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Conversations With Girls [Friday 15 Jul 2011 at 02:20 pm]
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Conversation With The Six Year Old

Six: Lady Gaga is not a supervillan.
Owen: Are you sure?
Six: She's just a good singer, Dad.
Owen: But have you seen this music video documenting that she has bikini henchmen, she went to a maximum security prison with bikinis and cell phones, and she is a known associate of Beyonce?
Six: That's just a video. I like her songs. She isn't a bad singer like Katy Perry.
Owen: I don't think Katy Perry is cunning enough to be a supervillan.

Conversation With The Nine Year Old


Owen: Are you excited about the Harry Potter premier?
Nine: Daddy, I want to see it right now; it's so hard to wait for midnight.
Owen: You should be sure to get a nap so that you can stay up late enough for the very first show tonight.
Nine: It's too hard to get to sleep, though. It's like Christmas.
Owen: Do you think this time Harry will finally kiss Draco Malfoy?
Nine: Draco Malfoy? Harry loves Ginny, Dad, not Draco.
Owen: Millions of people on the Internet seem to be persuaded otherwise.
Nine: You can't believe it just because it's on the Internet, Dad.

Conversation With The Twenty-Four Year Old

24: That movie was done just right in every way; I wanted to clap when it came up to the end.
Owen: The way I remember it, you were the only one in the theatre who was booing.
24: They put the postscript in, big brother. The awful postscript that ruins the book.
Owen: I thought they might be wise enough to leave that out, like The Cleansing Of The Shire.
24: Don't you see how it robs you of the chance to imagine an open future for them? I agree the dating pool is kind of shallow but do they really all need to be chained to who they were in high school forever?
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[User Picture]From: rahirah
Friday 15 Jul 2011 at 10:36 pm (UTC)
Lemme guess - the twenty-four year-old is a Harry/Draco shipper!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:31 pm (UTC)
Close. I think she's more the thank-god-I'm-not-stuck-with-my-highschool-boyfriends type.
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[User Picture]From: ms_scarletibis
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:14 am (UTC)
A very enjoyable read :)
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: zanthinegirl
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 03:42 am (UTC)
Hee! Much wisdom there. Though I draw the line at ::shudders:: Lady Gaga. Katy Perry is a joke, but it seems to be a joke that she's in on right with us...
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:32 pm (UTC)
Well, it's the musical taste of a six year old. I tried playing lots of Mozart when she was in the crib and she still likes some of that.
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[User Picture]From: speakr2customrs
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 05:48 am (UTC)
Katy Perry might not be in the same league as Adele, or Thea Gilmore, or even Pink, but she is a much better singer than Lady GaGa. Actually even Rebecca Black is a better singer than Lady GaGa.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:34 pm (UTC)
Your understanding of modern popular music is much broader than mine. The six year old had to explain Gaga to me.

I always just supposed that the year I turned twenty was the end of any decent popular music and everything afterward was a corrupt derivative.
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[User Picture]From: curiouswombat
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 11:04 am (UTC)
I've always been inclined to think that leaving out The Cleansing of The Shire meant the whole balance of the story was altered. (I'd rather have left out lots of the Sam and Frodo being brave bits - but that's just me!)

Whereas I totally agree with 24 - leaving out the post-script here would have been an improvement!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Saturday 16 Jul 2011 at 02:39 pm (UTC)
I liked The Cleansing Of The Shire in the book and it's drastic change from world-historical to local and personal once again. It brought the story back around to Bag End and The Hobbit nicely.

In the movie, though, I thought it would have been a very odd note. Cinema is more adapted to the world-historical and it's hard to move back to the personal.

But obviously the postscript from Harry Potter And The Book Where Everybody Dies was an unfortunate addition.
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