I Can’t Help But Compare…

I’ve seen a lot of vampire movies, and read a lot of vampire stories, but I don’t want to talk about the movies today.

I want to talk about the books.

The first vampire story I read was Dracula by Bram Stoker. It was fascinating and very entertaining, if a bit of a laborious read being as old as it is… and I loved it. The next one I read was Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, the book on which the movie is based. It was fantastic!! Anne Rice had a whole new take on how vampires were created, how they aged, how they survived and how they could be killed. For lack of a better phrase, her approach was realistic! It made sense! It made them far more believable than the magical, mythical vampires of ancient stories and folk-lore. I was completely hooked and I read all the vampire stories she wrote.

The movie didn’t have a patch on the book… but does a movie ever do a book justice?

Then, with many years passing since my reading of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, I read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. I was curious since there was such a hype about it, but the sickly-sweet, teenage-angst-riddled and completely ridiculous story about sparkly vampires completely paled in comparison to Anne Rice. By the time I got the the fourth chapter I was so pissed off with the main character and her constant “…oh but why me…?” whining that I almost tossed it! But I can’t not finish a book once I’ve started reading it. Call it what you will, I had to finish it. Thereafter I gave it to my sister’s teenage step-daughter who fell in love with Edward, as I expected she would since the story was aimed at her age group. Then I ordered the second one meaning to give it to her for her birthday, but she bought them herself so I was stuck with it.

Then about a month ago, I needed some reading material and found the book in my bookshelf. I thought maybe I’d exaggerated the level of irritation with the first book, so I started reading it. I realised very quickly that it was a mistake… but I had to finish it.

I’ve watched Vampire Diaries on TV, and it was bearable but still a little cliche. πŸ˜€ And I rather enjoy True Blood, though I do occasionally wish someone would put that bloody Sookie out of my misery… πŸ˜›

I think the next time I feel like a vampire read I’ll re-read Anne Rice. Unless someone can recommend something…?

I’m Miserable With Flu

… and I’m feeling sorry for myself, and instead of sleeping off a Med-Lemon, I’m moping.

Feel free to jump to another blog instead of reading this codeine induced drivel.

I wish I was a writer. I fancied myself one once. My teachers thought I could be one when I was in high school.Β I realised later, that I may have been one of the better essay writers in my class, I’m not a writer.Β But I am a blogger, so I get to pretend sometimes. πŸ˜‰

I wish I was a photographer. I had the idea that I could do it professionally, long ago. But I’m not. I’m a happy snapper with a fantastic camera that my darling husband gave to me because he knows I like to pretend.

I’m always a little jealous of the writers and photographers I know and admire.

Ppfffft…

I have a few things that I NEED to blog about, but I can’t because I don’t have the privacy or anonymity I need in order to do so… and because I don’t usually use language on my blog like the language I have bouncing around in my mental blog post drafts.

I will update with a proper blog post, but for now I’m going to go and wallow a little more.

Holy Crap… Can We Slow Down Please!??

February is almost halfway through, and I am waaaaay behind!

I’m behind on my blog reading. I’m behind on the work I need to do on my wedding invitations. I’m behind on post writing. And then to crown it all, my blog suddenly will not allow me to load pictures- so I can’t even take part in this week’s Female2Female challenge! I am baking up a storm though- with lots of cupcake orders for this weekend I am more than busy enough.

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And now to make my life that liiiittle bit more interesting, my laptop has decided it won’t clip my 3G card into place anymore, so unless I’m at home with my darling Glugster’s iBurst modem, I can’t really go online.

IT SUCKS!!!

Me with no internet is not a good thing. Especially not at work. Thank goodness for my new Blackberry 9000 Smartphone- I can at least do my emails and tweet properly…

The Ankle Saga…

I know you’re all waiting to hear about our annual sibling supper- and its coming soon I promise… I just thought I’d mention the ankle first. πŸ™‚

This past Saturday it was 7 weeks since I damaged the ligaments in my right ankle. 7 WEEKS!!!Β And yesterday for the first time, it didn’t ache all the time! Yesterday and today I can actually walk on it without the crutch and it doesn’t hurt with every step.

It still hurts, make no mistake, especially when I sleep without the brace on and I twist it in my sleep… and after a day at work which includes driving myself to and fro.

I have gained a lot of mobility but I’m nowhere near as flexible as I was yet. I’m still doing physio, and I’m doing the exercises she gave me that I can do myself… but it’ll still be a while before I can wear my beloved Nine West’s again πŸ™

Its getting better at last! I am so so happy! And I am determined to go to Oz without needing the crutch.

Top Ten Tuesday

…is another stolen blogging idea- this time from SleepyJane!!
This is my first top ten Tuesday list, and my first list is going to be- brace yourselves- my ten favourite movies of all time! Hey… I never said these lists would be phenomenally interesting or anything! Anyhoodle, here hey are. They’re in no particular order, I tried- but I couldn’t order them without going back and rearranging them…!

1. Beetlejuice I saw this on the big screen with a gawjiss dude I had an immense crush on… we stayed very close friends for years too. It was this movie that got me hooked on Tim Burton’s style!

2. From Dusk Till Dawn was directed by Robert Rodriquez and written by Quentin Tarantino. I’m a fan of both of them. This is one of Damien’s favourites too.

3. The Lost Boys is a total cult classic by Joel Schumacher- he revamped the vampire movie genre completely! My knucklehead loves this one too, he even has a T-shirt.

4. Romeo and Juliet, the Baz Luhrmann version. The only movie I can think of that has ever made me cry. Ever.

5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang blew me away! I was home alone one Friday afternoon, with no Damien and before Glugs, and I saw this on the rental shelf. With Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer as top billing I was intrigued as I’d never heard of it. Lemme tell you, bunnies- I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice in a row!

6. Alien Ridley Scott’s absolute classic- I’ve lost count of how many times the knucklehead and I have seen this and we still jump!

7. Se7en is along the genre-lines of “Silence of the Lambs” I think. It’s scary, and has me on the edge of my seat every time I watch it. Kevin Spacey is quite chilling in his performance…

8. Lucky Number Slevin is a stroke of genius. Its one of those movies that only adds up right at the end, with a really juicy twist in it too!

9. Kill Bill 1 and Kill Bill 2 are absolute favourites. If you haven’t seen them, then go right ahead- just keep in mind they’re made to echo the manga comics and movies and for that reason are very over the top.

10. 12 Monkeys is a vastly underrated post-apocalyptic, science fiction movie, starring a Brad Pitt in a simply magnificent portrayal of a lunatic, and Bruce Willis as a stressed and confused time-traveler. I have it on DVD and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it.