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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Review: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (aka danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil)

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Sorry this review is so late, I originally started working on it back in November (when I was still at university, that’s scary!) and I never really finished it but I figured since I’ve posted a review of Tyler’s book I should probably post a review of Dan and Phil’s as well.

So it’s no secret that I’m a Dan and Phil fan, those of you who read my review of their show knows that (x). I wrote about my first impressions of Tyler in his review so I guess it’s only fair that I post my first opinions of Dan and Phil too… Please don’t kill me anyone! I posted on a forum that I was a big fan of another YouTuber called charlieissocoollike and someone commented to tell me they liked him too and that I should check out this other YouTuber. They didn’t say his name, just posted a link to one of his videos. So I clicked and had a look. It was AmazingPhil.

I can’t remember what video it was, I do remember Phil sitting on the floor of a living room and talking about the apocalypse or something and I thought ‘Wow this guy is really weird…’ and stopped watching. I said don’t kill me! I can’t even remember what happened but I started watching him again a couple of months later and suddenly I was watching all his videos. Then I watched ‘the wardrobe’ which was the first collab I saw him do with Dan. My first opinions of Dan were ‘Wow this guy is really annoying’. Again, I don’t know what happened but I remember one Sunday I sat in my room all day and just binge watched all of Dan’s video. I was officially a fan of both of them.

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Back to the book! So last year Dan and Phil released a teaser trailer for their book and then announced that they were going on tour to promote their book. I was lucky enough to get tickets to this tour (twice actually, whoops) and really enjoyed it. I also got a copy of their book on the day it came out and started reading it straightaway.

Dan and Phil’s book is very different to Tyler’s. Tyler’s is long stories with maybe the occasional image whereas Dan and Phil’s is centred more on photos and expanding on stories that they’ve already told in many of their videos. It was interesting to see references to their videos and to hear things that maybe made us see their videos in a different light. My favourite chapters were about their school and university experiences. I can definitely relate to Dan’s uni experience.

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This book also kind of had a magazine vibe because it also contained a quiz (find out which of Dan and Phil’s dining chairs you’re most like – I got purple by the way) and some tips on how to create your own videos. There were also funny anecdotes of Dan and Phil’s childhood including Phil’s childhood diary and Dan’s dream journal. Dan’s dream journal probably should’ve come with a little translation at the bottom because most of the phandom has a hard time reading his handwriting.

Although it is different to Tyler’s book and perhaps I would’ve liked some more personal stories that we hadn’t heard before I do respect that Dan and Phil are a lot more private and I completely understand why. It was a different style and the idea of the book was to capture the world on the internet that Dan and Phil have created, it was more about their YouTube lives and their community and I think they did a brilliant job of creating a real-life version of their YouTube personalities.

I got this book when I was at university and I was at a really low, lonely time in my life and I’m so glad I had this with me. I was absolutely gutted when I eventually finished it because I was loving and enjoying it so much. This is a book I absolutely recommend although I think obviously you’d prefer it if you at least knew Dan and Phil beforehand.

Here’s another little fun fact, more about me than Dan and Phil so I’m sorry: When I went to their tour there were quite a few people younger than me and I didn’t think anything of it until I was waiting for my friend to come out the toilets. Then two girls walked past me saying “Oh My God, school tomorrow.” “Eugh, don’t remind me, I hate that place.” And my first thoughts were ‘Oh Hun, appreciate it now, I would kill someone to go back to school.’ That was the first time in my life that I ever felt old. Ahahaha. Fun.

So yes, go and watch AmazingPhil and Danisnotonfire or DanandPhilGAMES and then go buy a copy of their book to start reading! You won’t regret it!

The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire: A Review

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Before I start this review I want everyone to be aware that there are absolutely NO spoilers about the show, it’s mostly my opinion on the meet & greet and general thoughts about the show, there will be no specific details as Dan & Phil specifically told us not to spoil it.

So I don’t know how many people read my ‘Summer in the City’ review from last year but I had a pretty shit time waiting in the Dan and Phil meet & greet queue only to be told to fuck off after three hours essentially (no one was that rude but that’s what it felt like). I was gutted as I figured it was pretty much my only chance at meeting Dan and Phil and I’d missed out. And I’d also had to queue for three hours in the hottest queue ever. BUT ANYWAY, it turned out I was wrong about meeting Dan and Phil because of their announcement of The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire!

Me and my best friend Jess didn’t find out about the tour until 45 minutes after the tickets had gone on sale but after refreshing the page over and over and over again for maybe fifteen to twenty minutes straight we finally managed to get two VIP tickets for the Birmingham show! I think Jess nearly passed out when she finally booked them but it was worth it because we were finally going to meet Dan and Phil.

So we must have had absolutely months to plan for this but nothing could have prepared us for how nervous we were on the day. We’d met All Time Low only a few months beforehand and we had completely messed up that opportunity – Jack Barakat stuck his hand out for us to shake and we gawped at him for a good twenty seconds too long. We were absolutely terrified of making complete asses out of ourselves in front of Dan and Phil too. Anyway, here’s a nifty picture Jess got of when Dan and Phil came in (if you can spot them) – we were hiding far away:

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They called people up to queue to meet them and me and Jess sat there for a while because we were hella nervous but eventually we got up and joined the back of the queue because we had to do it sooner or later. We got our books out ready, set our phone cameras to selfie mode and then suddenly it was time. We could meet them at the same time if we’d wanted but me and Jess decided to go separately and she’d asked me to go first. So I stood there waiting for the people in front of me to finish and then suddenly BAM it was my turn.

The first thing that hit me was how bloody tall they are – like I knew they’d be taller than me but oh my god I was astonished, they are SO TALL! And Phil was straightaway like “Hi! Let me give you a hug!” and then I hugged Dan as I heard Phil tell me that he liked my t-shirt and Dan said “Yeah I was about to say, it’s awesome.” That actually meant a lot to me because I’d been planning what to wear for like a month and I’d finally settled on my new Donkey Kong t-shirt as the perfect one and it wasn’t in vain! Then Phil went “Right shall we take the picture? No, wait, first we’ll sign your book. We’ll do both things!” And they took my book and signed the page I’d chosen.

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Then Phil asked “Are we taking a selfie with your phone?” And I said “Yes please but can one of you take it because I’m shaking so much” so Phil said “Yeah, Dan’ll take it.” So I gave Dan my phone (Dan has held my phone ahh!) and he took one selfie and I thought ‘on no I’m doing that horrible cross-eyed thing I always do when I wanna look good’ and he said “I’m just gonna take another one” so I had time to try and improve my face (haha). I said thank you, they both said thank you and told me to enjoy the show, and then it was over and I went to pick up my goodie bag.

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I took the goodie bag from one of the staff and waited for Jess to come out and we both agreed they were absolutely lovely. And I mean it – I was so nervous that they’d look at me and wait for me to say something but they were brilliant and obviously knew a lot of fans would be extremely nervous. I wouldn’t have changed a thing that happened, it went perfectly and Dan and Phil were such sweethearts. In the goodie bag there was a bag of popcorn (there wasn’t in mine but I don’t like popcorn anyway), a poster, a flower crown, a ‘platform’ postcard and a book by Jessie Cave. The actual goodie bag was a tote bag that said ‘The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire’ on one side and then ‘I Actually Went Outside to See Dan and Phil on Tour’ on the other side. Me and Jess actually took a really nice flower crowns selfie:

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So we sat down in the room talking about what had happened for a while and then decided to sign the VIP book which was basically a book for Dan & Phil – they got through at least two books at just our event so Dan & Phil have an awful lot of signatures and stuff. We’d already signed it from ourselves but we decided it would be funny to leave the following message:

“DIL. WHY DO YOU NEVER ANSWER THE DOOR? – Eliza Pancakes (Jess drew a stack of pancakes)”

Ah yeah, we think we’re pretty funny.

Anyway, we went off and chilled for a bit and then it was time for the show! We were originally worried because we’d been assigned two seats that were separated by the aisle but luckily when we were taken inside we were put in the correct aisle but relatively random seats. We were on the third row so we had a brilliant view.

As I stated at the top I don’t want to give away any spoilers, mostly because Dan & Phil asked us not to but also because it was so amazing that I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone that’s going to watch it live or going to see the recorded online version. Trust me when I say that you’ll love it and that I can’t wait for the recorded version to come online so that I can watch it whenever I want. I’m so proud of Dan & Phil and they clearly put in a lot of thought, effort and imagination into this truly amazing (no pun intended) show – I don’t know what I was expecting but it was definitely a lot less than what they did. Also, they’re both such obviously huge dorks and I loved it!

So overall, I would recommend looking out for the online version as I don’t know whether the tickets are sold out but if they’re not BUY ONE NOW. Also buy their book ‘The Amazing Book is Not on Fire’ that their tour was promoting. Also if you’re reading this like “Who even are Dan and Phil?” GO AND CHECK OUT AMAZINGPHIL AND DANISNOTONFIRE ON YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW.

And as a final note, thank you so much Dan and Phil for an amazing night, I will remember it forever as one of my favourite nights ever!

Also, I have now seen and written a review of Interactive Introverts so feel free to give that a read HERE [x]

EDIT: I’ve had someone ask me and I’ve seen quite a few people wondering what time the show finishes – I saw it at 7.30 and it finished at about 9.10 so it was on for just over an hour and a half with no interval.