My Favourite YouTubers

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YouTubers are irritatingly associated with marketing themselves towards teenagers but guess what, I’m twenty-one and I absolutely still love most of the content that YouTubers have to offer so I wanted to make a quick blog post about some of my favourites. This list isn’t in any particular order but I wanted to talk about them – so here goes nothing!

Tyler Oakley

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I’m more of a casual Tyler Oakley fan but I did buy his book ‘Binge’ and if he came on tour again in the UK I would get myself a ticket. I watched a few of his videos at university when I was feeling super lonely and he really managed to make me smile. To be honest I can’t really remember becoming a Tyler fan – maybe it was after I met that Tyler fan at ‘Summer in the City’ who told me “I would kill a man for Tyler Oakley.” I can’t really remember! I do remember that my first opinions of Tyler Oakley were ‘I don’t think you’re annoying but if someone told me they thought you were I’d understand’. Bit harsh but I did and still do like him!

Anyway, I read ‘Binge’ which I thought was amazing – I wrote a glowing review of it here [x] and I also watched his movie on Netflix called ‘Snervous’ which I thought was just as good. My favourite video of his was probably weirdly his book reveal back when Binge came out because I just thought it was so interesting and creative. I’ve often said that although I’m not a massive fan of Tyler I do trust him. Not sure why.

So yeah, Tyler Oakley is awesome and you should definitely check out his channel! [x]

The Mile Long Bookshelf

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The Mile Long Bookshelf is a YouTube channel created by a girl named Amber who is super pretty and her channel is all about books. I can’t for the life of me remember how I came across her channel or what the first video of hers I watched was but I quickly fell in love with her channel – I was tempted to create my own book channel but unfortunately I don’t have a decent camera and also I’m very self-conscious so it probably wouldn’t work.

I’m low-key jealous of Amber because for one thing she’s really pretty and also she’s done some cool things on her channel like she made a video with Holly Bourne, she got invited to an exclusive preview of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and even went to the Fantastic Beasts premiere. But you can’t be salty because Amber’s just so lovely and I love reading her tweets, she seems like such a cool person.

My favourite videos are probably her monthly book hauls because they get me weirdly hyped to start reading my own books – they also encourage me to go out and spend more money on books and honestly I should probably stop but I just can’t help it! Amber just gets me so hyped to read.

So yeah, if you’re into reading I would definitely recommend checking out The Mile Long Bookshelf. [x]

Alonzo Lerone

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I first came across Alonzo on Facebook in one of his famous ‘internet fails’ videos and eventually decided to check out his channel. Although he was literally just reacting to internet fails he managed to make it so funny that I kept watching until I subscribed and for some reason went onto his site and bought myself one of his t-shirts. It’s pretty cool actually.

My favourite Alonzo video is actually probably his ‘eBay mystery box’ video, I thought it was hilarious just the way he reacts to everything – he’s someone who can make pretty much anything funny and I love watching his videos. I wasn’t a fan of his British snacks one simply because whoever put the box together sent some right weird stuff, I hadn’t even heard of some of the things in the box?

Either way, Alonzo is hilarious and I really recommend his channel if you want a laugh! [x]

SprinkleofGlitter

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SprinkleofGlitter is Louise Pentland and if you’ve never heard of her you’re honestly missing out because the woman is truly hilarious. Me and Jess were lucky enough to go to her show a while ago, I think it was September 2016 and honestly she was so funny – I’m tempted to buy the DVD of the show because she is honestly just hilarious. We were also lucky enough to meet her in London a few months beforehand and she was one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met to be honest.

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To be honest I can’t really remember becoming a Louise fan – I don’t remember the first video of hers I watched or anything. It was probably one of her collabs with Dan or Phil and honestly I love watching videos of Louise with Dan and/or Phil because they were some of the funniest collabs I’ve ever seen. My favourite was definitely Dan and Louise’s collab with ‘the awkward fancy meal’.

My favourite Louise videos were her series from last year called LP Story Time and my favourite had to be ‘Oops I set fire to a restaurant’. I wish she’d do more story times because they were honestly so funny and I really enjoyed them but she has plenty of other amazing videos. One of my favourite things about Louise is that she’s so honest and doesn’t just talk about the amazing things in her life, she talks about all the crap too and I really respect her a lot for that.

Honestly I could talk all day about how funny Louise is but I think you should see her videos for yourself if you haven’t already, she’s honestly brilliant. [x]

AmazingPhil

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I was going to put Dan and Phil together because we know I’m a fan of them both but I decided to them separately because I became a fan at different times. I was a fan of Phil first because after posting a raving blog post of how much I loved Charlieissocoollike on mcr.com a girl recommended Phil to me. I can’t remember the first video I saw but I remember Phil sitting on his living room floor talking about alien invasions and I was like “Oh My God, this guy is so weird.” I can’t remember what happened but I ended up watching more of his videos and quickly became a fan!

Phil’s videos are a bit crazy because you just never know what he’s going to post next but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m looking through his channel but I can’t narrow it down to just one video because they’re all so funny. Phil is someone who’s just always so positive and kind, and I wish I could be the same to be honest. I think he’s amazing and a true inspiration.

If you’ve never seen an AmazingPhil video then fix that by watching one of his videos here! [x]

Daniel Howell

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My first impression of Dan was a little harsh. I was a big fan of Phil and because the two of them are best friends Dan eventually cropped up in one of his videos. The first one I saw was when they built a wardrobe together and I just thought Dan was really annoying. I don’t know why I just didn’t like him. I can’t remember what happened but one Sunday I sat in my room and binge watched all of Dan’s videos and suddenly I was trash!

I was fortunate enough to meet Dan and Phil twice when they went on their tour ‘The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire’. They were both so lovely and chatted away which was good because I’m very socially awkward and I was worried they’d both just look at me and I wouldn’t be able to say anything. I wrote a whole post about it here and I was lucky enough to get another VIP ticket for their show ‘Interactive Introverts’ which I’ll be seeing in May so I’ll be sure to write a blog post of that too!

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In terms of my favourite Dan video it’s between his ‘what NOT to do’ series and his ‘My Evil Piano Teacher’ video. Though I did also love his ‘My Bahamas Travel Disaster’ video. Dan’s just so funny and I could watch his videos for hours.

I also love Dan and Phil’s ‘DanandPhilGames’ channel although I did bitch about it a little when it first came out. At the time I was kind of like ‘well it’s an easy way for them to churn out videos’ but I take all that back now because I actually really love their gaming channel and I’m glad they decided to make it. I wasn’t feeling their Sims series at first but now I love the Howlter family. I think my favourite though has to be ‘Spooky Week’ or whenever they play a scary game.

I love Dan and Phil so much, I can’t wait to see them again at ‘Interactive Introverts’. Be sure to check out Dan’s channel! [x]

Achievement Hunter

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Jess turned me into a fan of Achievement Hunter. When we were in school we used to play Slender Man a lot and she showed me a video of two guys playing it because she thought they were funny – those guys turned out to be Michael and Gavin from Achievement Hunter. I started watching their videos but at first I was very picky – I’d only watch a video if Michael or Gavin was in it. It took a while but eventually I started to love all of them and now I’ll watch pretty much anything they release.

I have a ton of favourites – I love it when they play ‘Murder’, ‘Trivial Pursuit’, ‘Dead by Daylight’ and ‘Mario Party’ but there are tons more. Oh God and ‘Quiplash’ too. I also watch a lot of their ‘best of’ compilations and I love their AH Animated, Shenanigans and Between the Games. I just think they’re all so funny.

They’re another channel that can cheer me up no matter how down I’m feeling. The day after my Grandad passed away me and my family stayed at home with the curtains closed. It was really suffocating being in the house with them all day, especially since my brother was also briefly living with us at the time, so I just locked myself in my room and watched Achievement Hunter videos. Obviously I was still sad but watching these videos cheered me up a bit and got me through that difficult day.

I’m really hoping I get to meet at least one member of Achievement Hunter at RTX London this year (assuming I get a ticket) because they’ve done so much for me without even knowing about it and I would just love to meet them. It’s also on my bucket list to meet them, I don’t know how I’ll be able to say I achieved that like who does that mean? Maybe I’ll count just one, I don’t know. I just want to meet someone!

If you haven’t seen Achievement Hunter I really recommend it because they are honestly so funny, check them out here! [x]

So yeah, there’s a list of my favourite YouTubers – feel free to comment any recommendations or opinions you have!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London Experience

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You have no idea how happy I am to finally be able to write a review of this show. I’m sure most fans appreciate this struggle but I bought mine and Becca’s tickets on 23rd January in 2017 and we finally went on Wednesday 7th March 2018. Let me tell you though, it was worth the wait. I wanna make it clear before I go in that I will do my best not to spoil any aspects of the show – I’ll talk about the plot a bit but I won’t ruin anything that makes the show amazing. Be prepared for a long post, here we go!

Because we’d had the tickets booked for so long we almost got to a point where we forgot we were going. We didn’t book our hotel and train tickets until less than a month before we left and I just kept forgetting that this was something I could look forward to. The year felt like a lifetime but when the day arrived it felt like I’d booked the tickets just yesterday. Me and Becca caught the train at 10:08AM and tried to pass the time on the two and a half hour train journey. Mostly by messing around on Snapchat, updating Becca’s Instagram story and then moaning when there wasn’t any data.

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We got to London Euston, wolfed down a sandwich from Sainsbury’s and then headed to the theatre because me and Becca are absolute lovers of taking photos and we wanted as many outside the theatre as possible. It’s just as well we headed to the theatre early because I had it in my head that the show started at 2:30PM but once we’d finished taking our photos I saw that actually the show started at 2PM. It was an absolute panic but we grabbed the tickets and joined the back of the queue which had snaked around the entire theatre.

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Becca began to worry we wouldn’t get inside on time but luckily the queue moved quite fast. Security were strict and like I can understand why ‘cos it’s a popular show but they were extremely strict. Me and Becca had to bin about £5 worth of uneaten snacks between us because you can’t take in any outside food or drink. I mourned the loss of those snacks for the rest of the day. Security checking our bags was a bit awkward because we hadn’t had time to run to our hotel so all our personal stuff was in there and it was an intense bag search, they don’t just have a quick feel I mean they proper go through your things. Then you have a metal detector across your body and then you’re let in!

When we booked the tickets I was earning minimum wage and working one day a week so I had to borrow money off my Mom meaning I could only afford the £15 tickets right at the top. I’d been a bit worried about the view and when we sat down I was even more worried. Becca sat down first and I was like “How’s the view?” to which Becca replied “Awful, I can’t see anything.” Because we were so high up there was a railing to stop people falling which blocked the view a bit and then also the lighting blocked it too. Luckily when the show started we realised the view wasn’t too awful, it just meant doing a lot of head moving and not being able to see if anything happened in the bottom left corner of the stage. But to be honest I’d been waiting so long to see the show that I was just grateful to be inside the theatre at that point.

Inside the Theatre

I want to point out that I had read the book before going to the theatre and although I’d enjoyed some aspects (reading about Albus and Scorpius’ friendship being the best part) I really didn’t like the overall story. I feel like other than completely ruining some aspects there were also a couple of plot holes (which I’ll talk about later) so I just didn’t really like it. However, I was still super excited about seeing the show because I’d heard from my friend that it was absolutely amazing and I just generally love being at the theatre. So I went in with an open mind and pushed aside my negative thoughts about the book.

Guys, it was amazing. I’m so glad I went with Becca ‘cos I feel like we turned to each other every other minute like ‘Oh My God!’ and just generally freaked out about everything together. The cast were amazing and I honestly just loved every second. In the interval we had so much to talk about because it’s just so good that you want to discuss everything you just saw in detail. I remember moaning in the first interval about how before we knew it the whole thing would be over and I knew I’d be sad.

We watched the second half of Part One which was just as amazing and came out of the theatre at about 4:50PM. I’m so glad we decided to watch both parts on the same day because I wouldn’t have wanted to wait an entire day to see Part Two. I’m also actually really glad it’s in two parts instead of just one because it spreads the magic out for longer.

Because Part One had finished a bit earlier than we’d originally thought it would we decided to head to our hotel to check-in which was about twenty minutes away by tube to the theatre. It wasn’t the greatest hotel we’d ever stayed in but it also wasn’t the worst. My only complaint would be that we booked a twin room but for some reason ended up in a double room and then it was boiling hot in there for most of the night. But it didn’t matter because we were only there a few minutes before heading back to the theatre.

We grabbed dinner at a fast food place right across the street. We picked it for its convenience but unfortunately although the place even sold some food specifically for dogs it had little to no vegetarian options so Becca ended up ordering two portions of fries for her dinner. I had a chicken burger which was tasty but not very big. The fries portions were massive though and their milkshakes were good. Still quite pricey but at least it was close to the theatre.

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We took more photos outside the theatre in the evening because we’re absolute trash but these didn’t come out quite as well since it started to get dark. We joined the back of the queue which again had snaked around the theatre but went quickly again and we’d also dumped our main bags in the room so now we only had handbags which meant we got through quicker this time.

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Once inside I knew it’d be a mistake but since we were earlier we decided to take a look at the merchandise. I had the quickest glance and decided to buy a t-shirt with the show name on it since I was enjoying it so much. Becca said she wasn’t gonna get anything so I queued up and bought it for £19.99 – by the time I’d got back she decided she needed to buy a program so she got one for £12. It was really pretty so we spent time looking through that before Part Two began. We were so far back that we didn’t really know what people’s faces looked like so actually getting to see them up close in the book was interesting. And then Part Two began!

It was just as amazing as Part One but also quite sad because we knew we were nearing the end and that tickets are almost completely sold out until next year. Everything about it was just brilliantly done and by the end we knew we needed to see it again at some point. The moment the next batch of tickets is announced we are getting some more. I remember getting stressed when I bought them last year because I was in an online queue for forty-five minutes but according to some other fans that’s absolutely nothing compared to how long they waited. I also heard horror stories of people getting to the front of the queue and getting kicked out but luckily that didn’t happen to me. I will fight people for tickets next year, trust me.

I wanna give another shout-out to the cast because honestly they were amazing, so full of energy and played their parts absolutely amazingly. My favourite had to be Scorpius, Becca genuinely cried with laughter several times and honestly he was just amazing. All the cast were though, they were honestly amazing.

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Right, I’m about to talk about the plot ‘cos I assume that even if you haven’t seen the play you’ve probably read the book. However if you don’t want to read my spoilers about the plot, skip past and I’ll put a ‘Spoilers End Here’ line in bold so you’ll know it’s safe again!

First of all, I do not for one second believe that Harry James Potter would ever tell his son that he wished he wasn’t his. I don’t care how angry he was he just wouldn’t say it. After everything he went through as a kid he wouldn’t suddenly turn around and be a complete dick. Even Draco was running around like “My son! Clear his name! Won’t someone please think of my son!?” Also Harry literally stalking his son to make sure he couldn’t see his only friend was actually pretty abusive like really?

Secondly, the whole Delphi plot confuses me a bit because like other than the fact that Voldemort and Bellatrix having a kid is just absolutely ridiculous how on earth could Draco not have known about her if she was born in the Malfoy Manor? Did he not notice that Bellatrix was pregnant? I understand he was probably at school but nine months is a long time and he would’ve gone back home at some point and surely seen her? Also, when would she even have had the time to like be pregnant and give birth? Surely there was a lot going on at the time and she wouldn’t have- Whatever, I’m not getting into this.

Thirdly, do not even sit there and tell me that Cedric Diggory would’ve become a death eater under any circumstances. He got humiliated in a bloody competition and became a death eater? You really expect me to believe that? You can honestly piss off.

And now onto my fourth and final point. Scorpius and Albus are 100% a little bit in love with each other, they can push this whole ‘oh Scorpius fancies Rose and Albus fancied Delphi’ until the cows come home but I know the truth. Usually I’m the person that’s like “Do we need romance? Can’t we just let people be friends, not everything has to be about romance” but this is my one exception. I ship it so hard and I don’t care what anyone says I 100% believe they’re gay.

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SPOILERS END HERE.

Basically, I am going to see this show again. I don’t care if I have to wait another full year, I am going again. Me and Becca wanted to bring Jess and Hirst with us but they’re not into Harry Potter as much as us so we’ll see. We’re also hoping to get slightly more expensive tickets next time so we could hopefully get a better view. But overall I wouldn’t change anything about our first time seeing the show. I was worried we’d be sat by annoying people who went on their phones or talked the whole time but we were very lucky. I think because everyone’s waited so long to see the show they do actually have some respect and put their phones away and shut up to watch it. I wish people were like that at every show!

The next day Becca came up with the idea of visiting Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station to get our photo taken again. We did originally go with Jess and Hirst back in April a couple of years ago and we each got an individual photo then a photo of us all killing Becca since the woman taking the photo ‘didn’t like Slytherins’ apparently.

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Me and my friends are quite sad and we all have our own houses and we actually each have matching merchandise that’s in our own house. Becca is Slytherin, Jess is Gryffindor, Hirst is Ravenclaw and I’m a Hufflepuff. But as me and Becca already had photos with our house scarves on we decided to go for different ones. She chose Ravenclaw and I chose Slytherin and we each got our individual photos before taking a double one. We were asked if we wanted friendly or duel to which Becca said “Duel!” so the man told us how to pose. The moment Becca put her arm above her head the people in the queue started cheering for some reason and it was super embarrassing but I’m so happy with how the photo turned out.

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We headed into the shop and that was our downfall to be honest, it’s even bigger than when we originally went in April and oh dear. To be fair if I’d really caved in I could’ve spent more but in the end I bought the professional photo of me and Becca, a Hufflepuff umbrella, a Hufflepuff pen and some postcards for my scrapbook. Becca bought the professional photo and a stuffed Hedwig. In just 24 hours I’d managed to spend £50 on Harry Potter merchandise.

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We got breakfast and we really wanted to do more Harry Potter related things (because it had reached that point where we’d just accepted our nerdiness) but we couldn’t find anything so we decided to go sight-seeing. We’d never been to Buckingham Palace together so off we went. Becca’s Mom loves the Royal Family so Becca knew a surprising number of facts about Buckingham Palace, it was actually quite funny she was like my own personal tour guide.

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After that we had to accept the trip was over and we caught the train back to Telford. You know when you get post-concert depression? I think I’ve got post-Harry Potter depression because it was honestly amazing and I’m just so sad it’s over. I came back to work and within minutes of going through my emails I was in a bad mood and just wanted to be back at the show. Me and Becca are going to make sure we have tickets for next year, it was that good! If you get the opportunity to see the show then I really recommend it. I’ve seen almost every show running in the West End and let me tell you, this is the best one I’ve ever seen.

I just beg that no one turns this into a movie. Put the stage version on DVD and I’ll be happy but please don’t turn it into a movie. The storyline is awful but seeing it on stage redeems it whereas I think a movie would just ruin it. There’s something about the theatre having limited resources compared to movies that makes it even more magical.

There we go, I wrote about this play in way more detail than anyone ever asked for. If you’ve seen the show then let me know what you thought in the comments, if you’re going to see it then let me know in the comments, just please talk to me! Thanks for reading.

10 Favourite Theatre Shows

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At the start of last year I wrote a list of my favourite shows on in the West End [x] but that list has slightly changed and I wanted to include shows I’ve seen that aren’t on in the West End because some of those are equally fantastic. So here are my ten favourite theatre shows I’ve seen.

10. Kinky Boots

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I think this one made the list because I saw it not long ago and I was impressed. I’d never had an interest in seeing it but since I’d seen most shows in the West End by that point I decided I wanted to see something different so I booked a ticket for this on a whim. It was actually really good – however what wasn’t really good were the three teenagers sat next to me who were constantly on their phones and kept talking the entire time. I’d love to see the show again but in a better seat and hopefully away from irritating morons who have paid money to see a show and are just ignoring it for the sake of their phones. You can do that for free at home, why pay money to do it in a theatre?

I’m getting off track. Kinky Boots was an amazing show; it’s about a failing shoe company who try a new angle to save their business. Their new angle is creating a range of high-heeled shoes for drag queens so their shoes last longer and the heels don’t break. Apparently the story’s based on real events which is pretty cool. It’s also a film so I might need to watch that although I’m sure it won’t top the theatre version. If you’re ever in London and looking for a good night out I’d definitely recommend going to see Kinky Boots.

9. The Woman in Black

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I’ve seen this show four times. Twice by myself in the West End, once with my friend Jess in the West End and then a fourth time in Wolverhampton with my Mum when it was on tour. It’s no secret that I love horror films and I’d really enjoyed the film. In college we were supposed to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ in London but when the theatre was undergoing construction we had to get reallocated tickets. Half of us would see ‘Once’ and the other half ‘The Woman in Black’. I desperately wanted to see ‘The Woman in Black’ but typically I got allocated a ticket to ‘Once’ which was generally quite dreadful. So when I went to London for a book signing I decided to make the most of the opportunity and went to see The Woman in Black.

I loved it! So different to the film but still amazing in its own way. It’s simple yet so clever how it’s done – there are only three actors in the entire play, two men and the Woman in Black herself. There’s a brilliant atmosphere and no matter how many times I see it I still manage to jump at every little bump and sometimes just thinking about the show gets me really creeped out. If you haven’t seen it then I really recommend you do, it’s fantastic.

8. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

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Another show I’ve seen four times, all in the West End! Three times by myself and then once with my Dad and Step-Mum. I’d been trying to convince my Dad to take me to a West End show for ages so in the end we settled on The Comedy about a Bank Robbery because I just knew he’d like it. For the first ten minutes or so he tried to keep a straight face but in the end he weakened and started laughing and was clearly enjoying himself!

This show is by Mischief Theatre who are my favourite theatre company and this is probably my favourite show by them. The show is pretty self-explanatory – it’s a comedy about a bank robbery. My favourite scene is definitely the one at the end of part one, the whole scene in Caprice’s apartment. This show has me in hysterics no matter how many times I see it and I really can’t recommend it enough!

7. Little Shop of Horrors

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When I first saw the film of this I wasn’t particularly impressed by the storyline. But then we performed the play during our last year of Secondary School and I quickly fell in love with pretty much all of the songs. Most of my class mates complained that we were putting on a depressing show for our final year performance but I loved it. My favourite songs were ‘Feed Me’, ‘Closed for Renovation’ and ‘Finale Ultimo (Don’t Feed the Plants)’.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Little Shop of Horrors is about it’s about a man named Seymour who works at a failing flower shop who finds fortune and fame after discovering a strange and interesting plant he names ‘Audrey Two’. But he soon realises the fortune and fame comes at a terrible cost as the plant only grows when fed human flesh.

Unfortunately this show isn’t on in the West End but luckily it was on in Birmingham the night before my 20th birthday so I went to see it and loved every second of it. If I ever get the opportunity to see it again then I’ll be there in a heartbeat because I loved it.

6. School of Rock

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I’ve been to see this twice in the West End and loved every second of it but I’ve found this show is pretty expensive. For good reason because the show is amazing but still. It took me a while to find an affordable ticket the first time I saw it. I went again as a birthday treat to myself so I spent a bit extra to get a better ticket.

Surely everyone knows what School of Rock is about since it was an amazing film but if you don’t then it’s about musician Dewey Finn who hasn’t had his big break and is struggling to keep down a job and pay rent. In order to raise a bit of money he pretends to be his friend Ned Schneebly and takes a job as a substitute teacher at a school. When he realises how musically talented the students are he forms a band with them to enter them at the Battle of the Bands concert.

Because I loved the film I knew I had to see the show and I loved the show just as much. There are more songs in the show version and I love them – especially ‘Stick it to the Man’, ‘When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock’ and ‘You’re in the Band’. If you can get a ticket then I really recommend it, it’s amazing!

5. Matilda

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At one point this was my favourite West End show and I do love it. I’ve seen it three times and I love it, especially the songs – my favourites being ‘My House’, ‘Naughty’ and ‘The Smell of Rebellion’. I was always a fan of the film Matilda as a kid so when it became a West End show I knew I had to see it. So my Mom treated me to tickets for my 19th birthday and off we went.

I loved everything about it. I preferred that it focused on Matilda’s cleverness rather than her mind powers; I just preferred that angle on it. It was also interesting to see their spin on Miss Honey’s back story which although was a little unbelievable was also really neat. I think this show went on tour not too long ago and will probably go on tour again so I really recommend going to see it if you can!

4. Hairspray

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I had been waiting SO long to see a stage version of this show! I watched the film as a kid and immediately loved it and I love pretty much all of the songs. I sort of saw a stage version of it when I was fifteen because I went with my friend to see her little sister’s school play of it but although it was good it was still just a school version. But eventually I managed to get a ticket to see it in Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago.

It was a battle to get to Wolverhampton, it decided to absolutely throw it down with snow and I was really worried the train would be cancelled but thank God it wasn’t. I hopped on the train and when my Mom asked how I was getting home I text back to say I didn’t know. I could be stranded in Wolverhampton for all I cared but I had to see that show. Very fortunately my friend Lucy from school was also at the show and very kindly offered me a lift home from the train station which was just as well because I honestly had no idea how I was getting home afterwards.

It was worth the wait – the show was amazing and everything I’d hoped it’d be. My favourite moments included ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’, ‘Run and Tell That’ and ‘You’re Timeless to Me’ (which was a song I absolutely hated in the film version). The only thing I prefer about the film version is that Inez is the one who gets crowned as Miss Teenage Hairspray. This is such a feel good show and another that I’d definitely return to if I got the opportunity.

3. The Lion King

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This was another show I wanted to watch for absolutely ages and eventually I got tickets for my eighteenth birthday. We were right on the front row and it was honestly fantastic. I’ve only been back once more so my friend Jess could see it and I splashed out extra so we could sit on the front row again. I’d love to see it more but I don’t want to sit at the back and have my experience of it ruined.

Surely everyone knows what ‘The Lion King’ is about so I won’t explain it to you but the stage version is truly amazing. When I took Jess to see it we sat through the opening number and she turned to me and said “I know we’ve only seen one song but this is the best show I’ve ever seen” and it is honestly amazing. If you ever get the opportunity to see it you should definitely take it.

2. Anastasia

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Unfortunately I’ve only seen this show once because I saw it on Broadway whilst I was in New York. It was my first Broadway show and honestly I couldn’t have asked for a better first Broadway experience. Me and my Mum were in our own box which had a fantastic view of the stage and the show was just truly amazing. I don’t think I’ve actually seen the film the whole way through but it’s quite different to the film as there’s none of the magic from the film it’s a more political version.

Everything about this was amazing – the songs, the costumes, the scenery. Apparently it’s supposed to be coming to Europe and the UK at some point and I am honestly waiting. I know Becca wants to go and see it so it looks like I will be going to see it again at some point. If it comes near you anytime soon then make sure you get a ticket because it’s honestly amazing.

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One + Two

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So uh I saw this literally less than a week ago and I honestly fell in love with it. I bought the tickets for me and Becca last January and we finally managed to see it. I’m not going to talk about this one too much because I’ve written a really long post about my experience which I’ll be releasing on Wednesday but all I’ll say is that I loved every second of it and I’ll definitely be going again to see both parts at some point. As I said, I won’t say much more but I’ll post a link when I release my experience post.

There you go, those are my top ten favourite theatre shows I’ve been to! Let me know what your favourite ones are below.

Top 10 Favourite Disney Movies

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I don’t trust anyone who says they dislike Disney! Who doesn’t love it? As a kid I loved the movies and when I became a teenager we finally got Disney Channel on my TV. I remember going to school and claiming to hate shows like ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘Sonny with a Chance’ whereas the truth was I loved them. I love everything about Disney! So I wanted to make a list of my ten favourite Disney movies. I’ve decided to only go for cartoons though and this can also include Pixar. Here goes nothing!

10. Wreck-It Ralph

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I actually first saw ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ at our local town park. There was an event on, it was sort of a festival and McFly were headlining. They let everyone into the park and played a film before any of the bands came out to celebrate that we were getting a Cineworld in our town. They chose ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ as the film and even though I was supposed to be working I got sucked into the story. I asked for a copy of the film for Christmas so I could watch it uninterrupted and I ended up loving it. Although it’s not my favourite it’s still a Disney film that I love!

9. Frozen

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I’m sick of people trashing this movie just because it’s the ‘in’ thing to do. It was like everyone loved Frozen until suddenly people thought it was edgy to dislike it. Yes, we get it, there are better Disney films but that doesn’t mean Frozen is bad. The soundtrack is amazing and the story is great. And do we really need to make fun of kids for enjoying it? The same way you love your childhood films, let kids enjoy theirs. If you don’t like it then fair enough but stop trashing it.

8. Big Hero 6

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If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6 then you are seriously missing out because this film is amazing. Full of action, loveable characters and also Fall out Boy in the soundtrack like what’s not to love? I went to see this at the cinema so many times because I thought it was brill and the fact that some of my friends still haven’t seen it really stresses me out. It’s so good!

7. Inside Out

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When this first came out I went to see it twice in one day. I got asked by my three best friends Becca, Hirst and Jess to see it so I agreed and then I was also asked by my work friends to see it in the evening. I didn’t want to say no to either of them so I went twice and didn’t tell any of them I was seeing it twice. I really liked it, I thought it was super interesting and I’d love a sequel but maybe with a different family next time. I need to buy it on DVD because I haven’t seen it for ages and I really want to re-watch it now!

6. Peter Pan

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This film was my favourite when I was a kid because like most kids I had a little crush on Peter Pan. Nothing wrong with that, right? Even now as a grown-up I still love the film and regard it as one of my favourites. It’s such a classic and I love it! Also I love the videos of the Peter Pan at the Disney parks, I’d love the opportunity to meet him this year.

5. Moana

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Finally, a Disney princess with a realistic body with an amazing storyline and catchy songs. How can you not love Moana? My favourite songs are ‘How Far I’ll Go’ and ‘You’re Welcome’, the obvious ones. Unfortunately I’ve only seen it once but I need to see it more times, it’s honestly amazing and if you haven’t seen it yet you’re honestly missing out.

4. Aladdin

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I love this film and I love the stage show just as much. All the songs are amazing and I just love it. I can remember watching this a lot as a kid as well. I re-watched it the night before my 21st birthday last year because I think it’s amazing. It was just as good as I remembered it. If you don’t like Aladdin then I don’t trust you.

3. Mulan

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Okay, I’m looking forward to the live action but like… What are Disney doing? They’re getting rid of the songs? What? Apparently they’re getting rid of Shang? Why are they ruining the film? Also it’s a little sad that Disney fans had to literally start a petition to make sure the part of Mulan went to a Chinese actress and not a white actress. Like, it’s a film set in China surely that would just make sense instead of completely whitewashing her character? Either way, I love the animated version of the film and the songs are some of the best, especially ‘I’ll Make a Man out of You’.

2. The Incredibles

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I don’t know whether this is high on the list because the sequel is coming out soon and I’m hyped or whether it would’ve been high anyway. I do love this film, I love the whole family aspect mixed in with super heroes. I used to love playing the game on my sisters PlayStation as a kid, especially that level where Dash is running late for school. This is a movie that surely everyone can’t help but love and if you haven’t watched it then I’m seriously judging you.

1. Monsters Inc

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I think I picked this for nostalgias sake. I went to my Dad’s the other week and he reminisced that when I was really young I always used to ask to put this film on at my Dad’s house. Every single Friday for years I watched this film and I never once got sick of it. I don’t know what I love about it, I just know that I do. I did enjoy ‘Monsters University’ but not as much as the original. I would love to see a live action version of this one day, not sure how they’d do it but I’d love it – only if the monsters looked like they do in the film.

Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite Disney movies!

Dreamcatcher London Concert Experience

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When MyMusicTaste announced that Dreamcatcher were coming to Europe I was ecstatic. I love K-Pop but I’m much more of a girl group stan and the only girl groups I’d seen live were IOI, f(x) and EXID which isn’t a lot compared to the amount of boy groups I’ve seen. Even better, they were coming to the UK! I knew I had to get a ticket.

Although I was happy they were coming I couldn’t help but feel like January was the worst time to sell concert tickets. We’d had Christmas, everyone was broke but to be fair to MyMusicTaste they did give everyone time to get money together unlike some artists who just randomly drop their tickets with no prior warning. Anyway, my hope was to originally go for a seated ticket because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to queue all day for concerts anymore but in the end because I had barely any money I had to go for a general admission standing ticket for £45.

This entire trip had to be cheap because I’m super broke, I got the cheapest train tickets available and checked into a hostel instead of a hotel. I did splash out to go and see ‘Kinky Boots’ during the day to kill time before the concert which was fabulous by the way.

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It sucks but the week of the concert I was having a really rough time and I remember sitting on my bunk in the hostel and thinking about how I generally didn’t want to go. I’d been hyped for this concert for ages though now so I tried to push my negativity aside and headed to the venue.

I think I may have accidentally jumped the queue because of the angle I found the venue from. I didn’t come until the doors had opened anyway but there were only like four people in front of the door and I stood there awkwardly for a second because I wasn’t sure if this was the correct queue but then a bunch of people from around the corner came and joined this queue so I stood behind them. I think there was a much longer queue around the corner who were being let over in small groups and I accidentally bypassed them all. Sorry!

Once I’d headed up the stairs to the venue I decided to grab some merch – I thought about waiting until after the concert but my plan was to buy a light stick if the t-shirt wasn’t in my size so I figured best do it straightaway. The queue was long but went quite quickly and I managed to grab a t-shirt in a size large. I was low-key worried it wouldn’t fit but I changed into it in the bathroom and luckily it fit okay! I did consider going for the light stick after all but other peoples looked quite flimsy – they did look pretty during the concert though to be fair!

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After changing into my snazzy new t-shirt I had a pint of water because I knew I’d be a thirsty hoe if I didn’t and then headed over to the crowd. Jesus wept, there were so many tall people there. Can you not take pity on me and stand further back? I was like maybe ten – thirteen rows back and the stage was quite low so my view wasn’t brilliant. I had hoped it would be like Block B where if you stood further back you were higher up but it was a small venue and it was all one level.

This is gonna sound petty but I’ve found at concerts, especially K-Pop concerts, that once I’m surrounded by the other fans they start to do my head in. You generally end up next to people that either think they’re cooler than everyone else or people who make you cringe inwardly for the next three hours. I got quite lucky at this concert as I was stood around nice people and there were two friends behind me whose conversations were making me laugh and keeping me entertained until the concert finally started.

The lights dimmed and Dreamcatcher came on stage and to be honest it took me a while to realise they were actually on stage because my view was honestly terrible. I filmed the start of the concert and I was stood on my tip-toes with my arm right in the air to get a good shot of the stage. That was my life for the rest of the concert.

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From what I could see of the show Dreamcatcher were amazing. They opened with ‘Chase Me’, performed a couple of songs and then did a Q&A with questions from a whiteboard that fans had written down earlier. There were special stages, a lot of covers and Dreamcatcher were energetic and enthusiastic throughout.

I can’t remember the entire set list, I know they opened with ‘Chase Me’, ended with ‘Fly High’ and performed ‘Good Night’ and another song during their encore. They also did a ton of covers including Pink’s ‘Just Give Me A Reason’, Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning’, Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, Maroon 5’s ‘Lucky Strike’ and Girls’ Generation’s ‘Into The New World’. I’m pretty sure there were more covers, they are the queens of covers. They were amazing and I’m so glad I got to see them.

They also did a giveaway for some polaroid’s they’d taken, we all had numbers on our wristbands and Dreamcatcher themselves chose numbers at random and if it was your number then you won. I didn’t win unfortunately but a girl with her friend just in front of me did win. You were supposed to scream if you won but this girl was too shy so she just put her hand up but because it was dark Dreamcatcher couldn’t see so we all pointed at her and cheered loudly so Dreamcatcher noticed. Dreamcatcher congratulated them and then the two girls hi-fived it was really sweet.

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If I was given the opportunity to see Dreamcatcher again I definitely would because they were amazing, probably one of the best girl groups I’ve seen live. I hope this starts a trend because although we’ve been lucky with a few boy groups coming to Europe I haven’t seen anywhere as near girl groups coming over! I hope Dreamcatcher get the opportunity to come back, I will definitely be there.

Top 10 Favourite BabyMetal Songs

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I talk a lot about my love for K-Pop but I never really mention J-Pop. That’s because compared to K-Pop I don’t listen to anywhere near as much J-Pop but I am a massive fan of BabyMetal – I’m not sure if they count as J-Pop but that’s not the point. I wanted to write a list of my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs so here goes nothing!

10. Karate

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This song brought quite a bit of attention to BabyMetal, a bunch of Western artists were talking about this song and they ended up featuring in ‘Kerrang!’ magazine quite a bit. And it’s a good song, I love it but it’s definitely not their best song. I’m going to be honest and say I was a bit disappointed when they first released this song, I felt like after their debut album it was a bit of a let-down but the song did eventually grow on me and now I love it!

9. Tales of the Destinies

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I put the ‘Metal Resistance’ album onto my phone and started listening to the songs pretty much the minute I got home. Funny story, I caught the bus home from town and chilled in my room before realising that day was the day of ‘Metal Resistance’s release so I had to catch the bus back up town to buy the album. Anyway, I wasn’t too impressed the first time I heard the full album. Like, the songs were okay but they weren’t as good compared to their debut album.

The songs did quickly grow on me and this was one of the first ones I started to like. I think it’s because they used the guitar riff from ‘The One’ so I gave it a go and even though it’s a bit strange I ended up really liking this one!

8. Amore (Su-Metal Solo)

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Su’s solos are absolutely amazing, I also love ‘Akatsuki’ but I think I prefer ‘Amore’ just a little bit more. It’s an amazing song and I’ve always said I wanted to see it live someday but apparently she did sing it at the Wembley Arena show? I’m pretty sure I have a video of it? Either way, I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time because they dropped their ‘Metal Resistance’ album just one day before the Wembley show so I didn’t know enough of their new songs to fully appreciate them! BabyMetal need to come back so I can hear Su sing Amore and appreciate it more.

7. Line!

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I actually don’t know if ‘line!’ is the official title for this song but whatever, this song is amazing. A lot of people don’t like the changing genres thing how they switch from metal to rap but that’s what makes me love the song so much. It always puts me in a good mood and I love everything about it.

6. Onedari Daisakusen (Black BabyMetal)

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Black BabyMetal are a sub-unit made up of Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal, the two younger members and I love this song so much. Black BabyMetal have a few fun songs but this one is definitely my favourite of theirs. I’m so sad they didn’t sing it at Wembley and that they went for ‘Song 4’ instead but maybe they’re a little embarrassed to sing it now considering they’re both eighteen and the song is about begging your Dad to buy you things. Or maybe they just happened to not pick it for the Wembley show, I don’t know. Either way it’s a great song and another one I wanna see live one day!

5. From Dusk Till Dawn

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This song is amazing, it used to be my favourite but I think I listened to it one too many times just like ‘Amore’. But it’s definitely still high on my list of favourite BabyMetal songs because I think it’s just honestly so good. I don’t actually know what the songs about but I still think it’s great!

4. Doki Doki Morning

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This is another up-beat song that never fails to put me in a good mood. I think this was the first BabyMetal song but I might be mistaken. You can see the difference in the outfits they wore during this song and the types of outfits they wear now. I love this song, I think it’s amazing and it always helps to put me into a good mood.

3. Gimme Chocolate

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The obvious BabyMetal song, the first one I ever heard and I’m sure most people ever heard. I loved this song from first listen, I thought it was amazing. I remember first listening to it in college with Jess and I started singing it for the rest of the day, to which Becca sighed and said “I quite like this song and now you’re going to ruin it for me.” I’m sure I did ruin it, sorry pal! Either way I love this song and I’m glad it introduced me to BabyMetal!

2. The One (English Version)

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Originally I didn’t like the English version – I’d grown used to the Japanese-English version that was used in the music video and I didn’t like listening to it in English. I can’t remember what made me listen to the English one more but now I’m used to it I actually prefer it. When I first heard the song I didn’t love it because I remembered Su had compared it to ‘Road of Resistance’ and I really didn’t think it compared. But now it’s one of my favourites and I can see what she means. I love this song so much.

1. Road of Resistance

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I don’t think this will ever stop being my favourite song by them. If I ever need some like inspiration, motivation or just cheering up this is the first song I stick on. It was my top track from my running playlist because it always motivated me to keep running. This song is absolutely amazing and no BabyMetal track will ever top it in the future. I imagine this is most fans favourite song but for good reason! This song helps me a lot through rough times and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

So there we go, there are my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites!

Favourite Movies

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I was originally going to write a list of my favourite five films but in the end I had to choose six because I just couldn’t eliminate one from the list and I also made the decision not to include any horror movies because I already wrote about my top ten favourite horror films here [x]. So this is a list of six films I love, in no particular order that I am happy to watch again and again and again.

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014)

I think this is on here because Death Cure came out not long ago and I’m not over it to be honest but I did love the first film a lot. I’m pretty sure I went back to see it at the cinema about four times. The sequel ‘Scorch Trials’ came out just before I went to university and I remember seeing it with my three best friends the day before I left. Then if I was having a shit day at uni and needed to get away from my flat mates I’d go and watch ‘Scorch Trials’ until it eventually left the cinema. I love this series.

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The Maze Runner is about a boy called Thomas who wakes up to find himself in a community of boys with his memory erased. He soon discovers they’re trapped in the middle of a maze and joins the ‘runners’ to try and find a way out.

To be honest when the original film was released I remember not being all that interested but because Becca had enjoyed the books she dragged us to see it. Immediately I was pulled into the story and a few weeks later I did try to read the book but I couldn’t get interested. I think I donated my copy of the book which I now regret because I want to give it another go so I might need to buy another copy. They’re great films and I could watch them over and over again without getting sick of them.

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

I don’t know if it’s just me but I didn’t see any advertising for this film like at all? I think when I went to see it I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it. I’m going to be completely honest with you and admit that I only knew about this film because at the time I was completely in love with Chris Pine and it was listed on his iMDB page. So when I noticed it was on at my local cinema I invited Jess and off we went.

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Into the Woods is a musical about a baker and his wife who are desperate to have a child but discover they can’t because a witch has placed a curse on their family. They’re tasked with finding items from classic fairytales to reverse the curse.

It’s a musical that has a lot more songs than speaking which I don’t normally like but Into the Woods is an exception. I love the soundtrack so much that I burned all the songs onto a disc so me and Jess could listen to it in her car. It got to a point where me, Jess, Hirst and Becca knew all of the songs and we all had our own parts to sing on long car journeys. This film is amazing with a brilliant cast and it’s definitely my favourite musical. This one I saw at the cinema about six times. I’d love to see the stage version one day even though I’ve heard it’s extremely different.

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

I could’ve included a ton more Studio Ghibli films but I had to go for my favourite which will probably always be ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. I didn’t actually like it that much when I first watched it because although I thought it was sweet I didn’t really see the point. But after rewatching it I soon began to love it and it became my favourite.

This film is about two young girls Mei and Satsuki who move to the countryside with their father to live closer to their hospitalised mother and the adventures they have with the forest spirits who live nearby.

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This is a film I love to stick on whenever I’m sad or having a bit of a shit day and it cheers me right up. I love everything about it, especially the soundtrack. I’m going to Japan later this year and if I don’t go to the Studio Ghibli museum I might be sad for the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen a Studio Ghibli film then you’re missing out, they’re truly magical.

Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)

I feel like the majority of my list are children’s films but this is a film I would think twice about before showing to my children. I must’ve been at least 12 or 13 when I first watched this but I was still creeped out. Even now it gives me the creeps. The book is amazing too and just as scary.

Coraline is about a girl who moves to an old house in the middle of no where and feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door and crawls through to find a parallel world where things are more interesting and everyone has buttons for eyes. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay there forever she refuses and soon realises the alternate reality is just a trick to trap her.

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I doubt there are many people who haven’t seen this film and I think it’s honestly really good. Every so often I’ll get a craving to re-watch it and each time it’s just as good as I remembered. I was actually lucky enough to meet Neil Gaiman and now I have a signed hardback copy of Coraline – which I can never read because it’s too pretty so I had to go out and buy a paperback copy too so I could actually enjoy it.

My Sister’s Keeper (Nick Cassavetes, 2009)

I first watched this film in Science because we were learning about designer babies or something and I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me or anything. I’m pretty sure we watched it again in Religious Studies, but again not much impact. Then I went out and bought a copy for my Mom because she’d sounded interested when I’d told her about it. The more I’ve watched it the more I’ve fallen in love with it and now it’s one of my favourites.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna Fitzgerald who was born with a particular purpose – to save her sister Kate who has been diagnosed with cancer. But when Anna turns eleven she files for medical emancipation so that her parents can’t force her to donate her kidney to her sister. Soon she is caught up in a legal battle against her own mother.

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My description doesn’t do the film justice but it is amazing and I always cry absolute buckets whenever I watch it. The acting is brilliant, especially from Sofia Vassilieva who played Kate. There’s nothing about this film that I don’t love and it’s a must watch.

Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

I always forget about Room whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is but it’s probably this one. This is another film that makes me cry absolute buckets and I just think it’s so beautifully done. I haven’t seen it that many times because I keep forgetting I own the DVD but I still think it’s my favourite film.

Room is based on the book by Emma Donoghue (which is also amazing) and is about a young boy named Jack who has grown up in the confines of a small shed with his Ma. He has never left Room and knows nothing about the outside world. But as Jack’s curiosity grows and Ma’s resilience reaches breaking point they hatch a risky plan to escape Room.

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I’d actually never heard of the book at the time and I learnt about the film from Jess who wanted to go and see it. I liked the look of the trailer so the two of us went to see it and I loved it. I loved it so much that I saw it two more times at the cinema and then bought a copy of the book. The book is also amazing but different to the film – sadder but more realistic. Overall I think I prefer the movie. This is another where the acting is amazing, Brie Larson 100% deserved her Oscar and Jacob Tremblay did an amazing job of playing Jack. If you haven’t seen Room then I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

So there we go, there are six of my favourite films in no particular order! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite films, if you have any recommendations then send them my way.