this link.) So now the tv is off most of the day (unless she has an occasional overly-fussy moment and a somewhat educational show is on.) This means I have to be a lot more creative in entertaining her! But it's been fun; we've been reading a lot, getting lots of tummy and back time in, singing, dancing, and playing with her toys. She especially likes music toys, like her new panda... Ergo baby carriers. They are supposedly the best for baby's spine, and support more weight for the mommy's comfort; November is getting a little too heavy for the moby wrap. By the end of a 30 minute walk, my lower back is killing me!
I think we have a wonderful month ahead of us! I am so grateful for November and all the smiles she brings. And on that note, I'll leave you with a smile: this is what happens when you let your wiggly baby smell your chocolate ice cream...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Anyway, back to the subject at hand; I just got done watching Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! The other movies improved upon consecutive release, and were pretty enjoyable, but I feel like this latest really blew the others out of the water! Why, I wondered? The book is (from what I've read in reviews) often considered the least popular for numerous reasons (personally, I like the final book despite its quirks), so why would the final movie be so much better? And then I realized: time.
This final book, which, if I remember correctly, was only a couple hundred pages longer than the rest, and has been split into two parts for the movies. This basically gives them double the amount of time to tell (slightly more than) the same amount of story as the other books-to-movie. I think it gave them more time to linger on visually-moving and enjoyable moments that would normally have to be rushed through. The final Harry Potter book-to-movie used the same two-part formula, and I was so happy that they did! It was necessary to include everything that they did, especially for such an epic finale!
So now I'm definitely all for drawing out the movie versions as long as possible when going from book to movie. It has always irritated me when I go see a movie based on a book I love and so much is left out! I'm very understanding about changing certain elements and plots in order to translate better to screen, but most of the time it's the rushing over or leaving out important and enjoyable parts that really makes a book-to-movie lack luster.
Another recent example: I've really been getting into BBC classics and Masterpiece Theater Classics lately. I've wathched 4 hour mini-series versions of Emma, Wuthering Heights, North and South, Wives and Daughters, Pride and Prejudice...and they are all awesome! So much better than the two 2-ish hour versions of Mansfield Park (and other books-to-movies) that I've seen. Two hours just can't seem to get it right!
Yep, I'm officially a fan of the mini-series and the two-part movie. However, there's also the issue with books-to-tv-series that can go awry as well. A lot of times it seems like they had TOO MUCH time, and end up going off on tangents and totally changing characters in order to stretch a book out to ten, twenty (or more) episodes. HBO's Game of Thrones series, however, did not disappoint. Loved it! Season One stayed almost entirely true to the first book in the series, and the variations were well placed. I recently finished George R.R. Martin's most recent book in that series, and can't wait for him to release his next. When will it be?! His writing is so good, other fantasy novels have just paled next to his. I'll never enjoy reading again!!! Ahem, sorry, just freaking out for a moment...
Anyhow, luckily I can get my Game of Thrones fix in April when season two premiers...except I don't have HBO, what will I do?! Oh the woes of becoming addicted to a good series...
What's your opinion of the Twilight books-to-movie? Love em? Hate em?
Friday, February 10, 2012
In other news, November's congestion has greatly improved! We got an air purifier, which quickly cleared up her sinuses, but then her cradle cap and dry skin came back. So now our bedroom is an energy-sucking machine at night! We have the air purifier, humidifier, and oil heater running all at once! But I'm willing to do whatever it takes to keep November cozy and sleeping well. And on that note, I am so grateful to announce that she has slept over 8 hours straight for the past 3 days in a row! I hope it continues. I'm so proud of my big girl!