The One Rule to Rule them All

Thanks to my friend, discount Tanya, for that name. Its a badass way to describe what I’m about to talk about.

Here’s the thing:

It took me a long to come to terms with who I am: as a person, as a writer, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a girlfriend, as a complete nerd and as a bisexual. All of those things were hard.

And its going to sound crazy, but that hardest one was embracing the nerd in me.

I’ve always been that nerd. I’m that kid in school that no one remembers because I was too busy with my head in a book. I read A LOT. And for the longest time, people made fun of me and teased me and bullied me because I liked to read, because I was obsessed with Harry Potter and Star Wars, because I got excited about those things. I literally was teased all the time.

Now those things are cool. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post, man. I could go on and on about this new phase of geek is cool and fake geek girls/guys. But that’s the point of this post.

The point is, it took me a long time to embrace my inner nerd. But I have. Oh believe me I have.

I love Harry Potter and Star Wars and Doctor Who and Hunger Games and what little I know about superheroes and I love Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and I love Percy Jackson and the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices and Firefly and Glee and The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time and I love books and I love anime and I love video games.

And you know what? I like Twilight too.

And I’m not afraid to say that anymore. They are some of the most horribly written books ever, my god. The writing in those books is terrible! But they’re entertaining and I like them. I’m seeing Breaking Dawn Part 2 tonight at 10 pm (no midnight for this old lady) and I am pretty stoked about it.

And I’m tired of all the judgement. I’m tired of the Potterheads vs the Twihards. I’m tired of Star Wars vs Star Trek. I am so damn tired of everyone bagging on everyone else’s fandoms.

I’m not guiltless. I’ve done that before. I’m not blameless. I have definitely judged on fandoms before.

I don’t get Star Trek at all. I think a lot of the young adult paranormal romance is terrible. I think the Call of Duty game needs to go away because paying 60 bucks for the same game over and over again is ridiculous. I do think Twilight is a bad book. Its just bad. I think its entertaining oh but don’t you dare ever tell me its better than Potter because that’s crazy talk.

But here’s the thing: if you stand up, and say proudly that you are a Twihard or you’re a hardcore COD fan or you’re a Trekkie…I gotta say, that’s badass. I want to see your badass Trekkie tattoos. I want to see your walls papered with posters. I want to see your COD and Halo cosplays. I want to see that.

Because if there is one thing that I’ve learned from being a nerd and being involved in all these fandoms and being exposed to all these fandoms is that I’d say 9 out of 10 times, the fandoms preach tolerance and togetherness. We have to work together to make things work. We have to tolerate and accept and respect each other.

And that’s what the rule is:

I don’t care what fandoms you do or don’t like. I don’t care how strongly you feel about it. You are more than welcome to have your opinion. If you think Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson, Star Wars, Star Trek, whatever, sucks, that’s okay.

But its never, never okay to disrespect a person for the fandom they enjoy. Never. I do not tolerate any disrespect or intolerance on this page. That includes my Facebook page, my Twitter page or my Tumblr page.

It’s called respect. Kindness. Tolerance. Acceptance. RESPECT. 

Here at WhataNerdGirlSays, we welcome people of all fandoms. I may not spend a lot of attention on some fandoms because it is my personal blog and it’s not something that I get excited for but I welcome you to this blog. If you’re a nerd, you’re welcome.

Because nerds need to stick together. Together, we can accomplish a lot. Divided, we’re just going to spend way too much time online, arguing over which fandom is better.

Especially since Harry Potter is the best one.

Just kidding. Or am I…

The point is, I’m tired of people hiding the things they like because they’re afraid to be made fun of. I’m tired of those brave enough to come out and say what they love getting attacked. Especially since I’ve been on both sides.

So let’s stop. Let’s band together and unite as nerds, no matter what we like.

What do you say?

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Stop Picking on YA Literature!

Today in my children’s literature class, ailment we had a lecture on young adult literature.

And it was really super interesting.

We all know how much I love YA literature. This is beyond obvious.

So the class today was really informative and one that I definitely am glad that I didn’t miss.

I mean, what is ed did you know that S.E. Hinton was sixteen when she wrote The Outsiders? Now, I’m not a #1 fan of the Outsiders but that is seriously badass. As an aspiring writer, I must admit that I am quite impressed.

But it really got me thinking about young adult literature in general. I remember when I was younger and there wasn’t much of a young adult section in the bookstore. I remember having to special order books because bookstores would never have them.

But now that’s definitely changed. Young adult literature has exploded in the last ten years. Exploded.

And let’s think about that for a moment. Kids and teenagers are reading more than ever. I think a lot of it stems from Harry Potter. Harry Potter opened up a lot-it opened up the doors to new ideas and it opened up the doors of a new approach on writing and reading. J.K.R. showed that kids and teens WILL read and they’ll read long books too (I mean, Order of the Phoenix is HUGE!)

And think of everything that has come since then: The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Mortal Instruments, Twilight series, the Fallen series, the Gemma Doyle series, the Inheritance series, etc. There are authors like Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Jay Asher, Deb Caletti and so on and so on.

Young adult literature is HUGE!

And it helps so much that so many of the movies that have been hitting the theaters in the past few years have been coming from popular YA novels (notice that I said popular, not good. Though I think most of these are good).

Harry Potter.

Twilight.

Percy Jackson.

Perks of Being a Wallflower.

City of Bones.

Hunger Games.

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) is optioned to be a movie, same with Fallen (Lauren Kate), Divergent (Veronica Roth), Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher) and so many more. Delirium and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Don’t forget that The Vampire Diaries is a ridiculously popular TV series.

I literally could keep going. I won’t though…

There is also the fact that most authors nowadays are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, instagram, Youtube and so on. Authors are so accessible nowadays. I’ve been tweeted by Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Jen Calonita. I’ve had Facebook conversations with Meg Cabot, Jen Calonita and Cinda Williams Chima.

But let’s make this very clear:

Not all of young adult literature is good. In fact, there is a good amount that is fairly bad.

Now, I liked the Twilight series. I kind of liked the Fallen series. They are entertaining and they keep me reading. They are also not the best written books around. There are books like The House of Night series (ugh) and Hush, Hush, Gossip Girl, etc. I can’t sit here and attack these books (I mean, those guys have a publishing deal and I don’t…) but I do think that the bad YA books can be the ones that bring such negative view to the young adult genre.

Because the fact is, there is a lot of fantastic young adult literature. People like John Green, Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Jen Calonita, Jay Asher, Suzanne Collins, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot. These people are genuinely talented writers. They tell great stories.

But there’s more to it than that. They capture the young adult essence. They capture what its like to be a teenager and they capture the sort of things that they’re dealing with, from things like friendships and relationships and family issues to sex and sexuality and drugs and abuse. There are books that touch on so many teen issues and its amazing, especially since they’re usually so on touch with it and since the stories are so good.

Don’t deny it. We all remember the teen years. We all remember how hard they were. They weren’t easy and I don’t care how old you are, you remember how it felt. Why do you think young adult literature is also read by adults too? (Do I qualify as a young adult anymore…)

I also think that young adult literature gets a really bad reputation, because of more than just the good books vs. bad books (Sorry, Twilight, I’m looking at you). I think a lot of parents are really uncomfortable with some of the issues that are brought up in these books.

For instance, sex. There is a lot of sex in young adult novels. I’m not talking Fifty Shades of Grey here (UGH) but they’re teenagers! For the most part, these characters are from the ages of 15 to 19. They’re hormonal and thinking about sex. So of course sex is going to be discussesd, maybe more than that.

To parents, I say this: GET OVER IT. If you have talked to your teen about sex, then you have nothing to worry about. They will make the right decision, either way. If you haven’t talked to them about, then let them read it. You don’t have the cajones to talk to them about it and someone should!

I further think that parents have issue with the portrayal of adults in a lot of these novels. Parents can often times be the bad guy (Mortal Instruments, Delirium), they can be defied or disobeyed (Divergent), or neglectful (Hunger Games) or even addicts (Gemma Doyle). And here’s my answer to that: GET OVER IT. They are parents like that, wehther you like or not. If you’re a good parent, you’re okay. And yeah, parents aren’t perfect and that’s okay too. Maybe they’ll appreciate you more after reading about these parents.

My point is, (and believe me, my point has changed at least four times), young adult literature should be treated the same way as any other literature or form of writing whether it’s children literature or biography or fiction or nonfiction or whatever. Some of it is going to be bad (really, really bad). Some of it is going to be good (really, really good).

But just think of the impact that it can have.

Because of YA, I want to be a writer. Because of YA, I have learned so much about life and I have learned different morals and values. Because of YA, I have learned so much about myself. Because of YA, I am the avid reader that I am. Because of YA, I have this blog.

And come on, young adult literature is awesome. And its there for everyone no matter what age or gender you are. It’s made for PEOPLE.

And if you ever need a recommendation, trust me, I got your back :)

What’s your favorite young adult novel???? As always, share in the comments.

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Bond! Ironman! Les Mis! Comic Books!

It isn’t even Tuesday yet but I’m bursting with nerdy and fandom awesomeness. In just the last two days, price I’ve experienced some super exciting things! There is just always so much going on and so much excitement.

I think that’s one of the best things about being a nerd, visit web is being able to get excited about new movies and new shows and all that. It keeps life exciting.

So my boyfriend and I went to watch Skyfall last night. The new James Bond movie.

I’m not going to sit here and lie and say that I’m a huge James Bond fan. I’m not. I’ve seen my fair share in the movies (my god, Sean Connery was a fine looking man back in the day) and I think Daniel Craig is a good James Bond, though that does have something to do with the fact that he is very, very good looking.

But beyond that, it was a super awesome movie. The plot was exciting, all of the actors were great. It was full of fantastic actors: Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, and so on. A relatively unknown actor, Ben Whishaw, who played Bond’s assistant, Q, was most impressive in his acting skills…and is very impressive for the eyes as well. He had that nerdy, quirkiness that I love in an actor.

It was action packed but story driven as well. Its no wonder that critics have been praising this movie. Definitely one to go see, seriously.

But some of the best awesomeness were the trailers before the movie.

Ironman 3. I adore Robert Downey Jr and I have a serious soft spot for Ironman. Ironman gave out the same year as The Dark Knight. I remember everyone being like WHOA The Dark Knight and WHOA Heath Ledger as the Joker! And don’t get me wrong, thats a badass movie. But I was like WHOA Ironman and WHOA hot Robert Downey Jr. I don’t care how old he is, he is hot. And he plays Tony Stark so well, and the first two Ironman movies are great, and I loved Avengers! This trailer shows an obvious change in Stark. He is not the man he was before. What happened in New York, with the rest of the Avengers, has obviously shaken him and there is a lot he is going to have to deal with now. This trailer left me breathless and excited. I can’t wait for May 3rd!

I tried to put a link up for the next trailer but it wouldn’t link up. Super lame. I’ll just describe it then…

It was quite a preview, more just an extended look at the movie adapation of the insanely popular Broadway musical, Les Miserables. I ADORE musicals (much to the annoyance of my boyfriend haha) and its a huge disappointment to me that I have never seen this musical on stage! I’ve listened to the soundtrack a million times though and I can’t wait to see this movie! It has amazing people in it: Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Siegfried, Hugh Jackman and so many more. I love the fact that they sang the songs while acting instead of lip synching to a previously recorded soundtrack. Fantastic.

And today, I went to the comic book store grand opening of my good friend Glynnes’ store, Comic Book Hideout.

I am way proud of my friend. In this day and age, people have a hard enough time finding a job, let alone actually opening up a business. It just doesn’t happen anymore. But I am stoked that she was able to do it and it looks GREAT! Wall to wall comics and toys and shirts! She has a comfy sofa with a flat screen TV, playing superhero movies and a couple retro arcade game machines and pinball machines set up. Its a nerd haven and definitely a cool place to hang out.

And I’m just SO PROUD of her. She’s not much older than me and I just think it rocks. What an awesome thing. Definitely click the link above, and check her out and stop by. Its going to seriously rock! :D

Stay tuned for Anime Monday, The Tuesday Three and I’ll review Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the City of Bones trailer. Hope you’re all looking forward to it!

Keep it nerdy :D

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Book of the Week: The Demon King

You know, treat I’ve always known that I love books. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved books. I’ve been receiving books as presents from family and friends for as long as I can remember. I seriously would rather get a book or a gift certificate for books than anything else. I’ve always known.

Just recently I started going through my books and I realized just as much I really do own. Its insane!

And that’s just a sampling of all the books that I own. So I told myself, since I have a tiny room and there isn’t a whole lot of room in my house to begin with, I would cut back on buying books.

Yeah, I think that lasted about a couple days…

I LOVE BOOKS.

I recently bought a book and finished it fairly quickly, because I enjoyed it so much so it is this week’s Book of the Week.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima 

The Demon King is the first book in the Seven Realms series. It is followed by The Exiled Queen (which I’m currently reading and am about 150 pages in), The Gray Wolf Throne and the Crimson Crown. I am excited that I still have two books after this one because this was an awesome find!

The novel follows two different plotlines. First you meet Han Alister. He’s sixteen years old and a former streetlord to the gang Raggers in the outskirt towns of Fellsmarch. He is trying to reform himself in order to provide a good life for himself and his mother and younger sister, Mari. That is, until he runs into a young wizard named Micah and steals his very powerful amulet from him. As soon as he takes this amulet, it seems bad luck is following him and soon he is accused of murder. Han is determined to figure out who is murdering people in his town in order to clear his name.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa is reaching her sixteenth name day, the day where she will now be eligible for marriage. While she enjoyings courting and flirtations and enjoys kissing Micah Bayar, son of the kingdom’s High Wizard, and Amon Byrne, a corporal in the Queen’s Guard and her longtime friend, she isn’t ready for marriage. She wants adventures and she wants to travel and to get to know her queendom better. However, it seems that her mother has other plans for her and mysterious things continue to happen to Raisa. Soon, she starts to suspect something fishy is going on and perhaps her mother’s relationship to the High Wizard, Gavan, is more than it seems.

Han and Raisa are hundreds of miles apart and their stories start to intertwine and unfold something mysterious going on in their queendom. Though they meet once, the novel ends with them apart from each other and leaves you dying for the next book. ( I went out to Barnes and Noble last night right before they closed because I HAD to have the next book).

The Good or the Bad:

 THERE’S NO LOVE TRIANGLE!

I mean, not really. And that alone is enough to give me reason to LOVE this book.

The fact is, this is a fantastic fantasy novel that focuses on the fantasy and the politics and mysteries of the queendom and yet has a balance of steamy scenes that keep me satisfied but doesn’t make me gag. (The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices are the only stories where the love story doesn’t make me gag).

Han and Raisa are both sixteen and of course they have romantic feelings and romantic adventures. Han has an relationship with Digging Bird, of the clans. (Raisa herself is half-clan, her mother’s consort and her father is Averill, high trader of the clans). Raisa flirts and kisses Micah and Amon. But there isn’t any crazy declarations of love or mushiness. Its kind of that typical fun that you have when you’re a teenager and you want to kiss everyone in sight.

But besides that, its a damn good story. At first, I’m confused, not quite sure whats going on but soon, you realize why you’re confused. Something is going on in this queendom and you realize that some of the mysteries that are happening Han’s world have a lot to do with the mysteries unraveling in Raisa’s world. You realize that they’re going to be connected in ways that they don’t even know, especially since the one time they meet, they don’t really get the chance to know each other. Raisa meets Hans as Cuffs Alister, the streetlord, and Hans meets Raisa in disguise as Rebecca Morley, a lower noble girl.

Raisa is a fantastic character. She has this love for her queendom and for the position she is in. She does not shy from it at all. She knows that one day she must marry and that when she marries, it must be for the good of her people and for her line. Even though she likes flirting and kissing Micah and Amon, she knows she cannot marry them because they are a wizard and soldier, respectively, and it is not allowed. She feels a great duty to her royal blood. She wants to get out and have adventures and see the world because she wants to be aware of the world and she wants to know her people and her lands to be a better queen. Its fantastic. When she goes in disguise, she really sees how people are treated in her outlying towns and she is horrified. People are starving, poor and uneducated and so she starts up a ministry in order to help them. She genuinely wants to be a good queen and her mother, Queen Marianna, isn’t often interested.

Han, on the other hand, is a typical teenager. He’s trying to figure things out and he’s struggling. He used to be a streetlord, a good one, so good that there are legends and whispered rumors about how amazing he was. Now that he’s quit the streets, he’s poor as hell and trying to provide for his mother and sister and failing. He has silver cuffs on his arms that he has never been able to get off, and he wishes he could because he could sell them and make some money. He has no place he belongs. He is friends with the local clan, where his best friend, Fire Dancer, lives and his sometimes-girlfriend, Digging Bird, lives. There he is Hunts Alone, but he still doesn’t feel like he belongs. Then he steals that amulet from Micah Bayar and things get complicated. Then he has his true heritage revealed and he has a destiny to fulfill and his life gets even more complicated.

The story leaves off with Han fleeing to his destiny and Raisa fleeing from her mother and the High Wizard and you know that their paths are going to cross and that there is some major stuff going down. You literally have this absolute NEED to read the next book, to figure out what is going to happen next. I definitely recommend this book. The characters are strong, the story is addicting and with it being a series, you definitely will be occupied for awhile. I literally cannot think of one bad thing about this book; I loved it.

Cinda Williams Chima has done what a lot of authors cannot seem to do anymore: writing a young adult fantasy that doesn’t need the world “romance” in the genre title. Most young adult novels of late are classified under “paranormal romance” and “fantasy romance” and its sad because so much of them are just horrible. Chima brings a genuinely good fantasy to the young adult genre. I applaud this book over and over again. I’m sad that I havent’ heard of this before (The Demon King was published back in 2009) and that more people are not reading this. I’m proud to write about it for this blog to hopefully get it out there so people read it.

So definitely pick it up, check it out. It is a book made for both boys and girls and its brilliant. As always, if you click the title above, it’ll take you to the Amazon page :D Its fairly inexpensive too!

See you next week for the Book of the Week and hopefully you check this out!

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The Tuesday Three

Sorrrrrry guys, order my Tuesday Three post is going to barely make it into the actual hours of Tuesday haha.

I was watching the presidential election. I literally was biting my nails down to basically nothing, cheap watching the election.

Obama won :D And I’m happy. And I will leave it at that.

So welcome to the Tuesday Three.

1. The Walking Dead, this Episode 4

Okay, I think I may be done with this show. So many people watched this episode (SPOILER ALERT) and felt something. THE FEELS. Yeah, there were no feels from my end at all. I seriously felt nothing…except once. I was really pissed when they killed off T-Dog. Man, that was one character that had been around for soooo long and I really liked and they didn’t give him enough of a story and then they killed him off! The one black man! So lame. So lame! Ugh, and then they give Lori this, like, noble death. I hated Lori and I didn’t care at all that she died. The baby should have died seriously. Ugh and then Carol might be dying and Rick suddenly is like NO, LORI! It’s just such a messy and dumb episode. Honestly, I’m seriously over this show. Ugh. Its only on my mind and on this Tuesday’s Three because it was so damn horrible and it made me mad.

2. City of Bones Teaser Trailer Announced. 

So the City of Bones teaser trailer has an official date of air; it will, indeed, be released and shown before Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Now, I had an inkling to see this movie. Why? Curiosity, maybe? I did read this books, I did enjoy them. They aren’t life changing books, they aren’t even well-written books but they’re entertaining enough. And I’m adult enough to realize that Edward Cullen is kind of psycho and no boy on earth acts like that. My boyfriend loves me a whole lot and trust me, he doesn’t act like that haha. But anyway, I decided to go and see Breaking Dawn Part 2 so now I’m insanely excited because the preview for City of Bones will premiere before Breaking Dawn. I seriously cannot wait to see this. If you guys hadn’t seen this yet, I got my TMI tattoo yesterday, I posted a blog about this here. So I’m really super excited about being able to see what they’ve done to my beloved Mortal Instruments series.

3. The Hobbit

Tickets for midnight premieres for The Hobbit come out on Friday, at least over where I live. I am super super super stoked about this! My friends and I over at the good ol LADA are going to have some serious Hobbit feasting before the movie and then see the movie at midnight. I have extremely high hopes for this movie: Peter Jackson rocked the Lord of the Rings series and I seriously think he is going to rock this movie as well. So I’m getting excited for hobbitness. I’m about to re-read the book again. Plus we have Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Benedict Cumbercatch is to make an appearance in one of the three films. I am more than happy to see these awesome guys. Now can they get back to work for Sherlock already?

What’s going on in your guys’ worlds this week? Any shows getting exciting? Let me know what you’re thinking!

And Then I Got Another Tattoo…

Yes. Oh, buy yes. I went there guys. I definitely went there.

I got my sixth nerd tattoo. I so went there. I have 4 Harry Potter tattoos (one of them is half HP and half Something Corporate) and a Star Wars tattoo.

And today, see I got my sixth tattoo.

I got my Mortal Instruments tattoo today. I got my Shadowhunter rune, order Fearless.

Thats me! With my new tattoo!

And there is a close up.

I am insanely happy with it. I had an appointment today to get my tattoo and it worked out perfectly, because I was having a terrible day. This cheered me up immensely. It looks freakin fantastic, didn’t hurt at all and was fairly reasonable priced. If you live in Southern California, I truly recommend Bob at Above All Tattoo in Fullerton. Amazing job and a super cool guy.

Some of you might be wondering, what the hell is that anyway? So you all know how obsessed I am with Cassandra Clare and her Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series. The series focuses on a group of warriors called Shadowhunters. They are humans, with angel blood, who fight demons and keep the peace between warlocks, fae, werewolves and vampires.

Now they use a variety of weapons to accomplish it: daggers, seraph blades, whips, bow and arrows, etc. But they also have these object called a stele: a wand like object that draws both permanent and temporary Runes…black tattoos that give Shadowhunters various “powers”…they can give them strength or stealth or silence or they can open things, etc.

I chose the Fearless rune to tattoo on my body. The superficial reason is that its one of the best looking ones.

But the real reason I got this tattoo (besides my LOVE for this author and her series) was that I would love to be fearless.

Two of my tattoos, my Harry Potter tattoos, have to do with death: Deathly Hallows symbol and “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. I did these because I’m terrifed of death and I want to be unafraid of it, the way Harry and his parents were. They greeted death, they didn’t try to cheat death, like Voldemort and I think that’s something that’s extremely admirable. Death scares me more than anything.

But I’m also scared of so much else. I’m scared of my future, I’m scared of bugs, I’m scared of heights, I’m scared meeting new people and I’m scared of the dark. I’m kind of an anxious and scared person. And I don’t want to be that kind of person. Over the last year, I’ve definitely tried to change that. I’m trying to overcome my fears and become a better person. i don’t want my fears to hold me back from experiencing and loving life.

So that is why I chose the Fearless rune tattoo. I want it to be a sort of reminder that fear is temporary and that you can overcome it. I can never be completely fearless…but I can begin to overcome these fears, and tackle them and handle them. And the Fearless rune, while temporary for Jace and Alec in the books, gives both of them the courage to overcome their fears. Alec eventually realizes that he can come out as gay and he can be honest about his relationship with Magnus. Jace can overcome his fear of showing love for others, not only just his romantic love for Clary, but also his family love for the Lightwoods. And it gives me the courage to overcome my own fears.

And damn it looks so badass!

If you haven’t had a chance to see my tattoos or some of my friends’ awesome nerd tattoos, check out this blog post here.

And feel free to share your nerd ink with me. I’m always down to do another post about some epic nerd ink!

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