Wedding Wear and Book V Film

Here goes week 2 of my introspections! I really enjoyed writing the first entry and thank you all for feedback! I know you are my friends, but I hope I asked for feedback from those who would be honest, and tell me if I wrote uninspiring verbal diarrhoea or insane Introspections!
Each week I am going to start with 2 stats:
  1. 1)      Weigh in – i.e. whether its a stay the same (STS), loss or gain – I am in the realms of where I want to  be,   so a STS or gain, might not be negative, unless I go above the upper limit I have set!
  2. 2)      INR – These should disappear after July (hopefully), but represent my blood readings. Most people are between 0.9-1.3, and I was at 1.1 when diagnosed with pulmonary emboli in January. Until July the drugs are artificially thinning my blood to between 2-3, to dissipate the clots, and stop others from forming.
Wk 2 Stats
1)      STS
2)      2.4
This week there are two subjects which have stimulated my cerebrum to the a degree that i think is worth sharing.
Wedding Wear
Having never been the bride or groom, I have not had the opportunity to set the dress code, and get bored of the suit and  tie combo, which is the uniform for guys (usually).  It also irks me that at a fair number of weddings most members of the party are wearing outfits they are visually far from comfortable in, conducting rituals foreign to them! I ask you, how many times you have seen men pulling and pushing at their morning suits, hired for the day, walking unnaturally, stiffly or overacted ‘Oh yay’ proclamations from someone thrust into the role of MC!
I went to a wedding in December, and wore an amazing country tweed 3 piece suit, which stood out. Despite being en vogue, i was surprised to be the only one attired thus. It was a great feeling, but still at the end of the day a ‘suit’! Am I asking too much?
I have another wedding in April, and want to wear something outrageously unique, but classy rather than punk. I spied a Next suit, which was amazing, with loud blue check, without being tartan  BUT only comes in skinny fit! Which these days should fit, but for actually having thigh and calf muscles. So that is a no no.
I have toyed with the idea of kilts, trews, velvet suits, but can’t decide. I really would quite like to get a white suit, white shirt, tie and shoes, but feel this might be seen as competition for the bride! I did quite like the loud blue suit worn by Robbie Williams at the Brits. But I wonder if it stood out so divinely only because of the monochrome set!
And with the rise of fancy dress popularity  in recent years, I don’t want to look as if I came in fancy dress either (sequinned jackets go out of the window at this point). Any suggestions other than the FB ones already given gratefully received!
And of course this all has to be a little (although not too much) by the wishes of the bride and groom, who get concerned as to who it might look in the photos.
So no further forward in reality!
Film v Book? 
I am absolutely without question a book before the film person i.e. I want to have read the book first before watching the film or TV adaptation. The screen version will be the director, screen and script writers interpretation of the book after all.  However, the frustrating downside of this approach is a poor adaptation. I am not even talking about a different understanding from the book, but a poor, ill thought out adaptation.  This unfortunately happened to me this week.
Does the film stand alone as a piece of work? Why did they decide to miss so many key parts of the characters or plots?
I can not remember a time when I have read the book after the film. For me I want to able to create a picture of the characters, settings, and conversations using my  imagination before being tainted or influenced by the actors and cinematography of the film. It really enhances the experience of watching the film, WHEN the film has stayed true to the novel. I am on the lookout for how the director has interpreted various themes and images consistent with the book. I guess this maybe comes from studying English literature and theatre arts at school.
This of course goes out of sync when parts of the story are not yet released. I wonder how many of you actually remembered your own imagined versions of Harry, Ron and Hermione for instance once Daniel Radcliffe Rupert and Emma were on screen, when you read the later books. I also suffered and continue to suffer in the same vein with the Southern Vampire Mysteries aka True Blood, although the TV show has deviated so far from the books it hardly matters.
I was excited to hear the hype surrounding Beautiful Creatures, and eagerly downloaded to my Kindle and read… The slow pace of the deep south, with its voodoo essence, marshes filled with prehistorical creatures, and constant creole/cajan food ensued… The build up to the climax of the book was, in my opinion, too slow, but forgiven due to the flowing and smooth style and consistency to themes and imagery build throughout.
I couldn’t wait for the film…
I wish I had never watched the film. The story was so changed. There were so many inaccuracies, plot flaws, and important characters missed or changed beyond recognition. The castings themselves were good, but unable to carry themselves or the film, through with a weak, defected, flawed script.
Do not actors read the books first? How do they get into the depths of the character when so changed? Do they have a tug of war? Presumably at the very least directors and script writers are there to discuss the essence of the new characters?
Would it have been different if I had watched the film first? Is this a chicken and egg type situation?
I asked on Facebook and was intrigued to see that some actually read the books after so as not to impact of the film! Is this because a greater part of their enjoyment is the story, and by knowing the ending spoils the experience? Is the film more important to them than the book?
I remain unmoved and will stick with the book first approach.
TNW
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Introspections of a displaced boulevardier!

So much to say but where to start. Who would have thought that someone like me who never shuts up would be caught between masses of inspiration and actually writing it down…

Introspection

Let’s start with me! 42 (still just) single man living life in leafy North London. Crouch End to be exact. Work in a corporate, commercial setting which is fine, but not balanced with the creative me, who has always fought to get out and up until this point been suffocated or knocked back unconscious.

Why now? Why now do I finally find the energy to start writing, and why start with a blog! I so hope this is not a cliched midlife crisis ‘what am I doing with my life’ ??? ‘Where did my youth or youngness go to’ ???

I hope this is a change where I actually find some balance and ergo start writing! I always loved it at school and definitely followed the drama/English path until I was 17 and then left, midway through A’levels, as I wanted to work!

Can I be disciplined and find something great or just good to write about every week? Right now the answer is a resounding YES!

My passions are reading, drama, and music and living life! I feel that I am rarely scared of trying something new.

My musings will jump all over the place, and probably not follow a pattern, but I want to write about something I have felt, or experienced in that preceding week. I can be controversial but I don’t want my blog to be so.

Two massive changes in the last year which I will write about again will be that I lost 8 stone in 11 months and got diagnosed with pulmonary emboli. Both have for very different reasons changed my perspective so much that I hope it injects originality, passion and ingenuity into my writing.

Bedsit Disco Diva

I was overexcited to see that Tracey Thorn had published her autobiography. Everything But the Girl had been so quiet over the years as to what actually made them tick and why they changed direction musically so often so I was hoping to get some answers. Buzzin Fly (Ben Watts company) were sending out signed copies which I absolutely jumped at the chance of getting. Bedsit Disco Diva arrived in the post. Impressed with the title for a start and the cover was a fantastic picture of a teenage Tracey standing alone on stage with a guitar. Cool.

A lot of the story I was not expecting. I knew TT was more introvert than extro but not to the degree portrayed. It really shows her passion for her music to push herself forward into this uncomfortable (to her) arena.

I remember the first time I heard Each and Every One. I, as usual went to my friend Heathers for lunch at school, and she said her older sister had sent her some new music from university (this was quite regular and exciting). Heather clicked play on the silver ghetto blaster and the first few chords sounded around the lounge, add TT’s voice and it blew my mind. At this time I was all Smiths, Simple Minds so it was even more shocking that I had reacted in this way! I made a copy with Eden on one side and North Marine Drive on the other and listened incessantly. I still do.

I never really forgive EBTG for their venture into trip hop. But realise now this was MY prejudice, as I wanted more Eden and Worldwide. I am now going to try and listen again tomtheir latter recordings with an open mind.

I have been backwards and forwards with the way TT felt about her surroundings although big respect for her unwavering honesty. Is she a misunderstood introvert who wanted to speak to the world and share her politics and message without the insecurity of performing or an absolute self obsessed diva. I settled on the former which sits much better with me. She wanted to feel like she belonged but wrote ‘and that I had an audience with whom I was in sync, who understood me, got from me what they wanted and what I wanted to give. It was the feeling of belonging’. An artist has to be sated from their craft but surely generous in sympathy for everything that listeners get from the sound.

I also realise that I am drawn to their musicality rather than lyrics, which is perhaps why I don’t agree with TT that Worldwide was a weak album. TT writes a lot of their sharp messages contained within soft minimalist songs. I guess I saw this a little but not to the amount it was meant.

Music moves me to the core and stimulates my every nerve ending so expect more on music.

More Introspections
I really want people to read what I write as I believe I have something worth saying and reading! I hope some of you agree. It’s been great to write this first proper entry. I am going to try and add something weekly.

TNW or til next week

Wxx