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Thoughts On Ghostbusters (From A Ghostbusters Virgin)

Thoughts On Ghostbusters (From A Ghostbusters Virgin)

I never saw the original Ghostbusters film. I think it was partly that I was just a little bit too young to coincide with it as a generational phenomenon, and partly that it didn’t really cross my family’s radar. There are many, many films that people consider essential to their childhoods that I’ve never seen, most Disney movies among them. I was mostly a reader rather than a film-watcher as a kid, although I was absolutely obsessed with Star Wars…

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LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of LGBTQ+ literature. It was prompted somewhat by the recent controversy over the treatment of Lexa in The 100, and the resurgence of posts by bloggers I follow about the ‘Bury Your Gays’ (or ‘Bury Your Queers’ — I’ve seen both used, and tend to opt for that because I find it a bit more inclusive, although I know some people aren’t comfortable with the term) trope. My friend Engie’s post No More…

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Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Over the last few days I’ve started watching Marvel’s Daredevil. As you may be aware, this is a Netflix-based show where all the episodes are available to stream online, and since I didn’t have anything currently on the go having finished the first series of The 100, I decided to check it out. People liked the list format of my last post, so I thought I’d use that again, kind of. Things I like about Daredevil: 1. The characters. The…

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Puns And Feminism: Why I Love Buffy

Puns And Feminism: Why I Love Buffy

I am the same age as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We both date back to 1996, which explains why I managed to avoid all but a handful of spoilers for the show, to the surprise of my older friends. “I was a baby when it started,” I say. “That tends to prevent you hearing important plot points.” “You were a baby?! How old are you again?” Ah. Age gaps. Gotta love them. I have other things in common with the…

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Learning By Example (TCWT)

Learning By Example (TCWT)

The monthly Teens Can Write Too! blog chain is back again, this time with a slightly more traditional prompt than last month — although still not one that’s easy to answer. “What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?” As Engie pointed out, this is a slightly vague question. It could be asking me to talk about the valuable life lessons I’ve been taught by books and how they’ve shaped my everyday actions…

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A Good Dalek

A Good Dalek

Later on you’ll be able to find me over at Musings From Neville’s Navel, where I’m going to be collaborating with Engie to review the latest episode of Doctor Who. However, I wanted to share some of my own thoughts on a specific aspect of the episode here first. This is not a review. It is a discussion of a single line in the context of the episode and in comparison with another line from a different episode. It’s fandom…

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Hamlet, by Simon & Garfunkel

Hamlet, by Simon & Garfunkel

Today I want to talk about Hamlet. I mean, I’ve got no particular reason for wanting to talk about Hamlet now except that I always want to talk about Hamlet. It would make more sense for me to talk about, I don’t know, Dance Academy or something, given that I watched the whole of series three in less than a day this week. But nah. Hamlet. At the beginning of year twelve (my penultimate year of school), I went through…

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Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Before I start, I’d like to apologise to Gideon Defoe for unashamedly ripping off the titles of his The Pirates! In An Adventure With… books. I recently read The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics and couldn’t resist because it seemed appropriate here. This morning I went to see the house of Victor Hugo, where he lived while in exile on the island of Guernsey, and where he wrote several of his novels, including at least part of Les…

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Thor Is A Woman (And Other Good News)

Thor Is A Woman (And Other Good News)

Big week for women, this one. The cabinet reshuffle brought more women into prominent roles (yeah but they’re still Tories though, aren’t they?), the CofE voted in favour of women being allowed to become bishops, and Marvel announced that Thor is going to be a woman in new comics. Guess which one I’m going to talk about. You’re right! It’s a politics blog again! Oh wait, no. *shuffles notes* So, Thor. Haven’t heard about this recasting, or think it’s a…

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All The World’s A Stage

All The World’s A Stage

Believe it or not, I didn’t always like Shakespeare. You’ll notice if you’ve read St Mallory’s Forever that Helen, who is otherwise like me in many respects, isn’t greatly enthusiastic about the works of Shakespeare. And that’s partly because at her age, I wasn’t either. I know. Me. A contributing member to the Shakespeare fandom who stalks the Hamlet tag on Tumblr. I know that statement may be shocking to you, particularly if you follow me on Twitter and have seen how…

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