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posted by [personal profile] on_se_dit_tu at 07:07pm on 05/05/2009
Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisited is one of my favorite characters in literature, and I have recently discovered that I am not alone in this.

A few days ago I viewed the 2008 film and found myself having a much different reaction than I did while reading the book. By that I mean I felt so bad for Sebastian that I wanted Charles to forget about Julia enitrely and marry Sebastian. This wasn't for any sort of wish to see man-on-man homoeroticism, but simply because I could not fathom how anyone could not possibly be in love with Ben Whishaw's portrayal of Sebastian. Upon the first viewing I could not even enjoy the love story between Charles and Julia because I wanted Sebastian to return.

The movie, of course, chops the novel all to hell for the sake of brevity, but is visually stunning all the same. Ben Whishaw's performance is stellar, as is Emma Thompson's. I am deeply confused by any and all comparisons to the movie Atonement , which I thoroughly enjoyed and cried over, but in no way connect to Brideshead Revisited, other than the obvious time period in the UK. I also have read Atonement , an emotionally gripping, finely crafted, and deeply depressing book.

I intend to watch the Brideshead Revisited television series from the early 80's because I have been informed that it is more true to the book. I have previewed bits of it and find it much more accurate, but am not as inclined to love that particular actor's version of Sebastian Flyte.
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posted by [personal profile] on_se_dit_tu at 08:21pm on 01/05/2009 under ,
I have kept a livejournal account for many years under several different names, and I thought that I would try this. I enjoy having a sense of community and sharing my thoughts. I'm considering taking a different direction with this journal than I have in the past: not completely different, still me, but less ranting. It seems fitting since I feel less frightened, politically speaking, now that the Bush administration has ended. I need a place to share my feelings and thoughts as well as discussing interests. I would like to craft something a little more carefully than before. I'm not entirely certain what direction this will take, but it will not be a cross-posting of my livejournal.

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