November 26, 2009

Melissa in Wonderland, Romeo and Leanne

Filed under: adventures in the world of today,gadgets,living in the future — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 3:04 pm

I am disturbed by the concept of personalised classic books: found here on iwantoneofthose.

Have you always dreamed of starring in your very own novel alongside your friends? Well, here’s your chance. The Personalised Classic Books take 5 well known classics and lets you choose who you want to be the central characters. The plot remains the same, the only thing that changes is that it’s you hunting vampires in the darkest depths of Transylvania, or your friends setting out along the yellow brick road while you chase them on a broom stick.

It’s clearly an idea whose time has come but who actually would want one? The most obsessive Alice fan I know would run screaming from this concept. And in the 70 years until Twilight fans can have them will they still want one?

November 18, 2009

Bad Blood the short film

Filed under: Bad Blood,Flickr,video,YouTube — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 3:31 pm

Yesterday I made my first video. I’ve had all sorts of software to help me do this for years and years but I’ve only just managed to make something with it. The Bad Blood short film is only 33 seconds long but I made it all myself.

The voice effect is me reading the Bad Blood poem, adjusting the pitch of my voice for each character, adding an echo effect and layering the sound so that the last two lines are spoken by all three voices. I created this in GarageBand and saved the sound file. The video is a piece of film I took of the real house in the Lake District, filtered to make it look more threatening. I cut and spliced this with the sound file and the photographic images using iMovie. The images that appear are photoshopped image files, mostly taken by me but a few from copyright free images on the internet, all heavily photoshopped, filtered and then added with a ‘ken burns’ effect into the iMovie video. Finally I exported the whole thing and put the video on YouTube. The images (if anyone would like to see them as single shots) are available on Flickr here.

I’ve rated the video PG13 because it is scary. It scared me and the sound file alone scared my sister! Don’t watch it if you think you might find it too much for you.


July 28, 2009

Literary Geek quiz, from Facebook

Filed under: Q&A,quiz — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 7:54 pm

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Ursula LeGuin or Steven Brust. That’s a close call.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Peter Pan

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No. But that question got a bit meta, didn’t it?

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
It won’t be secret if I tell you!
I used to be not-so-secretly in love with Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, also with Armand from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice and with Andry from Melanie Rawn’s DragonStar.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (probably).

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Worst? As in the one I liked the least, right? This is a terrible value judgement question. I honestly don’t think I’ve read any books in the past year I really disliked. But I didn’t like the latest John Grisham. I think I’m burned out on Grisham. I’m giving all my Grishams to Oxfam. Oh, and I hated We Need To Talk About Kevein by Lionel Shriver but I read that last year.

8 ) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Not counting re-reads or the Arthur C. Clarke award list it’s probably Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Alternatively The Female Man by Joanna Russ. Both very different books.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Bad Blood by Rhiannon Lassiter. Oh, you mean by someone else? Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I don’t know who’s in the running.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Tanglewreak by Jeanette Winterson.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Left Hand of Darkness by LeGuin. It would be butchered by any studio that took it on.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I was Morgan in The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and I was at the court of King Arthur engaged in a political power battle with Vivian who was also someone I know in real life.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I’m not wild about how this question is loaded. I will read anything from the back of a cereal packet to Shakespeare. I have read Jackie Collins novels and Freya North – are those low brow enough for this question?

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Difficult? Anathem was very long. The longest single volume book I’ve read, I think. But Incandesence was very short and involved some really complicated concepts. How about The Sparrow. That was very painful to read. If this question is looking for something high-brow(TM) how about Ulysses by James Joyce?

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
According to my father, A Winter’s Tale.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French poets, Russian authors.

18) Roth or Updike?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, but I’d rather pick Webster.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Eliot – although I do enjoy Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Not enough world literature, all very Euro-centric.

23) What is your favorite novel?
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin.

24) Play?
The Applecart -  George Bernard Shaw.

25) Poem?
Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love – Auden

26) Essay?
Macbeth and the Metaphysic of Evil – G. Wilson Knight

27) Short story?
The Nine Billion Names of God – Arthur C. Clarke

28) Work of non-fiction?
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being – Ted Hughes

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Ursule Le Guin. Big surprise, right?

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
There are some really negative questions in this quiz but this one is particularly hard to judge. Rated by whom? Overrated how? Probably JKR or Shakespeare because of the sheer weight of people who believe that theirs is the best writing ever. But that’s an answer by the numbers. It’s hard to think of an honest answer that isn’t prejudiced or offensive.

31) What is your desert island book?
Something very long with lots of ideas to think about. I’m prepared to take nominations. The Complete Works of Shakespeare until I think of something better.

32) And … what are you reading right now?
Just finished Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel. About to read a non-fiction book abut an EcoHouse.

February 13, 2009

test 2

Filed under: poll — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 12:15 am

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