The Simple Things

Well, after nearly a month of being out of town, I’m back home and loving it. I spent a week in Portland, Maine before adventuring on to Paris, London, Belfast, and Dublin for two and a half weeks. I learned so much and gained valuable traveling experience, yet it’s good to be home. The Common App released on Saturday and I’ve begun filling out bits and pieces of it, all while studiously ignoring the essay portion. I finished a book over the weekend – The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – and it was actually the first book I’d completed since June. This year has been very slow reading-wise but so fast-paced in almost every other way. I spent a good portion of Saturday and part of Sunday totally reorganizing my bookshelves and, for better or for worse, I’m satisfied with the way they turned out. (There’s only so much a girl can do with more books than she has shelves to put them on.) I’m back to using my beloved planner after a month-long hiatus. It’s nice to feel productive again, though my suitcase still lies unpacked in my entryway. I guess it’s a work in progress.

I’ve caught up on my ridiculous reality TV shows and done even more college research, slowly whittling down my top choices and safety schools into a selection that will hopefully comprise my final list. I’m touring three more schools in mid-September, and possibly one or two more after that, though nothing of the sort is firmly planned. I started posting on my “bookstagram” account again yesterday after a very long and unintended absence. (For those who are unfamiliar with the term, the word bookstagram is used to describe an Instagram account dedicated to bookish posts.) My family has been eating home-cooked meals for dinner since I returned from Europe and it’s a surprisingly welcome change. The baked ziti and delicious salads have been my favorite parts so far.

Yesterday was a particularly good day: I had a balanced day of relaxation and productivity. I managed to watch TV, work on college stuff, nap, and exercise and truthfully I was very proud of myself. *Pats self on back.* Then one of my closest friends and I went out for dinner at a newish sushi joint called Kelp. While the service was mediocre, the menu was awesome and the food we tried – crab rangoon, the Mexican roll, and a tempura fried tofu and sweet potato roll – was fantastic. It’s not a pricy place either, so if you’re in the area and looking for reasonable and delicious sushi, then check it out. Afterwards, we tried to rent The Hobbit from RedBox, but it was unavailable so we went back to my house and watched the first Lord of the Rings movie. I hadn’t watched it in a few years, and had forgotten there was so little action in the first installment (compared to the next two, of course). However, I enjoyed seeing Tolkien’s Middle-earth brought to life again and we have plans to watch the second movie later this week when the weather’s supposed to be awful.

One of my other good friends is turning 18 on Monday, which is crazy. I haven’t seen her in forever due to us both having hectic schedules and being out of town, but I’m looking forward to celebrating with her and her family this weekend. She requested a Thanksgiving-style dinner because she adores Thanksgiving and I absolutely love the idea. More home-cooked food… Yay!

It’s my half-birthday today. I finally get to see my trainer again and I’m thrilled because he’s sardonic and witty and lovely because of it. We get along grandly and I have a few fridge magnets to give him from my travels that he can add to his ever-growing collection. What I’m learning from my few days of being back is that home, family, and the simple things are those that I sometimes forget to appreciate at their full value and that they deserve to be recognized more often. Getting away from it all and seeing the world is amazing. I cherished my trips while I was on them, and before, and after. But learning to appreciate the quirks of your family, the flaws of your friends, and the familiarity of your hometown is harder when you’re here living through it all. It’s easy to love what you don’t have, so it’s easy to miss these things when you’re away from them. The trick is learning to appreciate what you have while you still have it. It’s an invaluable lesson. And I’m still learning.

A Heavenly Goodbye

The day has finally come. At last, I have finished The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve cursed and thrown books across rooms, I’ve grinned stupidly and made a fool of myself on airplanes, and I’ve cherished every minute of it all. Like those of The Infernal Devices trilogy, these characters are beloved to me. City of Heavenly Fire is probably my favorite book that I’ve read this year, and one of my favorites of all time. I both want to and don’t want to write a review or discussion post on it because I loved it so much but I don’t want to leave anything out. Cassandra Clare does a fantastic job concluding her series, balancing satisfying her readers with leaving them with a little taste for more. I cannot wait to continue reading about the Shadowhunter world in The Dark Artifices and, later, The Last Hours.

Ave atque vale to The Mortal Instruments series and to its plethora of wonderfully diverse and inspiring characters. By the Angel, I love you.

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Hail and farewell, my beautiful one.

Frostbite Film

I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead. She has written two of my favorite series: Vampire Academy and its spinoff, Bloodlines. The wit and charm of the characters, action-driven plot, and fantastic settings of these series, particularly Vampire Academy, make them stand out to me in young adult literature. They are addicting. Rose Hathaway is one of my favorite female protagonists: she’s loyal, impulsive, and extremely strong-willed. And while I love Dimitri to death, I really do, Adrian has my heart in Richelle Mead’s world of Moroi, dhampirs, and Strigoi.

Vampire Academy was adapted to the big screen and premiered earlier this year. To be blunt, the movie was a failure in the box office. For many fans, it failed to tell the story smoothly and accurately. And for me, it was laughable. However, VA fans have made their opinions heard, and the producers lined up for the sequel, Frostbite, have made the necessary changes. We have been assured that the script of Frostbite reads like the book (yes!). We can also expect that Frostbite will capture the same humor and irony that its predecessor did, only in a more effective way that doesn’t disappoint/enrage fans- in other words, the movie won’t be a silly, drama-and-action-packed movie that flows disjointedly and doesn’t deliver. Hopefully, the cast, directors, producers, screenwriters, etc. will make a smooth transition from the book to the movie, keeping elements of drama, humor, and action, but not overblowing the audience with too much of everything. That is what, for me, made the Vampire Academy movie hysterically bad- I couldn’t take any of it seriously.

But not all of the Vampire Academy film was unsatisfactory. The cast, for example, well-represented the characters they portrayed. The sets and filming locations realistically depicted St. Vladimir’s. The book has drama, humor, action, and wit, and the movie had these elements, too (although, as previously stated, perhaps too much of them). I saw huge potential in the first film, and I think with the adjustments that have been promised, Frostbite could be a wild success for the box office and the book lovers.

Now, I’d like to point out the most important part of Frostbite: Adrian Ivashkov. Yes, yes, the other half of my OTP (with the first half being Sydney Sage) makes his debut in the second installment of the series. Swoon. The biggest reason Frostbite needs to become a movie, other than correcting all the mistakes made in the Vampire Academy film, is that Adrian needs to come to life! Even if you haven’t read the series, trust me: you want to see this.

But when will Frostbite be released? Well, that is up to us as fans. Most of the budget for the film has been raised. The script has been written, the producers have been picked. However, in order to get the green light to start production, the film’s financiers have asked that the fans raise $1.5 million to show that there is enough interest in a Vampire Academy sequel. This is an effort called crowdfunding. We have been given less than a month- August 6th to September 5th- to meet this goal. And there are incentives. Fans can choose from the packages on IndieGoGo how much they would like to contribute, and in return they will receive some pretty awesome prizes.

Currently, with two weeks to go, only 14% of the goal has been met. We need some help. Anyone who would like to see a film adaption of Frostbite can help by donating, spreading the word, or both. Together, the VA Family can do this! (If, by chance, we in fact cannot do this, all funds raised will be returned to the donators.)

Final Thoughts

  • Anyone who wants to see Adrian on the big screen should take this cause very seriously- this might be our last chance to bring Adrian to life.
  • Frostbite is an even more exciting story than Vampire Academy, in my opinion.
  • I’d also like to point out that a Frostbite film will bring us closer to a Shadow Kiss film. Think on that.

If you are able and willing to help in any way, please do so. It would mean the world to VA fans to make Frostbite a reality. Thank you for your time.

Donate here.

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