This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
In about a week, I went from being some video game nerd to the following: a Tolkien nerd and a Holocaust nerd.
How that happened was simple. About a week and a half ago, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was on TV, and I ended up watching the last hour of it at work. That fuelled me to wanting to re-watch the extended version of all three movies, and that I did! Except my video tapes that have the copy of the extended edition are kind of in poor quality . . . so it was a bit of a pain to watch. Oh, and during that process, I received a new second-hand VCR. See, I was so afraid that my old VCR would actually eat my tapes, so I asked Daddy if there’s another VCR around the house. There was. A Panasonic one, with a remote! After not having a VCR remote for years, I am happy! On the flip side, though, now all my electronics — minus my game systems — are Panasonics. O_O;; I guess my parents like that company.
Anyway, watching the trilogy encouraged me to wanting to re-read The Hobbit and the first two books of the trilogy (I never finished the third one). However, I wanted a new copy of The Lord of the Rings — no thanks to my rabbit chewing parts of it up, oops — and so I scoured Amazon for a copy that wasn’t the crappy Del Rey’s mass market paperback. I ended up choosing to buy this edition along with two mangas. Yay! While waiting for it, I decided to re-read The Hobbit, but upon this reading, I found so many typos; thus I came to the conclusion that I needed to find a new (or second hand) copy of that book. Again, a copy that’s not the Del Rey’s mass market paperback version!
That’s what led me into a second-hand book store yesterday. I looked for about a half an hour, but they didn’t have what I was looking for. Instead, they had this gem, The Hidden Life of Otto Frank for 6,000 won = $4.50. That made my day. As a Holocaust junkie, a self-proclaimed expert on Anne Frank, I’ve been dying to read this, and now I am! I was a few chapter into the book when I took a break and surfed Wikipedia about the Frank family and their helpers. I stumbled upon Miep Gies’ official home page, where I was surprised to see that she’s 100 now, and that her book, Anne Frank Remembered has been through a revision for her centennial birthday. WAH! Now I must get that revised edition — never mind the fact that I have the original that I read practically every year!
In the end, though, I’m trying to figure myself out on whether I’m that flighty and easily distracted because of my short attention span, or that’s just how I deal with things when I have such varied interests. I know, for sure, after I read that book about Otto Frank, I will move onto Angels in America — it came in an Amazon package with the book, the DVD adaptation of the play, and a new DS game.
Yes, apparently, I have plenty to keep myself occupied with — although next thing I know, I will be jumping onto the 1920s mafia bandwagon or something. Merlin knows what I’ll be interested in next!