Monthly Archives: August 2014

Edinburgh Book Festival – Sarah J. Maas and Heir of Fire Giveaway!

So as you may or may not know, dependent on if yo are a regular follower of this blog, I was in Edinburgh on Sunday and Monday visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival as 2 authors I LOVE were in attendance: Sarah J. Maas and Lauren Oliver.. I went to three Q & A and signing events during my trip, the first with Sarah J. Maas in which she talked all things Celaena Sardothien, this was followed by Sally Green (author of Half Bad) and Angie Sage (author of the Middle Grade Septimus Heap series) and the final event with Lauren Oliver, Tanya Byrne and Erin Lange which you will hear more about on Saturday.

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At the point which the Q & A took place, I was half way through Crown of Midnight and Sarah J. Maas herself SPOILED ME! Well, sort of , she used an analogy while trying to explain Celaena’s state of mind in book three which made it pretty obvious and I guessed.  She also revealed that the inspiration for Throne of Glass came from Disney’s Cinderella. Upon watching the scene of the ball she noticed int he score that there was a particularly jarring note which didn’t quite fit causing her to think there was something more sinister going on such as Cinderella being there to assassinate the prince. From this point on she wanted to explore the story of this Cinderella assassin and thus, Celaena Sardothien was born. Sarah J. Maas has always been a big fan of fantasy as we soon learned during he Q and A because she REALLY loves Lord of the Rings (and may have had a lipstick kiss adorned Legolas in her bedroom when she was younger). She’s also a huge on Buffy he Vampire Slayer which was a large influence for creating Celaena as Buffy is a kick-ass female heroine in her own right who inspired a generation. It was really weird because she mentioned a scene from an episode of Buffy I had watched literally 2 days previously, you know the one where Angel is fighting Buffy in the Season 2 finale and he’s all

and she stops the sword with her hands and everyone watching is just like:

So the signing starts and I’m in the queue reading Crown of Midnight waiting casually and then the people in front of me are getting their books signed and photos taken, so I’m next in the queue and it is precisely at that point SPOILERS BLACKED OUT! which I get to the point in the book where if you’ve read the book then you’ll knwo a really surpriseing very bad thing happens and I like squeal…like loudly and Sarah J. Maas is looking at me and I’m like “Why did you just do that to me?!” and she’s got that knowing look in her eye because she KNOWS where I’m at and she’s all “I’m sorry, it had to happen” and I was traumatized! But yeah got my books signed which means that I can to a FANTABULOUS GIVEAWAY! because at the Book Festival they were selling copies of Heir of Fire which isn’t out for a few weeks yet but I have a SIGNED COPY to giveaway!

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Stay posted for my Throne of Glass review and GIF reactions tomorrow!

 

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

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I thought for this week’s post I would include a few which i feel I have been pushed towards by the internet but that I would ask some of my friends to recommend a book to me with a reason why, so their responses were:

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And finally, the online book community has told me that I NEED to read

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis

and

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Making Up For Monday: How do you feel about giving negative reviews?

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Negative reviews are a fine line to walk upon, I’m always really conflicted when writing them because I don’t want to offend the author because someone has put a lot of hard work and time into the this and I don’t want to hate ont hings. Ont he other hand though I’m a big ranter and I’m not going to compromise my integrity by failing to post about it or posting positively so it’s difficult to decide how to handle these things.

A particular example of this occurred when I read my first NetGalley: Amity by Michael Ostow. I was reading outside m comfort zone and I HATED the book (partly due to that) but I didn’t want to trash talk the book but at the same time I was required to give Netgalley feedback. in the end I decided to write what was positive about it, followed by why I thought I didn’t like it and how it could have been improved.

In other circumstance though, when you just get really frustrated with a book, it’s so hard to try to contain that frustration and not to write a big rant all about why I hated it for example Blind Spot by Laura Ellen. The narrator was unreliable, unrelateable, stupid and frustrating and it put me off of reading for a few days because I couldn’t force myself back into things after getting so worked up about this one book.

Another issue with negative reviews is how to apply the 5 star rating system because it’s so subjective.  have never given a book a 1 star rating because I just can’t bring myself to do it and a book has to be TRULY TRULY TERRIBLE for it to get 2 stars. As a result of this a book I don’t like usually gets three stars which is ridiculous as that id OVER HALF. Furthermore this results in most of my books being rated 4 stars because anything from “meh” to “very good” gets chucked into that category because something needs to be OUTSTANDING to get 5 stars.

Weekly Wrap Up! – 17th August

Once again I find myself apologizing for the lack of activity on here, I’m really sorry guys but there are a lot of changes going on in my life right now and sometimes that needs to take priority and then after dealign with that my brain’s fried and I can’t make myself focus on blogging because I would be creating rubbish filler posts instead of quality content and I’m not willing to do that. I will be able to tell you soem big news and get back to posting more actively soon hopefully but I’ve got A LOT on my plate at the moment and some decisions to make which are important for my future.

So! Now the boring bit is out of the way.

Books I Bought This Week

Instructions for Bringing Up Scarlett by Annie Sanders

Tithe by Holly Black

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Ebook)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kahling (Ebook)

Books I Read This Week

Actually had quite a good reading week (huzzah!)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Hyperbole and A Half by Allie Brosh – I am going to have A LOT to say about this one because it has possibly stolen the title of M ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOK from my 4 year titleholder If I Stay

What’s going on in Scarlett’s World?

Well If you are reading this on the morning on the 1th then I am currently

Travelling: to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Book festival and I am very excited about….

Seeing/Meeting: Lauren Oliver (Authout of the Before I Fall, the Delirium Trilogy and Panic), Sarah J. Maas (Author of the Throne of Glass Series) and Sally Green (Author of Half Bad)

This week I have Been

Watching: Supernatural, which I have just finished and I am heartbroken (post coming soon) and started Orphan Black which I AM LOVING!!!!!

Eating: A lot of Minstrels

Cross- Stitching: Castiel from supernatural (incomplete), the Doctor and his companions (almost complete but I ran out of the thread I needed and will be re-stocking soon), The Faction Symbols from Divergent (completed and pictured below)

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Missing: my dad who has gone back home to the US where my sister my mum and I will join him in a couple of weeks

Speaking: ON TELLY! I am in Scotland at the moment and as I am a citizen and am over 16, I am entitled to a vote either for or against Scottish independence. I was signing up so that i can get my vote today and I got caught by people at STV news and they were all “How do you feel about young people being able to vote in the referendum” and then I replied with a whole heap of crap that I don’t remember and it was very embarrassing (this is what happens when I go out with my mother, I get pushed into awkward situations).

LET ME JUST CRINGE!

LET ME JUST CRINGE!

Posts of the Week

This is shameful I need to get my act together!

Monday: Making Up for Monday: What Books do I always Recommend?

Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Bought This Summer I’m Not Sure I’ll Read

Thursday: That’s What He Said Thursday – Dorian Havillard and Adrian Ivashkov

That’ What He Said Thursday

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This awesome meme is a place to share an awesome quote said by a book boyfriend to his heroine!

As I have just finished Throne of Glass and Silver Shadows, i am going to share a quote from Adrian Ivashkov and one from Dorian Hallivard!

“She moaned into her pillow. “Go away. I feel like dying.”
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?”
“Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too–why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince’s attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely–it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”

EXTREME SPOILER ALERT LIKE SERIOUSLY WHOLE SERIES RUINED IF YOU READ THIS

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“Sydney Katherine Sage,” he said, his green eyes full of love and earnestness. “Would you do a brooding, deadbeat Moroi the honor of being his wife?”

these next to aren’t said TO Sydney but they are about or referring to her:

“I know what love is, Mom. I’ve had love that burns in every fiber of my being, that drives me to be a better person and empowers me through each moment of the day. If you’d ever had something like that, you’d hold on to it with every bit of strength you had.”

“Dad,” I said quietly, “I’ve always made it a rule in my life not to pick fights with children, cute animals, or ignorant old men. I will, however, make an exception for you if you ever touch or insult my wife again.”

Top Ten Books I’ve Bought this Summer which I’m Not Sure I’ll Read

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So as you may or may not already know, I have bought A LOT of books this summer, as in I’ve been in charity shops and to library sales galore and when books are this cheap it’s near impossible not to buy anything and everything which tickles your fancy. That being said, I’ve picked up a few books which now looking back at them and with the volume of other books i want to read, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to them. So here are my Top Ten books I bought this summer which I don’t know I’ll read.

1. Instructions for bringing up Scarlett by Annie Sanders

In all fairness, I didn’t buy this one with the intent to read but with a name as uncommon as mine, you take what you can get that has your name written on the front and I find it really amusing just to have, like I can pretend there is an instruction manual to my upbringing inside, you know?

2. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

It was an impulse buy, I had heard of it, it was 20p… yeah

3. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

It’s a pretty popular YA trilogy at the moment but hey, isn’t almost everything? In the grand scheme of books I want to read, this one isn’t a very high priority right now.

4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

For practically the same reason, i did start this one a while ago but I had other reading priorities at the time and it had to go back to the library so it never got finished.

5.Stephen King Goes to the Movies

I don’t even know why I bought this one? I just kind of did and to be honest it’s not really my style.

6.Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Shattered Twilight

At the point I bought this book I didn’t realise it featured evil willow, I don’t want to read about Evil Willow it makes me sad.

7. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Mainly because I bought it for my Granny so yeah.

8. Mary-Kate and Ashley: Two of A Kind – Surf, Sand and Secrets

I didn’t buy this one with the intention of reading it either, it was a childhood favourite which I bought out of sentiment as opposed to the desire to reread.

9. The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling

I still don’t think I can handle a J.K Rowling book which isn’t about Harry Potter…. 7 years and it’s still too soon

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I re-bought this book for the pretty cover, I’ve already read it and rereading it is a trek I’m saving for a wee while away from now but it was too beautiful to resist

Making Up for Monday: Which books would I recommend most?

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There are SO MANY BOOKS TO CHOOOOOOOOSE!

Whenever I met new people I always end up leaving them standing in a daze with a whole heap of book titles in thir head like “oh have you read this? you totally should!” or “oh my goodness this book was AMAZING you HAVE to read it!” and often I’m recommending the same books over and over again. So here are 5 books which I recommend to EVERYONE.

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

It’s my favorite books so if I know you and you can read, I’ve probably told you to read it. It is only with this book that I have broken my lending policy (there are only 2 people on my safe-lend list) and lent my copy to about 5 people, furthermore I have talked about 6 people into buying it and given it as a birthday present to a few people. I NEED PEOPLE TO READ THIS BOOK!

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

This has been mentioned many times. I have pushed many random parents in supermarkets into buying this book for there children.. as well as ushering a fair few lost 9 year-olds in the library into the Percy section.

 

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO READ THESE! I love the series so much and when I started it I didn’t know anybody else who had read them so I had to make people read them so that I would be able to discuss and theorize with, a strategy which has worked out well for me.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl has a special place in my heart and those of many other Fangirls because we can relate. It’s nice to recognize that there are people out there who feel the way we do and are so passionate about books. Even if people call you “pathetic” because you cried so hard at that book or TV show or even if they think it’s weird that we are more invested in a book than obsessing over how we look or going after boys, that’s okay, in fact it’s brilliant!

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Even if these things are being said by people who are close to you who should really accept it, their opinions DON’T MATTER as long as you are happy. This is an automatic recommendation because it made me feel really accepted and I want to push other Fangirls toward that too (although tbh most of them have read it anyways).

5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is one of the most underrated book series out there which makes me really upset because it’s also one of the most awesome! People often pass it by because of the hideous covers so often it needs a personal “HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS FAB!” to get people to look past the cover and read the words, the beautiful, beautiful words!

55 Questions About Reading – Part 1

I saw this post on Icy Cold Reads  who got it from The Notebook Sisters and it looks like a heap of fun and I NEEDED to try it so here goes with questions 1-27

1. Favorite childhood book?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, It was THE BEST! It was about these 3 siblings who moved to the countryside and in the woods next to their house there was this magical tree in which there lived a fairy named silky, Moonface (a guy whose face looked like the moon), Saucepan Man (who wore saucepans) and Angry Pixie and a lay who spent all day doing the washing among other things. At the top of this tree every day there was a different land; the land of Goodies, The Topsy Turvy Land, the Land of Toys to name a few and these three kids, Saucepan Man, Moonface and Silky would climb this tree every day and visit the lands in the tree. DO YOU FEEL MY 7 YEAR OLD EXCITEMENT!

2. What are you reading right now?

Right Now I’m Reading 3 books at once;

Just one Day by Gayle Forman

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

4. Bad book habit?

Reading multiple books at once, I should really stop!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

The Shakespeare Notebooks by James Goss

6. Do you have an e-reader?

 Yes, I own a Kindle Fire HD and have the app as well as Ibooks on my phone though I only usually use them when traveling or for reading books for tours.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

I prefer one at a time but seem to end up cheating on my books

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Definitely, I buy far more books, see dog-earing as a sin and I read far less which is a shame (although that could be a result of Netflix as well

9. Least favorite book you read this year?

 Amity by Michael Ostow

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

 City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

 Depends what you define my comfort zone as. If you use the umbrella term of YA then unfortunately very rarely purely because there are so many books within my comfort zone which I am desperate to read. However if you go deeper and say that my comfort zone is paranormal YA then I find I have done so much more recently as I seem to have been on a contemporary binge of late.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

See above answer

13. Can you read in the car?

Yes, as I live in Houston and need to drive EVERYWHERE, it’s where I get the majority of my reading done.

14. Favorite place to read?

My Bed but unfortunately I get distracted a lot int he form of my laptop 🙁

15. What’s your policy on book lending?

There are only 2 people in the world who i trust to look after my books properly and those are my besto Kirsty and my booky friend Jordan who understands and shares my policy on books needing to stay pristine.

16. Do you dog-ear your books?

 NEVER! Or at least not anymore, it gives me the heebie-jeebies now

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17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books?

 OH MY GOD BIGGEST SIN EVER. I had to do that for an English literature assignment on Of Mice and Men and it pained me greatly to do so.

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18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books?

 I CANNOT WITH THESE QUESTIONS! NEVER!

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19. What is your favorite language to read?

Erm…..English?

20. What makes you love a book?

This is such a hard question! I need to be sucked in right away, I like things to be fast paced, action packed with some romance int he form of a swoon-worthy male protagonist with a series of life threatening dangers thrown in. Add to that some beautifully written sentences and I’M YOURS

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

 If I was moved by it or thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I tend to recommend anything and everything to anyone and everyone

22. Favorite genre?

Paranormal YA

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?

Crime Fiction

24. Favorite Biography?

Boy by Roald Dahl (it was a childhood favorite which lives on in my heart)

Boy: Tales of Childhood

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

Nope

26. Favorite cookbook?

PAHAHAHAHAHA. Nope. Scarlett does not cook.

Actully that being siad when I was younger I had the Roald Dahl Cookbook and I thought it was pretty awesome.

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27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

I can’t decide! Either Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan which was inspirational because in the face of homophobia, bullying, reection and discrimination, the characters pushed through it all in pursuit of happiness and in the case of Craig and Harry to try and make a difference int he world and show people that they should never be ashamed of what they are. It was a very powerful story.

The other book is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead because when you look at the journey that Sydney has gone through from her first appearance in Blood Promise to now, the difference is astounding. Furthermore her strength and determination to save other people no matter the personal cost and stick to her beliefs in spite of her circumstances was inspiring which is why Sydney Sage is my favorite fictional character OF ALL TIME (I’m sorry Percy and Hermione but you’ve been beaten fair and square)

Silver Shadows by Richelle MeadTwo Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Fangirl Friday – 8th August

Fangirl Fridays

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So this week I’m fangirling pretty hard at Supernatural as I’m pretty close to finishing that now so in honor of that, i made a cross stitch Dean because that’s a hobby I’ve taken up this past week. it’s very relaxing and great for having something to do while watching TV or rather binging on Netflix

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Also have you seen these videos of Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins answering fan questions at Comic Con? They’re awesome! – WARNING! VIDEO 2 HAS SEASON 9 FINALE SPOILERS

Doctor Who

Meanwhile int he Doctor Who fandom we are freaking the fuck out because season 8 is drawing nearer and it has been revealed that the premiere “Deep Breath” is going to be shown in cinemas around the UK as it is a feature length episode and we are welcoming a new doctor! My tickets are obvously already booked but if you live in the Uk and yours aren’t then you can click here to book at Vue cinemas or here for cineworld!

There will be a 5 minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who Dvd release as well as a 10 min behind-the-scenes feature and a live Q and A which will be included in the 127 minute run in cinemas.

The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is due for release on the 19th of August in the US but it came out today in the UK. Weirdly enough though, my local Waterstones (for my Scotland visit) had copies out on the 2nd of August at which point I immediately nabbed my copy (although the UK cover is questionable so the book will be re-bought in the US) . If you didn’t know, the UK edition has the first chapter of Blood of Olympus inside and I had a minor hissy fit at learning that chapter 1 is narrated by Jason…grrrrr. I have yet to read the chapter but I’m almost half way through the book and oh my days it is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. Everyone ever should read this book. it makes the Greek Myths so much more accessible to young people and with Percy narrating the whole thing and embellishing the stories with his insight it is such a wonderful reading experience. After the trauma of House of Hades I forgot how much I love regular old Percy, you know when things are chill and he’s nit fighting for his life every two seconds. He’s just such a fun narrator.

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The If I Stay Facebook page hit 500,000 fans this week and the fans got the funniest video of Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blakely thanking them and oh my gosh they’re so cute!

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No Biz Like Showbiz (Lexi Carmichael Mystery, #4)

Lexi Carmichael: helping geeks everywhere get some.

Okay, so it’s not exactly as it seems, but that’s what’s happening on the dating reality show called Geeks Get Some that I, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, have been called to work on. Not that I’m a fan of reality shows (I can barely deal with my own reality). Still, I’ve been sent to Hollywood to find a hacker who’s screwing with the results of the show’s online voting system.

So what happens when I get there? Well, the producers convince me to continue my investigation from the inside. And what should be an easy hunt for the hacker turns ugly when he sets his sights on me. Add to that a studio obsessed with ratings, a bunch of nerdy contestants, and my own confusing love life, and unraveling this mystery might make me a star…or get me killed.

4 Reasons I was Excited to Read It

1. It had a really Stephanie Plum vibe to me, although to be honest that’s the only example of this genre I have, which is probably the reason but hey either way.

2. I was looking to expand my reading horizons, i ssem to be stuck in a contemporary YA slump at the moment so not only was this Adult, it was also crime fiction which is a genre I have wanted to explore further for a while

3. The concept of a game where Geeks are trying to find love was an interesting one to me and it seemed bound to fall apart.

4. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, LEXI CARMICHAEL! It’s about time we get a competent (sorry Stephanie) crime fighting, badass detective/hackeron the scene, don’t you think? Furthermore, I’ve just bingewatched almost all of Supernatural in about a month and a half and Lexi was like the dose of Charlie Bradbury which I needed to keep me sane through this Hellatus. Seriously when you watch 9 seasons in a short time frame, having to WAIT for episodes is even more painful.

4 Reasons You’ll Love It

1. Lexi is an awesome character, she’s relatable, smart, funny and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

2. You aren’t going to be overwhelmed by technobabble despite the book revolving around the plot of a computer hacker.

3. Even though it’s Book 4, I totally could keep with the plot which was great because I hate gettign lost with these things.

4. IT IS HILARIOUS! Lexi gets put into some awkward situations at a comic book convention (instant nerd points BONUS for that BTDUBS) and let’s say that our klutzy protagonist can cause some serious bodily harm no matter how hard she tries to avoid it.

BONUS REASON: Two Doctor Who References = 2 more BONUS nerd points

Excerpt

My name is Lexi Carmichael and I have a problem with most of today’s television programming. Not because of the sheer implausibility of a majority of the shows—although that does factor—but because too many programs seem to feature a tech genius who can solve the problems of the world with one stroke of a keyboard.

Here’s how it happens… a tech head is desperately trying to hack into a system. Death, the collapse of the free world, or the apocalypse is imminent if he fails. (Yes, tech heroes always seem to be guys since I guess in Hollywood a woman doesn’t know her way around a keyboard.) He types commands frantically as the clock ticks down to Doomsday. As the scenario continues, our frazzled hero takes a moment to run his fingers through his perfectly styled hair before he types just one more command and bingo, he’s in. He’ll then have a whole millisecond to navigate a completely unfamiliar system, find the magic switch, and shut down the entire system in time to save the day, world, girl, whatever, with one stroke. All of this while the super expensive, cutting-edge government system or expensive black-market technology used by the show’s villain will aid our intrepid hero by providing helpful visual prompts like Access Denied or Access Granted in big bold letters across the screen as he works his hacking magic.

Just shoot me.

I’m a real hacker and yes, I’m female. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science at Georgetown University and have spent most of my twenty-five years learning how to bypass cryptographic protocols, exploit system vulnerabilities, and finesse distributed denial of service attacks. I’ve never had to avert an apocalypse, but if I did, I’m pretty sure it would take more than one freaking minute, and I wouldn’t be worried about my hair while doing it. My first successful hack on a relatively simple system took five hours. It might have taken four, but my mom kept distracting me by yelling through my bedroom door that if I gave ballet class just one more try she’d give me a hundred dollars to spend however I wanted. So, watching these types of shows and movies is hard on both my nerves and stomach.

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