FUUUUUUNNNNN AND GOOD AND I LOVE THESE KINDS OF POSTS. :)

    I might come back to comment more fully (I try not to make promises, hehe), but I thoroughly enjoyed this!

    ~ Poldark -- it was super helpful to read your take on it, since it's sort of been one of those "ah I'll watch it eventually" things. But I might not, now. (But I might. I DON'T KNOW UGHH.) Anyway, thanks for sharing. :) (Also, THAT YZMA GIF MUST BE PURLOINED FORTHWITH.)

    ~ AHHHH, you watched La La Land! Another friend was also raving about it to me recently -- I suppose I'll ACTUALLY have to try to watch it SOON. :)

    ~ And you saw The Princess Bride!! How happy! (And that poster makes me really happy. :'D) Such nostalgia with that film. :) Having now read the book several times, I prefer the book to the movie, but at the same time I can't imagine the book without the movie. Know what I mean? THEY'RE BOTH JUST SO GOOD AAAAAGHHH.

    "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less well-known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line'!" ;D

    "Am I going mad, or did the word 'THINK' escape your lips?! You were NOT hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass!"

    Ahem. :D Vizzini is just so quotable.

    And eeeeeekkks, yay for getting S&S '08 and P '07 for your birthday! (HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, BY THE WAY <3 <3 <3 <3) Yeah, I think I've come to the conclusion that OVERALL, I like the '95 version of P better than the '07, but there are things I like very much indeed about the '07 version. :)

    I want to read The Daughter Pays!

    IVANHOE. <3 (Yes, the sass and the wit and the richness and REBECCA and ATHELSTANE'S RESURRECTION and no, you're not the only one who feels sympathy for Bois-Guilbert. I love his character, personally.) Thanks again for reading it! It makes me happy that you loved it so. :)

    And I liked Little Men, too! And Kilmeny of the Orchard WAS so sweet. A true sweetness, if that makes sense. :)

    Okay so I actually commented pretty fully. :-P Oh, and as a side note, I loved that you used a Gizzy gif and I'm glad you stole the Poldark collage. ;)

    I might do a similar post soon; would you mind terribly? ;) (Something tells me you probably wouldn't, but it seems polite to ask regardless. ;D)

    Love you, friend! <3 <3 <3

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    1. ALSO, how could I forget to mention? YOU SAW BEAUTY AND THE BEAST YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! :D And you loved it!! *showers confetti*

      IT'S SO WONDERFUL. <3

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    2. THANK YOU I'M SO GLAD YOU THINK SO!!!!

      Haha! Comment more fully? I think you did a grand job of it already. ;D I enjoyed your long comment, thank you so much!!

      I'm glad my "review" was somewhat helpful! If you do decide to watch it, tell me your thoughts! I'd enjoy discussing it with you. :D (Hahaha, isn't it great??)

      Now I really want to read the book. :D I'll definitely tell you what I think when I do!!!! And yes, I know exactly what you mean about book vs. movie. I love it when they're BOTH so good, although it makes it difficult to choose a favorite.

      VIZZINI WAS HYSTERICAL. :'D

      THANK YOU. <3 <3 <3 And yes! I'm happy to have them in my collection now, especially S&S 08. ^_^

      YOU TOTALLY SHOULD.

      I can never say enough how much I enjoyed that book. THANK YOU FOR ENCOURAGING ME TO READ IT. It's definitely a new favorite. :) (Glad you feel sympathy for Bois-Guilbert, too!)

      "True sweetness." Yes indeed! <3

      Good old Gizzy. ;D

      OF COURSE NOT! I'd loooove for you to do a similar post. (Thanks. ;))

      Love you, too!!! Thank you for your SPLENDID comment! <3

      PS. Yes indeed!!! *smiles under confetti*

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  12. What was that you were saying about my posts being long?? (Heehee. ;))

    This is the kind of post I wish I was better at writing! Just a simple but interesting commentary on movies and books. (Yes, I'm comparing myself again. Sush. ;P)

    Really, I enjoyed this post a lot. But it's so loooong...how shall I ever have time to comment on all of it??! (Apparently I'm in the mood to give you a hard time today. Do you mind? Haha. ;))

    Okay, let's begin at the beginning. I've never seen Poldark, but I have a feeling it would annoy me a lot too. If there's that much infidelity in it...ugh. That kind of stuff in movies really gets under my skin. (And Kili's in it? Oh then by all means, spare me!! Who likes Kili anyway? Hahaha. I'm kidding, I'm kidding!! I don't actually dislike him. It's just that he seems too handsome and charming for a dwarf. I can't quite take him seriously. ;) He is probably one of the more interesting characters in The Hobbit though, I have to admit. :))

    That "smash it with a hammer" gif!! Mwahahaha. :D

    Ohhhh. I think I do want to see Beauty and the Beast sometime. It sounds really interesting. (Such a shame about all the controversial stuff though. Why did they have to put that in? WHY?)

    Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. I find once again that I am greatly in the minority when it comes to my opinion of The Princess Bride. In other words, yeah, I don't like it. :/ But I certainly don't mind that you do! I mean really, someone put a lot of effort into making that movie there ought to be people who enjoy it! (Is that so generous of me though? ;))

    I need to watch S&S '08 again. And see if it improves on further acquaintance. :)

    The Daughter Pays. That's the one you were telling me about right? It sounds really interesting. I think it's so cool how the villain actually has a complete turn around. You don't hardly EVER have that kind of twist in a story.

    I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED LITTLE MEN! :D :D

    You are not the only one who feels sorry for Bois-Guilbert. I feel sorry for him, too. Especially in the movie version we own (since I haven't read the book in a long time and can't remember it that well). (Actually, I never read the book, my dad read it to me.) I remember being annoyed at how everyone treated the Jews in the book, too. I was particularly disappointed in Ivanhoe, because as the hero he ought to be above such things, right? WAMBA IS THE BEST!!! :D

    That is so funny and cool that you were actually driving through the very place that Anna's book takes place...and while you were reading it, too! Did you plan that? Or did it just happen?

    I have yet to read your review on Exiles. I admit, I've been putting it off because...long post you know? (Hahaha.)

    I need to read Kilmeny of the Orchard again. :)

    YES! TWO MORE FOLLOWERS AND YOU'LL BE AT 100!! WOOHOO!! YAY FOR NATALIE!! :D :D

    ~Miss March

    P.S. Your comment about reading and driving/texting and driving was hilarious! :)

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    1. Heehee....guess I'm guilty, too. ;)

      Well, why can't you? I'm sure you could do it! Honestly, I didn't work too hard on this post. I mean, there was SO much more I could/wanted to say about some movies and books, but I just made it short for convenience's sake. Try it! I'm sure you could do it. And don't feel like you HAVE to say everything about a certain book or movie. :)

      Heehee...*sigh*. Don't we usually give each other a hard time? ;D

      Yeah. Poldark was disappointing on that score, for sure. :( (You don't like Kili??? Yet another thing we disagree on! *sobs* Honestly, I love him. And I guess being handsome and charming is one thing I like about him?? Like, I get it, dwarves aren't elves or even hobbits. But they don't allll have to be gruff and rude like Gimli. ;P I guess I can see why you might not like him, though. Especially since a lot of his character in the movie IS very different from the book.)

      :D

      It IS really good, minus the controversial stuff. I hope you enjoy it if you see it!!

      Hahaha. Very generous of you, indeed. But oh dear! We're certainly disagreeing on a lot today. :/

      You didn't like S&S '08 either?? *sigh* Miss March what is happening to our friendship? :'( (I'm teasing, of course. ;)) But yes! Do see it again sometime!!

      Yes, it is the one I was telling you about! I agree; it's such an interesting twist. I can't believe more people haven't thought of it. (But I'm also glad they haven't, because otherwise it wouldn't be such a fun twist. :D)

      YAY! WE AGREE AGAIN!!

      And oh look, we agree about Bois-Guilbert, too! Our friendship is restored! (haha) What movie version do you own? And ahh yes, I agree. Ivanhoe was a good hero, but he wasn't exactly the BEST. I guess it was kind of realistic, though. Even the best heroes in real life have their faults. YAY WAMBA!! He might be my favorite character.

      I can't remember. I might have brought it along because I knew we were going to be in Tawas, but I might have also brought it along just because I was reading it at the time. :P

      Yes, you should. It's so lovely. <3

      Thank you for the fun comment, Miss March!!!

      PS. Heehe, thanks!

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    2. My word, but this comment made me smile!! :D :D :D

      It really is very sad when we disagree on things...but at the same time IT'S SO FUNNY!! ;D

      About Kili...okay so he actually might be my favorite of the dwarves just because he's more interesting than any of the others and more sympathetic, but I'm prejudiced against him all the same because he's not how the book portrays him. And I'm prejudiced against the movies in general because they're so over the top and a far cry from the reality of the book. So yeah. Obviously I learned nothing from all those years of watching Pride and Prejudice. :P

      Sorry, no apology to offer for not liking The Princess Bride. Heehee. ;)

      I KNOW RIGHT? HOW ARE WE EVEN FRIENDS??!! ;D There were some things I really liked about S&S '08, so I definitely want to see it again sometime.

      Well, I'm glad we at least managed to agree on something today!! What a relief. Our friendship is not completely lost then! Haha. ;)

      This feels like a horribly jumbled sort of reply, but I think that's all I have to say. Now you have my permission to be really annoyed with me for just giving you another comment to respond to when you were just getting caught up on responses. (Wasn't that cruel of me?) (Actually, I give you permission to not respond to this comment at all if you wish. Really, truly. I don't mind! There isn't all that much to respond to anyway. Just me blabbing on about nothing. ;))

      <3


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    3. Wait-first you said you can't take him seriously, then you say he's your favorite?? Miss March, that makes no sense. ;D Ohhh. Wait. Okay. I see what you mean. You like BOOK Kili, but not the movie version. Heehee. I can certainly understand why you would be a staunch supporter of the BOOKS, not the movies. But yes! Stop being so prejudiced, Miss March! ;P

      Hmph. ;)

      WE SHOULD WATCH IT TOGETHER SOMEDAY. 'Hem. ;)

      Yay!!! I was so worried we'd never be friends again! ;D

      Hahaha. No worries--I enjoyed your comment very much! (Although yes, my word! I JUST caught up on comments, Miss March! Why must you do this to me? ;D)

      <3

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    4. Actually, it's not even so much that I like BOOK Kili over MOVIE Kili because I don't actually remember what Kili was like in the book. It's more the fact that I dislike all the dwarves in the movie, but Kili somehow interests me anyway, despite my detestation. If that makes any sense. :P

      WE SHOULD! That would be fun!! :D

      Me too. :( But what a relief to find that there's still hope for our friendship. :D

      (Because I'm a mean and nasty friend, that's why!) (By the way, here's another comment for you! You're welcome.)

      P.S. Yes, I know. I'm supposed to be taking a break from commenting. And I will, but I just felt like I couldn't leave this one hanging because I had to explain to you about Kili. (Not sure my explanation made things any clearer but...whatever. I tried. ;))

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    5. *scratches head* I am so very confused. ;P

      :D

      Indeed! I was getting worried. ;)

      (Hahahaha.....I have like 11 tabs open right now as I'm trying to catch up on comments....again!)

      PS. Thank you! I appreciate your efforts even if your answer is still a little confusing. ;) (Actually, I think I may understand what you're trying to say. :D) (Maybe.)

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    6. Right. So I have a feeling my explanation was not altogether coherent. Why am I not surprised? Haha. ;P Don't worry though. When we meet in person again I shall attempt to explain it fully. How's that? ;)

      You're new profile picture is so pretty!! I love it!! :D

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    7. Ahhh!! MISS MARCH. You gave me another comment to reply to! *shakes head sadly*

      Heehee. That sounds like a plan. ;D

      Awww thank you! <3 I had to coerce my brother into taking it for me. ;)

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  13. Well I really wanted to watch Poldark but now... yeah. I don't think so. Disappointing because Scottish accents are the best (they ARE Scottish, right??)

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    2. Huh. Nobody ever TOLD me it was in Scotland... I guess my brain just decided it must be so. XD Yesssssss, accents are the best!!!

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  14. Kili is very attractive. Yes. I definitely agree. XD
    I love The Princess Bride!!! And Sense and Sensibility. They are awesome movies.
    I am going to read Ivanhoe soon! I'm excited.

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      They are!! I hope you enjoy Ivanhoe! It's GREAT.

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  15. YOU WATCHED BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. (That is not a question. Okay, please?)

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    1. I really loved Beauty and the Beast! It was very magical and actually made me cry. ONE OF MY FAVORITE DISNEY MOVIES EVER IS A "REAL" MOVIE NOW. :D It definitely made me so happy.
      And hahaha yessss. The Princess Bride was so great. Funny and witty and altogether delightful. I'm really glad I finally saw it. :D

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