• LET’S READ ACOTAR

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    CHECK IT OUT A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in Sarah J. Maas’s new adult book series of the same name. It appeared on the New York Times bestseller list when it was released in 2015, and has been optioned by Hulu for a television series…

  • WHAT IS MAGIC?

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    WHAT IS MAGIC? When I decided to get back into the manuscripts for my Ulfrheim saga, it dawned on me that I had a lot of unanswered questions about magic. Some of these were fairly simple to work out, but others I’m not 100% sure I have resolved yet. So,…

  • TEASER TRAILER BREAKDOWN

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    WoT ON PRIME A teaser trailer breakdown is on the menu today. I’ve literally watched through this video so many times I think I could recite the scenes now.  But before we jump back into the trailer, can we just take a second or two to squeal a little over…

  • WE GOT A TEASER TRAILER

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    WoT ON PRIME has been rather miserly with the sneak peeks behind the scenes of the Wheel of Time adaptation that will premiere before the end of the year. That’s why this message, posted on Instagram two days ago caused such excitement in the fandom. Yep, that’s instagram user @mspike,…

  • LET’S TALK
    What’s Your Take on Magic?

    Let's talk about magic and magic systems

    A LOT OF THE STORIES I read, watch and listen to have elements of magic in them. It can be anything from subtle hints to an underlying magic to elaborate magic systems. When I decided to get back into the manuscript for my Ulfrheim saga, it dawned on me that I had…

  • CHECK IT OUT: VAMPIRE ACADEMY

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    CHECK IT OUT: Vampire Academy is a film based on Richelle Mead’s book series about the American Vampire Academy, St Vladimir’s. It was released in 2014 and is available on Netflix and Prime Video now. It my search for universal truths and a deeper understanding of vampire fiction, I came across…

  • FALLEN: FIRST DATE

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    THE TIME has come for me to talk about my date night with Fallen. The film. Before I start, I want to make it very clear that this is not a review. This is a tongue-in-cheek summary of my first date with Fallen. There may be spoilers ahead – you…

  • SHADOWHUNTERS: FIRST DATE

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    AS IT TURNS out, Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted for the screen twice. First in the film Mortal Instruments: City of Bones from 2014, and then again in the tv-series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments that premiered in 2016 and ran for three seasons. In this post, I’m about…

  • VAMPIRES 101

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    VAMPIRES 101: What do we know to be true about vampires? Well, that probably depends on how many vampire stories we have digested in our lifetime. Some stories make vampires seem real. Almost. And others make them seem rather ridiculous. Yes, I’m looking at you now, Twilight. I hadn’t even…

  • TWILIGHT SAGA – THE FIRST DATE

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    OK, LET ME START by saying this is not a review. This is a summary of Twilight, the film, and my initial comments based on our first date. In Twilight, the first of five films in The Twilight Saga, we meet 17-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan, as she’s about to move…

  • SHORTLISTED TITLES SPRING 2020

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    IT’S OFFICIAL! I have started a shortlist of titles I have chosen to delve into during my storytelling exploits. I decided to pick four titles from the results I got when I was searching for vampires. I also decided to only look at stories in films or tv-series to begin…

  • THE FALLEN SERIES

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    FALLEN IS an American film based on the first book in Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series. It was released in 2016/2017 and is available on Prime Video now. It was my initial study of nephilim and Shadowhunters that lead me to this film, and I decided to add it to my…

  • VAMPIRE STORIES TO READ & WATCH

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    IN MY SEARCH FOR vampire stories to sink my teeth into, I found quite a few. But then you guys got all busy in my socials and sent me even more suggestions, so I decided we need a list. Here below, I’ve listed all the titles I have so far.…

  • THE SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES

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    Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles are the stories behind the 55-episode Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. A Netflix/Disney/ABC production that premiered in 2016 and ran over three seasons. It is available for streaming on Netflix now. I had never heard of the Shadowhunters...

  • A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

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    DEBORAH HARKNESS’s All Souls Trilogy is the story behind A Discovery of Witches, a series that premiered on Sky One in 2018. I first came across the series when it showed up as a suggested title on Prime Video. I was looking for stories about vampires, so I very nearly…

  • WHAT DOES FANTASY MEAN TO YOU?

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    FANTASY IS PROBABLY my favourite genre in storytelling. It gets a bad rep among literary snobs, but fantasy is so versatile it can, literally, be anything. If you think about it, quite a few of the stories that are held up as beacons of Good Literature (or words of a…

  • TALKING ABOUT THE TWILIGHT SAGA

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    THE TWILIGHT SAGA by Stephenie Meyer  is probably one of the most read, watched, listened to, talked and written about series of our time. Hel, scratch that, it may very well be one of the most talked-about stories ever. As I’m writing this, it’s been more than fifteen years since…

  • DATING THE STORIES

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    IF YOU WERE wondering how I go about dissecting the stories that interest me, I thought I’d make a post about my workflow. This is a system I have “perfected” over many years analysing different types of texts and finding interesting ways of presenting the information. As I only have…

  • LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

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    WELL, KOTTAMMIT! I had no idea there were so many books, films and shows about vampires out there! When I said I’d take a few days to shortlist vampire titles and make my picks, I don’t know what I’d expected, but it sure as Hel wasn’t to be drowning in…

  • SEXY AS SIN OR BORING BULLIES?

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    VAMPIRES RIGHT, LET’S TALK about vampires, shall we? Let me start by asking this: Do you fancy them? It’s a serious question. I’m genuinely interested in hearing both from people who love vampires and those who don’t. You’re more than welcome to let me know how you feel and why,…