Fandoms

You can have more than one family

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Fandoms mean a lot to me, I think that’s starting to become obvious. I’m part of many fandoms, I’m a Oncer, Stark, DisneyKid, Lost Girl, Potterhead. Now all of these fandoms are to do with films and TV but obviously fandoms are so broad….is that the right word?? Anyway fandoms can extend through music, art and practically anything.

Fandoms are like another family. But this family you can relate to on another personal level because you all have the same thing in common – you enjoy whatever TV show, film etc, And you can get to know so many amazing people just through talking about music, film etc.

Throughout 2016 my friend (R) and I have grown closer and I love her to pieces. We have always been friends but we were not incredibly close – whilst we were in school we connected more because she discovered a new interest and love for Harry Potter and I was known as the HP girl so she was able to express her interest and freak out with me and not feel weird about it because I understood her reaction. We then discovered we both enjoyed YouTube videos and liked the same YouTubers so we could happily fangirl to each other about this as well. She introduced me to anime and im still getting into it. I’m starting of slow with English dubbed films. I have loved every anime film she has shown me so far. (R) also told me to watch Game of Thrones and give it a chance. It was GoT or the Walking Dead and I don’t do zombies. I know I’m late to the party but I absolutely love it! At times I’m a bit confused, it kind of like ONCE in the sense that you have to pay attention to everything that is going on because if miss a small detail, it will throw you off track and you will be super confused. But, its okay I have (R) to explain everything to me if I get confused.

So with that information, what I’m trying to say is, fandoms can bring people together – specifically best mates as well as family. My sister and I have always been close, however there was a phase where we became distant toward each other because she was growing up and being a moody teenager (sorry Bess!) and I was a little kid, She’s four years older than me, and through her teenage years she became more obsessed with horror, fantasy, vampires and all that stuff, which at the time, I considered really scary. Actually to some extent, I still find scary now, I can deal with some horrors but I can’t be doing with paranormal and psychological horrors – they terrify me!! As well as zombies – I can’t deal with those either, when I was 14/15 I had an experience which developed those fear further. Anywayyyyy I’m getting off topic!!

What was I saying?? oh yeah….

My sister and I rekindled our bond through Harry Potter after I finally started reading the books and she also introduced me to Starkid. For those who don’t know, Starkid is a musical theatre production company who create parody musicals and upload them to YouTube. So through films, musicals and basically becoming apart of the same fandom, it has brought my sister and I close together.

So what have we learnt from this post:

  • You meet strangers online who become you friends and “other family” who understand and accept your craziness
  • Fandoms bring you and your friends closer together
  • As well as family members

I will go into more detail about my different fandoms in multiple posts.

I’m out.

Thanks for reading

Wiseflower x

The Addams Family Musical

Da-Da-Da-Dum *click click*

I’M GOING TO SEE THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!

I love musicals. Like that’s it. I love musicals, growing up in the West End, I have been fortunate enough to see many musicals live. This is the first musical I will see not in the West End. I’m going to Woking to see it with one of my best friends. We are both theatre nerds and we both love Carrie Hope Fletcher who will be portraying Wednesday Addams. We both wanted to see the show from when they started their tour in London, but at the time i was saving money to go to Warner Bros Studio later on in the summer, however that did not happen. (I’m hopefully going at Christmas.)

We never ended up going, so I got my Addams update through Carrie’s social media and Youtube videos ‘Watch Me Wednesday’ and I accepted that I would never see it. A couple of months later, I went to my great aunts house and she had a magazine for Woking Theatre and Addams was on the front of the magazine. I got excited again – it was like a gleam of hope to go – I talked to my friend about it, asking her if she still wanted to go and she did so spontaneously at 11:50pm, I bought two tickets and we are going to Woking!!

I’m so excited!! I actually can’t wait. I feel sorry and apologize in advance to the person who sits next to me, I’m going to be so excited I’m going to be an actual mess, crying with happiness and singing and screaming and a nightmare basically. I will try my best to keep calm and keep my cool and to not fangirl as much but like I said; I will try.

We go in September and we are already planning the day, what we are wearing, what time to get to Woking, if we are going to do some exploring, I’M JUST SO EXCITED! I have tweeted about it and three members of the cast like my tweet and I was (and still am) ecstatic!! I can’t wait!!!!

Anyway I will update you when I see it.

I’m out!

Thanks for reading!

WiseFlower x

I’ve done it again

Oh my god! I’ve done it again abandoned this blog for 2 months! Let’s just say, I’m really crap at this! The past two months I haven’t even been busy, I just completely forgot. If you haven’t guessed by now, I have an awful memory. I’m surprised I even survived school. I mean I barely passed my A-Level exams because my memory is so bad.

Anyway, like I said I havent been busy but I was away for about 10 days. I went to Surrey with my mum and looked after my great-aunt. And you know what….I had such a great time. It was so nice to be away from London for a while! Away from the noise and it was great to be able to slow down for a while, even if it was short. London is always busy and bubbling – it’s non-stop! Time slips away from you and not in a good way. The day moves so quickly. To be able to slow down for a short amount of time was just enough to relax and sort my head out. I feel like everyone needs those sort of days. Just to take some time to themselves and SLOW DOWN! Everything happens so fast and we grow up so fast, it’s scary.

I have been back in London for almost a week and I did not miss the drilling and building work that’s happening in my area. It’s honestly a nightmare!! It happens ALL DAY! 8am – 6/7pm. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I’m just like “SHUT UP!!” I try to get away from it like going to a park or just going for a walk but everywhere you go in London at the moment there is drilling. Whether it be road works or building work, you just can’t escape it.

I’m out!

Sorry for not uploading and I’m sorry that this post is me basically ranting about how noisy London is.

WiseFlower x

Disney

Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age & Dreams are forever

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the world’s second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after Comcast. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923 – by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney

For anyone who doesn’t know what Disney films are- Disney films usually consist of a heroin or hero finding their way of life and helping either save the world or save themselves from distraught.

Who doesn’t love Disney!?!?!?!? Just like most people across the world, I grew up with Disney and I am so happy that I did. Disney (near enough) always ends with a happy ending; there may be struggles throughout the film but what’s life without the struggle? Anyway, Disney teaches us (most of the time) that everything happens for a reason and you can always be happy. It’s up to you to do that.

There are different sections of Disney; Live Action, Pixar and the Classics. I love all three of the subcatergories of Disney but the Classics are my favourite. People who meet me and get to know me, more often than not, ask “What’s your favourite Disney film?” and I can never give them one definite answer, because it’s so hard to choose one. Disney have created so many amazing films that choosing one seems criminal.

The first ever Disney classic film to be released was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Snow White mainly because I do find it kind of dodgy. When I was younger I found Snow White to be quite a scary film because of the old hag. (The Evil Queen in disguise). The old hag terrified me and to this day she still does! Another reason I found it quite scary was because of the pitch of Snow White’s voice…. it’s incredibly high! However, I will admit, even though I found her voice creepy – I do love to sing like her because of the quiver in her voice. I find it quite fun! Anyway, as I’ve gotten older I obviously now know it is a film and it’s not real and the old hag isn’t real and is not going to come to my window at night asking me to eat a poison apple to kill me.

Disney have released 53+ classic animated films over 80 years and they are still going! They have made such progress in their storylines and princesses and main characters over time. I feel Disney still have a long way to go howver they are on the right track.

Some of my favourite Disney Films are:

(synopsises from IMDB)

Tangled (2010) – The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – An arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learn to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

The Little Mermaid (1987) – Rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface,which are forbidden by her controlling father. King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers the king must make the ultimate sacrifise for his daughter.

Treasure Planet (2002) – A futuristic twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Treasure Planet follows restless teen Jim Hawkins on a fantastic journey across the universe as cabin boy aboard a majestic space galleon. Befriended by the ship’s charismatic cyborg cook, John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance and shows the makings of a fine shipmate as he and the alien crew battle a supernova, a black hole, and a ferocious space storm. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Silver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny on his mind.

Big Hero 6 (2014) – Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred into a band of high-tech heroes.

Aladdin (1992) – When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?

Moana (2016) – An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Those were just a few that are my favourites and that I definitely reccomend.

Hope you enjoyed this post on Disney!! I had fun writing it.

WiseFlower1529 x

ITS BEEN SO LONG!

Hi! I kinda of abandoned this blog……… I DIDN’T MEAN TO!! I PROMISE! The last post I wrote I got a pain in my wrist. Don’t know whether it was due to too much typing or something else but I had to rest it. And then I got caught up with things at home and whats going on with my friends and here we are nearly three months later.

Anyway I will back to post more often and lets see how this goes

 

WiseFlower1529 x

Harry Potter

What does it mean to me??

Now… I’m going to get a bit crazy, maybe a little serious and deep but let’s see how it goes…

Harry Potter has made me who I am today……..a crazy ass fangirl! Harry Potter is what got me into reading in the first place. I hated reading when I was younger, I loathed it!! I was a maths kinda girl and I loved my films (I still do — massive film nerd). But Harry Potter was different; JK Rowling took me into another world I didn’t know could exist and opened up my imagination to the possibility of being a witch. I loved the thought of going to a charms lesson, reading Hogwarts: A History, being deducted point for talking in class from Professor Snape, I loved the whole idea. Harry Potter was the one way where I could escape from reality and go into this fantasy world, and I wasn’t alone. There are millions just like myself, who fell in love with the franchise and that is my fandom family. They except me for who I am (a Ravenclaw muggleborn witch)- even people you haven’t met yet physically, can still be family. 

Harry Potter was there for me…..always…..when I was ill, bored or when I needed comfort from my reality. Earlier I said I hated reading when I was little…well it’s true, I would avoid it at all costs, but when I was 15 I had , looking back on it, ridiculous school drama with two students. I’m not going to get into it because that would be wrong and petty of me, but luckily I had amazing true friends who looked after me and took me under their wing but I was still upset and needed that escape. So I turned to my bestie – who was always there in my time of need – good ol’ Hp. – but instead of watching his journey, I decided to read it and I couldn’t have been happier with that choice. It allowed me to lose myself in a book having more personal connections with the characters and stories. I also found myself becoming happier and becoming more……me. 

Harry Potter is a huge part of my identity now, I have been to the Warner Bros Studio three times, each better that the last. The third time I was able to go with my best friend – who was there for me and is a loyal Hufflepuff, it was honestly the best day of my life and the best 18th birthday anyone could ask for. I have been to Kings Cross platform 9 and 3/4 plenty of times. I am decked out in Hp Merch and gear – Hogwarts bedding, Luna poster signed by Evanna Lynch, Hogwarts bomber jacket, ravenclaw pillow, 2 scarfs – one quidditch and one house scarf – and so much more. If I named everything, this post would be waaaaayyyy too long! But this obsession has become a big part of my life. JK Rowling is a big part of my happiness and I couldn’t thank her enough for that. There are loads of meaningful, inspiring and relatable quotes created by Jk Rowling, the queen herself, but there are two that stand out to me all above the rest; 

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

“Whether you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” 

Thank you JK Rowling and Harry for the best years of my life – finding myself and my happiness. You will never die and your stories will live on forever.

Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed a small part of my Harry Potter craziness!

Speak soon

WiseFlower xx

#PotterHead4Life 

Starkid

Oh Starkid, How you ruine my life in the best possible way!!

Hey Peeps!!

If you didn’t know, Starkid is a YouTube theatre production company who create incredible parody musicals to your favourite films such as Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and of the one and only Harry Freakin Potter! Based in Chicago Illinois, they are best known for their Harry Potter musicals, which are, by the way, AMAZING! The music, choreography, plot, all of it is just fantastic. A Very Potter Musical was their first musical released on YouTube and it was a huge success. It is over 2hrs long so make sure you clear you schedule to watch it (I promise it’s definitely worth it!!)  Starkid have (at the moment) 10 full length musical, each over 2hrs long and this has happened over the space of 8 years. Their fan base is spread all across the globe and we are one community who appreciate their talents and enjoy witnessing their fantastic journey. 

I fell in love with Starkid because of my sister, she got me hooked, this was about 4-5 years ago. She told me she found the perfect video for me because it included three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, musicals and Darren Criss. I grew to love Starkid beyond the AVP trilogy, they had created amazing content in between and continued to do so after. Two of my favourite musicals they have ever created are Starship and Twisted. 

Starship is like The Little Mermaid but in space. (Not sure, but I think that’s how Starkid themselves described it). It’s just brilliant. The music is my favourite thing about the musical, it is just phenomenal!! My favourite song is Status Quo performed by Joey Richter. It has so many inspirational words. If you every feel down or done with the world – I would listen to this song. 

“I kick down the walls around, they don’t how strong I am. I’m not defined by boundaries, they could never understand I’m so much more, more than Status Quo!” 

Like this small verse speaks so much – don’t live up to stereotypes and society’s norms – be who you want to be and achieve what you believe in and what you are passionate about. You are so much more than the Status Quo. 

My other favourite musical by Starkid is Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier. Twisted is an Aladdin parody musical told, however, as the title suggests, it’s not about Aladdin but Ja’far. I would say that the main quote or tag line from this musical is “There are two sides to every story”, and this musical puts an emphasise on that. Jafar is constantly harassed by the villagers, who blame him for all of their problems despite his attempts to solve the kingdom’s socioeconomic inequality. In this musical, Jafar is kind, caring, loses his wife and child and still tries to help people. It shows how society can change their opinion of you due to your status.

Like I said previously Starkid contains three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, Musicals and Darren Criss. That’s right I said Darren Criss…you know the gay guy from Glee. Well, before he became better known as Blaine, Darren Criss went to the University of Michigan and performed as Harry Potter in Basement Arts production of A Very Potter Musical.  He was brilliant and he still is in all of his work today. A Very Potter Musical was the first Starkid product of theirs I ever saw…and I was in love. This musical was a combination of several Harry Potter books but Philosopher’s Stone, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows in particular were significant and dominant in this parody’s storyline. To be honest, sometimes I argue that although the stories are mashed, I think that they are arguably sometimes more accurate than the films. I don’t even know. Anyway, they created another two Hp musicals which are epic and extremely long!!! Three and a half hours long each!! Put them together and they are longer than a school day in England. (Average is 6hrs).

I love Starkid and the main reason why is because they are so ordinary, in the best way possible! They all have “normal” jobs, they have their normal lives. And on the side they are able to do something that they love, perform to the people who helped get where they are today by watching videos of them as lovable characters on the internet. They are grateful for their fans and you can just see it when they meet them after their shows or just by chance. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, hopefully by the end of it you gathered that I love Starkid and all that they do, they are a group of talented human beings who bring joy to many across the world. And that you should probably watch one of their comically genius musicals. (Give them a chance, you may enjoy them).

I am a member of the Dikrats.

WiseFlower xx