Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great night and that 2016 has started off with a blast. Since it is the first week of 2016 I thought it was time to flashback to 2015 and have a little preview of what 2016 (hopefully) brings. This blog officially launched in October 2015 so of course that was a big highlight for me. I was so excited to get this baby going and together with my best friend (who did all the awesome designing and website building for me) I have been working on it for such a long time. And this year it finally launched!
I have highlighted cosplay before as a way to travel to new worlds. I really like looking into this even though I don’t really do cosplay myself. But I wanted to put some people in the spotlight who do an amazing job with it but hardly get the attention they deserve. So every month I will put one cosplayer in the spotlight. Together with the cosplayer I will select my/their favourite cosplay. Cosplayer of November: Captain Amelia Cosplay.
I have highlighted cosplay before as a way to travel to new worlds. I really like looking into this even though I don’t really do cosplay myself. But I wanted to put some people in the spotlight who do an amazing job with it but hardly get the attention they deserve. So every month I will put one cosplayer in the spotlight. Together with the cosplayer I will select my/their favourite cosplay. Cosplayer of November: Lightened Skies Cosplay.
This week Mockingjay Part 2 is releasing, the last instalment of the Hunger Games franchise. Good reason for a tribute to the books and movies. I bought all three books four years ago when I was in London with a friend. I ended up reading them back to back during my summer holidays. I LOVED them. While I guess no-one really wants to live in a Hunger Games kind of world, the books were written so well that I could easily imagine being part of the crowds watching the reaping or being side by side with Gale and Katniss hunting. Suzanne Collins did an amazing job in pulling her readers into the story. Therefore, I really wanted to take a moment and review the amazing franchise on the blog. Because as you might know by now, travelling via a work of fiction is something I love to do as well.
Jennifer Murgia is an author who writes YA fiction and I’ve been in love with her books for quite a while. I devoured Between These Lines and Forest of Whispers. You can imagine that I was more than a little excited when I found out that Forest of Whispers was getting a sequel: Castle of Sighs. For the occasion of it’s release I asked Jennifer if she wanted to do an interview about her research processes. The thing is that both FoW and CoS are set in the real world (17th century Germany). And I was more than a little curious to find out how she combined the real world with a work of fiction.
If you are a Potterhead you probably are aware of The Georgian House in London. Even if you are not keeping up to date with the hotel business, you have most likely heard of this Harry Potter hotel. If not, stay tuned… All right, not the whole hotel is as magical, but it does have a couple of Harry Potter inspired rooms. The Georgian House has Wizard Chambers and the Enchanted Chambers, both inspired (but not affiliated) by the magical world of Harry Potter.
I love inspiring quotes. Some quotes you read just give you that “this is absolutely right” moment. The below quote by J.K. Rowling is such a quote to me. Since this whole blog is based on travelling, also in fictional worlds, I had to share it here. Do you agree with the quote? Is this what reading feels like to you?
Probably one of the more extreme ways to live in a fictional world is by the means of cosplay. There are so many different opinions on the idea: some love it, some hate it. I’ve never really cosplayed myself (apart from one event I went to and a friend crafted a fairy inspired dress for me), but I do find the concept of it interesting. Plus, I love to see all my favourite page/screen characters come to live via someone’s imagination.
Travelling is a great thing. You explore new countries, cities, cultures, food, you name it. But to me travelling in the real world is not the only way of travelling I love. Travelling through books, especially fantasy, is a great way to explore as well.