The Summer Of Impossible Things Release: Here’s What You Need To Know. 


Rowan Coleman’s latest novel, The Summer Of Impossible Things, is out later this month. And here is what you need to know about it.

  • It’s significantly longer than her previous works.
  • Expect some time travel throughout the book; it is sort of fantasy/thriller/drama. However, it forms quite an important part of the book.
  • This book will make you cry. Proper big gulpy sobs. Like her other books.
  • Family is the theme at the centre.
  • There’s one narrator, Luna.
  • It’s set in Brooklyn, United States.
  • There are so many twists!
  • What you read may surprise you.

The Summer Of Impossible Things is out later this month, on June 29th.

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Why I’m Starting To Dislike Social Media…

Please be warned that this post is a bit of a rant, and I may sound unreasonable at times.

Social media. Oh, social media. I have defended you, loved you, and become a fan in equal measure. But I am REALLY SICK of how you’re being used. More specifically; to spread drama, create rumours, and adding ‘fake news’ to the mix. All you seem to do is spread ill will.

I use Twitter and Instagram, to keep in touch with people I know, as well as to promote my blog, this little space on the internet. And it has bought me a wealth of experiences, all of which I am truly grateful for. It contributes to my readership, brands working with me, blog comments, garnering guest posters, getting a favourite writer to follow me, and it keeps me informed of new releases-be it books, albums, monopoly, etc. All is well.

But it’s just so divisive. And I’m starting to dislike social media.

Since when was it ever okay to film someone on Snapchat, without their consent? Post in the same vein on Facebook? Tweet our MP’s death threats? Spread homophobic abuse? Judge other people’s choices? Troll brands? Troll people? Create ‘fake news’? And-for want of another word-slag  off other bloggers? When was any of this every okay, or deemed acceptable to post?

I’m tired of this. So, so tired.

To use social media to harass, bully, demean is disgusting behaviour. And I’m fed up with seeing Blogger pit themselves against each other. I’m sick of seeing an electorate sprout untruths and wish ill will on their representatives. I feel sick to my stomach at all of this. We have to be better than this.

And this fake news. FAKE NEWS! Where, just WHERE is the gain in spreading complete lies? And Facebook has even rolled out a guide as how to spot it.

Technology could be used to better ourselves-start a blog, keep in contact with people you know and love, keep up to date with current affairs. But express whatever opinion you have so that it’s measured. No one should be made to feel afraid. No one should be made to feel isolated.

 

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Jackie Film Review. 

It was only going to be a matter of time before another Kennedy biopic was filmed; did anyone see the Katie Holmes version? Simply titled ‘Jackie’, this film centres round the aftermath of Jack Kennedy’s assassination, and how the Camelot mythology came in to being, thanks in part due to a magazine article.

On seeing this, I was struck by the great pains the director had taken to get the historical accuracy right; to me, it was often uncanny, how the Kennedy years were recreated. Natalie Portman has the breathy, affected, New Yorker voice; there’s even detail on detail with regard to costumes, recreating the White House, and an uncanny JFK lookalike. (Hats off to whoever was in charge of the casting!) I also loved that they included so much quotable content-such as with “they’ll be great presidents, but they’ll never be another Camelot.” Spine chilling! I just have a few qualms:

  • The sequence of events could be a little bit clearer at times. The same day as JFK’s funeral, it was his sons birthday; a birthday party was thrown the same day. Yet, it’s shown as being held the day after.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy always said she could not recall what she was doing on the back of the final motorcade; the film states that it was to get a piece of her husband’s skull. This contradicts the Warren report and her testimony; I’d like to know if this was true or not.
  • Would JFK have really danced vigorously at a White House party, considering how sick he was?
  • Did Jacqueline Kennedy really argue with Bobby Kennedy over the procession of the funeral-down to security concerns? From what I understand, he was all for it-there wasn’t a need for the film to show a very heated spat between the two of them.

Other than that, this is a great film-and I really enjoyed it. There could be a sequel-such as with Aristotle Onassis, Jackie’s career as an editor, etc. What do you think-would you watch this?

Lydia

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The Fall: My Opinion Piece.


The Fall; I’ve been a fan since series one, and have since been eagerly awaiting series three. My favourite character, played by Gillian Anderson, has to be Stella Gibson, because of the way she’s very pro women’s rights. She- to borrow a word I dislike- is a total boss. I love the one liners, the ability to instantly gets what she wants. She’s bold, brassy, and blunt. It’s in stark contrast to Paul Spector, the obvious “baddie” of the Franchise.

The TV series is set in Belfast, complete with a series of murders that SI Gibson must solve, following her call out and relocation from somewhere, which I think was London. There’s a common theme, eventually leading to the cat and mouse scheme; each victim is female, complete with a career of her own. It’s old fashioned misogyny, coupled with violence against women. Often brutal in the depiction, it’s not a series for somebody faint hearted or anyone who dislikes gore.

The Fall has been often criticised for, ostensibly, sexualising violence against women; I felt compelled to write a post, instead in defence.

For a TV show that’s based around violence against women, surely that’s the whole point? Paul Spector abuses women in this way, in order to degrad; it’s quite a stark juxtaposition to Stella Gibson, the female detective and leader of the operation to catch him. 

Throughout The Fall, time and time again, the point is continually made that this is clearly a dangerous man, a killer on the loose, who must be caught. He must, he has to, spend the rest of his life in prison, repenting for what anyone would describe as truly shocking, disgusting crimes. As long as Stella Gibson is still a part of the cast, I am more inclined to believe tbe creator of the show that this is not glossing over violence against women. It doesn’t support it either. The Fall is instead showing how awful it truly is.

What do you think? Will you be tuning in to this BBC drama?

Lydia

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P.S you also may enjoy this Buzzfeed post about how ‘badass’ Stella Gibson is.