Sunday, January 18, 2015

An Interview With the Creators of Green Gables Fables

Hello, dear readers.

As some of you may have noticed, there is a new sort of classic literature adapting that, starting a couple years ago, started sweeping the world-- well, the YouTube world.  Literary vlogging.  Sort of.  In any case, a book being adapted to be told in the form of short (about 3-8 minutes) videos put on the internet.  Most of these series are kind of interactive-- all the characters have social media accounts and fans can keep up with what they're doing in-between videos and sometimes actually 'talk to them' and get replies.  (I know all about doing that.  It's fun. :D)

Most people trace it all back to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which 'aired' (or whatever the Internet equivalent would be) in 2012-2013.  That company, Pemberley Digital, followed it up with Welcome to Sanditon, Emma Approved, and then-- going out on something of a limb after all the Jane Austen-- Frankenstein, MD.  But although their other shows (especially EA) were widely popular, Pemberley Digital was suddenly not alone in the production of that particular genre.  Other entrepreneurs all over started latching onto the idea of updating classic literature and giving the story to the viewers in another format-- a more personal one.

I scoffed at the idea at first.  I don't like it when people update Jane Austen, or really any good classic lit novel.  It just can't be done without turning out horridly.  Buuuut I began to change my tune a little and now I think the realm of web series is rather fascinating (although there are plenty of series that I don't condone or patronize).  All that to say this-- more recently I became interested in some of the slightly smaller web series, the ones actually put out by a group of 'ordinary' people, but that were still making an impact on the internet.  One of them is Green Gables Fables, a modern adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

MFL 50th Anniversary: A Review

(That's MFL for My Fair Lady, not NFL.  Never that.  MFL definitely trumps that.  Can I get an amen.  *we* know how to better occupy our time. :P

Well, here we are again with our recap of this week's fabulous My Fair Lady 50th Anniversary watch-along!  Whew, that's a mouthful.  :P

My Fair Lady 50 years

On Wednesday evening, Melody and Amy convened at Amy's blog with Hayden, Ashley, Evie, Jess and Ally to watch and discuss the first act of My Fair Lady. (We called it the first half but really it's closer to the first three-fifths, as the show isn't divided evenly down the middle the way it should be.)  Hayden sadly had to leave early, but the rest of us stayed around and nattered for 254 comments.  (And made the discovery that Blogger has learned to make multiple pages in comments when we talk too much.)  We were united in our disapproval of Eliza's father Alfred, rejoiced in the delights of the Rain in Spain, and made fun of Henry Higgins and his rudeness.  Also we agreed that Freddy Eynsford-Hill, despite his nice singing voice (Prince Philip!) and his moderately nice face, is a dweeb and we hope Eliza didn't go for him.  Naturally we fangirled over I Could Have Danced All Night.  Because who doesn't.  And wondered why on earth Higgins has so many servants.  Because he's a bachelor with a medium-sized house.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Fair Lady 50th Anniversary Watch-Along: Part II

My Fair Lady Watch-Along Event

Hello, everybody!  We'll be watching the second part of My Fair Lady over here tonight, at 8 PM sharp, Central time.  So get on around 7:45 so we can all get ready and set to go.

I recommend we all pause the movie right (supposing you all have DVDs) right when the screen goes black after the Entr'acte bit, and then we'll be ready to put it on play at 8.

For the evening I'm putting the comments on automatic to speed up the process (because I would be totally frazzled if I had to keep up with the conversation AND publish comments, haha) so we can all have a nice chat. :)

If you missed last night but would still like to see the second part with us, feel free to join in tonight!

Also, if you haven't voted for your favorite dress on the sidebar, be sure to do that!  I have pictures of them all in my last post. :)

Aaaand here's a timer so we can all start at exactly the same time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cups of tea and lots of chocolate... no wonder I like My Fair Lady.

Hello one, hello all.  If you've come here for the viewing of the first half of My Fair Lady at 8 PM CST, I'm afraid you're in the wrong place.  But if you'd like to traipse on over to Amy's blog, you can join us there.  Don't forget to meet in this spot tomorrow at the same time. :)

But don't leave yet!

Behold the poll on the sidebar.  You may vote at any time between now and midnight tomorrow (Jan. 8th).

In case you can't remember what all the dresses look like, here are some pictures to jog your memory.

Most of the images are bigger if you click on them. :)

Purple "Just You Wait" dress

Thursday, January 1, 2015


The title of this blog post WAS going to be something rather long and complicated, but then I figured I'd shorten it to one simple word that kind of fits it all.
  • New Anniversary 
That one doesn't make too much sense, but technically it IS a new anniversary-- it's the 4th anniversary of this blog, and I've never had it before.  Wow, four years.  That's a bit hard to grasp, indeed it is.  However, I'm going to skip all the stats and such this time... just imagine that the followers when up somewhat and the number of posts went down.  (how that works, I don't know, but it's nice. :P)  Thank you to everybody for hanging around and encouraging me even when I'm absent so often.  Your comments and friendship are very special to me!

  • New Blog Design
For a while thing I did a new one every year, and then last year I kept my header from 2013 because I liked it so well.  I still like it, but I think it's time for something new, so here we are.  The back of the header is from Shabby Blogs-- isn't it cute? :D As is the background. No, of course I don't like roses. What would make you think that?

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