At long last we've arrived in Halloween Month -- er, I mean October. October is my very favorite month for a number of reasons, and I've been considering how best to celebrate since mid-August or so. Suffice to say there's a lot planned!
First and foremost, there's a new Halloween-themed stylesheet on this very blog for a limited time only (complete with a pumpkin logo). I'm also planning to post guides to the original arts and crafts I'll be working on throughout the month, namely my costume.
But perhaps the most exciting item, at least for random strangers who happen upon this blog, will probably be that I am going to start sporking the infamous House of Night series! It's pretty horrific and it has vampires, so it's a fine choice for Halloween.
The first installment will be up at midnight of 1 October (of course), and I'll be starting from the third book, Chosen.
Why am I starting from the third book instead of the beginning? Because there are already detailed MSTs of the first two books (e.g. Das Mervin) that go over most of what I would want to say anyway, so I would 1. just be belaboring points that were already well-established, and 2. probably get bogged down and driven to drink by the books' sheer awfulness long before finishing (which is presumably what happened to the previous sporkers, bless their hearts).
What kind of posts will these be? Just in case you're not familiar with the "sporking" or "MST" format, it means interspersing passages from the book with my commentary and jokes, in a similar vein to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV show. (This is fair use under the criticism and parody provisions, to the best of my knowledge.) I will refrain from personal attacks against the authors and the target audience, because those are mean; I also will not interrupt the action to make childish cracks like "and then the characters fell in a hole and died, yay!", because those don't really engage with what's actually wrong with the text. And believe me, there's a lot wrong with this one.
Be prepared with alcohol, puppy pictures, or the alternate soothing-forgetfulness method of your choice, and get hype for the 1st!