Sunday, 20 August 2017

"Bother, I've left my heart in Narnia again"

So I recently finished "Prince Caspian" and have felt compelled to do another blurb, I thought about doing one for "The horse and his boy" but couldn't come up with anything I wanted or needed to say (even though it is my favorite Narnia book).

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So the Pevensie's are back. And Narnia has changed, (let me indulge you with a quote)

"And so they feel, or rose, or blundered or dropped right through, and found themselves in this world, in the Land of Telmar which was then unpeopled. But why it was unpeopled is a long story: I will not tell it now. And in Telmar their descendants lived and became a fierce and proud; and after many generations there was a famine in Telmar and they invaded Narnia, which was then in some disorder (but that also would be a long story), and conquered it and ruled it."

Ok can we all agree that we need a complete history book of Telmar and Narnia? Because I'm absolutely dying to know every detail of everything related to these kingdoms. But of course Aslan has a point to make so we do not get to hear the tale. 

And I avoid fanfiction myself because... not really sure, its just not the same, it often contradicts with the author, or is just too silly or stupid in my admittingly closed-minded opinion. But in this case I would relent, heck I'd write the stories myself.

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Another comment I must make is how surprisingly long the Pevensie's journey to Aslan's How is. I only had about 2-3 chapters left by the time they actually met up with Caspian. But my complaint is not how overall long but short the book was, I need more! A longer battle! more later-on-Caspian-scenes! (two very detailed history of telmar and narnia books!...)

I mean of course it was a page turning, book hugging, five-star rating read, I'm just saying.

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Okay, movie/book rant.

*takes deep breath*

"The movie was far more epic than the book"

*hides as bookish insults, various items and possibly a raw egg is thrown* 

All calmed down? No? Usually this would be my reaction to someone seemingly preferring the movie of a book over the book, but let me explain. As I said the book was mostly Caspian's back story and the Pevensie's journey to join him. The movie adds a far more exciting story-line that involves a raid on Miraz's castle, an undeniably EPIC battle (come on! they came out of the ground!) and Lucy going to find Aslan and waking the trees last minute. In the book the battle is over before it is even begun.

And of course I love the book, I love the details, Caspian's backstory, the dancing lawn banquet, the dancing and feast of the nymphs, wine god (and entourage) and the collecting of those who believe, to drop everything and follow Aslan, and of course the involvement of Doctor Cornelius and the reunion with the nurse. 

They are equally good.

Still, the movie has more epic plot points, a Caspian with an undeniably gorgeous accent (really ticked he lost it in The Dawn Treader) and more king-worthy Caspian moments. The fact that in the movie he had to spare his uncle's life twice is a really good way to showcase his character and strength. I also liked that his aunt was one of the first to go through the doorway back to our world. I do not really care for the romantic tension between Susan and Caspian, and the whole kiss thing. There's no realistic room for it in the story. 

And I'm not trying to convince you that the movie is better than the book, its not, its more epic is all I said (doesn't equal better). And I find that movies tend to develop their own story-line overall as a series progresses and should be taken with a grain of salt and a tablespoon of objectiveness. 

And when I acknowledge the fact that it's not the book as a movie, (it's just a movie based on the book) I can start to love both in their different ways. If I had to speak from a producers point of view I would probably say that the book line for line would not have made for the exciting cinematic experience audiences want, and I get that. I enjoy both the book and the movie for their differences not despite them.

Before I move on can I please shower you with pictures of a beautiful specimen?

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Sorry Edmund...

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And finally, a character analysis (this is really an observation and thoughts on some of the characters). I won't do a top # list just because the book characters differ from the movie characters too much so I'd need separate lists. 

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Caspian the tenth
Of course I have to start this list off with him. I just adore how interested in, and passionate he is about Narnia's true history (we have so much in common!:) And of course he's brave and humble and really cares for those he leads. (Did I mention his movie accent?) 

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Susan Pevensie
I don't want to say she's my least favorite Pevensie sibling (sounds too harsh), but I would rank her last. Overall she patronizes Lucy a lot in this book, (also in the LWW) and you can see the direction she's going starting in this book. As you know, she stops believing entirely later on and chides her siblings for still remembering. So I find her to be the weakest sibling in that aspect. Another observation is that Susan is a lot more battle-ready in the movies, but in The horse and His Boy she was described as the kind of proper lady who didn't go to war,  and she isn't called Susan the Gentle for nothing. 

Caspian's Nurse
She's so underrated, she doesn't even have a name or a proper illustration. (But I managed to get an image of her portrayed in a play) She literally changed the course of History by being the first to introduce Caspian to the tales of the old Narnians and their ways, instilling in him a passion so strong it could not be doused by Miraz and led to Caspian becoming the rightful King of Narnia. (Because the King of the old Narnians is responsible for all the talking beasts and their well-being, as commanded by Aslan at the beginning of it all in The magician's nephew).

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High King Peter
He's still awesomely and epically fighting for others. He doesn't think twice about dueling Miraz to buy their side more time while Aslan was at work, and he assures Caspian that he is fighting to put him on the throne, not to steal the spotlight.

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She's so strong, her faith, her spirit, her character. She's the first to see Aslan and has to convince the others, but is willing to go on without her siblings if they won't listen. I just love her.

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Always so proud of how far he came, and how much his character has grown. he's the only one who believes Lucy and helps to convince the others. And I just love the relationship between him and Lucy.

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Peter said it best, he's a brick. It might have taken him a bit to believe in the kings and queens of old, and even longer to believe in Aslan. But he's loyal, protective and a lot less surly than his movie counterpart (but not too cheerful, he is a dwarf after all). And the movie may have shown his duel with Edmund, but his shoot out with Susan was just as if not more epic. Here's my favorite quote to tie in with that,

"I think that apple hanging over the wall on the branch there would do,' said Susan. 'That'll do nicely, lass.' said Trumpkin. 'You mean the yellow one near the arch?' 'No not that,' said Susan. 'The red one up above-over the battlement.'The Dwarf's face fell Looks more like a cherry than an apple he muttered, but he said nothing out laud."

*foot note can I just say how hard it was to find an image of the dwarf Trumpkin? I was absolutely pummeled by images of Donald Trump's face merged with pumpkins (JUST WHY???!!!?!!!)*

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So that's my little rant on this book. (A little long I acknowledge). Probably be back soon with another Narnia related post soon, as I continue with this read-along.

Till then, farewell my lovelies!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Thoughts on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Soooooo I finished TLTWATW (still a pain to write) late last night. I'd been busy with work and umm ...minecraft but anywho here we are!

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So I have some thoughts to share, and it'll probably be a short post but it didn't make sense to put them on Goodreads.

First of all, the movie wardrobe looks wayyyy more epic than the one in the book (which has a looking glass on the door). I mean it makes sense to have a more epic wardrobe with a cloth on it that is then epicly pulled off by Lucy. But it's kind of misleading. The movie wardrobe door also has a handle on the inside. And C.S. Lewis was very clear on how "foolish it it to shut one's self in a wardrobe" (of course Edmund did... how did he and Lucy get back..). I mean it's not a big deal, but I can't tell you how many times I was told in a single chapter how foolish shutting oneself in a wardrobe would be, and then you give me a handle in the movie? All that said I adore both the book and its movie:)

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Secondly, my favorite scene (by far)

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The Coronation!!! 

"Once a king or queen of Narnia always a king or queen of Narnia"  
"Long live king Peter!" "Long Live queen Susan!" 
"Long live king Edmund!" "Long live queen Lucy!"

This scene just made me hug my book to my chest lay back and sigh with happiness 
(yeah, that good:)

Random thought, I REALLLLLY want to live in Cair Paravel

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Also I have my little proud spiels for each of the Pevensies.

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First of all, Peter! Such a brave young man, he definitely deserves the title of High King (not just for being the oldest). He is the first to apologize to Lucy, constantly protected his sisters, took responsibility for Edmund's actions (even though it wasn't his fault) and to top it all off he lead and fought his first battle BY HIMSELF because Aslan wasn't there at the time.

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Susan. As one of the two eldest she also protects her siblings. Though at first reluctant to stay in Narnia, after finding out about the witch and the Faun's arrest she agrees that saving Mr. Tumnus for sheltering Lucy is the right thing to do. Always kind, patient and gentle she comforts Aslan as best as she can before the sacrifice on the stone table.

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I had that one so-proud-of-Edmund moment. Because yes he was a little jerk through most of the book but he was the one who turned the battle in Narnia's favor by destroying the White witch's wand (say that ten times fast) and he nearly died as a result. 

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Aww Lucy. The first to enter Narnia, finding a faun in another world doesn't seem that strange to her. She easily makes friends, holds her family together, sees the best in people and cares for those around her. When she discovers that Mr. Tumnus has been taken by the White Witch she insists on going after him. She stays with Aslan the night at the stone table and is given the important job of rescuing those near death after the final battle. Valiant through and through, she is one of my favorite characters:)

And lastly I shall list my top eight favorite characters from this story.

1) Peter Pevensie
If my little spiel above didn't convince you how awesome he is, then you better go read the book for yourself

2) Edmund Pevensie
Yes the whole jerk thing. But you better let it go, Aslan said so! (shakes finger at you). He had the courage and sense to go after the witch's greatest weapon, her wand. He nearly died for it. And his experience with the witch helped him to become a just and fair king who believes that people can and do change.

3) Lucy Pevensie
She's brave, strong, gentle and all around awesome. She instantly forgives Mr Tumnus for almost handing her in, is constantly lending people her handkerchief,  believes the most out of all the siblings, and she's so adorable too:)

4) The Professor
Also known as Digory Kirke all grown up. He's been there, he believes Lucy and tells the two eldest to believe her as well. He can't believe the modern school system and he is an all around sympathetic and likable chap.

5) Mrs Beaver
I just love her calm demeanor, yes the witch is coming but first lets pack some food. Also the adorable conversation about bringing the sewing machine.

6) Susan Pevensie
Just because she is a little lower than her siblings doesn't mean I don't love he, but she doesn't have any real defining moments in this book other than the ones listed in my spiel above.

7) Mr Beaver
Brave, almost reckless, sassy and definitely lovable Mr Beaver doesn't think twice about bringing the children to his home and endangering himself in the process. He fully believes in Aslan and hates the witch with all he's worth.

8) Mr Tumnus
Although the faun doesn't come into the story all that much he still holds a special place for being the first Narnian Lucy meets. He almost hands Lucy over to the White Witch but sees the error of his ways and takes it upon himself to return her to the Lampost so that she can find her way home. He is taken by the White Witch and turned into a statue but later revived by Aslan and went on to become a prominent member of the children's court.

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Well its only the beginning, I look forward to reading The Horse and His Boy next (my favorite book in the series last time I read them)

Till then, farewell!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Narnia read along, put on your rings and lets get started!

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I should probably stop and explain, rather rude of me not to post earlier (my sincere apologies). Having recently gotten together with my fellow Narnian-at-heart and dear friend Abby (find her over at for a more comprehensible post) and having re-watched the three Narnia movies (because Narnia is home) we naturally came to the conclusion that we must revisit said home and promptly decided on a Chronicles of Narnia read along to begin August 1st (today, unless i forgot to post this, which is very likely but bear with me)

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So today we start at the beginning, The Magician's Nephew. [Update on reading progress] I am halfway through already! (blame either my incredible reading skills, dedication to a read-along, only part time job and lacking social life or love for Narnia, pick one but all are true.) As it stands Jadis and her lackey (sometimes known as Uncle Andrew or Mr Ketterley) are wrecking havoc in London in deliciously humorous and delightfully endearing C. S. Lewis style. (pardon all the frightfully outdated English, I've read utterly too many old books and I quite like it for another).

As it stands I'll probably finish the book before nightfall, and statistically the series in a week (alas that part-time job is a bit of a menace in that regard, two or three weeks more likely). Last Narnia update for today, I've finally bought my own set of The Chronicles of Narnia. A charming set on its way now from dear ole England (appropriate think you not?) so it will take a while to arrive (a post when it does! I'll try at any rate).

So will you yet join us as we make our way through one of my favorite series and definitely my favorite realm?

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Monday, 31 July 2017

So... it's been a while...

Hello peoples! (If anyone is still around). My break from blogging may have turned into a near retirement. And I had something along the lines of "I'm back!" in mind for this post. But lets be honest, i work, i go to school and procrastinate a lot. So i will try to write more, read more and do more (if only for myself on this poor forgotten blog).

*violently brushes cobwebs from screen*

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So where to start? A MAJOR life update i guess. Well, i'm going into senior year in the fall (yay?), I still love books and movies and TV shows and minecraft (yeah that got added), mind you i'm no gamer but creative was made for people like me:) 

I still love art and music (finally got a piano, three cheers!) I still spend too much time on Pinterest, too much money on books and too much energy on dreaming. So I guess, really, I haven't changed.

I went to a Mennonite convention last week, i was in a scene of  Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, i survived my last year of math, went to Paraguay, Brazil  and Florida, got a job, discovered the wonderful platform that is Goodreads, watched way too much Netflix and a lot of other irrelevant stuff.

Also I have a bookstagram!!!.... that has also been a little neglected lately....

But all that aside I look forward to movie and book reviews, aesthetic pictures and writing about anything that pops in my head.    

Ill try to stay in touch,


Monday, 2 May 2016

Fan Blog Reboot!

So Abby from Castles in the Air and I had started a Pirates of the Caribbean fanblog a while  back (with hardly any posts since then). But there has been a reboot! It is now a fandoms united blog, where any fandom (well that we are in, or most bloggers we know. Anime isn't our thing for example). From Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, we will post away!

Also we have added another writer for the fandom blog, please welcome Kate!

We have put up anew header, background etc.We also have anew playlist up, with soundtracks from all the fandoms I could think of.

Here is the new link, to Fandoms United, check it out!


Friday, 22 April 2016

Infinity Dream Tag

I was tagged for this a bit ago, and have finally found the time to do it, thank you to Abby at "Castles in the Air" for the tag!


1. Thank the blogger who tagged you. 
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Tag 11 bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer.

11 (random) Facts:
Oh dear here we go...
  1. I almost  never read a book twice (there are exceptions of course, but I have too many books to get through, I can't bother reading everything twice:)
  2. I have never gone camping (not in a tent or trailer) ever in my life
  3. I have kept a diary on-and-off since I was 12 (four years)
  4. My favorite "nature-thing" is the sky
  5. My favorite music eras are the 50s-60s and the awesome 80s!
  6. I love time travel paradoxes
  7. I've met Pippy Longstocking
  8. I loathe flower print (like old couches and curtains you know)
  9. I hate opera 
  10. I don't like or watch horror movies, chic flicks or romantic comedies
  11. I love dresses and skirts
Life is a picture, make it pretty.:

The Questions

1. What is your earliest memory of reading, or being read to?

I really don't know, my Mom (being a psychologist on child development) probably read to me before I was even born! I do remember reading chapter books (the Magic Tree House series) as young as six years old.

2. Why did you choose to start a blog?

Well honestly because you did Abby! I wanted to see what it was like (since you raved about it so much) So here i am today.

3. Since this is the Infinity Dreams Tag, what is your biggest dream, no matter how out there it may seem?

I want to publish a bestseller (crazy right?)

4. Favorite subject in school? (If you are still in school. If not, what WAS your favorite subject?) 

Art is pretty close, but I will actually have to go with history

5. Where would you live in the world, if you could live anywhere?

Somewhere warm (as you must know by now, that's my only requirement), but I probably won't pick a country overrun by terrorists or lead by some dictator with nukes.

6. How would you describe your personal style?

Did you help write the literacy test questions this year? 'Cause that was one of them. I don't really know, chic I guess? If its cute I'll wear it. (unless it's bright yellow, no yellow)

7. Who has inspired you? It can be anyone, past, present, fictional, or no. 

Well I don't really know, I have probably been shaped by many people in my life, but the person I continually look up to the most is my dad, he's the best father a girl could ask for.

8. Do you prefer open plains, and sparkling beaches, or rugged mountains and wild forests?

I've only lived on the plains, and while vast and beautiful its full of nothing (well except grass. I'd have to live in the other settings before deciding on my preference.

9. If you could meet one celebrity, who would you choose?

Just one? Well I guess we all know the answer. Johnny Depp.

10. Favorite Disney princess? (Or Disney character if you don't prefer princesses.) 

My favorite Disney princess is either Rapunzel or Mulan. Rapunzel has such gorgeous hair! (I love the advanced animation so much!) And Mulan, well Mulan is noble, brave and just awesome!

11. Favorite quote? 

Favorite quotes are like favorite books, movies and songs, it changes a lot. Though Winston Churchill, Alexander G. Bell and C.S. Lewis have the best quotes for sure.


The New (extremely random) Questions: 

  1. If you could have a talent for something, what would you pick?
  2. If you were given the chance to be a great a subject you're not, but you had to trade in a subject you are good at what would you give up to become better at ______? Or would you not want to take the chance?
  3. How would you feel about wearing the clothes you have on now, for the rest of your life? What are you wearing?
  4. If you had to choose between only reading books or only watching movies for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
  5. What is your favorite nail polish color?
  6. Would you rather live outside in a small tent  (in all the elements of the seasons) or be shut up in a house with small windows (and the windows don't open but you still get fresh air) for a year?
  7. What are you more afraid of, standing on high platforms or being cramped in tiny places?
  8. How do you usually wear your hair?
  9. Are you a cat lady or a dog person?
  10. If you had the chance to glimpse into your future, would you want to know?
  11. Would you be able to give up all social media, texting, watching the news, youtube, Netflix, email and TV for a year and live only as people did when they had only books, meeting in person, newspapers and radio to stay connected and entertain themselves?

I tag all who read this ('cause I don't know 11 bloggers) and have not been tagged yet, have fun!

High School Senior Photography Silhouette, Violin Photo by Monson Photography - Ludington, Michigan:


Monday, 4 April 2016


I was tagged for this awhile back by Abby from Castles in the Air. Anywho I have an hour to spare so I'll get right into it.

~Vital info~

Name: Alicia Kyra Koepke

Nicknames: Lissie or Ali (really only used by my grandparents)

Place of birth: Buchholz in der Nordeheide Germany

Pink crosley:


Bestfriends: Well my first bestfriend, first friend in general was a girl named Jenny whom I haven't been in touch with for years. She still lives in Germany.

Awards: I guess something from baseball, but everybody gets a "participation medal" these days. They don't mean anything. So I'll have to say, my "Most Improved Player" baseball award.

Sport: The first "official" sport I played was baseball.

Real Holiday: Well my birthday is in January, so probably Easter.

Concert: I really don't know, probably a concert outside Castle Kilbride in my town. They have free concerts for the community during the summer. It's small though, if that doesn't count then I guess I've never been to a concert.

Late 19th, early 20th Century publisher’s pictorial cloth bindings. From Michael Moon's Bookshop in Cumbria.:


Film: Well I ................................................................
-The Hunger Games
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-Almost any Disney movie...
-The Bourne series
-Catch me if you can
-MIB series

.....what a madding question!

TV Show: Once Upon a Time

Color: Blue

Song: Oh what maddingly insane stupid questions! It changes by the hour! To even attempt to pinpoint my favorite right now would only kick me later.

Lets just say no heavy metal, German pop (it stinks) or opera (for heavens sake no opera!)

Restaurant: Pizza hut. Because pizza. (duh!)

Books: Wretched, wretched questions! But this question was phrased as plural so here's the list:
-Letf Behind: >>The Kids<< (40 books, will not bother with titles)
-Harry Potter and the philosophers stone
-Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
(haven't gotten through the series yet, consider the rest to be on the list)
--The Hunger Games
-Catching fire
-Several old Nancy Drew's (titles I cannot recall)
-Ronja the robbers doughter
-Divergent (only divergent)
-The Chronicles of Narnia
-(probably tons of others that I can't think of right now)

People drinking coffee:


Feeling: Tired. I was babbling in Charles Dickean again aren't I?

Single or Taken: Guess you'd call it single... I say taken by a fictional character in a more exciting realm (ya feel me?)

Eating: Saliva... no nothing actually! I must be tired... starting to get sarcastic here...

Watching: Well I'm typing this! So obvi... ... ... nothing at the moment

Wearing: A bright pink sweatshirt, black pants white and orange socks. 

Two for the road photographed by Corrie Bond for Marie Claire Australia:


Want children: At some point. (At least that's my mind set when I'm not lying in the fetal position with a hot water bottle to my abdomen, ya feel?)

Want to be married: Yes.

Careers in mind: Teacher or writer, ... or something else. (I clearly have not figured out my life yet)

Where you want to live: I have only one 2 word requirement for this one. "somewhere warm". ( (I currently reside in Canada, a country that despite the "supposed stereotype" IS pretty cold.) Rain isn't my thing either. (My mood and energy depends on it) Guess I'm just a walking talking, breathing solar-panel-person

One of my dreams is to own a single family house! This house looks amazing. I hope mine can one day be this beautiful!

~Do you believe in~

God: Yes. Simply, undoubtedly, yes.

Miracles: I've seen them happen with my own eyes.

Love at first sight: ehhh.... I'm inclined to say no, that love is something that grows. However I had an instant connection with my closest friends when I first met them, I suppose the same can happen for love. But 'love' definitely needs growth.

Ghosts: Not the classic, no "Moaning Myrtles". But fallen angels do exist, and I guess that's pretty haunted.

Aliens: *snort*

Soul mates: Yup..

Heaven: Very real

Hell: also very real

Kissing on a first date: That's just desperate... and weird! The epitome of moving too fast, and it also wouldn't help me develop the kind of relationship I would want. 

Pinner says,"I adore old typewriters...mostly because I love the look of old type..." Me too!:

I tag anyone who hasn't been tagged yet. I really haven't kept up much in the blogger world, so I'm a little clueless on who's done what.

So long M'dears!