Monday, February 28, 2011

Let the Right One In

I'm fairly certain I've talked about either the film or the book before, but I had the random urge to talk about them again.  Let the Right One In (both book and film) is among my favorites.  I'm not sure how I came across it, but I read the book last summer.  Unused to the style of translated/foreign novels, it took me a while to read.  That said, a "while" for me, book-wise, is typically a week to a week and a half - I love to read and once I get into a book, I immerse myself in it until I've finished the book (at the latest) on the second day of reading.  I've always enjoyed reading since I was a kid, and I never understood other kids' aversion to books.  I still don't.  There are books out there for everyone - all sorts of genres appealing to all sorts of tastes! It's like ice cream - there are all sorts of wonderful flavors that you get to try, but you always have a favorite.  For me, my go-to genre is fiction.  Very broad, I know, but there are all sorts of lovely fiction books!  As a fourth/fifth grader, I was enamored with the Dragonlance series (yes, one of those never-ending fantasy series - don't judge me), among others.  In middle school, it was Garth Nix (primarily his Old Kingdom/Abhorsen trilogy, but his other stories are similarly enticing).  In regards to high school, I'm ashamed to admit that the Twilight series was among my favorites.  But I also first read Harry Potter in high school which I readily admit is infinite times better than Twilight, and I hope that somehow redeems me.  Now, in University, I sadly don't have too much time for reading.  But I absolutely adore The Hunger Games trilogy, and a number of other random fiction books.  I suppose fiction appeals to the escapist in me.  I am unashamed to admit that I am an escapist and while some psychologists see it as a bad thing, I find that it's a much safer/better escape than say, smoking.  But I digress.  

The original point of this post was to talk about my never-ending love for John Avjinde Lindqvist's story about a lonely vampire-child who meets a lonely human-child and form a strange, yet powerful friendship.  Both the film and the novel are wonderful, but I haven't read the novel since last summer and my memory is very poor, so I won't talk about that as much. Although, the style was very different from the fast-paced English texts I am so used to.  Let the Right One In was written in a very slow manner, introducing characters and back-stories that seem completely irrelevant until the point that they suddenly become, well, relevant.  The book is not rushed, and I like it all the better for it.  The film holds that same quality (although a tiny bit more fast-paced considering it is condensed) - it is not rushed, and holds a subtle sort of quiet beauty about it.  There are few digitally altered scenes, no flashiness, no explosions, and no gun fights.  The little violence it has is not overly gory, and is not so stylized as to be unrealistic.  For a "horror" film, it is really beautiful.  I disagree completely with the genre it's been given, but I'll get to that later.  There are no cheap scares or typical Scary-Movie-Music.  The music is actually really nice, and there are some similarly pretty shots of frozen Sweden.  Regarding the genre, I've seen it listed as "horror" and "vampire" but I really don't agree with those.  While yes, some of the subject matter is horrifying and yes, there are vampires - they don't really sum up the movie as a whole.  I would consider it to be something of a platonic love story? Does that make sense, Let the Right One In fans? Regardless of the genre, this is such a beautiful film with a great story.  Be warned though, the novel is much more... explicit than the film, and is subsequently more disturbing.  I still suggest it, though!  Don't be turned off by that, I advise you read it for yourself and gauge what you think by your own reading experience.  Best way to do it, I find. 

I think it's hard not to like, at least by the end of the novel/film, the two main characters, Eli and Oskar.  Yes, Eli is a killer.  Yes, Oskar wishes/d he was a killer.  But they're really just two young, lonely souls who've been victims to those stronger or more powerful than they.  They find this beautiful solace and friendship in each other (I know I've been using "beautiful" way too much, but it's fitting).  They are safe in one another, moreso than they've possibly been in their entire lives.  The innocent relationship they share is so touching, and so innocent - it seems like the one pure, good thing in the story.  

Ah, this post has been all over the place, I apologize.  When I'm really passionate/excited about something, I become thoroughly unorganized and I end up with jumbled rants.  But I really hope you do watch the film/read the book and come to enjoy it, as well.  Oh, I've forgotten to mention, if you do watch it (which you should!), make sure to watch in theatrical release subtitles.  Dubs are always stupid, and the original DVD-release subtitles are similarly so.  I know Target sells the theatrical-release subtitled DVD for $10!  And I'm sure it's available on Netflix or something, though I'm not sure about the subtitles.
Also, weird and somewhat irrelevant fact: my friends seriously think I look like Eli.  It's pretty hilarious. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Year 20 and Yoga

 As of yesterday, February the 24th, I am officially no longer a teenager! I am now twenty years old - totally crazy.  I still feel the same, obviously, but it's so bizarre that I'm now in my twenties.  I don't look it at all, nor do I feel it.  But you can't deny the facts! I had a small party with my family yesterday, and my mom made one of my favorite Arabic dishes for dinner.  And take a good look at that tasty cake, because she made it too! Isn't it awesome? We agreed that we'd get a really small cake this year (considering we never finish birthday cakes), and a two-tiered masterpiece was her idea of "small" apparently.  I'm not complaining, though, I absolutely loved it, :)
Two of my birthday gifts - a Hunger Games tee (Mockingjay on the front, "Down With the Capitol!" spray-painted on the back), and a lovely, soft IKEA pillow that I always point out when we go. 

Last Friday, I tried yoga for the first time - specifically bikram, or hot, yoga.  It was intense! I was walking around like an old woman for a few days afterwards as well (I am most definitely out of shape), but I really enjoyed it! I went again today, there was a different teacher who was a lot less intense, so I didn't end up drowning in sweat like last time.  It feels really good though, so I hope to stick with it! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

on this day, the fourteenth of February anno domini Two-Thousand and Eleven, I wish you a joyous holiday

Little Sister made this adorable Valentine for one of her friends at school! She also loves science, so that's why most of the words are comprised of various elements from the Periodic Table.

Happy Valentine's Day! Or, as some kids from the land of Tumblr are referring to it as, Happy Forever Alone Day for all us singles, :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Do bats make good pets?

Because after seeing these baby ones rescued from flooding in Australia a few weeks ago, I decided that they are beyond adorable:
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, DO THEY GET ANY CUTER?! If so, I would probably die of cute overload. Now do you see why I'd want a baby bat?  You can read more about the story of these baby bats here!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

a composition of the past couple weeks in low-quality webcam photos

  I've been too lazy to take any decent photos.  Anyways, here's my outfit today.  I spent most of the day reading schoolbooks, so I decided dressing like a librarian might motivate me to concentrate (it didn't).  I've got a few photos to put up of sledding last weekend, and they'll probably be up by this week.  If you watch the Superbowl, hope your team wins and hope you have a fun Superbowl Sunday! As for me, I personally am not into American football and will probably skip out, :)
Here's a few more photos (via my crappy webcam of some outfits, etc):
Getting ready to ride the train to stay the weekend at my friend's house in Virginia! Wearing a Hunger Games tee - have you read the trilogy? I highly recommend them, they're some of my favorites! :)
Rather than arm myself, I hide under blankets and get on the internet when I'm afraid I'll be the next target of a late-night burglar.
Clean room!
New nail polish given to me by Little Sister! It's supposed to help strengthen your nails and comes in a lovely pink shade.
unsuccessful attempt at menswear (but I have to share this amazing deal with you all - I bought that sheer black blouse for only $3 from H&M during their winter sale!)
First day of the Winter/Spring Semester!
Successful attempt at menswear!
HANUTA FIX (I haven't had these tasty little bastards since I left Germany, and now I found them at the international section of the commissary - the military grocery store! Eeeeee!)
Have a good week!