I really wish I weren’t writing this post right now, but I don’t want to disappear again without saying a word. I’m not going to go on a full-on hiatus. I will still try to post here and then, especially reviews since I need to get those up, but only one week of this term has passed and I’m already busy and stressed, so I have a feeling I’m going to disappear again. Maybe I’ll have things under control next week and I’ll be able to post, maybe not, I just wanted to let you guys know that if I do disappear, it won’t be forever and that I’ll definitely be back (5 more weeks until Christmas holidays bless! So if I don’t post before that, I’ll definitely post during those weeks and hopefully I can finally schedule some posts).
Winx Club was my life when it first aired here in The Netherlands. I think I was about eight and I lived and breathed Winx Club. I watched it over and over again, bought all the magazines so I could keep up with the comic, collected the stickers, we pretended to be the Winx at the playground (because I wanted to keep everyone happy I settled to be Kiko because everyone was already fighting over which fairy they wanted to be so yeah I played the rabbit omg is it weird to call my younger self Pure™) and I even got to see the musical (I still have the dvd and cd somewhere and I’m so tempted to rewatch it because nostalgia).
And you know what? I still love Winx Club. I haven’t seen it in years and I wouldn’t call myself a fan anymore, but I love what it stands for and what it meant to me as a child. It’s a show about six girls kicking ass and saving the whole magical universe. Do they sometimes need saving from the Specialists? Yeah, but they need to be saved by the Winx too (a lot if I remember correctly) and they fight side by side. Plus half of the Winx aren’t white and they all have their own unique personality (at least in the first seasons, don’t know what happened in later ones). They love dressing up and shopping and that’s never frowned upon. And Tecna being into technology? Yes please. I just really love this about Winx Club.
That said, it’s not perfect. And there are some things I’d love to change.
Realistic and Diverse Body Types
Okay so these aren’t exactly realistic right? Their waistlines are just… Kind of scary? Fun fact: I started to draw people like this because of Winx Club and my grandfather who can draw very well was just like ‘no’ (he was probably screaming on the inside). Other fun fact which is unrelated to the topic: I’m pretty sure I had this picture as a puzzle (now I want to puzzle). Anyway it’d be great if they could have more realistic bodies and if they weren’t all thin! We need more body positivity
My title already gave it away, but if I were in charge of Winx Club I’d make it Gay™ (I’d apologise for the overusing of ™ but I’m not Sorry™). I’d make Stella and Brandon bisexuals. I don’t know if I made this up, but I remember there being an episode in which Stella and Brandon tried to get the most phonenumbers or something? So Stella and Brandon could easily get phonenumbers from the same sex as well and ta-dah everyone knows they’re bi. I also like the idea of Stella running into an old classmate (in case you forgot: Stella had already gone to Alfea the year before the others) and she’d casually mention to the others that she’s her ex when they ask her who that was. Also come on where are my fairy girlfriends and witch girlfriends? And fairies dating witches? (Mirta and Lucy thank you please). Also I headcanon Bloom as a lesbian (no one bring up Sky I’ll just bring up compulsory heterosexuality) and I’m trash for Bloom x Stella even though I’m also trash for Stella x Brandon (why were Bloom and Sky seen as the power couple of the show when that spot clearly belonged to Stella and Brandon) and I don’t ship Brandon and Bloom so polyamory is not an option here and I’m torn.
I have so many more headcanons, but let’s get to the next thing I’d change
Co-Ed Red Fountain
Okay I’ll accept that only girls can be fairies or witches (but omg trans and non-binary and genderfluid fairies and witches) but why are the Specialist only boys? Technically the fairies and witches fight too, but the boys use weapons which is seen as ‘for boys’ so it really bothers me. Thus Red Fountain would be co-ed and girls who’d rather fight with weapons attend it too. I think Aisha would love to fight with weapons as well, so she’d follow some classes there while being enrolled at Alfea (students of Red Fountain would be able to take classes at Alfea as well if they have magic) and there she’d meet her future girlfriend (Aisha x Nabu can still happen, I don’t remember the relationship that well since I only watched season 3 once). And just… Let girls fight with weapons please
Dark Bloom Would be Actually Dark
Okay she wouldn’t straight up murder people and rip off body parts, this is still a kids show, but I remember that Dark Bloom just… Didn’t do much? She laughed evily and attacked if Darkar told her to, but it was very anticlimatic (maybe this was only the case in the Dutch dub? I don’t know).
Don’t Reduce The Trix To Weak Servants
The Trix were so COOL in the first season. They were actual villains to look out for and then in season 2 and 3 they’re just reduced to that season’s villain’s servants and they were so lame. Especially when they were fighting for Valtor’s love just jsgjdfg. No. Let them be sly, calculating, manipulative, let them be the Trix.
What would you change in Winx Club? Let me know in the comments!
Welp, this was a horrible, horrible week. I just want you to know that if you live in America and need to talk, my Twitter DMs are always open. Stay safe guys <3 (if you don’t live in America and also need to talk my DMs are always open too of course)
Aaand I just realised I never wrapped up September and October, so I’ll just stick to what I read this week and then I’ll do a massive three month wrap up at the end of this one.
This week I read and finished One by Sarah Crossan and it was beautiful. I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve also read a bit of We Awaken by Calista Lynn which I’ll hopefully finish soon.
The new term is starting tomorrow and I’m not really looking forward to it. Not just because last term was so busy that I need more free time to relax and catch up etc. but also because the new term just doesn’t sound that much fun? I’m not really looking forward to the classes. I’m trying to stay positive but it’s not really working.
I didn’t do much this week, since I really needed the rest so I just watched a bunch of stuff. I FINALLY watched Ghostbusters and I really enjoyed it. I’m also finally all caught up on The Flash and damn can we talk about this week’s Supergirl? I don’t want to spoil anyone so I won’t say anything but oh my God it was so good.
Oh and I reached 800 followers??? WHAAAAAT. Thank you guys so much <3 I really want to give something back but ugh money problems. If you’ve got an idea on how I can thank you guys without having to spend any money, please let me know!
Can you believe I actually posted things I’m terrified I’ll disappear again after today hahaha (that’s maniacal laughter)
- I announced that I was back (but who knows for how long sorry for being so pessimistic)
- I answered the Blogsterdam questions
- I reviewed Timekeeper and made a playlist for it
- I tried to convince you guys to watch Class
I haven’t been able to catch up really, but here are some posts:
- Elisabeth gives us five ways to predict how a love triangle will end
- Cátia has reached 1000 followers!
- Elly shared her August 2016 playlist (see how behind on posts I am)
- Alyssa shares 10 gifts for book lovers
- Bianca talks about historical figures she wants to see in YA
- Eve did the My Harry Potter Life Tag and got the coolest wand
And that’s a wrap! With my new schedule I have a four day weekend so hopefully I can get some time in to blog, but the three days I do have class are really, really long, so I’m not making any promises. How has your week been? What did you read or watch? Let me know!
Because I say so
Just kidding! I’ll give you actual reasons don’t worry.
Okay first of, what is Class about? Class is a Doctor Who spin-off, but you don’t have to be familiar with Doctor Who at all in order to watch it. The Doctor does appear in the first episode, but it’s not necessary to know him or his backstory. Short version: it’s about four teenagers and their teacher at Coal Hill Academy where they fight evil aliens. But obviously it’s about a lot more. It’s about these characters and their relationships with each other, dealing with the aftermath of everything they’ve been through.
So why should you watch it?
DIVERSE AND AMAZING CAST
LOOK AT THIS CAST. And spoiler: Charlie (top left) is gay. His boyfriend Mattheusz isn’t in this picture because while he’s important, he’s not a main character. But believe me he’s important and he’s not faced by aliens at all and just in love with Charlie, but that’s not his entire plotline!! He’s there to fight aliens with the others and call Charlie out on his shit because while Charlie is pure he’s also morally grey. Oh and he has relationships with the other characters as well, like I’m digging his friendship with Tanya and I’m crossing my fingers for a relationship with Miss Quill (woman on the right).
The characters are complex and don’t rely on stereotypes. See that girl on the left? She’s 14 and a genius. That girl next to her? Seems sweet right? She is, but she’ll also kick your ass. That boy next to her? Your typical jock, except not. He openly cries more then once and battles PTSD (the way his PTSD is written fbjsdhg). And there’s so much to Miss Quill that we don’t know about yet, but she’s hilarious, sarcastic and such a savage. And their acting is so good.
The romantic relationships are healthy, built on communication and consent (can I get a hell yeah). Do they have their problems? Of course they do. Does that make the relationships boring? No. Take note other writers. Then their is the pure sibling-like relationship between Tanya and Ram. They can open up to each other, talk about everything, help each other, protect each other… It’s so pure guys. All the friendships on the show are great. Now I just need someone to give Miss Quill a hug.
So so so intense oh my God. You won’t get bored. The aliens are scary and intriguing and the way they affect the characters and further their arcs, relationships and the overal plot efbjsg.
While it gets scary and intense (and bloody and kinda grose so if that’s really not your thing you might want to stay away) there are a lot of light moments and great jokes. Seriously I’ve laughed out loud so many times already.
The way the characters are written guys. They’re real and complex, and that within the space of only a few episodes (the fifth one came out today; don’t spoil me I haven’t watched yet). I’m just in awe how well-written these characters already are.
IT’S WRITTEN BY PATRICK NESS
So if you love his books, then I’m sure you’ll love this show.
IT’S JUST SO GOOD GUYS I CAN’T EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS. JUST WATCH IT PLEASE
But seriously especially the first two episodes are pretty gross and bloody, so if that’s a trigger for you or just not your thing you might (sadly) have to stay away. Also warning: don’t get attached to anyone hahahaha *sobbing*
Are you watching Class?! IF NOT WHY NOT GO WATCH IT NOW AND SUPPORT IT SO WE CAN GET A SECOND SEASON PLEASE
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk
Series: Timekeeper #1
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating: ★★★★
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
Omg guys where to begin? I loved this book so much – definitely one of my favourites this year. The only reason that I gave it four stars is because it felt a little bit predictable at times, but that didn’t stop me from loving it AT ALL.
First of all the worldbuilding is so cool. Victorian London steampunk-style has been done before, but the world is ‘controlled’ by clock towers. That sounds kind of creepy, but they just keep time from running normally. It is a bit confusing at first, but throughout the book it’s explained more and more and I loved the background story of how this society came to be with the Greek Titans. Not just that, these ‘myths’ were seperately told in the story and while at first I thought that would ruin the pace, it didn’t. At least not for me. It was just so unique and I loved it.
Then there’s our protagonist Danny. Not only is his father trapped in a town which means he might never see him again, he’s also been in a horrible accident himself that could have killed him, giving him PTSD. I could relate so much to Danny that I cried. It was so accurately written and I just want to give Tara Sim a hug as a thank you.
Speaking of which, in this Victorian London homosexuality isn’t a crime (though it is frowned upon by a lot of people) and women are fighting gender roles. Bless. Danny’s best friend Cassie is a mechanic (a regular one like in our world who works on cars) and his colleague (and maybe friend in the sequel? I’m digging their possible friendship) Daphne is a clock mechanic which is unheard of especially since she’s also half-Indian.
And of course the romance. Guys the romance is so beautiful. It’s so pure and emotional and cute and did I mention beautiful and healthy and oh my God I love it so much. It’s just?? I have no words?? For the book tour I’ve created a playlist so listen to that below and the cute songs on there will give you a taste of what it’s like. But seriously favourite romance of 2016.
While it took me a while to finish this, it was in no way because of the book it self. I had a concussion for two to three weeks so I couldn’t read and then I got super busy with school, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it away. Though at times it felt a bit predictable, there were still twists and turns, lots of action, lovable characters and scenes… Gosh just read it you won’t regret it (I hope). This book deserves all the attention and love. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Just know that I need to get my hands on a physical copy.
Listen on Spotify
“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”
Flaws – Bastille
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Fix You – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Find My Way Back – Eric Arjes
Bring Me Back To Life – Extreme Music
My Fault – Imagine Dragons
Once In A Lifetime – Landon Austin
Suspension (Acoustic) – Lights
Ordinary Human – OneRepublic
Always – Panic! At The Disco
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
War of Hearts – Ruelle
Wake Me Up – Sam Tsui
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
For Him – Troye Sivan
Youth – Troye Sivan
Shiver Shiver – Walk The Moon
And if I got you excited, enter the giveaway to win a finished copy! (U.S. and Canada only) Click here to enter
Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!
I feel like this is really late, but I actually planned to answer these in October so it’s not really late at all! I am annoyed that I just can’t make this a monthly feature, but oh well. Let’s finally answer these questions!
What’s the most unflattering image you think there is about Amsterdam?
Hmm I think you mean reputation wise? I guess that we’re all on drugs or something haha. Also let me introduce you to this wonderful video that was made in response to Fox News it’s hilarious:
Yeah it’s not a mess guys. It really isn’t.
Do you get have any bother by a person using a preference of Holland over the Netherlands?
Not really. I mean a lot of us say ‘Holland’ instead of ‘Nederland’ a lot of the time as well.
Do you cycle?
Okay this is not something I usually talk about because people in The Netherlands will give you a really weird look and usually laugh at you when you tell them but… I’m afraid to cycle. Yep. I don’t know how to ride a bike because it scares me. Especially the thought of riding one in a busy city like Amsterdam, no thank you. But seriously, it’s so normal to be able to ride a bike that people think it’s crazy when you can’t so I always feel uncomfortable when the topic is brought up and I know I might have to explain that I can’t ride a bike.
When I was little my mom and I ran into this Dutch girl group at the McDonalds and I got their autograph #score
How would you describe each season, in terms of weather and how people respond (by actions/attitude/clothing choices) to the weather?
Welp it’s been a really long time since I typed up a post. You may have not really noticed my absence since I had a few posts scheduled (so many tags I’m sorry guys I didn’t mean for that to happen, I wanted to schedule more non-tags posts but…), but in reality I’ve been gone since my last wrap up which was… September 11th woah. Almost two months ago. I have to admit I didn’t even really miss blogging, because I just didn’t have the time to miss it? I was so busy, exhausted and stressed that blogging wasn’t even on my mind.
My first term of my second year has ended though! Well not officially, but I’ve got all the work done and now I have a week off (with the exception of Friday, but that’s only for an hour). I originally planned to try and schedule as much posts as possible, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that since I also really need to rest. We’ll see what happens though.
Anyway, two months wow. What happened during that time? Well, I went to London and saw The Cursed Child! Obviously I’ll be blogging about that. And apart from that I’ve just been busy with school work and stressing. Oh and work! I mentioned in my last wrap up that I got a job at the Stedelijk Museum and it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve already had two events and especially Museum Night last Saturday was a lot of fun.
Also I’m obsessed with Class. I think I’ll do a post on it soon because everyone needs to watch that show it’s brilliant.
Oooh and for my blog for uni I interviewed someone from the Boekenkrant, which is a newspaper/magazine about books here in The Netherlands and now I voluntarily write for them! I don’t know how often it will be yet, but I’m reading and reviewing a book for them this week. Even if it’s just this once I’m already super excited haha.
But enough about me! I’ve missed all of you so much. What have you been up to? Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on your blogs as well. Argh there’s so much to doooo. I really hope next term will be a little less busy.
Seriously though, how is everyone?