Fact File: C.S. Lewis

Heyy bookdragons.

I know what you’re going to ask. “Simi, where hath you been?? It’s actually quiet for once around here” and ya know what? That’s a great question that I can’t even think up an excuse for. I’ve fallen ill with laziness? Will that suffice?

You’re probably also wondering where those discussions I was talking about are. Well, unfortunately, they got on the wrong train and went all the way to Alaska instead of the UK, but they say they’ll be here within the next couple of weeks – which here means “I am slightly avoiding writing a discussion post because I don’t know what to write about or how to write it and I am struggling but will hopefully conquer my fear soon and stomp on it violently (but not too violently because I’m a calm person, obviously) and actually write a post, for Zeus’ sake.” After all my laziness with posting, you guys deserve these discussion posts. I will try to post one soon but I’m not making any promises because I’m a nasty and unpredictable bookdragon.

(If you have any ideas or advice for my discussion posts, please giveth!! T’would be very appreciated.)

Moving onward, I have very kindly wrapped with a silk ribbon a lovely fact file on C.S. Lewis for all you Narnians because The Chronicles of Narnia are everyone’s fave. Enjoy 🙂

Clive Staples Lewis:
Gender: Male
Age: 64 (deceased)
Occupation: writer, literary critic, theologian
Famous for: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters
Comment:
Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898 and fell in love
with animals and stories at a young age. As he grew older,
his tastes changed to poetry and mythology. He grew up as a
Catholic, but abandoned his faith in his teens soon after the
death of his mother. During his time at university, he was sent
to fight in World War I, which confirmed his atheism. However,
in his early adult years, he converted back to Christianity and
wrote The Pilgrim's Regress, followed by other Christian fiction
that has named him one of the greatest British writers of all
time, beloved by millions. In 1963 he died of kidney failure,
but his works are still affecting the world to this day.

To learn more about C.S. Lewis, click here.

Fact File: Cressida Cowell

IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE EVE OH MY GOODNESS ONLY TWO MORE DAYS AHHH.

No, I’m not screaming and running around and knocking over Christmas trees. How dare thee accuse me of such a thing.

And no, this post isn’t even Christmas themed. Shame on me.

Today I’m doing another fact file, this one on Cressida Cowell, the fantastically amazing writer of How to Train Your Dragon, one of my favourite children’s books (and films) of all time. We actually have a lot in common, Cressida and I, because we both are dragon queens with degrees in dragonology. Yeah, I know. I have many hidden talents.

Anyways, Merry Christmas for Sunday! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re enjoying the holidays! And remember, Jesus is the reason for the season 😉

Cressida Cowell:
Gender: Female
Age: 50
Occupation: writer
Famous for: How to Train Your Dragon series
Comment:
Cowell grew up partly in London and partly on an island off the
west coast of Scotland. On this island, there were no roads,
houses or electricity, so Cressida spent a lot of her time
drawing and writing stories. Her father told her legends of the
Vikings who invaded their island and the dragons thought to have
lived in caves in the cliffs. These legends helped her to form
her stories of Vikings and dragons and, eventually, the How to
Train Your Dragon series we know and love today. She studied
English and later graphic design and illustration, before
beginning her work of writing children's picture books. Her most
famous book, How to Train Your Dragon, was made into a film in
2010, with a sequel in 2014. She still lives in London, but now
with her husband Simon and their three children.

To learn more about Cressida Cowell, click here.

Fact Files are back! Where did they go?

Bonjour mes amis!

Yes, I know, I have been awful with posting lately. And here I was thinking I should take December off. Well, this shall not be the case, at least not this year. I think I owe you all some posts! My goal for December: post every week. I’ll most likely fail but WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER. Here is a really cheesy encouraging quote for December that I shall insert here: “If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.” What a load of codswallop.

Quick announcement: I now have Goodreads (took awhile, I know) so if you have any recommendations then you can tell me there!

Anyway, on this very special day, FACT FILES SHALL RETURN. They just went on a special quest to return some ring to a Mount Doom or something like that. No biggie. But yes, they’re back with a little bit of a twist… I’ve decided to change the focus of my lovely gifts of factual knowledge from book characters to authors! Partly because I don’t really know which characters to choose and partly because I really don’t know anything about authors. I feel as if they are quite underappreciated. So, hop on y’all! Also feel free to comment below which authors you’d like to know more about, or whether you hate this idea passionately and wish for me to go back to character fact files. If so, you’re not alone; this idea scares me too. Today, I’m starting off with a fact file on the epic John Grisham, author of the Theodore Boone books.

John Grisham:
Gender: Male
Age: 61
Occupation: writer, attorney, politician
Famous for: A Time to Kill, The Firm
Comment:
Grisham was born in Arkansas in 1955 and, when he was young, dreamed
of becoming a professional basketball player, but soon switched his
aspirations to being a lawyer. He practiced law for a decade in
Southaven, sneaking in a few hours of writing before work after
overhearing a 12-year-old's testimony and being inspired to write
about it. His first book, A Time to Kill, sold over 2 million copies.
His writing hobby soon became a full-time career and over 7 of his
books have been made into films. No one can argue against the fact
that he is the king of legal thrillers. Although, from time to time,
he still plays a bit of basketball.

To learn more about John Grisham, click here.

Fact File: Moxie Mallahan

Hi everyone!

I haven’t written a fact file in a while, so I thought I’d write one today on my favourite character from Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series, Moxie Mallahan. She is one of young Lemony’s first friends in Stain’d-by-the-sea, and I find she is very smart and loyal, and I just really like her character. Enjoy!

Moxie Mallahan :
Gender : Female
Age : (unknown, but probably 10-13)
Occupation : Journalist
Famous for : Sassy looks , curious intellect
Starring in : All the Wrong Questions - Book 1-4

Comment :
Moxie Mallahan is probably my favourite character in this series
because she is very smart and always curious and enthusiastic to
help young Lemony in solving the case. She stood by him and even
risked herself getting hurt to help him. Her family used to run
the Stain'd Lighthouse, the town's newspaper. Now her mother works
in the city and Moxie, who misses her very much, wants to one day
join her and became a proper journalist. Kellar Haines, a skilled
typist, is seen as a possible love interest.

(Click here to learn more about Moxie Mallahan)

Fact File: Aunt Josephine

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a lovely summer! I’ve decided to host a guest post competition! Shelby will start it off the week after next and it will go on until the end of August. There are 4 participants and I will be the judge, but I’d love to hear your thoughts too so be sure to leave a comment! For now I am going to do another Fact File. This one is on Aunt Josephine who was Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire’s third guardian. Enjoy!

handJosephine Anwhistle :
Gender : Female
Age : (unknown)
Occupation : V.F.D. member
Famous for : Fear of almost everything
Starring in : A Series of Unfortunate 
Events - Book 3 , Film (actress : Meryl 
Streep)
Comment :
Since Aunt Josephine's husband was eaten by leeches she has been 
afraid of almost everything. Her house sits precariously at the
top of a steep hill overlooking a lake, but she won't move out
because she is afraid of realtors (estate agents). She is also
very fond of grammar and likes to correct the orphans when they
make a grammatical mistake. Although she may seem like a posh
wimp, she is kindhearted like Uncle Monty and tries to do what's 
best for the children. Sometimes she can be an annoying character
but overall she is good-natured.

(Click here to learn more about Aunt Josephine)

Fact File: Uncle Monty

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted a review in a while but I had a week of exams last week so I’m pretty knackered. I will hopefully have finished the last Jane Blonde book by next Friday! Also, I have created a new page called What are YOU reading?, where you can comment on what you are reading currently, or what you would recommend for me to read. But now I will write a fact file on Uncle Monty, the Baudelaires’ second guardian…

Montgomery Montgomery :
Gender : Male
Age : (unknown)
Occupation : Herpetologist , V.F.D. member
Famous for : Knowledge of reptiles
Starring in : A Series of Unfortunate Events - 
Book 2 , Film (actor : Billy Connolly)
Comment :
Uncle Monty was the Baudelaire's second guardian and he was very
kind and caring to the children. They were very pleased that he
could look after them, and they enjoyed helping him in his reptile
room. Dr Montgomery was very knowledgeable of snakes and reptiles,
and was part of the Herpetological Society, but he did not like
anyone there. Overall, he was a perfect guardian for the children
and was very loving, but sadly he did not look after them for very
long (you will understand if you read the book).

(Click here to learn more about Uncle Monty)

Fact File: Mr Poe

Hi everyone! I’m currently reading the last Jane Blonde book, but meanwhile I will write a Fact File! This one is about Mr Poe, who isn’t a big character but plays an important part as he is in charge of handling the orphans’ guardians. Enjoy!

Mrpoefog.PNGArthur Poe :
Gender : Male
Age : (unknown)
Occupation : Banker , Vice-President in Charge of
Orphan Affairs
Famous for : Coughing
Starring in : A Series of Unfortunate Events - 
Book 1-7,11,12 , Film (actor : Timothy Spall)
Comment :
Mr Poe is rather an annoying and bossy character, and he is very
bad at picking out guardians for the orphans; caring for children
is not his strong point. He has an endless cold and often 
interrupts himself by coughing violently into a handkerchief. Mr
Poe also never believes the Baudelaires when they try to tell him
that Count Olaf is in disguise, and he only ever realizes right at
the end of each book. Although, he does believe the orphans when
they say they aren't criminals, as they are accused of in book 7.
Overall, he is very stupid, but sometimes helpful to the children.

If you'd like to learn more now go to :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Poe or
http://snicket.wikia.com/wiki/Arthur_Poe