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Hello World Out There World!
I’ve been on a Netflix binge lately, trying to keep myself from burning too many calories in the ridiculous heat that’s happening right now. This of course led me to getting caught up on all my regular shows – How to Get Away With Murder, Law & Order SVU, Bones, and Grey’s Anatomy – forcing me to check new things that have appeared on my ‘suggestion’ list. One of these happened to be the 5 star rated show Stranger Things.
Now, I saw the advertisements on YouTube and had the title pop up at the end of my other shows for the last couple of weeks. To be honest I wasn’t all that interested in watching it and I think the only reason why I started watching the show was due to the fact one of my favorite actors were in it… but now after watching the show I’m glad I did watch it. Actually I’m a mix between angry and excited due to the show only having 1 season at the moment and that season was 8 episodes in length.
If you want a flashback to the 1980’s where being a nerd wasn’t as glamorized at it is today… where you get so many references to Star Wars, LotRs, and E.T. that you can turn the show into a drinking game – you will like this show. It takes the best of 1980’s scifi genre, mixed with some coming to age, sprinkled with teenage romance making this show have something for just about anyone. The other pleasant thing about Stranger Things is the fact that they have a lot of young actors and a lot of new names to their acting pool. Some of you may not be pleased to hear that they have such a young cast and I understand – since Carl from The Walking Dead sort of ruined young actors for me – but the young cast of Stranger Things makes up for those bad experiences. My favorite parts of the show were following the group of misfits – Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven (El for short) – wondering what they were going to do next.
The premise of the show is a facility in a small American town is running experiments without the knowledge of the residence but something escapes taking a boy from town with it. It is up to three boys (Mike, Lucas, and Dustin) to find out the truth and somehow figure out what happened to their friend with the help of a strange, telepathic, “weird girl” called Eleven played by Millie Bobby Brown. While the boy’s are searching for Will, his mother – Joyce, played by Winona Ryder – is on her own journey trying to comes to terms with her son disappearing, the possibility of him being dead, and her fight to prove she isn’t crazy when begins to get ‘signs’ that Will is alive.
To call this show fantastic wouldn’t give it enough credit. In a time where Hollywood is making money on remakes, Stranger Things stands out as not only unique but incredibly engaging for any audience. The acting and the actors chosen for the roles were perfect, even with a younger cast. And, although the season was only 8 episodes long the story progressed with leaving me an emotional wreck by the end.
If you were part of the 80’s or are into scifi this is the show for you. Were you a nerd and remember playing D&D or being an outcast in your school? If yes, than this is the show for you. With its actors, atmosphere, and story line there is no doubt in my mind everyone in your family would find something to enjoy about Stranger Things.
If you’ve watched Stranger Things let me know what you thought of it down below, I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments.
The trees are golden.
As far as my eyes can see.
Like fires burn at night.
Photograph taken by: Deanna Wiltshire
Location: Celebration Forest, London, Ontario
I want to thank you all of you for the love and support I’ve gotten from all of you over the year. You help motivate me and many of you have helped with reviewing, beta reading, and editing my books. Without you the Prophecy Six Series wouldn’t have gotten to a second book and without all of you this blog wouldn’t have made it past a year.
I want to wish all of you happiness and health in the New Years, and love and joy this holiday season.
Until next time stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! 🙂
When it comes to buying a book it depends on what your interests are. For example, I write young adult fantasy but I can’t stand reading young adult fantasy. My interests fall under non-fiction, historical fiction, or online comics. I find that a lot of young adult fiction follows too many clichés, has predictable story-lines, and boring/basic characters.
This could just be me… since I’m a 25-year-old… but specifically young adult fiction annoys me. I think it is the way the world building is approached. Yes, the book takes place in a universe completely new to the reader but there is so much useless information in a book that doesn’t add to anything pertaining to the characters or story-line development.
Every piece: dialogue, element, development, character in the story has a purpose. It may not be clear at first but maybe you’ll catch the reason in the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth book.
My favourite part about reading is finding hidden meanings or making connections to things that the writer may have put there just to see who would catch on. Since I love that element as a reader I added it in as a writer. I love leaving breadcrumbs for my readers. These breadcrumbs could be as simple as finding out a secret to a character’s past or could be as mind blowing as to lead to the reveal of a new member of the Six.
Once I’m done with the Prophecy Six Series there are going to be more stories to tell. I have planned out two more series and at least four more separate books which take place in the Prophecy Six universe. The world of Gaitan is a vast place with rich history and interesting legends that hasn’t even begun to be explored.
If you didn’t know that you should check out the official website where you can find all kinds of information about the world, characters, and creatures. You might even find some interesting additions to the published works and fun reference to the books.
Child of the Light was inspired by the children effected by the conflicts going on in Syria. Liora was based off of the experiences of these children who not only lost their homes and family but also were forced to adapt to the rules/ culture of a strange land. Like these children, Liora isn’t able to go back to the place she calls home because it isn’t safe or in Liora’s case there is nothing/ no one to go back to. She has to learn to adapt to new people, new rules, and is forced to fit into their culture by, at times, having to put aside her own.
This is further explored in the second book of the series where Liora is struggling to find herself, understand the terrible event that killed her people, and hold onto what little she has left of who her people were. We also approach the topics of gender identity, gender roles, and gender policing in this book. While Liora is wishing to learn ways to protect herself those around her try to fit her into the box of being a ‘proper lady’. Liora struggles to fit these conditions and eventually turns to following her heart. Each of the younger characters in this book face these issues in their own way and in the end come to their own conclusions on how to deal with their current situation. Book two also approaches issues on mental health and LGBTQ issues, similar to what our current world is facing today.
What I try to put into each book are examples of understanding, acceptance, self-discovery, and most of all empathy – something that I find this world is lacking these days. Each book has its focus around a certain set of difficult social issues and in the end allows the reader to come to their own conclusion regarding these issues.
The Prophecy Six Series has its dark moments but like life there is always a silver lining. With realistic characters, a well developed world, and diverse/ deep story-line the books of this series are something new for young adults to experience. Those who have read my books have laughed, cried, and are counting down the days until the next book is released. This book shares elements of the fantasy series but does not share the same fantasy epic feel like Lord of the Rings or Aargon but it is one worth taking the time to explore… and maybe even enjoy.