Sometimes the Movie IS Better

Thanks to The Book Boozer and her Frightening Fall, I’ve been reading some classics.  She picked some books to read to get her in the mood for the spooky holiday season, (Yes, Halloween is a holiday season!) and I decided to play along with her.  I wasn’t going to read all of the same books she was; however, a couple of them sounded good so I decided it was time to hit the books!

In addition to The Book Boozer, Sleepy Hollow was going to awesomely be turned into a TV show on Fox. Score!

Since the Universe was pointing me in that direction, I hit the books!

I started with the classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  I love this book and rereading it, I wasn’t disappointed.  Even after all of these years, it was still entertaining!

Of course, I will admit, I may still prefer the Disney version!

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I was really excited to hear about the new TV series on Fox, Sleepy Hollow.  It was marked on my calendar and my DVR was set!  Mr. T and I sat down and watched the first episode together.  About half way through I couldn’t imagine how they would carry this series; however, the “coming soon” teaser at the end of the show put my fears to rest!  I’ve watched it again, and Mr. T and I both aren’t sure if we are in love with it yet, but I’m not giving up just yet… plus, the new Ichabod, well, he’s just yummy!

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Next I tackled Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  It’s been so very long since I’ve read this book and I remember being thoroughly put off by Dr. Frankenstein.  This hasn’t changed!  Victor Frankenstein is still one of the most self-centered, arrogant and obnoxious characters to grace the pages of a book.  His narration throughout the book still drives me nuts.  He worked so hard and ended up letting go of family, friends, his studies and even his health, only to look up in horror at what he had done and turn his back on the Monster.  I still prefer the Monster who, despite everything, has a spirit that you have to admire.

Gotta say, the book drives me nuts, but you can’t go wrong with Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s Monster!

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Here’s where I have to confess.  I will take Young Frankenstein over the original any day!  How can you go wrong with Peter Boyle dancing to Putting on the Ritz? Add in classic lines of “Walk this way” and then there is this:

It was good to revisit Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster, I’m very comfortable that I’ll never have to read that book again!

Today I finished Dracula by Brom Stoker.  My confession here is that I have never read this book before.  Somehow, it got missed.  Don’t get me wrong – I own the book – I just never picked it up and read it!  Another confession:  I didn’t pick up the book.  I found a free version and downloaded it to my Kindle.  Don’t judge.

Oh my goodness but this book is looonnnngggg.  It just drags on forever!  And it lags, oh does it lag.  For those that haven’t read the book, it is told through the diary entries of 6 different people, and overall, it is pleasant, but the few times that the book doesn’t drag don’t make up for the times it does.  I’m glad I read it and have a full understanding of the story (and again, Van Helsing is still one of the most awesome men in history, and even though he is older in the book, sometimes I pictured Huge Jackman!  The movie was campy, but oh Hugh!)

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You guessed it – the movie was better!  Bela Lugosi is a genius and brought the vampire to life!  Or, at least made him UnDead.

Of course, if I have to meet a member of the UnDead in real life – I’ll take David Boreanaz, the Vampire with a soul from Buffy/Angel.

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Spread the Geek Around

A few weeks ago Unique Geek at Three Chic Geeks made my world a whole lot better!  First off, if you are part of any Fandom, you need to follow their blog.  It is three amazing women, okay, it’s two amazing women known as Unique Geek and Critique Geek and then there is Loki who goes by the name Freak Geek.  When I read posts by Unique Geek and Critique Geek I am filled with peace and given ideas for Harry Potter Crafts and cute outfits to make me think I am Dean Winchester.

Seriously, who wouldn't want to be him?

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be him?

When it is Freak Geek’s turn to post I know in advance that I will be tortured until I cry.  Freak Geek won’t be happy until she has all of us curled into the fetal position bawling our eyes out and sucking our thumbs.

So, yeah, go follow them!

Anyway – back to the point of the story.  Unique Geek did all the work for me and told me about the new shows I MUST WATCH this season and she was pretty spot-on! I’ve been talking non-stop about Sleepy Hollow coming to Fox next week.  I mean, everyone in my life is aware that I will be watching this show.

I’m also really excited about Atlantis – even though I have no clue what it is about!

Two phrases: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Joss Whedon.  I do not need to say anything more.

Now that I’ve piqued your interest – you must go read this post and admire all of the hard work that UG went through to put this together and then come back and be part of the obsessive fandom!!!

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