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I really should have written this yesterday, but Comic Con and family time took precedence, as they should. WordPress wished me Happy Anniversary, with a notification that my blog is now 5 years old. How did that happen?!? I started writing as part of my preparations for my first visit to Canada, with this post. I couldn’t have foreseen at that point how much Canada would come to mean to me, or how I would make some very good friends through my subsequent visits. The blog’s name, The Victorian Librarian, has become my preferred pseudonym, if not my alter ego (which still needs some fleshing out). I even have my own crest now (below), featuring two of my favourite flowers, the iris and the bluebell, in addition to my absolute favourite thing, a book.

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The Victorian Librarian crest, designed by Lora Jones 

How should I celebrate my 5th anniversary? I think that the best thing to do would be to write more regularly here, to stop neglecting my blog. Working full time for the first time in four years, in addition to other real life commitments, has taken priority, as it must, but I don’t want to get out of the habit of writing. Will this be the year I sign up to NaNoWriMo just to keep me writing? (more…)

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Three of the Far Far Away Santa’s reindeer AT-ATs. Source: Geek Nation.

The premiere of the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens (note: link goes to the official film trailer), takes place tonight in Los Angeles; I’ll be seeing the film on Sunday, which is just a wee bit exciting. Today’s slice of Christmas literature therefore just had to be one of the many Star Wars Christmas songs. What Can you Get a Wookie for Christmas (when he already owns a comb)? features in the film The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). (more…)

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The full trailer for Star wars: the Force Awakens having just come out (pause for a SQUEEEEE!), I am of course going to be thinking, most impatiently, about that for the next seven or so weeks. I’m not alone in that, of course, and was delighted to see Stephanie Pina’s Pre-Raphaelite Princess of Star Wars blog post reappearing on the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Facebook page. It’s a very interesting and entertaining read about some of George Lucas’ many sources of inspiration for the Star Wars series of films.

The Death of Albine, by John Coliier (Oil on canvas, 137.2 x 182.9 cm. (c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation).

The Death of Albine, by John Coliier (Oil on canvas, 137.2 x 182.9 cm. (c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation).

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Avatar film poster (US)

Avatar film poster (US)

I’ve always meant to watch James Cameron’s Avatar, but have never been particularly enthused about the idea. It was on E4 last night,and I decided to take the plunge, as it were. The opening of the film has led to the following sentence, currently rather high up on the list of things I never thought I would write – did its creators want Avatar to be a fantasy/sci-fi Apocalypse Now? Jake Sully’s voice-over made me think that they may have been trying to create such an effect, mimicking Ben Willard’s opening monologue, and later scenes of the helicopters taking off to attack the People (the Pandora natives) were also reminiscent of Apocalypse Now‘s helicopters flight scene, set to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Now I really want to apologise to the makers of Apocalypse Now. This is Avatar‘s main problem – everything about it has been done before, and done better; . I expected very little from the plot, but it was even more unoriginal than I was expecting. It’s an adventure story built around an individual’s redemption, as he recovers from his brother’s death, and replaces that brother on a journey of exploration on a new planet, which has its own people and way of life. It had potential, but every character, be they from Earth or from Pandora is a stereotype – an extreme stereotype – and it’s impossible to care about them, as they are not developed as individuals. The plot is likewise obvious from the outset; Sully may assert that the purpose of the “old-school brief [was] to put you at ease”, but I beg to differ. (more…)

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Art Nouveau Labyrinth

Art Nouveau Labyrinth

I’m no artist; I haven’t done any drawing in a very long time. So I couldn’t produce art like the mash-ups scattered throughout this blog post, no matter how I wish that I could. However, I know that my writing skills aren’t too bad, so this is my attempt to create a mash-up of my very own, and in so doing to move forward one post in two separate blogging projects. (more…)

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