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As every year, Valentine's day took me by surprise. I must have seen the occassional sign at the florist or a sweet shop but since there is no anticipation involved, here, it just doesn't register with me.

In fact, until I moved to the US, I thought that Valentine's Day - along with Groundhog Day - was an unlikely creation of a screenwriter. Imagine my surprise! On both accounts. o_0

My (slightly creepy) source of information:

In the German version, the film is called 'Picnic on Valentine's Day'.

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Date: 2012-02-14 07:11 pm (UTC)
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that movie creeps me out

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Date: 2012-02-15 10:08 am (UTC)
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It is a horror movie, in fact. The book is supposed to be even creepier :)

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Date: 2012-02-15 12:22 am (UTC)
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I have to agree, that seems a bit creepy and not very festive.

So, we are the only ones who celebrate Valentine's day? You know, the more I learn, the more I think that we Americans just decided there needed to be a party around some time of the year that seemed boring and picked up any old holiday we could make an excuse for! :D Well, I hope you get a day of chocolates, champagne and romance. I think everyone would benefit from taking a day to do this each year.

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Date: 2012-02-15 10:10 am (UTC)
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As far as I can tell, Valentine's Day is mostly celebrated in 'Anglo'-based countries, like former colonies of Britain and Commonwealth countries.

No chocolates, champagne or romance (my husband had to work late), I am afraid, but since we wouldn't know what to do with Valentine's Day anyhow, it was not a disappointment.
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Date: 2012-02-15 10:12 am (UTC)
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I watched it by accident when I was a child, I think nobody really got that it was a horror movie and German TV put it on in the afternoon.

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Date: 2012-06-23 06:06 am (UTC)
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Please forgive my dropping off like this unannounced, but I was looking for Laurielover1912's mock response to that horrid flamer and she said to find it on your page. You must note my surprise when I happened across the trailer for Picnic at Hanging Rock. I grew up about 20 minutes from there, and to this day, I still didn't realise just how widespread that film grew, not just in my little hamlet an hour outside of Melbourne. Every year, they show this film on a big screen on Valentine's Day at the site and I can tell you now, neither the local Council (who I used to work for) nor the villagers themselves who live around the place dispel the theory of whether it really happened or not.

So the question is, did it??? I will not reveal the truth... ;-)

Thank you for sharing... :-)

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Date: 2012-06-23 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, no problem :)

I love that film! I watched it at the tender (and inappropriate) age of 6 - I don´t think my parents knew how creepy it really is and have seen it numerous times since then.

Until the retail industry tried to sell Valentine´s Day to Germans, I always thought that it is in summer, July or so, because I didn´t pay attention to the date and didn´t think about seasons in the southern hemisphere.

Laurielove´s draft of an answer to the cat lady review is actually in her own journal (the post where she tells about that 'review') but in her response to one of my comments.

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Date: 2012-06-23 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Ah righteo, I will have to have a looksie.

I have to admit, I have never actually watched it... gasp! Horror! Despite what I have said about it. I have the book somewhere, and I've been meaning to read it but the ending was gnawing away at me too much and I had to look up what actually happened. I don't know if I can actually go through with reading it anyway, because of the creepiness involved with what happened.

I don't really know when Valentine's Day became a retail marketing ploy in Australia, either. It's probably a global thing that just started around the same time everywhere, kind of like reality TV today (great analogy, hey?? ;-) ). It's only because of the amount of influence our media and stuff has from overseas that we also look to other countries' holidays as well. We have even started having people go out trick or treating. Hallowe'en is not a traditional Australian celebration either.


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