On Monday, the long awaited third big screen instalment of the life of Helen Fielding’s popular character ‘Bridget Jones’ staged its world premiere in London’s Trafalgar Square. All the stars of the film joined fans and the press on a rather fetching pink carpet to promote the film before the UK release on Friday 16th September, less than two short weeks away. I attended the premiere and lined the carpet with fellow fans to catch a glimpse of the action. Here’s the roundup of my premiere experience.
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London, the capital of the UK, the heart of Blighty and the most wonderful place in the world. Despite being brought up in a relatively quiet seaside town in south Devon, my heart has always been in London since my very first visit at 6 years old. With just a few weeks to go until I make the move to the big city here are my 3 reasons why London is my favourite city on earth.
3. It’s beautiful and magical
Remember all of the scenes from the films you’ve watched where a young plucky individual attempts to make it big in their capital city? Remember the wide eyed look of wonder on their face when they see the skyscrapers for the first time? That’s how I feel every time I go to London and see the beautiful buildings again. Different parts of the city have different types of architecture that is equally wonderful. From the beautiful gothic arches of the natural history museum to the beautiful facades found in Piccadilly, it all holds beauty and intrigue with so many hidden gems to admire.
Peter Pan is a charming story about a little boy that never grows up. As a child many of us have enjoyed the Disney film as well as the popular book itself. Today I’m sharing my top 3 reasons why Peter Pan should remain a bookshelf favourite.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, I’m a massive fan of anything that is magical. Not always magical in the traditional way as in wizards waving wands and hocus pocus/abracadabra kind of magic, but Disney’s kind of “happiest place on earth” magic and anything that gives you that warm feeling inside. Peter Pan is another childhood novel that does that for me. I’m always safe in the knowledge that the I can return to Neverland any time I please and be swept up in the magic of childhood adventure.
In terms of physical magic, Peter Pan is overflowing with all kinds of traditional characters used in make believe games of Barrie’s era, many of which are still relevant today. Pirates, mermaids, Indians and pixies all feature meaning all genders (and ages) have something they can enjoy.
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I have some very exciting news for you – I have been selected as an advocate for Samantha Shannon’s best selling series, ‘The Bone Season!!’ As such I am now privy to some exclusive promo material to share with you ahead of publication in March 2017.
In the spirit of avoiding spoilers for those who want to keep them to a minimum, here’s your first look at book 3 via a handy link – THE SONG RISING prelude
This week I am having a look back at the books from my childhood that have had a lasting effect on me. Here are 3 reasons there is a Matilda-shaped space in my heart.
3. We all need that kind of magic in our lives
No matter our name, race or class, the one thing that reaches out to us all on a universal scale is fiction and, as a part of that, literature. The mere fact that one medium can overcome so many factors which frequently divide us is magical, and no matter who we are, we can all be better off because of it.
Matilda gives us literal and figurative magic and it is a beautiful modern classic in every way. Nearly 30 years after it first hit our shelves (1988) this book is still as current as ever and is present on the bookshelves of many young children. Along with the popular film adaptation of 1996, you’d be hard pushed to find anybody who has not been touched by Matilda in one way or another.
In recent years the magic of Matilda has spread to London’s West End and across the pond to Broadway. Adapted into a musical that shows 8 times a week, Matilda has proved a popular stagey favourite as well as a hit in its previous formats. The score is moving, brilliant and totally apt for such a beautiful story.
Now reaching a range of audiences across the globe in various different ways, I will be forever thankful to Roald Dahl for gifting us this heart-warming tale of the importance of reading and the joy we can find within that.
Have you heard of Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season? If not, why not? These brilliant books follow teen Paige Mahoney in the 2050s as she battles with life as a clairvoyant in the criminal underworld of London, where the world is under the rule of an intriguing organisation called Scion.
Here are my top 3 reasons to make this series a priority on your TBR (to be read) list.
3. It’s the start of a series
Although there are currently only 2 books published, Bloomsbury have picked this up as a 7 book deal with the 3rd due for release in March 2017. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that a new series you are just starting has longevity. The end of the road isn’t after the next book; you have a further 4 books to enjoy which could mean almost another decade of enjoyment!
In recent years a new battle has emerged between physical books and their electronic cousins – the eBook. Many generations of readers hold strong opinions on whether or not a “real” book or an electronic one reigns supreme. Whilst eBooks are becoming more and more popular, here are my top 3 reasons to remain loyal to physical books and why the apocalypse will have hit if you ever catch me favouring popular eReaders such as the Kindle or Kobo.
- We all secretly like to pet books
Yes, that’s right. We love to pet books and we know it. In bookshops we walk past books that we’ve read and cheekily caress their spines. We sit and run our hands over the cover once we’ve completed a novel. We like to feel the different embossing and textures used on the dust jacket or the hardback binding or the glossy paperback edition. Petting eReaders may be satisfying when they’re new (we’re all guilty of rubbing our new phone/laptop/device on our face at least once) but that novelty soon wears off with age. Books, on the other hand, change their texture and feel. They do not become out of date and replaced by a new model. They do not stop working after use for extended periods of times. They remain utterly beautiful.