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Conversations With Girls [Friday 15 Jul 2011 at 02:20 pm]

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?

[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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