Posted in My Journey

My Birthday Haul 2017.

So October is here and with it comes another birthday for me! 🎉🎈

I had a lovely time celebrating with family and friends and I received some really beautiful gifts. ❤️ Some of which I thought I’d share with you today. You never know, Christmas is just around the corner, it may even lead to some gift-spiration for you guys!

Notebooks: As an author, I can never have too many notebooks and these ones are perfect. The pack of three are great for those days when writer’s block and self doubt are threatening to visit and the other well, what more do I need to say?

Books: Books are one of my favourite presents to receive and this year was no exception. I particularly like the variety of this year’s books. A nice mix of fiction and non-fiction as well as a more detailed look at a craft I love alongside an education in a whole new skill!

Selfie Light: You can’t go wrong with a bit of quirky tech and I can’t wait to give this selfie light a try. It’s basically a clip on light and clip on lense that attach to my phone to give my pics a better look. I think this will be a great little gadget to use for my blog posts and Instagram feed!

Board Game: I do love sitting down and playing a board game. There’s just something completely nostalgic and cosy about it. So when I unwrapped a Sherlock Holmes board game I was instantly in love. It looks to be a take on the classic game Cluedo, one of my all time faves. ❤️

Jewellery: I love jewellery and the only thing better than just jewellery is bookish jewellery. 😍 How cute are these little book necklaces? The first is a book with real tiny pages that, if I’m feeling daring enough, I could actually write in! The second is such a special gift.❤️ My friend got me my very own book cover on a necklace! I nearly cried receiving this. Such a lovey gift, it’ll be the perfect accessory for my future events.

Wool: But not just any old wool, oh no, my parents treated me to a trip to the TOFT HQ and enough yarn to make a mini me! (More on that at a later date 😉) For those of you who don’t know, TOFT is a brand of luxury British yarn who also run an alpaca farm! 😍 I love visiting TOFT; having a mooch around the shop, relaxing with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake and then taking a walk around the grounds to see the alpacas. I have a very exciting blog post in the pipeline about TOFT by the way, so stay tuned for that!

Also, as those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know, I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last week in London. ❤️ This was also a birthday present from my lovely boyfriend. But after having such an amazingly magical weekend, I think I want to save that experience for a blog post of it’s very own. ⚡️

Thank you again for all the love. ❤️

– B xo

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Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Competition Entry Example.

To get the ball rolling I thought I’d share an example of how my current competition works.

Here is a picture of one my #Unravelled stickers that I stuck on The Honesty Bookshop in Hay-On-Wye.

I deemed this to be an unusual place because it is a bookshop with no staff in one of the most bookish places in the world! If you pick a book off of the shelf you have to make a donation in the box, but no one is monitoring you… it’s all about honesty. For me Hay-On-Wye & especially The Honesty Book Shop represents a readers paradise which is why I thought it would be the perfect place for my sticker.

There we go then guys, what are you waiting for? The description of where you stuck your sticker and why is optional but it may help your entry to be picked! The only rule really is that #Unravelled has to be mentioned in the caption.

For more information or to find out how to get hold of your stickers be sure to read my previous post.

Happy Sticking!

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Competition Time!

Today I am very happy to announce the launch of my first ever competition! Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? And with Unravelled’s publication just around the corner it’s time to spread the word and have fun whilst we do it!

The Prize

One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Unravelled and a £25 Amazon Gift card!

How To Enter

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is apply for a set of exclusive Unravelled stickers. Once they arrive, stick your stickers in the most unusual places you can think of. (No rudies please!) Then, take a pic and post it on your social media using #Unravelled. Easy, right?

The winner will be the person whom we think found the most interesting and unusual place.

Fancy giving it a go? You can apply for your sticker set now by emailing your postal address to: brionymarshallauthor@gmail.com

Competition ends Friday 20th October 2017.

The Rules

  • Entrants must be 16 or over.
  • Entries are restricted to the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and must be public posts.
  • This competition is open internationally.
  • More than one entrant per person is permitted.
  • Entries must be captioned with #Unravelled.
  • Entries must adhere to the rules of the chosen social media platform.
  • Entries of a rude or slanderous nature will not be accepted.
  • We do not condone trespassing and cannot be held responsible for any trespassing/ illegal entry/ damage or injury caused by entrants in an attempt to reach an ‘unusual’ place.
  • The prize will be sent out within two weeks of the winner’s acknowledgment of their prize.
  • We reserve the right to change/ add to these terms, should this be deemed necessary, and with good reason.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to honour our terms and conditions as set out above.

Good luck everyone and happy sticking!

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Autumn Appreciation Post

So the time is almost here for woolly jumpers, comfy blankets, long nights, warm cuppas and a good read. ❤️ Autumn is by far my favourite season. I think it’s kind of obvious I’m partial to a chunky knit, but being an autumn baby has a lot to answer for in regards to my adoration of crunching leaves, copper tones, cinnamon scents, ankle boots and cosy nights in by the fire. 🔥

But this year Autumn is going to be even more fantastic… I’ve been given the green light from my publisher that Unravelled will be here this season!!! 🎉❤️🍂✨🎃🔥

Words cannot describe how excited I am by that fact! Unravelled has been a part of my life for ten years now! It makes me smile when I remember at the beginning people questioning why I was writing about characters who were so much older than me however now, when Unravelled is released this October, I’m going to be the same age as Claire! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Also the three years I’ve had working with The Writing Hall are coming to a head and I’m so excited to be continuing this journey with them too. As release draws closer our plans and ideas just get better and better. It’s all very exciting. We’re getting so close now… Eee!

So I’m going to take the opportunity to really appreciate this autumn for all it has to offer and I hope you’ll join me. 🍂

Keep your eyes peeled because the closer we get to publication date the more amazing things I’m going to be able to announce! So stay tuned guys!

⁃B xo

Posted in The Bookshelf

Adaptations: The Best, The Worst & The Promising.

Inspired by A Redhead’s Rambling’s post: Book to Big Screen: The Best and Worst Adaptations, today’s blog is all about book adaptations. I’m currently a little bit addicted to them and I know that in the bookish world they’re a subject that can really kick start a discussion. So I thought I’d share some of my opinions and I welcome you to share yours with me. Let’s get a conversation going and maybe we can all discover something new?

The Best Adaptations:

The Handmaid’s Tale

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood quite a while ago now. It was a set text for my English A Level, however it’s a story that’s always stuck with me. So when I heard about them making a television series, I knew I was either going to love it or hate. Now, after watching the whole of series one, I can confirm I love it. There’s a spark of plausibility with The Handmaid’s Tale that gets right under my skin; it’s a feeling which I believe is a mixture of fear, disgust and just downright outrage. So when the show started to make me mad, I knew it was doing something right! I’ve heard they’re making a second series to The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m intrigued exactly where they’ll be taking that. I think I may need to give the book another read.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Controversially picking the Jim Carrey GIF for this one. However, I do feel the need to include both the movie and the Netflix series in this discussion.

Along with The Harry Potter Series, these books were my childhood. Their kooky, quirkiness was something I adored as a kid. I can still remember now the moment I discovered Jim Carrey was going to play Count Olaf. As soon as I read the words on my computer screen I jumped up from my chair and went running through the house to find my Mom and let her know the fantastic news! (I’m a huge Jim Carrey fan for those of you who are unaware. To discover that one of my favourite book series and my favourite actor were to be involved in the same project was like the best thing in life ever!) I believe I went to see that film in the cinema some where in the region of ten times. I owned all the Burger King toys, along with the PC game and the PS2 version, I even got a fringe cut like Violet’s and a Victorian style coat to match. I was a little bit obsessed. That movie holds many a quote that my mother and I still use in casual conversation that will always provoke a smile.I love it. In fact, for years I clung on to the hope that they’d one day do the rest of the series…

So when I first heard about the Netflix series, I did kind of try and ignore it’s existence in the hope that it would go away. However, with gentle persuasion from my boyfriend, I caved and watched it. I like the Netflix series, for all intent and purposes it was a fantastic adaptation that kept me hooked even though I knew the stories like the back of my hand. But I know deep in my heart that Jim Carrey will always be my Count Olaf.

 

The Harry Potter Series

I’m a huge fan of J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World and I can honestly enjoy the Harry Potter stories in any format. (Most recently I’ve been enjoying listening to them on audiobook.) However, I think without the films, as amazing as the Harry Potter books are on their own, we wouldn’t have the Wizarding World we have today; The Warner Bros Studio Tour, all the amazing merchandise, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. The films have shaped how we visualise Harry Potter universally and I really don’t mind. So really it goes without saying that they are some of my favourite adaptations.

 

The Twilight Saga (specifically Breaking Dawn Part 2)

I’m just going to say it now, I love The Twilight Saga. The time when it was at its prime was such a roller coaster for me and Twilight was one of the few things I could cling to and escape within. Edward Cullen was my first official fictional boyfriend and it was the first book series I ever managed to complete by myself, before the films came out. Therefore when the films did appear they never ruined anything for me and I could enjoy them as if I was welcoming home an old friend. However, in this best adaptation list I want to give a special mention to Breaking Dawn (Part 2). I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to give too much away. However, that film is the perfect example of how adaptations can breathe new life into something without completely disregarding and therefore disrespecting the original source material. A very clever move guys, I loved it!

 

The Worst Adaptations:

A Time Traveler’s Wife

I was so excited to see this film before its release. In fact, I remember sitting in the front room with my Mom just before we were about to leave for cinema, discussing what parts we were most looking forward to. Both of us were there reminiscing about this beautiful love story and balling our eyes out at the prospect of seeing it come to life. The film as a film, fine. The film as an adaptation, not so fine. However, my main problem is with the ending, so instead of ruining anything for anybody all I’m going to say is if you ever fancy watching this film, read the book. Or if you’ve already watched the film but have never read the book, read the book.

 

Murder on the Orient Express

I know you should never judge a book by its cover but I’m definitely judging this Poirot by his moustache… Wowzers.

I love Agatha Christie, I also love Kenneth Bragnaugh. (After my version of the Ultimate Harry Potter Tag I’m pretty sure we all know how I feel about his Gilderoy Lockhart.) So it was only natural that I started out loving everything about this film, that was until I saw the first trailer.  My Mom has likened Bragnagh’s facial hair to the face-hugger from the Alien movies and she’ the biggest Agatha Christie fan I know.

I know, I know the film isn’t even out yet and I’m judging it so intensely. I’ll obviously give it a chance once it’s released. But, can I just refer you to this quote:

His moustache was very stiff and military.” –  Captain Hastings

 Now scroll back up to that GIF.

I feel it was a very bold choice to alter Poirot’s rather iconic stache so radically for this new adaptation. David Suchet’s tash was so on point, somehow this just all seems wrong. But truly only time will tell with this one.

 

The Vampire Diaries

I recently began watching The Vampire Diaries again from the beginning and I have to admit, I do enjoy this show. It makes my inner teen verrrry happy. “So why have you put it in your Worst Adaptations Section?” I hear you cry! Well that’s because I’ve also read The Vampire Diaries. Admittedly I have only read the first two books, but that’s okay because I’ve only really watched the first two series.

The books were very, well, childish I’d say compared to the television show. The readers of The Vampire Diaries would probably be much younger than the watchers. I believe the TV show made the stories darker and more sexual and thrilling, which are all very good things but as a direct adaptation from page to screen, it doesn’t ring true for me. As a watcher becoming a reader I was a little disappointed in the books because of what I’d seen from the show. From what I remember the characters names and descriptions are all the same but the actual stories are very different. I may be wrong it may pan out that way and catch up with the show in the later books. If you’ve read them all, let me know!

 

The Adaptations I’m Most Looking Forward Too:

The Bell Jar

As soon as I saw there was a new adaptation of The Bell Jar happening I jumped for joy but also panicked. I love that book. I love Plath. They cannot mess this up for me. I’ve heard Kirsten Dunst is involved in the project though, so I have faith that it’s in good hands.

13 Reasons Why

Fun Fact: I have owned the book of 13 Reasons Why since 2009, I am yet to read it. However, after the recent Netflix series, I have heard nothing but good things, so I really want to watch it now. But after waiting on my TBR pile for all those years, I think I better read the book first.

All The Bright Places

This book is everything. It is all the colours in one, at full brightness. I know the casting for Finch is still on going at the minute. I can’t wait to see who it will be!

Looking For Alaska

Alaska is one of the sassiest female characters I have ever read, to bring her to screen just seems right. However, in terms of John Green film adaptations I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but as soon as this one hits the cinemas I’ll be there.

 

– B xo

(Disclaimer: All GIFs used in this post are from the website Giphy, apart from the one of Poirot, I found him on Tumblr.)
Posted in My Journey, Unravelled

Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival YouTube Video.

It’s finally here! The video from my first ever author talk is live. Thank you to everyone who attended back in January. (You may be able to spot yourself in the audience shots! Hehe.) And to those of you who couldn’t make it, I hope you enjoy the video. 😊

With this video also comes the official launch of my YouTube channel. I’ve currently got lots more footage being made into videos, so over the next few months you’ll get more of peek into my author life. However, I have a favour to ask…. On YouTube you are not allowed to give your channel a custom URL until you reach 100 subscribers! Help me make my channel officially part of the brionymarshallauthor family and hit that subscribe button!

Thankies in Advancies!

– B xo