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Five Chaotic “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Memes

Is anyone else going a little stircrazy? Sure, it might be tempting to flee to the woods with your forbidden fiance, but we probably shouldn’t. Live through these memes instead.

 

She’s Not Wrong

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I slept on Hermia for a long time, and I couldn’t regret that more. Listen. She and Lysander are in love, and she thinks he’s a perfectly appropriate suitor. So what does she do? Tells her father if he wants her to marry Demetrius that much he might just have to have her executed. Says the same to the king. Oh, I’ve gotta do what my dad says or die? I guess I’ll die. This woman is not daunted by anything. How many of us have wanted to flee into the woods and leave society behind? Hermia lives her truth.

 

Loyalty is a Virtue?

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I mean yeah, obviously I want Helena to have a lot more self worth. She tells Demetrius about his last chance to marry someone else. Even if you want to get on someone’s good side, that is an apocalyptically self sabotaging decision. And like, yeah, he treats her really badly. He should definitely break his ankle in the forest and never be found. Words can’t convey my disdain. But I kinda respect Helena, in a weird way. She may not be as lucky as Hermia, but she’s just as determinedly loyal.

 

Sometimes the Forest is Just Like That

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So you’re Hermia. You’ve been told, on pain of death, to marry this obsessed jerk. You and bae are running off to elope. You kind of can’t get dudes to leave you alone. Suddenly you wake up in the middle of nowhere, and everyone, including your fiance, is in love with your best friend. Kinda sounds like highschool? They’re in the forest, though, and Helena’s not exactly happy either. Everyone’s lost their minds, and somehow this is your fault? Not the best long weekend ever, that’s all I’m saying.

 

Great Plan

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I can’t help feeling that Oberon kind of should have seen this coming. Think about it, even if you think there’s only one couple in the forest. This poor girl’s love doesn’t care about her. Let’s fix it. Do something nice. Who am I going to get to do this for me? The most chaotic creature in existence? Of course! What could go wrong! This is honestly equivalent to you wanting your friends to get together and deputizing your cat.

 

Sounds Fake But Okay

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So you’re Helena. Your best friend is bailing to be with her true love. But the man you love loves her. So you betray her like, a little bit (okay, a lot). The man you love, who’s treated you like human garbage up until now, suddenly professes his undying love. You’re understandably suspicious. Then, boom! Here’s your friend’s fiance. You can count on him for some sense. Nope, he claims to love you too. She knows you betrayed her. Why wouldn’t she want vengeance?

 

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Accio Relaxation!

If you’ve been missing a little magic in your life since the end of the beloved Harry Potter series, look no further than the Wand and Willow Day Spa. Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Wand and Willow was inspired by owner Wendy Piedad’s love for stories such as Harry Potter, Bewitched, and Practical Magic. The spa aims to bring together professional treatments combined with the magical world of Harry Potter

 

Beginning with a career in spa management, Wendy Piedad has been in the spa industry since 2006. As she furthered her career within the industry, she began to develop a passion for skincare and massage therapy. She studied to be both a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist. With Wand and Willow, she aimed to create a space where clients can enjoy professional spa treatments and experience a little magic in their own lives. Piedad opened Wand and Willow just over a year ago and runs the spa completely by herself. 

 

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Wand and Willow offers traditional spa treatments such as massages, facials, and cleansing treatments if you’re feeling like a dementor has you in its grips. They also sell a variety of products, potions, and tinctures if you wish to bring a little magic home with you after your treatment. You can book an appointment directly on Wand and Willow’s website or by phone (615-779-0122). So if you’re looking to indulge in a relaxing massage or experience a little Harry Potter magic (or both!), Wand and Willow has something to offer for everyone.

 

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Land of Stories Prequel has a Sequel!

Chris Colfer, the author of the best selling middle grade series Land of Stories, is releasing a new book. Colfer’s books have been flying off shelves since they hit stores back in 2012, and due to the mega success of the series, Colfer released a prequel to the series, titled A Tale of Magic, last fall. Now, a sequel is being released, and is coming out later this year.

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The original series follows twins Alex and Conner who discover their connection to the Fairytale world when they are transported through the old book of fairy tales their father used to read to them. They then learn they are more connected to the world than they thought, and as the series progresses, they do everything they can to save the Fairytale world.

 

The prequel, on the other hand, follows a young girl named Brystal, who works as a maid in a library so she can be surrounded by the books she’s forbidden to read. One day, she finds a secret section in the library that has a book about magic. Unfortunately magic is another thing that’s forbidden, but of course Brystal reads the book anyway, and as she reads she learns there is magic inside of her. It doesn’t take long before Brystal is caught, but then she is saved by a woman named Madame Weatherberry who takes her to her academy to help train Brystal to become a fairy. However, Madame Weatherberry goes missing and Brystal and her friends go on a mission to bring her back, and along the way, learn Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for starting a school. Learning the truth puts the world, and magic, in danger.

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**SPOILERS**

The sequel is a continuation of Brystal and her friends’ story, following the aftermath of the first book. A rival school is going to be introduced, and a new witch who is trying to recruit students. This new witch is believed to have some dark intentions, and those intentions are proved right when Lucy, Brystal’s friend, wants to destroy mankind. Also, the legalization of magic has caused an uproar within the kingdoms, and now a clan called the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced to try and get rid of magic completely. Sounds like a great sequel!

 

According to Colfer, the first novel was about acceptance and peace within the world, and this new sequel is about finding peace within yourselves. He also hopes this book encourages his readers to fight the negativity that is taking over the world today.

You can pre-order your copy of A Tale of Witchcraft, here.

 

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Five ‘Carry On’ Memes I Totally Hate

Have there ever been a more wonderful pair of fools than Simon Snow and Baz Pitch? How I love them. And in honor of Wayward Son‘s recent release, here are some memes to help us reflect on their past nonsense. And what nonsense there was!

 

Inviting Trouble

 

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This couldn’t be more true. How does no one believe Simon that Baz is a vampire? He has a total vampire name! When I found out he wasn’t born a vampire to a vampire family my mind was actually blown. What type of wizard name is Grimm-Pitch? It’s the most suspicious name on earth! I guess you get what you ask for when naming your children, honestly. Was that his father’s name or something? I don’t remember, but they shouldn’t have been surprised with how things turned out.

 

 

No, I Didn’t Say Anything

 

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He’s totally my worst enemy. I hate him with a passion. Worst person I know. God I hate him so much. It consumes me. Friends? No, all I have is a need for blood and incredibly intense feelings for Simon Snow. Feelings of hatred! Totally hatred. Can’t stand him. Why haven’t I used my extensive connections to get a new roommate? Can’t. Because… bureaucracy? I can’t even tell you how much I hate him. Snow! Snow, wake up! I hate you. Do you know how much I hate you?

 

 

Maybe Just This Once

  
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God, there are good cliches and bad ones, aren’t there? And as much as I’m a person who hates things, I hear that they think they hate each other but they realize they’re secretly in love? And I am IN. Just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean it’s not an amazing thing to happen! And isn’t it all in the execution? Ben Wyatt meme – It’s about the LONGING. Throw in some magic, and I’m OBVIOUSLY in.

 

 

Totally the Worst

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Oh, I just think about him every second. In a super platonic way. I mean, I hate him! But like, as a friend. Not a friend! We’re totally enemies. Who does this guy think he’s fooling, besides Simon? People have to be rolling their eyes SO hard every time they talk about how much they hate each other. Like, SURE. We get it. You totally HATE him. How did they keep them as roommates? Between the constant violence and the obvious attraction, they should NOT be roommates.

 

 

Solves Everything

 
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WARNING: Please do not try this at home. I don’t want to be responsible for that. I also don’t think that pushing your student loan debt down the stairs would help very much. It might make you feel better though! Ok, try it at home but only with inanimate objects you don’t mind getting knocked around. Never with your roommate you’re secretly in love with. For that you might have to try and save the world.

 

 

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4 Books to Read By This Underrated Fantasy Writer

If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ve probably read J.K. Rowling, Leigh Bardugo, and all the other must-read authors that swoop you up into a world of dreams and magic. But you may or may not have read Italo Calvino, an Italian journalist known for his short stories and whimsical fiction. Born in 1923, Calvino seems almost ahead of his time in fantasy and immersive settings. These magical twists always come when least expected because, in a Calvino book, anything is possible. If you want to take a dive into Calvino’s world (and come out feeling like someone unplugged your connection to reality), here are four books to try.

 

1. Invisible cities

 

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If you love urban fantasy, or you feel whispers of magic in the night lights of the city, Invisible Cities will feel absolutely unreal in the most beautiful way. In this collection of short stories, each chapter features the description of a whimsical city narrated by Venetian traveler Marco Polo who relays his travels through cities of memory, desire, design, the dead, and the sky.

There’s a spider-web city suspended above nothing but air on a series of nets, and inhabitants must climb around to get from place to place. There’s a city of waste where residents only use everything one time before throwing it away- one bar of soap per hand wash, one set of sheets and pillow per night’s sleep. There is a city that is forever under construction to prevent its destruction and a city of wells and buckets built over a massive lake.

Invisible Cities combines fantasy, metaphor, and social commentary in an absolutely breathtaking read.

 

2. IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER

 

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The first time you open If On A Winter’s Night A Travelerit’ll feel something like trying to read this. This book is about you, the reader, trying to read If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino, but you keep receiving incomplete copies missing parts of the plot, or completely different books altogether. As a result, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler (and we never find out what that traveler does on a winter’s night) ends up combining about eight different plots for novels in total, each one more intriguing than the next. We never find out the endings. It’s just as frustrating as it is fascinating and addictive. In fact, this meta novel is more about the experience of the reader. Calvino uses the opportunity to make fun of books, readers, writers, publishers, translators, booksellers, and anti-readers in a way that’s strangely relatable.

If you love reading and meta stuff, this is definitely a book for you.

 

 

3. THE BARON IN THE TREES

 

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When you were a kid, did you ever dream about running away from home and living in the forest, maybe building a treehouse where you can sulk in peace? The Baron in the Trees is the story of Cosimo di Rondó, a young Italian boy who had similar feelings after a fight with his family. He ran away into the trees and proceeded to live there for the rest of his life. Cosimo creates a whole world for himself in the trees, making friends, helping others, and solving worldly problems.

This book is for any fantasy lover who has elaborate dreams of escape into a world of their own making.

 

4. MARCOVALDO: The SEASONS IN THE CITY

 

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I like to think of Marcovaldo as cartoons come to life. Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker living in an Italian industrial city. He’s just trying to live a normal life and care for his family, but more often than not his imagination gets the best of him. Imagine the scene in cartoons where a person gets covered in a pile of snow and becomes a snowman. This happens to Marcovaldo. Imagine the scene where a person falls asleep on a raft in the middle of a lake and drifts over a waterfall, still sleeping. This also happens to Marcovaldo. Anything and everything happens to Marcovaldo, and fantasy just keeps intruding on the boring monotony of his working life.

If you’re a daydreamer who would rather chase fantasy than stay grounded in reality, you’ll probably relate to Marcovaldo as much as I did.

 

Basically, if you’ve never read Calvino and you’re in the mood for some fantasy that is also self-aware and unique, you HAVE to try one of these.

 

 

 

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