Discussion Time: Fangirling

This is a very random and very rambly post. Ever since I moved to Vancouver, I’ve been to several film/TV sets and it has mostly been fun. I always enjoy just hanging out there, because I love the atmosphere and let’s face it – I have literally nothing better to do. Other than most people, I don’t go there for the actors/actresses though, but rather because I want to make friends among the crew members. I am semi-successful at that so far, but there’s a thin line between being that fun random girl that shows up or the crazy fan who’s just everywhere. So, I have to be careful, but that’s a different topic.

I am a fangirl. That’s no secret and it’s nothing I am ashamed to admit either. However, I do have a complicated relationship with the whole fangirling experience sometimes. I am very passionate when it comes to TV shows and books. In fact, I think that exactly that passion makes this blog so very me. I will gladly scream about all my faves on Twitter or discuss ships for hours with my friends, whether they be online or non-virtual (see how I am not using the word “real” on purpose – online friends are just as real as the people you are physically able to see, folks!). That behaviour and love for fictional content is a big part of my personality and I would never try to hide or suppress it.

Having said all that, I act very differently when I am not online or in the presence of friends. For those of you who don’t know, I studied film and TV and I have worked in that area and would like to do so in the future as well. It’s great if you are enthusiastic about your work and passionate about the projects that are filmed in your area, which I obviously am, but there is just no room to be starstruck. There is a certain leeway if you are still young or just starting out, but in the end it always comes down to the fact that the superfans will most likely never get hired again. You sort of have to adjust how you act around these people and I’ve learned a lot about that in my previous jobs.

Does that mean I am not totally in awe of some actors/actresses/authors/bloggers/celebrities? No, of course not! There are so many people I would love to meet and be friends with, but that’s just not how it works. (Aside from the fact that meeting your idols can be really disappointing) Unless you are very fortunate and you meet one of your heroes in a bar or some other casual venue, befriending them is a very unlikely outcome. There are always exceptions and especially with some authors and bloggers, it is really easy to connect online. But when you are at a filming location, that’s a different story. You can make all the posters and write all the letters you want, but what kind of outcome do you expect from screaming their name across the street and snatching a blurry photo from afar?

I don’t want to say that it’s wrong to fangirl, whether it’s to the extreme or on the inside. The entire entertainment industry is based on these passionate people. They are the ones that make things happen, but sometimes I feel like there should be boundaries. I went to a set today (not saying which one, but it’s a popular teen show) and there were so many young girls following the actor every step of the way, he had to take a car to get across the street. That feels more than excessive to me and it’s sad, because when they don’t make such a big fuzz, the cast is far more likely to interact with them. My first instinct was to immediately distance myself from them, that I couldn’t be seen with a bunch of fangirls. They were really nice, but I could see how the crew got annoyed by them or felt like they made their job harder. I didn’t want to be that kind of person. So, all I did was take literally one step back from that group of girls and suddenly people thought I worked on set as security or as a PA. It was crazy to me how easily the perception of someone can change, depending on where on the street they are standing. Pedestrians came up and asked questions about the set, what was filming, if they were allowed to take pictures and claimed that they never had seen groupies like that in real life.

My heart is breaking when it comes to this topic, because I don’t want to distance myself from being a fangirl. I get how important a show/book/song/whatever-you-are-a-fan-of can be. I get that urge to share it with the world and to tell that person how much you love and appreciate their work, but in some cases it just gets out of hand and achieves the opposite of what was originally intended. They will close up and share less of their life. So, if you ever see someone you are a fan of, go and say “hi”, ask them for a picture and be flustered. By all means, that’s way better than following them on their every step and documenting their life one grainy picture  at a time.

I am not sure there was a real point to this post, but let me know how you feel about this topic in the comments below!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (eArc Review)

Publishing: April 4, 2017
Publisher
: Quirk Books
Page Count
: 320

**I was provided with an eArc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am a huge fan of the Cinderella Story movies. The first one is one of my all time favourite chick flicks. Also, I am a massive geek. My ability to annoy people with the same topic (mostly a TV show/movie/actor/actress I can’t stop thinking about) is one of my best developed skills. That very same thing is also the reason I wasn’t very popular at school. Everything pop culture was always my jam, but unfortunately my fellow peers got very bored with my ramblings after a while. No one was ever truly mean to me, they all thought I was a nice girl, but we all know that “nice” can be an insult as well. It took me forever to come to terms with who I was and that I was awesome in my own right, I just had to find the right people to make my true geek-colors shine. This book just embodied all of that for me – that journey, the finding to one self, the friendships that can be found in fandoms and to be brave enough to stand up for what you believe in.

Elle is such a relatable girl to me. She’s passionate about a TV show, even if it hasn’t been on air for years, and she’s a blogger (SHE’S ONE OF US!). Generally she seemed like a good person and she didn’t deserve the treatment from her stepmonster/-sister. All she wanted was to cherish the memories of her parents and she wasn’t even allowed to do that. There were so many moments that made me really emotional. I was so glad when she finally stood up for herself, because she was so isolated and there’s only so much a person can take. I don’t know why I ever keep hoping for better reactions from the villains, but I guess I just don’t want to give up hope on them. Anyway, I was so happy when she found a great friend and unexpected allies along the way. Go Elle!

Darien was such a sweetheart even when he could be a silly dork sometimes. I liked that he was one of the biggest up and coming stars, but felt so utterly grounded most of the time. He just wanted to be a teenager and I think, he too, still needed to figure himself out (because sometimes he was acting immature). He is of Indian descent, but I didn’t feel like he was anywhere near as connected to that culture as he was to geekdom. Just like Elle, he struggled with his sense of family and I liked the idea of sometimes choosing your own family in the people you surround yourself with.

Everything just fit together perfectly in this book! The atmosphere felt authentically fangirlish and it was fun to have settings such as a convention and a movie set (although, as a film student, I know better than to believe that a big budget movie can be shot in 23 days. It takes 4-6 weeks minimum). The only reason that this isn’t a 5-star-book for me is because I found everything a bit predictable. It’s fairy tale re-telling, so that was to be expected and it didn’t take away anything from my enjoyment of the story. However, I also didn’t feel like it was something completely groundbreaking, so yeah, that’s why. I would still highly recommend it!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Lovely and fun geekish retelling!

Would you read this book? Do you think Geekerella will warm your heart as it did mine?

Book Fangirling Award!

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You won’t believe it, but I got tagged 3 TIMES for the Book Fangirling Award this week. I’ve told many of you that I am currently taking a break from awards, but since I’ve never done this particular one and it’s also coincidentally one where I don’t have to come up with more facts about myself, but one where I can answer questions, I decided to just role with it.

Giovanna @Book Coma, Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books and Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions were so kind as to all nominate me. Some of them I’ve known for a while now, others are very recent blogger companions. Either way, they are all more than worth checking out! If you don’t follow them already, you should definitely reconsider!

Rules

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit BookFangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees. (I’ve been tagged by a ton of people and I’ve completely lost perspective on who’s already done it or not. Forgive me for not tagging anyone this time around!!!)

Giovanna’s Questions:

1. In your opinion, what is the worst book to movie adaptation?

Starting with a tough one, huh? I didn’t really like what they did to my beloved Inkheart book to be honest. It just made no sense sometimes and made a sequel pretty much impossible.

2. If any book character could be your real life boyfriend/girlfriend, who would it be?

Why are your questions so difficult? Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices maybe? Or Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses? Or Rhys from the same book as Lucien? Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After? I think I’ve proven my point in not being able to decide, right?

3. What book series does EVERYONE love but you LOATHE?

I don’t know about EVERYONE and LOATHE is such a strong word, but somehow Legend by Marie Lu just didn’t convince me.

4. What is your favorite book to Fangirl over?

Fangirl? No, just kidding. Weeell, not entirely kidding, but I love to fangirl about the Shatter Me series, the Martian and the Night Circus even more. I think I’ve used them in 80% of my book tags.

5. If you could choose one song that, goes perfectly with your favorite book, which song would you chose and for what book?

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor is pretty perfect for the Martian. People who’ve seen the movie and really know just the tiniest bit about the book will probably understand.

Marie’s Questions:

1. If you had to recommend one book to get someone into reading, which book would it be?

I’m having such a hard time answering this because it depends on so many different factors. How old is the person? What genre are they leaning towards? In the end I would probably go with something contemporary that’s not all too long. I hope that is good enough of an answer, because I really don’t know what else to say.

2. What was your favorite book as a child?

I had several “Letters from Felix” books and I loved them. They shaped my love for travelling, letters, cooking and the circus.

3. Which book wouldn’t you like to see as a movie, EVER?

Interesting question! I honestly can’t think of any book that I wouldn’t like to see either as a movie or TV show.

4. Which book adaptation did you love? Even more than the book itself, or not?

I’ve mentioned a couple of possible contenders for this a while ago. If I had to go with something that I liked more as a movie than as a book, I would choose either Me and Earl and the Dying Girl or Beastly.

5. If you were to read only books from one single author for the rest of your life…who would be the lucky winner?

Aaaargh, so difficult! I would really like to pick Tahereh Mafi, because her writing style is just unique and amazing and swoon-worthy, but she hasn’t published that many books yet and I don’t know how many are to come. So, my choice would be Cassandra Clare. She continues to write in the same universe (one that I really like) and there are already 10 books or so out and at least 7 more to come. I think that would be a good bargain, even though I would be eternally sad because I couldn’t read all the other books.

Cristina’s Questions:

1. Book series or standalones? Why?

Series because it’s the same reason why I like TV shows better than movies. I have a hard time letting go of characters and worlds that I like.

2. Did you watch anime/cartoons when you were younger? Which ones?

I watched a lot of anime and cartoons when I was little. Digimon, Pokemon, One Piece, Princess Scheherazade and many more.

3. Tell me a music that reminds you of your childhood/early teens.

Basically the entire soundtrack of Anastasia and/or Tarzan when I was really little. I’ve heard them mostly in German, but the last couple of songs on the CD were also in English. I just didn’t really understand them back then.

Then when I got older, meaning my early teens, I listened to a lot of Natasha Bedingfield, Billy Talent, Green Day, Paramore and Fall Out Boy.

4. Favorite movie growing up?

I was weirdly obsessed with Toby Terrier and his Video Pals as well as Ariel – the little Mermaid. Probably also a ton of other stuff like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, but those were the ones my parents could come up with first. I think they probably remember that time better than I did.

5. Where do you live? Tell us something about your city (that us tourists can’t read on the books).

I live in Vienna as most of you probably already know, but now comes the embarrassing part. I have no idea what to tell you. Vienna is pretty big and I live rather on the outskirts. I don’t go out all that much, except to get something from Starbucks or to go to an English movie theater. Well, I suppose there are some places I like to hang out at (when I happen to have some money). For one, there’s this huge bookstore on Landstraße. It’s a chain-store, but it’s open everyday (shops are usually closed Sundays) and it has a really decent collection of  English books. Also, there’s this Café/Bar called Europa. It’s in the side alley of a popular shopping street and known for having a very artsy clientele (sometimes even Austrian actors). The service is terribly slow, but I like the food and the staff are really something else. I have no idea what else to tell you.

So, that’s it. Hope you all feel like you know me a little better now and enjoyed my answers. Thanks for staying tuned for a such a long post!

My Life in Books! Book Tag

I’ve seen the My Life in Books! Tag float around the bloggosphere lately and since both Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions as well as Ashley @Socially Awkward Bookworm tagged everyone, I decided to take them up on the offer and just do the tag! But just as I was working on this tag, it turned out I even got personally tagged by #lovebooks, so thank you!

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1. FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS.

Both my initials are K. Trying to find a book starting with K on my shelf was close to impossible. I had to ignore all the “A”s and”The”s and still only found one. So, I decided to go with another that I want to read at some point  but don’t own yet.

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The Kite Runner & The Kiss of Deception

2. COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF – WHICH BOOK IS IT?

I’m 22 and that landed us at: The One by Kiera Cass

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3. PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/STATE/COUNTRY.

I live in Vienna and one my favourite books is Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer which is coincidentally set there.

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4. PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TO.

I’ve recently been obsessed with wanting to visit Chicago, so I’ll go with The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, because apparently it is set there. Also, I quite liked the book.

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5. PICK A BOOK THAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I like colours that aren’t all up in your face and I like shades of green and blue.

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6. WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF?

This one is really hard. There are so many books that I love, but I think I’ll go with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. That story was everything to me as a kid. It perfectly portrayed my love for books.

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7. WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?

There were a couple of books that were difficult for me to get through. I think one of the more difficult ones was Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I watched the movie and while it was really cheesy, I loved it. The book just didn’t convey the same charm to me. I tried really hard but at some point I just put it aside. I am not sure I’ll ever finish it or that I even want to.

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8. WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL YOU GIVE THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU FINISH IT?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! I love the story and the show, but reading this is exhausting. I don’t get anywhere, which is really a shame. I’ll be really glad when I’m finally done with it.

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I’ve done a lot of tags and awards lately, so I am going to TAG EVERYONE! Yes, you right there! If you haven’t done it and want to, you can consider yourself officially tagged by me. Link back here and I’ll gladly take a look at your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

In case you are new to this meme, Tuesday means it’s time for  Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the different weekly themes. Today I am going to talk about “Books On My Fall TBR“. I am actually not sure if that means books that are coming out this fall and that I want to read or simply books that I intend to read during that season. I always have a hard time coming up with actual TBR lists, because I am a person who generally reads what I’m in the mood for or what I can get my hands on. Seen as I am in Austria and not all books are immediately available but rather have to be ordered, that can turn out to be a real issue sometimes. I think the list will mainly contain books I want to read though, but not necessarily books that I’ll actually read (because money, time, etc.).

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(as always: this is a list not a ranking!)

1. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)I have started the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series when I heard it was going to be made into a movie and now I want to finish it. I have to admit that it’s not my favourite, but I just can’t deal with not knowing how something ends.

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

23734628Okay, I am seriously excited for this one!!! Fangirl is one of my favourite books and this is like an indirect extension of the story. Couldn’t be happier about the fact that this was written, especially since this is really going into a Fantasy direction, which is unusual for Rainbow Rowell. (Although I have to say that I wish it would have a different cover …)

3. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

22716447I loved Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and I like Mindy’s voice, therefore: new book = I want to read it! This time it is even more background on her Hollywood life as well as her personal relationships and everyone’s fixation on weight.

4. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

18392495This book technically came out in August, but hey, that still counts for me. It’s a companion to my beloved My Life Next Door and I can’t wait to return to that universe.

5. Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

23245337A girl that can dream-walk – count me in!

6. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24892774Traumatic events, awkward love-story … I don’t know, but this just feels like an interesting story. As morbid as it may sound, I like books that deal with grief.

7. Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer

22663633This just seems cool because it has different kinds of narration, free verse poetry and screenplay-style writing. If these things are balanced right, I usually really like them.

8. Sidekick by Natalie Whipple

26251663I know what being 2nd best feels like and I know how confining it can be if you can’t share your passions with your friends because they aren’t as geeky as you. I think I am going to like this.

9. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

25005214Do I really have to explain this? A novella in the Red Queen universe is something I have to check out!!!

10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22910900It’s embarrassing, but I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’ stories before. It’s not that they didn’t sound interesting, but I just didn’t get around to it. However, this one is definitely on the top of my wishlist and I am determined to read it!

 

 

As always, if you want to know more about the books, click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads. What are some books on your Fall TBR? If you’ve done TTT as well, leave a link in the comment section!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To See As TV Shows

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the original weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the theme of the week. Since we all get a FREEBIE this week, I chose to do “Books I Want To See As TV Shows“. It’s common knowledge that I love all things TV (even more than watching movies most of the time), so you’re going to get a list of books that I’d like to see as a TV show (some of those will actually be happening!)

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1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh announced on a BookTube videoShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) that the series has been optioned for TV and I just got SO excited! I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen and keep thinking about who may be cast for some of the characters (I might do a post for that soon!). I loved that world so much and I think I would’ve been sad if they just pushed all the content in 3 or 4 movies, this way they can go on even beyond the ending of the books.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I actually liked the movie, even though it wasn’t like the books. I thought the casting was really good, but hey, it got picked up by Netflix and they have an amazing track record with their original content (still not over the awesomeness that is Sense8)! With more than 13 books out already, this could definitely be a show for the long-run.

3. Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)To my own shame I have to admit that I still haven’t read Miss Mayhem, but superheroes are really in right now and I consider Harper Price somewhat of a heroine. She has superpowers/super-strenght at least. Then it’s all in a High School setting – I can see it!

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This is another show that’s actually happening under the title “Shadowhunters”. Since the movie was somewhat of a flop (mostly due to seriously bad casting in my opinion), I am glad it gets a do-over on TV. Also, I am totally on board with the casting this time around (except for Kat McNamara as Clary … sorry, I am still hesitant about that one). But I finally want a real trailer now!!!

5. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighThere’s actually a movie for this as well I think, but it was a Disney-channel movie and therefore … well, disney-fied (watch the Trailer for that here). It just looked ridiculous but I love the Arthurian theme of the book and I think it would work very well as a TV show where the story can be stretched out. The book would obviously only serve for one Season, but I bet they could come up with other mystical stuff to do afterwards.

6. Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Can you imagine it? Every book would be a season and after Season 3/Isla everyone would want more and then Stephanie Perkins would be forced to right more books in that universe and I would be beyond happy! Okay, so maybe I just want more books, but I still think it would be a really funny and sweet show.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlI imagine this as a show where not a lot would actually happen, but you just sort of see what Cath is doing all day long with some flashes of her fanfiction in between. Episodes would probably only be like 25 minutes long, but still, the show would go on forever, because people can just relate to her and her geek life so much.

8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next DoorIn my opinion we would see so much more of the actual life next door if it were a TV show. Also, there is surely a lot of drama they could come up with over the seasons and we could just switch the focus to a different sibling every season and watch as they grow up!

9. The Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)I could see this being a lot like the teenage version of Ghost Whisperer.

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusAs much as I am rooting for the movie to come out (it has been optioned after all), I don’t think that one movie could ever be enough. There are so many different places in the circus itself that I would like to see, that I doubt they could fit them all in 2 hours. They’d have to scratch a lot and I don’t want that. When it comes to the Night Circus I can be really greedy! It’s just so magical!

Honourable mentions

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (also actually happening!)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (but only as a mini-series)
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

So, what do you think? If any of those shows would really happen, I SO want to do the casting. That would be amazing! Have you read some of the books as well and do you share my vision? Would you rather have movies for some of those books or no adaptation at all? What are some books you would like to see as a TV show?