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The first fantasy novel I ever read was JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  Although, at the time, I didn’t understand it was a fantasy novel. I was only in the eighth grade and honestly didn’t grasp the idea (or function) of genre until I was much older.  Unlike a lot of people, I don’t read just fantasy or just mystery or only male/male.  I’ll read anything with a plot that draws my attention and good, likable characters.  So, checking to see if something fell into a certain genre never occurred to me.

The second fantasy novel I ever read was given to me by my then-boyfriend and was called The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks.  It kicked off not just a love of all things fantasy, but a fascination with elves in specific.  So, when my husband (above mentioned then-boyfriend) discovered MTV was producing a series called The Shannara Chronicles, we both became very excited.  And more than a little wary.

It took us a week or so after the show premiered to actually watch and I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.  I will admit this much – this series is based off the second Shannara book called The Elfstones of Shannara and it’s been um, a LONG time since I read that book, so not everything is very clear in my head.  That said, I love the actors/actresses they picked for Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil, and more than anything?  Allanon.  ([livejournal.com profile] haldoor – you might be interested to know that I’ve read the actor playing Allanon is part Maori.)  I think their characterizations are very on point, especially Allanon (although I expected him to have more hair… I mean, he was in the Druid sleep after all).

So, I’m very interested to see how this all plays out.  Will they follow the lead of Game of Thrones and do a season per book?  Or will they continue to stay within the time frame of Elfstones?  I’m curious because I’d love to meet Walker Boh in the flesh.

Gods, this is all reminding me how far behind I am in some of my reading.

In other news, I heard that Alan Rickman passed away this morning and it truly saddened me.  Partly because my older daughter has become such a Potterhead that I knew she’d be affected by his passing nearly as much as I was.  Probably my favorite role of his was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.  Quirky and crazy and just amazing.  I read the tribute Daniel Radcliffe left for him this morning and it brought tears to my eyes.

Anyway… enough of the sad stuff.

Oh, and again for Haldoor – your happy ending to my post yesterday.  Apparently my missing employee wandered onto the jobsite yesterday looking for his paycheck. HAHAHAHA.  So yeah, he’s okay.

Date: 2016-01-14 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haldoor.livejournal.com
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm mostly excited about this because Shannara was made in NZ! I had heard they were filming it here and while I haven't read the books, any LONG series of books that produces a great series made in NZ is exciting to me as I know I'll see lots of familiar faces when I see it (and hopefully I'll have access to it, even if not immediately). The guy of whom you speak is Manu Bennett, who is FABULOUS! He was in Spartacus and has appeared in Arrow and a few other American shows. Manu is indeed Maori and was born on our fair shores, even if he did grow up in Australia (you will be amused that Maori Australians are known as 'Mozzies'!). He also featured in LOTR but as he was under makeup as an Orc, you wouldn't know it! I reaally really hope I can see this soon!!! (I love Manu if you can't tell)

And I was saddened to hear about Alan Rickman too - I have such great memories of him from a slew of films in which he was awesome, and like you I have a daughter who will be sad about his passing too.

YAY for the HEA on yesterday's Mexican worker! ;-)

Date: 2016-01-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asphaltcowgrrl.livejournal.com
HEE! I figured you'd be in the know on Manu! And yes, he is fabulous. He brings the right amount of threat and sass to his role. They could not have cast him any better. I love the 'Mozzies' - that is just too funny. Yes, yes I can tell! And I can't blame you even though I'm only two episodes in on this series so far.

I agree though - it has to be good for your economy and other things as well having the filming done there. Besides, it's such gorgeous scenery.

It's funny - usually I read about a celebrity passing and think, "Oh, that's so sad" and move on. But this news really hit me this morning and made me very sad. I guess he affected me more than I had believed.

"But why a spoon?"
"Because it's dull you twit and it'll hurt more!"

Date: 2016-01-14 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haldoor.livejournal.com
Oh, I can't wait to see it now! (like I wasn't already feeling that way!) It's so good for our economy, and makes me so proud that others get to see parts of my wonderful country! (that's Manu at left in this Arrow icon I made)

I was exactly the same - I heard about Bowie the other day (he has strong NZ connections - my brother was an extra in the movie he filmed here in the 80's! Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence) and while it was sad and he was clearly a very nice man, I wasn't the hugest fan (HATED his 80's stuff, liked the 70's stuff), but for Alan, as soon as they said on the radio this morning, I felt a huge burst of sadness as he was SUCH a cool guy and great actor. I remember being blown away by his Sheriff of Nottingham; he really stole the show! And I've seen him be so amazing in so many other films too, of course. *hugs*

Date: 2016-01-14 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asphaltcowgrrl.livejournal.com
Hee! Allanon is the last living Druid so he has a lot of sh*t on his shoulders and it shows. :) Nice icon, though!

Agreed. I'm able to say that I never cared for his music, but I can appreciate all he did FOR music in general and that's what makes him legendary. Now, when Paul McCartney passes, you'll hear my wails all the way down in NZ! But that's awesome about your brother - too freaking cool actually. Like you, I have a much stronger connection to Alan, mostly from the Harry Potter movies, but I'll always love his Sheriff of Nottingham (I'm such a Robin Hood lover). He's been in so many amazing movies that it's hard to pinpoint just one role that was the best.

Ugh, I was sad when the day started and it's only progressively gotten worse. Send chocolate, STAT. :)

Date: 2016-01-14 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haldoor.livejournal.com
Thank you! ;-)

I know exactly what you mean! I have to say I did most of my ex-Beatle crying for John Lennon and then for George Harrison (George was my fave, even as a solo artist), I will probably shed a tear or two when the other Fabs pass (esp Ringo, he's such a funny little dork!). I will make sure I shut the windows on Paul's day though, because all that wailing will be a bit annoying as I grieve! ;-P

I know, it really was too cool about my bro being in a movie with Bowie! My bro tells the story of how when he met Bowie he told him, "Just think, if this movie takes off, you could be a big star"! I laugh because knowing my bro, that was just a story, although it could be possible... I must play it again, just so I can watch D (bro, not David) walk across the screen and point him out to my kids! ;-)

RIP, Alan ♥

I don't have chocolate... actually I do! I'd send it down the internet if I could! Oooh, I've got it! I'll eat it myself and you can close your eyes and pretend you're me savouring it! (here, have some cheesecake to make up for it!)

Date: 2016-01-14 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asphaltcowgrrl.livejournal.com
:D

I was still pretty young when John Lennon died, so it didn't hit me as hard. I was of an age where I knew what the world was losing when George passed however. For me, it's Paul because I got into The Beatles backwards - by falling in love with Paul McCartney's music in the 80's and working my way back through Wings to the Beatles. :) Yeah, I'm an oddball. But yes, you have to love Ringo, whether you're a fan or not.

Hah! It very well could be a TRUE story! Stranger things have happened, right? And I think you should - I think your kids might get a kick out of it.

Hahaha... I thought of you over the weekend. We had a late birthday dinner for my younger child at the Cheesecake Factory and I came home with a big slice of Key Lime cheesecake. MMMM. But I did find a Twix bar in the fridge here at work, so I'm good for now. But um, thanks for trying to help?

Date: 2016-01-14 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haldoor.livejournal.com
tht's okay, it's pretty much the way I fell in love with them too (i.e. backwards, rather than Paul specifically) as I got into music back in the mid-to-late 70's and found some cool tunes that led me back there. Then I came forward again and latched onto George... I have pretty much all of his albums (mostly on vinyl) and I have exactly ONE Wings album called 'Back to the Egg' which I got when it came out, so I'll let you play detective on that one to pinpoint what year that was, when I was about 17 or so!

But you know what's really cool? My son LOVES the Beatles and it's all my fault! We had access to a TV with an inbuilt VHS which ended up in his room, so I dug in the basement to find him some VHS tapes to play, and handed him 'Help!'. He played it and played it... then the VHS player gave up the ghost... but because he'd loved that, I bought him 'Yellow Submarine' and 'A Hard Day's Night' on DVD, and he loves them too! I'm still looking for 'Help!' on DVD but no luck so far, although I see it's on Blu-ray so I may have to succumb and buy that since he now has a PS3 which we can play it on. ;-) He wants me to make him another mix-tape CD (he has two already from years gone by) and it's 50% Beatles on his playlist! (I should just get him an iPod I suppose but it's cheaper to make him the CD mix!)

My kids would definitely get a kick out of seeing their uncle on a movie, even if the subject matter isn't so nice (a bit NC-17 for my son, methinks - violence more than sex). But eh, we'll see! Just that scene would be OK!

Glad that your fix was satisfied for now! And mmmm to the weekend cheesecake, although I've yet to try Key Lime! My girls' shop doesn't do that one, but I bet it's delish! ;-)

Date: 2016-01-14 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asphaltcowgrrl.livejournal.com
Funny how it worked that way for both of us. I really found my musical self during the 80's. During the 70's, I was young enough to be mostly under the influence of everyone around me, but during the 80's I learned what *I* liked. And that probably says a LOT. I just Googled that album and I was 5 so... :D

That really is awesome. Hah - oh, I freaking love Help!. Every time poor Ringo turns around, he's getting paint thrown on him. And I have A Hard Day's Night on DVD, too. The beginning bit on the train where John is sniffing the Coke bottle kills me every time. "Lennon. Are you listening to me?" Good for your son though, it never hurts to be able to connect to other times and places. Our first Blu-Ray player was a PS3 and it was pretty much the only reason we bought it. Figured the husband would eventually find a game he liked. Hahaha about the mixtapes though. And I agree. CDs are MUCH cheaper than an iPod (and probably a lot less hassle... I left mine in the truck overnight and it got cold and it didn't want to function this morning.)

Okay, so um, hold off on the little one for a couple years and then bring it out again. :)

Thanks! I feel better, too. I love anything lime, but Key lime is even better. So tart and wonderful.

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