Last Thursday night I headed to the beautiful city of Oxford for a night with A Discovery Of Witches, I didn’t know what to expect and what the night was going to bring. But I wasn’t disappointed!
I arrived at Waterstones book shop and it was full, which at 5pm on a random Thursday night surprised me. It was at this point that I realised it was full of fans of the book A Discovery Of Witches and that I really must have been asleep under a rock not to have even heard of the book, let alone realised what a massive impact it had on people.
People have compared A Discovery Of Witches to Twilight, as it’s a love story, based on forbidden love. A grown-up version of Twilight. As a big fan of Twilight, I couldn’t wait to find out what A Discovery Of Witches was all about.
I didn’t have to wait long, as I was introduced to the lovely Teresa Palmer, the actress who plays the main role of Diana Bishop. Teresa was very welcoming and as a mommy blogger too, she knew all about our world.
There was a lab set up in the shop window, where you took a test of short multiple choice questions to find out if you were a Witch, Vampire, Daemons or Human. Of course I had to join in and see what I was, I wouldn’t say that it was an exact science, but it was good fun.
And for those of you wondering if we can still be friends, it’s ok….I’m a Human!
It was then time to head over to the Ashmolean Museum to take a look at the spectacular Spellbound Exhibition, which is open until 6th January.
It was really interesting to walk around and discover the world of Spellbound. It was now that I really couldn’t wait to watch A Discovery of Witches, it was drawing me in.
For most of the exhibition, photography wasn’t allowed, so you will have to go and visit to see the best bits. Like the beating heart…
I know for a fact that I didn’t walk under this ladder and I never do in real life either…Do you?
The book from the series…
If you look carefully you will see the chair is balanced on clear stilts. If you fell off you were deemed a witch and were executed.
It was then time to watch the first episode of A Discovery Of Witches and as we sat down with our popcorn, we were introduced to the author Deborah Harkness and you could hear the excitement in her voice to be sharing this with us.
Seeing the beautiful sights of Oxford on the screen had me hooked from the start. Minute by minute it drew me in, I became less aware of where I was and totally drawn into the programme. Teresa playing the role of Diana brilliantly and the filming, the style, the shots it was all brilliantly done.
After an hour, the room filled with applause and I was left wanting more. Thankfully we don’t have to wait long as the the first episode is on SKYONE this Friday 14th September at 9pm, I’ve already got Andy to set it up to record the whole series, as I don’t want to miss an episode and I have a feeling you won’t either.
I was then lucky enough to meet the author Deborah Harkness and she kindly signed my book. Which I am now devouring each moment I get. A Discovery Of Witches is the first book in the trilogy series, All Souls and I love a good trilogy!
If you love a love story, with a few witches, vampires and a brilliant well written storyline then this is for you…
I will be tuning in to SKYONE this Friday 14th September, will you?
Disclosure: I was kindly invited along for the evening by SKYONE and compensated for my time.