Top Fictional Siblings – #NationalSiblingsDay

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Funny enough it was my sister that informed me about this ‘holiday’ but I doubt that she was telling me for my benefit and I look forward to seeing what tries to manipulate into doing but anyway that got me thinking about a few of my favourite fictional siblings. Although at times my sister and I argue and bicker, I am so lucky to have her and the impact that she’s had on my life (and hopefully the one I’ve had on her) is certainly beneficial and a powerful one; I don’t know what I’d do without her. This is the exact same for fictional siblings, they are always there for each other, they risk everything they have to protect them and without them, there would be a piece missing in their lives. There were so many to pick from so if I’ve missed any that you love then let me know in the comments.

The Weasleys in Harry Potter – I swear every ‘top’ something post I’ve done recently has included a member of the Weasley family but I think that is because they are a perfect family. I was just going to pick Fred and George as they are like to sides of the same coin but I’d be leaving out the others who all play an important role not only in the family but the books.

The Bennett Sisters in Pride and Prejudice – Mainly Jane and Elizabeth because they’re my favourite and I can’t stand Lydia (ugh). These two are extremely close and that probably what I love about them and their sisterly bond. They share secrets and defend one anther and encourage and support the other one’s happiness.

The Stark Children in Game Of Thrones – They are my favourite family (or what’s left of them) in the Game of Thrones series, as once again they are all extremely determined and brave and try to look out for each other. I can’t wait to see the hopefully reunite in season 7!

Damon and Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries – Eleanor was the one that got me hooked on the Vampire Diaries and from the first couple of episodes I fell in love with both brothers. Despite their arguments and differences, both are always there for each other and will risk their life to save the other.

Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan Pevensie in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – Admittedly I am basing my opinion of the Pevensie’s off the movie as I haven’t yet read all the books. Each sibling is unique and brings something new to the table when on their adventures in Narnia and will do anything for any other one of their siblings! #family4life

Game of Thrones Season 7: The Long Walk – Trailer Reaction

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You can watch the trailer here!

OMG, this just got released a couple of hours ago and I’m still freaking out! I’m so excited for this season after the ending of season 6 as so many things are going to happen and many of our beloved characters are finally going to meet; it’s going to be an action-packed series I can already tell. I was disappointed when it was revealed that there would be fewer episodes and that we would have to wait until July to watch them but I’m sure they are going to be worth the wait and in my opinion have never made a bad episode! Fingers crossed! From the trailer, we see three of the biggest characters in the show, Cersei, Daenerys and Jon Snow marching through the darkness to James’ seminal hit Sit Down so does this mean that the final ruler of Westeros has come down to a three-horse race? I have to say though each one of them looked very fierce and badass and I wouldn’t want to come between any of them! But the trailer ended with a close up of the Night King, does this ominous final nod suggest they must soon unite against a common enemy? Who knows! I’ve got so many questions, can’t it be July already!

I don’t know about anyone else but I loved the backing track of James hit Sit Down because even though it’s completely different to the much-loved Game of Thrones soundtrack, it suited the whole concept of each ruler sitting down on their throne which I thought was very clever.

What did you guys think and who are you most excited to see in Season 7?

Powerful Women in Fiction – #InternationalWomensDay

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and it was so inspiring as a woman to see loads of videos, tweets and posts about how people are proud to be a woman and the work everyone is doing to break down societies perceptions of what it is to be a woman.

Literature is a huge influence and I am so pleased to see more and more independent and powerful women as protagonists in novels especially in the young adult genre. From someone who has been reading books from mainly the young adult section for a while now, it is easy to see the influence they have. All these wonderful women have all had positive and lasting impacts on my life right from a young age and prove that you don’t have to be like a man to be strong – strength comes in many different forms.

I remember clearly when I was younger I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series (I still am) and after reading the first book, I wanted to be just like Hermoine as she was a smart, kind and powerful girl who didn’t let anything stand in her way. The amount of times that I dressed up as her for World Book Day or Halloween, was ridiculous but that was until I found out that I didn’t have to dress up to be this powerful girl, all I had to do was look in the mirror and realise that I too can be like Hermoine Granger but in my own unique way. And now here I am, I am proud to call myself a woman and every day I strive to achieve more and my dreams get bigger and bolder, so here’s a thank you to the authors and their characters who each and everyday support and inspire their readers.

Anyway, to celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to share a few of my favourite powerful women that inspire me in different ways and I would love it if you share some of your favourites or characters that inspire you in the comments!

Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter – Like I’ve already mentioned Hermoine is a smart and determined woman, who is not only brilliant, but she is noble, courageous, and does not question who she is despite Draco’s incessant “Mudblood” name-calling.

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games – Another badass woman for young adult fiction, she’s a survivor, protector and a warrior who will do anything to protect the ones she loves as well as constantly defying expectations!

The Stark Women, Game of Thrones – I applaud George R.R. Martin who I must admit has created some of the most badass and powerful women in literature especially the women of the Stark family. Sansa has gone from the foolish romantic girl to a woman who is able to face her fears, to endure pain, abuse and shame. Arya is an independent fighter who will stop at nothing to seek revenge and finally, Catelyn was the protector and ruler of her family who fought until her death.

Hua Mulan, The Ballad of Mulan – The Disney version of Mulan isn’t the only version as actually she was originally imagined in the Chinese poem ‘The Ballad of Mulan’ in which Mulan is presented as a bad-ass seventeen years old who is already a martial arts and weapons expert. Like the Disney film, she goes to war in place of her father despite the laws restricting her and returns home triumphant.

Elizabeth Bennett, Pride and Prejudice – Though Elizabeth may not be as handy with a sword as the other are, she is good with her words and uses them as her weapon. She is not afraid to share her opinion or even care what others think and she was the one, like may others who taught me to open my eyes to the importance of independence and that it’s ok to look out for yourself.

Éowyn, Lord of the Rings – Lord of the Rings is mainly dominated by male protagonists but I think that is what makes Eowyn stand out as such a powerful woman. Not only does she go against her father’s orders and ride into battle but she also kills the Witch-king of Angmar! What a woman! I want to end this post of one of my favourite quotes from this series and I feel like it sums up and ends this post beautifully:

“Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”

“But no living man am I! You are looking upon a woman.”

6 TV Shows I’m Currently Loving

I’ve fallen into the trap of getting addicted to new TV shows right in the middle of exams which means that I’m having to fight off the temptation of watching yet another episode instead of revision. So far I’ve been somewhat successful and they are being used as rewards for days of revision! I thought I would share what I’m currently watching and possibly persuade those reading this to start watching them too!

  1. Gossip Girl – This is new addition to my list of favourite TV shows and was recommended to watch this by one of my work colleagues! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch this series but I’m already in love with it’s characters and storyline so much so that I have finished season 1,2 and 3 about to start season 4…plus it’s so dramatic and who doesn’t love a bit of drama!
  2. Reign – I started this series off and I instantly fell in love with it as it filled my medievil tv series void which was recently filled by Merlin but now all this series is doing is breaking my heart, so I recommend that you prepare yourself before diving into it! Reign follows the story of Mary Queen of Scotts and her life at French court which is filled with romance, drama and fierce foes.
  3. Merlin – A very old TV show but it’s always been one of my favourites which managed to ruin my christmas and break my heart. Despite it’s ending though, I’m in love with all the characters (Gwaine especially) and it’s such an enjoyable and adventurous storyline. If you haven’t yet watched it I highly recommend that you do and I can guarantee that you will be hooked!
  4. Game of Thrones – Season 6 has seriously started off with a bang and I can’t believe that we’re nearing the end!? Why?! I am loving all the storylines but every time I watch it I am petrified that my favourite character will be killed off! This series is packed full of action and I love that we have no idea where each of our characters storylines are going to end up!
  5. Pretty Little Liars – I have to admit last season was a bit of a let down and I feel that it’s getting a bit repetitive and ridiculous. But that doesn’t stop me from watching till the end. Bring on season 7!
  6. The Shannara Chronicles – I think Eleanor and I can agree that this is one of the best TV series we have watched this year as it was everything we wanted, it was filled with adventure, magic and a good looking cast! When I found out it was adapted from a book series, I was even more excited and it’s on my TBR list this summer.

What’s some of your favourite TV shows? And I would love to know if you share any of my favourites!

Game of Thrones Season 5 – Review

I would just like to apologise for the EXTREME lateness for this review but both Amy and I have are only just able to function adequately after the season finale.

I would also like to add that this review will be as SPOILER FREE as possible, I’m not making any promises about the previous seasons but nothing in season 5 will be spoiled for others.

WELL… what a season eh! I don’t quite know what to say! It was kick ass! Going into this season I really didn’t know what to expect, it’s almost impossible to predict things in this TV show, although I had a fair idea of its genuine direction, when it came to characters like Tyrion the trailer gave a pretty clear image in what direction they were heading. Other than that I was pretty clueless.

I can’t really do much of an overview without spoiling things so I’m just going to say that characters go to new places and a lot of it is… surprising? And they’re all in some serious shit. Vague, I know, but hey, I don’t think you want to be spoiled, now do ya… There were so many good episodes in this series, each time it finished I was like WHAT? And would look at my dad who was just as surprised and confused as I was. Some of the storylines this year were very confusing, I don’t know how many times I said “da faq is Arya doing?” (and no that’s not a spoiler, just a bit of insight…)
However I did feel as though there were some storylines that went a little bit too far and perhaps didn’t need exploring as much as they were, I’m not going to say who’s but it was quite controversial and got a lot of discussion. I just thought it was a little too much, if you’ve seen the season then you’ll know what I’m on about…

Quite a few characters died this season, some I am more than happy are dead, others make me want to crawl up and die with them. Yes, I’m serious. I AM NOT GOING TO SAY WHO DIES SO DON’T WORRY! But it was fairly traumatic, especially the season finale…

But before I leave, I would just like to say, if you do know who dies or what happens in a popular TV show DO NOT POST ANYTHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA! This comes from personal experience where the season finale was spoiled for me. For those who don’t know, Game of Thrones is shown in the US on a SUNDAY night, but in the UK it’s shown on the MONDAY night… you can see where this is going… well some inconsiderate person thought they would tweet the MAIN DEATH of the season finale approximately 4 hours before the airing time in the UK. It was fair to say I was pretty furious. So please be careful and just watch what you put on social media and be considerate of those in other countries with a delayed airing date.

Sorry about that little rant at the end there but I just needed to get it off my chest… Other than that it was an incredible season! Full of twists, turns and hidden surprises! I’m going to award this a 5 out of 5 stars!
And I’m sure you know by now that Game of Thrones contains violence and adult themes so I’m sure I don’t need to remind you to bare this in mind before watching…
If you have seen this season and are completely up to date then please pop some opinions in the comments, but please can you keep them spoiler free? Thank you!