I watched a movie. A very good movie. Frailty (sucky title, Just like another movie I recently watched called Burnt Offerings - I finally learned by listening to the commentary why it was titled as such, but nothing save candles actually got burned in the story itself) and I must say that THIS is how you pull off plot twists. Your audience spends half the movie thinking one way and then the story spins on a dime and it isn't at all what you thought it was. Good stuff when it makes sense, and in this case it did.
In this case I'd thought the youngest son was taking after daddy - which in a way was correct, but it was the elder son that was actually the bad guy. Good show, very good show.

And there was another little moment in the end where I was sort of expecting that the younger (now styled good) one would do something naughty (trying not be overly spoily here) - which would have actually ruined the movie, but sometimes writers/directors can't help themselves so I expected it to happen - and it didn't happen and because it didn't happen it was so very good.

The funny part of all this was that when I got the movie I could not remember why it ended up on my list. Honestly, I still don't know why or how it ended up on my list. But even the description wasn't enough to make me very excited, but since I had nothing else to do but wait for a certain book (remember until I come online late this morning I was still half hoping I had not already been spoiled) I decided to go ahead and watch it anyway. I'm really very glad I did.


Okay, it may be a bit spoilery - I don't think it is, but if you are one of those people who don't want to know nothing, you might ought to back out NOW!

As for Potter - well, I have the book now and despite having already read bits and pieces from it - from the online version that up until Wednesday I was sure was a fake version. Had I known it was the real deal, I might have restrained myself. Maybe. No, I would have because I stopped reading anything related to it once I realized it was probably the real deal, though it was a bit late by that time.

Well, I'm going to read the whole thing before I fire up the rant/wank canons, because who knows I might be one of those few people who actually like it (despite the fact that I already know I won't actually like certain things, it is still possible that I will like the overall.). Though I can already tell you that Rowling is a big Liar Liar Pants on Fire. She's made certain statements about what would be in or addressed in Book Seven, and going by what I've already heard/read many of those things are not actually in the book. Bad author, no biscuit!

Although, to be fair, there are several things Rowling has talked about in interviews that gave some Potter fans (and myself to a certain extent) the idea that said things would be addressed in the last Potter book. However, in several of those cases, Rowling never actually said they would be addressed, she just talked about them. In the same way that she said if real Harry would be one screwed up child/man - she never said she was going to write him that way, just that if he were real he would be.
(I have something very specific in mind here, but I don't want to be overly spoily. It pertains to the WW itself and Voldemort - perhaps you can get the idea from that! Because she did talk about it, but again never said it would actually be addressed in the books.)

I'm still not sure how I feel - sometime yesterday afternoon I realized that while I was still hoping come today my copy of Book Seven would NOT be the online version, I also realized that I was half hoping it would be. Rather something be completely horrible (in my opinion) than just merely okay. And before you yell at me saying I'm just upset that certain things I wanted didn't happen, you need to remember that several of the things I did want did happen... So, in the end, I was about half right and half wrong - not a bad score.

Plus now that I know certain things and don't expect much, perhaps I won't hate it as much as I might have with no warning - plus naked Dan! Think about it! I know you have!

MiniRant - Why I expected much in the first place is something of a mystery to me, because I always said Rowling was writing simplistic childs fare. I've actually been saying this since I finished a monster read of the first four books a few years ago, which I actually to some extent liked.

And yet somehow I fell completely into the same trap others have - thinking that ROwling was better than she actually is. Apparently, my first impression was correct and I should never have let fans convince me otherwise, because then I would have been completely right about everything, including why if certain things happened they would suck raw eggs.

That is why I ended up expecting much - I let myself believe that certain of the fans (no, not Harry/Hermione shippers, or I suppose not just Harry/Hermione shippers) could see things that I kept somehow missing. This was futher complicated by Movie Five - believe me after Book Six and the IoD... Well, right after that I expected that exactly what we saw was exactly what we'd get!

I still can't believe Movie Five played the way it did if this is how the Potter series ends. Honestly, now I want to know just how much Rowling actually shared with the movie people, because I'm thinking it couldn't have been much. Seriously, I may never understand, unless Rowling (or someone from the movies) sees fit to explain themselves, why certain things in Movie Five were allowed to play as they did.

Okay, if you've read this far and not been spoiled, or not minded - stop here! My mini rant expands and I'm pretty sure some in the following is spoiler!
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Finally, I better never hear JKR dissing sexism in someone else's works again - she just better not! I was willing to believe others and think that the stuff which I said WAS sexist in Book Six... Well, based on others most logical arguments, I was willing to believe things weren't as they seemed, and when the big reveal happened things would stand better - NOW I KNOW BETTER! Joanne Rowling is as sexist as any male, perhaps more so.


PS - Don't expect my Potter review anytime soon. If I do manage to finish my first read today (and I probably will) I'll still want to read it again before I lay down my thoughts. And that is if I decide laying down my thoughts are actually worth it, in the end they may not be, or I may have said all I really want to say about it above.