This evening, mum started asking about what Rachel and I would like for our birthdays. They aren’t until September and they’re 9 days apart. With Rachel turning 17 it’s easy to say she’ll get driving lessons and something small to go along side these – she automatically said Soap and Glory and some shampoos etc. I, on the other hand, have no idea.
Well actually that’s a bit of a lie… However what I want I know I’ve no hope of getting if I ask her. I’d love some Carmilla merchandise off a website I found. You know, cushions, posters, maybe even bedding… But I’ve no hope of that once my parents find out what Carmilla actually is. They’re against vampires and definitely against lesbian vampires. And lesbians… And anyone who isn’t straight… So yeah, that’s that option out the window.
Next on the list would be books and DVDs or something along those lines. But “what’s the point in a book if you’ve got a kindle and a library?” is their next question. And why would you want to watch a film more than once? You already know the ending.
And then there’s the ongoing plea for socks and underwear. Every year they appear on the list and every year they’re ignored.
I know I sound selfish or like I’m complaining… And yes I am to an extent. But my point in all this is, why ask someone what they want if you aren’t going to get it for them? Mum laughs when I bring this up but for years every birthday, Christmas and Easter I begged for a kitty kitty kitten. One year I even told Santa he could hide it in my room and mum would never know! How naive I was… But that’s been an ongoing joke for years now.
This year they’ve offered to buy a telescope for me. Now this I certainly would agree with! But finding a decent telescope in their price range is going to be impossible. I could trade in my laptop for a better one… Or ask them for a new TV for my room for when I come back to visit. Except I don’t plan on coming home much after this year… Haven’t broken the news to them yet…
But for now, any suggestions on birthday ideas for my 20th would be greatly appreciated! Or even an idea as to what I should get Rachel?
Well second full day of the holiday and I’ve just finished one of the books on my list. Carmilla was an interesting read in that I can’t quite decide what my overall opinion of the book is.
Well written and easy to read quickly, it was interesting to read a vampire book that not only predates Dracula but also looks at a non-heterosexual relationship – something I find a lot of authors struggle to do unless they themselves have questioned their sexual identity.
A brief summary –
The narrator, Laura, tells of being a young girl living in a castle with her father somewhere in Styria who is looking forward to a visit from one of her father’s friends. With this friend is some company for Laura who lacks a companion of her own age. Instead, this visit does not happen but through circumstances they are introduced to another young girl, Carmilla. Carmilla is a very secretive and charming young lady, who both attracts and repulses our heroine. As the story continues, a sickness affects a lot of the young females in the village and soon Laura also becomes ill. Throughout this part of the story, you are left wondering will Laura survive or will she become just another victim?
Being written in 1872, the idea that both Laura and Carmilla may end up being lovers is subtly suggested. That being said, it was probably very shocking for the readers of the time! I think this is one of the values that drew me to the novella. Unsure how it would be portrayed in a 19th Century piece of work, I was intrigued to discover just how obvious the underlying concern is. In answer to this, it’s not as obvious as we would expect in our modern time. However, what I liked was there didn’t seem to be any overwhelming concern from Laura that she may not be what people considered “normal”. Although she was “repulsed” by the thought of it, she did nothing to dissuade Carmilla’s advances.
All in all, it was a pleasant read for by the pool. What’s next? Grey? Mom Con? Who knows! But now it’s time for a post lunch swim.
Have a nice day whatever you may be doing! And remember to watch Carmilla on YouTube tonight!
Thanks for reading
A view from my sun lounger
Good evening! 🙂 that was a good episode of Carmilla, still 100% recommend to anyone who’s interested in trying something new. I won’t say much in case I spoil anything for you all but I will simply say “gay and broody”. Gotta love Natasha’s way of portraying her character.
So I promised you all a list of my books:
- Carmilla – obvious reasons but possibly to anyone who hasn’t read back, the YouTube series Carmilla is loosely based on a novella by Sheridan Le Fanu. It was written before Dracula and is not only based on a female majority but also focuses on a lesbian relationship. I’m already a quarter through and loving it!
- Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon
- The Diary of an Expectant Father by Pete Sortwell and Graham Peterson
- The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp
- Grey by E L James
- The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown
- Mom Con by Karl Fields
They can all be found on Amazon Kindle and that’s how I plan on reading them. I used to fuss and say “I will never use a Kindle, I enjoy a physical book too much” however when I got my Kindle Fire for Christmas I soon fell in love. It’s so easy to carry around with me and it’s already packed for Ibiza. Don’t get me wrong, I still love physical books and buy them whenever I get the chance! However if it saves on my weight allowance, who am I to complain?
Somewhere in the middle of all this and my current TV addiction, I also have resits to revise for… Don’t know when that’s going to happen… Slightly concerned about that… But I’ll figure it out, I always do. Apparently the hotel has been redecorated and now has free wifi in all the bedrooms so at least I’ll be able to download papers and questions.
I’m currently shattered but don’t want to sleep yet because I’ve to complete an online check in at 6am however it makes more sense to sleep now and do it as soon as I wake up… Any advice?
Hopefully hear from a few of you sometime over the next few days! Got a lot left to do and a day of work as well. But for now, I shall retire to watch episode 7 of 24. Feel free to chat to me!
Thanks for reading 😊
So what I first started this blog, I wrote reviews and other things that weren’t just my ramblings. Going back to basics, I thought I’d recommend a new series for you all to watch. So far there are 45 episodes (the latest coming out just 15 minutes ago) but have no fear – they’re between 3 and 8 minutes long! It’s a YouTube series called Carmilla. Basic summary is Laura’s roommate goes missing after a night out and Laura uses her video blog to keep the rest of Silas University up to date on the search for the missing Betty. However, the university does nothing to help and allocates Laura a new roommate – Carmilla. Without giving too much away, this show is basically Vampires and Lesbians. It is a modern take on the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I’ve decided this shall be one of my holiday reads so I’ll let you know how it goes.
Two of my friends at uni introduced me to this series and now every Tuesday and Thursday I eagerly await 22:30 GMT even to see the 3 minute clip of my new favourite show. It even tops 24! Now on its second season, Carmilla is introducing yet more characters and its fanbase is growing daily. Give it a try! It mightn’t be your cup of tea but I’d definitely say give it a few episodes before you rule it out. Natasha Negovanlis is stunning even before you see her in leather trousers. Add into it the beautiful Elise Bauman and you really can’t fault it. Or maybe that’s just me… But feel free to let me know! 🙂 or if you have any other suggestions, please comment below! I’d love for you to get to know me better so feel free to suggest any topics or questions you would like me to answer 🙂
Thanks once again to anyone who’s made it this far!