Once on a visit to Birmingham, my hostess took me on a tour of those places that according to the Tourist Information Centre had provided the inspiration for The Shire as portrayed in Tolkien's books. I distinctly remember going round Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog in the pouring rain, and being cold and miserable and wet for most of the day...but also grateful for having seen these places, unremarkable as they may be in themselves.
I imagine that if I were a hobbit, I'd be very much like Bilbo, eager to explore the world beyond the boundaries of The Shire; so the fictional world I would most like to experience for myself would definitely be the wider one of Middle-Earth, and I would particularly love to see Lothlórien, Rohan, Gondor and Ithilien...even if, these days, I can't imagine the landscape to be any different than in the films. Which is good, as it means all I have to do in order to visit this fictional world is book a ticket to New Zealand. One day, perhaps...
Speaking of films, the challenge for Day 2 of the 30 Day Film Meme I so unwisely began a few days ago is to name a movie that you think more people should see
Now I don't know how many people have seen this film, or how many should see it, but I do know it's one of my favourites, both for reasons of cinematography and script/plot. I adore Chinese cinema for the beauty of its imagery and use of colour, and the strength of narrative of its dramas...and also for the foreigness of the society it portrays.
Raise the Red Lantern tells the story of how a young girl, forced by circumstances to become a rich man's concubine, slowly goes insane in 1920s China.
Day 03 - Favorite Oscar-nominated movie from most recent ballot
Day 04 - Movie that makes you laugh every time
Day 05 - Movie you loathe
Day 06 - Movie that makes you cry every time
Day 07 - Least favorite movie by a favorite actor or actress ...
Day 08 - Movie that should be required high school viewing ...
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A movie that disappointed you
Day 12 - Best soundtrack/background music in a scene
Day 13 - Favorite animated movie
Day 14 - Favorite film in black and white
Day 15 - Best musical
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure movie
Day 17 - Favorite series of related movies
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best movie cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple
Day 22 - Favorite final scene/line
Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene
Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending
Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer