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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Ten Slow K-Pop Songs I Like

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I don’t particularly like slow songs. I think they’re okay sometimes when I’m feeling something chill or I’m sad and wanna stick on depressing songs. But even then I can’t get into many slow songs. So today I thought I’d write a list of ten slow K-Pop songs that I actually like!

10. IOI – Downpour

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I loved IOI but I really couldn’t get into Wanna One. Not that I tried, in all fairness, but I was still mourning IOI and the fact Wanna One were getting better opportunities and promotions (not even gonna go into it at this point). I love this song even though I cried buckets when I first listened to it. This is a slow song that I don’t hate and could happily keep listening to.

9. BTS – Butterfly

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This song makes me sad too, it’s like my go to song whenever I’m feeling upset even though it doesn’t make me feel better. I just love everything about it and I’d love to see them perform it live someday. It makes me sad that even if I did get to go to their concert one day I doubt this would be on the set list. Probably just as well because I’d start crying at the concert and nobody needs that. Either way I love this song.

8. Crayon Pop – 1, 2, 3, 4

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Not sure if this counts because compared to other songs on this list it’s not really ‘slow’ but compared to other Crayon Pop songs it is. This is a song I loved pretty much straightaway. Crayon Pop released their ‘FM’ album and there were only 3 songs on the album – FM, 1 2 3 4 and HaPaTaKa. I was not a fan of HaPaTaKa but I loved 1, 2, 3, 4 almost instantly and I still do. Such a good song and really shows Crayon Pop’s talent!

7. 2NE1 – Goodbye

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Another disbandment song that made me cry! Why do girl groups have to do this? I loved 2NE1 and they didn’t have a comeback when I became a fan. I was a fan for like two years and they didn’t have a single comeback until they released ‘Goodbye’. That’s not good enough if you ask me. I loved this song straightaway even though it is slow because it’s so sad and I just loved everything about it. Well, I wish they hadn’t done Dara dirty with the amount of lines she got but other than that it’s amazing.

6. Strawberry Milk – Hello

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Strawberry Milk are Crayon Pop’s sub-unit, made up of the twins Choa and Way. When I first heard this song I didn’t actually like it that much. I was so hyped after listening to ‘OK’ and ‘Feel So Good’ that I felt a bit deflated after listening to ‘Hello’. I love it a lot more now though. I love Choa and Way’s voices so much and this song is beautiful.

5. Jessica Jung – Gravity

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I’m pretty sure this is a cover so I’m not entirely sure it counts but I still love everything about it. Jessica’s voice is so beautiful and this song really showcases that. I wish I was as talented as Jessica because honestly the girl can sing.

4. Ladies’ Code – I’ll Smile Even If It Hurts

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I can’t listen to this song without crying and I doubt there are many who can to be honest. It was written about the deaths of Ladies’ Code’s members EunB and RiSe. I don’t really want to talk about it too much because I feel a bit bad for including this on such a list but it’s a truly beautiful, heart-breaking song and you can really feel the member’s emotion.

3. Girls’ Generation – Sailing

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I HATED this song when I first heard it. I had been so looking forward to a Girls’ Generation comeback and I was really disappointed with the song and the boring music video. But over time, the more I listened to it, the more I learned to love it. Apparently Sooyoung wrote the lyrics and it’s a beautiful song. It was to celebrate their 9th anniversary and I honestly love it.

2. AOA – With Elvis

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I really love AOA recently so I’ve been listening to more of their songs because I think they’re actually amazing. I came across this one when I read it was a song they’d written for their fans so I decided to give it a listen. And I loved it! I think it’s amazing. My favourite part has to be Jimin’s but the whole song is just generally really good.

1. Taeyeon – Rescue Me

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I’m not sure if this counts as ‘slow’ or if it even counts as K-Pop because I’m pretty sure it’s actually Japanese but I love it. It’s one of my favourite songs in general at the moment and I just don’t think there’s anything about it that I dislike. Taeyeon is an amazing singer but I am getting a little sick of all her comebacks recently like it feels like every month we get a new Taeyeon song. I liked her earlier stuff like ‘I’, ‘Why’ and ‘Rain’ but I’m starting to get a little bored. Regardless, I absolutely love ‘Rescue Me’ and really recommend giving it a listen.

BONUS: Bear Planet – The Road

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I listened to this because it featured Choa and Way from Crayon Pop in both the song and the MV so I decided to listen to it. The MV is actually one of my favourites and I love it. This song is really good and is another that can make me cry if I’m feeling sad enough. I recommend watching the MV for this one!

So there we go, ten (technically eleven) slow songs that I really love! Feel free to leave me some recommendations for slow K-Pop songs that you enjoyed!

Fandoms That Low-Key Saved My Life

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It’s no secret that I’m absolute trash but what I’m trash for changes all the time. I’ve been in a ton of different fandoms and I’ve realised that most of them actually played quite an important part in my life and I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am without them. Sure some of them seem a little cringey now that I look back on them but I wouldn’t change anything so I decided to write a blog post about which fandoms have impacted on my life.

My Chemical Romance

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The first fandom I ever joined was the My Chemical Romance fandom. In my first RE class at Secondary School I met a girl who loved MCR and I really wanted to be her friend. When I started listening to them I realised I actually already enjoyed some of their songs (My sister had played me ‘Famous Last Words’ before and whenever I went over I begged her to put on ‘the pie song’ for me. Long story.) Before I knew it I was absolute trash, I’d even argue I was a bigger fan by this point than the girl I’d met in RE who quickly became my best friend at the time.

I became fully absorbed in My Chemical Romance, this is embarrassing now but I was a big fan of writing so eventually I started to write FanFiction – I actually got a bit of a reputation on the site I was on and ended up making a lot of friends. I also made friends through their website and I’d add them all on MSN then every so often we’d have ‘MCR Parties’ on a Friday night which was basically a lot of us in one group chat just having a good time. I actually met one of my best friends Penina through FanFiction and we’re still good friends today.

I ended up seeing MCR twice live and made friends at both concerts, I met Emma at the concert in Manchester and we met Kane at the concert in Birmingham (I’m pretty sure he legit ditched his friends and just hung out with us) and honestly I loved MCR so much. When the ‘Danger Days’ album was released I put together my own Killjoy outfit and one Friday night I even ended up doing an MSN roleplay with some MCR fans where we were all killjoys – see I know it’s a bit sad now but fourteen year old me was living for it.

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I even made my Mom take me, Jasmine and Raechel to Birmingham for a ‘Killjoy Meet-up’ where we met other My Chemical Romance fans and walked around singing MCR songs. Someone filmed the day but I don’t think we ever found an edited video but we did take tons of photos – which although are a little embarrassing now are also really funny.

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Growing up is difficult enough but I feel like I did an okay job because I had my fandom from when I turned twelve until the group eventually split when I was sixteen. Luckily I wasn’t as big of a fan by then so I wasn’t too devastated… I say as if I didn’t tear down all my posters and chuck them in the bin upon hearing they’d split. I’m known for being a little dramatic.

I still like My Chemical Romance a little bit and I’m still holding onto the hopes that they will return next year (I read a theory that they will and I’m clinging onto it) and honestly, I’m glad I grew up as a My Chemical Romance fan because I made so many friendships and memories that really help me throughout my teenage years.

Supernatural

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I think part of the reason that my parting with My Chemical Romance was a bit easier was probably because I’d become a massive Supernatural fan a few months before they split so my main fandom at the time of their break-up was Supernatural. I mentioned meeting my friend Penina on an MCR FanFic site – well, we ended up adding each other on Facebook and for a while we would literally talk to each other from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to sleep. She was already a big Supernatural fan and kept recommending the show and I’d began to see a lot of Supernatural fans emerging on Tumblr. After one disastrous Christmas I headed up town and decided to have a DVD day. I bought season one of Supernatural and headed back home.

It’s crazy now because I just don’t have the attention span but I put the DVD on at about 12PM and at 1AM I was still watching it. I was immediately absorbed and it was fun finally being able to talk to Penina about it. For the rest of the Christmas holidays I would head back up town, buy the next box set then head back home and watch it until stupid o’clock in the morning until I eventually ran out of money. I got the seventh box set as an Easter and I’d finally caught up with the series! So I had to watch new episodes on crappy websites that were probably downloading a ton of viruses but it was worth it to watch Supernatural. I used to get up at stupid o’clock in the morning before school to watch them to ensure that when I got home I wouldn’t come across any spoilers. I took that show seriously.

This escalated when I realised there was a yearly Supernatural convention held in the UK called ‘Asylum’. This convention was held in May and even better it wasn’t in London or somewhere far away from me, it was held in Birmingham of all places! Birmingham is just under an hour away by train for me and is super easy to get to so I was ecstatic. Unfortunately that first year I didn’t get a ticket because it sold out but Penina got one so I showed up and followed her round all day and got to meet some of the cast. Then the next year and for the next three, maybe four years I went to every Asylum convention and gradually met quite a lot of the cast.

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Supernatural was another fandom where I ended up making a ton of new friends and having some really awesome experiences and I held onto this fandom throughout my time at college and honestly I don’t know what I would’ve done without Supernatural. I got into this show after one of the worst Christmas’ ever and I was still in the middle of my lonely Secondary School phase (I had a few months where I spent every weekend alone and generally hated myself). The cast were also always super nice whenever I met them and I just loved Supernatural so much.


K-Pop

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My experience as a K-Pop fan is kind of different because I haven’t really made any internet friends through the K-Pop fandom but I have done more than I ever thought I would. Because I’m a K-Pop fan I ended up visiting Paris and Amsterdam to attend concerts and I’m also going to South Korea later this year, somewhere I never really had an interest in going before. It was also thanks to K-Pop that I got friendly with a couple of girls in my dorm at university because they saw my Girls’ Generation Facebook header.

It was also thanks to K-Pop that I stopped having a ‘bad year’. I’m sorry to talk about it again so I’ll make it quick – I got called on stage at a 24K concert, they sang to me, I realised life wasn’t all that bad, you can read all about it here because I wrote a proper long post about it and how I felt and everything but honestly I just still can’t believe it.

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So although K-Pop has been there for me in a different way to the first two fandoms it’s still had a big impact on my life and honestly I’m glad I became a K-Pop fan because I think it made me and my friends a bit more adventurous and I just love the music so much.

Dan and Phil

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I can’t remember if I talked about this before or not but when I went to university I didn’t have a great time, I felt a bit rubbish all the time and I just didn’t like it. So I was thrilled to come home one weekend so I could go and see Dan & Phil live with their stage show ‘The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire’. It was on in Birmingham so I came back to Telford and the next day went to Birmingham to meet them. And honestly, they were amazing. The show was so good and Dan and Phil themselves were so lovely.

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Then I had to head back to London because obviously I had to go back to uni at some point. But luckily Dan and Phil announced a couple more shows so I bought another VIP ticket to see them one last time in London. When I went to the show I hadn’t really spoken to anyone in a few days, I hadn’t had any human contact and hugging them was the first proper interaction I’d had in maybe two weeks. So once they’d signed my stuff and we’d taken a selfie I quickly asked if I could get one more hug to which they both obliged. I suppose to them I was just one weird fan amongst many who wanted another hug but to me, who was feeling so, so lonely at the time, that one last hug was everything.

Even when I wasn’t meeting them they were there for me at university. I’d make myself breakfast and watch their videos. If my room mates were being loud in the middle of the night I’d put my headphones on and watch one of their videos. I’d go over to Jess’ and we’d watched their videos together. Their book was also released shortly after I went to uni and I remember being so sad when I got to the end of it because that book also helped me in my dark moments.

I didn’t realise it at the time but Dan and Phil were there when I felt like I had no one and honestly I feel like I owe them so much because they helped me through that difficult time. Ultimately I made the decision to leave university but I’d have left a lot sooner without Dan and Phil.

Achievement Hunter

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For a while I was a massive Achievement Hunter fan then slowly I stopped watching less and less of their content until suddenly I became a massive fan again towards the start of last year. Just as well because unfortunately my Grandad passed away in early February. The day after everyone stayed at home and we kept the curtains closed. It was suffocating being around everyone in the darkness so I mostly stayed in my room and watched Achievement Hunter videos. Even now, no matter how bad my day is I can always rely on Achievement Hunter to cheer me up.

Last year I wanted to go to RTX London so badly but unfortunately I was in New York (tragic I know) and this year I figured that if they did come back it’d be around the same date so I’d be in Japan. Luckily they’re actually holding it mid-September and even luckier, general sale tickets go on sale on Pay Day. I really hope I meet at least one person from Achievement Hunter because they’ve honestly helped me smile in some of the hardest times. I’m praying there’s a decent line-up because I’ve wanted to meet Achievement Hunter for so long and I’d be so excited. I really hope I get a ticket.

So as you can see I’ve had fandom around me for the times when I’ve needed it the most and I honestly wouldn’t change anything. I’m trash but I’m honestly fine with that due to the memories I’ve made and I’m sure I’ll continue to make.

I’m gonna tell one last story before I end this post. I used to be a big fan of Sherlock so whilst I was at university I discovered Benedict Cumberbatch was a doing a show at some theatre, I can’t remember what it’s called now but obviously tickets were sold out and the only ones left were stupidly expensive. However the venue sold I think it was forty tickets a day if you were at theatre for 10AM. So on the first day I got up at 6AM to get to the theatre and they sold out so the next day I got up at 5AM to get tickets but unfortunately they sold out again so I gave up. What a sad story. So I never got to see Benedict Cumberbatch alive and in the flesh.

The Marvel Tag

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To celebrate that the new Avengers film is out soon I figured I’d do a Marvel tag! I don’t really talk much about my love for Marvel, mainly because I’ve never really thought of a post idea that could fit in with that but also partly because I didn’t need any nerd-bros slipping into my DM’s about how I’m not a true fan because I don’t read the comic books. Anyway, let’s get into the tag!

1. Favourite Movie?

I am always in the mood to watch Avengers Assemble to be honest with you, it’s the movie that got me into Marvel and super hero films in general. It was just such a good movie and it’s weird now thinking that we all got hyped to see what, six super heroes together, when now we’re counting down the days until Infinity War when there are gonna be absolutely tons of super heroes all fighting together. It’s mad.

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2. Favourite Character?

It changes all the time and I know my friend Becca is going to kill me but probably Bucky Barnes. Back when I’d only seen ‘Avengers Assemble’ and all the ‘Iron Man’ films I used to slag off Captain America a lot and stick up for Iron Man but after going to the Captain America triple bill when Captain America: Civil War came out I swapped and preferred Captain America to Iron Man (to which Becca always calls me a traitor). After watching the Captain America films I quickly started loving Bucky who was also Becca’s favourite character – I’m serious, in college the girl genuinely called me ‘Bucky’ instead of ‘Buddy’ more than once. But yeah, my favourite’s Bucky regardless of whether Becca thinks I’m a traitor or not!

3. MCU OTP’s

I don’t really have any – I hate the idea of Nat and the Hulk, like did they seriously compare Nat not being able to have kids to the fact that Bruce literally turns into a giant green monster? Really? Even if you bring in Black Widow’s past the two of them aren’t really the same at all and I just thought it was an irritating comparison. I also hate Wanda and Vision like that’s just grim, what the hell?

4. Who deserves their own movie?

Normally I’d say Black Widow ‘cos like feminism and I just generally once upon a time thought it would’ve been good but now I’m not really a fan of Scarlett Johansson and I just can’t get quite as hyped about it as I could before. I think Scarlet Witch having her own movie would be good but that won’t happen. I’m so glad Black Panther got his own movie and that it was amazing!

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5. Favourite MCU film score?

Honestly I’ve never thought about it before. Probably ‘Avengers Assemble’ though, the score is wicked.

6. What future film are you most excited for?

Lame but I’m gonna have to say Infinity War. I know it’s a boring answer but it’s so close and I’m just so excited to finally see it. Other than that I’m also looking forward to Deadpool 2.

7. Which MCU character is most like you?

Me and my friends always play games where we assign each other characters but these can often be based on weird things – for example Hirst was always Thor ‘cos of her blonde hair. So I’m not really sure. Maybe Wanda because she just wants to do the right thing and feels really guilty when she messes up – I do generally try to do the right thing and I have a massive guilty conscience so yeah, I’ll go with Wanda.

8. Would you want to be Xandarian, a Frost Giant, Asgardian or stay Terran?

I really loved Thor Ragnarok so you know what I’d 100% wanna be an Asgardian. Also Asgard looks a lot nicer than Earth so like, why not?

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9. The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy?

I liked Guardians of the Galaxy a lot more than I thought I would but I’m gonna have to go for the Avengers of course.

10. Which MCU character would you want to be friends with?

Thor so I could visit Asgard and he would just generally be a great person to be friends with.

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11. Favourite MCU actor?

Tom Hiddleston – I had a crush on him as a teenager but kind of got over it but now after watching Ragnarok I’m back on my crush again. Whoops!

12. Baby Groot or Big Groot?

Baby Groot obviously! Who wouldn’t pick Baby Groot?

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I hope you’re all as hyped for Avengers Infinity War as much as I am and that you enjoyed the tag!

Why I Dropped Out of University

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Before I write this I wanna be clear I don’t wanna put anyone off going to university, I’m actually writing this because I’m considering going back and I keep remembering all the things I liked whilst ignoring how truly crap I felt in the few months I was there. So I decided to write this blog post for that particular purpose and also maybe for anyone else who’s currently at university and hates their life – to remind them they’re doing better than me.

I went to a university in London which I won’t name in 2015. I went to the same university as my friend Jess but we lived in different dorms. Jess left on Halloween and I followed a few weeks later much to my parents disappointment. I think it was a number of things that made me quit so I’ll start with when I first felt crap.

Fresher’s Week. My home town is three hours away from London so I know what you’re thinking ‘oh of course you felt home sick’. Not really. My home town is Telford and I don’t exactly love the place so I was over the moon to be in London. However I wasn’t a fan of my dorm.

When I got there it was long corridor with about 27 other people on it or something ridiculous like that. I spent most of my time with Jess during the first couple of days so I didn’t really meet anyone on my dorm except for at breakfast where I met three girls who were quite nice. Me and Jess would hang out for most of the day then I’d head back to my dorm at night and that was when I felt my worst.

University is known for being full of students who drink and party but I hadn’t realised it would be in the dorm pretty much every night. I don’t drink and I’m quite socially awkward so I’d see the kitchen crammed full of people and think ‘oh God I’m not getting involved in that’. It sucked because I’d come home at about 7PM and think ‘I’m starving, can’t wait to have dinner’ but I couldn’t make any because the kitchen was full to the brim of people drinking and partying. My Mom was like ‘just go in and make food, no one will mind’. It was so full there was literally no room to make food even if I’d felt confident enough to.

A whole week went past of me not knowing anybody and feeling too shy to introduce myself until eventually one of the girls I’d met at breakfast dragged me out of my room and introduced me to everyone. And to be fair to them they were all really nice – I just had to endure a few jokes at first about how they ‘finally knew what I looked like’ and a few people referred to me as the ‘mysterious Hollie’.

As I said, they were all really lovely but I didn’t particularly fit in. They slept for most of the day and stayed up drinking and partying all night whereas I wanted to be in bed by 11PM most nights – look, sleep is important and I love sleeping. I did have some good times with them though like when we crowded into the kitchen to watch ‘Horns’ or the nights we played on the Wii.

But I wasn’t really close to anyone and I felt like there were occasions where I’d talk and no one would listen – and it wasn’t them that I blame, it happens to me a lot when I hang out with people who I’m not fully friends with, it happens a ton with strangers (people push in front of me in queues all the time because I’m just invisible apparently). I just have that kind of personality I suppose. I can’t 100% blame my dorm mates for my feelings of loneliness because they did try their best. I feel like a few of them could’ve turned into friends if I’d put in more effort and I hadn’t, you know, quit.

I also ended up getting an embarrassing reputation as being really clumsy because in an effort to make friends with them I took in the leftover birthday cake Jess had made for me to offer them and just as I was about to put it on the table I dropped it on the floor. They made fun of me for ages – in a joking way obviously, none of it was malicious but because they all made me nervous because I generally am around people I don’t know that well I ended up dropping a lot more things and generally being clumsy, and they’d tease me every time.

Another thing was that we kind of had different routines. They were all more than happy to hang out from the moment they woke up to the moment they went to bed and as an introvert I’m not like that. I’m happy to have about 2 hours of socialising before heading back to my room and not speaking to anyone for the rest of the night. Having a shared bathroom didn’t help because I couldn’t even go for a pee without passing someone I was living with.

I feel like if I’d stuck at it I could’ve maybe gotten used to my accommodation because really the only thing I didn’t like was that I got nervous if I went to make food if there were people in the kitchen (again, my fault not theirs) and when everyone drank and generally made a ton of noise in the corridor whilst I was trying to sleep. But unfortunately I also wasn’t a fan of the classes.

My motivation for studying has always been low, I’ll be honest. At college my attendance was dreadful because I’d have mornings where I woke up and thought ‘ugh can’t be bothered’. The only lesson I really tried at was Film Studies because our teacher was brilliant. My English Language teacher was brilliant too but unfortunately there were two boys who had bullied me in Secondary School in that class who made me feel uncomfortable every second I was there. I had no motivation for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, what a yawn.

I thought being at university would be different because I’d be studying something I loved which was ‘Creative Writing’. I was wrong. My motivation was low and I felt like the support I was receiving from my teachers was a lot less than I’d had at college which I didn’t think was right considering I’d gone to college for free but was now paying £9000 a year and receiving not a lot.

It didn’t help that I failed my first assignment. I failed at first by not handing it in on time (luckily a ton of other people didn’t either so I didn’t get singled out) and then when I eventually did hand it in it was sent back with a ton of harsh notes about how it was completely wrong. I had no motivation to begin to correct it and I decided that I was done with university. If I couldn’t be bothered to study then what was the point?

I returned home mid-November and came back to collect my things in December. It was embarrassing having to pack up and move home but at the time I felt like I’d made the right choice. But watching all my friends who had stuck at it reach the end of their courses made me wonder if I had made the right decision.

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After quitting I looked for a new job for a while before I was accepted back at my old job at a Victorian museum. I worked there until the start of 2017 when my contract abruptly ended but luckily I’d been accepted as an apprentice in an office. I’m currently still there and I’m beginning to think that perhaps I don’t really like working in an office either. And I’ve got it in my head that returning to university could solve my problems even though I think I’ll face many more of the problems I already had.

Is it worth getting into that much debt if I’m not 100% certain it’s for me? Quitting once was embarrassing, doing it a second time would just be absolutely mortifying so I know that if I do make the decision to return to university I will need to stick at it.

The trouble with me is that when things get difficult I start to remember other things through rose tinted glasses. I hated college but every so often I’ll think back and wish I could return. I don’t like my current job so I’ve got it in my head that university is the solution.

I’m not stupid and I know not to rush into any decision so I’m taking my time. If I decided to go back it’d be in September 2019 and I’m spending time researching different universities, courses and speaking to as many people as possible (especially my friends who are currently about to graduate!).

There were some other factors that I don’t think helped. When selecting my university of choice I only visited one and decided it was for me straightaway. I have three best friends and three of us went to university whilst one of us got an apprenticeship. Becca, the one with the apprenticeship, seemed the happiest out of all of us and so slowly but surely each of us dropped out of university. If my closest friends had gone and loved it would I have stayed? Did we influence each other to drop out? We’ll never know I guess.

If you went to university then please feel free to leave me some advice, especially if you hated it or spent a few years out of education before deciding to go. Most people think it’s a good idea for me to go back but my parents don’t and I can see why – they don’t want to watch me fail again and I don’t want me to fail either which is why I’m so stressed. I don’t know what to do or how to figure out what I want to do. Any advice is appreciated!

Top 10 Favourite K-Pop Girl Groups: UPDATED

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I already posted a list of my favourite K-Pop girl groups but that list has shifted slightly and changed so I wanted to give it a quick update. Here we go!

10. Black Pink

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I’ve finally decided I’m definitely a Black Pink fan. I go through phases of not particularly liking them to absolutely loving them and since I like all of their songs I think it’s safe to say I am a fan. I was a big Blackjack but I still disagree when people say that Black Pink sound like 2NE1 2.0. There hasn’t been a Black Pink song that I could imagine 2NE1 singing and Black Pink generally sound a bit cuter than 2NE1’s sound so I wish people would stop comparing the two. Ultimately, I think Black Pink are great and if only YG would promote them better I’m sure they would continue to do even better than they already are.

Favourite Song: Boombayah
Bias: Lisa

9. EXID

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Unfortunately EXID have dropped a couple of places on my list. Although I still love them I feel like they’ve lost something in their songs, for a while they were releasing absolute bangers but lately their songs have been a little average. Of course, that may just be my opinion! I still think they’re amazingly talented and they’re a group I’ll always love.

Favourite Song: Lie
Bias: LE

8. CLC

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I feel like I was a bit of a CLC fan after ‘Hobgoblin’ because that was good and I also liked some of their earlier songs like ‘High Heels’ and ‘Oh No No’ but ‘Black Dress’ honestly blew all of those songs out of the water. I fell in love with that song immediately and I think it’ll place quite high when I do my ‘best K-Pop songs of 2018’ list at the end of the year. CLC are extremely talented and can do pretty much any concept so they’re quite easy to love!

Favourite Song: Black Dress
Bias: Sorn

7. Cosmic Girls

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Originally I loved the idea of Cosmic Girls but couldn’t really get into them. I loved their aesthetic music videos and their look in general but their songs were a little too chill for me at the time. However now they’ve quickly grown on me and I love Cosmic Girls. I can’t believe the fans managed to convince people that two of the members were Chinese billionaire lesbians like that is honestly iconic. Cosmic Girls are amazing and they have some of the prettiest looking MVs, I honestly recommend them so much.

Favourite Song: I Wish
Bias: Yeonjung

6. TWICE

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TWICE were at the bottom of this list last time but I’m beginning to realise how much I actually love TWICE’s songs. TWICE are a good group to stan because they’re promoted quite regularly but their comebacks are always impressive. I don’t get why people trash them just because they hate ‘cute’ songs like TWICE have some bops and at the end of the day their songs are happy and fun, I can totally get behind that. People complain they have ‘weak vocals’ and this, that or the other but the girls are talented – they wouldn’t be idols if they weren’t.

Favourite Song: One in a Million
Bias: Dahyun

5. AOA

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I used to be a casual fan of AOA but now I love them so much. I’m still gutted that Choa left but hopefully the girls can continue to promote without her. AOA are really good and totally own the sexy concept and honestly I just think they’re amazing. Everyone moans that Jimin sounds ‘squeaky’ when she raps but I actually love her voice she’s one of my favourite rappers. AOA are just a brilliant group and I don’t understand people who hate on them.

Favourite Song: Miniskirt
Bias: Jimin

4. Red Velvet

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Red Velvet are so amazingly talented and I’m glad they’re starting to explore more concepts. I didn’t like ‘Bad Boy’ when I first heard it but now it’s completely grown on me and I love it. I can’t wait to see what Red Velvet do in the future because I feel like they could slay any concept. The only thing that annoys me is the amount of people that hate on Yeri and act like she’s useless – people wouldn’t complain if she’d been in Red Velvet from the start, it’s only because she was added later. Personally I think Red Velvet are much more suited to be a five member group but that’s just my opinion.

Favourite Song: Peek-A-Boo
Bias: Seulgi

3. Girls’ Generation

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I love Girls’ Generation so much but they’ve dropped a couple of places simply because they’re not going to promote as much in the future now that Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun have left SM. I think Hyoyeon announced that the girls would be promoting for their anniversaries and that’s it. I love my girls but it’s hard to be a proper stan when the girls are all off doing their own things. But ultimately I will always love Girls’ Generation, they have some amazing songs and I love every member.

Favourite Song: I Got A Boy
Bias: Sunny

2. Oh My Girl

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Oh My Girl have risen on the list, not entirely sure why but I just love them. They’re another group who usually have quite aesthetic music videos and quality songs. Honestly I love them so much. It’s sad that JinE had to leave but I 100% understand and I hope she’s doing a lot better now. But still Oh My Girl are doing amazing – I’m not sure how much I liked ‘Secret Garden’ even though the music video was aesthetic as hell but I did end up loving ‘Banana Allergy Monkey’ a lot more than I thought I would. Oh My Girl are brilliant and if you haven’t listened to them then you’re honestly missing out.

Favourite Song: Liar Liar
Bias: Hyojung

1. G-Friend

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G-Friend have risen to the top spot on my favourite girl groups because honestly the girls are insanely talented. They have brilliant vocals and are probably the best girl group when it comes to dancing (in my opinion). I like pretty much all their songs but I do need to give some a few listens before I like them (I hated ‘Love Whisper’ when I first heard it but now I love it). I was really impressed with ‘Fingertip’ and I kind of wish they’d give that concept another go because they keep returning to their same sound and although I love their songs it was really good to see them mixing it up a bit.

Favourite Song: Fingertip
Bias:
Umji


So there we go, that’s my updated ten favourite girl groups list! Feel free to leave your favourites in the comments or leave me any recommendations.

Ten Favourite Harry Potter Characters

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Here I am again shamelessly stealing another blog post idea from Becca, you can find her ten favourite characters here [x]. Usually I’m quite good at putting things in order of how much I like them without getting stressed but I just couldn’t do that here so I’ve had to write the list in no particular order, these are just ten characters from the Harry Potter series that I love.

Hermione Granger

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Who didn’t want to be Hermione Granger when they were younger, let’s be real? I think I love her even more as an adult now that I’ve read the books to be honest. Everything about her from the amount of times she saved Harry and Ron’s asses, to her standing up for Elves rights (even if they didn’t want her to) and being top of her class from the get go even though she was muggle-born, Hermione was just an absolute badass. Listen, the girl managed to always figure out whatever drama was going on with Harry whilst maintaining good grades. I could barely maintain good grades full stop let alone having to literally save the wizarding community on top of that. She also literally wiped her parent’s memories of her to keep them safe whilst going to help Harry fight against Voldemort. I won’t stand for anyone talking sh*t about Hermione because the girl was amazing.

Cedric Diggory

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I did find it sad when Cedric died in the movie but I think it’s worse when you’ve read the book because really you don’t get to know much about Cedric in the movies whereas in the books you get more of a feel for who he really was. The kind of guy who won a Quidditch match against Gryffindor but then called for a rematch because it wasn’t a fair win. As much as I loved the stage version, ‘Cursed Child’ honestly did Cedric dirty. Do not sit here and tell me that Cedric Diggory would’ve become a death eater just for being humiliated out of the Triwizard Tournament. Everyone has faced humiliation, it doesn’t turn them into a bloody terrorist? Especially not Cedric who probably would’ve watched Harry win then believed his story when he told him Voldemort had returned. Cedric would’ve 100% been on Harry’s side in Order of the Phoenix, no one will ever convince me otherwise or change my mind.

Professor McGonagall

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What a badass professor, let’s all be real. The woman was amazing, a great teacher and quick to come to her student’s defence at all times. She absolutely whooped Snape’s ass at the battle of Hogwarts and was quick to start preparing everyone. She also never underestimated her student’s abilities and was just generally an amazing professor. If I wasn’t in Hufflepuff then I’d want to be in Gryffindor just so she could be my head of house to be honest.

Hagrid

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Someone once told me they disliked Hagrid because instead of fixing any problems he just added more and like I can see what they’re saying considering he literally brought a giant to the school in year five and bought a dragon in year one but like the man has a heart of gold and I will always defend Hagrid. He loved Harry unconditionally and extended that to his friends and was always inviting them over for tea and a chat like what a bro. He also did his absolute best to be a decent Care of Magical Creatures professor, a position that was perfect for him (even though he did ask his students to literally buy a book that tried to eat them but you know, no one’s perfect) and honestly Hagrid was just a great guy.

Scorpius Malfoy

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Right so I hate the Cursed Child plot because it’s just ridiculous but if one good thing came from the book/play it was Scorpius Malfoy. He could’ve easily been written as Draco Malfoy 2.0 but he wasn’t, he was a huge dork with a heart of gold and honestly I’m so glad. I loved everything about his personality and seeing the stage show just made me love his character even more. Scorpius would be an amazing friend because he’s funny, loyal and just generally a top guy. He literally had Albus’ back from day one and went along with his crazy schemes even if he didn’t 100% agree with them – they both got into massive amounts of trouble for what they did but Scorpius still helped Albus repair any damage they’d done. What a great guy, probably my favourite Harry Potter character to be honest.

Luna Lovegood

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Luna is another absolute favourite character because although I feel like she’d be a tiny bit annoying to know in real-life she was another character with a heart of gold who would’ve made friends with anyone as long as they were nice to her. Luna became everyone’s friend quite late in the series but she was always willing to help when she could and loved all her new friends so much that she painted them in her bedroom. She was lovely, had a lot of strong beliefs and remained positive even though she literally watched her Mother horrifically die and then came to Hogwarts where everyone called her ‘Loony’. I love Luna, watch me fight someone.

Ron Weasley

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Right I love Holly Bourne but I once went to a book talk and she said “Unpopular opinion but I dislike Ron, he just has to accept that he’s not the chosen one and get on with it.” Now I love Holly Bourne but Oh My God. Ron came from a family with what, five older brothers and a younger sister where he lived off hand-me-downs and although he had a loving family it’s safe to say he probably didn’t get much one to one attention. Now imagine he gets to Hogwarts, finds a best friend and for the next six years of school everyone prefers his best friend. Not to mention his best friend is massively rich whereas Ron can barely afford to pay for his school books each year. So yeah, he gets salty sometimes – I’m sure I would too if I was in his situation. But at the end of the day Ron still always has Harry’s back no matter what.

Also, the movies absolutely did Ron dirty because they show Ron as basically disliking Hermione whereas in the books he was always sticking up for her. The main one being in the movie when Snape’s like “Oh you’re a know-it-all” to Hermione and movie Ron says “He’s got a point you know” WHEREAS WHAT BOOK RON ACTUALLY SAID WAS “You asked us a question and she knows the answer, why ask if you don’t want an answer?”.

I could honestly write like a ten page essay on how Ron was an amazing friend to both Harry and Hermione and was super important to the overall plot but I think I’ll end this here before I go off on a proper rant. In short, Ron was a great friend and I will defend him no matter what.

Draco Malfoy

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One of my many issues with J K Rowling was that in the books although she included lines like “The world is not split into good people and death eaters” she seemed to write as if the world was still split into good people and bad people for most characters. I feel like if she’d wanted to she could’ve written a decent redemption arc for Draco because I don’t think he was completely a bad guy, he just had a tendency to repeat what his Father had told him especially the whole ‘mudblood’ thing. But I think by his seventh year when he was literally watching his class mates die and kind of figuring out that maybe his parent’s weren’t good people he could’ve had more of a redemption – I mean he lied to his parents about recognising Harry in the Malfoy Manor and I’m so mad they cut that scene in Deathly Hallows where Draco’s like “Potter!” and runs back across and throws him his wand like that was perfect redemption for Draco but no.

Another thing I liked about Cursed Child was how Draco was written. He really cared about Scorpius but he struggled to have a relationship with him because of his own upbringing. I feel like if Cursed Child got one thing write then it was definitely the Malfoy’s.

Ginny Weasley

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Okay let me talk about Ginny for a second, the girl that literally got possessed by Lord Voldemort at 11/12 years old and got scared but still tried to do the right thing. She spent the next few years working hard, joined Dumbledore’s Army without question and wasn’t afraid to call bulls*it when she saw it. She went back to Hogwarts even when it was overrun with Death Eater’s, refused to practice the cruciatus curse on other students and generally just was a complete badass. She also didn’t stand for any bullying and was always defending Luna, Harry or whoever else needed it. Honestly Ginny is so underappreciated when she’s genuinely a great character and also a brilliant Mom in ‘Cursed Child’.

Neville Longbottom

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Last but not least we have Neville, another character who I think got a little robbed in the movies simply because they didn’t explore his backstory enough. When I’d only seen the movies I assumed that Neville’s parents were dead, it wasn’t until I read the book that I realised his parents had been tortured into madness and were still alive. Neville didn’t exactly have a great childhood considering his whole family thought he was a squib and they only discovered he wasn’t when his uncle literally dropped him out of a window. Yet just like Luna, Neville remained a kind person and even though he was bullied at Hogwarts by Draco and his friends he still remained a kind person.

Neville is the reason that I cannot accept Severus Snape’s so called ‘redemption’. Let’s talk for a minute, Neville’s parents were literally tortured into madness by a death eater yet what was Neville’s biggest fear when he was up against the boggart? Snape. That’s not right. Snape was Neville’s teacher for crying out loud, he should’ve encouraged him to do better not constantly put him down. Perhaps Neville would’ve been amazing at potions if he’d had an actual teacher who wasn’t a complete and utter arsehole.

Basically, Neville was a great character and actually really smart in some subjects like the guy was brilliant with Herbology and was just generally really important to the overall story. Neville’s another character that I would probably fight someone over if I genuinely had to.

So there we go, those are ten of my favourite Harry Potter characters – I got into way more rants than I thought I would that could’ve gone on for a lot longer if I’d wanted them to but there you go. Now I just want to go home and read the entire Harry Potter series from start to finish. Maybe I will!