Run of the mill blabber

I am such a badass today.

Rawr!

….see, that wasn’t even convincing to me. Okay, I’m gonna write a few more review sort of things. The ‘Twilight’ one generated very little in the way of hits, but like any green-blooded human, I’m inordinately fond of espousing my blessed opinion on the goodness or badness or badassness of ‘things-I-deign-to-pay-attention-to’.

Here goes:

Practical Demonkeeping– the book by Christopher Moore. Thumbs up. This dude makes me laugh. I don’t know if it’s as funny as Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, but it’s pretty funny. Like the passages in Lust Lizard that feature the warrior babe, Maggie, there are a few scenes in Demonkeeping that had me doubled over. The rest of it moves quickly, and applies familiar personalities and responses to supernatural situations, in classic Christopher Moore style. He’s kinda made his own genre out of terrifying Pine Cove citizens.

‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson: Thumbs way up. This book was suggested to me by someone very tall. It was great. The typical voracious reader is probably more familiar with Bryson than I was on reading this book, so you may know his pages are filled with two things: A broad-ranging cornucopia of interesting information, and a whole lot of humor. This book centers around Bryson’s quest to hike the gargantuan Appalachian Trail. I fell deeply in love with the hilarious character ‘Katz’, which added to the tremendously satisfying reading experience.

Iron Man- A-Ok. I was entertained. That’s what I went to the movie to be. Robert Downey Jr. did a fine job in the role, and he’s always fun to watch in my opinion. As far as first reels of a superhero saga go, Toby Maguire still takes the cake with his introduction of Spidey. But then, Peter Parker, the good-hearted underdog is easier to embrace than the megalomaniac Tony Stark.

Two beefs with the film: I kept hearing about the chemistry between Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., and in all honesty, it just wasn’t there. She’s a very pretty lady, and she looks stunning as a red; he’s a hottie and a half, but I never got sparks from their interactions. It seemed to me they’d contentedly be plain old buddies until the end of time. What I really hated about the movie was Terrence Howard’s role. It didn’t do him justice, and I grated against seeing such a powerful, intelligent actor in such a one-dimensional character that was obviously secondary to that of megalomaniac, Stark. I give the movie a B.

Finally… the new pop hit: “Still Bleeding” by Leona Lewis– Thumbs way, way down. This song sounded so appealing when I first heard it, it sucked me right in. And then I realized my daughter was singing the lyrics, and I thought about who this song is directed to. I wasn’t sure I was hearing the lyrics right, at first, so I looked them up to be sure, cus it just didn’t seem possible that this beautifully packaged pop-song could be saying what it sounded like it was saying.

Before I recount those lyrics here, I want to point out that the target audience for most pop songs are girls ages 11-14. That’s why Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Hillary Duff hit it big. Kids grew up with these girls on Disney, they idolized them. Their song lyrics are projected at the sentimental early teenage heart. Hanna Montanna is a cash-cow, she hits that demographic right on the nail.

Bearing that in mind, take a look at these popular hit lyrics by Leona Lewis:

But I don’t care what they say
I’m in love with you
They try to pull me away
But they don’t know the truth
My heart’s crippled by the vein
That I keep on closing
You cut me open and I

Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding
I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
You cut me open

And it’s draining all of me
Oh they find it hard to believe
I’ll be wearing these scars
For everyone to see

*shudders*

This is not an obscure indie song, this is playing on all the big radio stations twice an hour.

I don’t even know how to express… how damaged this culture is just from the fact that the song became a hit. There’s already something masochistic about the world of female adolescence, this is when eating disorders crop up, this is the time of life when a girl is most likely to throw away her own goals, her sense of self for the approval, the admiration of a boy. Now we have a hit on the radio that essentially equates love with suicide, and the teller of that tale romanticizing the fact that he cut her open and she keeps bleeding for him, for love.

It makes me sick.

Sick.

I’m not just saying that, I got nauseated thinking about this again, so that’ll mark a close to today’s reviews. Happy Tuesday.

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12 thoughts on “Run of the mill blabber

  1. Word to your entire post! I also loved ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ but truthfully have had a little trouble getting through his other books. I love the interaction between characters and the humor behind that and sometimes it was a bit dry. As for Iron Man, I completely see what you’re saying about the two leads. Gwyneth played Pepper Potts a bit strange. I know she was supposed to be awkward, but it just seemed more like weird acting than anything. And YES, I was so annoyed at Terrance Howard’s role. Has his voice always been so feminine?

  2. I’m sorry but your views are ridiculous. Bleeding Love is a METAPHOR. Ever heard of one? It’s not meant to be taken literally just like many other songs. It’s a deep song about heartache which many people can connect to, it’s nothing to do with suicide so I don’t know why you are implying it is.

    Learn to not take everything on the surface, it’s a song to be enjoyed which clearly many people are. You’re the first person I’ve EVER seen have those views on that song so clearly you’re in the minority and others aren’t worried about them.

  3. No, it isn’t a metaphor- a metaphor is something representative or symbolic of something else, and she spells it out blatantly here. Slashing your veins open and bleeding till you’re drained, that isn’t subtle, that doesn’t evoke a possibility that she might be comparing love to suicide, she expresses it outright.

    And mine isn’t the literal mind, here, the teenagers she’s targeting are a lot more literal.

    Clearly you like the song, so perhaps you’re the one whose turning a blind eye to the message of the lyrics. Endeavor for a little objectivity, and then give them another pass.

  4. Y0u know I was just coming here to agree with you re the song and then I saw the commenter’s view before yours, well guess what, I thought immediately of self-harm and thought what an inappropriate lyric, given who would be listening and singing along. Metaphor….? Even if it is a metaphor, and I agree that it isn’t, the whole point of metaphors is too stand in for something else, bleeding love, what a horrible image for teenage girls to identify with. Do you know that 1/10 is cutting themselves, or so I heard the other day. The mind boggles, what kind of children are we raising that there only way to express pain is to cut open their own veins?

    As for Bill Bryson, yep he makes me laugh, though I’ve only read his take on the British Isles and Robert Downey…….yum. A personal fave of mine, badassbadboy actor who is probably the best actor in Hollywood and rather easy on the eye……

  5. jo- 1 in 10??!? That statistic scares the parent in me right down to the core. My daughter singing this song scared me, too, or I probably wouldn’t have paid any attention to what was playing on the radio.

    Robert Downey Jr… I never really thought about him till he was on Ally McBeal, filming it the same time he got arrested for drugs. There was something really poignant about his portrayal of the character on there, I think he brought something real to it. He’s … got something. A quality.

    Jane Moneypenny- You’re right, there was something decidedly odd about Paltrow’s performance. I didn’t dislike it, exactly, but there was something a little disjointed going on. Maybe it’s cus she hasn’t been in the public eye for awhile. Must admit though, she delivered the lines that made me laugh the most, her response to Stark when he goes, ‘Do you ever think about that night?’

    I won’t give it away, but gosh that was funny what she replied.

  6. Hooray! Let’s all cut ourselves!

    I don’t care for that song either, there are a lot of crappy pop songs out right now that deal with horrifying themes. Like that one by Maroon 5, Wake up call. It’s about killing a guy he caught with his girlfriend and implies that she is about to get the same. Fabulous.

    I know, people have been singing about doing drugs and killing each other for a long time. That doesn’t mean I like it.

  7. yeah. emotionalism. scarring. like anorexia, bulimia. it becomes viral. hidden. what to counter it with. love. real love. for them. need to display it, show it to them. how strong and quick and sure it is. show them how to love themselves. thinking out loud.

  8. Well, damn. Now I gotta go buy “Practical Demonkeeping” and “A Walk in the Woods”… but what do I do until Amazon delivers? I guess you didn’t *think* of that, did you? Yea… thanks a lot. I think I’ll go write something… then you’ll be sorry.

  9. The first thing I thought of when I read those lyrics was cutting, something I know a little about.

    I meant to answer you about this before and forgot. Yes, I’ve read “A Walk in the Woods.” Bryson is one of my favorite authors. He wrote some good books on the English language (a friend from England sent me one of those since we’re always arguing — in a fun way — about “proper” English).

    Walking the Appalachian Trail is on my to-do-before-I-die list. I’ve walked small parts of it, and may end up being satisfied with that in the end since there are so many things on that list it might not be possible to do them all in this lifetime.

    I also like Christopher Moore.

    Robert Downey, Jr. is one of my favorite actors. He always brings something real to his roles.

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