Mizzie-Me of Music and My Mind asked:
Have you seen other tv/film adaptations of Sherlock Holmes besides BBC Sherlock, Elementary and the Ritchie films? If you have, what did you think about them?
If you could meet one historical person, who would you choose?
I'd want to meet Jesus but that's kind of an obvious answer when you're a Christian. There are lots of other historical figures I'd love to meet. Most of my favourite writers are dead after all. Then there's Martin Luther King, King Arthur (if he really did exist), Nelson Mandela, Audrey Hepburn, King Ludwig of Bavaria and his cousin the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Also, Prince Rupert of the Rhine who has been my big historical crush for years :D I've just started reading a biography about him by Charles Spencer - Princess Diana's brother - and it's fascinating stuff. Aside from being famously good-looking he had a brilliant military career, spoke several languages, and was passionate about the arts and sciences. He was an explorer, an inventor, and was - quite literally! - a Pirate Prince. Ladies allow me to let me repeat that for emphasis, a Pirate Prince! I genuinely can't believe that there hasn't been a biopic about his life!
In your opinion, what is the ONE musical that everyone should see (on stage), even if they're not that into musicals?
What is the oldest movie you've ever seen? (and of course, when was it made?)
That would be the silent movie adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera which was made in 1925. It's an excellent film but it's not my favourite Phantom adaptation. I prefer the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and the 1990 miniseries. *I think you'd really like the 1990 version, Mizzie. It has a very similar feel to the ALW musical and it has Charles Dance as the Phantom. It's up on YouTube too*
Who are your three favourite Disney villains?
Ooh, tough! This changes depending on my mood but at the moment I'm going to go for... Hades, Scar and Frollo. Hades is easily my favourite thing about Hercules. Even as a child I wanted him to win. He's so much more entertaining than everyone else in the film! James Woods plays him with such relish and I do love the sleazy lawyer/Hollywood agent vibe that he brought to the role. Disney's Maleficent has made a ton of money and I would be thrilled if they ever decided to do a film about Hades. Scar is another favourite villain. Jeremy Irons does such a fantastic job in the role - it helps that he's got such a great voice! And then there's Frollo who is just so chilling. He does terrible, terrible things but what's really scary about him is that he genuinely believes that he's a good person and that he's doing God's work. He's scary because he's so realistic. And Hellfire is a brilliant song! Other Disney villains that I love are Ursula, Shere Khan, Jafar, Gothel, Gaston, Captain Hook, Yzma, Rattigan from Basil the Great Mouse Detective. I do love my Disney villains.
Have you read books in other languages than English?
I had to read and translate parts of The Canterbury Tales at school and that's written in Middle English. Does that count? Middle English is hard! When it comes to reading or watching Shakespeare plays I have no problems. Oh alright I might not be able to understand every single word but I can always follow what's going on. But Chaucer...grr!
Do you read poetry?
Ooh yes and I'm trying to read even more of it :) I love, love, love Edgar Allan Poe. His poems are so wonderfully eerie and beautiful. Also, he was an early pioneer of science-fiction and without his detective stories we might never have had Sherlock Holmes. He was a genius! Recently I read T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and it's utterly gorgeous. It's also Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston's favourite poem which makes me love them even more. Tom Hiddleston recites a little bit of it here. I love the Shakespeare sonnets that I've read. Some other specific poems that I love are:
- I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
- There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods by Byron
- Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
- Jerusalem and The Tyger by William Blake
- The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls by Tennyson
What was your favourite film from 2013?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I admit that it's not a perfect film or adaptation but it still made me ridiculously happy :)
Samara of Wait + Hope asked:
Wonderland or Neverland?
I'd much rather visit Neverland because then I'd get to smoke funny things. It cracks me up that this happened in a Disney film... :D
But seriously, the reason why I'd want to visit Neverland is because I'd get to fly :)
Next to Cumberbatch and Hiddleston... who is your favourite male actor?
That's hard! At the moment I'm thinking Lee Pace because, you know, The Fall! *Samara and I have both recently discovered that film and we're huge fans :) * Also there's his Ned and Thranduil. I love him in both of those roles. And I really can't wait to see him and Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Which Hogwarts house are you?
Well, I tend to come up as Gryffindor as quizzes but I'm not really sure why because I've always wanted to be in Ravenclaw! I even own this Ravenclaw top! :D I like to think that I can be brave if the situation calls for it but I would hardly call bravery my defining characteristic. And I place an immensely high value on intelligence, wit, learning and knowledge. The goal of my life is to know all the things :D That should count me as a Ravenclaw, right? We know the sorting hat takes your choice into account after all :)
Which is your favourite Harry Potter character?
Umm... I love Snape and I think he's the best Harry Potter character. He's complex and tragic and Chapter 33 is my favourite out of the entire series. I seriously think this single chapter is one of the saddest and most beautiful love stories that I've ever read :( But I'm also pretty certain that if I was to actually meet Snape in real life that I wouldn't like him at all. As much as I love him I really can't ignore the fact that he was unkind to his poor students. So I think Hermione is my favourite Harry Potter character, then Lupin.
What are your two favourite Lizzie Bennet Diaries episodes?
I'm actually working on a Top 10 LBD episodes list at the moment! :) My absolute favourite is probably Episode 83. I love it even more than Episode 98 and of course I love that episode as well! This episode is just so... so... It just makes me so happy :)
Rank the Lord of the Rings books? Would the film adaptations be ranked differently?
With the film adaptations I'd put The Two Towers as my least favourite (I still love it though!) with The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King battling it out for the top spot. I suppose it would be the same for the books.
Is there a classic author that you're surprised you haven't read (I've never read a whole book by Mark Twain :P )
Neither have I! Yes, there's quite a few. Apart from Twain there's L.M. Montgomery, George Orwell, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, E.M. Forster, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway and Edith Wharton.
What are your top 5 (New) Doctor Who episodes? [I know, that's a hard one. Don't have to be set in stone, just based on how you're feeling now...]
Ermmygosh! That is hard! *Thinks for ages*
Human Nature/Family of Blood
This story is a masterpiece. The concept is simple yet brilliant. It's tense, suspenseful, perfectly-paced and it has a very Classic Who feel about it. Paul Cornell's script is beautifully-written: the "He's like fire and ice and rage" and the "Fury of the Time Lord" scenes never fail to give me the chills. David Tennant is brilliant as both John Smith and the Doctor. In my opinion this story features his best performance. Martha is badass in this story. How people can slate her I'll never know! The Family of Blood and their scarecrow henchmen are fantastic villains. Harry Lloyd and Thomas Sangster are two of my favourite Doctor Who guest stars and I get a huge kick out of the fact that they later went on to star in Game of Thrones. They're Viserys Targaryen and Jojen Reed! :D Paul Cornell hasn't written for Doctor Who since this story and that really makes me sad. I was desperately hoping that he'd come back and write a story for the 11th Doctor. Trivia: Steven Moffat and Paul Cornell are close friends and Steven Moffat was the best man at Cornell's wedding.
Well, what can I say about this episode that hasn't already been said? It's another masterpiece. Steven Moffat's story is incredibly clever and is full of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey ness. Sally Sparrow is a terrific character and is the best companion the Doctor never had. Carey Mulligan does a wonderful job at playing her and has to pretty much carry the entire episode by herself. The secondary characters are fun and I especially love Larry. The Weeping Angels are terrifying. This episode is very scary but also extremely funny and highly quotable. But the Whovians among you already knew these things anyway ;)
A Christmas Carol
Moffat was obviously inspired by the Charles Dickens novella and this episode is hands down my favourite Doctor Who Christmas special. It's a wonderful take on the story and is full of heart. It's a bonkers steampunk fairytale but it's also deeply moving and beautiful. The production values are gorgeous. Matt Smith gives one of his very best performances. Katherine Jenkins' rendition of "In the Bleak Midwinter" is beautifully-sung and even her acting is surprisingly good! The only flaw of this episode is that Amy and Rory don't get very much to do but this is only a minor flaw. Everything else is perfect.
The Doctor's Wife
This episode was written by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite authors, and he didn't disappoint. He came up with a genius premise and his episode is a fun, funny and beautiful love letter to the Doctor and his sexy blue box ;) All of the scenes between the Doctor and Idris (the TARDIS in human form) are adorable and an absolute joy to watch. Suranne Jones is a terrific guest star and Matt Smith's pain at saying goodbye to Idris is a beautifully-acted scene. Many fans think that this episode features Matt Smith's best performance as the Doctor and I think they might just be right.
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
This two-parter is a fantastic sequel to Blink. It really is the Aliens to Blink's Alien. Blink is basically a haunted house story with menacing statues instead of ghosts but this story feels like a mini action movie. It's brilliantly tense and exciting. It's hard to believe that it features Matt Smith and Karen Gillan's first performances for the show. They're both utterly wonderful, especially Matt, and their chemistry is already there. This story also features the return of the fabulous Alex Kingston as River Song. Oh, and another big reason why I love this story is because of the cliffhanger to The Time of Angels. A brilliantly acted and brilliantly written scene.
Honourable Mentions: Hide, The Fires of Pompeii, The Waters of Mars, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Midnight, The Silence in the Library/The Forest of the Dead, The Eleventh Hour, Let's Kill Hitler, The Day of the Doctor, Vincent and the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, The Unquiet Dead, The Girl Who Waited, The Wedding of River Song, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Girl in the Fireplace... I love Doctor Who!
Evie Brandon of A Period Drama Fangirl asked:
Have you seen Downton Abbey?
I have. I've seen the first three series of the show plus the first two Christmas specials. My mother and I both stopped watching it a few episodes into series four because we weren't enjoying it any more. Sorry! I can tell you're a big fan.
If so who is your favourite character?
My favourite characters were Sybil, Matthew and William :( Thomas is a really fun character though in a love to hate him kind of way!
Who is your favourite and least favourite Harry Potter actor and actress?
Well, my least favourite Harry Potter actor is probably Michael Gambon. I do like him in Emma and in Doctor Who's A Christmas Carol but I loathe his Dumbledore! The scene where he shoves Harry against a wall and shakes him makes me want to die. It's just so massively out of character! It's obvious that he never read the books! I loved Richard Harris's Dumbledore though. He was warm, kind, gentle, calm, friendly. Someone you would actually want to have as your grandfather. Gambon's Dumbledore was nowhere near as likeable. I'm really not a fan of Gary Oldman's Sirius or David Thewlis's Lupin either. They're nothing at all like the characters that I imagined in my head which really makes me sad. I love the Marauders :(
Thank you and bye for now! :)