Recently one of my assessments was to write an essay about intimacy in popular culture. Amongst the questions I could choose from was one about internet relationships, which allowed me to write about everything from online dating to interaction between fans and idols. I ultimately didn’t end up choosing this for my essay, but I did stop to think what I would write about. As someone who has taken part in fandom on and off for a several years at this point I have a lot of thoughts on the topic, and writing it all down would take more time than I have and turn out way too long for anyone to care to read. This post will mostly focus on the damaging nature of fan-celebrity interaction and how it impacts the lives of the celebrities. Continue reading →
Arctic Monkeys aka the band I loved, forgot about and rediscovered. It’s a band I, believe it or not, got into way back when (as in maybe 2006, feels like an age) because one of the celebrities I followed at the time was a fan of them. Back then I wasn’t as musically interested as I am now, so that and the fact that my old computer crashed and took with it all my music regrettably made me forget about this little gem. Thankfully that is a mistake that has since been corrected, and I’m back on the Arctic Monkey’s bandwagon. Continue reading →
Yesterday I went to the Brits, and I thought I would write a little post about it. It was all televised and since I sat way way in the back and most of what happened in the breaks was people on the floor walking around, I don’t have a lot of gossip or funny stories from ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak. But I do have some favourite moments, some of which are a little coloured by the experience as a whole. A general comment before I get started on the list is that it was very different from anything I’ve ever done before. It was live so the whole process of the production was very effective and fun to witness, and the performances were great but very different for regular concert performances. People were asked to stay seated throughout (which only lasted for so long), and there was generally less singing along and more admiring and listening, but great nonetheless.
I am starting this new thing where I will try to post at least once a week. I know myself pretty well by now, and I am very aware of how unlikely it is that I will ever be able to maintain a weekly feature, so instead of keeping this as a Music Monday only type of thing, I’ve gone ahead made Film Friday and Whatever Wednesday (my creative spark fizzled out after the second one; I’m open to suggestions), categories that will, respectively, be featuring films or something random I’m currently into writing about. Continue reading →
As I sit down to write this I realize that I probably shouldn’t have waited a week to do it. My memory is not as good as I would like it to be, but I will do my best to remember enough to write some thoughts about the latest Disney movie. Continue reading →
Yesterday my friends and I went to see Catching Fire in IMAX and I loved it. As someone who has read all the books and loved them, as well as really liked the first installment in the Hunger Games film series, I went in with high expectations. Pretty much all of them were met and exceeded, and I think this is possibly one of the best film adaptations I’ve watched. I tend to be both very critical of film adaptations of books I love while at the same time finding it hard to not like it just because the source material is so dear to me. But even with my bias I think it was a very good movie and that it told the story very much like the novel did. And my friends who had no or just a general idea about what the story was in Catching Fire both enjoyed it a lot, too. Due to all the excitement yesterday and my general inability to write coherently about anything before I’ve watched it at least twice, this will mostly just be me rambling about what I loved.
Since I’m going to be discussing parts of the movie, this post will contain spoilers from Catching Fire, but I will try to avoid giving away anything from Mockingjay. Continue reading →
Once upon a time I vowed to do monthly (weekly? Honestly can’t remember) posts about what I’ve been listening to. It didn’t last (as most of these things go), and I am making no such promises again, but I will probably be posting posts like this one – just general rambling about whatever earworms are dominating my most-played list on iTunes – semi-frequently in the future. This week (it’s only the past few days that I’ve found the time to listen extensively to music, I mostly tend to listen to podcasts when I walk) the post will mostly be about One Direction and Eminem - which, weird pairing that one. Continue reading →
Initially when I first heard about Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl I was not very interested in reading it. I thought it would end up being an incredibly superficial and clichéd story, and I was no familiar with he author. However, in the weeks after the book was released I kept hearing about how good it was and how well it represented fandom. In the end I gave in and started reading it, and I’m glad I did, because it’s probably the most invested I’ve been in a book in a while. Continue reading →
Seeing as Allegiant is the third and last book in the Divergent series, it should go without saying that this post will include spoilers for the entire series, including the end of Allegiant. If you haven’t yet finished the book you should probably not continue reading. If you don’t mind, then hey, who am I to judge?
I started reading Divergent in January, I think, and I remember really enjoying it at the time. Immediately after finishing it I started reading Insurgent, and I remember thinking that it wasn’t quite at the level of the first novel. It’s been quite a few months since I first started reading the series, and with all the other books I’ve been reading I haven’t had the time to re-read. As a result my memory was a little muddled when I started reading Allegiant, and it may have contributed to my enjoyment. A lot of the first few pages of the book were spent trying to remember who characters like Cara were, and what exactly went down in Erudite headquarters. As these things usually go, it all came back to me eventually, but I think I would have benefited from refreshing my memory before starting. Continue reading →
There are reasons why I haven’t been writing much the last few months, some of them good, some of them not. Mostly it was the end result of a busy schedule, a renewed interest in reading, university coursework and a little bit of writer’s block. The fact that my computer is about to die any day now is not helping matters. I mean, who wants to spend 10 minutes waiting for a word document to open in these technologically advanced days? Not me.
But class is back in session and learning WordPress has been the focus of our first Media Production block. Honestly, it hasn’t taught me much I didn’t already know, but it’s been a really good help in refreshing somewhat lost knowledge and in inspiring me to be better at updating this blog. The fact that it still has approximately 500 visitors monthly even when I’m not updating regularly kind of blows my mind. I started this blog mostly because I like ranting about shows I love (and love to hate), and knowing that there are people reading what I write is both incredibly rewarding and kind of scary.
So this is me promising to do my best to update the blog on a more regular basis. This is not the first time I’ve written a post like this and promised something similar (and will probably not be the last), but at the moment I have a few ideas of things I am going to post in the near future, so if everything goes as planned (and real life doesn’t come up with any big obstacles) then expect to see more content in a short while!