Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Secret of Moonacre

In addition to reading The Three Musketeers and watching Grimm and Once Upon a time, I have been trying to find new and interesting fairytale movies and shows. Last weekend I happened upon a movie called The Secret of Moonacre.

The movies opens with little Maria Merryweather and her governess, Miss Heliotrope, attending the funeral of her late father. Mr Merryweather was so in debt that he leaves his daughter nothing but an old book, The Ancient Chronicles of Moonacre Valley. Being that her father's estate is going to be sold she moves in with her unfriendly and untidy uncle Sir Benjamin Merryweather. Maria's new home, Moonacre Manor, is very odd. Upon arrival Maria and her governess are almost accosted by bandits, most of the house is off limits, there is a forbidden forest, the piano plays by itself, there does not appear to be a kitchen, and Maria's bedroom cieling has live twinkling and shooting stars.

Maria's inherited book tells a fairy tale of a girl who was so loved by nature that she was granted moon pearls, that could great any wish, and the title of The Moon Princess. But upon her wedding day, her family the De Noirs and the groom's family the Merryweathers started a feud over her pearls. The all-too-true story tells of a curse at the 5,000th moon that will destroy the Moonacre Valley unless a pure heart finds the pearls and the two families can work together to return them to the sea. Maria's arrives in Moonacre Valley 4,999 moons since that day.

The Secret of Moonacre was a really cute movie. I loved the idea that the fairytale book was the actual history of the two families and not just a random phophecy. I loved the cast wardrobe. Maria and Miss Heliotrope's dresses were an interesting alternative to typical Victorian fashion. Miss Heliotrope's kimono obi and Maria's different fabric combinations and open backed bustle were so eye catching. And the De Noir bandits' outfits reminded me of The Clockwork Orange.

This movie was obviously meant for a younger audience. Besides some arguing and the bandits briefly kidnapping Maria there really was not any conflict. I was at least excepting a fight scene when the two family finally met to get Maria before the pearls were thrown back into the sea. Anything needed was easily obtained, enemies were easily persuaded to become allies, Maria was quickly able to escape the De Noir's prison, and the location of the lost key and moon pearls were easily found. While The Secret of Moonacre was a delightful movie and had a good story, it sadly had no thrill, suspence, or intrigue.

first image from: Jolly Good Show
other images: Lorliaswood

Monday, November 14, 2011

Inspiration board

I finally sat down a made a preliminary wedding inspiration board. I had to change my theme since Oppa and I are unable to get married in December due to his job having holiday time blockout from November until January. Luckily I had not purchases too many snowflake/winter themed items and what I had purchased I was able to return.

So now our theme is Rococo-esque royalty. I suppose you could say the theme is inspired by Marie Antoinette. Hopefully I will be able to keep my head, at least until after the honeymoon. So everything except my ring has changed, even the venue. While I thought Maryvale was beauitful I felt it was too dark inside for a Rococo themed wedding. So we have chosen the romantic, 19th century Ceresville Mansion. Almost everything has been found again and I can start to focus on other things.

inspiration boardSword: Cold Steel
Crown: Tiara Garden
Ballroom: Ceresville Mansion
Shield Cookies: 6 Persimmon Inc.
Champagne Tower: flickr
Ring: Zales
Mask: Chantal Mallett
Origami rose: Mine
The rest of the pictures are from the knot

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Television fairytales

I thought the idea for C.S. Lewis' quote was fitting for this month, besides that I wanted to start a new book, was the fact that there are two new television shows which have recently aired that are in the fairy tale genre, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. While I do not usually watch television, I have made an exception for these two series.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9pm Eastern Time on NBC

This show follows a homicide detective, David, who has begun to notice odd things with some of the people around him right before his dying Aunt arrives for an unexpected visit. He learns that the old fairy tales are real and he is a descendant of a group of hunters called The Grimms. Upon the passing of his Aunt, he now has to "protect people from the bad ones" and continue his day job as a police officer. This has been relatively easy so far seeing as how his homicide cases lead him to some of the evil creatures featured in the fairy tales.

The first episode was reminiscent of Red Riding Hood, and the second episode would have been Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8pm Eastern Time on ABC

This series switches between two time lines. In one, Prince Charming wakes Snow White up from her glass coffin. Thwarting the Evil Queen's plans to make Snow White pay for "taking away her happiness" and "destroying what she loved". On their wedding day the Evil Queen appears to give their world the curse of no more happy ending. The only one that can defeat her is the yet unborn daughter of Snow White, Emma. But before the curse can reach the castle, the little baby is transported away just in time.

The other time line follows the modern day bounty hunter Emma Swan who is visited by her son, Henry, whom she gave up for adoption as a baby. Henry believes that time has stopped in his town of Storybrooke and that all the citizens are fairytale characters suffering from amnesia. He now has to convince Emma that his adoptive mother and mayor of the town is the Evil Queen and that she is the only person that can save everyone.

I really enjoy both of these shows. Besides the fairytale choices the story genres are different too. Grimm reminds me of a Law & Order-esque police drama. And Once Upon a Time reminds me of The 10th Kingdom without the comedy. Are any of you ladies or gentlemen watching these two series with me?

1st image from: Grimm wiki
2nd image from: Maybe it's just me...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November challenge

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
--C.S. Lewis

Last month was horrendously busy. The only task I managed to complete was to locate my camera. I sadly only went on one meet-up. And spent the rest of the month working, apply for new jobs, trying not to get sick, and re-planning my wedding. So November will be another month to focus on relaxation. One of my favorite hobbies is reading, especially classical or fantasy books. So in between planning my happy ending, I will be reading others.

I have already read Grimm's fairytales, Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. I think the next book I would like to read is the tales of The Three Musketeers. I went yesterday to see the new musketeers movie and noticed I've never read the book. Sorry for the short post, I do not feel well. The flu shot was definitely not a good idea. Anyway, have a good November ladies and gentlemen.

image from:deviantart: thisaoife