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I first heard a recommendation for this book a LONG time ago, so when I finally got my hands on a copy and started reading it, I had totally forgotten everything I'd been told of what to expect from this book.

So I found that what the book was actually about was rather unexpected for me. But in a good way!

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This evening I listened to the new Broadway Cast Recording of the musical “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”, which you may recall I was obsessed with a while ago. I’ve listened to the original recording a million times, but I’d forgotten how many songs I’d excised from the playlist of it I listen to? Basically: I remove ALL OF PIERRE. Which is actually a fairly significant amount of the musical.

And listening to this other recording of the soundtrack, I didn’t skip any of the songs because then I wouldn’t get a complete sense, and I’m ONCE AGAIN AFIRE WITH RAGE ABOUT PIERRE. Why is Pierre such a major character? Why is there so much focus on Pierre? Why is Pierre the most boring person in the entire musical? PIERRE DOES NOTHING and yet he gets entire songs all about him, and he gets the emotional focus and resolution at the end of the musical instead of Natasha (who the story’s ACTUALLY about) and it’s the WORST.

AND this new version adds A WHOLE EXTRA 6.5 MINUTE PIERRE ANGST SONG WHAT THE FUCK. Adding an extra Pierre song does not actually make Pierre feel more integrated into the musical. And it is the most boring song. Why does it exist. Why does Pierre exist.

UGH. I love this musical so much in so many ways EXCEPT PIERRE’S EVERYTHING.

At any rate I guess it’s back to my carefully-excised original cast recording for me!
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i finally bestirred myself to re-open [community profile] unconventionalcourtship. as usual the new banner that i choose to make reflects whatever i'm watching at the moment. this year - it's a medical romance. tee hee.



very near the end of brett!holmes - just two more episodes to go, and then theoretically i have to go back and watch 'The Eligible Bachelor', which is another short story they've blown up into a film. i couldn't bear it at the time, since the two previous ones (master blackmailer and the last vampire) were almost unwatchably bad. turns out almost everything on the first boxset is spectacularly wonderful and perfect ... and everything on the second boxset is... not. the nineties have a lot to answer for. i've also been reading the stories - now most of the way through 'the return of sherlock holmes'. v good, v readable, but had to take a break and read something else for a while as all pretty similar.

i read ishiguro's 'the buried giant' as we owned it, and a lot of people i know have read it, and i knew it was something to do... with arthur. having read it, i don't know how i feel about it really. i liked the ending a lot - i tend to like endings that draw lots of past threads together, which this did; i thought it was very little to do with arthur - he just stood for the idea of a man who had been a myth, and perhaps for chivalry (really, as we all know, what i like about arthuriana is arthur - and white's arthur through 'camelot' - which means that while i can respect people trying to trouble the idea of arthur's goodness, i do not like it). gawain might as well have been anyone, and in fact it's a bit weird that he's such a famous one when there's very little of gawain's story in here. the prose is effectively blanket-y, given the idea of everyone living inside a mist. i probably wouldn't read it again.

i also recently saw 'king arthur - legend of the sword' aka the guy ritchie movie. i dont think i've talked about this before on my LJ, have i? if i have, please forgive me, as we must try and forgive guy ritchie. this was a very bad movie, composed of a number of bits of different movies (very few of which had much to do with any known versions of arthurian legend). some of those stitched together movies could have been ok, and some (most notably the most CGI sections where giant elephants fought eric bana) were objectively bad. to my great amusement it re-united nathan and stuart from queer as folk as arthur and smirking yet somehow emotionally resonant mentor figure. also - morgana from merlin was in it as jude law's wife who gets murdered for plot (by him) 5 minutes in. these things amused me enough, and of course i laughed til i almost cried when i described the plot of the movie later. it was mostly just bemusing during the actual watching of it, but when you think back... eric bana as uther fought giant elephants conjured by mordred while jude law got a nosebleed for no reason. i was very funny, and worth the price of admission.

since i started this post with an announcement, here's another one: the hammer to fall/bang and blame move is official, and is officially happening... some time. i guess it will be happening at the beginning of july (though the text is very vague), and whether it will be done automatically or whether i will be doing it by hand is still something i do not know... i'm not mentioned at all in the announcement so maybe i don't have to do anything. we will find out!

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