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I love creature horror and I'm horrified to discover that I don't write nearly enough of it. So I've made a list of all of the monsters I'd like to write about at some point. There's no deadline for this goal, it's only for organization purposes. ijustlikelistsokay

[ ] vampires
[ ] werewolves
[x] zombies
[ ] wendigos
[ ] ghosts
[ ] sea monsters
[ ] witches
[ ] fairies
[ ] demons
[ ] imps
[ ] kelpies
[ ] mermaids
[ ] goblins
[ ] chimeras
[ ] the bogeyman
[ ] incubi/succubi
[ ] sirens
[ ] rawhead and bloody bones

I'll be adding more as I come across more creatures I find neat. Of course, comment with any awesome monsters you think I've missed.
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I feel like this needs its own post because I have so many feelings. I just watched it via Youtube because, you might not know this about me, but I love musicals and I’ve loved Legally Blonde since I was in middle school. I knew that they had made a musical but I waited until tonight to go and search for it. But I did get there, you know, eventually. So let’s talk about the pros and cons. Warning: potential spoilers.

Pros:
♥ The music was awesome. If there isn’t good music then a musical wouldn’t be worthwhile and there would be no pros. End of.
♥ Enid got a bigger role and some awesome comic relief. Furthermore, she might have provided comic relief but she wasn’t treated like a joke.
♥ I loved the Elle told Vivian that girls needed to stick together and that Vivian echoed that sentiment at the end.
♥ Emmett gets more character development and backstory. This is one really strong improvement over the film since in the movie he’s a bit of a boring nice guy.
♥ The scene from Brooke’s workout video was especially catchy and fun.
♥ The women of Delta Nu were the classic Greek chorus. How clever.
♥ SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS: Elle pops the question to Emmett. I’ve always wanted to see the woman pop the question instead of the other way around.
♥ Maybe some of the scenes weren’t as powerful but it definitely kept the spirit of the film alive.

Cons:
♥ I didn’t like the fact that Emmett was the one who motivated Elle to take law school seriously. This was one of the best scenes in the movie. I liked Elle working to reach her potential on her own.
♥ Chutney’s confession scene was nowhere near as awesome and dramatic. And the weird switchover into the bathroom setting was…um, weird. And unneeded. I also kind of felt this way about Elle’s personal essay scene…it was just…a little too out there.
♥ I HATED what they did to the scene with Warner and Elle near the end where she turned him down politely after he acted like a total asshole to her. Her line was much better in the film: “If I’m going to be a partner in a law firm by the time I’m thirty, I need a boyfriend who’s not such a complete bonehead.”
♥ Why’d they have to go and cut out Professor Stromwell? She was one of my favorites.

So all in all I didn’t think it was quite as good as the movie but it’s great in its own respect and the music was awesome. I’m going to buy the soundtrack. There wasn’t a song I didn’t like.

If you want to watch, and you should, start here:



Shouldn’t I be working on my NaNo novel?
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I'm going to keep this simple with no rambling pre-amble. Bold means a completed goal.

♥ 15 Classics
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
3. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
4. Candide by Voltaire
5. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
6. The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
7. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
9. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
10. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
11. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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♥ 15 Social Science
★ 5 Feminism
1. Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
2. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
3. The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession With Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
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★ 5 Food
1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
2. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
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★ 5 Other
1. Black Cats and Four Leaf Clovers: The Origins of Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions in Our Every Day Lives by Harry Oliver
2. Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement by Peter Singer
3. Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Eduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins
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♥ 10 Horror Novels
1. Burnt Offerings by Laurel K. Hamilton
2. John Dies At the End by David Wong
3. It by Stephen King
4. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
5. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
6. Blue Moon by Laurel K. Hamilton
7. Sunshine by Robin McKinely
8. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
9. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
10. Night Shift by Stephen King

♥ 5 LGBT Books
1. Plastic Jesus by Poppy Z. Brite
2. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
3. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
4. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
5. Love Drugged by James Klise

♥ 5 Young Adult
1. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
2. Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
4. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

♥ 3 Psychology
1. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kayson
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♥ 3 Paranormal Studies
1. The Sallie House Haunting by Debra Lyn Pickman
2. The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
3. Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Eduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins

♥ 3 History
1. Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Reese
2. The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them by Eugen Kogon
3. Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Eduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins

♥ 3 Sci-Fi
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