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Having Fun! / Re: songs about naotmaa
« on: July 01, 2008, 02:50:01 PM »
So I started a whole new thread for this topic like any good dumbbell! *rolls eyes* Here was my list of befitting music...I intend to add more--I just don't have time to add it to this one just now! :)

"Russian Christmas by Alfred Reed. It was my school band's tradition to play this every year at Christmas. It is a 15-minute piece, very beautiful, very passionate that epitomizes old Russia, as well as Russian Orthodoxy. It's just such a gorgeous piece. Professional orchestral versions should be available to hear--as far as I know, it's pretty popular.

Russian Easter by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov. This one is much like Russian Christmas, but obviously focuses around Easter. It is also very passionate, very Old Russia and Russian Orthodoxy, and like Russian Christmas, it makes use of the chimes, symbolizing all the bells in the church towers. Rimsky-Korsakov is a brilliant composer, of course. I highly recommend this one, as well! Smiley

More obscurely:

Now these ones will seem out of the blue versus the other two I post, but I will explain why I chose them after each.

Tania, Enemy at the Gates soundtrack, by James Horner. The movie "Enemy at the Gates" obviously took place in Russia, but it revolved around the Russian side of WWII, not WWI or anything involved with the Imperial Family. What I love most about this certain track is the evident emotion in the music. I recently made a reply to the "Kitchen Boy" thread in the Books segment of the forum, because I had read it again for the fifth time. Well, I read it while listening to this track--only this track. That is now what the music reminds me of. It has a truly Russian sound to it. But while it is supposed to revolve around Russia in WWII, much of it really does epitomize Russia under autocracy. There is a part where the music becomes "grandiose" and elegant, with the church bells ringing in the background. And then, toward the end of the music...Well, I'll leave that for you to hear. It breaks my heart every time I hear it, it's so beautiful! Wink James Horner truly is an amazing composer (in my eyes), which is why my next selection is also by him.

Casper, by James Horner. There are silly parts of this soundtrack which are obviously the way they are because they are from the movie, "Casper", but the ones I am referring to are Tracks 6 (The Lighthouse), Track 8 (Fond Memories), Track 10 (Casper's Lullaby), and Track 12 (One Last Wish). I think these remind me of the Imperial Family because my sister used them in a movie she made of the Romanovs, for a school project. I can't really explain them in words. They are all hauntingly beautiful, and as I said with "Tanya" from "Enemy at the Gates", there is so much emotion in the music, that it really does befit the Royal Family. Listen to them! I think you'll agree! Smiley (If not, I'll buy you a pint) Wink

Anyway, I have others, but I think this list is good enough for now!"

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: The Kitchen Boy
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:41:53 AM »
Agree with Grand Duchess Marishka,
book is really good. It is first one I read about R-ovs.
Mr. Alexander really good describes their last days. I cried when he descibed(Leonid) murders in cellar. Especially Aleksei's one. So sad.
But ending is really suprsing....Maria survived and married to that guard, Volodya.
But R.Alexander said : I imagine story....what if kitchen boy survived....what if he survived next day, week, year? We know only he was tall, Aleksei's only playmate, and night july 16/7th 1918 he spent in guard's House near Ipatiev, and he wore ulster....(Or Popov House, I am not certain.....)
Sorry gor bad translate into English, I read that article somewhere on another-- not English web.
Upshot-----good book, I commend it everyone who is interested in Romanov story and their last days.

Hehehe, I know I already put in my two cents, but I have to agree with Nena about agreeing! :-D Hahaha, just kidding! I actually just wanted to acknowledge that he is absolutely right about the last Romanov scenes in the book--the murders and then the burial...Absolutely heart-wrenching. I think I've cried every time. Obviously this isn't the book that you can pick up and expect to feel cheerful about after finishing it, but it really does invoke A LOT of emotion.

There, I promise I will say no more! :) (Maybe)

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Having Fun! / Re: Picnik.com
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:34:03 AM »
Ooh, yes, this sounds great! I'd love to see some samples too! :-D

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Having Fun! / Re: Music that reminds you of the IF
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:33:07 AM »
I'm so sorry, Holly! I read the title of the thread wrong! *slaps hand to forehead* :) Should I move my post, then? I don't want to delete it because I wrote so much!

And Marie-Catherine--YES! I completely agree! It does sort of remind me of Titanic, of course, because I remember it from the movie. But I know what you mean. Every time I hear it, I think of how it was set during the time period of the "IF"....It's soooooo beautiful, but so sad! :)

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Video contest
« on: June 09, 2008, 09:31:48 AM »
This is very exciting! I intend to vote right away! Let me know if there's another one soon--I'm going into the movie-making business! ;)

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Having Fun! / Music that reminds you of the IF
« on: June 09, 2008, 08:41:04 AM »
There is already a thread about songs about the Imperial Family, but I thought I would start a thread about music that reminds you, personally, of the royal family. I did this mainly because there is a great deal of music that reminds me of them (all of which I HIGHLY recommend you hear. They're beautiful works!)

So go ahead and post what music reminds you of them (if you have any) and feel free to comment about your selections, as well as others. No rules in the Having Fun board, hm? ;)

So, here are my selections:

Russian Christmas by Alfred Reed. It was my school band's tradition to play this every year at Christmas. It is a 15-minute piece, very beautiful, very passionate that epitomizes old Russia, as well as Russian Orthodoxy. It's just such a gorgeous piece. Professional orchestral versions should be available to hear--as far as I know, it's pretty popular.

Russian Easter by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov. This one is much like Russian Christmas, but obviously focuses around Easter. It is also very passionate, very Old Russia and Russian Orthodoxy, and like Russian Christmas, it makes use of the chimes, symbolizing all the bells in the church towers. Rimsky-Korsakov is a brilliant composer, of course. I highly recommend this one, as well! :)

More obscurely:

Now these ones will seem out of the blue versus the other two I post, but I will explain why I chose them after each.

Tania, Enemy at the Gates soundtrack, by James Horner. The movie "Enemy at the Gates" obviously took place in Russia, but it revolved around the Russian side of WWII, not WWI or anything involved with the Imperial Family. What I love most about this certain track is the evident emotion in the music. I recently made a reply to the "Kitchen Boy" thread in the Books segment of the forum, because I had read it again for the fifth time. Well, I read it while listening to this track--only this track. That is now what the music reminds me of. It has a truly Russian sound to it. But while it is supposed to revolve around Russia in WWII, much of it really does epitomize Russia under autocracy. There is a part where the music becomes "grandiose" and elegant, with the church bells ringing in the background. And then, toward the end of the music...Well, I'll leave that for you to hear. It breaks my heart every time I hear it, it's so beautiful! ;) James Horner truly is an amazing composer (in my eyes), which is why my next selection is also by him.

Casper, by James Horner. There are silly parts of this soundtrack which are obviously the way they are because they are from the movie, "Casper", but the ones I am referring to are Tracks 6 (The Lighthouse), Track 8 (Fond Memories), Track 10 (Casper's Lullaby), and Track 12 (One Last Wish). I think these remind me of the Imperial Family because my sister used them in a movie she made of the Romanovs, for a school project. I can't really explain them in words. They are all hauntingly beautiful, and as I said with "Tanya" from "Enemy at the Gates", there is so much emotion in the music, that it really does befit the Royal Family. Listen to them! I think you'll agree! :) (If not, I'll buy you a pint) ;)

Anyway, I have others, but I think this list is good enough for now!

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I liked and didn't like this book. I can't really explain why...It might just be that I don't mind historical fiction, even when the author takes an insane amount of liberties. I think what mainly bothered me was the overuse of irony.

The author obviously knew what she was talking about (what with all the references and "fact or fiction" bits? in the back of her book), but much of the story seemed too ironic. I won't give any spoilers or anything, but the fact of the matter is that everything just seemed too coincidental. I liked the characters--I did--though I also think they could have been fleshed out a little more.

I don't recommend this to any hardcore Romanov fans mainly because I think people might be offended by various concepts in the book. (Even I was offended by some!) But if you read it as a fiction (with familiar people as the main characters), rather than a generally historically accurate story, you might be all right. All I can say is that it's certainly not Robert Alexander's "Kitchen Boy".

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: The Kitchen Boy
« on: June 09, 2008, 07:32:30 AM »
I'm not even sure if I replied to this thread before, which I probably did...But it doesn't matter, hopefully! I just re-read "The Kitchen Boy" for what I think is the fifth time. It was still as fresh and intriguing as it was when I first read it! I'm not much for giving reviews for movies OR books, but I will say that Robert Alexander's portrayal of the royal family, as well as their situation in Ekaterinburg, seems realistic enough! The story's ending (and central idea) is very obviously historical fiction, so readers shouldn't go into reading this book thinking that everything is going to be exactly right. It's a fiction, therefore the "fanciful" concepts in the story are used simply to embellish the story.

Anyway, I'm writing this very early in the morning and really am not thinking with a clear head, so I apologize if all of this sounds like gibberish. I just love this book to death, not because I think of it as a biography, but because it's so obvious how much passion and devotion is in the writing. It really is a great read! If I haven't already, I recommend it once more! :)

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Having Fun! / Re: Anastasia video game
« on: June 09, 2008, 07:12:43 AM »
Hahaha, of course! :) But you know, it's almost like the ending of the game was the game's creator's way of explaining why Anastasia's body wasn't "found" with her family's bodies. (Of course, we now know it was Marie missing, but at the time the game came out and was created, that wasn't known). Wow, that was a mouthful! Anyway, I still stand by what I said! :) A good game, just not very accurate historically. You should play it though!

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I am no expert in the field of writing or publishing, but I recently did a massive research project on the whole process, which involved interviewing published authors, as well as agents, editors, and publishers. I got a great deal of information!!! My advice for you is to go to Writer's Conferences. Subsidy and Vanity presses are VERY expensive in the long run (some take the rights to your novel and most will make you pay a certain fee per page of your work), and getting an agent can be very time-consuming! (That probably is one of the safest bets, if you don't mind waiting!)

But, so, writer's conferences...You can meet a number of agents/publishers there, who will review your work, and--if interested--give you a bit of advice and take you on as a client. A local woman was telling me how she met her agent at a Writer's Conference, and she was published by Bantam! :)

This is very exciting!! I'm looking forward to your book! It sounds great! :-D

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Same here, Kimberly! :( Hopefully the international version will be finished soon! :(

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The Alexander Palace / Re: Fine recent photos of AP
« on: June 02, 2008, 12:07:31 PM »
WOW!!! Thank you for adding this site! I have always wondered what the inside of the palace would look like now (I've never been) and the images are just AMAZING!!! *gasps* I really have to go there now.  ;) :)

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Having Fun! / Re: Alexander Palace and Ipatiev House...on Sims 2!!
« on: June 02, 2008, 11:53:22 AM »
Wow--some of these Sims are just unbelievable!!! A long time ago--I know my other response to this thread is somewhere on page 3 or 4 or something like that--I said I would post my versions, and I finally have them! They don't seem nearly as good as I remembered them being, but I'm going to post them anyway! :) Let me know what you think! Alexei and Nicholas are my favorites!

Alexandra


Nicholas



The Older Pair (Olga on the left, Tatiana on the right) (They aren't as good as the others)



Marie



Anastasia



Alexei



Well, there they are! (Took me long enough)

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Having Fun! / Re: Anastasia video game
« on: June 02, 2008, 11:43:34 AM »
I just thought I would respond because I got this became because of Anastasia. However, it really is an amazing game. Though it's not very accurate historically, the locations are (the Winter Palace's accuracy is pretty amazing), and the game is just overall fun. If you enjoy video games, then I would definitely advise getting this. It's got a great storyline, great characters and cutscenes, and good puzzles/challenges. Again, it isn't historically accurate, but it certain revived my passion for the Russian family! :-D

I give it a 5 out of 5! :-)

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I have to agree with dmitri! The movie is very good, if you're especially intrigued by the "House of Windsor." I do recommend you see it. You won't be losing anything by it (except for the poor portrayal of the Romanovs), and the acting is just great! It really is a good movie, except for the Romanov bits....Nicholas looked nothing like Nicholas to me, and he didn't have that tender, fatherly look to him. I thought he could better pass for Alexander III than Nicholas II. Aleksandra constantly spoke Russian in the movie (when of course she wouldn't if she was back in England), and they just portrayed her...well, like Dmitri said, not nice.
Of course, the whole thing is extremely sad, especially the Windsor family's reaction to hearing their cousin's death. ("The Lost Prince's" story is very tragic as well). I do recommend it, honestly! I still love it, even though--as I said--the Russian history bit is a little off. They didn't die in a farm house, and they didn't have bunk beds...I don't know why...that always bothered me a little...

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