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Give Me Love > Chapter 1: Give Me Love

Give Me Love

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I’m not jealous… I am not jealous! 

 

This is the statement which Albus Potter repeated over and over again in his head as he lay on his four poster bed, listening to the sound of Scorpius snoring lightly from his own bed to his left. However, even as he continued to recite the words to himself in the privacy of his own mind, he knew that the statement was a lie – no matter how many times he said it in hope of convincing himself it was true… 

 

“So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, a lot of thinking… More thinking than I normally do and I’ve been wondering…” Albus had watched as Scorpius had licked his lower lip before biting down on it nervously. He’d winced after, as though he’d bitten down on it too hard, and then his gaze had lifted from the floor to stare straight ahead. “I’ve been thinking that you and I could probably make a great team—- I mean a great couple and we should, maybe, even give it a try and be that… You know, a couple? So, I was wondering, like I said, if you wanted to go out with me.” The silence which had followed had been deafening and Albus had been certain that he had been able to feel it weighing down upon him as he had followed Scorpius’s gaze to meet his cousins eyes… 

 

Even now as he relived the moment, Albus could feel his chest tighten uncomfortably and he could recall the expression on Rose’s face. She had fixed him immediately with an expression that made it clear that she thought he had somehow played a part in orchestrating this ambush which had taken place on the Grand Staircase. Huffing irritably, Albus turned restlessly on his bed so that he was now on his back and staring up at the ceiling. His mind was reeling, a million thoughts flying around in his brain though he was finding it difficult to focus on just the one… I’m not jealous, he thought to himself again stubbornly, and then a voice in the back of his mind asked: “Are you sure?” 

 

The girls behind Rose – her friends who Albus could not remember the names of right now and didn’t particularly care about knowing – had shared a look before bursting into a fit of giggles and Albus had felt a stab of irritation toward them. However, when he had turned to glance sympathetically at Scorpius, the blond seemed un-phased by the girls’ laughter and was still watching Rose patiently. 

 

Albus could see the look Scorpius had been wearing on his face then swimming in front of him. He had looked so hopeful, as though he had expected his chances to be bettered as a result of his patience, and when Albus had looked away from Scorpius to Rose again the action had been forced.

 

“Oh.” Rose had muttered finally as the realisation that Scorpius was being serious had finally seemed to hit her. Albus had watched as her expression had softened slightly and she had given Scorpius a small smile that hadn’t quite reached her eyes. 

 

It had been at that point that Albus had known what the answer was going to be even before Rose had opened her mouth to speak… 

 

In his bed, Albus reached up to run a hand through his hair and tugged at it as he did so, squeezing his eyes shut and wishing that he could just fall asleep so that he would be able to escape the whirl of thoughts and emotions coursing through him. 

 

“I can’t quite believe I did that!” Albus jumped, his eyes snapping open and he turned quickly to look over at Scorpius’s bed. He had heard the other boys voice so clearly in his mind as he had recalled the aftermath to… that event in his head that he had thought for a moment that Scorpius had woken up. Scorpius, however, was still sound asleep on his bed and Albus was torn between jealousy and awe at how peaceful Scorpius looked to be right now: carefree and dreaming dreams that he was sure to share with Albus in the morning. In Albus’s mind, however, they were both back in the empty classroom which they had run into following Scorpius’s awkward asking out of Rose. 

 

“I can’t quite believe you did that either.” Albus had echoed and he had been unable to stop himself from smiling at the sight of Scorpius grinning at him, admiring how his eyes were lit up with excitement and his usually pale skin was tinted pink at his cheeks. 

 

“Rose Granger-Weasley.” Scorpius had muttered and Albus had observed that he was talking more to himself now. “I asked out Rose Granger-Weasley.” He’d added, his voice riding slightly and his eyes had widened as though he had only just realised what he had done in that moment. 

 

“And she said ‘no’.” Albus recalled the words he had spoken earlier and they escaped through his lips once again. Why, then, was he still lying awake right now and unable to ignore or fight the feeling that made his chest feel as though it was physically constricting? 

 

I’m not jealous, Albus thought to himself and the voice once again called him out… That’s a lie. 

I shouldn’t be jealous, he argued with himself but the voice insisted on the truth: But you are. 

 

Albus shook his head as though trying to clear it though it was no use. 

Scorpius is my best-friend, he argued with the voice in his mind, I’ve always known he had a crush on Rose. But Scorpius had never actually acted on it, never asked Rose out until now… Albus heaved another sigh and amidst the jealousy, bitterness, confusion and guilt he felt for feeling as irked as he did, his mind seemed to settle on the part of it all which bothered him most… 

I should be happy that he at least plucked up the courage to ask her out… But why her? 

 

Why not me?

 

Why not me? Albus thought to himself, turning on his best to lay on his side and he let his eyes rest on the dimly lit figure of Scorpius across from him. He could not come to understand what it was that Scorpius found so desirable about Rose. Yes, she was smart and Albus guessed she was pretty, people were always commenting on her red hair… But apart from that? There were no similarities between her and Scorpius, nor did they have anything in common. Not like he and Scorpius did. 

 

Albus had often thought to himself that he and Scorpius shared so much in common that it was a wonder that they were not the same person. They shared a complicated relationship with their Fathers (though Albus more than Scorpius and both were steadily on the mend), they shared many of the same opinions and interests, likes and dislikes, and had they not been through so much together, in the space of only a year as well… Did none of that count for anything? 

 

Albus was pulled suddenly out of his thoughtful state and back into reality as the sound of Scorpius turning on his own bed caused him to jump, though he did not know why the thought of Scorpius waking up cause him such panic. His thoughts were safe in the privacy of his own mind and Scorpius did not know how to perform Legilimency – something which Albus was extremely grateful for… 

 

“Albus?” Scorpius’s voice called in a hushed whisper from his bed and Albus found himself closing his eyes and his body tensing as he forced himself to lay still. Even as he pretended to be asleep, he was unsure as to why he was doing so and he settled for the pathetic excuse of not wanting to put off sleep anymore – though sleep right now proved impossible… “Are you awake?” He heard Scorpius quiz and a rustling of bed covers as Scorpius settled down once more after being met with a lengthy silence. 

 

It wasn’t until he heard Scorpius’s breathing deepen that he dared to move again. Adjusting his own covers, he tried to get more comfortable and prayed for his mind to grow exhausted sooner rather than later. Later rather than sooner, the endless stream of thoughts did stop and his eyelids became too heavy to keep open. Eventually, as they fell shut Albus was finally pulled slowly into what was sure to be a restless night’s sleep.

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Sunset Dreams

Image result for sitting in sunsetThe following is a poem which I wrote whilst in Jersey, Channel Islands (my second home) in December of 2015. I found it in an old notebook and decided to share it today.

 

 

Sunset. A sky on fire, it burns

Like flames without smoke.

It’s not hot but cold, not warm but bright

As the night falls as day grows ever old.

 

 

 

It’s sitting here alone on the sand,

I stare out to the view of a sunset sea

The waves, they move to and thro

The tide bringing the water back and forth

Both towards and away from me.

 

 

 

I don’t feel lonely yet I’m alone,

It’s a comforting time which I adore

The privacy of not having to hide

What I don’t wish for people to see

As I sit on waters shore.

 

 

 

I lay back on the sand and seem to sink

As though I’m out in the waters ahead

Yet I do not drown, nor do I choke

As I lay my head down on the sandy bed.

 

 

 

I think of the people who mean most to me

The love I hold for my friends and family

It’s a welcoming bind although it holds me back

From being just who and where I wish to be.

 

 

 

They’re not to blame, it’s how it is

I love them and so I am stuck

I’m bound to a world that’s not my own

Yet I feel content with Being in one world and wishing for another,

such as state is all I’ve ever known.

30 Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter.

I am obsessed with this fandom, with the story, the books, movies and anything and everything related to the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling. So, I found these 30 questions which I just HAD to answer… Here are my answers below:

 

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1) Favourite book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’: There is really nothing that I dislike about this book. I remember first reading it and I was so happy to be finding out about Voldemort’s past which was something that I had always been curious about. I am also a massive Hinny and Romione fan so this book had just the right about of romance in it as well as the magical epicness which always occurs in a Harry Potter novel.

 

 


2) Least favourite book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’: Choosing a least favourite Harry Potter book would be like asking a Mother to choose her least favourite child, it is extremely difficult but I want to answer the question so that would be my answer. I may one day change my mind but to date ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ is my least favourite book out of all seven. Angsty!Harry just irritated me despite how I loved the book being filled with detail and information which was useful to the plot, it just felt a bit rushed as though we were getting bombarded with information which we would need to know for future reference at the last minute…

 

 

 

3) Favourite movie?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’: I almost feel compelled to say, ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ but movie-wise, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ has to be my favourite. I love the time-travel concept, as well as the rest of the plot in general because who doesn’t love the fact that, despite what he previously believes, Harry does in fact have family who aren’t the Dursley’s. Another thing I like about ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ is that the movie visually portrays just how much darker things have gotten. Personally, I remember finding ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ scary when I watched it the first few times but watching ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ – especially in the cinema – gave me the chills! Those Dementors, oh my!

 

 

 

4) Least favourite movie?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’: Again, I find it difficult to choose a least favourite Harry Potter anything but regarding this question my answer definitely is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’. Whilst I enjoyed the movie and specific events which occurred in this movie, it really felt like a filler of sorts and a means of leading up to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two’. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t exactly a bad thing but as a person who enjoys rapid epicness, this movie felt a little too like ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” to me.

 

 

 

5) Favourite quote?
– “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – [Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ ~ Ch. 35. Page. 579]. – This should have been a hard question to answer given all the great quotes which come out of the seven Harry Potter books but, alas, this quote is my all-time-favourite. The words speak to me on a very personal level and just call out to my fan-girl mind reassuring me that no matter what anyone else says regarding how I passionately love fantasy worlds, it’s okay to do so and they are – to me – as real as the reality in which I live is!

 

 


6) Favourite Weasley?
– ‘Ronald (Ron) Bilius Weasley’: I would say Ron is my favourite character but someone else is higher on the list of possible answers for that question and so I will say Ron is specifically my favourite Weasley. His humour plays a massive part in why I like him and although you would think that I should probably pick Fred and/or George as my favourite Weasley(s) if I enjoy comedic character, it isn’t the only reason why I like Ron. One of the biggest reasons I like Ron is that, unlike Harry, the main character that is Ron Weasley feels a lot more real in comparison to the Boy Who Lived – even J.K Rowling said herself that Ron is very much a ‘real boy’ next to Harry. Ron as a character has his own struggles which he must battle: a major one being his own lack of self-confidence and his insecurities. This is something which I can relate to and therefore is another reason why I love Ron as a character. Also, something else he and I have in common is our undying love for food! Who doesn’t like a guy who loves food?

 

 

 

7) Favourite female character?
– ‘Ginevra (Ginny) Molly Weasley (Later: Potter)’: “Another Weasley, I know just what to do with you…”. Yes, another Weasley makes the top of the list of favourites. Now comes the debating part of the answer… Yes, I like Movie!Ginny but I am angry that they really didn’t do Book!Ginny ANY justice. Overall though, Ginny as a character has always been my favourite. Her character development throughout the series from a shy girl used to open the Chamber of Secrets to a strong young woman who defies the rule, which aims to send under-aged students home during the Battle of Hogwarts, to stay and fight is an inspiration! The level of which she understands Harry too is something which I love about her and how she goes from being Harry’s number one fan-girl to someone who understands he has flaws and faults, isn’t afraid to call him out when he’s being difficult and knows him as Harry and not just the Chosen One.

 

 

 

8) Favourite villain?
– ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle/Lord Voldemort’: For this question, I almost replied with Dolores Umbridge, simply for the fact that when it comes to Voldemort the reader and viewer KNOWS that Voldemort is the villain whilst Umbridge presents the false image of being seemingly harmless with her excessively pink outfit and obsessive adoration for cats. However, whilst I like that aspect of Umbridge there is nothing, in my opinion, which can make her equal to the love I hold for Voldemort as a villain. Not to justify any of his actions throughout the series and the actions he committed pre-series but whilst the creation of his Horcruxes were motivated by his desire to be undefeatable, it was also motivated by his fear of death. Thanatophobia (fear of death) plays such a vital part in what motivates Voldemort, it’s almost a point which could be used to gain him sympathy because despite the belief that to die is the next great adventure, a fear of death is something which most of humanity has… and that is what makes Voldemort so interesting is that behind the snake-like appearance and inhumane being which he has reduced himself to is a drive which so many humans have.

 

 

 

9) Favourite male character?
–  ‘Draco Lucius Malfoy’: As anyone will be able to see from my Harry Potter movie marathon post, my favourite character changed a lot through the first few… movies, at least. However, as far as the up-to-date answer goes, it is Draco Malfoy who I consider to be my favourite character and he is the answer I would give should anyone ask me in person. My justification for this is simple… Whilst Draco might not have been the best character in most of the movies, and I can’t say I didn’t laugh when Hermione punched him in the face, his character gained my immediate sympathy and affection in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ (both the book and the movie). Whilst I agree that he is “The Boy Who Had No Choice” as many other fans call him, what I like about his character development is that it is very much like that of a soldier’s – particularly during the first world war. His upbringing shaped him into an almost exact copy of his Father and ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ shows the soldier analogy well as Draco attempts to be the Death Eater’s “Chosen One” and save his family and himself by complying to Voldemort’s orders. After years of behaving in his arrogantly childish manner and revelling in how connected his family are to the Dark Arts, power in general and wealth, he is finally faced with the reality of what it means to be a part of such a world and that actions have consequences.

 

 

 

10) Favourite Professor?
– ‘Professor Remus John Lupin’: Whose favourite Professor ISN’T Lupin? Kidding, of course everyone can have their own favourite Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and whilst I admire Snape and he very nearly was the answer to this question… I must choose Lupin, merely for the fact that Snape is put down to second Favourite Professor because if he had been my Professor or teacher at school then I would have been slightly afraid of him. Lupin, however, is my number 1 for this question. I remember reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” for the first time and just being so relieved by the end to have a Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor who was generally a nice person. What I love about Lupin too is that until that point in the series he is the only D.A.D.A Professor to come to Hogwarts who was a good character but believed himself to be bad simply because he was a Werewolf. If only he had been able to stay on at Hogwarts in that position…

 

 


11) Would you rather WASH SNAPE’S HAIR or SPEND THE DAY LISTENING TO LOCKHART RANT ABOUT HIMSELF?
– ‘Spend the day listening to Lockhart rant about himself’: I surprised myself with the answer to this question and that was even after given it a great amount of thought. Whilst I personally think Snape’s appearance might improve with clean hair, I’m personally just too lazy to do it and he has magic… if he wanted his hair to not be greasy then he could do it himself. Then again, if I had magic then I suppose it would only take a flick of a wand on my behalf too… and then facing whatever response Snape had my action… For that reason, I would rather listen to Lockhart rant about himself. To be honest, I would even enjoy listening to him rant to an extent because I would know that whatever achievements he said he’d gained someone else had and just learning more about what had been done by those Wizards and Witches that he obliviated and whose achievements he was taking credit for would be fascinating. Not to mention, of course, should the time come much like it did in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret” to call Lockhart out on his B.S then I would be more than happy to be the one to do it!

 

 

 

12) Would you rather duel AN ELATED BELLATRIX or AN ANGRY MOLLY?
– ‘An elated Bellatrix’: Yes, I would rather go up against Bellatrix Lestrange… Of course, the reason behind the duel taking place is something that I would like to consider but an elated Bellatrix is better than a furious Bellatrix and is certainly better than an angry Molly. I think the duel between them both in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: (Part One for the movie)” say it all! Never anger Molly Weasley.

 

 

 

13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS or THE FLYING CAR?
– ‘The Hogwarts Express’: This would definitely be my answer, without a doubt. Sitting on that train packed with other students from different houses with different backgrounds would be an event that would cure my social anxiety for even just the time it took to journey to Hogwarts. I’d also be lying if I didn’t say that part of the reason why I would rather travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express would be to taste some of that delicious candy that the Trolley Witch comes through the train with!

 

 

 

14) Would you rather KISS VOLDEMORT or GIVE UMBRIDGE A BUBBLE BATH?
– ‘Kiss Voldemort’: To be honest this question is probably the easiest question that I have answered so far. There is just no way in hell that I would ever give Umbridge a bubble bath because somehow, I just know she’d find something to complain about and pull me up for going something wrong… Kissing Voldemort, however, doesn’t seem like a bad thing to do in comparison, it’d be quick, it’d mean nothing and Voldemort used to be handsome before his snake-like appearance took over so I could just imagine him to look how he used to if need be.

 

 

 

15) Would you rather RIDE A HIPPOGRIFF or RIDE A FIREBOLT?
– ‘Ride a Hippogriff’: I feel that as a Seeker then I should choose to ride a Firebolt but given I’d have a broomstick anyway I am going to choose to ride a Hippogriff because just watching Harry ride Buckbeak in “Prisoner of Azkaban” filled me with so much awe and warmth, there is not a part of me that would hesitate or turn down the opportunity to ride a Hippogriff, especially if it flew around Hogwarts.

 

 

 

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
– ‘Ginny Weasley’: Without a doubt Ginny Weasley is my answer for this question. Cue the whole book vs movie debate to kick of the explanation to my answer! Book Ginny (whilst I still wish she had been featured even more – because from a bias perspective there will never be enough appearances of my favourite character on page or screen) really is mentioned so many times throughout the series and obviously as the books go on she becomes a more significant character. In the movies however, she is rarely there and even when she is her part is minimalized so that she could be edited from the scenes and it really wouldn’t make much of a difference on some occasions.

 

 

 

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: As much as I enjoyed the book I can’t deny that seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time was, even just a little, better! This is simply for the fact that something magnificent was brought to life and it made the whole adventure just feel more real.

 

 

 

18) RICHARD HARRIS or MICHAEL GAMBON as Dumbledore?
– ‘Michael Gambon’: A lot of people may disagree with me because in all the Harry Potter tags I’ve watched and read, Richard Harris seems to be the favourite for those who answer. However, mine must be Michael Gambon. Perhaps this is because I have witnessed him portray Dumbledore longer due to the unfortunate death of Richard Harris (R.I.P) or simply because the humour – whilst often dry – that Michael Gambon brings to the set in the behind the scenes footage and portrays on screen makes him my favourite Dumbledore.

 

 

 

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?
– ‘Draco’s Deleted Scene’: (I must contain my frustration, I must not rant, I must refrain myself…) BUT I CAN’T! Mostly because of a deleted scene that I witnessed after the release of Deathly Hallows. The link of which can be found in the following brackets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEywLcF16t8). The following clip shows Draco Malfoy running between Harry and Voldemort and throwing Harry his wand for Harry to defend himself (and others) from Lord Voldemort. The fact that he not only helps but runs between Voldemort and Harry makes me feel a sense of admiration for Draco Malfoy as a character – such of which I didn’t really begin to feel until ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’.

 

 

 

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’: I have nothing against this movie! I understand that ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ was such an important book and there were many critical events within its pages that the director and screenwriters etc. wanted to fit into the movie. However, the movie in comparison to the previous six and with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in existence felt very much like a filler movie – much like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One in my opinion.

 

 

 

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
– ‘Slytherin’: This was always the house which I wanted to be a part of and there was just something about the house that called to me. 

 

 

 

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
– ‘Slytherin’: I was one of the lucky ones who was actually sorted into the house which I wanted to be a part of. I’m also the only Slytherin that I know, so if there are any other Slytherins out there, shout out to you and comment in the comment section below! 

 

 

 

23) Which class would be your favourite?
– ‘History of Magic’: I know in the books this class is depicted as being the most boring but I think I would really enjoy it. I love history and I love magic, so what better class to attend than History of Magic? 

 

 

 

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
– ‘Imperio’: My Slytherin side is showing, I know… Mind control? Yes please! 

 

 

 

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
– ‘Luna Lovegood’: She’s odd and she knows it. More importantly, she doesn’t care. She’s very much like myself so I think Luna and I would get along very well. 

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
– ‘Invisibility Cloak’: I used to think I wanted to own the Elder Wand but really I think I’m very happy with my own wand and so I would choose to own the Invisibility Cloak. That way I would be able to avoid people whenever I wanted to and also prank them! James Potter had the right idea! 

 

 

 

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
– The books? NO! 

 

 

 

28) Favourite Marauder?
– ‘James Potter’: A lot of people don’t like James Potter and I can understand why. Honestly though? He is my favourite Marauder and one I feel would have the most character development because Lupin always seems true to himself despite the difficulties he faces, Sirius ‘never really grew up’ and Peter… Just no. He’s not an option at all! 

 

 

 

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
– ‘Fred Weasley’: How could I not? I would love to also bring back Dobby but in this scenario of only being allowed to bring back one character then it would definitely have to be Fred. For the Weasley’s in all but simply just for George because if there’s one thing I can’t imagine is losing a twin… 

 

 

 

30) HALLOWS or HORCRUXES
– ‘Horcruxes’: The opportunity to never die is too appealing to me… So I would chose to make Horcruxes. I might even make a post as to which items I would make into Horcruxes… Now there’s an idea… Would you chose Horcruxes? Even if you wouldn’t, comment below with what items you would pick to be yours! 

What’s On My Kindle?

Top 10 Friendship Quotes

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“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
– C.S. Lewis

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
– Leo Buscaglia

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
– David Tyson

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
– Muhammad Ali

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.”
– Ally Condie

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
– Woodrow T. Wilson

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”
– Ed Cunningham

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”
– Gloria Naylor

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
– Brandi Snyder

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
– Albert Camus

NaNoWriMo Begins!

Ready… Set… WRITE! 

 

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Ah, November has arrived and with it so has the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2019. 

I’m deciding to participate this year, so if you’re wanting to add me as a buddy then feel free! Just search me under the alias FandomxFanatic and I’ll be sure to be your buddy in return. 

Now, down to business… 

This year, I shall be working on my very own novel: After Avalon. This piece of work is a modern day Arthurian legend novel. For those of you who know me, you will know just how obsessed with the legend of King Arthur I am so it really isn’t a surprise my first novel would revolve around this mythical character. 

I am hoping to complete my first draft of this novel in writing an aim of 50,000 words (with the addition of more if I decide to). So once a week from now I shall post an update post to show how much progress I’ve made. 

 

1st November 2019 – Prep. complete and status update is as follows:

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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?
If so, let me know about your work in the comments below! 

 

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Suggestions/Requests

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Attention!

 

Hello there!

First of all, allow me to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you – whether you are a follower, a daily reader or have simply stopped by to check out my blog – I am extremely thankful and hope that you enjoy reading my blog posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

With that being said, lets get down to business… 

Now that October is coming to a close and November is just one day away, I believe it is time to begin finalising the plans which I have concerning the future of this blog. 

So, last night I came up with the idea that at the end of each month, I am going to give you (the readers) the option to recommend books, movies, TV shows etc; suggest a topic that you would like me to discuss on the blog whether it be through posting an article or a top 10… Anything that comes to mind. 

So, let me know in the comments and I will take note of your request – giving you and your blog (if you have one) a special shout-out on the day I publish the post. 

 

Kind Regards, 

FandomxFanatic

Top 10 Movies To Watch This Halloween

Wondering what to watch this Halloween? Found below is a list of the top 10 movies for you to spook yourself with!

Why not let me know your thoughts on the movies in the comments below?
Have your own suggestions, then drop a message down in the comments section as well to make your own recommendations. 

 

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Image result for it IT (2017) *IT: Chapter 2 (2019) follows this up*

 

Image result for MAMA movie MAMA (2013) 

 

Image result for the hole in the ground The Hole In The Ground (2019) 

 

Image result for the omen The Omen (1976)

 

Image result for split Split (2016) 

 

Related image Carrie (2013) 

 

Image result for babadook The Babadook (2014)

 

Related image HUSH (2016)

 

Image result for the women in black The Woman In Black (2012)

 

Image result for lights out Lights Out (2016)

 

Nationalism In The 21st Century, Scotland

Below is an article I wrote in college reflecting on Nationalism in Scotland during the 21st century.

On September 18th, 2014, a referendum was held in which the people of Scotland were given the opportunity to decide whether or not they wished for Scotland to become an independent country once more. Whilst the results declared that Scotland would in fact remain a part of the United Kingdom (UK), the event alone saw a rise in political activism in regards to the public as well as a rise of Nationalism throughout various parts of Scotland. (Scotland, 2014). Nationalism can be defined as a subjective ideology which creates a sense of unity within a Nation, giving individual members of the public a sense of belonging. (Alexander, 2001). Throughout history Nationalism has always been an underlying ideology within Scottish society, fuelled by the patriotic sentiment of the Scottish people. An example of the earlier acts of patriotism were the rebellions and uprisings which followed The Act of Union which saw Scotland and England joining together to form the United Kingdom in 1707. (Scottish-Devolution, 2015). Whilst the level of violence has lessened in regards to the people of Scotland asserting their loyalty to their country, it has by no means disappeared and statistics such as those gathered at the referendum as well as the steady rise of the political party known as the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) provides evidence to prove as much. 

 

One of the contributing factors which plays a part in the rise of Nationalism within Scotland and which encourages a sense of patriotism is the image of Scotland which is created both by those who live in other countries and those who live in Scotland itself. Stereotypes are part of what makes up every country worldwide and much like other countries, both positive and negative stereotypical remarks can be made about Scotland and the Scots who inhabit the country. Such stereotypical remarks include the idea that Scots are typically seen as a bunch who shouldn’t be messed with, proud but modest people, who wear tartan kilts, play the bagpipes, eat haggis and enjoy their drink perhaps a little too much. (Sturton, 2009). Throughout the years the media has helped to encourage the stereotypical images made of Scotland and its people through films such as ‘Braveheart’ in which Actor, Mel Gibson, portrays the stereotypical freedom-fighting Scot. (Edensor, 1997). Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace is seen by many Historians as a comedic one, particularly due the number of historical inaccuracies, such as William Wallace’s face being painted blue. However, despite the historical inaccuracy of the movie, it is clear that the film itself inspires Scots to be patriotic and enhances the feeling of pride they have for the Country in which they live. A famous quote from the movie, “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”, is one which has helped to establish the stereotypical view of the Scots as fighters and warriors, installing the belief that all Scots are the same and desire independence when, although many do, not all wish for it. (Gibson, 1995). Furthermore, in regards to Scottish imagery and how it helps to promote a stereotypical view of the Nation, other countries are not the only ones who stereotype and generalize and the Scots themselves use these assigned trademarks to their own advantage such as the use of tartan and especially the bagpipes, neither of which are of Scottish origin. Regardless it is not uncommon to find bagpipers busking in the City centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh wearing their tartan finery and hearing the bagpipers play songs such as ‘Scotland The Brave’ (Stonewallmatze, 2008). and ‘Flower of Scotland’ (Epic Bagpipe Sound, 2014). seem almost like a trigger which give Scottish listeners an immediate sense of pride for their country and help to heighten a general feeling of Nationalism in the public through a combined sense of patriotism and belonging. It is clear that that which makes up the image of Scotland holds value in that they are things which have persisted in identifying Scotland as a Country and Nation throughout the centuries. (Craig et al., 2014). 

 

Another aspect of Scottish Nationalism is the topic of identity and that which comes with it such as the underlying belief that it is simply due to the Scottish hating the English that they wish for Scotland to become an Independent Country. To be Scottish, not British or English, is something which matters a great deal to the Nationalistic Scot. A survey carried out between the 29th and the 31st of August this year shows what percentage of Scots who took part in the survey believe that certain traits can make an individual Scottish or not Scottish. For example, the survey shows that 87% of the public who took part believed that being born in Scotland made you Scottish. Whilst 58% believed that whilst having lived in Scotland for 10 years despite not being born in Scotland in fact makes you less of a Scot. Further study into the topic of identity and how identity can be defined subjectively shows an increase in the number of Scots who would state their Nationality as Scottish rather than British whilst the numbers of English citizens would not be as hasty to define themselves as English or British. (Smith, 2016). The media two seems to encourage the anti-English behaviour which now appears to be, for many, part of what it means to be Scottish. It is not uncommon to hear of the Scots insulting their English neighbours. Many famous comedians such as Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges often direct their humour towards the English, as do other Scottish Comedians across the Country, producing a series of jokes which at times can often be interpreted as insults. On the lead up to the Independence Referendum of 2014, many Scottish comedians were seen to be encouraging the ‘Yes’ voters merely by insulting the English. (Nicky Carrey, 2016). However, despite the rising belief that those who make up the Scottish population who wish to become Independent are only doing so in order to break away from England due to Anti-English sentiment is not a view shared by all. Many Scots in fact have no problem with the English population and merely wish to become Independent so that they are able to govern their country once more. 

 

In response to the people of Scotland’s desire to govern their country once more a political party known as the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) was founded in 1934 with the primary aim to gain Independence for Scotland once again. (SNP, 2016). In 2011, a majority was won in the Holyrood Elections by the Scottish National Party. (Carrell, 2011). Having won a majority of 902, 915 votes and 53 seats, there was now the opportunity for the Scottish Parliament to plan a future referendum for Independence. (BBC, 2011). The Scottish Referendum for Independence, which First Minister at the time, Alex Salmond, was promised to happen within the next five years. (Carrell, 2011). Salmond stated that the SNP had successfully showed that Scotland were able to govern themselves and the Independence Referendum would look to only prove that further in allowing Scotland to govern themselves completely and not only in regards to particular issues with only devolved powers to execute. (Macwhirter, 2014). Following the failure to achieve Independence for Scotland, Alex Salmond resigned and was replaced as First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party by Nicola Sturgeon on November 19th, 2014. Since accepting the nomination for the position, Sturgeon has focused on a great deal of issues within Scotland such as Finance. Education, and Inequalities, particularly involving Gender. (Scottish Government, 2015). Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet is the first to consist of an equal number of men and women, with herself as First Minister, John Swinney as Deputy Minister and four other male and female Ministers. The inequality between men and woman is an issue which Nicola Sturgeon has set out to deal with, particularly in regards to employment.  (Brooks, 2014). Furthermore, Nicola Sturgeon has continued with the aim of Scottish Independence and following the Brexit vote on June 23rd, 2016, Sturgeon stated that it was highly likely that a second Scottish Referendum for Independence would occur, sometime in 2020 if the UK was to leave the European Union (EU). (Elgot, 2016). This possibility has sparked the interest of many politicians who emphasise the positive and negative consequences which may occur should Scotland gain independence and leave the United Kingdom to become and Independent Country. A conference in Glasgow saw First Minister Nicola Sturgeon informing the public that an Independence Referendum Bill for the Second Referendum was in the process of being published. (BBC, 2016)

In conclusion, the rise of Nationalism seems to be on the increase within Scotland, particularly in regards to the political front. However, whilst the means of displaying our patriotic sentiment and Nationalist ideology has changed throughout the course of history, it is clear that the subjective ideology of Nationalism still exists within Scotland. Having been encouraged by the way in which individuals from other countries and from Scotland view themselves and the Country, Scotland has become a country which seemed almost destined for independence. With one Referendum already having passed and a Second with a high probability rate of being held, it may be hard to think that Scotland won’t at some stage leave the United Kingdom to become the Independent Country which many Scots aspire for it to be. Whilst it is believed that many Scots are considered to only desire to become independent due to their dislike of the English, it is clear that the true reason for the Scottish people desiring Independence is due to the Patriotism and Nationalistic ideology that comes with Independence and being allowed to prove and rule their own Country rather than being ruled from Westminster in London, England by people who, generally, do not know much about issues which are specifically affected Scotland and its people. Furthermore, it can be noted that should Scotland be allowed to become its own Independent country and Nation, the majority of the issues which Scotland deals with at the moment would decrease as many of those issues are not a result of Scotland’s environment or activities alone but rather those which the United Kingdom as a whole produces. 


References 

Alexander, R. (2001). The modern political concept of nationalism | the classroom. Retrieved December 9, 2016, from http://classroom.synonym.com, http://classroom.synonym.com/modern-political-concept-nationalism-6444.html

(Alexander, 2001)

 

BBC (2011, May 11). BBC news – election 2011 – Scotland. BBC. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/election2011/overview/html/scotland.stm

(BBC, 2011)

 

BBC (2016, October 13). SNP’s Nicola sturgeon announces new independence referendum bill. BBC Scotland politics. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37634338

(BBC, 2016)

 

Brooks, L. (2014, November 21). Nicola sturgeon announces Scottish cabinet with equal gender balance. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/21/nicola-sturgeon-scottish-cabinet-equal-gender-balance

(Brooks, 2014)

 

Carrell, S. (2011, May 6). Salmond hails “historic” victory as SNP secures Holyrood’s first ever majority. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/may/06/scottish-elections-salmond-historic-victory-snp

(Carrell, 2011)

 

Craig, C., Brown, M., Dornan, S., Trigger, R., Shanks, P., Crotty, P., … Wilson, D. (2014). Unions: Past – present – future journal of Irish and Scottish studies. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies Irish and Scottish Studies, 1(2), . Retrieved from https://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/content-images/JISSv1.2_OpenAccess.pdf

(Craig et al., 2014)

 

Edensor, T. (1997). READING BRAVEHEART: REPRESENTING AND CONTESTING SCOTTISH IDENTITY.  Scottish Affairs. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tim_Edensor/publication/265039511_Reading_Braveheart_Representing_and_Contesting_Scottish_Identity/links/56dff3c408aee77a15fe0705.pdf?origin=publication_detail

(Edensor, 1997)

 

Elgot, J. (2016, October 16). Sturgeon: Second Scottish referendum is likely to be held in event of hard Brexit. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/16/nicola-sturgeon-second-scottish-referendum-likely-in-event-of-hard-brexit

(Elgot, 2016)

 

Epic Bagpipe Sound (2014, June 25). Flower of Scotland Bagpipes Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6dinV3HMec

(Epic Bagpipe Sound, 2014)

 

Gibson, M. (Director). (1995). Braveheart [DVD].

(Gibson, 1995)

 

Macwhirter, I. (2014). Road to referendum: The essential guide to the Scottish referendum. Retrieved from https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6EYuDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT225&lpg=PT225&dq=scotland+just+want+to+govern+themselves&source=bl&ots=iFKs2PN8ap&sig=acQAFnBMDrR4WCMaGL7fIkyx5sQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwikv4O14e7QAhUJVRoKHVuOCWQQ6AEIVDAJ#v=onepage&q=scotland%20just%20want%20to%20govern%20themselves&f=false

(Macwhirter, 2014)

 

Nicky Carrey (2016, November 1). Kevin Bridges stand up comedy special: The story continues 2012 Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWtlDU0G6Wk

(Nicky Carrey, 2016)

 

Scotland, E. (2014). Scotland’s Independence Referendum. Retrieved December 9, 2016, from scotlandreferendum.info/, http://scotlandreferendum.info/

(Scotland, 2014)

 

Scottish Government. (2015). The first year as First minister – First minister of Scotland. Retrieved December 12, 2016, from https://firstminister.gov.scot, https://firstminister.gov.scot/the-first-year-as-first-minister/

(Scottish Government, 2015)

 

Scottish-Devolution. (2015). Scottish Devolution – A History. Retrieved December 10, 2016, from www.scottish-devolution.org.uk, http://www.scottish-devolution.org.uk/

(Scottish-Devolution, 2015)

 

Smith, M. (2016, November 7). What makes a person Scottish, according to Scots. Retrieved December 12, 2016, from https://yougov.co.uk, https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/09/07/what-makes-person-scottish/

(Smith, 2016)

 

SNP. (2016). Our Party. Retrieved December 12, 2016, from http://www.snp.org, http://www.snp.org/our_party

(SNP, 2016)

 

Stonewallmatze (2008, May 14). Scotland the brave (Bagpipes) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBKBI7DOLHA

(Stonewallmatze, 2008)

 

Sturton, K. (2009). Getting to know… The Scots. Retrieved December 12, 2016, from http://www.synergise.com, http://www.synergise.com/nationalities/scottish.php

(Sturton, 2009)

Here Comes Halloween

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An interactive post today allowing all of you readers to chat with me and others down in the comments below.

All you have to do is answer the following 3 questions: 

 

  1. Which horror movie do you recommend watching this Halloween? 

  2. What’s the scariest experience you have ever had? 

  3. Finally, what are your plans for this years Halloween?

 

 

 

Let me know and feel free to discuss in the comments below! 

Book Playlist: IT By Stephen King

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The following is a fan-made playlist for Stephen King’s novel IT. Due to the complexity of the novels layout and to save confusion a brief description of the scenes has been used to help identify when the song is applicable to the plot. Whether you’ve read the book and looking to reminisce, or just want to find some new songs to add to your playlist, enjoy this little trip down “memory book lane”!

You can also find our playlist on Spotify!


 

1957-1958 (Young Losers Club)

 

Scene: Georgie’s Death
Song: Lost Without You by Freya Ridings

Standin’ on the platform/Watching you go/It’s like no other pain I’ve ever known/To love someone so much/To have no control/You said, “I wanna see the world”/And I said, “Go”/But I think I’m lost without you/I just feel crushed without you/I’ve been strong for so long/That I never thought how much I needed you/I think I’m lost without you

 

Scene: Hair Is Winter Fire
Song: Fire On Fire by Sam Smith

Fire on fire would normally kill us/With this much desire, together, we’re winners / They say that we’re out of control and some say we’re sinners/But don’t let them ruin our beautiful rhythms/’Cause when you unfold me and tell me you love me/And look in my eyes/You are perfection, my only direction/It’s fire on fire, oh, oh/It’s fire on fire

 

Scene: Ben ‘H’ VS Henry Bowers & Gang
Song: Run Boy Run by Woodkid

Run boy run! The sun will be guiding you/Run boy run! They’re dying to stop you/Run boy run! This race is a prophecy/Run boy run! Break out from society/Tomorrow is another day/And you won’t have to hide away/You’ll be a man, boy!/But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

 

Scene: Building The Dam
Song: On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons

I’ve had the highest mountains/I’ve had the deepest rivers/You can have it all but not til you move it/Now take it in but don’t look down/’Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ey/I’m on top of the world, ‘ey/Waiting on this for a while now/Paying my dues to the dirt/I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ey/Been holding it in for a while, ‘ey/Take it with me if I can/Been dreaming of this since a child/I’m on top of the world

 

Scene: Losers See IT
Song: Crazy by Robert Counts (Cover Of Gnarls Barkley)

And I hope that you are having the time of your life/But think twice/That’s my only advice/Come on now, who do you/Who do you, who do you/Who do you think you are?/Ha ha ha, bless your soul/You really think you’re in control?/Well/I think you’re crazy/I think you’re crazy/I think you’re crazy/Just like me

 

Scene: Rock War
Song: I Predict A Riot by Kaiser Chiefs

Watching the people get lairy/It’s not very pretty I tell thee/Walking through town is quite scary/It’s not very sensible either/A friend of a friend he got beaten/He looked the wrong way at a policeman/Would never of happened to Smeaton/An old leodensian/I predict a riot/I predict a riot/I predict a riot/I predict a riot

 

Scene: Smoke Hole (Richie & Mike Visions)
Song: Take It All by Ruelle

Through hell’s gates/The ground shakes/And valour wakes /And so it begins/Vengeance waits/Fury reigns/With all at stake/So it begins/So it begins/Where worlds collide/Blood divides/When darkness falls/Fate calls/This winter breath/Taste of death/Where iron meets flesh

 

Scene: Silver Slugs
Song: Fight ‘Til The End by Jack Savoretti
We don’t know how to pray/We don’t know what to say/We don’t know how to make it through another day/Never run, never hide/Always up for the fight/We keep getting it wrong until we get it right/I won’t let you let me go/Scars of our mind games never show/We’re never going to be alone again/We’re never gonna let it know/We’re enemies, lovers, not friends/And we fight ’til the end

 

Scene: IT POV
Song: One Way Or Another by Until The Ribbon Breaks

One way or another I’m gonna find you/I’m gonna get you/One way or another I’m gonna win you/I’m gonna get you get you/One way or another I’m gonna see you/I’m gonna meet you/One day, maybe next week/I’m gonna meet ya, I’m gonna meet you

 

Scene: The House On Neibolt Street
Song: Come As You Are by Civil Twilight

Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be/As a friend, as a friend, as an old enemy/Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don’t be late/Take a rest, as a friend, as an old memoria, memoria, memoria/Come dowsed in mud, soaked in bleach, as I want you to be/As a trend, as a friend, as an old memoria, memoria, memoria/And I swear that I don’t have a gun/No, I don’t have a gun, no, I don’t have a gun/Memoria, memoria

 

Scene: Battle Of Wills
Song: Breath Of Life by Florence and The Machine
And the fever began to spread/From my heart down to my legs/But the room was so quiet oh/And although I wasn’t losing my mind/It was a chorus so sublime/But the room is too quiet (oh, the fever)/I was looking for a breath of life,/A little touch of heavenly light/But all the choirs in my head sang no (I believe it)/To get a dream of life again/A little vision of the start and the end/But all the choirs in my head sang n

 

Scene: Promise We’ll Come Back
Song: The Call by Regina Spektor
Now we’re back to the beginning/It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet/But just because they can’t feel it too/Doesn’t mean that you have to forget/Let your memories/grow stronger and stronger/’Til they’re before your eyes/You’ll come back/When they call you/No need to say goodbye

1984-1985 (Adult Losers Club)

 

Scene: Adrian Mellon’s Death
Song: Lovely by Billie Eilish & Khalid

Walkin’ out of town/Lookin’ for a better place (lookin’ for a better place)/Something’s on my mind/Always in my head-space/But I know some day I’ll make it out of here/Even if it takes all night or a hundred years/Need a place to hide, but I can’t find one near/Wanna feel alive, outside I can fight my fear/Isn’t it lovely, all alone?/Heart made of glass, my mind of stone/Tear me to pieces, skin and bone/Hello, welcome home

 

 

Scene: 6 Phone Calls
Song: Hey Brother by Avicii

Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover/Hey sister! Know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker/Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you/There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do/Hey brother! Do you still believe in one another?/Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder/Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you/There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do/What if I’m far from home?/Oh brother, I will hear you call!/What if I lose it all?/Oh sister, I will help you out!/Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you/ There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

 

 

Scene: Reunion of the 6
Song: Scotland by The Lumineers
They all need something to hold on to/They all mean well/Pay your respects to society giving me hell/You could never feel my story/It’s all you know/You could never feel my story/It’s all you know/May your dreams come to reality/If all else fails/Give up, we needed the company/Let’s drink to your health

 

 

Scene: Individual Journey’s
Song: Back To The Start by magicbrother
There’s a story to tell/We have been here before/I’m not buying whats for sale/Telling secrets no more/Take me back to the start, take me back to the start./There’s a house on a hill/Where all my memories remain/I go back in my mind/Innocence and endless days/Take me back to the start, take me back to the start.

 

 

 

Scene: Henry Bowers
Song: Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
White shirt now red, my bloody nose/Sleeping, you’re on your tippy toes/Creeping around like no one knows/Think you’re so criminal/Bruises, on both my knees for you/Don’t say thank you or please/I do what I want when I’m wanting to/My soul? So cynical/So you’re a tough guy/Like it really rough guy/Just can’t get enough guy/Chest always so puffed guy/I’m that bad type/Make your mama sad type/Make your girlfriend mad tight/Might seduce your dad type/I’m the bad guy, duh

 

 

 

Scene: Ritual Of Chud (Final Fight)
Song: Can You Hold Me by NF & Brett Nicole
Just wrap me in your arms, in your arms/I don’t wanna be nowhere else/Take me from the dark, from the dark/I ain’t gonna make it myself/Put your arms around me/Put your arms around me/Let your love surrounds me/I am lost/I am lost/If I ain’t got you here/If I ain’t got you, I ain’t got nothing at all/Can you hold me?/Can you hold me?/Can you hold me in your arms?

 

 

 

Scene: Derry Is Dying
Song: 7 Years by Lukas Graham
I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure/’Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major/I got my boys with me at least those in favour/And if we don’t meet before I leave, I hope I’ll see you later/Once I was twenty years old, my story got told/I was writing about everything, I saw before me/Once I was twenty years old/Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold/We’ve travelled around the world and we’re still roaming/Soon we’ll be thirty years old/I’m still learning about life/My woman brought children for me/So I can sing them all my songs/And I can tell them stories/Most of my boys are with me/Some are still out seeking glory/And some I had to leave behind/My brother I’m still sorry

 

 

 

Scene: Forgetting Again
Song: Long Live by Taylor Swift
I said remember this moment/In the back of my mind/The time we stood with our shaking hands/The crowds in stands went wild/We were the kings and the queens/And they read off our names/The night you danced like you knew/Our lives would never be the same/You held your head like a hero/On a history book page/It was the end of a decade/But the start of an age/Long live the walls we crashed through/How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you/I was screaming long live all the magic we made/And bring on all the pretenders/One day, we will be remembered…

Do you have any other song recommendations?
Tell us in the comments below!

Does Watching Violence On TV Influence The Levels of Aggression in Children Aged 10-18 Years Old?

Below is an essay which I wrote whilst in college for my psychology graded unit.
Feel free to share your opinions on the topic in the comments below!


Planning Section

Rationale and Discipline
The following investigatory project is one which explores the ongoing debate within society in regards to whether or not watching violence on TV influences the levels of aggression in children ages 10-18 years old. The discipline used to study this debate is Psychology and the topic area is change. Psychology is the selected discipline as the project focuses very much on the individual being and the changes in the behaviour of the individual who is exposed to violence in the media.
Violence in the media has been an ongoing debate for many years and research by many Psychologists has been carried out in regards to the issue. However research gathered has proven that whilst such research shows that individuals show short term effects having watched violence in the media there is no current evidence to suggest that the effects could be long term. Unfortunately the long term effects of media violence on children aged 10-18 years old is unable to be studied due to ethical reason which impose restrictions on the research which can be carried out. The issue of the media influence on the levels of aggression in such individuals is worthy of further investigation as the media is increasingly playing a larger part in the everyday lives of the individuals within society and the effects which this has is important to note in the field of Psychology which looks to study the individuals behaviour and what may influence such behaviour shown by those individuals.
Main Research Question and Hypothesis
The aim of this project was to identify if watching violence on TV influences the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 years old. The hypothesis of this research was that although watching violence on TV may increase the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 years old in the short term, long term effects are unlikely to exist.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of this project are:
. To explore the various views which Psychologists have in regards to violence in the media.
. To investigate the effects which may occur in an individual in regards to their behaviour having witnessed violence in the media.
. To compare evidence found through research with that found in other research carried out by Psychologists and assess whether there is an increase in the levels of aggression in the individuals.
The objectives of this project are: 
. To identify Psychologists who have formed an opinion on the debate regarding violence in the media and its effect.
. To gather stated opinions regarding the issue being investigated.
. In order to begin the investigation the researchers first objective is to create a questionnaire consisting of various questions which the researcher deems important.
. The researcher then will have to carry out the investigation and select a sample of participants to take part in the questionnaire.
. The results given by the participants will then be analysed.
. A comparison will be made between the researchers own results gained and the research gathered from other Psychologists works.
. The hypothesis should then be proved or disproved by stating what both sets of results show and how they help to support or refute the hypothesis created by the researcher.
Resources and Methods Statement
In order to investigate this topic the researcher will take an anti-positivist approach through the means of gathering research through the means of conducting a questionnaire which the parents of the children shall participate in. As well as primary and qualitative data being collected in this way, secondary data will also be collected through the collection and reading of other research regarding the subject carried out by other researchers. In order to gather such research, the researcher will visit the library to consult various books as well as search the internet.
Identification of Key Texts/Articles
American Psychological Association. (2013). Television and Video Violence. Available: http://www.apa.org/action/resources/research-in-action/protect.aspx . Last accessed 21st March 2016.
Archer, D. (2013). Violence, The Media And Your Brain. Available: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201309/violence-the-media-and-your-brain. Last accessed 7th April 2016.
KEY TEXT: Gifford, C (2006). Violence On The Screen. London: Evans Brothers.
Clark, L. (2009). Cartoon violence ‘makes children more aggressive’. Available: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1159766/Cartoon-violence-makes-children-aggressive.html. Last accessed 23rd March 2016.
Dr. Gross, G. (2013). Violence on TV and How It Can Affect Your Children. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/violence-on-tv-children_b_3734764.html. Last accessed 19th March 2016.
MediaSmarts. (2016). Violence – Overview. Available: http://mediasmarts.ca/violence/violence-overview. Last accessed 14th April 2016.
Justification
An alternative way in which the researcher could have carried out their research for this investigation is by conducting a lab experiment. Instead the researcher chose the method of a questionnaire in order to gather the data needed for their research. The reason why the researcher decided to choose the method of a questionnaire rather than conduct a lab experiment is that the latter would have been ultimately more time consuming to carry out in regards to conducting the experiment as well as analysing the data. A questionnaire, on the other hand, had the advantage of being easy to carry out in a short space of time regarding each participant whose answers are then easy to be analysed in more depth due to both time and the type of data produced.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The researcher would like to thank those in particular who volunteered to participate in the questionnaire which helped to gain the results needed for the individual researchers study.

DEVELOPING SECTION

ABSTRACT
The purpose of which this research was carried out is to bring attention to the ongoing debate regarding violence in the media and its effects on children ranging from an age of 10-18 years old. The hypothesis of this research was that although watching violence on TV may increase the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 years old in the short term, long term effects are unlikely to exist. To prove the stated hypothesis, the researcher gathered both primary and secondary sources consisting of research already carried out by various psychologists and their views on the debate as well as carrying out a questionnaire which was answered by the parents of children who chose to participate voluntarily. The researcher then compared their findings to that of the previous research carried out by psychologists to come to the conclusion as to whether the hypothesis was correct or not.
INTRODUCTION
Throughout this investigatory project the researcher will introduce the issue being investigated as well as state an explanation as to why the issue has been chosen. A definition as well as some background concerning the issue will be provided, backed up by previous research carried out in order to study the issue. The researcher will then analyse the research before presenting their own research and comparing it to that already found. The hypothesis in which the researcher is addressing in this investigation is that although watching violence on TV may increase the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 years old in the short term, long term effects are unlikely to exist. The method in which the research is acquired is through the means of a series of questionnaires in which the individual participants were asked a series of questions regarding their children. The topic chosen to be investigated in this project by the researcher is directly linked to the discipline of psychology as aggression is studied under a branch of psychology known as social psychology.
(Source: Nordqvist, C. (2015). What is psychology? What are the branches of psychology?.)
In investigating the issue of aggression a definition of the term must first be understood. Baron and Richardson, 1993, defined aggression as ‘any form of behaviour directed towards the goal of harming or injuring another living being who is motivated to avoid such treatment.’. (Source: Eysenck, M (2000). Psychology: A Student’s Handbook.). However although a definition is available it is hard to define aggression indefinitely as there are many types of aggression, both positive and negative. Individuals also have their own definitions of what aggression is and interpret it in ways personal to themselves. Nowadays, there are many forms of aggression in the media ranging from horror movies, real life aggressive acts shown on the news and even acts of aggression shown in a comedic light on cartoon shows such as Tom and Jerry. Today, the media itself when discussing the debate on whether violence on the media increases aggression would have the public believe that the levels of aggression due to what is witnessed on TV is on the rise. In researching whether violence in the media does have an effect on individuals behaviour Psychologists are able to carry out various laboratory experiments in a controlled environment as well as the use of other methods such as questionnaires which allow them to collect data. So far only results showing that short term effects are apparent have been found as no tests can be done to prove if long term effects exist or not due to the issue of ethics being broken in the process.
Previous Research
From the key text, Gifford, C (2006). Violence On The Screen, an introductory statement can be found which highlights the impact which the media has on the lives of individuals as a whole within society. As stated, “Screen images can play a big part in shaping children’s understanding of the world”, the quote describes how what children witness on television plays a vital part in how that child may view their reality as well as helping them to develop the skills and the social norms which they will need when interacting with other members of society. The debate stands to determine whether violence in the media encourages either pro-social behaviour or anti-social behaviour. Children and adolescents are believed to be vulnerable by the general public as they are only just beginning to develop an opinion of the world which they live in. Whilst many psychologists who have researched the issue believe that the media helps to encourage pro-social behaviour, results from various experiments carried out by psychologists have proved that short term effects can be found. These results show an increase in the levels of aggression in children from the ages of 10 years old to 18 years old after witnessing violence in the media. However, for some these results prove to be somewhat alarming as it shows just how the younger generations can be influenced by the behaviour which they see in the media and are therefore vulnerable to the negative effects of witnessing it.
Some previous research carried out by psychologists have shown that aggressive behaviour from children in particular is more likely to occur immediately after being exposed to violence on screen. One experiment carried out consisted of a collection of individuals who had been picked at random and were shown either a violent short film or a non-violent short film. The children were then presented with the opportunity to possibly become violent such as whilst playing with others. Results showed that those children who had been exposed to the violent short film were more likely to behave more aggressively immediately after being shown than those who had been exposed to the short film which had not featured any violence. The same type of experiment was later carried out on adolescents who showed similar results with a select few being exposed to violence on screen whilst others were not. Afterwards they were asked to play a game with the other participants who were involved in the experiment. Whilst playing the game, individual participants were presented with the opportunity to expose their opponent to an unpleasant noise and were in control of both the duration in which the noise played as well as the volume. Results from this experiment showed that those who had been exposed to violence on screen were more likely to select both a higher volume and longer duration than those who witnessed the non-violent clips. These experiments carried out further support the hypothesis that although watching violence on TV may increase the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 years old in the short term, long term effects are unlikely to exist. In both experiments the participants who were exposed to violence in the media were known to act aggressively towards the other participants when made to interact after the experiment had been conducted although any heightened levels of aggression were only apparent in the short term. One of the fall backs with this experiment as with every experiment is that it is made to measure only the short term effects as attempting to measure the long term effects would mean violating ethical guidelines as the researcher would be exposing children and adolescents to violence throughout a long period of time and could bring distress or harm to the individuals or others.
(Source: Huesmann, L et. al. (2006). The Role of Media Violence in Violent Behaviour.)
One longitudinal piece of research which may act as a form of proof that long term effects do exist was carried out by Eron et al. In 1984. During this study, the amount of television watched by young children was recorded as well as the levels of aggressiveness, the same research was carried out on the same participants several years later. Measuring by the number of criminal convictions by the age of 30 years old, the results showed that the amount of violence which the participants had been exposed to as children predicted the level of aggressiveness which they showed later in live. (Source: Eysenck, M (2000). Psychology: A Student’s Handbook.) However, whilst this research that was carried out may show signs of long term effects existing, it is only one study and can not be generalized to a mass population. Other criticisms can also be made about the research is that it does not take into account other factors which could contribute to the individuals have none or a recorded criminal record.
Another source investigates how children, particularly those of a young age, may be more vulnerable to the effects which watching violence in the media poses.
“We know that for the most part, children learn from both experience and social learning or role modelling. Therefore, when children, especially young children, see violence on television, they have a difficult time differentiating between what is real or what is make believe, and tend to emulate or copy what they are seeing.” (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/violence-on-tv-children_b_3734764.html)
This quote helps to highlight to readers just how influential the media can be and how that influence may result in negative effects when it comes to the witnessing of violence by young children. However, it has been proven by psychologists that whilst children may be heavily influenced by what they see and hear from a young age, it is not necessarily the media alone which is to blame for the child’s behaviour should they act out aggressively. There are many other factors which play a part in how a child learns to behave such as the behaviour of their parents or how they are raised by their parents. The majority of cases in which children have acted out violently towards themselves or others has involved environmental and sometimes biological factors. Professor Bushman who carried out a study looking in the effects of media violence on children and the causes for aggressive behaviour in children and young adults stated: “Many factors can contribute to increased aggression in children. Things like being male, poverty or having low IQ are not easy to chance, but limiting exposure to violent media can be changed.”. (Source: Locker, M. (2014). ‘Broad Consensus’ that Media Violence Can Lead to Increased Child Aggression.)
Therefore whilst the research carried out by this individual researcher is useful in that it helps to highlight the potential problems as well as provide possible solutions for parents who may be concerned about how much violence in the media which there child is being exposed to it fails to accept that children are in fact able to differentiate. Whilst children of a young age such as pre-schoolers may not be able to distinguish between fantasy and reality, there are cases in which children of a young age are able to such as Psychology Professor, Jacqueline Woolley’s discovery that “by the age of four, children learn to use the context in which new information is presented to distinguish between fact and fiction.” (Source: Woolley, J. (2006). Young Children Learn to Distinguish Between Fact and Fiction, Research at University of Texas at Austin Finds.)
This discovery in fact proves that whilst children may wish fantasy was reality, they do in fact know the difference between what is real and what is not.  
“Early research on the effects of viewing violence on television – especially among children – found a desensitizing effect and the potential for aggression”. (Source: American Psychological Association. (2013). Violence in the Media.) Desensitization is the term used to describe the occurrence when an individual after being exposed to violence in the media begins to see what they are witnessing as more acceptable. The individual becomes almost immune to the violence they see and may stop reacting in a way that one may act after being exposed to violence for the first time. A study carried out by Drabman and Thomas in 1974 confirmed that children who were exposed to violence on screen took a longer period of time in fetching an adult when faced with a potential aggressive scenario than those who were not exposed to violence on screen. (Source: WordPress. (2012). Does Media Violence affect our Children?.)
This study helps to reinstate the existence of the desensitization process which affects children after they have been exposed to violence in the media. The process shows a change in the behaviour of children and may be the link as to why heightened levels of aggression exist in the short term after the child has been exposed to violence in the media.
“Cartoons aimed at children, such as Scooby Doo, contain more brutality than programmes meant for general audiences.”
Results from the study also showed that young children were prone to mimicking what they witnessed on television and this case it was the negative behaviour shown on screen. Psychologists in the United States also carried out research in which they quizzed a total of 95 girls aged ten and eleven years old on their favourite television shows, rating them for the violent content which featured in the individual shows. The researchers results showed that their favourite TV shows did in fact have violence features in various forms. They also discovered that ‘26 acts of aggression an hour compared with just five in shows aimed at general audiences and nine in programmes deemed unsuitable for under-14s.’(Source: Clark, L. (2009). Cartoon violence ‘makes children more aggressive’.) This conclusion reached by Psychologists after carrying out a variety of studies into cartoons and the effects which the violence shown has on the children who watch them highlights an important part of the debate as to whether media violence affects children in society. With cartoons available to entertain children throughout the day, allowing the parents to go about freely without having to mind their child’s every action, it is a worrying thought that the violence featured in these cartoons is affecting children’s behaviour. What is believed to be one of the major problems in the media today is that the violence portrayed in cartoons is done so in a comedic light, such as the aggressive acts shown in the famous cartoon ‘Tom and Jerry’. Result from a such studies investigating the levels of aggression shown in children after being exposed to such violent cartoons show that there is an increase in the short term as they have a tendency to identify with particular fantasy characters seen in cartoons as older children may do with screen actors.
Own Research
In trying to prove the hypothesis right the researcher selected a random sample of individuals to participate in a questionnaire which featured a series of questions regarding the participant’s child or children who ranged from the ages of 10-18 years old and how many hours a day they spent in front of the TV and whether any signs of aggression were visible and the time period which they were visible for.
The first participant stated that their son who was 18 years of age had a tendency to watch on average 6-8 hours of TV per day and they were fully aware of what their child was watching. Of those 6-8 hours per day, five hours of what their child was watching consisted of TV shows and films which they would consider to be violent. After being exposed to the violence on TV, the participant confirmed that their child showed an increased level of aggression which lasted for at least half an hour after witnessing the violence on TV.
The second participant who took part in the questionnaire answered the questions in regards to their daughter who was 11 years old. Her daughter who watched at least 4 hours of TV per day watched only 1 hour of what the parent considered to be violent. However, the parent who was participating in the questionnaire was only aware of 1 hour of what their child was watching on TV out of the 4 hours they spent watching TV. The parent stated that after watching the violence on screen their child had a tendency to show increased levels of vocal aggression, although not physical aggression, for a short period of time.
The third participant answered questions in regards to their daughter also and stated that the 14 year old watched on average 3 hours of TV per day of which the parent was fully aware of what was being viewed. At least 2 of the 3 hours spent in front of the TV was done so witnessing violence on screen. After witnessing violence on screen next to no increase in the levels of aggression and that which was noticeable to the parent lasted at least for 15 minutes.
The fourth participant answered questions on behalf of their two children who were aged 10 and 13. Their son aged 13 years old watched on average 5 hours of TV per day and, only aware of three hours of what their son watched, they labelled 2 of those hours violent in terms of what was being viewed. The effects were apparent to the parent as they saw an increase in the levels of aggression in their son which lasted for at least an hour after viewing. As for the participants daughter who watched 3 hours of TV, only one hour was considered violent by the parent who was aware of what was being viewed at all times. The daughter showed no heightened signs of aggression at all.
The fifth and final participant who took part in the questionnaire answered on behalf of their 17 year old son who watched an average of 8 hours of TV per day. The parent was only aware of 4 hours of what their child was watching however for the entirety of the time in which the parent was aware of what their child was watching the participant considered to be violent. The participant stated that an increase was noticeable in their children’s levels of aggression after witnessing the violence on TV and lasted for an hour or just over at the most.  
Overall from the results which the researcher was able to gather it can be concluded that watching violence on TV does influence the levels of aggression in children aged 10-18 as the majority has shown increases in the levels of aggression in many of the individuals according to their parents. However, although there appears to be a heightened level of aggression in the majority of the children examined in the research it is clear that the increase in the levels of aggression shown lasts only for a short period of time. In comparing it to the research gathered prior to conducting research the researcher was able to notice a clear similarity in regards to the findings as summarized above. Viewing the number of hours in which children spend in front of the TV from the researcher’s own research it can be supported from previous research that TV and the media in general play a big part in the lives of individuals – especially young children and adolescents. The findings that any levels of heightened aggression which occurs due to witnessing violence on TV also proves to be only in the short term lasting for an hour of just over at the most according to the statements made by the participants. Contrary to the research found by the researcher, the research carried out shows that adolescents are more likely to have heightened levels of aggression after being exposed to violence in the media. However, this may be due to other factors such as hormones and the amount of TV watched as well as what the difference in hours in which the parents are able to say they know what their child is watching. The research gathered previously by the researcher also touches on the issue as to what is considered violence and how cartoons are considered by some to be violent, this may be overlooked by the parents who participated in the questionnaire who may not consider the cartoons which their younger children watch to be violent in nature at all. 

APPENDICES

 

APPENDIX 1 – Book used for key text
(Gifford, C (2006). Violence On The Screen. London: Evans Brothers.)
APPENDIX 2: http://www.apa.org/action/resources/research-in-action/protect.aspx
Early research on the effects of viewing violence on television — especially among children — found a desensitizing effect and the potential for aggression. Is the same true for those who play violent video games? Psychological researchers are studying the question.
Television and Video Violence
Virtually since the dawn of television, parents, teachers, legislators and mental health
professionals have wanted to understand the impact of television programs, particularly on children. Of special concern has been the portrayal of violence, particularly given psychologist Albert Bandura’s work in the 1970s on social learning and the tendency of children to imitate what they see. As a result of 15 years of “consistently disturbing” findings about the violent content of
children’s programs, the Surgeon General’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior was formed in 1969 to assess the impact of violence on the attitudes, values and behavior of viewers. The resulting report and a follow-up report in 1982 by the National Institute of Mental Health identified these major effects of seeing violence on television:
Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
Children may be more fearful of the world around them.
Children may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others.
Research by psychologists L. Rowell Huesmann, Leonard Eron and others starting in the 1980s found that children who watched many hours of violence on television when they were in elementary school tended to show higher levels of aggressive behavior when they became teenagers. By observing these participants into adulthood, Huesmann and Eron found that the ones who’d watched a lot of TV violence when they were 8 years old were more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for criminal acts as adults. Interestingly, being aggressive as a child did not predict watching more violent TV as a teenager, suggesting that TV watching could be a cause rather than a consequence of aggressive behavior. However, later research by psychologists Douglas Gentile and Brad Bushman, among others, suggested that exposure to media violence is just one of several factors that can contribute to aggressive behavior. Other research has found that exposure to media violence can desensitize people to violence in the real world and that, for some people, watching violence in the media becomes enjoyable and does not result in the anxious arousal that would be expected from seeing such imagery.
APPENDIX 3 – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1159766/Cartoon-violence-makes-children-aggressive.html.
High levels of violence in cartoons such as Scooby-Doo can make children more aggressive, researchers claimed yesterday. They found that animated shows aimed at youngsters often have more brutality than programmes broadcast for general audiences. And they said children copied and identified with fantasy characters just as much as they would with screen actors. The study also found that youngsters tended to mimic the negative behaviour they saw on TV such as rumour-spreading, gossiping and eye-rolling. The U.S. psychologists quizzed 95 girls aged ten and 11 about their favourite TV shows, rating them for violent content and verbal and indirect aggression. The shows included Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Idol, Scooby-Doo and Pokemon. The researchers found that output aimed at children as young as seven, which included a number of cartoons, had the highest levels of violence. They recorded 26 acts of aggression an hour compared with just five in shows aimed at general audiences and nine in programmes deemed unsuitable for under-14s. ‘Results indicated that there are higher levels of physical aggression in children’s programmes than in programmes for general audiences,’ the study said. It added that the TV industry distinguished between animated violence and non-animated violence and appeared to rate the former as less harmful. ‘There is ample evidence that animated, sanitised and fantasy violence has an effect on children,’ the study’s authors said. ‘Research on the effects of violent video games, which are all animated, indicates that they have the same effects on children’s aggressive thoughts, feelings and behaviours that violent TV shows have demonstrated. ‘In fact, even cartoonish children’s games increase aggression. Labelling certain types of media violence as “fantasy” violence is misleading and may actually serve to increase children’s access to harmful violent content by reducing parental concern.’ The study, by academics at Iowa State University and published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, also found that children copied at school the verbal aggression they had seen on TV. It said: ‘In addition, the effects of televised physical aggression were extensive, such that exposure to televised physical aggression was associated with a variety of negative behaviours in girls.’ This anti-social behaviour included verbal and physical aggression and excluding others from friendship groups. Co-author Jennifer Linder said: ‘There is ample evidence that physical aggression on TV is associated with increases in aggressive behaviour, but there was little until this study that has shown a link between televised aggression and resulting aggression among children.’ Professor Douglas Gentile, who led the study, said content ratings on TV programmes should provide detailed information on the aggression shown. The U.S. introduced a ratings system in the mid-1990s but the idea has not been picked up in Britain.
APPENDIX 4 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/violence-on-tv-children_b_3734764.html.
Studies show that violence on television does have an adverse affect on children and the way they think and act. This is true not only for young children, but some recent studies indicate that watching violence on television can even impact adults. We know that for the most part, children learn from both experience and social learning or role modeling. Therefore, when children, especially young children, see violence on television, they have a difficult time differentiating between what is real or what is make believe, and tend to emulate or copy what they are seeing. Furthermore, there is a chemical change in the brain, similar to that which is seen in post-traumatic stress disorder; if enough violence is viewed, the brain reacts as if the person doing the viewing has actually been abused. This is especially true if the violence is one sided, as in the case of sadistic violence. Now add to this the fact that children who watch violence on television have brains that are still developing, and you can see how really dangerous TV viewing can be. We know, for instance, that children are psychologically affected by having less empathy, a characteristic we see in bullies; that they are more likely to use aggressive strategies to solve their problems rather than to search for more peaceful methods of conflict resolution; that they tend to be more reactive rather than proactive — relying more on knee-jerk reactions to resolve frustrations; and finally, that they appear to be more fearful of social relationships which make them bite before they can be bitten. This perception of danger, when coupled with a lack of empathy, can lead to sadistic behavior. Moreover, children seeing too much violence on TV are more likely to be argumentative, as they have dispensed with the slow caution of inhibitors. These children act out in class and are more likely to be the class bully. Since they seem to be less patient than their counterparts, studies show that children who watch too much violence on TV appear to be more unwilling to cooperate, and delay gratification. Therefore, they seem to demonstrate a strong sense of entitlement. In addition, there are other potential dangers to violent TV viewing and one of the most disturbing is that young children become more violent themselves as teenagers, and tend to have more encounters with the law as adults. What can
parents do about it? Parents have a number of remedies at their disposal and
they include:
1. Parents have the power to moderate their children’s TV viewing. Parents are entitled to parent and that includes checking in every once and a while to monitor what their children are actually watching on TV.
2. Parents can and should establish house rules for TV viewing. This means how many hours a week, where TV is to be watched, as well as what kind of programming.
3. Parents should supervise their children’s TV viewing by watching at least one episode of whatever their children’s selections are so that the parents decide if the programming is appropriate.
4. Parents should monitor news programs. Repetitive violence in the news is very disturbing to a young mind. Such violent overload can be directly linked to changes in the brain similar to that seen in abuse. In fact, these changes can actually be viewed on an MRI.
5. Parents should view current events on television with their children so that they can explain any confusing or inappropriate material to their children.
6. Just say “no” to offensive programming. That is what it is to be a parent.
7. Encourage your children to spend their free time in ways other than TV watching, such as reading a good book during the week and watching TV only on the weekends; outdoor sports; arts and crafts; journal writing and playdates with peers can alter, and even break, the hypnotic TV habit.
8. Boundaries are important to you and your children. Set them by creating new
models for family time that are interactive rather than passive.
9. Show your children the inspirational part of TV, such as the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Biography, and Nova.
10. Finally, parents must be what they want to see. Modeling is an essential part of parenting, and since we know that violence on TV negatively affects adults as well, lead your family to healthier viewing and happier living together.
Appendix 5 – Questionnaire featuring the questions which the participants who volunteered
were asked.
QUESTIONNAIRE
1. What age is your child?
2. What gender is your child?
3. How many hours of TV does your child watch per day?
4. Of those hours how many hours would you consider what your child
watches to be violent?
5. How many hours are you aware of what your child is watching on TV?
6. Does your child show any heightened signs of aggression after
being exposed to the violence which they witness on TV?
7. If so, does that aggression last for a short period of time or a
long period of time?
Appendix 6 – Participant 1’s response:
1. 18
2. Male
3. 6-8 hours per day
4. 5 hours
5. Fully aware, they tend to watch TV as a family and he rarely spends
time watching TV whilst alone turning to other means of entertainment.
6. Yes, there is an increase in his levels of aggression. Mainly vocal
but tends to be physical signs of increased aggression such as fighting roughly
with siblings.
7. Half an hour, at the least.
Appendix 7 – Participant 2’s response:
1. 11 years old
2. Female
3. 4 hours per day.
4. 1 hour at the most.
5. Again, only 1 hour.
6. At times increased levels of aggression in terms of how to speak to
others but not physical.
7. A short period of time.
Appendix 8 – Participant 3’s response:
1. 14 years old
2. female
3. 3 hours per day.
4. All 3.
5. The majority of the time, I think what she watched is violent but not
all of the time so 2 hours max.
6. Next to no signs of heightened aggression the majority of the time
but at times yes.
7. On the rare occasion I do see signs of heightened levels of
aggression it doesn’t tend to last long, short term.
Appendix 9 – Participant 4’s response:
1. I have two children, one aged 10 and my eldest is 13 years old.
2. My daughter is 10 and my son is 13.
3. My son watches about 5 hours a day but my daughter only watches
around 3 hours per day.
4. 2 for my son’s TV shows and at least half of that for what my
daughter watches.
5. I’m only really aware for about 3 hours of what my son watches but
all the time for my daughter.
6. My son does but not my daughter.
7. My son – for at least half an hour after viewing
Appendix 10 – Participant 4’s response:
1. 17 years old.
2. Male
3. 8 hours per day
4. 4 hours
5. The hours I’m aware of what he’s watching on TV, he always seems to
be watching violent TV shows.
6. There’s a noticeable increase, yes.
7. An hour, sometimes a little longer but not very long after an hour,
really.

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Evaluating Section

The aims of the researcher were as follows, in investigating the issue of violence in the media the researcher aimed to explore the various views which Psychologists have in regards to violence in the media. Another aim of the researcher was to investigate the effects which may occur in an individual in regards to their behaviour having witnessed violence in the media. The final aim which the researcher hoped to achieve was comparing the evidence found through research with that found in the other research carried out by Psychologists and assess whether there is an increase in the levels of aggression in the individuals. The data which was collected by the researcher was successful in meeting all of the aims previously set by the researcher as can be shown throughout the investigatory report.
The research method used by the researcher was a questionnaire which can have both a number of advantages and disadvantages of being used. One of the main advantages of using a questionnaire is that it is a method which has a format that is familiar to most respondents. It is also a method which is easy to carry out in regards to the researcher developing the questions and the participants responding to them. Another advantage of using a questionnaire is that the results which are collected from its use are relatively easy to analyse. A disadvantage however would be that there is no way in which the researcher can fully determine how truthful a respondent is being in their answers. Another disadvantage is that the individuals who participate in the questionnaire are likely to read and interpret the questions and therefore will respond in their own way. As well as those disadvantages, another is that in conducting a questionnaire there is a level of researcher imposition. This is a disadvantage as the researcher creates the questionnaire based on the questions which they believe to be of importance therefore missing out the opportunity to ask other questions which may be of importance also. The researcher used primary sources in gathering their research for the investigatory report conducted. An advantage of doing so is that primary sources as useful in that they give the researcher data which is rich in detail as the past events are taken into account whilst the data is being created. However, a disadvantage of primary sources is that the findings could be bias. To counteract the issues which using primary sources alone could produce, the researcher also used secondary sources in gathering previous research. An advantage of using secondary sources in gathering previous research is that it is ultimately cheaper in price and also takes less time to collect than that of primary data. A disadvantage however is that the research may also be bias as researchers tend to allow their own opinion to reflect on the reports which they create. In using primary sources, quantitative data was gathered which is advantageous to the researcher as the results are easy to analyse and generalise. However, quantitative being numerical data lacks detailed description and therefore is potentially superficial. The use of secondary sources through the means of gathering previous research allowed the researcher to maintain a steady balance of both types of data. Qualitative data, being descriptive data, was rich in detail giving the researcher a lot of information to analyse. However a disadvantage of qualitative data is that it is generally difficult to generalise to a wider populace.
In carrying out the research certain modifications could be made which would allow the research regarding the investigation to be more efficient in terms of both collecting and analysing the data. For example, should the research be carried out again a larger sample size could be used and especially a sample size which spreads across a wider area in terms of location. Another method which could be used opposed to the questionnaire which the researcher could have used is the lab experiment. The lab experiment is the more scientific experiment which a social scientist can carry out, it produces quantitative data which can be easily generalised to a wider populace as well being easily replicated by others to increase reliability. Another advantage of having used a lab experiment if the researcher had done so is that it allows for the researcher to have control over extraneous and independent variables. However, there are also disadvantages to the lab experiment such as the results not reflecting that which would occur in real life. This would mean that the results lacked ecological validity. Another disadvantage is that that demand characteristics could be a problem should the participants attempt to answer questions or act in a way that they believe the researcher wishes them to.
The research carried out by the researcher throughout the investigatory report could act as a starting point for future research to be carried out. It also helps to further highlight the issue of violence in the media and its effect on children, particularly those aged 10-18 years old. The skills which the researcher gained in conducting this investigation consist of newly acquired skills such as the ability to organise research, reference sources and structure the report.
In conclusion, by following the objectives set the researcher was able to achieve the aims which resulted in the investigation being carried out in a structured manner as well as the project being organised in a way which is hopefully comprehensible.

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With the recent release of IT Chapter 2, which graced our cinema screens last month, we decided to take a look at the memorable moments from both films, and explore what it is that makes these scenes so particularly impossible to forget.

Please Note: The following article does contain spoilers for Chapter 2, for those who haven’t yet witnessed the final part in the story.

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1. Georgie Meets Pennywise (IT: Chapter 1, 2017)

His beloved boat, the SS Georgie, which big brother Bill made for him, is carried down into the sewers by a stream of rainwater. Georgie’s failed attempt at catching the boat before it’s lost brings him face-to-face with Pennywise the Clown in a terrifying scene which definitely had viewers sitting on the edge of their seats.

“What’s so terrifying about it?” You may ask? Well, whilst there are no jump-scares or gory scenes until the moment in which Georgie is attacked, this scene proves just how manipulative Pennywise truly is and Bill Skarsgard’s acting skills play a vital part in showing how creepy this clown can be even when he is just talking!

2. Rock War! (IT: Chapter 1, 2017)

One of the more comedic moments in the movie, the rock war, which plays out between the Losers’ Club and the Bower’s Gang, plays a much more pivotal part in the movie than some may initially think. As Henry Bowers appears to be preparing to stone Mike to death, he is hit on the head by a rock thrown by no other than Beverly Marsh and all hell breaks loose! This scene not only shows how the Losers’ saved Mike’s life but also how they manage to overcome (for the time being) their first obstacle in the form of the bullies as they band together. It is from here on out that they adopt the given name “Losers’ Club” and the six become the “Lucky Seven”.

3. Project Pennywise (IT: Chapter 1, 2017)

Following Ben’s impressive recital of the knowledge he has learned regarding Derry’s unfortunate past events, the Losers’ come to the conclusion that IT occurs every 27 years. This prompts the Losers’ to investigate further and the seven of them end up in Bill’s garage where they discover that “everywhere IT happens, it’s all connected by the sewers” and those lines all lead to the House on Neibolt Street – formerly known as the Well-house. Their revelation is followed by one of the most nail-biting and tension filled moments of the movie as the projector appears to be working on its own accord and IT appears to them through a warped image of Bill’s Mother before jumping out of the projector and pursuing the children. There is no denying that IT exists now, as Stan was trying to do before now, and the events which occur in this scene are just a taster of what’s to come…

4. The House On Neibolt Street (IT: Chapter 1, 2017)

As young Bill Denbrough ventures off to face-off against IT alone, true friendship is shown as the other six Losers’ follow him to the place where they have deemed IT lives. The entirety of the events which occur inside the house on Neibolt Street emphasize the true importance of friendship and how crafty IT is in the power of illusions which he uses to manipulate Richie Tozier, Bill Denbrough, and Eddie Kaspbrak. From Richie’s panic at finding his own MISSING poster to Pennywise’s playful mocking and taunting of Eddie, the entire scene definitely sticks in the minds of the viewers.

5. “Welcome To The Losers’ Club, Asshole!” (IT: Chapter 1, 2017)

Amidst the final stand-off between the Lucky Seven and Pennywise down in the sewers, all hope seems lost when Pennywise gains the upper hand and has Bill Denbrough in his grasp. He then offers the Losers’ the opportunity to leave and live, so long as he gets to take Bill:

I’ll take him. I’ll take all of you. And I’ll feast on your flesh as I feed on your fear… Or, you’ll just leave us be. I will take him, only him and then I will have my long rest and you will all live to grow and thrive and lead happy lives until old age takes you back to the weeds.

Bill offers to sacrifice himself for the sake of the others, apologizing for dragging the others into all of this and tells them to leave. Whilst the others look hesitant, and Beverly tells them they can’t as Richie gets to his feet:

I told you, Bill. I fucking told you. I don’t want to die. It’s your fault. You punched me in the face. You made me walk through shitty water. You brought me to a fucking crackhead house. And now… I’m gonna have to kill this fucking clown. Welcome to the Losers’ Club, Asshole!

This small speech from Richie acts as a red herring, making the viewers believe that IT’s influence and powers of manipulation over the Losers’ Club has won out until the power of friendship shines through yet again and proves stronger than the power of fear which Pennywise instills in its victims.

6. Adrian Mellon’s Death (IT: Chapter 2, 2019)

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments from the two movies combined is the death of Adrian Mellon. The entire scene proves that not much has changed when it comes to the homophobic views of the townspeople of Derry, even 27 years later. One of the most difficult scenes to watch from IT: Chapter 2, the scene shows couple Adrian Mellon and Don Hagarty pursued by a group of young men similar to the well-known Bowers gang from the first movie. They then proceed to attack Adrian and Don in a brutal retaliation to Adrian’s earlier mouthing-off after the couple were insulted for their sexuality, which results in Adrian Melon being thrown over the bridge and into the river… As Don runs down to the banks in an attempt to chase after Adrian, he witnesses his partner being pulled from the river by an eerily familiar face to the viewers: Pennywise the Clown. Adrian’s death at the hands – or teeth – of Pennywise draws out adult Mike Hanlon (the only Loser to have stayed in Derry) who comes across a sinister message written in Adrian’s blood from IT which is no doubt directed at the Losers’ commanding them to COME HOME.

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7. The Reunion (IT: Chapter 2, 2019)

The nostalgia which occurs at seeing the reunion of the Losers’ Club makes for one of the most heart-warming, memorable, scenes viewers can witness in IT: Chapter 2. Following the call from Mike telling them to come back to Derry, five of the six Losers’ who left Derry begin to remember their childhood and their dinner party is filled with laughter and light-hearted bickering between Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak. The gang truly is back together, almost, so it’s only right that IT chooses now to continue his torment of the now adult Loser Club members. In this scene, the Loser’s receive another haunting message from Pennywise through the fortune cookies which, when their individual fortunes are lined up together say: “Guess Stanley Couldn’t Cut It” – to which they find out later that their absent friend committed suicide after receiving the call from Mike telling him he promised to return should IT ever come back.

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8. Dean’s Death (IT: Chapter 2, 2019)

The parallel between Dean and Georgie is something which Pennywise makes a point in highlighting to Bill Denbrough who encounters the young boy briefly before his death and learns that not only does he live in Bill’s childhood home but also hears voices sometimes coming from the shower drain. After receiving a taunting message from Pennywise on the underside of a skateboard (which Dean was previously seen riding) reading: “Won’t be there for him either”, Bill comes to the realization that Pennywise is going after Dean. Arriving at the carnival, Bill chases Dean into the hall of mirrors but is unfortunately unable to save Dean and is forced to watch as he is brutally devoured by Pennywise. The failure at saving Dean/Georgie 2.0 is a punch in the gut for Bill and is ultimately what leads to him returning to the house on Neibolt Street to face IT yet again.

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9. “My Heart Burns There Too!” (IT: Chapter 2, 2019)

One memorable scene which may be a favourite among all those romantics who went along to see IT: Chapter 2 occurs during the Losers’ final stand-off against Pennywise the Clown. After being separated, Ben and Beverly are thrown into their own personal hell which sees Ben almost being buried alive in the Clubhouse and Beverly drowning in a sea of blood in the old toilet stall she used to hide in during her school days. As the two are almost completely submerged in dirt and blood, Ben begins to shout out the poem which he had given to Beverly anonymously, also yelling out that he loves her, and Beverly regains the will to fight. The two are able to reunite, escaping the illusion and Beverly realises that Ben is the one who had written her the poem after thinking (much like she had when she was younger) that it had been Bill.

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10. Stan’s Letter (IT: Chapter 2, 2019)

One of the most heart-warming, yet heart-breaking moments, in the two IT movies combined is the Chapter 2 ending. Following the victorious defeat of IT, made bittersweet with the loss of Eddie, each of the remaining Losers’ receive a letter from Stan Uris, their friend who had committed suicide after receiving the call from Mike that instructed him to come back to Derry at the beginning of the movie. Stan’s narration of his letter reveals that he knew that his fear of IT would hold back the others and ultimately be their downfall. To ensure that his childhood friends had the best chances of survival and had greater odds of defeating Pennywise, Stan made the ultimate sacrifice and took himself “off the board”.

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What’s your favourite moment?
Tell us in the comments below!

 

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(pick a book/series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with)

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2. Red
(pick a book with a RED cover)

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3. The Best Day
(pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic)

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4. Love Story
(pick a book with forbidden love)

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5. I Knew You Were Trouble
(pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love)

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6. Innocent
(pick a book that someone ruined the ending for)

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I watched a YouTube video which talked about Cedric’s death.

 

 

 

7. Everything Has Changed
(pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development)

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Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter book series written by J.K. Rowling.
Movie Ginny deserved better!

 

 

 

8. You Belong With Me
(pick your most anticipated book release)

The 3rd UNTITLED Fantastic Beasts Script Book by J.K. Rowling.

 

 

 

9. Forever and Always
(pick your favorite book couple)

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Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter book series written by J.K. Rowling.

 

 

 

10. Come Back, Be Here
(pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much)

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Mugglenet Creative Editorialist [In Training]

I have VERY exciting news! 

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Many of you who are Harry Potter fans, or even just know your way around the internet, may have heard of the Mugglenet website. 

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Mugglenet

 

Yep, that’s the one! 

Well, I am extremely honoured to announce that I am not a Creative Editorialist (in training) for the number one Wizarding World Website! 

So far, I have had the honour of meeting and speaking to a few of the Mugglenet team via Skype and through various online platforms. I have even spoken to a few of them who I am a massive fan of due to their hosting various Potter Podcasts which I listen to religiously. 

Safe to say, I am very much looking forward to contributing more to Mugglenet as those of you who know me know just how much of a big deal this is and how much Harry Potter controls my life! 

I’ve even started drafting my first article for them and can’t wait for it to be finalised and sent through to them! 

For future notice, also be aware that all articled written for Mugglenet (much like the articles I write for The Nerd Daily) will become available here following their publication to the site. 

 

Thank you! 

The Gatekeeper By Kevin J. Kennedy

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If you could have anything you wanted, once a year, in return for completing a simple task, would you do it? 

 

A short but powerful read, The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy is definitely a MUST-READ for those looking to get into the Halloween spirit!

 

This novella was originally published in the Black Candy anthology by Jaded Books Publishing and is now available to read for free if you have access to KindleUnlimited. If not, then an easy 99 pence spend is definitely worth it for a quick read and scare! 

Just over 2500 words, the story follows the character of The Gatekeeper, who is approached whilst drinking in a bar by a devil like character who offers him the opportunity of a life-time! One wish for anything he wants in return for working just one day of the year. It sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? Well… It turns out to be the opposite. 

Opening the gate he is instructed to open releases a variety of monstrous creatures spill out and disappear into the night. It all seems very easy: after all, the creatures are let out and eventually return. For twenty years, the Gatekeeper carries out his job with very little concern as to what he is allowing to happen until one night one of the monsters returns and carries with it a dead child which it pulls down into the dark pit… 

This novella sent chills down my spine and it wasn’t of the monsters which I was afraid but of the Gatekeeper himself. The story excellently dives into that aspect of humanity which so few like to explore: the selfish nature of man and how it easily corrupts. For decades, the Gatekeeper was caught up in the blissful fantasy life of having everything he wanted and it wasn’t until witnessing the consequences of his actions that he realises the serious reality of what he has been doing.   

Kevin Kennedy does well at bringing to light, in such a short space of time, that the monsters we have nightmares about at night and fear live under our beds and in our closets aren’t the only monsters which exist in the world…

 

 

 

Can Buzzfeed Guess My Celebrity Male Crush?

This one shouldn’t be too hard because with the number of celebrity male crushes that I have, Buzzfeed is bound to get one of them at least. Right? 

If you want to take the test, then just click on the following link HERE.

 

 

 

Take a look at the video below to find out my answers to Buzzfeeds questions and my results. 

 

 

 

My Results: 

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He isn’t high on the list of celebrity crushes (no offence to Tom himself, there’s just so many) but yes, he is one so well done Buzzfeed! 

 

Question Of The Month

The FanFiction Tag

Do You Read Or Write FanFiction And Why?

I both read and write FanFiction because it allows for my to satisfy my craving for more material for whatever fandom I am obsessed with. Additionally, it also also allows new directions or alternative events to happen (such as in AU FanFictions). 

 

 

 

How And When Did You Discover FanFiction? How Old Were You?

I started by reading FanFiction as a child because during the long wait between the release of each Harry Potter book, I was desperate to read more material and literally anything HP related. So, I found FanFiction.net, a site which became my number one go-to website for additional Potter material. 

 

 

 

How Has Fandom And Fiction Evolved Since You Found It?

It has grown SO much since I found it. I used to only know of FanFiction.net and a site dedicated solely to FanFiction for The Vampire Diaries. However, since then, FanFiction has grown in popularity, become much less taboo and has even resulted in some published works! (For example, how some books were originally FanFictions to a movie already in existence). 

 

 

 

Do You Still Engage With It In The Way You Used To?

I no longer use FanFiction.net. I do have an account with them on which some of my FanFictions can be found, HOWEVER I am no longer posting on that site. Now I post my FanFictions on to Archive Of Our Own and HarryPotterFanFiction.com (as well as posting my works onto this blog). 

 

 

 

Which Fandoms Do You Enjoy Reading/Writing? (Harry Potter Etc)

Harry Potter, Merlin, Marvel, IT, Teen Wolf.

 

 

 

Who Are Your OTPs? (One True Pairings)

Reddie (Richie Tozier & Eddie Kaspbrak) from Stephen King’s: IT. 
Hinny (Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley) from J.K. Rowling’s: Harry Potter 
Newtina (Newt Scamander & Tina Goldstein) from J.K. Rowling’s: Fantastic Beasts 
Grindeldore (Gellert Grindelwald & Albus Dumbledore) from J.K Rowling’s: HP & FB

 

 

 

Have You Told Anyone That You Write FanFiction?

Do you know what? When I started out, I didn’t and it took a LOT of confidence for me to advertise my first FanFiction on my own social media (as people would then realise I wrote FanFiction). However, after a few conversations with the people closest too me and my admitting to them that I read and write FanFiction with nothing but positive reactions from them, I no longer am wary about admitting it!

 

 

 

What Does FanFiction Mean To You?

FanFiction is ultimately a community in its own right! To me, it is a means of satisfying my cravings for more of the fandoms I love most. It also is a way of maintaining a fandom as once a series is finished there tends to be a drop in the fan-base but when it comes to FanFiction, the stories can live on through the fans!

 

 

 

Do You Prefer Canon-Based Fanfiction Or AU? (So FanFiction That Slots Seamlessly Into The Original Story Or ‘Alternate Universe’ FanFiction Where The World Is Slightly Different)

This is an odd one because when writing FanFictions (I’ve found) that I tend to stick to the more canon-based FanFiction. However, when reading FanFictions, I do still adore AU’s. 

 

 

 

Tell Us About A FanFiction You’ve Either Read Or Written.

FanFictions I’ve read are simply too long to list, though my favourite FanFiction’s at the moment definitely has to be those in the Harry Potter fandom in which Hermione travels back in time to when Tom Riddle is still at school in an attempt to change/stop him from becoming Lord Voldemort. 

 

The Unpopular Opinions Tag

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WASN’T FEELING

  • The Maze Runner Series Written By James Dashner 
  • Game Of Thrones Series Written By George R. R. Martin 
  • The Divergent Series By Veronica Roth
  • The Vampire Academy Series By Richelle Mead 
  • The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series By Maggie Stiefvater

BOOKS OR SERIES I ENJOYED MORE THAN THE MASSES

  • The Adventure Of Merlin Book Series By Various Authors [Based Off BBC Show] 
  • On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel By Nancy Holder
  • Harry Potter And The Cursed Child By J.K. Rowling Et. Al

A FAILED LOVE TRIANGLE / AN OTP I DIDN’T LIKE

Clary Fray/Jace Herondale From The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare 

POPULAR GENRES I RARELY READ

  • Romance (As a primary genre – I like romance as a subplot)
  • Erotica
  • Sci-Fi

BELOVED CHARACTERS I DON’T LIKE

  • Clary Fray From The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare 
  • Allison Argent From On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel By Nancy Holder 
  • Guinevere From The Adventures Of Merlin Book Series

POPULAR AUTHORS I CAN’T GET INTO

  • George R. R. Martin
  • John Green

OVERUSED TROPES I’M TIRED OF SEEING

  • The Popular Boy/Girl and Geeky Boy/Girl getting together
  • The “Started off as a dare/bet” relationship

POPULAR BOOKS OR SERIES I WON’T READ

  • Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS I PREFER TO THE BOOKS

  • Inkheart (2008) 
  • The Hunger Games Series (2012-2015)

Top 10 2-Sentence Horror Stories

Ah, the month of Halloween! To start it off the horror related posts, let’s take a look at my top 10 favourite 2-sentenced horror stories! 

 

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”
— justAnotherMuffledVo

 

 

Don’t be scared of the monsters, just look for them. Look to your left, to your right, under your bed, behind your dresser, in your closet but never look up, she hates being seen.
— AnarchistWaffles

 

 

You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen. As you are heading down the stairs you hear a whisper from the closet saying “Don’t go down there honey, I heard it too.”
— comparativelysane

 

I always thought my cat had a staring problem, she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.
— hangukbrian

 

 

If you get scared at night, don’t keep your eyes closed for too long. There’s a reason you’re scared, and now you can’t see it approach.

 

 

I used a Ouija board yesterday, but I only asked one question and put it away. I got my answer today — written in blood on my ceiling.

 

 

I have a recurring dream I’m murdered by a man I’d never met. I thought it was stupid until I went on a blind date and saw him at the table.

 

 

Roses are red, violets are blue… There is someone right behind you.
 — Kaserbeam

 

 

I arrived at the funeral a few minutes late. Nobody acknowledged me, and I figured out why when I looked into the casket and saw myself.

 

 

As I walked up the driveway with my new friend, I introduced him to my dad. “What friend?!” he asked with bewilderment in his eyes.

 

 

 

(These stories are selected from the following page which you can find HERE. Why not comment with your own favourite in the comments below or even feel free to share your own!) 

The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger

Brought to you today is, as the title states, The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger tag. If you have already participated in this book tag then feel free to leave a link to your post below – and if you haven’t then I tag you! 

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How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

2 months to the day. 

 

At What Point Do You Think You Will Stop?

I have no plans to stop at all. So, for the purpose of answering this question… Never. 

 

What Is The Best Thing?

The best thing about book blogging is sharing my opinions on my favourite books and, even more so, the opportunities presented to me to talk to and interview my favourite Authors.

 

What Is The Worst Thing?

The worst thing about book blogging is that so much time and dedication must go into reading a book and a lot of books need to be read in order for there to be plenty of material to post. (That’s kind of why I don’t JUST blog about books). 

 

How Long Does It Take You To Create/Find Pictures To Use?

Minutes – I just mark where the images are going to go in the draft post as well as make some notes on what the images should be of and then google them following the editing and pre-publication process. 

 

Who’s Your Book Crush?

At the moment, my book crush is Eddie Kaspbrak from the Stephen King novel IT. 

 

Which Author Would You Like To Have On Your Blog?

OH, SO MANY! Stephen King, J.K Rowling, Rainbow Rowell and Ken Follett are my top 4. 

 

What Do You Wear When You Write Your Blog?

My PJ’s. 

 

How Long Does It Take You To Prepare?

I generally plan which posts I want to post a month in advance and start writing them whenever I can. 

 

How Do You Feel About The Book Blogger Community/Culture?

I absolutely adore all of the book bloggers I have seen, whether it’s on WordPress through written blogs or on YouTube. 

 

What Do You Think One Should Do To Have A Successful Blog?

Interact. Or at least provide the opportunity to interact with their readers. 

 

Who Do You Tag?

You – yes, you there, reading this post! 🙂 

Suggestions/Requests

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Attention!

 

Hello there!

First of all, allow me to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you – whether you are a follower, a daily reader or have simply stopped by to check out my blog – I am extremely thankful and hope that you enjoy reading my blog posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

With that being said, lets get down to business… 

Now that September is coming to a close and October is just one day away, I believe it is time to begin finalising the plans which I have concerning the future of this blog. 

So, I came up with the idea that at the end of each month, I am going to give you (the readers) the option to recommend books, movies, TV shows etc; suggest a topic that you would like me to discuss on the blog whether it be through posting an article or a top 10… Anything that comes to mind. 

Just let me know in the comments and I will take note of your request – giving you and your blog (if you have one) a special shout-out on the day I publish the post. 

 

Kind Regards, 

FandomxFanatic

What Kind Of Writer Am I?

What kind of a writer am I?

Well, I took this quiz to find out. If you’re interested in taking part, then just click on the link HERE to go and take the quiz for yourself.

If you’re interested in my answers and the final result, then take a peek below. 🙂 

 

 

My Results: 

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Make sure to let me know what your result was in the comments below! 

The Disney Song Book Tag

Part Of Your World
What Book World Would You Change Yourself For So You Could Be A Part Of That World? 

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Let It Go
What Book Did You Not Want To Finish Because You Loved It So Much?
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Beauty And The Beast
What Book Do You Think Is/Will Be Timeless?
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So This Is Love
What Book Were You Hesitant To Read At First But Ended Up Loving?

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Friend Like Me
Which Character Would You Like To Be Your Best Friend
?

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Richie Tozier (Stephen King’s IT)

 

Reflection
What Book Really Made You Think/Changed The Way You Viewed Things?

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Colours Of The Wind
Who Do You Tag? 

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Can I Survive IT: Chapter 2?

“These 12 Questions Will Determine If You Can Survive IT: Chapter Two”

Can I survive? Find out in the video below… 

 

 

 

 

 

My Results: 

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Find out if YOU could survive IT: Chapter 2 by answering the questions, just click on the link HERE and don’t forget to come back and share your results in the comments below!

Sympathy Poem

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Light a candle, say a prayer, 

& know those who are loved and lost 

are always truly there. 

 

 

They’re in the memories that you hold, 

of the moments that you shared.

An infinity of a life time 

through the stories which are told 

 

 

Whilst they may not be there in body, 

the spirit lingers on 

A guardian angel just for you 

who’s never truly gone. 

 

 

Written by myself, 2019

The Harry Potter Spells Tag

I tag… ALL OF YOU! 🙂 

 

Flagrate – Writing Charm
A Book You Found Interesting But Would Like To Re-Write…

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Alohomora – Unlocking Charm
A First Book In A Series That Got You Hooked…

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Accio – Summoning Spell
A Book That You Wish You Could Have Right Now…

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Avada Kedavra – Killing Curse
A Killer Book…

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Confundo – Confusion Charm
A Book You Found Confusing…

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(Purely because time-travel is mind blowing to me… I LOVE this book)

 

 

Expecto Patronum – The Guarding Spell
Your Spirit Animal Book…

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Sectumsempra – Dark Curse
A Dark, Twisted Book…

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Expecto Patronum (Again) – The Patronus Charm
A Childhood Book Connected To Good Memories…

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Expelliarmus – Disarming Spell
A Book That Took You By Surprise…

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Prior Incantatum – Reverse Spell
The Last Book You Read…

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Riddikulus – Boggart Banishing Spell
A Funny Book You’ve Read…

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Sonorus – Amplifying Charm
A Book You Think Everyone Should Know About…

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Obliviate – Memory Charm
A Book Or Spoiler You Would Like To Forget Having Read…

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Imperio – Controlling Curse
A Book You Had To Read For School…

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Crucio – Torture Charm
A Book That’s Painful To Read…

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Diffindo – Severing Charm
A Book You Wish You Could Separate From Its Series…

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Flipendo – Knock-back Jinx
A Book That Repels You…

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Stupefy – Stunning Spell
A Book That Left You Stunned Speechless…

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Top 10 Favourite Book Tropes

The tropes which are listed below are 10 tropes which I, personally, enjoy. Are there any on this list that you like (or even hate)? Let me know in the comments below along with others not mentioned.

 

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The Chosen One 

Who doesn’t love the idea of one day being told that you have this great destiny? 

 

Love Triangle 

Done right, of course, the love triangle trope is one of my favourites. The best ones leave me wondering which choice is best for the individual stuck in the middle – maybe even after they have made their decision. 

 

‘Secret’ Villain

Whether it’s a villain that we hate (*cough* Umbridge *cough*) or a villain who we love to hate, the villain of the novel is always a character who I find extremely interesting. The only issue is that in many stories the villain is someone who we is evil from the get-go… What I LOVE is when the author surprises the reader by revealing that the villain was someone who we trusted all along!

 

Real Name Calling 

Two characters, whether they be friends or a couple, who are forever using nicknames to address one another finally using the others biological name. I just live for that moment!

 

Orphan Trope 

Lets face it, when it comes to books (particularly adventure novels), parents just get in the way! Which is why a lack of parents in stories is something which I love. The Orphan book trope is particularly intriguing because it creates an internal struggle for the character before the action has even begun – they are constantly trying to find themselves and where they belong in the world. 

 

Unrequited Love

I am a sucker for this trope! Whether the novel ends with the pair becoming a couple or not, unrequited love is one of the most heart-wrenching and bittersweet beautiful tropes to exist.

 

Misfits Unite!

There’s nothing better than a band of misfits who have ‘no place in the world’ they live in coming together to overcome their difficulties. 

 

Past Lives

This trope is rare, or so I’ve found in my exploration of fiction, but books which include characters who are currently experiencing flashback etc. to their past live is the ultimate entertainment for me. 

 

Villainous Monologue 

A lot of people hate this and I do understand why but I am a sucker for a villain who talks too much. 

 

Amnesia 

Characters who are unable to remember a particular event (perhaps the event which started their journey) or their past in general makes for a particularly interesting read and I love novels which explore this, allowing readers to learn about the character as they themselves do. 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Lover Problems

If you, like me, are a lover of books then it’s highly likely that you have come across the following problems…

 

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Spending All Your Money On Books

 

Not Having Enough Money For Books

 

Encountering Those Books That Haven’t Been Read… 

 

Living In A World Filled With Interruptions 

 

Simply Not Being Able To Choose A Book 

 

“What’s Your Favourite Book?”

 

The End… *Closes Book Unwillingly

 

“Hey, Can I Borrow Your Book?” 

 

Literally Having No Life

 

W.T.F Was THAT Ending?! 

 

Having No One To Talk To About The Book Because People Are Just Like… 

 

BOOK-EMOTIONS!!! 

And Another 20 Questions You Aren’t Used To Answering

1. What Is Your Favourite Milkshake Flavour?

Chocolate – Nutella to be precise!

2. What Football Team Do You Support?

None.

3. Do You Have Any Scars?

Yes.

4. What Do You Want To Be?

A Writer.

5. If You Could Change ONE Thing About Yourself, What Would It Be?

I would change my voice.

6. Are You Reliable?

Yes.

7. If You Could Ask Your Future Self ONE Question, What Would It Be?

Does it all work out?

8. Do You Hold Grudges?

I never used to but as years have gone by, I have started to.

9. If You Could Breed Two Animals Together To Defy Nature And Create A New Animal, What Would They Be?

Oh… A Platypus and a Bird.

10. What Is The Most Unusual Conversation You Have Ever Had?

Killer Sheep.

11. Are You A Good Liar?

No.

12. What Has Been Your Worst Haircut/Style?

Trying to have a fringe again like I had in childhood.

13. Have You Ever Baked?

Yes.

14. Can You Do Any Other Accents Aside From Your Own?

Irish (Northern), English (Cockney/East-End) and American (New Yorker/Southern).

15. What Do You Like Of Your Toast?

Butter, or Jam – though NEVER together.

16. What Is The Last Thing You Drew A Picture Of?

A cat while I was drawing with my little sister, Kaia.

17. What Would Be Your Dream Car?

Achievable – Yellow Volkswagen Bug.
DREAM – Yellow Convertible.

18. Do You Sing In The Shower?

Yes.

19. Do You Believe In Aliens?

Yes.

20. Do You Often Read Your Horoscope?

Not really.

The Coffee (& Tea) Book Tag

BLACK:
A SERIES THAT IS TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS

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PEPPERMINT MOCHA:
A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR

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HOT CHOCOLATE:
A FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOK

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DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO:
A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH

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STARBUCKS:
A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE

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OOPS I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF:
A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM

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THE PERFECT BLEND:
NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING

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GREEN TEA:
NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL

This is How It Always Is

CHAI TEA:
NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES

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EARL GREY:
NAME ME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC

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Dr. Phil’s Personality Test

Don’t ask me why I decided to take this test, I don’t particularly know myself. However, I am curious to know the results and if you are too then check out the video below for my answers and what Dr. Phil’s Personality Test has to say about me!

Curious to take the test yourself, click on the link HERE and feel free to share your own results in the comments below!

 

 

 

My Results:

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Short Sympathy Poem

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While I know I can’t take away your pain, 

I’m here for you, my friend. 

A shoulder for you to lean upon

Until the very end. 

 

 

 

So though times may seem dark right now, 

I’ll be there as a light 

To guide you through those darker times 

Until those darker times turn bright. 

 

 

Written by myself, 2019. 

 

What Fictional Movie Character Am I Most Like?

Curious to know what your own results are, then take the quiz by clicking on the link HERE.

Curious to know my own results, then scroll down and take a watch at the video I recorded whilst taking the quiz. 

 

 

My Results: 

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15 This Or That Questions

► Cookies Or Cake?

Cookies.

 

 

 

 

► Cat Or Dog?

Cat.

 

 

 

 

► Computer Games Or Video Games?

Video Games.

 

 

 

 

► Pop Music Or Rock Music?

Pop Music.

 

 

 

 

► Stuffed Animals Or Dolls?

Stuffed Animals.

 

 

 

 

► Pancakes Or Waffles?

Waffles.

 

 

 

 

► Hot Chocolate Or Coffee?

Hot Chocolate.

 

 

 

 

► Freedom Or Hope?

Hope.

 

 

 

 

► Day Or Night?

Day.

 

 

 

 

► Text Message Or Call?

Call.

 

 

 

 

► Library Or Museums

Library.

 

 

 

 

► French Or Spanish?

French.

 

 

 

 

► Summer Or Winter

Summer.

 

 

 

 

► Comedy Or Horror?

Horror.

 

 

 

 

► Love Or Money?

Love.

Top 10 Characters

Below are a list of my top 10 characters from my top 3 forms of entertainment: books, movies & TV Shows.

Are you a fan of any of the characters below? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share your own list too! 

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Eddie Kaspbrak from Stephen King’s: IT

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Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier from Stephen King’s: IT

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Newt Scamander from J.K. Rowling’s: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

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Ginny Weasley from J.K. Rowling’s: Harry Potter

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Isabelle Lightwood from Cassandra Clare’s: The Mortal Instruments 

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Mordred from the BBC Merlin series 

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Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn’s: American Assassin 

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Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s: Fangirl 

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Jim Moriarty from BBC’s: Sherlock 

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Bucky Barnes from Marvel’s: Captain America Trilogy, Infinity War & Endgame

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Which Fantastic Beasts Character Am I?

I took Buzzfeed’s quiz to find out which character I was from the Fantastic Beasts franchise… Check out my answers and the result in the video below! 

Want to know which character YOU are, then take the quiz HERE and don’t forget to share your result in the comment below along with your thoughts. 

 

 

 

My Results: 

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Get To Know Me Tag: Part 2

10 More Questions… Let’s Go! 

 

1. Cook, Takeaway Or Eat Out?

Eat-Out! 

 

2. Formal Or Casual?

Casual. 

 

3. Dogs Or Cats?

I’m still a cat person, I have to admit. 

 

4. Play It Safe Or Be Daring?

Play it safe. 

 

5. Idealist Or Realist?

Fantasist. XD 

 

6. Lead Or Follow?

Follow.

 

7. Work Or Play?

Work. 

 

8. Lennon Or McCartney?

Neither.

 

9. Love Or Money?

Love. 

 

10. Share Your Problems Or Keep Them To Yourself?

Share – with people who are close to me only. 

 

The Marvel Avengers Book Tag

IRON MAN: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: A BOOK THAT SENDS A POSITIVE MESSAGE.

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THOR: A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER WHOSE STRENGTH YOU ADMIRE.

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BLACK WIDOW: A BOOK WITH A KICK-ASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST.

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HULK: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU INCREDIBLY ANGRY.

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HAWKEYE: AN UNDERRATED BOOK YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO.

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(BONUS) LOKI: A BOOK WITH A TWIST OR A SURPRISE THAT TRICKED YOU.

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Get To Know Me Tag: Part 1

10 Questions… Let’s Go!

 

 

1. Morning Or Evening Person?

At present, morning person though it does tend to vary.

 

 

2. Night In Or Night Out?

Night in. Me? Socialising, ha!

 

 

3. Lots Of Friends Or A Few Close Friends?

A few close ones, definitely.

 

 

4. Time To Yourself Or Time Spent With Others?

You know… Time to myself is preferable. 

 

 

5. Holiday At Home Or Abroad?

Jersey, which is a flight away (in the Channel Islands) but is my second home so it counts as both. 

 

 

6. Countryside, Seaside Or City?

Countryside. 

 

 

7. Hot Climate Or Cold Climate?

Medium? I live in Scotland so I’m sick of the cold climate but I can’t handle hot weather either… 

 

 

8. Books Or Films?

Books! Though I love movies as well. 

 

 

9. Rice Or Pasta?

Pasta!

 

 

10. Tea Or Coffee Or…?

Tea – unless hot chocolate is available. 

Top 10 TV Shows

Below you shall find my own top 10 TV Shows which I love.
If there are any which you haven’t seen yet or a TV show you would like to recommend then let me know in the comments down below!

 

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Merlin

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Miranda

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Still Game

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Sherlock

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Hemlock Grove

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Shadowhunters

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The Big Bang Theory

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Wife Swap

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Scream

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Teen Wolf

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I Joined NaNoWriMo

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Whether it be working, blogging, studying or failing at having a social life, it’s safe to say that I should really be focusing on finding time to relax… Of course, anyone who knows me knows that when I find time to relax, I find something else to do instead.
Hence… this. 

 

As of today (fifteen minutes ago from posting this to be exact), I have signed up to NaNoWriMo after watching many writers on YouTube vlog about it. 

 

What is NaNoWriMo, you may ask? Well, let me tell you… 

NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and the website can be found by clicking HERE.

The website is a non-profit site in which both published authors and aspiring writers alike can sign up to participate in the ultimate kick-start writing experience. From the 1st of November, for the entire month, participants work towards a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel…

Sound like the motivation you need to begin writing that book you wish to publish? Then why not sign up? 

 

As for me, I will be using the current novel (of which I will share more of… one day) which I am writing and hoping that NaNoWriMo will help me to get at least the first draft complete! 

 

Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? Will you be this year?
Let me know and feel free to share your experiences or tips in the comments below. 

 

 

20 MORE Questions You Aren’t Used to Answering

1. If You Were The Opposite For One Day: What Would You Look Like & What Would You Do?

Well, I supposed I would be a boy with light (blond) hair and blue eyes, tall, and sporty. So I would probably use that to my advantage and play some sports, find it easily to socialize etc.

2. Do You Have A Secret Talent? If Yes, What Is It?

If I told you… I’d have to kill you.

3. What Is One Unique Think You’re Afraid Of?

Unique? Um, everything.

4. You Can Only Have One Kind Of Sandwich. Every Sandwich Ingredient Known To Humankind Is At Your Disposal.

Chicken and Mayonnaise.

5. You Just Found £100! How Are You Going To Spend It?

Jump on a bus to The Boy Wizard shop in town and buy a ton of Harry Potter Merch.

6. You Just Got A Free Plane Ticket To Anywhere In The World, But You Have To Leave Immediately. Where Are You Going To Go?

Jersey, Channel Islands.

7. An Angel Appears Out Of Heaven And Offers You A Life-Time Supply Of Any Alcoholic Beverage Of Your Choice. What’s It Going To Be?

I don’t drink alcohol. Can I have Chocolate Milk instead?

8. You Discover A Beautiful Island Upon Which You Many Build Your Own Society. You Make The Rules. What Is The First Rule You Put Into Place?

Everyone MUST be sorted into their Hogwarts House.

9. What Is Your Favourite Expletive?

Bullshit.

10. Your House Is On Fire! You Have Just Enough Time To Run In There & Grab ONE Object. What Is It Going To Be?

Book: Stephen King’s IT.

11. You Can Erase Any Horrible Experience From Your Past. What Will It Be?

Primary 5, in its entirety.

12. You Got Kicked Out Of The Country For Being A Time-Traveling Heathen Who Sleeps With Celebs & Has Super-Powers. you Can Move To Anywhere Else In The World… Where Do You Go?

Jersey, Channel Islands.

13. The Celestial Gates Of Beyond Have Opened, Much To Your Surprise Because You Didn’t Think Such A Thing Existed. Death Appears. As It Turns Out, Death Is Actually A Pretty Cool Entity AND Happens To Be In A Fantastic Mood. Death Offers To Return ONE Person Of Your Choice Back To The Living World. Who Will You Bring Back?

My Granny Mary – I have personally never met her but I wish I had known her and would love to meet her.

14. What Was Your Last Dream About?

Based of Stephen King’s IT – I was in the place of Eddie Kaspbrak and myself and Richie were visiting Bill Denbrough and his wife when IT attached.

15. Are You A Good Person?

I think so.

16. Have You Ever Been Admitted Into The Hospital?

Yes.

17. Have You Ever Built A Snowman?

Yes.

18. What Is The Colour Of Your Socks?

Black.

19. What Type Of Music Do You Like?

Any! Except for Metal.

20. Do You Prefer Sunrises Or Sunsets?

As much as I prefer day, I love sunsets.

Question Of The Month

So I thought I would introduce something new to the blog again in the form of a question. That’s right, a question. Once a month I am going to post a question onto my blog which I would like you – the readers – to discuss and answer in the comment below.

With that being said… Here’s this months question:

 

 

If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have picked?

 

 

For me, I would love to be called: Elizabeth (Eliza or Lizzie for short).

 

How about you? Let me know in the comments below!

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

A dinner party isn’t just about the food, it’s about the guests and below are a selection of mine who would be invited if I could. 

For this tag I tag all of you, so don’t forget to post the link to your published tag in the comments below! 

 

 

One Character Who Can Cook/Likes To Cook

I know it’s not cooking, specifically, but instead baking. However, I would not pass up the opportunity to have Jacob Kowalski from the Fantastic Beasts series grace us with his skills at my dinner party.

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One Character Who Has Money To Fund The Party

Who better to fund a party than the one and only Tony Stark?

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One Character Who Might Cause A Scene

Loki! You know he’s gonna!
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One Character Who Is Funny/Amusing

Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games novels. 
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One Character Who Is Super Social/Popular

Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf.
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One Villain

Helmut Zemo from the Marvel comics!Image result for helmut zemo civil war

 

 

 

 

One Couple – Doesn’t Have To Be Romantic

Richie Tozier & Eddie Kaspbrak – the banter between them both in Stephen King’s IT: Chapter 2 is reason enough for me to invite them along to my own dinner party.
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One Hero/Heroine

Henry Cavill’s Superman from Justice League.
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One Underappreciated Character

Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series.  Image result for ginny weasley

 

 

 

 

One Character Of Your Own Choosing

Hardin Scott from After.
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Which IT Character Am I?

Time To Float
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With the release of IT: Chapter 2, I thought I would bring to the blog something a little different. 

So with that being said I decided to take Buzzfeed’sWhich IT Character Are You?” quiz just like the cast of IT did… Want to see which cast members got their own characters, click on the link to the YouTube video HERE.

Want to see which character I am most like, scroll down and check out my answers and the result! 

 

 

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I chose: Genuine.
(As it got the most votes.) 

 

 

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I Chose: An Abandoned House.
Literally ALL BUT ONE OF THESE Pennywise has been in but at least I can run out of a house… 

 

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I Chose: Spiders.

 

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Since IT isn’t an option, I Chose: Carrie. 

 

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I Chose: Bottom Row, Middle. 

 

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I Chose: Stand By Me.

 

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I Chose: Eddie’s Arm Cast.

 

 

The Results Are In…

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Do you want to take the quiz, then click HERE and don’t forget to share your results!

Watch the IT: Chapter 2 trailer on YouTube by clicking HERE

Which Harry Potter Character Am I?

I took Buzzfeed’s quiz to see which Harry Potter character I was and this was the result!

Want to know which Harry Potter character YOU are? Take the quiz HERE and don’t forget to let readers know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

My Results:
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The Epic Reads Book Tag

QUESTION 1: IF YOU COULD INVITE ONE AUTHOR AND ONE OF THEIR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS TO LUNCH, WHO WOULD YOU INVITE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE THEM?

In all honesty, I would love to sit down and share a meal with Stephen King and his character Richie Tozier from his novel IT. It would definitely be a three course meal: some garlic bread for starters followed by pasta for the main meal and then maybe even some ice-cream or cake for dessert!

 

 

QUESTION 2: WHAT BOOK DO YOU WISH THE AUTHOR WOULD WRITE A PREQUEL FOR?

You know, I’m going to go with Stephen King’s IT novel yet again because I would LOVE to read a prequel showing more of what happened in Derry prior to the Loser’s Club going up again IT. Maybe even a prequel from Pennywise’s perspective? 

 

 

QUESTION 3: WHICH TWO CHARACTERS (NOT FROM THE SAME BOOK) WOULD MAKE A GOOD COUPLE?

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series and Hardin Scott from the After series.

 

 

 

QUESTION 4: IF YOU RAN INTO YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR ON THE SUBWAY AND ONLY COULD SAY ONE SENTENCE TO THEM, WHO IS IT AND WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Stephen King and I would say: “The style in which you write your books makes for the most exciting reads!” 

 

 

QUESTION 5: WHAT BOOK MADE YOU A READER AND WHY?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. THIS is the book which made me a reader because it is everything I could ever ask for in a novel. A fantasy world filled with magic that provides an excellent escape from reality but features many real-life issues in the foundations of its plot. 

 

 

QUESTION 6: YOUR BOOKSHELF JUST CAUGHT FIRE. SHOW THE BOOK YOU’D SAVE.

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QUESTION 7: WHICH DYSTOPIAN WORLD WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE? WHY?

In all honesty, none. I’m not a fan of dystopian worlds. 

 

 

QUESTION 8: WHAT IS YOUR MOST EPIC READ OF ALL TIME?

My answer for this is: The Little Bookshop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan. This book made me fall in love with my country and the idea of love all over again!

 

Top 10 Blog Post Ideas

Do you ever struggle for content to post on your blog?

Then take a look below at the top ten types of posts found on blogs today and see if any help spark ideas in you that will help you overcome that dreaded bloggers block! 

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Do A Top Ten List

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Publish A Short Story Or Poem

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Myth-buster Posts 

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Share A Secret 

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Reviews 

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Interviews 

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Recipes 

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Contests

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Free Giveaways 

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Blog Ideas

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20 Questions You Aren’t Used To Answering

1. Do You Ever Doubt The Existence Of Others But You?

No. Normally I doubt my own existence sometimes though.

 

2. On A Scale Of 1-5, How Afraid Of The Dark Are You?

Does the scale only go to 5? Okay… Then 5.

 

3. The Person You Would Never Want To Meet?

I’m going to go with Boris Johnson.

4. What Is Your Favourite Word?

Ambiguous!

5. If You Were A Type Of Tree, What Would You Be?

I’d like to be a willow tree.

6. When You Looked Into The Mirror This Morning, What Was Your First Thought?

I really need to brush my hair.

7. What Shirt Are You Wearing?

My Harry Potter pajama top which bears the writing: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”.

8. What Do You Label Yourself As?

Nerd.

9. Bright Room OR Dark Room?

Bright.

10. What Were You Doing At Midnight Last Night?

Writing Chapter 3 of my novel.

11. Favorite Age You’ve Been So Far?

I really enjoy being my age now: 23.

12. Who Told You They Loved You Last?

My Nan.

13. Your Worst Enemy?

Anyone who has no imagination.

14. What Is Your Current Desktop Background Picture?

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“Sunny Stag” by Robert Farkas.

 

15. Do You Like Someone?

No.

16. The Last Song You Listened To?

Back To The Start – magicbrother

17. You Can Press A Button That Would Make Any One Person Explode. Who Would You Blow Up?

Now that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

18. Who Would You Really Like To Just Punch In The Face?

Someone I am usually in close proximity to but I won’t name names. However, I will say that it is the same person I thought of when answering the previous question.

19. If Anyone Could Be Your Slave For A Day, Who Would It Be & What Would They Have To Do?

I’m not sure…

20. What Is Your Best Physical Attribute?

I’ve come to really like my eyes. Having brown eyes used to annoy me but now I’m rather in love with them.

My Potter Portfolio

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My Favourite Harry Potter Book:

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince

 

 

 

 

My Least Favourite Harry Potter Book:

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Harry Potter Movie:

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

 

 

 

 

My Least Favourite Harry Potter Movie:

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Harry Potter Character:

Draco Malfoy

 

 

 

 

My Least Favourite Harry Potter Character:

Dolores Umbridge

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Harry Potter Moment:

Molly Weasley Killing Bellatrix Lestrange 

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Harry Potter Quote:

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Additionally, if any of you want to be friends on WizardsUnite then you can add me, FandomxFanatic by searching the following friend code:

4405 7914 0484

 

 

 

Suggestions/Requests

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Attention!

 

Hello there!

First of all, allow me to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you – whether you are a follower, a daily reader or have simply stopped by to check out my blog – I am extremely thankful and hope that you enjoy reading my blog posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

With that being said, lets get down to business… 

Now that August is coming to a close and September is just one day away, I believe it is time to begin finalising the plans which I have concerning the future of this blog. 

So, last night I came up with the idea that at the end of each month, I am going to give you (the readers) the option to recommend books, movies, TV shows etc; suggest a topic that you would like me to discuss on the blog whether it be through posting an article or a top 10… Anything that comes to mind. 

So, let me know in the comments and I will take note of your request – giving you and your blog (if you have one) a special shout-out on the day I publish the post. 

 

Kind Regards, 

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The Bookish Love Tag

Ah, the bookish love tag… Not that I’ve been tagged in this but I saw it whilst browsing for book tags online and thought it would be fun to participate in! 

 

3 book boyfriends/girlfriends
– Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

– Mitch Rapp from the Mitch Rapp book series by Vince Flynn
– Baz Pitch (if only he weren’t gay…) from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

3 OTPs
– Newtina : Newt Scamander/Tina Goldstein [The Fantastic Beasts Series]

– Climon : Clary Fray/Simon Lewis [The Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters]
– Stydia : Stiles Stilinski/Lydia Martin [Teen Wolf]

 

 

Favourite first kiss
– Romione : Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger [The Harry Potter Series] (I mean, finally!)

 

 

What couple had the greatest sexual tension?
– Hessa : Hardin Scott/Tessa Young [The After Series by Anna Todd]

 

 

 

On Valentine’s day, which couple would…

…go to a fancy restaurant
– Lucissa : Lucius/Narcissa Malfoy [The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling]

 

…have a quiet picnic/walk on the beach
– Lenina : Lennox/Nina [The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan]

 

…stay at home and watch Netflix
– Hinny : Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley [The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling]

 

…go dancing!
– Malec : Magnus Bane/Alec Lightwood [The Mortal Instruments Series/Shadowhunters]

 

 

What couple do you want to get together?
– Newtina : Newt Scamander/Tina Goldstein [The Fantastic Beasts Series by J.K. Rowling]

 

 

What couple do you HATE that everyone else LOVES?
– Clace : Clary Fray/Jace Herondale [The Mortal Instruments Series]

Top 10 Favourite You-Tubers

I admit the majority of my time is spent watching videos on YouTube – whether the videos I watch are reactions posted frequently by some mentioned in the list below or my latest obsession the “Shark Glove Puppet” or other random videos. So, if you’ve got any channels that you would like to recommend then feel free to comment down below or even if you’re looking to promote your own YouTube Channel!

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Call Me Kevin
View Call Me Kevin’s YouTube channel HERE

 

Dylan Is In Trouble
View Dylan Is In Trouble’s YouTube channel HERE

 

renontheroad
View renontheroad’s YouTube channel HERE

 

Sean Thompson
View Sean Thompson’s YouTube channel HERE

 

TheBakeey’s
View TheBakeey’s YouTube channel HERE

 

Tessa Netting
View Tessa Netting’s YouTube channel HERE

 

Storm Akima
View Storm Akima’s YouTube channel HERE

 

Markiplier
View Markiplier’s YouTube channel HERE

 

jacksepticeye
View jacksepticeye’s YouTube channel HERE

 

LilyCReads
View LilyCReads YouTube channel HERE

Top 10 Favourite Movies

If you want to know what my top 10 favourite movies are then take a look at the list below. If you have a favourite movie that you would like to share then feel free to post about it and why it’s your favourite in the comments section! 

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Watch the Avengers: Endgame trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the After trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Bird Box trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Captain America: Civil War trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the American Assassin trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Bless The Child trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Death Note trailer on YouTube HERE

 

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Watch the Taken trailer on YouTube HERE

10 Problems Anxiety Causes

Please keep in mind that these are only ten, written by myself because I have experienced and can relate to every single one of them… Feel free to comment below if you’re wanting to bring to light others or issues of your own. If not, then that’s okay too. ♡

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10 Problems That Anxiety Causes

 

  • Overthinking (The majority of thoughts being negative)
  • Overwhelming Emotions (From being nervous to afraid, angry and sad)
  • Heightened Fear (Assuming the worst in every situation which occurs)
  • Irrational Fear (The smallest issue results in the worst scenario e.g/ illness = death)
  • Desperate For Escape (Trying to find a distraction e.g/ Movies, Books, Music)
  • Insomnia (Being kept awake at night with worry, dreading the future)
  • Isolation (Isolating yourself from others because you don’t want to bring them down with your problems/mood or not knowing how to engage in a conversation even with someone you care about because you think they won’t be interested…)
  • Lack of Self Esteem (Even when someone compliments you, you don’t believe them because surely it must be a joke or hidden insult… Right?)
  • Physical Effects (Making yourself feel physically sick, your heart pounding and hands sweating which makes you somehow feel even more self-conscious)
  • Panic Attacks (The inability to breathe properly or catch your breath and is honestly one of the most terrifying experiences EVER!)

Top 10 Favourite Quotes

Below are 10 of my most favourite quotes… Whether from books, movies, inspirational historical figures or elsewhere, they are quotes which inspire me everyday. 

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The above quote ^^^ is said by Ginny Weasley to Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince written by J.K. Rowling. 

 

 

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The Reader Problems Book Tag

The reader problems book tag… Of course, if you’re a reader there are MANY problems which exist for our kind but here are my answers to just a few questions for the sake of the tag!

 

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

To be honest, I think I would start with the stand alone novels first and read through those. Series can be read after that just so that I have more time to focus on the plot and work my way through the novels because when I read a series it tends to feature a LOT of books.

 

 

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

If I’m halfway through the book and still not enjoying it then I’m going to quit. That doesn’t mean to say that I won’t ever attempt to read it again though! There have been plenty of books that I’ve not enjoyed during my first time reading them but then I’ve decided to give the novel another try and found myself unable to put it down. So yeah, quit and maybe return to it a different day.

 

 

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Maybe – I would probably try and find more time to read or read books that had less pages. After all, sometimes those books that aren’t packed with action tend to be just as enjoyable…

 

 

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I know a lot of people get annoyed when book series covers don’t match but I’ve never been too bothered by it. I appreciate some book covers more than others but admire them all.

 

 

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

If I can’t find someone on Twitter or Goodreads, then I rant about it to my Nan – she maybe not share my feelings or have read the book at all but she is such a great listener!

 

 

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I cry. Simple as that. If I am reading a book in public that is going to make me cry then I will cry – I’m terrible at hiding and controlling my emotions at the best of time but when I’m lost in a book? I forget that other people can see me and all hell breaks loose!

 

 

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

I re-read. Definitely. There’s nothing worse that reading the newly released novel in a series having forgotten facts from the novels prior. If I don’t re-read, I just spend the majority of my time that I’m reading asking questions that I should already know the answer to.

 

 

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I normally pretend that I’m in the middle of reading the book and if I think the person is going to remember they want to borrow the book then I tell them I’m already loaning it out to someone. When they ask in the future, it’s “Oh dear, I still haven’t gotten it back from *insert name here*…”!

 

 

Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Harry Potter! No matter what the Harry Potter book series are books which I will always read! So I’ll re-read a Harry Potter book or the entire book series and then see what I feel like reading afterwards.

 

 

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

All of them! Then they sit around for weeks or maybe months while I re-read books that I’ve already read at least several times, haha! Does anyone have the re-read bug?

 

 

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Well, I just answered that question in the answer to the question above! Haha. I’m terrible for not reading books which I buy right away…

Finding A Friend

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The summer following Ginny Weasley’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had been the longest summer Ginny had ever experienced, even in comparison to the long summers she had spent alone and without her siblings prior to her being old enough to finally attend the school of magic alongside them. She had spent the majority of the summer holidays hidden away in her room and out of sight of her family, with the exception of most meals and when someone, usually her Mother, came to check up on her or Fred and George attempted to cheer her up or lure her from her room with jokes and tricks. Her days had been spent living with the guilt of what she had done in her first year at Hogwarts, the relief that she would be allowed to return and the reassuring words spoken by her Mother and Father that she was not to blame – though those were only but a small comfort to her. The nights that followed those days were even worse and consisted either of her endless suffering because of the nightmares which plagued her sleep or the fear that consumed her the moment she lay down in her bed, keeping her from closing her eyes and prompting her to try and stay awake.

At first she had thought about asking her Mother to obliviate the memories from her, to rid her of the memories of the tall, dark haired boy she had opened up her heart and soul to… Literally. But the day she had tried to ask she had opened her mouth only to fall silent. Having the memories taken from her seemed too easy, almost cowardly, and Ginny had decided then that she would rather live with what she had done and what she had allowed to happen than take such an escape route as cowardly as that. If there was one thing which Ginny was sure of it was that she was not a coward. She was a Gryffindor. Even the Sorting Hat had said so and the Sorting Hat, as her Mother had pointed out before Ginny’s first year had begun, was rarely if not ever wrong. From that moment Ginny had “came out of her shell” as her Father had put it, trying harder to get back to her own self and engage more with her family. Fred, George and Ron had even allowed her to play Quidditch with them in the garden one afternoon. The news was later broken over breakfast that her Father had won seven hundred Galleons in the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw. This had allowed them the opportunity to travel on the first family holiday – the other only holiday Ginny had been on was that of travelling to Romania once when she was ten alongside her parents to visit her other brother, Charlie. It had been more than enjoyable, even with the exception of her Mother being overly protective of times and not allowing her to enter some of the pyramids or tomb or go on one exhibition. Overall, Ginny had slowly become more cheerful towards the end of the summer and had even finally begun to look forward to returning to Hogwarts.

Her chirpy attitude would have remained had it not been for the Dementor…

The minute the air had grown cold, Ginny had felt the shivers run down her spine and sitting in the darkness listening to Ron, Harry, Hermione and Neville’s voices had been fine until they had been drowned out by the mocking tone of a familiar voice which Ginny had never expected, or hoped, to hear again. The cold, sneering, voice of Tom Riddle… Suddenly the happiness she had felt over the last few remaining weeks of the summer was gone, as though it had been drained from her completely leaving nothing but the fear and guilt which she had felt before. The darkness closed in around her and she’d let out a sob which she had been sure at the time that no one would be able to hear… She felt so alone that she had forgotten completely about the presence of the others in the train compartment with her. Even after the Dementor had gone and Ginny had taken some of the chocolate which the Professor had offered to her she still felt cold and even with Hermione’s arm around her shoulders and the girls other hand rubbing her arm comfortingly Ginny could not stop herself from shaking. Her cheeks had turned a bright red that almost matched the colour of her hair, embarrassed by how she had most likely seemed to the others and underneath that her concern for Harry peaked. He too had not reacted well to the Dementors presence but whilst on the train she had been unable to think of anything much aside from the imaginary torments which Tom had delivered in her head whilst she had sat huddled in the corner.

From then on Ginny had once again reverted back into the persona of the shy girl she had turned into during her first year or whenever Harry was around. She purposely tried not to bring any attention to herself both in her classes or socially and it worked exactly how she wanted it too. Ginny focused on her classes during lessons and afterwards she would slip off to find a quiet spot in the library or somewhere on the castle grounds that wasn’t crowded by the other students. The third month into the school year Ginny had begun to realize just how irrational she was being in trying to avoid the other students. No one knew that she had been responsible… however directly or indirectly… for the attacks which had occurred one year previous and thus no one blamed her, giving her no cause but her own personal guilt to avoid them. However regardless of this, she still found herself unable to break away from the routine which she had created and so Ginny Weasley had remained just another face in the sea of faces which the mass of students at Hogwarts created.

It was one Saturday in which Ginny had retreated to the library to find additional books which would help her with her Potions homework that she came across a student who seemed to purposely want to stand out from the others who inhibited Hogwarts castle… The girl looked the same age as Ginny, standing only a few inches shorter than herself with long blond hair which was curled up in a messy bun. It looked more as though the girl had simply forgotten or not bothered to brush her hair that morning rather than the hairstyle to be one that was intentionally a tangled mess as though for some kind of fashion statement.

“Oh, hello!” The girl said cheerfully, noticing that Ginny was looking at her and Ginny dropped her gaze quickly, only now realizing that she had been staring at the odd girl.

“Hello.” Ginny said finally, meeting the girls pale blue eyes again. They were piercing and Ginny felt as though they were staring straight through her although they were wrinkled slightly as the girl continued to smile at her, making it somewhat difficult for Ginny to feel uneasy.

“You haven’t seen any Nargles, have you?” She asked suddenly, jumping up to try and catch a glimpse of the shelf above the one eye level to them both. Ginny paused to stare at her, a cease forming between her brows and she tilted her head curiously.

“A what ?” She asked, following the girl’s eyes to try and look on the shelf as well but all she could see was the books on the shelf.

“A Nargle.” The blonde girl repeated and Ginny was about to ask just what a ‘Nargle’ was when she opened her mouth again to speak. “They’re much like Nifflers, they like to steal too. I’m sure one of them has stolen my Quick-Quotes Quill… I thought I saw one come in here just now when I was passing.” Whilst the girl continued to search between the shelves, Ginny watched her closely unsure of what to say. She had never heard of a Nargle despite having looked into subject of magical creatures before even coming to Hogwarts, fascinated by them from a young age when she had found a Bowtruckle in her garden.

“No, I haven’t…” Ginny said slowly when the girl straightened back up to look at her again. “Are you sure that it came in here…? Perhaps we should say something to Madam Pince.” She added, looking over in the direction where Madam Pince, the librarian, was sitting at her desk, looming over a pile of books.

“I did warn her but she doesn’t believe that they exist.” The girl said matter-of-factly and for a moment Ginny was sure she heard a hint of sadness in her voice towards the end of her sentence. When Ginny didn’t reply, the girl continued. “A lot of people don’t believe that they exist actually but they’re clever creatures, Nargles, very mischievous. They’re rarely spotted or caught and they’re so rare people just don’t realize, you see?”

For a moment Ginny couldn’t help but be skeptical but until last year she would never have guessed that a book would be able to communicate with her in turn or act as a pathway for her to be possessed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named of all people… She therefore tried her best not to be so quick to judge or disbelieve the girl in front of her now.

“I could help you look for your Quick-Quotes Quill if you like.” Ginny offered after a moment, offering the blonde girl a friendly smile which was immediately returned.

“Would you? It was a present from my Dad. He works as an editor for the Quibbler.” The blonde girl said proudly and Ginny recognized the ‘Quibbler’ as a magazine which her Father often indulged in reading especially when they published an article concerning Muggles which her Father was highly interested in studying.

“My name is Ginny, by the way.” Ginny stated after a while as she helped the other girl search the shelves and library floor for any signs of her missing Quill or the Nargle who had supposedly stolen it.

“That’s nice.” The girl replied somewhat offhandedly. “Mine’s is Luna. Luna Lovegood.” Ginny allowed herself a small smile then, watching the other girl in silence for a moment and contemplating the possibility of perhaps getting to know the Luna Lovegood girl a little more…

The Sick Book Tag

1. Diabetes: Name A Book That’s Too Sweet, Like REALLY Sweet.

Hmm, for this one I would have to say A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks.

 

2. Chicken Pox: Name A Book You Only Picked Up Once And Never Will Again.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – OK, so I did pick up this book a second time but I put it down almost immediately. Does anyone else have difficulty re-reading the Twilight book series?

 

3. The Flu: Name A Popular Book That Spreads Like A Virus.

I’m going to have to say the Harry Potter series written by J.K Rowling. I suppose you could say that for the majority of those who pick up the books, a spell has been cast upon them!

 

4. The Cycle: Name A Book That You Re-Read Yearly, Or At Least Often.

My answer for this should be the Harry Potter series written by J.K Rowling – However for the sake of this tag I will answer with something different so that it does not clash with the previous answer… So, another book that I re-read often is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

 

5. Insomnia: Name A Book That Kept You Up All Night.

It didn’t keep me up during the night but one book which I could not put down was Birdbox by Josh Malerman. Having borrowed it from the library after work, I read it for 6 hours! Until I finished the novel at 11 PM, I did not put the book down AT ALL.

 

6. Amnesia: Name A Book That You’ve Forgotten Or Failed To Leave An Impact On Your Memory.

Book 1 of The Wolves Of Mercy Falls books series written by Maggie Stiefvater – Shiver. I cannot for the life of me remember what happened in this novel. All I know is that despite finishing it I have not decided to re-read the novel or continue the series.

 

7. Asthma: Name A Book That Took Your Breath Away.

The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan absolutely took my breath away when reading it. For those of you who haven’t read it, then I highly recommend this novel. This book made me fall in love with my country and the idea of love all over again!

 

8. Malnutrition: Name A Book That Lacks Food For Thought.

The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid book series written by Jeff Kinney – Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the movies but the books are a little off putting.

 

9. Travel Sickness: Name A Book That Took You On A Journey.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Again, for those who haven’t read THIS novel then I recommend you stop reading though my blog and go and read this book!
Additional note: Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Then you’ll definitely love this book!

A Poem For My Nan

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It’s strange how words hold so much power

yet there just are not enough 

to tell you how much it means to me 

that you’re there when times are tough 

 

I can hug you, I can kiss you, I can buy you lots of gifts…

But that will never be enough 

to pay back for all you did.

 

And so I write this poem to you, 

to show all who can see… 

That, Nan, when I say it

– I speak the truth –

you mean the worlds to me. 

 

 

 

[Originally written by myself on December 25th, 2018] 

Top 10 Book Moments

Below are ten of my favourite moments from my most beloved books. If you have a particular moment on the list that you also loved, or have another you’d like to share, let me know in the comments below!

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For years I had waited to read this scene, the final battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort… Of course this is going to be the number one in the top 10 book moments!

 

 

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Danny from Teen Wolf is so underrated in the show, in my own opinion, though in the book he gets a hero moment when he and his boyfriend come to save Lydia and find Jackson.

 

 

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Because Jack and Aliena in Ken Follett’s novel ‘The Pillars Of The Earth‘ are endgame!

 

 

 

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The Mirror of Erised in which young Harry Potter sees his parents and then the other members of the Potter family… I cry every time I read this chapter.

 

 

 

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Heart-breaking but beautiful… Despite his multiple attempts to go back in time and change events so that Cedric never died, he knows that the only way for the future to not be affected for the worst is for the events of the past to play out as they did…

 

 

 

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And so the book ends and we still do not know what those three words are. Did she finally say “I love you?” WHO KNOWS?!

 

 

 

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Baz on having to share a room with Simon. Forever one of my favourite moments in the novel.

 

 

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This brief dance between Nina and Lennox never fails to render me breathless!

 

 

 

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And so Mr. Darcy comes to the inevitable conclusion that he may finally be developing feelings more positive for Miss Elizabeth Bennett.

 

 

 

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To be honest, all moments in which Katniss is thinking about Peeta are my favourite moments but this one in particular captures it perfectly.

‘Carry On’ By Rainbow Rowell

When the figure steps forward, I recognize him at once. Tall. Black hair swept back from his forehead. Lips curled up in a sneer. . . I know that face as well as my own. Baz.

 

If you’re a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s books, particularly her novel titled Fangirl, then you’ll love Carry On. Published in 2015, this 517-paged tale is a take on the fictional characters within Cath’s world featured in Fangirl. However, that being said, readers are perfectly able to read this book on its own as this YA novel is, in its own right, its own story! The book itself is split into four sections or ‘books’ with each one as epic as the other making the entire novel a definition page turner…

The story is presented to the reader through the first-person narrative of a selection of characters, particularly from the perspective of the two main characters Simon Snow and Baz Pitch. Right from the get-go, the magical nature of the story is established and whilst there are many similarities to the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling—such as Simon being similar to Harry Potter, the Mage to Dumbledore, Penny to Hermione and Baz being almost similar to Draco Malfoy. That being said, Carry On is its own story.

The magic within Rowell’s novel is cleverly taken not from Latin or some made up language as most magical works of fiction use, but in fact from every day terms, which is explained within the book.

“Words are very powerful,” Miss Possibelf said during our first Magic Words lesson. No one else was paying attention; she wasn’t saying anything they didn’t already know. But I was trying to commit it all to memory. “And they become more powerful,” she went on, “the more that they are said and read and written, in specific, consistent combinations. The key to casting a spell is tapping into that power. Not just saying the words but summoning their meaning”.
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The use of such every day words, phrases, and lyrics as spells really reflects on how powerful words truly are—something which many including myself overlook on a daily basis. The familiarity of such phrases used as well makes the use of magic throughout the story enjoyable to read and even humorous at times, what with one of the spells the Mage casts being the lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The first section of the book mostly follows Simon Snow’s character as he returns to the magical school of Watford School of Magicks. This is where the similarities to the Harry Potter novels really come into play with the reader discovering that this Hogwarts-like school, which is also located in Britain, houses and teaches many young Wizards and Witches the essentials of magic. Here, the school is run by the Mage and he has a close relationship to Simon as he does to most of his students.

As for our big bad in the story, he attacks Simon when he’s returning to Watford. The Insidious Humdrum, our big bad, there isn’t much to say without really spoiling the book, but lets just take a moment now to congratulate Rowell on this character and the ‘connection’ it had to Simon within the novel. From the moment he returns, the Mage is persistent that Simon be elsewhere. Whilst this could have been looked upon as the behaviour of one determined to protect him, I couldn’t help but feel slightly suspicious about the Mage’s determination to have Simon moved away from the school. It seemed too much like trying to get him out of the picture, I suppose. However, the surprise twist revealed at the end of the novel is baffling.

Ultimately, the best parts of the book begin with the end of the first section:

When the figure steps forward, I recognize him at once. Tall. Black hair swept back from his forehead. Lips curled up in a sneer. . . I know that face as well as my own. Baz. I stand up too quickly, knocking my chair over. Across the room, a mug falls to the floor and shatters – I glance over and see that Agatha is standing, too. Baz steps towards us. Baz.

After so long, so long, of reading about Baz, hearing of him from Simon’s point of view through a series of flashbacks and Simon’s thoughts, we finally get to meet him in person and I was not disappointed at all. The anticipation which built up during the first section of Carry On was followed, not by disappointment, but with relief and excitement. Baz’s absence from the story really did make it feel as though there was a gap in it, which could only be and was satisfyingly filled with his arrival/return. From here on, the story doesn’t change exactly, but there is a different air to it as we see how Simon and Baz interact with one another in more descriptive detail. Whilst other relationships occur within the story, it is the relationship between the characters of Simon Snow and Baz Pitch which really is the focal point. One thing which I loved reading about was how their relationship formed—from how they were destined to be roommates, were forced to be civil within their room and then reluctantly so grew closer and eventually became an item. Rowell’s way or formatting the book so that we were able to read about this development from both their perspectives made it all the more intriguing.

The two other major characters which I will mention briefly in this review is both Penny and Agatha—Simon’s best friend and girlfriend. Personally, whilst I was pleased with what became of Agatha at the end of the novel, I did favour Penny over her throughout the entirety of the story. Both characters contributed well to the plot and I enjoyed their interactions with one another and Simon and Baz alike!

For fear of spoiling too much of the plot, I won’t go into detail about much else involved within the story line, but I will say that each chapter… each page… had me hooked and I was unable to put the book down, despite being on holiday at the time I read it. Personally, the end of the book caused confusion among other emotions as I have no idea how to feel about the events which occurred, particularly to Simon. Any readers out there who has read the book will know what I am talking about as I don’t want to mention specifics because it is quite a big moment and spoiler. However, the ending was one which I felt was fitting and I was overall pleased with how the story finished!

Naturally though, there were a few let downs. Again, this does not mean that I liked the book any less, or even hated the fact these occurred at all, but simply that these could be used as negatives when debating how good the book is. This isn’t particularly a criticism as such because as I said the anticipation which built up throughout book one was very well done and reading about Baz from Simon’s point of view really made me eager to meet him… But, having to wait so long did get to me at times whilst reading. Also, the ambiguous nature of the Mage is something which, although was well written, really made me suspicious of his character a lot quicker than I would have. For this reason, I suppose it wasn’t too much of a surprise when part of his true self was revealed towards the end of the book. Really, those are the only two points which really stand out to me whilst I was reading the book for the first time as it was, generally, an amazing read!

 

Top 10 Authors

Below are a list of my favourite Authors as well as a few of the books which they have written. 

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Image result for j.k rowlingJ.K. Rowling 
Author of the Harry Potter book series and Casual Vacancy. Otherwise known as Robert Galbraith, author of The Strike series. 

 

 

Image result for jessica brantonJessica Branton
Author of her debut novel How To Experience Death For Beginners.

 

 

Image result for irvan the life and lies of albus dumbledoreIrvin Khaytman
Known as “hpboy13” and has written multiple essays about Harry Potter since 2007. He is also the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. 

 

 

Katherine Roberts
Author of I Am The Great Horse, The Pendragon Legacy and more…

 

 

Image result for ken follett authorKen Follett
Author of The Pillars of the Earth, A Column of Fire, World Without End, Jackdaws and more…

 

 

Image result for jacqueline wilsonJacqueline Wilson
Author of The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, Girls In Love and much more…

 

 

Image result for vince flynnVince Flynn
Author of the Mitch Rapp book series.

 

 

Image result for nancy holderNancy Holder
Author of On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel, Wonder Woman, Finders Keepers and much more…

 

 

Image result for stephen kingStephen King
Author of IT, The Shining, Carrie and much more… 

 

 

Image result for lynda la planteLynda La Plante
Author of Prime Suspect, Hidden Killers, Murder Mile and more…

Reasons To Watch The ‘Merlin’ TV Series

 

Young Merlin is far from ordinary. Possessing the power of magic, Merlin longs for someone to teach him how to hone his skills and give him purpose. Arriving in Camelot, the young Sorcerer learns that his destiny is much greater than he could have perceived: to protect the Prince, Arthur Pendragon, so that he can – one day – become the King of Camelot and unite the lands. However, Merlin must be careful as both friend and foe alike pose threat and he must protect Arthur whilst also hiding the fact that he has magic – for in Camelot magic is outlawed and being exposed could just mean that Merlin is put to death…

If, after reading that, you are still uncertain as to whether or not you should put aside some of your time and dedicate it to watching (or re-watching) the show, then here are a few reasons as to why that is exactly what you should do!

Complete Series

Having aired from 2008-2012, Merlin is a completed series, which can be watched at the viewer’s own leisure. No need to suffer through hiatus, it is the perfect opportunity for you to binge-watch the entire show at the click of a button! What’s even better is that this fantasy-adventure series is packed with five epic seasons filled with magical action which all the family can enjoy.

Colin Morgan Merlin

Story Arc

One aspect of the show which makes it exciting to watch is that the action is spread evenly throughout each of the five seasons, meaning that there is no season which feels less important than the others. Each season, whilst action packed, is not too overwhelming in terms of the events which occur and each one—in fact each episode—will undoubtedly leave the viewer craving more.

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Theme

Now, much like the issue some have with the Harry Potter series, some of you may be thinking that you won’t find Merlin enjoyable because what with all that magic and those mythical creatures… it’s just ‘completely unrealistic’ and a waste of time, right? Wrong! The story features some very significant and prominent themes which do in fact feature in the reality of our everyday lives. From friendship to betrayal, the exploration of life and death, Merlin is a show which takes these concepts and holds the potential to teach the viewers about them within a fictional setting.

Why not allow your children to understand the values of friendship by watching the bond between Merlin and Arthur grow throughout the course of the show? Allow Morgana to show you what it means to be independent and brave enough to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. More importantly, allow the show to assist you in believing that it is always okay to be your true self!

Relationships

This alone is a reason in itself as to why you should watch Merlin. If not for the individual characters and their own storylines and impressive development, the way in which they interact with the other characters made for compelling watch. From the humour-filled bromance between Arthur and Merlin, the strange bond between Morgana and Mordred, and the tragic love story of Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere, the relationships of the characters allows for the fans to dive into the shipping realm of the fandom just as any other good drama does. These relationships, with the additional bonus of many others, not only proves to be entertaining drama, but in fact goes to show how people can enter our lives for a mere moment yet hold influence over us in a much greater way and how some relationships are just meant to be.

Merlin and Arthur in BBC Merlin

 

To conclude, those are only a few of the reasons in existence as to why you should watch Merlin. So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and enjoy the five season series filled with warlocks, witches, all kinds of magical creatures, knights in shining armour, and a story which “will live long in the hearts of men”.

Summer Lovin’ Book Tag

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It’s time for the summer lovin’ book tag! Find out my answers to the book tag questions below… 

 

Start Of Summer: Pick A Book With An Attention Grabbing First Sentence?

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Too Hot To Go Out: Pick A Book For A Day In?

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Summer Road Trip: Pick A Book You’d Take With You On The Road?

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Iced Tea Goodness: Pick A Book With A Cold Setting?

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Nasty Sunburn: A Book You Really Disliked (So Far) This Year?

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Sizzling Read: Recommend One Of Your Favourite Books?

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You Have Your Mother’s Eyes

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“You have your Mothers eyes.”

Severus Snape watched as the pair of eyes before him widened, their gaze softening ever so slightly, and Severus allowed for the eyes to meet his own and force him one last time down memory lane. It was something which Harry Potters eyes had always had the ability to do since the moment Severus had clamped eyes on the boy. Long ago, Albus Dumbledore had informed Severus that Harry Potter had inherited Lily’s eyes and Severus had only just noticed when young boy had come to Hogwarts – having paid no attention to him when he had arrived at Godric’s Hollow on that dreadful night… Severus had been foolish to doubt Albus, to think that perhaps the elder had been lying to him simply to trick him into assisting him in protecting the boy but when Severus has met those eyes with his own he had seen the truth for himself. It was at that moment in the Great Hall, not in Albus’s office, in which he had agreed to protecting Harry Potter.

Protecting Potter… Protecting the result of Lily’s love for someone other than himself, someone who had made it their mission to torment Severus to no end. He took no shame in hating the boy who resembled his Father so closely. He had watched as the similarities between the boy and his deceased Father grew more and more uncanny every day for the six school years in which the young Potter had attended Hogwarts. All those years of teaching Harry Potter, having to face the mockery which the boy’s existence was with each passing day… It had seemed that even in death James Potter was tormenting him and reminding him of who he had lost.

The boys eyes had then, in Severus’s  opinion, became his only refining feature as they had, in those times when Severus had needed to look at the boy, provided him with something of a gateway to a time more pleasant, a time when the boy did not exist and Snape was only a boy himself and there had been no James Potter to steal his friend, his love…

He could see her now as he considered the young man kneeling over him and for a moment Severus was grateful that he would soon learn the truth, that he would learn Severus’s life story and perhaps could understand the true meaning behind Snape’s actions throughout the years, as well as the meaning behind his observation. He was sure Harry Potter had been told that he had his Mother’s eyes countless times and by those perhaps worthier of speaking of her to him, but Severus was not interested in how the young man might react or be feeling now as his well-known to be least favourite teacher lay dying.

In this moment, Severus was looking up into those familiar eyes and Lily Evans was looking back at him. He wished then, in silent desperation, that it was a moment which could last forever but the sinking feeling in his chest was there to accompany the knowledge that it would not.

Slowly the darkness that had been creeping in from the edge of his vision made the sight before him blur and he blinked, the image of Lily’s beautiful face disappeared, and he found himself looking at Harry Potter once more. A small sigh escaped his lips before his head grew heavy and everything went black…

Then came the blinding white light and a deafening rushing sound which grew louder and louder. It seemed to go on forever and only when it stopped did Severus’s eyes snap open. It took him a moment to realise that he was standing, standing on a small grassy hill which he recognised immediately as the place where he had spent countless days watching Lily, where he had met her and where they had spent happy hours discussing Hogwarts and the magical world of which they were both to enter. His surroundings looked so real and even felt real, something which he discovered when reaching out to run his fingers gently over the bark of the tree beside him. Severus moments passed in which Severus continued to examine his surroundings with a new-found curiosity, considering what seemed to be his fate with an odd form of acceptance.

He was dead, that much he knew. There was a lack of pain radiating over his body and he felt a wave of relief overcome him. It was selfish to be glad that, for him, it was over. His own sufferings could no longer be built upon and he no longer held the weight of having to endure the sufferings put upon others in the world which he had just been taken from. He had done what he could to assist Potter, done what Albus had desired of him and provided Potter with the information what was needed, and now he no longer needed to be concerned with the consequences. There was something in the selfishness he felt that was almost peaceful…

“Severus.”

Despite the softness of the voice, the sudden sound of it breaking the silence made Severus flinch and then he froze again. The voice was familiar, even if it had been years since he had heard it. He would never forget that voice… Could never forget that voice…

Turning slowly, he fought against the anticipation and hope which was slowly building within him, afraid of the disappointment that would drown him upon seeing nothing but expected scenery of the landscape behind him. That disappointment did not come…

Standing before him now was none other than Lily, smiling warmly at him and her eyes filled with appreciation and just a hint of sadness – emotions which, Severus decided then, he was no longer worthy to evoke from her. He remained rooted to the spot as she approached him and wrapped her arms gently around him. Severus, who had expected to feel nothing at all or perhaps just the usual icy feeling that normally came with making ‘physical’ contact with a ghost, jumped slightly when he felt the warmth of her touch. He supposed now that they were both dead, he could feel her touch as he would have done had they been both alive. Severus felt like a child again, being held in Lily’s friendly and consoling hug. Another beat of silence passed before Lily finally stepped back, withdrawing her arms from around him and meeting his eyes confidently.

“Thank you.”

The words were simple but spoken with severity and a heavy tone as her smile saddened. She was regarding him now, aware of the price he had paid to allow her son the chance to live.

“It was for you.” He replied matter-of-factually and although he attempted to keep his expression unreadable then Lily gave him one of her famous knowing looks. Her talent at being able to read the unreadable had not faded one bit… He stared back at her, unable to curb the feeling of longing which grew inside him. Even though he was dead, the feeling still clawed at his insides as though trying to tear at his very heart. “I’ve been a coward.” He stated heavily, expecting her soft expression to harden with disappointment as she agreed. It was the first time that he had admitted it to himself and out-loud, openly finally agreeing to the label which others had branded him with.

“No coward would have done what you did.” Lily said softly, her head moving from side to side as she shook it slowly. “You’ve been exceptionally brave, and I couldn’t be any more grateful.”

“I don’t deserve your gratitude.” Severus was quick to argue, cutting Lily off toward the end of her own statement.

“Then at the very least you deserve recognition.” There was a firmness in her tone that was reflected too in her stare as she dared him to argue with her again. Severus was unable to stop his lips from twisting up into a gentle smile of his own – the genuine notion felt alien to him after all these years.

“And now?” He quizzed, taking a moment to tear his eyes away from her face and gaze around them once more. Oh, how he wished he could remain here and with Lily once again. However, he had a feeling that doing so would not be possible, or at least not the answer which he would receive.

“Now you can rest, in a peace that’s well deserved.” She smiled, and Severus looked back to her to see her eyes were upon something behind him. He turned to follow her gaze and his eyes rested on a door which seemed to have replaced the tree in which he had spent his time hiding within. Severus knew what it meant, and he quickly had to stop himself from scoffing. A door to the beyond. It was always such a Muggle idea of passing over and moving on but standing here with Lily now, who’s life had collided with him in the Muggle world at the mere age of nine, he couldn’t help but think it was in fact rather fitting.

Severus edged towards the door cautiously, unable to push aside the tickling sense of fear overcoming him now as he reached out to open it. Beyond the door was… nothing and Severus was both disappointed and hesitant now to cross over. He knew that once he stepped beyond the frame that Lily would fade into nothingness as well, leaving him completely alone once more. He turned back towards her as that thought crossed his mind, entwined with another.

“Come with me?” The determination in his tone was snuffed out by the rise of the end of his request, turning it into a question and he watched with a growing sadness as Lily dropped her gaze, remaining silent. The expression on her face now told Severus all he needed to know, that she could not.

Drawing in a deep breath, he tried not to let the emotions coursing through him now get the better of him as he stepped toward the door. When he glanced over his shoulder, he could already see Lily fading but rather than the sadness which he had felt in the build up to witnessing her disappear once more, he was soothed by a wave of relief washed over him yet again. A sense of closure overcame him now as the door eased shut and Severus sighed, smiling genuinely for a second time as he accepted his fate – as a true hero would.

Reasons To Read Jenny Colgan’s ‘The Little Shop of Happy Ever After’

 

The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan, which is also known as The Bookshop On The Corner, is a story of love, hope, independence, and courage that will render readers unable to put the book down from the minute they start reading!

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After follows twenty-nine year old Nina Redmond who, following the closure of her beloved library, is left jobless and at a loss as to what she should do next. Her luck changes when she sees the opportunity to own her very own van which she plans to turn into a mobile library. Leaving her old life in Birmingham, Nina moves to the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to pursue her dream. However, reality is no fairy-tale and Nina encounters very real struggles in