The Full Monty

One of those books I have no idea where I got it from, they seem to just find themselves on my shelves without me doing anything. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. So much I want to say about this book. I want to talk about the movie and how it’s inspirational to so […]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

I read this book when I was young, it was an amazing book back then but I totally missed the point of it. The fact that I think there are many possible points to it is rather irrelevant as I missed them all back then. I just knew it was an amazing and moving book with an […]

The Sound of Music – Maria Von Trapp

The Sound of Music. You probably all know it as the movie with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and you may even know it was a book before that but it all started in the 1920s in Austria when Maria Augusta Kutschera was sent to Captain Georg von Trapp’s house to look after his ill daughter, she […]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I was very pleased to see The Great Gatsby on the weekend, it’s rare that I’m up-to-date so I enjoyed it for its rarity and also for the movie. I’d made certain to reread the book earlier this month as it’s been far too many years since my first reading. I almost said it’s a […]

Beaches – Iris Rainer Dart

If you saw the movie Beaches with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey and you think this book might possibly the same story then you’re partly right. There are enough similarities to ensure you can see where they got the ideas for the movie from but there are also major departures. Normally I have issues with […]

Busy, busy

I looked in my diary and noticed how busy June is for birthdays and anniversaries of writerly and filmy type stuff. I’ve briefly written about Lester del Rey before (June 2, 1915–May 10, 1993), he’s a man who really deserves a whole article and not just brief mentions in other articles, one day I’ll actually […]

Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath in every form is very hard to take. It shows how the poor and dispossessed lived and loved during the Great Depression in America. Its real message is how the big corporations had stopped treating people as humans and started treating them as numbers. In case you haven’t read it or […]

Alas, poor Yorick

Definitely, poor Yorick, it’s a fairly well known line from Hamlet and often misquoted.  This doesn’t mean I’m reviewing Hamlet, far from it.  I am going to make quick mention of the storyline and then talk a little about the numerous essays and creative responses that I’ve had to read as part of my studies. […]

What an interesting weekend…

It’s been an interesting weekend with a juxtaposition of events.  On Saturday we went to see the latest Harry Potter movie and on Sunday we went to a funeral.  Why am I mentioning the funeral?  You’ll have to get through a few words about Harry Potter before I get to that. Here be spoilers…   […]

A Christmas Carol DVD

I was given A Christmas Carol DVD to view and review. As I’ve never read the book I took the time to read it first so as to be more familiar with the story. When I came to watch the movie I found it reasonably faithful to the book. In case you don’t know the […]