MY OTP’S | Top Five Fridays

So, as you can probably tell from the theme of this blog, I’m a pretty avid reader. I like to get sucked into different worlds, and the lives of characters, and with that, comes the love interests. When I get really into a book or TV show, you can pretty much bet that I am shipping the hell out of someone. The following list is in no particular order. (this is kind of spoilery if you haven’t been caught up!)

1. Bellarke from THE 100

They aren’t canon, and honestly, I’m kind of okay with that. The 100 is an amazing show, and even though I ship these two so freaking hard, if they never make it canon, I’ll understand because they have awesome friend chemistry as well.

2. Mindy and Danny from THE MINDY PROJECT

Manny? Dandy? I’m not sure what the official ship name is but oh my god, these two are so cute together, and if you disagree… you’re wrong.

3. Wicken from THE 100

I’d say these two are pretty canon. And let me say: Wick is so much better for Raven than Finn ever was. You can tell that he actually loves her, and they can relate and banter with each other, and it’s just great ah.

4. Percabeth from PJO/HOO

I mean come on…. how could I not put Percabeth on this list? *forever shipping Percabeth even though everyone classes Riordan books as ‘childrens books’*

5. Harvey and Donna from SUITS

I love this show and I love these two and their dynamic. I’m apprehensively waiting for the next season to come out because of that VERY UPSETTING ending!!

What are your favorite ships? Comment below!

Top Five Fridays | MY FAVORITE PETER PAN QUOTES

I’ve mentioned several times that Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories ever. I’m not even sure why, I just connect with it so greatly. So today I made five graphics to five quotes.

“Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.”


“Even though you want to, try to never grow up.”

 

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough.”

“Forget them all. Come with me where you’ll never have to worry about grown up things again.”

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly you cease forever to be able to do it.”

What are your favorite Peter Pan quotes?

Top Five Fridays | MY CHILDHOOD DISNEY SHOWS

Disney has changed a lot lately. And in my opinion, the shows have become less and less entertaining. In my region of Canada, we don’t really have the “Disney” channel, but we have the Family channel, where they mostly play Disney shows. I still occasionally watch this channel, because it doesn’t have ads in between. It’s perfect for watching when you’re waiting for the ads to end on the show you’re actually watching.

And the Disney shows now-a-days just aren’t the same. So I decided to share my favorite shows back when I was a kid.

1. Suite Life on Deck and Suite Life with Zack and Cody

Oh man, this show brings me so much nostalgia… especially Suite Life of Zack and Cody. And all the cast members have grown up so wonderfully and even though they’re all a couple years older than me, I feel so proud of them.

2. Wizards of Waverly Place

If you watched one of the earlier episodes and then the later episodes, you can see how much they’ve grown/changed and it’s so crazy! I remember not really liking the last season, but I can’t remember why exactly… Maybe the excessive romantic triangles? But I still hold this show dear in my heart.

3. That’s So Raven

Is this on Netflix? Because I have the really strong urge to marathon it. This show sent so many important messages out while still being hilarious and entertaining. And I think more shows should try and emulate that. I read that Raven actually got into art school recently so congratulations to her!

4. Cory in the House

This was a spinoff of That’s So Raven, so of course it was good. I remember Family Channel would run marathons of this show like every weekend because it was ending. I’m pretty sure I’ve watched every single episode because of that. And hey, I’m not complaining.

5. Hannah Montana

Who didn’t watch Hannah Montana? I used to love that show, and Miley’s hair? It was to die for. Plus, I think a lot of us would want a double life, with one being a famous celebrity.

What were your favorite Disney shows? Comment below!

TOP FIVE FRIDAYS | My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

When I look at a movie adaptation of a book, I don’t mind if they made some slight changes. What I really look for is that they got the main message across, and that they stayed true to the theme of the book. Of course, if they have huge details missing, I’ll be disappointed about that, but otherwise, if a director keeps the message of the book the same, it usually has great results. This list will be in no particular order.

1. The Spectacular Now

If you haven’t read this novel… go read it. If you haven’t watched this movie… go watch it. I’m not sure if this movie was released in all theatres, but I know that it was played at a film festival. I was beyond impressed with how true to the novel it stood, while it still changed some elements. The ending of the novel was completely different from the movie, and I still have a crisis while choosing a favorite.

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Oh man, PoA, for me, was the best adaptation in the whole HP series. Not the best movie, but the best adaptation. It had the perfect blend of darkness and humour that JK Rowling is so good at, and the film followed very closely to the novel.

3. The Maze Runner

I read The Maze Runner before I made this blog, so I never had the chance to review it. I didn’t really like the novel, because even though I liked the plot and the premise, I hated Thomas, and it was in his perspective, so it was annoying to read. But the movie made Thomas less annoying, and Dylan O’ Brien, so… For me, it was a rare case where the movie was better than the book. (plus Ki Hong Lee wowowow)

4. The Fault in Our Stars

Oh man I remember being really hesitant about this movie, because of the word choices John Green used in his book. He used a lot of elaborate words, and quite insightful quotes, and I wasn’t sure how that would translate in to film. But they pulled it off and I was quite impressed.

5. Holes

Oh man this novel really takes me back to a long time ago. I think it was grade six when we read this book for a novel study. Afterwards we watched the movie, and I remember being like “wow, that was a good adaptation.” I still think that to this day, six years later.

What are your favorite adaptations? Comment below!

Top Five Fridays | MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S CLASSICS

As a child, I read a lot. I read a lot of fantasy, and non-fiction (mostly because of my mother), and plenty of classics. These are some of my favorites that I wouldn’t hesitate to read again.

1. A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett

It’s also one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve seen the Shirley Temple version and the 1995 version (where this gif was from), and I really prefer the 1995 one. I read this novel when I was in grade four, and I think this novel was the first sad book I’d ever read. But it’s a wonderful tale that’s heartwarming and just purely wonderful.

2. THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wow… I didn’t even realize these two books were from the same author until I looked up who the author of this book was. I haven’t seen the movie version of this one so I don’t have any opinion on that, but this book is amazing. For those of you who don’t know it’s about a spoiled little girl who’s recently become orphaned. “Mistress Mary who’s quite contrary until she lets her garden grow”. She makes unlikely friendships, and overall, it’s a good story with a happy ending.

3. THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

I’m sure all of you know this novel. In fact, probably the next two that I list are going to be very well known childhood favorites. I don’t know why I like this novel so much. Maybe it’s that despite how wonderful the land of Oz is, Dorothy would rather go home. That’s such a strange concept to me, because I can’t wait until next year, when I’m moving out. But still, this novel is a must read for any child with a thirst for adventure.

4. ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

I have to confess something… I’ve never seen the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. The only movie version I’ve seen is the Tim Burton adaptation, which is where the gif is taken from. I love Alice in Wonderland with all my heart, and will definitely always treasure this story.

5. PETER PAN  by JM Barrie

This is another one that I haven’t seen the Disney edition of! I know what I’m doing once exam week is over… I think there’s a certain level of fascination of Peter Pan that goes hand in hand with why people love it so much. The idea of never growing old, and being a child forever, with no worries, it sounds like paradise.

What are your favorite children’s classics? Comment below!

-Ari

TOP FIVE FRIDAYS | RECENT NETFLIX WATCHES

I decided to make my TFF’s every other week instead of every week so that the ratio between my actual blog posts and these posts wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately (…and I mean a lot) and I decided to make a post on my five most recent watches, since I have no self control and all I do is watch Netflix.

1. Sword Art Online

I really really liked this show, and something that happened with the characters made me kind of turned off by it? Like it’s nothing terrible like racism or sexism or anything like that, but the character development annoyed me. I might continue watching, but I’ll probably take a break from this show.

2. The Mindy Project

I cannot explain my love for this show. I’m still on season one, but if you’re looking for a light, super funny show with a group of diverse characters this show is for you. I feel like anyone can find a character to relate to in this show. Watching this also made me really want to pick up Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

3. The 100

I’d seen this show on Netflix for a while, but it wasn’t until a friend told me to watch it that I actually did. At first, I hated the show, and I asked my friend why he liked it so much, but as I kept watching, the show go better and better and now I’m hooked. Also, Bob Morley is in it, and can I just say sex god.

4. Black Butler

I started reading the manga last year I believe, and when I saw it on Netflix I decided to give the anime a try. I love the story line, it’s definitely really interesting, but I’m not too invested in the characters.

5. Gossip Girl

I still haven’t finished this show and I started way before the summer! But I feel like after a marathon of Gossip Girl, I have to take a break because it gets repetitive after a while. I definitely will be having one this weekend though.

What are your most recent Netflix watches? Comment below!

TOP FIVE FRIDAYS: Favourite Characters

I decided to start sort of like a weekly segment, where every Friday I would post the ‘top 5’ of whatever category I decide. So for my first one I chose to compile a list of my favorite characters! This was really hard, because there are so many characters that I love and adore. (in no particular order)

1. Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I don’t know how to describe my love for this boy. He’s sarcastic, and funny, and can be a little dim witted at times, but he’s brave and strong, and loyal.

2. Merlin (BBC)

Merlin from the BBC show Merlin. I don’t think there’s anything I don’t love about this kid. The fact that he has such great power, but keeps it hidden, and is so humble about it; it gets to me. Adding on to that, he’s extremely witty and sweet.

3. Zuko

Prince Zuko from the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Let’s be real here, no other character will have a character arc as great as Zuko’s. I think back to the time I used to hate Zuko because of his constant sullenness, and laugh, because he reflects me so much.

4. Harry Potter

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I’ve always liked Harry, I grew up with him. But there’s such a relatable aspect about him that you don’t come across often. He’s also fiercely loyal, and funny and witty, which I admire.

5. Isabelle Lightwood

Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Badass girl who also loves fashion and makeup? Yes please. I find that in a lot of YA books, girls give up their “femininity” to be tough, like they’re mutually exclusive. They’re not, and Isabelle is a perfect example of that.

I hope I’ll be able to keep up with this… I’ll try my best!