Fictional Crush of the Week-Sirius Black from the Harry Potter Series

Character Name:

Sirius Black

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, hospital Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

Author/Creator:

J.K. Rowling

Played By: 

Gary Oldman

Who They Are:

Sirius Black is a one of the important minor characters of the Harry Potter series. At first he is thought of as a serial killer, and the man responsible for Harry’s parents’ deaths. We learn that this is not true and that he was a best friend to them, and he was framed for their murder. He’s a bit of a bad boy, kind of reckless and always in need for adventure but he’s loyal and brave and extremely committed. He was loyal to his friends, James Potter, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, and eventually, Lily Evans, and those in the Order of the Phoenix. When he comes into Harry’s life, he does everything he can to be a good godfather to Harry. He risks his life, his arrest to be there for him and keep him safe. He’s an incredible wizard, and insanely clever and talented.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Respect for Gary Oldman, who is a VERY good looking man, but he’s not quite the Sirius Black that I had pictured. I pictured a sort of younger, sexier man. Sorry if that offends anyone but I did. Sirius Black was the good looking one of the Marauders. So I pictured someone younger, and he had that sort of bad boy image and the humor. Love you Gary, but you’re not what I picture haha.

That being said, Sirius is the bad boy. He’s the one who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, spent years in Azkaban, and survived. He is constantly on the run, afraid of being caught for the crime that Pettigrew committed, and yet all he can think of is the safety of his godson and the task of defeating Lord Voldemort and making the wizarding world safe. He doesn’t think about himself, and Sirius can be kind of a selfish person at times, and when it comes down to it, he really cares about the people that loves.

Plus Sirius is just a sexy, badass. He’s a great wizard, and he has that sort of rock star quality. He has that long dark hair, and he’s kind of a rebel, in his own family. He could have been a Slytherin, a Death Eater, on the wrong side but he has a good heart and he goes for the right side. He is a fantastic, talented wizard and he can change into a dog as an Animagus. He is able to do this as a fifth year student, and he and his friends create one of the COOLEST objects in the HP world, the Marauder’s Map.

I also think people should give Sirius more credit than they do. Yes, he was cruel to Kreacher. Yes, he sometimes treated Harry like he was James reincarnate. He was in the same sort of situation like Draco Malfoy and he could have ended up in that same sort of situation but he doesn’t. He doesn’t blindly follow and sure, his life is full of ups and downs, but in the end, he was a good person. He was an incredibly good person and I admit him a ton for getting past his familial past.

Notable Quotes: 

“Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.”

“Yes, but the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.”

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?”

“Sirius was lounging in his chair at his ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking, his dark hair fell into his eyes with a sort of casual elegance neither James’s nor Harry’s could ever have achieved, and a girl sitting behind him was eyeing him hopefully, though he didn’t seem to have noticed.”

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Fictional Crush of the Week!

Tune in next week for more :)

Fictional Crush of the Week-Katniss Everdeen

Character Name:

Katniss Everdeen

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay 

Author/Creator:

Suzanne Collins

Played By: 

Jennifer Lawrence

Who They Are:

Katniss Everdeen is the main character of the incredibly popular, standout novel series, The Hunger Games. She is a sixteen year old girl from the futuristic United States, called Panem, where the country is divided into Districts. She lives in the poorest: District 12, in charge of coal. She illegally hunts for food and trades on the black market in order to ensure the survival of her family. When she is reaped into the Hunger Games, a tournament that pits children from all districts against each other in a race against their own death, she finds unlikely allies and realizes the Games are more than just what they seem. When her controversial win in the Games (there are two winners!) strikes a note of rebellion in the country, she soon becomes the symbol, the Mockingjay. She’s quiet, sometimes thought of as mean, but cares deeply about the people around her.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Part of it does have to do with the character that Jennifer Lawrence has brought to life. Katniss really isn’t supposed be this super likable character. She’s mean, standoffish, not easily able to trust someone or open up to someone, and you really fall in love with her as a character because you’re in her head, and you see her side of the story. If we were in Peeta’s head, say, we would maybe like her a bit less.

Or maybe not, Peeta loves Katniss.

But Jennifer Lawrence captures everything that is Katniss but gives her a humanity, a likability that I think the book sometimes lacks. She captures Katniss’ uncertainty, her toughness but also her care and love for the people around her. And Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely beautiful and I enjoy every moment that she is on a screen. She works amazingly as a brunette, and even though she wasn’t what I had originally pictured as Katniss, I can’t imagine anyone else playing her.

But I think there is a fierceness to Katniss that attracts everyone to her. She doesn’t always realize it but she’s so full of genuineness and life. There is never anything fake about her, and when she has to do that during The Hunger Games, she absolutely hates it. She’s no bullshit. Katniss will tell you how she feels, and she will do what she pleases, how she pleases, and while that pisses a lot of people, I think it also attracts people to her, as well. She has the kind of attitude that I think a lot more people wish that they had.

I think the thing that really makes Katniss an attractive and awesome character is that she envelopes all the sides of a strong female character. She is physical strong, able to wield a bow and arrow, hunt and trap for survival and she is survival smart. She is also just a smart girl in general. She is clever and intelligent and has a knack for strategy. She does stupid things too, though, which makes her human, especially since she is a teenager. She is also beautiful, though she doesn’t always know it, and she feels very much for her family, her friends and others. She loves Gale and Peeta, in different ways, and it makes her incredibly likable and human. She has her perfections and her flaws.

Notable Quotes: 

“As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.”

“But I feel as if I did know Rue, and she’ll always be with me. Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the Mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim.”

“Great. Now I have to go back and tell Haymitch I want an eighty-year-old and Nuts and Volts for my allies. He’ll love that.”

“You will hold yourself and your government responsible for their safety, or you’ll find yourself another Mockingjay!”

“You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? Fire is catching! Fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with is!”

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Fictional Crush of the Week-Stephen Jameson from The Tomorrow People

Have you watched The Tomorrow People? If you haven’t, side effects you seriously need to. They just had their midseason finale (which BLEW MY MIND) and that gives you PLENTY of time to catch up. Don’t believe me? Check out my five reasons to watch it here.

Here is one of my reasons ;)

Character Name:

Stephen Jameson

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Tomorrow People

Author/Creator:

Originally Roger Price, purchase in the 1970s in Britain.

Played By: 

Robbie Amell

Who They Are:

Stephen Jameson is the main character of The Tomorrow People. He’s in high school, plagued with a sleep walking disorder and hearing voices. That is, until he meets Cara, John, Russell and the rest of The Tomorrow People and realizes that there is nothing wrong with them…not in the way he thinks. He has special powers, the three Ts: telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy. He learns his father, who ran out on his family when he was young, was part of this, and is crucial to the survival of the Tomorrow People, as they are hunted down by a secret organization called Ultra. Stephen is recruited to help the Tomorrow People track down his father, and to help do so, he works undercover for Ultra, under the constant gaze of his uncle, Jedikah. He’s an optimistic member of the team, brave and wanting to help everyone that he can, even when it seems impossible. He keeps his powers and his life a secret from his mom and brother in order to protect them, and is a fiercely loyal and loving person.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Um, have you seen Robbie Amell? That’s the first thing that would grab anyone off the bat. Robbie Amell caught my eye because I was watching Arrow at the time, and everyone kept talking about Stephen’s cousin, who was coming to The CW on his own show. When I saw commercials for The Tomorrow People, I thought it looked interesting and I have been watching it ever since, completely addicted, and having a ton of fun with the cast live tweeting during the episodes. Seriously that makes the episodes even better.

But like I said, Robbie Amell. A very fine example of male beauty ;) The dark hair, the blue eyes, and the frequency in which Stephen is without a shirt…what is not to like?

But there’s more than that too. I love Stephen as a character. I think we tend to like the bad boys the most, and I definitely do. Jace Wayland, Adrian Ivashkov, Han Solo, Jared Lynburn, etc. By that pattern, I would probably like the character John on the show but that’s not what happened. I think the good guy, the one determined to save everyone, to always do the right thing, is always overlooked and I found that in Stephen’s character. He’s the good guy, the one who literally always wants to do the right thing. And what makes that even better is that he is always stumbling around and making mistakes. He’s getting used to having powers, and using them. he’s not perfect. I can’t stand a perfect character; its so unrealistic and boring. Stephen is figuring things out and making mistakes but he always tries to do the right thing, and tries to take care of the people he loves.

Plus he always has witty and sarcastic lines all the time, and that’s enough to send my heart palpitating.

Notable Quotes: 

“If I’m not human, what the hell am I?”
(When I heard this, I was like Clary! Clary says almost that exact line in City of Bones)

 “No offense, but any second I’m gonna wake up someplace awful. Maybe another three-way at the neighbors’ place.”

 “I’m gonna do what he asked me to do. I’m gonna take care of my family. I’m going to be a better brother, a better son, and a better friend, to both of our species. Because what I’ve realized, is that I can’t turn my back on either of them. The only way I can do all this, is by pretending to be a good soldier, by working for my uncle, staying one step ahead of him. And that is what I’m going to do.”

“Wow, what happened to the whole ‘Welcome Stephen, you’re one of us, we’re the lost boys’ speech?”

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Fictional Crush. Stay tuned next week for more!

Fictional Crush of the Week-Michael Moscovitz of The Princess Diaries Series

I am so excited to share this one. Meg Cabot was my first dive into real young adult literature, site when I was 12 years and I first picked up The Princess Diaries. 13 years later, Meg Cabot is still one of my absolute favorite authors and Michael is still one of my biggest fictional crushes.

Character Name:

Michael Moscovitz

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Princess Diaries

Author/Creator:

Meg Cabot

Played By: 

Robert Schwartzman

Who They Are:

Michael Moscovitz is the main love interest of Mia Thermopolis in Meg Cabot’s ten part series entitled The Princess Diaries. As much as I love Robert, and his portrayal of Michael in the first Princess Diaries, he is much better in the book and he doesn’t disappear, like he does in the movies!

He is three years older than Mia, and the brother of her best friend, Lilly. He’s extremely smart, getting into Colombia on early decision, and the treasurer of the Computer Club. He is also incredibly good with math, and helps Mia with it, and is basically the reason that she passes math. He’s musical, and starts a band with other boys in his school, and he eventually invents a robotic arm that is incredibly important to the medical world. He is also a super geek and loves talking Star Wars and Buffy, and all sorts of other things. Michael is tall, with dark, curly, messy brown hair and brown eyes. Also, according to Mia, he has a wonderful smelling neck.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Its kind of funny. I first had a crush on Michael when I first read The Princess Diaries back when I was twelve/thirteen years old. He was one of my first fictional crushes before I was completely involved with the world of fandom :) He just seemed so incredibly perfect.

And I swear, I’m not just saying this but my boyfriend is SO much like Michael Moscovitz, it totally kills me. He’s so smart, so good at math (seriously, I would not have passed math in college without him), and he’s musically talented. He even LOOKS like Michael. So okay, that helps. A lot. ;) And I’m kind of like Mia: a writer, socially awkward, incapable of calming down and not being worrisome or paranoid haha.

He’s incredibly smart. He’s musically talented. He’s a nerd. He invents a Cardio-Arm, to assist doctors in heart surgery. He quotes Star Wars and Buffy and all sorts of nerd things at the drop of a hat. He falls in love with a princess, and gets her to fall in love with him. He gives her a Princess Leia flash drive to save her novel on because he knows she loves Princess Leia. I mean, seriously? How can I not? He’s the perfect boy, because he’s the most real character of all the fictional crushes I could have. He’s real. Except for the whole “super-genius-invented-a-new-piece-of-medical-equipment-thing-at-twenty-years-old” thing but he’s genuine. He loves Mia, and he isn’t afraid to show it but he isn’t full of angst, he doesn’t whine, he’s not tragic. He’s very much like my boyfriend.

Plus he waited for Mia! He waited two years while she dated the wrong boy, and he built a reputation for himself, made himself worthy of a princess while working in Japan on his Cardio-Arm and came back, and fought for her. Its so cute and romantic and beautiful and agh. I love Michael.

Notable Quotes: 

“Michael has never cried during a Broadway show. Except in that scene where Tarzan’s ape father is brutally murdered. And that was only because he was laughing so hard.”

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
You may not know this
But I love you too.”

“Mia, I’m not sorry. And I’ll wait.
Love, Michael.”
(The fact that he says this after they have an epic makeout session is too much for my emotions to handle)

“Dear Mia,
What can I say? I don’t know all that much about romance novels, but I think you must be the Stephen King of the genre. Your book is hot. Thanks for letting me read it. Anyone who doesn’t want to publish it is a fool. Anyway, since I know its your birthday, and I also know you never remember to back anything up, here’s a little something I made for you. It would be a shame if Ransom My Heart got lost before it ever saw the light of day because your hard drive crashed. See you tonight.
Love, Michael.”
(And he gives her the Princess Leia flash drive! AGH!)

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Crush, and that you’ll read the EPIC Princess Diaries series!

Happy Weekend!

Fictional Crush of the Week-Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments

So I’m introducing a new feature to the blog. I keep doing that. Why do I do this to myself?

Oh yes, decease I know why. Because I love this blog, decease and any excuse to write more is the best thing for me, information pills and for you guys, and for this blog in general.

I’m friends with a lot of bloggers, and I noticed a trend with some of them lately, doing things like Crush of the Week, and Hottie of the Week. My friend Hayley does a Crush of the Week on her blog, which you can check out here, and my friend Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels has recently started a Hunk of the Week on her blog.

And I really thought, that’s a great idea! I could do that. The cool thing about what I could do too, as a girl who is attracted to both guys and girls, I could cover both bases.

But I decided to take the idea (Thanks Hayley and Sylvia!) and twist it a bit. They are using real people, and that’s fine and dandy because real people are super hot and totally actually available to date (sort of available…if you can get near them…), but I’m all about the fictional characters.

So I’m going to be sharing a favorite fictional crush of mine, each week. Its a chance for you all to see some of my favorite characters from my favorite books, but also a chance for me to gush about my fictional crushes too. Sigh.

I will warn you though: most of these will have spoilers for whatever has been released so far. I don’t tend to cushion things like this, only reviews.

So in this first edition, I just HAVE to share my ultimate fictional crush, who will top the list NO matter what, every single time.

Here he is:

Character Name:

Jace Wayland Morgenstern Herondale Lightwood

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Mortal Instruments Series

City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire 

Author:

Cassandra Clare

Played By: 

Jamie Campbell Bower

Who They Are:

Jace Wayland is the main character, alongside Clary Fray, in the Mortal Instruments series. He is a Shadowhunter, a human with angel blood and a predestined mission to rid the world of its demon infestation. He is tall, well built, blond hair and gold eyes. Jace was raised by Valentine, a rogue Shadowhunter, who was not easy with his affection for his “son”. This makes Jace hard, sarcastic and cocky, and not easy to see through at times. He isn’t easy with his affection but when he does eventually fall in love, he is incredibly romantic and protective, and yet, he shows strength and belief in Clary. He has a fierce loyalty to his friends and his adopted family, and he is a strong fighter and one of the BEST Shadowhunters that has even been.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Jace Lightwood. How can I describe Jace Lightwood? Sigh.

I first read the Mortal Instruments series three and a half years ago. My boyfriend and I had broken up for a couple months and I was in a miserable state, and I just needed the one thing that can always distract me: books. I went to Borders (oh Borders…rest in peace), and I found City of Bones. I thought it sounded kind of interesting, and took it home, and proceeded to read the second and third books, which were the only ones out at the time, and fell in love with series hard.

And with that came the BIGGEST crush on a fictional crush ever. I was lonely and mopey and pathetic at the time and I thought Jace Wayland was the best character to ever exist and the love of that character has not gone away.

For one thing, he’s a badass warrior, who is super strong and can fight like no other, and is extremely loyal and clever and brave and fearless. And he’s the bad boy too: he has sarcasm and biting words and he’s cocky as hell, and I don’t know, I love that sort of boy. I love the ones that are so hard to see sometimes and have these hard shells because when they do fall in love, and they do start to pull down the walls, its so beautiful and its like a relief. I remember feeling like, OHMYGOD, finally, Jace opens up with people!

Plus, if Jace were real, he’d be super hot. I know that Alec Lightwood is supposed to be the beautiful one, but Jace has that blond, tortured soul, tough warrior, with sexy rune tattoos thing going on. Yeah. Whew. I need to splash my face with cold water.

Plus, he’s funny. He makes me laugh with the ridiculous stuff that he says, and I love when a boy can make me laugh.

Notable Quotes: 

“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”

“It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”

“I know it’s wrong – God, it’s all kinds of wrong – but I just want to lie down with you and wake up with you, just once, just once ever in my life.”

“There is no pretending”,Jace said with absolute clarity.”I love you,and I will love you until I die,and if there’s a life after that,I’ll love you then.” (This one kills me every single time…)

“I love you Clary. More then I ever– God. More than i probably should. You know that, don’t you?”

“To love is to destroy and to be loved is to be the one destroyed”

“Don’t order any of the faerie food. It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you’re munching a faerie plum, the next minute you’re running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not, that this has ever happened to me.”

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I hope you enjoyed this first edition of my Fictional Crush of the Week! Come back next weekend for more!

Ontario Teen Book Fest & iFandoms Collide Episode 2!

Today was an absolutely amazing day to be part of this blog, pill WhatANerdGirlSays, and to be part of the creative force of iFandoms Collide. Myself and my fellow bloggers, Sylvia, Tatiana and Megan (plus my sister, Jessica) headed to the Ontario Teen Book Fest today!

First off, I want to say thank you to two people. One is to Allison Tran at the Mission Viejo Library, who seriously is becoming the most amazing person to know. She has helped me so much, in getting my interview with Cassandra Clare, telling me about other events that I’d be interested in and she’s just been amazing. She told me about this awesome event through the Ontario Library and I thank her for that.

I would also like to thank Courtney Saldana from the Ontario Library for two reasons. One, is putting on such an amazing event that happened today and for bringing together the group of authors that came together today. Such a great mix of super talented, inspirational and wonderful authors. Two, I’d like to thank her for allowing us the opportunity to attend the Author Breakfast and to have one-on-one personal time with the authors to get to know them. We were able to talk to them about some REALLY cool things, and get to know some AMAZING authors.

We were also able to film episode TWO of the iFandoms Collide vlog, in which we discuss our top ten fictional crushes (you guys know how I love to talk about my fictional crushes!) We also talked to the authors that we were able to meet today and asked them their fictional crushes, authors like Stephen Chbosky, Morgan Matson, Jessica Brody, Lex Thomas, and so many more. Check it out below.

This was super fun to film, especially with getting all the author’s fictional crushes as well. SUPER fun. I loved Marie Lu‘s answer of Sydney from A Tale of Two Cities and Stephen Chbosky‘s Scarlett O’Hara. So great.

But what this particular blog post is about is my personal reaction to today’s events. After all this is WhataNerdGirlSays, and I am the “Nerd Girl” in that title :) As you all know, I am extremely passionate about young adult literature. I am a huge advocate for it, I write constantly about, I preach its use in academics, especially in the middle school and high school curriculums. Young adult literature is the very foundation for this blog!

So that being said, today was an amazing experience. I really got to have an up close and personal experience with all the authors today. They all took the time to really talk to all the fans, and every single author took the time to talk to me as a writer, and to give me advice and encouragement as an author. Here’s a picture of us with all the authors today:

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Authors at this event were (from left to right): Jessica Brody, Lex Thomas (duo), Gretchen McNeil, Carrie Arcos, Andrew Smith, Sara Wilson Etienne, Suzanne Lazear, Morgan Matson, Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Ann Stampler and Jennifer Bosworth.

I wish honestly that I could have gotten every single one of their books and I could get them all signed. Unfortunately my wallet doesn’t permit for such things. I am a poor college student haha and I just can’t do that. But I came up with this idea: I bought a poster board, wrote “You are a writer” on it, in the middle, and I asked all the authors to write a piece of advice or words of encouragement. Once I fill up this poster board, I can frame it and put it on my wall, and it can be my encouragement when I feel like my writing is going bad (which, sadly, is often).

And the response was AMAZING. Every single author that was at the event signed it with words of wisdom. Here is the poster board below :) If you click on it, you can see it bigger, in order to read the advice given.

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Hanging out with the authors during the Author Breakfast was a great opportunity and really gave us the ability to hang out with the authors, get to know them, interview them and really share with them our passion about books and young adult literature. Some highlights include:

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Making funny faces with Jessica Brody

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Chatting about fictional crushes with the iconic Stephen Chbosky (author of Perks of Being a Wallflower). He loves the feisty characters, like Scarlett O’Hara!

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And interviewing Marie Lu, the superb author of the Legend trilogy about her upcoming finale book, Champion, and her fictional crushes.

There were so many more moments and I’ll post a link near the bottom so you can see more pictures.

First we got to see Stephen Chbosky in a Q and A, and he was incredibly inspirational and touching. His book has touched so many people’s lives and it was amazing to hear him speak. We also got the great news that he is working on something new, hopefully coming out in 2014! Awesome!

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I love being short, it causes some hilarity at times :) This is a GREAT picture of me and Stephen Chbosky. I loved being able to talk to him about a particular part in his book that was very resonating to me. I won’t say too much more than that because it is EXTREMELY personal to me but I was glad to talk to him about it, and I nearly cried when talking to him about it. What a great writer and a great person as well.

My favorite panel of the day was the Femme Fatale panel, featuring all female authors talking about female characters that kick butt.

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From left to right: Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Morgan Matson, Jennifer Bosworth and Jessica Brody. Truly great panel, from some talented and inspiring authors. I was able to get books signed by all by Jennifer Bosworth, who I am determined to track down in the future! They were hilarious, inspirational, great at advice and it was a highlight of my day. Especially when Leigh Bardugo said she was a Tamora Pierce fan. I LIVE for that Tortall world.

Then came meeting the authors!

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me and Morgan Matson, author of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. She is a SERIOUS inspiration of mine and it was amazing being able to talk to her as much as I was able to today :)

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Myself and Ann Stampler, author of Where it Began. She showed us the brand new cover of her new book and hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on some ARCs!

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myself and Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy (I am so anxiously awaiting Champion!). She is so inspirational, as a young author, for aspiring authors like me.

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me with Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone. Her humor, charisma, intelligence and inspiration drove me to buy her book. I can’t wait to dive into it. She was a wonderful person to me and gave good advice, and was truly inspiring. I hope to meet her again someday.

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Myself with Carrie Arcos, who was nominated for a National Book Award for her novel Out of Reach, and Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck. Two books that are now on my t0-read list. Such lovely ladies!

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the always lovely, hilarious and super great Jessica Brody. I finally picked up a copy of The Karma Club today, which I had only read halfway. You can also read Unremembered, My Life Undecided and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father.

Another author that I didn’t manage to get a picture with was Andrew Smith. he recently wrote a book called Winger, which was unofficially released today at the Teen Book Fest but won’t officially release until Tuesday. He is already being featured in the New York Times today (the 12th) and has an immense buzz around his book. He was super fun to talk to, and a true inspiration. He was not encouraged as a writer by his parents and is an encouraging parent to his aspiring writer son. He was a truly wonderful author to meet as well and I’m sad I missed him in my photo taking spree.

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All in all, it was absolutely wonderful day. I really got to hang out and talk and be inspired by people who are doing the very things that I wish to do with my life. My life’s ambition is to become an author and these authors are doing exactly that and I hope to one day become that. It is always a fun thing to meet these authors as a fan, but it is also fun to meet them as a hopefully one day future colleague in the field of young adult literature.

I left this event today feeling two different ways. In one way, I was extremely happy and fan girling over the amazing authors that I met today. But I also left feeling super inspired and uplifted. All of the authors today gave me great advice and words of encouragement and they all gave me the push, and the words of not giving up. Every single author gave me a stronger belief in myself and they all said that they can’t wait to see what I do. Which really meant a lot, as I’m in some serious writer’s block and I hate my third novel haha. But such wonderful people to meet and a wonderful event to attend.

Thank you so much to the Ontario Library for putting on this event, and to Mrs Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop for sponsoring the event and all the librarians and teen volunteers who helped put this on. You guys are all rock stars.

Thanks to my sister, Jessica, for being my book buddy for life.

Thanks to Sylvia, Megan and Tatiana for being the BEST book friends a girl could have and for being the pieces of the puzzle for iFandoms Collide and for understanding me :) and for always making every event we go to the best time ever.

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(I had to put this picture of us with Thomas and Lex because they totally towered over all of us. And they were SO super cool)

And thanks especially to Courtney Saldana (below) at the Ontario Library. You gave us wonderful opportunities today to make memories that we will never forget. I can’t wait to attend more events that you and your library put on because I know that they will be absolutely wonderful :)

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We all recorded the authors talking about new projects, fan reactions, their new stuff, all kinds of cool stuff. Those videos will hopefully be up soon (we are getting better at editing haha) and I will share them with you as soon as I can!

If you’d like to see more pictures from this event, check them out on the WhataNerdGirlSays facebook page here.

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If you live in the Los Angeles/Southern California area and know of an author event or book fest event that you think myself or my team at iFandoms Collide would be interested, please contact us!

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A last few side notes:

All of these authors rock! I tweeted all of them to tell them what a great time that I had meeting them yesterday and pretty much all of them tweeted back :) It takes time out of their day to do this and it means a lot when they reply :)

Also, all the authors are linked on this post, so that you can check them out, and every book that is mentioned is linked to its Amazon page so that you can check it out and maybe purchase it!