BOOK REVIEW…House of Night Series

“I love the idea of the vampires in this book, not traditional but with enough of the traditional ideas that we aren’t looking at sparkly emos…”

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When it comes to my preferred literature to read for pleasure, I tend to find myself scouring the teen or young adult section. I tend to enjoy the characters more, they always seem more realistic to me, while proper adult fiction tends to try to make them clever metaphors for something I don’t quite understand. A character that doesn’t speak representing the unspoken words between lovers or the blind and kind man who can see no colour but sees people clearer than most. Well I always talk, far to much, and all the words that come to my mind get spoken and I am blinder than most and see nothing of a person til it is too late. No, I much prefer teenage girls and boys trying to find a voice that I can relate to in a world I can’t relate to.

A character that doesn’t speak representing the unspoken words between lovers or the blind and kind man who can see no colour but sees people clearer than most. Well, I always talk, far too much, and all the words that come to my mind get spoken and I am blinder than most and see nothing of a person til it is too late. No, I much prefer teenage girls and boys trying to find a voice that I can relate to in a world I can’t relate to. The fantasy of a world far from mine but the struggles are the same – love, relationships, work, motivation, emotions and desires. Same dramas but a life far more interesting than mine. Also while the older generation would criticise the younger for not reading enough, you still find writers who can make great series of books in the young adult section – so they must be reading a little at least!

The House of Night series, starting with the Marked, seems to be a given in all libraries young adult sections. So you would think that it had to be good, you know, if everybody is reading it, it has to be worth something? Turns out, the reason it’s in every library…maybe because it is never checked out…

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What do I like a movie or television show…

It’s a strange thing watching a movie. Nothing quite like it in the world in my opinion.

If it’s the cinema, I get a ticket in the middle of the row and the beginning of the back, so one of two rows up the steps but never all the way to the back. I get a hot dog and a drink, something similar to elderflower (we have a very middle-class cinema where I live, even have Gin and Tonic popcorn!). If available, though not in my local but in some, I will get onions on my hot dog, ketchup – then head into the cinema. I won’t deny I have usually eaten the hot dog before the ads start and while the ads are running I take note of any film I see which spikes my curiosity. Eventually, the film begins and I watch it intently.

If I am at home, I sit on my couch with a glass of ice cold water and usually a brand of popular crisps, known for being in a tube and stacking well. I don’t own many DVDs or BluRays so I usually choose a film or program from subscription services such as Netflix or NowTV or from the purchasing app available on my digital top box, BT TV. I live in a fibre optic area so I never need to worry about buffering so I just cosy down in a nest of blanket and pillows that I will have prepared around me and enjoy the film.

So when I actually watch the film or tv program – what am I looking out for?

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