I attended the Paris bookfair…

… and I met Rainbow Rowell!!!

Here’s a little vlog I made about my experience.

Guys, I’m so sorry, I haven’t really been active lately. I wish I had, honestly. I still read a lot, and I could really write some book reviews, but for some reason I haven’t. I have posted some one my Booktube channel though if you want to check them out, just click on the video above!

Anyway. The Paris bookfair was amazing, I went twice, last Friday and last Sunday. I met five different authors, including Rainbow Rowell, which was something I never expected to happen to me. She was SO adorable. I even came to talk to her a second time because I wanted to get a picture with her, and the previous one I had was completely blurry. I almost didn’t go, but then I knew I would regret it if I didn’t, so I gathered my courage, and voilà!

Festival America

Hi readers! It’s been a while since I shared about an event/exhibit I attended, so here I make up for it! Over the weekend, I attended Festival America, which is a book fair that took place near Paris, and I made a video where I talk about it and share some purchases and pictures I took there… Here it is if you want to watch it!

Festival America is all about American books and authors. This year was the 8th edition, and hopefully there will be more I can attend in the future years!

Paris Annual Bookfair 2016

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From Thursday to Sunday, it was Paris’s Annual Bookfair at the Porte de Versailles, also known as Livre Paris or the Salon du Livre.

The star city this year was Pointe-Noire (Congo) and the star country was South Korea, which is awesome because as you may know, I love South Korea.

I went to the bookfair on both Saturday and Sunday, because there were events I wanted to attend on both days, and since the student price is rather cheap, and I was extremely motivated, I couldn’t resist. It was one of the best weekends of my life!!

SATURDAY

On Saturday, I attended a conference about Dystopia. It was featuring three authors: Clélie Avit, author of Les Messagers du Vent (Messengers of the Wind) which hasn’t been translated in English. I had never heard of her, but the concept of her books seems really cool, and I may eventually read them some day. The second author was Victor Dixen, author of the series Phobos. It hasn’t been translated in English either but it might be some day because it seems to be rather successful… I read good reviews about that one too, so I might try it as well. And last but not least, the reason why I came, James Dashner, author of the best-seller series The Maze Runner!

The conference was really interesting, the three authors talked about their books, and why they thought dystopias were so popular, and why they wrote dystopias… I think I might write my own some day! James Dashner said that one of the reasons was that we all have a dark side, and I was like damn true…

(these are the three okay-ish pictures I managed to take during the signing…)

After the conference, I waited about one hour and a half for James’ signing event, and I thought I would never see him, but eventually I did! I wanted to say something clever, and even ask why he killed Teresa, but all I managed to say was Hello… And he signed my copy of The Maze Runner, I’m so happy!!

And since I waited for a long time, I also got to talk with other fans, which was pretty cool…

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By the way, for those who are wondering, he said that yes, Dylan got into an accident, and he will need sometime to recover, but he will be fine, and they will carry on filming as soon as he is!

SUNDAY

On Sunday, I attended another conference about fairytale retellings (which is the subject I chose for my Master’s degree, what a perfect coincidence…) and it was amazing. It was featuring two authors, the first one was Nathalie Azoulai, who is getting more and more famous in France (I haven’t read anything by her yet) and the second one was Michael Cunningham, the author of The Hours.

The conference was really interesting, and I was sitting on the first row, it was so exciting. I took some notes too, though I said I wouldn’t, I couldn’t help it, it was so interesting. Michael was really funny, and I loved everything he said, it was so interesting.

They said that we all grew up with fairytales, and this is why they were such a great influence for authors. They also said that it was a great challenge to recreate something new with something that already exists.

“I still feel like I’m a fairytale.” – Michael Cunningham

Anyway, I loved it so much. I could talk about fairytales and retellings for hours, but I’m going to stop there. You will agree, I think, that a lot of new retellings are getting really popular these days (i.e. to mention only one, The Lunar Chronicles) and this is why I find them so interesting!

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(The quality is really terrible, but I still wanted to share the pictures I took…)

And after the conference, I went to the signing event! I bought his last book A Wild Swann and other tales which is a series of fairy tale retellings, and I can’t wait to read it. And of course, I got it signed!!

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I’m so happy about this!! And last but not least, I even got to take a picture with him! I look so awkward, but it’s a pretty cool picture hehe ~

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Basically, it was an amazing weekend, and I will sure remember it for a very long time ♥

The Little Prince: Exhibition

Hi guys! I didn’t post yesterday because I have decided to calm down a bit. But I will still post very often! (Also have you noticed I uploaded a header image? I’m rather proud of it…)

Anyway. Last week I went to The Little Prince exhibition in Versailles (it ends this weekend, I’m the queen of going to exhibitions right before they end… It doesn’t make them any less good!) It took some pictures and I wanted to share them with you all!

I also learned a lot about the author, Antoine de Saint Exupery. He was born at the beginning of the 20th century, and was a reckless aviator (this is where the idea of the Little Prince came). He also wrote other books, was friend with editors, and won several literary prices. He was also married to a sculptor (I had no idea of this).

During WWII, he fled to the US, leaving his wife behind. He tried to raise awareness about Nazi Germany, and encourage the US to start fighting against them.

The Little Prince was first published in the US in April 1943, it was originally planned as a Christmas story for children, but he made it more than this, and did whatever he wanted. Which ended up in the famous philosophical novel that we know. It was published in France after the war, in 1946.

Antoine de Saint Exupery died during the war, while flying between France and Algeria, and I like to think he reunited with his Little Prince…

“Once upon a time there was a little prince lived on a planet scarcely bigger than your home…”

“It was dark now. I had dropped my tools. I couldn’t care less about my hammer, my bolt, my thirst, or my death. There was on a star, on a planet, on my planet, on Earth, a Little Prince who needed comfort.”

“Please… Could you draw me a sheep?”
“What?”
“Draw me a sheep…”
I jumped on my feet as if I had been hit by lightning. I rubbed my eyes. I looked again. And I was a perfectly extraordinary little boy, looking severly at me.”

Seoul Paris Seoul

Here is something a bit different for today, I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

As you may or may not know, I really like Korean Dramas. I discovered them back in 2012 thanks to my best friends, and even though I haven’t matched much of them for the past few months, I still hold them dear.

Through them, I started discovering Korean culture, and I absolutely love it. It’s so interesting and fascinating. I started learning Korean back in October, and even if I struggle a lot, I learn a lot and I love it!

So when my aunt gave me free tickets for this exhibition, of course, I was delighted. I went there on Wednesday, and I’m so glad I did: it was truly interesting.

The exhibition is called Seoul Paris Seoul, and it takes place in a small museum in Paris, the Musée Cernuschi, which is a museum about Asian arts. The point of the exhibition was to share the work of Korean artists (especially painters) who had lived in Paris, and had been influenced by what they learnt there, through the 20th century.

I love paintings, so this was really enjoyable, and I saw a lot of beautiful things. It was interesting to learn about the relationships between France and Korea through arts, and to see that even when Korea wasn’t free – when it was under the Japanese domination – there were still artists willing to leave the country to come to Paris, and would try their best to do so even if it was almost impossible for them. I decided to share some of my favourites, so you may have an idea of what it was about!

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Shim Kyung Ja, Karma

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Bang Hai Ja, The birth of light

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Hong In Sook, Trace

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Han Mook, Pride

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Han Mook, Golden Spiral

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Park In Kyung, Orchids

What do you think about those paintings? Do you like paintings in general, and do you have any favourite artists?

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

You have probably heard me talking about it if you are following me on Instagram, I went to the Harry Potter Exhibition on Tuesday! This exhibition started in 2009 in Chicago, and went to Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sidney and Singapore, before coming to Paris in April. Today is actually the last day, so yes I am a bit late, but it was absolutely amazing. Yes, a bit pricey, but I enjoyed it a lot anyway and took some pictures I wanted to share with you guys!

Some of my pictures were deleted by my phone for absolutely no reason, but I still have some left. The exhibit starts with the sorting hat, and then the Hogwarts express. We move on then to a bigger room which has a series of portraits on one of the walls, some of them moving, including the famous Fat Lady.

The room is huge and displays on either sides costumes from all the movies, as well as objects such as wands, necklaces, books, and copybooks. There are a few televisions with passages from the movies.

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This is one of Luna Lovegood’s outfits.

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Professor Sprout’s outfit in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when she teaches her students how to re-pot Mandrakes. There was also several Mandrakes, and yes they screamed every time someone tried to move them.

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Now we move on the the Potions and Snape’s outfit. There were outfits for all the DADA’s teachers as well.

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Next room, here is Buck along with Harry and Hermione’s outfit’s in The Prisoner of Azkaban. (Sorry it’s in no particular order.)

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Alas, my pictures of Harry and Ron’s room are lost into oblivion, but this is a (bad) picture of Hagrid’s hut, with Norbert’s egg on the table! And trust me, Hagrid is really HUGE.

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This is Harry’s outfit in The Philosopher’s Stone and Tom Riddle’s outfit from The Chamber of Secrets (and I’m still trying to figure out why they were put together).

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Giant chess piece from The Philosopher’s Stone.

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More and more outfits. (Sadly, this was already the last room). From left to right, these are from The Goblet of Fire: Durmstrang student, Beauxbaton student, and Cedric Diggory’s uniform.

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From The Goblet of Fire as well, the Yule Ball outfits. From left to right: Viktor Krum, Hermione, Ron, Harry, Cho and Cedric.

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Now some magical artefacts, we have first the Goblet of Fire itself, Dumbledore’s wand, and the Sword of Gryffindor.

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Dobby and Kreacher the House Elves. (Dobby is the cutest, really!!)

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Again in no particular order, the decrees from The Order of the Phoenix.

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Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix.

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I also photographed a few posters, they were scattered arount the corridors, it was so well done! (I almost bought this one, but everything was so damn expensive so I didn’t…)

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I know the order is a total mess, but I haven’t talked about Quidditch yet.

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From left to right: Draco Malefoy, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Cedric Diggory.

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And this is a miniature Quidditch game!

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This is a small display of what Fred and George sell at Weasleys’ Wizard Weezer.

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As well as their outfits on their final day at Hogwarts.

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And last but not least candies from Honeydukes.

And this is the end of my pictures. The exhibition was really lovely, I really felt for about an hour in the wizard atmosphere, it was so exciting. There were so many things to see. If it comes near you, don’t hesitate to go an visit it! I hope you enjoyed my pictures !

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(And yes of course, I stopped at the shop!)