Why I Love the Beast

The next character I will explain why I love the Beast.

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In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast in my opinion is so complex. For starters he is under a curse an enchantress put on him because the enchantress saw no love in his heart. The Beast after all is a prince. The enchantress says the curse will not be broken until he learns to love and if someone learns to love in return. But he only has until the last petal falls on an enchanted rose. As years went by, he slowly fell more and more into despair. The curse affects the people who work there as well and they become enchanted objects. That is just some backstory about the Beast.

The Beast originally imprisons Belle’s father. But Belle ended up taking her father’s place. The Beast obviously at the beginning has this anger problem. He eventually does open up to Belle. After he loses his temper after finding Belle in the West End, Belle escapes. But the Beast realizing what he has done rescues Belle from being eaten by Wolves. That is a big step for him because he ends up saving on so he starts to learn how to love and becomes less selfish, but he still has anger problem, but he slowly is learning to love.

A lot of my love for him comes from how he develops through the course of the Beast. The Beast learns how selfish he was and starts to learn his lesson because of Belle’s presence in the castle. Soon after the wolf attack, you start to see Beast finally learn to love. Belle teaches him that beauty comes from within. His feelings for Belle start to be noticed during “Something There” so we learn that he slowly has love for his heart and that the curse has have capacity to be broken. During “Beauty and the Beast”, it is discovered that the two love each other. Right after this scene, through this mirror she allows Belle to see her father. Belle is terrified by what the towns people are doing to her father so the Beast lets her go and that shows he has learned that love does come with sacrifice at times. This is where “Evermore” happens in the new 2017 movie.

imagesSo Belle finally has learned to love, but he doesn’t know if Belle has learned to love him as well. The audience obviously knows the two are in love, but Beast doesn’t know it. Belle does eventually come back after she learns they are getting ready to hunt the Beast and it is in that moment just how much she loves him. Beast seeing that Belle has returned starts attacking Gaston in order to make sure Belle is safe. Beast almost dies in the story but he doesn’t. In the end the spell has finally been broken and he no longer is a Beast and the enchanted objects are now human again. So really a lot of my love for the Beast has to do with his transformation from a selfish and angry man to a man filled with love in his heart and what it means to love. Love means sacrifice and it shows that through him finally letting Belle go and eventually protecting her.

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Les Mis Collection (Part 2)

Earlier in Christmas Break, I wrote a Les Mis post about my Les Mis collection. Well, a couple weeks after, I realized I left part of my collection off so I am doing a new post. I will still talk about the things I already explained and will bring up the stuff I never included.

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This picture gives a general idea of my love for Les Mis. I have three tickets from the community college production (2013), the West End production (2015) and the current touring US production (2017), which was seen in Greenville. So have happened to see 3 productions ever two years. The community college production was seen 3 times due to going once with family and twice as an usher, which is why my total number of times I have seen Les Mis is 5 times. In relationship to those productions, I have the three playbills and what surprised me in London is that I had to buy the playbill, which doesn’t happen in the United States. My London playbill was signed by Adam Bayjou, my Valjean, and he was an understudy and he made me forget I was watching an understudy so that says something about how brilliant he was. I have a filer for the community college production and a filer for the London production.

As some know, I went to Les Mis party last year where I dressed up as Eponine, my favorite female character in the musical. Well, my first Les Mis party was in 2015 where I was surprised and my mom hid it by saying that one of her closest friends, who is also a big Les Mis fan just wanted to see the movie with me. So in my 2015 party, I was not able to dress up as a character, but I was called Eponine all night long just because I sang “On My Own” during Karoke. One of the people who attended knew a friend happened to know one of the Valjean’s and so she got in contact with that former Valjean and he signed a souvenir program and I did not see that part of my collection coming.

Obviously as any Les Mis fan, you would have the soundtrack. It took a lot of debating over which one I wanted. My mother eventually bought me one of the soundtracks and it ended up being the original broadway cast. Even with the soundtrack alone, I am reduced to tears. As a big Les Mis fan myself, I own the unabridged book, which I actually finished in less than one summer and that book is my favorite of the classics. The last of that picture is the page to screen book. It talks about how it made its journey to London stage to its creation of the school edition all the way to the musical movie. It has pictures and several facts in relationship to Les Mis.

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My first Les Mis bit of my collection was the movie. The movie was the first full experience of Les Mis. My first viewing, I couldn’t tell if I loved that movie or not. I was a bit shocked and confused as it is a tragic musical, a musical theatre genre I really had no clue existed so I didn’t know how to respond to Les Mis. Despite the confusion, I started researching the musical until I decided to give the movie a 2nd chance and I was able to calm down and get more out of it. I watch the movie each time I come home for break and I am not tired of it yet. I also own the 25th anniversary concert DVD. I watch that version less than the movie because it is longer so it is hard to find time to watch something of 3 hours. So these two are my easiest access to Les Mis if I am in the mood to watch it.

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I got the gray T-shirt at the Queen’s Theatre when I saw it in the West End. The red shirt is quite special. Some of my friends at Gardner Webb made that shirt for me for a birthday present. Literally the shirt says “keep calm and talk about Les Mis”. It appears as if those two friends know me quite well. It is unique in the fact that a) college friends it for me and b) no one else can own it.

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This poster is hung above my bed in Charlotte. This is yet another souvenir I got at the Queen’s Theatre. The only posters that belong on my wall in my room are musicals that hold an important part of my life.

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These two paintings do deserve a part in my collection as well. In my first semester of college, one of the RAs of my floor made these two paintings for me. Those two are hung in my dorm room. Even though the French flag is not in the right order, I still love the painting.

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Last time, I did this post, I cannot believe I forgot about my Les Mis piano book. In 2014, I was going through a rough time in my life and to get through that, my piano teacher taught me the Les Mis songs on the piano. Because I knew the songs so well, I was able to add emotion into the songs. I knew when the songs got louder or got softer. The colored pencils were found as a stocking stuffed. They have words on them like “one gray more”, “do you hear the purple sing”, “blue4601” and other things like those.

I will leave with pictures from when I saw Les Mis and when I dressed up as Eponine along with a painting I made at Pinterest night, which has Eponine on it.

 

‘So based upon my collection and the number of times I have seen the stage production, the movie and the 25th anniversary concert DVD combined shows just how big of a Les Mis fan I am. It also is shown through the number of times I listened to the soundtrack. So I have listened to those songs so many times and not yet tired of them and shows just how amazing of a musical Les Mis. Despite the number of times, I still get emotional listening or seeing it, which has led me to tear up, get goosebumps, and laugh along with something else that I can’t describe and that sort of feeling is something that rarely happen in a musical world.

 

Star Was: The Last Jedi Review

Ever since watching Star Wars: A Force Awakens two years ago, I have been waiting and waiting to see the next movie. In a Force Awakens, I have fallen in love with some of the new characters like Rey and BB8. I started becoming a Star Wars fan over the summer when I finally watched the prequels and the originals. After Force Awakens, I really wanted to experience what is going to happen next especially to Rey.

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This movie was a wonderful continuation of the series. It left off when Rey first found Luke Skywalker, who have been in hiding. It started out with a mission that Poe led and his droid is BB8. One of the most exciting parts about Star Wars is listening to the theme song and reading the words shown in the theme song. This movie introduced us to a new character, Rose, who ends up going on some adventure with Finn to find a way to stop the bad buys from following them because they were able to easily track the resistance.

It turns out that Luke was very reluctant of coming back. He did not want to train anybody because of his past when he was training Ben, who eventually turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. He had shut himself off from the force, but he eventually agreed to train Rey. I thought Luke would be more willing to come back, but not as much as I thought. It had amazing action sequences and many of them happen when the resistance was trying to fight off those from the dark side. There are times where you keep on thinking that Rey would turn to the dark side due to temptations by the supreme leader and Ben, but she did not those temptations turn her. Rey is a Jedi at heart and despite her minimal training, she had lots of talent. I still strongly dislike Ben because of how evil he is.

Rey is still a favorite and in the last movie, she did not want to become a Jedi, but in this movie, she actually wanted to become one, who is the first main female Jedi in the series. It was confusing that she could actually see Ben at times and wanted to know answers of why he killed his father. Ben wanted Rey to bring him Luke Skywalker, but she would never do that. She is strong when it comes to the light. She is a strong, independent, and good-hearted character. Some scenes with Chewy were hilarious and most of them happened with these little birds and them together were just plain hilarious and just like expected C-3P0’s lines can give a laugh. At the end even though the resistance is outnumbered they still had hope and had enough people to keep going. They still have Rey and in a way, she is already a Jedi and knew the basics. She already could lift objects and had an idea of what the force is. Cannot wait to see what becomes of Poe, Finn, and Rey. I was surprised by some of the things that happened in this film and some characters died that I did not want to die.

Watching this film on the 1st day of the New Year was a wonderful way to start.

2017 Year in Review

Yes, today is 2018 and Happy New Year, but I think today I shall write about last year.

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2017 was a tough, but wonderful year. I don’t remember some things that happened month after month, but will do the best I can.

January- all I remember about this month is my birthday. I don’t remember anything else. Part of 2017 consisted of being in St. Louis visiting my grandma over New Year’s.

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February- I remember two things about this month. I was house manger of my school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and got to see a production of it. Plus, every year at my school around Valentine’s day, we are able to make a stuffed animal and I made a rainbow dog named rainbow.

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The bunny in this picture is Beatrice Rose, my stuffed animal I made at school in February of 2015. Rainbow is the dog next to her.

March- I have no clue what happened in March. Spring Break might have happened in March, but I just don’t remember.

April- this was when Gardner Webb’s Easter egg hunt happened. Each student is limited to just on egg. In goth 2015 and 2016, I never managed to find one. But this year when I was looking at the prizes prior to the Easter egg hunt, I was eyeing this gigantic stuffed bunny. This year right when I saw the email that said it started, I immediately got dressed and started looking. The prize you are given is based off the number in the Easter egg. I actually found an egg this year and because I was the first one to redeem my egg, they gave me the gigantic bunny so they did not base my prize off of the number. I ended up naming the stuffed animal Chester.

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The last school production of the semester was in April. I was house manger of Full Moon over Montmartre, the school production and got to watch one production, but I found the show to be quite boring.

May- what happened this month was the Les Mis party. Since I knew the party was coming, but not surprised like 2016, I got to dress up as a character and I decided to dress up as Eponine.

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May- August- I gripped these together to talk about all the books I read over the summer. I ended up reading nine books in one summer and that is a lot of books. I read Oliver Twist (5/5), Clearing in the Forest (4.5/5), 2 Land of Stories Books (both 5/5), Queen of the Tearing (3/5), Five Little Pigs (3.5/5), 150 Years of Musical Theatre (5/5), Hundred Story Home (5/5) and Same Kind of Different as Me (5/5).

June- something my family does every year is going to a weekly Sunday Symphony in the Pops. Each year outside, we go to this outdoor symphony and each week there is a different. Earlier in the day, we lay out a tarp to reserve the spot. My family and friends spend time at this yearly event and everyone brings food and we have dinner like picnic style.

One of the symphonies is also dedicated to Fourth of July. Songs that represents America are played at that one and one of them honors solider and the songs each play each of the division’s hymn and when the veterans hear their hymn, they have to stand up and it is a wonderful thing to watch. At the end of that entire symphony, there are fireworks.

Another June memory was hearing my church’s choir sing at Duke Chapel. Hearing them sing at Duke Chapel reminded me of the time they sand at Bristol Cathedral.

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July- my family went on vacation to Ponte Vedra, FL.

What also happened in July was a day visit to Asheville. First stop was having lunch at Moose Cafe. What we do in Asheville is walk around and one of the stops usually involves getting ice cream at Kilwin’s. One place I love going is Malaprops. One section I love stopping at is the “mystery” book section. It is so much fun because the books are wrapped up in brown paper and adjective are written on it and we have to select the book based off of the wrappings and it is a lot of fun discovering the book we have picked and we are not allowed to open it till leaving the store.

August- that was the month I entered my last year at Gardner Webb. I made the move from dorms to suites, which ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. August also consisted of going to a wedding.

September- I think September was when my school did a production of  Real Inspector Hound and I was house manger of that show. At the end of the month, I got to watch Rent with mom and dad. I have loved Rent since Fall of 2012, but never got to see Rent live. So I finally got my opportunity. I ended up buying a poster and t-shirt. We sat in the Mezzanine towards the center and those were perfect seats. The production was amazing, but the only complaint I have is that the couple next to us were talking the entire time and even though they were whispering, they were still taking and that was annoying. But other than that, I loved the show and became a bigger fan of Rent and it was so good that I was an emotional wreck.

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October- This is Halloween month. There was Pumpkin painting this month, which was Gardner Webb themed. There was Octoberfest and of course Halloween and dressing up. For Octoberfest, I was dressed up as Rizzo from Grease since our club choose to do a Grease theme, which was our club’s homecoming theme in September, but I am not exactly sure if homecoming was in September or not. For Halloween, I was Eponine, my 2nd time this year and I was dressed up as her about 3 to about 10, so that was a long time to stay in my costume. I cannot believe I went to the Gathering dressed up as Eponine. This time as Eponine, I made myself look a bit dirtier and it was fun dressing up as her.

November- I ended up seeing Les Mis in Greenville with my school and I also participated in Pinterest Night. That same week, I went to the Big E, which was closed off starting at 11 and I saw Murder on the Orient, which started at 11:30, but think I fell asleep during part of it. Since it was November, I also celebrated Thanksgiving with family and I met family members I had no idea existed. I also was house manager of my school’s production of God of Carnage

This was my first time seeing Les Mis on tour, but 5th time seeing the stage production and 2nd time seeing it with a professional company. Just like Rent, I was an emotional wreck. It had this incredibly powerful cast with wonderful advanced staging, which gave Les Mis a fresh complexity. I had an understudy as Eponine during this production. I love  this 25th anniversary production and it allowed things to flow smoothly and some scenes were improved upon from the West End production. The production and the cast had a lot to live to after seeing the West End production in 2025, but this cast and production lived up to it in its own way and so did the cast in their own way.

December- the first half of December was not that exciting as it was time for finals. However, Winter Formal was during that time and I literally came looking at Glinda. The dress I wore reminded me of her “Popular” dress so my suite mates made me look like her during that  particular scene. In December, I got to decorate a Gingerbread house and visit Santa.

But the second half was Christmas Break. I ended up seeing the Man Who Invented Christmas, read two classics, and of course celebrated Christmas. The classics I read were Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Christmas Carol.

Outside of the two classics, a good church family friend gave me six classics since she was downsizing her book collection. So I have a lot of classics to read, but these books were be read after reading Nicholas Nickleby this coming summer and right after that book will be David Copperfield. After David Copperfield is when I will start reading these books.

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I went to two parties in December. One was when we were at a Christmas party at a friend’s house and it was the usual batch that we tend to be with at Christmas dinner. The second December party was for New Year’s.

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Glow Zumba- I have no idea what month this happened in.

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Going to late night trips to Cook Out to get a milkshake

Trips to FATZ and a Mexican restaurant with friends

I had a wonderful 2017, but cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Just spending time with college friends

How was your 2017?

A Christmas Carol Book Review

As a bit of background, I have grown up up with a Christmas Carol through the movie adaption, which was the George Scott version. So A Christmas Carol was my first introduction to Charles Dickens and was my first classics I ever loved. But in those times growing up, I have once read the book, which seems quite surprising. An interesting thing about this version of the book is that it is complete with pictures.

As expected I loved the book and was an easy book to read after Hunchback of Notre Dame due to how sort it was. It was a fast read. As I was reading, I could start to visualize  scenes from the movie. Each chapter is focused on a particular spirit. It still is the ghost of Christmas Future that creeps me out the most. These ghosts really looked like the same ghost in the movie. I just love this story how this spirits help make Scrooge a better version. He used to very greedy and called Christmas a “humbug” and never really celebrated it. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed how he got to be the man he eventually become. He had a tough childhood and eventually the love of his life left all because of how much he seemed to love about money. The Ghost of Christmas Present taught him about the spirit of Christmas and showed that even the poor celebrate Christmas and are still happy on this wonderful day. The Ghost of Christmas Future taught him of what will happen in the future, but those events can be changed if Scrooge changes his ways. I think Scrooge in some ways is a complex character on on Christmas Day, Scrooge became a much happier fan and felt compassionate towards the poor and towards Mr. Cratchit’s family. He started helping them in any way he can and raised Mr. Cratchit’s family.

I love Mr. Cratchit’s family. Despite being poor, they still are happy. Tiny Tim, who is a cripple, has this incredible spirit and one of his most famous lines is “God Bless Us, Every One”. Mr. Cratchit has such an incredible bond with Tim. Even this family is huge and poor, they still have a wonderful bond with each other. But if Scrooge didn’t change his ways, Tiny Tim would have died. But Scrooge did, which is part of why he raised Mr. Cratchit’s salary in the end.

Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew, always invites his Uncle year of year to have dinner with him, but Scrooge always died. Fred actually loves his Uncle despite how greedy his Uncle is. But in the end, Scrooge finally came to dinner.

So A Christmas Carol really shows the spirit of Christmas. No matter how poor you are or no matter how rich you are, Christmas is worth celebrating. No wonder A Christmas Carol is so well loved. It teaches us to think of those in need and gives us an idea of where we came from and we see that through Ghost of Christmas Past, which shows Scrooge how he became what he is. We are the way we are because of the past. We learn what Christmas really means and yes it is about the birth of Jesus, but it is also about family and it defiantly not a “humbug” like Scrooge once said. Through the spirits, he really learned what Christmas is really about and how it isn’t a “humbug”.

“God, Bless Us Everyone”- Tiny Tim, Charles Dickens

The Man Who Invented Christmas Review

Yesterday with my mom, I saw the Man Who Invented Christmas. It is a story about how Charles Dickens wrote his famous book, A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol is my favorite Dickens story. Charles also is one of my favorite classic authors.

This movie was wonderful. It shows how sometimes a really good author can have writer’s block at times. It shows what was going on in Charles Dickens’ imagination while writing the story. It shows the various characters. It seems as if Charles Dickens had a limited time to write the book and yet it still is a marvelous. Many people were unsure about a Christmas ghost story.

Dan Stevens played Charles Dickens wonderfully. He really showed Dickens’ frustration at the novel. This book according to the movie ended up writing A Christmas Carol after Oliver Twist. It seems as if he got inspiration for his novel from his surroundings and names he heard people say on the streets. Tiny Tim for instance was inspired by his nephew and he became Mr. Cratchit.

I had no clue that Christopher Plummer was Mr. Scrooge. He still was a wonderful Scrooge. Christopher actually acted like Mr. Scrooge. It seems at first Charles Dickens did not think Scrooge could not change after seeing all the ghost. But Mr. Scrooge told him that he will honor Christmas after those visits. This after all was going on Charles Dickens’ imagination.

As for the other actors, they were incredible as well. It shows what he imagined each ghost to look like and the Cratchit family. Some scenes were kind of scary especially when it comes to Christmas Future Ghost because after all, that is the creepiest ghost. The illustrator who illustrated some of the book thought a ghost could not be jolly, but that is how Ghost of Christmas Present is supposed to look like.

How can earth can an author write a book in only about six weeks.

I have no idea how much of this movie is accurate. But I recommended this movie to “A Christmas Carol” fans and people who are writers and aspiring writers.

My Halloween Fun

Yesterday, I meant to talk about Halloween, but I did a question post before.

Including myself, three of my suitemates dressed up. Below are me and my suitemates in costume. This is us as Castiel, Eponine and Padme. This group of characters really shows the nature of my suite. These characters happen to exist from three books, two movies, 1 tv show, and 1 musical. All three of us ended up having dinner together in our costumes.

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I choose to dress up as Eponine since I already had the costume at home due to going to a Les Mis party earlier. I find it very fitting that I am going to be seeing Les Mis on Sunday at Greenville. I am going with my school and that will be my 5th time seeing it, but my 2nd time with a professional company and 1st time on tour. This round with Eponine, I think I look so much better. In this round, I made myself look “dirtier” and I feel like I looked much more like the character by doing that. I actually ended up going to the Gathering in my Eponine costume and after the Gathering, there was a bonfire, which I attended.

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Here is a short description of Eponine. She is the eldest child of the Thenardiers. She is a lovely girl who has a horrible upbringing. After Cosette was taken away by Valjean, the Thenardiers started using their abuse on Eponine. When she was older the Thenardiers’ inn went bankrupt, which led them to living in poverty.The Thenardiers raised her to be a thief and a criminal who do not love her. Growing up, she had no idea what kindness was. It was Marius who first showed her kindness and ended up being the only person. That is why she falls in love with him so deeply. Even though he loves Cosette, she would do anything for him. She is streetwise, tough, brave, strong, unloved, lonely, and heartbroken. She is one of the best characters from Les Mis and musical theatre.