Inside Out; My Thoughts & Theories

Do you ever get that feeling after you’ve watched, read, seen or even heard something and you just want to talk to everyone about it instantly? I really want this blog to be a space where I can express myself and discuss anything that may be of interest to me, and although this post may seem off topic, it touches on a few things that I am currently dealing with so I’m going to take the plunge.

Yesterday I saw an advert for Disney Pixar‘s film, Inside Out, and told my boyfriend that it has been on my ‘to watch’ list for a while. I had heard great things about it so, last night we sat down together and watched this animated, children’s film. It’s generally unlike me to actively watch an animation, especially when it’s target audience is about ten years younger than me, but there was just something about this film that caught my attention.

Riley is an eleven year old girl and she is also our main character. Her life is turned upside down when her parents decide to pack up and move away. Riley has to leave behind her friends, her school, her beloved hockey team and is expected to start from
scratch. Inside Out is ariley-sass-inside-out creative twist on how the mind works and we see that inside the character’s brains there are human-like creatures representing each emotion. There’s Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust and they each control how Riley is feeling. It turns out that everyone’s brains work in the same way; all controlled by these beings that represent different emotions.

Throughout the film we witness how different emotions affect our memories and we are very cleverly shown how the absence of certain emotions can alter our behaviours. As an audience, we begin to notice that a lot of the situations that occur in Riley’s mind are due to the simple fact that she is growing up and surprisingly, this was tough to watch. Personally, I associated the way that Riley was feeling with my own mental health; when she began to feel that particular emotions were no longer present in her day to day life, I related to that feeling. This is often how I can feel when I’m having a bad day with my mental health, whether that’s anxiety, depression or just generally feeling shitty: Sometimes I feel like my own personal ‘Joy’ will never return! It may not have been the creators’ aim to touch upon mental health, but I think everyone can interpret this film in their own way and this is what I took away from it.

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Overall, Inside Out made me extremely thoughtful and resulted in reviewing how I deal with my own emotions. It is such a clever film that had us on the edge of our seats; it was engaging, intriguing and just a brilliant watch. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

xXx

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Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

**This review is spoiler free**

Slasher Boys & Monster Girls is an anthology of horror and thriller stories written mainly by young adult authors. Each tale has a little note at the end telling the reader where the author found inspiration; these inspirations are usually films, classic novels or songs and are cleverly recognisable without being too similar. When I first heard about this book I just new that I had to read it and I was lucky enough to receive a copy for Christmas.

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The stories are selected by author April Genevieve Tuckolke who also has one of her own stories featured in the book; she suggests that the anthology is ‘For everyone who read Stephen King when they were way too young.’ Well that’s me then!

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is the first book I have read in 2017 and I bloody loved it! I’m hoping that this is a good sign as to how my reading will go this year and that some more amazing novels will come my way.

What can I say about this book? Well, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Each story is as creepy as the one before and some of them are even pretty gory. As a strange individual who loves a bit of blood and guts, personally I loved the more gruesome parts, even though they did make me cringe. I am a firm believer that a horror should make you cringe or at least scare you. This book contains murder, amputation, the undead, The Devil, and tons more to keep you up at night.

One of my favourite stories was The Dark, Scary Parts And All by Danielle Paige who is also the author of the Dorothy Must Die series. This tale was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 1976 film The Omen. The main character in this story is Marnie who loves to read, is seen as a bit nerdy and gets severely bullied by a girl called Everly and her band of loyal followers. I genuinely felt like I could relate to Marnie so much as her time at school was extremely similar to my own. One day, the most popular boy in school, Damien, notices Marnie and every thing begins to change however, something doesn’t seem quite right. Unexplainable things begin to happen around Marnie and she begins to wonder whether it has anything to do with her mother’s suicide or her new friendship with Damien. If black magic, devil worship and a teeny bit of romance is your kind of thing, then you’ll love The Dark, Scary Parts And All.

Sleepless by Jay Kristoff was another incredible story. Kristoff ‘does not believe in happy endings’ and this most definitely shows in Sleepless. With more twists than I can count, I was gripped all the way through. A whirlwind online romance between wolfboy_97 and 2muchc0ff33_grrl quickly goes wrong when they finally meet. When it’s time for ‘coffee girl’ to meet the parents, it throws a real spanner in the works and she quickly finds herself in a catfish situation in the least predictable way. This story is inspired by the 1960 film Psycho and Mudvayne’sNothing to Gein“. Sleepless is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat and re-thinking your internet friendships.

That’s just an insight to a couple of the amazing tales in this anthology. I seriously suggest this to any reader who loves horror and wants an easy yet exciting read. This is the first time in a while that I have read short stories and I really enjoyed the variety and it’s always a bonus to discover new authors to explore.

If you decide to read this book I would love to hear your thoughts & remember…..

READING IS COOL! 

 

Biters, Battles & Babes.

**THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS**

It’s February & we all know what that means….THE WALKING DEAD RETURNS!

So here’s the thing: Since I can remember I have fallen for the bad guys. How cliché, I know! Seriously though, I often start to wonder if there is a point where it has gone too far? Apparently the answer is yes, I have in fact gone too far this time; Negan.

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead as religiously as myself will know exactly who I’m talking about, let’s face it, he’s pretty hard to miss. When Negan first came onto our screens in the last episode of season six, I felt like I had been hit in the face with a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat…heh heh…my knees buckled and my jaw dropped, metaphorically speaking of course, and before I knew it, I was in love.

Negan is a bad guy. He is a very, very, very bad guy; I think we’ve pretty much established that by now. With the help of his band of loyal followers, The Saviours, and of course his trusty sidekick, Lucille, he has killed off more than one of our beloved characters and does not seem to be slowing down the massacre. However, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, there seems to be something about Negan’s slicked back hair, salt and pepper stubble and charming yet sadistic demeanour which leaves me desperately wishing that he would leave the fictional world and somehow stroll into my life.

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The return of The Walking Dead means the return of Negan and quite frankly, I can’t wait! The real question is though, what’s going to happen next?

The last we saw was Daryl Dixon being reunited with the gang after escaping as Negan’s prisoner, and it seems as though Rick is preparing everyone for a war; this is the first time in a long while that we have actually seen a snippet of the old Rick. Let’s face it, recently Rick has been a bit of a cry baby and it’s about time that he pulled himself together!

I know that many of you will be hoping that Negan meets his comeuppance in the second half of season 7 however, I can honestly -hand on heart- say that I do not share that hope; in fact, I have a strong feeling that a few tears may be shed if we do witness Negan’s demise. I should probably begin preparing myself for it now as unfortunately I don’t believe that this post-apocalyptic world is big enough for both Rick Grimes and Negan.

Let me know in the comments if you share this love of Negan & reassure me that I’m not the only one!

xXx

My Bloody Valentine

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Let’s stay in 
and watch Nosferatu.”
Bex Viper

I have never been one for Valentine’s Day celebrations if I’m honest. Okay, I’ll admit in the past I have surrendered to the Hallmark invented holiday and celebrated with partners and, of course, enjoyed it at the time. Nowadays I just see Valentine’s Day as a day for companies to make money; surely that’s not what it should be about? This year will be my first Valentine’s with my other half but I’m going to stand firm with my inner Scrooge and let the day bypass me like any other Tuesday. At the end of the day, as disgustingly cheesy as it sounds, I love him all year round, not just on a day that society throws upon me; I will not conform!

I always thought that the big V Day wasn’t really my thing, after all, I’m quick to cringe and make gagging noises when my friends are soppy and always go out of my way to heckle couples who insist on PDA-ing in front of me, I swear I’m not mean, but there’s a time and a place guys! However, after a quick Google, I discovered there is a side of Valentine’s Day that’s designed for weirdos much like myself, who’da thunk it?!

My favourite discovery was these vintage horror themed card designs:

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Unfortunately I was unable to hunt down the source of these dreamy card designs; if anyone knows then please pop it in the comments below!

I also discovered a whole page full of horrifically romantic messages for you to just print off and hand out to whoever has stolen your heart this year:

You can find the rest over at: Thought Catalog

The more that I am researching, the more I am feeling the need to partake in Valentine’s purely so that I have an excuse to creep people out with these amazing cards and whatever else I can find; perhaps I will just give out a few anonymously and really freak out some innocent victims

Rest assured there are still plenty of vomit-worthy cards out there for you lot who love to revel in the soppiness of February 14th. Of course I’m just kidding; the way the world is at the moment I think everyone is in need of a little loving; Enjoy it!

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‘Till Death Do Us Part’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Vamps Unite

I am a horror obsessed ghoul, I always have been ever since I can remember. I am also vintage mad, anything that allows me to escape the modern day is welcome in my world. I always thought about crossing the two things over but, as they are both seen to be quite quirky interests I wasn’t sure how to go about it. However, I have finally clawed my way out of the coffin and have embraced a lifestyle that combines my mad love of all things horror related and vintage obsession!

When I first discovered my love for vintage I was mainly intrigued by the 60’s and the 70’s, I took on the style of a traditional Skinhead/Suedehead girl, dressing in a way that slotted right into the late 60’s, early 70’s. Now some of you might be thinking ‘what the bloody hell is a skinhead or suedehead?!’, and this is something that I will address in the near future; for the purpose of this post I will insert some old pictures of myself here:

 

So there it all began. My passion for all things vintage stemmed from my wonderful parents who introduced me to the subcultures that they knew and loved such as; Mod, Skinhead, Suedehead, Rockabilly. Being one of those quirky folk, I was drawn in like a moth to a flame. My parents always warned me ‘Don’t get into it otherwise you’ll never get out again.’; that was nearly eight years ago and they could not have been more correct.

After visiting the 60’s and 70’s, I spent a bit of time in the modern day, shock I know! Although I was wearing high street clothing, I never succumbed to the ‘normal’ fashions, I ensured that I always had a twist on my style. Whilst I was in the modern day, I charged up my time machine and it has now transported me to the 1950’s and I’ve really made myself at home. Okay, so I might not particularly stick to a style that is 50’s through and through however, most of my style inspiration is derived from that era.

It was strange how I noticed that The 50’s/Rockabilly look went hand in hand with so many things, it seemed to crossover with a number of different styles; there’s the Hardcore Punk scene, Psychobilly, Latino Cholas and so much more; each of these styles takes influences from 50’s fashion. Naturally I was in awe when I stumbled across a whole online presence of vampish, vintage enthusiasts. These Vamps are embracing that vintage, horror crossover; this crossover seems to be heavily influenced by people such as Elvira, Morticia Addams, Lily Munster and Vampira. These Queens of Darkness pull off the vampire-esque look with elegance, beauty and pure sass, whilst maintaining that 50’s Hollywood glamour.

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Artwork by Andrew Tarusov

For the first time in what seems like forever, I am beginning to feel comfortable in my own skin. I am able to express myself through my style and lifestyle. I can attend different events without feeling the need to mould myself to my surroundings; I can finally just be me. It sounds cliché I know, but it has taken me a long time feel confident and happy about who I am; don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely there yet and there’s still some work to do however, it feels great to have made a start!

One of the benefits is that for a girl of a curvier physique, like myself, the 50’s style is rather complimentary and can make me feel attractive and glamorous whereas modern styles can often make me feel like a condom stuffed with potatoes.

Thanks for reading & if you want to keep up to date with posts there’s a link on the right to follow this blog.

xXx

Happy New Year!

2017 has hit us faster than anyone could have imagined! I hope you all had a frightfully good end to this not-so-great year?

I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions if I’m honest however, there are things to tick off on my achievements list.

This year I have tons of different projects I want to work on and maybe even complete; one of those projects is going to be starting this new blog and hopefully keeping up to date with it! I previously had a blog over at http://bexpiper.blogspot.co.uk/ but I feel that it’s a tad outdated now and not really to my taste anymore. On that note, bring on the era of Bex Viper!

My plan for this blog is to post about various things that intrigue me such as; anything spooky, vintage, vegan or whatever else finds it’s way into my brain. I would like to keep it up to date and hopefully post about three times a week, but don’t hold me to that!

Anyway, if you would like to keep updated, you can follow this blog via email – the link is on the right. I would really appreciate the support.

Thanks!