lareinenoire: (Elizabeth)
Day #2: Your favourite character
Curse you, meme, for making me choose! But I appreciate that you also include categories for hero and heroine so I can openly cheat the system and filter out some of my answers.

Lady Elizabeth Grey / Queen Elizabeth from 3 Henry VI and Richard III - First of all, this is not by any means a dig at Margaret. I adore Margaret from the bottom of my heart. But Elizabeth's quieter form of resistance and her strength in the face of losing practically every person she's ever loved and the fact that she OUTSMARTS RICHARD III give her the edge in my mind. Also, the fact that does does get outmaneuvered sometimes but that doesn't stop her. She's not a nice person, not by a long shot. But she gets things done. And I have to give credit where it's due.

Also, I want to play her. SO BADLY. But not as badly as I want to direct Richard III.

ETA: [ profile] angevin2 linked me to this wonderful post about the miscontextualization of the quote 'Well-behaved women rarely make history.' I do find it's extremely relevant to Elizabeth, who is often negatively compared to Margaret because her presence isn't as clearly delineated.

Full List of Questions )
lareinenoire: (Elizabeth)
I don't watch enough television for those TV memes, so I am going to do the Shakespeare one that has been going round.

My one caveat: I am indecisive. No, seriously. I am. Most of these questions will have at least two answers if not possibly more. I am just like that.

Day #1: Your favourite play

Short Answer: Othello and Richard III )
lareinenoire: (Elegance)
Stolen from [ profile] erastes

Book Meme! )

Right. Enough time wasted. I've got errands to run.


Nov. 20th, 2006 01:37 pm
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

I hope this doesn't surprise anyone. At least anyone who's either seen or heard tales of my library.
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The Great Write Meme. You're protected by anonymity, so tell me anything you really think about my writing. No, really, I mean it.

And now hopefully back to figure skating...


Nov. 29th, 2005 09:37 am
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
I saw this, and I just had to.

GOTHICS! - Deep, dark, mysterious and melodramatic.
You are drawn to write tales of the shadows and
what might lurk there. Could it be Love? Or
Madness? Anne Rice and Brahm Stoker are your

What Kind of Novel Should I Write?
brought to you by Quizilla

Are we surprised? I sincerely hope not. Certain characters are eyeing me, claiming that perhaps this ought to be a hint to actually write the novel in question. ;)
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
Leaving for Boston in a few hours, so I'm currently staring at my suitcase, trying to puzzle out exactly what I'm forgetting. So what do I do? A meme!

Swiped from [ profile] dolorous_ett, [ profile] ignipes, [ profile] a_t_rain, and [ profile] dolabellae

The game is as follows - I give the last sentence or couple of sentences from five of my favourite books. Your task - to identify the books.

Since I've already played the 'First Lines' game, the books will be different this time round. ;) Yes, I really do have that many favourites.

Here goes! )

Two are by the same author, and if you've been reading my journal for the past two months or so, you could probably guess. One is blindingly obvious, but the lines before it really don't say much. One nineteenth-century, and one very early twentieth-century. The rest are modern.
lareinenoire: (Snape!)
Stupid hair. Must it thwart even my efforts to not look *bad* (as opposed to working in a positive direction; I'm happy with neutral after a point) for the May Ball tonight. Arrgh.

Should get dressed. Really. But first...

Memeage )
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
Tagged by [ profile] eilonwy74. She's so cute, I can't refuse. ;)

List five songs that you are currently digging. No limitations. You just have to be enjoying them now.

Hmm...narrowing down to five.

'Momentary Thing' by Something Happens: Blame Veronica Mars. Heard the song for the first time, and it was summarily stuck in my head. It evokes multiple characters, multiple scenes, especially one (thank you [ profile] adelynne).

'You're Still You' by Josh Groban: Yes, I admit I have my ridiculous sappy moments. This randomly popped up on the iPod the other day and I literally switched it onto repeat for about half an hour. Interplay of gorgeous voice *and* solo violin on a theme by Ennio Morricone? No complaints here. Of course, the best part is that I've had this song for nearly two years, and while I've always liked it, I haven't had this reaction until now. I blame character associations.

'Human Carousel' by Joe Hisaishi: From the Miyazake film of Howl's Moving Castle. Pix introduced me to this back in January, and I literally cannot get it out of my head. Not just this song, but any version of the lovely waltz theme that shows up on the soundtrack. It manages to be both uplifting and wistful at the same time, which is just incredible.

'Anakin's Betrayal' by John Williams: From Revenge of the Sith, obviously. Can we say bloodchilling, much? This may well be my favourite track on the score, although the dream and the second-to-last track are very close (trying to be as non-spoilery as possible).

'Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix' by Olga Borodina and José Cura: From Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila. This version turns me into a mess. It's just *that* gorgeous. I had no idea that the second verse turns into a quasi-duet, and when it does, oh my dear God. And don't start me on the character images, because it will never end.

And from Pix, ages ago:

Five songs that mean a lot to me:

Oyy, I don't know. There are too many songs that mean a lot to me at different times, but I'll do my best. I'll go with beginnings. That way I keep from flying off on tangents.

1. Tchaikovsky - 'Valse' from Swan Lake (started my love of ballet and classical music)
2. Verdi - 'Sempre libera' from La Traviata (started my love of opera)
3. Sarah Brightman - 'Think of Me' from Phantom of the Opera (blame it for the musical obsession)
4. Maurice Jarre - 'Overture' from Lawrence of Arabia (one film score obsession started here)
5. Lisa Loeb - 'Stay' (one of the first pop songs I liked, not because it was cool, but because I actually did like it)
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
[ profile] bootstrapbetti tagged me. Ergo, I answer.

Things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal... and then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs.

1. Reading. First, always, and foremost. Losing myself in a good book, whether for half and hour or ten hours, is possibly the greatest stress relief ever.

2. Films. Watching/rewatching. Again, escapism.

3. Writing. It usually puts me in a better mood, but again, depends on the source of stress.

4. Listening to music, usually as accompaniment to 1 or 3, but occasionally on its own.

5. Sleep.

6. Walking, if the weather's nice. Especially here. Pretty buildings abound.

7. Organising. Even if it's the sort of thing that doesn't matter in the least. Nice delusion of having control over one's life.


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[ profile] dolorous_ett
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May. 28th, 2005 11:16 pm
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
I am English *goddess*!

::smirk:: )
lareinenoire: (Snape!)
Memeage )

In other news, I'm far far far too lazy for my own good. No, really. So I'm going to go out and run errands, damn it all. And then I'm going to come back and hopefully start writing something that resembles my dissertation.
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
Quizzage )

Oh, and random note to self: when downloading Japanese films, be sure to check and make sure the film in question is subtitled. Pretty is all well and good, but damned if I understand anything outside of the occasional word I picked up from Pix.
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
Another Book Meme! )
lareinenoire: (Default)
Interesting )

I didn't quite expect that. But intriguing nonetheless.
lareinenoire: (Snape!)
Gacked from [ profile] gehayi:

1. Pick five songs that most people would know.
2. Select lyrics of up to but not surpassing 150 words from each one.
3. Go to
4. Enter the lyrics thus:

English to German
German to French
French to Portuguese
Portuguese to English

5. Post the resultant gobbledegook and ask people to figure out what the songs are.

The actual lyrics will be posted behind LJ-cuts as people guess them, plus a link to the rest of the song. (It's no fun unless you can compare the gibberish with the real thing.)

silence music would be there )(Billy Joel, 'For the Longest Time' guessed by [ profile] specialsnowflak)

nominate my name, and feels the house ) (Madonna, 'Like a Prayer' guessed by [ profile] adelynne)

I capsized the house ) (Righteous Brothers, 'Unchained Melody' guessed by [ profile] yrmencyn)

Forming little more cold its world ) (The Beatles, 'Hey Jude' guessed by [ profile] a_t_rain)

I am to the song that I sing necessarily and living creature ) (Gilbert and Sullivan, 'I Am a Pirate King' guessed by [ profile] specialsnowflak)

::grins:: That was far more amusing than it had any right to be.
lareinenoire: (Bitch)
How on earth did this happen? I've not lived in New England for years...

Accent Meme )
lareinenoire: (Bitch)
Swiped this with impunity from [ profile] gehayi.

Edit (9 April 2005, 13:03): Wow. You people are good! Or you know me too well. Some combination thereof.

Memeish Goodness )

And now, off to make tea and return to my book.


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