Ten reasons to watch Teen Witch – 1989

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I remember loving this movie when I was a kid and so when I found myself with a head cold this week and Clockwork Prince finally finished I headed over to Netflix and typed into the search box – 1980s and when Teen Witch came up I was like yay!!! It’s about a gazillion times better than The Craft or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or even Bewitched!

Teen Witch blends everything that is cool about magic and the 80’s into 90 minutes, like hello, if you could do magic you wouldn’t really be off fighting the Dark Lord or whatever, you’d totally be using your powers to become the most popular girl in school, don’t even try to deny it! Harry Potter’s got nothing on you Lousie Miller!!

There are so many reasons to check this movie out, but here’s the top ten reasons why you need to see this movie!

 

1. Retro psychics who pretend to be frauds but are actually totally legit but not all that ethical.

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2. Riding bikes in tutus.

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3. Bitchy cheerleaders who do choreographed dance sequences in the locker rooms dressed in leotards.

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4. Dudes that rap and dance like this.:

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5. Putting magic spells on your mates so they can rap and be cool for once in their lives.

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6. The kid brother. This guy was amazing. You have to watch the trailer below to see this kid in action. He’s like a bitter old man in a kid costume.

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7. Stone wash jeans.

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8. Boys who look like Ken dolls and wear muscle tops.

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9. This hairstyle which attracts boys who look like Ken dolls even without magic!

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10. They just don’t do proms like they used to. Remember when everyone used to dance like this?!

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Check out the trailer for all the good bits, or just go watch the movie, you seriously won’t regret it!

 

 

Time Traveller’s Scrunchie gives Teen Witch five stars!

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Inspirational YA time travel novel writing art!

I love searching through Pinterest and Google for inspirational images to get me in the writing zone. I often spend hours (when I should probably be doing something else) Googling 1980’s fashion, adverts and recipes. It’s like chilling out, taking a break, getting inspired and working on your project all at the same time!

Anyway, today I came across an image so freaking cool and SO my novel that I was like – OMG this is perfect! I need it for the cover or something.  Ashton Kutcher of all people (seriously not that sure why I’m following Ashton Kutcher, I mean his movies are OK I guess, but I’m not like in the fandom or anything) posted this article  yesterday about this awesome artist called David Jablow. What he does, amongst other things, is he finds these cool retro kitsch doodle pads…

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And just when you think you’re going to see some badly drawn boobs, he does something like this:

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For those of you who don’t know what the hell this Time Traveller’s Scrunchie thing is, basically I’m writing… no wait, it’s finished! I wrote a YA novel about time travel and the 1980’s and there is actually a calculator watch in it, and later in the triology some of these other things, like the chic from the 70’s make an appearance!

I just freaking love it, and you should totally go check out his website to see all the other amazing things he’s done!

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10 awesome reasons to watch Better Off Dead (1985)!

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Nothing makes me happier than discovering an awesome 80’s movie I haven’t seen yet. And because one of my male lead characters in my time travel YA 1980’s romance novel kind of looks like John Cusack I’ve made a list of  80’s John Cusack films and I’m so slowly working through them.

Better off Dead was such a super nice surprise. It was pretty awesome. From the first few minutes I was giggling like a 1980’s school girl and basically, I loved it and I think you will too!

Here’s 10 reasons you aren’t Better Off Dead – because if you were dead you wouldn’t get to watch this movie… unless you were a ghost and it turns out that ghosts can come over and watch movies with you, but let’s leave that idea for the next YA trilogy.

Reason 1 – Love sick John Cusack.

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Reason 2: Aviators, because the 80’s was so not just about Ray Ban Wayfarers you guys.

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Reason 3 – pouty teenage John Cusack. I mean come on girls… and boys who like boys…

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Reason 4 – 1980’s beauty tips… or should I say cue tips? LOL! 

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Reason 5 – it’s like the only movie ever made where the only way to win a girl’s heart is to ski real good.

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Reason 6 – Burgers in love. ❤

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Reason 7 – French exchange students who don’t quite have it fluent. 

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Reason 8 – Rubber glove drag races.

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Reason 9 – John Cusack wearing a pig nose.

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Reason 10 – The guy who actually owns the Camero John Cusack drove in the movie! (I so need a Camero!)

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Stay tuned to timetravellersscrunchie.com for more reasons to watch every John Cusack 1980’s movie ever made!

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80’s school girl crush swoon!

The Neverending Story – Where are they now?!

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I was watching the Neverending Story (again) last night and I got to thinking – what the hell happened to those kids? None of them look familiar and no one has ever really talked about any of them for years so I thought I’d do a little research Time Traveller’s Scrunchie style…

OK, remember this  kid?

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That’s Bastian. He’s the kid who sits in the school’s attic for the whole movie, reading books and eating apples. He is so me when I read a book.

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And I have nothing clever to say about this unicorn gif, I just had to put it in. So anyway, here he is now…

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Barret Oliver looks like he never left the attic and probably doesn’t get a lot of requests for autographs I reckon. Barret quit acting in the late 80’s and became a Scientologist, a printer and a photographer specialising in 19th century film processes, whatever that is. He’s also had a book published called ‘A History of the Woodburytype’ which is available on Amazon for all you die hard fans.

How about this kid?!

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Wasn’t she just the cutest little cherub of a childlike empress?! Don’t cry empress, Bastian will give you a name even if you can’t work out what the hell it is.

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Tami Stronach also quit acting and went on to become a professional dancer. Oh you can totally see her in a pair of ballet shoes! She’s still dancing and you can find out all about her pretty awesome dance career here.

But what about ATREYU?! He’s the one we really wanna know about! The warrior who went on the quest to end all quests to stop the nothing only to have his horse Artax die in the Swamps of Sadness. :’-(

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Well he’s alive and well and living in LA, building Choppers and tattooing people for a living. OMG I totes wanna get ATREYU to do my tattoo!!!! :-O

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Cool bananas! But don’t fret guys, after like thirty years he’s back taking acting classes! He recently appeared in a couple of B-grade movies including a thing called Sushi Girl so we might be seeing more of him soon!

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Whooop! You can also friend him on Facebook here!

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Sixteen Candles

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Yesterday was 30 years since Sixteen Candles was released. What a freaking awesome movie! If you’ve never seen it your life is not complete.

I thought I’d celebrate by posting an excerpt from chapter 3. How very exciting!!

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“Nope, I look exactly the same as I have since summer. Utterly forgettable,” said Molly Ringwald as Magz stuffed a spring roll in her mouth.

“Chinese is so good,” said Jack loading his fork with sweet and sour pork and swinging his legs up onto the coffee table.

“How’s the pork?” Magz asked through a mouth full of spring roll.

“Awesome,” said Jack. “Thanks for dinner.”

“Thank the parentals. Thank Mastercard.”

“Priceless.” Jack slurped on his Pepsi.

“You know, my parents forgot my birthday one year,” said Magz as Molly Ringwald stood downstairs waiting for someone to say Happy Birthday.

“Shut up,” said Jack taking a spring roll off her plate.

“I was twelve. That night they came home at nearly midnight with a cake and presents, pretended they hadn’t forgotten. Like it was all just a joke and it was meant to be a surprise, but it was so obvious. I sat here all night watching the Back to the Future trilogy. Alone. On my birthday. Doc Brown was just about to turn up with the steam train.”

“You were just a kid,” said Jack shaking his head. “But still, there are worse ways to spend a birthday.”

“Oh, I’ve definitely had worse birthdays.”

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An A to Z about A to Z

Well that was intense.

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And now here’s the “what did I learn” reflection-y bit.

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A blog a day is hard to do. I’m going back to a blog a week now, unless something seriously amazing happens.

Blogging takes a lot of time. I need to blog less, but better and spend more time on other writing projects, like my novel!

Couldn’t always think of good things to blog about and some of my posts sucked – like Q for Quints. Was that really the best I could do?

Didn’t spend as much time looking at other blogs as I would’ve liked.

Everyone that completed the challenge is awesome!

Finally! (How I felt when it was finished!)

Going to do better blog posts now I’m not being controlled by the alphabet! (Oops, already failed at that!)

Hello to all my new followers! I have so much appreciation for anyone that clicks on me, likes me, follows me or leaves a comment.

I am glad I finished it, honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it there at one stage.

Jealous of so many cool blogs on the internet!

Kindness in the blogging community, support and positivity really kept me going!

Large chunks of writing don’t make me want to read to the end. No offence, but blogs can be the best blogs in the world but if they have too many words I’m probably not going to read them. Probably like this one. Ha!

More blogs about the 1980’s would be good. I found like only 3 80’s blogs. Not good enough people.

Not all the cool blogs I found were doing the A to Z challenge. Loads of them I just found organically and some of them were the best!

Other bloggers are mostly really cool! (except that one guy)

People who put themselves out there on the internet – YAY YOU!

Qunits! Argh, Q!

Really glad I did it. Really glad it’s over!

Snacks. I needed more of them. Some people voted at the start for me to blog about snacks. I’m thinking about doing a retro snacks section. What do you guys think?

Time to read again! I’m currently reading Clockwork Angel and loving it! Ah Cassandra Clare! x

Understanding this blogging thing so much better.

Very tired now. Can I just go sit on the couch and watch Game of Thrones?!

What do people really want to read about on my blog? Still asking that question!

Xanadu is basically life lessons on roller-skates

You can accomplish anything (if you put your mind to it!)

Zzzzzzzzzz (that’s me asleep now that this is all over!)

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