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Things that keep me up at night

Getting up in the mornings is getting increasingly difficult. I habitually set the alarm for 6:15 a.m., always waking up of my own accord well before that time; but whereas in summer I can't wait to start the day and jump out of bed as soon as I've opened my eyes, in the current season all I want to do is snuggle deeper into my duvet and forget there's such a thing as work, or cats that need feeding.

I like my bed. On days like this, it's my favourite place. But still there are some things that can keep me up and away from it, even when I'm so sleepy I can't really process anything. Saturday was a case in point: worn out with a busy day and a 'yoga intensive' (i.e., a 3-hour session concentrating on just 1 or 2 asanas), I wanted to call it a night around 11. But I still had these BtVS S1-tapes to watch, so I popped in the first and promised myself 'bed, after this'...Of course, it didn't quite work out that way. I made the mistake to switch to another channel while the tape was rewinding. And The Great Gatsby had just come on...

I first saw this film ages ago - and I last saw it oh, ages ago. It struck me that I couldn't remember what the story was about, exactly - other than that Gatsby gets shot at the end, by Myrtle's husband. So I started watching it again, all the while thinking 'I really ought to go to bed or I'm going to be a wreck in the morning'. Finally, at around 3:30 a.m., the end credits roll. And I go to bed, feeling strangely dissatisfied. I'd spent a long evening watching telly, while completely bored with it.

BtVS S1: it's lucky I didn't discover the Buffyverse for myself before S5. Had I seen the first 2 or 3 episodes when they first aired, I would never have persevered. People keep telling me that if I'd only seen the series from the very beginning, I would have loved Angel too, and understood wat made him Buffy's one and only - and she, his. Having seen the first 8 episodes now, I can honestly say: I still don't get it. There doesn't appear to be any chemistry between the characters, and the whole thing's a bit sudden and badly written anyway. One minute, she's thinking Owen's definite boyfriend material; the next she's discussing the possibility of a relationship with Angel Man of Mystery as a deeply desirable thing. All after having had just 3 or 4 2-minute conversations with him in which he, looking invariably constipated, hints at something dire and she protests that she doesn't want to know about it. And why did Angel stay the night at her place anyway? He wasn't hurt that badly! Vampire healing would have taken care of that scratch in minutes.
Apart from the IMO uninteresting B/A romance and the caricatures that are the bad vampires, including schoolgirl!Darla; there are some enjoyable performances of Giles, Jenny, Willow and Xander - so I may end up buying it after all.

And as for The Great Gatsby: I remember that the first time I saw this movie, I cried; and the last time, that I still regarded Gatsby as a tragic hero. Now, I see him primarily as a schmuck. What was there to love about Daisy? What could there have been? It's all very well to try and better yourself, but if it's all in the hopes of impressing some flighty girl -- pffft, why bother? All those millions, and his poor old Dad still had to lug that battered old suitcase around and come to the front door cap in hand.

While I was pondering these things, keeping sleep at bay, suddenly another thought popped into my head:

how exactly did the amulet that Spike had worn during his incineration in 'Chosen' come to be in an envelope on Angel's desk in 'Convictions'? Even if it didn't go poof with the rest of Spike, who got it out of the crater that was Sunnydale, and the rubble of the highschool?


Sleep proved elusive after that.

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buffyx
Oct. 20th, 2003 05:36 am (UTC)

There doesn't appear to be any chemistry between the characters, and the whole thing's a bit sudden and badly written anyway. One minute, she's thinking Owen's definite boyfriend material; the next she's discussing the possibility of a relationship with Angel Man of Mystery as a deeply desirable thing. All after having had just 3 or 4 2-minute conversations with him in which he, looking invariably constipated, hints at something dire and she protests that she doesn't want to know about it.

LMAO!! And yes, I am in total agreement. I know a lot of people find the high school seasons to be the "Golden Years," which includes the B/A romance, but the only season I thought B/A was interesting was in the second year-- mostly because it actually served the plot. In season three they were running in circles with the melodrama. Ugh.

What could there have been? It's all very well to try and better yourself, but if it's all in the hopes of impressing some flighty girl -- pffft, why bother?

Yes! Thank you! I just finished reading The Great Gatsby for school, and Gatsby just came off as this idealistic schmuck. I don't know if he was in love so much with Daisy as he was in love with the idea of Daisy. Either way, he seemed kind of like a fool to me. I found Nick's character to be more interesting, personally, and more likeable as well.

gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
Yes, I thought Nick was the more interesting character as well. I hope he made it through the rest of the 20s and 30s in one piece!
julchek
Oct. 20th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
..inquiring minds want to know....
While I was pondering these things, keeping sleep at bay, suddenly another thought popped into my head:

how exactly did the amulet that Spike had worn during his incineration in 'Chosen' come to be in an envelope on Angel's desk in 'Convictions'? Even if it didn't go poof with the rest of Spike, who got it out of the crater that was Sunnydale, and the rubble of the highschool?


Excellent question, G - but alas, like so many others in the Jossverse, I bet we never get an answer about that.

My spec on the subject - somehow our old buddy Whistler the demon, working at the behest of the PTB, makes his way into the crater to retrieve the amulet, and then sends it to Angel. Another obscure means of passing information to Angel and crew that they need, in this case, our "shiny blond thing" to keep them all on the straight and narrow when it comes to running W & H. Hey, it's as good a fanwank as any, and most likely, we never will hear what really happened - much like not seeing what actually happened between Buffy and Spike that last night (no, I'm not bitter ;-) )
gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: ..inquiring minds want to know....
My spec on the subject - somehow our old buddy Whistler the demon, working at the behest of the PTB, makes his way into the crater to retrieve the amulet, and then sends it to Angel. Another obscure means of passing information to Angel and crew that they need, in this case, our "shiny blond thing" to keep them all on the straight and narrow when it comes to running W & H. Hey, it's as good a fanwank as any

It certainly is - although if you'll forgive me, I'll wank another way! I have a real problem with the PTB being involved, you see: I don't like the idea that they've got a hand in everything...esp. not when it comes to Spike and his road to redemption. That's his decision, and nothing to do with any higher power playing him for their own nefarious ends. Or that's how I like to look at it.

I think I'll think of Spike's return as something of an accident - W&H gave the chain to Angel fully expecting, I believe, for him to wear it and suffer the fate that Spike now faces. So in the end, it's probably due to some evil lawyer plot that the bauble got retrieved and forwarded to the new head of the LA office.
wickedripeplum
Oct. 20th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
Gatsby was such a shmuck. From the book I got the impression we were supposed to think he was a sad bastard. The movie versions, especially Robert Redford, Sam Waterstone one both seemed to want to make him a romantic hero. Aside from the horrid soft lighting with pink gels in all of Mia Farrow's scenes that was my biggest objection to the movie.

People keep telling me that if I'd only seen the series from the very beginning, I would have loved Angel too, and understood wat made him Buffy's one and only - and she, his.

I don't know, I watched it from the beginning and the most emotion B/A ever got out of me was vague nausea.
gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC)
LOL! 's not just me, then! (Didn't think it would be -- I;m hardly that original!).
cheesygirl
Oct. 20th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Angel's more interesting on his own show or when he's Angelus on either show. I have to admit to a few sniffles whenever I watch "The Prom" but for the most part the whole B/A thing is just too run-of-the-mill-star-crossed-lovers to be really intriguing to me.

Gatsby was such a wanker. Daisy was a flighty bubble-head not worth the effort. I would like to go to one of his parties, though.

I've wondered about the amulet too and I don't know if they'll say how it got to Angel. I do hope they will explain just who was meant to wear it and what the PTB and W&H were up to when they gave it to Angel in the first place.
gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:33 pm (UTC)
Seems we're not the only ones who're wondering about the retrieval of that amulet. Colleen has just posted (the beginnings of ) a fic addressing that very question over on The Sandlot: www.the-sandlot.com/fic.php?mode=fic&fic_id=1334&ch_seq=1
I haven't read it yet.
girlwithjournal
Oct. 20th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Gatsby was the original Fool For Love. And he's always seemed really empathetic to me, since I think we all have our green lights. Poor Gatsby.

This is based purely on the book, BTW, since I've never seen the movie.
gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd have to say: the book's a lot better.
bogwitch
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
BtVS S1: it's lucky I didn't discover the Buffyverse for myself before S5. Had I seen the first 2 or 3 episodes when they first aired, I would never have persevered.

This is exactly the senario that happened to me. I loved the film and was really excited about the series, but it was crap! Angel was sooo dull. Thus I didn't watch again until S5, when I took one glimpse at Spike and was hooked.

Now I've seen everything, I'm still of the opinion that S1 is crap. Thanks to the BF for fancying Glory and hooking me back in.
gamiila
Oct. 20th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
You loved the film? I just saw it the other day, and didn't think much of it. It has a certain entertainment value, though...those funny-eared vampires!
bogwitch
Oct. 21st, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)
Well, I was young...
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