March 16, 2014

Whoa! A Wild Favorites Post Appears!

Hi KorKers!
     It's the first post of 2014! WOW! And it took what, almost three whole months to do it? Excuse me while I punch myself figuratively for forgetting. Well, since it's been so long, I figured that I'd share with you all a few of my favorites for the past few months, specifically my favorite movies and favorite book (currently).

     Please keep in mind that this covers a timeframe of around three months. These answers may change in my day to day life after this is posted, as they typically do, but won't be changed on here.

Favorite Movies: 'Frozen' & 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'
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     First off, I know that these came out back in November-December, but honestly, I haven't seen many films since these two in the theaters. (Sad, right?) However, I have to admit, these are two of my favorites for two reasons. One, I'm still a kid at heart and love Disney films, especially their animated works; and two, I'm a huge Tolkien fan, even if the Hollywood versions aren't entirely accurate or have added unnecessary fluff and fillers to make it more entertaining to audiences.

     As I'm sure almost all of the world has heard of Disney's 'Frozen' throughout its past several months being featured on almost all internet or media outlets due to its original music, fan inspired covers of the hit single "Let It Go," or for its various parodies and whatnot for this high-charting film. I willingly admit that I adore singing to "Let It Go," the Idina Menzel version especially, for I can belt it like nobody's business, especially the last phrases (one part I love about being a soprano singer). I was incredibly happy that she was cast as Elsa in 'Frozen,' mainly because Idina Menzel is one of my favorite Broadway actresses for her work in 'Wicked' and 'RENT.'

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     Jumping off of the Disney train, let's dive head-first into Peter Jackson's second part film interpretation of his 'Hobbit' franchise. I have two opinions about this second part of the franchise, from my geeky, Tolkien fangirl aspect as well as from the viewpoint of those who aren't into the lore.

     As a big Tolkien fan, I, alongside many others, were rather bothered to see the added fluff and stuffing such as having Azog the Defiler chase Thorin & Co. to seek his own revenge and promise of ending the line of Durin. First off, if you read Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion,' you would have known that Azog was actually defeated, in other words, killed in the battle for Moria (in which a small glimpse is seen in the first of the 'Hobbit' film franchise). He wasn't supposed to be in the Hobbit storyline at all. Also, the love triangle between Kili, Legolas, and newcomer and completely fictionalized Tauriel (who was never in the Tolkien universe), should have not existed or should have been in the film- but was, due to Hollywood's and Peter Jackson's call.

I understand that having all of this extra fluff, specifically the thrill of the chase and a love triangle is what gets the masses to the theaters, allows the audience to relate, etc. It's nice and all, but seriously- hasn't it been overplayed a bit? When I saw not only Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and these first two adaptations of the 'Hobbit' franchise, I can clearly remember the ride back from the theatre or turning off the DVD copy once the film was over and have my mother or one of my sisters ask me some questions about what we saw, from what the differences between the various wizards are to about Aragorn's history and whatnot, even after they might see me twitch in my seat and mumble to myself quietly about something that's inaccurate within the film. To them, it's entertainment based, which is understandable. But for those of us who have been fans for a long time, we all want one thing- accuracy and perfection to that of the book, which I know is an incredibly difficult feat. I'll keep hoping that one day that will happen, but for now, I'll be mum about it.


Favorite Book: 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones
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     Well, most of you may know (if you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter) that I am a big fan of the films by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. One of their films is actually based on this wonderful novel by the same name, 'Howl's Moving Castle.' As a bookworm at heart, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on a copy of Diana Wynne Jones' book when one of my best friends, a literature lover, let me borrow it. I took it with me to the beach over my Spring Break, read it in two days, give and take with travel times, etc., and absolutely adored it. When I reached the last page, I was so saddened that it was over, but was ready to reread it again. After having watched the film numerous times, I only enjoyed reading the book more. However, I really wish that the film had more details like the book did- the story is more diverse and intriguing as you see the characters grow, including Calcifer, Sophie, Howl, and Michael. I highly recommend reading this along with the rest of Diana Wynn Jones' other works, as well as watching the Studio Ghibli film!

     Well, that's all for this post. If you have any suggestions for future posts such as recipes, DIY projects, Pinterest projects (to see if they're true or not), or even what I think of a specific film, music genre, band, YouTuber, whatever- send them my way! Post them in the comments section below or on the fan suggestion page, post them on the Kool or Katastrophy Facebook Page, tweet them to me on Twitter, or email me at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

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Until next time,
-Katie <3