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LONDON LAUNCH FOR THE DEMON'S COVENANT

15th June
6.30pm for the signing and questions & answers, and film at 8pm
Hosted by Trisha Telep of Murder One Books

In Shortwave Cinema http://www.shortwavefilms.co.uk/
10 Bermondsey Square
London SE1 3UN

I know, is this not fancy? And for your coming and listening to me ramble, you get to watch a lovely movie!

But the question is - which lovely movie? I have had a terrible time deciding, as I will now relate to you. Since this book is told from Mae's point of view, I thought it would be nice to have a genre movie with a bunch of action (Quite lately, my friend Josh Lewis was reading Covenant and remarked sadly that there was a lot of action. Less duels, more cuddling, he seems to feel. But I see no reason not to combine the two!) in which a girl got to have adventures too, and be awesome. It would be even better, I thought, if said girl had pink hair.

I know these are specific demands, but really, I wanted a movie in which hellspawn wasn't so bad for the Lexicon launch, and I thought of said movie in no time.

Apparently 'girl being awesome, having awesome fantasy adventures' is a much harder ask! Dear world: girls, not just good for being rescued in adventures, please see to this. PS I will go see the movie version of Uglies twice in the cinema, I swear.

I considered some children's movies such as Beauty and the Beast and Labyrinth which I love, but did not wish people to think I was treating them as children!

Also, if my mother comes, she may shout 'Take it off' and the Beast's furry ears should not be sullied in this manner.

But there was one children's movie that seemed to really fit the bill...


The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl


Two superheroic kids on an adventure, the lady with pink hair!

The only flaw is... by all reports, this movie is terrible. I particularly enjoyed all the reviews which said that the actor for Sharkboy would never work in this town again.


Please ma'am... have you seen my shark suit? I am so cold.


(Side note: I have done many things in my life, but I never thought I would be the girl searching through shirtless pictures of Taylor Lautner. Wrong again!)

Then I thought, well, Mae is named after the fabulous Mae West, maybe we should watch a movie with her in it!


Mae West in I'm No Angel


Mae West as a fabulous circus performer who has a showdown in a courtroom in which she wins Cary Grant's heart through words and amazingness? Well, lovely!

But then I thought, do I really need to go back to 1933 for an awesome lady?


Pink Hair Girl in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


When I saw this picture, I went onto IM and exulted with my friend karenhealey, author of the fabulous Guardian of the Dead.

SARAH: KAREN I have finally found my movie!
KAREN (an obliging soul): Hurrah!
SARAH: It is called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it has a lady with pink hair in it and another cool lady I hear and crime solving and Robert Downey Junior and also is funny and also has a gay main character who gets to have adventures!

This is another rare and important thing to me. Jamie gets to have adventures too! (No matter how sad he is about that fact. He too wishes for more cuddles and less duels.)

SARAH: Look at this picture, Karen!
KAREN: Um. Yes. Well, it is a very good movie! But I have to say - the girls in it are great, but they do not get to do as much adventuring as the boys. Not half as much.
SARAH: ... Oh.
KAREN: Also. Um. That picture of the pink haired girl? She is dead in it.
SARAH: Ah.

So, I seek your advice. Awesome circus performers from days of yore? Hilarious crimefighting? Or that misunderstood cinematic masterpiece, Sharkboy and Lavagirl? Or do you have another suggestion? In any case, I hope to see some of you there!

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bondgwendabond
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
We just watched The Brothers Bloom and found it most awesome--both female leads are FABULOUS.
sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
*investigates immediately*
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blamebrampton
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
As much as I love Robert Downey Jnr (quite a lot in a purely platonic, I only ask that you remove your shirt for aesthetic reasons way), I must say that I'm no Angel should absolutely win as it contains elephants, as well as its magnificent stars. Elephants always win ;-)
dawn_metcalf
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Actually, what first popped to mind is RUN LOLA RUN (I'm talking the hair here) as opposed to the obvious FIFTH ELEMENT although LeeLoo's hair is more vibrant orange. Adventures and explosions and escapism! Huzzah!

My favorite all-time cult-classic genre movie with a kick-butt gal is TANK GIRL...but her hair isn't so much a color as it is "isn't." Still, I had a lot of fun laughing with that movie and own two copies of the soundtrack because Hubby and I fought over who had it in their car/office!
mitchco
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I second Tank Girl! Her hair isn't pink, but it is crazy. Though Run Lola Run would also be an excellent choice.
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bookshop
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)

i was just thinking LAST NIGHT about how awesome the heroine of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is! True, the pink-haired girl is dead, which pains me, but HARMONY IS VERY MUCH ALIVE AND AWESOME AND READING PULP FICTION:



i screencapped her because i LOVE her.

as for pink haired girls, *ICON USE IN SOLIDARITY*
sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Girl who reads, definite point for this movie!
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keladeekadys
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl is an fantastic film that I am glad to have in my DvD collection...sure it is never going to win any awards for...er...anything...ever...but that doesn't matter :)
sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Excellent, a fan! I am very willing to be convinced. ;)
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archangelbeth
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with Labyrinth? Okay, fast-forward over the head-tossing muppets, but everything else is GOLD.

Critiquing Sharkboy and Lavagirl might be good for amusement, too.

I hope all goes well, and wish I could teleport over to your side of the pond, so to speak, to see it. O:(
elfie_chan
Apr. 14th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
...I liked the head-tossing muppets. Especially the song that goes with the head-tossing muppets. Brightly-colored fast-moving objects for the win!

That said, I agree on Labyrinth. David Bowie. What's not to love?
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midnightvoyager
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
*double-takes at Taylor Lautner/Sharkboy*

Oh dear lord, that's the same guy. He looked awful scruffy as a kid. Dammmn, cleaned up well.
rowanwings
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
LOL. thank you for clearing that up for me. i was mighty confused as to why sarah had included a random photo of jacob in her post - terrified that we were going to be subjected to a twilight / new moon showing >.
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pigrescuer
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Beauty and the Beast! Beauty and the Beast!

It is a pity KickAss as only just come out, because you have awesome girl with purple hair, which is close. ^_^

I am awful at choosing films. Last night, I was made the casting decision and I chose Black Diamonds, a terrible terrible seventies black gangstar spoof.

But yay I can come! :D
manynames
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Lola Rennt? Pink haired girl who has action adventures!
geemcb
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
My daughter LOVES Shark Boy and Lava Girl! I keep telling her that Shark Boy is Jacob.
cammalot
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
You know you want to see Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Don't resist. Dooo eeeet... (I can attest that Baby Lautner is freaking adorable!)
hooton
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'd second Run, Lola, Run and add Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as Kate Winslet has blue hair and there are some scenes where it's magenterish (but if you squint then it's pink).

However Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is an awesome movie and definitely worth reconsideration because it's a gay character who is neither pathetic, useless or needlessly effeminate. Maybe use it for the third book release?
sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I am considering Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with great seriousness, for that is an awesome thing! Also, 'funny' and 'fights crime' - some of my favourite things. Plus it would work best in Covenant, as there is the most Jamie in Covenant!
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hanelissar
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
FIRST of all - YAY a London launch! And DOUBLE yay for it not being in the middle of my exams as I feared it would be, but fourteen glorious days afer them when I am free as a birdie! Huzzah!

I would have no problem with watching a kids movie. Beauty and the Beast is awesome. And I love love love Sky High (isn't there a girl with purple hair in that? That's close to pink? And it is an AWESOME film, also with superhero children in!)

I do have a natural aversion to Taylor Lautner who I cannot see the appeal of at all, but if it is a comically bad film I'm sure we will all enjoy mocking it!

Otherwise, I shall think on it!
cameoflage
Apr. 14th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Sky High does indeed have a purple-haired girl. She can turn into a gerbil! Or was it a hamster? Maybe it was a guinea pig. Definitely some kind of small domesticated rodent.
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frostheavens
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I will definitely try to make it to this! I, er, have seen Sharkboy and Lavagirl and wasn't a big fan, but I can keep an open mind. I've not seen The Brothers Bloom, which someone suggested, so I am quite interested in that.
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talonvaki
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
No pink hair, but a good female lead...and I freely confess, I thought of this because of Sharkboy...

Eagle vs. Shark. Extremely quirky, but the girl has dreams and more or less achieves them.

And Jemaine Clement without a shirt...which...yeah, not Taylor Lautner.
altogetherisi
Apr. 14th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Jemaine Clement >>>> Taylor Lautner. So much.
willowgreen
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
"Sharkboy and Lava Girl" isn't actually all that bad. Not nearly as bad, for example, as "Baby Geniuses II," which my husband still refers to as the worst movie ever made. And I'd rather sit through either one than have to watch one minute of "A River Runs Through It," which might not technically be one of the worst movies ever made, but is certainly among the most boring.

But you were looking for recommendations for *good* movies. I would definitely second the idea of showing "Run, Lola, Run." Or how about "Terminator II"? Linda Hamilton rocks that movie, and it's always nice to see Arnold Schwarzenegger working right where he belongs, in a fantasy world.
biancathecookie
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I WILL BE THERE. It is my first trip EVER to London, and I am getting there the 14th, and I WILL BE THERE HOW EXCITING IS THAT.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Why not the first X-men movie? Lots of adventuring and fighting crime and wacky fun hair. Also, Hugh Jackman and Anna Paquin!
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Apr. 13th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Grr, hi, I'm quinfirefrorefiddle @ DW, and my phone won't let me sign in.
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madhatterpan
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I might have IMed my mom to see what she could come up with with a prompt like "movie with a girl with pink hair." Her immediate response was Grease, which I'm sharing because it made me laugh. (Not that I think it would actually work. Girl conforming and changing herself entirely to suit her man? Do not feel like that is Mae's cup of tea.)

Oh Jamie, I'm sure all of those duels and adventures are very character-building. You may always have cuddles later.
sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I did include a couple of cuddles for Jamie. *is not totally heartless*
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sarahtales
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Imaginary friends are VERY relevant to my interests, and Sharkboy and Lavagirl is still in the running!
rowanwings
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I would be all for kiss kiss bang bang - though this is because ive never seen it and would like to :P - or beauty and the beast. :D BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME.
a poll might be a good way to decide? a poll including any of the suggested ideas that are any good... im not suggesting you necessarily *do* what the poll sez, but just use it to guide you to your futuuurre...

(...or something like that.)

^^

Hmmm. I have realised I would quite like to see I'm No Angel, also.

I HAVE NO INTERESTING OPINIONS OR USEFUL ADVICE. IGNORE ME. I AM EASILY PLEASED.

<3
kate_nepveu
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
The more I think about _Kiss Kiss Bang Bang_ the more problematic I find its treatment of women.

Spoilers, ROT13'ed, here (there's a link to decrypt)

http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/334323.html
terra_lilly
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hmmm Labyrinth and circus performers makes me thing of "Mirrormask" (which I loved, by the way).
Unfortunately, I'm drawing a blank on awesome pink haired heroines. The only thing that comes to mind is "The Fifth Element" and "Twelve Kingdoms" and both of those have red headed heroines (albeit still awesome).

I lasted five minutes through Sharkboy and Lavagirl but who knows, maybe it got better after I changed the channel.
terra_lilly
Apr. 13th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry, think not thing. You'd think I'd learn to proof my comments before I post them :).
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