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The Darker Side to Always Being Nice

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If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.” Now, let’s be honest, we have all heard that saying at least once in our lives. Most likely you were given that piece of advice by your parents who in turn were told the exact same thing by their own parents when they were young as well. It’s nice to be nice! WELL, that’s very true but even being nice has it’s limits.

May I just state now that I’m in no way attempting to or looking to encourage or condone any harmful behaviour – this isn’t what this blog post is about. What this blog post IS about is how being nice to others often results in the individuals own unhappiness. It’s something which is often overlooked by the majority and whilst I, personally, would not consider myself to be an unhappy person overall, the scenario is something which I frequently find myself in: changing my own view or actions or basing a decision as to ensure that someone else is happy even if it means sacrificing my own, even if it is only for a brief moment.

too true coming last Unfortunately, this is something which I agree with. You may disagree and that’s fine but from my own personal experience this does seem to be the case with myself and many others who go out of their way daily to make others happy BEFORE themselves.

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I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else but for myself saying no is actually a lot harder to do, especially when the person or situation itself is intimidating… Or if I merely like them too much, saying no to someone I like or love fills me with a terrible sense of guilt that I can’t help but be annoyed with myself… and then the vicious circle occurs and I grow even more annoyed at myself for being so annoyed in the first place.

This may seem like a rant of sorts and I apologise for it seeming like so but I suppose it is just a way in which I can vent about something I normally wouldn’t discuss with anyone. Perhaps this is a way in which I can discover that I’m not the only one like this if I am not…

 

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Movies: Me > You

Consider this post the opposite of Suggestion Sunday. 

If you don’t know about Suggestion Sunday then let me explain it to you. Basically, every Sunday a post of made specifically in order to invite all you readers to make any comments, recommendations or suggestions about the blog, movies to watch, TV shows to check out and books to read etc. This, being the opposite, is the chance for me to tell you quickly about some of those I think you may enjoy – some of which may even be reviewed later here on my blog…

 

MOVIES

American Assassin (2017) 
Wish Upon (2017) 
Bless The Child (2000)

 

TV SHOWS

MTV’s Teen Wolf (6 Seasons)
BBC’s Merlin (5 Seasons)
BBC’s Sherlock (4 Seasons)

 

BOOKS

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

 

If any of you have watched or read any of these then feel free to comment your own thoughts! 🙂

 

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Day Five: Hook ’Em with a Quote

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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” 

 

This quote taken from the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling and spoken by Michael Gambon in his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the movie adaptation will forever be one of my most favourite quotes.

true story Isn’t it though? In an article which I wrote for The Nerd Daily ‘The Reality of Fiction‘, I spoke about how important fiction is to each and every one of us. The Reality of Fiction looks also at how the stories we read and watch on screen influence our reality and our lives. The do this because despite how many of them are filled with fantastical elements that do not exist in this world we live in… they’re real. To us, the stories we enjoy are real and therefore, as Dumbledore states is true.

not true.gif I know there are some of you reading this right now and reacting exactly like this to what I have written. That’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion, you have your own beliefs and your own reality which is, most likely, this one.

My reality, however, will forever remain a mix of the world which I live in and those which I wish I could. What can I say, I’m a strong believer of fantasy being the best type of reality.

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10 Bookish Related Facts About Me

  1. I don’t prefer movies to books but being able to see the worlds and characters which I love being brought to life no matter how terrible the movie adaptation is is my guilty pleasure.
  2. I have slowly begun to accept the existence of Kindle’s and understand how they are useful and do have advantages. HOWEVER, I will NEVER stop preferring books to an electronic device!
  3. I have an extremely bad and irritable habit of not finishing TV Shows… It’s not that I don’t want to finish them, just that I begin them and then start another and another and another until there’s so many I don’t know what which one to continue watching first.
  4. I used to want to be a writer and write books for children. Well, I say books, they were mostly short stories. One was a series of adventures following the unfortunately unlucky Dr. Rat and his fat white Cat… The other was a story I wrote in Primary Seven whilst on a school trip to Kilbowie Outdoor Centre (in Scotland where I live) in which killer sheep began to pick off unwary travelers. That story was then read out by me to my class afterwards. People seemed to like it, surprisingly, although I don’t think they knew some of them were the victims.
  5. I’m quite an obsessive person and often get too deeply involved in fandoms of things which I particularly enjoy, so much so that I may as well just exist within that fantastical world of which the fandom is focused on.
  6. In addition to being obsessive over things which I enjoy I also tend to go through ‘phases’ which shift extremely quickly. For example, within the space of an hour I could be researching everything to do with Bucky Barnes from the Marvel Universe and then suddenly be questioning why we never got to see Teddy in the end scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and if he is okay and happy and… Oh God, my heart!
  7. I actually am not a great fan of romance novels. Whilst I like the odd romance story or a book or movie which features a romance within in it (because let’s face it, most do) I don’t particularly like those which are strictly romantic and by that I mean your typical boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily every after fairy tale type romance. It’s just too cliche in my opinion.
  8. I don’t own as many books as I would like. This really irritates me, especially because the book-tubers whom I watch on YouTube mostly come from America where the houses are much bigger than those in Britain or simply have bigger rooms and thus more space. I am very limited in the space which I am able to keep books and therefore can’t buy as many as I want to without having to sacrifice others to make room for the newbies.
  9. If I could have any job in the world, apart from my desire to enter the field of journalism, I would love to own my own bookstore. My ideal design for it would be based off the old fashioned bookstores that you often see now only in movies or read about in books. That little bookstore on the corner with its walls practically made of bookshelves and piled with books all the way to the ceiling… That would have been my dream job but sadly now-a-days, shops like that are not in fashion.
  10. I find it difficult to read in silence… This is a massive problem which I face and have done all throughout my life. Whether it be having to read aloud or having to audibly and visually react to what I am reading I am literally unable to sit down in a chair and read a book in absolute silence. Now it’s a bit obvious why, as much as I love them, I’m rarely seen in a library huh?

 

Well, that’s it for this post. You now know 10 Bookish facts about moi! Why don’t you share some of your habits and such concerning books and reading. Do you have anything you like or dislike about books? Are you a books/movies or both kind of person? Feel free to comment below!

 

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My Top 10 Favourite Songs

  1. Imagine Dragons – Gold
  2. Celine Dion – Ashes
  3. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
  4. Rachel Platten – Fight Song
  5. Sigrid – Everybody Knows
  6. Sleeping At Last – You Wouldn’t Like Me
  7. Faith Marie – Little Girl
  8. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons
  9. Laura Aquilina – Sinners
  10. Katy McAllister – Another Empty Bottle

 

These top 10 favourite songs  are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the songs that make the top ten. I highly recommend listening to each and every single one of them!

Have you listened to any of them? What are your favourite songs? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Day Four: A Story In A Single Image

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today. . .

The image which I have selected to write about is that one which is on the top left corner. When I first looked at all four images the one showing the girl standing alone in what seems to be a clearing or enterance to a forest immediately spoke to me. Many feelings arose when I saw this image: feelings of curiosity and wonder, uncertainty and a hint of fear… I put myself in the shoes of the girl within the picture and I question whether to look upon the woods ahead as a place of solitude or a dangerous terrain which acts as the home to many mysterious and potentially dangerous creatures.

Within fictional stories we have been told since a young age that whilst the woods may be a place of wonder and magic, danger lurks within the trees and waits for the moment to strike.

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – indeed!

 

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Movie Reviews, The Nerd Daily

Movie Review: American Assassin

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They took everything from him. Now he’s taking it back.

Watch the trailer for American Assassin on Youtube by clicking on the following link:
American Assassin Trailer.

Also read this movie review on The Nerd Daily website by clicking the following link:
Review on The Nerd Daily site.

SPOILERS AHEAD 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Avalon High by Meg Cabot

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An issue that I came across whilst writing up my notes for this book review was identifying the correct year in which this book was published. Online the publication date varies between 2005-2007 and the copy of the book which I own also stated that the novel was first published in 2006, whilst the edition itself was published in 2007. The novel itself was written by Meg Cabot and whilst it is a stand alone novel, a trilogy of manga comics act as continuation of the story. The 280 paged novel follows teenager Ellie Harrison as she enrolls at Avalon High where she discovers that the legends surrounding the Once and Future King, Arthur Pendragon, may not be just a myth but true and that she is to play a crucial roll in this modern day tale of the reincarnated figures that define medieval mythology.

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Day Three: One-Word Inspiration

ABUNDANCE

 

Defined, abundance means ‘a very large quantity of something’. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the term abundance and of how it can be both a good and a bad thing. The example I’m picking for today is: an abundance of money. Does money really bring one happiness? This is a question which I have always debated with myself.

On one hand a large amount of money being obtained to one individual could provide them with happiness by use of allowing them to buy things which make them happy – now if I was to have a large amount of money I know for a fact that the majority of that money would be spent on books which would bring me money.

On the other hand, those who have money in large amounts are often portrayed as being unhappy underneath the ‘act’ which they put on for others. This is understandable as money isn’t everything and happiness can be achieved in many ways, such as those who are less well off but have the support and unconditional love of their families – just look at the fictional family of the Weasleys within the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling for example!

What do YOU think of the term ‘abundance’? Let me know in the comments and feel free to relate the term to other things, not just money.

 

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The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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The following book tag was not created by me, I merely found it on this blog = SOURCE and thought that it would be a good idea to take part in the tag too! 

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TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… NOT GOTTEN A SEQUEL

I honestly can’t think of any book that I feel should not have gotten a sequel. The majority of books which I ready that have books which follow get better as the story goes on.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A SPIN-OFF SERIES

Harry Potter, without a doubt. There are certain characters that I would have loved to know more about. Then again, maybe one day…

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… ENDED DIFFERENTLY

Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Couldn’t we have seen the future for ourselves? I would loved to have seen like a flashforward of what happened years later, etc.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A TV SHOW / FILM FRANCHISE

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell, if you’re reading this… PLEASE make it happen?!

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD ONE POINT OF VIEW

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I loved reading from Sam’s POV but sometimes it was distracting and hard to decide when he was thinking as Sam and when he was thinking.. as the wolf, if you get what I mean.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A COVER CHANGE

There aren’t any books that I can think of, if I’m honest.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… STOPPED READING

Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, ha! Because if I didn’t read it… then it didn’t happen??? Kidding… I’d say I should have stopped reading Twilight. I didn’t, back then, but I should have.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… KEPT THE COVER

To be honest, I wish the Harry Potter book series had kept their original covers – although these new house covers are lit! ❤

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… NOT PREJUDGED

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James because.. Oh My! I judged this book pretty hard before reading it and then a few pages in I was hooked. By the end of the book, I was kicking myself for ever judging it!

 

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My Top 10 Favourite TV Shows

  1. Merlin
  2. Sherlock
  3. Shadowhunters
  4. Terra Nova
  5. Supergirl
  6. The Big Bang Theory
  7. Iron Fist
  8. Jessica Jones
  9. Come Dine With Me
  10. Gordon Ramsey’s: Hell’s Kitchen

 

These top 10 favourite TV Shows are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the shows that make the top ten. I highly recommend watching each and every single one of them!

Have you watched to any of them? What are your favourite TV shows? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Day Two: Write a List

Five Things I’ve Learned In Life

  1. You can’t make everyone happy.
  2. Grades should never come before health (mental or physical).
  3. University was not as fun as I had believed it would be prior attending.
  4. The imagination should not be suppressed.
  5. Online friends are just as valuable as the ones seen everyday.

 

And so, there it is, five examples of the many things which I have learned thus far in my 22 years of life!

What are some of the facts and valuable lessons which you have learned? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Avalon High

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(Characters L>R: Jennifer, Marco, Allie, Mr. Moore, Will, Lance, Miles)

Avalon High is a Disney Channel Original Movie which was released in 2010. Directed by Stuart Gillard, the movie has a run time of 1hr 30 mins and is the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Meg Cabot. This fantasy drama movie suitable for the entire family stars Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington, Gregg Sulkin as Will Wagner, Joey Pollari as Miles and many more talented actors and actresses. Being an adaption of the book, there are a few noticeable differences within the movie. However, the basis of the story remains the same with young Allie Pennington transferring to Avalon High only to discover that the legends surrounding King Arthur and his Knights may not be as fictional as she once believed.

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Suggestion Sunday

Suggestion Sunday

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Do you have any topics you would like me to post about on my blog, within reason of course? Are you interested on my thoughts and opinions regarding an issue? Or do you simply have a book, TV show, movie etc recommendation to make?

Let me know by commenting below and I’ll get back to you either in the comments as well or in a future blog post!

Hope you’re all well,

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Day One: I Write Because…

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Why do I write?

Why do write?

I don’t think I write for any reason different as to why others may write. I write because I love to, I write because I need to, I write because I want to.

Writing to me is as easy as breathing and in my own personal opinion – although perhaps this applies to some of you as well – writing is often easier than speaking. Whether it’s explaining something or merely wanting to let someone know of my opinion, writing it down or typing it up as I am doing now is often MUCH eaiser than having to explain it in words…

Writing comes from somewhere deep inside, a reason why I love both writing myself and reading what others have written. Words are magic and reading what others have written, for the most part, is like being allowed to see into their souls for just a brief moment because that is where writing comes from in my opinion. Writing comes from the head, heart and soul all at once and is something which I think is an act and gift that is more often than not overlooked…

 

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The Hamilton Book Tag

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(This book tag was not created by myself, I merely found it whilst on this blog: SOURCE)

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The Room Where It Happens:
A Book You Would Put Yourself In 

I would LOVE to be able to a part of the Wizarding World from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling! Who wouldn’t?

The Schulyer Sisters:
An Underrated Female Character 

Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

My Shot:
A Character That Goes After What They Want & Doesn’t Let Anything Stop Them 

Arthur Pendragon from The Adventures of Merlin book series written by various authors.

You’ll Be Back:
Sassiest Villain 

Loki – The God of Mischief from Avengers: The Avengers Assemble by Thomas Macri.

Non-Stop:
A Series You Marathoned 

The Adventures of Merlin book series by various authors.

Satisfied:
Favourite Book With Multiple Point Of Views 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story:
A Book Series That Will Be Remembered Throughout History 

The Harry Potter book series written by J.K Rowling.

Helpless:
A Relationship You Were Rooting For From The Start 

Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley “Hinny” from the Harry Potter book series written by J.K Rowling.

10 Duel Commandments:
Favourite Fight Scene

The Cullens & Wolves vs the newborn vampires in the book Eclipse written by Stephanie Meyer.

Say No To This:
A Guilty Pleasure Read

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

What Comes Next:
A Series You Wish Had More Books 

The Pendragon Legacy series of novels written by Katherine Roberts.

Right Hand Man:
Favourite Brotp 

Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski from the novel On Fire: A Teen Wolf novel by Nancy Holder.

What’d I Miss:
A Book Or Series You Were Late To Read 

The Hunger Games triology by Suzanne Collins.

Stay Alive:
A Character You Wish Was Still Alive 

Astoria Malfoy from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling et. al.

Burn:
The Most Heart Breaking End To A Relationship 

Romeo and Juliet from the title of their names by William Shakespeare

The Reyolds Pamphlet:
A Book With A Twist You Didn’t See Coming 

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James.

 

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My Top 10 Favourite Movies

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Les Miserables
  6. Bridesmaids
  7. Deathnote
  8. Jaws
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

 

These top 10 favourite movies are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the movies that make the top ten. I highly recommend each and every single one of them!

Have you watched any of them? What were YOUR thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Personal Messages/Updates

10 Book Lover Problems

  1. Not being able to pick a book to read.
  2. Having no one to talk to about the book you are reading or have read.
  3. Loaning someone a book and never getting it back.
  4. Loaning someone a book and getting it back with the pages folded.
  5. Books getting wet (accidentally, of course, but it’s still heart breaking if it happens).
  6. Having lots of books in your “To Be Read” pile yet re-reading the same book again.
  7. When your favourite character in a book dies…
  8. Having to wait for the next book in the series.
  9. When you complete a really good stand alone novel and want more. “To fan-fiction we go!”
  10. When a movie adaptation of your favourite book is made but does the book no justice what-so-ever. “I’m looking at you, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!”. 

 

And so these are just a few book lover problems that I know to exist, mostly because I have all of these problems… Are there any other problems not mentioned above that you have as a book lover? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

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What a read! The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James is a 290 paged YA (Young Adult) fiction novel which was published in 2017. This stand alone novel tells the story of Romy Silvers who is on-board ‘The Infinity’ spacecraft which has been sent from Earth to locate Earth 2.0. The only communication Romy has is with Molly and a mysterious boy named J who is on-board ‘The Eternity’ spacecraft which is set to combine with her own. When contact with Molly fails, the only person Romy has to talk to is J and as she slowly falls for the mysterious stranger all that’s left to do is wait until he catches up with her.

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Personal Messages/Updates, Personal: Facts About Me ETC

My Trip To Monkey World

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What is Monkey World? Take a look at their website and learn all about it:
MONKEY WORLD OFFICIAL SITE

Want to know more? Check out this Youtube video explaining all about the centre:
YOUTUBE: Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre [Dorset]

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For more images of my day out, check out my Instagram page!

What the individuals at Monkey World do is amazing and the animals themselves are fascinating. My appreciation goes out to all who are involved in keeping these monkeys and other creatures safe from harm and allowing them to live a happy, healthier life.

 

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