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13 Reasons Why: “The plotline of the TV show was better than the book” Literature & Culture 

13 Reasons Why: “The plotline of the TV show was better than the book”

SPOILER ALERT: I’ve tried my best not to give away too many spoilers, but be warned that quite a few lie ahead. You’ve probably seen news of 13 Reasons Why appear on your social media feeds at some point in the past few weeks. The Netflix series has undoubtedly been one of the company’s strongest productions, garnering viewership of millennial subscribers across the globe. I remember reading the book when it first came out in 2007, and I was very excited to find out it was being turned into a…

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IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today Literature & Culture Politics & Current Affairs 

IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today

‘The music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.’ – John Green The quote above completely encapsulates the power I believe music can have on the individual. Like most people, I have been a lover of music from a very young age and there is not a day that goes by where I fail to put my headphones in and let my favourite songs take me to a happy (or sometimes melancholic) place. I was inspired to write this…

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Why did the fab leave pop music? Literature & Culture 

Why did the fab leave pop music?

We didn’t realise it at the time, but the 00’s were a golden era for queer pop songs. There were LGBT+ glam pop stars like the Scissor Sisters and Mika, as well stars P!nk, Kylie and Lady Gaga. They were all openly singing about being gay. Even early Katy Perry was singing about being an ally. They had all built on a strong legacy of artists like David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, Elton John, going all the way back to artists like the Village People. These were songs that were fun,…

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Bake Off’s move to Channel 4: is it the end of a truly British staple? Literature & Culture 

Bake Off’s move to Channel 4: is it the end of a truly British staple?

On Monday 12 September came the shocking news that the BBC were not renewing their contract with Love Productions to air the Great British Bake Off. This comes following a year of negotiations over the price of the programme, with Love Productions asking for £25 million a year for the show. The BBC reportedly offered £15 million a year, which is double what had previously paid for the show. Love Productions decided not to renew their contact with the BBC, instead signing a contract with Channel 4. Following the news, a corporation…

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‘The Great British Bake Off’: What’s all the hype about? Literature & Culture 

‘The Great British Bake Off’: What’s all the hype about?

So it’s that time of year again when our screens are blessed with the presence of the Great British Bake Off! I get a childish kind of excitement, when I sit down to watch the show, which seems to be a common response, due to its popularity around the country. However it’s hard to explain why I love the show so much. What makes this programme loved millions? In doing some research it was easy to see how successful the programme had become. Since starting in 2010 the show has…

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Review: ‘GB84’ by David Peace Literature & Culture 

Review: ‘GB84’ by David Peace

‘Staying recently in a South Yorkshire town called Rotherham—described in one guidebook as “murky”, an inadequate word for the place—I was interested to read in the local newspaper how the proprietors of some stores are preventing hooligans from gathering outside to intimidate and rob customers. They play Bach over loudspeakers, and this disperses the youths in short order… Rotherham boasts a lot of fine early nineteenth-century architecture (and even a very fine fifteenth-century church), but everything has been overwhelmed, dwarfed, and ruined by highways and brutalist concrete buildings of surreal…

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Suicide Squad: ‘One wasted opportunity after another’ Literature & Culture 

Suicide Squad: ‘One wasted opportunity after another’

So I went to see Suicide Squad. I really wanted to enjoy it and for all the negative reviews to be wrong but, it pains me to say, they really weren’t. As a bit of a comic book nerd, I’ve been looking forward to this film for a very long time, but I found myself very disappointed. The only slightly comedic parts were all shown in the trailer and the story line did not make up for it. The film did give the back stories to the characters, which I…

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