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  1. I like Amy's character, but I don't like how the actress portrays her. Her performance is too wooden, not at all nuanced.

    I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused here. In another thread you told me that to separate a character from the actor who portrays him/her was so very difficult, almost impossible!

    But I see you are making a clear distinction here. You say you like the character of Amy but you don't like how Mayim plays her? How is it?

    Let me help you with your confusion. It's very simple you if think about it.

    I like the idea of Amy's character, and I like some funny scenes with Amy, but I don't love Amy the way I love Sheldon and Howard. Why? Because the actress is crap.

    If Amy leaves the show tomorrow, I won't be sorry to see her gone. If she stays, it's okay too. I like Amy well enough, I don't hate her, but Mayim failed to make me love her character. She's just not a good enough actress to bring her character to life.

    A great actor brings his character to life. Captain Jack Sparrow as played by Johnny Depp, or Sheldon as played by Jim Parson - they are "alive" and one. It's impossible to separate them, they won't be "Captain Jack Sparrow" or "Sheldon" if someone else plays them. They'd be completely different creatures from a different alternate universe... Savvy? :icon_lol:

    In my eyes the actresss is NOT doing something right. If she did, I'd be routing for Amy loudly, since the idea of her character is quite engaging (as created by the writers - lets give the credit where credit is due!) As it stands though, due to Mayim's wooden performance, I couldn't care less if Amy lives or dies.

    Sheldon by the way is also supposed to come across "wooden" in many situations, and yet Sheldon is ALWAYS engaging. Jim's performance is such that Sheldon comes alive, like a real living person I could care about.

    Amy, as portrayed by Mayim, does not come alive, instead we have a schematic sketch of "what might have been".

    I don't know what is "AFF". I've seen Mayim in the clip when she was a teenager playing Blossom, and while it was a very short clip, maybe ten minutes, my impression was the same - wooden, unnuanced performance that failed to engage me. She wasn't a real girl, she was "performing" (rather poorly). JMHO

  2. All you're saying is "men can, women can't". That manner of thought *is* anachronistic, mysoginisitic, mysandristic, closed minded, and arbitrary.

    I'm a proud feminist. :icon_twisted: Among other things it means I don't want women to demean and disempower themselves. Chasing those who don't want you = disempowerment.

    As a woman, I don't care what men do - let them make fools of themselves if they want. :icon_lol: (I wouldn't advise any male friend of mine to behave like Leonard, but that's beside the point.)

    What is totally mysoginistic is to advise women that's it's okay to waste their efforts on trying to "catch" a guy WHO DOESN'T WANT THEM.

    "He dumped me, he wants to get back together with his ex-girl friend, and he looks really smitten with this new girl - oh, what a prince, I want him, I'll have to chase him until he changes his mind!" (THAT'S what the proponents of "Penny chasing Leonard" had suggested!)

    Why? Is there a severe shortage of men of which I'm perhaps not aware? :icon_eek:

    There's plenty of fish in the sea. Why should a woman waste her valuable time on trying to chase someone WHO DOESN'T WANT OR RESPECT HER, when she could instead spend that time on bettering herself or on finding someone who will love her without all this tiresome chasing?

    My sincere advice to all women (and Penny): The life is full of men. There're plenty of guys ready to love you. Why waste your valuable time on chasing those who don't? :icon_eek: It's pathetic and desperate! That's not what I would like for any woman, including Penny.

  3. Circumstances?

    Accelerated intellectual development to the detriment of social/emotional development. It's not uncommon in progenies.

    Children learn social/emotional intelligence by gradually developing those skills alongside their peers. It's very hard to do successfully if you're a genius and have very little in common with your peers from an early age. Early bloom in intellect leads to social isolation. Isolation = social/emotional retardation.

    The end result is an adult who's a bona fide genius in some things, and an immature undeveloped child in others.

  4. Re patience regarding the new books. G Martin himself recently said he wanted to finish the story the way he started them, with enough time on his hands to complete the story to his satisfaction...

    Now I am willing to wait around longer if that means he will come up with a satifying end to this great tale...If he just quickly threw the ending together because his audience is tired of waiting, we would surely complain...

    My problem with Martin is, he may get sick and die before he ever finishes the books. His health is not the best, he's gotten very fat, he's not getting any younger. I just hope he told his wife or his editor how the series are supposed to end!

    Also, despite taking too many years to write the last two books, the result was disappointing. The first three books were awesome, the next two were so-so.

    I may be wrong, but to me it seems Martin already told us everything he wanted to say about the world in his first three books...

    He created this wonderful world and diverse universe of characters, he shared his philosophy of life, and now he simply ran out of the themes and things to say. So he continues with the story since he knows where it leads, but his heart is no longer in it with the same passion as in earlier books.

  5. I think the only way to replace Penny at this point is out of necessity, if the actress quits. She was there from the beginnning, and she is the fundamental part of what makes this show.

    Penny is the heart of the show. She's the way for an average non-geeky/non-nerdy fans to relate to the characters. She also represents the "normal" (aka socially well-adjusted) people who are routing for the nerds to break out of their shells.

  6. A dork is a real spaatz who can't chew gum and walk down the street at the same time. They can be a Geek or a Nerd. But general just plain Dork. They all can have that inbred Uncle Dad look on their face. That is the "I don't have a clue" Look. Generally Their clothes would have been very stylish in 1955. .

    So let me make sure I got this...

    A dork is a nerdy or geeky spaaz. But a spaaz doesn't have to be a dork.

    A geek is into sciences, a nerd is into sci-fi or fantasy. A geek goes to work for Microsoft or Bristol-Myers Squibb, a nerd goes to Comic Con and midnight premiere of Harry Potter.

    A dork or a spaaz are socially awkward, but a geek or a nerd can be successful social butterflies, right?

    I think I'm getting the hang of it... :icon_cheesygrin:

  7. He was a douche, yes... but I am totally accepting of his behavior in that scene. It was one of the few times we ever see Leonatd truly being Leonard in front of Penny and not just saying what he thinks he should be saying to her. I was proud of him.

    I agree. It was a rare moment of honesty for Leonard.

  8. I like Amy's character, but I don't like how the actress portrays her. Her performance is too wooden, not at all nuanced.

    People compair Amy to Sheldon, and I agree that their characters are similar - but the caliber of actors could not be more different! Sheldon needs a better foil than Amy.

  9. But the childish theme in Sheldons character has been shown regularly, it's something I'm not so keen on myself. Personally I didn't really like the soft kitty 'round', I found it a little annoying. The other 'soft kitty's' are funny but that one's too much IMHO.

    I find the childish theme in Sheldon's character completely adorable and understandable given his circumstances, but what I want is to see him grow up and out of it.

  10. It is becoming glaringly obvious that those who are in favor of Penny and Sheldon being together refuse to address the episode where Penny took Sheldon to Disneyland.

    :icon_arrowd: You missed my response to you:

    I was speaking about how many people continuously ignore the scene where Penny has returned from taking Sheldon to Disneyland

    That scene just validates everything I said about Sheldon before, and it highlights especially well how ALIKE (and childlike) were my dead friend and Sheldon.

    And btw, we did discuss this scene already, and no, there's nothing "perverse" in Penny getting together with Sheldon.

    She's not his mother, she is not his sister, they are not related, and Sheldon is not a child, he's a fully grown man. The whole point of potential Shenny relationship (for me, at least) is to see Sheldon GROW UP.

  11. He responds? cool. He is not interested? okay' date=' move on.[/b'] I don't feel it as a thing of great shame to do.

    @sarah - People keep suggesting Penny should chase Leonard. What you're describing is NOT an example of "chasing".

    In what universe "moving on" when the guy is not interested can be defined as "chasing"? :icon_lol: "Chasing" means exactly the opposite - NOT taking a hint that the guy doesn't want you.

    Chasing a guy who doesn't love you is demeaning and pathetic, and I don't want such fate for Penny. She has enough problems with insufficient self-esteem as it is.

    @SydNC - having healthy self-respect is not anachronistic. It's timeless. :icon_cheesygrin:

    But you're forgetting something here. Leonard IS clearly interested in her. And she knows it. Leonard even told her that he loved her.

    I don't see how putting some effort on a guy who clearly loves her would be bad for her self-esteem.

    But that's not at all what was being discussed and suggested.

    What people keep suggesting - to which I strongly object - is that Penny gets her confidence in Leonard's love shaken and that she has to chase Leonard to earn his approval and love, and the examples of "chasing" they suggested were exactly that, "chasing a guy who is no longer interested". :icon_idea:

    For example, some posters suggested that Leonard becomes interested in another girl and Penny gets jealous and has to "woo" him back. Or that Leonard dumps Penny, and Penny has to chase him to prove she is worthy and beg him to take her back. Or that Prya comes back and Leonard is wavering between the two, and Penny's confidence in Leonard is shaken and she has to fight with Prya for his love. Etc., etc.

    THIS is what I'm talking about. Such chasing of someone who doesn't love you is sad and pathetic, and no woman with a shread of healthy self-esteem would ever demean herself so. JMHO

    (And yes, I know, there're plenty of women who chase and beg for the scraps of guys' love, who "woo" the guy and fight other women for his attentions, who chase him trying to make him choose THEM instead of those other women, - and yes, IMHO such behavior is beyond pathetic and only leads to hearbreak and humiliation.

    If a guy starts looking at other women, dump his sorry ass and find someone who will love YOU and will treat you with respect, instead of "chasing" him and trying to change his mind. Just my two cents.)

    I don't want such fate for Penny...

    I'm really surprised so many posters seem to think such behavior is healthy and okay. :icon_eek: (...especially since the same posters think that such behavior is NOT healthy for Leonard. Does it mean it's okay for a woman to humiliate herself, but a guy should have his self-respect? :icon_lol:)

  12. He responds? cool. He is not interested? okay' date=' move on.[/b'] I don't feel it as a thing of great shame to do.

    @sarah - People keep suggesting Penny should chase Leonard. What you're describing is NOT an example of "chasing".

    In what universe "moving on" when the guy is not interested can be defined as "chasing"? :icon_lol: "Chasing" means exactly the opposite - NOT taking a hint that the guy doesn't want you.

    Chasing a guy who doesn't love you is demeaning and pathetic, and I don't want such fate for Penny. She has enough problems with insufficient self-esteem as it is.

    @SydNC - having healthy self-respect is not anachronistic. It's timeless. :icon_cheesygrin:

  13. I remember that months ago there were several posts outright saying that the new audience of the show consisted of overwheighted, bored, middle aged ladies who were the only ones who liked the new corny direction of the show, that those who like the show as it is right now are conformists and of lower intellect. There were also other kind of posts that used to viciously attack in a regular basis the physical appearence of some of the cast members.

    I wonder if the "Netiquette police" was as vigilant back then as they are being right now. Probably those offenses weren't as terrible as mine. :icon_redface:

    Yes, sarah, I was.

    You can go back to those posts and you'll see I was actively trying to stop them. And just like I made fun of you in this thread, back then I was making fun of those posts who attacked the new audience or the cast.

    Call me "netiquette police", whatever, I don't care. I don't like seeing real people insulted. You can dish whatever you want about any fictional character (they are fictional, LOL!), but lay off real people. My two cents.

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