Classic Mystery Prompt #14

This was anotherĀ Classic Remarks idea. This was actually a fun question to answer. What are some classic series you love?

Lord of the Rings

I fell in love with this classic series in high school. I love the world of Middle Earth, the creatures that existed (from elves to dwarfs to hobbits, etc…..), and the friendships I saw. I am most emotionally attached to the hobbits. I love the two different quests- Bilbo’s quest in helping the dwarfs reclaim their home and Frodo’s quest in destroying the ring.

It is Frodo’s quest we spend the most time with. If it wasn’t for Sam, Frodo never would have made it. That is how loyal Sam is to Frodo. Even though Merry and Pippin are troublemakers, they still play a vital part in the fellowship and the battle of Mordor. Now, I own all the movies- from The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Chronicles of Narnia

There are two series that made me a fantasy fan- Narnia is just one of them. Yes, I did start on the three films, but those soon led to reading the books. I do really love Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter- they are an amazing group of siblings. The talking animals are incredible as well- Repicheep and Aslan are the ones that automatically come to mind. There are a lot of incredible journeys and quests in the stories you find in Narnia. If you actually read the books, I recommend reading them by publication date- not chronological order.

The Movie Musical Review

Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical in the most telling, most inclusive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her longer and remarkable career.

From Fred Astaire, whom her adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip-hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen-and heard-on-film.

With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson (The “Jazz Singer”) to the late, lamented Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the ’30s and ’40s, to Shirley T. and Judy G.’ from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margaret; from the lavish extravagance of Busby Berkeley to the turbulence of Bob Fosse, Basinger focuses on the many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis) as well as unfairly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor’s Whoopie!, Murder at the Vanities, One from the Heart). The Movie Musical! is astute, informative, and a pure pleasure to read.

While nothing beats the power of live theater, musical movies are still incredible to watch. The Movie Musical explores the history of musical movies. It especially looks at the classic musicals- after all, that is the beginning of musical movies. It first looks at how sound came into film. There were some things I was expecting to see in this book- and those things did show up. As in certain stars (as in actors, composers, lyricists) and films.

It would come of no surprise that it all started with the introduction of sound. Without that, there is no way musical films would exist. I was expecting Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, and other popular stars to be talked about. Gene Kelly is one of the best dancers in the world of movie musicals. As far as composers and lyricists go- I knew it bring up George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein. If this book didn’t bring up R/H, that would be wrong- Rodgers and Hammerstein is one of the best duos that exist and do play an important part in musicals today. Actually there were some names I wasn’t expecting- I knew they were celebrities, but not musical film stars (Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra for instance.

As far as films go- I had a feeling it bring up Wizard of OZ, Oklahoma (among other famous R/H films), West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, and Disney musicals. Those are some of the most famous musicals from the past and still are well-loved today even from me. I love the movie musicals, “Sound of Music”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “South Pacific”, “Oklahoma”, “White Christmas” for instance. As far as Disney musicals (only bringing up the successful movie musicals)- “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, and “Frozen”.

If you love musicals and want to know the history of musical movies, I suggest reading this book.

All the Series I Love

In the world of books, there are a collection of standalone books and there are also series. Most of the series tend to exist in the fantasy world- a genre I love. Fantasy is a world full of magic, quests, creatures, and incredible worlds. Now, what are the series I learned to love?

Harry Potter

There are two series that made me learn to love fantasy. Harry Potter is just one of them. I started with the films and eventually read the books. I loved the wizarding world of Hogwarts- along with Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

The Golden Trio is one of my favorite friendships in literature. The Weasley family is also one of my favorite families. There is just so much to love in this series.

Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia is the 2nd series that made me learn to love fantasy. If I were to read the series for the first time, I would read in publication order- it gives the series filled with a lot of magic of wonder.

Lord of the Rings

Tolkien played a huge part in what fantasy is today. Yes, there are a lot of parallels between Lord of the Rings and HP, but not exactly the same. The quest to destroy the ring is a burden on Frodo, but loved the loyalty Sam has to him. While at the end of Fellowship of the Ring, everyone splits up, they all still play a part in destroying Sauron.

Yes, the main quest is destroying the ring, but there is still a huge war going on. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas are the leaders of the battle. Merry and Pippin play their part (originally by convincing the ents to help destroy Saurmon). Of all the characters, I am the most emotionally connected to the Hobbits.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I fell in love with this mythology series in middle school. My love for it played a huge part in my love for Greek Mythology.

Avalon: Web of Magic

The friendship between Emily, Adrienne, and Kara is so magical. Even their relationship to their animal friends. The magic really does show through the pebbles they are given.

Sister’s Grimm

I don’t fully remember why I loved this series. All I remember is that we meet some characters we are familiar with.

Land of Stories

As a matter of fact, this series is written by an actor- Chris Colfer, Kurt from Glee. The Land of Stories is a book that has fairy tale creatures and characters we are familiar with, and that is one of the best parts of the series. Along with some brand new ones we discover along the way- Alex and Conner are two fraternal twins, who are the main characters of the series.

Shades of Magic

This was one of my favorite series from last year. If you like character-driven, suspense and plot twists, various types of magic, the city of London, and a fast-paced plot, you will probably love the series.

Kell, an Antari, from Red London stumbles across a forbidden stone from Black London and has to return it. But eventually has to enlist the help of Lila. I love the two of them as a pair working together. In the 2nd book, I come across another character I learned to love- Alucard Emery. SPOILERS- I originally disliked Holland- I literally thought he died in book 1, but he did survive, and I eventually liked him- as in book 3 (something changed in him that I didn’t expect. I literally thought the black stone was the antagonist, but it wasn’t- it was Osaron, but released because of the black stone.

His Dark Materials

Yes, I dislike the name of the series. True, I am a Christian and don’t believe in Pullman’s views exactly, but that wouldn’t stop me from enjoying the series. Yes, while reading the series I was looking at elements I don’t agree with.

When I looked at the blurb of The Golden Compass, Lyra reminded me of Lila. That is what convinced me to start the series. I was loving the world, Lyra, Iorek Byrinson, Pan, and Will as well. The concept of daemon was fascinating to me.

Howl’s Series

Yes, the series was a bit weird and made no sense. However, it is a enjoyable read. The books don’t seem to connect exactly. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are in all three, but not in a way you would expect.

Tolkien Review

J.R.R Tolkien is well-known for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings franchise. Those books are a huge part of what we know fantasy to be. My love for the series began in high school- first by the books and years later, by the films.

As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as Tolkien weathers the storm of a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt and the outbreak of World War I. These early life experiences later inspireĀ the budding author to write the classic fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings

Similar to Man Who Invented Christmas, we got to see how Tolkien was inspired for the famous Lord of the Rings franchise. It is very interesting seeing it from an author’s perspective- due to writing novels myself. Lord of the Rings has four Hobbits- well Tolkien created a fellowship with four friends, the war inspired the Mordor battle, Edith represented Arwen, etc….The four friends all had some love in relation to the arts.

Actually, I was seeing images from the series that Tolkien drew- as in spiders, dragons, etc. I was actually seeing a new language being created- a new language is one of the “hardest things to create” in fantasy. I also was seeing names of characters and hearing one of the characters and saw the world of Middle Earth at times.

The only problem with this movie is that the family didn’t want it to be created- so a lot of criticism was found when it comes to the film. However, if you love Tolkien and Lord of the Rings, I still would see this movie. The trick is that it is hard to find a way to watch it. I really struggled with finding the movie- none of the streaming services had it originally, but glad that yesterday it was found on Amazon Prime.

April 2021 in Review

April was a better month compared to February and March. I actually do have some highlights.

Reading

Song of Achilles- for fans of Greek Mythology. This is basically The Iliad told from Patroclus’ POV

Yellow-Lighted Bookshop- This book is perfect for any bookworm.

Hard Times- This was the main classic I wanted to read this year. This is yet another Dickens book.

Peter Pan- this is the last book I finished in April. I don’t remember if I actually read this children’s classic or not.

Exploring

My family did explore a part of Charlotte we barley spend time at. That was fun. There are times when I keep on forgetting on big the city is.

Part of the exploring was taking a hike at Lake Norman State Park.

Puzzling

Below is the newest puzzle I own. I started and finished that.

Movies

The most memorable movie I watched was “A Week Away”, which I plan to review tomorrow. It reminded me of Camp Rock in a way. A musical movie- more on that tomorrow.