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I hinted at it in the last meme I filled out. I was in contact with a young film maker who planned to produce the second season of a web series called "Dämmerung" which you can watch here on the 3min web series portal. What can I say, I just returned from a ten day shooting, seven of which at the northern coast, East Friesland.

clapper girl
That´s right. That´s me. I was the script girl, the one with the clapperboard. Of course you don´t clap it anymore because we were shooting on digital video/hard disk and not on film, still you need someone to record the names of all the scenes. It´s vital for the postproduction so the cutter doesn´t get caught up in a mess of unnamed film material.

I just watched the entirety of the web series The Line because one of the guys on the shooting recommended it to me. Man, they were a bunch of film and computer nerds. I didn´t feel that much at home since the weeks in the theatre despite the facts that food was terribly monotonous, the shower water barely handwarm, the hours we shot incompatible with any occupational safety and health laws and the weather switching between freezing and windy or raining and muddy.
The people were mostly awesome, funny and could take much more alcohol than I did. I was happy when I didn´t barf after two tequila and two beer.

Oh my, it already took me six hours to catch up on my flist. I´m so glad House had a one week break when I was away.

How have all of you been?
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It´s been exactly one month since I went from this cripple

to this baby. )

I got awesome post from America. )

And I got tagged. )
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I´m still sick with the flu but it´s getting better. What´s more I´m writing on a small story and seeing it come to life ever so slowly makes me fatuously happy.
I also watched Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon online and it´s just as bad as Kermode made it sound. Puking babys are the funniest part of it. You really wanna watch it? JUST. DON´T.

Sooooo, this year, I can confidently assure was the year I read more fiction than ever before. I want to keep track of the stuff, so I´ll list it on my journal. It´s my sandbox and I can do in it whatever I please but feel free to join me!
Ladies, lay aside your books and tell me what you´ve read this year! (and please do include your audiobooks because they do count.)

Many books under this cut - like a meme, or something. )
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Now that the winter has arrived, there´s even more reason for abandoning a walk in the neighborhood for a good book. Isn´t it crazy, I had one centimetre ice on my car during daytime.
I´ve just finished listening to two books by Ben Elton (of whom Hugh Laurie once said that he discovered him as a serious actor - if that isn´t justification enough to listen to them).
I expected much of the books seeing as he is not only a productive but also pretty successful writer of novels and screenplays. Fortunately I wasn´t let down.
The first one was Inconceivable, his more or less autobiographical novel which dealt with an infertile couple and was later to be turned into the film Maybe Baby. The film amused with a great cast (Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson are always amazing), hilarious scenes and a really engaging emotional story.
But in case you´ve already watched the movie you probably won´t miss much with the book. The story is told entirely through the diary entries of Lucy and Sam. This idea works out quite well in the beginning where you get direct responses by both to everything that happens in their life. You really get into their relationship because you´re able to compare how differently both really see the situation of their infertility. Lucy´s desperation is even more affecting in that way. Unfortunately toward the end, where the outer action overtakes the inner conflicts this device completely fails to let the reader empathise with the whole solution of the situation.
The audiobook is still a lot of fun though because it´s being read by Emilia Fox and Hugh Laurie. And my favorite moment surely is, hearing Hugh Laurie complain about some abhorent doctor ("Great guts!"; later played by Atkinson) with the words "Stephen Fry would play him perfectly." I had a serious self-referential-loop-fangirl moment there. The audiobook also offers some good jokes about the BBC that were left out in the film.

The next book was hugely entertaining throughout. Past Mortem is a murder mystery that features a lot of cheesy 80´s music and a great plot. At first I had the feeling that the characters were somewhat stereotypical but I was lead on to believe this. As the story unfolds Ed Newsome, the New Scotland Yard Detective we are following as he is trying to track down a serial killer, and all the other characters: his co-workers, the suspects and friends become wonderfully quirky. Be warned though, some scenes are incredibly graphic, like ewwwww. But they fit perfectly into the whole thing. I knew who the killer was way before he or she was revealed but that doesn´t do harm to the book; it only makes you feel smart.

Speaking of Ben Elton:
Have today´s song themed.
We Will Rock You Musical - Fat Bottom Girls
There´s more comedy here... and Jimmy Carr. )
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I had Stephen read the complete 'Liar' to me yesterday. What twisted mind comes up with that stuff? Hilarious. Now, I know all the Cambridge dons are massively underemployed.
Constant homosexual references, a pornographic Charles Dickens novel (and that right after I had listened to Hugh´s narration of 'Great Expectations') and generally many British stuff all around - what more could I expect? Unreliable narrators FTW!
I just don´t like the "Okay, I have twenty more pages to go. Now I take the cleverest of my characters to explain the whole mess I´ve gotten my readers into in the first place... and then I´ll add a throw away chapter at the very end telling how everyone lived happily-screwed-up ever after." He also did that in 'The Hippopotamus' and I didn´t think that was too elegant. A big leap to 'The Star´s Tennisballs' though, that book just floored me.

Cut because there´s a video and I´m the friendly woman I am. )
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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and underline those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Bold the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

Click for random book list )
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Oh my, now Paul Newman´s gone, too.
Rest in peace, Butch Cassidy.

I just read one of the Goldman novels and he got me totally fooled into believing all that Florin stuff. Great author.
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John Cleese is also a funny man and he wrote to the American citizens some time ago.
I know Americans aren´t as ignorant as he´s saying but it´s just so utterly hilarious.

Finished Dürrenmatt´s 'Der Richter und sein Henker' ( The Judge and His Hangman) I probably didn´t get half of the allusions and foreshadowing because I always read it before I went to bed and was very tired most of the time. Anyway, what beautiful and understated light imagery throughout the whole book. But would such a book be successful if it would have been published nowadays? We´re used to the most outrageous plot twists today, aren´t we? Have to think about this one.
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