Thursday, 26 January 2012

A New Obsession...

So, all my exams are done so its time to get blogging again! God, I'm so cool... 

Today, I was thinking that I would do something a little bit different. As most of you know, I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, but recently, I've started reading another series. And, as much as it pains me to say this, I think it may be better than the boy wizard. 

Any ideas what I'm going on about yet? 

The Hunger Games.

Thats right, the title deserves its own paragraph, thats how much I respect this book. So, by now you're probably asking why I've suddenly lost my love for scar-head. The truth is, I haven't, I'm still in love with Draco Malfoy, but, I've found a series that can rival it, and in my eyes, better it. So, 4 reasons why I prefer The Hunger Games to Harry Potter.

1. Katniss. For once, we have a female heroine! Hazaar! Now, how ever many people tell you that they hate Katniss because she's cliche and boring and stuff, don't listen to them! In my eyes, she's like a normal girl, at least she seems to think the same way I do. Sure she messes a few boys around, but, if any of you can name one girl who in real life hasn't, I'll eat my hat. Now, call me immature, but when theres a female lead role, when I read about them, I like to imagine that they're me. And, I don't know, but Katniss seemed to kind of stick more to me than Hermione ever did.

2. Fights. I adore a good fight scene every now and again. In Harry Potter, they're a little bit 'pathetic'. I mean, sure theres Voldemort and the Death Eaters, but I don't recall there ever being a proper fight scene, with blood, punches and actual combat. Sure, wands are cool, but they meant that everyone was equal (to a certain extent). The Hunger Games has 'proper' weapons, that could cause real damage; bows and arrows, spears, knifes, you get the idea. Its grim. Its not pretty, and its not nice. I mean, children are forced to kill each other. But, this makes it more gripping...

3. Peeta and Gale. Oh good god. My heart melts when I think of Peeta. Not even joking. You know how people joke about being in love with fictional characters? I'm not. If I could, I would marry that boy. (Apologies to my boyfriend...). And Gale! Oh my god, Gale. In my head he's gorgeous, and I love him too. Please don't make me choose between them? 

4. Its not a kids book. Now, I know the hardcore Potter-heads don't mind being seen out in public carrying their favourite Potter book, but if you're not a dedicated fan, and over the age of 15, you're faced with a dilemma. The Hunger Games is much more of an teens/adult book. Its still got the undertones of a kids book, but as mentioned above, its a lot more drastic in its views. I get the impression that The Hunger Games is slightly more socially acceptable for a 17 year old to read. No offence meant to the Potter-heads.

So, there you have it! If you haven't read The Hunger Games yet, go do it! I'm not lying when I say its an amazing book. If you're a hardcore Potter-head, or (I dread to say it) Twi-hard, and you don't agree, comment! But, thats all from me, as its 11.20 on a school night, and I'm rather tired, so byeeeeeee.....

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


So hello again! My final exam is on Friday, so after then you should start to hear a bit more frequently from me again. I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about my future and stuff like that. Its kind of strange, I have no (and I mean zilch, not even an inkling) idea what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I know exactly where I want to get married, where I want my kids to go to school, and other little trivial things that are probably never going to happen...

University has to be one of my biggest worries at the moment. Two years ago, according to my school, I was a serious Oxbridge candidate. I got my predicted grades on my GCSE's (not the best, but above average) and the school was pushing me to do arts, english and other writing type subjects. I ignored them. Now I'm stuck doing four AS levels that I not only hate, but also failing quite spectacularly. Anyone know any universities that accept U's in chemistry? If so, get in touch. I hate failing. And whats worse is that everyone else seems to be doing fine! My friends have always been smarter than me, and up to now its only bothered me a little bit, but now its ridiculous! Last year I was only say a few marks lower than them; now, they're on A's and I'm on U's! Its kind of depressing.

I don't see how I'm going to get into university with my crappy predicted grades. I have the horrible suspicion that if I don't get into uni, I'll be stuck in a crappy office job, never make enough money to support the lifestyle that I want, never be happy, and be constantly depressed. I have the horrible feeling that if I don't get into uni, I'll loose all my friends, my family will see me as a failure, and I'll spend the rest of my life drinking vodka down back alleys, attempting to drown my sorrows about how much of a failure I am.

I'm sick of feeling like a failure.

So instead of going off to uni after my A Levels, I was thinking of doing a gap year. I know its a little way in the future still, but I'm one of these people who likes to plan things in advance. And, anyway, its kind of giving me something to look forward to after the next one and a half years of hell that I've still got to endure.

One of the main ideas I'm thinking about doing is becoming an Au Pair. For those who don't know an au pair is like a live-in baby sitter type person. The cool thing is though, I could get a placement anywhere I want; Paris, New York, Venice, anywhere! The way its works is I would look after kids for a couple of nights a week, and get the rest of the time to chill in Paris or wherever! Pretty cool, huh? As I'd stay with one family, they'd have to provide my accommodation, my food, everything like that, and they also have to give me pocket money! Its like being an extra member of a family! Can you tell I'm kind of excited about that one...?

I really want to travel the world. Pick a random country, take loads of photos, then go to a different country! The thing is, and I'm aware that this is going to sound like sentimental mush, but I really want something that I can look back on with my kids one day and tell them all the cool things I did as a teenager. How dumb is that? I want to be able to sit down with them one day, look through all my old scrapbooks and be like, "...and heres where I lived in Paris...oh, and this is me in Tokyo..." You get the idea.

I'm currently sat in chemistry, supposed to be learning about 'chromatography'. Good lord, its boring. I've come to the conclusion that I'll do the presentation that I'm supposed to be making at home and blog a bit now. 

So yeah, gap years. I really just want to get away from here, and go live somewhere or travel somewhere where I don't really know anyone and have a bit of an adventure. I'm thinking I might get a job sometime soon and start saving up. Looking on the 'official' type websites, the organised trips aren't exactly cheap. Its about £1000 for one week long trips. Thats kind of a conumdrum if I want to do more than one, isn't it?

At the moment, I'm thinking the ones to Canada look pretty awesome, its all hiking and trekking and stuff like that. Mind, so do the ones in south America, in the rainforests, and the one in Kenya on safaris, and the ones in China and Japan...

So, at the moment, the plan is, To be an au pair for a french family throughout the school year, then in summer, and in my holidays, go on a couple of trips to adventurous places. Sounds good, oui?