Hollywood vs Swedish version

Swedish Lisbeth

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander

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Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of the movie “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” which is more accurately titled “Men Who Hate Women.” I enjoyed Rapace’s take on the character as she definitely makes for a very believable and convincing Lisbeth Salander.

With that said, I think it is important for this character to be strong… though never forgetting she is human, and has both weaknesses and vulnerabilities. While we do see some of those weaknesses and vulnerabilites from Rapace, I feel she plays the role too loudly. By loud, I mean, there is no sense of quietness to her performance. Yes, she plays the internal Lisbeth, but if you could apply a decibel range to her harsh and angry facial expressions and body language, you’d probably have to stick a couple of cotton balls in your ears. Now this is not to say that Rapace doesn’t play the quiet, internal Lisbeth well. I just feel that it is less apparent then in Rooney Mara’s performance. With Rapace, I was left wanting to see more of the ‘damaged’ Lisbeth; not always angry and sometimes scared, but also a sullen and eerily quiet Lisbeth.

In short, and in my estimation, she played Lisbeth a little too rough and tough… or as some would say, a little too badass…Though don’t mistake me, as I want to make clear Noomi Rapace IS a phenomenal Lisbeth, and does an outstanding job in portraying her character, though I just feel that Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth was a little more spot on.

Hollywood Lisbeth

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

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Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”… In my opinion, her portrayal is truer to the book. I think she plays a bit more sensitive to the nuances of the character. Rooney’s performance seems delicately strong…and I like to use the adjective delicate, as she truly plays this role with a sense of delicacy, which I feel is extremely important.  While Lisbeth Salender seems on the outer surface as just a badass type, she is truly multi-dimensional. The internal quietness is captured perfectly. The internal struggle, questioning, fear, anger, and determination is handled with great care… Though not only does Mara play the quiet Lisbeth unbelievably well, she also plays the sensitive Lisbeth with a great sense of awareness to the character (via body language and expressions), though it is rare and if you are not keen to pick up on her subtle movements and behaviors, you are able to miss it. I think what I love most about Rooney Mara’s performance is she plays it with such subtlety, and to be honest, her Lisbeth is exactly how and what I pictured Lisbeth to be when reading the book.

Now if it so interests you, you should take a gander at this fella’s wonderful blog post that basically shares his take on the two film versions of Lisbeth.  He says it so well, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Which Lisbeth do you feel is truer to the book, and why?

Thankful

I am so thankful and feel quite honored to be given two different awards by two different, but both excellent bloggers, whom I’d like to take a moment and give thanks to.

Thanks to Natalie from natsbooknook, I was given the Beautiful Lipstick award.

And from, Melissa M. Wolff I was given The Versatile Award

I truly thank you Natalie and Melissa for thinking of me enough to honor me in this way. It truly means a great deal when you find that your peers have come to find and appreciate your work.

Natalie– your reviews are always great to read, and your passion for reading and sharing your thoughts is infectious. Like you, I love a good horror movie. We’re on our way to being Kindred Spirits, I think. 🙂

Melissa– I feel we are very similar. I too am an aspiring writer. I studied Creative Writing in college where poetry was my main love to both read and write, though as of now I have branched beyond that particular medium and enjoying the world of both reading and writing fiction. I love to chat, visit, read, and learn from fellow writers and I look forward to reading many more of your blog posts.

With that said gang, there are a few rules that accompany these two awards. And since the rules are pretty much the same regarding both, I will just type them out once so as to save you from having to read them twice. 🙂

The Rules are:

1. Include the award logo in your post or on your blog
2. Say 7 random things about yourself that the readers don’t know yet
3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other blogs you usually follow (For the Versatile Award- nominate 15 of your fellow bloggers whom you deem as excellent)
4. Let the nominees know that they are nominated & include their blog-links
5. Link the person who nominated you

7 Random things about me:

  • I think I’d like to visit somewhere tropical…
  • I am slightly over-talkative. Not sure if it’s clinically a condition, but I’m not gonna check
  • I am a bit of a worrier
  • I like when a man wears a pink shirt.
  • I wish I could meet my Diana Barry.
  • I’m trying to grow my hair long so I can donate it to Locks of Love (as never have), though my hair is driving me crazy.
  • I think the movie “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” scarred me for days.

My 5 nominations for The Beautiful Lipstick Award:

  1. lorna’s voice
  2. Culinary Adventures In the Kitchen
  3. Unabashedly Poetic
  4. Diary of a Modern Mom
  5. adam-p-reviews

My 15 nominations for The Versatile Award:

  1. highestformofwhit
  2. Outside Air
  3. Life, Lyrics, and Lemoncake
  4. lorna’s voice
  5. Live, Nerd, Repeat
  6. Book Marks
  7. molly spring writes
  8. Prof. Ratigan Reviews
  9. Roaring Out
  10. My Literate Tongue
  11. Feed Me Films
  12. Angled Vista

Check all of these out. Definitely worth the visit…

Movies with a bit of scary in them…

Horror Movies - Dennis Gifford - Hamlyn Books - 1977 Edition.

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There are scary movies, and then there are scary movies. What has you under the bed, the blanket over your entire body, quietly mumbling the words “mommy… I want my mommy”…. It’s a different answer for everyone. Thanks to the horror genre, there are many sub genres to pick from:

  • Slasher
  • Serial Killer
  • Gore
  • Paranormal
  • Teen Horror
  • Horror Comedy

I actually think some of these overlap a bit….but for simplicity sake, I just divided them into rough separate categories.

Everyone has one, or combination of these that suit just fine in regards to scaring the wits out of them. Me personally, I’m scared of the crazy serial killers that come off as nice and want to be your friend when you’re in a situation of helplessness. And it wouldn’t be a horror movie if the said helpless bunch (usually ends up being a group of teenagers) turned down the offered help from bat shit bill serial killer (I made that up) who is working to earn their trust and come off as a trustworthy friend.  You just get that “Kumbaya” feeling, until… well, you know. Things go awry. Craziness ensues. And you sit on the couch screaming, “Now, why did you take a ride with that guy”….   Here’s a movie that illustrates just this… Seriously made me want to run for the hills, when I first saw it… the way I figure it is, the crazies of the world hold enough fear without us as humans creating things to be afraid of.

Wolf Creek (2005)

Another movie that isn’t really horror, but still had me wanting to go home, and lock all my doors was Outbreak. You remember that one, right? (I freakin’ hate bacteria, viruses, and all those things which have the potential to be deadly, but are only visible under a microscope. I mean, hockey masked Jason and swords for fingers Freddy have nothing on Ebola).

Outbreak (1995)

So, I’m curious… What horror movies (sub-genres) have the ability to send you looking for the local locksmith to come change the locks on your door?

Buttons… and not the shirt kind…

Well, look at at that. I created myself a button.

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If you have one, or plan to create one, I would like to help you promote your page by placing your button on my blog, though in return all I ask is for you to post mine on yours…
Write, Wrong, and Everything Inbetween
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Book Review: Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

Before getting into the guts and at the heart of Lisa Bustein’s YA book Pretty Amy, I first want to take a moment and thank her publisher Entangled Publishing for allowing me to have an ARC (advanced reader copy), and the opportunity to read and write a review on it before the book hits shelves next month, on May 15, 2012.

With that said, let’s get right to it shall we?

Brief synopsis:

Amy is like any other young girl getting ready for her senior prom. She’s excited, and anticipating the unknown of what the night has in store for her and her two friends, Cassie and Lila. Though things go a little different then how she had played them out in her head, when she realizes that all of their dates are no where to be found, and further concluding they were stood up. Things don’t stop there. What is suppose to be a harmless fun-filled night to be filed away in the memory books, becomes more of a nightmare as the girls are arrested, and thus left having to deal with the consequences of their actions.

This book is Amy’s journey into the unknown world of growing up. A quest into self discovery- a coming of age story where we the readers experience her life and entire range of thoughts and emotions which run anywhere from anger and frustration to fear and hope.

My Review:

First off, can I say the book was pleasantly pleasing to the senses in the fact that there were no glittering in the sun vampires to be found, or heart broken howling were-wolves professing their pain to the sky’s full moon. Hey, I am just like any other girl (well I’m a grown up, mother of 2…who am I kidding) who is a fan of great Young Adult literature containing both vamps and wolves, but let’s just say, it was a refreshing change to hitch a ride to reality-ville and walk alongside on a journey with our main character, Amy…..

One of the books greatest strengths is the narrative voice emitting a strongly believable tone.

Now to the heart of what I wrestled with while reading this book. It felt like many other coming of age stories that I’ve read/heard/seen, where I wondered: what is specifically unique about this one? Though I understand that this book was probably striving less for a unique quality and more of a commonality- a way for the reader to connect to and identify with our main character. But through this quality of ‘commonality,’ I look for that which is unique, as I believe they can exist simultaneously.

But this in fact is where I run into my second problem, as I (personally) had a hard time connecting with Amy. Not because she’s not a well written character, but because I did not go through much of what her character had gone through as an adolescent. To put it more clearly, I was what many may have classified as a ‘boring’ teen. I was part of the ‘we stay home friday nights at eachothers houses, play games, watch movies, sing kareokee, stuffing our faces while making prank calls, playing truth or dare and no need of curfew ’cause we really don’t go anywhere‘ crowd. Amy’s journey was very much different then my own. Unlike Amy, I had a solid relationship with my parents and I did not experience many of the abrasive qualities Amy and her mother had.

This book, though, wasn’t a complete wash. In the bigger picture and scheme of things, (or rather in the over arching message) I was able to relate with Amy. It’s hard to be a teenager. You’re feeling insecure and most of all, you desire to fit in…to belong. That, I think, is a universal thought and feeling had by all at one point or another, and it is touched on nicely in Pretty Amy.

My Recommendation:

There are those that may have a closer connection to Amy’s character then myself, and for that reason alone, I’d recommend this book. For me personally, however, I will give it a “C” in terms of grading (see grading system on side panel) for reasons mentioned above.

GRADE: C

Reviews To Anticipate…

GWL coming soon...

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So, as the billboard states (better then I ever could), there are several new reviews I’m working on that are COMING SOON (to a computer with internet access near you). I cannot wait to share them with you, and in turn know your thoughts and opinions (as always).

With that, here are just a few that you can anticpate in the near future-

Book Reviews:

  1. Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
  2. An Untimely Love by Tendai Huchu
  3. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  4. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Move Reviews:

  1. Winters Bone (Starring Jennifer Lawrence)
  2. Limitless (Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro)
  3. Atlas Shrugged -Part 1 (Taylor Shilling and Johansson)

Other Reviews:

  1. Top 5 female character’s who possess a badass-ness while projecting a human-ness.
  2. The Swedish Lisbeth Salander vs the Hollywood Lisbeth Salander

 

 

Top TUE Tuesday

the old number 2

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This week I’m of a certain giddiness and eager to share with you the Top 2 Tuesday pics for this week. I shall digress a moment only to tell you that I am always eager to share my top picks with you, though today my excitement levels just might in fact be a tad bit more then normal.

With that said, I can tell you are at the edge of your seat, with bated breath, curiously wondering what the heck they are. What could cause this much anticipation and suspense (I wonder if I should try writing a novel that captures this effect…The question is though, would it be successful? ..hmm, well too much to consider and contemplate here.) I need to get off this digression and just let you have it, and give it to you straight.

My Top 2 picks are in regards to one of my most favorite poems, which is titled The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. You may be scratching your head now, though let me clarify. I was first introduced to this great poem through the voices of Ann with an “e” Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) and Loreena Mckennitt (Celtic singer/song-writer). Their voices bring a life to this poem that I am eager to share with you now.

Ann with an “e” reciting of the Highwayman

Loreena McKennitt’s song evokes a storytelling quality of the Highwayman that is both lulling and enticing. Take a listen.

As always, would love to know your thoughts and opinions. Are you a fan of the Highwayman? What is your favorite poem?