Saturday, 17 October 2015

Thoughts On Meeting Your Idols


On Sunday, my friends and I went to see Carrie Hope Fletcher at the Cheltenham Lit Festival. It was a really cool format because she did an interview thing with a lady called Anna. She was asked about all her projects, All I Know Now, Les Mis, her YouTube and her up and coming novel, On The Other Side! She was so natural and down to earth; it was a lot of fun to watch. Then it came to the signing afterwards, I went to get my kindle case signed and a picture with her. Honestly, I’ve never left a signing completely satisfied (though I’ve only been to a few), it’s a bittersweet experience.

When you admire and love someone as much as I love Carrie, you often feel as if they are one of your closest friends. They’ve shared so much with you through social media that you form a real attachment to them. You think that you are so similar in interests and sense of humour that if you two met, you would hit it off immediately and you would maybe stick in their memory of that day. So when you have the opportunity to meet them, no matter how organised it is, you have really high expectations of meeting them.

Frankly, it isn’t fair to put that level of expectation on yourself.

At these signings, the person you are lining up to see will see a LOT of people and sign a LOT of books so you really don’t have long to make this impression. There are usually some staff lurking around hustling you along so that perfect meeting you had envisioned is growing shorter and shorter. There is a lot of pressure being put on you, not to mention the fact that the person you have watched for 3 years is right there in front of you!

So as I queued up to meet her, I had all these ideas of what I would say to her. I was going to go up to her and be extremely enthusiastic. I would tell her how much I loved All I Know Now, all the things I’ve learnt from her and this adorable story about the Hopeful community. I would ask her to sign my kindle and get an adorable picture with her, maybe even going in for a hug at the end!

No prizes for guessing that this didn’t exactly go to plan! In reality I got extremely starstruck and simply said hi and asked her to sign my kindle, repeating “if that’s okay? Thank you so much!” about a thousand times. Then when the picture was taken … I blinked! I was painfully awkward and I’ve been repeating that moment every night since, what I would have said. It makes me feel guilty for wasting this opportunity but that is not okay.

Honestly, I’m kind of put off these meet ups and signings because the illusion of a genuine two-sided relationship with these YouTubers is washed away. Sure, some fans may achieve this but it comes back to the issue of “us and them”. There is an issue with fans treating YouTubers as characters on TV but it kind of goes the other way. After someone gains a certain amount of subscribers, their viewers change from a group of individuals to a faceless statistic. Of course this is no fault of anyone but I must admit that it is disheartening when you come face to face with someone you’ve spent hours listening to and they show absolutely no sign of recognition. The only way to change this is to tell them how important they are to you and this is a tall order when you take into account how brief these meetups are.

I am not saying that I regret meeting Carrie; she signed my Kindle case and was so lovely! The actual event was awesome too. However, like I said before, it was a bittersweet experience. You watch someone for years and when you finally get the chance to tell them how much you appreciate them, the pressure to do so completely overwhelms you. Don’t put that expectation on yourself! It’s different for everyone but for me, I can’t possibly say everything I want to in that brief interaction that meet ups allow for and that’s okay because one day I will get that chance, on social media or a more relaxed type of meetup.

This is just my personal opinion, obviously not everyone will agree with me on this one!

What do you think? Have you ever had a really awesome meetup experience? I’d love to hear about it!
Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Media Favourites


The other day in RE we had to make a tally of all the hours we spend consuming various forms of media each day, listening to music, watching TV, browsing the internet etc. We then added it up for our entire lifetimes and mine came to 45 years of an average lifetime of 82. Now this sounds like a crazy number but you have to take into account that the actual number would be lower as we usually consume these things simultaneously. I don't like how we are made to feel guilty about all this, sure we should go outside and not stare at screens so much but what are we actually consuming? We're consuming art, educational materials, someone else's creativity and life's work.

So leading on from that, I was thinking about all the awesome books, music, TV, websites and films that are available to us. Here's my current faves from all these categories!

Doctor Foster. Zoe Sugg has been raving about this programme for a few weeks and she is completely right, this show is incredible. It's about this woman who finds a blonde hair on her husband's scarf and suspects that he is cheating on her. Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel play the supposed perfect couple, their performances completely suck the audience in. However the real brilliance lies in the writing, by Mike Bartlett. It takes you on so many twists and turns, the "enemy" changing every 10 minutes. There are so many gasping moments especially in the last episode!

Badlands. Halsey's debut album is so good, there isn't a single mediocre song on there! My favourites are New Americana and Colours but any of the songs could be singles!

Tsum Tsum App. This game is so addictive, I've been playing so much in the last few weeks. I would highly recommend it!

Queen Feminist. Sylva is my inspiration when it comes to body positivity and all round feminist goals. Her twitter is awesome and her blog is so well written. She's proving that teenager can be socially and politically aware with well informed views on important issues. Please follow her on twitter @queenfeminist and make sure you keep up with her blog too!

Suits. I've only just started watching it but I love it! I got to the end of the Good Wife and there was law drama shaped hole in my life, then this came along! It's everything you would want from a law drama with really witty characters, Harvey and Mike's chemistry is brilliant. Tanya Burr said she loved it in a video, a while ago, it really is worth trying!

What have you been loving recently?

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo 

Friday, 2 October 2015

London Vibes


I have been lucky enough to go to London quite a lot in the last few months to see and review some West End shows for London Theatre Direct. You can find all my posts here. I love going to London, there are so many beautiful parts and I have such amazing memories there. Today, I thought I'd do a bit of a themed post based on London, that may or may not turn into a little city series!

Style. London is known for it's edgy yet slick style, think London Fashion Week, Camden Market and bloggers such as Zoe London and Little Miss Katy. I especially love all the huge beautiful coats that are often seen at this time of year. London has such varied style but it's unmistakably British. I might get myself one of those Ginger Spice Union Jack minidresses ... (just kidding, that thing looks freezing!)

Beauty. Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Suki Waterhouse and Georgia May Jagger are repping the London beauty scene all over the world but you don't have to be a supermodel or own the entire Rimmel collection to channel this city on your face. From what I can tell, with a bold red lip, tidy brows and a slick eyeliner flick, you're well on your way to getting "the London look". 

Music. These are just some songs that make me think of London!

Wannabe - The Spice Girls (pretty obvious right?)

London Queen - Charli XCX (clue's in the name)

Fly Away - 5SOS (I want a little bit of California, with a little bit of London sky)

Writing on the Wall - Sam Smith (James Bond is the definition of London class) 

Raise You Up/ Just Be - Kinky Boots (I saw Kinky Boots in London last month and it just takes me back when I listen to it) 

Food. London is so multicultural that you can find almost anything to eat from any part of the world! I've grown to associate Chinese food with amazing memories so Chinatown is a must but also Covent Garden is an amazing place to eat in. On Wednesday I went to a little place called Creme de la Crepe in Covent Garden and I had the most delicious apple crumble crepe. I would highly recommend it! It's only just October and I've already had more crumbles than I can count! (very British though!)

What's your favourite city? Would you like to see more of these posts? 

Have a wonderful week!

Hattie xo