Sunday, February 6, 2011

Young and Restless



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I was watching Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet last night with Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Daines. I fell in love again with Shakespeare (and with Leonardo, as well) all over. I haven't read Shakespeare since my university days, but the movie had me thinking about young love and rebellion. The feeling of passion so strong that you would do anything to keep it alive and ferociously burning. It's such a beautiful story. Sad but so beautiful. I then started thinking about another one of my favorite movies, The Virgin Suicides. Gosh, it's hard being a teenager. With dreams, hopes, levels that we strive to reach but never seem to quite exactly touch. Add hormones, first loves, and broken hearts on top of that and you've got one crazy mix. I cannot believe I survived that all and actually came out quite alright. But with youth, an air of softness and purity always seems to stay in tact amongst all the craziness. Like a powdery shadow of reality. A peak at what could have been if we all didn't try to grow up too fast. There's nothing more fascinating to me than our teenage years. The restless nature of being in-between and in limbo. Of being there, but not quite there. I need a new book to dig my teeth in. Another teenage rebellion / awkward stage story that will put me in a nostalgic mood. Does anybody have any suggestions?

56 comments:

Lindsay said...

Dylana you are such an amazing writer! I love how you describe teenage years, i can definitely relate. i love these photos, so beautiful and they capture all the many sides of being a teen!

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Nina said...

Great job choosing the pictures. And I totally with the previous comment! you write well! :)

Kathleen Carla. said...

Yet another gorgeous guy to add to our list of celeb crushes ;). I fell in love too with Leo in Romeo + Juliet! dreamier than Titanic lol. it was such an amazing movie their version of the classic. btw, I'm still so jealous you got to meet James Franco! ahh, the man is beyond gorgeous :).

<3, Kathleen.

Vee said...

I adore these pictures! If you want a quick read, my favorite childhood book, "Dangerous Angels" by Francesca Lia Block is series of perfectly intertwining whimsical stories set in LA.

Pauli Rocker said...

I love those movies! xoxo!

Beach Vintage.com said...

Footloose is an all time fav movie for Teenage rebellion I think.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

book: Bastard out of Carolina

movie: A Boy's Life

michellehendra said...

i love this.. inspirational.. so carefree.. make me feel like jumping and dancing like no one's watching :D

xx

Wida said...

Hmm, I totally agree! Teenage years are definitely awkward. I don't have a suggestion for you now, but maybe Twilight?!

Totally kidding, I despise Twilight.

Good luck finding another book!

Wida
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Krisbliss said...

Ugh I totally agree! Beautiful writing :)

I don't have any books in mind (I mostly read non-fiction bios lol).

Oh teenage angst! I miss it from time to time... Not gna lie.

-Kris

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Elizabeth said...

beautiful photos, and your writing is wonderful

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Kat said...

I studied English Lit in college as well and I loved my Shakespeare class! My professor hated Romeo and Juliet saying it didn't show Shakespeare at his best but I rather like the story!

Anyway, I suggest White Oleander by Janet Fitch. It is like reading poetry, so beautifully written! It is about a teenage girl growing up and finding her way. It is set in LA as well!

Kat
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Ashley Rae said...

I loved Leo and the whole movie. The soundtrack is also the best. Reminds me of my teenage years of carefree living. Although, at the time I was living it, it seemed more dramatic than carefree. I would love to turn back the clock and do it all over again. I wouldn't change a thing! That's how I know, I've lived my life my way. :) Love this post.

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Erica Belle said...

I really recommend King Lear and Othello...those are my two favorite as far as the tragedies are concerned. My favorite Shakespearean comedy is hands down Twelfth Night. I agree with the person before me that said White Oleander...that's a pretty good book.

Also, I've been pretty into the "Generation Dead" series...it's a phenomenal social commentary considering that it's a teenage book.

Erica
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Natalie Suarez said...

LOVE this post! gah that movie is my fave :)

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Shamime said...

Oh, Leo...i LOVE him!
Love this post Dylana!!!

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Vintage Loves said...

Ditto ! A great post indeed, full of pure and translatable truths.


Books for you: These are oldies and amazingly better than the films if you ever have seen them.

The Last Picture Show by
Larry McMurtry

Splendour in the Grass by William Inge

Miksu said...

Ooooh I love Romeo + Juliet!! It's so romantic but still kinda sad... I think a good movie is the one that makes you think :) Love your new banner!

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Perverse Beauty said...

Nostalgia just came knocking at my door...thank you!

xx - Lera

ROBINE said...

Indeed, you write so well!
Love the post <33

xx

Anna Stelmakh said...

I suggest "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger and "The Adolescent" by F. Dostoevsky. And also all Shakespearean books ;)
Really cool post!
By the way, you're great singer!

thefashionguitar.com said...

Lovely pics and love your blog!!

xo thefashionguitar

Hanna said...

Wow all these pics are so beautiful! Great inspiration!

Liana said...

beautiful photos! well written post too, i often fantasize back to my teenage years and miss the days where i could just be carefree and daydream all the time... :(
romeo and juliet is such a beautiful movie too, claire danes is my favorite actress and always has been! and leonardo, well he's just freakin hot :)
a good movie that deals kind of with this topic is Welcome To The Dollhouse. It's a bit strange and weird but I love it!

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Views From My Window said...

oh! new look for your blog!
love the film The Virgin Suicides, so deep and painful argument
Laura

Becky-May said...

Lovely post! I love that movie :)
Have you read the His Dark Materials trilogy? It's not realy a love story at first but I was hooked :)

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VicissitudiniLombarde said...

Gorgeous inspiration!

marc.

Emilie said...

Love the pictures!!!

[Unspeakable Thoughts Unspoken]* said...

Oh lovely pictures...they made me remember so many things!!

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Yasmine said...

I love Romeo + Juliet! The great acting of Leonadro Di Caprio always gives me goosebumps, especially in this movie! There is a rebel in all of us,and we just love that little piece of our character, don't we?

Love you blog!!

Xo Xo

fashioneggpplant said...

i love romeo and juliet and virgin suicides! seen both more than a dozen times!!! i especially love the part and the look of that scene in the carnival with mercutio! what about dazed and confused? another favorite of mine =)
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fashion clocked said...

wish i had a book suggestion- i love your dreaming photos and amazing words- so talented! Katie.xx
fashion clocked

Blackswan said...

i've finished reading Jeffery Eugenides'The Virgin Suicides late last month - been wanting to watch Sofia Coppola's screenplay after, which is still on the to-do-list.

lovely post!

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x Your Only Blackswan

dEJOISS said...

Love your writing so much! :) Your description is so nice. Can you teach me how to improve my writing? haha, I love this movie too.

Dejoiss

Mina said...

- love the virgin suicides

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cuteredbow said...

Great post and movie !

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V* said...

Totally right with that. I fell in love with Leo & with the film. And I really love romantic films and stories. Have you read L.J Smith and her books? A mixture of vampires,romantic and action that feels really good. I recommend you Federico Moccia as well. He's one of the kings of romantic stories.

XOXO

Tatjana said...

Palo Alto Stories by James Franco is good but I should warn you very dark.

Catcher in the Rye, CLASSIC teenager rambling. Great book.

wonderful post.

xoxo

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julie iliana said...

I can't recommend a book off the top of my head, but with you're writing, I'd be willing to read any book you write! :) you've described exactly what every teen has gone through. how I miss those days and how I wish I could have taken more risks, more adventures, more of everything.

awesome post!! :)

Susie said...

I love these pictures :)

Shevah said...

Such inspirational photos. Your blog is always an inspiration!





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xo

Fashiable said...

This is really beautiful inspiration!!

Meri. said...

I wanna be forever young...

xx

daydream fool said...

i want that first look! And I was in the same mood a few days ago. Just saw the breakfast club. In the end were not all that different, no matter how hard we try.

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Jason Lieder said...

Great pic set, these are all really nice, That romeo and juliet is the best, the music, prop and set design, and the actors all awesome. Good stuff, thanks for posting.

typepeace said...

literally have romeo and juliet in my lap now!! what a sign watching it

ShopGirlXOXO said...

sigh.....I heart the Leonardo/Claire Romeo and Juliet version. Totally takes me back to junior high. Girl Interrupted comes to mind as well. The book and the movie. Oh and The Virgin Suicides....I always think of the quote:

Doctor: What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets.
Cecilia: Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl.

CW @ Howquicklytheglamourfades said...

I love that film and how weird just as i was reading this post i was searching for a copy of romeo and juliet on ebay (i know shock horror i have never read the actual book haha) love your blog btw! x

CW @ Howquicklytheglamourfades said...

I love that film and how weird just as i was reading this post i was searching for a copy of romeo and juliet on ebay (i know shock horror i have never read the actual book haha) love your blog btw! x

Annie said...

love it. great pictures

X, Annie

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Suzanna said...

I fall in love with the first picture!

annie markantonatou said...

teenage years...

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Fashion said...

i really love romeo and Juliet and virgin suicides! seen both more than a dozen times!!! i especially love the part and the look of that scene in the carnival with mercutio! what about dazed and confused? very well post you put on your blog
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anni said...

Reading this made me want to watch both movies again, they're my favourites too! I've also been in a Shakespeare mood lately, and if you haven't seen it yet I can warmly recommend the 1996 film of Hamlet. Not exactly 'teenage rebellion', but an amazing movie nevertheless.

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