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Books and movies are like apples and oranges

Last week, my Dad took my brothers and my sister and I to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In my family it is the biggest rarity ever when we go to a theater. We usually have to wait two and a half years after the movie has been released on DVD before we ever see it. And when we do go to a theater, it is usually the teeney-tiny small town theater that only plays one movie over the weekends, with the less-than-extraordinary popcorn. Yeah, you know the one.

Anyway. I was having bitter-sweet feelings over seeing this movie. I had heard mixed reviews, and, honestly, after I heard that Legolas was going to be in it, not to mention the seemingly pointless female elf (I don't even care enough to learn her name) that they added, and the even more pointless romance between her and Kili, I just knew in my gut that this is where Peter Jackson would fail us.

I am one of the biggest LOTR fans out there.... I am currently on my third re-read of the books, and have seen the movie more times than I care to count, I even took the past two school years studying LOTR for school! (this is where homeschool rocks!) So, in my book, Peter Jackson is a pretty awesome guy. Of course, I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last year, and while it did not impress me as much as the LOTR movies did, I was pretty okay with it.

So, as I sat in the dim theater, nibbling on my less-than-extraordinary popcorn, I was just crossing my fingers, and hoping that this wouldn't be a flop.

It was a good movie, okay. But it did flop a bit from the book... or, more like flopped a whole stinkin' bunch from the book.

I probably wouldn't have minded it all as much if it wasn't for the lovey-dovey mush between that girl elf (still don't know her name) and Kili. Seriously, you could (sort of) literally feel the awkward in the theater during those scenes. :P But that < plus everything else added to a disappointment.

Of course there were a couple glimmers of hope.... like the ever awesomeness of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman together (not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch's voice for Smaug! *soooo cool!*), and (my personal favorite :) Peter Jackson's cameo (you'd have to be a completely LOTR movie fan to get it, but it was pretty epic. I was laughing!).

I guess I've sort of learned that movie producers/directors/makers will always disappoint me. I have yet to see one movie adaption of a book that follows it flawlessly. And, really, I'm usually pretty forgiving. I understand perfectly well that it's hard to turn a book into a movie. And I understand that sometimes you can't fit everything.

It's always a magical feeling when you learn that a book you really love is being turned into a movie. It brings the book to life in a way. You get to see the characters you had for so long only been able to see in your head portrayed by your favorite actors. And the world you wished was real is --in a way-- real.

I will forgive all the folks who made The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for now, and I suppose I will see the next movie next year and give them another chance. And, despite what I might think now, I'm sure there could be a reason for all the bleck they added to the story.
Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.-Stephen King

What were your thoughts of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

What's your favorite book to movie adaption? 

I'm Not a Photographer

1. a Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera

That was the first thing I had typed up on my Christmas list; and, even though I had taken the time to look up all of those crazy numbers and letters (which I have not the slightest hope of understanding), I was not disappointed when I didn't have a shiny new camera on Christmas morning...

...It wasn't until a couple days ago I realized why.

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When I started blogging here at this lovey place, I had decided that I would no longer depend on Pinterest for my photo needs (for tricky copyright and personal reasons). I thought that using my own pictures would best illustrate whatever I wanted to blog about, since you can't very well understand most of what I say without seeing the world somewhat through my eyes.

I have a camera that I had gotten a couple years ago, and figured that that would have to do. But, it quickly turned out to be a burden. It was always such a bother, even before, when I was on Blogger and wanted to post of some adventure or other where I had the privilege of actually taking my camera and snapping some pictures. I would never have the time or desire to locate the usb cable, and lug the camera down to the computer to download the images (many post delays have been because of my laziness with my camera). And even after tons of editing, my pictures never would compare to those of Jocee, or Lucia, or any other blogger/photographer whom I admired.

So, I naturally assumed it was my camera that was the problem... after all, all those other bloggers had a DSLR camera that somehow made their pictures magically extraordinary.

But, try as I might, I couldn't save up the 700 dollars I needed for the new DSLR, and I began to discourage.

I just knew that once I would have that camera all of my picture problems would go away and I would be as successful a blogger/photographer as I could be.

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I was reading this post the other day on how to get good pictures for your blog posts ('cuz, seriously, I needed all the help I could get). I already knew that beautiful photos attract people to your blog (I mean really, I have followed many a blog because of drop dead gorgeous pictures, let. me. tell. you), but this post told me that I didn't need a super big camera with a ginormous lens poking out of it to have a worthwhile blog. It was a pretty big 'wow really!?' moment. Maybe I wasn't as helpless as I had thought I was...

I then continued my thinking, and realized: I am not a Photographer. I am a Writer.

Many people have photography blogs because it's their passion, it's what they are good at (and I think we can all agree that I am not very good at photography). I have a word blog, because that's what I'm good at, I love weaving words and sentences and paragraphs together  for people to enjoy. If people are only going to be coming to my blog for pictures, what's the point? I want people to read my blog for the content, I love the feeling of people actually reading this stuff I scribble, my little mindless thoughts.

So, will I never ever have pictures in my posts again? No... I still love looking at pictures, and I know how hard it is to concentrate on a novel-sized blog post without a picture or two to soften the blow. I'm just not going to stress to much to get pictures on here. If I have to write something, I'm going to write it, and if I happen to have the perfect picture to accompany the words, I'll stick it in. But, seriously, my picture anxiety is pretty bad. I even delayed this post because I wanted to have a picture. (yeah, it's that bad)

So, do I still want a DSLR camera? Heck yes! I still think it would be the coolest thing to play with and to try to maybe get into photography. Because I would really love to illustrate my life with good quality pictures. But I think it shall be awhile before I will get one. So for now I will just have to be happy with my words, and little camera.

Mostly I hope this will inspire you guys. I'm sure I am not the only one who struggles with this, and, just realize that it is okay to not have pictures. You want people to love your blog for what you love, not for your beautiful pictures. (but, you know, if your passion is photography, keep pursuing it! :)

Well, now I suppose I should go and take 'Photographer off of my resume. ;)

See you in the funny pages,

Hannah

Hello 2014

When I look back on 2013, one of the big things I think about is books.

2013 has probably been the biggest reading year I have ever had in my life.

My original goal at the beginning of the year was 100 books, but once I realized that that would mean reading 2 books a week, I decided that was a bit of an impossible feet, so I lowered it down to 50.

In 2012 I had tried 50 books, but only got to about 25. 

2013 I am pleased to say I did more than half of that, and made it out having read 48 books, many of which were super thick classics.

I may not have made my goal, but I feel like a winner.
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Needless to say that this year I'm going to be making some changes to my reading schedule.
Throughout the year of 2013 I realized how much I want to re-read old favorites. And how much I want to read more classics.

So, this year I'm taking a break from reviewing.

Hear me out, okay.

By, 'I'm taking a break from reviewing', I don't mean a total break. 

I am going to finish the reviews I still have on the list, and every once in a while, when I read a book that is just oh too good to not share with you, then I promise I will review it! (you can also find me on Goodreads to see what I'm up to reading-wise)

I'm still going to do the essay thing on Ivanhoe, but I think I'll do that on my other blog if you don't mind.

Obviously this will be different. And I'm still not sure if I'm exactly comfortable with it yet.
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Happy 2014, and see you soon,

Hannah

P.S. the books featured in this post are some of my favorite reads of 2013. :)