92 thoughts on “Cool Hungarian Stuff

  1. HAHA! First comment!!!
    …sorry, I’ve always wanted to say that…

    @Middy Me (last thread): Thanks! It feels so good when a complete stranger complements my stuff (I guess because they’re not obligated to). πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, yeah. The actual post (duh!):
    The pictures are totally awesome! I would totally be willing to deck out my room with LBG posters, except MONEY…lol. I have so much respect for Hungary right now, though.

  3. hmmm….. america is getting less and less cool by every post


  4. I’m currently re-reading the Leviathan series, I’ve just finished Behemoth. QUESTION! Did Lilit know Deryn was a girl? If so, does that mean she’s…
    And why didn’t Volger end up escaping the Leviathan?
    And another question (Scott you should answer this!) do you think the Darwinist would ever start cross fabricating (if that’s the right word) humans with animals?

  5. Ohh *_*
    Right now I’m so proud to be Hungarian :3

    Anyway, I wanted to say this: thank you for writing such an awesome books, like the Leviathan series. I became an addict!!! πŸ™‚

  6. @4: I dunno about the Volger question, but Lilit mentions in Goliath that she was curious. So she’s not necessarily… But yeah, she totally knew.

  7. @4 to answer your Volger question: before they could completely escape and leave the airfield, the Leviathan’s crew discovered they’d gone. So, naturally, they start looking for them. After a bit the Darwinists found them and go after them. Volger (and Hoffmann) stay behind to give everyone else (but mainly Alek) a chance to escape. The Darwinists would be willing to go along with this because with Volger and Hoffmann, they’d be able to fly the ship, and they weren’t technically supposed to be on Ottoman soil (I think the term used in the book was ‘gallivanting’).

    On a slightly unrelated note; those paintings are AMAZING. Most people reading this don’t know how often I fully capitalize words, so I’ll tell you it’s basically never. So for me to say those are ASTOUNDING is me being blown away, and frankly very, very, jealous.

  8. I notice a strange aversion to typing the word ‘lesbian’ and/or ‘gay’. Or is it just me? πŸ™‚ Okay, but in answer to that question about Lilit, @4, I think she totally knew. Does that means she’s gay? *shrug* Does it matter?
    About Volger: he was staying behind with Hoffman so Alek, Klopp, and Bauer could get away, wasn’t he? And I know you asked Scott to answer that last, but let me go grab Leviathan….Okay, nevermind. I just spent I don’t know how long going through Leviathan, then Behemoth, then flipping through Goliath a bit, but despite the fact that I know these books very well, I could not, for the life of me, find the part in which it says that the first rule of fabrication is that no beastie can possess human reason. GAH. I’m so annoyed with myself right now. I’m pretty sure Dr. Barlow said it, or it was in Deryn’s narration. But I couldn’t find it! But it’s in there somewhere, I promise. So that’s a ‘no’ to the question, I guess….

    About the post: I have this blank wall in my room….And these would look so good there. πŸ˜€ haha Alek and Deryn, my darlings….

    @Roxanne (last thread): Yeah, while I was in New Jersey there was a different accent (not in a good way; those people were rude….but not all of them). I know there’s a different New York accent, but I’ve never heard it. Despite the fact I was across the river from NYC….My APEuro teacher is from Boston. I know because she drops a lot of R’s or adds them in random places….Plus, the way she says ‘during’ sounds like ‘Deryn’. Drives me CRAZY. “Deryn this time period, Deryn the Thirty Years’ War, etc.” AHHH. (Some of the students think she’s from the Deep South, though, which is sad because she is definitely NOT.) That’s another American accent, too; Southern. Can’t say I like it either. Then, apparently we Californians have an accent, but to everyone here I sound British. But I’m pretty sure I’ve been asked if I’m Polish as well….Maybe Americans are just bad at placing accents? (Or I just grew up with Harry Potter. Didn’t we all?) I haven’t heard of an Alaskan/Minnestotan accent….

    I don’t reread things a lot, either, unless I read it aloud to my sister, like all of The Iron Fey. I reread Goliath aloud, too, over the summer, but that was for the fun of it and only to myself. I’ve only reread one of the Harry Potters (the second one, which is coincidentally my least favorite). *glances at bookshelves* I really don’t reread things either. There are things I’d LIKE to reread, like The Book Thief, but then I remember my emotion collapse upon finishing said book and shy away. XD
    (Everyone tells me to read 13 Reasons Why….How odd, Mr. Sharp.)

    Oh, thank goodness I’m not the only one who has such trouble! I can think of good titles, but they have no stories. Or I think of good stories, but they have no titles. The only good story + title I ever had was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, which failed. It was a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On a whim, I named the Word doc “If We Shadows Have Offended” and since then that has become the title.

    On the subject, I love retellings, too! Yours sounds so interesting; I never thought of COMBINING stories. I don’t know if you’ve heard of them, but I have all these books under a general series title called “Once Upon A Time is Timeless.” I never got rid of them, despite the fact that they’re sort of young. They’re not wacky retellings, but they are retellings. My favorite is Snow. (I don’t know why I’ve always loved Snow White, despite the fact that she’s a complete ninny and can’t do anything for herself. No, I did not like Snow White and the Huntsman or Mirror, Mirror (sorry, Lily).) When I was younger I also loved the Sisters Grimm series, which goes on and on, much to my chagrin, because I want to know what happens, but don’t want to walk into the little kids’ section. XD Also, did you know the Infernal Devices was meant as a loose and unfaithful retelling of A Tale of Two Cities? REALLY LOOSE. ^^ Mostly, though, I come up with retellings of Shakespeare, because I’m addicted to Shakespeare….And I’ve read so many retellings of Romeo and Juliet….Despite the fact that I think the characters of the original play are ninnies, I love the idea and the poetry. But then I read a rather good retelling only to have it end with….Romeo and Juliet alive. That CANNOT happen. My sister and I made up three rules to a R+J retelling: 1) They have to be in love (because there was one where they weren’t, as weird as that sounds) 2) It has to be forbidden (in the aforementioned one it wasn’t) and 3) They have to die (and at least one of them has to commit suicide). Believe it or not, there are some that don’t follow any of these rules….and still claim to hail from R+J roots. Okay, wow, that was longer than it should have been. ANYWAY, retellings=awesomeness. I ADORE your title, by the way. I can imagine reading it and telling my friends, “So I just read this amazing book, and it’s called Dark Descent….” and on and on. ^^

    @23 (Middy Me, last thread): Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower always reads the book twice before doing an essay or whathaveyou on it. πŸ™‚ Another book I should reread…. (But I don’t want to go through the, “No, Charlie, don’t stop writing to me!” pain again….)

    Wow, why are these always so long? But, boy am I glad to have Bovril back. (Bovril is my computer. :D) So much easier….
    Also, is it weird that I still feel like I’m on an airplane? I feel like I’m bobbing up and down in turbulence, or experiencing that sudden pressure of ascent….It’s disorienting, but sort of awesome. Has anyone else experienced this?

  9. @9 i totally did that the last time i was on a plane. i love air travel (and kayaks and trains and camels etc…) but my family hates it. so when we were in the air i couldn’t stop looking out the window, and once we were off i was all bubbly in my own personal turbulence.
    and Bovril is such a great name for your computer, it’s adorably genius πŸ˜€
    btw Scott if you actually look at our email addresses in the “leave a reply” part, this is the same Scorpio-Ferret. i just got a new email account.

  10. @10: Plus, a three hour time difference does not help. It’s eight here, but my brain thinks it’s eleven. I miss DC, because I didn’t have to go to school….You’ve ridden a camel? And kayaked? That is endlessly cool! I wish I could do stuff like that….

  11. @9: I dunno about Zac-la, but I was using ellipses for spoilery purposes (not that it’s that hard to read between the lines). I am totally cool with gays and lesbians!

    Oh yeah, I forgot about those accents. I guess we do have SOME diversity, but not as much.
    The Alaskan/Minnesotan accent sounds like Sarah Palen.

    Yeah. Another thing with it is that it isn’t magical. I won’t go into detail, but essentially the older evil stepsister is just severely misunderstood (much like Elphaba in Wicked). Anyway, she’s also the evil stepmoms for the SB and SW stories (but, obviously, not their stepmom).
    I also have another story that mixes three classic fairytales: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast. I’m kinda going for the the whole “wolf/monster” thing. But he’s not a monster: he’s got multiple personality disorder, yo! It’s tentatively called “Wolf Howling.” Also, I feel like since they (and hopefully others that I have yet to come up with) both have to do with fairytale reimaginings, that they should kind of have their own series, but they’re already trilogies… So can you have a series of series? lol.
    Oh, and I liked Mirror, Mirror, haven’t seen Snow White and the Huntsman (it looks pretty cool, but Kristen Stewart…eh), and hate Snow White for your aforementioned reasons (FYI, I primarily think of Disney’s SW when I think of her).

    OMG! I STILL READ SISTERS GRIMM!! I started it when I was actually in the age range, but now I have to finish it! Just…one…more…book… Puck is awesome. That is all.

    I don’t really read Shakespeare, or am that obsessed with it…but I do know R&J fairly well. I agree with your rules, except maybe three, because although I have an odd enjoyment for WRITING one MC dying and the love interest being super depressed and all that, I usually hate READING or WATCHING it. I mean, it’s so sad! :'( lol. But I think it’s super strange that the first two aren’t a given. That’s not really a retelling…more of a vague reference. lol.
    I found this book that had a cool twist on R&J: Romeo KILLED Juliet! It was all a lie. But the coolness stopped with that simple plot point, because then the blurb went on to say that Juliet’s like an angel fighting with some sort of angel army or something…it sounded kinda stupid. I would like the same “he killed her” premise for a story more along the lines of “she becomes a ghost” and stuff happens. A more deep, psychological tale of sadness, not angel army action and fight scenes. :/

  12. @12: Okay….It’s okay. ^^

    Wow! You always have such awesome ideas….I’m slightly jealous. πŸ™‚

    I didn’t like Mirror, Mirror because I didn’t think Snow was badass, even then….I’ve like Snow White since the Disney movie, even though she’s a ninny. I have no idea why. I’ll always have a soft spot for her; she’s the first Disney princess, after all. There’s something about that apple, too. I wish on apples now. XD There’re other things, too, like the spill-your-guts mushroom (that was glamoured as an apple) in The Iron Fey, etc…..I dunno….

    Yes, yes, I love Puck! And The Iron Fey comes up again! If you love Puck, read these books! These books are like my Faery bibles. Like, this is Faery, and anything else is just a deviation. Puck is just amazing….
    “Regret. It’s regret, so just shut up and do the others.”
    (Wow, that was like from the fourth books, but whatever….The Iron Traitor comes out soon! Ahhhh! Sorry; along with Leviathan, Harry, and LotR, these books are one of the four chambers of my heart.)

    I suppose it’s depressing, but I won’t relent my opinion. They must die. I’m so awful….
    I know that book! It’s called Juliet Immortal! My sister forbid me from buying it, because she was so against the idea. I’ll read it one day. It has a sequel now, but I don’t remember the title. I agree, I would prefer it as a “psychological tale of sadness.”

  13. Yeah, okay I was avoiding calling Lilit gay purely so I didn’t offend anyone πŸ™‚
    I think I either wrote that wrong you you guys misunderstood me. I was talking about later when Volger had been recaptured, wasn’t he going to try and escape? And @Midshipman K, it’s in Leviathan somewhere, near the beginning I think? And it’s Deryn’ narration. But does anyone think eventually people would start cross fabricating? Or try it illegally? Wait, pretty sure I spelt that wrong. Anyway, yeah πŸ™‚

  14. @14:Oh, okay. ^^
    Oh! Hmm….Remember when Deryn got all upset because Volger seemed happy Alek was gone? Yeah; it was just that. He thought Alek had escaped and was fine without him [Volger]. There was no point; he could only jeopardize Alek’s “hiding place” by searching for him.
    Yeah, I looked in the beginning, but I don’t think I looked thoroughly enough. Maybe I’ll search again later….Now, ILLEGALLY, that’s interesting and possibly quite plausible. Hmm….

  15. (Firstly, I just wanted to say I feel like everyone else on here has usernames relevant to Leviathan while I’ve got a stupid Uglies one :(… I might have to change it again)

    @15, I yeah that’s true! So was Alek just under the impression that Volger would try and escape?
    I mean surely someone would try some sort of dodgy fabrication in a back ally? And it would have disaterous results? Ahhhh, that could be the whole plot of another book. You can thank me later Scott πŸ˜‰

  16. @Midshipman K – if you like Shakespeare, I think you might be interested in the Shakespeare Stealer series, by Gary Blackwood.
    It’s about this boy, called Widge. He’s an orphan, and he’s taken on as prentice for a physician (at least I think that was it). This physician developed an shorthand writing system so he could copy out speeches from other people and pass them as his own. So, as he’s too lazy, he teaches Widge to write it and then sends him to copy out the speeches. After a while, a stranger, having heard of the physician’s writing system, goes to his home and takes back Widge with him. Widge is taken to his new master, who tells him his new task will be to copy out….Hamlet; Shakespeare’s newest play. So Widge has to go to the Globe and sit there and write the play and I should stop this or I’ll end up telling the whole story.

    Anyway, you should read them πŸ™‚

  17. @9 Aye, we’ve all got MinnesOAtan accents don’t’cha know. Basically, it sounds (to others) that we stress the ‘oa’ sound (cOAt, bOAt).

  18. @14, 16: I don’t have an anything-related username!
    Also, how would that offend anyone?

    @13: Thanks so much! Now actually WRITING it, on the other hand…
    I also wanna come up with a water-themed one involving the Little Mermaid, but I dunno what other two stories to intertwine with it, or HOW to intertwine them. And with my whole no-magic thing, I’m not sure how to do the Little Mermaid thing without actually making her a mermaid… I shall have to think about it. (Plus, I’ve got a villains thing going on here, so it’d have to be about Ursula instead of Ariel.) But I shall be sure to let y’all know when I come up it!

    Eh…I don’t like her. I like Belle. And Ariel. And Pocahontas. I actually really want to have a Disney Princess movie marathon soon! I have a real love for DP movies…and now that I’m older, the princes too! XD
    Apples are really symbolic. The whole “forbidden fruit” thing makes it a popular theme for a lot of books.

    Sisters Grimm is my guilty pleasure books. I feel too old for them, but like I said before, I’m so close to finishing! Have you read all of them yet? I wanna make sure we’re on the same page…
    I’ve been meaning to read Iron Fey FOREVER! I have a zillion books on my booklist (more getting added every day) and yet they never seem to get read…

    That’s true, I suppose. I dunno why I have a strange fixation with my own MCs dying, but I tend to kill them a lot, leaving it at a depressing end. But I do have happy ideas, too. lol.
    That book got me mildly interested with its title. It really CAPTIVATED me with that one line about R killing J. Then I was really turned off by the entire rest of the blurb. Just another stupid, cheesy YA novel (the kind directly opposite of LBG)…

  19. @16: I think your username is fine. πŸ™‚
    Also, Volger was going to try to escape. Forgot that bit. He was blackmailing Deryn into helping him! Gosh, how could I forget something so important? Once he found out that Alek WASN’T hiding like he’d wanted him to, he wanted to find him and make him do so. But then Deryn’s mission failed, yadda, yadda. (Don’t worry, we love you anyway, Deryn.)

    @17: That plot sounds familiar, but not the title. I’ll check it out! I think I may have seen it once or twice. Maybe that’s why it sounds familiar? Maybe I’ll have another one of those summers where I refuse to read anything unless it has something to do with Shakespeare….because that seriously did happen once. O_O

    @18: So you’re from Minnesota? Strangely, I don’t know anyone from that area. If yes (you are from Minnesota), don’t you ever get uncomfortable being landlocked? Sorry, this is something I’ve always wondered about all those states that are so far inland….I can’t imagine not being by the ocean. (But I’ll make an exception for Austria. ^^)

    @19: I like your villain thing! It’s cool. I’m trying to think if I know any Shakespeare like that….Hmm. What IS people’s fascination with Caliban? Personally, I detest him. But I love Ariel. ^^ (The decidedly MALE air spirit. Just to straighten things up…. I see too many female Ariels. For some reason, I’d probably be okay if you genderbended the entire R+J, but not Ariel. Do what you want with the rest of them. Except Hamlet, too….And Horatio and Ophelia. Okay I’m done. How do I always end up rambling parenthetically?)

    On the subject of Disney princesses I like, I do like Ariel (despite my previous rant; these are two different characters). I like Pocahontas, too, despite the historical inaccuracy. What I DON’T like about Pocahontas, though, is the historical accuracy that sits in the Capitol Building. A painting of her being baptized before marrying John whoever. Grrrr. Why did she have to become Christian? (Makes me wonder about Deryn and Alek, since he’s Roman Catholic and Scotland is Protestant, mostly Presbyterian with the original religious reforms but who knows what form Deryn is now, hundreds of years later….[Did I just call 1914 now?])
    Continuing with DPs, I LOVE Mulan. Yay! Though she’s not a princess. Never was, never will be. At least not in Disney. Still love her. Makes her more awesome. Reminds me of SOMEONE sometimes….:D

    Apples….Also, that just reminded me of something I saw once, maybe on dA or tumblr. It was a letter that went like this:
    “Dear Twilight,
    Give us back our apple.
    Death Note”
    AWESOMENESS. Plus, I love Death Note. (But still haven’t finished it! We’ve had this conversation!)

    In the Sisters Grimm, I’ve read up to book seven. I haven’t read The Inside Story, or The Council of Mirrors, but they’re on my shelf….
    This is where I start going READREADREADREADREADREADREAD
    XD The Iron Fey are amazing, though! I read them before Leviathan, but I’ve had similar experiences with both! You start reading….You sit down….Then stay there until you’ve finished the book. Seriously, I cried so hard over Queen and Knight. I think I can put off reading them….Then I read a few chapters….Then something *clicks* and I’m reading during class, reading while I’m walking, reading at all the most inopportune times….Okay, so her books always come out twice a year, fall and spring. Leviathan I read in a matter of weeks over the summer, so I was spared school problems. I honestly thought The Iron King would be a book I just bought but never read (the reason I never bought Leviathan, thus only reading it when my mom bought it). But then I had nothing to read and a two-hour drive from Sacramento to home….Needless to say, I finished in those two hours. I can’t even….Just read them. Maybe you won’t love them as much as I do, but everyone I’ve given them to has loved them. Even my very logical friend….which surprised me. Anyway, I have this habit of rambling. Maybe you guys have noticed? XD

    You kill your MCs????!!!!! *thinks for a moment* Wait a second….I’m being hypocritical. But only one of mine dies….Not saying who. Still torn up about it. IT HURTS ME, TOO. Oh my gosh….My most worked-out plots don’t have happy endings. They have….completion. Gosh. >.<

    Oh, I know! But the attempt at epicness was….monotonous. I can't even remember how many books I've picked up in a row that are exactly the same….Thank GOD for LBG. It's unlike anything else. (I mean, how many girls can actually pull of being a boy without giving it away within the first book? [Kept expecting that to happen, but it didn't! Yay!] And how many princes are daft like Alek? [He has his own brand of daftness. <3] AND I AM STOPPING BEFORE I START RAMBLING.)

  20. @20 yes, I am from Minnesota, no I’m not uncomfortable being land locked, I’ve never really thought about it. I suppose if you went up to Duluth, you could get to the ocean via the Great Lakes, but I don’t know why you’d want to go that way as (I assume, given the industry up there) most of the ships are not really intended as luxury cruise liners. And even if I did mind, I’d totally make an exception for Austria, too.

  21. @21: Huh. Okay then. ^^ I don’t know why I’m so squeamish about it. I’m weird….
    Yes, because we love Alek, so we love Austria! πŸ˜€

  22. @20: Oh, I pretend the sequels (and, in Ariel’s case, prequels) never happened. I don’t like any of them, ESPECIALLY Pocahontas’s. Her and John Smith 4-ever (<–strictly the Disney version of them, not real life where he was middle-aged and she was 12)! Notice how everytime the Disney princes are mentioned, Pocahontas's "prince" (I know he's not technically) is always John Smith, not that totally loser John Ralph.
    I love Mulan, even though she's NOT a princess, and I get a little annoyed that she's part of the lineup sometimes.

    I've read 1-8. Waiting for 9 to come out in paperback (to match the rest of my collection). I can't really remember which events happen in which books, so I'll keep quiet for fear of spoiling. But, I can't believe he killed Briar Rose!!! Her and Uncle Jake were only the cutest ever! She better miraculously revive somehow!

    I only kill them sometimes. There are only like two(?) books where it's really tragic. And one where it's sad but I think overall the readers will be at peace with it (ya know, assuming I write it correctly).
    I'm hoping my prince kinda turns out like Alek. Except MORE stupid in the beginning. Then he progresses and matures as a character until he's super cool and the readers like him as a person. …hopefully.

    What about Inkheart? I loved that series. Of course, I haven't read it in a while, but DUSTFINGER!!!! (Anyone know if the movie sucked when NOT compared to the book? I want so much to like it, because Paul Bettany as Dustfinger = amazing. I just need to watch it again and decide for myself, I guess…)

  23. @23: Oh, I AGREE. Yay John Smith! I just….love Mulan. She’s so funny. I was walking across the street in D.C. and I randomly turned to my sister and was like, “I see you have a sword! I have one, too!” XD Definitely not an awesome sequel, though. Why do they even make sequels? Seems weird for fairytales….

    We have the first three (or four?) in paperback, then the rest in hardback because we just started preordering them. We’re a preordering family….Plus, the only bookstore in town is Half-Priced Books. And Borders is still an empty shell. (Barnes and Noble got turned into a grocery store.)
    Oh gosh, BRIAR ROSE. *sob*

    Hopefully. πŸ˜€ My character death is….you don’t want it, but it would be hypocritical for it NOT to happen. Makes sense if you’ve read it….Which only two people have read my zero draft, and the death happens in the third book, so they are blissfully unaware. (Because I’ve totally even started editing the first book/writing the second book.)

    Trying to think of other princes I like….Well, Ash (Iron Fey). Legolas. Aragorn wasn’t technically a prince….JORG. (Prince of Thorns) Although, he’s not a prince anymore. Gosh, WHY do I love him so much? He is the king of being an anti-hero, and a tragic hero, and a hero, and an villain, and there’s no way to understand him, but somehow you love him anyway. And in the second book you’re disturbed when, 80 pages in, he hasn’t killed anyone. O_o
    Okay, yeah, but no one like Alek….
    Best of luck with your own prince! I’m sure he’ll be just as lovable as Alek. πŸ™‚
    (I think I have a grand total of….one prince in my OCs.)

    I’ve read Inkheart and Inkspell. I got halfway through Inkdeath, got bored, flipped through to see if there were anymore chapters from Farid’s POV, found there weren’t, and slowly it moved further and further down on my priorities list, until after two years of it sitting around my room, I gave the lovely first edition back to my mother, who was very glad to have it back. Maybe I’ll read it one day. But honestly, I don’t care about the characters all that much, with the exception of Dustfinger and Farid. But Farid is my favorite….I’ve gotten so many lectures from my friends about why Farid and Meggie couldn’t stay together, but I don’t really care anymore. Still plotted Doria’s death in about a hundred different ways. (This was like four or five years ago, okay? xD) I actually like the movie better though, because it rules out a sequel. And Farid stays so my ship is real! Plus, I like Meggie better in the movie than in the books….

    @24: πŸ˜€

  24. Hahaha, thanks guys πŸ™‚
    So I’ve decided that the only people who really post on here are Middy Me, Roxanne and Midshipman K. Am I right? Are you all girls? And how old are you? πŸ™‚
    #notastalker πŸ˜‰
    Oh woah, hashtagging on Scott’s blog, that has to be some sort of criminal offence πŸ˜›
    I live in New Zealand and I’m 16 πŸ™‚ and obviously a guy…

  25. @23- I am currently rereading Inkheart, cause it’s been like seven years since I read it last. I like the series a lot. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorites. Anybody here read Reckless? Now there’s a fairy tale.
    I guess I’m okay with Doria. Towards the end of Inkdeath Farid started appearing less and less, so I was kind of giving up on him and Meggie. At the end, though, I was really hoping she would go with him. But I guess I’ve accepted Doria, even if at the beginning I hated him. I still love Farid, though.

    Disney princesses… My favorite would be Kida, from Atlantis, even if she’s not part of the classic lineup. Then Mulan, though she technically isn’t a princess. Whatever. I just think Cinderella and Snow White and all those are too girly and pretty much useless during the story. I don’t know. Perhaps I haven’t watched the movies in a long time.

    @26- yeah, that’s true. Everyone else sort of driftes away the farther down the posts you get. Well, about your question. I’m a girl, 14, from Mexico πŸ™‚

  26. @26: Yeah, I just keep coming back because I love you guys. You’re so fun to talk to! πŸ˜€
    Yes, I am a girl. 15, from California.
    BUT. Let me take a moment to (CALMLY) tell you how (EXTRAORDINARILY) jealous I am of you because you live in New Zealand.
    LOL, sorry. Just….my intense love for all things Middle-earth is overwhelming….^^’

    @28: I have not read Reckless. Who’s it by?
    I don’t think I’ll ever be okay with Doria because it’s so ingrained in me from my younger years to dislike him. But who knows. Maybe I’ll like him better when I reread the books (assuming that will happen in the next three years perhaps). It’s plausible that I’ll warm up to him, since I’m willing to give Eragon another chance. (But I said that like two years ago and still haven’t….) But it’s plausible. πŸ™‚

    Oh! Atlantis. I’ve seen that maybe once, I think. But I remember liking it. I didn’t know it was by Disney. ‘Cause, you know, there’s those other movies that are sometimes mistaken for Disney, like Anastasia or The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I don’t know why, but I’ve never liked Cinderella….But I like Ella Enchanted. πŸ™‚

    @Roxanne, whenever you come back: I’m just letting you know that I am virtually clutching your hands right now. Five more days! I’m so nervous! (Unless you mind me clutching your hands, that is.)

  27. @29 – Reckless is also by Cornelia Funke. You should read it. It’s about this boy whose father disappears, and one day the boy is searching his dad’s office, trying to look for clues to why he left. The only thing left is a mirror one the wall. The boy presses his hand against it and off he goes into another world full of magic and witches and rock creatures and fairies and all those wonderful things. The book is more about when this boy grows older and then his brother and his girlfriend follow him behind the mirror….

    Yeah, Atlantis is from Disney. I think it was the first movie my parents ever got for me. I must have watched it a million times. I just love it so much. I think that when I was two, my birthday party was Atlantis themed, so the candles on the cake were Milo and Kida, and also Kida was the piΓ±ata. I think that one and my four year-old Spiderman party are the only ones I remember from when I was little.

  28. Man, I leave you guys for five minutes, and you give me SO MUCH to respond to!

    @26: I’m 16, too! …from Texas. πŸ™ I’m jealous of your NZ heritage. Anywhere is cooler than Texas. Also, do you guys notice how when someone’s from the states, they say which state when asked where they’re from, but when they live outside of the states, they usually say which country instead of provinces or whatever? Mid K and I say California and Texas, while MM and Zac-la say Mexico and NZ. Just thought that was interesting.

    @25, 28, 29: Snow, Aurora, and Cinderella are not the most feminist girls, but all the others I think are pretty strong and brave and all that. Except with the first three, the girl makes things happen, and fights for love (as cheesy as it is sometimes). Which is probably why Kida ISN’T part of the official lineup. She doesn’t do much in the film heroically-wise. Disney likes to pick feminist-centric women for their official lineup to give young girls positive role-models…again, aside from the first three, whom are just classics. Hence the “Mulan is a DP even though she’s not actually a feminist.” She saved freaking China! Most feminist DP of all.
    And yes, sequels/prequels should just never happen. Period.
    Mid K: a) Anastasia is freaking awesome! I love that movie to death and know all the songs by heart! #<3MegRyan&JohnCusack
    And b) The Hunchback of Notre Dame IS Disney. Unless your talking about a different film…but it's pretty popular, so I think it's probably the same one. Esmeralda was even a temporary DP.
    And c) I love Ella Enchanted too! Hugh Dancy as Prince Char is too much attractiveness! Plus, the fact that Cary Elwes is in it automatically makes it amazing.

    Am I the only one who got kinda sick of Farid? He was super cool at first, but then he sorta started blowing off Meggie to hang out with Dustfinger. And is it just me, or did he become kind of WEIRDLY obsessed with DF? But I don't like Doria either.
    I heard, even though it's been five years, that Inkspell is actually in the works, movie-wise. Sorry to burst your bubble.
    But, once again, I LOVE DUSTFINGER! Best character…except for maybe Gwin! πŸ™‚

    Well, it's good that you kill him/her then. I hate it when the story's like "It's impossible to do this" and then the characters proceed to go and do it. Or someone is saved from such an impossible situation. It's stupid. Yeah, your heartbeat's up and you're so relieved that so-and-so got save JUST in time, but rationally speaking, it's stupid. So GOOD JOB, Mid K!

    I need to work on chapter 7… πŸ˜›

    OMG YES! Clutching hands, vigorously shaking with worry, nervousness and excitement all wrapped up in one, for the first time ever, saying: "Why can't it be Monday?!?" lol.

  29. @Middy Me, Roxanne, Midshipman K, yuss this is awesome! I was nearly expecting you to all be adults or something haha πŸ˜›
    @Midshipman K, you like all things LOTRs too?! πŸ˜€
    I guess I am lucky to live here πŸ™‚ but New Zealand is tiny (population wise), there’s only 4.5 million people living here! That’s less than most big cities!

  30. @Midshipman K and Zac-la, oh, LOTR! Last year my friends and I decided we would someday go to Hobbiton for spring break. Never mind Mexico, we were going to New Zealand (also, it’s so cool you live there, Zac-la)! I doubt it will ever happen, though. It was a decision made in the middle of the obsession only teenagers can pull off.

  31. @32&33: I’m gonna cry. I LOVE YOU GUYS. Anything LOTR is just….MY HEART. _.< I haven't seen it in so long, though. But it's the reason behind me wincing every time someone insults Nicholas II in APEuro….:)
    Apparently, the original Esmeralda isn't anything like the Disney version. (You know, the book by Victor Hugo.) I haven't read it, though, so I wouldn't know. My sister recently rewatched it in French class. (In French of course.) Sang along to "God Help the Outcasts" in English, or so she says. We love that song….Plus, it's the only song I still know from there. I haven't seen that movie in an even longer time than I haven't seen Anastasia.
    (….Did that make sense?)
    I used to watch Ella Enchanted ALL THE TIME. Now I hardly remember it. *sob* But I really like the book too, which is actually rather different from the movie. Still like both….

    Aw, thanks. *blushes* It still hurts to know the fate of my dear character, though. But then I just think of Death from The Book Thief and he makes me happy to know my character is with him. I love Death, as strange as that sounds….

    Work on Chapter 7! πŸ˜€

    I know! I realized that it was Monday and I was like, "Great. MONDAY. The one day of the week that no one wants to exist is suddenly all-important!" I think I'm fine, then I space out in Alg II (what else is new?) and start thinking about it….Then I have dizzy spells and nausea and AHHH I just need to know!!!!!!!! Suspense is why I cannot watch horror movies, or swim meets. ^^'

  32. WHOA. That was weird. Half my comment got cut off! LOL, I think the site is trying to save you guys my rambling.

    ANYWAY. I rambled about LOTR, so I guess I can cut that out. Gonna choose a different Elvish line, maybe one that actually made it into the movies (last one even got cut from the extended ones). Hmm….
    A si i-Dhuath u-orthor, Aragorn. U or le, a u or nin.
    That one should be fairly obvious….Think I got the spelling right, but no accents. ^^’ How do you do accents? Anyway, just remember ‘dh’ in Sindarin sounds like ‘th’! πŸ™‚

    @30: Reckless sounds cool! You know, part of the reason I love her books is also because they were originally not in English. (German, but I hadn’t read Leviathan back then.) That’s just so cool to me….
    Also, that birthday party sounds awesome. I don’t remember many of my birthdays from when I was little….

    @31: Most of my reply to you was saved, but I will quote Deryn on your statement about us Americans: “Because America’s barking huge. One country, as big as all of Europe!”
    Yeah, and even ‘California’ is vague. North and South are like two different states; I believe there was a time when we actually were. And way up north near Oregon went into a fuss about breaking away years ago. Wanted to make a state called Jefferson, I think. Weird.

    And Hunchback is Disney….doh >_< My bad. I don't check facts. I love "God Help the Outcasts" from there, but that's most of what I still know about it. Haven't seen it in forever…. And I was saying Anastasia is the reason I flinch every time someone insults Nicholas II. It's got everything from then on….

    I hope this works. πŸ™‚ Yay, for me paraphrasing. It's good for me. XD

  33. I love LOTR too! I have watched the movies a thousand times, though I should probably reread the books. I think the only one I really remember is The Hobbit, which i reread for the sake of watching the movie. I keep trying (in vain) to convince my friends at school to at least watch the movies. But they all think I’m weird because I like LOTR, so they don’t listen πŸ™

    I think Hunchback of Notredame is one of the only Disney movies I don’t really like…I guess the translation into spanish that i saw was a bit too boring. Usually animated films translations are really cool and funny, but I didn’t really like the voices for that movia, and as I don’t have it, I can’t really watch it in english.

    Yeah, Cornelia Funke is really cool. And she’s German, which is a bonus! From her, I think my favorites are the Inkworld books, Reckless, and The Thief Lord.

    Oh and, Midshipman K: I think you can change the keyboard language on your computer to one that uses accents, and then change it back to english.

  34. I never really liked HoND. I felt bad for Quasimodo. Not only is he disfigured, but he doesn’t get the girl in the end. Of course not. Because there’s a charming guy who’s also vying for her affections. At least he actually cares about her. It would have really sucked if he was a scumbag and she still pick him over Quasi.

    I know! I suddenly became obsessed with all things surrounding Anastasia’s disappearance once I watched that movie (which is actually as old as I am! Like this blog). Too bad stupid history-people-whatever officially found proof she died with the rest. Really ruins the mystery. I feel like it’d be stupid to write an Anastasia retelling NOW. πŸ™

    I like LotR, too! I haven’t actually read the books (I know, sacrilege), but I’ve watched the movies loads of times! ‘Cause they’re awesome!

    Yeah, there’s this one girl in one of my series who’s going to die, always was, always will, but it’s still kind of sad. Actually, she dies twice. The first time is super tragic, but the second is much more peaceful, as I mentioned.
    FOUR DAYS! Sorry, had to mention it. πŸ™‚

  35. Interruping your conversation (or joining in), I used to be obsessed with Anastasia’s disapperance too! Did they find evidence that she died? πŸ™ I had always hoped she lived!
    Yay, you all like LOTR too! I haven’t actually read the books either… I attempted them ages ago when I was like 10? Maybe I was too young but either way they seemed too long and boring! I have how ever read The Hobbit heaps of times! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing! I was obsessed with the LOTR movies when I was younger and used to watch them like everyday! Embarrasing, aye?
    That made me think of something, the word ‘aye’ means ‘yes’, right? Here in New Zealand (and maybe other places) ‘aye’ is used instead of the word ‘right’. For example: Deryn is actually a girl, aye?
    AND it’s used instead of ‘what’. For example: “I am a cat” Aye? Are you serious?
    Haha, ok you guys probably didn’t even want to know this but it’s interesting how the same word is used in different ways in different countries!
    Do any of you have Goodreads accounts? πŸ™‚

  36. wow, that’s a cool fact. I’ve ever only heard “aye” used as in ‘yes’, but it makes sense as ‘right’ too. And I’ve only heard it in movies. Or read it in books. It’s really cool that you hear it and use it in everyday life.

    Well, in Spanish there’s something like that. There are words that change their meaning completely with just adding one letter, but they still sound the same. For example “hola”, sounds the same as “ola”, but the first one is ‘hello’ and the latter is ‘wave’ as in waves of the sea. There are also changes with accents, but right now my brain is too tired for thinking of anything. I just spent an hour trying to finish one sheet of paper of math exercises. And I spent half an hour on it at school too. It’s horrible, horrible. I think I’ll end up having number nightmares tonight, especially because tomorrow I have an exam :0

  37. oh, and no, I don’t have a Goodreads account. What can you do with one? Is it like, a reading site, or what?

  38. But I think we say ‘aye’ different to the scottish way! We say it ‘ae’ like rhyming (I hate spelling that word) with ‘may’. I think they say it like ‘eye’? Maybe it’s our New Zealand accent πŸ˜›
    All my life I have hated maths but this year I’ve began to… not like it but tolerate it more πŸ˜›
    Goodreads has like every book ever written on it and you can rate how much you like a book and write a review. It’s a great way to see other people’s thoughts/comments on books πŸ™‚

  39. One more thing, how long have you guys been coming on this blog? πŸ™‚
    I’ve actually been visiting it for like 2 years now :O but I’ve never started commenting until now πŸ™‚

  40. @36: My friends are tolerant of my LOTR addiction. Only about two of my friends really love it along with me, but I hardly ever see them anymore. πŸ™ Oh! Cool story, though, there’s this guy in my English class who’s pretty cool, not really my friend though, but he like LOTR (and Sherlock) also and when we did our essay test on Lord of the Flies, he accidentally put ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Best. Mistake. Ever. We still make jokes about it though it was like five months ago….

    I’m not sure what you mean by changing the keyboard language….

    @37: Honestly, I hardly remember Hunchback. My sister told me the whole story again, though, or what she understood of it in French. The love triangle is obvious, though. I never really liked it, but I don’t recall which guy I wanted her to be with.

    There’s proof Anastasia died with them? Really? How was I not aware of this? What was it? (I wanted her not to be dead, but I just accepted it a few months ago. After so many years of ‘what ifs’ I was like, No. Reality now.)

    A note on LOTR. Contrary to popular belief, The Lord of the Rings is actually one book. XP Okay, I’m just bugging you. I’m sure you know that; it’s just three volumes, two ‘books’ (parts) per volume. But, of course, there are also many many other books on Middle-earth which can also apply. You should read it! When I first read it in sixth grade, I didn’t really like it, but going back and reading it now, it reads like something as fun and comforting as Diana Wynne Jones.
    “Farewell! I go to find the sun!” πŸ˜€

    Dies twice? Well, if that not intriguing, I don’t know what is. ^^
    GOSH, I know! Quaking and shaking over here….

    (….That was not supposed to be a religious reference lol)

    @38: It took me a while the first time, but you should really read the book! It’s amazing! It’s written sort of like a detailed history. (I’m sure you’ve heard this before.) The most important character in all Tolkien’s works is Middle-earth itself, which may seem a bit dull, but I love it anyway. Then there are the funny bits.
    “No, no!” cried Gimli. “Do what you will in your madness, but let me first get down from this horse! I wish to see no eyes!”
    I don’t know…. It’s sort of weird out of context. XD Think you know who he was talking to. ^^
    Ooh! And the poetry is amazing. πŸ™‚

    That is so incredibly funny and amazing. I want to start using that! LOL “I am a cat.” Have you read The Iron Fey? There’s this cat called Grimalkin who is the king of sarcasm and that is his explanation for EVERYTHING.

    Sadly, I do not have a Goodreads, but my friends keep telling me to get one. I’ll probably have to, though, since so many authors are on there….But I do have a DeviantART account, and a tumblr. (The internet ruins my life….But you guys make me happy, don’t worry.)

    @41 (Zac-la again): Yeah, I say ‘aye’ as ‘eye’. I never really thought of it being different. How odd, Mr. Sharp.
    (By the way, does anyone else use random lines from books to express themselves? Just me? I can’t remember how many times I’ve said that one of Dr. Barlow’s….)
    Math ruins my 4.0….

    I have been coming on this blog since….Er. I remember coming on January last year, but I don’t think I really started commenting until the summer. But I do so now more than ever. But it’s only been a year for me. Though this blog is as old as me….:D

  41. @43 I think I will try reading it again! I just finished Goliath and am having a hard time coping without these characters! Which reminds me I have a list of questions I’ll bug you guys with soon πŸ˜›
    I haven’t read The Iron Fey but I’ll check it out! I usually hate books where animals can talk (apart from Narnia and The Hobbit) BUT I loved the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness which has talking animals! Have you read that? Do any of you like dystopian books?
    @43 I totally do that πŸ˜›
    Barking spiders! This is totally bogus, Dr Cable!
    Ok hold up, I can’t believe that this blog is that old?! How?! Are you serious?

  42. @44- Oh my god! Patrick Ness is like the best dystopian book writer ever!! Chaos Walking is right up in my Top Ten series. Though dystopian is not all he writes. For example, have you read A Monster Calls?

    And Manchee is the coolest and most adorable talking dog anywhere!

  43. Gee, that sounded reall fan-girly. I’m sorry, it’s just that no one I know has read thos books. Well, except for one boy, but e resd tham over vacation and then just when I saw him he said he’d read them and that was it.
    Point is, I never get to ramble pointlessly with anyone about how cool those books are πŸ™‚

  44. @44: Yay questions, I love questions!
    It took me an entire year to get over Deryn and Alek….Still easy to slip back into that mind frame. They’re as familiar as my heartbeat.
    You know, I never really considered that Grimalkin was a talking cat. He just….was. The Wolf talks to, and so does Ironhorse, but he’s….iron. I don’t think he counts as an animal. But they’re all fey, so it doesn’t matter.
    I am literally reading The Knife of Never Letting Go right now! I have the whole trilogy as an ebook on my phone. I think the library is going to steal it back soon, though. Yikes. I’m not good at deadlines. Speaking of dystopian books, has anyone read Legend? I LOVE LEGEND. And The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. She also wrote the Iron Fey.
    Yay, I’m not the only one! (LOL, like when I have a ton of homework, ballet, interviews, endless obligations, “the world is going completely barking spiders.” ^^ Love that one.)
    Yes; check the bottom of the page. It says how old the blog is.

    @46: Maybe I’ll ramble with you once I finish reading them. πŸ˜€ That’s the reason I love this blog. I know so few people who’ve read Leviathan….:(

    Three days more!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. @45 omigosh, you’ve read Chaos Walking?! This is awesome πŸ˜€
    I’ve been meaning to read A Monster Calls for ages but haven’t got round to it! Manchee was amazing! I really want to say something but it will be a spoiler for Midshipman K… haha
    @47 I’m still formulating my list of questions but be warned… they are coming! Can I ask what ‘fey’ is?
    I’ve read Legend! And Prodigy! They’re such amazing books! I think I nearly preferred Prodigy to Legend though; the characters were so well developed in Prodigy! What are your guys favourite dystopian books?
    Mine are: Hunger Games, Divergent, Uglies (obviously), Chaos Walking and Legend πŸ™‚ oh and Delirium! And Maze Runner I guess.. Heard of all of these?
    Scott is being a barking bum-rag for not posting more πŸ˜‰ hahaha that has to be my favourite slang/word from Leviathan!
    I actually know no one who has read Leviathan… I tried to get my friend to read it but she thought it was “boring” and “for younger kids”. I was horrified when I heard that.
    What’s happening in three days? πŸ™‚ (if it’s not nosy asking!)

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