It’s World Book Day! And it’s a bit of a weird one for me – after working in the children’s book industry for almost 4 years, and then leaving it rather abruptly 6 months ago to do something completely different, I have something resembling nostalgia mixed with PTSD when faced with anything to do with kid lit.
Also, when I was a kid myself, World Book Day wasn’t really as much of a ‘thing’, so I’ve only properly celebrated it a couple of times to date – but you’d be right in assuming I dressed as Harry Potter characters when I did (right down to 26 year old me cosplaying Molly Weasley!)
This year, I didn’t expect to take part in any way at all – but then I got inspired by this tweet to share a few thoughts on each of the Harry Potter books in turn; including how I rate the films in comparison…
I had a LOT of fun writing this – it’s a bit silly, so grab a gillywater and get stuck in!
(CW: Contains swears)
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These Marmite Character posts are one of my favourite things to write, and I have so many up my sleeve! Earlier this week I ran a poll on Twitter asking who my next one should be about, and whilst it was a close call, Percy Weasley just about pipped it – so buckle in, because today we’re discussing the worlds least favourite Weasley!
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If you’d told me 5, 3 or even 1 year ago that I’d be posting a blog on plant-based eating (let alone doing the actual plant-based eating itself), I’d have laughed and inhaled yet another bag of ready salted crisps. I have an inflammatory bowel disease called Crohns, which means my digestive system is unable to process some fibres entirely (nuts, seeds, raw and dried fruits and veg) and has a bit of trouble with a lot of other ‘natural’ things – the exact amount of trouble depends on how much inflammation is present in my organs at any given time.
When my Crohns is flaring or I’m having a bad day/week/month, I’m stuck with a basic and bland diet in order to cause the least possible amount of aggro. This involves lots of plain meat, carbs, beige food and simple snacks – essentially, whatever a 5 year old would pick at a party if left to their own devices! What it definitely doesn’t involve is fresh vegetables, salads, soups and anything vaguely organic looking – which at first made my hope of being vegetarian or vegan just a teeny bit difficult… Continue reading “Plant-based at my own pace | Veganuary advice for omnivores”
If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve been enjoying the very first Funko Pop Harry Potter Advent Calendar this month!
When it first got announced in the USA back in October, I knew immediately I had to have it – and luckily, a UK supplier came along in the form of Pop In A Box. Now, whilst I received my order on time and had zero issues, I know a LOT of others who experienced huge delays, awful customer service and missing figures, so if you’re ever thinking of placing an order there, just bear that in mind. I hope that if Funko repeat this calendar next year, more UK suppliers will have the chance to get on board, and European stock will be able to meet demand – because I will DEFINITELY be getting it again! This years was absolutely banging, and I happily loved (or at least very much liked) almost every single day.
Read on to see who I got!
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Earlier this week I got a mini Dumbledore in my Harry Potter advent calendar (more on this soon!), and it re-ignited my conflicting views on Hogwarts’ most famous Headmaster. I’ve noticed recently that every time I re-read the Harry Potter series I like and respect Dumbledore a little less, and as someone who absolutely loved and admired him at the start, there’s been a lot of feelings to sort through…
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Oh, what a sweet summer child I was, writing my recent blog post on Fantastic Beasts. The one where I said that even though it wasn’t Harry Potter, and even though I wasn’t as hyped about it as everyone else seemed to be, I still liked it. The one where I defended it from previous criticism for at least being captivating and creative and fun, and the one where I said that whilst I had low expectations for the rest of the franchise, I was still looking forward to seeing where it went next.
Famous last words, etc etc. For I have now seen where it went next, and I am OUTRAGED. I am also heartbroken, frustrated, disappointed, and more than a little bit baffled. Crimes of Grindelwald didn’t only not meet my low expectations – it didn’t even come close to reaching them. It’s actually probably one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, inside AND outside of the Wizarding World.
Five days later, I’m still angry about it, and I’ve written this ridiculously ranty post about why I hated it so much. I couldn’t not. It was SO BAD.
(PS. In case you missed the HUGE CAPS in the title, this post CONTAINS SPOILERS!)
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Grab your beasts and buckle up, because this is going to be a long and bumpy ride and I haven’t quite worked out where I’m going yet…
All I DO know is that I have had ~feelings~ about Fantastic Beasts ever since the first film, and with Crimes of Grindelwald about to drop I figured it was about time I tried to work them out. (Don’t worry – this is not going to be a faux-hipster attention-seeking LOOK AT ME HATING ON THE THING YOU ALL LOVE post, because there are parts of the franchise that I love with all my little heart – and I’d hate to be *that person* anyway). I just get a bit salty about certain bits at certain times, and I’m not really seeing many other fans saying that, and I want to know if I’m the only one (I can only assume and hope not…)
Intrigued? Dubious? Resigned? Relieved? READ ON!
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