Freaky Friday: Danse Macabre 2011

The last few Fridays I have blogged about the difference between True Blood the show and the books its based on.  However, I just had to share a unique dance troop with a supernatural flare, the West Springfield Dance Team.  The dance team is currently competing in America’s Got Talent.  I’m amazed by the talent and imagination of this group of high school students.  The last three weeks they have had to preform with only days to create new dance routines for the show.

What I love about this dance team is that they somehow make the horror supernatural theme into a fabulous preformance.  I have seen others try this in dance performances but it always looks goofy.  I really hope someone picks them up or builds on this creative expression of the supernatural.  I can see this group perform in musicals, tv shows or just as an act by themselves.

What do you think of this new themed dance troop?  Have you seen any new or inventive ways to express the supernatural genre?

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Wacky Wednesday: Ninja Squirrels

First you hear the rustling of leaves as the ninja squirrel runs from one tree to the next following you as you walk your dog.  When the dog finally notices it, the squirrel climbs down towards the dog instead of away.  The squirrel sits just one inch away from the reach of the dog.  After pulling your dog away, the squirrel is more than willing to say goodbye wagging its bushy tail and taunting them with their chatter. Squirrels seem to make taunting dogs a sport.

My poor dog seems to run into these ninja squirrel every time I take her on a walk.  You have to wonder if the squirrels do it on purpose.

Have you ever had another animal tease your pet?  Have you ever had your pet catch another animal?

Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: A Trip To Pompeii

Pompeii

Some of the photos may be disturbing to some people.  I have taken pictures from my visit to Pompeii and a few are of the victims.

When you think of the word mayhem many thing may pop in your head.  Maybe you’re thinking of a earthquake or shopping on Black Friday.  There are very few events that happened before the 1700’s for which people universally know most of the details.  One of my favorite and well-known historical events of mayhem and murder is Pompeii on August 24, 79 AD

For those who don’t know about Pomeii I will give you a bit of information.  Mount Vesuvius erupted on near the Roman town of Pompeii near Naples, Italy.  The town was covered in ashes and the people that didn’t make it out of town died.

Mount Vesuvius

You might be wondering why I said murder.  Well that is because some slaves and even pets were chained to houses.

Cast of a victim clearing covering his face to protect it from ash.

Victim of volcano

belt indicating he was a slave

The event itself isn’t the only reason why Pompeii is important.  The city was burned and covered in ashes while Roman citizens were living life as they did back in 79 AD.

Street signOne of the many storage rooms of artifacts

Fast food restaurant

Freaky Friday: Transforming True Blood: Season 4 Episode 7

Differences Between the Book and Show

Season 4 Episode 7

 

Alcide and Debbie Pelt

True Blood

  • The Sheveport pact does a ritual that invites Alcide and Debbie in to their pack.

Book

  •  Debbie is runs with Alcide’s pack until he abjures her from the pack  later in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Alcide is part of the pack in Shreveport and is in good standing.  He goes and talks to the packmaster, Colonel Flood about Sookie’s news of the werewolf in their pack  that is working with the witches.  Sookie even gets the status “friend of the pack” that means she is protected by the pack in the book

True Blood

  • Alicde and Debbie search the woods for Sookie and find her having sex with Eric.

Book

  •  The first time Sookie and Eric have sex it’s at Sookie’s house and no one watches or interrupts them.
  • Alice and Debbie don’t walk in on Sookie and Eric having sex.

 

Andy Bellefleur and Holly

True Blood

  • Andy Bellefluer and Holly have a date.

Book

  • Andy and Holly do date in the books but we don’t get to read about them during a date.
  • We do see him on a date with a local teacher, Halleigh Robinson, whom he purpose to during the date.  Later he marries her.

 

Bill Compton, Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood

  • Bill warns sookie and Eric about Antonia.
  • Bill gives Sookie and Eric silver chains to place on Eric while he sleeps. Silver will make Eric too weak to move.  If he doesn’t wear the chains he will be vulnerable to the witches’ spell.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World


Bill Compton and Jessica Hamby

True blood

  • Bill warns Jessica about Antonia and her desire to kill all vampires by making them walk into the sun.
  • Bill tells vampires in his area to place sliver on them when they sleep during the day to prevent them from walking into the sun.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

True blood

  • Bill covers Jessica in silver chains to keep her safe.
  • Bill is also covered in silver chains.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood

  • Sookie covers Eric in silver chains and stays with him since he is in so much pain.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

Jessica Hamby and Jason Stackhouse and Hoyt

True blood

  • Jason counties to have dreams of Jessica.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Jessica is not in the books.

True blood

  • Hoyt visits Jason to see how he is handling life after being kidnapped and raped.
  • Hoyt confides in Jason that he thinks that he is going to lose Jessica.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Jessica is not in the books.

True blood

  • Jessica confides in Bill that she doesn’t love Hoyt the way she should.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Jessica is not in the books.

True blood

  • Jessica excapes the silver chains.
  • Jason is running to her house to save her.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Jessica is not in the books.

 

Lafayette Reynolds  and Jesus Velasquez

True blood

  • Lafayette is a medium.
  • Lafayette can see the black lady that follows and talks to Mickey Bellefleur.

Book

  • Lafayette and Jesus are not in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Luna and Sam  Merlotte 

True blood

  • Sam calls Luna but doesn’t know that his brother had sex with her after shape shifting into Sam’s form.

Book

  • Luna is not in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Sam doesn’t date Luna so far in the books.
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • No one can shapeshift into human forms.

True blood

  • Sam goes to see Luna to see why she is mad at him.
  • Sam figures out that his brother slept with Luna pretending to be Sam.

Book

  • Luna is not in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Sam doesn’t date Luna so far in the books.
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Sam nor his siblings can shapeshift into human forms.

 

Marnie

True blood

  • Marnie forces the vampire, Father Louis to attack Katerina
  • Marinie forces the Father Louis to use glamour to clear the gaurds so she can escape.
  • Marnie forces Father Louis to kill Katerina
  • Marnie sends the vampire to kill Bill and tell him that Antonia is back.
  • Marnie is possessed by the spirit of Antonia.

 Book

  • Marnie doesn’t force vampires to kill people for her
  • Marnie doesn’t kill witches in her coven
  • Hollow and one other witch are the only ones that survive in the end of the book.  However the witches died in the battle between the were and vampires against the coven.
    • Antonia is not a character in the book the current season is based on, Dead to the World.
    • This plot line doesn’t happen in the books.

 

Marnie and Tara Thornton

True blood

  • Marnie as Antonia seeks out Tara.
  • Antonia shows Tara the devastation the vampires have caused throughout history.
  • Antonia asks for Tara’s help with the vampires.

 Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Pam de Beaufort

True blood

  • Pam attacks Tara and Naomi at the parking lot of Merlot’s.
  • Before Pam can kill Tara a group of tourists try to take her picture
  • Pam promises that she will come back later to kill Tara.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

True blood

  • Pam has an appointment with Dr. Ludwig to deal with the rotting spell.
  • Dr. Ludwig can’t cure the rotting spell but can make her look pretty again.

Book

  • Dr. Ludwig is a doctor that handles supernatural medical problems but not for the rotting spell on Pam.
  • Pam doesn’t have a rotting spell cast on her.

True blood

  • The bar maid, Ginger, covers Pam in silver chains.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

Sam Merlotte and Tommy Mickens  

True blood

  • Sam takes Tommy to the hospital after he finds him unconscious on the floor of Sam’s home.

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 

True blood

  • Sam attacks Tommy after learning he slept with Luna.
  • Sam tells Tommy he doesn’t want to see him again.

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Sam has a good relationship with his siblings.

  

Tara Thornton

True blood

  • Tara breaks up with her girlfriend and asks her to leave town.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

True blood

  • Tara joins Antonia cause of killing the vampires.
  • Tara tries to enlist help from Holly.

Book

  • Tara is not part of the battle between vampires and witches.
  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Miscellaneous

True blood

  • The coven casts a spell that forces the vampires to walk into the sun light and die.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 True blood

  • Jason and Sookie talk about the fact that Jason can’t turn into a werepanther by being bitten by one.

Book

  • In the book weres can bite humans and turn them into a type of were animal.  People turned by being bitten are not full weres, they are part animal and part human.

I would love to hear how you feel about the changes.  Are there any changes the show made that you wished happened in the book?  Are there any changes you hated?

 

Wacky Wednesday:Roasting the Critic

I had another blog post ready to go this Wednesday, but I felt the need to change it after last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent.

For those that don’t watch the show, the show is basically about ordinary people showing off their talents in an attempt to win the grand prize of a million dollars and their own show in Vegas.  Piers Morgan is one of the judge son the show, and he has a habit of being over zealous with pressing his buzzer on contestants.  Piers has been particularly hard on a comedian, Chris Newberg.

Chris Newberg’s act last night was to roast Piers Morgan.  It was the best comedic act this year on America’s Got Talent.

Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: One Too Many Spooky Nights

Have you ever watched one too many scary movies?  Or perhaps read the newspaper on a local serial killer that is still at large just before bed?

How do you know when it is too much?  Sometimes it obvious like you start sleeping with a baseball bat.  Maybe not so obvious like telling people who leave the room at night that the ones that stray are the first to go.

I’m not saying that happened to me. *shifty eyes* On a completely different subject my family has told me to take a break from the creepy stuff for a week.  Instead I found a nice spoof video on a hostage situation in a Walmart.  Spoofs are a healthy way to diminish fear over everything that goes bump in the night.

What do you do when you have been scared too much from the news or a scary movie?


Freaky Friday: Transforming True Blood: Season 4 Episode 6

Differences Between the Book and Show

Season 4 Episode 6


Alcide and Debbie Pelt

True Blood

  • Debbie is a werewolf
  • Debbie and joins the pack in Shreveport.
  • Debbie tries to convince Alcide to join the pack.
  • Alcide and Debbie end up joining the new pack

Book

  • Debbie is a shifter not a werewolf.
  • Debbie normally shapeshifts into a fox not a wolf.
  • Weres don’t normally invite shifters into their packs or even run with them.
  • Debbie is runs with Alcide’s pack until he abjures her from the pack  later in the book, Dead to the World.
  • Alcide is part of the pack in Shreveport and is in good standing.  He goes and talks to the packmaster, Colonel Flood about Sookie’s news of the werewolf in their pack  that is working with the witches.  Sookie even gets the status “friend of the pack” that means she is protected by the pack in the book

 

Andy Bellefleur

True Blood

  • Andy threaten Sam if he finds out he is responsible for the fire

Book

  • This doesn’t happen in the book this season is based on, Dead to the World.

 

Arlene and Terry Bellefleur

True Blood

  • Arlene and Terry’s home is set on fire.

Book

  • Arlene’s home is not set on fire.
  • Terry’s house is not set on fire.
  • Sookie’s kitchen is set on fire by Charles Twining in the book Dead as a Doornail.  Charles Twining was a bartender from Fangtaisia.

 

Bill Compton, Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood

  • Bill catches Sookie and Eric making out on Sookie’s sofa.
  • Bill and Eric fight
  • Eric doesn’t remember who Bill is or that he is king.

 Book

  • Bill doesn’t interrupt Eric having sex with Sookie in Dead to the World.
  • Bill doesn’t attack Eric for kissing Sookie.
  • Eric doesn’t know who Bill or anyone else is when he is under the spell.   However Bill is not king so he doesn’t forget that part.

 True Blood

  • Sookie tries to protect Eric and pleads for his safety from Bill.
  • King Bill arrests Eric because he believes Eric is under the control of the necromancers.
  • Bill banishes Sookie from his property and threatens to arrest her for trespassing if she tries to enter his property again.

Book

  • None of this happens in the book the season is based on, Dead to the World.

 True blood

  • Bill tells Nan Flanagan that Eric is dangerous and doesn’t know his place in the vampire world or recognize authority.
  • Bill tells the authority that the witches might use Eric as a weapon
  • Bill requests a warrant to give Eric the true death

Book

  • This does not happen in the book the season is based on, Dead to the World.

True blood

  • Eric asks Bill to be there for Sookie after he is given the true death.
  • Bill releases Eric from his sentence of a true death so he can make Sookie happy.
  • Eric asks Bill to release Pam since she doesn’t have long to live.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book the season is based on, Dead to the World.

Eric Northman and Pam de Beaufort

True blood

  • Eric and Pam are locked up in Bill’s jail together.
  • Pam doesn’t have much longer to live due to the rotting skin spell the witches cast on her
  • Pam tells Eric that he has no alligence to King Bill.
  • Eric refuses to do anything against the King.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book the season is based on, Dead to the World.

 

Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood

  • Eric and Sookie make love for the first time in the woods.

Book

  • Eric and Sookie make love for the first time at Sookie’s house.

 

Jessica Hamby and Jason Stackhouse

True blood

  • Jason runs away from Sookie into the woods.  Jessica finds him.
  • Jessica can sense Jason’s fear due to her giving him blood in an earlier episode.
  • Jason doesn’t turn into a werepanther.

Book

  • Jason turns into a werepanther, though not fully.  He is part panther part human when he turns.
  • Jason is not connected to a vampire in the way he is with Jessica.
  • Jessica is not in the books.

Lafayette Reynolds  and Jesus Velasquez

True blood

  • Lafayette and Jesus go to South America to ask Jesus’s grandfather for help.
  • Jesus’s grandfather asks Lafayette and Jesus to bring him a scarifie.
  • Lafayette bring back a snake to be sacrifice.

Book

  • Lafayette and Jesus are not in the book, Dead to the World.

True blood

  • Jesus’s grandfather makes a poisonous snake bite Jesus.
  • Lafayette allows himself to be possessed by the spirit named Tio Luca, to save Jesus.
    • Tio Luca casts a spell through Layette’s body that saves Jesus’s life.

Book

  • Lafayette and Jesus are not in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Marnie

True blood

  • We learn that the witch that possesses Marnie and gives her visions is named Antonia.
  • Marnie has another vision of the witch, Antonia that possesses her from time to time. 
  •  Marnie see’s that the vampire priests burned Antonia at the stake.
  • Antonia and her coven cast a spell on the vampire priests. 

Book

  • Antonia is not a character in the book the current season is based on, Dead to the World.
  • This plot line doesn’t happen in the books.

True Blood

  • Antonia visits and possesses Marnie.
  • One of the vampires, Father Louis, that helps torture and kill the Antonia and her coven in the past, works with Bill.
  • Antonia killed Father Louis’s maker in the past.
  • Father Louis confronts Antonia who is possessing Marnie.
  • Antonia casts a spell that allows her to control Father Louis.

 Book

  •  Antonia is not a character in the book the current season is based on, Dead to the World.
  • This plot line doesn’t happen in the books.

Mikey Bellefleur

True Blood

  • Mikey gets out of the house by himself.
  • Mikey sees a mysterious new woman that Arlene can’t see.

 Book

  • Mickey Bellefleur is not a character in the books.

 

Pam de Beaufort

True blood

  • Pam attacks Tara and Naomi at the parking lot of Merlot’s.

Book

  • This does not happen in the book, Dead to the World.

 

Sam Merlotte and Tommy Mickens  

True blood

  •  Tommy Shape shifts into Sam.
    • In Sam’s body Tommy fires Sookie.
    • In Sam’s body Tommy has sex with Luna

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen.
  • People can’t shape shift into other people in the books.

True blood

  •  Tommy gets sick after shape shifting into Sam all day.
  • Sam finds Tommy unconscious in Sam’s home.

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen.
  • People can’t shape shift into other people in the books.

Sookie Stackhouse

True blood

  • Sookie asks Sam for a day off of work.
  • Sam is really Tommy who shapeshifted into Sam.
  • Tommy as Sam, fires Sookie.

Book

  • Tommy is not a character in the book so this doesn’t happen.
  • People can’t shape shift into other people in the books.
  • Sam doesn’t fire Sookie.
  • Sam always gives Sookie time off when she asks for it.

 

Sookie Stackhouse and Jason Stackhouse

True blood

  • Sookie goes to Jason’s house to check on him.
  • Sookie finds Jason handcuffed to the bed.
  • Jason tells Sookie he thinks he’s turning into a werepanther

Book

  • Sookie finds out that Jason will turn into a werepanther when she rescues him from Hotshot.
  • Jason isn’t saved from Hotshot until the end of the book.
  • Jason doesn’t try to stop himself from turning in to a werepanther

True blood

  • Sookie stays with Jason during the night of the first full moon after his capture.
  • Sookie tries to comfort Jason who is clearly frighten of becoming a werepanather.

Book

  • Jason loves being a werepanther.  Though he can’t turn into one fully.
  • Jason learns to be a werepanther by Calvin Noris.
  • Jason tells Sookie he thinks he’s turning into a werepanther

 

Tara Thornton

True blood

  • Tara is using the name Tony.
  • Naomi travels to see who Tara Thoran is that had mail delivered to Tony’s and her home.  She doesn’t know that her girlfriend Tara is Tony.
  • Tara tells her girlfriend how she ran away from her life and changed her name.  She tells her all the horrible things that happened to her.
  • Tara and Naomi make up and kiss.
  • Tara goes on a date with Naomi.

Book

  • None of this happens in the book the season is based on, Dead to the World.

Miscellaneous

True blood

  • Shaman rituals and magic are apart of the plot this season.

Book

  • Shamans were not part of the plot in Dead to the world, the book it was based on.

True blood

  • Alcide and Debbie inform Sookie that you can only turn into a were animal due to genetics.

Book

  • In the book weres can bite humans and turn them into a type of were animal.  People turned by being bitten are not full weres, they are part animal and part human.

I would love to hear how you feel about the changes.  Are there any changes the show made that you wished happened in the book?  Are there any changes you hated?

 

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