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Bye-Bye Sci-Fi Month!


It's now the end of November, which unfortunately means the end of Sci-Fi Month 😭

Even though I didn't post anywhere near as much as I'd hoped and planned, I'm glad that I posted at all, because quality is more important than quantity. I don't feel like I just threw together any posts at the last minute, which is something that I tend to do in these kinds of events, and instead I took my time and went at my own pace (even if that meant straying away from what i'd actually scheduled, oops).

But anyways, I really have had a blast both putting together posts and reading everyone else's posts, as well as reading and watching some good bits of sci-fi (I had a fit of laughter at one particular scene of the Watchmen movie, and I'm not sure if it was intentionally funny). For December, though, I will be taking a wee break from blogging to enjoy the holidays to their fullest and also to plan out posts for January properly so that I can fully get back into the swing of posting regularly in the new year.

I will see you all next time!


[Sci-Fi Month] My Unpopular Sci-Fi Opinions


We can't all agree on everything. That's just a fact of life. However, there are times when you don't agree with the vast majority of people and end up being the black sheep. That's me, hello, I am a black sheep. I don't necessarily take pride in having different opinions but I'm not ashamed of it either, it's just how it is. Not everyone has the exact same taste, and if we did the world would be so incredibly boring. So, I am here today on this hopefully glorious today to share with you all my unpopular opinions on sci-fi!



This is probably the most unpopular opinion I have when it comes to sci-fi, but I genuinely think that Alien is the best movie in the series, mainly because I didn't like Aliens. The tone was so different to me that it felt off. I went in expecting another horror style movie, but instead it's a full on sci-fi action movie with lots of shooting, which isn't usually my kind of thing. Obviously I still liked Ripley and the aliens themselves, but the Marines kind of let the movie down so much for me. I thought they were a bunch of meatheads who just went in there guns blazing after being told that Xenomorph blood is acidic and then just mow them down like zombies, instead of the supposedly unstoppable monster that the Alien was in the first movie. I'm not a James Cameron fan anyway (apart from the first two Terminator movies), but I just remember being so let down by Aliens.


I can feel people's browsers being closed right now. I don't just think that Batman v. Superman wasn't that bad, it's my favourite movie of the whole year. I love this movie, and I honestly don't care about what other people think. If other people don't like that, that's fine because it doesn't affect me. It's not fine when people tell me that I'm an idiot or a "fake geek" for liking a movie, that's never okay, that's rude. Anyways, Man of Steel is one of my favourite movies, so obviously I had incredibly high hopes for BvS and I think that Snyder and Co. really delivered. The story moves at the same pace as a comic book (which is sort of Zack Snyder's trademark), has a good balance of action and dialogue, and most importantly, has incredibly accurate portrayals of the characters. Ben Affleck is now my absolute favourite Batman because his Bruce Wayne is pretty much lifted from the pages of the comics. I know that a lot of people prefer Christian Bale, and I did too at one point, but to me, Bale's Bruce Wayne is pretty bland. His scenes cut between him at home, him in public acting like an idiot, and him as Batman with very little transition. With Affleck, we see those transitions and how different each one of Bruce's personas is. I think the most common complaint with this movie is that it was "confusing" and too full of symbolism and imagery, and also "too dark". That's just the way that DC is and they've been that way since the 1970s/80s. DC stories tend to be larger than life and tackle issues such as what it means to be a hero, what it is that makes people good, compared to Marvel stories that are much more grounded (i'm probably wrong about that though, because i'm not a marvel fan). These days I think a lot of people expect every superhero movie that is released to be exactly like an MCU movie, which is not going to happen. Different comics companies do their own things and if they all just copied each other, they would be boring. What I'm basically getting at is, I think people were a bit too hard on BvS. It wasn't for everyone, but it didn't deserve to be ripped to shreds.


I actually have a full post on this point (clickety-click, so I'll keep this brief. Superman has basically become a punching bag for people who are not only a part of comics fandom, but other fandoms too. Lots of people say that he's "boring" or "overpowered" or "doesn't have a personality", and I completely disagree with all of those points. Obviously Superman is incredibly strong, but to me it's his personality that makes him the hero that he is. If Superman didn't have such a compassionate heard and wasn't intelligent, he would be a very different kind of hero. He'd be an anti-hero, which is not what Superman is. He doesn't throw regular people through walls or into concrete because he knows that it would kill them. He's about doing things the right way, and working with the law to keep people safe, instead of doing things his own way and basically landing criminals in the hospital like one certain hero that we all know (but i do still love, though).


I will admit that this opinion is a little bit uninformed because I haven't experienced a lot of space opera, but what I've seen is just not for me. I personally like my sci-fi to have an emphasis on the science part, like Star Trek does, rather than showing a cool spaceship and not really explaining how it works. Obviously there needs to be plot and characters and all that good stuff to, but my tastes definitely tend to lean more towards the science part of sci-fi. But who knows, maybe my opinion of this will change one day, and I'll open up to it more.


I'm not sure if this even counts as a sci-fi opinion (it's becoming unpopular on the internet in general), but I really don't. There's no proof of aliens existing apart from blurry and possibly fake images of "UFOs", and they've never made contact so how could I believe in them? Don't get me wrong, though. I like the idea of aliens, but I don't think that they're real because there's such a lack of evidence out there other than people saying that they do exist. If other people want to believe in aliens, then that's fine because it doesn't affect me at all, but I'll acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrial life when it's actually found.

Tell me some of your unpopular opinions!

[Sci-Fi Month] A Sci-Fi Inspired Playlist


Music is a huge part of my life, and even though I don't tend to match music to certain books, I do have certain songs and genres and such that do remind me of either books or just certain genres. When I was going through my Spotify library recently I got an idea to make a sci-fi inspired playlist, specially for Sci-Fi Month! I'm not a usual playlist-maker, so the songs that I've collected are songs that either remind me of space/sciencey things or just have a general futuristic/space/scientific feel to them, so to put it into shorter terms, there's a lot of electronic music going on here.

I like to think that I have a very strange eclectic taste in music, so I've done my best to include both well-known songs and also more obscure songs from indie artists. Enjoy!


What sci-fi inspired songs would you add to the playlist?

[Sci-Fi Month] Top 10 Futurama Episodes


As I explained in my Sci-Fi Month intro post, Futurama was possibly the first piece of sci-fi that I'd ever seen at the tender age of probably too young to really be watching Futurama. Seriously, I was going around saying "bite my shiny metal ass" before I was old enough to really know what Bender was saying. Out of all of the sci-fi shows that I've watched, Futurama is the one that has stuck with me the most. Even now I still quote the show constantly and will more than likely watch reruns on TV as well as on DVD. Unless Sky1 has decided to show the movies in a million parts for the hundredth time this decade... I'm not too fussed about the later seasons because I haven't watched them that often, so I tend to stick to the first four seasons. So, without any delay, I shall begin to show my favourite Futurama episodes!

[Sci-Fi Month] Defending the Man of Steel


As I'd stated in my Top 10 Extraterrestrials post, I am a huge fan of Superman. But, I've seen quite recently that the camp of people who like Superman is actually not as big as it used to be. A lot of people have gravitated to completely being fans of only Batman, and I don't see anything wrong with that because I also love Batman, more than I love Superman, actually. But, a lot of people seem to have the idea that if you love one thing, you must hate this other thing, opposing or not, or else you're a fake fan, and that makes me kind of sad. And so, instead of making yet another post on how Superman sucks (which a lot of pop journalists and entertainment bloggers like to do), I want to defend the guy and spread some positivity about him. Please note that I'm not making this post to attack anyone for their opinions on fictional characters and comic book companies, I'm just trying to explain my thoughts on certain criticisms of Superman.

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[Sci-Fi Month] Top 10 Extraterrestrials


Aliens are the absolute best. This is not my opinion, it's a fact. Okay, so it's my opinion, but a lot of people share my opinion, so therefore aliens are the best. Anyways, aliens are one of my favourite creatures to see in fiction because there are so many different things that can be done with them. They can be awful monsters, they can be helpful monsters, they can be villains, or they can be heroes. The sky is more than the limit when it comes to aliens and there are so many of them in fiction that it was pretty difficult to come up with a top ten list of my favourites. The same rules apply to all of my top ten lists: only one character per series/franchise, and only aliens from things that I've seen/read/played.

[Sci-Fi Month] A Little Look at My SF TBR


A new themed month means another themed TBR, so this time I'm presenting my sci-fi TBR! My sci-fi shelf is one of the biggest shelves on my GR account, so I had a tough time picking out which books I would put on this list. These books here are the ones that I want to read the most, and I more than likely already have a copy of and haven't gotten around to for one reason or another (it's more than likely because i'm forgetful). Because I love sci-fi so much my TBR will be growing all the time because I quite like to read both classic and modern sci-fi.



2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke - I actually DNF'd this book last year because I wasn't sure if it was written before or after the movie was made, but it turns out that it was written while the movie was being made. I'm still not sure on whether to read the book or watch the movie first but it'll be waiting for me.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - One of my favourite books ever is Nineteen Eighty-Four and even though it has absolutely nothing to do with this book, the comparisons between the two that have been made do really interest me. The idea of manipulating society by giving it exactly what it wants rather than taking everything away is fascinating and also terrifying at the same time.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick - I've been told a million times that Blade Runner is an incredible movie, and as per bookworm law, I must read the book first. I haven't read much from Phillip K. Dick apart from one of his short stories, but his novels have interested me for a long time, so I figured that this is a good place to start. Also, I like the album Replicas by Tubeway Army which was inspired by this book.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I'm not entirely sure if this counts as a science fiction novel, but it is a dystopian novel, and dystopian tends to get lumped into sci-fi so on this list it shall go. I heard of this book around about the same time I read Nineteen Eighty-Four for the first time when I was fourteen, and obviously I needed to read it ASAP. Five years later, and I still haven't read it. At least I now have a copy so that I can get to it any time I want.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - I'm pretty sure that this book is a British institution so the fact that I, a British fan of sci-fi, have not read it is pretty bad.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - I've had this book on my Kindle for so long that I don't actually remember what it's about anymore... But, it is an LGBT+ book from a male POV, which is always a plus for me.

Watchmen by Alan Moore - I needed to put at least one comic on this list, even though I read mostly Batman and there are very few sci-fi elements in Batman comics (mainly because he's technically a detective rather than a superhero, but that's just me being pedantic). However, I was recently given a copy of Watchmen by my mum who works in a school library and there were a few complaints about it being there, so she gave it to me. So far, the only book by Alan Moore that I've read is The Killing Joke and I really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to this one.

The Martian by Andy Weir - Bookworm's law applies here again. My dad says that the movie is really good, so I have to read the book first.


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - I absolutely adored Cinder and I'm really behind on this series, so I'm attempting to finally get around to reading Scarlet this month.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey - I read The 5th Wave years ago when it first came out and it was one of my favourite books, so I'm shocked at myself for not continuing on with the series.

Sever by Lauren DeStefano - Same goes for The Chemical Garden series. I read the first two books years ago but never got around to finishing the series.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft - I'm a little hesitant about not just this book, but Lovecraft's entire bibliography since it's become very apparent that he was racist. I usually do my very best to separate art from artist, but when the artist is said to put their bigoted views into their work it can be hard to do that. From what I've read, Lovecraft did incorporate his racism into his work, so I'm placing his work on the "maybe" TBR for now.

What sci-fi books are on your TBR? Also, if you're participating in Sci-Fi Month too, let me know so I can keep up with your posts!

Hot Diggity Daffodil! It's Sci-Fi Month!


Whoopee, it's finally November!

This year I'm participating in Sci-Fi Month for the very first time after wanting to participate for so long, but either life or my brain getting in the way. Most of the time my brain has gotten in the way.


Now for a wee little backstory about how I got into sci-fi. It all started when I was very small and my brother and I used to watch TV together all the time because I didn't have a TV that could be used to watch TV on (all i could do with it was play video games and watch video tapes). My brother and I would take turns choosing what to watch, but most of the things we watched were the same. Two sci-fi shows that we both loved were Futurama and Dragon Ball Z. To this day we can still quote Futurama as if it's been burned into our brains because at the time there were only four seasons and we watched them over and over and over again. Hence why the title of this post uses a Futurama quote.



But anyways, I haven't actually been reading a whole lot of sci-fi in recent times (gasp, i know) because of brain reasons that I don't really want to get into and I fell back into reading lighter stuff, mainly contemporary. That's not to say that sci-fi can't be light, but it does get pretty heavy sometimes. Sci-fi is one of my absolute favourite genres, and I really want to rekindle my love for it, so that is why I am here and participating.

So, what do I have planned? Well, I'm not really much of a reviewer anymore, so instead I like to focus on discussion posts, lists, and just general rambling. But obviously, those will be sci-fi themed so stay tuned for those!

See you all in space!

Horrifying Movies on My Scary Movie Blacklist


A couple of years ago I made a top ten list of scary movies that I'll probably never watch, and this year I've decided to revisit that list and add to it. Even though I do like reading horror books, I'm not actually the biggest fan of horror movies because I find them so much scarier (i know that for most people, books are scarier for movies, but it's the complete opposite for me). When it comes to visual mediums like movies, TV shows, or video games, I'm a complete baby because even though I like to think that my imagination is pretty powerful, it never conjures up nasty monsters or gory situations so when I see them, it's a huge shock to my system.

I personally tend to only watch horror movies that are incredibly old and probably not even scary anymore, unless I'm feeling particularly brave, so this post will only show that I am a total baby, but I'm okay with that.


The Human Centipede trilogy - I understand that the original Human Centipede movie came about from a joke that the director made about how child molesters should be punished (he said that paedophiles should be punished by having their mouths stitched to the butts of sweaty truck drivers. lovely) but it has to be the squickiest thing I've ever heard. I have a fear of choking so the idea of somebody forcibly doing their business down another person's throat is enough to make my stomach churn. There's now three movies in this series, all of which I will not be watching any time soon out of the fear of losing my lunch while watching. If I have any lunch to lose, that is.

The Thing - I love aliens, and will usually watch anything with them in. Apart from this movie. I've seen The Thing heralded as the scariest movie ever made and even seeing a stop-motion parody starring Pingu which is surprisingly graphic has put me off this movie for life. But who knows, I can watch Alien no problem these days and that movie used to be on my blacklist (i've even gif-ed the chestburster scene, that's how much it doesn't bother me anymore).

BrainDead/Dead Alive - Zombies aren't my favourite thing in the world so I haven't actually seen a single zombie movie. Things that involve zombies usually tend to be gory, and I can't handle gory, so I tend to stay away from them (i also think zombies are kinda boring, but that's for another discussion). This Peter Jackson (yes, that Peter Jackson) movie is so gory that I can't even read the content guide on IMDb without having to compose myself. I get that it's supposed to be played for laughs, but I just can't handle this level of gore. There's a scene where the hero goes through a room of zombies with a lawnmower and let's just say that there's a lot of blood (five gallons of it, to be exact). To quote James Rolfe of Cinemassacre, "Think of the most horrifying, grisly, bloody, sick fuck of a movie you can possible think of. Then look at BrainDead. Now whatever you were just thinking of, looks like the Care Bears."

The Exorcist - I'm the kind of person who falls for subliminal messages incredibly easily. If I'm watching a YouTube video and there's text on the screen for literally one frame, I'm going to pause so that I can go back and read it. If I did that while watching The Exorcist I probably wouldn't sleep thanks to the numerous times the demon's face pops up for less than a second. If you want to see what I mean, do a YouTube search for the original theatrical trailer, but be careful if you're sensitive to flashing images. I'm not religious at all and I don't believe in demons or posessions, but the idea of it does scare me because I hate the idea of not being in control of your own body. *Shudders*

 

Anything by Troma - Troma is an independent film studio that makes B-horror movies that look not just graphic, but ridiculous too. They're also made pretty cheaply, which I guess could be a charming thing to some people, but not necessarily to me. Ridiculousness isn't always a bad thing because from the looks of it (and the titles), these movies don't take themselves too seriously as horror movies. I mean, they have a movie called Killer Condom, that doesn't sound like a movie to take seriously. But to me, gore is gore and I would definitely watch these movies from underneath a blanket. With my fingers in my ears. And my eyes closed.

Men Behind the Sun - This is a historical Chinese movie about war atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII and it just sounds horrendously graphic. Historical and horror aren't usually two genres that go together, but in this case I will support it because the war crimes committed in WWII were so awful that the only way they could be portrayed accurately is in a horror movie. So, what do we have here? We have people being frozen to death, having frozen limbs smashed, people being tied up to posts and bombed, a young boy is given an autopsy while he's still alive, a man locked into a compression chamber until his insides come out of his body, and real dead bodies. Yep, real dead bodies. Why? Because in the 80s there was no special effects industry in China so the director had to use real dead bodies instead. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? At least it's historically accurate. Supposedly, that is.

The Fly (1986) - I should specify that I only mean the 80s remake of The Fly and not the original version because it's probably nowhere near as horrifying as the remake. David Cronenberg is probably the most well-known body horror director and most of his movies just sound so gross and scary to me that the only one I'd probably watch is The Dead Zone. Anyways, back to The Fly. I've never handled stories about mutation very well, I still haven't seen a single X-Men movie because of this. Insects have always freaked me out, so the idea of a person mutating into a giant bug thing is my idea of a nightmare. Also, a guy's hand and foot get melted by the fly's spit. Nice.

The Green Inferno - You know what really freaks me out? Eyeballs. I can't handle things happening to eyeballs to the point that I'm incredibly grateful that I have perfect vision because I would much rather be blind and wear glasses forever than wear contacts or get (ick) laser eye surgery. What does this have to do with this movie? There's a scene in which one character has his eyes gouged out, tongue cut off, and then eaten. While he's still alive. I just can't deal with that kind of thing.



Cannibal Holocaust - This is supposed to be one of the most disturbing movies ever made, mainly because people thought it was real and the director was put on trial for murder, where the cast (who were told to pretend to be dead) had to defend him by showing that they weren't murdered. The worst part for me isn't the gore and sexual violence, it's the real animal killings. Yes, animals were actually killed on-screen in this movie. I can't even handle fake animal deaths, never mind real ones.

A Serbian Film - I usually have no problem with arthouse films, especially if I understand them. But, *ahem*, child rape. No, no, no, no, no. Gore aside, child rape is definite where I draw the line with this one.

Antichrist - Y'know what doesn't sound fun? Genital mutilation. Yeah. Gential. Mutilation. Both male and female. I'm squirming just typing that.


The Wizard of Gore - Now that we're at the end of this list, we should all know by now that I try to stay away from body horror as much as possible. I can handle violence incredibly well (in fact, some of my absolute favourite movies are pretty violent), but gore is a whole different story, especially if it involves the human body. The title of this movie pretty much gives away the fact that it's going to be incredibly gory. Apparently the effects of this movie haven't aged very well, which is usually the sign that I'd probably be ok to watch it, but I won't be risking it any time soon. The whole thing's waiting on YouTube for me if I ever do want to watch it.

Are there any horror movies that you can't watch? What makes you nervous about watching a particular horror movie?

Movies on My Bloody Vampire Watchlist



As I established in my last post, I'm a huge vampire fan. However, there are still plenty of vampire movies (as well as books, of course) that I haven't seen. That's to be expected from a genre that many people wrongly say is done to death (vampires can never be overdone, imo, because there's so many different ways to portray them). So today, I'm presenting my watchlist of vampire movies. For those of you who don't know, a watchlist is basically a TBR list, but for movies instead of books. I got this idea from IMDb, which has their own Watchlist feature that lets you keep track of what you want to watch.

When I was making up this list, I decided to split it into two categories: Dracula movies, and movies with original characters. There are over 200 Dracula movies because the character is in the public domain and as much as I love Dracula, I'd slowly lose my mind if I marathoned over 200 movies that feature the character. I need some variety in my life.

My Favourite Vampires (Vicious and Non-Vicious)


LET'S TALK ABOUT VAMPIRES! I've always been fascinated by and interested in vampires, but I didn't actually become full-blown obsessed with them until around about last year when I decided to write vampire stories for my unviersity dissertation and did a ton of research. And by research I mean watching a crapton of vampire movies and picking apart the way that they're portrayed. Watching movies does too count as research, shush. Anyways, I assume that most people who have a love for a certain kind of fictional creature have their favourites, so I here I've compiled a short list of mine. Because there are two things in life that I love: lists and vampires. So a list about vampires is just the best thing ever.



[INSERT CLICHÉ ABOUT HOW NO LIST ABOUT VAMPIRES IS COMPLETE WITHOUT MENTIONING DRACULA] Here's the thing about the original Dracula novel that makes the character so interesting: you barely see him at all and very little is known about him. Dracula is such a mysterious person that it makes him so much scarier than he has come to be in more recent times with the countless adaptations there have been. I do still think that Dracula can be scary depending on how he's portrayed, as Gary Oldman showed back in the 90s. Although I do have a very soft spot for Bela Lugosi.


I can sense so many eyebrows being raised right now, but here me out. As strange as it sounds, I love Sesame Street even as an adult, and the Count is one of my favourite characters. And for me, that's the strange part because I hate anything to do with numbers and this character teaches youngins how to count (we all know about Sesame Street so there's no need for me to explain this). Anyways, what I like about the Count is not only is he a vampire, he's a vampire who actually has an incredibly traditional characteristic of vampires, which is an impulsive need to count things (or arithmomania, if you want to be technical about it). Did you know that? I did, and now I have something to be smug about. Also, he's pretty adorable, as all Muppets are.



I feel like I should preface this choice with a mini rant: I don't mind the Twilight vampires all that much. Yes, the sparkling thing is pretty silly, but just because they do doesn't mean that every single vampire created for the rest of time will do the same thing. Vampires are incredibly versatile, you can do whatever you want with them as long as they're dead people who drink blood, human or not. Some of them go out into bright sunlight and are fine, some of them burst into flame in just a little crack, but those vampires who can face sunlight are still vampires, just the same as Twilight vampires are still vampires even though they sparkle. Also, vampires in high school doesn't have to be a realistic situation. In the fictionalised words of Edward D. Wood, as portrayed as Johnny Depp: "haven't you people ever heard of suspension of disbelief?" Okay, rant over.

I'm not really into Twilight, but when I was, Carlisle was my favourite character. I'm not sure why but maybe it's because at the time he was such an unconventional vampire (obviously the entire Cullen clan is made up of unconventionally-friendly vampires, but Carlisle moreso) and also because he's a doctor. I like doctors (as long as they're not my GP, but that's not something I'm going to get into here). Also, in the movies, he was pretty damn fine. Peter Facinelli is one good looking dude.

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I know that Mr. Burns was only a vampire in one non-canon part of one episode, but Burns makes for a perfect vampire, don't you think? He doesn't care much for other people, he pretends to get to know other people only to tear them down, and the most important person to him is himself. Perfect vampire material, so it only makes sense for him to be a vampire in a ToH segment. Especially with Gary Oldman's look at the beginning of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Oh, look, another hot guy. We're all in agreement that Colin Farrell is gorgeous, right? I really hope so. I haven't seen the original Fright Night so I can't really comment on the original version of Jerry, but I do love how this vampire seems virtually indestructible. Obviously there are plenty of weaknesses vampires have that writers can pick and choose from (I always say that as long as they're dead people who drink blood, you're good to go) but to see one that is immune to nearly all of the more traditional and well-known ways of killing a vampire, is pretty frightening. However, I don't think I'd let him bite me because his pure vampire face isn't that nice.



I personally don't think that there are enough female vampires in fiction, even though there are people who will disagree with me on that. The problem that I have with female vampires is that they are almost always extremely sexual and there's not a lot that's done with them. Despite that, I do like Lucy as a character because she shows how gradual becoming a vampire can be. So many things show that people can turn into vampires almost instantly, but with Lucy it happens so gradually with not just her body changing but her personality too. I won't bore you with an analysis of her language and all that crap because this blog isn't an academic thing, but seeing her change from being a bubbly socialite into a sensual creature that feeds on children is pretty fascinating.



I've only seen this movie once, but it did leave a big impression on me in terms of how vampires can be done. One of the main ideas that I'd taken from this movie in my vampire stories is the idea of a "head vampire" that controls all of the others and that when the head vampire is killed, all of their victims will return to normal. That's pretty damn creative, and so are all the ways that the vampires are defeated. But anyways, David: he's played by Kiefer Sutherland and wears cool clothes. He has good taste in aesthetics, so that's a plus on my vampire checklist.

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This movie gives me life it is so damn good. Tom Hiddleston as a reclusive rock-star vampires? Um, yes please. I love the aesthetic of Only Lovers Left Alive and its characters, to the point that I wish I could look like them. Specifically Adam, who shares almost the same aesthetic as me and I wish I could be a female version of. Serious goals right there. What I love about Adam is that he has such a deadpan and cynical outlook on life but at the same time manages to find beauty in music, art, and even his surroundings. Also that kind of bohemian lifestyle of appreciating art and literature is the life I aspire to, but unfortunately, I'm not immortal or insanely rich so I couldn't do that. Oh well.

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What's your favourite kind of fictional creature? Do you have any favourite characters that are said creature? And if you write: would you ever write about non-human characters?