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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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Dress Like You’re Nine Different People

Dress Like You’re Nine Different People

A huge shout-out to Tara Therese and Michael for participating in the Vocabulary Juxtaposition challenge. They were the only two ‘entries’ I received before the deadline of yesterday, but given that it’s not a competition as such, deadlines mean nothing. If you want to tackle it at any point just to get your writing muscles going, I’ll happily read anything that you link me to. :) Since I finished my exams on Friday, I’ve divided my time between four activities….

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Fact-Checking, ‘Vikings’ Style

Fact-Checking, ‘Vikings’ Style

Most people, when watching a TV show, don’t assume that the reality presented within it is definitely the case. I mean, half the time you’d have to be pretty dumb to think it was real, right? Except, sometimes it’s not so easy. Sometimes the show has enough basis in fact to make it difficult to ascertain the truth. This is the case with Vikings, aired on the History Channel in the US and streamed surreptitiously by people like me who…

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The Great Adaptation

The Great Adaptation

I’m fascinated by adaptation. In books, in music, in theatre, in TV and film – I love it. I make no secret of the fact that I rip off Celtic mythology in my own work. I take characters and events and concepts from myths and stick them into whatever setting I choose and then I pretend it was my idea. Some of my characters are directly borrowed from myth; some are just named after legendary figures. Of course, the majority…

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Cynicism and Rebellion

Cynicism and Rebellion

Revolutions are bloodthirsty. Everybody knows that. They might start with a peaceful protest, a few thousand people marching up to their leader and asking for bread, but they end with a bloodbath. To overthrow the old order, sometimes all you can do is eradicate it and set up the new one on the bodies of the former government—and any bystanders who got in the way. There have been thousands of them throughout history. I was taught at school about the…

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