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12 February 2009 @ 05:45 pm
Memeage and other stuff...  
I'm so behind that I'm just now getting to the usual weekend blather. :0

Saturday's movie was Nancy Drew, which was better than we expected after the setup jolted us. I was a big reader of the Nancy Drew books back at age 10/11, and Nancy was clearly of college age. What a surprise to have her be in high school instead. (and why exactly?) Nancy and her friends actually looked to be about 14, which was even more jarring:

Nancy's Dad: So, did you park the car nearby?
HalfshellHusband's reaction: What, the pedal car?!?

The movie's sense of irony finally won us over, but I still don't why they changed Nancy's age. Was smart-aleck Nancy supposed to be more appealing? Or maybe they thought it would be smart to make her closer in age to her audience demographic, which is exactly the kind of crap-thinking that ruins movies and TV shows all the time.

Sunday, the kids had two exciting basketball. Lauren scored 8 points, which is incredible for her. She played a really good, aggressive game (and not just on defense), and that's very new. Christopher's team unexpectedly lost in a heartbreaker. They should have defeated their opponents easily, but with 1:30 left in the game and a 5-point lead, his team left the other team's 3-point shooter open for the long shot (down to a 2-pt lead), didn't slow things down at their end and missed their shot-rebound, and left the 3-point shooter open again after his coach's timeout. Christopher's team was down by 1 then with seven seconds left in the game, and though they executed a great play, the shot didn't go in. One boy threw himself on the court in despair, and there were tears all around. The lesson here is, stop hot-dogging and secure a bigger lead!

And now here's the meme, stolen from virtually everyone:



I can certainly live with that choice! Though I've already got the husband I want. :)

 
 
 
mooyoo: Michael - Swanmooyoo on February 13th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
but I still don't why they changed Nancy's age.

My guess is because in the eyes of TV and movie execs, college-age kids don't exist except to binge drink and sleep around. Those are the only stories ever told about anyone between the ages of 18 and 22, as writers and execs seem to think that college just won't sell and only ever really write characters in high school or in their late 20s/early 30s. So I think you're onto it, that the movie is made for a pre-teen/young teen audience and TPTB figured they wouldn't be as interested in an older Nancy.

Which, I agree, is stupid.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
college-age kids don't exist except to binge drink and sleep around. Those are the only stories ever told about anyone between the ages of 18 and 22
Depressing thought, but I think you're right. It's as if writers/etc. think this age group has no substance other than hedonism, which gets old very fast. :(

mooyoo: Exclamation point of doommooyoo on February 14th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
It makes me think of Lost - did you ever watch it? - killed off the two characters who were in their early twenties because, as the writers and exec producer put it, they didn't know what to do with them and ran out of stories to tell for them. Ridiculous, to think that someone older than a teenager but younger than thirty wouldn't have any potential for an interesting story. Or that viewers won't relate to someone in that age group.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
killed off the two characters who were in their early twenties because, as the writers and exec producer put it, they didn't know what to do with them and ran out of stories to tell for them.
Oh, for crying out loud!

They created those characters themselves, they could be anyone the writers wanted them to be! The fact that they chose for Maggie to be a spoiled, vapid princess is their own fault. Viewers can only care so much about a self-indulgent bitch, you know?

Boone, though... Boone had possibilities, and he actually make Jack almost seem likeable, which is practically impossible for me.

I remember back when there was all this blather about "someone's going to die!" and I was hoping that it was the Hobbit instead, because I didn't like his character.

Claire, though? Claire is of that same age group, and AFAIK she's still there. The creepy backstory with the psychic, who eventually maneuvered the fate Claire wouldn't accept, was fascinating. :)
brigid_tanner: boys-huhbrigid_tanner on February 13th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Nancy's not in high school! I've got some of the Nancy Drew books published in the 40's, that were a gift from a baby sitter when I was a kid. Not sure where she got them, but Nancy was definitely in college. Those books sent me to the dictionary a lot, cause I was reading them at age 9 or 10. Have you watched any of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series that was on in the late 70's? Those are fun and the kids will probably enjoy them. I got the first season on DVD several years ago, and my then 13 or 14 year old nephew loved them.

Love your leading man answer! I couldn't take the test. The leading lady question was my first problem, cause my favorite is Katherine Hepburn, so I just picked one at random. Then the sporting event question...where was the hockey choice? That's when I gave up.

YAY Lauren for a good game! Boo Christopher's coach for not making sure the other team's best player was covered.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Nancy was definitely around 20-22, and Ned (her 'beau') was in college. I was so boggled by having Nancy be younger-- what a bizarre decision.

I do remember both series from the 70s, and I watched them both. I had a ridiculous crush on Shaun Cassidy, despite his having weird teeth, but Parker Stevenson was out because of the pig-nose. The Nancy Drew was well-cast, I thought, and I think Bess was less of a flutterbudget femme than in the books.

As for the Leading Man test, I had to pick the best bad choice on some of them. Favorite leading lady? NONE of those, for crying out loud. Why were all the choices so modern and vapid? And favorite awards show, well... I picked the Oscars because they're the glitziest, but honestly, I can't even be bothered to watch them on TV. Thank goodness there was an "I'm not really into fashion" response for one question. ;)

Christopher's game... the boys were kind of loose and sloppy that day, and too many of their shots missed (Christopher even had a layup that circled the rim at least two times before unexpectedly popping out again). The game really should not have come down to those final two minutes-- it should have been a huge lead from the very beginning. :0