20 Second Drawing Challenge – Christmas Edition

Today’s Blogmas post is very exciting as it’s a collab with the wonderful Ana Regina! I also worked on a collab over on her blog so look forward to that.

This blog post is very different from ANY I’ve done before as it puts my drawing skills to the test. The 20-second drawing challenge basically involves me trying to draw something in 20 seconds and then Ana needs to guess what I’ve drawn. As it’s nearly Christmas, each drawing is Christmas themed and Ana actually tried to draw a version of my drawings in 20 seconds and I must admit, she did a lot better than me.

[The first image is the one drawn by me in 20 seconds and then the second one is drawn by Ana]

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Ana guessed: An angel

That’s correct!

For this drawing, I tried to show the angel by including the wings and halo to give a visual clue. I think the addition of the yellow around definitely made it clearer. If I had more time, I would have added maybe clouds and more of the golden colour.

Ana’s drawing is definitely a lot cleaner than mine, I think you can definitely tell it’s an angel.

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Ana guessed: A bow

That’s correct!

After drawing the outline of the bow, there wasn’t much time left so my colouring-in was very rough. I would definitely add more colour if I had more time.

I think Ana ran into the same problem as me with spending too much time on the outline of the bow that there’s not enough time to colour in. I really like how she used a brown colour instead of the red I used, I think it looks like chocolate.

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Ana guessed: A candlestick

I actually tried to draw a candy cane! I understand why it was mistaken for a candlestick though. Candy canes are really hard to draw as there are not that many defining characteristics. I tried to show the hook of the cane but like my other drawings, I ran out of time to do the colouring.

I think this is a much better drawing than mine! Although she thought it was a candle, if she just made the end rounder, it would look very much like a candy cane.

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Ana guessed: An Elf

That’s correct!

Trying to draw ‘people’ in 20 seconds is very hard so my elf does look very rough. I tried to focus on drawing the big pointy ears and the elf costume to make it easier to guess. If I had more time, I would have definitely made it cleaner and added some colour.

I really like Ana’s drawing of an elf, I think you can definitely tell what it’s’ supposed to be.

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Ana guessed: Some Xmas lights

That’s correct!

I didn’t realise how hard it would be to draw Christmas lights until I tried doing just that. I tried to make it look more like Christmas lights by having the bulbs be different bright colours, like the lights from Stranger Things. Although, most of my Christmas lights are just one solid colour.

Again, the part of drawing something in 20 seconds which is the hardest is the colouring. I do like the colour selection that Ana has chosen though, it’s very festive.

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Ana guessed: A Xmas tree

That’s correct!

I always struggle to draw Christmas trees so I knew that trying to draw one in 20 seconds would be a real challenge. This time as trees are always green, I just tried to draw it using green and it was very difficult. I definitely need more time to draw one.

Ana’s drawing is a lot better than mine. The shape of the tree is a lot more recognisable than mine.

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Ana guessed: Santa Claus

That’s correct!

Like the elf, Santa was very hard to draw. 20 seconds is really not enough time to draw but I think I did an okay job although the face is very rough.

I don’t know why but this Santa looks really startled and a bit concerned. It is so hard to draw faces though so I’m not trying to be mean!

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Ana guessed: Holly

That’s correct!

I actually think I did a really good job drawing holly. It wasn’t that hard to draw and if I had more time, I think I would have just added some more green to the leaves.

I think Ana did a really good job on this one too! She did have to double-check that it was holly but I still think it counts as a correct answer.

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Ana guessed: Scrooge

That’s correct!

After struggling with Elf and Santa, I don’t know why I decided to attempt drawing Scrooge. I think he’s quite recognisable and I tried to wrote bah humbug but that was at the end of my time so it was very rushed. My spelling of humbug was very dodgy, don’t worry, I can spell!

Again, Ana’s looks really good. She did spell humbug wrong like myself but it’s just so hard to write quickly!

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Ana guessed: Baby Jesus

That’s correct!

I had to draw something in connection with the Nativity! I do think I did an okay job and I think the halo really helped it look like the baby Jesus.

I think Ana did a very good job of drawing Baby Jesus.

Thank you so much, Ana, for collabing with me on this post! Remember to go over to her blog to see the post I did over there. If you have a try at this challenge, please tag me, I’d love to see it.

Beth x

Christmas Bucket List

I absolutely love Christmas and there are things I would love to do each year but I never get around to it. Next year I’d love to do some certain things at Christmas so I thought it would be fun to create a post with my bucket list!

Go To A Christmas Lights Display

Every year I do try and go to a Christmas Lights Display but I didn’t end up going to one this year so I really want to make an effort to do it next year. Most displays start in November so they’re the perfect way to feel festive.

Buy A Real Christmas Tree

Some years we’ve had a family real Christmas tree but I’ve never personally had a real Christmas tree. I feel that I need to try having a real Christmas tree as they feel a lot more Christmassy than a fake one. I feel like it would be a lot of fun!

Go To A Christmas Market

At my local Christmas lights display, there’s normally a Christmas market and another place nearby also has a Christmas market and I love them! They really do make me feel so festive and I love supporting more independent businesses.

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Have A Christmas Photoshoot

This is something I’ve always wanted to do but have never actually got around to it. I’d love to sometime have a Christmas photoshoot, I think it would be a lot of fun.

Go To A Christmas Event At A National Trust Or English Heritage Site

I used to do this when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. I love how they always decorate the places, sometimes in period decorations. I really want to try and arrange to go to one next year but there is always the problem that National Trust sites don’t allow dogs.

Bake Lots Of Christmas Treats

I love baking but I never get round to it. Next year I really want to get into baking and in particular, baking stuff to eat at Christmas. I’ll probably help bake stuff this Christmas but I can spend the whole of next year practising so I can make delicious treats. It’s also going to be interesting to experiment making all of them gluten and dairy free to get them still to be tasty.

What’s on your Christmas bucket list?

Beth x 

My Favourite Christmas Films

One of my favourite ways to get festive this time of year is to watch Christmas films. There are so many Christmas films that you can watch this time of year that it can feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why today I’m sharing my favourite Christmas films to watch this time of year.

Muppet’s Christmas Carol

This is definitely my favourite Christmas film so we’re starting off strong! The story of a Christmas Carol is such a timeless classic and the fact that Muppets are involved just makes it the best Christmas films. Also, the addition of songs is so genius and really makes the film stands out

Nativity!

I only discovered this film a few years ago but it’s become a firm favourite. Again, I love the songs in this film, they’re just so joyous. I also love the layers of stories for all of the different characters and the comedic element added by Mr Poppy.

Elf

I always forget how much I enjoy Elf until I watch it again. I love the way that they’ve used Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer as they’re the springboard, starting point and developed it from there. The story is also really heartwarming and I’m normally close to tears watching it.

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Arthur Christmas

I actually watched this film in cinemas when it first came out and I enjoyed it so much. Now it’s the first Christmas film that I watch each year and I love it. I love how they show the changing world with its modern technology impacting the traditional ways and I’m always crying at the end of the film.

Nightmare Before Christmas

I know there’s a debate whether this film s a Christmas film or not but I personally think it is. We do watch the first part of this film at Halloween but we don’t watch it all until Christmas. I love the stop-motion animation used, it just adds a lovely quality to it.

Polar Express

This is one of the cosiest Christmas films. There’s just something so magical about this film and I absolutely love it. I do feel you need to get cosy and have a hot chocolate to watch this film though.

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Beth x 

5 Star Reads Of 2019

This year I’ve had a mixed time when it comes to reading. I had a good time at the start, then entered a reading slump and now, I’m finding the joy in reading again. I’ve read a lot of 5 star reads this year so I’ve decided to write a blog post all about them! For each book on this list, I’ve included a synopsis and a review from my Goodreads if I wrote it.

A Crystal of Time – Soman Chainani

My review:

THIS BOOK!! This is my favourite series of all time and just aaaarrrgghh! The end thing with the snake though was amazing and the ending really set up the next book perfectly. I CAN’T WAIT!

Synopsis:

In this fifth instalment in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story.

A false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen. Only Agatha manages to escape.

Now Agatha and the students at the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to his throne and save Camelot . . . before all of their fairy tales come to a lethal end.

A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years, #2)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

Heartstopper: Volume One – Alice Oseman

My Review:

So I bought this book today and ended up reading it in one sitting, oops. This was so good and I can definitely see myself reading it over and over. The only problem is having to wait to see what happens next.

Synopsis:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis:

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Pumpkinheads

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Heartstopper: Volume Two- Alice Oseman

Synopsis:

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the second volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.

Heartstopper is about friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

Heartstopper: Volume Two (Heartstopper, #2)

The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews

Synopsis:

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

The Boy Who Steals Houses

Solitaire – Alice Oseman

My Review:

This book had some topics in it which are a bit too close to home but actually, it was a really good thing! This book acted as a sort of form of therapy and I enjoyed the story too

Synopsis:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.
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The Paper & Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie

My Review:

Sometimes things come into your life at the right moment and this book did just that. I’ve cried several times during it (but that’s good!!) I felt this book was written to me and so I’m glad that it was written. It’s definitely my new favourite book!!!

Just a warning to all those who follow me, I’ll likely be going on about this book forever.

Synopsis:

A brand new series from Booktuber Lucy Powrie – about what happens when you give up on trying to fit in and let your weird out! It’s time to join The Paper & Hearts Society …

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society, #1)

What have been your favourite reads of 2019?

Beth x 

The Christmas Tag

I actually really enjoy reading and writing tag posts! So when I was trying to come up with some Blogmas ideas, I knew that I needed to include at least one. I think it’s created by The Enthusiast so all credit goes to them! Although I wasn’t tagged, I thought it would be a fun thing to try.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Muppet’s Christmas Carol! I really like the story of a Christmas Carol and the fact that it includes Muppets and songs that you can sing-along to just makes it my favourite Christmas movie.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

No, but I would love to! It normally snows just before Christmas or in January. I always hope that it will snow one year though.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home! I love making our house really cosy and then having a lazy day at home on Christmas day.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

In Dulci Jubilo but I actually wrote a blog post on my Top 10 Favourite Christmas Songs

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, we don’t. I know a lot of people now have Christmas Eve boxes where they have certain presents on Christmas Eve and though I can see the appeal, I do love opening my presents on Christmas day.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Donner, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen, Prancer, Dancer, Donner and Vixin (and Rudolph)

I actually did that without checking and looking it up anywhere so I’m very happy with that. So if it’s slightly wrong when it comes to spelling, that’s why.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

I think just spending time with my family. This year has been tough when it comes to my mental health and so I’m just looking forward to spending some time having fun with my family.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake! I love having real ones and we normally have at least one each year but our main tree and my personal tree are fake. They just last longer, to be honest, and they’re fine for my hayfever so that’s why.

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What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?

This is a hard one, especially as my diet has changed from last Christmas. I’m now dairy and gluten-free which I wasn’t a year ago. This means that I don’t actually know now. I really like rocky road though so I’ll probably say that.

Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

When I was younger, of course, I preferred receiving gifts but I think I now slightly enjoy giving gifts more. I love finding a present that someone would enjoy and waiting to give them to them.

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

I once got given the Playmobil School and I loved it! It was basically a massive school with classrooms and teachers and I used to play with it for hours. I used to get all my school children to line up and go inside the school and I loved it. Although my brother would always get his pirate set and destroy it.

What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I love the idea of going to London or abroad to somewhere like New York or Germany but I hate crowds and busy places like cities. I think I’d love to go to one of the big country houses. I once went to Blenheim palace at Christmas and really enjoyed it so I think I’d love to do it again.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I like to think of myself as a pro present wrapper. It’s taken me a while and a lot of practice but I feel that I can now wrap a present perfectly.

What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?

I actually don’t know. I remember having a huge family Christmas meal and my auntie put hula hoops on her fingers. I also remember when it was the first Christmas with my dog and we brought her upstairs whilst we opened our stockings and she got so excited.

What made you realise the truth about Christmas?

Well, I had expected it for a long time but one day around Christmas I was looking through some baskets to try and find this Christmas train and I came across some presents I wasn’t supposed to see.

What makes the holiday special for you?

Just the feeling of this time of year. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas decorations everywhere, the films and songs everywhere are just beautiful. Just everything about Christmas is the best.

I hope you all enjoyed this tag! I never tag people at the end of these type of posts but if you want to try out this tag, please do.

Beth x 

 

My Winter Essentials

Not only does December mean the start of Christmas, but it also means the start of winter. Winter can be a tough season to get through what with the cold weather and the dark evenings so that’s why today I’m sharing my essentials for getting through the next few months

Hat, gloves and scarves

As it gets colder, it becomes more and more important to layer up to keep warm. The worst thing to happen is to go outside without being sufficiently layered and then having to suffer from a cold. Hat, gloves and scarves are the ways that I keep warm especially. They can easily be added to any outfit. You could also wear earmuffs or a thicker coat as well to keep yourself even warmer, especially if you’re going out in the evenings when it can fall into the minus temperatures.

Hot Drinks

In the summer, I really dislike hot drinks but when it comes to winter, they are just simply the best. Of course, I drink a lot of tea (I wouldn’t be English if I didn’t) but it would be very unhealthy if that was the only warm drink I drank. As well as tea other drinks that are perfect for this time of tea include: hot chocolate, herbal tea, lemon water, hot ginger etc.

An Alarm Clock/Alarm From Your Phone

Although it’s lovely that it gets darker in the evenings during winter as it gets all cosy and you can put up all your Christmas lights, the downside is that it’s also darker in the mornings. This does make it more difficult to wake up in the mornings, especially if you’re like me and tends to wake up when it gets light outside. That’s why this time of year is the best when it comes to having an alarm if you don’t have one already.

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Hand Cream

My skin is absolutely awful when it gets to Winter and at the moment with my skin being very sensitive, I can imagine it will get worse. My hands get so dry and so hand cream really is essential for this time of year. I have some mini hand creams that I can easily keep near me or put in a bag to take with me when I go out somewhere.

Long Boots

Although this happens rarely, Winter can signal the beginning of snow! I love snow but it can be a challenge when you have to walk through it as it can get your shoes very wet and then you end up with nothing to wear. That’s why long boots are essential as not only do they keep your feet warmer but they can help you walk through snow without getting them unbearably wet.

What are your essentials for Winter?

Beth x 

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Christmas Games For The Family

When you watch Christmas films, you often see families playing games together but in reality, this is not always the case. It can be hard to find good easy games that you can play all together so today I’m going to be giving some ideas of Christmas games that you can play with your family this Christmas.

20 Questions

20 Questions is such a simple game that you can easily make festive. All you need to do is make a list of different Christmas things like Christmas pudding, mistletoe or Father Christmas.

One of you then needs to pick one or draw one out of a hat and then everyone else needs to ask 20 yes or no questions to see if you can guess the Christmas item!

Christmas Charades

Very similar to 20 questions but instead of asking yes or no questions you instead have to play normal charades (acting out each Christmas item). I feel this would actually be a lot harder than 20 questions.

Blindfold Christmas Drawing

Create a list of Christmas items again. You could make it as simple as items like holly to more harder things like ‘Silent Night’ or ‘Deck the Halls’. To make it harder, put on a blindfold and try drawing the item then!

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Pin The Nose On…

I originally thought that you could Pin the nose on Rudolph but then you could also pin the carrot on the snowman! You need to be a little creative to create a big version of a reindeer or snowman and then a few noses or carrots. I understand that using a pin can be dangerous so instead, you could use some blu-tac to pin the item on.

Christmas Board Games

Instead of making your own games, you could buy some Christmas board games! I personally have a Snoopy Christmas game but I’m sure if you did some searching, you’ll find some good games.

Christmas Trivia

Trivia is always a fun thing to play at Christmas. You could always have a Christmas themed trivia, with Christmas based questions or do a general trivia game which you could make yourself or buy one.

What games do you like to play at Christmas?

Beth x

Star Wars IX Theory – Who Is Skywalker?

DISCLAIMER: This post contains spoilers about all previous Star Wars films 

I don’t mention it on my blog but I actually really love films. I took Media Studies at school and there was a time where I was seriously considering studying film at university. I love analysing films and trying to work out why certain things are that way, which is what I’m doing today.

Star Wars is a franchise that has been big in my family what with my parents watching the original trilogy. I grew up watching all the films and so when this sequel trilogy came out, we were in the cinema, watching this new dawn. I also did my media coursework analysing The Force Awakens so I do have a history of over analysing Star Wars films.

Today I’m actually going to be delving into my own fan theory about the upcoming Episode 9 Star Wars film and it revolves around one question…

Which Skywalker is the title referring to?

When the title ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ was revealed, there was some initial questioning about who the skywalker was but it just kind of disappeared. So let’s go through who it could be:

  • Luke – The original trilogy focused on Luke so I feel that we can rule him out. Luke also ‘died’ in the last film so I don’t feel his force ghost would be so important to be in the title
  • Leia – Another original character from the trilogy. Due to Carrie Fisher sadly passing away in 2016, they’ve used archival footage so that she can appear. Therefore, I think we can rule her out too.
  • Kylo Ren/Ben – A lot of people have accepted that he’s the Skywalker that is being referred to. Of course, it makes sense, especially as he is a main character but I feel differently.
  • Rey – A lot of people believed that Rey was a skywalker, especially in the beginning but it was ruled out in the last film. Therefore, although people would want Rey to be a skywalker I don’t think that’s the case.

So, if I don’t think it’s any of them, who could it be? Some of you might have seen that I’ve left out one important Skywalker. That means, that I believe that the Skywalker that the title is referring to is…

Anakin Skywalker! *throws confetti*

I know this might be quite a big claim but I’m going to try and explain my thinking behind it!

“The Saga Will End”

During the Final Trailer for the film, at 1:44 the words “the saga will end” flashes up. Of course, this doesn’t seem weird, this film is the last film of the sequel trailer BUT something bothered me. It’s common knowledge that there are going to be future Star Wars films so why is the trailer making it a big deal that it’s the end?

What is the definition of a saga? – a long story of heroic achievement. Why would they say saga if they only mean the sequel trilogy? That’s because they are referring to all three trilogies, from episode 1-9.

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But Anakin Skywalker is dead

Anakin or Darth Vader died at the end of episode 6 so why am I talking about him three episodes later? If you think about it, the prequel and original trilogies focused on Anakin.

The prequel trilogy focuses on Anakin as it follows his journey from Anakin to Darth Vader. What about the original trilogy? Yes, the focus is on Luke but it also tells the story of Anakin trying to convince his son to join the dark side like he did but then realising his mistake, ultimately sacrificing himself to save his son.

What does this mean for the sequel trilogy?

Anakin’s spirit – The Light and Dark

Star Wars has always been seen as the story of the light side of the force versus the dark side. I think almost everyone can agree to that. You can easily sort out each character into the good or bad but one character doesn’t fit… Anakin Skywalker.

In the prequel series, we see Anakin going from light to dark and then in the original dark to light. Anakin was the first character to show that the line between both isn’t clear cut and that is what Anakin represents. Anakin represents that people have the capacity for good and evil and it is due to circumstances that one is bigger than the other.

I personally think that was always the plan when it came to Anakin but people didn’t really get it. That’s why in the sequel trilogy we have the character of Kylo Ren that is very explicitly being shown to the audience as being conflicted between the light and dark.

So, what do I think the plot will be in the final film?

Like I’ve tried to explain, I believe that this saga has actually been about Anakin Skywalker and what he represents about the balance between good and evil.

I feel that in the new film we will see Kylo Ren drift more towards the light and Rey further towards the dark. In the end, they will both see that they don’t need to just be light and dark and instead accept both parts of themselves to finally bring balance to the force.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it was something different so please let me know if you’d like to see me talk about films or TV more. Do you agree with my theory?

Beth x 

Top 10 Favourite Christmas Songs

One of my favourite ways to feel festive in December is to listen to Christmas songs! There are a lot of Christmas themed songs so this year I’m setting myself the challenge of choosing my ten favourite Christmas songs. The following songs are not in any particular order, they are just all in my top ten.

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

This is such a classic! As soon as I hear this song, I just feel so festive.

Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Another song that gets me into the mood! I mean, it’s sung by one of the Beatles too so of course, it’s going to be here.

Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia

When Sia released her Christmas album in 2017, I wanted to give it ago but I wasn’t convinced that I was actually going to like any of it. I listened to the song ‘Santa’s Coming For Us’ and I liked it so much that it’s become one of my favourites.

Candy Cane Lane – Sia

Another song from Sia’s Christmas album that I love. I also really like the music video with the stop-motion like animation.

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

To be honest, when I first heard this song, I wasn’t a fan of it but it has grown on me. It really is a great song to listen to when you’re driving home for Christmas.

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Scrooge – The Muppet Cast

‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ is my favourite Christmas film so obviously, I had to include songs from it on this list. This is the song at the start of the film so it really does make me feel festive.

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas – Kermit

I think this song should be played every Christmas Eve. There’s just something so magical about it.

It Feels Like Christmas – Ghost of Christmas Present

This is the jolliest song in the film and it really does make you feel all merry and bright.

2000 Miles – The Pretenders

I think this is one of the most underrated Christmas songs. It’s just a very gentle song that I really like to listen to.

In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

I think this could actually be my favourite Christmas song and many of you have probably never heard it. It’s instrumental but it does have a Christmassy feel to it.

Honourable Mentions

Obviously, when I was making this list, I had to leave out some great Christmas songs so I thought I would mention some other songs that I really like.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

Beth x

Taking My Gap Year A Year Early

If you had told me a year ago or even six months ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. Life is full of surprises though and here we are! So today I’m giving a little life update about where I am as up until recently, I was posting about my time in sixth form and I suddenly stopped. The reason for that is that in September, I made the decision to leave Sixth Form and take my gap year a year early. I’m not going to explain my reasons for doing so as it’s very personal but you can know it was due to my mental health.

Instead of explaining why I thought I’d explain the process a bit and what I’m planning to do going forward.

How Did I Leave A Year Early?

If you’re a bit confused about how I was able to take my gap year early, don’t worry, I was completely clueless about this before I looked into it.

In England, the law is that you’re required to stay in some form of education until your 18. My birthday was at the start of September so starting Year 13, I was actually at the age where I could leave.

Obviously, my sixth form wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing but overall they were actually very supportive and happy that I was putting my mental health first. All it actually took was signing a form, telling them what I was planning to do and returning all the stuff I had borrowed from the school (so my lanyard and textbooks). That was it so it was really simple.

What Am I Doing Now?

Well, the main thing I’m doing is building myself back up. It’s tough but I am making progress which is a great thing. Of course, there’s still a lot of things I need to work through but all progress is amazing.

In this gap year, I’m putting my time into things I love and are passionate about and this includes this blog! This is something I love a lot and I’m really hoping to grow it looking into next year.

I’m also putting time into reading, doing creative writing and getting into craft. It’s been really wonderful to actually spend time doing things I really enjoy without having to worry about school work.

Taking My Gap Year A Year Early

What’s next when it comes to studying?

In October 2020, I’m hoping to study a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University! Although leaving a year early means that I don’t have any A-Levels, the great thing about the Open University is that you don’t need any! I’m very happy that I’ll be able to continue learning as I do really enjoy it.

I hope this post helps people who are unsure whether Sixth Form or even University is the thing for you! If you want to pursue education but don’t have qualifications you can, you should never let anything stop you.

Beth x