7 on-screen romances that could’ve been based on novels

Has it ever happened to you? You watch a movie and you think, this story is so great, there has to be a book! Then later you discover theres no book. Just a script-writer telling the most amazing story … 

It’s happened to me many times, and it usually ends with disappointment. My mind starts to wander. Wouldn’t it be just heavenly if this was a novel – where I could not just watch those romantic gestures on the screen but also read about them! 

Here are some of my favorite movies, which I thought/wish were based on novels …

 

  1. This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)

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Sweet, adorable and a little bit quirky. I love romances that include a nerdy guy or an outsider. And what’s more – the main character is an author! 

 

2. Keeping Mum (2005)

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Hilarious, cheerful, unorthodox – with a filthy humor! Who wouldn’t want to see a movie that has both Maggie Smith AND Rowan Atkinson in it?

 

3. Letters to Juliet (2010)

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This will forever be my all time favorite romantic comedy! It’s lovey-dovey, it’s eye-opening, it makes you believe in eternal love … do I even have to say more?

 

4. Before Sunrise (1995)

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I always, ALWAYS come back to this one. And for good reasons. This movie is for all the dreamers, it’s for everyone who enjoys getting lost in deep conversations, and it’s also for the hopeless romantics. I swear to god, if this was a book – it would probably be all stained and worn out by now, because I would’ve read it so many times … 

 

5. And While We Were Here  (2012)

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It’s serious. It makes you think. The scenery is breathtaking. Each word spoken is like a beautiful sonnet – AND I got very inspired by it. This movie showed me to a very nice poem, and it also taught me something about the Chinese folklore – about the red string of fate. Definitely worth watching. I only wish I could say; definitely worth reading … 

 

6. Before We Go (2014)

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Psychological, exhilarating and mysterious! I loved these two actors together, and I also really like movies that only is about one night. There should be more books like this! 

 

7. In the Land of Women (2007)

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You’ll fall in love with the main character. He is sweet, charming, mysterious – basically, he gets very well along with women, leading him into a trafficky situation with a mother and a daughter in his neighborhood. Need I say more …? It’s a feel-good movie, full of comforting pep-talks and electrifying looks by the handsome actor, Adam Brody. Enjoy!

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

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The BEST granola you’ve ever tasted

♥ Ok, yet another food-post ♥

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This morning I felt like something different. What about a real homemade breakfast?

Till this day, I have never really liked the taste of granola or muesli. It always seemed too dry and dull for my taste. HOWEVER – after trying this one out, I realized its because I’ve never eaten a homemade one. And the BEST part of it all – everyone will come running into the kitchen, wondering what that divine smell is. I swear to god. It seduced me, more than most cake- smells have ever done. 

 

So get ready for food-heaven 

 

INGREDIENTS            (Duration: 15 minutes!)

  • 4 dl oats 
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds 
  • 2 handfuls pecan nuts 
  • 2 handfuls hazelnuts  
  • A little maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • Shredded coconut (optional) 
  • 1 handful dried cranberries 

 

Turn the oven on 200 degrees. 

Spread the oats on a baking sheet together with the rest of the dry ingredients. 

Place the coconut oil on top. Spread the maple-syrup over as well. The amount is optional. 

 Use your hands and mix it all together until the granola gets greasy. 

Put it in the oven and wait for 8-10 minutes. 

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There you go! Have a wonderful brekkie and remember to read, laugh, smile and overall enjoy the world today. 

Bon appetite!

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

I recently visited an amazing blog. It’s called “Blogs of a book-alcoholic” ( link: https://beckysblogs.wordpress.com ) and she posted this long list of all the books that Rory Gilmore read throughout the series; Gilmore Girls

 All these books … do you dare to do it? 

Don’t we all (deep inside) wish to be as diligent as Rory Gilmore?

Well then … Be prepared to have the biggest heart attack of your life. Rory read A LOT:

(Ps: the books marked in red are the ones I’ve already read. As you can see, I have a whole bunch of other goodies to discover…)

 

1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll  
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan 
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a
Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King 
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger  
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens  
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
76.) Emma by Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics by Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R Tolkien
91.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
94.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
101.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling 
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke,
Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
McCain
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
238.) Property by Valerie Martin

239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
243.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers 
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe  
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 

285) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of
the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
Burgos
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B White 
299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne
Collett
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields
320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
Sinker
330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

 

So, are you ready to say goodbye to social life and hello to the world of books? 

Ready to be a Rory Gilmore? I know I am! 

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

Traveling the world with books – an interview with my sister!

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Yes. Books are essential, even when traveling! I asked my sister, Myndin, for the reason to why she always brings a book on her trips – regardless of how far it is or what she is aiming to do there.

M: When I’m forced into a situation where I have to choose between three leisures; watching Tv, looking into why phone or reading a book – it took me a lot of self-discipline to get there – but I always choose my book. The sensation you get after having read a couple of pages is a feeling of success. At least to me. Because it is a more complex way of being told a story – something which neither movies or series can ever compete with. I’m confronted with a bunch of bad literature, I have to admit. But I do have some favorite authors who have become my closest friends. 

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What are you reading at the moment, and which country did you last visit? 

M: The last place was Chilé. I wanted to go far away from home and experience something completely out of the ordinary. Where I lived, people did not read so much. However, I don’t judge those who find reading boring. I have been there before. Right now, I’m enjoying “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I like it for its depressiveness but also cheerfulness – which reminds me of myself. I have a bunch of books at hand. My relationship to them is the same as with people. One person at a time. 

Why do you read? 

M: In my youth, I faced a great deal of loneliness. Authors such as Ayn Rand and Edgar Allan Poe put me out of my misery. I love Rand’s rebelliousness and directness – And Poe’s way of contemplating. I see both of them as my second pair of parents. I don’t usually like contemplations in books. Poe is the only one who can do it for me. 

What is your next destination, and what book are you planning to bring with you? 

M: Rome. It is my favorite place on earth. I’m going to attempt “Hamlet” by Shakespeare. I loved “Romeo and Juliet”, so this one will for sure be a blast. The old- fashioned English can be a real pain sometimes, so I keep my expectations low, as a teenager in this very modern world. 

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Myndin is a contemporary, figurative illustrationist and actress. You can reach her or check out her work through her Instagram below↓

 

 

 

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum (more interviews to come! Stay updated!) 

 

 

 

Poems and quotations to read in weddings!

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Wedding season is coming up soon, and I know that a huge amount of people usually struggle for months with their speeches. What is appropriate for them to say? Should they make the audience laugh? How should they start/end and so on. 

Trust me. I’ve been there. And I can safely tell you that the easiest way out – which I would highly recommend for anyone – is to start off with a good poem or a quotation from a book. Afterwords, you can start analyzing it, and then slowly – add some of those personal stories about the bride/groom. 

So here is my selection of some rather unconventional/unique wedding-openings – taken from both the classics and the more modern works: 

 

1. William Shakespeare. (Hamlet’s love declaration) 

 

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

 

2. William Shakespeare. “Love sonnet 116”

 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments;

love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown,

although his heighth be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

 

 

3. Knut Hamsun. “What is love?” (Johannes’s declaration from his novel, Victoria)

 

What was love? A wind whispering among the roses, no, a yellow phosphorescence in blood. Love was a hot devil’s music that could make – even the hearts of old men – dancing. It was like the marguerite, which opens wide as night comes on, and it was like the anemone, which closes with one breath and dies with one touch. 

Such was love. 

It could ruin a man, raise him up again, and then make him new; it could fancy me today, you tomorrow, and someone else tomorrow night, that is how changeable it was. But it could also hold tight like an unbreakable seal and blaze with unquenchable passion until the hour of death, because it was eternal. 

So, what was the nature of love? 

Oh, love is a summer night with stars printed on the sky and fragrance on earth. But why does it make young men follow secret ways, and old men sit idly by in their lonely rooms? Alas, love turns human heart into a mildewed garden, a lush and shameless garden in which grows mysterious, obscene toadstools. Does it not make monks bowl by night through closed gardens and press their eye to the windows of sleepers? And doesn’t it possess the nuns with foolishness and darken the understanding of princesses? It can knock a king’s head in the dust, making his hair sweep the road as he whispers lewd words to himself, laughing and sticking out his tongue. 

Such was the nature of love. 

No, no, again it was very different, it was like nothing else in the whole world. It came to earth on a spring night when a young man saw two eyes. He stared and stared. He kissed two lips – it was as though two flames met in his heart, a sun flashing at a star. He fell into a pair of arms, and he heard and saw no more in the whole wide world. 

Love is a God’s first word, the first thought that sailed through his brain. When he said, “Let there be light!” there was love. And everything that he made was very good, and no part thereof did he wish undone. And love became the world’s beginning and the world’s ruler; but all it’s ways are full of blossoms and blood, blossoms and blood. 

 

4. Victor Hugo. “Les Miserables” 

 

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

 

5. Victor Hugo. “Les Miserables” (Marius and Cosette) 

 

He fell to the seat, she by his side. There were no more words. The stars were beginning to shine. How was it that the birds sing, that the snow melts, that the rose opens, that May blooms, that the dawns whitens behind the black trees on the shivering summit of the hills?
One kiss, and that was all.

Both trembled, and they looked at each other in the darkness with brilliant eyes.

They felt neither the cool night, nor the cold stone, nor the damp ground, nor the wet grass; they looked at each other, and their hearts were full of thought. They had clasped hands, without knowing it.

She did not ask him; did not even think where and how he had managed to get into the garden. It seemed so natural to her that he should be there.

From time to time Marius’ knee touched Cosette’s. A touch that thrilled.
At times, Cosette faltered out a word. Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.

Gradually, they began to talk. Overflow succeeded to silence, which is fullness. The night was serene and glorious above their heads. These two beings, pure as spirits, told each other everything, their dreams, their frenzies, their ecstasies, their chimeras, their despondencies, how they had adored each other from afar, how they had longed for each other, their despair when they had ceased to see each other. They had confided to each other in an intimacy of the ideal, which already, nothing could have increased, all that was most hidden and most mysterious in themselves. They told each other, with a candid faith in their illusions, all that love, youth and the remnant of childhood that was theirs, brought to mind. These two hearts poured themselves out to each other, so that at the end of an hour, it was the young man who had the young girl’s soul and the young girl who had the soul of the young man. They interpenetrated, they enchanted, they dazzled each other.

 

 

6. Edgar Allan Poe. “A dream within a dream”

(maybe I’m the only one who associates this with love .. but I think it’s so beautiful that for me, it’s romantic as hell!) 

 

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

7. Edgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee” 

 

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of Annabel Lee;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;

But we loved with a love that was more than love–

I and my Annabel Lee;

With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason, that long ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her high-born kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre,

In this kingdom by the sea.

The angel, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me…

Yes!–that was the reason (as all men know,

In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we,

Of many far wiser than we–

And neither the angels in heaven above,

Nor the demons down under the sea,

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee,

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling–my darling–my life and my bride,

In the sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

 

8. Maya Angelou. “Touched by an angle”

 

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

 

9. Sir Philipp Sydney. Extract from Arcadia.

 (perfect vow for a bride to read during the ceremony!) 

 

My true-love hath my heart and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;
There was never a better bargain driven.
His heart in me keeps me and him in one;
My heart in him, his thoughts and senses guides:
He loves my heart, for it was once his own;
I cherish his because it bides.
His heart his wound received from my sight;
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still, methought, in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

 

 

 

10. Duet by Selina Jobbins 

 

As one, they will duet through life,
Singing their song as husband and wife.
As they each face challenges over time,
They will take it in turns to grow and shine.
Holding hands, the whole way through,
Teaching each-other what to do.
And when it doesn’t turn out perfect,
They will remind each-other their attempts were worth it.

And now we wait excitedly,
To hear what the tune of their wedding will be.
Today will be full of the rhythm and soul,
Of a love that sets a whole new goal.
When times are hard and not so fun,
This date will be theirs to look back on.
Memories that will be shared and retold,
For the bride and groom they will never grow old.

 

11. Isabel Allende. “Ínes of my My Soul”

 

“How accommodating love is; it forgives everything.”

 

12. Thomas Mann. “Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories”

 

This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected — in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life. 

 

 

13. Hermann Hesse. “Home” 

A home isn’t just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where we feel loved and where we love each other. It’s a place we belong. Love is what makes a home, not the contents inside the house or the number on the door. It’s the people waiting for us across the threshold, the people who will take us in their arms after a bad day and kiss us good night and good morning everyday for the rest of our lives. 

 

 

14. Jane Austen. The Love letter; Wenthworth to Anne, Persuasion

 

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in 

F. W. 

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.  

 

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There you go! Hope you liked it♥ And good luck on that speech! 

 

 

Love, 

Aftur s. Nerdrum 

My favorite Jane Austen movie adaptations

A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Jane Austen

I always found this quote to be very true! At least with me – throughout my child-hood and teenage years – every time I developed an interest for someone, I would go through the whole thing in my head; first date, the proposal, my parents reaction to the proposal, the wedding and the marriage. Of course, this vision of mine became even bigger when I started watching movie adaptations of Jane Austen’s books. Suddenly I wanted to be Keira Knightley. I dreamt of admitting to my father that I loved Mr. Darcy, and that my judgements had been wrong all along. Then another time, I wanted to be Ramola Garai, arguing with Johny Lee Miller about love and marriage. And the list goes on … You can say that for a while, I lived in two worlds; one was the world of the reality; school, friends and popularity – and the other; the one of Jane Austen’s movie adaptations. 

So here is a list of the ones that made my teenage-years … a little bit more endurable (livable, to say the least) than what they could have been! 

 

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Why?

  • The sceneries are breathtaking  
  • The music is exquisite
  • Mr. Darcy is played by Matthew Macfadyen  

 

 

2. Emma (2009 TV serial) 

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Why? 

  • Ramola Garai is a genius (in fact, I still haven’t seen anyone portray the character of Emma better than she does in this production.) 
  • The chemistry between her and Mr. Knightley (played by Jonny Lee Miller) is so real, that you would think they were dating in reality! 
  • Since “Emma” is my favorite book of Jane Austen, I can safely say that they did a very good job with this production. It leaves almost nothing out from the book. It’s just … wonderful! 

 

3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Why? 

  • Emma Thompson is truly the one that makes this movie great. Not kidding. Seeing her in this movie actually led me to believe that she must be the greatest actress in Hollywood at the moment. And I still stand by this belief, just because I watched this movie.
  • I love every movie with Hugh Grant in it … so … yeah!
  • The movie makes me cry in the end every time. No matter how many times I watch it, the tears run like waterfalls.  

 

4. Northanger Abbey (2007) 

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Why? 

  • Catherine’s innocent, pure character couldn’t have been played by any other than Felicity Jones. The actress’s child-like face really makes the whole story even more believable. 
  • Every time I watch this movie, Henry Tilny (played by JJ. Field) almost makes me love him as much as Mr. Knightley. But just almost. 
  • It’s generally a very sweet, innocent, entertaining movie – with yet another ending that makes me cry every time. I swear to god, theres nothing like Henry Tilny’s proposal. And I can say that, even when I have watched Pride and Prejudice. 

 

Hope you liked my list! 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

4 things “The World of Yesterday” made me feel so far

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Puh … Where to start? I’m only a 150 pages into the book and my head is already filled with so many different emotions! Here are a few of them: 

 

  1.  Ok, I was definitely born in an apathetic generation 

 

On page 61, Chapter 2; “At school in the last century” – Stefan Zweig talks about attending grammar school and growing up with some highly enthusiastic class-mates. In one of the paragraphs, he writes: 

It had come over us like a fever, we had to know everything, acquire knowledge of all that was going on in every area of the arts and sciences. We crowded in with the university students in the afternoons to hear lectures, we went to all the art exhibitions, we went to the lecture theatre of the Department of Anatomy to watch dissections. Our curious nostrils sniffed at everything and anything. We stole into the rehearsals of the Philharmonic Orchestra, we rummaged around the second-hand bookshops, we looked at the booksellers’ display windows every day for instant information on what had just been published. And most of all, we read; we read everything we could lay hands on. We borrowed books from all the public libraries, and lent anything we could find to one another.” 

After reading this one paragraph, I felt a strong urge to continue reading it over and over again. Why did these words make me feel so joyous? Why did the tone in Zweig’s writing work as a constant energizer on me? And last but not least … why was I so startled by the natural enthusiasm which inhabited these young boys’s minds at the time? Should it not  be considered normal to behave like this as a young, blooming youth? 

On page 75, the author continues surprising me. 

“For naturally we had all, long ago, begun writing prose or poetry, making music, giving readings; after all, it is unnatural for young people to be passively enthusiastic; it is in their nature not just to absorb impressions but to respond to them productively. ” 

Well Stefan Zweig … today, it’s natural to be apathetic about everything; at least, that is what we are (the youth) compared to your understanding of being enthusiastic. 

 

2.  The innocence between genders today is lost, and I would like to have it back

 

In his third Chapter; “Eros Matutinus” (which is latin and means early love) – he goes through the difficulties as well as advantages with the secrecy surrounding puberty and sexual desire. On page 98, the author exposes the aftermath of discrediting the simple acts of nature, involving man and woman:

“So ultimately the generation that was prudishly denied any sexual enlightenment, any form of easy social encounter with the opposite sex, was a thousand times more erotically obsessed than young people today, who have so much more freedom in love. Forbidden fruit exited a craving, only what is forbidden stimulates desire, and the less eyes saw and the ears heard the more minds dreamt.”

And in another paragraph, on page 100, he writes: 

“If you greeted them in the street they would blush – do any young girls still blush? Alone with each other, they would giggle and whisper and laugh all the time, as if they were slightly tipsy —- Young girls were more girlish than the girls of today, less like women.” 

(If I shall be very honest and personal with your guys, I feel as though I belong to this time – knowing that I usually experience huge difficulties trying not to blush  in front of strangers, because I’m naturally a shy person. In fact, many times, I have wondered why other girls don’t blush as much today. Is it because of too much makeup? Who knows. All we know is that they have blushed before – so all hope isn’t lost.) 

Back to the first paragraph – it makes a lot of sense to me, that if you normalize something too much, it will eventually loose it’s value and become rather colorless. This is exactly what’s happening in today’s society with all the openness about sex. Personally (and I think Stefan Zweig agrees with me on this one) I don’t see any reason as to why it should be talked about so much. It’s almost as if people today are making fun of something that should be regarded as a holy/beautiful ritual – by going into details about their private lives with their friends and family. Moreover, by making it a normal conversation-topic – just like any other – it will loose its beautifulness, and people will eventually start using each other – which almost always leads to someone getting hurt. So yes, I would like to have the innocence back. People are in need of a private life – because right now, most don’t have one. 

 

3. There were not only good things about this time. Every generation has a downside, such as … the obvious. Medicine …

 

Of course, I am not completely dow-eyed. Neither was Stefan Zweig. 

On page 110, Chapter 3, he writes: 

“The unfortunate victim of a bad attack felt not only mentally but also physically soiled, and even after such a terrible cure he could never for the rest of his life be sure that the malicious virus might not wake from its dormancy at any moment, parlaying him from the spinal marrow outwards and softening the brain inside his skull. No wonder that at the time many young men diagnosed with the disease immediately reached for a revolver, finding it intolerable to feel hopelessly suspect to themselves and their close family.” 

I have always said that if it weren’t for the undeveloped medical treatment (which is a fact about the past as far as we know) I would willingly go back to any other generation and stay there. Unfortunately, the payment is heavy; a huge anxiety surrounding physical health. I don’t know if I would be able to stand it, or maybe I would be an extreme hypochondriac and never develop anything severe. Who knows. Nevertheless, these boys (the ones who did not end up killing themselves of course) must have led a very interesting life, full of excitement and anxiety. I mean, how can life be anything but dull for these guys? Even Stefan Zweig writes about this, further down on the page: 

“So youth in that pseudo-moral age was much more dramatic and on the other hand unclean, much more exiting and at the same time oppressive, than the novels and plays of the court writers describe it.” 

 

4.  Oh … so that’s the real definition of individual freedom! No wonder why I’ve never been able to grasp this term before … it’s because we don’t have it anywhere! 

 

On page 111, he writes: 

“We were able to live in a more cosmopolitan manner; the whole world was open to us. We could travel anywhere we liked without passes and permits; no one interrogated us about out beliefs, our origins, our race or religion. We certainly did – I do not deny it – have immeasurably more individual freedom, and we did not just welcome that, we made use of it.” 

Again. I’m surprised when I really shouldn’t be surprised. I raise my eyebrows when I ought to be keeping a straight face. Traveling without passes and permits? No interrogation? Is that even … a thing? 

I don’t think I have to say more. You get where I’m going with this. 

 

 

Ok, so that was it! Four somewhat frustrating emotions that I experienced so far. How did your feel when reading the book? 

Hope to hear from you very soon♥

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum