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Drive-by TV rec

Pillars of Earth is a German/Candian mini-series, and you should ALL go download and watch it! It's historical fiction, and fairly heavy on the fiction side, but only in ways that make it super-awesome. The women are strong and clever, and the monks are ambitious even while they pursue their faith, and the whole thing utterly turns the conventional view of history and heroism on it's head.

Sure, that guy might be great in battle, but can he sell wool? No? Can he carve beautiful statues, or design a cathedral? No? Can he save an infant's life, or give birth in the middle of a disaster? No? Then, really, what use is he?

There's this whole backdrop of political machinations and civil war, and all the major players pretty much come across as petty douchebags who need to get out of the way and let real people get on with their lives, which I find hilarious.

I should warn for a rape scene, some nasty domestic abuse, and the creepiest incest scenario I have ever had the dubious pleasure of encountering. (Yes, even delving into the dark corners of fanfic.)

But, hey, when the chick accused of witchcraft frees herself from her bonds, jumps up on the table to confront her accuser, picks up her skirts and PISSES on first his Bible and then him, stabs him with a little knife and then walks out the fucking door 'cause all the monks are too scared to get in her way? You know it's all worth it.


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Sep. 27th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Heh, the only thought I gave Pillars of the Earth was reading that the book was crap historical fiction, but applying appropriately different standards for the mini-series means it does indeed sound worth watching!
Sep. 27th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, it's more like 'historical' FICTION. But the mini-series was so much fun! Even though I found myself saying, wait, that makes no sense for the time period, I was all BUT I DON'T CARE, because it's AWESOME!
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