Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blabbing + The Three Musketeers

I swear I'm the worst blogger, which is silly because I feel like I have a lot to blog about. But the thing is, when I blog about writing I feel like I'm too much of an ameteur so I freeze up and just keep it as a draft. When I talk about fashion I feel like I lack style (which I don't) and I give up and end up with something lame. When I talk about life I feel like it's much too boring. And so on and so forth.

So I'm going to write whatever the hell comes up.

Today I came to church with cowboy boots and walked out with two pairs. My leader had bought some on ebay and found they didn't fit so the girls tried them on. Lo and behold, they fit me. Well, one of them.... They're handmade and whoever chose to have them made had their right foot bigger than their left. It's fine though, I can just wear more socks on my left feet and its good. That sounds silly, but I wanted another pair. And they're black and so slick.

My writing is at a standstill. I suppose that isn't surprise after I pretty much went full speed into three new stories. I posted a new one on wattpad which has already seen a lot of popularity. Honestly I need to stop with all the ideas. It's going to drive me insane. I'm surprised my readers haven't freaked out at me yet.

I've also been bored enough to revamp the blog. It's not perfect, but it's more personalized to me. You can't really see it but the background is of several of my book covers in a collage with some editing done to make it pretty. And there's the new header, which has the cover of Withered on it since I will be working on that during Nanowrimo.

Gosh I'm so nervous. I mean... It's nanowrimo! I failed it last year, so what makes this year different? I'm still not sure how I want this one to end. But I'm trying to plan it out. I've done lots of world building and research since it's in an 18th century world (alternate world mind you). I gotta say I really love it. The 18th century quickly became a new favorite of mine, though it still doesn't compare to the 19th and mid 20th centuries. But the French Revolution certainly helps it.

Speaking of history, I recently saw the historical adventure (with a touch of steampunk) The Three Musketeers. Here's the thing, this isn't the kind of movie you're suppose to really take seriously. It's not supposed to be dissected and searched for critical value. It's just to watch for fun. Just like Prince of Persia (though let's be honest we all watched that to get a gander at Jake Gyllenhal and his new hot bod [pardon the unladylike manners]) it's just something to enjoy watching. Transformers doesn't fit this category by the way. That's just crap.

But anyway, back to the movie, it's was really fun to watch and I loved it. There, I said it. Okay I know I don't have the best taste (though I would argue I do have fine taste such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Casablanca), but I really did love this movie. Of course, I'm biased because it had history, GORGEOUS - and I mean GORGEOUS - outfits, Logan Lerman, and steampunk. And in case you're wondering, Loan didn't do an amazing job. He did good in the action sequences but I think Logan is just too much of a humble guy to really convince anyone that he is cocky. Maybe that's just me.

I just really enjoyed it. My sister keeps going on about it, but she's just biased against my opinions. Ha ha! Anyway, in case you aren't convinced of how beautiful the constumes are. Take a look! Milady had the best costumes (and she was without a doubt the best character next to Aramis).

So if you're looking a movie that is just fun and enjoyable but not perfect, go see it. I think it's made for 3D and I do regret not seeing it in 3D. There are lots of scenes that you could tell were especially made for 3D. Poo. I don't think I can convince my sister or parents to take me.

Now, here are those lovely outfits:

Juno Temple in a beautiful dress. The girls behind her are also in beautiful dresses.
Gabrielle Wilde. She's gorgeous!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Meet Travis Jones

Next segment of the little character thing. Since I figured I've already highlighted Benvolio before that Travis deserved some attention. So here he is:


my imagination for him is Hunter
Parrish. Soooo handsome, isn't he?
Name: Travis Jones

Age: 19

DOB: March 10th 1992

Birthplace: Saint George Utah U.S.A.

Major: Communications

Hobbies: Building things, working with his hands, hanging with Audrey, dancing, playing basketball, going for a drive, singing, choir, reading

One Wish: For Audrey to notice his feelings

About Travis: Travis is Audrey's long time friend. They've known each other since they were preschool age. Travis is a bit of a shy guy, not great with girls though certainly a good looking guy. He enjoys choir and singing though he has no interest in pursuing music as a career. He's had a thing for Audrey for years but finally decides to come out of his shell and tell her on their trip to Verona as he knows that in a few months he'll have to leave on his mission for two years to Verona Italy. Travis is the sort of guy every girl needs as a friend. He can joke with you when you need a laugh, talk with you when you need to talk, and he always listens, but he just doesn't receive those things back. He gives but never gets back, and sometimes that makes him anxious and impatient, especially with Audrey. Though in the end he accepts being her friend and decides that he'll figure things out after his mission, he still wasn't 100% supportive of her and Benvolio, which doesn't really matter since he left anyway. He is very protective of her which makes her think of him as an older brother. This just tends to be his problem with girls. He gives, but just doesn't receive and BAM. He's just a friend. Poor Travis.

Random facts about Travis:
-He chose to go to community college this year so he could stay near Audrey, but he never told her that.

-Travis' name is based on two leaders I met in church, but his personality is actually closer to my own (though not completel)

-He has never admitted this aloud but he actually doesn't like Twizzlers. Don't tell Audrey - she might have a heart attack.

-Ironically Travis played Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and even performed at the Shakespeare Fesitval. He was even offered a chance to perform at BYU (oh the irony) but declined because he was planning to go on his mission as soon as the festival ended. He only stayed in the play because his uncle kept loosing cast mates and he promised to help pay for his mission.

-Travis never liked Annabelle. In fact he for years he would vocally display his dislike of her to Audrey until he got older and realized he was wasting his time. That and Audrey always found a way to shut him up because she thought gossip was unattractive. He never gossiped again.

- Despite his love of choir Travis hates musicals. He thinks they're corny and weird. Because of this he never participated in their theater groups musicals, though he helped with production like Audrey (she's a horrible singer). Despite his hatred of musicals, he always loved musical season because he got to spend more time with her.

-Obviously he is quite love sick for Audrey but Travis had a lot of offers for dates. He was quite popular with the ladies, actually, even though he didn't think he was. However, once he got his mission call he refused to date anyone. It makes you wonder how he does AFTER his mission.

-Travis never kissed a girl before he kissed Audrey. So he was pretty happy with himself, until he realized what he did to Benvolio. For years he was in wrestling and did boxing, so he's a pretty good fighter. But that was when he was in middle school, and now he's just a skinny choir boy, sooo that isn't as true anymore.

And that's it for Travis. I don't think I'll do Benvolio because I've already talked about him in my post about the Many Faces of Benvolio and such. Sooo.... Maybe I'll move on to a different story. Deception? Vintage Catalyst? (Wouldn't I just love to talk about Reeve and Westley... hehehe!) I don't know. We'll see.

Until then, tootles!

Janine

Friday, August 5, 2011

Meet Audrey Sanchez

Eh. New thing. I'll talk about my characters including things I haven't had he chance to share. Here goes!




possible candidate
for Audrey -Eiza Gonzalez

 Name: Audrey Sanchez

Age: 19

DOB: June 17th 1992

Birthplace: Dixie Utah U.S.A.

Major: Drama

Hobbies: Acting, being a drama queen, complaining, eating Twizzlers, Ballroom Dance (I so wanted to share this more), Playing sports (specifically volleyball, rugby, and wall ball), reading

One Wish: To have a boyfriend quite honestly

About Audrey: Audrey is a bit of a whiny drama queen. She can't seem to understand why she doesn't have a boyfriend. In a way she's a bit cocky because she thinks she's good enough for a great guy, yet the only guy she thought she had a chance with ended up dating her hot cousin. As a drama queen, Audrey makes a wish for the a guy like the men of Shakespeare, naming a few and ends up with them coming to her world and fawning after her. It's through this experience she learns that she doesn't need a boyfriend to be happy, but also learns a thing or two about love. It's a maturing experience for her, and she learns to stop putting herself first.

Random facts about Audrey:
-Audrey has been friends with Travis since they were in preschool

-Her favorite Shakespeare character is Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing

-She idolizes Audrey Hepburn because they share the same first name and she was an actress.

-She is based off of my sister! But with some differences to her personality (for instance, my sister does not have a problem getting guys to like her like Audrey).

-Her favorite play is Gigi, which is also the role she wishes to one day play like Audrey Hepburn

-Audrey has a major crush on Derrick Hough and has recorded her favorite dances with him from DWTS (and she admits that's completely dorky of her)

-It's highly against her religion to share a room with a guy (Benvolio) yet because she never told her director no one knew and she didn't get in trouble.

-Audrey didn't go to college after high school because she was too scared to apply to BYU knowing her family wouldn't be able to afford to. She went to a community college instead and worked at the Dixie Theater in hopes of getting a scholarship once she performed at the Shakespeare Fesitval

-Audrey never performed at the Shakespeare Festival so she never got the scholarship to BYU (and that's all that will ever be said about her future).

And there we go! That's Audrey for you. I figured I could talk openly about her because her story is over. She was a fun one to get to know, though a real pain in the butt.

I'll try another character from Shakespeare Syndrome soon. Maybe Benvolio or Travis. Who knows.

Enjoy!

Janine

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Podcast Interview!!

Hola! Yours truly has been interviewed on the Wattpad podcast for Wattpad Wednesdays! So if you want to learn more about me, tips on designing covers, and what not, check it out at http://wattpad.podomatic.com/ and take a listen! Be sure to turn up the volume though. I was pretty nervous so my voice is very quiet. And it's over the phone.

And I'll be out of town tomorrow to Saturday. Have a great week!

Enjoy :)

Janine

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Many Faces of Benvolio

In honor of Shakespeare Syndrome finishing I thought I'd highlight our main man and my favorite character in the play (outside of Tybalt who has a special place in my heart thanks to Romeo X Juliet) - Benvolio! Now, with adaptations of Romeo and Juliet come changes to our dear honest cousin of Romeo Montague. Whenever I watch adaptations of the classic play (which I admit is my least favorite of Shakespeare plays that I read so far) I am always on the lookout for this small but vital character.

So who is Benvolio Montague? He is the cousin of Romeo who is honest, good, and is somewhat of a look out for Romeo. Unlike Mercutio, Benvolio isn't exactly a wise crack and doesn't engage in battle. He is often seen as Romeo's mentor in remakes and still shows a bit of his honest kindness in remakes.

1. West Side Story
Who can forget the musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet? Personally I was always really into Bernardo (a.k.a. Tybalt) and I never understood how Maria could sleep with Tony after he just killed her brother. And Riff (Mercutio no doubt)! My gosh he was annoying. But what about Benvolio? Who was our Benvolio in this story?

I've heard a lot of different ideas on who could be Benvolio, but none speak out better than Ice. Firstly, he has a cool personality, which is just like Benvolio in the play. Secondly, he was friends with Riff and Tony, and since Riff dies, he takes over to help the gang cope. Does this not sound like Benvolio to you? Well I certainly think so. Ice "cools" down the gang (if you pardon my pun) and is a fair just leader, even kind to Anybody. All in all, a very nice remake of Benvolio.

2. Romeo and Juliet (the 1968 version)

We see Benvolio briefly in the beginning, and while many girls may be distracted by Romeo and how the actor has a startling resemblence to Zac Efron (or more correctly Zac Efron has a startling resemblence to him), I personally couldn't get my eyes off of Benvolio. I'm not going to go into the characterisation of him because it's the same as the play, but he was pretty cute. If it wasn't for the fantastic death scene with Romeo, I'd probably pick him as my favorite in the movie.

3. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

I didn't care for this movie at all. In fact I rather hated it. While I appreciate the use of the original script, I just couldn't stand this movie. I think it partially fueled my dislike of the play, but from what I've seen a lot of teen liked it and it helped them to understand and appreciate the play so I guess that's okay. Anyway, Benvolio in this is played by Dash Mihok (cool name, right?) and in this they have guns and modern stuff that honestly bored me. They also rap some of the lines.

Ick. Anyway, there's not really much to be said here other than the fact that Benvolio now carries a gun and has red hair. Pretty sweet. Moving on!

4. Romeo x Juliet

This is my FAVORITE adaptation of the play. In fact I think I love it more than the play... Except sometimes it had awkward languages and I wasn't too crazy about the art (don't give me that look, most artists who are into anime are in for it for the art). In this one Benvolio is just a friend to Romeo, NOT his cousin. Oh no, his cousin in the green haired Mercutio (say what?) and Benvolio also has a thing with Cordelia, or in this case Nurse. (don't judge it 'till you see it) This is a really unique take on Romeo and Juliet. The whole Neo Verona thing and the Red Whirlwind is awesome. William Shakespeare even makes a cameo in it, and you almost don't want Romeo and Juliet to die. By the way, Juliet is way manlier than Romeo, as a warrior princess in hiding that goes out as a boy. Yep, you heard me right.

In this play Benvolio is like Romeo's confedont. He looks out for him and let's him share his feelings for the mysterious red haired girl (Juliet). Benvolio isn't particularly amazing in this adaptation (honestly it's Tybalt that swoops in and just steals your heart), and I thought he was kind of boring, but still good. He's one of the few good guys on the Montague side and his little thing with Cordelia is very cute. All in all, I just have to say, the Japanese have done the BEST adaptation of the play yet. You know, besides the actual play itself. This one though, ugh! So good. So creative, yet still sticking to its roots.

5. Gnomeo and Juliet

I didn't watch this movie. I didn't see a point in doing so. It's a kids movie so I knew right away that Gnomeo and Juliet would end up together. And I've seen so many remakes of Romeo and Juliet it just seemed pointless to me. However, I had become curious as to who it was that was Benvolio, and was pleased to find out he was even named after one of my favorite Elton John songs - Bennie and the Jets! Do you get the pun? The Jets? West Side Story? Bennie? Benvolio? Clever. I did approve of that.

If you haven't seen the movie like myself, Bennie is the cute little Gnome who pops up in the sunflower costume and says, "hellooooo!" How cute. From what I've heard, the movie was okay but nothing spectacular (as in nothing compared to Tangled, How To Train Your Dragon, or Toy Story 3). Still, I just love that they call him Bennie because of B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets! (Bennie! Bennie! Bennieeeeeeee! okay I'm done)

And finally, because we're nearing the end, Shakespeare Syndrome. Now it's not a remake of the play (oh no there's enough of that), BUT it does feature Romeo and Benvolio.... Along with a bunch of other men from Shakespeare's plays. And Benvolio is our leading man!

My interpetation of Benvolio was kind of a smart insightful young man. He has a bit of an attitude too, which really comes out later when he believes Audrey is going to sabotage his leaving. I tried to keep him honest and good, but also add my own flare to him. He turned out to be really wise, but a bit of a smart mouth. Certainly not perfect, but I like him as is. And the picture there is of how I imagine him. Thomas McDonnell. Soooo handsome.

So those are the different faces of Benvolio. Maybe one day I'll do more. There are certainly plenty more out there! Well, have a great day!

Janine