love teen movies. It comes from a childhood of watching John Hughes films and wanting to be Ally Sheedy or Molly Ringwald. There is nothing like sitting down with a shitty teen film; mostly because they only last about 90 minutes and don't require any real thought. Although, now I'm inching ever closer to the big 3-0, I can't help but find teen movies to be too fucking egotistical. Most films I've seen think they are much better than they actually are and than their predecessors. Obviously there are some exceptions, like 2010's Easy A, but I'm just cold to most modern films in this genre. Particularly when the latest one, The Duff, opens with a declaration that The Breakfast Club (the King of all teen movies) is now irrelevant. You aren't winning any fucking points with that kind of talk.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Let me take you back to March 2006 and the birth of a whole new fandom. Well not a birth exactly but the widening of a pre-existing group. Yes, on this very day 10 years ago the BBC and Russell T. Davies brought back the much-loved 1960s science fiction show Dr Who. Christopher Eccleston took over the eponymous role and teen pop-star Billie Piper was cast as his assistant. I remember eagerly waiting the reboot: my parents were fans of classic Who and, as a child, I'd seen a fair few of the old episodes. I fucking loved it at the time and have continued to watch the series despite how much Steven Moffat has pissed me off lately. 'Rose' was the exciting new start to the Doctor's life that satisfied, most, old fans and created a whole new generation of Dr Who nutjobs. So how has it held up in the past decade?
Monday, 23 March 2015
Girl on the Train must have had a pretty decent marketing campaign because, having no real idea about the book itself, I found myself really keen to read it. I'm sure I've seen a fuckload of instagram posts of girls on the train reading Girl on the Train. As someone who has always believed themselves to be above the psychological tactics of advertising, it made me fucking sad that it seemingly worked so easily. I don't even have a good track record with this type of novel. Regular readers will no doubt get bored by my continued disappointment with Gone Girl: I'll never finish it. Contemporary thrillers just don't seem very good anymore. I've always managed to work out the big twist a few chapters in. So either writers of thrillers are running out of ideas or I'm just too cynical to believe anything set before me. Of course, if the latter is true I've opened up the potential to follow the steps of my heroes Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher and Dr Mark Sloane and become a retired crime fighter. If the crimes are anything like Paula Hawkins debut plot then I'll have no trouble.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
I've made it to the end of the first week of my promotion and I'm fucking exhausted. Partly questioning my decision and definitely missing working only 4 out of 7 days a week. Also, facing the transition from being weekly paid to monthly paid (goodbye for now ASOS.com). I can't complain about the job, I've basically been doing it for the past few months anyway, but I'm having some issues with one woman I'm working with. Unfortunately, she's my superior and a massive bitch. On my second day in the job I faced one of her regular tirades and barely made it out alive. She's a huge pain in the arse and I have to act like her biggest fucking fan just so I keep her happy. She's one of the biggest dicks I've ever met: you might go so far as to say she's a horrible boss! Fucking hell, and just like that, everything starts falling into place.
Monday, 16 March 2015
We're into the third month of the year and I'm still incredibly far behind my Penguinspiration target of 30. Although, I have just got through 2 more and am well on the way with a third so I might actually get there by 2017 or something. Recently, despite all my best efforts, I caved and bought a handful of the Penguin Little Black Classics because they cost 80 fucking pence each. They're all pretty tiny so I'm hoping I can cheat a little and count them as 1 each. Anyway, as I mentioned, I've just finished a couple of books and, with the announcement regarding the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist recently I was overjoyed to discover that one of the books was on it. I'm never this ahead of the times. I feel quite proud. So I thought I'd talk about it.