Monday, 9 April 2012


True, raw, beautiful…
Juno captures the turmoil of teenage pregnancy, love and loss. There is no denying the talented performances, complimented by the witty and bright script. It’s awkward and presents friendships and relationships in their truest forms. Quite simply, there’s nothing I can say to fault it. If you haven’t seen it yet then go, go, go and immerse yourself in Juno’s dysfunctional world, and indulge in the perfect soundtrack.  


Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.
- Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go has to be one of the most inspiring novels I have read. Ishiguro captures a beauty and innocence in life that keeps the reader enchanted from beginning to end. The novel follows the heartfelt journeys of Ruth, Kathy and Tommy as they grow up to understand the world they live in and their purpose within it. Your heart will be touched and make you smile and cry, sometimes all at once. A stunning novel complimented by a beautiful film. 


Tuesday, 20 March 2012


The next text we are studying for Gothic is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve never read it before but it should be interesting to go back to the old school days of vampirism and away from the Twilight fetish that’s taken the world by storm. I must admit though, I was a sucker for that series - pun completely and utterly intended.

We have just read Sheridan Le Fanu’s short story ‘Carmilla’ about vampires, and I have to say it’s my favourite out of all the texts we have studied over the year thus far. It was great finally reading about a strong and elusive female character and the sense of mystery kept me completely entranced. All of that without sparkling pretty boys, vampires vs. werewolves or a world wind romance!  

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go." E.L. Doctorow

Friday, 2 March 2012


This is most definitely something to live by when it feels like inspiration falters...


The best tip for writing is just to write; to sit down and write, to begin doing it and not to be scared by the blank page.” David Almond


If it wasn’t for the fact that The Vow is based upon true events we might not quite believe the romance before us - or loss of, perhaps. The love is true and pure and the story couldn’t be more so as Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are pulled apart after a car accident that leaves Paige with memory loss of their marriage and life together. As their lives drift apart we can only wish that they will find each other again and rekindle the passion that brought them together before. 
It is a touching story solely driven by the couple who inspired the film. Without them it becomes a story of lost love that we refuse to believe in, and is most definitely one for the girls…