I am here to say that I love and admire Lady Gaga. I’m not ashamed to say it. And I’m really sick of hearing people say that she’s a freak and I’m sick of people criticizing not only her wardrobe choices, but her life choices as well. People said the same type of things about Michael Jackson and look what the wonderful world of media did for him. Lady GaGa, like Michael Jackson, is a musical revolutionary. She has brought an entirely new sound and style to the music stream and she should be applauded and not chastised. We need something different besides the 12 year Disney channel pop sensations and the “good girl gone bad” scantily clads who’ve been handed a microphone. Yes, her lyrics and some of her outfits may be racy and provocative but tell me one song in today’s music market that doesn’t either degrade women or use a cuss word every other line or talk about sex, drugs, or alcohol. Lady GaGa has met the Queen of England people. She’s performed with THE LEGEND Elton John. And she’s sat down with Barbara Walters. She’s like a Beatle. She’s inspired fashion designers everywhere and has gotten people on their feet for Haiti.
Music is my life. It picks me up when I am down and adds to my happy days. And as sad as you may think this is, Lady GaGa and her music has inspired me to be more confident and has certainly added pizazz to my dance moves. She’s not afraid to come out in a plastic orbit dress with triangle makeup on her eyes. She doesn’t care what people think of her or what people say about her. She can be an inspiration to a lot of young girls, but mothers are too scared to let them watch her. It’s like she’s Harry Potter or something. But I promise that one day you will see her on the list of music legends right beside Michael Jackson and Elvis. And you will regret never having given her a chance.
I was provoked this morning when I found out that my right to literature was being challenged. I taught myself how to read at the merry old age of 4 and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve read everything from the Berenstein Bears to Little Women to a failed attempt at War and Peace. And one thing I try to read everyday is the newspaper. In my reading this morning, I saw where groups of protesters and members of some Fundamental Intellingence brouhaha group are rising up against Twilight. If you know me, you know that I am a great big huge fan of Twilight, not because of Edward Cullen, but simply because of the literature and the way that amazing story is told. These books have been out for years now and these people are just making these comments. They say that vampire books have been among the most challenged for years and that this series’ sexual content makes it the number 5 most challenged book for this year. Also on that list are The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Color Purple, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and of course, Harry Potter.
The number 3 book on the list is entitled “And Tango Makes Three” which is a CHILDREN’S book about two male penguins who adopt a penguin baby. This should tell you something about our society today.
This angers me to no end. It seems as if these poet laureate wannabes wait until a book becomes popular before they find something wrong with it and try to have it removed from the shelves. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still to this day remains the most challenged book in history and yet we see it in every classroom and every library. Last time I checked, this was a free country and our First Amendment constitutes free speech and free press for all. Since I’m pretty sure the Bill of Rights has not been changed in the past few years, acts such as these are morally wrong. Don’t take a book off the shelf just because it talks about sex, drugs, suicide, homosexuality, racial issues, or monsters. Have you turned on the TV lately? Have you heard any of the music being played on the radio? Every single one of those aspects and more are thrown all through the media in rather generous portions and no one is trying to get them taken off the air. People are profiting from showing naked women all over the TV and in magazines. The majority of the books they try to challenge don’t even have pictures. They are trying to censor words in literature and they are trying to dictate the choices of readers everywhere.
Here’s a tip: Parents, if you don’t want your child to read a certain book, then don’t let them read it. But don’t stand outside a library with a picket sign trolling that you want it taken off the shelf. Going into a library or a bookstore and picking a book to read is a personal choice. No one makes that choice but that person. And they don’t have to read the smut you say people are printing today. In my opinion, these people are just jealous that they didn’t come up with the idea of Edward Cullen or a school of witchcraft and wizardry and they hate that they aren’t making any money from such a brilliant idea. Well get over it. Sit down at your computer and write your own bestseller if that’s the case. I plan on doing it myself one day and if you try to take me off the shelf, you will experience a wrath of hell that you have never thought possible.
Take away my right to read and you will get the horns my friends. Thank god you people weren’t around when Anne Rice and Bram Stoker were writing. Otherwise, vampires would look like fairies. And that is something that I am just not okay with.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Sex and the City. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure of mine right up there next to Twilight and online window shopping. Even though I was only 9 when the show first aired on HBO and was far too young to watch such a racy show, I soon discovered it right before it went off the air 6 years later. I remember watching the series finale with my best friend in her living room and absolutely loving everything about Carrie Bradshaw and her relationship with Mr. Big. It was the kind of relationship I wanted. Granted, I was only 15 at the time and had very unrealistic expectations about men. But I still wanted my Prince Charming to come to Paris and rescue me and carry me off into the sunset. I mean hey, a girl can dream right?
Ever since that night, I started watching all the episodes that I could. TBS started showing reruns at night and soon there were marathons of old episodes available. I didn’t want to buy the DVD’s for fear of what my mom might say. And then we were introduced to the wonders of Charter On Demand. It had every episode ever aired and I would sit in the living room with my best heels on with some sweet tea in a martini glass. Yes, I stooped that low. I was obsessed. With the fashion, with the romance, with the sisterhood. Did I mention the fashion? Carrie Bradshaw was everything I wanted to be. I’ve always been a huge fan of Sarah Jessica Parker and to have her play one of my favorite characters on televison was the best of both worlds. She was a writer. I was a writer. She had a column and lived in the cutest New York apartment. She had romances and flings and nights out on the town all in her best Dior and Chanel accessories. But through it all her heart belonged to one man and she finally got him in the end. She had the best three girl friends anyone could ask for and lived the life I had envisioned for myself once I graduated college and got my degree in journalism. I still admire her to this day. I know that she’s a fictional character, but I really don’t feel like the real SJP is much different from Carrie. (Besides the 2 kids thing). That show gave women hope. It gave them an outlet and it gave them a greater sense of freedom to do what they wanted with their life.
So while I’m still a few short months from being able to drink my own Cosmopolitan, and while I cannot afford the designer labels that Carrie and her friends could, I still put as much effort into my everyday life as she did. I try to hold my head up as high as I can and look my damn best while doing it. Not only have I learned to have more confidence and to make my life what I want it to be, but I’ve learned that a bright red shoe and a kick ass necklace can make any outfit pop.
Two weeks ago I discovered the wonder that is oneword.com. If you are experiencing some deathly writer’s block or are like me and just love to write in general, this is your new daily ticket.
The general purpose of the site is to help get your creative juices flowing. Each day there is a new featured word and you have merely 60 seconds to write anything about that word. The whole point is not to think, but just to jump into writing and see what comes of it. I like to call it “word vomit.” At the end of the minute, you are given a chance to finish your sentence but I will admit, I have cheated once or twice and ran a little longer with my writing just to get my ideas out. But your entry is submitted and you can read others along with yours.
This website has really cured me of the writer’s apathy I have been experiencing the past few months and has helped me to get more inspired to write and has provided me more creative ideas. So when the dirty devil that is writer’s block hits you like a ton of bricks, throw out the paper and pencil and click on your golden violin: the ever-present purple “go” button.
So I also want to share with you things that I love that you might love too. And here is the first of those things. If you have never heard of philosophy, it’s a skin care and beauty line that features inspirational quotes on all of their product packages. I recently picked up their body wash called Unconditional Love and was moved not only by the scent, but by the quote on the front:
Once upon a time there was a person who swore they would love you forever. Their love moved on but your love stayed in the same place. Consider the opportunity to love the greatest of all blessings, even when love doesn’t go your way. The love you give is the love you get and it is all good no matter where love takes you. Let the ability to love another belong to you forever and ever because real love stories never end.
As part of the new blogosphere, I want to instate a weekly book recommendation. I try to read a new book every week but sometimes the daily life interferes. Hopefully I will be able to give you something to look forward to. So here goes nothing.
So if you don’t know this already, you will find out soon enough anyway. I love vampires and yes I am a Twi-Hard. I also love British literature. I love everything about it and will have a whole section of my bookstore dedicated to it. So this week’s book encompasses those two passions. This week’s recommendation is Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. As you can probably tell from the title, it has a Pride and Prejudice spin to it. The story begins on Lizzy and Darcy’s wedding day and progresses through their “wedding tour.” Lizzy begins to notice some dark things about her new husband and starts to realize that she never really knew him at all. Very strange things begin to happen to the couple on their tour and dark secrets about the Darcy family are revealed. I absolutely love this book and the way it is written. Being a huge fan of Jane Austen, Grange has been able to capture her essence and has been able to pick up where she left off in the love story of Lizzy and Darcy. The great thing about this book is that you really don’t need to have read the original beforehand to completely understand the plot. There are several character references in the first few chapters that you may not understand if you haven’t read Austen but other than that, the book flows very well and you can actually see the story taking place in your mind. My favorite books are the kind that can do that for you: paint a mental picture and take you beyond your wildest dreams. While I did not find the book terribly suspenseful, it was quite interesting to think about the Darcy family in that gothic light. This book makes you think the dashing Englishman truly harbored these secrets throughout the Austen novel. Grange’s style of writing is also a lot easier to follow, although the length of the chapters was a bit intimidating.
So if you like gothic literature, vampires, romance, and Jane Austen, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and I promise you it will leave you with a diffrent image of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in the end.
Welcome to The Lonely Word. It’s my project blog of sorts to help me get back to what I love the most: the written word. Here you’ll find my weekly book recommendations, my reviews and rants of what’s going on media-wise and just mainly about my passion for writing and reading.