You know that movie, about a girl dying in cancer, that I watched yesterday? I watched it before I went to bed and then I had a oh so lovely dream about dying, in cancer of course. I don’t remember any details, only that I was really scared and cried. I have a vague memory of waking up in the middle of the night with streaks of tears on my cheeks.
My subconscious often direct dreams based on movies or TV-series I’ve watched. As someone with a passion for post-apocalyptic films and being a fan of The Walking Dead I have a lot of dreams about either the end of the world or zombies. Or both. Mostly they’re more interesting than scary though. More cosy catastrophe than horror.
Dreams about dying on the other hand, not so cosy. Note to self: watch happy movies before bedtime!
I shouldn’t watch sad movies, I’m too sensitive, they bring me down too much. I shouldn’t watch movies like Now Is Good, based on one of my favourite books Before I Die, by Jenny Downham. I really shouldn’t watch movies like that, or read books like that. I should also stop reading blogs written by people dying in cancer. I’m too scared of death and is brought to tears way too easily. Stories about dying people first makes me cry and then makes me worry I might be suffering from some horrible deadly illness too, without knowing. It’s really not good for me. I should only watch happy movies and only read happy books. That would be better for me.
Besides being a bit misty eyed from watching a really sad movie I’m fine. I’m busy preparing for Christmas and really shouldn’t be up this late. Tomorrow I need to go downtown to run some errands, then I need to clean the flat, put together a gingerbread house, pay the bills, post Christmas cards, wrap the last gifts and dye my hair and eyebrows. I’m not quite sure how I’ll manage doing all that but I’ll at least try getting up early. I’m really good at that. Not. I suck at getting up early, real bad.
By the way, you should all read Before I Die and then watch Now Is Good.
It’s such a shame my inactivity in the blogosphere has made my site loose like half of it’s visitors. The daily hits used to be twice as many and I used to get a lot more comments as well. I really miss that. Oh well, it is as it is.
Today because of computer malfunction I’m in a really crappy mood and therefore don’t have much to say. I’ll leave you with some photos instead.
In August I bought tree more books in the Vampire Chronicles series. Just a few more and I’ll have all of the books.
Here’s my entire collection of books. 413 in total. Organized according to colour.
On the IMBD forums I’ve seen a lot of people in favour or American re-makes because they think they’re easier to follow than subtitled movies in the original for them foreign language. There’s also many countries (Most of central and southern Europe) that dub just about everything in another language than their native one. For me as a Swede I have a hard time understanding what they find so difficult about subtitles. Sure in some less developed countries where a large percentage of the population can’t read it’s one thing but when Americans prefer re-makes and French and Germans dubbed movies it’s just silly. Personally my reading skills were good enough to follow subtitles when I was seven and it’s been working well for me ever since.
I think it’s especially silly when people (Americans, it’s always Americans) complain about how it’s hard to follow a movie in a language they don’t understand with subtitles they do understand. Personally I think it’s harder to follow a movie in a language you do understand with subtitles in another language you also understand.
The things is no matter how good the subtitles are not everything can be accurately translated. Take humorous puns like this for example: “What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing – but it let out a little whine”. Translated to Swedish the words “whine” and “wine” have no similarity to each other which means that directly translated the joke no longer makes sense. The usual solution to this is replacing the joke with a similar one. It works but when you understand the spoken English and get the joke it’s a bit annoying reading a completely different joke in the Swedish subtitles. That is what you could call hard to follow. Hearing one thing in one language and reading another in another language. Yet here in Sweden where almost everyone understand English we don’t complain because we’re used to this.
What do I want to say with this? That people who think subtitles makes movies hard to follow should think about how we do it in Sweden and how we manage well despite the fact that most of us understand both the spoken language and the subtitled one. Dubbing makes movies look weird and re-makes… well isn’t that just extremely unnecessary? Just read the damn subtitles.
When I was a teenager it bothered me that the actors depicting teenagers in TV-series always were in their twenties. A show I watched a bit was Dawson’s Creek (I’m not proud of it OK?! >_<) and at the beginning in 1998 they were all supposed to be 16. The youngest of the actors playing the leads was actually 20 and the oldest 27! So here’s a show I’m as a teenager is supposed to identify with but yet they put a 27 year old in it? All it did was create these weird ideals of how to look which obviously were impossible to follow for most teenagers.
Now though, more than ten years later, I look at this in a kind of different way… You see I still enjoy TV-series and movies set in a high school environment. I might be 26 and prefer to watch movies about people my age but I can still appreciate something set in that environment because well, been there done that. I can relate because once upon a time in a not too distant past I was a teenager myself.
Not much have changed in the casting of actors for these series and movies in the past ten years. I have changed though. Now I’m very happy to see someone aged 27 playing a 16 year old because for obvious reasons I prefer to look at 27 year old guys rather than 16 year old kids. Take Glee for example. The character Finn is 16 but the guy who plays Finn, well he’s 27, my age that is. And damn he’s hot! And don’t kill me now Twilight haters but I think Rob Pattison is hot. Well at least in his vampire make-up. So he plays a 17 year old but in actuality he’s 23, not that much younger than me. Great!
I still think they should try to hire actors who are around the age they portray for a more realistic feel but I’m not really complaining any more. I’m glad they did choose Rob Pattison rather than a real seventeen year old.
Comparing Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.
CHARACTERS: The Vampire Chronicles: Intelligent, sophisticated, gorgeous, complex. The Twilight Saga: Intelligent, sophisticated, gorgeous.
I prefer the VC characters.
STORYLINE: The Vampire Chronicles: Complex and philosophical. The Twilight Saga: Well it’s a love story and that’s it.
I prefer the VC storyline.
MYTHOLOGY: The Vampire Chronicles: Very interesting and detailed. The Twilight Saga: The werewolves have a mythology but the vampires don’t. Pretty disappointing.
I prefer the VC mythology.
GIFTS: The Vampire Chronicles: The regular stuff plus a few extra. The Twilight Saga: The regular stuff plus a lot more.
I prefer the TS gifts.
SETTING: The Vampire Chronicles: From ancient Rome to present day Los Angeles. The Twilight Saga: From Forks to Rome.
I prefer the VC setting.
I do like Twilight. I actually do. I guess it’s pretty obvious that I think it’s no way near as great as The Vampire Chronicles though. Those are the best books about vampires I’ve so far read in my life. Don’t think you know the story just because you’ve seen the movies. The books are far greater than that sorry attempt of a movie Queen of the Damned and the pretty good but nowhere near as great as the book Interview With The Vampire. I guess something that obviously makes The Vampire Chronicles storyline richer and more complex is the fact that it consists of many more books than The Twilight Saga. And the fact that it’s written for an adult audience (at least in my 26 year old eyes) makes it better as well.
With all this said I still look forward to seeing New Moon. Like I said, I do like Twilight. It’s just not the best vampire story out there.
Tonight I’ve watched Ghost, two drama movies, “Det okända” (the unknown) and now Rescue Mediums. Watching one movie and two TV-shows involving ghosts at night isn’t a good idea since I’m a bit scared of the dark. Anything involving ghosts should be watched in daylight.
I’m a skeptic and have a hard time believing in things which can’t be explained. I do however think that out of all the supernatural things people claim are real ghosts are what is most likely to actually exist. Even if I don’t believe in god and am absolutely terrified of dying I think that perhaps, maybe there are ghosts. It’s a big maybe though.
The very thought of such things freaks me out though. I’ve seen too many horror movies and you know it’s hard to defend yourself against a ghost. So after watching things on TV with ghost in them I need to sleep with the lights on. If I don’t I get this panicky feeling that maybe there’s something hiding in the darkness. Of course there never is but you never know.
Speaking of which. I recently watched the re-make of Amityville Horror and god that movie freaked me out. The original version was the first horror movie I ever watched and it scared the shit out of me. It was nice that the new version did as well. And I actually think the new version is better than the old one. Mainly because of the storyline concerning Jodie.
Another movie which also scares the shit out of me is Evil Dead. Black magic, evil spirits and extremely disturbing possessions. Who isn’t freaked out by that?! I also like the re-make of House on Haunted Hill. I know it’s not highly rated but I find it extremely scary.
Know any good movies similar to those I mentioned? If so please let me know. I’m always up for a good scare.
By the way, if you know me offline or online ask me about the password for the previous post. I won’t give it to people I don’t know.
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