2016/2017 Book Recommendations

I admittedly did a lot of reading last year, having read fifty-five books. Some of them were school books, but it was an admirable number. In doing so, I have come across some pretty great books.

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Rereading Vampire Academy 

As the title states, I’ve decided to reread Vampire Academy. I’ve already finished the first book, and I am about 20-30% through Frostbite. Knowing that I marked up my books with flags of favorite passages, I pulled out the other two I know I had voraciously read, Blood Promise and Spirit Bound

To prove the level of passages I enjoyed, I took a picture of all three books (Frostbite is also there). To offer even further information: even when I did research for my college classes, I never flagged this much. 

Interview With the Vampire Remake Thoughts

I am self-professed vampire fan. This isn’t something I hide from people. I might want to tone down the level of admiration I had for the Twilight saga when speaking to people, but I never shy away from the level of love I have for all things vampire.

I recently read that there is a remake of Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire  and an (long-awaited) adaptation of The Vampire Lestat, and my first thought was, “Why?” I mean, I was eleven when IWtV came to theatres, and I was 11-12 when I glimpsed it for the first time on HBO. I have written about how Tom Cruise’s Lestat awakened me in many aspects, and when I think of Lestat and Louis, I think of Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Remaking this seems utterly ridiculous.

Then this morning, I see that the writer/director/producer wants Jared Leto for Lestat. Suddenly, I am on-board for a remake. No, not because I think Jared Leto is a nice-looking guy (which he is), but because he would bring Lestat’s intensity to life. Tom Cruise did an awesome job portraying Lestat’s annoyance with Louis’ lack of bloodlust, and the blatant disregard he has for human life being for anything other than sating his thirst. Besides, Jared Leto recently posted a tongue-in-cheek statement that he drinks human blood to remain looking youthful.

With that said, the casting of Louis has to be excellent, as well. Brad Pitt portrayed Louis’ disgust with his vampirism really well, and whoever fills this role needs to feel Louis’ pain.

Obviously, this is something I take quite seriously, and will be watching very closely over the next few months.

Sometimes I Wish I Wouldn’t Go on Instagram

Eoin Macken is publishing a book.

Eff my life.

The better question is: Why the hell do I care? He’s 31, he can do whatever the hell he wants. I am 31 too, and I am pursuing a degree in a field that will more than likely not yield me a career in the subject I am most adept in. And yet, I find myself annoyed with the fact that an Irish actor who I am 95% put-off by now is getting a book released next month.

Of course, my youngest sister was quick to assess the situation (little shit): I am jealous.

And why the hell not? I don’t have Mr. Macken’s connections. Which to a lot of people, is my problem. I don’t get out there, I don’t mingle with people (I can literally hear my dad’s voice in my head right now), and all that jazz. If I were to mix with like-minded people like myself, I would still be grossly uncomfortable. I haven’t read Proust, I don’t really keep up on current events (it’s far too depressing–but I do know about the situations in the Middle East and Missouri), and I don’t have a firm opinion on John Green’s novels. Plus, my writing might be what is considered “primitive” to publishing types.

Anyway…jealousy, thy name is Colleen.

A Defense of Mr. Darcy

There is a post on Buzzfeed about Pride and Prejudice‘s Mr. Darcy being a douche, and I feel like defending one of my favorite literary (as well as film adaptation) characters. Hopefully, I stay on the subject.

  1. The story was written in the early 1800s, when the size of a man’s pocketbook was more important than his personality. As many people who are acquainted with P&P know, the broody Mr. Darcy has a fortune of £10,000 a year, which makes him very appealing. Although, to the Bennet family, he is a haughty ass.
  2. He comes from the upper-class, therefore being in Hertfordshire makes him ill-at-ease, and he becomes a complete jerk. While that is no excuse, it could pass off as one for the Regency period. Also, his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh is exactly the same when meeting the Bennet family towards the end of the novel.
  3. He could technically be shy. He doesn’t really engage with anyone else in conversation outside of Mr. Bingley and his sisters, Elizabeth, occasionally Jane, his aunt, or his cousin. Despite his being from the upper-class, he cannot be comfortable around strangers.
  4. Because the story takes place in a different period of history, the actions of a man are wholly different to how they are now. Men weren’t supposed to showcase emotions, and I would imagine Darcy was raised to maintain a stiff upper lip. He genuinely cares for Lizzie, it is obvious if you are able to read between the lines, but because of his rigidity, he fails at first. When he first proposes, he brings up his family and the inferiority of the match. Even after she spurns him, and he leaves (I almost wrote ‘quits’ like they do in the novel and films) his aunt’s manor, he still loves her.
  5. Someone references the fact he doesn’t dance. I fail to see the negative in this. A lot of men in this day and age don’t dance. Yes, it is extremely attractive if a man wants to dance with you, but we’re not holding assemblies in homes nowadays where a man can dance with as many women as he chooses, and not everyone is into the club scene. So, Mr. Darcy’s dislike of dancing is not a deal-breaker.
  6. He likes a woman that reads. Miss Bingley quips (in an attempt to cut down Elizabeth) that Lizzie cares more for reading than cards, to which Mr. Darcy replies that he likes a woman who reads.

Basically, history has changed, and the story gets lost in translation. There has to be some reason why women who read this like Darcy more than they like Mr. Collins. I was tainted by Colin Firth before reading the novel, but I still liked Mr. Darcy throughout the book, which was not the case when I read Little Women. I found Jo and Laurie quite contemptible, while I found Lizzie and Darcy even more charming. Do you have any thoughts? Do you think Darcy is a character lost in history, or do you think he is just a giant douche?

Top 5 Favorite Characters–Books/Movies

  1. The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. When I was a wee little thing, I loved Scarecrow. To the point, I used to pretend we’d get married and live on the Yellow Brick Road. Thankfully, that love has died down quite a bit, and I now feel bad for him.
  2. Flynn Rider, Tangled. What can I say about Flynn? He is incredibly attractive, for one thing. He is just the type of guy I could imagine getting entangled with (ha, a pun!) and not resenting every darn second of it.
  3. Dimitri Belikov, the Vampire Academy series. From the first moment Dimka showed up in the first book, I knew I was done for. I have a serious weakness for Russians. Blame Sergei Grinkov (RIP) and his cute Russian looks back in 1994 at the Lillehammer Games of the Winter Olympics. There’s just something about a tall brooding Russian vampire hunter that appeals to me.
  4. Adrian Ivashkov, same book series and Bloodlines. Adrian is a suave soul. He drinks to combat his special powers, smokes like a chimney, and paints pretty pictures. Besides all that, when he decides he’s going to give you his heart, he gives it all to you. It’s gotten him hurt badly in the past, but based on what I’ve been seeing for the newest book, which comes out in two weeks, he’s given it away again.
  5. Edward Fairfax Rochester, Jane Eyre. To most modern female readers, Rochester is the biggest a**hole. He hides his first wife in an attic for all intents and purposes, keeping her out of an asylum, but also making her live in deplorable conditions. He flirts incessantly with Jane, then plays with her emotions by introducing another female with far more talent and beauty than Jane possesses. And on the day of their wedding, he drags her around, knowing that the wife upstairs has living relatives that will admit impediment during the ceremony. Yet despite this, I think he is amazing. Call me biased by Ciarán Hinds, Toby Stephens. and Michael Fassbender’s portrayls, I do not care. He is a great character.

Beautiful Creatures (the novel) Review

In two weeks, the movie Beautiful Creatures, will be hitting the silver screen. I finished reading the book yesterday morning, and I have to say it was pretty freaking radical.

I am going to try and make this summary spoiler-free, and as short as possible (which I have proven in the past I am not good at).

The book takes place in Gatlin, South Carolina, a town of little consequence, filled with people who never leave. It’s not notable for anything, except some tiny little battle that took place during the Civil War. We learn that Ethan Wate, is our narrator, and he intends to leave Gatlin and never come back. Ethan nearly runs over Lena Duchannes one night driving down the road, and he instantly is attracted to her. But Lena harbors a secret, and is instantly disliked by most of the student body at the high school.

Through a series of events, Lena and Ethan fall in love, and face unspeakable odds. Lena is fighting a dark power that controls several members of her family, and has killed a few of them along the way. History is repeating itself, over 150 years later, leaving Lena and Ethan to figure out how to change the course of events before Lena is the next one to be claimed.

And if you haven’t seen the TV spots or trailer, Lena is a witch. And in this book series (there are four books), you’re either a Light witch (basically you’re good) or a Dark witch (Basically, it’s Succubus or Incubus-level bad).

Anyway, the back cover of my book reads (and I quote):

“Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight or HBO’s True Blood series.”

These aren’t even close to those books. Yes, we’re dealing with dark elements, and there are two people with dark hair who are in love, but that’s where it ends. Because I have been quite candid in the past about the elements of Twilight, I won’t get into that again. Basically, Ethan is not obsessive or controlling, nor does he have a fairy light that comes out of his hands. He and Lena do have a connection, but to reveal that is to reveal a possible spoiler. Anyway, if you like books about witches that have a bit of a love story through history interwoven in them, you should pick up this book.

My particular favorite character was Uncle Macon Ravenwood, who knows how to put small-minded people in their places.

The 2012 Retrospective Post

2012 was an interesting year. A year that rang in without much pomp or circumstance, and I ended up kissing Eoin Macken’s handsome visage in a photo. But, my being single isn’t the point of this post. I am not feeling like adding links like I usually do, so I apologize in advance. I also typed this out December 21, so things might be added that you didn’t know about.

  • There was the whole “Eoin Macken is a homophobe” thing that happened around January 3, sending me into protective mode, and I bombarded you all with that.
  • Then there was my stupid idea to re-join OkCupid (if I ever suggest doing that after moving out of California, tell me to stop being an idiot), and thus meeting the myriad of characters and attractive males over the Internet, that made me realize finding a guy without the Internet is probably a good idea (at least for me).
  • I defended the Irish accent, and again became defensive of Eoin Macken (check out March for that).
  • April was amazing, as was National Poetry month (and I totally plan to do that again in 2013). The vertigo on the other hand, was not.
  • May found me writing/sharing more poems, reviewing Eoin Macken’s films, sharing my obsession over my iPhone, and talking about Gay Marriage.
  • In June I spoke of BJG (blond Jewish guy), sex education, and many other things.
  • July was my birthday, and discussing movies
  • August was sharing post month. I shared a lot of personal things with you all, and you didn’t run away.
  • September was upheaval. I decided to take a chance, and went back to school (technically not until October 29). My sister also quit her job, and decided to move up here.
  • October started changes. My sister moved up here, and moved back to San Diego. I started school, my dad called me a loser, and I cried as hard as I did when Bradley broke up with me (I almost wrote his real name).
  • November is Thanksgiving, whining about Psychology, and talking some more about Bradley.
  • And here we are, in December. It’s the 21st as I write this, and it seems we’ve made it through the Mayan Apocalypse. Although, they say it’s not officially supposed to happen until the 23rd. which is ridiculous if you ask me. I am just about done with my first term in college (I just have to type and clean up my Research Essay).

Hopefully, everyone has a safe and happy New Year. I will be ringing in the New Year once again with a photo of Eoin Macken, and since he was quite photogenic in 2012, I have plenty to choose from. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to repaint some fingernails.

Seeing This Made Me Sad

Here comes a post about Scott. As of next week, it will have been seven years since I first spoke to him. Crazy how the time passes when you think the endless sadness will never go away. And this being my introduction, I just want to warn and apologize if I sound like I haven’t moved on from him at some point in this. Because despite what you think, I have. Continue reading “Seeing This Made Me Sad”

Analyzing the Meaning Behind The Wizard of Oz

Since I am currently taking my midterm for Psychology, I thought I would show you an example from one of my English Composition books about The Wizard of Oz. As I read it, I thought of a previous post in which I explain why I deeply adore the Wicked Witch of the West.

Agent: Powerful women in both Kansas and Oz are shown as “wicked” and abusive. In contrast, Auntie Em and Glenda are considered “good” because of their feminine and homespun qualities. Glenda knows magic but uses it only in small ways and primarily acts as a nurturing figure. (Fallows, 2011).

While the characters in the film The Wizard of Oz do not wear buttons stamped with the phrase “Question Authority,” the film as a whole strongly suggests that we do so. Though the characters Dorothy encounters look to the wizard to grant them a brain, a heart, and courage, they already show plenty of intelligence, feeling, and bravery. It’s only after Toto inadvertently exposes the real wizard’s “smoke and mirror” contraption that they see the phony behind the curtain and realize that they don’t need his validation to prove their self-worth. Likewise Dorothy learns to stand up to questionable authorities, and though she chooses to remain in the home, she has helped inspire countless others to say “no” to the rigid roles that restrict them. (Fallows, 2011).

So these excerpts from my book show that loving the Witch isn’t a bad thing, but a way of asserting that I am a modern woman, whose place is not just in the kitchen, tending to the children and the farm, but as a human being with just as much equal rights as a man.

Excerpts are taken from: 

Randall Fallows, Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis v. 1.0, 2011