Friday, December 02, 2005

books and movies

We've been reading. A lot. Paul discovered Paolini's Inheritence series of books (there are two out now) and so he wanted me to get them from the library for him (our library is part of a great big network of libraries but it's actually a really small library that is only open from 10am to 6pm so almost anything that we want, I have to request a hold on it and then pick it up... one great thing about the web... access to the library from home... I love it). So anyway, Paul put in a request for these books (Eragon is the first book and Eldest is the second book and there is a yet to be published third book). Paul is currently reading Eldest and I finished Eragon and am waiting for him to finish:) Yesterday, Paul emailed me because he found out that they are already making a movie based on the first book. He is very excited. Any of you read these books? They are very easy reads and fall under the fantasy fiction genre (for young adults). Harry Potter fans might like these books. So, while I am waiting for Paul to finish reading Eldest, I have been reading all the Jane Austen books and watching the movies (here is a great website for Jane Austen fans). I had already read and seen Emma, Sense and Sensibility (which I own), and Pride and Prejudice (which I also own... the mini-series version). So, I requested from the library the following books and movies: Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. And I am reading the book before watching the movie:) So, finished Persuasion and its movie, finished Northanger Abbey but the DVD wouldn't play so I returned it and requested the VHS copy, and I have Mansfield Park, the book, but not the movie (yet). And because we started reading these young adult fantasy fiction, I decided to pick up (again, from the library) the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper which I read when I was a "young adult" reader. These are a very easy read and I have finished three of the five books (have to wait for the other two to come in). And to keep up with this fantasy fiction genre... Paul and I are both very excited for the opening of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in theatres next week.

Speaking of movies... this is an actual conversatin between Paul and I:
Paul: There's this new release movie that I really, really want to see... can I go get it?
Christina: Well, what's it called? Will I like it?
Paul: You may have heard of it... and I really want to see it... it's called Stealth.
Christina: Oh, yeah, I have heard of it... it's about fighter planes. Is there anything that I might like to watch that's out now?
Paul: I don't know... I'll go check..

So Paul leaves to go to the videostore and returns with Stealth and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Stealth was, well, exactly what I expected... lots of action with no depth of plot. Sisterhood was alright... I enjoyed it more than Stealth. The filming in Greece was, of course, amazing. And the Greek actors had excellent accents and the yiayia reminded me of a real Greek yiayia (and the whole thing about how they don't talk to a particular family because they are all liars and thieves... so very Greek). I have to say of the three movies I have watched this week, Persuasion was the best:)

That's all from me... sorry for neglecting this blog. Trying to get my life balanced between working two days a week and all the other stuff has been a little hectic. I'm sure that in the next few weeks things will settle down... HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!


Mimi said...

Yeah, I'm sure things will settle down in the next couple of weeks ;)

I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia, I'd never gotten into them before.

I've not read "Eragon" yet, and hadn't heard about a movie.

I am looking forward to seeing "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and would like to read it as well.

Good to see you!

Xenia Kathryn said...

wasn't Eragon written by, like, a 14 year old kid?

Christina said...

yes, he started writing the first book when he was 15... he was homeschooled and I believe graduated high school when he was 15 also.