North and South vs Pride and Prejudice: the battle of the century!

I have to admit, when I first came to the end of North and South I eagerly turned to the next page and thought, is that it?

I think that my initial surprise was due to the fact that throughout the entire novel I was subconsciously comparing North and South to Pride and Prejudice and the ending above all highlights the fact that despite superficial similarities, the two novels are very different.

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Classical Civilisation A Level Scrapped: Why?

After I heard the news about the Classical Civilisations A Level being scrapped, I honestly can’t remember ever being so shocked and angered on a personal level about the terrible educational changes over the past few years. I was, of course, angered by the announcement about the changing of the grading system of GCSEs and more recently the scrapping of Art History A Level, but neither of these struck as much as a personal chord with me as this did.

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Strong Female Characters

There’s been a lot of contention recently about the definition of a ‘strong female character’, which I find very interesting.

It’s the kind of term that is thrown around a lot when speaking about the role of women in television and film, and it can become very easy to use it unthinkingly when critiquing the problems associated with female representation, as I myself have been guilty of in the past.

It’s all very well and good to demand more strong female characters in our media, but what does that mean?

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writing worries (me)

I worry too much about what I write and that’s why I’m hesitant about writing professionally.

I worry about how it will be received, if it will offend anyone, if I’m qualified enough to talk about whatever subject I’m writing about, if people will comment pointing out the gross generalisation I made writing about something I don’t know much about. The list goes on.

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My justification for buying more books

There was a point last week when I was about to start a new book and I had a moment of doubt. Would I be able to get into it? It had been so long since I read a book for fun and not for my university course, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to focus or fully absorb myself into the narrative.

Then I got into it like always and, obviously, got so obsessed I couldn’t think of anything else for two days.

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Nostalgia and Playgrounds

Whenever I’m in the car, or (more rarely) walking around, and we pass by a soft play centre or a playground I always feel nostalgic. It’s a strange feeling, as sometimes the sight of it triggers slightly buried memories, like birthday parties at the soft play people use to go to when I was little (I think it might have closed down) and going to the local playground and corner shop every Saturday (actually better than it used to be).

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Garbled thoughts on music

I love Panic! At The Disco’s new album, ‘Death of a Bachelor’.

I know, it was released months ago and I am ridiculously late, but for some reason I never got round to listening to it until last month despite being a huge PATD fan.

I especially love the song ‘House of Memories’; especially the gradual layering of vocals over the beat, and slightly discordant sound underneath (I really shouldn’t talk about music as I have no idea what I’m saying). And obviously I can’t stop listening to ‘Crazy = Genius’. And ‘Death of a Bachelor’. And ‘Impossible Year’. And I think you get the idea.

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Welcome

Hi, this is my first blog post.

Well, that should be obvious.

Technically, the first thing I wrote on this blog is the About page, so you should probably check that out first. As another brief introduction:

I’m a university student, hoping to practise and improve my writing, and express some of my thoughts and feelings in a (hopefully) interesting way.

I’ll be posting some more interesting stuff soon, so see you then!