I thought maybe it would be nice to test this whole article affair by introducing my collections, what they mean etc. Also if you’d like to talk to me, just heart this and I’ll check out your page and maybe we can talk? (I don’t know how to make friends on here and I’m shy mkay don’t hate). This can be read as reviews and comments on the books mentioned as well as an introduction to my collections. It was so much fun to write those little things, I hope it's at least somewhat entertaining to read them.

Firstly – I have different topics for my collections. A few are based on stories I like, some are stereotypes, some are feelings and some are lifestyles (and some are colours and people and so on). I decided to split my explanations, this one is mainly on the collections inspired by the works of others .

I’ll begin with the books, there will be a part with films and shows and one with the collections that are inspired my archetypes and feelings etc, that are more freely written so to say.

Books

“The World is Quiet here” is based on A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, my favourite book series of all time probably. It’s rather popular, so I doubt I’d have to explain what it’s about, and yet: Three siblings find themselves orphaned and in the hands of a cruel, greedy man. I read it when I was about 13 and it woke a fascination with language in me that has fuelled me ever since. I’ve also always liked obscure books and mysteries, never been big on love stories or the like, so this series is just everything.
It’s a story that smells of the sea, ashes and old books, tastes like horseradish, banana cream pie and porridge with raspberries, sounds like rain against a window, footsteps in the dark and the silence of a snake sliding around your wrist.

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“Krabat” is based on the novel of the same name by Otfried Preußler. If you’re German, chances are high that you read it in school when you were like 12. It’s the story of Krabat, a boy who learns dark magic in the black mill together with eleven other boys. It’s a fascinating, eerie story and I once read that it’s a metaphor for the Third Reich, which makes it all the more fascinating. I have always loved fairy tales and the dangerous, mysterious aspects of them, so this story just bewitches me. It has elements of superstitions and feels ancient in it’s tender, mysterious cruelty. Also the names of the boys are just so sweet on my tongue. Lyschko, Krabat, Lobosch, Staschko, Tonda.
(I also recently found out it’s based on a Sorbian tale, which was news to me and I’m still giddy with excitement)
The story smells of pines, snow and warm candle wax, tastes like sweat, flour and crackling magic on the tip of your tongue, sounds like whispered words, a raven’s cry and creaking footsteps on new year’s eve.

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“I [love] Homer” is my homage to Donna Tartt’s novel “A Secret History”. I read it during the summer of 2016 and it moved me like crazy. For a while I couldn’t even look at the cover in bookstores because my hands were shaking (real talk). It’s a story on a few college students studying Ancient Greek and living like, well, spoiled rich kids. It’s very nice because it conveys a certain unreal feeling and still feels realistic. I got Bret Easton Ellis vibes from it and as it turns out, it’s dedicated to him.
It smells of flowers in a classroom, mud and gun powder, tastes like wine in the morning, tears sunning down the bridge of your nose and cigars, sounds like reckless laughter, shoes slipping on wet leaves, the silence of a secret.

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“Return some Video Tapes” should be named next because I mentioned Bret Easton Ellis. I have a few favourite authors and BEE is absolutely one of them. His novels are gorgeous, they fascinate me to no end. “American Psycho” is the first I read my him and it’s gorgeous, as I said, but it’s also tough titties, I’m just saying that because it was on the red list for a reason. The movie might not look very violent, but the book is very violent indeed. Still, Patrick Bateman is a wonderful character I love with all my heart. And the movie is gorgeous too. I can discuss this for hours, trust me. So – the book is a work of art, to make this short.
It smells like cologne, disinfectant and skincare products, tastes like cocaine, Stoli on the Rocks and the pretence that anyone is actually eating anything, sounds like naked feet running, True Faith and desperate, hiccupping cries muffled by hands sticky with blood and shaky with panic.

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“Disappear here” is also based on a Bret Easton Ellis story – his first book, “Less than Zero”. It’s phenomenal, but I have to say it shook me even more than American Psycho. It sucks you in and has a quality to it that’s impressing me time and time again. Whenever I finish it, I feel unreal and shaky and a bit short of breath. The story follows a teen (I think he’s 19) during his trip home from college and sees how much has changed and how much has stayed the same (and who’s also looking for his friend). The story’s plot is just as hard to follow as the Plot of American Psycho, told in scraps and pieces. It’s also a bit like a road leading to Patrick Bateman, in a way, and it’s fascinating and horrifying. I truly love it.
(Fun Fact: There’s a movie for this one, too! And it has Robert Downey Junior! Who, if I recall correctly, hated it because he was also deep into drugs at the time and he felt like this movie was a glimpse into his future. No guarantee that that’s 100% what he’d said, but that was the gist of it, as far as I remember. I’ve yet to see it because I can find it nowhere, but it has all those young actors that were everywhere in the 80s. James Spader, Andrew McCarthy…)
That story smells like chlorine, popcorn and cigarettes, tastes like prescription pills, cocktails and the stale taste in your mouth when waking up with a hangover, sounds like coyotes in the desert, MTV and waves lapping against the side of a pool.

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“Dorian” is based on another all time favourite of mine, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Oscar Wilde is another one of the authors I love with all my heart and this novel has had a great impact on me. The story is about a young man and the decay of his morals after a wish is granted to him. (Fun fact 2: I held the worst presentation in my school career on this book, it still pains me to this day. It was a 10 minute thing and I fucked up a lot because I wasn’t sure how detailed I should be so I made it way too shallow but my nice reading saved my sorry arse)
I suppose many read this book in class in English-speaking countries, but that didn’t wasn’t the case at my school. Words can’t really describe my feelings for this book, so this is a rather short explanation, but I can’t help that. It’s like a wound in my heart that’s still tender to touch.
It’s a story that smells of opium, roses and paint, tastes like wine, dark chocolate and the air in London in November, and sounds like murmured words during a play, a silk scarf being untied, carefree laughter.

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“The Talented Mister Ripley” is a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the first in a series. It’s a crime novel or thriller, but considering that P.H. was a lesbian, it can also be read under the aspect of gay lives back in the days. The main character – Ripley – is another favourite of mine. He’s fascinating and I can relate to him. Maybe that’s me but I find his actions tragic and understandable (maybe because I’m bi myself , I don’t know). His anger, desperation and maybe slight madness (depends on the way you see it, really) is told in such a realistic way, one can’t help but feel for him. Also I really enjoy the vibes – it’s set in Italy and that Dolce Vita feeling, the way Americans experiences Italy in those days, it’s magical. I’ve always loved books that make you feel the atmosphere of the story.
This story smells like ink, the sea and warm wooden floors, it tastes like martinis, screams swallowed down with anger and salty skin, sounds like a refrigerator humming in the background, jazz music and Italian verbs conjugated under your breath.

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“wonderland-neverland” is a collection I was thinking about dividing into one for each book, but I might just as well keep it that way. I find the differences between the two stories fascinating, especially because it’s a twilight zone of differences and similarities I didn’t notice before trying to separate the two and the collection has a certain charm to it in it’s messy state.
While Wonderland smells like freshly cut bushes, Neverland smells like sweltering hot summer nights in the jungle; while Wonderland tastes like cooling Earl Grey with milk and cookie crumbles on the bottom of your cup, Neverland tastes like honey licked off of dirty fingers; while Wonderland sounds like a key sliding into a keyhole with a soft metallic click, Neverland sounds like a tree branch snapping under a pirate’s boot.

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As of now, that’s my collection of books on here. I’ve been thinking about adding a few, but we’ll see. If you’re interested, the other two articles will be added soon, hopefully. Anyhow – thank you very much for reading <3