TV at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Another year and another San Diego comic-con. Once again, those who did not get tickets or simply could not afford to go waited with bated breath for information to hit the internet on everything from our favourite TV shows to everything comic book related.  This blog post will be a summary of the TV shows that appealed to me (let’s make it clear I did not attend), so this blog post will contain spoilers from some TV shows, you have been warned. This post would have included films but it’s going to be long enough with the TV shows, however, I will touch on the upcoming Hungers Games Film, Mockingjay.

TV Shows
TV shows are now a staple at comic con. Over the recent years, comic con has been the place for popular TV shows to illustrate to the fan what is coming up in the next season and talk about what happened in the past season. So buckle up as I rundown what happened at two of my favourite TV shows panels (that was your final spoilers warning). There will be honourable mentions as well.

Once Upon A Time (OUAT)
At the end of Season Three of Once Upon A Time, the viewers were left with mostly a happy ending. After a two hour season finale which saw Emma Swan and Hook travel back in time, causing a few problems and trying to fix them before returning to Storybrooke. In the final few moments of the season finale the viewers saw the one and only Elsa enter Storybrooke, which obviously got tongues wagging. Adding to the Frozen excitement since OUAT has gone back to filming, pictures of Georgia Haig who will be playing Elsa have appeared on the internet. It was confirmed by the writers/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz that the Frozen queen would be appearing in OUAT. Alongside the confirmation, the writers shared a clip, which not only featured Elsa but Anna as well. Also there is a picture circling internet of Elsa and Kristoff, so for the Frozen fan you are getting the whole packaging.

The panel which consisted of Josh Dallas (Charming), Jennifer Morrinson (Emma Swan), Colin O’Donoghue (Hook), Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Jared Gilmore (Henry), Lana Parilla (Regina), Emilie de Ravin (Belle) and Robert Carlyle (Gold/Rumple) talked a lot about character development. Colin O’Donoghue spoke about how Hook was always “so self-serving” to which Jennifer Morrinson joked that she had brought the good out of Hook. Lana Parilla was proud of the character development that Regina was making and how seeing more sides to her was interesting. There was talk about Rumple and his love for Belle but problems will arise about the dagger issue. Eddy and Adam teased that Henry may be going into the family business with Gold as in the pawn shop which will develop Henry and Gold’s relationship. Sadly, they haven’t thought too much about doing a music episode of the show. To see the panel/clips of it look at the video below.

The Vampire Diaries
So, if you ask anyone that knows me, my relationship with the past season of The Vampire Diaries has been conflicted, to say the least. And I think most people who watch the show would agree with me on this. The panel at comic con consisted of Matt Davis (Alaric), Nina Dobrev (Elena), Paul Wesley (Stefan), Julie Plec (executive producer), Kat Graham (Bonnie) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon). One of the major talking points of this panel was Bonnie and Damon (Bamon) being trapped on the other side which just happens to have been destroyed. There was a six minute video which includes the cast members mainly Ian and Kat asking the fans to save Bamon, the video will be linked down below. It was hinted by Julie Plec that you will see Damon and Bonnie but she could not give too much away (they have only started shooting again).

What we do know is that when the new season starts on October 2nd, it will be four months after Bonnie and Damon became trapped on the other side. There was always a confusing mention about Elena and those who went to the other side and came back not being allowed in Mystic Falls. I did watch the season finale but with this show so much information gets thrown at you, it’s hard to remember everything but I am sure that will be cleared up in the first episode. Stelena fans, sorry to disappoint but the cast and Plec said that it does not seem likely that Stelena will be coming back. Elena is going to be mourning for Damon. Stereoline you ask? Nothing was hinted but even as a Klaroline fan I would like to see something happen there. Also the panel discussed how Alaric is going to be suspicious of Enzo (who I think is a great addition to the show) but I am honestly hoping for a bromance or that Alaric and Enzo fight about Damon. Obviously I can’t include everything in the panel but the video to the plead and the panel will be linked just below.

Honourable Mentions:
The Originals – Another show I had conflict with over the past year. I did not watch the whole panel but from what I gathered, The Originals are going to be dealing with their parents this season and it does not look rosy for them. Claire Holt will make an appearance or two as Rebekah, which is great news, and some new characters will be introduce.

Sons of Anarchy – I still have yet to catch up on season six but I am fully aware of the finale. Damn you tumblr. Season seven is the final season and from what I heard and I’ve read it was an emotional goodbye to the fans. Kurt Sutter, the shows creator was low on spoilers (however, the seven minutes to the start of season seven was shown). Jax Teller is keen on revenge this year and a poll showed that 85% of fans do not believe Juice will make it to the end of the season. Sutter confirmed there would be no spin offs but he is in serious talks with FX about a prequel miniseries (First 9). There was also a teaser about a “fun guest star” the show has already got Marilyn Mason and Courtney Love in recurring roles for the final season.

That is it for TV shows at comic con. The post would have contained other things at comic con such as the Marvel panel and Women Who Kicked Ass Panel but I am sure there other blog posts where you can find information on them. However, before I finish this long post about TV shows, a quick mention about Mockingjay. Not a lot in regards to Mockingjay apart from another teaser trailer which is fantastic, but please can we have the full trailer soon Lionsgate. If you have read the books, you will know the scene from the teaser trailer, and to me it looks fantastic. You can be damn sure when the full trailer comes out I will make a blog post on it. 

So that is it, San Diego comic-con is over for this year, roll on to next year.

Too Many Trilogies?

Lunar-Chronicles-by-Marissa-MeyerPictured sourced from bookriot.com

Unwind, Divergent, Matched, The Lunar Chronicles and Delirium are just a few young adult books that are trilogies and there is probably many more.

Now before I begin, let me start in saying that I do love a good YA dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games was my calling. However, over the recent years as I have read more YA (which is increasingly becoming more dystopian by the year) trilogies have become increasingly common.
If you go into a bookshop (or Amazon/Book Depository if you are more online shopping) a young adult dystopian novel is mostly likely to be the first in a trilogy. I get it, everyone loves a good series just look at Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings all brilliant series but for me trilogies in YA are becoming too much.
Now before you recoil in shock just listen to some of my reasons:

1. Some stories do not need three books.
I have read many books where after I have finished the book it is advertising the next one/two at the back. I think to myself, well there wasn’t much of a story in this book, how on earth is it going to stretch to two more?  A quick glance on Goodreads can find evidence for my point.

2. Money, money, money.
Harry Potter did phenomenally well there is no debate about that. Selling books was something that Harry Potter took in its stride. But it feels like most publishers have now jumped on this bandwagon and turned to the author and said “Look we need you to make the story last over three books, so we can make more money.” This is a similar concept with books series turned into films (e.g. let’s split the final book in half).

3. Same plotlines, same character.
Even with three books, some trilogies brush over character and plot development. It seems that they need focus on the action or the love story. What about the characters? What about Sadie or John developing some common sense, what even is their back story? Where is this plot even trying to go? It is probably going to be a happy ending in the end.

Three simple reasons why I feel that trilogies are being over used. Something that would be great to see in a YA, is that the story is spread over one book (yeah it might be a fat book but who cares) or even better just two books, not three. It seems that the trilogies are coming at the request of the publishers and it is to make money, which is a shame. But despite all these reasons if I find a YA book that is good from start to finish and I am hooked on it then I would probably read the next in the series however many books there may be. But then again, I am a bookworm.

 

Matched-series-Ally-CondiePicture Sourced from swoonreads.com

Review: You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

20877628Picture sourced from GoodReads.

Another week and another review. You’re The One That I Want is the second novel from Giovanna Fletcher, who previously wrote Billy and Me which I also reviewed a post or two back. As having read her last book I thought I might as well give her new book a try.

You’re The One That I Want is a story about three friends, Maddy, Rob and Ben and the storyline is mostly about a love triangle. The book also tells you how their friendship was formed and the friend’s trials and tribulations throughout childhood, teens and finally to young adulthood. The story really takes hold during all of three’s teen years. Emotions rise and hormones begin to take over. We then begin see the friendship these three people have shared divert to a new course.

I must say I enjoyed this book more than Billy And Me. In comparison, I found the characters in You’re The One That I Want more interesting and the story itself had an thought-provoking plot. Maddy has to choose between her best friends and decide which one she wants to be with. Both choices offer a mix of negatives and positives. Fletcher’s take on dealing with love in your early twenties is something I found appealing. The writing during the time the friends go to university seems very realistic and true to life. Maddy’s battle with her heart and head appears synonymous with that which many girls or even guys could certainly relate to.

The plot is once again very simple and predictable but with it being a light-hearted romance this is only to be expected. I found the characters more believable and likeable in Fletcher’s second novel, something I struggled with Billy and Me (there is a small cute reference to her first book in this novel which is adorable).  One minor grumble about the book is that I feel like the reader does not get enough of Rob’s point of view, which at times, I would have very much appreciated.

If I am honest there is not too much to say about You’re The One That I Want. I flew through this book in a matter of days and it would be an ideal summer read for those going on holiday.  I feel that this book is, once again, predominately a chick-lit, however, some men could quiet happily and easily read this book. You get two male points of view, which is something that they could consider to be insightful.  Final words? Buy this book if you want an easy summer holiday read, it will do nicely.

A Trip to Norway (On Top of The World).

Roughly, two weeks ago I returned to the UK from a nine-day trip to Norway, the trip itself was probably one of the best experiences of my life. However, at the time I would have not said.

The trip to Norway was not a spur of the moment thing and I was not travelling to the Scandinavian country for a jolly holiday. I was going to work at one of their largest festivals (possible the largest), Hove festival based on a small island called Tromøy, right beside the town of Arendal  (I thought Frozen as well). Hove festival has been going since 2007 and was acquired by the well-known Festival Republic (Leeds and Reading festival) in 2008.
I would be interning for the accreditation team at the festival.  One of my university lecturers set up this link and the students (who were going to Norway) had to correspond with emails (to their respective person) to sort out details about the placement. But that is enough about details about going to Norway, let’s just move to talking about being in Norway.

Amfi Stage - Hove.
All pictures taken by yours truly.

When I arrived at Oslo Torp airport, I noted several things about Norway; there were a lot trees, a lot of the colour green (and red) and a lot of water. It was beautiful and visible pleasing for the eyes. The journey to the site, the beauty of the country wore off a little, it took roughly three hours to get the festival site from the airport. Also nearly, every house in Norway is red and made out of wood, something that I found oddly refreshing since most of the houses in the UK are made of brick.

Now it is important to note that while I was in Norway for nine days, I camped for at least eight of them. I know feel that I have camped long enough and will be fine at any UK festival where I have to camp for several days.  As I was camping my access to the internet was very limited, this was extremely refreshing. There was no need to check Facebook out of boredom because I was more than often busy or really tired (but I did come back to the UK and binge the internet). Another thing about camping is that I got to wake up to stunning views everyday (yes, there was a lot of tents) where the tent was positioned I managed to see the sea every time I left the tent.

I feel like I must stress the beauty of Norway (there will be a minor spam of pictures). The sunsets Norway provides are breath-taking, if you ever have the chance to go to Norway in summer please watch one of the sunsets. We were truly blessed with the weather we received over our nine days; nearly every day (bar three days) it was sunshine. At night it never really got that dark, compared to the UK, I assumed this was where Norway is placed in the world. As much as Norway is beautiful, I do have one grumble in the form of seagulls. Every morning I was awoken not by my alarm but by the sound of seagulls circling the campsite in search of food and these seagulls were like foghorns.

Norway Sunset.
Norwegian sunset

My internship was great; I had reasonable hours and learnt a lot about the area was in. I also managed to make a new friend.  The group that came from university, I believe grew closers as friends over the days we were there. We would meet up for lunch and dinner (tea) and grumbling like true Britons but we would also trade stories about what happened in our day. For some of us, we got the nights off which at first left us to explore the site and its beauty but when the music started it allowed us to enjoy live music which is one of my favourite things in the world.

Friends.
Most of the group, Bastille were playing in the background.

I had most of my nights off (I had to work one but it meant I had to work a disable platform, so I got to watch bands for a few hours). A couple of my friends and myself went around the three stages to catch the bands (we watched most of the British bands/musicians) but this gave me a chance to see people I liked/thought were okay live. These resulted in the band The 1975 quickly become a favourite band of mine (I listened to their album on repeat on Spotify until I bought the album this week from HMV), Bastille were amazing as were Foster The People, Imagine Dragons (there song On Top Of The World was very fitting) and surprisingly Example. Sunshine, live music and friends that was when the festival really began to pick for me.

The 1975
The 1975 – Hove Stage (Monday 30th June 2014)

So what else is there to add? Five major things I’ve learnt? If offered rooms, take them. Do not forget to bring a bottle open, forget one can cause problems. You can get sunburnt on your ears, so lotion those bad boys up.  Do not be fooled by sparkling water. Norway is expensive so save up if you are visiting.

There is so much more I could add about Norway but I think this post would be extremely long if I continued to sit here and write about it. I guess my final word about this post is that if you have a chance go visit Norway, go. You won’t regret it.

Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons – Hove Stage (Thursday 3rd July 2014)