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I will obviously only answer some of these-- I'll save my moments of redundancy for a later date.
1.) Quickly explain what your user name means.
Ailill is actually a masculine name, but I liked it. It means "elf" in Irish Gaelic, and appears in some myths.
Valkyrie means "chooser of the slain" in Old Norse. Valkyries were the maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
It sorta sounds stupid when I explain it, but it appealed to me anyway.

2.) How much tea do you currently have in your possession? What kinds are they?
3.) What is your favorite kind of tea?

See my previous post.

4.) How do you prefer to prepare your tea?
I prefer my tea with milk and no sugar, unless it's herbal tea. Herbal tea requires honey, preferably cranberry or wildflower.
5.) What is your favorite movie?
Damn. I forget that when I come up with questions I have to answer them. Ummm... Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Monty Python and the Holy Grail...
6.) What is your favorite song?
At the moment...Lovers in a Dangerous Time by The Barenaked Ladies. My fondness is rather fandom related (and therefore embarrassing), so we'll just leave it at that.
7.) What is your favorite TV show?
DOCTOR WHO!!!
8.) What is your favorite book?
Oh so many... how to choose..? Pride and Prejudice? Jane Eyre? North and South (no, not the one in the United States, the one by Elizabeth Gaskell)? Um, I'll just have to say "yes." *grin*
9.) Who is your favorite character of all time (it can be from anything)?
Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At least, he is at the moment. He's just so smart and British and sexy as hell. Did I mention how good he looks when he drinks tea? He'd make an excellent Time Lord.
10.) Tell us an interesting fact about yourself, or something you think we should know.
I am terribly loyal to my fandom-loves, but as you can see by my list, I have many. My preferences are notorious for how often they rotate, and for how difficult I find it to make a choice.
Current Mood:
awake awake
Current Music:
Behind Blue Eyes~~ Anthony Stewart Head
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On February 14th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC), orla_fey commented:
Agh, this 'favorites' thing is going to be difficult for me...too many!

Excellent favorites, even if I take my tea a little differently. ;)
I've never read North and South. It does bring the image of Patrick Swayze to mind, unfortunately *headdesk*. But it's one of your favorites? You must give me a review!

I have no idea what fandom you keep referencing--not the slightest clue. *wicked grin* Would it make you feel better to know that I have more than a few mixed cds labeled 'DW Mix'? Stewey wants to know why I always play songs for Doctor/Rose and not Stewey/Orla. *meep* *Have reached a new level of pathetic*

British. Men. Tea.
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Okay, I've found my happy place. Will be back later (if ever). :-)
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On February 18th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC), ailillvalkyrie replied:
Patrick Swayze works for the devil. *ahem*

Yes, I love North and South very, very much. Elizabeth Gaskell's best known work (I believe) is Mary Barton, but I didn't enjoy that one as much, which may be due to the English class I had to read it for. N&S is a social and political commentary on England during the 19th century. It shows the differences between southern and northern (which was becoming highly industrialized at that time) England, as well as differences in social station, and a woman's role in the world. It's good, but not like Austen's writing. It's serious and sometimes depressing. Remember, Gaskell was a minister's wife.
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On February 24th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC), orla_fey replied:
Both and I and my mom would agree to that. The devil probably has him as the 'court dancer' or something--that's all he's ever good for ;).

I'll have to check this book out (when I have some actual time, agh). Maybe my library will have it. Sounds interesting!
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On May 13th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC), zutulu42 commented:
It sorta sounds stupid when I explain it, but it appealed to me anyway.

I don't think it sounds stupid :P Irish Gaelic fairy and Old Norse valkyries in one name? Total win there. I'm actually planning on teaching myself some Irish Gaelic eventually. Of course, I'm planning on doing a lot of things that I never seem to get around to, but at least on this plan I've already got the books and cassette tapes! ...That I bought a year ago. But still! This summer! I'm so doing it. Totally. Definitely. *whips self into action*

North and South (no, not the one in the United States, the one by Elizabeth Gaskell)?

Yes! I have been the proud owner of that book for...a whopping six hours now! Have yet to start it, really, but am so looking forward to it! A few days ago I watched the BBC miniseries for that, omg! LOVELOVELOVE. So of course, i just have to read the book now. Although, I will admit it will be a bit bizarre. For both Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, I read and fell obsessively in love with the books before coming upon the absolutely magnificent miniseries versions, and falling in love with those. Now things are flopped about!

Wow, I'm very rambly tonight. My apologies for that...
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On May 14th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC), ailillvalkyrie replied:
I don't think it sounds stupid Thank you kindly. :) How did you choose your username, may I ask?
Yes! I have been the proud owner of that book for...a whopping six hours
now! Have yet to start it, really, but am so looking forward to it! A few
days ago I watched the BBC miniseries for that, omg! LOVELOVELOVE.
Excellent! I love the book a great deal, though I have never seen the miniseries. I hope you still enjoy it once you've absorbed the differences (which I'm sure there are).
For both Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, I read and
fell obsessively in love with the books before coming upon the absolutely
magnificent miniseries versions, and falling in love with those.
I think P&P, JE, and N&S are probably in my top 5 favorite books. I first read P&P and JE when I was about 11 or 12, but N&S was only read a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful surprise, as I'd never heard of it, and had simply picked up the book because I was craving a new British historical novel. Which JE miniseries did you watch? I didn't really care for the one that played recently, but I adore the 1983 version with Timothy Dalton. orla_fey has heard this many, many times. ;)
Wow, I'm very rambly tonight. My apologies for that... I wouldn't worry about it. I never seem to shut up... *grins*
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On May 14th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC), zutulu42 replied:
How did you choose your username, may I ask?

Ah yes, well, see, I'm really an alien princess from another planet. Or, you know, so I played one back in the third or fourth grade. Stuck a bunch of random letters together (and I like 'z's. I find them to be pretty). Then it just became the "sooper sekrit code name" for our ever so confidential notes passed between friends in middle school. When I was ready to delve into the Internet world (with AIM... *shudders*), I was fishing around for a username I felt would be a proper "me" and decided to use PrincessZutulu. I've since dropped the princess part, and added the 42 after some site told me that 'zutulu' was already taken (probably me in some forgotten previous signup). For 42 is the answer to the great question about life, the universe, and everything!

I hope you still enjoy it once you've absorbed the differences (which I'm sure there are).

Oh, I'm sure I will :D I have quite the tradition of enjoying the book versions far more than the movies. Such better depth of plot and characters is allowed.

Which JE miniseries did you watch? I didn't really care for the one that played recently, but I adore the 1983 version with Timothy Dalton.

Well, it was indeed the recently made miniseries (even made some icons for it). I've also seen an older, black and white feature film version of it that was decent, but nothing special. Can't remember who was in that one. I'll have to dig up that Timothy Dalton version to watch, now! :D
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On May 14th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC), ailillvalkyrie replied:
Zutulu42... I quite like how that flows off the tongue. Mine takes a bit of work, eh? :)
As fond as I am of the movies-- and I adore P&P-- I also prefer the books. There's something about British literature that really appeals to me.
Well, it was indeed the recently made miniseries (even made some icons for it).
Ooh! Very nice icons! I think I get a bit snooty when it comes to the different movie versions of beloved books. It's entirely illogical, and therefore, in character. :)
I've also seen an older, black and white feature film version of it that was decent, but nothing special. Can't remember who was in that one. Perhaps Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine? I think the William Hurt version was my least favorite.
I'll have to dig up that Timothy Dalton version to watch, now! :D My brother bought it for me for Christmas. And then I made him watch it. *evil grin* I think it's rather true to the book without being boring (though the acting of the children makes me cringe a bit). I hope you like it, if only because it would be horrible to have you sit there for hours watching something dreadful.
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On May 14th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC), zutulu42 replied:
Mine takes a bit of work, eh? :)
Ohh, I wouldn't say that. I think it's really quite pretty! Of course, you must understand that I'm the sort of person who thinks that the German language is far prettier than the French language...*whistles in a totally innocent and not anti-general-western-social-opinion manner*

Very nice icons! I think I get a bit snooty when it comes to the different movie versions of beloved books. It's entirely illogical, and therefore, in character. :)
Ohh, I know that feeling all too well. I was so very very thrilled after watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice because I had adored the book so, and was worried about them screwing it up. Of course, shortly after I fell in love with that, the new movie came out, and well, it just doesn't pass muster for me. I'm still on the search for a film version of The Scarlet Pimpernel that will reflect my love for the book.

Perhaps Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine? I think the William Hurt version was my least favorite.
Aha! I think it was! There's a William Hurt version? O.o Oh dear, just the thought of that makes me scared to watch.

I think it's rather true to the book without being boring (though the acting of the children makes me cringe a bit). I hope you like it, if only because it would be horrible to have you sit there for hours watching something dreadful.
Oooh, the true to book but not boring angle is always a prime achievement of a film adaptation :D I look forward to it. ALthough I highly doubt it will be horrible :P Especially since you like it so much, and I can already see you have good taste. Even if I don't quite like it as much as the recent version, it's still Jane Eyre ;) *loves*
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On May 15th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC), ailillvalkyrie replied:
I can't say I've heard German spoken all that much, unless you count tapes of Hitler raging, and I don't think that's a fair representation at all. French has always seemed a bit odd to me-- sometimes there's a smooth quality to it that gives me the heebie-jeebies. I can't really explain it.

The William Hurt version of Jane Eyre was absolutely dreadful. I can't even begin to describe just how badwrongicky that was. *shakes head* How does something like that come from such a brilliant piece of literature?

Oooh, the true to book but not boring angle is always a prime achievement of a film adaptation :D
This particular version (which is a bit odd as it was broken into something like 11 or 12 parts for TV) does very well with the passion and affection and humor between Jane and Rochester. They give me shivers, don't you know?

I look forward to it. ALthough I highly doubt it will be horrible :P Especially since you like it so much, and I can already see you have good taste. Thank you. *blushes*
Even if I don't quite like it as much as the recent version, it's still Jane Eyre ;) *loves* Indeed!
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On May 15th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC), zutulu42 replied:
I can't say I've heard German spoken all that much, unless you count tapes of Hitler raging, and I don't think that's a fair representation at all.
Eeeek! Oh goodness me, no. Definitely not a fair representation. Not only was he an Austrian (dude, the south has such an accent, it's practically got its own language going on), but he was also a raving lunatic. Hm, well, one famous German movie that made it to the states is Run Lola Run. I really enjoyed that movie. Not sure if it'd be in your tastes or not, but I know that at least the VHS version had subtitles rather than dubbing. Maybe the DVD does too?

...and here I am, totally trying to pimp out the German language. Hee. Well, I actually spent a year there as a foreign exchange student (in the northeast), and this fall I'm transferring to another college with the intention of getting a major in it. So forgive me if I seem a bit...overenthusiastic about it ;)

French has always seemed a bit odd to me-- sometimes there's a smooth quality to it that gives me the heebie-jeebies. I can't really explain it.
Dude, that's it exactly for me. It's just waaaay to smooth. I like my music with a strong beat, and I like my languages with a strong backbone to hold on to.

They give me shivers, don't you know?
Oooh, totally. I just love how well they click. And how dark and supernatural their humor even seems to be. It just seems so very unorthodox for a book at that time, but it works ever so gorgeously.
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On May 15th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC), ailillvalkyrie replied:
A former teacher rec'd Run Lola Run to me, but I've never had the opportunity to watch it. Finding decent movies to rent (that don't cost ridiculous amounts of money) seems to be quite difficult in this area. Drives me nuts. No, I really have no interest in renting every season of every reality TV show, thanks so much.

I'm amused by the idea of pimping a language. Languages have always fascinated me, but I have no ability to learn them, whatsoever. It's sad. :(

They give me shivers, don't you know?
Oooh, totally. I just love how well they click. And how dark and supernatural their humor even seems to be. It just seems so very unorthodox for a book at that time, but it works ever so gorgeously.

I'm afraid Rochester and Jane had a damaging influence on what I find attractive in men and romance. I love Snape.
Jane Eyre really is very funny in parts. People look at me strange when I actually laugh out loud at it. *shrugs*
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On May 15th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC), zutulu42 replied:
Finding decent movies to rent (that don't cost ridiculous amounts of money) seems to be quite difficult in this area.
Aw, man, I know that feeling painfully. It's what got me addicted to Netflix. Which is still rather pricey, but considering I don't have to worry about extra late fees or anything, ends up being hceaper than if I were to do in-store rentals (I'm just so horrible at getting anything in on time).

People look at me strange when I actually laugh out loud at it.
The poor souls. They just don't know what they're missing out on.
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