Hello, friends. Today, I am going to recollect my February 2018 book and film haul. This haul was inspired by a video essay that I will link here. In this essay, Lindsay Ellis analyzes the backlash against the Twilight series. It resonated with me quite a bit. (I can talk about it for ages).
I basically hauled the Twilight movie saga (used, but it’ll be cherished. Currently, I am waiting for the collection to arrive). In particular, I am curious to revisit Alice Cullen and Jacob Black, who will forever be my favorite characters in the series.
Thriftbooks is a new site that I tried with my mom this month. Hopefully, it will be a hit for me. I was able to purchase more books for much cheaper than usual, so that’s a nice thing to experience. I’m wondering about the quality of the books. We shall see, won’t we?
Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Let me revisit the point of the video essay I linked earlier. Look, every piece of literature or art, or whatever you want to use as an example, whatever it may be, it has problematic facets. We are human, with flaws in our perceptions. I feel tired of having to create a show of my intelligence by reading the latest, most hip and seemingly pristine reputation. Ultimately, all pieces of work will have a crack in their portrayals of society.
Needless to say, I am very well aware of the problematic nature of Twilight as it pertains to race, gender, sexuality, and relationship norms. I still like reading those books and watching the movies. So…I am going to consume the stories with an awareness of their problematic nature.
*Gets off the soap box*
Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read this series ages ago, and I still think of Patch and Nora. A lot. So, to bring them back to me is such a privilege. Yes, I know the story is not perfect and there are harmful relationship examples in it.
Body image is something rather mysterious to me. A series of circus mirrors line my vision when I encounter my body. There is so much dissonance and noise when I try to face what I have become in a physically tangible way. I am trying to incorporate movement to my day. Naturally, for February, my quest involved the inclusion of self help fitness books.
Hot Body, Year Round by Cassey Ho
She is my favorite Pilates instructor. Her videos always feel genuine and sweet. In no way do I think I’ll ever be thin, but I would like to create a ritual of movement with precision and purpose. When I am in a manic/hypo manic phase, I do not know how to cope. Rather than floundering about, I would like to follow some sort of routine to tire me out. This book is lovely. I read it ages ago. I had my own copy however I could not reconcile my own fatness with wanting to be fit.
Tone it up by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott
Another one of my favorite fitness figures out there. They have a wonderful spirit and a positive outlook in general. While I do find that fitness tends to be conflated with thinness very often, I still think this book could be really helpful in guiding my manic episodes.
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Ugh, she is the best. I have a lot of yoga teacher loves, but she touches my heart with her podcasts and Instagram videos. Rachel has a beautiful sense of resilience and transparency. Nothing but love for her and her work.