Well, what do you know. I already wrote an entire post about the Phantom of the Opera. So much for writing interesting, original posts. At least I'm only plagiarizing myself.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I am currently reading the Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. I have no idea who translated the version I'm reading, so I don't know if it's a good translation or a bad translation. I haven't taken the time yet to research the differences and find out which one I have. I'd like to read it in the original French, with an English copy and a French-English dictionary for reference (I can guarantee I'd need it), but that would be a lot more scholarly and involved than reading while nursing on the couch :-)
I have watched the 2004 movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, and I have technically seen the musical twice (once in San Francisco, once in Salt Lake City), but I slept through it both times. I am going to see the musical on Saturday with my friend (now you can figure out which city I live in!). I am wondering if the musical is as sensual (with the hands all over the corsets) as the movie. That's not in the book (so far). When I'm done I'll try to compare the translated book, movie, and musical and see what I can learn from them.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Here's my real schedule:
5:30 Alarm goes off
6:00 Get up and get ready, make lunch, eat breakfast. Don't read scriptures. Don't do any housework
7:00-7:15 Bobbie-Sue* picks me up for work
7:45 Get to work late
6:30 Bobbie-Sue picks me up
7:10 Arrive at Bobbie-Sue & Emmy-Lou's house to get the kids. Emmy-Lou takes us home.
7:30 Get home. Sit on the couch and stare into space while nursing LittleMan.
8:30 Listen to the screaming children. Realize that we need food. Find something or just nurse LittleMan more and let the rest of us go hungry.
9:30 Go to bed
Wow! I have really been the woman, wife, and mother I wish to be, haven't I!!! (That was massively sarcastic, by the way).
*Bobbie-Sue and Emmy-Lou are some friends of ours (a mom and daughter) that help us out with babysitting our kids and taking me to work. Bobbie-Sue and Emmy-Lou are not their real names, of course. Also, I am not implying they are hicks, because they are the furthest thing from hicks. Maybe I should come up with some better pseudonyms. I just thought these were good because it's more obvious that they are fake names.
I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities right now. I bought tickets to The Phantom of the Opera for Emmy-Lou (my real-life friend, whose real name is NOT Emmy-Lou) and myself. It was for her birthday. I've slept through the Phantom twice - once when it played in Salt Lake City, and once on a band trip to San Francisco. So I still didn't really know the story. We rented the movie this week, and I was surprised with the content. I was convinced that the story was bent right up until the end, and then I decided it was broken. I think that in many ways, the Phantom is portrayed as good and desirable, even though he is a murderer, and therefore, must be evil. I also decided that the story is healing. I can think of many ways to "heal" the story, but I don't have time to go into them now. I am looking forward to seeing the musical in two weeks, but I'm still disappointed that the story wasn't as pure and wonderful as I always thought. I am going to try to get the original book at the library today.