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Into the West, Preston Child fan fic

Happy birthday, kpavuk and stormshaman!!!

So I recently got around to watching Into The West, and in short, it's like Forrest Gump set in the 19th century, and instead of being funny, Indians get massacred repeatedly.

I mean, I am fine with paper thin characters and contrived storylines usually, if there is something redeeming about the show, but I find it kind of inappropriate in combination with a show that depicts unarmed, defenseless women and children fleeing for their lives as the army takes aim and blows them away with rifles. Imagine if Schindler's List had poor acting and laughable subplots.

There was also a vaguely creepy subplot where cousins marry. They weren't first cousins, but there's a scene where she's like, "You're the only family I have left!" And, umm, developing lustful feelings for family. *squick* That just shouldn't happen outside of NC-17 slash fics! :D

It was nice to see some familiar faces, like Keri Russell (Felicity) and Christian Kane (Lindsey from Angel), who was really hot in Pony Express rider mode, and there were some nifty things in the show, like the way a guy asks a girl, "I know you don't know much about me, but will you marry me?" and she says yes, partly because her sister just drowned in the river, and everyone just kind of gets over death and tragedy and pretty quickly and moves on.

One of the message boards on the Preston Child forum is for fan fiction. I wonder if there's any slash there. :P But I haven't heard of any authors being so keen on fan fiction that they'd actually host it on their own website. Neat! :)

Any A Series of Unfortunate Events fans on my friends list? After reading some of the books, I am even more disappointed in the movie, because it was absolutely perfect except for Jim Carrey playing Count Olaf, and he was one of the main characters. :( The kids were wonderfully cast, sets were gorgeous, music was amazing, adults were appropriately idiotic... *sigh*

A's weeeeeeeeeeeen!!! I don't know why I didn't watch yesterday. Sorry about that, Lira. :P

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I tried watching Into the West, but I just couldn't. I mean we all know how it ends right? Wounded Knee AHOY! I figured each episode would be about the massacres, not that I think its exaggerated, it just makes me sick is all.

It's funny, because Colorado and Denver were built on a lot of butchered Native Americans and I see street names and I think "oh murderer....butcher....racist...butcher...."

Yeah, that's why I was hesitant at first. But, I've always thought pioneer times were interesting. I loved "Little House on the Prairie".

There is no happy ending, but that sort of makes it more important to remember it? I dunno, I will have to reflect on it more. :P

*nods* I used to love the old west, the cowboy stories and Little House, What always bothered me though, was my classmates took Ma seriously all the time and agreed with her on the only good Indian is a dead one attitude, and in Cowboys and Indians I always got shot down cause I was an Indian. *facepalm*

It needs to be remembered *nods* Too long, I think, the image of the squeaky clean Ole West has been pandered around to schools and movies. I think, however, that Hollywood now overcompensates by erasing the old image with relentless gore and massacre, thereby reversing the racism to make whites seem like faceless murderers and Native Americans as the suffering, noble savage.

Reflection of the times. :P Into the West actually did a decent job in that respect, there were good and bad on both sides.

But too many massacres. >.

Yeah, why didn't you watch yesterday... :P

I didn't think about checking for games until it was too late. :(

Okay, well I guess it's okay this time BUT NEXT TIME... ;)

I really, really enjoyed the Lemony Snicket books. I am feeling a need to buy them, but that must wait for when I have Money.

Ahh, I'm borrowing them from the library, but they're so pretty. I would get them for kiddies if I had any.

*glomps* Thank you for the birthday wishes. :)

Any A Series of Unfortunate Events fans on my friends list? After reading some of the books, I am even more disappointed in the movie, because it was absolutely perfect except for Jim Carrey playing Count Olaf, and he was one of the main characters. :( The kids were wonderfully cast, sets were gorgeous, music was amazing, adults were appropriately idiotic... *sigh*

You know, I liked the books (or at least, the ones I read), but the movie was a completely different experience. It's almost like I have to regard the two as completely seperate things. With the exception of Jim Carrey, A Series of Unfortunate Events to me, is this incredible, dreamy, poetic and sad movie. I dunno. I thought the kids were great and that they did an interesting choice of wording with the narration...

...and um. yeah. Hello. (:

I saw the movie first, so I think as I read the books I visualize it the way I watched it.

If I think about it, there is both more humor and more fear/tragedy in the books. The problem with Jim Carrey is that I never took him seriously as a villain, and in the books Count Olaf really is this truly evil man who was a murderer and terrorized the orphans.

I did think they captured the "alternate version of the real world" feel in the books accurately, though. I loved the anachronistic touches on modern appliances.

Hehe, hi! :D

I have to share this with you-

In customers_suck, kageneko asks "WTF is a Swedish Cinny Mocha Dried? I worked at Starbucks and I've no clue what the hell the woman's ordering!"

[info]kallell responds: "It's a cinnamon mocha with a hint of Bork Bork Bork."

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