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Where To Buy Cheap Books

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With books being quite expensive – from textbooks, fiction and non-fiction – it can be hard to find great books for great prices.

The average paperback being £7.99 and hardback being £12.99, finding books cheaper elsewhere is always an advantage when wanting to build your collection.

In the video above, Lauren Siddy, 17, a student from Sheffield gives her tips and advice on where you can get books at affordable prices both online and in-store.


Comparing Sheffield Cinemas

Rare and Racy – The Out-Of-Print Bookshop

The End of The Vampire Diaries

The 10th March was a date in many people’s diaries as the day one of their beloved TV shows comes to an end. The Vampire Diaries – starring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley – came to an end after eight years of success on 10th March this year.

Hayley Russell, fan of the TV show from Ontario, Canada, said: “I started watching The Vampire Diaries when it first came out it 2009. I loved watching supernatural kind of stuff like vampires so it interested me. I was sad that it would be over but I knew a show can’t go on forever.”


There has been a lot of dispute online about how the much loved TV show was drawn to a close with people saying it was ‘too cheesy’ but also saying it was ‘it was the saddest moment of their life.’

“I was happy with the ending and that the final scene was with Stefan and Damon. I would have wanted Elena and Stefan to be with eac h other till the end because of the fact that the show started with those two and they were each other’s first love.

“I always had a feeling Stefan was going to die but there was a part of me that was still surprised that they did kill him off. I wasn’t expecting Stefan to give Damon the cure though”

Throughout the broadcast of the finale, the hashtag #TVDForever was trending on Twitter.

On the night of the finale, many of the cast took to social media to say their goodbyes to the show and their fans.

Chris Wood, who plays Kai Parker the deranged Gemini twin/heretic, tweeted: “I’ll always be grateful to #TVD for the doors it opened for me, the people it put in my life, and @julieplec letting me kiss @iansomerhalder.”

He also added “I friggin’ love that guy. Kai will always be one of my favourite roles. #TVD.”

Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore the good boy/bad boy vampire, also tweeted: “Wow saying good bye to 8 years… wow. Thank you all!”]

Top Five Villains from The Vampire Diaries


  • Kai Parker, played by Chris Wood – recurring role from Season 6-8
  • Klaus Mikaelson played by Joseph Morgan– recurring role in Season 2, main cast in Season 3-4 and guest star in Seasons 5 and 7
  • The Huntress/ Reyna Cruz played by Leslie-Anne Huff– recurring role in Season 7
  • Markos played by Raffi Barsoumian– recurring role in Season 5 episodes 17 – 22
  • Sybil played by Nathalie Kelley– recurring role in Season 8
  • Cade played by Wolé Parks – recurring role in Season 8
  • Ripper Stefan played by Paul Wesley– recurring role in Season 1-8
  • Wes Maxfield played by Rick Cosnett – recurring role in Season 5-6
  • Katherine Pierce played by Nina Dobrev– recurring role in Season 1-5 and appeared in Season 8
  • Julian played by Todd Lasance – recurring role in Season 7

Diversity and Representation in Books and the Big Screen


Diversity has become increasingly apparent and the lack there is of it in both movies and books.  Over the past few years #OscarsSoWhite has trended across social media and brought diversity in film and television into the spotlight in 2016.


Many people have taken to Twitter to express their feelings on the matter.

@chlyerleigh said: “I can’t believe there was more diversity in Kong: Skull Island that in all the movies I’ve seen this year.”


The lack of diversity can affect people in lots of ways. When interviewed by Hunger, Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones actress, said: “For me, when I was growing up, not seeing anyone on television that looked like me or that I could identify with was really hard, and that can affect someone’s self-esteem hugely.”


To help tackle diversity in books, at the start of 2017 the challenge Diversity Bingo 2017 was created. Diversity Bingo 2017 is where you have a bingo sheet of different diverse topics and then you cross it off once you have read a book that falls under that category. The categories can include anything from the race of the main character to where the book is set.


Ashley Nuckles, a booktuber who is taking part in the reading challenge said: “I have been aiming for at least one diverse read a month. I think the bingo sheet is awesome, it gets people motivated and inspired.


“Reading allows you to empathize with the MC (main character) and with so many different cultures, ethnicities and races in the world today. We need to be kind to one another in the crappy world we live in now, and that starts with putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and feeling what they feel for a change.”



Diversity Book Recommendations

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • Run by Kody Keplinger
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


Book To Movie Adaptations

Nowadays a lot more books are being turned into films. However, does that deem the film better than the book?


Rionaghac O’Mahony, a booktuber and film fan said: “I’m generally very anxious when I hear that a book I’ve read is being adapted, especially into a movie. There’s always a part of me that stops myself from being too upset when an adaptation is released.”


“There’s always a part of me that stops myself from being too upset when an adaptation is released. Books and movies are entirely different forms of media; they aren’t going to feel the same. And as the word ‘adaptation’ explains, they are not going to be the exact same thing.”
But what forms people’s opinions about the adaptation?


When people read a book, they imagine what the characters look like, sound like and act like, but if the character are slightly different to people’s expectations, the film is ruined.


Susana Calloway, 19, said: “I usually don’t mind movie adaptations. I know that they can’t copy the book as it is, so I have low hopes. However, what I can’t stand is when they don’t cast actors and actresses who are exactly the way I imagined. I know that is impossible, and that the actor/actress may be brilliant and play the role as perfect as it has to be, but if I don’t like him/her, I’m sure I’m not going to like the movie.

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“On the other hand, I get really excited when one of my favourite books get a movie adaptation because it’s like ”yaaaaaayyy I read it! I know it!” and I don’t really care about the changes that producers make in the plot because I think that part is so important. If the film were exactly like the book, the readers won’t be surprised at all, so I like that very much, even though I know most people hate the changes.”


Adaptations are incredibly popular as there are so many out there and so many different genres. Some of the more popular adaptations include Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien.

Rionaghac O’Mahony added: “I adore The Lord of the Rings movies but despite that I’ve never read the books, I KNOW that I wouldn’t enjoy them as much.”





The Reading Well For Young People Scheme



Over the past few years mental health has become more apparent, especially among teenagers. Currently, it is estiScreen Shot 2017-03-28 at 13.52.00mated that 10% of young people have a diagnosable mental health issue.


To help tackle the amount of teenagers with a mental illness, The Reading Agency in partnership with other organisations has created a book scheme called Reading Well for Young People.


The scheme is a recommended list of books, which are recommended by both mental health experts and young people, that talk about mental health issues.


Annie Robinson, a programme assistant at The Reading Agency, said: “It was set up because of the enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people.


“The scheme is designed to support mental health conditions or difficulties that are prevalent in young people’s lives.”


There are many authors involved in the Reading Well scheme including Jandy Nelson (I’ll Give You The Sun, The Sky Is Everywhere), Alexia Casale (House of Windows, The Bone Dragon) and Kate Collins-Donelly (Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People).


Since the list includes a wide range of books from non-fiction to fiction, all mental health issues or just one, you are guaranteed to find a book that will help you, and if one doesn’t work then you can try another.


Alexia Casale, member of the selection panel and whose novel House of Windows is featured in the scheme, said: “One of the brilliant things about the Reading Well scheme is the thought and work that goes into picking books that a very diverse group of people think will be helpful – and won’t be harmful.


“There are so many perspectives involved from doctors, nurses, librarians and so forth, but also large workshops engaging with those affected and with carers to bring in lived experience so it can have an equal regard as expertise in what is needed – and what may be unintentionally harmful. This means real trust can be put in the list and the books on it.”

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Not only can these books help you understand a mental illness, but it can help distract you from it.


“There are so many ways reading can help people dealing with mental health issues. One that is often pushed aside is escapism. It is no small thing to be able to stop being yourself for a little while and having a ‘break’ of sorts from your life, through being someone else and living a different life, even if only for a little bit. The ‘rest’ can be critical in managing symptoms and finding the strength to carry on.


“Another is recognition: seeing someone go through the same sorts of things is hugely comforting. Especially when you’re young and you maybe don’t ‘know’ how common mental health issues are, or what sorts of thoughts, feelings and behaviours are perfectly ‘normal’ within different mental illnesses.


“If fiction makes someone see that lots of other people have their own versions of similar things, that can be comforting, affirming… and help them start conversations – or even actively seek help. Stories can give young people the language to explain what is going on.”


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Once I had gotten my footage, I added them to iMovie and began watching the footage to see what I was going to include in my video. I then began cutting clips and dragging them to the video timeline.

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I then added transitions in between each clip to make it more interesting and different. I made sure that I chose simple transitions so that it didn’t look too complicated or distracting.

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I then began adding music as a backing track to the video to make it interesting. I had to make sure the music wasn’t too distracting or loud and that it was long enough to play through the whole of the video. I then dragged the chosen music to the timeline.

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To make my video more professional I added opening and ending credits. Again, I look for ones that were simple and looked professional instead of fancy, outlandish ones that are distracting.

I then kept watching the whole of the video to see what I could add and to see if I could re shuffle it in any way.

Once I was completely satisfied and finished with the video, I uploaded it to YouTube. I did this by clicking file, share and then YouTube.

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