But first, what is horror? Horror can be fright, scare or disgust. In literature you may find it, as literary historian J. A. Cuddon defined the horror story as “a piece of fiction in prose of variable length… which shocks, or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing”.
Horror has always been with us. From the begining of human kind, there had been stories to scare little children so they wouldn’t misbehave or stay up late at night. It started as folklore and stories tell from generation to generation. Even Myth is set upon scaring the people from “the wrath of the gods” so they would behave.
As story went from mouth to mouth to being written, so did the horror genre. It became part of the mythology of different places in the world. IT started by telling stories of monsters that lived in the dark such as vampires and it grew from there more and more.
But horror literature started its way as we know it mostly since the 18th century. It started with a gothic style . It drew inspiration from the late middle ages, finding its first steps in The Castle of Otranto by author Horace Walpole. The book was firstly published as medieval romance, then rediscovered and republished as a fake translation. IT became very popular in no time.
The gothic horror became what we now really know as horror in the 19th century, it was written by great authors like the Grimm Brothers, Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker.
The horror presented in the 19th century many of the current and most iconic monsters and horrors in human history.
As we enter the 20th century, we can see a proliferation of cheap newspapers which led to the growth of horror publications. At first it came in parts on the magazines, until the whole novel could be published. This way many became known authors.
In the later years of the 20th century from the ’60s and moving forward started a new beginning for the horror. As slashers movies started to become more and more popular and many books were starting to being adapted to movies, such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, the horror got a new apogee in which authors as Stephen King came to be.
Stephen King believes the horror gets popular again in waves, every 10 or 20 years it comes back, which could explain his character IT coming back very 27 years.
As far as we can see horror has been very popular over the last century and into this one, especially with a lot of horror movies coming out every year. Even though many of them aren’t as good.
As we come closer and look into the 21th century we can see that with techonology alongside, horror has shifted and became even more common, even for younger people. Books for Young Adults, and even for kids are released every month. And not only that but the fenomena of Creepypastas, short horror stories on the internet, was created.
Overall, i think it has been a very long time since horror has been relevant, always there, from our very beginning as humans, and to this day when technologies accompany us but it can take away our most deeply rooted fears.
This weekend was the official netflix release of the movie i’m thinking of ending things based on the book by Iain Reid. The book was released back in 2016. You can check the review i wrote for the book here.
As i heard this was being made into a movie i was pretty interested since i truly enjoyed the book (and got a bit obsessed over the title for a while).
But now, while watching the movie which is 2h14m long i have to admit i could not see the end of it.
For some reason, all the stuff that checked right while reading the book felt dull on the screen. The script felt pretentious and little approachable. I mean, i could never know to whom could i recommend the movie since it doesn’t feel like it is for everyone.
I know it was supposed to be a thriller, but to me it didn’t. Maybe because i knew the story, maybe because i felt to me so tedious to watch.
There’s a joke that says “i watched the movie three times but the third time i didn’t understand it” and that’s exactly the feeling i was left with when i finished the movie.
There was something of the book in the movie, i mean, a lot of it was the same. Sure they made a few changes which i find a little questionable, for example why did they erased the part where people where talking about something bad happening at the school and instead they showed the janitor working in school. I think the approach of the book was better for the understanding of what’s going on.
I mean, if i didn’t read the book i wouldn’t be able to understand what happened at the end of little tpuches of the story which i think some may need to reatch the movie to fully comprehend if they have the will to rewatch the movie.
Now, if i need to talk a little about the good things in the movie, i’ll highlight the performances by the actors, Jessie Buckely, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette and David Thewlis were absolutely great in the movie.
Another thing i really liked about the movie was the photography of it. They really made it all look creepy, lonely, sad and beautiful, all at the same time.
I don’t know how much people who didn’t read the book will enjoy and/or understand the movie.
Overall i came to the movie with a lot of expectetions, since i enjoyed the book so much when i read it back n the day, but i left with my hands empty, feeling i wasted 2h14m of my life that i’m never getting back, because even the good performances couldn’t save the movie. Sometimes books just need to be left alone, they don’t need movies. Also, in my opinion most of netflix’s movies aren’t that great anyway, so why bother. I could count with one hand the netflix original movies i enjoyed over the years and that’s just sad. But my opinion on netflix, if anyone cares, could make a great post some other time.
After almost a year of being held hostage to my own laziness, I’m taking my life back.
I wish I could say it was a decision I made by myself but to be honest actually it’s because the thing taking all my time ended.
I’m not quite sure if it will be coming back someday, I stopped checking my Twitter… I wanted to clear my mind completely, so i have no idea of what’s going on with the fandom.
You can ask, geez, what was this thing taking all your time, Clemence? And I’ll have to put my head down and tell you a ship from a Mexican telenovela took my life unexpectedly about a year ago and then, everything went to hell.
It was no ordinary ship, actually it was and it is such a revolutionary concept that it got them worldwide recognition, a Glaad, and a spin off (of which I won’t be talking right now).
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
I got very obsessed and I couldn’t read, or watch anything else. Now I’ll have to thank the fact it was a telenovela (which means it was aired daily, so lots of content) but yeah, for an year I watched nearly nothing but that.
At the moment I believe I burned myself out, and I can’t even think about it. But God, do I love it.
The problem is, now I’m behind on everything else. I haven’t read all the books I would’ve, I haven’t watched the TV shows I wanted to, nor the movies…
Sure, your life can stop but the world does not.
And now everything feels weird.
I want to disconnect, to be free, to take a vacation from my busy mind, and probably now that I’m free for three whole weeks from work I”ll be at least trying to take my life back.
To be honest I wasn’t sure if I should come back, I left this blog for so long… but now that my mind is being cleared I’m starting to read again, and I’m willing to get back to my regular schedule.
I have some ideas, some stuff o may want to talk about and comment.
I don’t know if there’s anybody there, but this blog was always about just saying stuff even if nobody cares. So whether I see you there or not… I’m sort of glad to be back.
Many kids wanted to be firefighters when they grow up. Some others want to be astronauts or police officers. When i was 5 i wanted to study the stars and the universe, until the day i discovered the joy of reading books and all i wanted was to be a reader.
Sure, being a reader is not a fulltime job, for most people, but as the time and life pass by i’m pretty convinced it’s the thing i want the most.
These days i struggle a lot to read even the news, and that’s because i’m not able to concentrate for long periods of time. I used to listen to audiobooks for 8 hours straight at work, but as it seems now, those times are pretty much gone. I used to sit for hours and hours to read and could finish a book in on sit, but not anymore.
I could look at my *read list* for 2018, i know it’s only March but i’m way behind years prior, and tell myself to give up because reading one book a month is not being a reader. I could watch a million youtube videos of booktubers showing the many books they read last month and feel like a failure.
I could just give up reading because i can’t concentrate and to be honest most people won’t care if you read or not. Actually, most people i know look at me funny because i always have a book in my bag.
But you see.. as i struggle every day to read even a few words just so i don’t lose the habit i came to realize what i love about reading.
I love the way words meet each other and make sentences, wonderful sentences and the way those sentences make up a story. A story someone felt the need to tell the world. Just think about so many writers full of amazing and magical worlds they are wanting to share with everyone who will be willing to read them.
As i sit in my room and stare at my bookshelves, i can’t help but think of all the things those books sitting there are waiting to tell me, the stories and the worlds they are dying to share with me.
I’m the perfect example for the word “loner” and many times i’m very lonely, but then i can get a book in my hands and meet with beloved friends i know and love with all my heart. Because yeah, they can be fictional, but the way feel about them and the way their stories make me feel is real.
Those books, sitting on my shelves and the ones i haven’t bought yet but i will one day and i’ll read and i’ll cry, and i’ll laugh… they mean something. They are the reason i want to be a reader.
Being a reader is not only sitting 10 hours straight reading a book that just came out just to finish it, it also means appreciating the work of the author, enjoy the reading, rereading books you love, caring about fictional characters, waiting for the next book in a series you love, by an author you like.
Being a reader it’s a lot of little things. It’s not just reading. It’s discovering worlds and finding people who love the same places and stories as you do, dreaming of getting to places like magical schools or finding sleeping kings.
Being a reader is to enter the dreams of others and making them also your own. It’s to love and to hate fiercely, caring and dreaming yourself. It’s finding a common ground for all the different dreamers out there and dare to keep dreaming even when you are awake.
Okay, I seriously didn’t know or expect this book to become a movie but I’m so incredible hyped over it! The author is one of my favorites and this book and it’s companion ‘Another Day’ are my favorites! I even traveled to London to meet him a few years ago!! I read it a few years back and I’ll be rereading it so I can compare the movie and the book and make a full review of both of them.
This book was of my favorites when I read it for the first time (and it still is). The book is full of geek references, mostly from the 80’s if I remember right. I learned a lot of pop culture and it was amazing. Also, apparently there will be a sequel?! I just found out but I hope it isn’t less than this one. I can’t wait to watch the movie, like I would pay so much so I could watch it right this moment.
Get out! This is my fluffy to go book, like for real. I’ve read this book so many times already and I hold Simon very close to my heart. I could talk about him all day to be honest, because he is an amazing character and I can’t wait to see him on the screen. Also, a new book from the author is coming our way and it has one of the side characters as the main and I just.. I need that book already.
Did I say book to screen and viceversa? Yeah I also want to talk about those.
Cardcaptor Sakura by Clamp is back!!
I could literally cry and I did when I found out this was happening. The Clear Card Arc started at the beginning of January and oh, did I miss these characters. I mean.. Iread the manga and watch the original at least once a year but it never changes… You know? So now having new episodes is like being alive again… All I can think of is Mushu saying:
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan.
Okay, I watched the Netflix series already but I’m very curious about how much it relies on the book… So yes, I got me the first book on the trilogy in the hopes I’ll stop reading fanfiction and go back to books. I say as I start reading another CCS fanfiction and praise the author for writing the thing.
Last but never the least The Last Jedi novelization is due the first days of March and I already preorder it.
Mm.. I never talked about the movie on the blog and I won’t most likely.. I’ll just say that I’m a.) Curious about what lies beneath the surface of what we saw b.) I was left with a lot of questions and I need some answers… Mostly I need some POVs… And many clarifications I know we won’t get until the next movie but I’m dying here and I need them to throw me a bone!!!!
I’ve been meaning to talk about this show since the first time i watched it a few months ago, but by the time i got to do it, it was announced the final season was about to begin so i decided on waiting until the very end before i talk about it.
Well, guess what? This weekend the show officially ended and now i get to share with you a complete opinion on it.
Back at the beginning of the year. When i was watching show after show after show i was starting to lose faith on finding the show … You know the one you love so much you really watch and not just binge watch? Well, as i said i was losing my hope when i accidentally saw some curious gifsets on Tumblr. Now Tumblr is the perfect place to get tv shows, books, movies recommendations… Because of Tumblr, i started watching Doctor Who, all the Netflix original shows, Merlí and much more… But i’m going off track here.
As i said, i saw some gifsets and i got really curious what were they about. It turned out they were about some Norwegian tv show, many were obsessing about; the show is called Skam (Shame in English) and it is thw mother of all teenage tv shows.
If you really want to understand the teenage experience, i know we all had a teenagehood but like, if you are interested in seeing all aspects of it, Skam is the show to watch.
Yes it’s in Norwegian, but that’s not an excuse (my sister already tried that on me).
Skam is the epitome of what it means to be young.
Created by Julie Andem for NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) as a way of getting younger viewers to their website and on a low budget, this series has surpassed all ratings in Norwegian tv’s history.
Conceived as a day to day kind of experience, Skam shows the daily life of the main character, who changes with each season, and it gives updates about what the main is doing either by dropping a clip, an Instagram update or texts that are posted on the official website Skam.p3.no.
Yes, the main way of enjoy the show is by following all kinds of social media the characters have, giving the impression these characters are real living teenagers. They interact in social media with each other and even break the fourth wall a few times.
As the show wants to talk to a young audience, it takes on topics many teenagers deal with in a daily basis such as; bullying, love, self-respect, abuse, sexual assault, homosexuality, mental health, eating disorders and religion.
Each season and its main have a different story to tell which includes some of the topics above, how they deal with their problems and how they grow by learning from the mistakes they make and the interactions with their pairs.
All these stories are set in a real Oslo high school, Harvig Nissen, and many of the actors play characters their real age. Now i know this may not be ask important, but … It’s kind of refreshing to watch because these kids really look the age they are supposed to be, you see they are teenagers and not twenty-somethings playing characters too young to really believe tey are that age. I’m not saying there aren’t twenty-somethings playing teenagers in Skam, i just say they look more believable.
The show ran from 2015-2017 and had 4 seasons; Eva (Lisa Teige), Noora (Josefine Frida Petersen), Isak (Tarjei Sandvik Moe) and Sana (Iman Meskini). The original idea was to have all five girls of the “Girl Squad” (Eva, Noora, Sana, Vilde and Chris) and (as i just read aparently) four out of five of the “Boys Squad” (Isak, Jonas, Even and Magnus) to have a season, or at least their story developed properly… (key word here being properly).
Sadly enough the show was cut short, according to the creator and writer because the show is a 24/7 job that became very difficult to handle after the success of season three (particularly) worldwide, since she wanted to keep everyone on their toes and it became more and more difficult to do so as the story developed.
The thing with Skam is the devotion it brought to so many people. Skam has not only teenage viewers but older too and from everywhere. People from all over the world started traveling to Norway just to meet the cast and they became international sensations (especially the actors Tarjei Sandvik Moe and Henrik Holm) and this is, in my opinion, other of the reasons the show has come to an end… It was never supposed to become this big, it became too overwhelming and so now it’s over.
Many fans of the show were very disappointed by it, since it meant some of the most wanted characters won’t get their own season. This even though you can see they have such important stories to be told.
The show is full of heart.
Most topics are handled very carefully, and i say most because at least one of them, in the end, was treated very poorly and it ruined so much, in my opinion, it’s incredible. The actors have very little make-up on to cover the imperfections of the age, which is, in my opinion, a really smart move… we are really tired of the perfect faces of the so perfect American actors in all those American TV dramas.
There are many little details to enjoy while watching the show, for example, the actors have very little make-up on to cover the imperfections of the age, which is, in my opinion, a really smart move… we are really tired of the perfect faces of the so perfect American actors in all those American TV dramas. Also, there are little hints of the things you should be looking forward to, references to media, and life in general.
I think that’s enough of an introduction right? should we get to my opinion on the show?
Let’s get this over with…
Skam is a great show.
Okay, that statement doesn’t make the show justice but it just is.
Skam is the truest representation of the lives of young people, forget American Tv dramas, this is the real shit. You’ll see all kind of people in the show, all of them young from the girl that lost all her friends because of a bad decision to the gay dude that suffers from internalized homophobia to the religious kid that studies science.
Skam represents all of us. I don’t think it’s possible not to find yourself in at least one of the characters.
The main problem i find in the show is the weird obsession the writer had through all seasons with a specific ship that many couldn’t even stand (myself included) but she kept feeding us it. Seriously, it became ridiculous particularly in the last season, because it seemed that the ship was more important than the main character of the season.
The thing with the show is, it became internationally famous mostly because of season three. If you go looking on the internet, or at least on the Tumblrs i follow, many call the season a ‘masterpiece’ and to be honest it is outstanding in comparison of the rest of the of the seasons, one of the scenes of season three even won a Gullruten (Norwegian prize) for best scene of 2016. Also, the main couple of the season won international polls as best couple and blah, blah.
But, as good as season three was, there were some weak and annoying others. For example, many concede in the fact that season two, was very dull and boring, but it was the longest one. Not to mention problematic season four.
Season four was supposed to be an eye opener about Islam, being the main character Muslimah herself. But it failed its purpose because of some kind of sloppy writing and because it managed to neglect the main character in favor of fanservice (yes, that is my opinion on the Evak topic) and the mythical ship (not many cared about).
But, as i’m sitting here writing this and watching the farewell event of the show, all i can really feel for the show is an immense love. Because the show made me feel so many things, it made me smile and cry so much, it made *makes* me so happy, the actors are such a joy to follow on social media, they are so much fun.
I find it really sad that the show is over, mostly because it’s so rare that we get to know actors from such unexpected countries, but i got so attached to them, how am i gonna follow their careers from now on??
Even if the last season wasn’t the best, it was pretty good (especially in the beginning)
and i can be nothing but thankful to Julie Andem for the show she made, with all the pressure and the 24/7 work they had to pull for it. It is an amazing experience, and the best teenage show i’ve ever watched. No wonder it blew up out of proportion, it is so relatable even at my age.
I think all i’m left to say is, you should watch this show, even though it’s over and the waiting it’s not a factor anymore… binge watch it, if you can find all the media and enjoy the full experience… but even if you can’t find all the stuff, the episodes themselves are enough… it’s amazing.
Oh, and watch it before the american version sees the light, because we don’t know how it may end up…