Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Favorite Authors


Okay, so I have been tasked with the job of coming up with a comprehensive list of my favorite authors, and in order to narrow down the list, the prerequisite is that I must have read and immensely enjoyed at least two different series/novels by each author, preferably if the two different novel/series are set in different worlds. If they’re set in the same world, you can still get in, but only as an auxiliary member.
Here’s the list:

Primary Members:
Tamora Peirce
Holly Black
Diana Peterfreund
Julie Kagawa

Auxiliary members:
Cassandra Clare
Richelle Mead

Pending Members (if they write another series I enjoy):
Veronica Roth
Laini Taylor

If you know me, then you know that’s a pretty dang small list for someone like me.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nemesea

Okay, so, if anyone reading this knows me, then you know that I spent most of the sumer obssessed mostly with the band UnSun, and a little with Within Temptation. First couple months of school I was pretty deep in Within Temptation. *nugde, nugde* Did anyone read my post about how I tokk a survey to see how many ppl had heard of UnSun, WT, and Nightwish? yeah, this all is what led up to that.
So, before that post, I'd listened to Nightwish mildly, and only because I have a very good friend who is completely obsessed with them. After that, I started listening to Nightwish more like I'd done with WT and UnSun. Right now, I'm listening to a band called Nemesea, also from Europe, and I think I've found another favorite.
Right now, I have 28 WT songs on my iPod, and 9 Nightwish songs. I'll soon have 22 Nightwish songs on my iPod (as soon as my brother logs onto iTunes and lets me at our music library, that is). I am hoping to get the UnSun album Clinic for Dolls for Christmas. If I don't get the actual physical album at that point, I'll just buy it on iTunes.
Anyways, I was talking about how I am listening to Nemesea. As in, right now, as I am typing this, I'm listening to Nemesea. They're pretty awesome. one would think they'd be most similar to WT, since Nemesea is Dutch, same as WT, but I actually think they're more like UnSun. Manda Ophuis's (the lead singer) voice reminds me more of Aya Stefanowitz of UnSun, in her voice's pitch and sound and accent. Higher, but higher in a way that sound like fire, all crackly and wild. Sharon den Adel of WT and Tarja Turunen of past Nightwish (I don't like their stuff with Annette as MUCH. I still think Annette is god, but I like Tarja better)  have high voices to, but smoother and silkier, like air or water. Actually, since I'm thinking of it, all lump Annette into the same group voice-wise and Manda and Aya.
Why am I talking about this? I'm not really sure, actually. It happens to be on my mind. I like talking about it.
Anyways, at this point in time, I am done talking.
See y'all later.
Halloween is in TWO DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The VAMPIRE Diaries

I do believe that last week I stated that I was happy that Elena (from The Vampire Diaries) is now a vampire.
But I'm not sure if words can properly convey my elation.
I've been watching TVD since 2011. I got season 1 on DVD on Easter in 2011, and watched it in August-ish. Since Season three started about a month after I first watched it, and me having no netflix or anything like that, I read about season 2 on the wiki, put season 2 on my Christmans list and watched season three.
In short, I am completely caught up on all thing TVD and have been obsesses with it for a little over a year.
In case your wondering, after I began watching the TV series, I did read the books. and HATED them, but whatever.
I tried to get my best friend to be obsessed with them with me, and lent her season 1, but she just wasn't into it.
Fortunately, one of my high school librarians was pretty obsessed with it, so I did have someone to obsess with it about.
but now I'm in college. and even when I go back and visit my high school, that librarian isn't there anymore. :(
Anyone up for obsessing about TVD with me?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters


O. M. G.
Do you realize they’re making the second Percy Jackson movie? Three years after they made the first one?
I have major problems with this. I’ll explain them.
In the early Percy Jackson books, the characters were twelve years old. I’m not sure the actors were twelve when they were in the first movie. Now they’re three years older than they were.
Hold on a sec.
Logan Lerman (Percy)- 20
Brandon T. Jackson (Grover)- 28
Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth)- 26
Jake Abel (Luke)- 24
Those are the four main-ish characters. Look at there ages. Logan is ALMOST acceptable. But I wouldn’t even like him playing as twelve/thirteen-ish-old.
Grover is just INSANE. IN-FREAKING-SANE. So insane, that it’s driving me sane.
It’s awful!
Now, in all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve read the Percy Jackson books.
But really!
Another problem: WHY IN THE HECK DID YOU WAIT THREE YEARS?
That’s not so much a problem as a question, but hey, I want to know. Plus, it’s seriously annoying. Now, if I want to remember what happened in the first movie, I’ll half to buy it.
Another Problem: At this point, they really should just skip over the rest of the Percy Jackson books and go straight to the Heroes of Olympus. I want to see Jason! And Leo :).
I am just majorly annoyed with this whole setup.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

On Female-Fronted European Rock Bands


Okay, so, as some people reading this may or may not know, I am going to do an informative speech on Tuesday. My speech topic was how popular these three bands are:
Within Temptation, Nightwish, and UnSun.
To less cultured people out there, those are all female-fronted European rock/metal bands.
Yes, I listen to all three.
So, I spent all of last Thursday going up to random people and asking them if they’d heard of any of those three bands.
The results are: 17 out of 100 people had heard of Nightwish.
12 out of 100 people had heard of Within Temptation.
And 11 out of 100 people had heard of UnSun.
And a whole lot of people had no idea what I was talking about.
But I was actually surprised that so many people had heard of UnSun.
Wait a minute, I know what you’re thinking: “But, Monica, only eleven out 100 people had heard of them. That’s not a lot.”
But actually, it is, considering that I expected less than five people to have heard of them.
Also, when you think about, 11 out of 100 is just over 10%.
The fact that just over 10% of people surveyed in a random college in Colorado had heard of a Polish band that can’t achieve success in it’s own country is quite inspiring, if you ask me.
I think I’m going to do something like this again sometime. Maybe with Broken Iris, Picture Me Broken, and some other band (I’ll have to think on it, though).
And, in hindsight, for this survey I really wish I’d asked people if they’d heard of Evanescence as well. Then I’d be able to compare the people who’d heard of the European bands to the people who’d heard of Evanescence. That would’ve been cool.
But, alas, I didn’t.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Greetings, Earthlings!


To all you people on the internet weird enough to be reading this, greetings! (and when I say people weird enough, I mean all those people whom I know and told to read this. And possibly random people I DON’T know who are reading this.)
I am Monica. I love Paramore, most vampires (the ones that sparkle are gross) and books.
I just started college. I plan on getting published before I graduate.
Some things all people should know about me:
I am extremely full of myself.
I enjoy watching movies where people die.
I almost always fall in love with shifty/evil characters in books and movies.
I love finding little-known bands and then telling everyone I know about them and then force people to go listen to said bands.
If you are friends with me, I expect you to buy a copy of my book when it gets published (even if you’ll never read. The same thing applies that if I am your friend and you publish a book, I will buy it even if I never read it)
And yet, despite all this, I am remarkably easy to get along with.

Some more things you should know about me:
I am extremely obsessive,
I just watched The Vampire Diaries season 4, episode 1, and I am SOOOO happy that Elena is now a vampire (it’s about time, too!)
I cried because Firefly got canceled. Seriously, how could that happen?
Love books. LOOOOVE books. The word LOOOOVE, in this case, is actually an understatement.
I rarely say bad things about people, places, or anything. If I think something that happened was awful, I keep it to myself.
Subsequently, I rarely give bad book reviews on goodreads.
Contradicting the same statement, I am not afraid to say what I think.
So, I suppose that statement up there wasn’t entirely true. It’s not that I don’t say bad things about stuff if I think it was awful, but I try not to be deliberately mean.
And now I’m just rambling, so I’ll shut up (figuratively. Because, you know, I'm not actually speaking out loud.)