Katniss and Arya Stark: The age of gender-equal storytelling

Hurrah! Quality storytelling is taking over our screens/book-shelves and bashing threadbare clichés of male-driven action and female helpless emoting.

We’ve come a long way,

Just watch Game of Thrones’ latest great battle, the Battle of Winterfell, and see how far we’ve come since the Lord of the Rings’ Battle of Helm’s Deep (2002). In the Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptation, there was not a single female fighter, and women and children cowered in caves while male characters became heroes.

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Season 8 of Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Valentine’s, check. Now what?

Top 12 date ideas for a whole year of romance

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of Valentine’s. But I do love a good date night. 

Ever since a cringefest of a date, aged 20, where my then boyfriend and I sat awkwardly in a row of tables for two, I have avoided manufactured photo-opportunity romance.

I’m not fussed about big gestures, lavish gifts or super-organised surprises. On the 14th of February, like every other day, I like my husband to be nice to me, share a joke, not mention the laundry piling up, and give me a hug or two. That’s all.

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NaNoWriMo 2017

My November Challenge… (No, I’m not growing a beard.)

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

The minute the carved pumpkin has gone in the bin, I’m sitting down to start writing my 50,000 words.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a international writing marathon that happens every November.

Anyone can take part, the only requirement is to write 50,000 between the 1st and the 30th of November. (Read more here.)

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Dystopian fiction: the modern day fairy tale

‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, ‘Blood Red Road‘ by Moira Young or the now classic ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, the list could go on.

Why do young women love dystopian fiction?

These are the modern day fairytales in which young women become queens and take control of their lives in a way not yet open to them in the real world.

They present a world in which girls can be tough, heroic and still loveable, thus crushing the myth that girls have to be ‘nice’!

These stories happen in imaginary countries or cities not made to suit them – not too much of a stretch of the imagination – yet these heroines are smashing every boundary in their sights. Continue reading “Dystopian fiction: the modern day fairy tale”