Personal Messages/Updates, Question Time

Coming Soon: Q/T WITH YOUTUBERS!

So you know about Question Time which shall be continuing for a long time given how much fun I have asking questions of those I have similar interests with and admire!

So far I have planned many more a Question Time sessions with fellow book lovers on Instagram an now is the time to expand.

So… Thanks to the ability to contact some of my favourite YouTubers via this lovely site below, I have managed to organised even more Question Time sessions with Youtubers whom you might know yourselves!

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More messages have been sent out to Youtubers and should they be interested then they are welcome to become involved but until then you can all look forward to the Question Times in which you can find out what goes on behind the scenes and in the minds of these fabulous individuals and many more…

 

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Day Nine: Writing and Not Writing

When I’m not writing: 

When I’m not writing, I’m working as a Customer Assistant at my local Supermarket.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading and enjoying books and looking for material to review.

When I’m not writing, I’m watching book-tuber videos on YouTube or researching additional material on fandoms which I am apart of.

When I’m not writing, I’m listening to music and enjoying time with my family.

When I’m not writing, I’m thinking of what to write next and creating my monthly blog plans.

 

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Question Time, The Nerd Daily

Question Time With Literature_Ever_After

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Below are a list of questions that I decided to ask fellow book lover, Jess, about the types of books she likes, her television interests and favourite movie moments and dreams. 

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Which genre of book are you most likely to be seen reading?
Definitely YA fantasy! I absolutely love losing myself in a mythical world. I especially love if there’s a certain government or culture to learn about the world I’m reading about. It makes me feel more involved!

 

Have you ever watched a movie adaptation of a book that was better than the book itself?
I would definitely have to say the maze runner. I was reluctant to see the films since I didn’t like the books, but the movie changed my mind about the franchise.

 

Name a TV show that is no longer on air, but you still love?
Tough one… there’s so many I love, but I think I’m going to have to go with the Vicar Of Dibley. A true British classic!

 

Name your favourite book, TV show & Movie. Now, if you could be your own character in one of those, which would one would you choose?
My favourite book is probably A Court of Mist and Fury, my favourite movie is either breakfast at Tiffany’s or Disney’s Atlantis and my favourite TV show has got to be Brooklyn nine nine! Out of all of them, I would want to be in Disney’s Atlantis! I would be on the team searching with Milo for the lost city.

 

What is your preferred reading style: books, e-books, audio books etc?
I will always pick books! But at work, I do listen to audio books since I usually sit at my desk doing work.

 

What are three fandoms which you are a part of?
I never get into fandoms! I don’t know why but I’ve never felt a pull to any set groups. I love so many books it’s hard to pour my heart into one fandom!

 

If you could direct your own movie, what would it be about?
Definitely a fantasy about a bad ass woman looking to save her people.

 

How do you get yourself out of reading slumps?
I actually wrote a whole article about this on TheNerdDaily.com! But my favourite way is to watch booktube! Their perkiness just makes me want to pick up all the books!!!!

 

Which TV shows would you recommend to others?
Hmmm… probably absolutely fabulous! It’s so funny and is still hilarious today!

 

Where is your favourite place to read?
A sofa. If I read in my bed I tend to fall asleep quickly! I’m always tired. 


And that is the end of another Question Time! Thank you once again to Jess for her participation. If you are interested in reading any of her published work for The Nerd Daily then feel free to click on the link below to be directed to her profile:

JESS’S PROFILE – THE NERD DAILY

 

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

My Fictional Crew

Ever sat and imagined who would be what from each of your favourite fandoms? Well, that’s what I did just a few nights ago. This ‘tag’/challenge may have been thought up before but I’ve got no knowledge of any in existence – having merely thought of the idea out of boredom to begin with. It can be completed by any of you and I’d more than love for you all to post a link to your blog posts, once posted on your own blogs, dictating your own fictional crew 😉

Rule: Because there’s only ONE > Each character must belong to a different fandom/movie/book/TV show! 

Here’s mine…

Mother:
Melissa McCall (MTV’s Teen Wolf)

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Father: 
Bryan Mills (Taken)

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Brother: 
Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove) 

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Sister: 
Molly Hooper (BBC’s Sherlock) 

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Aunt:
Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

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Uncle:
Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)

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Cousin: 
Lex Luthor (DC’s Batman VS Superman) 

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Best Friend: 
Shuri (Marvel’s Black Panther) 

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Enemy: 
Sheriff of Nottingham (BBC’s Robin Hood) 

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Love Interest:
Mordred (BBC’s Merlin) 

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Why don’t you have a shot at it now? Remember to comment with the link to your blog post so I can take a peek! ❤

 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Published in the UK in 2014, Fangirl is a contemporary Young Adult fiction novel written by Rainbow Rowell. The 456 paged novel follows the main character Cath as she begins University along with her twin sister, Wren. With her sister determined to become more independent, Cath is faced with going through Uni life without Wren to lean on as well as overcoming the challenges which life at University presents: socialising, course work, boys and of course finishing her beloved fan-fiction before the release of the final book.

Warning: Potential Spoilers ahead…

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Movie Reviews, Personal Messages/Updates

Announcement: Harry Potter Movie Reviews

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Harry Potter Movies 1-8 Trailer

And so begins the movie reviews for the Harry Potter franchise.

A link has been provided above to a YouTube video posted by the HBO channel showing snippets from each of the eight Harry Potter Movies. Feel free to watch it if you so desire. 🙂

The first Harry Potter movie review will arrive to you on Soon!

Who’s excited?

 

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Wordpress Tasks

Day Six: The Space to Write

  • What are your writing habits?
    I have a tendency to always be writing, or at least thinking about writing during the times when I can’t write. This has always been a habit of mine and that habit has only increased in frequency with this blog in production!
  • What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
    A notepad, or at least a LOT of paper, some pens and whatever else I need, this normally includes a book that I am reviewing. I also type up final drafts on my laptop or phone before posting.
  • What do you need and want in a physical space?
    I like a lot of space to write but somewhere I can be left in peace. As long as I have enough room to have all my notes and essentials sitting in front of me then I’m alright!

 

Additional Question: What would you, as the readers of my blog, like to see posted? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

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FridayArticles

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Werewolf by Colin Dunne

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The Werewolf

 

The Werewolf by Colin Dunne is a 126 paged tale which was published in 1999. This horror fiction novel follows the character of 12 year-old Lyddie who, along with her dog Maxxie, lives with her Auntie Pauline in a small town in Newcastle. Following an attack on her dog, Lyddie and her friends Stipo and Stodge encounter the mysterious Count Lupus whom Stipo recognises as the “Emperor” of Werewolves. Knowing that their knowledge of his true self is the only motivation he needs for wanting to be rid of them, the trio embark on a journey to destroy him first facing death and worse to protect each other and the town from the Werewolf…

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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This was inspired somewhat by the post featured on the following blog: https://fandomsontherun.wordpress.com/ which is where I first saw this Harry Potter Tag. 

And so, let me begin taking part! 

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’ must 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 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 fangirl 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 underaged 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 fangirl 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 Two for the movie)” says 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’: Whilst I could argue that a part of me thought that there was a chance I would be sorted into Ravenclaw due to my studious nature, the house which first thought that I would be in was Slytherin.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
– ‘Slytherin’: After taking the first ever Pottermore Sorting Quiz, I was sorted into Slytherin. This was, for me, a significant moment and I was extremely proud. I was even prouder when I was sorted into Slytherin for a second time – having had made another account due to me obtaining a new email and mostly because I had forgotten my log in details.

23) Which class would be your favourite?
– ‘History of Magic’: Whilst this is depicted as one of the most boring classes studied by the students of Hogwarts, I must admit that I would most likely enjoy it very much. I love History as a subject and the idea of learning about historical magical events and their impact, etc, is one which appeals to be greatly. Furthermore, my fascination of being taught by a ghost would well outweigh any boredom felt during the lessons if there was any.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
– ‘Imperio’: Yes, yes, my Slytherin side is showing. Even more so because it took me a few minutes to decide upon a final answer… I admit I was torn between Imperio and Crucio. After considering it however, I don’t think I would waste my time torturing people when I could just make them do whatever I wanted and therefore my response to this question is Imperio.

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
– ‘Luna Lovegood’: To be honest, Luna Lovegood is perhaps my second favourite female character within the Harry Potter series. Both her character in the books and the movies is one which I feel I would instantly become friends with. Like Luna I am somewhat I bit of an outsider and just like Luna I am perfectly fine with that situation. For that reason, among others, I feel that I would both naturally gravitate towards Luna and become friends with her as well. We could sit and discuss Nargles and other creatures which no one believes to exist.

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
– ‘Invisibility Cloak’: Elder wand? Tempting but too much trouble. Resurrection Stone? Firstly, I wouldn’t know who to ‘bring back’ and secondly if I was in the position to I still would not. Thus, my response to this question is of course the Invisibility Cloak! Think of what fun I could have if I was invisible, the pranks I could play, the people I could avoid… The endless opportunities which present themselves to me in my mind make me wish with all my heart that the Invisibility Cloak was real!

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
– There are two, if I’m honest and given that there are only two I am just going to take the time to tell you them both:
I would have enjoyed more flashback sequences (showing the Marauder’s Era or Tom Riddle’s time).
Perhaps some parts of the story told from the perspective of various characters.

28) Favourite Marauder?
– ‘James Potter’: To be fair, I can’t exactly put my finger on a specific reason which makes James Potter my favourite Marauder. His character is just one whom I am drawn to and whilst I do not agree with how he treated Snape and possibly others, his loyalty to his friends, his love for Lily and his mischievous nature is something that I admire about him and feel, personally, redeems him to an extent.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
– ‘Fred Weasley’: Fred… Fred, Fred, Fred. There is no doubt in my mind that if I could bring a character back to life it would be Fred. I don’t know what it is about movies but it is rare for me to get emotional over a character’s death. However, Fred’s death was one which shook me for months – both after reading it in the book and witnessing the scene in which Harry, Ron and Hermione enter The Great Hall to find Fred’s body among the deceased. Such a funny character who was, again in my own opinion, the ideal big brother, and of course George’s TWIN… There is something about the death of a twin which makes a character’s death much more heart-breaking and for that reason I would chose to revive Fred and return him to George, the rest of the Weasleys and us as fans!

30) HALLOWS or HORCRUXES?
– ‘Horcruxes’: Yes. I’m going there. I, fellow Slytherin, would choose the same early path as Lord Voldemort himself and without hesitation. Hallows, to me, are interesting magical objects. However, I am similarly interested and vaguely obsessed with the idea that it could be possible to live forever and if I had to make a few sacrifices then so be it! Furthermore, whilst I could make as many Horcruxes as I like, there is only one Hallow which interests me – two including the Elder Wand to be honest but my previous answer states how I truly feel about that.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy

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Lets set the scene: You are approached by a mysterious stranger who offers you the chance to make all your wishes come true. The catch? You only have to work one day per year. Do you take the opportunity? 

In regards to the main character of The Gatekeeper written by Scottish Author Kevin J. Kennedy the answer is yes. This short fiction horror tale “was originally written for the Black Candy Halloween anthology by Jaded Books Publishing” as stated within the novel. The tale itself is told to us through the use of the first person narrative and perspective of the main character, The Gatekeeper himself, making for an intriguing read right from the very first page! The Gatekeeper – pre occupation – is a drunk who appears to spend the majority of his time drinking in a bar in which he can get alcohol at a cheap price. It is here that he is approached by a mysterious ‘devil-looking’ individual who offers him the chance of a lifetime and so the events begin to unfold.

Without going into much detail for fear of simply retelling the story I can say that the following events which play out within the story make for an entertaining read! The balance within the story of the gains and consequences of the job which The Gatekeeper must carry out is intriguing and even for such a short story the character is made easily relatable through his choices.

quote from the gatekeeper This screenshot is taken from the Kindle Edition of The Gatekeeper short story and shows a brief overview of the wishes which the character makes. Each wish or request since being granted the assurance that they will come to pass have been selfish ones. Whilst this may not be a part of the story which features one of the monsters which travel through the trap door, the choices made by the character show a different sort of monster: the monsters which we as humans can be when driven by our own selfish desires and dreams… However, if given this chance, how many of us would truly make wishes which benefit others opposed to ourselves? The selfish nature of humanity which is loosely explored in this story and that is one thing which makes this short tale all the more intriguing to me.

So, my final thoughts on The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy? Well, first of all, let me start off by stating that I do not normally read short works of fiction. Normally the books and novels I read are filled with pages and pages of detailed fantasy worlds and characters with complex backstories and the likes. However, after reading this short fiction novel I have discovered a love for short fiction that I didn’t know I had! Whilst I may have missed the lack of detail which I normally get in the other books I read and despite the lack of character information – such as a name to put to The Gatekeeper as well as any sort of description – the short fiction story provided me with an easy and enjoyable read overall and a desire for more!

Book Rating?
7/10 Stars!

If you are interested in reading Kevin J. Kennedy’s other works and collaboration pieces then feel free to have a look at his website or goodreads page, the links of which will be provided below:

Website: Kevin’s Website

Goodreads: Kevin’s Goodreads Author Page

 

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