gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
Aaand LJ starts off the new year with a spectacular fail. I'm getting the occasional comment notification but I haven't been able to access the site for days. I still haven't replied to the comments on my H50 fanart, I'll do that as soon as LJ gets back to normal. I should really back up my entries over at Dreamwidth just in case.

Dear flist, if you can read this: HAPPY NEW YEAR! I spent New Year's Eve at a friend's place, I finally met her two kittens and had a nice, quiet evening. I don't have resolutions and, unlike last year, I don't really have anything to look forward to. Most of 2012 revolved around the summer workshop, while I don't have anything planned for 2013. I feel a little hollow compared to last year, but I guess you can't have that level of excitement every year, right? I just hope things at work will get better. A new, better-paid job wouldn't be bad either. I like this job, but the situation has become ridiculous. So fingers crossed and may 2013 be a lucky year!

Kulturzeit 2013 )
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
So, 2011. I don't have any New Year's resolutions, but I'd like to keep drawing as much as I did in the second half of 2010 and catch up with my non-fanfic reading. And listen to more music. I'd also like to actually play some music, but I'm so lazy.

Kulturzeit 2011 )
gothikmaus: (Dein Vampyr)
Kulturzeit post, to keep track of what I read, watch, do this year. Hopefully I'll do a little better than last year, especially in the book department, but I'm such a lazy reader. The first book I finished was "The Vampire Diaries - The Struggle", a Christmas present from my dad. It's the second book of a series and it was like watching only the second episode of a 4-episode TV series. It's not like the Harry Potter books: sure, there are seven different books, but each one of them has its own main plot with a beginning, a development and an end, while having a bigger plot in the background. This novel started right in the middle of an action and ended right in the middle of another one. But I'm not blaming my father, he knows I love vampires and just wanted to get me a present I'd like.

On a meta level, it's nice to notice that the novels were written at the beginning of the '90s and the setting is pretty much the same as in the Twilight series: American high school, girl falls in love with "good" vampire and so on. But the vampires here are closer to the classic vampire image: they drink human blood, and they love it. There's also an erotic subtext that's completely missing in Twilight (I can only talk about the first book, as I refuse to read the others). There's also the eternal triangle between the human girl, the good vampire and the bad vampire (the vampires are also brothers).

So, it seems to me that Stephenie Meyer took the idea behind this series, changed a few details, made everything tamer et voilà, she got her best seller. If I was an American teenager I would probably love the Vampire Diaries series, or, at least, I'd like it much more than Twilight (sparkling vampires, for Heaven's sake!), but as a European adult, I'm not so enthusiastic. I'll stick to Anne Rice, thank you very much.

Kulturzeit 2010 )

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Jan. 5th, 2009 09:37 pm
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
I know I said I wouldn't make New Year's resolutions because I never keep them, but this is actually something I can do. I realised I have a lot of catching up to do concerning books, films, music etc, so this year's motto is: more culture! I've started off the year with a bang and on the 2nd I finally watched Fight Club. Yes, I still hadn't watched it. *hides* Then there are 3 books I started and never finished, and the local library has a lot of interesting CDs, like The Smashing Pumpkins and Kraftwerk (which I borrowed some time ago), and DVDs. And my parents have dozens of DVDs I still haven't watched at home.

I'll try to use this entry to keep track of my progress.
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