But anyway, hello people of the world! Let me update you on what I've been up to in these 2 months we've been apart: my brother is now married, I've almost finished my junior year, I'm now obsessed with Les Misérables and Smallville, and I haven't written anything more on Book Two! For those of you who haven't seen Les Mis or don't know what it's about, here is the summary from the official website:
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Honestly, best movie I've ever seen. Initially, I had no idea what Les Mis was about or that the entire movie would be in song, so that threw me off the first time around, and I spent more time trying to deal with the copious amount of song and figuring out the story that I didn't really enjoy it. The second time around, I knew what was going on and was prepared for all the song, and enjoyed it immensely. I have now seen it 4 times and have absolutely fallen in love with the story, the music, and the cast. (I dislike the stage productions and concerts, but I LOVE the movie.) I've never seen anything like it, with the change the music brings to the story and the grand, beautiful sets and the rebellion of the schoolboys and just the majesty of the themes of redemption and blatant Christianity that are spread throughout. Truly, the best movies are British. America, step it up and make some movies like Les Misérables!
On that note, one of the best American TV shows (that I have seen) is Smallville, which is the story of a young Clark Kent (Superman) struggling to deal with his extraterrestrial abilities while battling the very human struggles of high school. This is a phenomenal show (though I've heard it deteriorates over the course of the show's 10 seasons), and right now, on Season 4, I am LOVING Smallville. In the comics, there is very little mention of Clark Kent's childhood or his friends or how he dealt with his Kryptonian heritage—and Smallville fills us in using delightful characters that bring fun, danger, and mystery to the table. There's Chloe Sullivan, Clark's inquisitive journalist friend and head of Smallville High's paper The Torch who also harbours a crush on Clark. Pete Ross is Clark's happy-go-lucky friend, and Lana Lang is the beautiful girl-next-door who may or may not have feelings for Clark, who in this show is a polite, good-looking farmboy who is close to his parents, Martha and Jonathan, and is always ready to save the day whenever someone needs a hero but is willing to not receive any credit or thanks. And then there's Lex Luthor, who becomes Clark's best friend after Clark pulls Lex out of his car when Lex swerves off a bridge to avoid hitting Clark. Smallville explores the development of Clark's powers, his relationships with his parents and friends, and eventually, Lex and Lois Lane, and is the journey of a kind, shy farmboy into the greatest superhero of all time.
So with Smallville and Les Misérables to keep me busy, I guess I haven't had much time to update this here blog, but hopefully I'll start being better about that ... Hopefully. Anyway, hope you're all enjoying your week, and have a great day! :)