A year ago today, was the day I woke up early because I couldn’t wait for the evening’s activities. It was the day my group of friends and I got to the IMAX movie theater at 4 in the afternoon fully knowing we couldn’t go inside til 11pm. The 115 degree heat didn’t bother us, the emotions did. This was it, the last time we would all gather together and go see the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. It was the day we would always remember, the movies and the saga that had forever changed our lives for the better. A year ago today we made pumpkin cookies, butterbeer and were on the news several times because of our insanity at being out in that extreme heat for some long. A year ago today was the day that we all dressed up as the characters who meant the most to us, to the characters that taught us to be brave, to be strong and to never forget what’s important and to fight for that, no matter the cost. A year ago today marked the end of the new Harry Potter movies, it was the last one and that left us very emotional and sad but we were gonna be ok, because the magic will never end. Not truly, as JK Rowling stated at the premiere in England last year, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Today is the day we celebrate Wizard Independence Day, The Last Battle of Hogwarts, the day day that Harry killed Lord Voldemort. Let us never forget May 2, 1998 and let us always remember those who died for that cause, Fred Weasley, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks and Colin Creevey.
Today is also sadly the first anniversary of this day that we don’t have any new Harry Potter to look forward to, no new book, no new movie, no new material. Yes, Harry Potter will live on in our hearts forever and as J.K. Rowling said, Hogwarts will always be here to welcome us home but that excited anxiety of waiting for new material won’t be here again. So that is something else I have been thinking about on this anniversary, sad yes, but at least we have our memories. And I’m thankful to be part of a fandom that is just as strong today without new material as it was during the prime of the new books and movies. Our fandom is the best.
Almost any of you know by now that reading is my favorite thing. It’s a way to escape reality, go to other worlds, meet characters that will stay with me forever. It’s truly a form of magic I believe. As John Green said in “Looking For Alaska, “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” That’s me. In my opinion you can never read too much, there’s always more books and stories to explore and enjoy. Anyways, as much as I discuss my love for reading, I’m not sure I’ve ever gone through and made a list of my all time favorite books for you. The list was hard to make, considering I read more than anyone I’ve ever met but here’s a few that will stay with me forever. Enjoy!
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ~ John Green – The Fault In Our Stars
The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.” ~ J. K. Rowling
I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. ~ J. K. Rowling
7. Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
This book is an inspirational, Christian book written to “Unveil the mystery of the Woman’s Soul”. Wow. Ok, I realize that sounds uber cheesy and weird but it’s actually really good. It’s hard to explain really but it’s a book I think every girl (and any guy that wants to understand women better) should read. John Eldredge wrote a book called “Wild at Heart” that was the guy’s version of this book then him and his wife Stasi decided to write Captivating. Amazon’s website has this summary about the book:
“Every little girl has dreams of being swept up into a great adventure, of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are often swept up into a life filled merely with duty and demands. Many Christian women are tired, struggling under the weight of the pressure to be a “good servant,” a nurturing caregiver, or a capable home manager. What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating is doing for women. Setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking book shows readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be. By revealing the core desires every woman shares-to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a grand adventure, and to unveil beauty-John and Stasi Eldredge invite women to recover their feminine hearts, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God. Further, they encourage men to discover the secret of a woman’s soul and to delight in the beauty and strength women were created to offer.”
Anyways, you should all read it. :)
6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I discuss quite often on here how C.S. Lewis is one of my all time favorite people and is my role model and inspiration for life. These books were the first things I ever read by him, in second grade. Since then, I’ve re-read them all, yes, all 7 of them every single summer. I know they’re children’s books but something about the magic, the allegory of Christ, the wit, the characters, it makes me feel this need for something. The need for adventure and excitement. “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ~ C.S. Lewis – I feel like that quote is relevant about these books especially. These books were some of the first that I ever read and probably impacted my view on reading a great deal. These books remind me of one of my favorite quotes, one that happens to be by Lewis.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
5. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Another book that has changed my life forever and one that is actually being turned into a movie that will be released later this month! This book is described as “Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality” and follows the life of Donald Miller as he grows in his faith. It’s a really interesting read and so good that I immediately bought it off of Amazon (Jared had the book and I borrowed it from him to read it). Definitely a must read. What Amazon said:
“”I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” ―Donald Miller In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God. For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.”
4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
In addition to being a nerd in every other sense of the word, I am deeply interested in the fantasy world of Middle Earth created by Tolkien. The elves, the hobbits, the story, the whole adventure of it. Fantasy books mean so much to me because of things like that. I can immerse myself in other worlds and pretend that I’m on the adventures with the Fellowship. I fell in love with these books for the first time in 6th grade and I’ve stayed in love since then. In fact, that is of course where my blog name came from, my love of the elves and of Jesus. :)
3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I read this one over Christmas break simultaneously with my dear friend Jared then once we were done (We live like 4 hours apart) we Skyped about it and discussed it’s amazingness. It’s one of the most amazing and encouraging books I’ve ever read. It’s truly like C.S. Lewis had an inside conversation with God. Amazing.
What Amazon said:
“A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.”
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Yes, I’m sure this being on the list comes as a shock to you all. There’s clearly no love of Harry Potter from this girl right? Anyways, I’m pretty sure you all know my deep love of these books. They’ve changed my life, permanently, and made it so much better. The characters are some of my favorites of all time, they’ve taught me to be brave, courageous, loyal and never give up on things that matter. They’ve taught me that and so much more. J.K. Rowling is amazing. For more of my thoughts on the series, here is an older post I wrote: https://elvishjesusfreak.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/my-harry-potter-story/
1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Before this book came out I had a post about how excited I was for it and how I had pre-ordered it but I’m not sure I ever wrote my thoughts about it. That’s because this book was the most amazing book I’ve ever read. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s perfect. I’ve liked all of John Green’s books that I’ve read and I absolutely adore watching his and his brother Hank’s videos on YouTube but this is like nothing I’ve ever read. As much as the other books listed mean to me, this one touched me in a way none other has. Through this book I literally laughed and then cried, no book has ever led me on such an emotional roller coaster and despite the hundreds if not thousands of books I’ve read in my life, I’ve never felt such an emotional connection to any characters in my life. I warn you all, it’s not a happy book but I believe if you read it, you will never regret it. If I don’t remember any other book in my life, I will remember this one. It will stay with me forever.
What Amazon said:
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” ~ John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
I’ve been making a lot of lists recently and this post is no different, this one however is the list of my favorite movies. :) Enjoy!
(500) Days of Summer
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs
The Princess Bride
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (I have a lot of trilogy movies here don’t I?)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Beauty and the Beast
I’ll probably add to this list eventually, maybe make it a bit better. What about all of you? What are your favorite movies?
So everyone who has read my blog at least a few times has probably realized my extreme love of fantasy worlds. This of course includes TV shows, books, movies, I love all of them. It’s true, I rarely live in reality, I wish my life was fiction. :) Anyways, being so in love with fictional stories also gets me to be quite emotionally invested in fictional characters. Even more specifically, fictional couples. I love them. I need them to be together, I’m a huge “shipper” if you will, (One who deeply wishes for a fictional relationship to be together). It happens with a lot of things, Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter) Lily and Snape (Yep, I’m a Snily shipper), Ned and Chuck (Pushing Daisies), Jim and Pam (The Office), Shawn and Juliet (Psych) and many more, but, my favorite of all couples, my OTP (One True Pairing) will forever be Rory Williams and Amy Pond (Doctor Who). I love them. They’re absolutely perfect for each other, they bring out the best in each other and their relationship can’t help but make you smile. Sure, the first few episodes Rory seemed a little like a normal goofy guy who wasn’t anything special, but then you realize later on that he is the sweetest, most loving character possibly in all of fiction. Who else would wait 2,000 years for the woman he loves? Who would go up against all the Cybermen to save his wife and daughter? Rory BAMF Williams is who. He’s perfect.
This has been a post of my Doctor Who feelings. That is all.
Supernatural Watching Update: Season 2 is finished, season 3 will be started immediately.
Normally for some odd reason I’m really interested in awards shows, especially the Oscars but this year I was extremely disappointed by the nominations or to be more clear, lack of nominations for a certain film saga that we all know and love and that I hold extremely close to my heart: Harry Potter. What the heck were the academy people thinking? Only nominating Harry Potter for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects? Really? I had been disappointed in past years that they had never been nominated but I was hoping they would pull a Lord of the Rings and after the last movie came out they would’ve won everything. That would’ve been fine, but three measly nominations? For super small awards? This is ridiculous. Not that the movies nominated are bad I’m sure (I’ve actually never seen any of the movies nominated for the big awards) but come on, Harry Potter influence a generation! It inspired people, it uplifted us, it changed our lives. I’m quite distraught about this award situation. I do hope that they win at least the 3 they were nominated for but for me, Harry Potter should have been nominated for and won Best Picture. And Alan Rickman should most certainly have been nominated at least for best supporting actor, his portrayal of Snape was both perfect and heartbreaking.
What are your thoughts on the nominations? Do you agree with me or do you think that the movies nominated deserve the achievement?
Well, 2012 is here. I rung in the new year at a friends house watching the ball drop in New York and playing Just Dance on the Wii. It was a great time and I’m glad to have such wonderful people to spend the New Year with!
I know in yesterdays post I didn’t want to go into stereotypical things for an end of the year blog post but I decided maybe I should post a few things about my year in 2011, there were many ups and downs but for now I’ll try to stay with the positive mostly. :)
New Things I experienced:
– Had my heart broken for the first time
– Was comforted and encouraged by my wonderful friends in my time of hurt
– Met some of my best friends at college
– Discovered (and fell in love with) Doctor Who
– Experienced and celebrated (and cried) for the end of Harry Potter
– Became a Nerdfighter
– Watched Alex Reads Twilight
– Fell in love with Charlie McDonnell, Alex Day, Sons of Admirals and Chameleon Circuit
– Stayed up til 5am to be a Beta member of Potter (Hufflepuff represent yo!)
– Made and became addicted to my Tumblr
– Met some wonderful people on Tumblr and WordPress
– Learned who my real friends were, unfortunately causing me to lose some friends but the my real friends are amazing
– Pretended to be a fake RA with my friend Jared running around in capes and lightsabers
– Learned to stand up for myself
– Started exercising and lost weight
– Had eggnog for the first time
– Became slightly more decisive
– Watched a lot of must see movies I had never seen
– Started playing Words with Friends
– Cut off all my hair
– Had amazing heart-to-heart conversations with my dorm floor and learned so much about myself and my relationship with God
– Became closer to God and stronger in my faith
– Read Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller) and Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis) – Books that have changed my life (I’ll write more on those later)
– Helped the Nermie Army, Nerdfighteria and the internet get Alex Day’s song, “Forever Yours” to number 4 in the UK charts
– Like so many other Nerdfighters pre-ordered John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars” (And I can’t wait to read it!)
Well, there’s my year in review. I hope you had as wonderful of a year as I did. There were definitely a lot of ups and downs but God is amazing and has done great things! I love you all!
Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2012!