Event Recap: The DUFF Screening Presented by Tumblr with Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell!

Last week, prescription I was all gearing up to go on a date (yes, viagra a date AGH) when I got an email from a super cool lady named Christina from Tumblr, order inviting me to an exclusive screening of The DUFF, with some of the cast in attendance.

And I freaked out a little. I had already seen the movie and some of the cast but you guys know me, I was NOT going to turn down another chance at meeting my number one celebrity crush (besides Mike Trout), Robbie Amell. What a conundrum and confusion on what to do!

Luckily, it all worked. My date decided to hang out with me at the screening for the day, so I got to hang out with a super cool guy AND see The DUFF and Robbie Amell again.

This was possibly the coolest screening I have ever been to, and I’m not just saying that. I’ve been to a ton of screenings and this one just took the cake.

First off, it was put on by Tumblr, who gave us a TON of swag. I got a tumblr bag, all these buttons and stickers, a DUFF shirt (which I proudly wore this past weekend at Gallifrey One) and a Tumblr sweater that I literally keep wearing because its so massively comfortable.

We then were escorted into the theater, where my jaw basically dropped. This theater was BEAUTIFUL. Super large, reclining seats with pillows and blankets and these little tables and personal tablets to order food on. I was like, I seriously can’t see a movie at any other theater ever again. Ever again.

Then came MORE free stuff. We got free drinks, either strawberry lemonade or watermelon lemonade. I got the watermelon lemonade and it was something new and absolutely delicious. They also had a candy bar (mmm, gummy bears) and handed out free popcorn before the movie. I also ordered a pizza because I just couldn’t resist ordering something from the super fancy tablet thing. Seriously, this theater blew my mind.

Then it was movie time :) I loved the movie just as much as I did the first time, if not more. I know they changed a lot about the movie but the fact that they really kept the core message, that meant a lot to me. The DUFF is all about realizing that there are always going to be people that you think are prettier or smarter or whatever than you, but you have to be confident and happy with the person that you are and things will be okay and I’m glad they kept that part in. If you’d like to read my recap of the last screening AND a spoiler free review of the movie, check it out.

After the movie, they brought out Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman who play the two main characters in the movie to do a short Q and A. It was fun to see them talk about the movies, focusing on the self-confidence part of the story. I also liked hearing them talk about other projects, and about teens and all of that. This is a YA book so it meant a lot that the questions stayed geared toward YA themes and issues. It was awesome. Plus, I spent most of the time drooling over Robbie, much to the amusement of my wonderful date haha.

Then they lined us up and we were able to get our professional photo op with Robbie and Mae. I absolutely LOVE when they do this. They did this with Vampire Academy too and I think that’s great when they do. They know this is an experience for the fans and they do what they can to make it a great experience and I seriously appreciate that. I’m more likely to write about an event with high praise when it feels like I matter and I definitely felt like I matter.

I’m especially happy with the way the picture turned out, because these are two of my favorite people and they were SO nice. I was going to stand in between them but it was like my body had a mind of its own and I just went straight for Robbie haha, and Mae just laughed and was like  “its all good, I know he’s hotter than me.” Which made me laugh. Then I was able to say that I loved them in Arrested Development and The Tomorrow People, which is SO very true, and I squealed a bit, again, to the amusement of my date.

All in all, great night. I would seriously do another screening through them again, easily. It was a ton of fun, I enjoyed the movie, enjoyed meeting part of the cast, and the whole movie experience was just fantastic.

And I have the most comfortable Tumblr sweater ever so there’s that too ;)

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Make sure to go see The DUFF in theaters this Friday! Remember, every single YA adaptation needs YOUR support so that more movies with our favorite characters get made so head to the theater this weekend and watch the movie! Even if its only just see Robbie Amell’s beautiful abs ;)

Blogger Spotlight-Eilidh from British Nephilim

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, diagnosis and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s blogger is Eilidh from British Nephilim.

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Eilidh: I love to read and write, I also spend a lot of my time pretending I’m famous and dating someone famous (this is normally Jamie Campbell Bower, of course!). My favourite book is The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass. My favourite place in the world is Disneyworld in Florida and my favourite city is San Francisco! My hobbies are playing loads of sports and planning trips around the world!

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Eilidh: My blog is run with my parabatai, Sarah (twitter.com/TMI_TID_UK) and Daisy (twitter.com/tmibritian). We update our site as soon as any news comes out regarding Cassandra Clare and her books OR any movie news!

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Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Eilidh: Sarah and myself had noticed there wasn’t really a site in that was specifically for British Shadowhunters. A lot of sites run competitions that is just for the US and we wanted to give the opportunity for British Shadowhunters to join in as much as they could.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Eilidh: This is a really hard question!! I have 3, because it’s so hard for me to pick.
1. When Cassie followed me on twitter!
2. When Kevin Zegers tweeted me.
3. When my amazing friends from LA decided to surprise me and get Robbie Sheehan to sign a book from me – I cried so much my eyes were so puffy my dad thought I had reacted to something!

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Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Eilidh: New books would have to be Allegiant (Divergent series) and OF COURSE City of Heavenly Fire! I’m also looking forward to any books coming out by JL Armentrout!! As for films, City of Bones and Divergent, as well as The Fault in Our Stars. I also am looking forward to Obsidian to go through the film-making process!! So exciting!

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Eilidh: My two favourite authors are Cassandra Clare and JL Armentrout. My favourite book is The Mortal Insruments: City of Glass… closely followed by JL Armentrout’s Covenant Series. (I love that series SO much!!)

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Eilidh: WhatANerdGirlSays, City of Shadowhunters, FanGirlFeeels. I also keep up with the LuxenArmy and ClubFandemonium a lot. TMI Source is always on my list and I also love My Hunger Games to keep me up-to-date with other fandoms, iFandomsCollide is also great for the mixture of fandom culture

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Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Eilidh: Easy! Jace from the Mortal Instruments, of course. Even Will holds a strong place in my heart, as does James. I think I’m just a Herondale girl through and through! But I do love Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant Series too!

Last Word from Eilidh:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ASKING ME TO DO THIS! I LOVE YOU!

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I hope you all enjoyed learning about Eilidh! She’s an amazing person, that I met through Twitter, and her blog is awesome! Definitely check it out, and follow her!

And don’t forget to check out last week’s featured blogger, Erin from That One Geek Girl!

Blogger Spotlight-Jasmine from Movies, Shows N Books

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, information pills and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, ed no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s Blogger is Jasmine from Movies, Shows n Books

Her Twitter

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Jasmine: What can I say.  I’m a working Mom & wife that is still a booknerd at heart.  I have loved to read since my childhood days.  I am always a big fan of a good story, be it a movie, show and/or book.  I spend most of my time reading and going to events such as book signings, concerts and or Hollywood premieres (taking my daughter with me as much as I can) when all the responsibilities are taken care of.  I can even say that the public library was my favorite hangout  when I was in my Jr. High and High School days.  Now, bookstores are my favorite places to hangout…haha!!

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Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Jasmine: My blog entails the sharing of my love for movies, shows and books and my love for a good story.  It’s not about posting every entertainment news tidbit that comes out.  It’s more on me sharing my thoughts and my love of what interests me about the movies, shows and books that I enjoy.  And, since I am a fan of many, my blog doesn’t focus on just one fandom and/or one form of media. And, with all the fun events that my daughter and I, even my husband, have attended, this blog is a great way to share all the fun that we had and more! I mean, geez, I have also met a great deal of awesome people/bloggers…whatanerdgirlsays among the many I’ve met, at these awesome events.

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Jasmine: What inspired me to start…hmmm!!! I’m not exactly sure. First of all, I just love to share the fun and love of all of this to others. And, come to find out, there are many people out there who love to share as well.  On another note, I enjoy writing…at times, I  can be at a loss for words, but I love to write. Sometimes, once I start writing, I just keep going…as long as my thoughts keep flowing! LOL! For the most part, it’s just the sharing of the fun events to a public forum….have to “gush” somehow…right!!??!!

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

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Jasmine: My favorite nerd memory is when my daughter and I went to RT Teen Day (RT Booklovers Convention) in 2011 when it was in Los Angeles, CA!  It was the most memorable since just a couple of years prior, I got back into reading after being out of the country for several years studying for my college degree in BSPharmacy.  It was one of the most exciting days that I remember! That was the a day I met many new favorite authors! That and the first year we went to San Diego Comic Con! So, I don’t know if I can really say I have a favorite…it’s more like I have many favorite memories, because it all was amazing experiences.

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Jasmine: I am definitely looking forward to seeing one of my favorite author’s books, City of Bones written by Cassandra Clare, come to life on the big screen soon. I think it’s amazing to see film adaptations of books. Sometimes, it’s a bad adaptation, but sometimes, it can actually be a good adaptation.  What’s important is to capture the vision that the author had for the books! (that’s just me…haha!)  I was looking forward to reading Richlle Mead‘s new adult novel, Gameboard of the Gods, but now, I have already read it!  I was definitely not disappointed! I loved it!  In regards to movies, there are so many to choose from! The few that I most am looking forward to seeing isPacific RimThe WolverineThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugThor: The Dark World, THG: Catching Fire…these are just the few I’m most excited about.  But, the list can go on and on! In regards to books, there is so many (yes, I am so behind on my reading), I am looking forward to reading Khaled Hosseini‘s new book And The Mountains EchoedLeigh Bardugo‘s Grisha series, Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series…and so many more!!!

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Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Jasmine: My favorite authors to read are Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead (since I readGameboard of the Gods), Anne Rice, Melissa dela Cruz, Alyson Noel, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Sidney Sheldon, V.C. Andrews (when she was still alive), Keri Arthur, Khaled Hosseini, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Nancy Holder and so many more that I just can’t list them all down…haha!!

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Jasmine: Some of my favorite blogs to follow are: The Mortal Minute, Novel Reality, Jean Book Nerd, Mundie Moms, iFandoms Collide (since it includes all the other blogs that are my favorites to follow), Page to Premiere…just to name a few! Of course, WhatANerdGirlSays also…which is also a part of iFandoms Collide.

 Sara: Who is your fictional crush?

Jasmine: Let’s see…my fictional character crush(es)…hmmm! Definitely, Jace and Will from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, respectively; Ethan Wate from The Caster Chronicles; Ian and Jared from Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host; Damon Auguste from Alyson Noel‘s Immortals series; Damon from The Vampire Diaries; Justin March from Richelle Mead‘s Gameboard of the Gods…so far that I can recall…LOL!

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Hope you all enjoyed this week’s Blogger Spotlight and are able to check out Jasmine’s AWESOME blog :)

Don’t forget to check out last week’s Spotlight on Megan from Luxen Army!

And other previous Blogger Spotlights as well!

Blogger Spotlight-Megan from LuxenArmy.Net

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, generic and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, cialis 40mg no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you and would love to feature you! Plus I just like learning about new blogs!

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This week’s blogger is Megan from Luxen Army, but also iFandoms Collide and Novel Reality.

She also writes for City of Shadowhunters, The Mortal Institute and Page to Premiere.

Her Tumblr

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Her Facebook Page

You can find the social media pages for Luxen Army below!

This is how she introduces herself:

Megan Christine Herondale/Lewis/Ivashkov/Black/Ryves/Shaw/Odair/Collins/Parnell …okay so my name’s only Megan Christine Kaniasty and I tried to steal a couple of fictional last names – arrest me (and then ask me what ever I say can and will be held against me…because in that case I would say…) 

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Megan: I am a 22 year old full time student. I am going to school at a private Christian college called Biola University, and in two years I will be the proud owner of a BA in elementary education with an emphasis in special needs, a minor in Biblical studies, and a certification to teach. My earliest memory was of me wanting to become a published writer, and that is exactly what I plan on doing. I am working on a trilogy now, but I have also been keeping up other book ideas in my journals as they come along. I write everyday, whether it is for a blog, in my diary, or for my novels – I need to write, it is my forever love. My other love is this boy Sean Patrick Sugg. In my phone he is known as “Jace Herondale”. We’ve been together for almost 6 years now, and even though he isn’t an alien, a shadowhunter, or some awesome downworlder, we have one of those real life fairy tail stories. Oh yeah, I also love to read. Obsessed with it actually; books are my heroine. I know how blessed I am and I thank God every single day!

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Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Megan: Of all the blogs I am apart of, or that I write for, LuxenArmy.net is my baby because it is something that I had created. I brought on three other very talented girls from different time zones to help me run the website at all hours of the day, so that this becomes the best lux fansite out there! Luxenarmy.net is a fansite based on Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series novels – it even has approval of author Jennifer Armentrout! The site offers everything from news on Jennifer Armentrout’s novels (specifically focusing on the Lux series, and the Arum series) to forums for fans to live chat in with one another, and even a place to submit lux series fanfiction and fanart! The luxen army has a twitter @LUXENarmy , a tumblr, a facebook page that you should like and, luxenarmy.net ‘s origins, the facebook group.

 Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Megan: I started the luxen army after interviewing Jennifer Armentrout for ifandomscollide.com. I have called Lux fans the luxen army before, but after the interview, I really wanted to create a real life luxen army. I did it for fun, not expecting many people to see it because who am I? I am nobody really, just this nerd girl in LA. Well little did I know Jennifer Armentrout would catch wind of my facebook group and share about it over twitter. This facebook group of mine turned into a website, a facebook page, tumblr, and twitter because of the amount of unbelievable support that flooded in. I asked Tatiana, one of my best friends to help me out because I was new at this, she has a blog, and she was there when the luxen army invaded my life. Two other girls came to me asking if I would like help with the site, and thank God for them. Erin has designed the website beautifully, and Jessica has an AMAZING talent that I can’t wait to be shared with everyone in the Luxen Army!

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

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Megan: My FAVORITE nerd memory is Wondercon 2013. The Mortal Instruments is my favorite book series, Cassandra Clare is my favorite author, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is being made into a film, and they were having a panel at wondercon AND a meet and greet (if you happen to be lucky enough to win tickets TO the meet and greet). Lets just say I was really, REALLY lucky. Long story short, I was dressed up as one of the characters, Isabelle Lightwood (this is the nerdy part, me in cosplay. Well, I guess being at Wondercon is pretty nerdy as well…) I had an unbelievable time meeting the cast, and got kicked out for having my custom phone case signed. A security guard took my badge, and walked me out of Wondercon. We were talking the whole way out, and before I left I ended up talking my way into getting the security guard to give me my wondercon badge back so that I could still get back in. I met the cast, hugged the cast, and made a memorable exit. BEST. NERD. MEMORY. EVER…I have another amazing nerd memory meeting the director of The Mortal Instruments…I am a truly blessed nerd girl.

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Megan: I can’t even fathom an answer to this question. I get butterflies in my stomach and see lots of pictures flashing in my mind of new books, movies, movie trailers, interviews, and such, when I think of this question. I am looking forward to it all.

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Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Megan:  Series: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Lux series, The Shades of London, The Demon’s Lexicon, The Divergent series, The Hunger Games series, The Morganville Vampires, The Hush Hush series, The Vampire Academy series, The Mara Dyer series, The Feather Trilogy…the list can go on and on. As for Authors, well that list can go on and on as well, here are just a few (not including the authors of the series I’ve listed above): Sara Dessen, Nicholas Sparks, Morgan Matson, Andrew Smith, Leigh Bardugo, Lex Thomas… and again I say the list will go on and on (I know there are a TON more authors I absolutely LOVE but did not list, please PLEASE know you’re in my heart, but if I continue to list authors I love, well this would turn into an encyclopedia length blurb!)

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

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Megan: I don’t really follow blogs other than those I write for, my best friends’ blogs: whatanerdgirlsays.com and fangirlfeeels.wordpress.com, OR select authors. Cassandra Jean is the exception being neither a blog I write for, my best friend, or an author – I just think she is absolutely brilliant!

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Megan: Now THIS list will be quite long, I have more than one fictional crush. I guess I will give you my top ten – narrowing it down to only 10 is quite hard by the way.

1. Will Herondale (TID)

2. Jace Herondale (TMI)

3. Daemon Black (Lux)

4. Four (yes I put Four on 4 on purpose) (Divergent)

5. Jem Carstairs (especially after reading the Clockwork Prince graphic novel!) (TID)

6. Simon Lewis (TMI)

7. Cam Hamilton (Wait for You)

8. Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy)

9. Finnick Odair (THG)

10. Nick Ryves (Demon’s Lexicon)

…OH WAIT! I have more, TONS more fictional crushes! Oh boy, I believe I am a fictional whore…

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I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s edition of the Blogger Spotlight.

You can check out the amazing bloggers I have interviewed in the past here.

And read all about last week’s Spotlight girl, Jackie from Seeking Bazinga!

Blogger Spotlight-Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, information pills and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, buy more about no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, treat and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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Today’s blogger is Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels

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Her Page on iFandoms Collide

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Meeting Cassie Clare for the second time at LA Times Book Fest.

Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Sylvia: Hey guys, My name is Sylvia, I am 22 years old living in Los Angeles California. I write a blog called FangirlFeeels, I love YA books, weird Indy Folk music, I have a huge love for art and I want to travel the world. I have always loved reading books But I just recently came out of the “Fangirl Closet”.. As I like to call it. Reading books was not the cool thing to do when I was growing up so I hid my obsession until my Junior Year of High School, when one of my classmates was reading Twilight. Then she introduced me to the Fangirl World (AKA The INTERNET) and now I’m Here!

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Sylvia: FangirlFeeels Keeps up with all Fandom News and updates, Posts “Follow me Around” Event Vlogs & Book Reviews

Its a great site to make friends and have on going discussions about book theories and such. FangirlFeeels is a never ending Book Club.

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Meeting Jamie Campbell Bower at WonderCon 2013 

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Sylvia:  I had just finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver and all these questions were racing through my head. No one I knew had read the book, so I went on the internet and looked at every book review on Youtube. I then I realized that I could be doing the exact same thing! I wanted to connect with these people and talk about books and fangirl on the internet!   As I said before, Growing up, reading was not the cool thing to do so a lot of my friends do not read & don’t understand my constant obsession with these characters.I wanted a place to talk about books and everything associated with them with other readers who understood me. I was chatting with a couple of Fangirls a few months ago we were talking about starting up a blog thinking about names and stuff, I was jokingly spitting out names like “Feels.com”.  It wasn’t until a few weeks after when I was starting my own Blog that I came up with FangirlFeeels.com.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

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Sylvia: There has been so many its so difficult to choose… but ill just talk about the one that started it all! 

I Have been obsessed with The Hunger Games for quite sometime and I lent my copies to Tatiana (City of Shadowhunters) she fell in love with it right away. We signed up for The HOB on FB to be one of 400 fans to camp out for the Premiere of The Hunger Games movie! We got the email that said we were chosen to attend. The day before we were on the official The Hob Facebook talking to other campers.

We all met in the Starbucks at LA Live and I instantly felt at home! That first night we Camped out on the streets of Downtown LA. These 22 Fans became my family for the next 3 days. We slept on the ice cold cement, Talked about everything THG, Met the Cast, and saw the movie together!  We are still really close, Paulina (I Am Divergent) has become one of my closest friends. This event brought so many people together.

In fact, my friends Taylor and Fernando met at the premiere and are now married and having a baby! It was the Ultimate Fangirl Weekend & it brought me into this whole new life I never knew I was missing.

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Sylvia: TMI:City of Bones Movie!!!

TMI:City of Heavenly Fire!!!!

Divergent Movie

Allegiant!

iFandoms Collide Summer Road Trip! ;)

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Meeting Sarah Dessen with Tatiana, Sara, Megan, and Jessica at LA Times Book Fest! She is one of my Favorite Authors and Role models.

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

Sylvia: Ok, recently my favorite books are: TMI (the whole damn series) by the sassy Cassandra Clare, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Obsidian (a Lux Novel) by Jennifer L.Armentrout & my all time favorite is 13 Little Blue envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Sylvia: WhatANerdGirlSays (Seriously I love your blog! You’re so passionate) PolandBananas20   IAmDivergent City of Shadowhunters  Padfoot & Occasionaly Prongs

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Sylvia: SIMON LEWIS!!!! From The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Simon Lewis *Stares into space & sighs*

Simon Lewis Has my heart! I love that he is a Nerd & Hilariously witty & in a Band (even if they suck), & Robert Sheehan!!

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These are Pictures from the THG Premiere. Group 22!! We are the Careers! 

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of the Blogger Spotlight on Sylvia.

Come back next Monday for a new one!

And don’t forget to check out last week’s on Victoria from Novel Reality!

Interview with YA Author Jessica Brody!

 Before I get into the actual blog post, page I just want to say: This is my 200th blog post! Yay! The day before my blog turns one year old! I am so excited and happy about this :) What a milestone!

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So many of you may have noticed that in the last few months, I’ve been really getting myself out there: as a book lover, as an author, as a book blogger and I’ve had the opportunities to meet some really cool authors.

And the best part about going out there and meeting all these authors is that I’m not just meeting authors that I already know and I love, but I’m getting to meet new authors and discover new authors.

One of the authors I’ve had the seriously pleasure in meeting is Jessica Brody.

I had heard of her book, Unremembered, mostly because she started a blog post sort of thing where authors wrote about an event in their life that they’d like to “unremember”. One of them was Meg Cabot, who is one of my favorite authors EVER and it intrigued me on Jessica’s books. Then not soon after, I went to WonderCon and there was a panel entitled, “Writing for Teens and Tweens“, which is what I’m doing! I had to go!

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Jessica Brody was there, and she was super funny and super helpful in her advice and I was really excited to meet her later. She signed a bookplate for me for my own copy of “Unremembered” and I practically rushed home to finish it. Then I was lucky enough to meet her once more a couple weeks ago at the Ontario Teen Book Fest! And I must admit, when she remembered who I was and said “Oh, you’re the girl from WhatANerdGirlSays”, I was SO happy. I felt super cool :)

So, I asked her if she’d like to do an interview for WhatANerdGirlSays and she agreed! So here is the awesome interview that I was lucky enough to do with Jessica Brody.

And check out her books: Unremembered, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and more!

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You can find Jessica Brody at:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

GoodReads 

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Sara: What inspires you to write your stories? Where do you get the ideas for them?

Jessica: I get my ideas from everywhere, really! Mostly just observing people and the daily life around me. For instance, I got the idea for 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER when I was watching a meter maid write a parking ticket and I thought, “It would be cool to be a meter maid, but only for a week.” And then I started to brainstorm all the other jobs I’d only want to do for one week. That led me to think, “Who is the funniest person to have to take on a different job every week?” The answer was instant: A spoiled heiress. And the idea was born!

UNREMEMBERED came when I read a newspaper article back in 2009 about a teen girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash, instantly I had a fantastical idea of why she survived. That idea turned into a trilogy.

Sara: When I was a kid, I was convinced that I was going to be a dolphin trainer at Sea World. It wasn’t until high school that I realized I wanted to be a writer. Did you always want to be a writer, or did you have other career aspirations? 

Jessica: The short answer is yes, I always wanted to be a writer. Although it took me a long time to figure that out. In second grade I turned in a four page book report (the assignment was to write one paragraph) and the teacher made such a huge deal about it. I really couldn’t understand why. Writing just came naturally to me. At that moment I remember wanting to be a writer. But somewhere along the way I convinced myself that I needed to get a “serious” job…you know, one that comes with dental insurance. So I majored in Economics in college (very serious!) and went on to be a financial analyst for MGM Studios. It wasn’t until later that I realized “serious” wasn’t for me. So I quit to pick up where I left off at age seven.

 (Side Note: I totally realized that I wanted to write when I was in 4th grade because of a similar story! Check out my story on The Urge to Write’s blog here) 

Sara: Where do you come up with names for your characters? I’ve always used a ‘baby name book’, but do you have a different method?

Jessica: Haha. I do the same! NameBerry.com is my new favorite name website. They have these really cool name lists like, “Names for Girly Girls” or “Romantic Names.” Or “Fantasy Sounding Names.” I LOVE those lists.

I also collect cool names. I travel a lot for my books and whenever I meet someone who has a really cool name, I’ll write it down and store it for later. Then when it’s time to write a new book, I get out my list and see if any of them fit.

Sara: I know that as a writer, I get a lot of inspiration from the books that I read because I’m a BIG reader. What are some of the books you like to read? What books inspire you? 

Jessica: I’m inspired by any book that I can’t put down and that I feel like I “live” in (you know, when you think about the book even when you’re not reading it?) I read mostly YA (I just feel like all the good stories are told in the YA genre these days!) I love reading sci-fi and recently I’ve gotten into fantasy.

 Sara: What are some of your favorite things that you like to do in your spare time, besides reading and writing?  

Jessica: Spare time? What’s that!? Haha.

The spare time that I do have is usually spent catching up on my favorite TV shows and playing with my dogs.

I know, not very exciting, is it?

Sara: What are some things that we have to look forward to?  

Jessica: Oh, so much! LOL! Book 2 in the UNREMEMBERED trilogy will be out next March. It’s called UNFORGOTTEN and I’m gearing up to start writing book 3, which is currently called UNTITLED. Haha! I think I might keep that title. It has a nice ring to it.

Sara: What is the future like for Sera and Zen in the sequels to Unremembered?  

Jessica: Well, I can’t give away too much because anything I say might be a spoiler for those who haven’t read book 1 (which as you know, if you have read it, has a HUGE twist at the end!)

But I will say this:

Throughout the rest of the series, Sera will constantly be searching for answers about her past and the people who made her who she is. Also, the threats that exist in book 1 only get bigger in books 2 and 3 and with each story, Sera will have to step it up a notch and grow as a person and a human being if she wants to survive. Which, I think, is the point of any story worth telling.

Sara: When Sera wakes up from the plane crash, she has to relearn the world, as if from the very beginning. Was that difficult to write? 

Jessica: This was extremely difficult to write. Probably the hardest aspect of the book. How do you give someone a personality when they are virtually a blank slate? It was a very fine balance between staying authentic to her circumstances (severe amnesia) and creating an interesting character to read about.

Seraphina is like an alien visiting our planet for the first time. Anything an alien would find foreign about our world, she finds foreign too. That was kind of how I got into the mindset.

Sara: What is one question that you wish an interviewer would ask you? How would you answer that question? 

Jessica: TOUGH QUESTION! I love when interviewers ask questions that make me think about my motivations for writing things a certain way and make me question my own story.

Today at a school visit, I was asked a question by a student who’d read THE KARMA CLUB. She asked if a character who gets hurt in the book had purposely hurt himself? I never even considered that possibility! I was surprised and thrilled that someone had seen the story in a new way that I hadn’t yet seen. And I admit, given what happened to the character, I could see how he would have possibly hurt himself intentionally. Those kinds of questions, that make me rethink my own story, are so much fun to get!

Sara: What is your favorite part of being an author?  

Jessica: Fan mail and meeting readers! It’s so rewarding to know that people are out there reading and liking your book. And liking it enough to actually tell you about it! It really makes my day! As authors, we spend so much time by ourselves, locked in our little writing caves, we forget that there are people out there being affected by our books. It’s so nice to be reminded of that. It makes me feel like all my hard work that goes into bringing a book into the world is worth it in the end.

Sara: And I ask this question to anyone and everyone I interview so I hope you’re okay with it :) Who would you say is your fictional crush? 

Jessica: My latest crush is Augustus Waters! Oh man, he’s just too charming and ridiculously adorable.

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I hope you all enjoyed my interview with the wonderful and lovely, Jessica Brody. Definitely check out her books; they’re super fun and awesome. The sequel to Unremembered will be coming soon, which I am very excited about!

Check out my review for Unremembered here.

And come back tomorrow to celebrate my blog’s one year birthday and find out about the epic giveaway!