Unanswered Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingOne of the things I dislike most when reading books is the questions that I’m left asking once I’ve finished. As an author myself, I know how difficult it is to wrap everything up, especially if you have hundreds of characters, so this is in no way a criticism. If you explained what happened to every character after the books were finished, you’d have to write a whole new book just on that. It’s not realistic, and you can guarantee that someone would always find another question to ask.

If any of you are familiar with the Lord of the Rings books, you’ll know that there is an appendix at the end that sheds some light on what happens to the characters once the adventure is over. It made me happy reading that, as I knew where Sam, Legolas and Gimli went. I wish all authors could do this. Continue reading “Unanswered Harry Potter Questions”

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My Year in Films – 2017

My Year in Films 2017 -Beauty and the Beast - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis is one of the posts that I enjoy writing most every year. I love to look back at what I’ve done, as the memories of going to see these films and concerts comes flooding back. As I said last year, I got the Cineworld Unlimited card, so this one is going to be quite a long list. There have been some incredible films released this year, and some not so incredible. I wonder if our opinions differ on which were our favourites. Don’t forget to read to the bottom to see which goals I’ve achieved for 2017, and my new goals for the year ahead. Continue reading “My Year in Films – 2017”

Harry Potter Quiz

Harry Potter Quiz - Lauren Mayhew AuthorYou may probably already know this, but I’m gonna say it again for those of you that might have missed it – I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. (I mean, who isn’t?) So, obviously, when one of my friends from my Theatre group asked me to be on her team for a Harry Potter quiz, I wasn’t exactly going to say no.

The event was organised by Muggle Mastermind. You can find their Facebook page here. They are only doing these quizzes in my local area at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll expand quickly as they grow in popularity. It was very well organised, and it was probably the best run quiz I’ve ever been to. The team tables were set up like the great hall, picture above. A lot of thought had been put into it. Continue reading “Harry Potter Quiz”

Character Inspiration: People You Know

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: People You Know”

50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 2

50K50Days - Day 38 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, it’s day 39 in the challenge I set for myself to write 50,000 words in 50 days, and so far I’m doing really well. There was a point a few days ago where I had no idea what I was going to write next, and I very nearly gave up. However, I pushed through, and here I am on day 39 with 39,160 words written, and I haven’t even done any writing yet today!

I’ve written the final chapter already, though I know a lot of it is going to change when I start on draft 2. Now all I need to write is the battle scene at the end. Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 2”

My Year in Films – 2016

It’s that time of year again when I let you know which films and concerts I went to see in 2016. Towards the end of this year, I signed up to Cineworld’s Unlimited Card, which means I pay a monthly fee, and I can see as many films as I want per month! I’m hoping that next years list will be ten times longer than this one. Continue reading “My Year in Films – 2016”

Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe

Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe - Lauren Mayhew AuthorHarry Potter Page to Screen – Bob McCabe – 4.5 Stars

Blurb: “Harry Potter: Page to Screen” opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, “Page to Screen” is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere. Continue reading “Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling - Lauren MayhewHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 4 Stars

Blurb: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I was so excited to read this, and though I tried to hang on in the hope that I’d see it on stage first, I couldn’t. Tickets are almost impossible to get, and when it comes to Harry Potter, I have no willpower.

The fact that I managed to read this in the space of a few hours is a testament to how good it is. I couldn’t put it down – I just had to know how it would end. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling”

United As One – Pittacus Lore

United as One by Pittacus Lore - Lauren MayhewUnited As One – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities – like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi – and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own.

The Garde have always known there is power in numbers. If they can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war. The time has come for the Garde to make their final stand.

This is the last in the series of the Lorien Legacies, and I’m not 100% sure I’m ready for it to be over. Part of me was so excited to get my hands on this book, and the other part of me is quite sad. This was the last book series I’ve been waiting to complete, so it’s like the end of Harry Potter all over again. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner…

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The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau – 3.5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks.

Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

I’m really not sure what to write about this book. I didn’t hate it, hence the 3.5 stars, but I didn’t love it either. In the end, it all just got a little silly. I appreciate that Lina and Doon found the way out of Ember, but I refuse to believe that they were the only two citizens of Sparks who thought it may be beneficial to go back to there. Continue reading “The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau”