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Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Do you ever strongly associate a book or a film with a particular person? And then find that because you have negative associations with that person, you now have negative feelings about the book or film?  For example, it took me years to get around to reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, because all I knew about it was that a former friend of mine had been reading it when I knew him, and so it was all tied up…

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Death and Fire: The Autumn Book Tag

Death and Fire: The Autumn Book Tag

I decided, as part of my new mission to Actually Post Semi-Regularly (it warrants capitalisation), to participate in the Autumn Book Tag. I got this tag from Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel, although she didn’t actually tag me in it. It was a rare book tag in that looking at the questions, I could actually think of answers to most of them, so I decided to give it a go. What is your favorite thing about autumn? The fact…

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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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Music, Love And Pride

Music, Love And Pride

By now you’ll have heard about the Orlando shootings. You may have been reading about them all of today and yesterday. You may have been sitting in shocked silence in front of the news. You may have been trying to contact friends and family, or warning friends at Pride events to stay safe, or wondering what this means for you as an LGBTQ person, or mourning, helpless, from the other side of the world. But I’m not really going to…

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To Adapt, Or Not To Adapt? (TCWT)

To Adapt, Or Not To Adapt? (TCWT)

The answer to the question in the title? MAKE IT A MUSICAL. — It’s time for my contribution to the Teens Can Write Too blog chain — but first off, a few pieces of housekeeping. 1) I’ve now finished my exams. Forever. My A-Levels are done. I’m still registering this fact — I’ve been done for almost three hours now, but I can’t quite figure out how to feel, and my body doesn’t know how to come down from ultra-anxious…

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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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Rage Against The Patriarchy

Rage Against The Patriarchy

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in the last year I turned into one of Them. The angry feminists. The ones who see you being misogynistic on your blog in the dark depths on the internet and WILL call you out on it; the ones who contradict your assertion that the Bechdel test is worthless; the ones who sit there and fume about the patriarchy. It happened. I don’t know how. I mean, I do know:…

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Everything Is Research

Everything Is Research

Do you ever sit at home reading a book and just knowing you ought to be doing something more useful, like your homework or tidying up or even just reading an Improving Classic instead of the YA novel about vampire hunters that you have in your hand? Do you ever watch TV and feel like you’re wasting your life because you should be writing or practising for your music exam or learning that French vocabulary you were given for the…

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To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

To Be Irritated, Or Not To Be Irritated… That Is The Question

I like Hamlet. In fact, I’d almost go as far as to say I’m a Hamlet fangirl, though a few years ago I was claiming not to like Shakespeare. When one of my English Literature teachers informed us we would be studying it this term, I was over the moon. They informed us we would have to buy our own copies if we wanted to write in it; I did so and immediately started annotating it gleefully in orange gel…

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Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

“The wonderful thing about Marvel is that they make their heroes flawed, and their villains heroic.” (Tom Hiddleston, ‘Loki’) Warning: this post contains lots of gifs (and also spoilers but only for mostly old stuff) so if you’re reading in an email, you may need to click through to see them. I’m not sure. Maybe they work.) I was reading a couple of handouts from online and real-life writing classes the other day, because I was bored and that’s what…

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