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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 3rd is Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘Shiver’.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 at 4:00 am

From Harry Potter to Twilight: Gothic literature in the 21st Century, Arts

From Harry Potter to Twilight: Gothic literature in the 21st Century

This century has seen an ongoing trend for ‘Gothic’ books and films aimed at teenagers, from the Harry Potter and Twilight films to the recently-announced play Let the Right One In at the Royal Court Theatre. Recent research from Nielsen Bookscan even suggests that films such as these are contributing to a rise in children and young adults reading.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 22 July 2013 at 7:00 am

Review of Being Human ‘The Trinity’, Arts

Review of Being Human ‘The Trinity’

When we left our unholy troika at the Honolulu Heights last year Hal was strapped to a chair, yelling profanities at his friends while they helped him go cold turkey

By | Arts | Sunday, 3 February 2013 at 11:30 pm

From ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Kick-Ass’: How Hollywood is falling in love with female leads, Arts

From ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Kick-Ass’: How Hollywood is falling in love with female leads

In the 1985 comic strip The Rule, Alison Bechdel introduced a simple test that troublingly highlighted the gender bias present in mainstream movies.

By | Arts, Film | Thursday, 20 December 2012 at 1:34 pm

Vince Cable, George Osborne, North Korea, Kristen Stewart, RIP Mary Tamm, Notebook

Vince Cable, George Osborne, North Korea, Kristen Stewart, RIP Mary Tamm

What’s trending and why?

By | Notebook | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 10:43 am

ONS, Christian Bale, US Weekly, Rome, Notebook

ONS, Christian Bale, US Weekly, Rome

A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 at 10:37 am

Fifty Shades of Porn, Arts

Fifty Shades of Porn

Last week, I was asked whether Fifty Shades of Grey is anti-feminist, but I don’t think so, for one simple reason: I think Fifty Shades is a good thing.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 11:49 am

Lautner at Abduction premiere, Film

Lautner at Abduction premiere

Taylor Lautner gushes about his apparent girlfriend, Lily Collins, at the Hollywood premiere of their new movie, Abduction.

By | Film | Friday, 16 September 2011 at 11:54 am

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – The Trailer, Film

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – The Trailer

In the highly anticipated next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.

By | Film | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 11:00 am

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