Sunday, 20 August 2017

My New Fanfics!

Hey Guys x

So, you'll know from my 'Finishing Rogue' post that I finished my last piece of fanfiction in April this year. That meant that I needed something else to write, something completely new. So I started writing.

Description: Meet Serena Salvatore. A 162 year old vampire and the only Salvatore born to a Bennett Witch. After 50 years away, she decides to come back to Mystic Falls, reuniting with her brothers Stefan and Damon. The last thing she expects is to run into Captain America. She knows she should stay away from the Supersoldier, but there’s something about him. Something that she can’t ignore. And soon Serena is falling for him, and there’s nothing she can do to stop herself. She needs him. However, as family secrets are revealed, mistakes are made and relationships are shattered, Serena’s life, and the lives of every supernatural creature in Mystic Falls, are changed forever. In the wake of heartache and uncertainty, the only thing Serena knows for sure is, she shouldn’t have come home.

This story was partially planned before I finished Rogue. As you can probably tell, it's a fanfiction that's based in the world of the Vampire Diaries, crossed over with the Marvel world.

It's the first time I've done any type of crossover or anything like that and I was really excited to start writing it. For me, the way I write fanfics are, I have a very basic plan, but I kind of let the characters tell their own story, as weird as it sounds. Therefore, I had no idea at the beginning of writing this that it would be as it is now. But because I don't plan it a lot, I'm so excited to see what happens, because I myself have no idea what will happen!

I wanted to write a Vampire Diaries fic for the longest time, because it's a popular world that I thought I'd be able to play with. And thus, the character of Serena Salvatore was born, and she's one of my favourite ever characters. She has her own distinct personality, she writes her own story, she's such a unique, crazy, interesting character to portray. And although I've only just released the 12th chapter, I know that she's going to go through a lot of things, and I can't wait to see how she handles them.

Description: When Cece Rose Cameron gets her dream role on 'The Vampire Diaries' she's nothing but excited. She gets to move to Atlanta, to work with her best friend Claire Holt, and to live out her wildest dreams. Win-win right? Until she begins to fall for Paul Wesley, who is not only her co-worker, but her oldest friend's boyfriend. Will Cece be able to succeed in her career, keep everyone happy and get the guy of her dreams? Or will she continue to be just another face in the crowd?

This fanfic is different than anything that I've ever done in my entire life, really. It's a social media fanfiction, based on actors rather than characters. Again, it's set in the Vampire Diaries world. I've created the character of actress Cece Rose Cameron, who falls in love with actor Paul Wesley who plays Stefan Salvatore in TVD. It's called a Social Media Fanfic, which basically means that I am portraying the relationship of these two characters through social media, such as instagram, twitter, blog posts and articles. I create events, photoshop pictures and have made a life for these two that is visual rather than just written.

Here are some of the pictures that I've created so far:

Now, my photoshop skills are not amazing by anyone's standards. However, I have so much fun creating these. It's quite amazing to see, for the first time, a fanfic actually come to life. It's incredible.

It's also so quick to write. I mean, this fic is pretty much finished, even though I'm uploading each chapter really slowly. It's something that I feel really passionate about, and I don't know why I haven't been writing social media fics before now! I mean, making the pictures is really hard work, but it's so worth it.

Anyway, if any of these stories appeal to you, please feel free to check them out (and maybe give me some reads and comments!) but if not, that's ok too. This post was less about self-promo and more to keep you guys updated.

Do you write fanfiction? Would you?

Lou xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wonder Woman | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

It's another review for you today! Sorry it took me so long to do this one, I saw this ages ago!

From my Spider-Man: Homecoming review, you'll know that I'm a big fan of comic book movies. I started by being a fan of Marvel exclusively, but I've now seen all the films in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) so far, leading up to Justice League, and I can say that I'm also a huge DC fan.

Particularly of Wonder Woman.

Diana Prince was raised on the Island of Themyscira, with a race of Amazonian warrior women created by Zeus. In 1918, Diana rescues Steve Trevor, when his place crashes on their island. From him, she hears about the war that people in the real world were fighting. Believing that it is the work of Ares, the Greek God of War, she goes with Steve to London, so that she can put an end to Ares once and for all. However, is there more to mankind than meets the eye? And if there is, does Diana belong in this war?

I loved this film. I have no previous experience of Wonder Woman, so I definitely didn't know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The story itself was great, and something that I could easily follow. There are some things about the story, particularly towards the end, that I wouldn't have done in the same way (such as, kind of spoiler alert, the character that Ares turned out to be) but aside from that, it was genuinely a great film about an amazing Amazonian princess.

The casting for this film was amazing. Chris Pine has always been someone that I've loved, I mean, I've watched 90% of his movies because I love him so much, so I always knew that he'd be good. But I've just completely fallen in love with Gal Gadot. She was an amazing choice to play Diana and I just want to see her in more films because I think she's amazing.

I don't know if this counts as an origin story, but if it does, this is the way to do it. It gave us so much information about who Diana is and what she does, and perfectly sets up what will hopefully be some well-done character development for the Justice League.

There's not much I can say without giving stuff away, but this film wasn't perfect by an means. However, I will defend it (and have!) forever because I think it was such a needed comic book movie, and Patty Jenkins, the director, did an amazing job with it. She's one to watch!

Thank you for reading.

What do you prefer, Marvel or DC?

Lou xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Finishing Rogue

Hey Guys x

I'm in an emotional mood, so I thought it was only right to write this post!

I was writing a fanfiction, called Rogue, from 2nd January 2016 until April this year, and when I finished it, it felt really weird.

The character of Rogue was someone that I had been building before I even knew that this was something that I was going to write. I had her powers figured out before I even knew her name, I imagined myself as her in every film before my fingers even touched the keyboard, she was and is attached to me in a way that's difficult to explain.

I lived with her, I was her, I was her best friend, her conscience, her God, her everything.

I'm trying not to get too deep! But for me, when I create a character, sometimes they tend to just stay in my words on the page, they never make it into the real world. Rogue was definitely different, I feel like she jumped off the page and made her way into the actual Marvel Universe, which would have been incredibly cool!

And that got me thinking about what it meant to actually finish something. For me, finishing anything is a huge accomplishment.

It was the longest thing that I've ever written. At 80,000+ words it literally is the length of an average novel, and that astounds me. I never thought I'd be able to write anything that long, let alone something that actually means something to me. But I did it. At one chapter a week, I wrote something long, something that did mean a lot to me, something that still does.

And I guess she means a lot to me because the Marvel world that I placed her in means a lot to me. The Cinematic Universe is something that has been a huge part of my life for over two years now (wow, time has flown!) and writing fanfiction is my way of honouring it. I love it so much that I want to share my own take on it, I want to create my own character to place in that world, I would like to create more characters for that world one day, maybe even a spin-off story or something.

Sometimes, when I think about the things that more 'grown up' people my age are doing, like clubbing, dating, drinking, moving on and out, I think about my fanfiction as a silly hobby that people would probably laugh at.

But then I think about what it's done for me. I spend so much of my time doing what I love, writing, and I actually have something to show for it. I have these works that anyone can read and either enjoy or hate. I have constant plotlines in my head, I have ideas whirling and bubbling and exciting me so much that I can't sleep. I have things to wake up every single day and feel passionate about. I have things to look back on. I can go as far back as 2012 and see things that I wrote, see what I was proud of back when I was 15, what I was into, what my writing was like. In 5 years time, I can look back at what I'm passionate about now and make it better. Who knows if I'll still be writing fanfiction when I'm 25?

But if I am, it'll be because it makes me feel then, the way it makes me feel now. Excited, passionate, desperate to create, itching to write. Surely that's what it's all about?

Lou xx

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

As you can tell, today's post is another movie review.

If you read my blog, you know I'm a huge fan of comic book movies, particularly those within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as this film is. However, my review will be completely unbiased, and only based on what I thought about this particular film.

The film takes place right after (and technically during) the events of Captain America: Civil War (the last MCU movie to feature Spider-man). Peter Parker has helped Tony Stark fight against Captain America and now he's gone back to his normal life, just waiting for a call from Stark or Happy Hogan, telling him when the next mission will take place. He waits... and waits... and waits. However, one night, Peter stumbles upon something he shouldn't have, and he realises that, no matter what Stark tells him, he can't just walk away. What's the point of having the suit if he can't change the world? But when things get more and more out of hand, will Peter be able to walk away unharmed? Or was giving him the suit a mistake?

I loved this film!

I don't have the love of Spider-Man that comes from being obsessed with the movies that came before this one, so I didn't know if I'd be able to connect to it or not. I liked Spidey in Civil War, but I had no idea if I'd like an 'origin story'or sorts.

Thankfully, this wasn't an origin story. I am sick of origin stories. I enjoy seeing what the characters get up to, but I'm done with finding out how they got their powers or whatever (however, with characters that I completely don't know, like Captain Marvel, it might be necessary) - everyone knows the origin of Spider-Man, so it doesn't need to be explained again and I'm so glad that they didn't.

Now I have to talk about Tom Holland, who plays Spidey/Peter Parker. I don't know if the word 'amazing' is big enough to describe his performance but, honestly, he's amazing! I've been a fan of his since Civil War and I think he did a fantastic job with this film. What spoke to me, both through watching his performance and watching interviews with him about the film, was how excited and enthusiastic he was about this. It is so nice and refreshing when you see someone so excited about this role that they've taken on, and I feel like this is something that you see a lot with comic book movies - because the characters have their own presence before the actors take them on. I'm so glad that Tom got this role, I honestly can't imagine anyone doing it as well as he did.

And then there's the rest of the cast. This is the most diverse comic-book movie (and probably one of the most diverse movies in general) that I've ever seen, and I thought it was amazing. It's like the real world, going to a real school where there's students of all colours and backgrounds. It was refreshing to see diversity casually, rather than for the sake of diversity (which I don't believe they did) and that made me love the film even more than I would have done anyway.

It's a funny film that has a lot of depth and seriousness. There are so many more elements than just 15-year-old gets powers, and having Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark in the film was just an added bonus of hilarity. 

They made this film well, and I'd really encourage everyone to see it, whether fans of Marvel/the MCU or not.

Thank you for reading!

Do you like comic-book movies?

Lou xx

Friday, 28 July 2017

July Favourites | 2017

Hey Guys x

It's time for another favourites post. Each month I apologise for my lack of posts, and I'm gonna do that again right now. I have plans for posts that I sometimes can't be bothered to write, and then I feel so guilty when I see that the blog hasn't been updated in a while.

I'm not gonna promise to upload more often, because I don't know if I will. But I will promise to write more, because I really miss it when I don't.

Anyway, let's get on with my favourites!

Favourite Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
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I will write an in-depth non-spoiler review of this, but as of right now I'll just say that I really really enjoyed this movie. So many people have described it as 'fun', but I thought that there were times when it got really deep and heartfelt and... emotional. But yeah, there is a lot of fun, and it's also quite funny which is great! I'm not sure about comparing it to the other Spider-Man movies, but as a stand-alone MCU movie, it's an amazing addition to the franchise, Tom Holland is truly an incredible actor, and it just makes me even more excited for Infinity War!

Favourite TV Show: Younger
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WOW. I am in love with this show. I first started watching it because Hilary Duff said that it was like 'Sex and the City', but younger (haha!) so I took a chance on it. The show is about a 40 year old, divorced single-mother called Liza Miller. She finds that, after being out of work for 15 years, she can't get a job. So she does the only thing she can think of - she pretends to be 26. And surprisingly, it works! Everyone in her work-life believes that she's a millennial. However, when Liza's two worlds collide, everything becomes 100 times more complicated. Can she keep her secret, and her job?
This is a show that everyone should be watching, especially if you're a woman that likes to watch shows about empowering women. Each woman is professional and strong and a character in their own right, rather than a vehicle for male interaction. WATCH. THIS. SHOW.

Favourite Song: Despacito

I could only post the Justin Bieber remix version, but definitely check out the original rather than this one. I know that so many people are bored of this song now, but I really can't get enough of it! I can't understand a word that they're saying, but I don't care. The beat, everything is just so great, I could listen to it over and over again. I know I'll probably be bored of it soon, but for not it's my number one song!

Favourite YouTuber: Carrie Hope Fletcher
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You probably know that I'm obsessed with Carrie, but if you don't, I am. However, she's here this month because of her new book, 'All That She Can See'. I think this book is amazing! I'm 3/4 of the way through and I've had to force myself to put it down so that I don't finish it too quickly. It's about a girl called Cherry who can put good feelings (or any feelings really) into the food that she bakes. That's a very brief intro, but I don't want to spoil anything! Just, go out and get the book, read it, and be taken in by Cherry's incredible story. Carrie is everything!

Favourite Game: Choices
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I am obsessed with this game! It's literally a game of choices. Your character(s) are put in a variety of different scenarios, and you have to make the choices that move them forward with their lives. The games include being a police detective, being a college student, being a superhero and many more. Give this game a chance, you definitely will not regret it. And it's free, so you have nothing to lose!

Favourite Actor: Paul Wesley
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Paul Wesley plays Stefan Salvatore in the Vampire Diaries, which I am completely obsessed with! I'm in the process of re-watching and am just about to start season 3, which I know was Paul's favourite to play because his character completely changes. However, he's also my favourite because I've started another fanfic, which is a social media fanfic based on him. A social media fanfic is a story that uses social media (for me, Instagram more than anything else) to display the relationship of two characters. That means a lot of imagination and a lot of photoshop! But it's the most fun fic I've ever written, and I'm really proud of a lot of the pictures that I've made. If you want to check out the first few chapters of the fic, you can find it here!

Favourite YouTube Video: Jack Howard's Spider-Man Review

I just find it so interesting to watch someone who loves film, talk about film. This review has spoilers in it, so watch the movie first if you haven't, but I've known for ages that Jack is in love with Spider-man. Because of this, I was really excited to see his review. I felt a lot of the same things that he did about the film, and I can't wait to see him review more films as he's one person who's opinion I always trust.

Thank you for reading.

Comment below some of your own July favourites!

Lou xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

My 3rd Blogiversary!

Hey Guys x

I have to start this post with a massive apology, from and to myself.

My third blogiversary was in April, and I completely missed it. It's weird and sad to think that it didn't even cross my mind for a split second that month, it completely escaped me.

I have no idea why.

I didn't post a lot in April anyway, I think maybe about 5 times. In fact, this whole year hasn't been great in terms of blogging. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things now, but I can't say it's easy. Sometimes blogging feels pointless, and other times it feels like the best thing in the world. I'm trying to find that healthy balance.

However, no matter how many times I've posted this year, it's still my third year of blogging, and that should definitely be celebrated!

I've managed to keep blogging for three years, which is amazing, if I do say so myself. It's without a doubt my longest-running hobby and I still love it, despite falling out of like with it several times.

When I wrote this post last year, I had just under 55,000 page views. Now, amazingly, almost 87,500 views, which is something I can't even fathom. My page views are something that I've been really proud of, because even if I don't get comments or shares, at least I know that people are actually reading and, hopefully liking, what I write.

But thank you to all that read, because your support is a part of why I keep doing this, why I feel so guilty when I don't post in a while. I really appreciate it and, even if I do break away from blogging sometimes, I will always love it and I will always come back.

Thank you for reading.

What's your latest blogging milestone?

Lou xx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Social Network | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

Ever since I first started watching Jack Howard, he's always talked about this film. So when I decided to watch a bunch of movies this summer, this was close to the top of my list.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake (amongst others) and is about how 'Facebook' came to be. However, although Facebook is the umbrella that the film is based on, what it's actually about is a lawsuit that it taking place between it's creator Mark Zuckerberg, his best friend, and twins who claim that Zuckerberg stole the idea from them.

The one word that I'd use to describe this film is interesting. Really interesting, so intriguing. Just the basic premise of becoming famous due to creating something so amazing from scratch is such an interesting thing to think about. And then you have to think about the kind of person who would do that, and the way that it would effect them.

Something that struck me whilst watching this film was the fact that, I didn't like the character of Mark Zuckerberg in the slightest. I think it takes real guts to make a film where the main character isn't likeable, and isn't someone that the viewer is able to relate to. If anything, he's the advert for 'what not to do if you wake up a millionaire'.

Having said that, Jesse Eisenberg played the role perfectly. He really embodied it and definitely made the film what it was.

But the different dynamics between the characters was the most interesting, intense thing about the film, and I really loved it. The tagline is completely right - fame and success comes at a price. The fact is, there's always going to be someone trying to take you down, especially if you need slight help to come up with the idea in the first place. Everyone wants a piece of that success.

However, my favourite character without a doubt was Andrew Garfield's, because he's the character that every one of us could have been. He helped his best friend out with something, and managed to get caught up in this crazy world with no idea of how to get out without getting hurt. He's the character I sympathised with the most, and the character that I wanted the best things to happen for.

In addition to all of this, the writing, cinematography, and direction of this film was amazing. It was just such a genuinely good, well-made film, and I can understand why it's loved the way it is, particularly by Jack who is a filmmaker.

Thank you for reading.

Have you seen this? Comment below what you thought!

Lou xx