Myself in Five Characters Tag!

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So, Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels tagged me for this really fun tag called Myself in Five Characters! It’s really easy, all you have to do is name five characters that represent you in some way. I love Astra’s answers and can generally just advise you to take a look at her blog, because she is awesome! But here we go with some non-real people I can see parts of myself in:

Passion/Obsession – Elena from Kindred Spirits

You all know how much I can fangirl about something I love and I think Elena is the same. Quietly being sort of “normal” during the day, but upon entering into her world, you will be met with enthusiasm of the strongest kind for her fandom. I may not be as huge of a Star Wars buff as she is, but I definitely feel the same way about all too many other books, shows and movies.

Control Freak – Clara Oswald from Doctor Who

It didn’t strictly state that only book characters are allowed and Clara is the DW companion that is most like me. Kind of bossy and stubborn as hell and generally liking it when she has control over things, because otherwise everything is stressful like crazy and I totally get that. Although I could definitely do with a dose of her cocky confidence as well sometimes!

Responsible – Alec Lightwood from TMI

Much like Alec, I am probably the first one to voice my reservations should anyone ever have any kind of stupid or dangerous idea. It’s quite the issue to be honest, but I feel responsible for everything and everyone, even though I am definitely not. But acting more grown up than I am has worked quite alright for me so far.

Adventuring abroad – Anna from Anna and the French Kiss

When I was 15, I spent a semester at a High School in the US. And then when I was 16-17, I went to work in France for a couple months. It was all a very exciting and not always oh-so-great adventure, but I wouldn’t want to have missed it for the world. So, that is part of the reason why I love Anna’s POV so much, everything in that book reminds me of when I was abroad too.

Loving the Ocean – Khalen from The Siren

I am madly and utterly in love with the idea of the ocean. It’s vastness and how we can never be sure to have seen it all. The colours and species. The smell! Spending the day at some windy, low-key beach is just heaven for me. However, the reality can be different and I know that, but somehow I still love it either way.


 

Okay, so this was way more difficult than I thought. Assessing myself is never easy, but now I want to see some of my friends try, therefore I TAG:

Who are some characters you see yourself in?

R.I.P. it or Ship it! Book Tag

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Analee @Book Snacks is one of the best people out there and tagged me for the R.I.P. it or Ship it! Book Tag. You should go and check out her original post, because some of the couples were hilarious and others very wrong or perfect for each other. Basically you just choose some random characters, draw their names from a hat or jar or whatever you want to use to draw the names from and see if they would work as a couple. I loved the idea of this!!! The execution however was a lot different …

THIS GAME FELT RIGGED OR CURSED! I admittedly chose very, very random people that didn’t truly fit together from the beginning. I barely put any actual couples in there, I didn’t stick with one genre either and just tried to see what would come from it doing it this way. The first time around that I drew the names, it was disaster! I then thought I’d just do it again, but lo and behold, the worst couples WERE DRAWN TOGETHER AGAIN! It must be fate … horrible, terrible, unkind fate! However, without further ado, here are the results:

round1

Okay, so … this wasn’t a definite “no” at first. Theo is very smart and so is Mori. They’d probably enjoy some flirting with each other, but on the long run this could never ever work. Theo is openly charming, yet flimsy and likes to party and joke. And Mori can hold a grudge forever. She is strong, secretive and closed off. They are opposties that might attract for a little while, especially due to their shared intellect, but as I said, I can’t see a real future for them.

round2

Just nope! Julia is getting farther and farther away from her humanity in her quest for magic, but Maxon needs someone kind-hearted and real. This is such a big nope!

round3

What are the chances? I kind of dig them as a couple though. I honestly never even thought of it before, but when I read the two names next to each other, I laughed and thought “Why not?”. They probably work better as friends, but whatever!

round4

How is this supposed to work??? I can’t even picture it. Like the image won’t manifest in my head because it just doesn’t seem possible. Two worlds that would never collide! And I can say that even though Marguerite can jump through dimensions and every single world could be possible in those. That’s how little I believe in this.

round5

Ha! I LOVE IT! I am sure people will fight me on this, but it totally works for me. I love Sevro to bits, he is without a doubt my favourite character from the series and only deserves the best! And Izzy, she sure as heck can handle him! Sevro needs a tough girl and Izzy someone funny to play off. I guess Sev can be a bit gross, though I have no doubt that Izzy will teach him manners and he will hang on every word that leaves her lips.

round6

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Just no, no, no! I was like ABORT THIS MISSION! But that is one of the couples that just kept getting drawn together. Like WTF? I can’t ship them, even associating the names together feels like torture. I was always weirdly fond of Sebastian, so I don’t hate him, but I do hate him together with Cath. Maybe he would have fit together with twisted Mori, but not sweet and shy Cath! NEVER!!!

round7

In a weird way I see this work. Lily and Lola are both very stubborn people and when they set their mind on something that’s it! They are determined to stick with it, even if it’s a dumb decision. Also, I can totally see Lola making up for Lily’s lack of creativity and them creating a beautiful necklace for Lily’s willstones together!

round8

I don’t even have words for this. I love Emily and I love Alec but … those are worlds that weren’t supposed to collide. Alec Baewood and Emily would never be happy with each other in a million years.

round9

Hear me out before you judge me! I don’t think Magnus and Celia would really work all that great as a couple, BUT I could see this becoming an epic friendship. Celia is kind of like Tessa is some ways, at least I think so, and I can therefore see a lasting relationship. Also, she’s like a magician, so that’s similar to being a warlock … sort of … not really, but whatever! I WANT THEM TO BE FRIENDS!

round10

Whiny Quentin and badass Mustang? HELL NO! She would crush the poor sob and feed him to the fishes!


 

I TAG

EVERYONE! This tag has been swirling around for a bit now, so I have lost sight of who has done it and who hasn’t. If you think this might be fun, then go ahead and just link back here! (Maybe just think about the names you use more carefully than I did …)

The Book Love Tag

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We are getting closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, so I thought it was about time that I did the Book Love Tag that Anette @Anette Reads created and tagged me for! It has some tough questions in there, but I am excited to spread some bookish love!

Your favorite book couple.

I have an undying love for MALEC and even though I don’t need to write it in capital letters all the time, I do. Because I am just that excited whenever I think about them! Yet the thing is, I am not sure they are my OTP … I have so many OTPs, but because they are currently on my mind, Alec and Magnus from the Mortal Instruments are the answer for this one.

Your top 3 book boy/girlfriends.

Hmm … another tough one … those are the most recent additions to my bookish harem I guess.

  • Darrow (Red Rising) – If I still need to explain this, I have not done my fangirling right.
  • Mark Watney (The Martian) – He is one of my all time favourite characters. Maybe a tad too old right now, but whatever.
  • Wil (The Shannara Chronicles) – I still need to read the book, but from his TV show version I’d say I’ll like him … a lot.

Imagine your favorite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organizing the wedding?)

But … if I tell you here if they get married or not then that will be a Spoiler … or does everyone already know? Either way, if it were about the organizing, Magnus would so be in charge! He throws the best parties already, so he’d surely do a great job with his own wedding.

Unpopular opinions time! Name a popular pairing you can’t stand.

FourTris? I don’t even know …  I really liked them in the beginning but by the time Allegiant rolled around, those two did not work for me anymore. Sorry?

What’s your favorite and least favorite romance trope?

Favorite: Pretend relationships that turn into something real! I love, love, love that sort of stuff!

Least Favorite: Insta-love – just no! I want to see the “falling in love”-part, the development of feelings. THAT IS THE BEST BIT OF THE STORY!

Do you ship non-canon couples often? Name some if you do.

I can’t say Zach and Maggie from Saving Hope or Gabby and Severide from Chicago Fire, right? Barely anyone even knows who they are … and they’re not from a book.

Hmmm … Quentin and Eliot from the Magicians trilogy works though!!! Eliot was always into Q, I am sure of that … maybe if Q had been into men, he’d have had a much easier life. I doubt it, but who knows, right?

Your opinion on love triangles. Go!

I actually like them. If they are done poorly it’s a shame and if it’s more of a love hectagon, it’s silly too. But a well done love triangle, I can totally roll with that.

Favorite and least favorite love triangle?

Favorite: Tessa-Will-Jem! Always and forever those three. I swear I’ve never seen a love triangle handled better than in the Infernal Devices.

Least Favorite: Peeta-Katniss-Gale! This simply wasn’t a love triangle. In the book Gale never stood a chance. There was NO Team Gale!

Sometimes romance just isn’t the way to go. Favorite friendship?

Again, Jem and Will from the Infernal Devices have the best bromance. What am I saying? Their relationship transcends bromance. There is no mallice or envy between them, just unconditional and eternal love, respect and trust. They are some of the best characters out there.

What’s your favorite scene with your bookish OTP?

There are so many and my memory is the WORST when it comes to details. But here’s a little snippet from City of Heavenly Fire.

“Magnus raised his head and looked up and over at Alec; it was a look that made Clary flush and glance away. There was so much love in it, mixed with exasperation and pride and despair. It was an unguarded look, and it felt wrong to see it.”

Then there was this other scene where they portaled themselves to go to the opera in Vienna and since that’s where I live, I sort of cherished that moment, however short it was.

Imagine your favorite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

Alec ironically and Magnus genuinely or maybe Alec would genuinely be excited because it is with Magnus. He’s difficult to read on this sometimes.


 

Now, I Tag:

*Feel free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it!*

Shadowhunters (TV Review)

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I’ve been so excited for Shadowhunters to come out, I’ve been flailing over every single tidbit I could get! Personally, I didn’t hate the movie for the Mortal Instruments, but I also didn’t love it. So, the fact they got a do-over was just amazing! I wasn’t sure about everyone on the cast, but I mainly liked the choices they made. I watched the Sneak Peeks and I thought that they were surely not from the finished pilot. All in all I was hopeful and excited, especially because I love the books so much. Conclusion: I definitely shouldn’t have hyped it up so much in my head!

Shadowhunters revolves around 18-year-old Clary, who has to discover that her mother lied to her her entire life, covering up that there existed a whole other world with demons, warlocks, vampires and the likes. Without the right preparation and her mother getting kidnapped, Clary finds herself in grave danger and only the Shadowhunters, of whom she seems to be one, can help her. 

Cast: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Maxim Roy, Alan Van Sprang, Harry Shum Jr., Isaiah Mustafa, Jon Cor, …
Episode Order: 13

I don’t know how many of you have read the book or seen the movie, but I think we all know that the books are quite long and that they failed at putting everything necessary into 90 minutes, so I was hoping for a slower approach on Shadowhunters. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. There was so much going on in the Pilot, I am not even sure that non-readers knew what all was going on. The editing was sloppy and the transitions between scenes far from seamless. I am well aware that the show had quite a different budget than the movie did, but the CGI and the props looked terrible to me and that just makes me so sad. If I were rich, I would throw money at them, just so they could invest it in that! Shadowhunters have these specific weapons called seraph blades and in the show they just looked downright plastic, which in turn made the action sequences lacking realism and the punch they needed.

Now, to the casting. I am really happy with some of them! Alberto is hilarious as Simon! I swear he gets all the best lines. Matthew didn’t have much screen time as Alec yet, but I get the moody and angry vibe and am digging it. Alan Van Sprang was a great Valentine, even though I have no idea why on earth he is hanging out in Chernobyl. Dom, Emeraude and Harry were fine in their respective roles as Jace, Izzy and Magnus, but the person that worried me the most could not prove me otherwise. Kat McNamara is surely a great person, but she is definitely no Clary to me. Or maybe is exactly as unlikable and whiny and annoying as Clary was in the books sometimes? I don’t know, but the way she delivered lines made me cringe sometimes and that’s not what you want from a main character. Also, she was way bolder and sexier than in the book. Finally, I do understand that they have to make some changes, but why is Luke a detective now? I don’t really understand how that improves the dramatics of the story.

I should probably mention that I didn’t just watch the first episode, but also the second one. I was hoping for it to get better with time, I am still hoping for that, but so far it didn’t help much. They added an actual intro – yay! They sort of drew runes and didn’t just make them appear, which is also an improvement. The Institute looked strange and all tech-y and there were way too many people there. The Silent Brothers look absolutely awesome but the acting was still meh … So, in conclusion, I did enjoy finally watching it come to live on the screen, but I wish they had executed it a little differently. It was fun and fresh, but it had a very different vibe from the novel. I want to love this show and I am going to keep trying to love it. I will watch every single episode of it! Also, I am not going to stop supporting it, but somehow I have doubts about it being able to become what I wanted it to be. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe it was truly done the wrong way – too fast, too glossy, the focus on the wrong details. I have no idea what is true, so let me know what you thought of it!

Did you like/love/hate it? Share your opinions in the comments below!

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List Trailer Release

I love Rachel Cohn‘s and David Levithan‘s books, especially the ones they co-write. All the books are sort of interconnected with each other and just major fun! Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is among my all time favourite Christmas-themed books and I just love the book as well as the movie adaptation of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. I’m still listening to that soundtrack from time to time!

Now, they’ve made Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List into a movie with Victoria Justice as Naomi, Pierson Fodé as Ely and the ever so dreamy Matthew Daddario (soon to be seen as Alec in Shadowhunters) as Gabriel. I think the Trailer below is pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a little summary nonetheless:

Naomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. In order to avoid possible conflict they have a No Kiss List and guys on that list are taboo for both of them. When Naomi and Ely each develop feelings for someone they shouldn’t, their friendship is majorly on the brink of getting destroyed.

It’s, to be honest, been a while since I read the book, but I remember maaaany emojis and finding them confusing at times. I’m guessing I won’t have the problem this time around. Cast looks great to me and I cannot wait for the release of the film. It’s already been shown at the Outfest in Los Angeles, but it will take some time until it gets into cinemas. Until then, they have this thing called the No Kiss Club where you can join, earn points and win stuff. It’s not really necessary for the full movie experience, but I am so looking forward to this that I thought, “Why not?”. I’m not going to win because there are already people with thousands and thousands of points, but it never hurts to support a movie you genuinely care about. So, if you want to join as well, it’d be great if you just follow the link below and the rest will be explained on site.

http://sot.ag/487ps

What are your thoughts?