Genre | Buttercup of Doom 2.5

This week I talk about genre, subgenre, categories, keywords and how they affect everything—from what you watch and read, to what gets written, and how it’s all marketed. BUT it is imperative that you GO HERE before you listen… trust me. Go. Watch. Come back…

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Movies vs Books | Buttercup of Doom ep 45

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Sometimes the movie is okay, even good, but it’s rarely (read as never) what the book was. This week is all about the differences between what was a envisioned with the written word in a book, and what was brought to us visually on the screen through adaptation of said books… and why Hollywood should be punched right in the throat. *Here there be spoilers

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Sucker Punch

Gurgle, spit, pop… coffee’s done! Don’t you just love that sound? Those last dying sounds of a fresh pot being finished? I can hear a coffee pot make those sounds from two rooms away—while sleeping. I love that sound. Can’t you almost taste that first, too hot but you don’t care, sip of coffee? But what if you got out to the kitchen, and found that somone had made tea in your coffee pot. It would be like “thinking” orange juice right before “drinking” milk. Ewwwww…

And thus brings us to this week’s Coffee Talk question, which is actually fiction based. Have you ever read a mystery, trying to solve it throughout, only to have it be something that wasn’t even offered as an option in the last 300 pages? Ever watched a thriller loaded with hints and red herrings and twists and turns, just to be surprised at the end by something completely different, a left-field solution if you will. How do you feel about that? Are you ok with sucker punches, or do you think there should have been some foreshadowing along the way? Does it stengthen or weaken the story [book, movie, whatever] for you to have been blind-sided at the last turn with an option you had no idea existed?

Personally, I hate sucker punches, and a movie or book that was otherwise decent can be ruined by a poorly planned wrap-up. Half the fun with that type of book, story or movie is trying to figure it out along the way. If I never had a chance, why was I playing the game? It’s just rude. Gimme hints, gimme red herrings, twist the logic and cross off the options as we go… but do not, for the love of all that is holy, mess with my chi and feed me some bullshit solution that clumsily ties up and explains everything. I enjoy trying to figure it out, but I need all the clues to do it. If I miss the hints or fall for the red herrings, fine. But even Scooby Doo knew that you had to at least introduce the guilty party before you blamed everyone else in the room only to find out you’re wrong.

And you? Sucker punch fan or not? Why? Why not? And hey, if it’s acceptable under “certain” circumstances… when?

Leading Ladies

I love movies. Old movies, new movies, horror, action, comedy. I’m not really a chick flick kinda girl, but I can be swayed under the right conditions. Oddly enough, my favorite movie may actually be a chick flick… I think. I’ve always been a little hazy on what makes a movie a chick flick.

My favorite movie is very old, and wouldn’t you know it, Jimmy Stewart is in it. The Philadelphia Story [1940, not to be confused with Tom Hanks’ 1993 Philadelphia] is actually a good story, but more importantly, has characters I love. Funny thing, I rarely like movies for the storyline/plot. I love characters. I’m a character whore. When I tell someone about this movie, I skim the storyline and go right to the characters and how they interact. The little sister, Dinah, is probably my favorite, and with lines like “Nothing ever possibly in the least ever happens here. Mother, how do you get smallpox?” how can you not love her? But I’m more than a character whore. I’m a secondary character whore. After all, I watched Will and Grace for Karen and Jack.

I was thinking about that, watching an old movie with a great quirky cast, and realized my friends and family and life in general is all about the characters. I don’t adore someone because of the setting or the atmosphere or the storyline of their life. I love the people around me because of their complexity, their quirks and their overall characters. I love how they interact—with each other, with me, with strangers. I commented on this “attraction to quirky” when a friend and I were discussing something I debated writing into a character. We agreed that it was a side character trait, but it was something from my actual life. I laughed and said I was a living, breathing, quirky secondary character.

And promptly got yelled at.

Quoting a chick flick, she admonished me with, “You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, not the best friend.”

Ok, so it wasn’t a direct quote, but you get the idea. And more importantly, I got the idea. I’ve been the quirky best friend and the asexual friend and the tomboy and the token chick and on and on and on. It’s about time I stopped taking roles that highlight those around me and start getting the good lines. But even back in school I didn’t audition for Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, or Josephine in HMS Pinafore. Nope, I was happy as Glenda and Buttercup. I’ve never taken center stage, I’ve never known how. After school there were boyfriends and a husband I could stand behind, and then children I could put up front as a handy shield. I’ve done what so many women have done through the ages. Taken a backseat in my own life.

It’s my life. It’s time to start living it. I’m taking charge and doing what I want, when I want.

If you follow my twitter, you may have noticed the word of the day on Friday: indecorous. I decided to go against the norm, or the oddly accepted/wrongly perceived norm, that says you can’t go out and do things by yourself. Bah! I went to a movie that night all by myself, “one ticket for whatever is playing at 7:00.” Me and my red licorice laughed and giggled and had fun. I followed it up with a little Mexican food at the new restaurant. It was delicious. I laughed, I ate, and I stood alone. A leading lady with no support cast whatsoever. And it wasn’t as scary as I thought… I went to Country Kitchen by myself Saturday morning and brought the laptop. I chain-smoked and sucked coffee, and had a lovely egg & bacon wrap and edited my novella.

Indecorous and productive, I like that. I’ll probably do it again. No… I will do it again. Viva la leading ladies. [Ok, I don’t know Spanish and made that up, so forgive me if the syntax is all wrong.]

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