Deep and Dark and Dangerous

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When Alison found a torn childhood photograph of her mom and aunt Dulcie, her mother’s estranged sister, in an old book, she was intrigued by the identity of the child that was supposedly in the picture with them. She accepted Dulcie’s invitation to spend the summer with her and babysit her cousin, Emma while vacationing in their summer house where her mom and aunt used to spend the summer when they were young.

They met Sissy, a spiteful kid who won’t leave the cousins alone and tried to brainwash Emma into bullying Ali. Sissy always gets Ali into trouble and scares her through mentioning Teresa, a young girl who drowned in a nearby lake when Claire and Dulcie were kids, and whose body was never recovered. 

Mary Downing  Hahn is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been dying to read this story and I wasn’t disappointed. Deep and Dark and Dangerous is more than a horror story. Just like other ghost stories written by this brilliant author, it relates other underlying issues and this time, it’s about parenting and how a childhood trauma could affect your future, if left unresolved.

I thought Claire, the protagonist’s mom was the bad person and I could understand why Ali would like to get away from her even for the summer. But I found out later on that Dulcie, her aunt was worse and Claire’s overprotectiveness soon made sense. At least Claire was responsible enough to seek professional help and acknowledge that her behavior is affecting her family while Dulcie tried to cover up her mistake with a brave front.

I love how mature the main character is and I feel bad for how Dulcie treated her during their stay at the vacation house. Her cousin is a total brat which was not surprising, being raised by a mentally unstable mom. I just hope Ali got paid for being Emma’s babysitter.

I saw comments of disappointed readers in goodreads who even compared this to Wait Till Helen Comes, another ghost story from the same author, but as much as I love Wait Till Helen Comes, I have to disagree with them. Deep and Dark and Dangerous definitely has my vote. It’s chilling and sad at the same time. The ghost was not exactly a friendly one and someone to be scared of like Helen but there’s something about her that gained my sympathy which I didn’t feel for Helen. Perhaps, it’s because they haunt for different reasons. Helen wanted someone to share her loneliness with ( aside from her longing for her parents and wanting to find their missing bodies) while the ghost in Deep and Dark and Dangerous  just wanted the truth to come out and for her body to have a proper burial so she could rest in peace.

iKON’s Comeback and My Favourite Kpop Artists

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I spent my day streaming iKON’s new comeback song.  Dive has an amazing lyrics and it perfectly describes how I feel about iKON. I wasn’t disappointed and I still believe it’s a great song even if a lot of so called fans tried to downplay the group’s effort because they were having a hard time accepting that their bias is no longer in the group. I started following iKON after Hanbin left and from what I see, most Ikonics are Hanbin supporters. I understand that it’s difficult to accept your bias’ departure from the group that you spent years supporting.  I had a hard time accepting when Taecyeon left from JYP entertainment, as I knew that it would affect his activities with 2PM and I didn’t think I could still support Infinite like before without Myungsoo. But at least, I’m not like other fans who demand the group to disband if they could no longer continue with complete members or mentioning their bias’ name in every video or post related to the group’s activities.

Being Ft island’s supporter showed me how to be a ‘true’ fan and how to fully support a group. Jonghoon used to be my bias and as much as I recognized his contribution to FT island, I’m not the type of fan who would turn a blind eye to her idol’s misconduct. I still love FT Island and all its members, and I’ll be waiting for their comeback even if my new bias Seunghyun also left the group.

Being a fan of a group means supporting the whole group and not an individual member.  It’s either you leave the fandom and support your bias’ individual activity or you support the group without your favourite member.

I find it unfair to the other members who are trying to save the group being treated by bitter fans as if they were no longer relevant when a popular member left. A real fan supports the group as a whole and would take time to get to know every individual member.

Moving on from iKON’s successful comeback, I decided to write a post about my favourite KPOP artists. Here is a list of my favourite Kpop groups and individual artists. I’m also into Gfriend and Apink at the moment. I’m still far from being called a fan but I like some of their songs. I love to hear suggestions too so feel free to comment your favourite songs and Kpop artists.

 

Favorite girl groups

1.2ne1

Bias: Dara

Favourite song: Go Away and Fire

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2.Cherry bullet

Bias: Yuju

Favorite song: Pingpong

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3.Itzy

Bias: Ryujin

Bias wrecker: Yuna, Yeji, Chaeryoung, Lia 😛

Favourite song: Want it

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4.Twice

Bias: Dahyun

Bias-wrecker: Momo

Favourite song: Luv me (from their first Japanese single, One More Time)

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5.Momoland

Bias: Jane

Bias wrecker: Jooe

Favourite songs: Freeze and Boom Boom

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Runner ups:

Red velvet

Bias: Joy

Bias-Wrecker: Seulgi

Favourite song: Red Flavor

 

SNSD

Bias: Yuri

Bias wrecker: Tiffany

Favourite songs: Into the New World

 

Boy groups

1. Ft island

Bias: All! Hahaha!

Favourite song: Severely

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2.2PM

Bias: Taecyeon

Bias wrecker: Junho

Favourite song: Hands Up

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3. iKON

Bias: Ju-ne

Bias wrecker: Chan

Favourite song: Love Scenario

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4.Cnblue

Bias: Jungshin

Favourite song: Loner

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5.Nflying

Bias: Seunghyub

Bias wrecker: Jaehyun

Favourite song: Rooftop

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Runner ups:

Infinite

Bias: Myungsoo

Favourite song: Dilemma

Shinee

Bias: Onew

Bias wrecker: Minho

Favourite song: Lucifer

TVXQ

Bias: Changmin and Yunho. Lols!

Favourite song: The Chance of Love

Bigbang

Bias: Daesung

Bias wrecker: Taeyang

Favourite song: Blue

 

Solo artists

1. PSY

Favourite song: Gangnam Style

2. Shaun

Favourite song: Way back home

3.Lee hi

Favourite song: You’re my star

4. Jung Jaewon/ ONE

Favourite song: Getting by

5. Chungha

Favourite song: Snapping

 

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