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So...my dad and I went to see a musical for The Hunchback of Notre Dame today. It was great!

I had heard rumors that the musical version combined both the Disney movie and elements from the original book, managing to rectify the flaws of both. I was worried about the execution, but the musical I saw managed to pull it off nicely. They even kept some of the best songs in there, especially Hellfire, and cut out the annoying parts, such as A Guy Like You and the screwball comedy. They even made the gargoyles only a figment of Quasimodo's imagination, not sentient. The musical also kept Frollo's benevolent but frustrated and misguided nature and made him far more sympathetic than the Disney movie did. I also really liked that the musical made their own songs as well, my favorite being Top Of The World and that they went with the book's more somber, bittersweet ending.

My dad and I both enjoyed it immensely. Although for SOME reason he made a big deal about my not clapping throughout the performance. I mean, seriously? He never had a problem with it before! Why make a stink about it now? I never clap during anything, even if I really like what I'm seeing because it hurts my hands, and I'm so into whatever I'm watching that I have no need to clap. I tried to explain that to him, but he just grunted and said, "Fine. Have it your way." I mean, come on! He makes it sound like I committed a crime or something! Who cares if clapping is socially appropriate? I don't. He never brought this up as a problem before, and the fact that he did so really made my blood boil. Well, I'm over it now, so no use whining on a good day.

I give the newly made prequel to one of the most beloved books of all time...an 88/100!

Before I begin this review, I want to explain how I got into Anne of Green Gables. My journey into it is a tad different from others. I first learned about Anne Shirley and the books she starred in via an anime that came out in 2009, called Konnichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables, which is an adaptation of a book that came out the year before, Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. I liked the anime, even if it did have its flaws, and when I found out there was a book, I went to the library, rented it, read it, liked it, and soon bought my own copy of Before Green Gables, with Anne of Green Gables coming soon after. Both books have their flaws, but I genuinely loved what they had to offer. Even their differences were interesting and appealing to me. I mean, sure, LM Montgomery didn't want to explore Anne's backstory in detail back during her time, and that was fine. But for what it's worth, I feel that the tale that Budge Wilson created, while not perfect, still has a lot of merit to it.

Unfortunately, others don't see it that way. I've honestly seen a lot of hate for Before Green Gables, a lot of which I feel is not only unfounded, but blown a bit too out of proportion. I've seen comments on Amazon, Goodreads, and even Fanfiction.net about how BGG is bad and shouldn't have been made. People were saying stuff like, "Oh, Wilson can't capture Montgomery's magic!" "Oh, Anne in BGG isn't anything like Anne in AoGG!" "Oh, there's so much that's inaccurate!" "Oh, the book is sooooo depressing, I can't bring myself to read it!" "Oh, this book was so totally unneccessary!" Other comments I've read were just ridiculous, one of which claimed that the book was condoning/excusing/romanticizing domestic abuse. I'm just reading them and I'm all like...seriously? Nothing's perfect! Adaptations always have flaws! What were you expecting?! Thus, with this review, I intend to give Before Green Gables the love I feel it deserves, because I feel it is very underrated and deserves more love, whether it's a good prequel to AoGG or not, or stands on its own merits.

(more to come soon)

Another Job Interview

Another job interview tonight, this time for a local store.

Going to Grandma's Tomorrow

Tomorrow my dad and I are going to visit my grandmother for the day, so I won't be here for a short while.

Pokemon Bank!

Pokemon Bank and Transporter have been updated! We can transfer our Pokemon to Sun and Moon now, even from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow! Yay!

Job Interview Tomorrow!

I have a job interview tomorrow. I really hope something comes out of it.

Finished Pokemon XYZ!

I finally finished the Pokemon XYZ season! I really need to review the XY season, since I think it's the best season. I should get back to the one I never started.

Oh jeez...

Ugh. If I have to see one more news post on Facebook about Trump and the inauguration and about how everyone hates him, I'm gonna scream. Don't get me wrong, I hate him just as much as everyone else does, but I come on the internet to talk to my friends and have fun, not be bombarded with real world stuff. It's just not my thing, and politics don't interest me. Like, at all.

Studying Driver's Manual

Well, I think its high time I learned how to drive. I'm 23 now, and I need to learn how to get around all by myself. Gonna study the driver's manual and hope that I pass the knowledge test.
1. Very first Video Game

Pokemon Yellow. I still have the cartridge I got on my 7th birthday, and it still works!

2. Your favorite character

Too many to count. But currently, Sorey and Mikleo from Tales of Zestiria.

3. A game that is underrated

Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns. Yeah, it's not perfect but I don't think it deserves the backlash that it gets.

4. Your guilty pleasure game

Don't really have one.

5. Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

I just started playing Tales of Symphonia, and I see a lot of myself in Colette. I also feel that I'm a lot like Mary from Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. We're both shy girls who love books and want to become writers.

6. Most annoying character

Haven't encountered one yet...well, okay, maybe one: Fassad from Mother 3!

7. Favorite game couple

Ninten and Paula from Earthbound Beginnings.

8. Best soundtrack

Too many to count. Personal favorites are Tales of Zestiria, Pokemon Sun/Moon, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness.

9. Saddest game scene

Grovyle and Celebi almost dying in the end of one of the special episodes in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky.

10. Best gameplay

Mother 3.

11. Gaming system of choice

Nintendo 3DS.

12. A game everyone should play

Mother 3, Tales of Zestiria, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, etc.

13. A game you've played more than five times

Every Pokemon game ever.

14. Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper

For my 2DS, it's Pokemon: Radiant Collection theme. For my New 3DS XL, it's the Latias and Latios pair art theme.

15. Post a screenshot from the game you're playing right now.

16. Game with the best cutscenes

See #15.

17. Favorite antagonist

Porky (Mother 3), N (Pokemon Black/White), Lusamine (Pokemon Sun/Moon)

18. Favorite protagonist

Lucas (Mother 3) and Sorey (Tales of Zestiria)

19. Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in

Don't have a picture, but I'd love to live in Story of Seasons' Oak Tree Town.

20. Favorite genre


21. Game with the best story

Pokemon Black and White, Mother 3, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers.

22. A game sequel which disappointed you

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity. Not only is the story less thought out than other games, you can't even recruit all 600 or so Pokemon at the time, not even legendaries!

23. Game you think had the best graphics or art style

Story of Seasons and Tales of Zestiria.

24. Favorite classic game

Earthbound, Pokemon Yellow/Gold/Silver/Crystal, etc.

25. A game you plan on playing

Clannad, Tobari and the Night of the Curious Moon, etc.

26. Best voice acting

Tales of Zestiria.

27. Most epic scene ever

Solgaleo/Lunala saving Lillie from Lusamine when they're in the alternate dimension.

28. Favorite game developer


29. A game you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

The Ace Attorney series

30. Your favorite game of all time

Mother 3




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