Fiona Sargeant: Her Last Wish

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Fiona Sargeant is a former ballet dancer and teacher of ballet in South Africa called Dancescape where she has provided a safe haven for her students. Providing meals, lessons, education and most of all safety. Fiona has terminal cancer and only has weeks to live. The school will be shut down if this happens if not enough funds are raised. Fiona has helped many children and this school is a blessing to them.

Fiona’s last wish is to keep the school open, to keep helping the kids.

Fiona Sargeant at the Ballet School

Fiona is a truly inspiring woman, I wish to keep her story going and to keep her school thriving.

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The area in South Africa she teaches is one of the most poorest areas in South Africa, with gangs, drugs and worse. It gives the children joy, hope and much more. Fiona teaches some of the other older children to be teachers and bring it to other towns.

Students from Fiona’s school have made it to Switzerland, London, and other places.

Fiona is a blessing to this world, don’t let her legacy die with her.

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The Stangs “American Session”

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This Indie-Rock band  “The Stangs” is from Pembrokeshire in Western Wales. Their EP called “American Sessions” will be released song by song over the summer. The music is rough like most rock but has a brilliant sound that has a classic rock vibe.

The Stangs

They were formed in 2015, they have played many live shows in the UK and have hit Spotify making a name for themselves on the web. Graeme Heath is on vocals, Josh Lomas is bass and Glenn Alcock is drums making up the three person rock band.

Michael Baker is the producer of this band, he found them during a show at London’s The Troubadour, the band was then invited to do a recording session in New Jersey, starting the journey of their EP “American Sessions.”

My favorite song on this EP is “She’s A Stranger” it has a different sound than the rest of the EP and I defiantly have a special place in my heart for this song. I like the song because you can easily relate because we all have had that feeling with someone we just met and thought we liked, but, they were a stranger. This song encapture’s it all, the feeling of meeting someone for the first time but having the feeling you like them but “for all I know she could be a heartbreaker.”

American Session Album cover B&W

I will be on the lookout for more songs from this band. The songs have me interested to see where they go and what comes next!


Music:

“She’s a Stranger”
Spotify: https://rebrand.ly/spotif294
Apple Music: https://rebrand.ly/shesa4ee3

“The Beekeeper”
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2BiaD703N9WOqbEO4UTlNy
Apple: https://itun.es/us/0PnSkb


Websites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStangsBand/

Main Site: http://www.thestangs.co.uk/

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My Top 2 Favorite Superhero’s Who Sometimes Aren’t Heroes (Marvel Edition)

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My Top 2 Favorite Superhero’s Who Sometimes Aren’t Heroes

Disclaimer: Pictures used in this article are intended for entertainment purposes. They belong to DC or Marvel or whichever company that owns them. I do not.
Also, this posts is not for children below 15 and there are spoilers for some of the heroes mentioned.

1. Deadpool

Deadpool is funny, a smart ass, badass and has a fine ass. He is one of the best adult anti-heroes (why yes parent’s he is not for your children, it was rated R wasn’t it?).  This Ryan Reynolds crossed with a shar-pei hero defiantly counts as one of the most badass anti-heroes but he is pretty super. He did defeat the awful Francis, right? Well, he killed him, but we all wanted him dead, except for Colossus he wanted Deadpool to do the right thing.

He is my favorite because of all the sarcasm, breaking fourth walls and hilarious scenes. The comics are just as good (better) and the movie captured them.

Where is this guy?

Deadpool is also a very strong minded character from starting out as a very good looking guy to going to am avacado had sex with an older avacdo face when he tried to get rid of his cancer and that was all he had and thought that was all Vanessa cared about. He was sad and just wanted his life back. He did it the way he could by surviving and hunting down the man who did it to him instead of weeping in a corner crying.

Deadpool isn’t a standard hero but if I was in a tight space and needed help I would defiantly call him!

“If I ever decide to become a crime-fighting shit swizzler, who rooms with a bunch of other little whiners at Neverland Mansion with some creepy, old, bald, Heaven’s Gate-looking motherfucker… on that day, I’ll send your shiny, happy ass a friend request.”Deadpool to Colossus

Here is the new Deadpool Trailer which I adore, so many easter eggs:

2. Jessica Jones

Some of you may have heard of the Netflix original Jessica Jones., I love it and she is my favorite female hero. Jessica isn’t the average hero or perse a hero in general to most people but I call her a hero. Jessica has been through a lot due to Kilgrave who manipulated her, she shows real flaws and a real personality. With what Kilgrave put her through and how she copes and still helps people, I say that makes her a damn good hero any day.

Jessica is a private detective also who doesn’t take any shit and gets stuff done; she sniffs out the cheaters and exposes them and other people who are low lives. Though she uses methods that are unethical which is why she can sometimes get in trouble, though, she gets her cases done and gets the person.

Jessica Jones

As I said, Jessica has a good heart she has just been through a really big trauma in her life but is a survivor and I truly admire that in her, she survives no matter what. The show shows her struggles and how deep they are especially win Kilgrave returns, though, she still does the right thing.  Jessica is a very powerful woman.

“They say everyone’s born a hero. But if you let it, life will push you over the line until you’re the villain. Problem is, you don’t always know that you’ve crossed that line. Maybe it’s enough that the world thinks I’m a hero.”Jessica Jones

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Matteo Scher “Something Good” EP

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On June 15th “Something Good” EP by Matteo Scher was released. The EP is in the genre of pop or piano rock with a smooth tone relating to artists like Billy Joel. Scher worked on his EP in New York.

Scher has played various areas in New York including Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Bitter End, The Bowery Electric and many others. He is also studying music business at Baruch College.

Scher has worked with the famous singer Alicia Keys as his mentor for a while and had this to say about working with her:

As a person Alicia is extremely kind and positive. She served as a mentor for me when I was completing a “senior Project” at my high school Green Meadow Waldorf School back in 2015. I especially asked her for critical feedback and that is what she gave me. She instilled in me the idea lyric writing should be more showing and less telling. She also preached relatability.  To her good and bad didn’t apply to pop music, only relatable or not relatable. In that vain i tried to write music people could understand and also relate to.Matteo Scher

Album cover for “Something Good” EP

The songs have smooth vocals with a catchy piano tune that is a pleasant tune to the ears that catches your attention. The music does not have much else but piano, which is amazing with so many melodies to it. Which is essentially what Piano Rock is, utilizing piano instead of guitar.

I talked to Scher about what his favorite song on the EP is and he said this:

My favorite song is New York and Me because it has the most concrete story. The first few times I played it out, I felt uncomfortable about the subject matter and that ultimately made me very excited about the song.Matteo Scher

One of my favorite songs on the EP is “Painkiller”. The vocals cut through to you and have a deep emotional feel. I love the lyrics, “You saved me from hurting myself” or “You’re my painkiller/You’re my high” they’re sung emotionally and hit a deep chord on how they are sung and can make some of us relate because some people to use can ease pain and be our sort of high and make us happier than anything.

I talked to Scher about what he likes best about being a singer/songwriter and he responded:

My favorite part of being a singer-songwriter is the way it brings people together. Whether it is bringing family, friends, and strangers together for a show or having someone come up to me and tell me that my song resonates with their life, there is something very communal and intimate about being a singer-songwriter that I enjoy.  Matteo Scher

Matteo Scher

The EP “Something Good” contains 4 tracks, which are,  Something Good, Forget, Painkiller and New York and Me.  I asked Scher which his favorite was and he answered,

My favorite song is New York and Me because it has the most concrete story. The first few times I played it out, I felt uncomfortable about the subject matter and that ultimately made me very excited about the song. Matteo Scher

Matteo Scher


Sites to Visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matteoscherartist/
Website: http://www.matteoschermusic.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matteoscher/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matteoscher
Bandcamp: https://matteoscher.bandcamp.com/

Matteo Scher is on Spotify as well!

 

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Julien the Child

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Julien the Child was formed in 2016 by Oliver Eldridge who has been writing songs since the age of ten, he is from Tampa, Florida and this will be his second album called Memory Flu and will be coming out this year.

Being a singer/songwriter for Oliver is:

Catharsis. There’s something pretty incredible about having the ability to articulate what you’re feeling through song and I try to be grateful everyday that I happened to be born with that ability. Listening to music you’ve made that clearly articulates what you’re honestly feeling gives a cathartic feeling unlike any I’ve found anywhere else. When I was young, listening to music gave me a really wonderful feeling but as I got older I realized that I experienced an even stronger catharsis when making the music myself. Now I use songwriting as a form of self-therapy and it helps me in ways that nothing else has managed to. Oliver Eldridge

Oliver loves writing and being a songwriter, it is his passion. I asked what inspired him.

Music has always been something I react to quite strongly. When I was a kid, certain melodies or rhythms could make the hair on my arms stand up or make me feel as though I was on the verge of tears. I never realized that about myself until later in life because I thought that was how everyone reacted to music. Nowadays I still feel those kinds of sensations when listening to certain songs, I’m just pickier about it. As my pickiness increased, my preferences as a songwriter and producer got more and more specific. I would find myself listening to songs from other artists thinking “they should have chosen this chord progression there” or “they should have said this instead of that at that part”. So, it wasn’t long before I felt the overwhelming compulsion to bring those preferences to life in my own songsOliver Eldridge

Oliver is a very passionate singer/songwriter and I find that very inspiring as a writer to find someone so passionate about their career, he loves doing it and wants to make something out of himself, being as passionate and devoted as he is I think he has a good chance.

Oliver Eldridge

The single “Self-Aware” debuted in the beginning of April. This has been compared to Bright Eyes, Dirty Projectors and Radical Face for similar sound but Oliver’s band is unique in its own way with different sounds and awesome vocals.

Here is the inspiration for “Self-Aware:”

I wrote “Self-Aware” during a time when I was reading a lot of essays and books by philosophers like Peter Wessel Zapffe, Arthur Schopenhauer, David Benatar, and Jean-Paul Sartre… Philosophers that would largely be considered pessimistic, or even nihilistic. Self-awareness as it relates to consciousness is a frequent subject within the work of those philosophers I mentioned and it was a concept I hadn’t much considered previously. I found a particular essay by Zapffe to be especially engrossing, to the point where it had my mind reeling for several months after. I thought about a handful of particular philosophical concepts so obsessively that there were times when I felt like I was driving myself mad. I started deconstructing every aspect of my life in a way I hadn’t before, which caused me to question every assumption I could find lurking in the back of my mind. It made it hard to work a job and just be a normal person who thought about their day-to-day life. I was just trying to figure out the truth of things but there were admittedly many times when I wished I could have just turned my brain off. I remember writing the chorus lyrics for Self-Aware intending it to be more of a “cry for help” of sorts in light of the extreme discomfort I often felt when constantly reflecting upon the sheer degree to which I was aware of my own self-awareness… It’s not the most straight-forward thing to try to explain but it was a very claustrophobic time of life to say the least. Oliver Eldridge

I recently went on Julien the Child’s Youtube channel and I got to admit I love “Self-Aware” and after reading this quote I can see where the inspiration is coming from like this quote from the song “I WILL NEVER KNOW ENOUGH/YET IT’S STILL TOO MUCH/I AM JUST ONE MAN/YEAH/I THINK I’M THINKING TOO MUCH/OVERFLOWING LIKE A FLOOD/LIKE AN AVALANCHE/JUST LIKE AN AVALANCHE” I think this verse is pertaining to all the philosophical knowledge or just knowledge, in general, the world has to offer but we are just one person and it is overwhelming but at the same tine can be fun and joyful.

Julien the Child “Self-Aware”

I asked Oliver what some musical influences were for him and he answered this:  I’m not sure if I have direct influences (at least, not ones I’m aware of at this time) but I certainly draw inspiration from a myriad of artists. Philosophy and various forms of storytelling has been pretty influential on my songwriting for several years now but from a musical standpoint, I draw inspiration from pretty well-known artists like Tom Waits, Conor Oberst, Danny Brown, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Joy Division, The Beach Boys, The 1975, Car Seat Headrest, Kanye West and lots of other artists. I’m a sucker for a good melody with some interesting, substantive lyrics… That’s all it really takes for me to feel inspired.Oliver Eldridge

Oliver Eldridge

The use of piano and high pitched almost scratchy vocals makes the song interesting to listen to and gives the song an upbeat almost punk-rock sound but makes it unique throughout the song. I personally enjoy the song and think it is really good and has been growing on me when I listen to it.

The song is classified under Indie Electronic and Pop but in my opinion, it has a hint of punk-rock in it, just a tiny hint. I may be wrong, but it sounds like it to me or I could just be hearing things, though, when I hear Oliver’s vocals pitch with the piano I think there may be a tiny hint in there, or again it is just me.

While I was browsing Julien the Child’s Youtube I found some amazing cover’s done by Oliver, here are a couple I recommend checking out:

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSV8VF971cN1X-qZvdNGaqA


Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/julienthechild/self-aware
BandCamp: https://julienthechild.bandcamp.com
Official Site: http://julienthechild.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julienthechildmusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/julienthechild

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Hunt Cook: Catch and Serve (Android/Google Play Game)

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Hunt Cook: Catch and Serve

5 Stars Gameplay
5 Stars for Cute and Adorable graphics
4.5 Stars for Controls
5 Stars for Instructions because it is pretty self-explanatory
5 Stars for a great Time Waster
Recommended for all ages

Disclaimer: I am not promoting this game, only a review and the pictures used are for entertainment purposes only, the game belongs to its rightful owners. Thank you.

This game was originally a Japanese game then translated into English. It is a cute game where the dog is the boss and you are the hunter and the cook of the restaurant serving up delicious game you have caught. You get requests for different game and other requests to help you level up and get to higher levels to buy different equipment to hunt game.

The cook and your boss the dog

You get hunt points every thirty minutes and you get a maximum of three. When you are a low level (like me), pheasant is one of the main dishes people are after or cider, then rabbit which takes longer to cook (but if you have pheasant requests in between and do those or go hunting it goes by pretty fast).

After pheasant is caught

The game is also a great time waster and very cute. I love the little dog to death, he is so cute and fun. He also can fetch your ingredients when you are away and if you get a golden bone you get even more. It is also fun to try and get achievements and fill up the book of game and recipes.

All in all, I think the game is cute and fun. I love it and it is adorable and fun to play.

Japanese Trailer:

Gameplay video (spoilers to the game):


Other android game reviews for Google Play store: http://fandomgeeklife.com/cat-cafe-raise-your-cat/

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Thirteen Reason’s Why (Show): Pros and Cons

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Thirteen Reason’s Why (Show): Pros and Cons

This article may be triggering to some it includes comments on rape, suicide, and self-harm. It even has a video demonstrating why this show can be devastating to some, please proceed with caution. Thank you. There is also spoilers for the show.


     Thirteen Reasons Why has brought up a bunch of conflicts since it aired on Netflix on March 31st, between the graphic rape scenes and the ending episode with Hannah’s suicide. The show has it pros and cons, I love and hate the show for many reasons. I want to discuss why this show can be bad for some people and why this show can be wonderful for others. It is a very big dilemma in one way and a very big eye opener to the next.

For some people, this show can be very triggering and can leave them emotionally damaged at the end. I, for one, am one of those people. I didn’t expect it to have such an impact on me but like others that I have read online about, I can relate to Hannah on a deep level. The feeling of loneliness in a big crowd, the bullying in high school (or even college and online), sexual assault and self-harm. This show can bring back either memories that are deep down and bottled up or just make you feel the feelings of loneliness again or even bring up memories if you are a suicide attempt survivor, then make the person explode in a bad way. I’m not saying the show is horrible in anyway and you should never watch it, I’m just saying this as a warning and that for some people this show can be a hard emotional experience.

For others, this show can open their eyes on how bullying and sexual assault really affects a person and tears them down on the inside and slowly kills them. The directors did the rape scenes to show that rape shouldn’t be romanticized and rape shouldn’t be made fun of and that the victim is ashamed at times and won’t speak up. They truly did an amazing job at this.

To open people’s eyes to a society that has “rape culture” gritted into it is a very good thing. There is such a thing as rape culture all around the world, women (just like Hannah) are sometimes viewed as objects instead of human beings. There are many guys like “Bryce” in our society, unfortunately, I’m not saying all guys at all, but, the wolves in sheep’s clothing are there and are very scary.

Rape culture is very relevant in today society, something I saw on Facebook the other day where someone posted a tweet from someone else (as it always goes viral that way) that women sending nudes is gross but when women’s nudes get leaked it’s amazing.  Makes you think right? Hopefully, the scene in the show when Hannah’s photo of her on the slide got leaked, made you think too, when that picture got leaked it ruined her life, it was the beginning of the end for her and males (some as I said) think women’s nudes getting leaked is awesome.

For people who have been raped or sexually assaulted and see the scenes in Thirteen Reasons Why it can be incredibly triggering and bring back memories that may have been buried for years and can really tear someone apart. These are the people I don’t recommend this show for. It can really mess you up and make you feel emotions you wish you never would feel again.

The other part I want to acknowledge that this show depicts in almost a good way is Hannah’s suicide. They say they made it painful to detour people from it, to detour people from doing and how it would affect their family. Yes, it is very good at this BUT it is extremely triggering. Yes, I know they gave a trigger warning but for people who have cut and stuff and don’t know when the scene is it kind of is like “whoa” and fast forward real fast.

Also, is suicide selfish to the person at the time? I don’t think so. I know I’m probably going to get shit for this but listen, people when they are at that time think it’s their only escape they are in pain, undisputable pain (mental pain, just as bad as physical and almost worse) and the only way out they see from this pain is ending their life. I know it is not the only option, it is not the only route, etc. but to some people at times it seems like it is because they are in pain. This pain is there every day, every hour, every minute, second, anytime your awake and is constantly bugging you and making your life hell. Think from their perspective before you go labeling them as selfish.

One last thing to add is there is help, in the show the depict there barely isn’t any help in this world. Reach out. Make online friends (half my friends are online, well probably more than half), feel less alone (write, journal, vent, scream into a pillow, talk to your pet), call hotlines, go to a counselor, talk to your parents if they’ll listen, just remember you are not alone.

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If you’re a teen talk to a teenage suicide hotline and talk to someone your age: https://teenlineonline.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwicfHBRCh6KaMp4-asKgBEiQA8GH2x_jVNvcAs3m9Fgv4M4RlFDTIjL0l-EZAcNdnwLS4eEoaAvZx8P8HAQ

 

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Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

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Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

With El Diablo and DC Comics, there are 3 renderings of him in this universe so it can get a little messy and complicated to explain. So I’m going to try my best and start in the beginning and hopefully get it right 😉

Disclaimer: I am using these photos in this post for creative purposes only and I do not own them and they are owned by the respected comic, DC Universe, and movie owners.


El Diablo, first started out in the 1970’s in the All-Star Western comic starting in issue #2, where he is an old west hero, his real name was Lazurus Lane in this rendering. He is dressed in black with a red mask and has a pure black horse. El Diablo saved multiple people in this comic, including a woman giving birth to her child and an older gentleman.

El Diablo’s powers came when he got struck by lighting and was put in a coma. A Native American shaman called the “Wise Owl” cured him with a catch of giving him the curse of raising hell, in a way, with his fire powers this was revealed in the 2007’s comic Jonah Hex Volume 2 issue #11. During this version, the Wise Owl has been made into a trickster and bad person all around and not what a shaman would be.

This was the first version of  El Diablo.

Another El Diablo named Rafael Sandoval who appeared in Secret Origins volume 2. #45, was a Texas councilmen who seeks justice as a vigilante. When he was growing his father was killed in an unjust construction accident and the man responsible got away with it. When he got older he became a lawyer and returned to his hometown to become a councilman but people keep stopping him from seeking justice. In his career as councilmen there were many arsons that he couldn’t prevent or get justice for but as El Diablo, he could.

Rafael Sandoval as “El Diablo”

Another rendering of El Diablo is Chato Santana and the newest one also, and the one I think the directors got their inspiration from for the Suicide Squad movie. In this version of El Diablo he was in the hospital paralyzed and was a gang member, next to him, was nonetheless Lazurus Lane. A while later Santana’s gang “friends” come in and shut him up and Santana is in the spirit world with El Diablo who is looking for a new host, so to cheat death Santana becomes El Diablo.

The old west El Diablo is still around, though, not seen as much even though with a different backstory and different everything then the new El Diablo that is Chato Santana which is the face of the Suicide Squad comics, which is why the directors choose him.

Chato Santana as El Diablo

The difference between Santana and the movie version of him is that he didn’t kill his wife and kid, instead he was seeking revenge on the gang members that tried to kill him by shooting him in the back and paralyzing him (which is how he became El Diablo), he is burning down a house that belongs to him but he soon realizes it has women and children. Like Suicide Squad he turns himself over to the police, he is given the death penalty, this is where Amanda Waller finds him and how he starts in Suicide Squad.

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I hope you enjoyed this insight into the many legacies of El Diablo and found it as interesting as I did researching it!


Disclaimer: I am using these photos in this post for creative purposes only and I do not own them and they are owned by the respected comic, DC Universe, and movie owners.

 

Deadshot Analysis: http://fandomgeeklife.com/suicide-squad-deadshot/

Harley Quinn and Joker Analysis: http://fandomgeeklife.com/harley-quinn-and-joker-relationship/

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Cat Café ~Raise Your Cats~

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Cat Café ~Raise Your Cats~

Graphics: Very cute 🙂
Gameplay: Great time waster and easy to earn coins to get new kittens
Controls: Very simple
Age Range: From kids to adults
My star rating: 4
Reasoning for 4 stars: I had a problem with purchasing a kitten and had to restart my game (not the whole game) 3-4 times.


So I got a new android phone, and I want to review some games I have been playing on my phone. I love animal games, Japan games, farming games, etc. (I do play Pokemon Go 😉 that review well probably be lenghty) and enjoy my new phone! I have issues with it but that is another story!

First off, is this adorable game called Cat Café ~Raise Your Cats~. You basically run a pet shop that is specifically for cats, you raise them from kittens then sell them to get more money to buy more kittens and try to unlock all the cats for each breed (I have seen you can get Cat Bus from Totoro from Studio Ghibli). The more expensive the kitten, the rarer the cat.

I haven’t been playing for long so I haven’t really figured out if each cat you get is randomized or if you can get what you want, my theory is it randomized. I also really haven’t figured out how to increase discipline, cat rating (when selling) or stuff like that. I’m slowly learning though!

It is fun to learn how to do discipline, cat rating, etc. with the cats and then see if you did it right. Yes, the guessing game can get boring but it can be entertaining as well (plus a great time waster). Even if you don’t achieve great discipline or rating you can still sell the adult cat and try again cause white kitten are only 1 coin and you can use them as guinea pigs to try and figure it out like I’m doing!

Here is a gameplay video: 

I defiantly suggest this game for children (or teens) who want a cat but have parents who are allergic, but, if you want a game to raise a cat or nurture it watch out for more of my reviews cause I’m going to do a list of animal games that are my favorite on the phone 🙂 but I still recommend this one!

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My Favorite Heroines of Literature

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My Favorite Heroines of Literature

My favorite book heroines from different genres and different areas of literature.


1. Hermione Granger

My first book series ever was Harry Potter and I always looked up to Hermione with how smart and kick-ass she was, she always had the boys beat when it came to book smarts. Hermione, though, knew how to stand her own ground and fight back when the time was needed. She struggled with being a sort of “outcast” with being a muggle born wizard but strove to be the smartest witch in her class which she indeed did.

The movies I adore, though, some of them make me grit my teeth with the inaccuracies to the books. The first one did the best in my opinion. I adore the cast selection and I will
always adore the movies. Emma Watson is always Hermione to me.

This video and song really shows what Hermione went through, especially toward the end of the series where she faced many hard trials and this video really showcases her strenghth and the song is perfect:

“Harry – you’re a great wizard, you know.” “I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him. “Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery and – oh Harry – be careful!”Hermione Granger and Harry Potter 'The Philosophers Stone'

This quote shows how much Hermione cares for her friends and admires Harry’s bravery but she is really brave as well.

Hermione inspired me to love my friends no matter what and stay be their side in their time of need but to stand up for myself when the time is needed and not be a doormat.

Young Emma Watson as Hermione

2. Katniss Everdeen

I love, love, love Katniss, I read the books before they were made into movies and fell in love with Katniss the first time I read the books and I also fell in love with Jennifer Lawerence playing her when the movies came out. Katniss is a fighter, she’s compassionate, she’s loving, she’s selfless and a strong person in general.

With one sweep of my arm, I push her behind me. “I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!” Katniss Everdeen 'The Hunger Games'

This quote here proves her selflessness for not even thinking about herself dying in The Hunger Games but saving her sister’s life.

Katniss’s strength is pushed by the time we hit the last book, she is struggling to be sane after being put in another “Hunger Games” but being rescued and her home being destroyed but she fights through and is still the Mockingjay. For someone (even fiction) to fight like this is impressive. In the last book it also shows Katniss has PTSD and other mental disorder due to contributing in the games along with the other victors, so she is a survivor.

This is a fan video made from the book about how Katniss learned “The Hanging Tree” from her dad and first learned how to shoot a bow, it is one my favorite videos.

Katniss inspired me to fight my own PTSD and be a fighter no matter what the odds.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawerence) and Prim (Willow Shields) at the first reaping

 

3. Tris Prior

Another one that is overused, I know, but I started these books a little late (don’t get me started on the movie disaster at least after the first one argh, I don’t the actor/actress choices its the storyline), I was curious to what the fuss was about but fell in love with them. Tris (Beatrice) Prior caught my attention when I first read about her the fact that she doesn’t fit into a faction really sparked my interest and made me feel connected to her because I feel like I don’t really fit in anywhere as well.

Tris is brave and very selfless, she doesn’t think she is selfless because of not wanting to be Abnegation but that is not the case, Tris would do anything to protect the people she cares about, that may not be the true definition of being in Abnegation but if she tried she could do it.

Tris defiantly fits in at Dauntless due to her fearless attitude which I give her a jaw-dropping applaud too, especially when she had knives thrown at her!! That defiantly made me look up to her even more!

When Tris got her tattoo in Dauntless of the birds she says this about it:

“Three birds flocking toward my heart. Representing each member of the family I left behind”Tris Prior
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Tris would do anything for her family even though she left Abnegation.

My favorite video of Tris is with Four, it also shows a lot about her and defiantly makes your little feelers hurt if you’ve read Allegiant, I won’t give it away because that would just ruin everything but it does indeed show how selfless and brave Tris really is after you read it.

Tris, like the others, showed me how to be brave and selfless but she also showed me to show no fear to those who want to hurt me but not be stupid about it. Also, like the others she showed me how to love unconditionally but without saying any spoilers Tris showed me how to even if someone did the worst thing possible.

Tris Prior (played by Shailene Woodley) training in Dauntless

 

4. Clary “Clarissa” Fray/Fairchild

When it comes to the movie or the TV show of this book franchise, I am not a huge fan (the movie I am not a fan at all), I can stand the TV show, it is more of a guilty obsession more than anything. The book Clary well always be my favorite. I do love the actress choice in the TV Show and movie, they were both great choices and they play Clary well, I don’t really have a favorite perse but I do love them both.

Lily Collins on left (Movie Actress) and Katherine Grace McNamara on right (TV Show)

I read The Mortal Instruments series waaaayyyyy before the movie even was considered. I haven’t even touched the last book because I don’t want it to end yet, though, in all reality I need to read it because I want more Jace and Clary action.

Anyways, the parts of Clary I love are she is very brave and a fighter but very compassionate and loving, she is determined to do what is right but willing to break the rules if necessary to get the job done, and she is just a kick ass Shadowhunter.

What Clary taught me the most is about love, the deep love that knocks your breath away and makes you second guess yourself.

“When you love someone, you don’t have a choice. Love takes your choices away. Clary Fray

Clary’s journey to love is defiantly complicated but she never gives up and is determined and very compassionate about it.

This video is from the movie but shows the fight

5. Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway

Okay if you ever saw the movie for this book Vampire Academy let me say it is so far off that it could fly to the moon and back, the casting is great but the storyline didn’t follow the book, I’ve wanted a movie for this book for years.

Anyways, the reason I included both these heroic characters into one is because Lissa and Rose are more together than apart due to the bond they share (magical bond) and I have learned a lot from both of these characters, I also can relate a lot to both of them.

Lissa doesn’t feel she can fit in anywhere because she didn’t find her Morroi power, but when she did it was different. I was Lissa who didn’t fit in for the longest time and still kinda am. I could also fit in with Lissa never feeling happy (though she lost her family, which I cannot relate too) but I could relate to never feeling happy.

Rose fit in more with the Dhampir but I could relate with her with wanting to protect her friends at all costs and become a stronger person.

Rose and Lissa both inspired me to become stronger at all costs (whether due to having to survive or just anything) and be there for my friends. Rose inspired me to be strong and have a sense of humor doing it and not to be a doormat to others, no matter what crap they throw at you. Lissa inspired me to be strong even when happiness is fading, Lissa also inspired me to look for happiness even when it seems it’s gone.

This isn’t the movie actors of Lissa and Christian but the video is really good and one of my favorites (if you click over to YouTube it says in the video descrption who the actresses/actors are):

Zoey Deutch as Rose and Lucy Fry as Lissa


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