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Other media about the Mabinogion [06 Jan 2012|10:39am]

[ mood | awake ]

I hope I am not too off topic, but if I am: please, delete my post!

I was wondering if anyone knew about some other retelling/media about the Mabinogion (I'm actually referring to the Four Branches of the Mabinogi). I am looking for movies (even if only some characters of the Mabinogion appear), documentaries, essays, novels, books, comics etc.
I already know the albums/songs by Heather Dale and Elin Fflur. I also read Mabinogion (Evangeline Walton) and of course The Chronicles of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander).

Thank you for your attention : D

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Lloyd Alexander VHS tape [01 Jan 2009|11:24pm]

I have a VHS copy of "A Visit with Lloyd Alexander" that I don't need (as I also have a DVD copy). In the film, Mr. Alexander shows you around his home, talks about the books and characters, and shows you some of his favorite fan-made items. I just can't send it off to Goodwill knowing there are people here who would kill for this.

I have no idea what it'd cost to ship, but if anyone is interested, let me know. Or, if you are near the Twin Cities, you could come pick it up...
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Fantasmic -- a disney rpg (seeking TBC characters!) [09 Oct 2008|05:52pm]


nothing is more wonderful than the imagination
for in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy or an exciting adventure
but beware: nothing is more powerful than the imagination
for it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare
experience FANTASMIC! -- a journey beyond your wildest imagination

Maleficent believes she has finally found a way to reign supreme over the forces of good: send them into an eternal sleep! Joining forces with some of the most powerful villians of all time, she casts a spell that sends everyone; villians and heroes alike, into a deep sleep. A sleep in which dreams -- or even nightmares -- can reign supreme over all. For once the nightmares set in...there's no waking up!

Our roleplay and plotline was based upon the amazing Disney Theme Park night spectacular, Fantasmic!, which performs nightly at Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando and Disneyland California theme parks. We have used this plot here, only in a slightly differed form. In this roleplay, it is the evil who has come up with this scheme to put everyone into a deep sleep, where their dreams can be controlled and turned into dangerous and tormenting nightmares. And thus, everyone falls asleep...and they can dream almost anything possible. They can end up in strange and mysterious locations with no real explaination needed...

Or they can even imagine that the dead have rejoined them in the land of the living.

Fantasmic is a Disney RPG set to include Disney characters and worlds from all across the years, from Cinderella to Giselle, Jack Sparrow to Mary Poppins. Leading or supporting, big or small, all are welcome in this plot. Characters will be given ways to travel between worlds to interact with different characters in new locations. Anything can happen, leave it to your imagination!

(Looking for all 'The Black Cauldron' characters!)
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thoughts on Westmark (with a tinge of Sebastian) [17 Mar 2008|11:46am]

[ mood | happy ]

this is very spoilery, for obvious reasons. do come over and comment ;) here

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Review of The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio [11 Feb 2008|12:43am]

Perhaps the greatest weakness of The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio is that it is written from a first-person point of view, lessening the suspense one might feel whenever its protagonist finds himself in dire circumstances. Such an objection is merely a matter of personal taste, however. Admirers of Lloyd Alexander's works will find much to enjoy in the course of this, his last story.

The time period the story is set in is unspecified, though it would be no surprise if our titular character had been a contemporary of Marco Polo. Carlo begins his story employed by his uncle, an accountant in the Italian region of Campania--though the city of Magenta in which they live is not to be confused with the real Italian city of that name, located in the north at the base of the Alps.

Carlo is given a book of presumably Arabian tales by a mysterious stranger, as well as a map which was hidden in the book's binding. The map points to a fortress of lost treasure, which Carlo's intuition tells him must be real. So he sets out across the sea, determining to follow the Road of Golden Dreams which lead from the eastern Mediterranean shore to Cathai (China).

Upon reaching land, he makes the acquaintance of a trio of characters who accompany him on his journey: Baksheesh, a self-serving, slick-talking and thick-skinned street urchin who volunteers his services as Carlo's camel-puller and never uses an appellation twice. Shira, a girl of half-Arab and half-Oriental blood seeking to know what became of her home and family. And Salomon, a wandering philosopher of the finest Socratean tradition, who in temperament and appearance brings to mind Shepherd Book of the TV series Firefly, but is an even match for Alexander's own Rhun son of Rhuddlum in curiosity.

A colorful cast of supporting characters help or hinder them on their journey, a journey which Salomon reminds them is just as important as their destinations. In their own ways, they each encounter bandits, eccentrics, serendipitous twists of fate, visions, intrigue, starvation, beauty, love, and more. The moments of self-discovery each character experiences are well earned and quite satisfying.

Going into the book with the awareness that it was Lloyd Alexander's last, it evokes some rather poignant feelings. The tone can be found of a master storyteller in the twilight of his life, if one looks for it. Unlike the brash ambition and high ideals of Taran, Alexander's main protagonist in his superlative Prydain Chronicles, Carlo Chuchio's story is told by a man not seeking a climactic finale to his life's work, but was simply content to tell the kind of story he told best through decades of experience. One could appropriately liken them to the two horn concertos of Richard Strauss; the first written by a talented youth ready to share his great ideas with the world, and the second written by the seasoned composer who has little to prove, but still something worth saying.

Rife with a warm humor, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio thus serves as an uplifting coda to a great writer's body of works. May all who read it realize their own pleasant, golden dreams.
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[29 May 2007|05:40pm]


To all readers and friends of Lloyd Alexander,

There is now a memorial page set up for Lloyd Alexander (and his wife Janine) at www.PrydainGuide.com

Please stop by and contribute your thoughts on this wonderful man and his stories.  I know some of you may have posted already elsewhere, but it would be wonderful to get several memories and tributes compiled in a single location on the web for posterity.

Yes, as some of you may guess from the domain name, this is the Prydain Guide that was formerly at enkwiri.com/prydain, and that unceremoniously disappeared earlier this year.  This was due to an error in moving from one webhost to another, and we apologize for our absence.  Not having a site up at the time of Lloyd Alexander's death meant that it has taken us longer to put this memorial together than it would have taken were the Guide still around, and for that too, we are sorry.  But better late than never.

As for the Guide itself, which prior to its disappearance was the biggest Prydain Chronicles resource on the web, it's coming back!  We've gathered the materials together, and should have the site up and running as soon as we can get it re-coded.

Let us gather together, companions of Prydain, people of Westmark, co-adventurers with Vesper Holly, knowing that we are all Lloyd Alexander's children.  Let us join hands and celebrate his life.

-Luke, on behalf of my colleagues Ben, Bree and Lauren of The Prydain

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rest in Peace, Lloyd and Janine Alexander [18 May 2007|05:59pm]

[ mood | sad ]

(I originally posted this on a different on-line community)

Lloyd Alexander, died the morning of May 17 at his home in Drexel Hill, PA. His wife of 62 years, Janine, died two weeks earlier on May 2 (Her obituary is here.) At least they were not apart for very long. His most recent book, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is due to be released on August 7.

The School Library Journal was the first to break the news:

Roger Sutton -- editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc. has two blog entries on Lloyd Alexander's passing:


The Horn Book's obituary for Lloyd Alexander includes links to four pieces of archival material involving him that are treats to read:


New York Magazine looks at the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Prydain:


The High King is everything we desperately hope Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be: a sweeping epic, an emotional finale, a series-ender that carefully lets each and every character fulfill his destiny. Beloved characters die; flawed enemies are redeemed; and good triumphs over evil.

The Washington Post has it's own obituary:


Use http://www.bugmenot.com/ if you want to avoid registration.
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Oh no [18 May 2007|11:39am]

[ mood | sad ]

Author Lloyd Alexander Dead at 83.

Rest in peace, Lloyd A.

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Vesper Holly [29 Aug 2006|06:12pm]

In my so-called quest to find male authors that write convincing female characters, I completely overlooked the Vesper Holly books by Lloyd Alexander. I bought two of them when I was a kid: "The Illyrian Adventure" and "The El Dorado Adventure". I remember reading the first one and not being particularly thrilled with it. Although I always liked the name Vesper and the character was interesting, it wasn't what I was expecting from Lloyd Alexander. Having read and enjoyed his Prydain fantasy series, I wasn't really into semi-historical adventure stories. Also it's weird that it's written first-person from the viewpoint of a middle-aged man (Vesper's uncle and guardian Brinnie), while Vesper is clearly the protagonist. What also weirded me out was that the dialogue consists of Vesper speaking while Brinnie's lines of dialogue are rarely in quotes, but rather consist of a paragraph simply stating what he's explaining to her. I remember starting the second one and never finishing it.

Anyway, I dug them out of my bookshelf and read the first one again. I think these books were targetted for a more mature audience than the Prydain books. The vocabulary is more young adult-ish (and sometimes not even English) and now -- at 31 -- I think I'm finally able to understand exactly what's going on. Overall, it's a pretty good series (so far -- there are four more books that I've yet to get my hands on). Vesper starts out as sixteen, turns seventeen in the next book and I guess gradually ages. She's an interesting character and it's interesting to speculate where Alexander got his ideas for her. In "Time Cat" and his Prydain Chronicles, he seems to favor chatty, emotional girls with red-gold hair. Vesper's character has "marmalade" colored hair. When I was a kid, I didn't know what the fuck marmalade was (another one of the reasons the books turned me off). I still don't. Now I have Wikipedia and can see it's sort of a reddish-yellow jam spread kinda stuff. Which means we're talking about another girl with red-gold hair. Nice to know I'm not the only writer with a thing for redheads.

Although I didn't realize it at the time, it's pretty obvious that the Vesper Holly books are aimed a 9th grade thru 12th grade girls. The cover art for the two books I have don't really express this, but the newer covers depict Vesper in various Nancy Drew meets Indiana Jones type poses. Which means I think that your typical boy would probably have a hard time taking them to the register without a certain amount of embarassment. Which is unfortunate because Lloyd Alexander is a very good writer, and the stories don't seem to be geared toward girls more than boys apart from the female protagonist. There's plenty of adventure, humor, etc. I like Brinnie a lot more now that I'm old enough to identify with him. I think Alexander did a brilliant job with his character.

Which brings us to Vesper. Is she really a convincing female character? She's certainly a well-drawn character, but I've noticed in some of the Amazon.com reviews that a lot of people don't care much for her intelligence. Which is kinda sad. I don't think that's the defining element of her character. I think it's her courage and determination when it comes to what she thinks is right. The backstory surrounding her father and the ways in which she ends up going on these adventures seem entirely plausible to me, but I can see why people might not like it. Given that I can't find many of these books in stores, and the shelves where they would normally be stocked are filled with books about girls for girls with covers of bikini-clad teens on beaches (a la Laguna Beach), I can only assume that the series itself was only moderately successful. Which is too bad. I like Lloyd Alexander, and I like this series. I wouldn't say it's in the same league as the Prydain Chronicles, but I don't think it was meant to be. Regardless of why he wrote the books or what he was trying to accomplish, you can tell that he really got a kick out of writing them.
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A look at the Disney Movie [08 Mar 2006|03:11pm]

This article tells the story of the movie and why/how Disney screwed up.
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My childhood?! [10 Jun 2005|06:31pm]

Er, hello. I'm rather new to LJ, and this is actually the first community that I've actually posted in, as opposed to simply lurking. It's been awhile since I've read any of Lloyd Alexander's stuff, but surely that doesn't prevent me from gushing on about him and his great writing anyway? :P

I've got some free time coming up (and I'm undergoing a huge bout of sentimentality for him!), so I was thinking about rereading some of his books. Unfortunately, I can only think of one, The Arcadians, which I loved to death. So I figured I should ask you guys, being LA connoisseurs: what personal favourites of yours should I stick on my To-Reread (and To-Read) list?

Thanks in advance!

- Yun
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New here... [04 Jun 2005|12:36pm]

... But not new to being a Lloyd Alexander fan.

My name's Lena. I first wrote to him in the 4th grade, and now I'm 16 years old. I continually brag to my friends that he's my penpal and my 'buddy'... he's written me six letters, and I'm proud of it. Just wrote to him yesterday, actually, because I've had a bout of reminiscence. Am watching The Black Cauldron Disney movie right now.

Glad to be in the comm. ;)
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Newbery Award video created by Mona Kerby [24 May 2005|09:56pm]
She made a video about recent winners of the Newbery Medal. It was about 17 minutes. A lot of authors were in there including Lloyd Alexander. He basically explained why his book is relavent to the world. It's very similar to the stuff written/said by him on the internet and in his author's notes.

Anyways, I went to my sister's old school (it's a K-12 school) and borrowed it and saw it. It was pretty cool to see and hear him speak.

Oh and here's what he said in part:

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Mr. Alexander's Address! [21 May 2005|07:42am]

If you'd like to contact him, here's the address I used to write to him.

Penguin Putnam
Lloyd Alexander
c/o Penguin Putnam Inc.
Books for Young Readers Marketing Dept.
345 Hudson St. New York NY 10014

It may take a while, because it has to be taken to the publishers, then sent to him, but it's well worth the wait. Good luck!

~Avalon Estel
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[15 May 2005|10:25am]

Hello, all! I'm new here. I would just like to say that I'm glad I found this community, because I'm a huge fan of Mr. Alexander. I've read almost all his books. I wrote to him, and he replied in a handwritten letter! He is a very kind, polite person. I'm glad we're lucky enough to be able to read his works, because not many writers are as talented as he.
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A Map of Prydain [24 Apr 2005|02:33pm]
I vaguely remember seeing a map of Prydain in the books I checked out from library when I was first reading the books. I purchased paperback editions of the last four books a couple of years ago and own a Jody Lee illustrated copy of The Book of Three. None of these books have a map in them. Did I just imagine the map, or are there editions of the books with maps in them? If so, which edition would have them?
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What do Lloyd Alexander, Tina Fey, William Wharton, and Dr. Jack Ramsay have in common? [23 Apr 2005|03:45pm]
They all went to Upper Darby Highschool. That's school has turned out a talented bunch of graduates.


Of course, Lloyd Alexander apparently hated going to highschool. I'm sure the school's change though.
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