Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Top 5 books of 2014.

At the beginning of 2014 I wrote a post about the top 5 books that I read in 2013 (I'll put a link to this post at the bottom). I decided, since mostly all I seem to do is read, and the year is coming to a close, to do another for 2014.

1. My favourite book that I read this year is 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky.



This book was an experience for me that I want to re-live over and over again. It's a coming of age story which follows the main character 'Charlie' through his transition to High School and how he copes. He goes through the typical teenage stuff, friends, fallouts, girlfriends, music, family arguments, and the like. But Charlie is different to most kids. He's quiet, and clever, and wonderfully thoughful. This story of a short time in his life is heartwarmingly honest, and heartbreakingly tragic.
I'd give this book 10/10. My all-time favourite.

2. 'The Collector' by John Fowles.



This book is one I was assigned to read for class. I enjoyed it immensely and found that whilst reading it I couldn't put it down. It's not at all a light-hearted coming-of-age story like the books I usually read. It's dark, and confusing, and the main character is misunderstood, and very dangerous. It's a definite must-read for anyone who likes a thriller. This book from me gets a 8/10.

3. 'If I Stay' by Gayle Forman.



This is a book which I read because I saw the trailer for the movie and it seemed like something I'd enjoy. Admittedly I haven't yet seen the movie, I will do in time but the book was so incredible. The protagonist 'Mia' is caught in a world of confusion and loss and the book isn't about how she overcomes difficulty, it's about her deciding whether she should. I found this book so insightful and so thought provoking. It's only quite a short book too so it's perfect for someone who isn't a huge reader. Overall, 9.5/10.

4. 'Paper Towns' by John Green.



Already a fan of John Green, having read 'The Fault in our Stars' and 'Looking for Alaska' I was keen to give this a read. I was so happy to hear it was being made in to a film! I found this story one that I struggled to put down when reading and I didn't want it to end. I was slightly disappointed with the ending, having said that I feel it was the best thing to happen to the characters. It also comments on this thing we all do, where our admiration for someone makes them in to something more than human, in our eyes. We put people on pedestals and then are let down when they don't live up to our expectations. This book taught me that it's important to remember that everyone is flawed, everyone is human. 8.5/10 from me.

5. 'Slated' by Teri Terry.


This book is the first in a series, and I haven't actually read the next two yet. I'd describe this book as a cross between fantasy and sci-fi because it takes place in a dystopic future (around 2050 in England) where a war has caused consequences for the entire country. Kyla, the main character is an interesting protagonist because the reader follows her experience of re-learning how to live an ordinary life, and the trials and tribulations of not knowing who she can trust. I'd give this book 8.5/10, I found it gripping, and can't wait to get my teeth in to the next two!



Here is last year's post - Top 5 books/book series of 2013.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Ciaté 'mini mani month' Advent Calendar.

This year I decided on an advent calendar which would be in some way entertaining to me. I'm not a huge chocolate lover, and I spotted the Ciaté calendar on a website and bought it immediately. I love nail accessories and anything like that and I'd never tried Ciaté as a brand before, so I thought a calendar filled with miniatures will let me try them out, and if I want I can buy the full-sized versions :)



Inside each door is a little quote or phrase, and they're so sweet. My favourite was Day 7 which said "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." -Coco Chanel.






I have to say I have LOVED this calendar. The colours are beautiful, and so varied there is something for every occasion. Here are some of my favourites of the pastel-type colours.



Also, I love the little 'caviar pearls' for nail art.


No doubt I will be experimenting endlessly with these. And hopefully next year I can get hold of another one of these! I loved having something to open that I knew I would get pleasure from. I would recommend this for anyone who likes beauty related things and likes doing their nails. I found no faults so I'd give this calendar 10/10.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A little something

To help you guys get to know me better.


Name Your Favourite…


Place
I've never travelled too far. And where I'm from isn't so great. Can it be somewhere I've not been yet? If so, Amsterdam.

Person
I cannot possibly pick one.

Colour
Pink. I like white but it's not a colour it's the absence of colour. I've always liked pink.

Food
Roasted sweet potato. Cut like chips. Mmm.

Smell
Coco Chanel Mademoiselle.

Book
The Perks of Being a Wallflower -Stephen Chbosky. Because it's just so honest and true and tragic but also pretty amazing.

Movie
This is difficult for me because I think if I say a movie that was originally a book then what I actually like is the book, but it's got to be the last two Harry Potter films. I feel they completely encompassed all of the important elements of the story but also the atmosphere of the film was still dark and frightening in just the right amount and, they were just incredible.

Music artist
Sia because she's so incredible, not just her own voice etc but her writing. She'd written so many iconic songs that you wouldn't even think about. Sam Smith is pretty great too.

Genre of music
Everything.

Genre of literature
I love Young Adult Fiction, but I'm also partial to a Classic like Pride and Prejudice.

Magazine
Company, Cosmopolitan, or ELLE.

Texture
My dog's fur coat :)

Time of day
Late afternoon, in winter. When the sun is setting.

Day of the week
It varies.

Thing to do when bored
Read a good book or play video games.

Celebrity
Jennifer Lawrence. I know that's a cliche answer but she just doesn't give a damn and I love that. Or Taylor Swift because she's amazing.

Class in school
English.

Website
Etsy.

Drink
I'm presuming this means alcohol but seeing as I don't drink, anything strawberry flavoured. Flavoured water, Ribena etc.

Precious stone
Sapphire is my birthstone, but I love diamonds, and I also really like Rubies.

Animal
Dog. 100%.

Flower
Orchid.

Time in history
The roaring 20's seem like they would be amazing, also the 50's. Having said that I like my current rights as a woman.

Font
Georgia.

Video game
Ooh difficult one. I like noir style games so, Beyond: Two Souls. But I love Red Dead Redemption too.

TV show
Haven. Or Under the Dome. Basically anything originally written by Stephen King :')

Play
A Streetcar Named Desire.

Sound
Piano.

Fruit
Strawberries and Mangoes.

Vegetable
Sweet Potato.

Store/shop
Waterstones

Article of clothing you own
Teddy bear onesie. Because why not?

Pattern
Tartan. Especially in winter. Love a good ol' tartan blanket.

Quote
"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” -Nicole Krauss.
OR
"We accept the love we think we deserve" -Stephen Chbosky.

Historical figure
I love literature, so I thought maybe Charles Lutwidge Dodgson or 'Lewis Carroll', because 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was the first book directly aimed at children and I think he changed the face of literature.

Girl’s name
Erin. My first daughter will be called Erin, end of discussion.

Boy's name
I can't decide.

Potato chip flavour
Ready Salted (Plain).

Meal of the day
Tea. (Dinner, we call it tea up north).

Ice cream flavour
Chocolate Fugde Brownie.

Soda
I don't really drink fizzy drinks but, Fanta.

Popcorn flavour
Salted.

Season
Winter.

Month of the year
December.

Word
Incommensurable. It's when two things are so different that they cannot be compared.

OR

Anachronism. Something placed in an era in which it doesn't belong. Like a digital watch in an episode of Downton Abbey. I like to look out for them. Also, sometimes I feel like one.

Disney princess
Elsa. Because she's independent and isn't falling all over the place in search of a man to 'complete her'.

Letter
A

YouTube channel
I watch A LOT of YouTube channels. I'll link all my favourites.

Zoella
ThatcherJoe
Will Darbyshire
FunForLouis
SourceFedNERD
Vlogbrothers
Jenna Marbles
Grace Helbig

Eye colour
I feel like there's more to look at in a blue eye.

Dessert
Strawberry Cheesecake.

Candy
Parma Violets.

Restaurant
La Tasca. I love Spanish food.

Language
English.

Thing to learn about
History.

Thing about yourself
I like how, if I want to do something, like achieve something, I usually end up seeing it through. I don't like to give up.I also like my hair because it is the longest it has ever been.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Zoella, Girl Online, Thoughts.



So as you might be aware the internet has been divided this last week over the 'news' that Zoe Sugg had help writing her book. I wanted to share my thoughts. I said 'news' in inverted commas because it's not news to anyone who watches her videos. She has spoken openly throughout the entire process that she has worked with the editorial team and been given guidance with the book, which I feel is fair, given that it's her first book. Most people's first books don't get published because they aren't good enough, writing well is something that has to be learned and just because she had help is no reason to punish her.

I've read the book, finished in just over a week. I loved it. Yes writing style is important, but the plot is just as important, if not more so. She created that, and it's a true achievement.

There are also discrepancies regarding how involved she was in the process, whether she just gave ideas or whether she did some of the writing herself, nobody knows. But i ask, does it matter? Look at Katie Price, she has written around 10 books, that have all been successful, ALL ghost written. Nobody cared then. (And I've just heard that Katie Price is fully supporting Zoe). Also people have questioned the money that the ghost writer made, wether or not it was fair... they didn't decide to be a ghost writer without knowing they weren't going to be loaded, however I have heard speculation of the sum, and it wasn't exactly a small amount.

Regardless, we can't deny that Zoe has grown from being a young girl filming videos in her bedroom, into a successful and respected businesswoman. She should be proud of what she's achieved.

Monday, 8 December 2014

My Bucket List.

Writing a bucket list is something I've always wanted to do. I've always been profoundly aware that what i have will end some day, but I never had the right platform to share the things I want to do, and so I never thought it out completely before. So here lies, the definitive edition.


1. Become somebody.

Okay so I know I'm already a person, but I mean somebody. I want to do something with my life that leaves a legacy. Ideally I would write the best novel anyone has ever read and it would imprint on people's lives and make a difference. Alternatively I could write a mediocre book that speaks to a few people, that'd be pretty great. But realistically, and short term, this is why I want to teach. I want someone to remember me fondly and for me to have made a difference.


2. Travel.

Ive never travelled far, France, Mallorca etc. I want to experience everything. I'd like to colour in a blank map, with all the places I've been.



3. Photograph the Aurora Borealis.




4. See the ball drop in Times Square NY on New Year's Eve.




5. Visit Amsterdam, and see the Van Gogh museum, and the Anne Frank museum, and everything else.




6. Go to rome, see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain etc.





7. Conquer my fears.

Both rational and irrational. I'm scared of spiders and sharks. This I feel is irrational. Panic setting in and finding it hard to breathe when theres a spider on my bedroom wall can, surprisingly, have a negative effect on my life (as does spending the following week staring at the walls looking for more like a gibbering wreck).


8. Conquer my nerves.

It is completely normal to have a fight or flight reaction when you're facing off a bear, or are jumping from a plane, or are going for surgery. Recently however I've found myself getting hot and cold flashes, feeling sick, and becoming quite agitated over the smallest things. Going into university for class, assignment deadlines, and other stressful but not-life-threatening things. I'm also reacting to excitement, the same hot and cold flashes, when I bought a new laptop, or when I think about christmas. Its happening once or twice a day now and I think I need to get a handle on it.


9. Make enough money.

I know most people want money, more than they have. I want to have enough that I can do what I love without having to work 60 hours a week as well, just to pay the bills. I also want to be able to give to charities, I feel strongly about animal welfare and being able to make a difference would be amazing. Hopefully one day I can open a humane animal shelter, but to do that I'll need a substantial amount of money to begin with. (Also if i want to complete 2-6 I'll need some spare cash too).


10. Be happy.

I know everyone wants to be happy, its a cliche really. I think we all have a choice, to be happy. I don't always make that choice. I like to sit with my dog and watch tv, or play video games, or read, and that's okay because that is what makes me happy. But theres this common misconception that being an introvert and needing time to recharge, alone, cannot possibly make someone happy, but it does. One day I hope that I can spend time alone, and not feel conflicted because of the needs and opinions of others.

Is there anything you want from life? Anything you really want to do? Let me know in the comments.

Alex.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Regrets.

We all have them. Some people like to think that everything happens for a reason, and I too follow that train of thought but, somehow there are always things I wish hadn't happened, had happened, or happened differently.

Sometimes I get lost in my head imagining how my life would be different if just one detail was changed. If I'd gone to this party would I have met the love of my life? If I hadn't ever listened to that one obscure song would I have different memories? If Mrs. Worthington hadn't been my English teacher at secondary school would I love it so much? Would I want to follow in her footsteps? If I hadn't been let down too many times would I still be me, introverted, or would I have loads of friends?

I like to think that I have some control over the way I spend my time, and live my life but the truth is I don't think any of us do. Maybe it's just me.

I regret leaving school at 16. I should have continued on for sixth form but I went elsewhere.
But if I hadn't experienced life outside of a private school, I wouldn't appreciate what I had quite so wholly.

I regret being horrible. When i was 14, and I didn't know who I wanted to be yet, I met a few bad influences and I wasn't nice to people and I think about it a lot.
But if I hadn't lived this phase I wouldn't have known who I wanted to be. Who I have become.

I regret letting people take away my self esteem. I have this notion that had I been confident I'd be a singer.
But if my self esteem had never been low, I wouldn't have spent so much time alone, I wouldn't know me the way I do. I know what makes me happy, what I'm comfortable with. I spent so much of my life wandering around following other people, fooling myself into thinking I liked the things that others did just to fit in, and now I just don't care.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though we may regret things, a good spin can always be put on the outcome, and show that everything really does happen for a reason.

If you understand me at all, and have any regrets you want to put a positive spin on, you can in the comments.

Thankyou for reading if you got this far,

Alex.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Robin Williams, "a lightning storm of comic genius"- Steven Spielberg



It is strange to imagine that someone with such child-like energy and so much comedy bursting from his seams could be in so much pain. It's evidence enough that we never see the full picture, merely a
fraction of best bits from the lives of the people we feel we grow up with. I myself can remember being just five years of age and being with my parents watching 'Flubber'. I couldn't make much sense of half of the events, being so young, but I can see even now this eccentric man who's brain was working at a million miles an hour bouncing around on the tv screen. My first experience of comedy and I was hooked.

From that point Robin Williams was someone who I was aware of as an actor, and I went on to watch him in a multitude of films. Mrs Doubtfire, which was filmed before I was even born, and Aladdin, realising that the genie sounded oddly familiar. I think that most people in the English speaking world, ranging in age from 15 to 75 could have told him how utterly brilliant he was, not just as a scripted actor, but his entire being. The man oozed comedy, like it would be harder for him to sit and be quiet than it would to shout and dance and sing with the energy pouring out of him and into the hearts and souls of so many people. And still I feel that none of it would have mattered.

Depression like so many other mental illnesses is exactly that, an illness. I think he must have known how many people loved him, and how many people respected him, and yet depression isn't so rational as to take these things into account. For those people who have a family member or friend who has battled in the past or is currently battling depression, and for those who work as health care professionals, caring for people with mental illness, and lastly for those who suffer themselves, I don't need to explain the intricacies of something you already understand. For those with no experience, the illness is nobody's fault, and isn't a direct result of any one thing. For those who do not understand, seek to.

Robin Williams was a man with un-fathomable talent. Let his performances be what he is remembered for, not his illness and death. Rest in peace you wonderful human being, may you live on in the hearts of so many.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Ways to protect yourself and your dog in public

Being a dog owner and dog lover I know how hard it is sometimes when all you want to do is make sure they're safe and happy. My dog Spud is a rescue dog, we have had him for almost 8 years now and he's the most wonderfully friendly and affectionate dog in the world, that is, when it comes to people. In the case of other dogs he has a lot of anxiety from the way he was treated as a puppy, having been used as bait to train fighting dogs. When he is around other dogs he becomes very anxious and if those dogs are particularly boisterous he will bark fiercely and get angry, trying to protect himself. I have devised a list to help protect your pets in public situations whether they be the troubled dog, or you come across one.

1. If your dog is protective and nervous like mine, try to have an enclosed space available (a fenced off garden for example) where they can get exercise and use the bathroom, therefore not needing quite as many walks, as they're not always the safest option.

2. Know the signs. Sometimes if Spud is in a good mood he can interact with other dogs in close proximity, sometimes getting as close as to have a little sniff, but other times he wants to stay away from all contact, and usually it is easy for me to spot which mood he is in. When walking on the park if there is another dog, he will either look at it and look away and act calmly, in which case he is usually okay to get a little closer, however, he may also react by trying to remove himself from the situation buy pulling on his lead in the opposite direction. If provoked by aggressive behaviour from another god he will bark and sometimes will pull towards the other animal in defence, at this point I would walk your dog away. If you know how to spot the signs of your dog's mood it will make your walks easier.

3. Don't panic. The last thing that your dog needs if he/she is agitated and scared, is for you to panic. If you start shouting this may make the dog more angry, as your behaviour may act as an encouragement of their behaviour. Plus they may think you are in danger and want to protect you. Try not to hit your dog either, or punish them. It won't work. How would you feel if you got punished for having a panic attack? Remember that they're doing whatever they can to protect themselves, whether fight or flight, just like a human would.

4. Get a harness. Most dogs walk on collars and are good with that but harnesses are nearly impossible to slip out of if they fit properly, unlike collars, and the allow the person on the other end of the lead a lot more control. This may make the owner feel calmer, which then will have a positive impact on the mood of the dog.

5. Avoid avoid avoid. If you can tell that your dog isn't in a very social mood, try not to get too close to any other dogs. Cross the street if there is one coming towards you. And if you are the owner of an un-troubled dog, and someone seems as though they are trying to avoid you, don't then let your dog be curious and approach. I know it seems obvious but the amount of times I have moved away from a dog and it's owner and they've come even closer, and I've had to explain that he's not feeling friendly before they will leave, is silly. It's not only for my dog's protection, it's for theirs too.

6. Reward. If you carry something with you on a walk like a couple of treats or a ball or something that your dog loves, present it to them if they get through a situation without getting angry or agitated. Reward them for managing the situation well and they may just surprise you in future.

I hope this helped a few people who might struggle in situations like I have previously, and I hope that if you have a troubled dog like mine, you'll feel much happier taking them out for walks.



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

10 things that I want to do in 2014

1. Pass my second year of university with a 2:1 mark.

2. Write a sizeable chunk of my first book.

3. Write more blog posts on a regular basis.

4. Have my blog be successful enough that people are actually hearing what I have to say.

5. Re-decorate my bedroom and re-organise the house.

6. Focus more on myself and become healthier.

7. Make an effort to leave the house more, for things other than university and work.

8. Make an effort to see friends and to re-connect with old ones.

9. Attempt to keep my stress and anxiety levels down, by finding practical ways of coping with stressful situations.

10. Focus my decisions primarily on what makes me happy and comfortable, and not on what others think I should do.



















Merry Wednesday x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

My top 5 books and/or book series of 2013

Okay so, as it says in the tiny synopsis of me over to the right there, I'm most definitely an avid reader. Being an English student, reading is like a part time job, but I like to read for pleasure too. I decided to compile a list of the best 5 books/series of books I read over the course of last year, so as to recommend them to anyone looking for a good read.

1, The Fault in our Stars, by John Green.

This book is just incredible. Before I read this book I had recently found reading a little less exciting than I used to. I'd gotten myself in to a bit of a rut, and found myself lacking the enthusiasm to sit down and just read. But one day I was trawling the internet, as I spend so much of my time doing, and I came across a review of this book. Already aware as I was to the vlogbrothers YouTube channel I found myself intrigued even more, so I went to my local Waterstones and picked up a copy. As soon as I began to read it I was transfixed. I could feel myself wanting more, yearning for these characters whenever I put the book down. In 3 days I had it read, and even though I didn't want it to be over, I gained so much from the experience. Hazel Grace Lancaster is beautifully eloquent and intelligent, yet holds on to a blunt way of speaking and at times I laughed aloud at her witty remarks. And Augustus Waters, the tall, smart, good looking amputee is the epitome of both charisma, and innocence. The way their story unfolds in this teenage masterpiece had me reeling for days afterwards. Their experiences became my experiences, and I loved every minute of it. All in all I would give this book 9.5/10. I laughed, I cried, and I wish I could live the story all over again.

2, Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

Admittedly I have only read the first two books of this trilogy, however the third is on it's way to me as I type. This story takes place in a dystopia, which is actually our world, but more than 100 years in the future. There is a complicated system of factions and way of life, but once you figure it out a couple of chapters in, it opens the book up to be enjoyed immensely. Beatrice 'Tris' Prior is the protagonist of the story, she is a character struggling to find where she fits in and who she is. The development of her character is fast, but not too fast, and the changes in her are quite large, but it is extremely well executed and she grows with the story and becomes strong, and brave. The love interest, 'Four' is not your usual book hottie. He's moody, temperamental, and sometimes can come across as nasty and mean but as the story goes on it becomes clear why he is the way he is, and some of it is for Tris' own good. The book deals with many themes, familial love, respect, loyalty, fear, danger, strength, bravery, attraction, love, and trust. Trust is quite a strong theme throughout. There are many instances where trust is something that is not easy to find, even among friends. I would give these books a 9.5/10, and would recommend to anyone.

3, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Claire.

While I am aware that not everyone has the time or inclination to commit to a series, if you're going to read any series, this has to be it. It combines fantasy, action, suspense, peril, romance, friendship, loyalty and the (not-so) occasional demon. Recently adapted in to a movie, the first book offers a strong storyline and provides characters one can really invest in. However it also contains quite a sizeable twist towards the end. Having seen the movie, I would recommend the book before it as I feel there is more offered in the way of character and story development on paper. The story follows Clary Fray, a seemly average teen who's world unravels in a heartbeat, and we go with her in her struggles to piece it all together. Stand alone, the first book is brilliant, but followed by the rest? Magnificent. I would rate this series 9/10. Everything a reader needs, including a gorgeous, angelic guy to round things off.

4, Shadow Falls, by C.C. Hunter.

Another series, these books I actually began reading when only the first was out, much longer than a year ago. However I kept reading until this last year when the final instalment was released. I found these books engaging and exciting. I fell in love with all of the characters, and became so invested in the story that by the last book, it was like their world was a part of my world. The protagonist Kylie Galen finds herself leaving a world where she never really fit in, and entering in to a new world, a world of people like her, and still she doesn't fit in. The story follows her struggles to find out secrets about herself and her father to understand what she is. With two sidekick best friends Miranda and Della, and the affections of not one, but two deliciously attractive guys, Kylie becomes the centre of something much bigger than anyone could have anticipated. I give this series also a 9/10, and recommend to anyone willing to take on a five-book-series.

5, The Hollow, The Haunted and The Hidden, by Jessica Verday.

Abbey Browning is a young girl living in Sleepy Hollow NY, who's best friend is missing, and in her plight to find out what happened, she falls in love with a mysterious boy who turns out to be a part of a world that is more than she bargained for. These books were written beautifully, the stories each more intriguing than the next. The story stayed with me for a long time after reading, and gave me a 'book hangover' like never before. I was conflicted about the ending, both good and bad, but in hindsight, I loved it, and would have changed nothing. Of all the books on my top 5 list, it is this series which I have re-read and re-loved and still do love. With elements of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving, shaped to fit with the new world Abbey is discovering, these books have more than one level and are so wonderful I would always always always recommend. I give these books also a 9/10. For me, they're perfect.

I realise that I rated all the books at a 9-9.5/10 but they're all incredible, otherwise they wouldn't be on my top 5 list :) I hope I encourage at least one person to pick up a copy of any of these, they might just change your life.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Bling Ring- Film Review

The Bling Ring Poster
(No real spoilers, but don't read if you're overly cautious)

Rating /10? 7.5
Recommend? Yes

I recently purchased and watched the bling ring on DVD. I thought I'd post a review so others can view my opinion before purchasing themselves.

I gave the film a 7.5 out of 10 because although I found it an enjoyable watch, I was in no way transfixed. However a lower score would have been unfair, as the story is based on true events, restricting the artistic license.

Okay so who doesn't want to watch Emma Watson on their screen all day every day? Her performance was believable and different to what many have seen previously of her. Her character Nicki has many levels and is sometimes difficult to read, but I think that is the way she was written, and Watson did a terrific job. Katie Chang, who was playing the part of Rebecca gave a great performance, and seeing as it was her first time acting in anything like this, and was given the part purely on the merit of a self filmed audition tape, I think the girl has loads of potential for the future. Watch out for that name. As for the rest of the cast, the acting was pretty even and well executed.

I must say the one thing that did disappoint me was the message portrayed by the entire film as a whole. When the real story was in the news, it was, rogue kids who had no respect for the law, committing crimes and acting foolishly etc. however, in the film, the story is told from the point of view of the criminals, rather than the victims, and I think in some ways it glorifies the lifestyle they were living. It becomes a film about kids who are having fun and enjoying life and getting away with what they can, and it makes the viewer forget the events truly happened. It loses seriousness and I felt that as a viewer I needed reminding that there were victims of these crimes, including Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, and Orlando Bloom.

I'd recommend a watch as I think that the story is interesting, more so due to the fact that it is based on true events. Well worth the £5 from amazon.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

New Blog!

So this isn't my first blog, I've been blogging since 2009, but it became time for a change and a new path. Just to introduce myself first and foremost, to the very few people who will read this, the name's Alex. I'm 20, I'm currently studying for a degree in English, I love makeup, I love reading, watching tv shows, playing video games, etc. I'm an aspiring author, and hope one day that I'll be at least slightly successful. My blog will consist mostly of makeup reviews, book reviews, and my general thoughts and feelings about current events and what is happening in my life. Maybe people will have their day brightened from reading, or find what I have to say useful in some way at all. I'll end this post here, and will be back soon with content.

Alex.