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November 29th, 2010

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11:26 pm - I don't think I will ever truly escape Harry Potterness
Oh busy day today.

Had a job interview this morning - it was group interview, too, which was interesting. (As in, actually sincerely interesting). We were asked to call back tomorrow afternoon to find out if they want us to come in for actual training, so I should know about that pretty soon. It's only a casual position, though, so if I do find something more full-time, it'll be ditched. But oh well.

Next up: 9am Friday interview. *sigh* Oh, and I've got another interview also being organised, but no time and date worked out, though I'm hoping I can wangle it to be Friday afternoon some time. It'd just make things easier that way.

Apart from that, today I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One). Huzzah for Cinema Nova's $6 tickets.

To paraphrase something I said elsewhere, I think the real benefit of having cut the book in half for this is that it allowed the movie to have both the plot important stuff and emotional character moments with compromising or rushing either, the way some of the other movies have. It didn't feel like it was nearly as long a movie as it actually was. And there was some definite pretties though.

It's been a while since I read the book - probably for the best, since I'd most likely nitpick the film more if it was fresh - but while there were some scenes I wish they hadn't cut and some additions I didn't entire buy, it mostly worked out well for me. And there were some scenes that I am pretty certain were line for line of book dialogue, which I found oddly pleasing.

One thing I was particularly pleased about was how much more... equal the Trio felt in this movie. Unlike some of the others, where Ron is pushed to the side/used as comic relief, I actually felt like he was genuinely important to Harry and Hermione. And he actually did awesome stuff! &Ron;

As for that infamous and source of much fannish tittering scene of the Harry/Hermione dance, I actually found it far less of a deal than some people did. It seemed more dorky and silly than, you know, romantic. And ended really, really awkwardly. That said, I still think Steve Kloves or whoever is trying to push the love triangle subtext there, when the books really made it clear that there wasn't one, it was all just in Ron's head. (...I did kind of miss the moments of Harry caring about Ginny in the book, though)

There were a few other things here and there that amused/interested me: Tonks' throwaway line about her husband, and her big announcement she didn't get to make; Bellatrix torturing Hermione came off as exceptionally femslashy and I never though I'd say that; got sniffly over Dobby; George interrupting Harry and Ginny was hilarious; needs moar Dumbledore/Grindelwald.

And that animation sequence was great.

So, back again in six months, I suppose.

Oh, and I got the new Jasper Fforde book. It's a Young Adult book, so I'm already two-thirds of the way through it, but it's fun so far. Lighter on the puns and literary allusions and more obvious on the subtext, but still very, very Jasper Fforde. I'm not entirely sure if the main character really convinces me she's almost 16, though.

And your random YouTube videos for the day:
- A kitten riding a tortoise. Come on, say dawwww!
- EVERY ANIME OPENING EVER MADE. Okay, not literally true, but there is such a point there.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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Date:November 29th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
What's the title of the new Jasper Fforde book? I'm still waiting for the public library to get the latest Pratchett, but I can keep an eye out for that too.
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Date:November 30th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
The Last Dragonslayer. I know it's out in the UK, and will be in Australia shortly (book store was early, heh.) I don't think it's out in the US yet.
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Date:November 30th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I actually really liked the dance scene- I just saw it as a really nice moment between two really close friends, rather than an attempt to push the love triangle angle. Oh yeah, and I loved the animation as well.

I saw the new Jasper Fforde book in Dymocks the other day. The plot looked interesting. I may get it from the library at some stage.

That last video is awesome! And so true. Every anime opening ever seems to have the same stock footage, just with different characters. I'm just thinking of the Vision of Escaflowne opening with the copious shots of Allen and his hair filling the entire screen.
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Date:November 30th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
It was too dorky to actually be romantic, it got a lot of laughs. It was the after bit, when they just stood there close that looked as if it might push romance.

That's where I got it.

I know, oh anime try something new, please.
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Date:November 30th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I hope you get the call back- always nice to have more than one option available to you. And good luck with the other interview!

Man I should really go see Deathly Hallows sometime this week. Unfortunately I don't have anyone to go with, since none of my friends are into Harry Potter, lol.
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Date:November 30th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Well, this one was casual, and the other ones I am going for are full time, so if I get one of them I might drop this position and we shall see.

I waited, and then gave up and went and saw it on my own with cheap tickets.
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Date:December 2nd, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
Next Thursday Next book is out March, I think.

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