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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Long Time No See!

Well, it's been awhile...

     You see, my original plan was to blame my needlessly long absence on the hecticness of NaNoWriMo, but seeing as I actually didn't complete much of anything during NaNo and it's WAY past November...I have no excuse...so deal with it. Anyways, I'm never sure what to post after a really long absence, so I just ramble in little short posts like these and try to make it look like I have a reason for not posting...so yeah...rambling has commenced...and is quickly fizzling out as I run out of things to say...you know, I have an idea! We're only five days away from Christmas, so how about some literature related Christmas songs? ENJOY!! :D


Twelve Days of the Hunger Games 



Cedric Baby (not sure what to make of the puppet...)


The Twelve Days of ChristMiz (Yep, this is Les Miserables Sara! But don't worry, you may not understand any of the references, but it's not spoilery)


That's all for now, folks!! Happy holidays, everyone!! 

~ Sam

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Books Can Be Funny! It's True! I promise!

Better Book Titles are hilarious. Here are some.


Animal Farm submitted by Tyler Snodgrass
Animal Farm
 
Better Book Titles
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
Ender's Game
Wuthering Heights
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
 
I FREAKING LOVE THESE!! I was laughing so hard. Gotta say, Wuthering Heights is my favorite. Basically my thoughts as I read that book. I can't remember what I ate for breakfast and this chick can remember entire conversations she had at the age of twelve. Well, I appologize for my (EXTREME)  lateness. Obviously, you can tell I've been up to a lot... what with looking up stuff like this. There are more Better Book Titles...HERE.
~Sara

Friday, October 5, 2012

Counting Down To NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is going to be the death of me.

 
 
     I don't know about everyone else who is planning on participating in NaNoWriMo 2012, but with just a month left until it kicks off, I am in one hundred percent panic mode. I can barely find the time simply to do my homework right now. How do I think I'm going to deal with all my school responsibilities as well as write an entire friggin' novel IN ONE MONTH. That doesn't even include all the other craziness in my life. Madness, I tell you. Madness. I guess the worst part for me is that I'm a perfectionist, and NaNoWriMo is all about not worrying about writing something absolutely amazing and instead simply writing. The whole idea of turning your inner editor "off" is going to be a challenge for me considering that my inner editor seems to be permanently working overtime. I told myself I was going to prepare myself in advance. Maybe outline a plot, create an entire cast of characters, develop complex themes, etc, etc. But you know, master procrastinators like me can't be bothered with "working ahead". So here I am with nothing but two underdeveloped characters and a vague idea for a story...in other words, I'm screwed. But you know what? I DON'T CARE. I'm going to do NaNoWriMo, even if what I write ends up being the single worst thing ever to be written in the history of writing and deserves to burned to a pile of ashes. I'll just have to edit like a crazy person right after and refuse to reveal it until I finish. So I hope you're ready Sara, because we may or may not lose our sanity in November (like it already isn't hanging by a thread).
 
~Sam
 


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book Haul

Basically. I bought a lot of books this spring/summer/early autumn. But there's a catch. 

I bought them all at yard sales and estate sales and thrift stores. It's like adopting a rescue dog versus buying from a puppy mill. Which is a pretty darn good simile.
Anyway all of these second hand places sell them cheap, and by cheap I mean two dollars or less. For the point of this comparison I'll say that I paid two dollars for every book. There were a few gifts from second hand bookstores that accept store credit. I'll get into those first. Hard back books are bold.
 
STORE CREDIT:
 
Harry Potter and the...
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Pheonix
Half Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows

Wuthering Heights

I recieved a kindle for christmas, and if you have a special amazon account you can get some of the classic books free so I have these on there right now...

FREE EBOOKS:

Wuthering Heights

Household Tales of the Brother's Grimm

Jane Eyre

Byron's Poetical Works, Vol 1

1,001 Arabian Nights

 Vanity Fair

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Emma

Call of the Wild

And then I bought a book on my kindle... for one dollar.

EBOOKS:

The Count of Monte Cristo

On to the yard sales/ estate sales/ goodwill... I'll lump them all together....

SECOND HAND:

The Help

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Gone With the Wind

The Lovely Bones

The Da Vinci Code

The Lucky One

My Sister's Keeper

Out of Africa

His Dark Materials...
The Golden Compass
The Ameber Spyglass

Sunday's at Tiffanys

The Vampire Lestat

Life of Pi

Wicked

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Vampire Diaries...
The Awakening
The Fury
Dark Reunion


Jurassic Park


I bought some books full price, I must digress... Well, just two...

FULL PRICE:

A History of the World In Six Glasses

Delirium

And amazon has a special on soft backs, I'm not sure if it still stands but there's a buy two get one deal.

BTGO:

The Vampire Diaries:
The Struggle

And I had to complete my Harry Potter set so I bought the following on ebay...

EBAY:

Harry Potter and the...
Sorcerer's Stone
Chamber of Secrets


So all in all that's 40 books. So if I bought them new it would look something like this... hard backs would be $20.00 and soft backs would be $10.00, but I'm rounding everything up to two dollars (the price of hard backs at your average thrift store and leaving free things free. I'll do a little comparrison.

Full price I would have paid  $490.
But I paid $65.
Technically less. Most of the books were a dollar or less which would have made that about $55... maybe less than that.
So that's exciting. It's kind of amazing where you can find books and how cheap they can be compared to their retail value. I saved four-hundred and twenty-five dollars. That's a freaking lot.

So... buy second hand, your saving book puppies from being put down, and you're saving your money... from a similar demise.
This little exercise also clued you in on some of the things I've decided to read soon. I've only read The Harry Potter Books, Sundays at Tiffanys, The Lovely Bones, Delirium, The Awakening, Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind, The Count of Monte Cristo, and some of the Grimm's Household Tales. Oh! And the History of the World in Six Glasses, but that was required. I've almost finished my side of the swap, so I have also read The Fault in Our Stars and Pandemonium. I'm reading the 'Curious Incident....' right now, and it's pretty darn good, but I'd like to get into either His Dark Materials or The Lord of the Rings... I don't know, either way. I have an essay to write first!

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, by the way Sam, I have to cram all of my homework in, last minute fashion and all of this math just irks me. I'm sure I miscalculated somewhere, just a little bit. Most likely counting the books. Ah, whatever! Looking forward to your post next week. It's nearly October... which means nearly one month till... NOVEMBER. o_O BYE!


~Sara

Monday, September 17, 2012

Random Stuff Is Random

Yes, I'm aware that it isn't Friday. I really have no excuse for not posting. I know. I'm a despicable human being. Here's a hamster to make it all better:



     Yep, I haven't posted in two weeks and I think that Sara wants to kill me I need to make up for it, so I'm going to try and make this an interesting post by just sharing everything I think is awesome and deserves to be shown off to you, Sara, and the rest of the world. Music, television shows, movies, etc. Don't worry, it's still relevant to the overall literature theme of our blog. They're all things that inspire me creatively :) See, it relates!
     Okay, first off: music. Oh, do I have a crap ton of songs to share. I'm just going to list them, but you will notice, Sara, that I've already told you about a bunch of them. I just couldn't resist posting them here though! Okay, here we go in no particular order:
Animal-Neon Trees
Prodigal-OneRepublic
Breakdown-Jack Johnson
Hazy-Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons
Kill Your Heroes-Awolnation
Lego House-Ed Sheeran
Kings and Queens-30 Seconds to Mars
World Spins Madly On-The Weepies
Round and Round-Imagine Dragons
Accidentally In Love-Counting Crows
Here I Am-Bryan Adams
This Is War-30 Seconds to Mars
You Could Be Happy-Snow Patrol
All Eyes-Imagine Dragons
Banana Pancakes-Jack Johnson
Bloodstream-Stateless
Wake Up-Awolnation
Hurricane-30 Seconds to Mars
Everybody Talks-Neon Trees
I Don't Mind-Imagine Dragons
Darling I Do-Landon Pigg & Lucy Schwartz
I Will Follow You Into The Dark-Death Cab For Cutie
Marchin On-OneRepublic
Beggars-Thrice
The A-Team-Ed Sheeran
Found You-Ross Copperman
The Man Who Can't Be Moved-The Script
Meteor Shower-Owl City
Amsterdam-Imagine Dragons
I Will Always Return-Bryan Adams
Look After You-The Fray
Far Away-Nickelback
Vox Populi-30 Seconds to Mars
Demons-Imagine Dragons
Pieces-Red
Iridescent-Linkin Park
All This Time-OneRepublic
I Need a Hero-Jennifer Saunders
It's Time-Imagine Dragons
Fix You-Coldplay
They'll Never Know-Ross Copperman
Iris-The Goo Goo Dolls
Turning Page-Sleeping At Last
Alibi-30 Seconds to Mars
Radioactive-Imagine Dragons
Be Still-The Fray
Better Together-Jack Johnson
Kiss Me Slowly-Parachute
Give Me Love-Ed Sheeran
Digging My Own Grave-Thrice
Run-Katherine McPhae
Run-Snow Patrol
Search and Destroy-30 Seconds to Mars
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall-Coldplay
Rhythm of Love-Plain White T's
Everybody Loves Me-OneRepublic
On My Way-Phil Collins
Kick Drum Heart-The Avett Brothers
Rescue Me-Daughtry
Rubik's Cube-Athlete
Dark Prince-Young Heretics

     Whew! That enough music for you? I told you it was a ton. Okay, now onto my favorite shows of all time again, in no particular order (I'm pretty sure you know every single one of these, Sara :P):
 
 Merlin
 
 
Avatar: The Last Airbender (the SHOW not the movie!!)
 
 
The Vampire Diaries
 
 
 
The Legend of Korra
 
 
And here are some shows that I'm seriously considering watching:
 
Game of Thrones
 
 
Doctor Who
 


So, are you tired yet? Yes? Well too bad, cause' now we're moving on to movies!!! :D Here are my top picks (I'm sure there's more, but I'm having a hard time remembering them all):

The Hunger Games
 
 
Tangled
 
 
 
War Horse
 
 
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
 
 
Shrek 1 & 2
 
All the Harry Potter Movies (of course!)
 
 
 
 
Next up, are trailers for movies that I am DYING to see:
 
 
Rise of the Guardians (Jack Frost is ADORABLE)
 
 
Epic
 
Whelp, I hope this incredibly long post suffices for my equally incredibly long absence! I'll be back next week!!
 
~Sam 
 
EDIT: I totally forgot to mention The Help in favorite movies!!!
 
 
 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Musical Muse

I've been listening to a lot of music lately... and writing down songs and artists... everywhere... seriously. Mirrors, notebooks, scraps of paper, on my hands. I'ts because I'm planning for nanowrimo.That's write. 

Now that we have returned to our blog I have returned to my puns. Be excited. All dull puns aside, we have been preparing for nanowrimo for a good solid three months, maybe longer, right? I feel so pressured. It's my first year doing this... I hardly have enough time as is to finish homework... and I want to just write it now! But I can't, so I'm preparing... I've been looking up strange medieval recipes analyzing personality types... sifting through meaningful names... and I've bought two HUGE reference books full of fashion through the ages. Not to mention trying to narrow in on a specific time period and hammering out those weird plot holes in the original story. 
So I have been listening to music... a lot of music. There are always some songs that really capture what you're story is about... so you listen to them. Again and again and again and again... so on and so on, etc. Jackson Pearce talked about how she bought three hours of ocean music to listen to when writing her modern day adaptation of The Little Mermaid. 
So I'm really curious. Do you do this too Sam? I'm really curious about that  book you just posted about. I know you said it's short but really... I need to read this thing! Sorry about the short post but I have been SO lazy today. And I lost my phone. So basically today I cleaned my room... slept... and tried to catch up on the second season of Awkward. needless to say, I also listened to a bunch of music. I'll just jump right into that playlist. 
Snow Patrol- What if the Storm ends? 
Corinne Bailey Rae- Like a Star
Christina Perry- Arms 
AWOLNATION- Sail
Florence + the Machine- No Light, No Light
Fever Ray- The Wolf
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- Home
A Fine Frenzy- Electric Twist
Passion Pit- Moth's Wings
Gregory and the Hawk- Boats and Birds
Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed 
Bats for Lashes- Wilderness
Coldplay- Princess of China
Keane- Somewhere Only We Know
Alex Goot- Lightning
King of Anything- Sara Bereilles
Asha Ali- The Time is Now
VV Brown- Shark in the Water
Imagine Dragons- On Top of the World
Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
Peter Bjorn and John- Young Folks
Drops of Jupiter- Train 
Bruno Mars- Mary You
There's more... of course. But those were some of the main ones. If you look through them you'll notice that they all involve either astrology, meteorology, royalty... or sound like a Disney Princess would sing them while dancing through a meadow. Well... maybe a couple are plot oriented. We need to have a playlist on this blog. I'll take the liberty of starting one right this instant! Bye

~Sara


Friday, August 31, 2012

Steal Like An Artist: Creativity For All

 Creativity is like a salmon.

The harder you try to grasp the slimy thing, the more it slips away, until the elusive beast finally escapes from your clutches all together and slaps you in the face as it leaps away, leaving you with nothing but a headache. 
 
     Yeah, almost all of us has had to deal with it at least once in our lives. It's the nemesis of all creative work. Whether it's staring at a blinking cursor on a blank screen for hours or hovering a paint brush over a canvas all day, creativity block, in a word, sucks. But they're may be an answer yet for block victims everywhere; and it's sitting right there at your local bookstore. Steal Like An Artist, written by writer and artist Austin Kleon, explores the roots of creativity. And not only that, this book just helps you to be more creative in general, and makes a point to say that anyone can be creative. Anyone. Whether your the next Van Gogh or if you think you don't have a single creative bone in your body, you can create. That's a powerful thing. I can personally say that after reading this book, my writing has indeed improved and the way I go about writing has changed immensely. And worry not, you don't have to work your butt off to catch creativity. You simply have to follow a series of ten simple steps, or as I like to call them, the Ten Commandments of Becoming More Creative.

     Confused? Fear not, friends. The book explains each step in loving detail. Did I forget to mention that this book is full of wonderfully drawn (not to mention dead useful) illustrations as well? That's always a plus. This book is always sitting on my desk, ready for whenever my muse is feeling drained. Buy yourself a copy. Go forth and create. You won't regret it.





 
Book Trailer: 

 
~Sam
 
P.S. I feel like my post turned into an advertisement, but hey, this book really is useful. I can't help showing it off to the world :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I Have Returned!!

Well it has been a long hiatus my friends; too long. We can just pretend that I was gone for two weeks instead of two months (I apologize profusely for that). Anywho, this is just a quick notice to let you all know that I'm back and ready for some awesome blogging action! My posts will be back on schedule, so it's safe to say I'll have a new post up next Friday. Get ready, Sara; we have some major blogging to do ;)

 
~Sam
 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fireworks*! Notices**! And more fireworks!

*No fireworks of any kind are involved in this blog post.

**Notices are. Yeah, sorry.

Through complications that have arisen Samantha will be rendered unable to blog for the next two weeks... however, we are experimenting with some other blogging ideas that might work, such as a  couple little 'About us', Q&A type of posts.
But if you actually read this blog do not be deterred! We'll have lots of fun things this month! Besides the Q&A's which I promis if we actually post them will be amazing. We're doing a swap! I feel awful for posting two boring and yet verbose paragraphs explaining basically we aren't doing anything for a couple weeks, so I'll post the titles and brief pitches of some of the books I'm contemplating swapping.
Feed M. T. Anderson:

 Samantha loves dystopian novels, and personally, this is my favorite in the genre or at least on par with the Hunger Games, while it lacks action it's more of the classic oblivious citizens, domineering government scenerio. It follows the story of a wealthy teenage boy named Titus and Violet, who has a dysfunctional feed but is very conscious of politics and aware of the looming war and rapidly deteriorating environment. It's so eye opening and entertaining. I bawled, but that might just be me.

Wuthering Heights Emile Bronte:

Wuthering Heights stands strong ont the edge of the English moors, the moors are without common law, a wild and feral place where a misanthropic boarder of Thrushcross Grange finds himself. Thrushcross Grange is under the control of the mysterious wealthy Gypsy who also reins control over the imposing fortress Wuthering Heights. Upon visiting the Heights he finds the sparse inhabitants harbor hatred and paranoia for their master, Heathcliff. Upon spending the night in the room of the late Catherine Earnshaw, that the Heights, specifically Heathcliff are haunted. The story is told through an elderly maid who grew up with Catherine Earnshaw, her brother, and Heathcliff. It's dark and gothic but really fantastic.

As You Wish Jackson Pearce:

I talked about Jackson Pearce in my fairy tale post, but here it goes again. Viola has had relationship problems, and by that I mean her last boyfriend turned out to be homosexual, and although he's still her best friend she feels that her peers think she's invisible, and as an aspiring artist she paints this invisibility, all the while wishing she were whole or visible again. Jinn a genie or djinn who is supposed to keep an impersonable and respectfull relationship with Viola then falls into her life, but after three wishes are up she will forget she ever met him.

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell:

I talked about Gone with the Wind in another post as well... but a little shorter and more about plot. Scarlett O'Hara is the belle of the county, with the smallest waist and the most beaux she is despised by all of her fellow women, including her sisters. She strings men along, stealing them from dowdy relationships purely for fun but really has eyes only for Ashley Wilkes, who's dreamy looks and artistic mind are unatainable. Then the war starts. It's a story laden with good looking men, beautiful clothes, of poverty and wealth, of the Confederates on their rise and collapse, of reconstruction and marriage, of children and slaves. It's just everything old and a little frayed around the edges, with patches of darkness and sprinkles of light.

The Once and Future King T. H. White:

King Arthur. Merlin. Guinevere. Lancelot. Gawaine. It's all just very old and mythical, and nerdy. A lot nerdy. Arthurian Legend is in my opinion degraded. But how can an old story that has stayed strong through centuries, of faries and wizards, of unicorns and knights... of swords in stones... be degraded? Arthur was hidden as a child, given to a noble family and raised as a second son affectionatly called Art, but destined for virtually nothing great. He dreams of becoming The Black Knight and standing up for chivalry, and he tells this to a man he comes across in a forest, a man who supposedly ages backwards from the end of time to the beginning, named Merlin. From turning into fish to pulling the sword from the stone to the love triangle between his fair wife Guinevere and his most skillfull knight, Lancelot, this book is worth reading.
Adeiu, Sara.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I'm a Gryffindork. This post proves it.

I lied. I'm a hufflepuff. This is a post about personality typing. A subject near and dear to my heart, that plagues my mind day and night. Well... maybe not so much. But I think it's really cool! ~ The dork

I think you've seen Whitney Lee Milam's video on youtube entitled Personality Typing + Hogwarts Houses. Well if you haven't... I will provide it... right below these sentences. There.
Well, I'm going to try to elaborate on her video as well as try to simplify the different systems in the most convenient ways possible. Yes. Personality typing is super complex and really inaccurate. I mean. How can you honestly expect to fit perfectly into a mold? Before I start I need to rant a minute. I'm already dreading explanations, because I have so much to say.
When I watch movies or more often television shows with lots of characters, most recently Lost, I think... I bet many of these people have overlapping personality types... be it the sixteen modern PTypes, or the four humors (four temperaments), or the sixteen Myers Briggs types. So on a show with seventeen characters there has to be overlapping. It's really fun to type strangers, if not creepy.
A lot of people make tests to try to sort you or type you, but they include questions like 'If a woman was dying and you could provide medicine, would you?' Which basically catagorize you into two types 'heartless' and 'normal'. (Hufflepuff speaking)
But before I explain the shortcuts, I'll tell you how I typed myself. Hello, I'm Sara, I'm phlegmatic, Conscientious, an INFP, a virgo, and a Hufflepuff. They don't all match up, and I don't demonstrate all the characteristics of each type, but I found some ways to make more sense out of them... and here's how.

Humorism
I won't dwell on this, because it's explained pretty well in the video.  People were drained of either blood, yellow bile, black bile, or phlegm, based on whether they fell into the sanguine, choleric, melancholic, or phlegmatic humor, and they were then drained of the respective metabolic agent to 'normalize' them. They would be either pleasure seeking, power seeking, knowledge seeking, or a sort of relationship seeking person. Simple enough. What do you want in life, right? There are other characteristics in the diagram to the side, like introverted Melancholic and Phlegmatic and the extraverted Choleric and Sanguine. I feel like I display a lot of the Melancholic traits, reserved, anxious and moody, but am also reliable, passive and careful. And as I will explain when I talk about sorting, it can be about what traits you want to enhance in yourself or you think or more important.

Sorting
J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series features groups or 'houses' that match up with the Humors. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. While these houses demonstrate qualities of the humors and inhabitants, in reality it's a choice about your own ideals. What you value, bravery, power, intelligence, or family and friends (relationships). Hermione was really intelligent, but she valued bravery over intelligence, and Harry basically just chose to be in Gryffindor, although he had overlapping characteristics. I just really like these types and they're just so easy to sort people into.
Also, each house has a mascot or symbol, an element, and a metal. The house of Gryffindor is symbolized by a lion, a creature of bravery and passion, the element of fire and gold. Slytherin is symbolized by a serpent, the symbol of cunning water, and silver. Ravenclaw is symbolized by an eagle, as clever and intelligent as any of its fellow birds, air, and bronze. Hufflepuff lastly is symbolized by the badger, an animal that burries underground and lives with its family in catacombs, and is generally peacefull unless provoked, when it becomes fierce and formidable, earth, and the color black.
I explained the animal symbols, but I might talk more about them under 'animals', and I will talk about the elements below, but for now I'll talk about the elements. If you're unfarmiliar with Harry Potter or its houses, then you might be reeling at 'the color black'. Gold, silver, and bronze are often associated with first, second, and third place in competition. Perhaps in terms of passion for competition, leaving Hufflepuff out of the running. However if you've read The Goblet of Fire you'd know that Hufflepuff can be just as competitive as its fellow houses. However when you add the color combinations red, green, blue, and yellow, you could make the connection between Hufflepuff's and bumble bees. Busy bees working together for a higher cause, fiercly loyal and willing to die to protect their queen or one another.
But I mean, literally took all sorts of tests and was sorted into every house save Slytherin, and don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with some serious ambition, but it's not really me, and yes, I would give the dying woman medicine.
PTypes
I really reccomend going to www.Ptypes.com for further explanation of the PTypes. These include conscientious, sensitive, vigilant, dramatic, aggressive, idiosyncratic, inventive, solitary, leisurely, serious, self-sacrificing, devoted, self-confident, adventurous, mercurial, and exuberant. While each word is a pretty good clue what the type is all about, the website has all sorts of little details. I'm a thrifty perfectionist. However, I'm not so neat and tidy. Check it out. 
Zodiac (Star/Sun Signs)
Well, if you've been following me up until now, I might loose you with this one. As much as people can believe typing, it's harder to believe that your personality can be influenced by the stars you were born under. They don't exactly correspond with each month, so you do have to look at the specific days to find your Zodiac and then you're off to understanding your future exactly by looking at charts in the back of magazines. No. I'm not so dumb as to believe Seventeen magazine's predictions of my life, but the Zodiac is really cool and if you want, you can make you're own charts. The picture on the right, by the way shows the actual constellations, which is cool. You're a capricorn, right? The Goat. Practical, prudent, funny, and pessimistic. Stable and independent, they are an eart sign. Virgo's an earth sign, too, which matches up with Hufflepuff as well. Interesting. You are liable to knee problems and are often taken advantage of. You ruling planet is Saturn. Like most personality types there are symbols attatched to each sign, however they are the constellations themselves and are really what the characteristics are based on. Virgo, the virgin, is innocent and shy, makes sense? Again with the Lions, Leo's are outgoing, domineering (Kings/ Queens of the Jungle) and brave (Gryffindors).
To make a natal chart you can follow these steps: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Astrological-Chart or go to some of the free chart making websites, if you like the easy way out. I did. Here's a good website: http://astro.cafeastrology.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal that makes free charts for you!
It's worth a shot and I feel like I embody a virgo. Well... http://www.astrology-online.com/ is a great resource.
Elements
Different figures on the zodiac associate with different elements, which is also worth checking out, then the Hogwarts houses associate with fire, water, air, and earth. However the humors they match up with do not have the same elements. Air, fire, earth, and water, which is strange. I mean, you kind of have to really think about what the element means to you or the world. Air is free and moving, essential to life, climbing higher and: flying. Air is a wet and hot element. Fire is hot and dry, raging and destructive, it profits from oxygen and can be put out with water or smothered with earth; loyalty and reason, as much as it embodies passion, which could translate to the Choleric or Slytherin passion for power. Earth is stable, rigid, and according to the humors dry and cold, however when you think about how often earthquakes take place earth can be a violent, angry element. Lastly water, the cold and wet element. Water goes with the flow quite literally. It takes many forms, but is always essentially H2O, it's inside of all people and all living things. Everything needs water. Everyone needs loyalty and goodness, determination and kindness. So I lean more twoards the Humorism's interpretation of the elements.
Animals/Symbolism
I went into a Native American store the other day, looking for a worry stone. Yeah, dumb problem. And they asked me what my Totem Animal was. So I just looked blankly at them and said I hadn't really ever put much thoughts into it (none at all). But a lot of Native American jewlery and medicine changes based on your Totem Animal. The Eagle is a universal totem in case you came unprepared like me, but don't come unprepared! Think about it! Right now!
I heard that in some native tribes of various countries this is a pretty big deal, there's this whole ceremony where the leader or the shamen gets his son high or super drunk and the son journeys through the forests of their mind until they find an animal and then they take over the tribe identifying with that animal. That's really cool and would be a really interesting experience sans the whole high/super drunk aspect.
Crazy psychics online suggest you sit still and meditate on the subject, of course, in today's world you aren't limited to identifying with animals just in North America, because theirs things on every other continent and some islands that all have distinct personalities and characteristics and although you'd have a fantastic time looking for zebra-totem specific items in a Native American store, it's you and your life and you can always just be an eagle in America! (Again that's really cool because it might signify Ravenclaw being a universal, accepting house...)
This website is pretty good at explaining animal totems in America, and like the houses it's really more of what you aspire to be instead of what you already are. http://www.starstuffs.com/animal_totems/
Myers Briggs
I feel pressed for time so I might have another post in the future to explain these all better, but I'll give my shot and my personal favorite. Myers Briggs.
Are you introverted or extraveted? Simple enough. Do you recharge by yourself, reading or some activity alone or at parties or hanging out with large crowds. A ridiculously high percent of the population is extraverted, so keep that in mind, and it doesn't men you're antisocial to be introverted or you're not ever alone as an extravert, it's just a majority or preferencial thing.  
Are you sensing or intuitive? So basically a bit superficial, or a bit of a know-it-all?
Do you feel or think? It doesn't mean you're dumb. Would you rather act on people's feelings, kindly or what you know is right or will end up all right in the end (rationally).
Do you judge or percieve? Are you more into concrete and literal, or do you look at things more abstractly?
Then when you judge your own type look them up on the following website for career, relationship, friendship and even parrenting advice:
www.personalitypage.com

Or to go this website to find out interesting stuff too like famous fictional and non-fictional people who share your type, as well as more information into how you process things:
www.typelogic.com

And here's this really helpfull diagram with the sixteen types that also have the most common careers the types tend to choose:

Well basically that's it. A much quicker guide than I was planning on to deeply understanding yourself and others, in your daily life or in the fictional world.
~Sara
P.S. I loved the story, and I really want to find it and read the full version. It was pretty freaking deep for a fairy tale, a little creepy, which isn't that strange in fairy tales but all around really good!

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Not-So-Famous Tale From The Grimm Brothers

WARNING: This post is dangerously lengthy and may cause insanity; read at your own risk

The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was is a story from the Brothers' Grimm collection that most people have never heard of, yet it brings up a question that has haunted mankind for ages: What is fear?

Scenes from The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was

Sara, last week you asked me what my favorite fairy tale is. To be honest, I have many a fairy tale that I adore, including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel. Even so, this story (with an insanely long title that I'm not going to bother typing), while not as popular, is also among my favorites. The tale's protagonist is a young, naive boy who, to put it nicely, wasn't the brightest guy around and as a result, he could never seem to please his stern, overbearing father. To make matters worse, his older brother was both intelligent and responsible; the father made sure the boy knew this and often compared him to his older brother. Though, something set the boy apart from his brother, and everyone else for that matter. While others would shudder at frightening tales told around the fire at night, he never understood why; they never made him shudder. And whenever his father asked his elder brother to fetch something at night along a route that passed a graveyard or some other creepy place, the brother would refuse, saying, "I will not go, for just the thought of it makes me shudder." This, the boy did not understand.
One day, the father asked his youngest son what he was going to learn to be able to earn his keep and support himself, pointing out that his older brother worked and paid for himself. The boy, eager to prove himself, replied that he would learn how to shudder. Both the boy's father and his brother saw this as laughable; learning to shudder wouldn't pay for anything. When the father told this to the local sexton, the sexton claims that he could teach the boy to shudder. So the sexton taught the boy how to ring the church bells and one night, while the boy was ringing the bells, the sexton arrived dressed as a ghost, intending to scare the boy. But unafraid, the boy asked what business the ghost had with him. When the sexton didn't answer, the boy grew frustrated and pushed the sexton down the stairs, injuring him.

The father, both furious and horrified, decided to kick his son out of the house and pretty much disown him (he won't win Father of the Year Award anytime soon...). Even so, the boy continued his quest to learn how to shudder. One day, a man heard the boy complaining, "If I could but shudder," and advised the boy to spend a night sitting beneath a tree where seven men were hanged and left hanging. The boy complied and since it was quite cold outside, he built a fire. He noticed the men's bodies swaying in the biting wind, and thinking that they may be cold, he took them down and set them near the fire to get warm. The men's clothes soon caught fire, and infuriated with their carelessness, the boy hung the men back in the tree.

Frustrated with his defeat, the boy continued on his way. Soon after, the boy met a waggoner who he began traveling with. They come to an inn one evening, where the inn-keeper told of a haunted castle that would be perfect for helping the boy learn how to shudder. If he could stay in the castle for three nights, not only would he learn how to shudder, but he'd gain vast riches and the hand of the king's daughter.

But The inn-keeper warned the boy that many men had tried, yet none had returned. Unfazed, the boy went to the king to ask permission. The king agreed and told him that he could bring three inanimate objects with him into the castle. The boy decided to bring a fire, a turning lathe, and a cutting-board with a knife. The first night, the boy heard voices complaining about how cold they were. The boy replied that they were foolish for not warming themselves by the fire with him. Suddenly, out of the shadows came two large, black cats. Seeing the boy, calm as ever, the cats asked him to a game of cards. The boy agreed, but asked to see the cats' paws first. Seeing their long claws, he tells the two cats that he'll cut them so the cats would be able to hold the cards. The boy then seized the cats, tied them to the cutting-board and struck them with the knife, killing them. Soon after, dozens of black cats and black dogs appeared, making horrible noises and attempting to put the boy's fire out. Fed up, the boy began to slay the creatures. Some of them fled, the rest he killed. A little while later, a bed appeared. Exhausted, the boy decided to lay in the bed and get some sleep. But without warning, the bed began walking around the castle, as if it had grown legs. Again unafraid, the boy urged it to go faster, which it did. It then flipped upside down on top of the boy, but he simply pushed the bed off of him and then proceeded to go to sleep.

The second night, half a man tumbled down the chimney. The boy wasn't startled and said that the other half of the man was needed. In reply, the other half of the man fell down the chimney. The two halves joined and formed a grotesque looking man. More men began falling down the chimney, and they brought with them nine dead men's legs and two skulls which they started playing nine-pins with (it's pretty much modern-day bowling). Seeing that the skulls weren't completely round, the boy took them and put them into the lathe until they were round. He then joined the men and played nine-pins with them until midnight, when all the men promptly disappeared. With the fun over, the boy decided to simply go to sleep.

The third and final night, six men appeared carrying a coffin. He peeked into the coffin and saw that it was his cousin who had died recently. He touched the dead man's face and felt that it was cold, so he took him to the fire to try and warm him up. When that failed, the boy took the dead man into the bed and lied down next to him to warm him. It worked and as the dead man grew warmer, he began to move. Suddenly, the dead man got up and yelled at the boy that he would now strangle him. Angry at the dead man's lack of gratitude, the boy stuffed him back into the coffin and slammed it shut.

Another man arrived, this one old with a long, white beard. The old man told the boy that he would soon learn to shudder because he was going to kill him. The boy began to argue, telling the old man that he was just as strong as he was. The old man, confident that he was stronger, told the boy that if he was stronger he'd let him go without killing him. The boy agreed, and the old man seized an axe and with a single blow, slammed an anvil into the ground. The boy, axe in hand, approached another anvil. The old man came near the anvil to watch, but unbeknownst to him, his long beard was on the anvil. Taking advantage of the situation, the boy swung the axe, splitting the anvil in two, and the old man's beard was caught in the anvil. The boy then seized an iron rod and beat the old man until he told him he knew where he could find the castle's riches. The boy let him go and the man showed him where the vast amount of gold and jewels were kept. When midnight struck, the old man disappeared and the boy fell asleep.

Having survived three nights, the king gave the boy all the riches in the castle and arranged a wedding for him and his daughter. Even so, the boy was still unhappy because he still had not learned to shudder. Seeing her new husband's unhappiness, the king's daughter decided to help. While he was sleeping, she took a bucket full of cold water and fish and dumped it on him. The boy awoke immediately, shuddering. He exclaimed, "I have finally learned how to shudder!"

And that concludes one of my favorite fairy tales. I adore the protagonist, because he's an innocent fool, and I always tend to cheer for the underdog. He's quite different than the male that usual shows up in fairy tales; he's not exactly Prince Charming if you know what I mean. And the ending gets me every time! He wasn't looking to be afraid; the idiot literally just wanted to shudder. Anyways, if you're reading this, congratulations on making it through my longest post ever! You survived! I hoped you enjoyed it for at least three paragraphs.

~Sam



Saturday, June 16, 2012

This post might be a little Grimm...

Gah! I'm just so punny. This is a post about fairy tales. But yeah, it'll be grim, no kidding. 

I'm a sucker for fairy tales. I'll just get that out of the way. The myth and romance and all that old world charm. Knights, princesses, wolves and witches. I love fairy tales. Although Hans Christian Andersen was a writing genius, I infinitely prefer the Grimm Brothers' collections of the folklore that they gathered throughout their lives.
Andersen's mind birthed The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling while Grimm unearthed Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Prince, and Hanzel and Gretle, all of which have been adapted and readapted into television shows and movies, whether dramatic, as the recent Snow White and the Huntsman or mellowed down into Disney flicks for children, as well as translated into hundreds of languages. Of course, patterns in folklore can be redundant, and varieties on some of the Grimm brother's tales can be discovered if one looks hard enough on nearly every continent.
Folklore or fairy tales were nearly always dark, and somber, designed entirely to frighten children into behaving a certain way or to make them aware of some basic moral; 'Don't lie', as in The Little Boy Who Cried 'Wolf', or to be weary of secluded forests, and strangers, courtesy of Little Red Riding Hood, or true love.
However, the modern enterpretations end with '...happily ever after.' or scarcely envolve death, not the case in the original tales. An example... Cinderella. Her step-sisters cut off parts of their feet to fit into the slipper, as per request of their mother, and they are discovered as blood seeps out of the glass slipper.
I've been a bit obsessed with a local author from Atlanta, Jackson Pearce. I'm not sure if I've told you about her Sam, but she's really great. Apart from a book As You Wish, accuratley about a djinn who falls in love with the girl, Viola, whose servant he has temporarily become, and Purity, a YA romance novel, he has also started a series of fairy tales set in modern times, which include Sisters Red, a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, about sister werewolf or Fenris hunters in Atlanta, Sweetly, a Hanzel and Gretle tale, and Fathomless, a varient of The Little Mermaid, following Hans Christian Andersen's original story, significantly more closely than Disney, which has yet to be released, and unfortunatley does not have it's former's amazing cover art. Too bad. But really, they're great interpretations and really readable and entertaining.  

As if that wasn't enough of fairy tales, that was barely scratching the surface. Few of the folkloric stories became a part of our pop culture. And hundreds of thousands were left behind, some of which I think have just as much charm, if not more.
I'm going to tell you about The True Sweethearts.
A poor girl lost her mother at a young age and has been under the custody of the stereotypical evil step-mother. She really wants nothing more than to gain the wicked woman's love, however her step-mother is constantly giving her ridiculous tasks, that seem laughable if not impossible, and a mysterious woman (who I take to be a fairy godmother) comes to her aid at the presence of her tears, and completes the impossible tasks for her in order to save her from beatings.
Eventually the girl recieves a task to build a fully furnished castle in a day, or face dire consequences, but the girl is incappable of carrying a single one of the designated stones, and cries for the fairy godmother, who comes to her aid and builds it, the large stones flying into place and furnishes it with rich woods, velvet upholstery, exotic birds in gilt cages, wardrobes full of jewels and beautiful dresses and enchanted pots, pans, brooms, and feather dusters, keeping it tidy and preparing dinner. Not to mention a secret trap door that becomes her step-mother's untimely demise, to the poor girl's dismay. However one cannot mourne a total beotch for too long, because there are parties to attend and suitors to turn away. A woman in possesion of such an enchanted castle is bound to have suitors, right?
I think that's a bit unconventional, a girl is the one with the money and power, with no one to sell her away and without some foolhardy prince to save her from her poverty.
Regardless, eventually the local prince does pay her a visit and they fall madly in love. Eventually the prince decides to embark on a few hour voyage to his castle to announce their bethrotal to his family, and the girl tells him she will wait for his return beneath the beautiful lime tree in her yard. 
But hours turn into days as she wakes early each morning to ventur out to the tree and return late each evening to sleep.
Eventually packing three of her most gorgeous dresses and some jewels she leaves her enchanted castle in search of her true love, a task that undertaking meant a year of traveling, degrading herself to the life of a cow-herd, and eventually discovering that her beloved prince was marrying another a few days after the town's three-day festival.
So she dresses up in her jewels and gorgeous dresses and attends the festival intending to steal back her sweetheart.
It's strange, because it has elements of other fairy tales, but, I don't know her position, and the humor that transcends time just makes it great, and if you add little details, like he was enchanted, and the castle was the castle of her dreams, it adds a little something to re-reading the story. So that's The True Sweetheart, and my freaking long Jackson Pearce and Brothers Grimm blog post.
~Sara
P.S. I am dying to read The Fault In Our Stars. Swap, maybe? And still on fairy tales, what's your favorite fairy tale? And if it's pretty unknown you should summarize it! I know you have a similar fairy tale fanaticism, so discuss! Bye!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars: Not Your Average Cancer Book

*This post contains no spoilers from The Fault In Our Stars (though it may contain minor fangirling)

The Fault In Our Stars is a novel that centers around a sixteen-year-old girl by the name of Hazel Grace who suffers from terminal cancer and is slowly but surely succumbing to death. Sounds depressing, right? But if you're thinking about putting this novel to the side as just another one of those melancholy "cancer books", then think again. 





Sara, if you are at all interested in young adult literature or YouTube (which I know for a fact you are), then it's pretty safe to say that you've heard of bestselling author John Green who is one half of the immensely popular YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers. If not, crawl out from under the rock you're living under and see what you're missing, my friend. With John Green being one of my favorite authors, it might sound a bit biased when I say that JOHN GREEN IS A WRITING GOD! But seriously, with all fangirling aside, Green really is an extremely talented writer (I'm drowning in envy of him) and The Fault In Our Stars is a great example of that talent.

This novel really is a ticking emotional time bomb that seems to blow up every other page; one chapter you can't breathe because you're laughing too hard, and the next you use about a billion tissues to stop the flood of tears that won't stop flowing. Not only is this book full of witty, sarcastic humor and tender, tear-jerking moments, but it contains some surprisingly dark yet insightful themes. Through Hazel, the reader learns the truth about dying, and living as well. This unique perspective isn't often seen in young adult novels, and is in one word, refreshing. Not only that, but Green boldly takes on the soul-stirring questions that people ask themselves: When I die, will anyone remember me? Will I have changed the world? Will I be seen as a hero? A success? A failure?

 I simply love how Green chose to portray death in this book because it's so different than one might expect. People (including me) tend to have this idea that when we die, we'll be ready. That we'll bravely accept our fate and die peacefully, quietly, and gracefully. At least, that's what we want our death to be like. In reality, when death rears its ugly head, people break down and cower before it. Death crushes and rips people apart, physically and mentally, and not just for the one dying. Death, is in one word, ugly.

Even though I tried my best not to pin this book as a stereotypical "cancer book", I still knew I was going to shed some tears by the end. I mean seriously, half the main characters have cancer; something bad is bound to happen, right? So as I was reading, I did attempt to mentally prepare myself for the worst, but let me be the first to tell you; it didn't work. I don't care how "tough" you think you may be. When you finish this book, you're going to need some emotional therapy. And there will be crying. Lots of crying. Overall, this emotional rollercoaster of a book will take you places you never thought to explore, places of tragedy and places of joy. At its core, this novel is about life, death, and the beauty and heartbreak in both.


~Sam

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Frankly, this is a Gone with the Wind Pitch

Gone with the Wind, a love story really ambiguously about love, set in good ole' Georgia during a fun notorious four years called: The Civil War. This is why you should read it... 



Sam, I'm not sure if you've seen the movie, but I know you got pretty far into the book.. before you quit. Whether you've seen the movie or not, the film is so different from the book and the book was just so entrancing, you might as well read it. 
Scarlet O'Hara should be really hard to relate with. She's a girl who will flirt with your boyfriend, manipulates people who love her, has a one track mind, is shallow, obsessed with wealth,  undervalues true friendship, and at times seems only concerned with her stomach. But who does this sound like? Why, she's an extraverted Katniss Everdeen! Nah, but I gotta try. 
Anyway, for all of her faults, Scarlet is so unconventional that she can be so freaking hilarious at times, and the way that Margaret Mitchell writes, the way that Scarlet thinks is so relatable.
The way her brain processes things makes so much sense. You just get it. When she's worried or anxious, or analyzing a person, it's just that it feels human. It takes her to the next level and makes her something more than just some book character, something vital. She could be real, because she can think.
As it's difficult not to relate to Scarlet, or at least understand her, you don't have a heart if you don't feel sympathetic towards the dashing Rhett Butler, or if you don't absolutely adore Melanie and her heart of gold. The characters you are supposed to like you love and the characters you are supposed to dislike you hate.  
The book is so descriptive. From every house on Peachtree Street to every button Rhett Butler ever wore, it's explained and it just colors the story. It's readable. 
Gone with the Wind so emotional and potent. You can't be angry at any of the characters, because whatever they feel, you feel, even if it's stupid or unreasonable. 
I felt that at the end Scarlet should have been ninety, not in her twenties. Ashley, Rhett, and Scarlett's reflections on life before the war seem so far off and dreamy, full of ghosts and dead values. I felt like was ninety and reflecting on my  past. 
Gone with the Wind was a great reading experience. So colorful and spectacular. So full of passion and emotion. You need to read it. 
This wasn't really a review, so I hope there weren't any spoilers, it was more of a pitch, which is my excuse for why it's so short.  
Oh! And I'm glad you liked those web series. I wanted to read your post so bad. But I don't want to spoil anything. You better swap the first Heroes of Olympus with me. See you soon!
~Sara
P.S. Notice: Sam is going to be posting on Fridays and I on Saturdays. If it's not always regular we apologize in advance, thanks! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Mark of Athena: Fangasms and Speculation

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from Percy Jackson and The Olympians, as well as the Heroes of Olympus

The Mark of Athena: Fangasms and Speculation


The cover for Rick Riordan's third installment of The Heroes of Olympus series, set for release this fall, has recently been revealed and oh my Zeus, am I excited! As you can see, the cover features two boys (obviously Jason on the left and Percy on the right) charging at each other, seemingly about to attack each other. It's been confirmed that this is an actual scene in the book, which leaves me, as well as hordes of other fans wondering WHY? Jason and Percy haven't quite met each other yet, so judging by the cover, I'm guessing they didn't hit it off so well on their first meeting. And to be honest, it isn't quite so hard to believe once you think about it, because Jason is simply Percy's Roman counterpart. Granted, even though they have many things in common, they aren't exactly the same; they each have qualities that set them apart from each other. But as we saw in the previous books with Thalia, who also had many things in common with Percy, those who are alike don't always see eye to eye. So perhaps Jason wouldn't appreciate Percy basically taking his spot as praetor, or maybe Percy would feel as though he shouldn't take orders from Jason (I can only assume that Jason would try to take charge and order others around with him being the son of Zeus and all). Or maybe Gaea performs some sort of crazy voodoo magic, brainwashes Jason and Percy into mindless zombies whose only purpose in life is to destroy each other, which in turn, sparks a civil war between the Greek and Roman camps and then the world as we know it is destroyed and ripped apart into oblivion...okay maybe not, but I feel as though my two previous theories are plausible and both would definitely cause some tension. 

Now on to other matters, I'm almost positive that The Mark of Athena is a reference to Annabeth, just as The Son of Neptune was referencing to Percy. I also think that Annabeth is going to be the seventh demigod of The Prophecy of Seven. I just don't see it going any other way, unless some mysterious demigod just suddenly appears out of nowhere. Though, in saying that, I guess there is a possibility of Nico being the seventh demigod, but it seems unlikely since Hazel has already taken the place as a child of Hades AND the fact that he's currently missing in action. Oh and wow, is anybody else freaked out by Octavian? I'm usually pretty fond of children of Apollo,but this guy is just terrifying. One of my favorite lines was when Percy gets his mark and Octavian tells him, "I hope that hurt" just because it was so...well, evil. Seriously, he's a psychopath! Rick Riordan has definitely succeeded in making the books a bit darker.

There are definitely some more unanswered questions like, what happened to Nico or how Leo can possibly be Sam, but I'm going to leave those up to you. I will now leave you all with a video of Rick Riordan reading the first chapter of The Mark of Athena. Enjoy!

~Sam

P.S. Sara, I absolutely LOVED Job Hunters and Squaresville! They're both so unique and are extremely entertaining!! I haven't started watching the Lizze Bennet Diaries simply because I'm still only in the beginning of Pride and Predjudice, but I can assure you, once I finish reading it, I'm totally watching it!



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stories of All Kinds: Web Series

It's sort of ironic that the first post on Le Book Blog is very vaguely about books. Regardless, it's story time!

So Web Series are like really short tellevision shows online. These three below are all found more specifically on Youtube. I'll provide links. Anyway, Web Series are often more heavily funded and more fine tuned than a vlog or just an average video, and they tell stories. Let us devulge into the world of Web Series.
Job Hunters is a web series with longer running episodes like in the twelve minute range. It's really high quality and really entertaining.
It focusses on this group of friends in a dystopian future where due to overpopulation and unemployment young adults enter MAEWIN, which stands for the Mandatory Arena Education Worldwide Initiative. These 'job hunters' stay in a safe house with other job hunters and have to act friendly with them despite conflicting goals and personalities, with breaks every few days or even weeks between where they are shipped off to an arena to demonstrate their skills and determination, while killing their friends. It's not a 'to the last man' sort of deal, it's a nine to five deal, a buzzer then goes off and they are to immediatly stop killing and return to the safe house to whatever remaining friends they still have.
More Job Hunters arrive but the likelyhood of being selected by an employer and removed from the arena is next to zilch.
Each person uses a different weapon that reflects their personality, like a nonconfrontational girl using grenades, and they're all vying for different careers, like doctor or pop singer.  
It sounds like it could come off like the Hunger Games , which it could, but it's a little less focussed on the government right now , and more on character development and the relationships between the Job Hunters. It's also a bit silly or more comical than the Hunger Games.
All in all you should check it out. You'd love it Sam and tell me what you think of it after you see it. Le link's beneath the picture. 
You're reading Pride and Prejudice right now, Sam, so depending on how far you're into the book don't watch this yet! 
These episodes are much shorter, like four minutes maximum but there's bound to be more of them. It's a twenty-first century retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennet, or Lizzie is keeping a vlog with the help of her best friend Charlotte, who's running technical things.
Lizzie is a twenty four year old grad student majoring in mass communication with a sweet older sister named Jane, who is a fashion intern, a younger air-headed, party girl sister, Lydia, a quiet submissive father, and a mother who's entire goal in life is to marry off her three daughters to rich men.
A mysterious, wealthy, med student, Bing Lee moves into the neighborhood, buying the mansion Netherfield, nearby, and bringing with him his sister Caroline Lee, and an even wealthier, and ever so handsome, William Darcy.
At a local wedding Bing and Jane hit it off but as for the girl who catches the bouquet and the guy who begrudgingly caught the garter that hit him square in the chest... AKA: Lizzie and William... not so much.
It's really cute and such an interesting take on one of of my favorite books (that we will both need to review when you're finished reading it).
There's also a tumblr with Jane's looks in it, and twitter posts where you can read just what William, Caroline and Bing talk about.
Everyone might as well watch this one too, it's really spectacular and I'm a Pride and Prejudice-aholic so it works out well.
 
The girl who plays Lydia plays Zelda in Squaresville, a show about Zelda and Esther, two misfits living in a town of squares, where they don't think they belong.
Lydia and Zelda want nothing more than to get out of the town and go on adventures. The show follows them as they make new friends, in unlikely people, discover themselves, and even as they fall in love... also with unlikely people.
There's only a few four minute episodes up, but there's a guarenteed twelve coming up in the near future. This definatly looks promising. It's really relatable and cute, with good acting and pretty good characterization.  
It's definatly something to watch.

~Sara


Well, there you go Sam, our first post. I really want to do one on Gone with the Wind , when I finish and all sorts of other stories- of all kinds.