Tuesday Tunes

https://soundcloud.com/lazyboyempire/vampire

This is how it starts, little bit of wine

Fire in my heart, gonna make you mine

Gimme something real, something more than love

Something I can feel, I want to suck your blood

Vampire

A-Z Book List: D for Dracula

Not the one that Johnny Depp plays in ‘Dark Shadows’. Nope… This is the one that made Francis Ford Coppola adapt it to a movie with Gary Oldman playing the role of Count Dracula. I am not sure how many of you have watched that movie. Such an amazing one. I remember scaring my friends in the hostel with that movie. Made sure the room was dark with not a single light on and played the movie on a computer (had bought the CD version of it), I can still hear their screams 😉 I think I am jumping the guns here. Let us go in order.

Name: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Fiction, Gothic, Classics

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When I started writing the genre of this book is when I realized that this is the first book I read in paranormal. Twilight series was the second. The fact that this Vampire belonged to the same genre totally skipped my mind 😛 Wonder why. I saw the movie first and was so enthralled by the screenplay, the cinematography and the acting, that I wanted to relive it through the book. A big mistake. In this case, I loved the movie more than the book. Of course the movie did take some artistic liberties and moved a little hither tither from the story, which is usual, but that sort of added some glamour to it. Made it more spooky and scary. And I am not a horror genre fan. I never watch horror movies, if I can help it. Again, no spoilers out here. So without going much into the story, let me tell you that I felt the book a little bit boring and the ending quite exhausting. I felt totally disappointed and to help me get back to a good mood, I had to watch the movie again. I gave it only three stars in Goodreads. Gary Oldman as the Dracula was so mesmerizing (can’t think of any other word). The book Dracula wasn’t so much. May be I was constantly trying to picture Gary Oldman in the  book and it didnt quite fit and that made all the difference ? May be. Not many movies outdo the books, according to me. This one definitely did. Did you find this book better than the movie? If so, let me know. Would love to know why? What did I miss?

 

PS: Check out the rest of the A-Z Book list here

A-Z Book List: B for Bella

I know, I know. If you are a person who reads a lot of books or watches movies, you know who Bella is. If you don’t, well….don’t bother unless you like some paranormal romance. Even then, just don’t go and watch the damn movie of that series.

After all that I am yet to say the name of the book….

Name: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Teen

And yes, I do have the whole series in paperback with me. This was my first (and if I remember correctly, my only) paranormal romance. So obviously, I was so enthralled and enamored by Vampires, Werewolves etc. The only character which got on my nerves was Bella. Edward of my imagination was way better than the one portrayed in movies (This post will end up being a rant if I start on that…so totally avoiding the movie adaptation part…in short…The movies of this book series sucks!) My friends keep making fun that Edward is a pedophile! And everytime they bring that up, my friends and I have a small fight. They can’t go spoiling my imagination with lines like that now, can they? But as much interesting and enthralling the first book was, once the series got into the depth of it, it became the usual ‘when will this finish’ feeling. It was still exciting  because this is the book where she decides if she wanted to go to the dark side or not (remember Vampire Diaries?) and the consequences of the same, she had to endure. The book was much bigger than the rest and even though that was sort of putting me off, I still had to complete the series. Can’t leave it just like that without reaching the completion now, can I? Also recently, when I told one girl in my gym that I like Twilight to some extent, she appreciated me saying that it took courage to accept that out loud… Seriously? It isn’t that bad. There are much trashier stories and books. And since I haven’t read any other paranormal romance, I don’t have anything to compare either. And after all, it is for Young Adult. All that hormones and pheromones and such stuff along with some fancy vampire and daring werewolf will cause our brains cells to scatter hither thither, at least a little bit 😉

PS: Check out the rest of the A-Z Book list here

Friday Link

Thanks to Brian for posting this. This version of ‘Twilight’ looks SO very interesting. It was so very well made that I couldn’t help but share. Watch and Enjoy. Comments disabled here

Brian D. Buckley

Buffy vs. Edward. Funny, and pretty good video editing work too.

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