Archive | April, 2012

Lady Film: Jane Eyre (2011)

30 Apr

Friday night, H. and I watched Jane Eyre.

Obviously, as a woman with a Creative Writing degree, I enjoy Jane Eyre. That’s, like, a requirement for graduating. I’ve only read it once, in high school, but I have mostly good memories (even though at first I hated it. Too much boarding school; I stand by my opinion). The trailer looks BANANAS, right? Using the Suspiria theme is kind of an emotional shortcut, but it really does get across the weirdness of Jane Eyre.

Before we watched it, I tried to explain to H. that Jane Eyre is a weird book/film. It seems like it’s going to be a semi-normal love story if you don’t know much about it, but it is actually super strange! I also warned him that he would not be able to suspect the weirdest surprise.

H: “Is she really a man?”
Me: “No!”
H: “Is…”

When the surprise twist was revealed, he actually yelled “Whaaaaat?” at the screen, so I guess I was right.

Here’s the thing about this adaptation: It is very, very beautiful. There are so many lovely shots, and everything’s lit by candle/fire light, and it’s all just moody and dark. You know who else is moody and dark? Mr. Rochester, amirite, ladies? Mr. Rochester is basically a huge babe (duh) and Michael Fassbender is in FINE FORM here. He’s angry a lot, he shoots some stuff, and oh man. I feel like I can’t mention Michael Fassbender without mentioning that there were assault charges against him but the charges were dropped. Do with that information what you will.

Looks kinda like Mr. Darcy, is not Mr. Darcy.

I feel like the film assumes you already have a basic knowledge of Jane Eyre, because it skimps out on kind of a lot, story-wise. I mean, there is hardly any boarding school, which is fine by me. But the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester isn’t developed much at all. This was no problem for me, since I’m heavily invested in their relationship/problems already, but I think it might seem a little sudden for someone who didn’t know the backstory. H. agreed.

Also when Mr. Rochester has a beard he looks like Joaquin Phoenix:

Conclusion: Do you like Jane Eyre? Do you like slow movies? Do you like weird, high-waisted pants on men? Do you enjoy candlelight? Then this is the movie for you. If you get bored easily and you’ve never read Jane Eyre, maybe not. Also, go read Jane Eyre. What is wrong with you?!

This Week on Hello Giggles!

28 Apr

This week, it’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist! Yay!

Megan Amram is the Greatest

27 Apr

You guys, this video makes me laugh so hard, and then it makes me uncomfortable, and then it makes me laugh again. Happy Friday!

Wednesday Links (Relating to Solange Knowles)

25 Apr

Sorry, guys, all I care about right now is Solange Knowles.

This article by Kate Spencer was on HelloGiggles yesterday, and it pretty clearly outlines why Solange is the best human being ever.

Her blog is called My Damn Blog, and it’s full of pictures of her looking gorgeous. I mean, that outfit in the picture above? I need it!

And obviously Sandcastle Disco is the best song ever recorded.

Oh, and she was on Yo Gabba Gabba because DUH OF COURSE SHE WAS.

I used to think Beyonce was the most beautiful woman in the world, but now I just don’t know what to think. I hope you guys will support me in my time of questioning.

Pinterest Boards I’m Going to Create

24 Apr

Diseases I Don’t Want to Contract

Nightmare Weddings

❤ Harry Dean Stanton❤

Celebrity Feet

Dead Stuff

Diseases I Do Want to Contract


Unattractive Dogs

Lady Tip #5: Start A Blog

23 Apr

Seriously. Just start a blog.

I could go on all day (or, okay, for a few minutes) about the things this blog has done for my life. I started it last May when I decided to take writing seriously, and my life is now exponentially better. I’m not saying that’s all because I started a blog–I made a lot of other changes at that point, too–but the blog was a jumping off point. Here are the main reasons I think you should start one:

1. Practice makes not-perfect-but-at-least-a-little-better.
If you’re writing everyday or every week, you’re going to get better. I’d recommend establishing some sort of blog schedule for this reason, and sticking to it. I used to be very rigid about having something up every day. I’m a little looser about it now, but that’s mainly because now I have other writing to do. If you want to become a better writer, the only way to really do it is to write. Probably, I don’t know, I’m not a writing teacher. Guys, don’t take any advice from me! Here’s more advice.

2. Internet friends!

Sometimes people leave me nice comments. Sometimes people send me nice e-mails. I love, love, love this. There is no better feeling in the world than when someone says your writing was funny/touching/entertaining/whatever. And most of the time these people will be interesting, and they will have funny blog, and now you have an internet friend!

3. Ready-made portfolio.
If I ever need a writing sample, I have a whole year’s worth of blog posts. Okay, so I might not ever use my story about Lenny Kravitz or that weird fan fiction I wrote about being married to Gordo (for your sake, I’m not linking to either of those. I never said I was a normal person, okay?), but there are lots of posts I’ve reused for other things.

4. Sense of Purpose.
Listen, I’ve had a few “down days” over the past year, and you know what? I could always say, “Well at least I have the blog,” which might sound depressing. But it’s better than, “And I don’t even have a blog!”

Image via Toothpaste For Dinner

This Week on HelloGiggles!

22 Apr

Little Women, you guys. Little Women.

Although I watch the (1994) movie at least once a year, this was the first time I’d read the book since 3rd grade. It was still great. Jo March, you are my hero! Check out the column here.

Thrift Store Style: Decorating My Apartment

20 Apr

I seriously don’t know why people buy furniture or decor new. Almost everything I own is secondhand: from my parents’ basement, from a garage sale, from my grandma’s basement, from a thrift store… I even own some things that aren’t from basements. I did buy my couch new, but I got it on clearance at Kroger. That’s right, I bought my couch at a grocery store. Jealous?
Here are some new-to-me items I recently bought at various thrift stores around the world. Or around Columbus.

The strawberry cross stitch is a new acquisition. I can’t help but buy cross stitch, embroidery, or crochet when I see it…someone spent so much time on that. Also, I just kind of love this. Old lady chic, y’all. The yellow pitcher is also from a thrift store, but I’ve had it for years.

Owl picture! This was under 2 dollars. Seriously, who could resist?

The blue vase is thrifted, the flowers were NEW. I know when to splurge.

Do You Want to Write for HelloGiggles?

19 Apr

So HelloGiggles is currently accepting new writers. Sometimes people ask me how I started writing for them, and I don’t know how it works for everyone, but I just sent in a pitch when they were taking open submissions for columns. I didn’t know anyone there or have any significant writing credits or anything. If you’re interested in writing for them, this is very good, specific advice!

I really enjoy writing for HG, and I can honestly say it’s one of the more fun things I’ve done! I’ve internet-met some really interesting people through the site, and I like that it’s a positive, lady-friendly environment. If you’re a writer, you should definitely submit!

Wednesday Links!

18 Apr

5 Steps For Taking Criticism A Little Better from The Tangential

-It was my favorite thing to ever be on The Hairpin, and now Ghost is back! I laughed out loud at the beginning, and by the end I was teary. Mallory Ortberg, you play with my heart!

-This Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad is always a hit. Also I could eat bowls of it.

-This article from Writer’s Digest is called How To Write A Book When You’re Really, Really Busy, but it’s basically just good time management advice. Some of us (me) should pay attention.

-Have you guys checked out the leaked script for Mrs. Doubtfire 2?

-If you don’t follow David Lynch on Twitter, you probably should. A sample gem: “Dear Twitter Friends, I like to watch & count birds in the morning. I’ve made friends with a humming bird.” I love him so much.