Discussion: Multiple books in the same world

I’ve been thinking to myself lately about how authors tend to settle into loving the worlds the build and writing in that world and not doing much else. One of the people most well known for this is Cassandra Clare. I’m not the biggest fan of Clare as a person so this is coming from a pretty unbiased point of view I think, but people seem to ridicule her a lot for writing multiple books in the same world. They talk as if there is something wrong with this, as if she hasn’t written other books, like the Magisterium series, as if this is something out of the norm.

Now I am in no way comparing Clare to him, but Terry Pratchett wrote so many Discworld books, but I never saw anyone complaining about that. Rick Riordan has written 3 series based around the Greek Gods. There are so many other fantasy writers who write many books in the same world, though now I’m thinking about it the majority of which are male. I would also say that whilst there isn’t as much hate as Clare gets, J.K. Rowling gets a lot of people saying “ugh can she not write something else” when she adds something to the Harry Potter universe, as if people haven’t been so desperate for more of the Wizarding World that it has the biggest archive of fanfiction available.

Is this a misogyny thing or is it that people just love to hate Cassandra Clare? Yes, I’ll grant you she hasn’t done great things in the past, I’ve read so much about the things she did when she wrote fanfiction, and since then as well, but that has nothing to do with her continually writing in the same world. And it’s not as if it’s the same characters for all the books she writes, The Infernal Devices was set in the 1800s for goodness sake.

The other thing that I thought about was that a lot of the people who complain about authors writing about the same world are more often than not people who wouldn’t be buying any of the books the author writes anyway regardless of what world they’re set in. To add to that, they don’t take into account how much work an author puts into creating a world, they come up with so much content that a lot of people will literally never see because it’s irrelevant to the books themselves and is just part of the world, and I imagine it’s completely exhausting just thinking of it all.

Have you noticed any other authors get hate for writing in the same world when others have not? Do you think it’s misogyny or just bandwagon hate?

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Blog Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of my first ever post on my blog so I consider it my anniversary! I just wanted to take some time to thank everyone for the comments/likes/follows. I Have over 350 followers at this point which to be honest I didn’t expect at all. I didn’t even think I would last this long with my blog as I lose interest in things easily.

A lot of people do Q&As on their anniversary but I don’t feel like I’m interesting enough to do that.

Thank you for your attention over the last year! I’ve met so many nice people online thanks to this blog and I’m really glad I started it.

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My Mental Health and My Blog

I want to take a few minutes to talk about my mental health.

I’ve been struggling on and off for about 8 year now, I go through periods of lows and then feel normal for a couple of years and then the lows come back. At the beginning of last year I started to go back into one of my lows. Then a couple of months later I discovered booktube and started my blog (because I can’t be bothered to learn how to edit videos).

Over the past year I’ve found my depression getting better and I feel a bit more stable now, and whilst that is mainly thanks to no longer being in the stressful environment of uni and taking some medication for it, part of it I think is down to my blog. I get to write reviews and feel a sense of accomplishment when I’ve gathered up enough effort to finish one. It’s so nice getting to speak to so many people and watch my follows gradually climb. I love the feeling I get when I see how many views/likes a post has received.

It’s given me a hobby that I’d never even thought of. Friends that I never even imagined having. It gives me an outlet instead of just shouting into the void. The book community, for the most part, are so supportive and I don’t even feel worried about posting something like this.

There are days when I don’t do much, like when I’m off work and even though it can feel like a chore sometimes when I write a review I feel like I’ve actually accomplished something. Which can be a big thing when you struggle with your mental health.

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Most anticipated 2017

There are so many books coming out this year that I’m super excited about and here are some. What books are you excited for?

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – out January 3rd

I already have this on my ipad thanks to netgalley and I’m really buzzing to getting around the read it. The first book was left on such a cliffhanger so this was definitely one of my most anticipated. And look at that cover!

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – out March 24th

Ok so I haven’t read any Laini Taylor books yet but everyone talks about how good of a writer she is so I had to put this on this list.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – out April 11th

I LOVED SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA so this has to be on here

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – out May 2nd

Do I need to say anything?

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Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – out May 2nd

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the second book in this series but I’m still excited to read more about the Song family.

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich – out May 16th

This popped up on my twitter the other day, it’s about 2 guys who are after the same girl but end up falling in love with each other, definite yes from me.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – out May 23rd

I’m not even up to date with this series but I need to have this book

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White – out June 27th

I was a bit disappointed with And I Darken but now I know what to expect tone wise I’m intrigued to see where this book goes.

Throne of Glass #6 by Sarah J. Maas – out September 

How is SJM ending 2 series in the same year, I’m so stressed.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – out September 19th

I loved Wolf by Wolf so I’m dying to read this

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare – out November

MAGNUS TRILOGY YESSSSS

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DNFs of 2016

So last week I did a post on my favourite reads of 2016, this week I’m doing the complete opposite and doing a post on my least favourite reads, aka the ones I didn’t even finish.

Luckily all of the books are ones I requested on netgalley and not ones that I spent any money on.

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How Many Wrongs Make a Mr. Right by Stella Hervey Birrell

I really wanted to like this one, it’s set in Edinburgh and seemed like a nice easy read contemporary romance but the writing style just didn’t gel with me at all.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

This started off an easy read about teen pregnancy, then it just kept getting more ridiculous and I just couldn’t keep reading it because it had nearly every bad YA romance trope known to man.

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The Sway by Ruby Knight

Originally this sounded interesting, teen spies, classic YA trope but it didn’t keep me interested enough to keep going and nothing that was going on was explained well.

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Losing It by Emma Rathbone

This sounded like a funny read when I requested it, an older woman trying to lose her virginity but oh my god the MC was literally the worst person ever and I just couldn’t read anymore than I did because she was just awful. All she cared about was losing her virginity and she invaded her aunt’s privacy and yuck.

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Favourite Books of 2016

As the year is coming to a close here are my favourite books that I read this year, I’ve linked the reviews if they’ve been posted if you missed them and are interested in my thoughts.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas (ToG, CoM, HoF, QoS, EoS)

One of the first series I started with in my mission to catch up on reading and I did not regret it.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

So much better than the first book and I cannot wait for the third, Sarah absolutely ruins me and gets better with every book.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Such an incredible, magical read.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Such a step up from Wolf by Wolf

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I love the show and I was worried it would ruin the show for me, but it didn’t. As a Scot I found it fairly accurate in it’s representation.

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Champion by Marie Lu

Took everything I loved from the previous 2 books and just made an explosion for a final book.

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Feminist, funny, perfection

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Took everything I loved from the previous books and just raised the bar completely

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Didn’t expect to love this as much as I did, cannot wait for the film

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

My first graphic novel, it was wonderful

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

The best of the TMI series by far.

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

My first Sarah Dessen and I need to read more!

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I’m still squealing over this I can’t wait for The Upside of Unrequited

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Angel, Prince, Princess)

This is by far better than The Mortal Instruments and I wish people screamed about this as much as they did TMI

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

One word: dogs

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Me in book form

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My heart still hurts

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I’m still thinking about this and I just have so many feelings

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

I’m still crying

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Discussion: Periods in books 

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. In Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas a character gets her period for the first time in a long time after being malnourished and I cheered when I read this part of the book because when are periods ever mentioned? Most people who are born with wombs and ovaries have periods and yet there’s scarce mention of them in novels. In young adult novels we often have girls going through the time in their lives when periods are an important thing; they’re not old enough that their bodies have settled yet and I know from my own experiences that causes upset in routines. Characters go on these huge quests in fantasy books, spanning months at a time being on the road away from home comforts, but the uncomfortable shock of an unexpected period is never encountered? Give me a break.

So while I thought of this I wondered why this was so. Why do people act as if periods don’t exist? Books aren’t the only thing that don’t mention periods either, they’re rare in tv and film. Periods are a huge taboo in the world, if you have your period you are expected to not mention it and if you do you have to have some sort of weird euphemism like “the painter’s are coming”, to hide your pads or tampons in some sort of discreet way, to be completely embarassed about having your period despite it being a completely natural thing. Periods are so important as well as they help you know when something isn’t right with your body. They aren’t just used for telling if you’re pregnant, if you’re going through periods of stress they fluctuate, if you’re not eating enough they stop, they’re the natural way of telling you something isn’t right. 

We have been taught that periods are a thing we should be ashamed of despite the fact that 50% of the population give or take are affected by them and is something we can’t control. This has clearly translated into book and other media. Authors don’t want to talk about periods, for fear that their readers will be squicked out, or even because it freaks them out themselves. I honestly just find the whole uncomfort surrounding periods absolutely ridiculous and I’m all for it being openly talked about and mentioned. If kids who experience periods were to read about them or watch people experiencing them on tv then they wouldn’t be so stressed out about them like I know I was at that age.

I tried to use non gendered terms in this post but if I missed anything let me know. 

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