Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Beware, Twilight is coming...


Hey guys!


Okay, so I have something to confess. Twilight is my guilty pleasure. It has been since I discovered, and fell in love, with the beauty of the Cullens. The films include Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn and they were adapted from the book series by Stephanie Meyer.


For those that don't know (and if you don't, why not?), the story follows a 17 year old girl called Bella, played by Kristen Stewart in the movie, who moves to Washington to live with her father. While there she meets a family of vegetarian vampires, the Cullens and falls in love with Edward Cullen, portrayed by Robert Pattinson. The first film follows the first few months of their relationship while the successors follow their rocky relationship, including highs such as their wedding and lows like Edward (and the rest of the Cullens) leaving Bella in Forks, Washington.

Picture the scene. Me, 13 years old (a very impressionable age I might add) and at the house of one of my best friends at the time. She had recently broken her toe so I was essentially helping her get around and in return, I was allowed to her house for tea and to watch movies with her family. One fateful day, her stepmum asks if I had seen this new movie that they had on DVD and when I responded that I hadn't, we started watching it. And I fell head over heels over head, damn. I can't really describe what 13 year old, hormone-riddled Paige was thinking at the time but let me just say that it had a lasting effect. 

Now this obsession became all-consuming. Once I found out that it had been adapted from books, I was compelled to read them. I steam-rolled through them as fast as I could until I was waiting for Breaking Dawn to be released, which I also read extremely fast. I started going to the cinema to watch the movies and bought hoodies with 'Team Edward' printed on the back (don't, I know, major cringe attack) that me and my friends would wear to premier-night. Thus, began my further obsession with one Robert Pattinson.

He became the epitome of attractive. The heights of which I would only dream of and could only dream of meeting some day. Now I'm not entirely sure why I thought that he was so attractive but my brain locked onto him and did not let go for a solid 3 years. That, for those wondering, is a damn long time to enjoy looking at someones face. If I'm quite honest with myself, I doubt that I ever truly got over him, but hey, life goes on. 

Although looking back now, the movies really are not that great, at the time, I felt as if they were the best things that I had ever seen. Sure the acting isn't amazing and honestly, some of the scripting was awful but while recently rewatching Twilight, I was quite shocked at how much I actually remembered, reciting lines previously forgotten and loving every cringeworthy second of it.

Do you lovely people have any guilty pleasures that you would like to share? Or maybe a story about your own experiences with the Twilight films! I'd love to hear them.

Hugs,
Paige

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Let's get personal, shall we?


 Hey guys!


From the outset, I feel like I should preface this with the fact that I have the best friends a girl could ask for. They are supportive, wonderful, beautiful human beings and I am forever thankful that they came into my life.



So, some background is in order I believe. I met Alice in Year 7, when I was smaller than I am now and let me tell you, we were awful together. We were the typical loud-mouth year 7's that all sixth formers hated, and rightly so. If I had met 11 year old me when I was 18, I know for a fact that I would have despised me. However, Alice was my best friend and I utterly adored her. We had our ups and downs (as all friendships do) and moments where we were less friends and more frenemies but I still loved her. Considering we are still friends now, and how close we are, that is never going to change.

And then we come to Meg. I want to say that we met in Year 9/10 when she and Alice were in the same English class and she would come to hang out with our group. We were never really close in school and honestly, I was only aware of her in the periphery but what I did know, was that she seemed fun. So jump forward to Year 13 (after a few years of just seeing each other at birthdays and hanging in groups), and on a whim, I decided to ask her out for a meal, just the two of us. And damn did we hit it off. She was so funny and just made me feel incredibly comfortable, no matter what we talked about. And I guess everything else was history. We are still best friends now and forever.

One of the things that I adore most about me and my friends is that nothing is off limits. The amount of times that we have gone out and descended into (very) intimate discussions or talked about some of the more complicated happenings in our lives, are way too many to count. They allow me to talk about anything I need to get off my chest and vice versa.





I have had a lot of good times with these girls, including multiple proms, sleepovers, holidays and honestly, just spending time together. As long as I am with them, I am always happy. They make me smile constantly and nothing feels better than being with them.


I just love them a lot and wanted to share their brilliance with all of you.


So, happy friend appreciation day (which is every day guys, let's be real) and let your friends know you love them! Especially the forever ones.


Hugs,
Paige


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

We Were Liars. Weren't we?

Hey guys, how's it going?

I know I have been shockingly absent recently, I promise to try and make more of an effort to blog but damn, this uni stuff takes up a lot of time!

Today, I would love to share with you one of the best young adult novels that I have read in a LONG time. I feel like I could be considered a YA connosoir at this point, considering how it's one of my favourite genres of book and, well, just the sheer amount of them that I have read.

The book I wish to talk to you about is: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It starts off innocent enough, three related families and their children holidaying on (essentially) their grandparent's island. The story is told from Cadence Sinclair's point of view and follows her adventures with her cousins on this island, while her mother and aunts drama fly over her head. Or so you think.

I remember reading this book last semester, while at university and let me tell you, it was a great book to procratinate with. It seems like such a simple book of a rich, moderately spoilt group of teenagers, until you get to the final few chapters and feel like the floor has dropped out from beneath you. I read the final chapters before a lecture on Constitutional Law and well, I was reading in the lecture rather than listening because lets be real, this was significantly more interesting. Plus, plot twists!!

This book won awards in the years since its release in 2014 and I am honestly not surprised as it battles themes of racism, young love and the bonds that are irreplacable between family. It has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult fiction, and was the only YA book featured in Amazon's Best 20 Books of the Year. If that's not enough to convince you to read this book, I'm not sure what will!

If you have read this book, or read it once you have seen this review, please tell me what you think in the comments or visit my social media pages and let me know!

Hugs,
Paige

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Resident Evil.... Maybe choose somewhere else to live?



 Resident Evil, something I (wrongly, some might say) grew up watching and/or playing, holds rather a special place in my heart. The story surrounds a series of protagonists, Alice in the movies, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield and Leon largely in the games, all fighting against the zombie outbreak that began in Raccoon City and released by the Umbrella Corporation. Umbrella had been in the business of experimentation in biological weaponry resulting in the T-Virus being exposed o the public and eventually? The entire world being overrun by zombies. I'm unsure why this story became hooked in my brain, but I am so glad it did.

 
With two older brothers submerged in the world of violence in videogames, I was similarly thrown into this world, with some of my earliest memories with my brothers being me simply watching in the background as they played Mortal Kombat (yes the original) and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. I have little to no memories of the predecessors to this game but man... This one? This one was incredible to me. I vividly remember my brothers asking their friends to help defeat the unbeatable beast that was the Nemesis, ultimately resulting in their death many times over until my dad had to be called in, "just to get past this one bit." 

I'm not sure why Nemesis' character stuck with me. Even now, with so many new and interesting and scary characters, he still stands out as my favourite. Nemesis was one of the scariest things that I had seen at the time, his exposed, messy, inhuman jaw and staples holding one half of his face to the other that only acted to increase the intensity of watching my brothers evade and attack this wild zombified beast, making you wonder, who even was this person before he was "created" and made into such a wild thing? Now I can't remember if there was ever any explanation for his creation other than the vague explanation of his being an example of Umbrella's (the overarching enemy who released the outbreak of the T-Virus) unethical experiments. But the films? The films give a detailed explanation.

The films take a different approach, instead focussing on a former Umbrella employee who was the accidental catalyst for the T-Virus outbreak, and how she (and others) respond. Milla Jovovich plays Alice, the employee, after she wakes up in a strange mansion, naked and somehow knowing exactly how to get into the Hive, Umbrella' lab. She is joined by several surivors of the initial outbreak (although largely these do not survive the zombies roaming their past workplace) in their battle to leave the Hive, while being hindered by The Red Queen, who is trying to prevent the outbreak reaching the surface, who is later described as a "homicidal bitch" by Alice. At the end of the film, right when you believe Alice and another character are safe (don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it yet)... BAM! The other character is taken away while Alice is injected with the T-Virus. In the succeeding film, it explores the results of her being injected and becoming the only known person to have bonded fully with thr T-Virus and comes up against. The Nemesis. And yes, guess who it was. 

I don't want to spoil it any further because I have to admit, if you are a person who enjoys horror movies/games, this is a MUST. You must play this. You must watch these movies and at least give it a chance, each ramping up further the graphics and CGI, becoming vastly my favourite movie series to watch. 

If you have seen these movies or played these games, please comment and tell me what you think! I, quite obviously, loved them and would love to hear your opinion or receive recommendations about your favourite horror games or movies. 

Hugs,
Paige

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The two prince's who captured my heart...

                               
Well hello there guys!
Now this is my first actual post and I wanted it to be about a trilogy that triggered my emotions and set my heart into overdrive. Also, yes, I do have a flare for the dramatic.
The books which would be a delight to introduce you to will be eternally remembered as the Captive Prince trilogy, written by C.S Pacat. Now I have to say that she is an incredible author and this series gripped me right through until it's final moments.  

I first started reading these books after hearing one of my favourite tumblr blogs raving about the setting, the fiery chemistry between its protagonists and her general adoration for this series. After hearing such a glowing recommendation, I couldn't just not read it now could I?

The story is set in a fictional world, reigned over by the savage Akielons and the more conservative but equally ruthless Veretians. The story begins with Prince Damianos being overthrown by his half-brother after his father is killed and sent as a slave to the Prince of Vere, Laurent, whose brother Damianos had killed eight years prior. What ensues across the succeeding books induces such strong feelings for these characters and their plight that it is all you can do to root for them.

If reading a gripping, tragic, slow-burning romance is something that interests you? All I could do is shove this into your hands and run away cackling over how much these books are going to take over your life! You may actually end up screaming at these two to just get themselves together and admit their affections, I mean how many times do you have to save each other's lives before you realise you're in love???

The symbolism held within these pages really bring the book to life, the constant reminder of Damianos' slave days and the burning desire to be seen as equal brought to the forefront of the readers mind, every time there is a mention of chains or bracelets. The broader social meanings to this book appealed to me greatly, to read something that is not your run-of-the-mill young adult book, with the stereotypical teen girl falling in love with someone who's "different" and honestly, it's greatly appreciated, especially as a LGBT+ teen myself. It's just satisfying to see some representation where this isn't the most significant aspect of the story.

Anyway, I don't want to spoil these books any further but just expect some twists, some turns and a hot like burning romance all enmeshed within the pages.

If you have read these books or at least plan to, let me know in the comments below! Or if you have any other recommendations, again comment below and I would love to hear from you.  

Hugs,
Paige

Monday, 8 February 2016

Introductions?

Hey guys!

I guess it's time for some quick introductions before I start spewing opinions and recommendations all over the place. My name is Paige, I'm 19 and am currently a student studying away from home. I know, it's a crazy life we're living. 
This blog is mostly going to be dedicated to books I enjoy (or not), I might even throw some films/TV shows that I enjoy from time to time but there will be a large focus on the biggest and best of the books that I have been reading.

So yeah, that's just a quick intro, my first post should be up within a few days and I'm super excited to start. If you in turn have any recommendations for me? Feel free to comment and order me to read the book that set your world on fire!

Hugs,
Paige