Fandom, oh how you have evolved. One event, one subject brought us together and thus you were created. You were a piece of firewood, finally getting your chance to spread happiness and warmth. You were ignited by us, the sparks awoke your flame, your flame grew, and eventually flickered with passion. You have constructed friendships, wrapping your warm embrace around us, bringing us closer. You have provided us hearty laughter when you are sometimes choked by your own blaze. When your flame dims, and you, the firewood, slowly dissipate into ash, you feed on the opinions of your creators and faithful disciples as they throw more wood into the fire ring. You are reignited, stronger and fiercer than you were before. But can you handle the inferno? The opinions you feast off of are conflicting, thus causing a raging war that resides in you. Be careful, fandom. You cannot fight fire with fire, because the end result is a bigger fire; more out of control and untamable. Your fire can grow wilder than a forest fire, uttering chaos, or it can consume you until there is nothing left….
The fandom has evolved from single firewood, to a flickering flame, to a bonfire ablaze. A subject, to discussion groups, to a community. Why destroy each other for thinking differently? The original fire that was ignited all those years ago is dying. And we would do anything to keep it alive. We would do anything to keep it from being suffocated. But we cannot be selfish. People will be drawn to the fire like moths. It’s inevitable. People will want to be welcomed by the warmth.
The fire can grow out of control at times. There is no denying that. People will play with the flames and get burned. But… why? We all created the fire together. We were all brought together because of that one subject, that one event. We are all different pieces of the puzzle. We are different people from different countries from around the globe. We are the flames of the fire. We all came together to love one thing. Together we created that inferno, that community, that fandom. Even though we may be burnt in the process, or maybe even caught in the midst of a raging war, we need each other… To balance out the sanity and to keep the fire alive, otherwise, it can consume us, and extinguish the fire and passion of what we love.
This was inspired by none other than the fandom, and my friend katie2601. Even though we disagree on certain ships, we are able to be civil and have an understanding. I know you hate fandoms, especially recently, but thanks for sticking with me. :) The craziness can be overwhelming sometimes. I'm the water that starts to boil, but you and our conversations are the dial on the stove that puts the water to a low simmer. Hopefully, our conversations ease your frustrations too :)
Thanks for taking the time to read my entry :)
You know those books in Walmart that are based on movies? Well, I wanted one of those for Remember Me. I really loved the film and although we do have the script, i thought it would be even better if we had the movie in book form. Well, this is what I was compelled to do. I tried writing the prologue of the script and tried to expand on the words written there. This was my first attempt and I'm rather pleased. This was initially written just for myself. However, with time, I wanted to share it and get opinions if I should continue. So, here's the prologue :) If you decide to read it, like it, and want a continuation, I'd be happy to post more :)
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Last night, I had the opportunity to go to a REO Speedwagon/Pat Benetar concert with my dad in my hometown.
Confession: I have been to my share of concerts such as: Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Boys Like Girls, Seether, Secondhand Serenade, etc. However, as a teenager, I usually stray from anything older, music especially. I do not usually like the oldies. Maybe a couple of oldies hits such as "I Can't Fight this Feeling Anymore" by REO Speedwagon and several Michael Jackson songs, but that is really all the old music I have on my iPod. But, he was so stoked about it, and though I am usually not one to listen to older music, I agreed to go, knowing that this would be a great opportunity for him.
He absolutely loved Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon when growing up. If I said no, I am sure he would have been disappointed. I did not want him to miss this because I would be disappointed too, especially if I was so close to seeing some of my favorite singers live.
He asked me to go with him about a month before. As the weeks passed, I could see him getting more and more excited. He told me he had dreams of getting really close to Pat Benetar and he was allowed on stage, rocking out with her. Haha my dad is always a kid at heart. Well, the day finally came. Yesterday, my dad told me we needed to leave at 5:00pm to go to the arena where they were playing at. We left the house, we got to our seats, and we waited.
When the clock hit 7:00pm, the lights dimmed and the concert started. A young artist, by the name of Keaton Simmons, opened the show. He is great by the way. He is from LA and he kind of sounds like Gavin Degraw mixed with John Mayer. You can check out his MySpace here: (http://www.myspace.com/keatonsimons) He sounds amazing live!
Anyways, after he sang, everyone clapped and cheered Then, there was a brief intermission before Pat Benetar came on stage. The arena was full of people who are older than me, people my parents' age. A few people 17-23 years old, then the rest were 30-50 year olds. I would like to clarify. I do not hate older people! We learn from them and are blessed by their knowledge that they have gathered throughout their lives. I totally respect older citizens. However, I would be lying if I said it was not strange being one of the only yonger people. Because it was. I sort of felt out of place.
Regardless of what age, the anticipation was growing. You could feel the energy and again, it was strange to see parents chill and less composed. When Pat Benetar's logo appeared on the screen, the cheering grew louder. When she started singing, people stood up and clapped and whistled and said "I love you, Pat!" It was quite the experience to see; people older than me, having that passion for someone, kind of like how I have passion for some of my favorite things such as Twilight or music. She sang a few songs, one of them being "Love is a Battlefield", then shared some of her life experiences and how they influenced her song writing. She sang a few more songs after that, then thanked the crowd for making it out to see the band. When she exited the stage, people were still cheering. She came out one more time to sing her last song "Heartbreaker". Even though my dad did not get to hear her sing his favorite song "Fire and Ice", he still had the biggest smile on his face.
Today is a landmark for Twilight fans because Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight Series, has finally hit theatres.
I have had the opportunity to see it twice and counting. I have to agree with the critics when I say, “Eclipse was the best ‘Twilight’ yet.” It definitely was. Not only did the cinematography add to the film’s richness, but the elements from the book were captured on film. This film brought the book it was based on to life. This film was the only movie that was successful in that aspect.
All in all, I loved the movie! I thought it stuck very close to the book, way closer than the previous movies had. Of course I had my quirks though. I will share my positives and my negatives. I will not go through every scene because this would be a really long review if I did. Haha
I felt the need to write a small paragraph about the new director. When Slade was chosen as director, many people were worried, including me. Yes, David Slade brought darkness to the film. However, he brought it to a realistically, dark level. And what I liked about Slade's direction is that he did not try and follow the directors before him. Continuity is there, but he made the movie his own. The film is tainted with his unique touch, and you can obviously see it in the film. The tone of the movie, the wide-shots, everything is "Slade-copyrighted". We haven't seen these camera movements in the other films before, and I thought Slade did a fantastic job: with the actors, with the cameras, and with the movie.
The cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. From the landscapes to the tone of the movie, everything was beautiful. The movie was very visually dynamic and the coloring was incredible. The different angles, whether wide shots or close shots, they fit with the scene they were in. I will go into specifics when I am talking about certain scenes. To wrap up this portion of the review, I reiterate what I said about him in the paragraph above: David Slade did an amazing job with the camera work. I would even use the word artistic. He had some unique shots, which I am excited to talk about later on.
****Obviously, Spoilers from here on out****
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