We saw Gran Turino tonight, which was very good. Imperfect people, language to offend anyone and everyone, but what a great story. It's amazing, the things Clint Eastwood has chosen to do in his 'twilight' phase. You won't be bored, that's for sure!
Also saw The Kite Runner on DVD last week. I have mixed feelings about it. Very well-acted (between this and Iron Man, I'm developing a fangirl obsession with Shaun Toub), but I'm peeved at the main character. I realize that justice is not always going to happen, but I'm bothered when characters seems to feel that they have wrought justice and in fact, they have not. It's like "Atonement" all over again— I'm still angry about that one.
In a moment of insanity, I signed up for 50K this year at findyourwords. I might have actually written 50K last year (I'm behind on the December fic-listing and especially the full 2008 listing), but I also didn't spend most evenings of 2008 as *sn0000rzzzz* the way 2009 has gone. God, I hope that stops soon.
For a brief, happy period today I thought that I might be able to take a crack at some of the random, leftover requests from Yuletide. But when I checked, I was told that the 1000-word minimum still applies, and... darnit! I could write snippets for tons of things that I don't have 1000 words for. In particular, 1000+ tends to be reserved for my actual fandoms, and never predictably so. That's kind of one of the issues with small fandoms in general. Plus, how awesome was that 245-word Iron Man ficlet someone wrote as a treat for me? Totally worth it— characterization, a micro-plot, and emotional pangs. Jackpot! There's just no appreciation for micro-ficcing, I tell you. *pouts*
I saved off the prompts anyway, and here's something to ponder: I'm comfortable writing fanfic for movies and TV, but not so much for books. I'm sure we've all had moments like, "Oh, loved the show/movie! But I can't write it." Some of them just don't "click" artistically. But I find that, for me, that's readily true for the literary works in general. For instance, I would definitely find it daunting to try adding onto Shakespeare or even Winnie The Pooh. I'm all about the authors' and characters' voices, apart from the issue of respecting the creation. But it's not just that. I think it's more that I literally have to "hear" the characters speaking in my head to get their voices right. Do other people feel that way? Do you even think about how you work that process of writing? For books, it's the narrative style that's more distinctive (and easier to get wrong, IMO) than the characters' voices. Is it just me who has this problem? I only saved one prompt for a book, and I'd be lucky to get a ficlet out of it. 1000 words? Hah!
Is still wondering about those who could get 1000-word-stories out of a visual medium like Calvin & Hobbes, or The Boondocks, or Cat Macros. How do you make that work? :0