Purists?

Feb. 28th, 2008 02:06 am
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I find that I am coming to really dislike the word purist.

It's not that I necessarily dislike so-called purists, either. Actually, I think it has more to do with the fact that I used to call myself a purist, around the time that one Mansfield Park movie came out.

The thing is, I like faithfulness to the books. I really do. It's just that when people try to apply the concept of "purism" to fanfiction that I get a little twitchy.

What does it mean, anyway? Usually, what someone means when they say "I guess I'm just too much of a purist," is that they really think theirs is the right view, but who are they to flout popular opinion? It's a passive-aggressive way of saying "I'm right, you're wrong, but I'm going to humor you. But I'm still right. Nanny nanny poo poo."

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that it's one thing to be faithful to the book when you're doing a retelling, like a movie or a play, or whatever. But fanfiction is a whole different kettle of fish. The very point of fanfiction is to stray from the text, in whatever way we like. To explore this possibility or that plot hole. To poke fun, when it's merited. The people who want nothing but retellings in this way or that way are really missing the point of it all. I'd feel sorry for them, if they didn't aggravate me so much.

In conclusion: people who say "I guess I'm just too much of a purist" probably aren't really that big on purism as long as the changes made don't mess with their own sacred cows. "Anything goes..... except that" seems to be the prevailing attitude. And it's that hypocrisy that's the really annoying part.
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[livejournal.com profile] carthia has asked some questions about fandom and what attracts us to it, and I thought I'd put my response here. It gets a little confusing, referring to fandom alternately as an interest and a community. Hopefully it's understandable.

I had intended to post this as a response to [livejournal.com profile] carthia's post, but it exceeded character length and wouldn't post, so I'm posting this shorter saved draft here instead.

q&a )
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I'm bored! Wah!

ETA: so in my boredom, I decided to browse certain LJ communities, to see if I wanted to join any.

Anyway, I noticed that there aren't any for the discussion or reccing of Jane Austen fanfic. And I thought it odd, considering how much certain fen like to discuss it.

I also came across a novel-casting community. Unfortunately, it seems to be defunct. :(
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I'm cold. *blows into hands*

Wedding was nice. Reception was underwhelming. More details later.

I really just wanted to say that it's posts like this that make me really sad.

Wish I were brave/foolish enough to reply, but there are a few who have already taken up the gauntlet.

Also, my grandfather is having an emergency quadruple bypass tomorrow morning, so everybody please keep him in your thoughts/prayers. His name is Neal.
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Somebody on Austenblog asked why anyone who's read the book would defend P&P3. So here goes.

For my part, I'm inclined to defend the movie because I think the level of vitriol leveled at it at certain sites is disproportionate to the "crimes" it has committed.

I've seen all the JA adaptations (I think) except NA and P1, and to my knowledge, this is the only one aside from MP2 that has met with this much anger. MP2 is also the only one I dislike on the grounds of being unfaithful---any others I dislike, it's because they were boring, or ugly, or both. Now, I don't think this movie comes anywhere close to the level of travesty that MP2 attained, so I find the rabidity of its detractors to be somewhat bewildering. I mean, at least the makers of P&P3 actually respect Jane Austen and P&P --- at least, they don't go around openly insulting it in interviews. It seems to me like they really tried to be "faithful," in their own way. There are some unpopular interpretations of characters, but nothing too outrageous. I mean, nobody would actually (I hope) interpret Fanny Price as a spirited, horseback-riding hoyden, but who honestly hasn't heard the argument before that Mrs. Bennet is actually really very sensible in trying to get her girls married? Who hasn't witnessed a Shy War? Even if you don't agree with it, it's out there.

Plenty of other adaptations -- Emmas 2 and 3, P2, and even S&S2, which I love -- make serious changes to the text, but they don't have gaggles of people bashing them. (Though of course every adaptation is disliked by *somebody.*) So I don't understand why this one meets with such frothing-at-the-mouth responses. Though I have my suspicions.

EDIT: Got a reply which was more of the same, insisting on the horrible inaccuracy of the movie, and here's my response to her:

Read more... )
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Okay, so I finally took the time to read the P&P3-relevant posts on Fandom Wank. Hee! Resisted a slight urge to respond to something-or-other, which is good, because now I can't even remember what it was. Whenever something Austen-y ends up over there, though, I always end up reading the posts, wondering "Who's that? Do I know her?"

Interestingly, nobody over there seems to know how to spell Macfadyen.

Yesterday my sisters and I went (by ourselves! I drove! whee!) to see Miss Saigon. We went early in case we got lost, but it turned out the show started an hour later than we thought. So we took the trolley around CityPlace a couple times, and stopped at the grocery store to buy Kleenex and get cash so Nicole could buy a program.

The show was wonderful. Was not prepared for the set, blocking, and lyric changes, though. Some of the songs were extended, especially "What a Waste." When did that happen? Or am I insane and it was just shortened for the recording and I don't remember? Anyway, overall, I think it was an improvement, but I missed the Cadillac. And the creepy Ho Chi Minh statue.

"Morning of the Dragon" was, I think, the definite highlight. And I *adored* Kim's delivery of the line "Chris will come to me like the Phoenix and he'll take me up on his wings!" Very defiant, spunky Kim. And her voice was even somewhat similar to Lea Salonga's, so there wasn't much of a jarring effect as far as trying not to think of the original recording. And of course, no "oreeenge" from Chris. *g*

Also, it's time I confess that, similar to my crazy, sick love for Montparnasse, I have always really liked Thuy. As a character, mind you! The actor last night was very good. Not Asian, though, at least, he didn't look Asian. Kind of strange, but we weren't really close enough for that to be a problem. Don't think it would have been a problem, anyway, since he *was* a very good actor.

After the show, the actors all took their bows, as usual --- standing ovation, and so on. Then, as people began to file out, the "Engineer" (don't have the program handy to look up the actor's name. Kim was Laurie something-or-other. Cadevida?) asked for our attention and brought some guy up onstage. This guy then proceeded to call his girlfriend up on stage, and, in a very sweet, bumbling way, asked her to marry him. Now of course, if you ask your girlfriend to marry you in front of hundreds of people, there's not much chance she's going to refuse. But when she started talking, it sounded like she was going to say no. "You're a great guy, I'm very grateful to you," and so on. But then she bent over (he was down on one knee, obviously) and said, "Yes, darling, I will marry you." And the audience let out a sigh of relief.

*giggle* I never thought I'd actually see that happen.
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Squee!

In other news, I got my driver's license today! Double squee!

EDIT: A more informative article

So they'll be going with Davies' NA, but someone else will be doing MP3 and S&S3. I can live with that. Even if Davies does take NA more seriously than it was intended, at least it should be a serious treatment of the novel.

Can't wait for the casting hullabaloo to start.
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I don't know if anybody on my flist could do this, but I'm putting it out there anyway:

I really want an icon featuring the following things:
a picture of George-Michael Bluth and Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development
a picture of Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park (preferably Miller/O'Connor, NOT Farrell/Le Touzel)
and the words "Cousin Lovin'"

Hee! Maybe more cousin couples, but those are the ones I really want.
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I wish people would stop talking about Oscar possibilities for Keira Knightley. I mean, come on. I'm excited about the film, but I'm not that excited. Judging from the clips, it's not exactly Oscar material. These kinds of expectations bother me almost as much as the persistent bashing.

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