Films, Musings, Writing

Have YA writers never grown up?

Last weekend I finally got around to watching the film Young Adult. The title of this post is a quote from the film, the context is this: Mavis: "You can come to the city with me like we always planned." Buddy: "Mavis, I'm a married man." Mavis: "I know we can beat this thing, together."… Continue reading Have YA writers never grown up?

Books, Films, inspiration, Writing

Twilight – it’s all your fault

Yesterday I went to see Breaking Dawn part 2. I really enjoyed the film and thought they adapted it well. There was one part that shocked me (you'll know what I mean if you've seen it) but I realised what was happening and it all ended up fine.   I have been a fan of… Continue reading Twilight – it’s all your fault

Books, Films

My top ten upcoming YA books to film adaptations

Sometimes when I tell people I write young adult stories or stories for teenagers, I receive a blank stare. Some people think have had not been privy to the delights of YA literature although they most likely have (classics like Little Women, for example) but I don't think many people can stay ignorant of this… Continue reading My top ten upcoming YA books to film adaptations

Books, Films, My fave things, Special Days, TV

Scary Stories

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the Point Horror books. Anyone else remember them? They were a horror series of books by different authors and in my early teens seemed very frightening. They were the first really scary stories I had read - before that, Roald Dahl was probably my first dip… Continue reading Scary Stories

Celebrity, Films, inspiration

I’ll have what she’s having

I think I naturally gravitate to female writers because I'm inspired by their voice and their ability to reap success in an often male dominated field. Nora Ephron was a talented writer who knocked doors open for female screenwriters and wrote films that are firmly embedded in our culture. She also produced and directed films,… Continue reading I’ll have what she’s having

Books, Films, Fun, Pop culture, Reviews

The Hunger Games vs. Twilight

I went to see The Hunger Games yesterday. I won’t post another review as I’m a long way behind the rest (although I will say I loved it). Instead, in honour of the film and another favourite of mine Twilight, I thought I’d pitch the YA series’ against each other. Warning: contains spoilers so don’t… Continue reading The Hunger Games vs. Twilight

Films, Fun, Musings, Reviews

Back in time

I recently watched Midnight in Paris - a 2011 Woody Allen film about a struggling American writer on holiday in Paris with his fiancée. The lead character Gil wishes in lived in Paris in the 1920's when everything was far more magical and inspiring for writers and one night his fantasy comes true. I really enjoyed… Continue reading Back in time