Elf and Snow

Right. I’m calling it.

Kit Harington is the new Orlando Bloom.

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Not that Orlando Bloom is old news. I still enjoyed seeing him in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the magic of Legolas was so 13 years ago, and he’s a dad now and stuff so I’m sure he’s got more important things to do. Kit Harington on the other hand, is relatively, just starting out. Hence, he can be my new obsession. 😀

You can’t ignore the similarities between them. They both became famous because of a fantasy series–The Lord of the Rings for Orlando Bloom, Game of Thrones for Kit Harington. And they’re arguably the two best fantasy series that exist (so far). And they play somewhat similar characters, both kind of quiet and brooding, despite one being an elf that has white hair and many white clothes and the other wearing all black clothes and using black weapons and stuff.

In real life, they’re both English, they both have dark curly hair, and… Well those are really all the similarities you need to be compared to each other.

Although it actually wasn’t LOTR and GoT that made me think of their similarities. I just watched Pompeii, where Kit Harington plays Milo. And I think because it’s a period piece, I was reminded of Orlando Bloom’s Paris in Troy. I know, their stories are very different. Troy’s scale is more grand and Pompeii is half a disaster movie. But I think you get my point.

Or if you don’t, that’s okay. Here is a picture of Kit Harington in Pompeii:

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That’s what matters. 😉

Now, after posting that photo, I realize that anything else I say may be deemed irrelevant, but anyway… I hope Kit Harington makes a movie like Elizabethtown in the future. I know that movie got bad reviews but it was one of the few movies where we got to see Orlando Bloom as a normal person (and not as an elf or a pirate or whatnot) and I really liked that experience. Here’s a screenshot so you know what I’m talking about:

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Interesting note: Orlando Bloom was 27 when the movie Troy came out, and Kit Harington is 27 this year that Pompeii is out. Coincidence? I think not!

Hence, I feel like this quote (from another fantasy series) encapsulates the whole point of this blog entry about Kit Harington of today and Orlando Bloom of 10 years ago:

It… feels like it did before.” – Sirius Black

And I don’t even care that Sirius Black was actually talking about how there was going to be a second wizarding war.

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Stories and More Stories

Now that The Walking Dead Season 3 is over, Mondays mean one thing: Game of Thrones Season 3! And the rest of the week, well, I still haven’t finished watching season 3 of Prison Break. Of course, Prison Break only has 4 seasons so I will probably need to find a new old TV show to obsess about soon. Not that there’s a shortage of that. I actually haven’t caught up with the episodes of Gossip Girl and Bones and Castle. Which begs the question (it doesn’t, really, but whatever), why haven’t I been watching the latest episodes of these shows? Well, that’s because I’ve been reading. Yes, reading! Is it so difficult to believe? Maybe not. But I’m surprising myself at how far along I’ve gotten. Of course, it’s not as far as a genuine bibliophile would’ve gotten by now but forgive me, my reading skills are really barely hitting high school level.

I’ve been reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I don’t even remember why this was the book I chose to read after Geek Magnet, but it’s the book I happen to be reading these days. And perhaps I’m only on chapter four and that means I haven’t gotten to the meat of it yet, but so far it’s not boring at all. I actually have a hard time putting it down and feel quite sad when I’m so exhausted at the end of the day that I fall asleep before reading as many pages as I hope to.

Anyway, it’s about architecture, of all topics. Not something I’m particularly interested in, but I guess art is art. And Howard Roark seems like a very interesting man, what with his orange hair and his arrogance. I know, I still have a long way to go. I’m only on page 153 of 2394 pages so perhaps I’ll change my opinion later but for now, I’m enjoying the story.

I really wish I had more time. I still want to finish A Clash of Kings and the other bunch of books I’ve been trying to read. Why do I read at a glacial pace? I’m trying to read faster but when I do, I just realize that I haven’t been understanding the past few pages and would have to repeat reading them, which makes finishing the book take even longer. (sigh)

What will I do? There are so many stories to find out about and so little time to read books and watch TV. And I’m already not watching as many movies as I used to. Maybe I should stop talking to my friends then? Hahaha! Spoken like a true anti-social.

2nd Book of the Year

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I finally finished reading this book that my friend K recommended ages ago. Did I mention I read at a glacial pace?

Anyway, it was pretty fun for the most part. Very YA stuff. I mean, the main character is a girl who likes the popular boy but has some “geeks” who follow her around like sick puppies. A lot of back and forth about being popular, because isn’t that the main thing in high school? And of course, the backdrop is that they’re all working on a school play. Grease, in this case, I guess to drive the point home that popularity and cliques are all just high school melodrama. Though there was that part about the lead character’s father who’s a drunk, and that the popular girl actually goes to therapy. Still pretty teenage-y, not that that’s a bad thing since this book is meant for teenagers.

The only thing I didn’t like—it seemed to lack a chapter. I mean, yeah, loose ends were tied after the curtain call (because of course, the ending revolved around opening night of their play) but it would’ve been nice to have a scene that showed how the characters interacted after the play and all of the issues (or at least most of them) were over.

Of course, the real point of why I’m posting about this is because this is only the second book I’ve finished reading this year, and I’m not very proud that it’s a YA book (and therefore an “easy read”, if you discount the cringe-inducing cliche lines like “You. Me. The dark. What do you think the universe is trying to tell us?“). So I hope I’ll read a more “productive” book after this. But it also merits mentioning, that this was the first book I finished reading on my phone, oh I’m sorry, I mean, my phablet (!!). It’s amazing! I could change the background and font size and everything! But I’m not saying I like it better than my Kindle. Because the Kindle is still pretty great. You know how its surface is not glossy? It’s pretty amazing, too.

Oh books and gadgets. Because boys lie to me all the time and break my heart all the time, I think you are the true loves of my life. Haha!

Ready?

When a student asked me to recommend a nice American TV show under the sci-fi genre, I didn’t hesitate to say Firefly, because well, the reason is quite obvious. It’s a short series, so it’s not as tedious to watch as nearly all the other sci-fi shows that run for several seasons (not that it would be tedious if there were more episodes of it out there), and it’s brilliant. Surely, people who were interested in the sci-fi genre would like it. And said student did. In fact, he liked it so much that he felt the need to recommend something back to me. Not another sci-fi TV series though, but a book, that he figured I would appreciate because I’ve apparently been referencing a lot of sci-fi/fantasy/geeky-related stuff during our lessons (unconsciously, I have to admit). And it’s really too geeky for me, but he was right in thinking that I would appreciate it. Because I did. Maybe I even more than appreciated it. I became a little bit obsessed, and finished it in 1 week. Now, maybe that’s not an impressive feat for you bibliophiles out there, but considering it took me several months to finish reading Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay, which was written for teens, by my standards, finishing a book in 1 week is really pretty fast.

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And here’s the reason why:

It’s an sci-fi/action/adventure/suspense book, but littered with hundreds of pop culture references. Most of them have to do with video games, but there are also movie, music, and TV show references as well. And though the decade it references is the 80’s, and that’s a time when I was too young to remember things in detail, I still recognized some words here and there, making me not that much of a stranger to the level of obsession the characters had for the icons of that decade.

So the story goes like this: A billionaire game designer dies with no living heirs. So he leaves his fortune, to the first person to find the “easter egg” he hid within his video game. An easy enough concept, except the scale of his video game is colossal, having thousands of planets and sectors. Without a clue where to start looking, the millions of people who tried first failed. Until of course, like most underdog stories, the first real clue was found by a teenage boy. And therein begins the adventure.

What I loved about this book is its attention to detail. And not just for the video game it describes, but also for the world outside it. The year is 2044 and our Earth is in a depressing state. It’s polluted, overpopulated, and the future is very bleak. To escape this ugly reality, people “played” a videogame. I say “played” because it wasn’t really like playing, what they did in the “game”. It was like Sim City, I guess, but way more realistic. I mean, as realistic as it could be inside the fictitious world of the book. Anyway, the details were great, without being too tedious. Every bit of information was relevant to the story, and it didn’t feel like reading a bunch of random things the author just wanted to tell everyone about, which is the kind of information you want to read in a fiction book.

What I didn’t like about it though, was the love story. Why yes, like most stories, there’s a “romance” within this book, and as much as I love the romance genre, I have to say that it really does not go all that well with science fiction/adventure/fantasy. Maybe sometimes it does, like in Firefly and Robotech: The Macross Saga, but in this case… Reading all those parts about how the lead character Parzival got so distracted with his quest because of the girl Art3mis, and her character is again, yet again, one of those “perfect girls” (which I talk more about in detail in this entry) who geeky guys put on a pedestal… It took some effort to get through. And it really becomes quite corny when suddenly what motivates the main character to do what he does is “love”. I mean, this would be fine if you were reading a romance novel, but when you’re reading a sci-fi action adventure novel, all that romance just gets in the way. Of course, I’m sure that this was actually the point of why there was a romance in the first place–to be a distraction to the main character and create more conflict, but…

Anyway, it was overall a very exciting book and I’m happy to have been recommended it. Despite the “romance rant”, I’m recommending it to anyone who likes geeking out, to the 80’s especially.

BTW, the photo of the book cover is in black and white because I read it on my Kindle and therefore it was in black and white when I saw it. And BTW, my Kindle is just the best thing ever!