Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of the book, The Hobbit. I’ve easily read that thing about five times from cover to cover in my childhood so I know it like the back of my hand. That being said I liked The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I’m well aware that Peter Jackson is adding things to the movies that weren’t in the original book and I’m okay with that to an extent. I understand his reasoning for having the pale orc, Azog, as the main villain in the first movie. The book never really had a big baddie other than Smaug and of course he comes much later. A movie like this needs a central villain other than hoards of goblins, okay fine that’s fine-ish. I suppose. Radagast also sat well with me although I will point out that Jackson puts this guy in but Tombobadil is left out of…well what is done is done I won’t get into that.
But you don’t want to hear about the first movie, that’s not what this entry is about. You want to hear about the second movie. The movie where I walked out of and said to myself WTF?
The movie from the first to the second lost something called humor! Holy shizbots… if I had paid for an action movie I got it. Everyone was fighting or running away for their lives every damn moment. I chuckled to myself maybe once or twice, but it was less than the first movie that’s for sure. The air around most of the movie was sinister, foreboding, and action packed. When I think of the Hobbit I think action mixed with humor…
Smaller issues come in the form of Beorn, I don’t know about you but I was really happy when in the first movie the MistyMountain song was sung and there was the riddle battle with Gollum. I was disappointed when there weren’t any goblins signing at dwarves up a tree, but they made up for it with the singing Goblin King. I can deal with that. However the way Beorn was introduce in the book was that Gandalf kept talking of his adventure to keep the bear man at ease while bringing Bilbo and the dwarves to the house in two’s. This could’ve easily brought some light heartedness that movie desperately needed, but nope the movie has the dwarves running for their lives from the orcs, then the bear transformed Beorn, and locking him outside his house until he shape changes and has breakfast with them in the morning. The conversation at breakfast was serious of course because why not.
The scene with the spiders is my next complaint. Bilbo was always more of a clever trickster and not a fighter. We all know in the book he frees the dwarves and leads the spiders away by putting on the ring and taunting them. The Attercrop, Lazy Lob, Crazy Cob, and Old Tomnoddy taunt still linger in my memories. This also the time where Bilbo reveals to the dwarves that he has a ring that allows him to become invisible. There wasn’t any taunting, just Bilbo going invisible and fought the spiders. Then the elves came in to clean them up the dwarves get captured.
Oh look another complaint coming from me coming in the form of a red headed elf named Tauriel. I knew that she was not a canon character and I appreciated that Peter Jackson wanted to include a female character in the movie since there wasn’t one in the book. If they had left her as a woman who can take down any enemy that came her way I would’ve been very happy. What then happened was that Kili and her make doe eyes at each other while Legolas becomes jealous at their budding “relationship”. Does every movie have to have a female character that falls for someone? Even in the first Hobbit Galadriel and Gandalf seemed to have had a thing for each other at one point in the past. I hate that. This is going to play out with the sadness factor when Kili dies! I swear if Thorin, Fili, and Kili don’t die in the third movie I will be very upset. I felt like having the whole Legolas is into Tauriel thing was thrust into my face. If Thranduil didn’t say anything about Legolas having feelings for her I wouldn’t have known. And we don’t need the pretty boy of Middle-Earth in a relationship. Movie is about the dwarves and Bilbo stop showing up in my movie Legolas.
I have to voice concern about Smaug. At first Smuag when he encounters Bilbo for the first time he is an arrogant intelligent creature. And don’t get me started on how
Bilbo’s first visit to Smaug’s hoard the dragon decides to go to Laketown to burn it, but not before the dwarves have this epic fight sequence that ends in trying to drown him in molten gold. My goodness if all the dwarves in the kingdom were this epic maybe that dragon would’ve died in a long time ago. During this sequence Smuag is easily taunted like a dumb animal appearing impatient and easily manipulated.
I wanted to like this movie. I even slept the night before writing this thinking I would feel differently than I did last night The Hobbit should’ve been at most two movies and nothing more.
When I was younger every adult I came across who cared about me would tell me I could accomplish anything if I worked hard at it. Those illusions fade away when you grow up. Hope is replaced with the pain of the present and dreams become the nightmares that you didn’t know existed. This happens to some degree with everyone. Do we as a people set our young ones up for torture? Is that what my elders set me up for?
I know I’ve been off the radar for a while without any blog posts and normally I don’t write personal posts but this is tied in with gaming so I figured it was alright. For those who need a recap about me, I start tabletop gaming in 2008 and shortly after my first few dungeons and dragons games I started to dungeon m aster. There is something about being able to control a world and develop it that brought me back to my story writing days. I have addiction for gaming in this medium and it has taken over my life. And you know what? I love every second of it.
Gaming has done so much for me. It has allowed me to become more social. I am no longer shy when it comes to strangers. I met my current long term boyfriend through it. My speaking skills have improved and I am able to stand up to people that I wouldn’t confront normally. It has given me so much confidence more than anything ever has.
It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I decided that I want a job that involves some kind of gaming. More to the point I want to write for a gaming company. I know that I’m creative enough to do this. The problem is with everything else going on my life I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen.
Well I have the gaming job I wanted, but things aren’t going according to plan. I quit my job to take on this endeavor. A lot of things have happened which weren’t in my control and to be honest I’m not sure where things are going at the moment. I’m pretty positive about the future. For those who know me personally it’s rare for me to think positively.
I’m anxious. I’m twitchy. I’m nervous. I know in one way or another I’ll be okay.
We hear a lot of stories on how playing games can bring people together. My relationship with my mother isn’t the best of the lot. Quite frankly it’s abysmal. I try to avoid talking to her I’m over her house for multiple reasons. We are two very different people. She is an extrovert who is as stubborn as they come and I am quiet, but logical (mostly) with strong opinions. The arguments we’ve had are something I rather not repeat.
Back in my college days I played a lot of World of Warcraft. After WoW lost its allure I dabbled in Aion, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. We can safely say that I’m well versed in the world of MMOrpgs. My mother hated that I was on the computer all the time and who can blame her? Too much of a thing is not good for anyone.
After I moved out she began to invest her time in an MMO called Lineage 2. At the time I didn’t really think anything of it. She is my mother and what she does for her free time is none of my business. It did click however when I went home very recently and just of the heck of it chatted with her about what she was doing in game.
It felt weird. She was talking about raids and bots. Further into the conversation she was complaining that she was considered a noob when she went to these raids, because she wasn’t a very good tank. Being a former tank myself in WoW, I tried to give her some simple advice such as, “Don’t worry about damage. Your job is to hold aggro and it’s your raid’s job to keep you alive. You just have to focus on that.” My father simply smiled at us and nodded. He had no idea what we were talking about! It was one of the longer conversations we’ve had without fighting and in the end I was happy I could help her out.
Now I wish I could say everything is sunshine and kittens, but I can’t just yet. You know what though? It’s a start. Thanks games.
Once upon a time there was a girl who was as bland as rice but yet two very handsome men fell in love with her and therefore gave her purpose. What a crock of fecal matter I have the pleasure of reading. Stories such as Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey have come into a popular state with not only young girls, but with older women. Strange what phenomena such as this, how could it bewitch the females in such a way to instill these feelings of desire and dreams of muscly men. It baffles that such representation of relationships can be so widely accepted.
For now I will only focus on one problematic aspect the woman protagonist and the sense of purpose when obtaining a suitable mate. This issue stretches far and wide through a large range of media. Normally I wouldn’t care. People can write whatever they want; I will still despise it with every fiber of my being. The problem is that it invades the minds of impressionable females and gives them the illusion of what the perfect relationship is or at least should be. It also teaches that without a relationship they are nothing in the eyes of themselves and other people.
What is more intriguing is the fact that the creators of such stories typically are female. I supposed some woman really want their relationship focus primarily on the guy. However other times it can be very unhealthy. When you commit yourself to one standard, one rigid opinion it could be disastrous. Like Lewis Black said we are all like snowflakes, one thing that is good for a person could kill the next.
Stuff like this makes women feel worthless until they achieve a S.O. or they will never be counted as people. It shouldn’t be this way.
And now for something we can all agree on.
“Insert the foulest language possible”
“What did you roll?”
“A 2! This proves there is no god.”
That is what my last Tuesday Dungeon Crawl Classics was like. I wasn’t the only one with crap rolls. It seemed as if every player was infected with some type of viral low rolling disease and our gamemaster was vaccinated before the game.
However though we can all agree that low dice rolls suck and they are trying to kill us, low rolls sometimes provide the tension that is needed in a game. Often this forces players to think outside the box or be even more careful. Call me an optimist and me, Tuesday night, would call a bloody filthy liar who deserves all the death and would’ve punched all the blood out of you.
Who benefits most? The immediate answer I imagine I would receive is the game master, but low dice rolls also introduce another problem. If you are an impatient person with a long term campaign like myself then prolonged battles keep players from the story you had plan for that day. The other thing is I don’t like it when my players get so frustrated there is dead silence. This means no one is having fun and the reason we do this is to have fun. Other reasons why we all hate the low rolls is pcs may die or be horribly level drained to the point of uselessness and etc.
So why am I repeating the obvious?