Frary…Magical Monday #5

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What I want to ask you, my dear followers. If you have a favourite fictional couple. Can be any couple from any fictional world…Book, Movie, tv series.

I have three that I just adore. I don’t know why, but I loved Frary from the “Reign” tv series. They just en-captured the whole tragic romance for me. I also really like tragic romances,lol.

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One of the others is Rogue and Gambit from X-Men. Can I just say that I hated what the movies did to Rogue’s character. Hated it. I guess it’s kind of my “trend” with tragic romances. I can’t actually stand romantic comedies. I’m sorry, but too me, they’s just boring and most of the time, predictable. The closest I get to enjoying an romantic comedy is “Love Actually”.

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My last favourite couple (in no particular order though) is Mufasa and Sarabi from “The Lion King” which the box office is saying that it is killing it!

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I mean…would you look at these two. I would love to see a movie about their life together, before Simba. Although it’s all “fine” in the Lion King…Right up until Mufasa dies of course…Clearly there were tensions at least between Mufasa and Scar.

Run away with me…

I have decided to spend a few days off of social media. Sometimes it’s just something you gotta do, and there is nothing wrong with that. Something I really love to do when I take “time off” from social media. I love to read! I love to escape…again,lol

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What do you love to love when you love to escape? Are there books you love to read and read again, binge out on movies or tv shows?

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There are two games that I just love to play: The Sims 4 and Guild Wars 2. I can get lost in these two gems for literally hours without even meaning too. When I first had my anxiety issues, it was the only thing that could distract my brain for hours. Because it was usually fast pace moving and I was actually interested. I would play for hours.

The other escape I have is of course music and books. I know that on Goodreads a lot of my reviews are pretty highly reviewed. I have no problem with that though. I only read these days what I want to read, rather than what I can review and make myself seem “popular”. I have to admit there are some people on Goodreads who I think purposely give books only bad reviews to make themselves seems “serious”. But it also seems to work, I’ve noticed that negative reviews get a lot more likes?

Probably my final form of escape is Comedy. Sometimes when you can get on a comedy binge, it’s just the best thing ever. It also feels like a workout. At the moment, I highly recommend Wanda Sykes “What’s going on right now, is not normal” I think you can only find it on Netflix? But watch it!

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Share Your World, Aug Wk3, 2018

Share Your World, August 20th 2018

Share Your World

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

Honestly…I don’t really like any kind of olive.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

It has to be between my bedroom and the lounge room. The reasoning behind that is sometimes if I’m in bedroom for too long. I start to feel cut off from everyone and that can feel a little confining. Being in the lounge can feel more opening, especially since the couches/lounge that we have is just so darn comfortable!lol

What fictional family would you be a member of?

I would love to be a member of the Undómiel. Which, for those who do not know. Is a Middle Earth family and consists of Arwen and Elrond and Galadriel.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This week I can definitely say my family. I got to spend a lot of the week with them before they all left to their various places. I love being with them, honestly if I could live with them all the time…I would!lol

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Share Your World

Tell us about your first bicycle or car?

My first bicycle was too big for me! I couldn’t actually even use it in the end. My feet didn’t even touch the ground! I did end up getting a bike a couple of years later that I could actually use. I swear I was just thinking about this the other day. There was this one time our Dad made my brother and I cycle for the longest time. He was going through a health kick himself.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Without question, I think I have said this a gazillion times. I would LOVE, not just like, Tolkiens world to visit. Either the book world or the movie. I love both of the worlds (even Tauriel included). It’s one of the reasons I want to learn to draw, I am very visual person. I could totally imagine myself being in that world, I literally have dreams about being there.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

In all honesty, they would probably be driving around a lot. Picking things up, getting me food. I would totally love that! There would be a lot of driving involved.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Just a lot this week! It’s been a great week! Too many to list!

Thomas Jefferson Day … Yay or Nay?

What a complicated this one is! Well not really, but I’d love to have been look into his mind.

Thomas Jefferson was one of the original founders of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a complicated man in that he “seemed” to be for Independence, one moment he wanted to include the Native American as “free”…But kept African Americans as slaves…Then had children with his slaves. He was a “strong” disciple of the Greek and Rome teachings and went forward with a school “University of Virginia” that was ‘free’ of Church teachings and generally shunned Christian (and was shunned by) teachings.

“All men are created equal”

While this is a true quote of Jefferson’s, he didn’t exactly always “live” by it. When he got older he also wrote how and his belief that blacks and whites could not live together as free people in one society because of justified resentments of the enslaved. I think of today and it’s still pretty much true really. 

It’s what I mean by “complicated” One moment he didn’t mind having slaves himself, but at the same time recognised the problems with it. He also seemed to be against international slave trading, but not so much domestically.

In 1807, Congress passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, which Jefferson signed. The act established severe punishment against the international slave trade, although it did not address the issue domestically.

His own slaves were sold at a public auction when he died. Over his life he “obtained” over 600 slaves. Jefferson was known as well as a “benevolent” slave owner, meaning that he gave them good food, cabins etc…But he still had them.

The Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag

(Re-edit/Rehsare: When I first initially shared this I had not completed it because I had come down with an anxiety attack and I’ve never had one before. So I’ve been trying to recover from that. Which meant looking at a computer screen was screwing me up a little bit. So I have now been able to recover a bit and have now been able to finish this off …

Let’s make this fun!)

Well we all know how much I just love Ancient Cultures so I would really love to thank  Victorious Pages – (Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag link) You also might find that a lot of my answers are either LotR or The Hobbit related,lol

QUESTIONS:

Zeus: Name your favourite fictional leader, good or bad?

I have had real trouble with this one because I have just have so many favourite fictional leaders. However, I’ve decided to go with Aslan the “great Lion” from the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis series. I went with Aslan because he is similar to Zeus, kind of, he’s a lot more kinder than Zeus though. Actually Aslan is kind of a better leader then Zeus really.

Hera: Who are your favourite fictional parents?

I actually have had real trouble trying to find think of some parents. Mainly because a lot of the books I’ve read, the parents usually are at the cause root of the main characters problems. I don’t want to go with the Weasleys again.

Demeter: What fictional food would you like to try?

I love the idea of Peter Pan food, mainly because you can just imagine anything that you want…I would have seafood and lasagna…all the time!

Poseidon: Name a book where water is central, either in setting or plot.

This is an interesting question, because I had to go and research this one. I just could not remember a story where Water is central. There is a story I read in High School where water is apart of the story, but not much “central” so I hope it counts. It also involved the God Poseidon himself, “The Odyssey”. The Odyssey takes place AFTER the sacking of Troy and the death of Achilles. Odysseus foolishly proclaims that he solved the problem to their War, when it was in fact Poseidon who had come up with the solution to make the horse. To punish Odysseus’s, Poseidon veers Odysseus boat off so far that he ends up not returning to Ithaca, his home, for over ten years. That only happened because Athena stepped in. I guess this story has a lot of “Water” theme’s too it when I write about it and rethink it. It’s a good story when it comes to talking about all the sea creatures as well. For example Calypso, the Sirens. So yeah, I guess I have a read a book with a lot of Water in it.

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Dionysus: Which character would you most like to have a party with?

Even though he’s pretty weird and probably VERY dangerous, I would love to see a party that has Magnus Bane in it. All mysterious and cool.

Apollo: Either, name a great debut book (so an author’s first published work). or Name a first book in a series you really enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Angel” from the “Infernal Devices”. Once I had read the first one I just had to go out and get the rest, I think I read them all within a couple of months of each other. I am actually now onto her “The Dark Artifices” series and hoping for the same results!

Artemis: ‘Of all the Greek goddesses, she was the most self-sufficient, living life on her own terms, comfortable both in solitude and in holding the reins of leadership.’* Who is your favourite female heroine?

I honestly really struggled with this one. I have liked a lot of the female heroines I’ve read in my books, but I have yet to really “love” one. The closest that I can come to really loving is Arwen from Lord of the Rings. I guess she’s a Heroine in that she inspired Aragorn (Arwen was supposed to fight beside Aragorn at Helms Deep instead of Haldir) put the sword back together and gets Frodo out of danger (in the movie, Arwen doesn’t do this in the book). I also love how gracefully she is written in the actual books, written by J.R.R Tolkien.

Athena: Name a character who is wise.

Although I couldn’t actually stand the character, she is the only character that does live on instead of getting her head cut off like all the other Queens after her. I am writing about Queen Katherine of Aragon, first Queen of Henry the 8th from Phillipa Gregorys books/series. I think it’s only a wise woman who could escape his clutches!

Hermes: If you could travel to any fictional setting (real world or fantasy) where would you go?

This probably wouldn’t shock anyone, I would love, like absolutely love, to visit Rivendell or just the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in general.  I day dream about being there a lot, if it was real. What I’d do, where would I go? I would probably never want to come back!

Hephaestus: If you could have any fictional tool made (for example a weapon or a gadget), what would you want?

I don’t know if this counts, but I always thought Aslan from the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and his “magical tools” were always handy. It might also be because I just love that he is a Lion who talks.

Ares: What is your favourite fictional battle?

I would have to say the fight in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe against the White Witch. Just something about animals fighting side by side with us, instead of us killing them really appeals to me.

Aphrodite: What is your ultimate ship (the characters do not have to be from the same book)?

Oh, that would have to be Will and Tessa from “The Shadow-hunters”. They just seem so perfect for each other, but I hate what happened to them, and the “twist” in the end. Just never felt right too me.

Hades: If you could petition Hades to bring any fictional character back from the dead who would you choose?

I would, without a doubt bring back Thorin Oakenshield. I felt like his death was just so unfair! He did all of that fighting and fought his inner Demons, just to die? Although in a way, I don’t dislike Tolkien or the writing for killing Thorin off. I almost feel like it was actually the right thing to do, things probably would have been very different if he had survived. It just feels a little unfair that he never really got to be “King” again.

Final question(s): If you could be a God/ Goddess of anything what would you want to be and what do you think would fit your personality? These do not have to be the same.

I have always admire Athena. Apart from seemingly seeming to hate women, I have always admire what she stood/stands for.

She is the Goddess of Wisdom, Courage, law and justice, arts and crafts, as well as strategic warfare. Unlike her counterpart Ares, who is the God of War, rather than strategy. Just all the things in life I enjoy and I feel that represent who I am, is why I can relate too her and feel she best represents my personality. She was represented as a fierce warrior, in ancient times, when even now women are still seen as the “weaker” sex by a few.

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Of course here comes the fun part…The Tagging! I am tagging some other Blogger, but if you want to do this one as well…Please feel free! Just link me because I would love to read your answers!

Thoughts on Fantasy

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Greek Giants

First may I start off with saying I love Ancient Greece, and Rome and Egypt and all those ancient places, would I want to actually live in that time?…Probably not…But a lot of those civilisations just completely fascinate me.

So I was completely fascinated to find out this week, what Historians believe created one of the Ancient Greeks most well-known mythical Giants, the cyclops. As many ancient stories and myths are created, the creatures, monster and scary bogey men” usually come from someone’s true life encounter.

Where they believed the Myth of the Cyclops come from is from the skeleton of the true ancient giant, the Mammoth.

The real animals that inspired the Cyclops (Modern Notion website).

Cyclops Myth spurred by “One-Eyed” Fossils? (National Geographic)

They believe from looking at the skulls of a Mammoth, the hole in the skull where the trunk would have been, it does look like a eye.

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Shipping

No, I don’t want to stat building boats, or start sailing…I get all of the motion sicknesses…That would be a VERY bad idea!

Shipping” meaning by Wikipedia:

initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters (in film or literature) to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship in a work of fiction. Shipping often takes the form of creative works, including fanfiction and fan art, most often published on the internet.

 Shipping in the nerd type world, to break it down, is when you have two favourite people who you see as a couple. These can included people from the book, or sometimes you can even cross couple from different fandom and from completely different genres.

Some couple even get their own names, when you combine the two characters names together.

Except for brother and sister…or brother and brother, sister and sister, or parental with child…That’s just gross…Except in a purely familial way. 

So, for example, some of my favourite “shipping” characters are:

  • Thorin Oakenshield and Morgana from “Merlin”.
  • Tessa Gray and Will from the Infernal Devices.
  • Mary and Gideon from Reign (I still like Francis, but Gideon seems a little more “grown up”)

 

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Lets Share: Do you “ship” any couples? Even ones we may have not thought of before. 

This or That? #79

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

This week I want to know…

Do you have a favorite book that is nonfiction?

I can honestly say that I have a lot of non fiction books and I love to read them, but they are mainly books about ancient History. A lot of the non fiction books that I’ve now, I’ve had for most of my life, or they’ve been passed down to me. I haven’t really bought a new non fiction book for a while. I find them fascinating. I love to read about Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece. All of them.

So there isn’t really one book I could highly recommend for people. I would more press you and recommend to buy yourself a series of books of the ancients worlds. Treat yourself and buy not just Ancient Greece, but from all over the world. I have so many different encyclopedias’ of each ancient world. The Ancient world that I am most familiar with is Ancient Greece. The Ancient world I am mostly unfamiliar with though is the Norse world. I do have my eyes on this one though:

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Arthur Cotterell is probably one of the best authors on the ancient worlds.

The Encyclopedia of Mythology: Classical, Celtic, Norse. Written by Arthur Cotterell.

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This or That? #68

This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

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This week I want to know…..

Have you ever read or written fan fiction?

If so, what was it about?

I actually have done both, I have both read and written. My Fan Fiction was related to myself and Orlando Bloom. It involved the entire Lord of the Rings cast and it was pretty much a love triangle between myself, Orlando and Elijah. I think I might even have it somewhere still, but I’m not sure where. I don’t think, from memory, that I even ended up finishing.  I can still remember parts of it, but this was years ago. I would have been about 18-20 years old. I don’t think that I even finished it off, I can’t remember for sure.