Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Would You Live Forever If You Could?


"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." So says the tagline for The Lost Boys, one of my favorite vampire movies. I was thinking about this after seeing that Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars) was bringing a Lost Boys show to the CW. He mentioned in an interview that he wanted to explore the idea of being 22 and never aging beyond that point. 

"The story that I'm trying to tell in Season 1 of The Lost Boys is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up. Your life can be fun and you can attack life each day you're immortal, and how appealing is that?"

How appealing indeed? To be 22 forever, never age, be free? Or is it freedom? Would it be a curse to never age, never die, always be stuck in one place? Not to mention the slight complication of having to feed on, you know, people. So there's that moral element as well. Although maybe there's ways around that- but I'm not sure needing blood to survive is a good trade-off. 

It's fascinating to think about. Many people fear death or at the very least are not super crazy about the idea. Don't we all, on some level, want more time- or want to live forever? Of course if you're a Christian you have the hope of eternal life and death is but a doorway to another existence (that doesn't necessarily make it any less frightening). Other religious traditions have their own views of the afterlife. I've heard it said that living forever without dying would be a curse of sorts, since you would never die and therefore never enter God's presence. Interesting thought. 

I think JRR Tolkien addressed this somewhat in his world building with the forebears of Aragorn. The Numenoreans had an elongated lifespan but still didn't come near to the immortality of the elves, and I think it's been stated somewhere (maybe in the Silmarillion) that Eru kept mankind mortal so they could die and proceed to another plane of existence (sound familiar?). Whereas the elves, being immortal, could travel to Valinor but not where mortals go.  

Personally as much as I would like to have a lifespan perhaps measuring in the hundreds, immortality might be too much time, you know? But I'd like to know what you think. Are you familiar with The Lost Boys? And would you live forever? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Books That Are Underrated/ Hidden Gems


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is Top Ten Underrated or Hidden Gem Books.  

A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)

This is a good series with two books released so far but I think it might fly under the radar a bit. 

The Blue

 I'm not sure I've seen any other reviews of this one, and I loved it. You can check out my thoughts here. I push this one every chance I get. 

The Immortals (Olympus Bound, #1)

Greek gods and Manhattan. A modern day Artemis hunting predatory men- and ritual murders.  

Sanctuary Bay

Boarding school (on an island) plus SF elements. 

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

This is an excellent SF set on a water planet.  

The Complete Morgaine (Morgaine Saga #1-4)

 Morgaine must close the Gates no matter what, even if it dooms entire worlds. A great examination of dedication and ruthlessness in pursuit of a goal. 

Love & Gelato

Switching gears here- this was a cute story set in Italy about a girl who goes there to spend the summer with her father. Who she's never met. 

The Girl from the Sea

I did see reviews of this one, but not a ton. I thought this was solid but that  TWIST.