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The Fangirl’s Guide to Navigating Life, Vol. 2

Published May 5, 2017 by Ashley Townsend

The Fangirl’s Guide to Navigating Life, Vol. 2:

Surviving a Series Ender

You’re incredibly excited about a new series, devour every book in the same week it releases, and proudly display every piece of book-swag you received for your dedication. And as you’re shedding joyous tears over the last page of the story and thinking about what new pins to add to your character boards, it suddenly hits you: That’s it, there are no more books left in the series. You’ve read them all like a manic without considering the fact that one day they would come to an end. Now all you’re left with is the memories of the story and a future that stretches out before you like a dark abyss.

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We’ve all been there, although maybe your experience wasn’t quite as dramatic as this. But that’s neither here nor there.

It’s okay to hide in a dark hole for a short time and hope that the author decides to write another book in the series, but let’s be real: YOU NEED SUNLIGHT! And a shower, and food, and to give your cramping hands a break after holding a book for so long (most commonly obtained from books by Cassandra Claire and Sarah J. Maas). To help you overcome the tragedy that is the conclusion of a fabulous series—the pain, the agony, the tears!!—I’ve created a list of a few tried and true techniques to help you move past the crushing disappointment of the end of a book era. Because, seriously, you need emotional support after this.

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-Feast on chocolate and/or (but especially “and”) ice cream

. . . . I’m sorry, is an explanation even necessary? I think not!!!!!

-Buy a shock blanket

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Trust me, you’re going to need this

Drink all the coffee!!

For staying awake to search the online fandom pages and Pinterest boards to feel closer to the characters after it’s over. Better yet, just buy a plantation so you can grow your own beans. It’s a worthy investment.

Find a fandom candle

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In the Wick of Time and Flickering Fandoms make amazing candles inspired by so many different books and characters. You’ll fall in love and be reminded of your favorite characters every time you smell it!

-Music, baby

Accept the fact that “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. and Simon and Gafunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” are a part of life now. (Best paired along with the shock blanket and candle, also tested by me.)

-Create a Pinterest Board

 

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Strange as it seems, searching the web for images that inspire memories of the books-gone-by makes you feel like the characters haven’t left you entirely and helps with the healing process.

And the most important I’ve-lost-my-way technique:

-BUY A NEW BOOK!!!

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Trust me, the best way to get over the end of an amazing series is to wash the tears from your face, swap out those Nutella-stained sweatpants for some jeans, and get back in the bookstore. You never know what magic awaits you! *hums the tune to “Back in the Saddle Again”*

We Be Oncing

Published September 28, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

As most of you know, the Once Upon A Time season 4 premiere airs tonight. *inhales a deep breath* I am calm, but I am also this happy:

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If you’re like me (i.e., obsessed), then you probably already know it premieres tonight, are intimate with every in and out of the show, ship both CaptainSwan AND OutlawQueen, and you also know what OUAT stands for. If not, you’re probably this guy:

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So if you’ve been trapped on a desert island for three years and are just returning, then let me catch you up to speed before tonight. Oh, and by the way, the year is 2014, Twinkies almost went extinct, and the permed, mustachioed Captain Hook you remember from childhood is now hot … and Irish).

Season 3 Recap:

They spent most of the season in Neverland, then came back, only to find that evil Peter Pan is trying to destroy Storybrooke.

Fairytale characters get sent back to the Enchanted Forest.

Emma and Henry have no memory of Storybrooke … or Hook. Thanks a lot, Regina. 

Hook brings Emma’s memory back.

Bologna (only Oncers will get this reference).

The Wicked Witch is Regina’s half sister.

They defeat the Wicked Witch.

Baby child.

Now … Onto what you REALLY want to know about the season finale of Once Upon A Time.

Hook and Emma finally kiss again after episode, what, like five? (Hook unconscious while she does CPR on him doesn’t count) My reactions leading up to it/during the beautiful kiss that made nations–and fangirls–weep.

Fangirl OH SNAP!

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Team Jump

How Your Best Friend Makes Life Better, Even When You Really Don't Want Them To (GIFS)

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When Marian came onto the scene and ruined my OutlawQueen ship:

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Stinkface

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And, of course, when Rumbelle said their vows and kissed:

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At the very end, when the world discovered that Frozen was coming to Storybrooke:

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Well, you are now caught up to speed on season 3. Now, onto my expectations for tonight’s premiere of season 4 of Once Upon A Time.

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