Dec. 14th, 2012

My week of Hobbit madness

Aaaaaah. I KNOW, I KNOW, LATE LATE LATE. It kind of sucks that I didn't get the chance to write this all up a couple weeks ago when it was completely fresh in my mind, but between visitors and work and crazy commuting, there just hasn't been any time.

Anyway, better late than never! I'd decided a while ago that even if there was no way I could shag, bribe, threaten or otherwise cheat my way into receiving an invite to the world premiere of The Hobbit on November 28 (really, and here I thought I was famous *snort*), nor, alternatively, pay for one (tickets went for $2000 each, apparently - youch), I was still going to be in Wellington that week, come hell or high water, and soak in as much Hobbitsphere as I possibly could.

The timing worked out well since the lovely [info]alsha and I had tickets to see Avenue Q in Palmerston North that week anyway, so I just extended my stay to make sure I'd be in Welly on premiere day.

A note on picspam: Some of the photos are a little too wide for my IJ layout but this post has already taken way longer than it should and I am not resizing the damn things now, lol. If you want to see the pics properly, look at them while on the "leave a comment" screen!

Pre-premiere excitement )

Hobbit Fair, public screenings, LotR love, with a smidge of hypothermia plot )

Red carpet stalkage! (here there be picspam) )

And I think that's pretty much it! I have more pics but they're all variations on the ones I've posted here. It was a fabulous day, the atmosphere was great, everyone was lovely beyond belief, and I'm pleased as pie that we got to go, that we got such a good spot, and that everything worked out so beautifully. The city went all out for the entire week and being able to be a part of it just about made me explode with fangirly joy. Now all that's left to do is ACTUALLY WATCH THE DAMN MOVIE, which we're doing this Sunday (in 3D, because 3D means Richard Armitage will reach out of the screen and snog me, Y/Y? /science). I CAN'T WAIT.

And if you've made it through this massive post, you deserve a cookie, or at least some Lembas bread:


And Richard Armitage singing, because reasons.

Dec. 29th, 2009

The Stella Coretti Character Debacle on Alles was zählt – What Went Wrong?

[Russell Hammond voice] "To begin with? Everything". [/Russell Hammond voice]

I know there are worthier things to spend my time on. Trust me, I KNOW. I have a list a mile long of worthier things to do. But this has been simmering for weeks and I can no longer hold it in. My final, ultimate, semi-composed, very personal WTF WERE THEY THINKING WITH THIS CHARACTER rant. My last purge, hopefully leading to closure. After this, I WILL LET GO, I SWEAR. Indulge me. (Or, y'know, ignore. Either works).

I'm aware that I come across as an ultimate Stella-hater but for the sake of a semblance of objectivity - I didn't start out that way, and I did try my damnedest to give the character a chance to grow on me. If anything ended up growing on me, it was an itchy rash of Stella-allergy, but I just want to say that I DID TRY, DAMMIT.

Also, there are other characters on television series that I have actually loathed more than Stella Coretti (and in books too, of course, but I'll limit this to similar media). Characters like Bette Porter on The L Word, Jack Shephard on LOST, and Dawson Leery on Dawson's Creek. Bette and her sanctimonious judgemental entitlement bitchery made me feel so violent that I never made it past season 2 of that show (I feared for my tv screen - I was really close to smashing it every time she came on). Jack is the reason I can't watch more than one season of LOST in one go even though I otherwise love the show. Dawson Leery was my prime example for justifying post-birth abortion. Yes, even sixteen years post-birth :p

Stella never actively turned me off watching the show, although she did greatly hamper my enjoyment of it, and she's never induced me to cravings of violence, but dude... those plus points aren't even good enought to count as "damning with faint praise," I'm afraid.

The one thing all these characters have in common with each other, and with Stella, is that they were obviously, pushily and EVER SO CLUMSILY written to be sympathetic characters. Characters designed to be liked, identified with, sided with. Characters with a genuine moral high ground, the best of intentions, and very little room for shades of grey.

Characters, in other words, that annoy the crap out of me. If these people are supposed to be the good guys, please sign me up for Team Big Bad.

But let's go back to Stella, and to the beginning. (You don't want to? LET ME GRAB YOUR HAND AND DRAG YOU SCREAMING AND KICKING BACK TO THE BEGINNING. I DON'T WANNA GO ALONE.)

The Rise and Fail of the Character of Stella Coretti, as experienced by this very biased EKP brainthird (Beware, Here There Be tl;dr) )

The scary thing? I COULD STILL GO ON :p (But I won't, YES YES OKAY, YOU CAN SIGH WITH RELIEF NOW. And have the world's hugest cookie if you actually made it through all that, lol).

One thing I am very glad for is that for a long time now, Show has not attempted to push Stella as THE main character anymore. These days, she's on the sidelines if not entirely in the background, and that has been such a marked improvement. Honestly, if she'd been introduced as a side character and been allowed time to grow rather than being forced into the spotlight from the get-go, she might've gone much better places, but it's pointless to speculate on that.

I just hope that AWZ won't tread the same old tired paths with Katja Bergmann - I'm already a little uneasy about all the repetitive storylines they are giving her, which smack waaaay too much of early Diana and early Stella. Please, please, please, Show, if you have learned from past mistakes - don't fuck up another character's potential. I will be very stroppy if you do. There might be tears.

January 2020




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