It’s rare nowadays that anything I watch is capable of capturing my attention for longer than twenty minutes, without my succumbing to the temptation of mousing over the video progress bar, opening another tab on my browser or checking my emails- I watch a lot of television on my laptop. Arrival proved to be an exception to this rule, and reminded me of why I enjoy going to the movies so much.
As part of my degree, I often find myself reading books that I have never heard of and indeed which have largely fallen out of print. Cometh Up As A Flower falls into both of these categories, and also happens to be a very interesting and peculiar book.
I’ll be honest, my first thoughts after watching ‘The Final Problem’ were not totally coherent. I wrote down a few things immediately after the episode finished and the phrase that jumps out at me as most pertinent is “absolutely batshit insane”.
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.
Before I saw Ghostbusters (2016), I had heard many different opinions about it. This ranged from vitriolic criticism attacking it as the worse movie ever made and an insult to the original films, to reviews praising the acting and the chemistry between the leads while suggesting that the plot and script was not the best. After seeing it, I definitely agree more with the latter, although I didn’t think the script and plot were particularly flawed.
I never usually watch nature documentaries as I always suppose that I’ll get bored a few minutes in, being on the whole more interested in history than geography, but, from the moment I started to watch the second series of Planet Earth I was hooked.
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.
I just finished rereading The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in the Lockwood & Co. series, scarcely a week after finishing it for the first time. That is not something that I often do, and I think it speaks for the quality of the book that it was just as incredible the second time, even though I knew what was coming.
When I first read Jane Eyre, I was in my early teens and at the start of my secondary school career. I’m now about the same age that Jane is during most of the events of the novel- the same age that seemed so grown up to me when I first read it. That’s a scary thought.