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Happy New Year everybody! Less than three hours left of 2010 for me now. I've had both good and bad times a-plenty this year, but overall I'd say it has been a good one. Moving to Trondheim really is one of the best decisions I've ever made! Travelled back last night, since I have homework (?!?) due right after the vacation, which means I'm celebrating New Years eve without my parents for the first time ever:(

In keeping with the tradition, as established as recently last year, here's a list of the books I've read and the films I've watched this year. I'm embarrassed and slightly horrified I only managed to read 27 books in a whole year...

Books read in 2010
(Bold Italics signifies books I’ve read before. Bold Underlined signifies books read in Norwegian, the rest were in English, or French if so labeled)

January

1. Nation – Terry Pratchett
- I bought this at the airport, when I couldn’t find anything interesting in the bookshop. I figured Pratchett always write at the least halfway decent books (I like them well enough, but I’m not his greatest fan) and ended up with this. Turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable, particularly the part where Mau and Daphne first started communicating with each other.
2. Sherlock Holmes; A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- E-book. I think it is a proven fact by now that I only need a tiny little push, often in the form of a movie, to get into a larger franchise. Very enjoyable.
3. Sherlock Holmes; The Sign of Four – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Better written than A Study in Scarlet, though I liked that one better in terms of plot. Some great Holmes/Watson interaction. And I kind of love Mary Morstan.
4. Slumdog Millionaire
- For school, more specifically English class. Took me a while to get used to the style, but a very decent book. I sort of hated the last couple of chapters though. Incidentally, that was the part of the movie I enjoyed the most.

February
5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes -

March
7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes

April
8. The Valley of Fear - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. Silver Borne – Patricia Briggs

- My favourite in the series! I’ve already posted a longer review.
10. Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2) – Naomi Novik
- Opens and ends well, but the middle-part (AKA The Great Sea Voyage) dragged a lot. That’s kind of how great sea voyages were though, so no worries there.
11. Vampyr! Blodsugende lik i litteratur og tradisjon/Vampire! Bloodsucking Corpses in Literature and Tradition – Arnfinn Pettersen
– Interesting Norwegian non-fiction, so short that I finished it in a couple of hours. The author was annoyingly repetitive though. Was amused by the fact that he managed to mention Sherlock Holmes trice, in a book about vampires:). To be fair, it was only as an English classic, not in the role of an undead.

May
12. Black Powder War (Temeraire 3) – Naomi Novik
13. Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident (Graphic Novel) – Eoin Colfer etc.


June
14. Mercy Thompson; Homecoming (Graphic Novel) – Patricia Briggs, Lawrence, Tsai, Woo.
15. The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures – Edited by Mike Ashley
16. A Study in Scarlet; A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel – Arthur Conan Doyle, Edginton, Culbard
. – Remind me to post pictures of the GLORIOUS LESTRADE, if I’ve forgotten it by the time you see this list!
17. The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes – Paul D. Gilbert
18. A Battle Won (The sequel to “Under Enemy Colours”) – Sean Thomas Russell – I love these books so much! I feel the author wasted a few too many pages on lifting the guns though.

July
19. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephenie Meyer
– Very quick read. Given that the reader presumably knows how it will end before even opening the book, the story needs to be engaging. It could have been a heartbreaking tragedy, instead it falls flat. No big surprise there.

August
20. Arthur & George – Julian Barnes – It took me six months to finish this one, but it’s pretty good nonetheless. Tell the story of the innocently convicted George Edalji and his champion, Sir Authur Conan Doyle. George’s part was the most enjoyable one for me, as this book did nothing to convince me I’m mistaken when I say I really don’t like Doyle much as a person.
21. Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay – Quick read. Must say I prefer the show; Season 1 pretty much follows this storyline, with some key element (such as characterisation of the minor characters, first names and parts of the plot) changed to the better.

September

22. Notre Dame de Paris – Victor Hugo – For Norwegian class

October

23. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
– Ditto
24. The Sign of the Four; Graphic Novel.

November
25. Mockingjay; Hunger Games III – Suzanne Collins
26. The Adamantine Palace – Stephen Dea
s – A very good read, several innovative ideas are executed nicely and the political manoeuvring is reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. I didn’t quite feel it lived up to what the cover promised though.
27. Lord of the Flies – William Goldning. For English Lit. class, my own choice. Second time I read it.

December:
…none. Have only started to read “The Lovely Bones” and nearly finished “Jane Eyre”.

Films of 2010

January
1. Life of Brian
– I just can’t seem to learn to appreciate Monty Python beyond parts of Spamalot.
2. Tratra – Mitt liv som tater – for sociology-class
3. Flashdance – Flashdance/Lapdance of the eighties is truly something…not. Craptastic movie, in the bad sense. Jennifer Beals has quite beautiful eyes though.
4. Iron Man – ooh, this is great. I never saw this in cinemas, because I remember seeing the promo pics and thinking about how I hate robots. Turns out Iron Man wasn’t a robot, and RDJ is awesome and adorable and hot.
5. Slumdog Millionaire – I though it was really bad compared to the book, and the book is not even one I count among my favourites. The movie has very little in common with the book. They really messed up Salim, but at least the became a more interesting character and got his redemption. It became better closer to the end though, and Bollywood-ish end titles FTW!
6. Sherlock Holmes; The Sign of Four (Granada production) – Hey, it’s feature length, it totally counts as a film! A wonderful adaption, Watson and Mary are so dear!
7. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang – Aww, how adorable can RDJ be? Fun, and hee, Rockmond Dunbar (C-note from Prison Break)!
8. Some-Cartoon-version-of-Notre-Dame-de-Paris-not-listed-on-IMDB – First part follows canon beautifully in terms of story, right down to Gringoire/Djali! But it also had atrocious animation, an entirely absent Phoebus, a lack of Jehan and Clopin (latter at least in terms of a named character. There’s a “main gypsy”, but that’s all), a surviving Esmeralda and a Frollo whose portrayal steadily got worse as the plot developed.

February
9. Norma Rae – For sociology class. Never got to see the whole film though.
10. Det Største I Verden (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235796/). - Based on Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s “Fiskejenten/The Fish Girl”. Surprisingly good. Nothing will convince me Petra/Signe isn’t canon in some form.
11. Sherlock Holmes Granada Production: The Master Blackmailer – Absolutely brilliant! I was pronouncing it to be my favourite episode long before we even got to the burglary!
12. A Documentary about EU subsidies and their effect on Third World Countries - For Sociology class.

March
13. Forrest Gump
– Aw, cute.
14. The King Maker – God, what a terrible film! With a “based on a true story” label to booth. It has horrendous acting and an extremely flawed plot. The characters are static and form relationships with no basis in reality. Everyone involved in the writing have completely discounted the language barriers and the laws of physics, and I’m sure anyone familiar with the cultures portrayed finds it offensive. Even the music is inappropriate. HOW did they convince John Rhys-Davies to do this film?! (I got this film in an action/adventure double, together with Gladiator. I hesitated to buy it, as the cover corresponding with the title The King Maker seemed to fit badly with the summary. Turns out The King Maker has the summary of Backdraft…it’s so bad they had to give it a false summary!)
15. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Fun, generic fantasy. I hate the book (I’ve only read Wonderland though, not Through the Looking Glass) and both the old animated movies used to give me a headache, but I quite enjoyed it. I found the scenes in the real world quite painful though, and white was not a good colour on the Anne Hathaway***********. And I was under the impression that the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were two different people? I guess the rating is so high because of the dragon-thingy, but in my opinion it ought to be because of that sadistic, eye-stabbing dormouse.
16. The Lovely Bones – I’ll voice an unpopular opinion by saying I liked it. Probably because I haven’t read the book. Incredible performance by the girl, and an interesting plot. Also, it being set in the 70’s means that the pervert!moustache TM makes an memorable appearance. It probably also helped that I just tried to ignore all that happened in the in-between, as I can’t stand any sort of surrealism.
17. The Poseidon Adventure – So, now I’ve seen the original and both remakes, and liked them all. This one is in my opinion the weakest movie though.
18. Mystic River – Okay, I have to read that book sometime.

April
19. Iron Man 2 – Wow, have you ever heard of a sequel that’s better than the original? This is at the very least equal to number 1. Kind of jarring to have an actor replaced, but I’ve always liked Don Bluth (Hotel Rwanda!) so I didn’t mind at all. I was surprised I enjoyed it so much, as I thought it was going to be quite bad, based on the trailer. Glad to be proven wrong.

May
20. Zodiac
21. Goodbye Bafana
– For school. Surprise!Joseph Fiennes.
22. Ultimate Avengers (animated)
23. Robin Hood (2010
) –
24. Prince of Persia; Sands of Time –
25. The Kite Runner
– My God, what an depressive film! Undoubtedly a good one, I especially enjoyed the first part (which portrayed the childhood), but it ultimately suffers from the lack of a cohesive plot. For school.
26. The Amazing Grace (2006. With Nick Moran) – What the…am I the only one who finds this very offensive? For school.

June
27. Sicko – For school
28. Capitalism; A Love Story – For school
29. The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
30. The Dragon Trainer – Cute.
31. The A-Team – I kinda love it, particularly Murdock (who didn’t?). Made me want to check out the TV-series.

July
32. Eclipse
– Favourite book in the series, possibly favourite movie as well. On one hand, we have Jasper being awesome. On the other hand, we STILL have Jasper’s awful hair-stylist.
33. Shrek IV; Happily Ever After
34. Inception – Quite brilliant, liked it better on my second viewing than my first. Very many shippable people there;)
35. Tropic Thunder – Kinda fun. If only it had had another director/lead actor.

August
36. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
– Elinor, Marianne and Willoughby were all excellent. I really liked the scenes of M/W, and those I tend to skip, so kudos to them. I also liked Hugh Laurie in his little role:). I like Alan Rickman well enough, but he failed to engage me in this. There was a lot less Elinor/Brandon for me to ship than in the 2008 adaption and the book, but that I can hardly blame them for. Hugh Grant’s portrayal of Mr. Ferrars suffered a bit from his “Hugh Grant-ness” in my opinion, but it was sweet.
37. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – It’s what it says on the label. I really didn’t like the lead (Jay Baruchel) , but Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell were quite awesome. Nicholas Cage was himself, nothing wrong with that. The physics aspect of it all was vaguely interesting..
38. Predators – What it says on the label, with added borderline racefail.
39. Stand By Me (1986)– Cute. I remember this, along with State of Grace, being wildly popular among people who made Marauders’ Era Harry Potter fanvids.

September
40. Armadillo – Danish documentary about a group of soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Really quite good, I can see why it has won some prizes.
41. Toy Story 3 – In 2D, as I can’t stand 3D, and dubbed. Very good, but I think some kids must be terrified of throwing away their toys now, haha. For me, the highlights were BUZZ IN SPANISH MODE, Zorg at the end and being reminded of the epic Woody/Buzz bromance.
42. Wild Target (2010)
43. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
44. Hamlet – Mel Gibson

October
45. Pathfinder (1987. Called Ofelas in Saami and Veiviseren in Norwegian)
46. The Kautokeino Rebellion
47. The Social Network – brilliant!
48. Nokas - *headdesk*. Enjoyable, but…what a failure of a plan. For those of you not in the know, this film depicts the largest robbery in Norwegian history, where a policeman died.

November

49. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Still haven’t written anything here, apparently…suffice to say I loved it

December
50. Nativity!

51. A Christmas Carol (2009?) – For school, Norwegian class. Very good. (Apparently, I’m not the only girl who likes Colin Firth in my class…)
52. Hero – For school, Norwegian class. Chinese movie, very good. Preeeeetty. I’m such a sucker for Broken Sword/Flying Snow romances such as the one in the blue timeline…by the way, the two trailers on youtube suck and manage to be spoilery while hardly saying a word about what the movie really is about.


I just finished season 2 of "The A-Team". The second half in particular (last 12 episodes or so) is awesome.

Date: 2011-01-01 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coeurdesoleil.livejournal.com
I feel old now, since you are obviously allowed to read great books by great non-Scandinavian authors for your Norwegian classes whereas back when I was young still in high school, we only ever read Norwegian authors (and most of them pretty dull, at that) :P
Also, we never got to watch any movies, heh.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :DD

Date: 2011-01-01 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovemoony4ever.livejournal.com
Haha, we were encouraged to chose Norwegian authors for our særemne, but we didn't have to:) Our books just had to have been translated and published in Norway at some point.

I'm kind of shocked by the amount of movies we've watched throughout upper secondary school - I think the number surpasses the movies we watched in primary- and lower secondary school put together! We're going to watch another one next week too, based on Knut Hamsun's "Pan". They're always in some way relevant to our curriculum, but I think "Hero" primarily was chosen because my teacher loved it;)

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