Welcome to day two of Fortnight of Fright over here on Books Take You Places! Fortnight of Fright is an event hosted over two weeks, by myself and Brittany from The Book Addicts Guide, we will be featuring some fabulous posts on all things Halloween!
Today we are featuring a pretty awesome post from my dear friend and fellow blogger, Heidi from Bunbury in the Stacks! Run with it, girl!
I am not cut out for horror. I am so not cut out for horror, that I can’t even say it. When I first told my boyfriend “I don’t like horror movies,” his response was, “What? Like Pretty Woman?” Yep. Pretty much. (I have since worked very hard to pronounce horror as a two syllable word.)
When I was a teen I tried to pretend that I liked scary movies because it seemed like all of my friends did. I went to see The Blair Witch Project in theaters and stared at a spot on the wall just below the screen the entire time so that I didn’t have to actually see any of the movie. After I went to see The Ring, I had to drive home with my cab light on in my car and left my T.V. running through the night for about a month. That’s why I’ve seen Master and Commander more than any one person should–it was HBO’s favorite middle of the night selection at the time. By the end of watching Carrie at a friend’s house I collapsed into hysterical tears and had to be comforted by her little brother who rubbed me on the back while reading his Calvin and Hobbes books to me. After that I pretty much quit pretending and just swore off the genre.
Knowing this, it should come as no surprise to hear that Halloween is not my favorite holiday. Heck, I didn’t even like Trick-or-Treating growing up. It always snows on Halloween in Wyoming, and believe it or not there are only so many costumes that you can wear over a snowsuit. I was a pumpkin. At least twice. I learned pretty early that Easter is a much better candy holiday. There’s no gross peanut butter taffy, and it’s far less work to go through the house/yard (again, depending on level of snow) and find eggs than it is to walk from door to door in a state of humiliation.
These days, I’ve discovered that a slightly disturbing sense of humor has allowed me to embrace certain books and movies that are perfect for the Halloween season. I still shy away from strait up scary for the most part, but blend me a cocktail of scary, funny, and gory, and you have one satisfied Heidi. Heck, I’ve even learned that if the story’s good enough, I occasionally really like scary. I’ve found that magical balance, and so, I have come here today to share with you the awesomeness with some diagramming (inspired by the awesome Flannery). If you like to be a little (but not a lot) scared, enjoy some blood and guts (but not slasher porn), and like some good humor or snark thrown in, check out some of my favorite books and movies for the Halloween season and let me know what you think, and of course, let me know what I’m missing!:
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this post. I laughed so hard when you stated that you try very hard to say “horror” as a two syllable word. I LOVE the show American Horror Story (which we will get into on a later post) and my students make fun of me because I am always saying “HOR-ROR” with perfect enunciation!! I think you hold your own with the scary books and movies, and I am sure a lot of people agree that we need a certain balance to fully enjoy something out of our comfort zone! Thanks so much for being part of our Fortnight of Fright event, I will certainly be adding some of these books to my pile!
What do you guys think? Do you like having the pants scared off of you or do you prefer the lighter side of Halloween?