Film Review: Scream

Horror Heroines: Sidney Prescott (Scream, 1996) Scream was released 22 years ago with the teenage Sidney Prescott as the main character. One year after her murder of her mother, Sidney is trying to move on with her life. Her world is turned upside down when two of her classmates are murdered. News reporters descend on the town of Woodsboro and the emotions surrounding her mom’s death and the subsequent trial are brought back to the fore. She tells her friend Tatum that it’s “deja vu all over again” for her. Later that night she is attacked in her own home by the killer; for the...

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TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Confession time: I’m a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the ’90’s. When I was a teenager we only had a handful of TV channels so it’s only now that I’ve discovered many shows. Thanks to Netflix, one of those shows is Gilmore Girls. The great thing about this show is that in every episode I can relate to at least one character. Lorelai, Rory, Lane, Paris and Sookie all have relatable...

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Book Review: Divergent

Divergent is another addition to the YA dystopian genre. This series of books follows the life of the teenage Tris who lives in a dystopian version of Chicago. The city is divided into different factions that all have different virtues. One day a year, all sixteen year olds must choose which faction they will spend the rest of their life with. Tris chooses to leave her family and friends behind and join the Dauntless faction. Separated from her family, the other initiates in Dauntless become like her family. The training is quite tough and only the top ten will be allowed to stay in the...

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Review: Titanic 20 Years On

This year was the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Titanic. At the time of the movie’s release, it became the highest grossest film of all time and made worldwide stars of the main actors, Kate Winslet and Leonardo de Caprio. This summer, I re-watched the film for the first time in over 15 years and there were so many details that I didn’t notice as a child. The first thing I realised was that Rose was only 17 years of age. I had always assumed that she was in her twenties. The second thing I noticed was that she was a girl ahead of her time. Sure she was engaged to be married but...

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Book Review: Virals

Kathy Reichs is most well-known for writing the Temperance Brennan novels (the inspiration for the TV show Bones). In 2010 she entered the world of Young Adult books, writing the first in the Virals series. Virals follows the life of the great-niece of Temperance Brennan. Tory Brennan is 14 and moves to Charleston, South Carolina following the death of her mother. While her and her friends rescue a dog that was being for medical testing, they are exposed to a strain of canine parovirus which changes their lives forever. The teenagers are left with heightened senses and animal speed reflexes...

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Book Review: Heartless

Most of us read about the Queen of Hearts for the first time in Alice in Wonderland. Heartless shows us a different side to this well-known character. The novel looks at the teenage years of Catherine and follows her journey as she looks to follows her dream of owning a bakery. This is a simple dream and it should be achievable (her family is quite wealthy); however they want her to marry an even wealthier man. Their dream for their daughter looks like it’s going to come to fruition when the King starts to court the 18-year-old Catherine. While marrying a King and becoming Queen would make...

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Book Review: Crazy is my Superpower

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a happy childhood. Some children are forced to grow up far too quickly; AJ Mendez Brooks was one of those children. Her autobiography, Crazy is my Superpower, tells this story. She grew up with young parents who found it difficult to hold down a job. As a result she and her three siblings were often left to fend for themselves. After moving from apartment to apartment the family found themselves homeless. They lived in their car for a while before moving into a motel in New Jersey. Throughout this challenging time AJ found comfort in comic books, video...

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Book Review: Bond Girl

Bond Girl (Erin Duffy, 2012) takes you behind the scenes of Wall Street, an arena dominated by men but this book shows what it’s like to be a young woman trying to carve out a career. Alex Garrett had always wanted to work in finance having taken inspiration from her father. After graduating from college she manages to secure an entry level job on Wall Street. She is one of only two female members of the 40 person team and she soon finds that being the new kid on the block isn’t all that glamorous. She is basically used as the office gofer for the first few weeks at the firm, alongside doing...

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Political Powerhouses: Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune is known for many things: her activism, her philanthropy and her work as an educator and civil rights activist. However, she was also a political activist. Mary was born in South Carolina, the daughter of two former slaves. After completing her education she planned on becoming a missionary in Africa before deciding to become a teacher instead. In 1917 she became the President of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). In 1924 she became the national president of the NACW, and went on to establish national headquarters in Washington D.C.,...

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Political Powerhouses: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

As someone who views American politics from afar, I have some major preconceived notions about Democrats and Republicans. To me, these two parties are the complete opposite of each other, and for the most part I thought all Democrats and all Republicans had the same beliefs and rarely stepped far from their party’s line. That’s why reading about Ileana Ros-Lehtinen such a pleasure. She was born in Cuba but fled to Florida to escape the Castro regime when she was a child. She began her career as an educator before entering politics. In 1989 she made history when she became the first...

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