Ah, my first award No money, illicit favours or other nefarious activities were undertaken to secure this honour, honestly ;). Instead it was in a rare, and wonderfully heady state of giddy girlish delusion that Angela Addams did consider me worthy to receive this accolade (if you know Angela you will know that neither giddy nor girlish are her usual state-of-mind). Still once given, this award cannot be revoked. It is mine, Mine, MINE I SAY…. HahahahahHAHAHAHA!!!!
Now, on with the Puppy Club rules:
1st RULE: You do not talk about Puppy Club.
2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about Puppy Club.
3rd RULE: You talk about 5 books/films/TV shows you’ve read or watched in the last 12 months.
So, for what it’s worth, here are five of the many I could have chosen…
1) FILM: Burke and Hare: When a film that starts out with the quote,
“This is a true story
Except for the bits that aren’t,”
you know it’s going to be good. It was… A dark, grim, slick, sick, and hilariously funny story of two na’er-do-wells in Glasgow who take up body snatching and murder to make a quick buck. Lots of cringingly good laugh out loud moments (really out loud, not in the LOL sense). Good cast, great acting, smart plot. A Winner!
2) BOOKS: Almost anything by Robin Hobb: The Farseer, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man Trilogies, and the Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven sequels. All take place in a richly detailed fantasy world; the story arcs of the fourteen books are populated with developed and interesting characters whose lives intertwine against the backdrop of an epic world-changing plot. Even more impressive is that although the books are fantasy, they are uniquely imagined… there are no dwarves or elves here, just living ships with hulls made from dragon cocoons…
Some may find the pacing to slow, but I loved the depth. (Aside: I didn’t get on so well with her Soldier Son trilogy. It’s set in a different world, and although interesting is not as compelling as her other setting).
3) FILM: Shadowlands. The one with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, not the other version. The story of the emotional isolation C.S. Lewis’ deliberately maintained , that was eventually broken down by an outspoken American. The ending of the film is a celebration of faith, love and courage, as he supports her through her battle with, and eventual death from, cancer. Not for the emotionally cold; remember the chocolate and tissues.
4) TV: Included for its gritty docu-drama approach, including interviews with the vets it has to be Band of Brothers, and The Pacific. These series give a realistic portrayal of the heroism, tragedy, and occasional humours lunacy that is part of war. No one is bullet proof; all are scarred. A fitting tribute to those who fought an unfortunately necessary war. Most memorable moments: It shouldn’t be, but when a soldier throws a stone into the puddle of water in the skull of a Japanese soldier; or the Allied solider sprinting straight across a German camp… and the German soldiers were so amazed at his audacity no one managed to shoot him. Then he ran all the way back again, still unscathed. Life really can be stranger than fiction. Put that in a novel and your readers would be going, ‘Yeah… right…’.
5) YET TO BE: I’m going to cheat here, because it’s not been released yet, but I’m looking forward to these films so much it’s obscene. Yes, it’s The Hobbit Bilogy(?). Short Hairy Dudes manipulated by a Large Hairy Dude into stealing gold from a Dragon. Most Short Hairy Dudes are obsessed with gold. The Large Hairy Dude is supposed to be wise, yet he didn’t foresee this was going to be a problem? Anyway, I can’t wait – should be awesome.
Is it me, or did anyone else notice that at least 50% of films shot after the Lord of the Rings stole those film’s colour palettes? They all seemed to become green, goldish or blue-grey… The Hobbit will inevitabley stifle other film maker’s initiative and innovation for a further 5 years…
Well. That was the easy part. The not so easy part is nominating bloggers who’ve not already received this award. So here’s my list, of some of the fun and special people I’ve met on Twitter:
N.B: If you think I should have nominated you, and I haven’t, it’s because I assumed you already had the award…
Magda M. Olchawska – Blogs on film making, and things to with kids: Her son is her inspiration.
Sandy Westendorf – Doesn’t have a blog yet, but I’m giving her the award so she doesn’t have to struggle to find a subject for her first post when she sets one up…
J. C. Fiske – Author of the Renegade series. Check out his dreams and visions here.
Fran Terminiello – New to blogging, so be neighbourly and pay her a visit.
Jann England – Her blog is pink, and is still very much worth a visit.