Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The Girl in the Heart Shaped Sunglasses
I like blogging about works in progress because when you do it in retrospect it seems like you have run out of steam in a way? Though of course I'm always happy to talk about any project anyone wants to know about.
I blogged last year about how I was writing something inspired by Sue Lyon as Lolita. Since it's the summer and I have more time for writing I have picked this up again. What I'm writing is intended to be a haunting take on Sue Lyon and her experiences in starring in and promoting Kubrick's film. She embodies the character and is haunted by her. It has taken awhile for me to figure out my angle on this material which interests me a lot. So I think it's worthwhile following through and completing this project. Sue Lyon was one of the girls on film that I left out of We Speak Girl so it's time to write about her.
I also wrote a short prose piece inspired by Elizabeth Siddal. I'm reading Essie Fox's Elijah's Mermaid right now. I'm pretty obsessed with the Victorian era as I'm sure you know. I can't wait for Effie this year.
In other news, I finished reading Twilight and watched the first film. I just wanted to have an opinion on them. I'm not filled with outrage at them - if you go into them expecting some kind of typical vampire story or something sensual you'll be dissapointed, but they are kind of fun romances? yet depictions of unhealthy romances. I also think Kristen Stewart is great. Bella Swan is an ambivalent girl character. I'm kind of surprised she is looked down on for being one in a way and not celebrated in conversations about the girl. I don't know. It's perhaps more complicated than it need be, but it's a cultural phenomenon. I still need to read The Hunger Games. I have the book on my pile. Sometimes I'm a bit behind on the things people are discussing on the internet and then come in really late with a half baked opinion.
I'll stop rambling for now, but I think that one of my 2013 resolutions will be to write more on this blog. It has been sidelined a bit in 2012 that is for sure.