Friday, November 30, 2012

A princess on Mars

i just finished reading this novel.  its the book that John Carter was based on.
i have stated previously that i enjoyed John Carter. the book was SOOO much better. except the end.. the end sucked.
after reading this, i went back and watched the movie again. and now, looking at it with fresh eyes, i can see how they watered it down and 'disney-afied' it. they also added scenes that never happend, and omitted one that did (but almost every book-to-movie does that)

-SPOILER-
i was extremely disappointed that the drama between Tar Tarkas, Sola, and Sarkoja was really only hinted at in the movie. there was ALOT of history between these characters that took up a good portion of the book. im also kinda disappointed how they turned John Carter into a sort of hooligan. the John Carter in the book was an honorable man who wasnt exactly interested in wealth. the one in the movie, just seems to be a bum, who only fought for his own self preservation, and search of gold. 
obviously, things have to be shortened and changed when things are turned into movies, but rewriting an entire character? also, Dejah Thoris is TOTALY different in the book.
i think they modernized her, to try to appeal to a PC audience. this book was written a long time ago (by the author of Tarzan, cant remember his name and too lazy to google it)

the movie Dejah was a tough cookie, who wielded a sword and didnt take any shit.
the book Dejah was more of the the helpless princess type. (you would think Disney would eat that shit up)

they also added the Therns. there was NO mentions of these things in the book, Disney completely made them up.

there was also no magical weapon that the Jeddak  of Zodanga possessed. (in fact, Zodanga wasnt even mentioned until more than halfway thru the book) the majority of the story, took place with the Tharks.

what the therns did for the story tho, was valuable i think. (even tho their actual purpose is somewhat ridiculous)
the ending of the book was DEPRESSING and had me almost in tears.
and the movie ending made alot more sense.

-BIGGER SPOILER-

so both the book and movie start off the same way. John carter is dead, and has his body prepared in this strange tomb, and has his estate and journal bequeathed to his nephew.
 we learn of his adventures thru the journal. 
in the movie, the strange beginning is explained at the end, when the thern come to kill John Carter's 'sleeping' body. he kills the thern, and retrieves the device that allows him to return to his beloved Barsoom.
all makes sense, boy gets girl, happy ending ,trala la la.

in the book,  there is NO explanation for the strange coffin, or burial instructions. as far as we know, he never returns to mars, and its suggested that life on Barsoom has been completely eliminated.

all that he loved and fought for for ten long years snuffed out. his behavior (and requests) at the beginning is odd, but not explained at the end, where he seems to just be dead.
i nearly screamed at my cell phone (where i was reading it off googleplay)
"no no no!! it cant end like that, wheres the rest of it???"

ARG!! it still gets me! the book was SO amazing and that ending was just so
PU.

so disney at least did THAT for the story. and therns were at least useful for a plot point. it also made the traveling sorta logical, his appearance (and disappearance) on Mars was not explained in the book at all. He doesnt even wonder about it.

im semi obsessed with this story, if its not obvious lol. 

and if stupid transformers can be a blockbuster movie, then clearly all they needed to make John Carter a success was to cast Megan Fox as Dejah Thoris.












Wednesday, November 21, 2012

what a hypocritical holiday

i dislike thanksgiving. and not because my family sucks and i hate cooking.
(my extended family sucks, my children are awesome)
was watching the peanuts thanksgiving special with my kids and it was made painfully clear what ive always subconsciously hated about thanksgiving.
so the settlers spent a year dying and suffering in the new land before the indians came and gave them food, and showed them how to grow crops and basicaly saved their sorry asses.
they extended the arms of friendship and brotherly love to these strangers in their land. and in return, we spend the next 100 years murdering them and stealing their home and heritage.
"hey thanx for the turkey and saving our lives and shit! now GET THE FUCK OFF OUR LAND BEFORE WE BLOW YOU AWAY, YOU GODLESS INJUNS"
. and to make it even more insulting, we continue to celebrate the day. that. is. seriously. fucked. up.
yeah i looooove thanksgiving ...-_-

last pic spam post

probalby. ill start posting to the forum from now on probably. its just easier to post pics here without having to use photobucket as a go between. ahhh lazyness.

oh well on with the show


all the other gnomes worship the evil one, Pazuzu. i have since gotten another one, and figured out theat when you have an enemy, you get one in the mail.


 gotta love those random outfits kids age up into


 saw an alien walking around in my yard for some reason


 she poitned a doohickey at my lawn furniture and then wandered off





 Juanita the couch potato, decided to upgrade the family tv. you can see this thing from space


 Tariq is turning into quite the little bad boy. so much for the mild mannered nerdy type! he stole his dad's motercycl and skips school pretty much every day.


 he got arrested egging his aunts house. oops


 grounded again! seems like this kid is always in trouble. spoiled little rich kid whos mom is a special agent. no wonder he thinks he can do no wrong


 he got a new hairdo to fit his new lifestyle



 looks pretty goofy is you ask me


 he got grounded again and made his horse, Valentine, kick his dad.

 the horse loved it. hes as big an asshole as Tariq


 flaming poo bag time!


 after a busy day or skipping school and egg tossing, a boy likes to relax and roast a nice pumpkin on a stick


 mmm toasty


 ahhh nothing like the beauty of winter



 Its snowflake day! friends and relative came over to open gifts.
Tariq is grown now (i got  warning about his doing badly in school and id better watch out or it would permantly affect his personaality. i took it as a dare and MADE him skip school every day. he rolled the mean spirited trait, which works for me) he is now 'dating' several girls and canot commit to any of them. he also likes to beat up any men who even look at them crosseyed. Tariq is a bit of a hoodlum.


 this is Maria. sweet soft spoken girl who doesnt have alot in common with Tariq. he is still trying to conquer her.


 this is Deena.  shes a fairy who i think may be older than him. (cougar time!) shes ok looking and seems to like him.


 This is Xasha and Chastity. both are hot for him, and he for them. but both are engaged to other guys,


 There is also Yvette, who i think is in this pic somewhere. Yvette is a werewolf he went to high school with. shes a beautiful viking maiden with long blond hair. and always seems to have a boyfriend, making her difficult to tie down.





 this was pretty.. i dont recall seeing  teal sky before.


 ahh this is Chastity. he invited her over and they have some fun. she is still engaged unfortunately.


 but shes a vampire so ive got time >:)


 ooo easter eggs!


 ahh yes, last of Tariq's lady friends. Aileen. this firey redhead is also attracted to him, and he her, but she is also engaged (curse you story progression!)


so those are my choices, or rather HIS choices. i cant decide which lady i like better. i was going to let the game decide but just abou EVERY one of them asks him out every day so its even harder to choose lol

which of these lovely ladies will tame Tariq? or will he string them all alone and only have him way with them?

oo bad boys are so much fun!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

what an adorable foal

 this foal was born on love day!! i named him Valentine

 Valentine and his proud papa

and this... disturbing little fellow appered in the mail one day. someone sent my sin hatemail in gnome form! haha i cant wait to see what trouble this guy gets into.

(altho, since genrations, the gnomes are extreamly boring. all they do is zap all around the lot in a large group. it was way more fun when they each did their own thing. and i hate how they age)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

meet Tariq - more seasons pic spam

hello ladies, im harry potter. in town for the winter festival


 building a snowman with dad.

 and then for some reason he smashed it.... who smashes their kids snowman?

and of course, no trip to town would be complete without a visit from grimmy.

 and a grimmy snowman!

Tariq got some cocoa but it didnt fill up his hunger AT ALL. luckily he a genie so a perfect meal is only a nose wiggle away.

why o why do all my sims play in the snow practically naked?

 Juanita went to the beach and skipped a few stones. it was beautiful.

 she ran into her brother in law.. and invited him for a bite



ok this was hilarious. Kyle has been having tons of funzies blowing crap up all over town. (hes not in the inventor career, he just likes blowing crap up) well, the master bedroom bed went wonky again. (seems to happen every time i have a baby AND a butler, dunno why.) so i said, hey, i know. since i have to replace it anyway, lets blow it up.
BAD IDEA
 he managed to completely total his own house. the second floor, where the bed was located, lost everything in  3 room radius. the nursery was decimated. (luckily the baby was elsewhere at the time) the bathroom was fucked, even the hallway. but thats not all. the floor below was ALSO totaled. he destroyed half the kitchen, and the downstairs spare bedroom as well. luckily he a millionaire so everything was easily replaced. except for the special fridge his grandmother earned from being a top level chef... couldnt even find it in buydebug :(


but it gave me a good excuse to redecorate. i built and furnished this house back in base game. needs some updating.


next day was spring thaw! woo! it happend so gracefully it was so cool to watch

 it inspired Kyle to go for a spring ride. of course it began thundering and scared the horse. (shes the jumpy one)

all the snow is gone now, except the fun toys we made. the igloo kinda.. deflated.
...is it just me, or is this snowman plotting to steal my foods?