Hi!! My name is Taylor.
I'm big on writing about fanfiction, movies, TV and of course my own original stories (mostly fantasy stories, featuring bad-ass female characters)
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On the Topic of Sarah J. Maas and Why Her Books Have all of us Romantasy Gals in a Chokehold
Magic. Faeries. Badass female main characters who are smart, kind, powerful, as well as drop-dead beautiful. Gorgeous, six/seven-foot-tall men with jawlines (and the bat/angel wings, let's not forget those) that could cut butter, witty remarks, and powers that could kill you and most likely will. Captivating side characters who have their own unique backstories and personalities, who contribute their own slice of interesting to the stories they inhabit. Spicy, sizzling-with-tension love stories. Inspirational quotes and moments of soaring triumph. Emotional damage that will rip your heart out, stomp on it and tear it into a million tiny pieces and still leave you wanting more. This is Sarah J. Maas' works in a nutshell.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Film Review)
WARNING: includes minor spoilers for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (both book and film) Cast: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andres Rivera, Jason Schwartzman and Viola Davis
The Underworld franchise (A Series Review/Honest Thoughts)
If someone would have told me that I would actually enjoy this series a couple months ago, I would have probably laughed. That, or probably gone, "No, that looks creepy." And it kind of did. But now that I'm really into gothic horror, it's a series that's truly one of a kind. All five movies bombed at the box office to brutal reviews damning the franchise, but it gained a cult following all the same, and that's why so many were made. Oddly enough, Underworld (2003) isn't even the first one chronologically, though it was the first one released. The first film chronologically in the series is Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), which follows the beginning of the war between lycans (half werewolf and half man, they can change at will between the two) and an all-powerful race of vampires who once kept lycans as slaves and bodyguards, believing them to be a threat to their kind.
Barbie (2023): A Film Review
WARNING: contains spoilers for Barbie (2023) I might just start making film reviews as "honest thoughts posts" actually. I feel they're easier to write. And that is exactly what this film review is - my honest thoughts on the recent Barbie (2023) film that just landed in cinemas. And honestly, this film is brilliant. It's funny, it hits all the right notes of a female-led film without being misandrist or ultra-radical feminist, and it's got some great star power. I've been a fan of Greta Gerwig's work since her adaptation of Little Women (2019), starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet.
Five Great Books to Read if You Are on BookTok
Stumbling onto BookTok is like discovering a new place that you never knew existed before, or like discovering said place that everyone has talked about but you've never visited before until now. Ever since the rise of Chinese short video streaming service TikTok in September 2016, creators from all over the world have merged into sub-communities, such as #foodtok, #witchtok, #cottagecore, #planttok #potatotok (yes, a whole sub-community dedicated to delicious potatoes is a thing) and #watertok (yes, a sub-community dedicated to all things water is also very much a thing). As many have risen to prominence, there is one that has very much stayed in the spotlight. And that is BookTok, or better known as #booktok. Covering everything from fantasy, dark academia, dark romance, LGBTQ stories, as well as creating a platform for up-and-coming authors to share their work and reach a wider audience globally, BookTok has become a pop culture phenomenon. And personally, it helped me discover a lot of new books to read over this new year. So I'm now here, both as an avid reader and a newbie author, to provide you with my favourite books to read if you like to tread the waters of BookTok.
My Thoughts on a Recent Rewatch of Anastasia
This isn't quite so much a film review as it is an "honest thoughts" post. In light of my recent forays into history, I felt it was time to revisit the Anastasia film. I watched it several years ago for the first time, and I loved it. It was beautiful, funny, and utterly magical. Had all the workings of the Disney Renaissance films without the Disney banner. Surprise, surprise, it was made by 20th Century Fox. Crazy, right? But now, watching it, with the knowledge of knowing what actually happened to the Romanov family, the glitz and glamour of this pretty, heartfelt story is wrapped with a thin, bittersweet layer of sadness, knowing that perhaps some version of this film is what could have been if the young Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov had survived the terror of the Russian Revolution.
My Dad and I
I love the concept of the daughter being the apple of her father's eye. Or in my case, her stepfather. I was certainly his little girl. My biological father died when I was a month old in active-duty combat in Iraq, shortly after the invasion of Iraq was ordered by the Bush administration post-9/11. If you can't already tell, I'm very much American. Born and raised. My biological father passing away when I was that young, before I even got a chance to know him, left a mark on me that I can't even begin to describe. It's funny how you can miss someone so terribly, when that someone is a person you've never even met and won't meet until Heaven comes to take you home. That kind of pain, that seemingly never-ending chasm between you two, is unimaginable and unexplainable.