Tuesday, 29 October 2013

People Who Annoy Me #2: Bullies and Pushovers!

What's up, everyone? :)

It's been quite a while since my last post in the 'People Who Annoy Me' series (if you haven't already read my views on 'Grammar Killers', you can do so here). However, I felt that I needed to write this post because I have very, very strong feelings about bullying. And they aren't good.

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'bully' is a tall, hulking kid who looks like he (or she) could be the next big villain. You can see the bully treating his target like a punching bag for no apparent reason. You can see him stealing the poor boy's lunch and then laughing like a maniac.

Dudley. Classic bully.

 But not all bullies are like the one I mentioned above. Some are small but sly. Some are discreet. Some aren't as bad. Some are much, much worse.

We've all been bullied at least once in our life - come on, admit it! Maybe it was when the mean kid made you give up your seat for him even though you didn't want to, or maybe it was when your coworker dumped all her work on you because she had plans for the night. Or even worse, maybe it was your own friend who tried to bully you into something you didn't want to do.

It must be fairly obvious to you why I hate bullies. Making others miserable is a very mean thing to do, and I don't like mean people.

Seriously, bullies.

But you must be wondering why I don't like pushovers. Being bullied is horrible and it isn't easy to stand up to your bullies. I understand that, because I've been there. Heck, I was a pushover once!
The problem here is that the pushover in question doesn't like being bullied, doesn't even like the people involved in the act of bullying, and yet he goes out of his way to be around them simply because he wants them to like him.

I remember thinking that way. "If they bully me, it must be because they don't like me. Maybe I should try and change that!"
Here's why that doesn't work out. You're not being bullied because they hate you - you're being bullied because they're bored and you're a source of entertainment and power for them. You're not a joker that they can laugh at, and you aren't a protein bar that they can feed on. You're a human being (well, if you're not, and you can still read, then kudos to you)! Bullies are simply parasites that need to suck your happiness to boost their own self-esteem.

The fact remains that the pushover feels like he is not confident enough or brave enough to stand up for himself. Instead, he decides to try and befriend the people who are trying to make his life miserable! That's just asking for trouble.

It's worse if the pushover is being bullied by his 'friends' into not studying or doing something that he doesn't want to do, because he is under pressure.
He thinks that if he doesn't do as they say, he'll end up with no friends at all. Peer pressure is difficult to bear, yes. But why bear it when you can fight it?

Or school, or work, or simply life!

It is not our abilities that define who we are - it is our choices! You decide how brave or strong you are. You decide how people treat you. Please, never forget that. If you want people to respect you, you have to respect yourself first. You have to start giving yourself what you deserve - happiness!

Trust me, when you finally do stand up to those bullies - whether they take your lunch, whether they make you do their homework or whether they're simply a bad influence - you'll feel like a new and better person.

Next time you see yourself being bullied, tell yourself, 'I can stop it!'. And you will. :)

It's a great feeling. ^_^

Friday, 25 October 2013

What's in My Vellvette Bag! (October 2013)

Hey, everyone! :)

Our October Vellvette Bag was delivered to me this afternoon, quite early in fact, because it usually doesn't reach Bangalore before the 30th of every month!

This time they sent the products in this beautiful blue bag. The good thing is that since the bag looks pretty good, you can actually make use of it instead of stashing it somewhere inside your closet!

But the only problem is that I could smell one of the products, the lemon shower gel even before taking the bag out of the packaging - that's because the gel had leaked out of the tube. This 'dampened' my spirits a little bit...

I hope next time Vellvette will take care with the packaging, because now the shower gel is no longer 'full-size'. :|

Anyway, I received 4+1 products this time; the extra product, a Florelle Palette, is actually a prize I won in the Vellvette Beauty Awards Twitter Contest back in August! Here's what I got:

1) Vantiv Energizing Shampoo (250 ml) + Refreshing Lemon Shower Gel (180 ml):

These two products are a combo set, and both are full size products! :D

The 'Energizing Shampoo' promises to give limp and tired hair an improved lustre and bounce because it's enriched with Silk Protein. I guess the protein will do my hair some good, but I don't actually need any more volume in my already thick hair. I guess I'll just have to try this product and see what it's like!

This product, I hope I will like.

The Lemon Shower Gel looks goood! It has a really citric scent, which I absolutely love! It's enriched with skin-softening glycerin that helps to energize your senses. I have high hopes for this product!

This product, I love!

2) Brocato Actives Restorative Hair Infusion Serum (7 ml):

 Yay, Brocato! Even though this product is only a sample, I'm glad I got this. Paired with the Curlinterrupted balm that I received in last month's bag, this serum promises to rid my hair of every bit of frizz! :)
The serum is 100% SLS and Paraben free, so I don't need to worry about any chemical damage to my hair.
Again, I'll be saving this serum for special occasions when I want to look my best! :)

This product, I absolutely love!

3) Florelle True Kohl Pencil (in Black):

This eye pencil comes in four shades; black, blue, green, and brown. I got the black eye pencil, thankfully, because the Colossal Kajal that I currently use doesn't work as well as I'd like it to, and I already have eye pencils in blue and brown - plus, who wears green eyeliner anyway?
I still wish this was a retractable eyeliner, or at least came with a built-in sharpener.

This product, I like.

I also received the Florelle Eyeshadow Palette as my VBA 2013 prize. It has four shades - black, white, metallic blue and electric blue. The sponge applicator is already withering, though....

This isn't officially part of my bag, but this product I wouldn't like if it weren't for the fact that I'd won it. :)

Overall, I'm really happy with this month's bag. The total worth of this bag (excluding the contest prize) is a whopping Rs. 1,026, which is about thrice as much as I'd paid for it!!!!

Again, I received a 'welcome bonus' to share with my friends. Using this code, you can get Rs. 100/- on your first beauty bag! Here's the code: WLCM13, and it's valid only till 30th November '13, so hurry!

If you received your October Vellvette Bag, do tell me what you got and what you thought of it. Be sure to check in next time for a new blog post.

Bye-bye! :)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

'Allegiant' (Divergent Trilogy, #3) by Veronica Roth: A Book Review

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Hey, there!

This one's dedicated to all my fellow bookworms out there. Now, if you've been following my blog, you probably already know that I've been very excited for the release of the final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant. It released, well, yesterday (the 22nd of October), and I've already finished reading it. Don't worry if you haven't - there are no spoilers in this review.

The word 'allegiant' means being steadfast in your devotion to a particular cause, government or faction. It means that nothing can stray you from working for your cause.
Unfortunately, not many of the characters in this book are allegiant. But I'll get to that later.

Well, I'll be honest. I did not find the book boring at all, not once from start to end. My mind was racing with questions, and I was desperately waiting for the answers. Sadly, I only found more questions and answers too hollow to satisfy my curiousity. 

The novel feels too rushed, now that I think of it. There's simply too much going on at once. The novel begins with a rebellion, and within half of the book, two more wars are raging - and I mean physical wars. If I were to talk about internal wars raging within the minds of the characters, then the number would quickly rise to a double digit. 

The story is told from a dual perspective, from those of Tobias and Tris, which makes it different from the previous two books which were narrated solely by Tris. 
The problem here is that author Veronica Roth knows how to write as the sixteen-year-old girl, Tris, with ease. But she has no idea how an eighteen-year-old boy's mind works, and it is because of this reason that both 'perspectives' are exactly the same. Tris and Tobias are two completely different individuals; they are supposed to think in different ways. 

I spent quite some time wondering whose perspective I was reading from when I was in the middle of any given chapter. I had to go back a couple of pages and reread to recall who the current narrator was. It did get easier to tell later on, though, but that wasn't because Veronica Roth suddenly discovered how to write as two different people - it was because Tris and Tobias get involved in very different situations, and I could relate the situations to the two protagonists to find out which one was which.

Another thing that stumped me - going back to my earlier point, the characters in this novel did not really prove their allegiance, especially towards the ending. It was as if the author was unsure how to approach the ending, so she gave characters traits that they had never shown before; she made them throw away everything they had been working on simply so that she could solve every problem in the novel. That does not happen. People cannot be swayed this easily, not even in a book. 

Then there's the ending. Well, almost everybody hates the ending, as I can clearly see from all the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. 
I didn't mind it, though. I thought it made sense, because it was one place where the character's ideals did not suddenly change to give way for the book to end. If there was any allegiance in this book, it was to do with the ending, where people remain loyal to who they really are, and what they think they are living for. But it could have been written in a much better way. I personally think the ending could have been different altogether - same situation, but the characters switched. It would have helped to show the importance of redemption, it would have proved that bravery and selflessness can be shown by anyone, when the time comes. 

Let's just say that my allegiance is with the entire Divergent Trilogy, because of which I am not as disappointed with this book as I'd thought I would be. I hadn't expected this one to be the best - it is very difficult to end a book series well. Mockingjay was my least favourite in THG series, and even Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows wasn't as good as the other Potter books. 

This book could have been amazing had it been edited a couple more times. It's not because of the ending - no, the fact that it should have been altered is simply my personal opinion. The entire story has too many errors (plot holes, lack of character development, people changing their minds for no apparent reason) that seem insignificant at first, but when they come together, it's simply too much.

I'm going with 2.5 stars out of 5 for this one.

Do I recommend this book to others? Yes, even though this book was something of a letdown, because overall, this trilogy has impacted me in a way I never thought it would. I don't regret being a part of this fandom, because in some ways it is who I am. 

I am Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity and Candor. I am Divergent. :)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Rejection - My Worst Fear

Gotta love J-Law.

Hey, everyone!

It's a part of human nature to have fears, to know that there's something out there that could possibly harm you, or upset you, or anger you - and to not want to associate with it. You could be scared of practically anything - whether it's arachnophobia (fear of spiders) or triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) - but the one thing that's same across all fears is that horrible feeling you experience when you know you have to face your fears. Your legs go weak, your mouth goes dry, you shiver and sweat at the same time... the emotion of fear is in itself fearful!

Let's be honest. Everybody is scared of something or the other; you are, too - don't deny it! In that sense, the word 'fearless' doesn't seem to make sense. Fearless means without 'fear'. People take it literally, to describe someone who is scared of nothing in the world. I disagree.

Being fearless, being brave... it doesn't mean you're not scared of anything. It means you have fears, but you know how to control them. You know how to deal with being scared.

This was such a good movie! :')

Well, I can't say I'm fearless. I'll be honest, I haven't actually experienced all of my fears, and I have a lot of them. Spiders, fire, drowning, and pain are only a few of them. I don't even know if I fear them or simply dislike them. I've never burnt my hand, or been in horrible pain. I simply don't want to experience any of it.

But I do know that there is something I am terribly scared of - Rejection. But I know now that I can control it, to an extent, and even understand myself better through it.

I remember the first time I was 'rejected'. I was probably twelve or thirteen, excited about the fact that I had finished typing out my entire novel on MS Word. And what was the next step? Becoming a published writer, of course!
I printed the first few chapters, wrote a plot summary and attached my biodata. And then I sent it to Penguin India via courier, wondering when they would reply and tell me they loved it.

Days passed, even months, maybe - I'm not sure. But one day I came home from school, and there it was, waiting for me. They hadn't sent back my manuscript - just a flimsy envelope. So I ripped it open and scanned the letter quickly. Then I reread it again to make sure I wasn't mistaken. And then I realised what had just happened - I'd been rejected.

I still remember how much I'd cried, even thought that I was the worst writer in the world, that I would never get anything other than a rejection letter. It took me weeks to recover, to finally get the courage to start writing again. I read through my novel and found plot errors everywhere. My characters were one-dimensional. My grammar was poor; my writing skills were blunt.

I made corrections, changed parts of the story, even, and resent the manuscript to more publishers, two or three at the same time. They all sent me the same letter, with the same excuse - 'We have too many manuscripts at hand and will be unable to accept yours'. I knew it was false; they were just being nice. I was upset again, of course, but it was easier getting over these rejection letters as compared to my first one.

I realise now that it's alright to be rejected, to fail at something, for someone to remind you that you aren't as good as you thought you were. What's more important is how you deal with it. It's still difficult for me to take criticism - I curse, I shout, I swear in my mind - but after clearing my head, I understand that not everybody is going to like what I say, or do, or write. What matters is that I do the best that I can achieve.

Forget the haters, 'cause somebody loves ya!

I still worry sometimes before publishing my blog posts, before approaching a new person, before giving suggestions in class - what if I get rejected? But then I remember that rejection is good. It's scary, but good.

You just have to understand that you're either rejected when you're wrong, or when the other person is wrong.
If you think the other person has made the mistake, you can't do anything about it. Maybe that person doesn't realise what a great friend you could be, or maybe that person is too authoritative to accept new ideas. Let it go. It isn't your fault and you can't do anything about it. There's no point worrying. :)

But when you reflect on the situation and realise that it is your fault, you just have to learn from your mistakes, like I did. Using 'big' words for no reason in every sentence didn't make my writing seem mature, it just made me seem like a pretentious pre-teen.

Another thing to remember is that once you're rejected, it isn't the end of life. It doesn't mean you've failed. Then again, even failing doesn't mean you'll never succeed. Every fear has to be conquered - and the only way to do so is to try again.

Like with spiders - the first few times one crawls up your arm, you scream. Even after it's off your body, or not even on you, in the first place, the tingling sensation remains. The next few times, you're afraid, but you shake it off. Finally, when you're ready to be free from your fear, you look closely at the spiders and realise that they're pretty cool, actually, what with the web-spinning, wall-crawling action! :D

It's the same with rejection. First you cry, then you're disappointed and upset, and then you realise that you have to get over it. You look back, understand what you did wrong and what you did right, and you grow as a person.

That's life. :)

Well, I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know - what are you scared of, and how did you get over your fears? Do tell me in the comments below.

Until next time!

Friday, 18 October 2013

3 Movies I'm Desperately Waiting For!

Howdy, people!

Today's blog post is going to be about one of my favourite pastimes - watching movies! They provide a great escape from reality, especially if the movies are set in a futuristic or supernatural world. If you're bored and you don't know what to do, just watch a movie! You'll definitely end up having a nice couple of hours.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the word 'movie', though, is popcorn! Spending my day in a movie theatre, watching my favourite movie, with my favorite people, with a bucket of my favourite popcorn (cheese flavoured, of course!)... that's simply the best!

Here are three movies I cannot wait for. Okay, two are them are movies based on books (and the third on a comic), but hey! Those are the best ones!

1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

Oh, yeah. The second installment in THG series is finally here. It picks up right where the first movie ended. After their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the districts of Panem, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark realise that the games may have ended - but the real war is about to begin. This movie is guaranteed to be even better than the first one, because the new director seems much more promising, there's a gripping love triangle in the storyline, there's an uprising just waiting to happen, and most importantly, the 75th Hunger Games are even better than the previous ones!

It's supposed to release on 29th November, '13 in India, which is about a week after the actual international release, but... I'll take what I can get.

Watch this movie with amazing popcorn and some die-hard fans of THG, and be prepared for the sea of feels that's going to come your way!

Here's the trailer:

2) Divergent:

Another book that I simply L-O-V-E.
According to IMDb, the story goes like this: Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society. The choices she makes will affect not just her and her loved ones, but the entire society as well...

First things first: The cast of this movie seems perfect. The lead actor, who plays Four, is incredibly attractive. It's going to release on my eighteenth birthday (21st March, '14). Oh, and there are scenes involving characters shooting guns, kicking and punching villains in the face, people dying, people being romantic, people fighting their fears... Siiiigh.

And also, guess who's the villain in this movie trilogy? Kate Winslet. That's right; she plays Jeanine Matthews, leader of Erudite, and I'm sure she's going to be awesome.

The only downside to this movie is that a lot of the actors are British, but unfortunately they're all going to fake American accents. :(

Watch this movie with more delicious popcorn, people ready to get their minds blown, and I guarantee you'll enjoy it!

Check out the (incredibly tiny) teaser trailer below:

3) The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

Okay, so by now you probably think I'm a geek. But if you still have some doubts, let me clear 'em for you. Yes, I'm a geek. :)
Anyway, not much is revealed about this movie. We only know who's playing which character, who the villains are, and when the movie's going to release (2nd May, '14).
But the first Spider-Man movie was great, mostly because the storyline followed that of the comic's in a much better way, and also because Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are beautiful people who look great together. Also, they're perfect.
Oh, and Shailene Woodley (who plays the lead actress, Tris, in Divergent) is going to start an awesome love triangle by playing Mary-Jane, but that's only going to be in the third movie, apparently.

I like love-triangles, but sensible ones, like Archie/Betty/Veronica and Katniss/Peeta/Gale, not ones that involve pseudo-werewolves and/or vampires.

I didn't get the chance to watch the first one in 3D, so I simply have to put on those awkward and oversized glasses (I have a small face!) when I'm in the theatre for this movie.

There isn't a trailer yet, but here's a GIF you'll probably love.


Well, these are some movies I really want to watch. What about you? Are you currently fangirling/fanboying over any films? Do tell me in the comments below.
Ah, fangirling. So much fun it is.

Thanks for reading! :) See you all next time!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

10 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn Thirty

What's up, everybody?

Today's blog post is all about the things I want to do before I turn thirty. 'Thirty' is a defining age for most people. Once you cross that line, there are too many responsibilities on your shoulder. You'll probably have a family, have a job, have lots of people depending on you and not enough freedom to do what you want to do.

So, you have to experiment and achieve all your mini-dreams before that age.

Before I turn thirty, I hope I can confidently say that I have no regrets. I've done everything that I wanted to do.
 I don't know if any of these things will actually happen, but a girl can dream, right? So, here we go!
 (I'm just going to list them off in no particular order...)

1) Learn how to shoot a gun:
 Okay, I'm not advocating violence, and neither am I planning to stage a murder anytime soon, but... isn't there just something fascinating about knowing how to defend yourself? And better yet, with something as powerful and intimidating as a gun?
I've always admired strong women. Detectives, cops, Robin Scherbatsky... and they can all fire guns. Plus, I've just finished re-reading the Divergent series (it's a must-read for all you post-apocalyptic/dystopian/young-adult literature fans!) and there are quite a lot of chapters about shooting guns - super cool!!!!

Plus, if there's a zombie apocalypse, guns can save your life. Just shoot 'em in the brain from a distance and you're good to go!
^Then again, this is probably what would happen to me...

2) Learn how to use a bow and an arrow:
Fine, this one's because of The Hunger Games - raise your hands if you've read the series and didn't want to take archery classes. Look at that... no hands raised? I guess there's no such person! :D
But it would be epic. A gun would be useful in today's world, but say I go way, way back in time and I need to fight a war. Archery would really help me!

But then again, this is probably what would happen even if I did try to learn archery:



3) Publish at least one of my novels:
 No, not for money. Not even to be 'successful'. No, I want to be published because that'd mean that people everywhere (or wherever it's published) can get to read it. They would read it, and they would laugh at the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) humour, they would frown when someone's in trouble, and cry when a character dies... (oops, spoiler alert?). I love experiencing a variety of emotions whenever I read a book, and if I can help someone else enjoy that feeling because of something I wrote myself... that would make me really happy!

4) Live in Paris:

Oui, j'adore Paris. Et j'aime francais, beacoup!
Ah, if only I could speak French all day without people giving me weird looks... if I could just take a stroll through the many parks, breathe in the romantic Parisian air, sit in a cafe and just watch people go about their daily lives... wouldn't that be the best?

5) Be happily married:
Because well, you know, I'm an Indian girl. And I do want to get married to a nice guy and be happy. Simple enough. :)

6) Start a YouTube channel with actual video content in it:
That would probably just be the video version of this blog. But it'd still add a personal touch, wouldn't it?
Oh, and I could add some epic background music as I speak. That would be so cool!

7) Get my entire Pokemon team to level 100 in at least one game:
Self-explanatory. Level 100!!! I do think I had a few such Pokemon when I played at www.pokemoncrater.com, but I was ten years old then and that game was child's play. I mean real Pokemon games. The Nintendo ones.

8) Live in London:

(I know living in two different countries before I turn thirty might seem a tad improbable. But I really, really hope I can!)
British accents all around me. The chance to don sweaters, scarves and beanies without getting sweaty. Eating at Pret A Manger. British Starbucks. The London tube stations. The WB Harry Potter Studio. British accents. Enough said.

9) Get to see an actual scene between Ted and the Mother, happening in the present:
No, that one (amazing) scene from Season 9, episode 2 does not count!

10) Be able to say "I have to get to work" with a smile:
 I know so many people who hate their jobs. They hate where they work. They hate working because they're only in it for the money; they aren't doing what they really want to do.
I know that things will be rough when I'm going to start my first job. I'll probably hate it. But all I hope is that I won't be stuck in a job like that by the time I'm a smart, independent, gun-shooting, happy thirty-year-old woman, thirteen years from now.
I hope that my 'work' then will be returning to my laptop with a nice cup of green tea, doing what I love: writing. :)

^We don't want that, do we?

So, these are the ten things I want to do before I turn thirty. I know there are probably many more that I can't remember right now, but... this list is good enough. :)

I hope you liked this blog post. Be sure to tell me what you want to achieve in the many years to come. Do you have a list like me? Then share it in the comments below!


Saturday, 12 October 2013

My Favourite Pokemon; X and Y, and All Things Pokemon!

Hey, guys!

Pokemon X and Y is finally here, and it looks AMAZING! Seriously. I'd thought the 3D graphics wouldn't suit the world of Pokemon, but man, was I wrong.

Of course, I don't have a Nintendo 3DS, so I'm just going to have to wait for someone to create a decent 3DS emulator, but I checked out Marriland's Pokemon X gameplay just now and this game looks better than anything I have ever seen.

Here's Marriland's video, so you can check it out, too:

The game is much more fastpaced than the previous ones, from what I can see, and it gives you much more freedom to sit wherever you want, run in ANY direction and even buy Pokeballs before you even learn how to catch a Pokemon!

There will be two rivals again, I guess, one girl and one boy if you're playing as a girl as both girls if you're playing as a boy.

I've already decided that I'm going to pick Froakie as my starter, if/when I get to play the game myself, even though I rarely ever pick any starter who isn't a Fire type. So it's going to be a new experience for me, in many different ways!

If you can't tell, I am really, really excited about this!!!!!

Anyway, since I won't get time to play this one anytime soon, I have been replaying all the games of every generation; I'm currently on Pokemon Platinum (definitely, my favourite game so far). Now, I don't consider myself a Genwunner, but it's still quite shocking that I prefer the new Pokemon to those I saw on screen when I was a kid.

So here are my top five favourite Pokemon of all time:

1) Charizard:

Hands down. Good ol' Char will always be my best bud (after you, Anshuman!), and probably the most dependable guy on my team. Fire starters are my favourite type, but if I had to choose one out of them all, it'd be Charmander.
What really excites me is that apparently, the Professor in X/Y will not give you your starter (his kid assistants do), but he will let us choose between the Generation 1 starters, meaning that I will get a chance to have not just any fire type, but Mega Charizard X, in my team!

2) Blaziken:
 Okay, there might be a pattern here, what with all the fire types.... but Blaziken is awesome. The first of the Fire/Fighting starters, this guy is a bird that can breathe fire and give someone a good kick in the face. How epic is that?!
And he won not just Pokemon battles, but contests, too. You rule, Kenny Boy!

3) Feraligatr:
I still remember the first Pokemon game I ever played. It was Pokemon Crystal, on my sister's old mobile phone. I remembered the starters from the anime, and even though I liked Fire types, I didn't want to pick Cyndaquil because Ash's Cyndaquil was a little meh in the beginning. So I picked Totodile.
And oh, what a Pokemon.

4) Luxray:
That feeling I get when I send Lux out to battle and she makes that 'battle-cry'.... ah. That is perfection. Luxray is definitely my favourite electric Pokemon, ever, and plus, she's a member of the cat family. What's not to love?
Also, both her abilities are great - Rivalry and Intimidate, though I've always preferred Intimidate.

5) Vaporeon:
 This girl is badass. Vaporeon's HP just never ends, not to mention that amazing Special Attack that makes Surf a one-hit KO... every single time.
Plus, I'm always on the lookout for a strong water type Pokemon, simply because I almost always end up picking the Fire Starter.

Some other Pokemon that almost made it to my top five:

Staraptor is my favourite bird type with an awesome ability, Intimidate - and some really rocking red hair! Whoo!

Well, because every time the foe uses a Physical attack, my Budew's Poison Point would make it regret that tackle, and also because it's a good Grass/Poison type for my team.

 *Flygon and Salamence:
Well, Dragon types are OP, period, and because I can only catch them towards the middle or end of the game, I never get to bond with them very well.

Yes, yes, I know that it's just a game and that there's no actual love between me and the Pokemon, but... I still have a soft spot for every Pokemon that's ever helped me win a battle. And that means you too, Bidoof!

I hope you liked this post. If you want to see more Pokemon posts, then do tell me in the comments below. Also, I want to know: are you excited for X and Y? If so, which starter are you going to pick? What are your favourite Pokemon?

Until next time, guys. Bye! :)