1 An De Blogging

Bună, dragii mei iubitori de lectură! Am apărut și eu pe aici doar pentru a sărbători cu voi primul meu an de blogger de carte în această comunitate uimitoare, surprinzător de prietenoasă și pozitivă!

Nu fac nicio recenzie astăzi și nici nu vă spun vreo poveste, însă vă ofer câteva vești bune și vibe-uri pozitive. Cu toate acestea, pentru a păstra puțin suspansul, voi începe cu vibe-urile pozitive și voi lăsa aici câteva lucruri emoționale, penteu că pur și simplu am nevoie.

Acesta a fost cel mai bun an din viața mea de până acum, chiar și considerând întreaga situație pandemică. Și în loc să mă plâng de lucrurile negative cu care pandemia ne-a hrănit pe toți, am decis să vă spun de ce cred că anul acesta a fost cel mai bun până în acest moment. Iată o mică listă:

  • M-am ales cu acest “job”. Nu cred că am muncit vreodată mai mult pentru ceva care nu mi-a adus bani imediat. Cu excepția acestui blog. Știam de la bun început că nu mă va aduce la sute de mii de dolari într-un an. Sau doi. Sau trei. Sau poate chiar zece. Deoarece majoritatea oamenilor sunt mult prea ocupați să-și trăiască viața monotonă, să meargă la locul lor de muncă monoton, să-și petreacă timpul liber în cele mai plictisitoare și monotone moduri posibile (cum ar fi scroll-ul infinit pe rețelele de socializare, vizionarea videoclipurilor inutile pe YouTube, vizionarea emisiunilor TV inutile care nu ajutăcu nimic, decât să mănânce timpul aiurea), pentru a acorda atenție la – ceea ce ei numesc – „pierzători” ca mine, care își petrec timpul liber citind, scriind și împărtășind aceste lucruri lumii, chiar dacă lumea nu este deloc interesată. Dar mi-am luat acest angajament oricum, pentru că nici nu aveam nimic mai bun de făcut cu timpul meu liber. Și chiar și după ce mi-am dat seama că până la urmă, am ceva mai bun de făcut cu timpul meu, nu am renunțat la acest “copilaș”. Pentru că, în acel moment, cândam observat că deja am pus bazele unei mici comunități, mi-am dat seama că oamenii sunt de fapt interesați de ceea ce am de spus. Așa că am crezut că nu am motive să mă opresc. Acesta este motivul pentru care am început să-mi eliberez programul doar pentru a-mi face timp și a scrie în mod constant aici. Și, deși nici măcar nu m-am apropiat de o sută de dolari, tot nu renunț la asta. Pentru că am ajuns la un punct în care banii nu mă mai motivează (cel puțin când vorbesc despre blogul meu) și o fac numai din pură pasiune.
  • M-am dezvoltat și perfecționat în toate modurile posibile. Vechea Patry nici măcar nu ar fi fost aici acum, pentru că ar fi fost undeva „trăindu-și viața la maxim”, blocată în dramele dragostei adolescentine, plângând după vreun tip mediocru – de care era îndrăgostită pentru perioade de timp variind de la 10-15 minute la 3 ani – și având nevoie de un terapeut după ultimul ei eșec la acest capitol. Pentru că simțea că are nevoie ca altcineva să o facă fericită. Și asta este cea mai mare diferență. Noua eu a ajuns să-și dea seama (în sfârșit) că eu sunt singura care măpoate face fericită. Fericirea mea depinde doar de mine și de nimeni altcineva. Și această mică realizare a condus la următorul pas necesar: construirea încrederii mele în… mine. Mai înainte eram atât de nesigură pe mine. Mereu simțeam că ceva nu e în regulă cu felul în care arătam, mă îmbrăcam, mă comportam sau vorbeam. Dar singurul lucru greșit la asta erau toți cei care mă judecau pentru aceste lucruri. După ce am fost lovită de cât de triste și de plictisitoare erau viețile lor, am înțeles că simt și ei nevoia să vorbească despre lucruri ceva mai “picante”, precum persoana mea. 🙂 Și atunci am început “să strălucesc” doar pentru a le oferi lor un spectacol bun. :)) De asemenea, mi-am dezvoltat inteligența, cunoștințele generale, am acumulat noi abilități, am început să studiez mai mult și am început să mă concentrez mai mult pe mine. Pentru că știam că o merit și dacă nu mi-o ofer eu, atunci nimeni nu o va face vreodată. Vă sfătuiesc să gândiți la fel. :)) În plus, am început să fiu foarte interesată de modalitățile de creștere a productivității, învățarea eficientă și gestionarea timpului. Vechea eu ar fi stat pe Instagram ore în șir. Noul eu nu-și mai permite acest „lux”, deoarece fiecare minut din viața mea este acum programat. Bine, fiecare minut, cu excepția weekend-urilor și a petrecerilor / excursiilor. 🙂 În weekend, sunt un copil „normal”, mă culc la 2-3 dimineața în loc de 21:30-22:00 pm, mă trezesc la 10 dimineața în loc de 4:30-5:00 dimineața (așa cum fac de obicei) și bag la greu seriale sau filme thriller/horror deștepte, sau citesc sau pur și simplu mă bucur de noapte și de liniște.
  • Am reușit să termin romanul la care lucram și urmează să-l public foarte curând. Ah, da, nenorocita de carantină, când cu toții se plictiseau, iar prin urmare își făceau conturi pe Tik-Tok, sperând că le va fi mai ușor să facă față izolării. Cu toate acestea, mie mi s-a părut ușor să fac față de la bun început. Lucrul amuzant este că sunt o persoană cu adevărat extrovertită. Dar am descoperit că mă pot bucura de propria mea prezență mai mult decât de cea a anumitor persoane. Așa că am profitat de carantină și am reușit să-mi scriu romanul, am prins din urmă lucruri pe care le-am ratat la școală, m-am înscris la o mulțime de webinare pe tema dezvoltării personale și a scrisului, chiar am și oferit un mic curs de scriere creativă, în care am vorbit despre ceea ce am învățat de la „Băieții mari” din literatura de azi. A fost foarte distractiv pentru mine și chiar n-am reușit să văd cum te poți plictisi în halul în care să îți petreci jumătate din zi pe Tik-Tok, când poți petrece timp cu tine însuți și să înveți cum să fii fericit în propria ta companie.
  • Am citit mai multe cărți decât aș fi citit într-un an normal. 35 de cărți în timpul carantinei și alte 23 după ea. Un record personal :))

Și, înainte să termin, trebuie să spun ceva despre vestile bune, nu? 🙂 Ei bine, este vorba despre romanul meu. Va fi lansat în mai puțin de 2 săptămâni și sunt extreeeem de fericită și abia aștept până va fi OUUUUTTTT !!! YEEE-HAAAW =)))

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

1 Year of Blogging

Hello, my dear Bookaholics! I just popped in to celebrate with you my first year as a book-blogger in this amazing, supportive, friendly and positive community!

I am not doing any review today, or telling you guys any story, but I’m just giving you some good news and vibes. However, in order to keep the suspense a little bit, I’ll start with the good vibes and I’ll spill here some emotional stuff, simply because I need to.

So this has been the best year of my life so far, even with the whole pandemic situation considered. And instead of looking at the negative things that the pandemic has fed all of us with, I decided to tell you why I think that this year was my best one yet. Here’s a small list:

  • I have made myself this little job. I don’t think I ever worked harder for something that didn’t get me much money right away. Except of this blog. I knew from the very start that it wasn’t going to get me to hundreds of thousands of dollars in a year. Or two. Or three. Or maybe even ten. Because most people are way too busy living their monotonous life, going to their monotonous job, spending their free time in the most boring and monotonous ways possible (like scrolling through social media, watching useless videos on YouTube, watching useless TV Shows that will never teach them anything but they just help eating time away) to pay attention to – what they call – “losers” like me, who spend their free time reading, writing, and sharing this stuff with the world, even though the world is less than interested. But I took this engagement anyways, because at that time I had nothing better to do with my spare time anyway. And even after I realised that I had something better to do with my time, I didn’t give up on this baby. Because by that point, I started getting some following, I realised that people actually are interested in what I have to say. So I thought I had no reason to stop. Which is why I started clearing my schedule just to make time and write consistently here. And even though I didn’t even get close to a hundred dollars, I’m still not giving up on this. Because I reached a level where money doesn’t motivate me (at least when I’m talking about my blog, that is) and I am simply doing it out of pure passion.
  • I have developed myself in every possible way. The old Patry wouldn’t even have been here now, because she would be somewhere “living la vida loca”, getting stuck in teenage love dramas, crying over ugly and/or stupid boys – on whom she’s had crushes for periods of time ranging from 10-15 minutes to 3 years– and needing a therapist after her latest failure at this chapter. ‘Cause she felt that she needed someone else to make her happy. And that’s the biggest difference. The new me has come to realise (finally) that I am the only one who can make me happy. My happiness depends only on myself, and not on anybody else. And this little realisation lead to the next necessary step: building my confidence. I was so goddamn insecure about myself before. I always felt that something was wrong with the way I looked, dressed, acted, talked. But the only thing that was wrong with that was everyone who kept judging me for these things. After being hit by how sad and boring their lives were, I understood that they needed to talk about spicy stuff, like me. And that’s when I began to rise, shine and glow just to give them a good show. :)) I also developed my intelligence, general knowledge, picked up new skills, started studying harder and started focusing on myself more. Because I knew I deserved it and if I didn’t offer it to myself, then no-one ever will. I advise you to do the same. It’ll make you so much happier. :)) Besides, I got really interested in ways of increasing productivity, effective learning and time management. The old me would have scrolled through Instagram for hours on end. The new me doesn’t afford that “luxury” anymore, since every minute in my life is now scheduled. Well, every minute except weekends and parties/excursions. 🙂 On weekends, I am a “normal” teenager, I go to sleep at 2-3 a.m. instead of 21:30-22:00 p.m., wake up at 10 a.m. instead of 4:30-5:00 a.m. (as it would be usual for me) and I’m binge-watching crime/ horror/ smart TV Shows/movies, or reading, or simply enjoying the night, the silence and myself.
  • I got to finish my novel and it will soon be published. Ah, yes, the damned quarantine, when everyone was getting bored and therefore making Tik-Tok accounts, hoping it would make it easier for them to cope with the isolation. However, I found it easy to cope with it from the very start. Funny thing is, I am a really extroverted person. But I found I can enjoy my own presence more than I enjoy some certain people’s. So I took advantage of the quarantine and finsihed writing my novel, I also caught up with things I missed in school, enrolled in lots of webinars on the subject of personal development and writing, I even offered a small Creative Writing course, in which I talked about what I learned from the “Big Guys” of today’s literature. It was really fun for me and I never saw how you could get bored and spend half of your day on Tik-Tok, when you can spend time with yourself and learn how to be content with it.
  • I’ve read more books than I would normally have in one year. 35 books during the quarantine, and 23 others after it. A record even for me :))

And, before I finish, I have to say something about the good news, right? 🙂 Well, it’s about my novel. I’m going to launch in less than 2 weeks and I am extreeeemely happy and I can’t wait until it’s OUUUUTTTT!!! YEEE-HAAAW =)))

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” ~ book review

Hello, Bookaholics! I have finally reached the end of the “Harry Potter” series of reviews ( I was planning to do a review for the 8th one as well, but I don’t have that much to say about it, so I’m going to stop here).

Being the 7th book of the series (and the last one, for a long while), this book is the most emotional, twisted, colourful yet depressing, heroic, impressive – and to contain all of this is one single word, the richest – of the whole series. It’s got a very special place in my heart, even though I said that my favourite is the 5th book.

“HP and the Deathly Hallows” is the only book in which most of the action does not take place at Hogwarts, the castle becoming just near the end the most important place, because that is where the last civil war between wizards happens. However, the sweetest part of the book is its epilogue, where you get to see the teen wizards’ own families and children. ( I don’t usually cry while reading, but when I do, I can’t stop for like 2 hours and this is what happened when I finished this novel.)

Synopsis:

The book follows mostly Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort through their journey to their final confrontation. The threads of this journey are, of course, Harry, Ron and Hermione’s mission to find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes so that he could be killed once and for good; the terrible and hideous things happening at Hogwarts whith Snape as a headmaster; and how the current situation affects the lives of everyone who is important for the plot.

1. A Reader’s POV on this book:

You feel it. Everything. At maximum intensity. As if you’d be right there with the characters and you’d be living all that tension for real. It just gets inside of you and it kills your emotions, gets them torn all over the place and then it expects you to be fine and mentally re-established, so that it can just come at you again some time later and slaughter your sanity, harder than before. Yeah, this is how crazy it gets. And I don’t want to tell you more, since it would mean to give you major spoilers.

2. A Writer’s POV on this book:

You’ll be amazed, once again, by this woman’s capacity of creating a world that seems so real, that it makes you start looking for clues that it exists. Sure enough, if you get paranoid about it, you can discover such clues ( as scientists have stated), but it would benefit you to not get to that point.

As a writer, you have a new opportunity to learn how to make great plot twists, how to get your readers 100% involved in the story, and how to make them feel at extremely high levels whatever your characters are feeling. J.K. Rowling has proven many times how talented she is at doing this so you can definitely learn a thing or two from her!🙃

And I’m done with this series, finally, you may think. Thank you for sticking with me until here!

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince” ~ Book Review

Hello, Bookhaolics! I am sorry for postponing my blog posts so much lately, I just needed more time to edit what I wrote in every article, since I am working on everything at once, because of my chaotic mind and its ideas that come whenever I don’t need them, so I’m forced to write them down. I will try as much as possible to keep a schedule from now on and see if I can manage it any better.

Soooo… Today we are going to talk about “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th book of the series written by J.K. Rowling. I hope you are going to enjoy it!

Synopsis:

Set during Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the past of the boy wizard’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort, and Harry’s preparations for the final battle against Voldemort alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore. What the older wizard is trying to do by showing Harry memories about Voldemort, is to help the boy find out as many things as possible about his opponent, maybe even discover his weaknesses or how to defeat him for good. This novel explores the dark and twisted ways of Black Magic, it tells us a lot about Tom Marvolo Riddle’s life before becoming the feared Lord Voldemort and it gives us a strong insight into some of the Death Eaters’ views on their job as Voldemort’s servants.

1. A Reader’s POV on the book:

As a reader, let me tell you that you won’t be able to let this book down until you finish it, even though it’s got a few good over 600 pages. It is so gripping, suspenseful and full of tension, that it always keep you wondering what is about to come next. That, of course, after giving you mind-fuck after mind-fuck. You’ll get to some point where nothing will be able to surprise you anymore… or so you will think.

But wait until you reach the end and that’s when you will be shaken up! Actually, more than that…

2. A Writer’s POV on the book:

As a writer, the only things that you will get to notice besides what I mentioned in the Reader’s POV, are the amazing skill of building up a crazy tension and keeping the readers in full suspense; and the characters’ development. I can’t really describe how I feel that J.K. does her magic when it comes to creating plot twists and dropping bomb after bomb to give us mind-fucks, it is her personal style and I can’t really place my finger on the “recipe” that she uses for that. All I can say is just that this craft requires some smartness, because if you want to be a successful writer, you need to give your readers this kind of puzzles. One technique that I found out she uses a lot, like her literary principle when it comes to writing, is “Show, don’t tell”. And she has a signature, extremely clever way of applying this.

And about character development, I hope I’m not mistaken, but I think she used charts for her characters. Actually, she would be a real Goddess if she didn’t use charts, since she’s got too many characters and it surely would have been a torture to have to remember all those things about them and not keep an evidence. Personally, I use character charts as well. There are details that only you will get to know about your character, but it helps having that seemingly useless information written down somewhere, just so you don’t get to casually place in Chapter 4 someone you have just killed in Chapter 3. 🙃

That was all for today, I hope you likes it and I’ll see you next time (whenever taht shall be😅) with the last review in my HP series.

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix” ~ book review

Hello, Bookhaolics! I hope you are having an amazing day and I just popped in to make it even more amazing for those of you who enjoy my Harry Potter book review series.

So… today I am going to talk about the 5th book of the series written by J.K. Rowling, which is also my favourite HP book. And, as usual, you are going to read what I have to say about it and maybe tell me your own opinions on the book. Therefore, with no further introduction, let’s dive in!

Synopsis:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix follows Harry’s struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldemort, the stress about his O.W.L exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic. This book contains one of the most despised characters of fanatasy novels: Dolores Umbridge, a woman who works for the Ministry of Magic and wants to re-establish the student norms that Albus Dumbldeore has “neglected”. This mad lady comes with more and more severe rules and laws for both teachers and students, aspiring to give Hogwarts “back” its elite students. And not to mention she is even claiming that Harry Potter and his group of friends are lying when they say that Voldemort is now alive.

I bet you already hate her, even though you may haven’t read the book.

1. A Reader’s POV on this book:

You’ll go through a big ass carousel of emotions with this book. You’ll have the fun of your life, you’ll feel the romantic teenage drama starting to gain up some more room than in the previous book, you’ll start hating the corrupted political system but you’ll start loving the students at Hogwarts who make their own army – inspired, of course, by the Order Of The Phoenix, an army of extremely powerful wizards and witches that are trying to keep Voldemort and his followers (Death Eaters) at bay for as long as possible and then eventually defeat them – so that they can learn how to protect themselves outside of Hogwarts and how to defend themselves by the Death Eaters. And, of course, who could be leading the so-called “Dumbldeore’s Army” if not Harry himself?

Oh, and also, as a reader, you get to fall in love with many characters, and inevitably, you start creating your own “ship”, a couple that you wish to end up together. Isn’t it sweet?

2. A Writer’s POV on this book:

Talking about carousels of emotions… that’s what you need to do to your readers. I’ve mentioned it before, I think, but I’m going to say it now as well: torture the hell out of your characters, honey! The readers will hate you for it, but if you do it well enough, you’ll make them stick to your book until the end, because that’a what usually grips all the people on a book: the suspense, you know? The question of who gets to survive in your story and who gets to die. And they’ll want to kill you if you kill one or more of the characters they like. But do it anyway. It’s worth it, trust me!

Except of suspense, the aesthetic is what gets people addicted to a book. You need to play with words the same way you play with your characters. If you have a good story-line but you don’t put it well in words, nobody is going to bother to read your book until the end, except of yourself and your mom. People will read 10 pages, more or less, get bored with it and throw it away. If you write in a good, beautiful manner of telling the story though, but let’s say you don’t have a way too developed plot, there are bigger chances that people will read it. Just for the aesthetic. However, the best way to make sure people will read your book, is to have both a stunning way of writing, and a well-developed story-line. And since this is the only way it is possible, get to exercise it, until you become good enough to get readers. So, what are you waiting for? Get to work!🙃

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire” ~ book review

Hello, Bookhaolics! Today, I’m going to dive into reviewing the 4th book of the Harry Potter series, which is actually in my top three favourite H.P. books (and movies, of course). So, without any further introduction (’cause I don’t think it’s needed), let’s get on to it!

Synopsis:

The fourth book in this amazing fantasy series follows Harry Potter, a wizard in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the mystery surrounding the entry of his name into the Triwizard Tournament, in which he is forced to compete.

The Triwizard Tournament is one of the most important magical events, and it takes place every 50 years. During the event, the 3 greatest schools of magic (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang) compete for the great trophy and a prize of 1000 galleons. The selection of contestants is done at random by the Goblet Of Fire, which chooses one student (who needs to be at least 17 years old) to represent their school. However, an “error” has been made this year and Harry Potter, who is 14 years old, gets chosen to represent Hogwarts, along with Cedric Diggory. The rest of the story, is nothing but history in the Wizarding World.

1. A Reader’s POV on this book:

As a reader, I must say that the plot is much more gripping in here than it was in the previous 3 books. It has many more twists and turns, many more secrets to unveil, and it leaves you with many more questions than the previous H.P. books do. From this book on, the real entertainment and adventure feels like actually starting. But I’ll get to that in the next couple of posts. The most shocking event which takes place here is Voldemort’s revival (sorry for the spoiler, oops). The thing is, once this dude is really back, you know, flesh and bones and all that, he becomes unstoppable, so Harry and the good guys’ mission will be to (try to) stop him. But for the time being, Harry just needs to be focused on staying alive during the Tournament. And you will always be under the impression that this bitch is gonna die at any time; but then it might cross your mind that if the main character died here, there would be absolutely no point in naming the next 4 books after him. So you calm down, knowing he’ll be fine. BUT THE DAMN BITCH IS STILL TOO CLOSE TO DYING!

2. A Writer’s POV on this book:

Even though this is the first book of the series that brings a way darker vibe to its world, compared to all there was before, J.K. still couldn’t help holding back her little jokes (most of them being cracked in the most uncomfortable situations), but I suppose that’s what Leo’s usually do. However, I absolutely love the way she’s this close 👌 to killing Harry, but then she’s like “Nah, bruh!”, so she spares his life. And this is some sort of spiral, never ending, that she loves putting her most precious characters into. I bet she just enjoyed the traumas that she gave to that little boy and his friends!

And basically, that’s what a writer has to do: torture their characters, make the reader hate them for it, but then, in the last moment, decide on not killing the bitch (especially if you feel like you’re discussing your readers’ favourite characters). Your readers will come with their plates, begging for seconds, even if they claim to hate it. But they’re just a bunch of drama lovers, so you need to give them what they want. 🙃

That was all for today, see you on Friday (or Saturday, we’ll see ’bout that) with the next review!

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” ~ book review

Hello, Bookaholics! I finally made it to this post, too, yay =))

Without any further introduction, leg me jump right into my business.

Synopsis:

The book follows Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with his friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry starts looking into the case of Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban (the wizard prison) believed to be one of Lord Voldemort’s old allies. The book however takes a really nice turn by the end, which makes it really fun to read.

1. A Reader’s POV on this book:

The first thing you’ll notice is the plot. It will give you some mind-fuck for sure. It is incredibly twisted and so fun (but hard at the same time) to keep up with. Then there is also the signature sense of humour that each of the important characters have. Some parts will definitely get you rolling with laughter. And, the most important thing, the attitude of the said characters towards problems that real-life society’s adults usually deal with. They have inspired me a great deal when I was a child. And they always will hold a special place in my heart, no matter my age. I feel like there are so many things to learn from those kids, even though some of the adults in their world tend to underestimate them. But then, of course, doesn’t the same happen in real life?

2. A Writer’s POV on this book:

J.K. Rowling is an author that keeps growing and evolving constantly, along with the characters through which she speaks. This is the book in which she creates the Dementors (evil creatures that suck happiness out of people’s souls) as images of depression, a disease she was battling with at the time of writing. So what we can learn from here, is that you can transform your negative feelings in your main source of inspiration and make a masterpiece come out of your hands. Just like the greatest writers, painters, musicians did. It’s really a great start, and also a form of therapy.

Another thing that you have to keep in mind, and of course, something that I learned from J.K., you have to give each of your characters unique traits, so that they will be easy to picture by the reader, and hard to confuse. Give each one of them something special, either about the way they look, either about the way they dress, or act, or talk, or crack jokes. But make them different from the other characters. This is really easy, once you set a type of personality for every one of them. And if you feel like you can’t find inspiration, just look at some of the people around you and think of possible combinations between their personalities and their looks.

(E.g.: if you have a red-haired friend who’s always dead serious and a friend who’s always funny, mix these two things and see what you come up with. J.K. came up with Ron Weasley) :))

This was all for today, darlings, I hope you enjoyed it and… I’ll see you next time!🙃

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

Travel Blog #1: The Bran Castle (A.K.A Dracula’s Castle)

Hello, Bookaholics! I’ve got something different for you today. I’m not going to review a book, or write a short story, or write about a cool author. I’m going to talk about my experience in a place where one of the greatest literary masterpieces took action.

I bet you all at least heard about Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” if you did not read it. ( I will give you a little synopsis for it in a bit.) So I thought it would be cool if I wrote an article about my visit to the Bran Castle, since it is a book-related location.

Right now, I am planning to go to as many literature-related locations as possible this summer. And I am, of course, going to write about them in here. But let’s focus on the one at hand, for the time being.

Synopsis for “Dracula” by Bram Stoker:

Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker is sent to Dracula’s castle to finalise a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker’s fiancée, Mina, the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.


A quick tour through “Dracula’s Castle”

Image of the Castle, from the outside yard

A national symbol for Romania, the Bran Castle is known for showing just how well can Mythology and Real History go together. To me (as well as to many others), it represents the swing of the Gothic Art in our country and, of course, it shows how much work and talent were needed for such a great work of art to be done.

Now I’ll put here some of the best pictures that I took, showing off my photography skills. Just kidding, I want to show off the amazing architecture and details that this whole big ass building has got to offer. 🙂

The Welcoming Hallway
The Library
The Music Room (pic 1)
The Music Room (pic 2)
The Myths Room (right side)–with a Witch (rather a mannequin resembling a witch)
The Myths Room (left side)– the said Witch’s Room
Just a staircase, but it looks too nice not to be put in here :))
Dining Room
Gothic Room
King Ferdinand’s Dormitory (left side)
King Ferdinand’s Crown
King Ferdinand’s Dormitory (right side)
Princess Ileana’s traditional costume, sewed with gold and silver thread
Mihai The Brave’s cinematographic costume
Fireplace and Vlad the Impaler’s cinematographic costume
Exposition of armouries
Exposition of weapons and heraldries
Fountain
Exposition of torture instruments used by Vlad the Impaler (right side)
Exposition of torture instruments used by Vlad the Impaler (left side)
A really nicely made lamp. I fell in love with those details 🙂
Beautifully detailed weapons at a souvenir store. I loved their design
Exposition of alcoholic drinks
Restaurant in the yard of the Castle
Old-fashioned house (in a Village Museum exposition)
Another old-fashioned house 🙂
Gothic souvenirs that I simply fell in love with, and I just took pictures of them because my mom wouldn’t let me go home with all those little adorable things 🙂
Same as above 🙂
And same as above 🙂
“The Castle Of Horror”, an adventure type of tunnel. Unfortunately, my mother was too afraid that I might get a panick attack inside of it, so she didn’t let me go on the journey. But I will come back there, and will definitely go through this tunnel.

If you want to read more about the myths and real history of the Bran Castle, I recommend you to check out The Bran Castle Official Website, where you can have a little virtual tour of the castle, or go here The Bran Castle: Dracula’s Myth to read the whole myth surrounding Count Dracula and how he became a national symbol for Romania.

🙃

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets”~ book review

Hello, Bookaholics! I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to talk a little bit about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And I said “a little bit”, because I am trying, just like in the previous post (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone~ book review), not to give you any spoilers. This being said, let’s dive in!

Synopsis

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he is packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl’s bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – something is attacking Hogwarts students, making them rigid like statues. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects … Harry Potter himself!

1. A Reader’s POV on this book:

The best part of this book is that we receive a tiny glimpse of Voldemort (alias Tom Marvolo Riddle) when he was a student at Hogwarts, this allowing J.K Rowling to start taking us on a journey through Voldemort’s life before he became the most feared villain in the Wizarding World. A journey that would keep going for all of tge next volumes, never running out of resources and details that will make our minds swirl and twirl while trying to keep up with Rowling’s genius.

Also, as a reader, you kind of start forming ships between characters, at this point. You start imagining who will they end up with, even if J.K. is making them seem way too immature for this thing… but of course, we know better than that how today’s 12 year-olds act like.

2. A Writer’s POV on this book:

As a writer, you can definitely learn a thing or two from J.K. Rowling. For example, above the things that I mentioned in my last post, the fact she is improving her style with each new volume is nothing new anymore. It is obvious that this is how you get better. Not by waiting for inspiration to hit you, but by simply writing. The most valuable thing that I have personally learned from this woman is that you should never give up on your dream, no matter how many people “advise” you to quit. And if we’re talking writing, the key to evolution and to creating your own best style, is to learn from bigger writers (so you are forced to read) and writing. This is one of the very few fields in which, at least in the beginning, quantity means more than quality. Just read any writer’s first published work, and their latest, if you don’t believe this theory. Then compare both the works. You might not even believe that the same person wrote them. And, in a way, it might be so.

You know what they say… whatever job you’d have, you can only advance by learning from those who either are better than you, either have been in the field for a longer time than you have. Writing requires the same thing. You get to build your own style by studying others’. And let me tell you one more secret: don’t struggle to be original. Just think of tbe millions of books out there. Do you really really think that you do stand any chance to come with something 100% original, something that has never been done before? Obviously, you don’t. So don’t try to be original. Instead, focus on being yourself, being honest with your readers (although not too honest; remember: show, don’t tell). This is the only way you can bring somehing unique (even though not original) to your work.

That was all for today, my darlings, I hope you enjoyed it, or at least learned something from it, and if you did, share it with your Potterhead friends, leave a like, subscribe and comment here, and I’ll see you with my next post. 🙃

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling ~ book review

Hello, my dear Bookaholics! I know that most of you know what this article is going to contain, but I guess this is actually the main reason why you clicked on it. So, given this fact, let’s get to business.

Synopsis:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel in the immensely popular Harry Potter series by British writer J.K. Rowling. It was first published in Britain in 1997 and appeared in the United States the following year under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book’s imaginative story line about a boy wizard made it an enduring hit with both children and adults.

I should tell you a little something about the plot and all that, but unfortunately I can’t do so without giving you guys “spoilers” or revealing things that are going to be mentioned in the other books. So, at the end of this series of reviews, I will make a huge summary of all seven main books (I’ll talk about the 8th one alone).

For now, I’ll just get to my usual point🙃

1. A reader’s POV on this book:

Oh, dear, how much this book shaped the reader (and even person) that I am now! As a simple reader, you notice how much of a smartass J.K. Rowling is, by seeing how she is able to put together a very twisted plot, more like a puzzle, how she is making you feel everything that her characters feel. And, the most important thing, she is making her fantastic world seem like it is not possible for it not to exist. You feel like Hogwarts is real, so you begin to feel sorry for being born in a “Muggle” family, with no access to wizard-style education. It’s just you and your boring school, and your boring teachers, and your average type of classmates. Nothing as special as you wish it to be. This is the thing I love the most about this book.

2. A writer’s POV on this book:

I must say that J.K. Rowling never fails to amaze me when it comes to writing skills. The world that she managed to create feels so real, that it makes me wonder if she hadn’t gone to the Wizarding World for real and just described what she had seen in there.

What we can “borrow” from her style are the very well used descriptions, not too many words, not too fade words. The plot twists that she uses and how she is building up the tension. How well she is creating the characters, so that they seem very likely to represent usual types of people that you could meet in the everyday life. How she manages to advance the plot just by adding something funny to a situation. And how she is giving children role models with whom they resonate.

She is definitely one of the writers that has influenced me the most, which is why I really look up to her and even to her characters, whether they are older or younger than me. 🙃

Ok, dears! This was all for today! Not my best version, as you can see, but I hope it will be better the next time.

LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry