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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Hero's Journey in Fiction


What do major film or novel franchises have in common? The ones that feature stories involving a protagonist on a quest to save the world from some sort of disaster. There's typically a love interest, a villain, a sidekick or band of sidekicks, and a resolution where everyone lives happily ever after. Themes of Good vs Evil ring true. This is known as the 'Hero's Journey' story structure.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

2017: Don't Look Back in Anger


My brother is a fan of the Oasis song ‘Don’t look back in anger.’ It is a pretty good song; the intro sounds like ‘Imagine’ by Lennon. This post is named so as a yearly reflection due to my tendency to look back at things negatively. I tend to look at extremes; it’s either brilliant or terrible. This year has not been wholly terrible, and I am reminding myself to not look back at things with a red mist dancing in front of my eyes.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The main reason I hated school


So I was in school from the age of five till eighteen, and after that a brief stint at York Uni, and now am in my last term at The Academy of Contemporary Music. (Bit of repetition, but this is just for readers who may be unfamiliar with my posts). When I say 'school' I'm referring to primary, secondary and sixth form. What did I hate about it? What is it about school that I so associate with feelings of misery and isolation?

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Celebrity Culture & Reality TV


In 1983, Scorseze released a film featuring De Niro called 'The King of Comedy.' The film was a satirical comment on the obsession with the celebrity, and of people desiring fame for the sake of validation rather than time spent honing their craft and talent.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Alicia Keys vs Beyoncé


Ah, two of my favourite female singers. Guys, I am a person who thinks, and people who think need to keep on thinking. So here's to some thoughtful thoughts about these two women. (Spoiler alert: Alicia Keys is better. Let's find out why).

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Crisis of Masculinity


I'm a film fanatic - clearly, if you see my post from yesterday and various others. One of the great things about Fight Club is it highlights the problem of masculinity in the modern age.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Top 40 Favourite Films

I really had to narrow this down from about 150 movies (I love movies...obviously). So here are my top 40 to-die-for films, all of which I have seen multiple times. (Note: this is going to be a very long post.)

4321. This action-packed thriller is the story of four friends who get caught up in a mysterious case of stolen diamonds. What I love about this movie is the way it jumps between time frames to show each woman’s story, and how their lives intertwine over the course of three days. It showcases friendship, female empowerment, crime, drama, tension, cliffhangers...Noel Clark done us proud.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Should prostitution be legal?


I think it should. Sex shouldn't be a punishable offence. If people want to go and have sex with prostitutes, why the fuck shouldn't they be allowed to? It's their body.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

My Take on Sex and the City


I love Sex and the City. I love it because it's fun, hilarious, entertaining and light. I love that it isn't like rom-coms; it talks about a host of women's issues - marriage, friendship, career, class, race, motherhood, sex lives, relationships - in a more down-to-earth way than rom-coms with their 'happily ever after' crap. Of course it isn't a 'great' show like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad - it's comedy with romantic elements, about life and love and finding yourself.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Gentrification: Pros and Cons


The good side of gentrification is that it makes everything look better; nicer shops, streets, markets, better houses; getting rid of 'ghetto' like communities. But the bad side is that there's an increase in housing prices, which pushes out the people who live there.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

What does it mean to be sexually liberated?


I don’t think it means ‘having sex with every person you see.’ It simply means doing that if it makes you comfortable. I think the person that feels truly sexually liberated will have a positive attitude to their sexuality and accept that it’s different for everyone, and will only engage in sexual activities that make them feel comfortable.

Friday, 15 December 2017

The positive side of religion


Generally the posts I've written on religion have been negative. I don't 'hate' religion; maybe I once thought I did, but I don't really. I don't think it's 'the root of all evil' or that it 'poisons everything'. Do I think it's done a lot of negative things to the human race? I do, in terms of indoctrination, fear-mongering and telling people to follow 'rules' that go against human nature. However, speaking to religious people and having been to church myself in the past, I've seen the positive elements; peace, spreading love to others, and having a faith which disciplines you in a good way.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Woman answers dumb questions


So this is pretty old now, I think the video came out about a year ago. TJ Kirk's response to it is one of my favourite videos on YouTube, I think he's pretty funny and spot on. I'm a woman, people like taking the piss out of the stupid elements of modern feminism, and I reckon I can come up with some pretty sharp answers to these questions. Plus I have no life and do nothing except read Game of Thrones and watch videos about it.

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Origins of Christmas


No, Christmas is not a Christian holiday. There's nothing at all wrong with Christians celebrating it - or Muslims, or Jews, or atheists for that matter, but it's origins were Pagan. Christmas was originally the celebration of the Winter Solstice, or 'the Sun Festival.'

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Mental illness in Game of Thrones

I ought to rename this 'The Game of Thrones Blog' considering how much I write about it. I watched a video on YouTube about mental illness in this wonderful epic fantasy which inspired me to write my own post. Westeros is clearly not the place of emotional and mental stability and utopian joy.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

What is 'privilege'?


Privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

Among modern leftists, social justice warriors, regressives or whatever name you want to give them, there is the term ‘white privilege’ going around. This presumes that anyone with white skin is automatically ‘privileged’ against those who are non-white. There is also ‘male privilege’, a term coined for men being privileged against women.

Monday, 4 December 2017

I HATE WINTER.


I am sitting here, sneezing my fucking arse off. I hate Winter most years, but this has been the worst of all. Since September I have had fifty thousand colds, coming and going. I don't understand it. True, my sleep has been up and down, but then it's always been like that. I've been eating plenty of fruit, exercising, drinking herbal tea and taking Vitamin C tablets.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Extended Project Qualification


In Sixth Form I did an EPQ and got a B for it, which naturally I was pretty happy about. An EPQ is an extended research project you can do where you pick a topic and research about it. I was so excited and pumped about mine I wrote the entire essay within a few hours, and then just spent the remainder of the sessions editing or working on other things. I did mine based around Philosophy because I was planning on doing a Philosophy degree (still not entirely sure why, but I didn't follow through so it clearly wasn't right). I was pretty proud of this piece of writing; probably a lot of it is nonsense and I probably don't agree with everything written now as this was written in late 2014 and early 2015 (aged 17). It's fiction based and probably not as academic as some others were, but then I wanted it to sound like me, you know? Something interesting and engaging as well as intellectually put. I'll put the full essay below if you fancy giving it a read, as well as the bibliography and appendices. It's written in a Socratic-dialogue form (I got inspired by The Republic) as opposed to an actual essay so yah hope you maybe enjoy it?

Friday, 1 December 2017

What Game of Thrones says about humanity


In Game of Thrones, Martin gave an extensive back-story onto the creation of his world. He didn't quite go into how it all began (no Big Bang or evolution) but frankly he did so much on the history of the world that the sciency-stuff would have been a giant bonus! The guy is incredible.