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Currently Reading: The Historian

the historian Truthfully, this is actually my second attempt at reading this book. I bought it a couple of years back at a cousin’s recommendation, read about a third of the book but got distracted by something else. I’d lent the book to Dude but he never got around to reading it so I thought, why not give it another go.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a refreshing new look at the Dracula myth and lore. The story starts out with the main character writing down her story for her successor. She retells her story from her late teens when she first discovered the lore behind Dracula and the history of the man. The interesting bits start happening when her father goes missing and she goes in search of him while at the same time, trying to evade something ominous that’s following her.

The book is an interesting read but it can be a little draggy in the beginning. I’ve read about two thirds of the book and I must say that it’s at its most interesting and I can’t wait to finish it.

So, what do I think of it so far?

I found it most fascinating and interesting that the story isn’t told in the usual third person or a singular first person point of view. The story and the entire background of the whole book was (so far) told through multiple first person point of views; the main character’s, her father’s and even the father’s mentor. I love that some of the more interesting background stories were told through letters.

I love the fact that the movie included a lot of factual history about Vlad the Impaler. It was like reading both a horror book and a history book (which I love) at the same time.

However, it does get a little confusing. I had to go back and check whose point of view the story was being told in when I wasn’t paying attention to the punctuation being used.

I must admit that I’m a big fan of horror movies and books. I don’t get creeped out that easily or get nightmares very often from them, but this book does creep me out a little and I even had trouble sleeping due to my over active imagination.

Overall, I think it’s a really good book, just don’t expect the vampires to be like what you’d see in the movies.

Happy July!

Half the year has passed and so begins the next half of the year. What have you achieved in the last six months? Personally, I haven’t achieved all that much. Other than going to school, having exams and discovering that I’m single again, nothing much.

For me, July has traditionally been Harry Potter month. The books and some of the movies were released in the 7th month of the year. July is also the birthday month of both the author and the title character of the series. So many wonderful memories tied to this month.

They recently released the trailer for part 1 of The Deathly Hallows and the tiny Harry Potter fan within, sprung to life and squealed like a teenager. The trailer is after the jump.

I could watch that over and over again.

Or course, I’ll be watching Mints just for the LOLZ but I’ll be wearing this t-shirt.

buffy staked edward

Since I don’t really want to get attacked by the TwiFans, I’ll be going with a group of friends; all of them wearing the same t-shirt.

Maybe do we have a deathwish but we’ll go out laughing.

Why Twilight Made Me Laugh

Never in my life have I ever been a disruptive movie goer but today, I was that person in the theater who made so much noise that I think a number of people, besides my sisters, would love to wring my neck.

I laughed at inappropriate moments but I couldn’t help it, it was funny.

    1) The smouldering looks that they give each other

    2) The half snarl that is always at Bella’s lips

    3) The cheesiness of their declarations

    4) Bella’s overly emotive answers

    5) Edward’s tortured, I-want-to-eat-you-but-I-can’t-because-I-love-you look

The list isn’t extensive but I’m definitely getting the DVD just so that I can add to this list.

This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the movie, I did! They did a very good job of bringing the essence of the book to the movies. It’s got every single bit of teen angst and cheesy, Mary Sue-esque bit is up there on the screen. Basically, Everything in the book, is in the movie. What more can you ask for?

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Feeding My Vampirism Addiction

If you don’t know that I have an obsession with all things vampires, where the hell have you been? With my renewed interest in the Twilight series, so does my interest in my other vampire books and my collection of vampire movies.

As of earlier today, I’d finished all three Blade movies and a vampire novel by Michele Bardsley. I’m going to have to go through my DVD pile and pick out the vamp movies to watch in the morning but I think I’ll just finish The Mummy first, since it’s already in the player.

In fact, after I’m done with The Mummy, I should finish up the last few discs of Buffy season seven and Angel season 5. I had overdosed myself with it earlier but since I’m back in the vampire cycle (Yes, I have cycles for my obsessions. Shut up.) I might as well finish it up. I know that Nathan Fillion is in the last season of Buffy, so that’s a good motivation, even if he is evil. I think the evils ones are almost always sexier (read = Angelus and Spike).

Anyway, another movie that I enjoy but haven’t watched in a long while is Frostbite, a Swedish vampire movie. I’m not sure what other people’s standards of vampire movies but I enjoyed it. Some parts are a little weird but generally I find it funny. Take a look at the trailer:

What’s your favourite vampire movie?

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New Moon


New Moon is the second book in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve sort of talked about the first book in the series, Twilight, in a previous post. I started on the second book but only managed a chapter before I got distracted by something else. So it’s been sitting on a pile of books, among other piles of books, gathering dust for the past months. Then I realised that the movie based on the first book will be out in November and I have yet to finish the series. On top of that, reading that other bloggers are also reading the series, rekindled my interest in the book.

I just finished it a few days back and I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts are brilliant, the way she describes the heart break that Bella felt when Edward left, the hole in her chest and the zombie-like life that she had been living. The sadness made me cry and it was embarrassing to be tearing up over a young adult novel in a public transport.

However, when she starts bandying about phrases like “truest love”, “I will die without you” and “I don’t want to live in a world where you don’t exist”, it starts to sound like cheesy Mary Sue-ish fan fiction. Trust me, I’ve read (and written) a lot of those in the past few years my time, so I know what I’m talking about.

Overall, it’s not a bad book. I can see how the deep love/bond between the main characters would appeal to the female fans, young and mature alike. I did enjoy the book despite the cheesy parts. Although, unlike other books of the same genre, I couldn’t get into it as easily. I’m easily distracted but then, my attention span isn’t as long as it used to be.

In a recent trip to the book store, I got the other two books in the series; Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I had to finish reading the series since I already have the first two books. I had to find out what happened, though I did read the spoilers at Wikipedia.

So anyway, long story short, I don’t hate the book. I read the book so that I that I know what to expect in the movies and also see how much they changed the book content. I might read something else first before going on to the third book in the series.

I leave you now with the trailer for the movie Twilight.

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Obsession Almost Complete

If you’ve seen the way I watch DVDs, you’ll realise how obsessive I am with series and box sets. When I like a series, I’ll go out of my way to collect it all. What started as a mild crush on David Boreanaz ended up with me reliving my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. In fact, it was the entire Buffyverse.

My collection is now complete! Feast your eyes on it:

Buffy Seasons 1-7

Angel Seasons 1-5

The one that started it all, the original.

Actually, it’s not really right to say that my collection is complete as season 8 of Buffy and season 6 of Angel are continued as graphic novels. Currently, I only have Volume one of Buffy S8 and I know that volume 2 is now out at Kinokuniya.

Guess what I’m going to do the next time I’m at the book store?

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If I Was A Vampire

I would be exactly like Angelus, you know, the evil side of Angel from Buffy.

He’s all evil, merciless and his love for pain and torture, man, I could do all that. Especially seeing that you wouldn’t have a soul or a conscience, it would be oh so easy to rip someone’s arm off and beat them to death with it.

Sure, I’m a little bloodthirsty but then, who isn’t?

Take a look at the video and I dare you to tell me that his evil side isn’t hot and sexy.

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