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5 Literary Web Series to Fall in Love With

The literary web series trend has been pretty big for a few years now, and as a lover of both literary adaptations and web series, I’m definitely a fan. In fact, I’ve even been a part of some myself.

5 Literary Web Series to Watch
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Here are five of my favorites to get you obsessed with the genre:

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Web Series for Sci Fi Lovers

I love science fiction and I love a good web series, so what’s better than combining the two? Nothing that’s what!

(Probably. Maybe. Okay, possibly lots of things, but it’s called hyperbole and sci fi web series are still really cool and definitely up at the top of the List of Awesome Things alright, so get off my back!)

Anyway, where was I? Sci fi web series are the best. So sit back, relax,  throw up your Vulcan salute, and check out these science fiction web series.

Web Series for Sci Fi Lovers
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Thoughts on Opening Lines

Epic Opening Lines

 

  1. “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  2. “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.” – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,  Becky Albertalli
  3. First the colors.Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.  ***A small fact*** You are going to die.” – The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  4. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  5. “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion.” – The Martian, Andy Weir
  6. “I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army.”  – Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
  7. “The circus arrives without warning.” – The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  8. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
  9. “‘Somebody bloody famous,’ said the hoarse voice on the end of the line, ‘better’ve died, Strike.'” – The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
  10. “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.” – Code Name Verity, Elizabeth E. Wein

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Top 5: Books of 2015

So many new books come out every year it’s impossible to keep up with them all. I can’t even keep up with all the books I want to read that came out years ago, so it is definitely a losing battle– but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to read anything and everything I can! I’m sure I was only able to read a fraction of the great books that came out in the past year, but since I only have 24 hours in the day, here are my favorite five (that I read) of 2015.

1.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Top 5: Books of 2015
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There is plenty in life that Aaron Soto would like to forget– like how his father killed himself or how his own suicide attempt nearly tore his family apart, but Aaron is determined to try to find happiness again. And it seems like he just might be able to do it, but when his girlfriend Genevieve leaves for a few weeks Aaron begins spending all of his time with the new guy, Thomas, who seems to understand Aaron in a way no one else ever has. The only problem? Thomas isn’t gay. And neither is Aaron– or, at least, that’s what he always thought, but his new, confusing feelings for Thomas must mean something. Even if Aaron doesn’t know what to think of his feelings, he knows that he doesn’t want them, and fortunately for him there might just be a way to forget about them altogether– but it may come with a price, because if Aaron forgets about his feelings he may also lose himself in the process.

More Happy Than Not is a fantastic near-future YA novel about relationships and learning to accept who you are, but it’s also about how our experiences and memories shape who we are. It’s gritty and heart-wrenching and real. Definitely a must-read.

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Top 5: Standalone Fantasy Novels

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Top 5: Standalone Fantasy Novels
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Nobody knows when it will arrive, or where. Le Cirque des Rêves moves around the world, arriving in new cities without warning, where the mysterious and magical circus awes locals with its seemingly impossible shows and exhibits.

But behind the black and white tents of this amazing circus, a decades-long competition between two young magicians is underway, imbuing the circus with its magic. The magicians are little more than pawns in the game of their mentors who have been training them for this competition their whole lives– a competition where only one magician can be left standing. Cecilia and Marco don’t know the rules to the game, and they don’t know each other, but when the two meet and fall in love they start a chain of events that will change the circus forever and will affect everyone who is touched by the magic of Le Cirque des Rêves

This is a really beautiful fantasy novel that is focused on the use of magic as more of a performative act than as a weapon or tool (as it is often presented in fantasy novels).

Great quote:

“I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”

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Time to Write

Time to Write

There’s a quote by J.K. Rowling that I recently stumbled across and it’s got me thinking. In the quote, Rowling says: “Be ruthless about protecting writing days.”

I’ll be honest, I’m not always good at this. Writing isn’t a typical 9-5 job (in the sense that you can start and stop whenever you want, wear your pajamas to work, and that sort of thing), but it still requires time and energy and concentration just like anything else– and maybe more than most else when it comes to concentration. It’s easy to let my schedule shift to make time for other things, but the truth is writing is a bit of a ritual and when I don’t stick to it and give myself both the structured commitment and the freedom to let my mind and fingers fly, I just don’t get as much done.

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Top 5: Halloween Movies

We’re halfway through October already which means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween by rewatching all your favorite Halloween movies. Or, if you don’t know where to start, you can check out a few of my favorites and prepare yourself  for a funny, creep-tastic good time!

1.Halloweentown (1998)

The Cromwells are a family divided when it comes to Halloween. Marnie has always been obsessed with the holiday even though her mother hates it with a burning passion– especially when Grandma Aggie comes bearing all sorts of spooky goodies and stories about a town where it’s always Halloween. And when Marnie and her brother and sister follow Grandma Aggie home they learn that not only is Halloweentown very real but it’s also in danger from a dark warlock and it’s up to the three of them to save it.

This was one of my childhood favorites. I watched it every year when October rolled around and they started playing it on the Disney Channel, and I even recorded it on a VHS (what? VHS? so 90s, I know) so that I could watch it any time I wanted! It just never really feels like Halloween until I’ve seen Halloweentown.

Top 5: Halloween Movies
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Knitted Scarf DIY

With chilly weather finally starting to appear in some places (or so I’ve heard– it’s still in the 90s down here in the south), it is the perfect time to try your hand at knitting a scarf!

I found the pattern for this lovely scarf here. The instructions are really clear and the pattern is pretty simple, so I would say this is a totally do-able knitting project even for beginner knitters as long as you know how to do both a knit and purl stitch.

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