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Mar 14,2014

File 195463 reasons to read Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider: 

 1. The 'severed head' of the title becomes clear almost immediately. It's super unsettling but also a smidge funny in a black humour kind of way.  Don't judge me!

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Mar 12,2014

Teens React is a fabulous series by the Fine Brothers on YouTube.  This week's edition was even more awesome as the teens were asked to react to The Fault in Our Stars to the end, there's a surprise.

Don't forget to be awesome...and enjoy!

How would you react if 'the surprise' happened to you?

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Mar 10,2014



So, I’m going to leave you with the facts, and you can fill in the gaps that you have about me by reading my posts and talking to me in the comments!

My name is Trianna, I’m 15 years old, and I live in Melbourne, Victoria. I wrote this at 2am. I don't think I'm completely sane.

Welcome, Trianna! It's okay, we're all mad here.
Trianna is joining us as 'the Voice' for March - catch her words, freshly printed each Monday. - Inky.


The 000 Call That Needs to Be Made If You Fall Out of Love With Books

I’ve always loved books - they envelop me in the words I can only dream of writing, in the stories that keep me awake at night, and in the characters that I can’t believe don’t exist outside the author’s head - but I’ve never been an avid reader. I’ve never been that person that reads EVERYTHING, from historical fiction to classics to teen trash, in under 24 hours.

Last year, my yearly book count dwindled to under five - extremely low, even for me. I almost became one of them - A NON-READER (non-readernoun. a person who does no reading other than compulsory school books. Often associated with people who hide in a dark cave known as the real [boring] world).

The enticing world of the internet and social media called my attention and, in its wake, left my overdue library books untouched. I was prioritising Facebook over Realbooks, and mindless scrolling over a mind full of imagination built from words. 

How did books become so difficult… and boring? There are two main reasons:

1. I read a really boring book that put me off all things with words. It was one of those classics that looks really smart in your hands. At first, I was like, 'HEY THIS IS SO GOOD, SO MUCH PHILOSOPHY, MY LIFE ACTUALLY HAS MEANING WOWOWOW'


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Mar 07,2014

3 reasons to read Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks: 

File 192161. Robots! Cute robots! Killer robots! Cute, killer robots! (Robots for everyone!)

2. Nate. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you cry, he'll make you want to hug him. Sometimes with your fists.

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Mar 05,2014

You won't find it in every cinema, but it is out at the moment and if you get the chance you should definitely see it -- The Wind Rises

It is the last (*sniff*) animated feature film to be written and directed by the extraordinarily talented Hayao Miyazaki - the man behind My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and the adaptations of Howl's Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty... as well as many, many other films. He was one of the founders of Studio Ghibli which, if you've never heard of it, is like the Japanese equivalent of Disney.

This is the trailer, which I don't think does the film justice:

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Mar 04,2014







Only two sleeps until Vampire Academy hits Australian cinemas! And, thanks to Penguin Teen Australia, one of you lucky book lovers has the chance to see the film for free, and review it for Inside a Dog! The ticket allows you + your parent/guardian/friend free entry into most* screenings of the movie.

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Mar 03,2014

I love gaming just as much as I love books. This is because in recent times they have begun to complement each other in ways never possible before.

Narrative based games are the new trend among game developers, and are becoming more and more popular because of how immersive they are. Games like The Last of Us, The Stanley Parable and The Walking Dead are all based on stories. To me, these are literally “game-changers” to the industry (terrible pun, I know). If you take a book, or a well-known story, (for example the Tomb Raider universe) and turn it into a game, you are making the book interactive, involving more people in the storytelling process.

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan /

This makes it possible for the reader (now player) to be more immersed in a story than ever before.

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Feb 28,2014

Hello my magnificent friends! I have so much to tell you about....

File 186061. I'm reading: Looking for Alibrandi

The brand new Penguin Children's Classics version of this Australian YA classic came in and now I can help but stroke it lovingly.*  

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Feb 26,2014

It's time to get your metal claws out and about!  That's right, X-Men: Days of Future Past is upon us...more accurately, its trailer is.

There are two big questions I have after watching this:

  • Who would win in a battle between Bald Professor Xavier meets Grumpy (and Hairy) Professor Xavier?


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Feb 24,2014

Wow, I just realized that this is going to be my last post of the month with you guys. That makes me so sad, but I’m also incredibly honoured that I was given this chance at all.

File 18474Speaking of incredible chances, on Saturday 21st I was given the privilege to be a part of a panel (Inside a Blog: the teen perspective) for the Digital Writer’s Festival. Myself, along with two other You’re the Voice contributors, Katie and Rehan, were part of a live video interview with author Myke Bartlett, and for an hour we had an engaging discussion about the world of online writing.

I’ve never done anything like that before, and it was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. Everyone was so encouraging and kind; and I swear the hour time-slot we had passed in the blink of an eye.

Inside a Blog ventured into the minds of three teenagers (myself included) to try and shed some light on the rising phenomena of digital writing. We discussed the different kinds of writing and social interactions found online, and compared them to the older world of books and paper. Fanfiction, roleplay writing, virtual games - nothing could escape our scrutiny as we journeyed through the online world.

While I myself have never been a big fan of writing fanfiction, I am a fan of their distant relative, roleplay, and through this hobby I have found myself on many different websites. I find that being able to interact with many different people on the internet allows me to create a much more diverse story than I would have ever been able to create on my own.

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