Fangs and My Supernatural Interest

I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon right away when it comes to the latest trends, but once I find something interesting, I can’t seem to pull away.  This explains my recent fascination with vampires (of course I’m still intrigued by mermaids).  Vampires have become more mainstream in recent pop culture.  I barely noticed their recent “rise from the grave” (sorry, couldn’t resist) and was slow to catch on to all the hype but now I’m hooked.

It all started when my cousin’s husband rented Twilight to watch on a low-key Friday nightI hadn’t known too much about the movie and I figured it was another weird Sci-Fi movie that my cousin’s husband was interested in.  From what I can remember, having watched it almost 2 years ago, I thought it was a pretty cool idea.  At the beginning of summer, I read the first book and by the end of the summer I’d read all the books in Stephenie Meyer’s series and I couldn’t put them down.  The creativity of the good vs. bad vampires and vampires vs. werewolves  story was fascinating.  I’m also a sap for a love story and at the time had just started dating George so you can’t really blame me for falling for Bella and Edward’s romance.  I have to admit that I’ve also seen all the movies and they aren’t as good and each one gets worse and more angsty.  I do plan to go see the last movie when it comes out in hopes that it may redeem what the other 2 lost.  Most likely that will not happen so the laughs from it will make it worth it.

I’m trying to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I say “trying” because I start reading it and then pick up another book and forget about it and then remember it again and so it’s a constant back and forth.  Maybe I’ll let you know how it goes when I’m done but so far the vamp gives me the creeps.  There would be no way I was going to stay at his castle with him no matter how much he paid me!

We were Bill and Sookie for Halloween.

Currently, I’m reading Definitely Dead (book #6 in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series) by Charlaine Harris.  I picked up the first book while waiting at Heathrow airport and saw the sticker on it which said that it was now the HBO original series True Blood.  I remembered I had heard good reviews on it, and I figured the Twilight books were pretty interesting and since they had blurred my perception  that not all vampires are out of control human blood-suckers (like Dracula), I thought I’d give it a try since I had 7 hours to kill. I really enjoyed the book, decided to watch the show, and ended-up becoming a huge fan of both.  The series follows the main character, Sookie Stackhouse in her hometown of Bon Temps, Louisiana.  It starts off with vampires having revealed themselves after a synthetic blood, “True Blood” is invented and is allows them to sustain without having to feed on humans.  Sookie comes to learn that there are more supernatural beings in the world than people are aware of.  She ends up dating a vampire, a were, and in the current book, a tiger-shifter.  I can totally relate to her, we both seem to attract weirdos.  True Blood’s season 3 starts next month and Sookie will be introduced to yet another supernatural being that I find interesting, witches!

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Jersey Shore: love it or hate it, it’s still an obsession!

Ohhh the Jersey Shore.  I think most of us who saw the previews for season 1 a few years ago thought it was the most ridiculous concept and would immediately flop…..boy were we wrong!  I would like to take this time to congratulate MTV and the creators of the show on a crazy concept, well executed. They’ve made a fan out of me.

(Be aware that this post will most definitely be using guido lingo).

I didn’t watch TV very much in college and so I watched the first 2 seasons randomly if I was watching MTV and there happened to be an episode on. Now, that I no longer have “Thirsty Thursdays” in my schedule, my Thursday nights were spent in bed, mindlessly drooling over all the idiotic dramatic juiciness put on by the guidos and guidettes on season 3 of the Jersey Shore.  I guess it’s entertaining to see this (as self-proclaimed-guidette, Snooki claims) lifestyle.  The fights, the lingo, and the trashiness of it all!

This show caused a lot of controversy not only with audiences, but politicians as well.  The governor of NJ said the show was offensive and gave NJ a bad name.  1. Most of the cast members are not from NJ. 2. Having lived in NJ for 5 years, I’d say that the 3 cast members who are from NJ are perfect representations of the kids who I went to school with 3. They never mention representing NJ, only that they really love spending their summers there.  I don’t see any bad naming in that.

Let’s take a minute and think about the impact this show has had on us and the cast. 

1.      Fist-pumping is no longer a signature move in the Jersey clubs. 
2.      The Situation released an abs-workout video so that we flubbies can now know his secrets. 
3.      The Situation, Snooki, and JWoww are now authors.
4.      “Grenade” “fresh to death” “smush” “gorilla” “pouf” and other guido lexicons have really eased our lives when it comes to describing people and things.
5.      Ronnie is now a spokesperson for Xenadrine and can become an even bigger “juice head” (oops, forgot that one in #4) than he already is.
6.      Sammi Sweetheart and The Situation have their own jewelry lines.
Sad, that my guilty pleasure is done for the season but I’m looking forward to il dramma in Italia next season.

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