"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Perfect Edward Cullen

Mood: meh
Listening to: 'I'd Lie' by Taylor Swift
Hungry for: love
Bella says: 'WHERE'S MUMMY GOOOOOONE??????'


I have found the perfect Edward Cullen.

Paul Wesley.

Unfortunately (or perhaps not so unfortunately), Paul Wesley plays another vampire who falls in love with a mortal girl and only drinks the blood of animals and all that, in the TV series adaption of The Vampire Diaries - which has pretty much the exact same themes as Twilight, only the vampires aren't so virginal and it was published fifteen years ago. But Paul Wesley should have been cast as Edward, too.

Why? Because he fits at all the criteria so much better than Robert Pattinson. Pale? Check, only Paul's skintone is creamy white to Robert Pattinson's ash grey. Slim, yet muscular frame? Double check, only Paul's six pack and muscle definition is real, and not painted on by makeup-artists like Rob's was and, as an added bonus, HE DOESN'T HAVE CHEST HAIR. Bronze hair? Check, and it's not even dyed. Yellow eyes...well, it would be really creepy if he had those naturally (although amber is an official human eye colour, closely linked to green and hazel). Tall? Well, Paul Wesley's height is not officially documented, he is estimated to be around six foot (he's taller than Nina Dobrev, who plays his love interest Elena/Katherine in the series, by a good few inches, and she's 5'6", the same height as Kristen Stewart). Robert Pattinson is 6'1" to Edward Cullen's 'book height' of 6'2". He's also a better actor, and, unlike Robert Pattinson, has more charisma at least than a cardboard box.

Who is Paul Wesley? Well, he's a Polish-American actor best known for playing Stefan Salvatore, a character uncannily like Edward Cullen (or the other way around, because Stefan was invented first) in the TV series Vampire Diaries, which is an adaption of the vampire novels of the same name. The Vampire Diaries is considered the halfway house between the very unconventional vampire lore of Twilight and the garlic-fearing coffin-sleeping myths of Dracula.

So what do you think? Is The Vampire Diaries a good modern interpretation of the traditional blood-sucking myths, or does Dracula still win at the end of the day? Or does Twilight beat them both?

The Vampire Diaries is certainly not as ridiculous in terms of storyline, and there is some relatable stuff in there, along with some very real drama, wherelse it's nearly impossible to relate to Bella or Edward. I think The Vampire Diaries wins. What about you?

I just had to add this picture, just to show you the un-originality of Twilight (but I still love it).

(can anyone see the similarity?)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bieber Fever

Mood: weirded out
Listening to: 'Baby' by Justin Bieber, Live @ Sunrise Australia
Hungry for: milk.
Bella says: 'daddy's seat is so warmm.....'

Okay, so I said that my school is...not that enthusiastic about Justin Bieber.

Clearly, it's another story for a lot of other Australian teenagers.

People flew from all across Australia to see Justin Bieber at his only live performance in Australia to date, in Sydney - just to give you an idea how big a pilgrimage that is, Sydney is FIVE HOURS FLIGHT away from Perth, which is where I live - you can get to Singapore on a similar-lengthed flight - and the police kind of underestimated Bieber Fever a little bit. Eight girls were taken to hospital, mostly for hyperventilation, and about 5,000 teenagers crowded to wherever he was meant to perform live, on stage, bashing down barriers and struggling with police. Eventually, to their outrage, his outdoor performance was cancelled and J.B. had to perform indoors on the set of Sunrise, which is this...talkshow thing that is on every weekday morning, and wave and kiss and do whatever celebrities do, through the windows, because it was considered too dangerous for him to go outside.

I mean, this is crazy. I like Justin Bieber a lot, but there's no way I would fly all the way to Sydney during a school term just to go see him...maybe if it was a one-on-one meeting, but not to be one of the many screaming hyperventilating psychos. And I mean, live performances never sound good. They're in an unfamiliar environment, without the digital altering and the leeway to make slip ups and what not. I mean, popstars on stage just sound like normal people - because that is really what they are, just normal people. I don't think screaming fan girls really understand that. I think they've succeeded in scaring Justin Bieber away from Australia for good, though.

P.S. I've just noticed one of the polls is really stupid - who on earth would admit they'd rather be pretty and dumb? Regina George?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Review: The Imperfectionists.

Mood: ?
Listening to: 'Eenie Meenie' by Sean Kingston ft. Justin Bieber
Hungry for: apple pieee...
Bella says: 'zzz...'

I've been meaning to write this for ages...

Okay, so, at the same Writer's Festival that I bought Jasper Jones, I bought another book called the Imperfectionists, who is...wait for it, written by a London-born Canadian ex-journalist who lives in Rome. I actually met him, Tom Rachman, and he is very nice.

I started reading The Imperfectionists first, but then I started Jasper Jones soon after - because I generally have no less than six books on my reading list at one time, a mixture of old favourites, bad habit trash, classics and new stuff. But then I got hooked onto Jasper Jones and started reading into the wee hours - not such a good idea, it's really quite spooky - but then I finished The Imperfectionists, and I loved it.

The Imperfectionists is a novel, but it doesn't really follow a traditional novel format. It's instead a collection of interlinking short stories from the different perspectives of interlinking people, all somehow connected to an international newspaper based in Rome. As the blurb rightly says, behind doors at newspaper it's sex, strife and spellcheck, which is basically the main themes that connect the stories. Each short story clearly shows the diverse people and personas who are connected to a somewhat failing newspaper, and are prime examples of Tom Rachman's wit and journalistic experience.

The only shortcoming? The book is simply too long for it's rather complicated format. By the time one character pops up again, twenty stories after his own, you've already clean forgotten him. It's the kind of book you have to read over and over, so you establish a kind of personal connection with each and every character.

But hey, I'm not really complaining.

By the way, Jasper Jones update: Craig Silvey is one of (the Australian) Cleo Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Mood: sick :(
Listening to: 'Baby' by Justin Bieber
Hungry for: tea!
Bella says: 'Mummy's back! TUMMY SCRATCH TIIIIIIME!!!!!'

I'm back!

I don't know how many times I've said that.

Sorry I haven't been blogging, I've been away for nine days. I went to Shanghai and Hong Kong, and, as you may know, blogger (and facebook and youtube) is banned in China, and the internet services in the Hong Kong hotels were ridiculous.

But I'm back now. Sick, tired, exhausted and shopped-out, but back.

More posts when I'm actually concious.

P.S Bella seems so much bigger than I remember! But according to my very dodgy 20-year-old set of scales, she's actually lost half a kilo. Strange.