On 2nd March 2021, a young readers’ edition of Michelle Obama’s best-selling autobiography Becoming was released. Having felt inspired by Becoming as a young adult, I was delighted to hear that a young readers edition was going to be published.
BAD BAD BAD! Online Review Culture
We are all counting down the days for the first trip to a pub garden. The sun’s out, you’re reunited with your mates, the first round is in- this is possibly the best day of your life since March 23rd 2020.
Are Book-Buying Bans Effective?
Let’s go back to January 1st 2021, a day for new beginnings, new year’s resolutions… but not a new me? My old reading habits just stay the same.
2020: My Year of Rest and Relaxation?
“I was growing less and less attached to life. If I kept going, I thought, I’d disappear completely, then reappear in some new form. This was my hope. This was the dream.”
How Soon is Too Soon? The Depiction of Pandemic Life in TV and Film
It’s begun. January 2021 has marked the start of Covid-19’s hardly anticipated debut into entertainment’s fictional realm.
‘Bloody Awful’: The Reality of Home-Schooling Inequalities
There are currently 12 children’s learning books on the Amazon Best Sellers Book Charts.With the third national lockdown dragging in a second round of home-schooling kicking and screaming, parents are turning to the largest online retailer for numeracy, handwriting and phonics workbooks.
The ‘Flop’ of Book Film Adaptations
Emily Cooper-Smith Why do book film adaptations flop? We all get excited when we hear that one of our favourite novels will be adapted into a film, but how often do they […]
Toxic Diet Culture: TikTok Fights Back
Ffion Wyn Jones Content warning: diet culture, eating disorders, fatphobia What if I said you could increase the amount of energy a banana contains simply by smashing it to bits? You’d probably […]
Bly Manor Brings the Gothic Out of the Closet
The Haunting of Bly Manor, little sister to Mike Flanagan’s cult Netflix series Hill House, has been condemned as ‘a ghostly mistake’, the most terrifying element being the ‘ear-jangling accents’. It seems that the series’ questionable fear factor seems to have drawn the critics’ eyes from its genius interactions with the ‘queer’ Gothic tradition.