So I started watching the Vampire Diaries online back in I think June and pretty much raced through the entire first season within two weeks. Needless to say I loved it. I was very reluctant to pick up the books because I was afraid it would totally ruin the series for me. Yet I was curious to what would differ from the series. I took a leap of faith and ordered volume 1 (the awakening & the struggle) + volume 2 (the fury & the reunion) of the Vampire Diaries written by L.J. Smith and I can’t say I’m unsatisfied. Yes, there are a few things, even though they may be minor, that are different from the series. Because I watched the series first, I was so used to seeing Elena as a brunette, yet in the books Elena is described as this goddess with golden blond hair. Also, while in the series Stefan already knew about how Elena looked like Katherine, in the books he only finds out this when he sees her on his first day of school, having no knowledge of her very existence prior to spotting her at their school. Another different thing is that in the series Elena’s hometown is called Mystical Falls – in the book it is called Fell’s Church. The list goes on, but I do recommend people who have only watched the series to read the books and vice versa. I’m only starting to sink my teeth into the second book of volume 1 and am very stoked! (:
Five weeks of school left until the summer holidays kick off – I’m stoked. Okay, not so stoked about all the exams that’ll I’ll be facing within those five weeks, but snazzy things are happening in between and about. I’ll be seeing one of the sickest bands of all time on the 19th of June in Goffertpark, Nijmegen – Muse! For those of you who have only heard snippets of their music, don’t judge. I suppose it took me a while to get used to Muse’s sound, and once you do – you’ll love it, I guarantee you. On the 24th of July I’ll be going back to Thailand for three weeks to visit my fam down there. Really excited about that (: I’ll be sure to catch a couple of waves down at the beach and take loads of photos. Speaking of other things to ‘look forward to’, my 17th birthday is approaching. Five days to go, five days of being sixteen left. Loads of people think the age ’seventeen’ is shit because it’s not like your sixteenth birthday, which allows you to drink (in Holland, at least) or eighteenth birthday which permits you to drive a car. But hey, there are upsides to being seventeen. For one, you get to enjoy your last year of ‘technically’ being a teenager, get to use the excuse of being a child as much as you like because you can only use it for 365 days. You can feel ‘connected’ to the song “Seventeen Forever” by Metro Station, and well yeah .. this is me trying to be all “glass half full, not half empty” here, okay? Bought the book: “The Council of Dads” (Vaders voor mijn Dochters, in Dutch) written by Bruce Feiler. I’ve only read a small excerpt of the book so far, but I kind of love it. It’s about a young dad, diagnosed with cancer and worried about the future of his daughters. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, pick it up from your local library if you ever come across it. Anyway, here’s Muse’s newest song: “Neutron Star Colission (Love is Forever)” which was written for the third movie of the Twilight series, Eclipse.I’m not quite sure if I like the song – I mean, well I do like the song because it’s Muse plus Matt Bellamy sounds amazing as always. Even though I like the Twilight books, I’m a little appalled by the fact that Muse specifically wrote this song for the movie. Maybe it’s just me.
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I’m currently reading the book: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” written by Douglas Adams, recommended by a couple of my mates. So far I’m on chapter 4 and incredibly amused by one of the main characters: Ford Prefect. Even though I’m not nearly halfway through the novel, I highly recommend it to anyone, you don’t even really have to be a fan of Sci-Fi and such. What I find most interesting about the book is how Earth, the very planet which is pretty much the only thing we know, is described as the most insignificant bouncing ball, floating around somewhere in this tiny, irrelevant solar system. How human culture is ridiculed; for instance, how ‘aliens’ describe money as ’small green pieces of paper. I’m really curious to see where the story will go from where I’m at. I hear there’s also a movie based on the novel out there, might want to pick that up sometime soon, too (:
“This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” – Introduction, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy