All posts tagged: Twilight

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#SixDegreesofSeparation from The Casual Vacancy to The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

This is the first time I am participating in this meme that’s been going around for the last year. In this meme, a book is chosen by Annabelle and Emma – the folks running the meme, and then we add 6 books that are related in some way or the other to this book. This month, the chosen book is The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling. The Casual Vacancy automatically makes me think of the Harry Potter books, because duh same author. My apologies for being utterly predictable here, but frankly nothing else entered my mind. When I think of Harry Potter, another sweet YA Fantasy series comes to mind, and that is the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Continuing in the Fantasy line where witches rule, is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, which are chock-a-block full of magical characters One of which is a vampire, which automatically brings to mind the original vampire series that I love to loathe – The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Apart from the Twilight books, Stephenie …

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list the Top Ten Popular Authors We’ve Never Read. This is an interesting meme, and I am sure I could easily make more than 10. I tend to not read trending books, or hugely popular ones, not because of snobbery, but when I know a lot about a book before I read it, I tend to lose interest in actually reading the book, if you know what I mean. So here comes a list of authors who every book blogger has probably read but I’ve yet to get to. Suzanne Collins. I haven’t touched The Hunger Games trilogy yet. At first, the hype over these books was totally off-putting. I had earlier given in to the Twilight hype and then bitterly regretted it and I didn’t feel in the mood for reading more YA. However, many serious bloggers have thought highly of the books, so I may just read them this year. Or maybe not Cassandra Clare. This writer is also YA …

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – A Book Review

The author Stephanie Meyer starts the book off with this brief introduction to Bree Tanner: I hope you end up caring about Bree as much as I do, though that’s kind of a cruel wish. You know this: it doesn’t end well for her. But at least you will know the whole story. And that no perspective is ever really trivial. I thought this was a good introduction to this book, and really made me want to read it. Honestly, Bree hadn’t even registered as a character in Eclipse, the 3rd book in the Twilight trilogy where Bree makes her all too brief appearance, so all this while, I never even thought of reading this book. I am not a fan of the Twilight series. The books weren’t terrible, but not very interesting either. However, this short novella on Bree Tanner was surprisingly pretty interesting. Probably because the protagonist Bree is not some tame pet vampire, she is deadly dangerous, and makes a much more traditional but believable portrait of a vampire than the clean …

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Vampires on my Mind

Last weekend, I flew into San Francisco. I am in the US for work for 2 weeks, and I am having a pretty great time. The cool and breezy weather here is a wonderful change after the sultry sweatiness of Bangalore. The hotel is great, the people I work with are real friendly, and in short life is pretty good. The long hours on the flight (16 dreary hours from Dubai to SFO, which is just one leg of the journey!) were pretty dull though and I whiled away the time alternating between sleep and watching vampire stuff on the TV. Why vampires? Because honestly, I was too beat to focus on anything, and these were movies that I could just watch with half a brain and still be able to keep track. What did I see? New Moon Well, first up, I watched New Moon. I had watched Twilight earlier (you can read my thoughts on the movie here), and thought the movie wasn’t half bad. In fact, I kinda liked it better than …

My Thoughts on Books 1-4 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series

I can’t begin to explain how much I am enjoying reading these books. I love them so much that I am actually having to restrain myself from reading them all at a stretch, and instead trying to extend the fun a little longer. As you can see though, I am not too successful in the attempt :). This post is less about the story of the books, and more of my impressions. I hope that will suffice because I really don’t want to repeat the story synopsis as so many blogs have already covered these books in quite a lot of detail. Dead Until Dark: Reading this was very familiar to me because I have watched the first season of True Blood, which stays quite faithful to the book (except for the depiction of Tara and Lafayette). Reading this book just made me love the series all the more. The folks at HBO have done a truly awesome job bringing this to the screen. I really don’t have anything new to say about this book …

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Another Long Weekend Spent Watching Movies

This long weekend was also spent chilling out at home, pigging out on yummy food, and watching random movies. For this weekend’s movie watching, we chose the following: Dil Bole Hadippa – Bollywood movie starring over-the-hill Rani Mukherjee and hottie Shahid Kapoor Twilight – Hollywood movie starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It’s a love story between a teenage girl and a vampire Both these movies have received mixed reviews. Dil Bole Hadippa tanked at the box office, but Twilight has been one of those super-hits, which everyone seems to love to deride. For both these movies, our movie-watching expectations were pretty low. So did these movies meet our low expectations? Well, read on to find out. First up is… Dil Bole Hadippa This is the famed so-called Rani Mukherjee and Yash Raj Films comeback movie. The story revolves around a Punjabi girl Veera Kaur (Rani Mukherjee) who has a dream to play cricket for India. I don’t exactly know where she lives because sometimes they mention Amritsar but they are showing a village and …

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True Blood is Bloody Great!

This is a change for me. I rarely watch TV, let alone review anything that comes on TV. But, I just had to do this one… Since reading the insipid Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, my interest in vampire novels/ movies has drastically declined. I am a fan of vampires but I’m also really particular, I can’t just read/watch any junk, and there is too much vampire-related junk available nowadays. Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’ve never seen or read anything vampire-related that’s really impressed me. I had heard of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series of novels by Charlaine Harris, but really was not motivated to try them out after my Twilight disappointment. All that changed when I was surfing channels on saturday, and came across the first two episodes of True Blood on HBO, which is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. It gripped from the opening scene itself. It involves two teenagers stopping at a convenience store. They act very obnoxiously and are very interested in vampires. There’s a twist at the …

Make up your mind, Girlie !

One of the many unintentionally ? hiliarious dialogues from the Twilight series of novels. This one is from Eclipse: Bella – But I’m eighteen and I’m getting old! I wanna die and be a vampire now! Edward – Well, marry me and it’s on. Bella – But I’m only eighteen! I don’t wanna be married! – Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

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Twilight

Last week, before going to Chennai, I went to Eloor lending library to pick up some “light-reading” books that will take me through the long afternoons when everyone else is sleeping. I am one of those persons who can never sleep in the afternoons. When I am at home, this is a good time for me to catch up with pending office work / domestic chores. However, when I go on vacation, I tend to really scramble for things to do to make the time fly. Anyway, for this trip, I picked up the following books from Eloor : Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks I picked up Twilight since there is a lot of buzz surrounding this book (it is actually a series of books), and there is even a movie coming out. I did not have a very high impression after reading the blurb at the back of the book. It sounded like a mushy love story between a school girl and a vampire. But, since the reviews have …