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Well. I really don't know how to begin this post. There are tons of things I want to write about, but where to start? I guess I could share the fact that I won NaNoWriMo. Again. (second time in a row!) I've also written two blog posts in the past month (here and here), wrote some fan-fiction along with my NaNo novel, watched some new movies, read some new books, and just generally have had an amazing month. Oh, and I also changed the blog design because I was bored, but it's not doing anything for me, so I'm going to change it again. Probably something Frozen-ish, because it's that time of year.
I've read a lot of books during this past month. The entire Great Awakenings series, While We're Far Apart, the Legend trilogy, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Giver, the YA adaption of Unbroken, Insurgent, and Allegiant. DON'T EVER READ ALLEGIANT. And I'm not saying that as a weepy, distraught fangirl who adores the series and is completely heartbroken over Tris' death but still thinks it was the right thing for her to do. No. Just...no. I didn't cry, I found Tris' death incredibly selfish, and the entire book was one long, angsty bore-fest. And then I hear that they're splitting it into two movies. What-? Why-? Why would you do that?
On the up side, most of the other books I read last month were great. To Kill A Mockingbird (ahhhh, I keep typing 'mockingjay') especially. As soon as I read the book, I watched movie, and I now love both the book and the movie. And Atticus. And Gregory Peck. I also read The Giver in preparation for the movie (which was great) and I think this last read-through really cemented my liking and admiration for TG. It took about four re-reads for me to really get it, but I'm glad that I finally have now. Anyway, the movie was good. Not one of my top favorites, but it was a much better adaption of the book than the trailers showed. And TG hasn't been rooted in my life since childhood, so I probably don't feel as strongly about the changes as most other fans.
I've also watched a slew of animated films recently. Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 2, Madagascar 3, How To Train Your Dragon, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2...a bunch of movies like that. The only one I really liked and thought rose above the typical animated movie cliches was HTTYD (hence the blog design). Oh, and Cloudy 2 was pretty good as well. Not as much as the first movie, but when are sequels ever better? I miiiiight review both Cloudy movies some time, along with HTTYD and Kung Fu Panda - maybe another one of those 'favorite animated movies' posts. (KFP was okay. I enjoyed certain elements of it, but it's not an overall favorite.)
Oh, and I watched Saints & Soldiers last night. (second time) ACK. I love it and hate it at the same time. My next post will probably be a review, so there'll be more details there about why I have such a big love/hate relationship and what it's all about. But let me just say that for an indie film with a budget of less than a million, the creators of S&S did an outstanding job. Absolutely outstanding. Annnnnd speaking of WWII movies, I've also been watching Combat! a lot. I'm not sure if I've mentioned the show on this blog before or not, but you'll probably be hearing about it semi-frequently, as it's my current fandom. I wrote some fan-fiction surrounding it for NaNo, and for me, that's a big sign of how obsessed I am. If I write fan-fiction for a show or a book or a movie, I'm pretty 'into' it.
And that's about it for now. Just a little update post that I hope to follow-up quite soon with a regular blogging schedule.