09 August 2013

Why You Should Definitley be Watching The White Queen

If you’re a BBC One viewer, you undoubtedly saw this teaser trailer early this summer:


A cover of “Wicked Game”, and a bunch of bad-ass women wearing armour? YES.

The White Queen is based on three of Philippa Gregory’s novels, The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. Each novel looks at the War of Roses from a different queen/woman’s perspective, The White Queen being Elizabeth Woodville, the Red Queen being Lady Margaret Beaufort and The Kingmaker’s Daughter being Anne Neville, daughter of Lord Warwick. Gregory’s novels separates each woman’s story, but the BBC’s version, written by Emma Frost, brings all of their stories together.

 

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14 March 2013

In Defence of Young, Silly, Female Writers

I, as a writer, know a lot of other female writers or women would like to call themselves a writer one day. Whether we call ourselves journalists, bloggers, songwriters or authors - we love to write. We write about our feelings, feminism, equality, sexuality,  motherhood, technology and anything else people will pay us to talk about. 

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Most of us are considered "young", anywhere from 24 - 35 and we would write even if no one paid us to do so.  As the skin on Lady Gaga's left arm states:

“Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?”

The answer for us is always yes

Yesterday over on The Atlantic, Jamie Tarabay questioned television's puzzling fixation on with who are writers - specifically Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham's character in Girls, and Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker's infamous character on Sex and the City. Why exactly having two TV shows, one that began in 1998 and the other in 2012, that dare to have a TV show led by a female writer is puzzling, I'm not sure. 

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01 December 2011

Gaga x Sugarland

As much as I love pop music, my heart will always belong to country music. I don't go to a lot of concerts (that shit is expensiiiiive) but two shows I have gone to since moving to England were Sugarland and Lady Gaga.

Whenever Iain and I go for a drive, we are listening to either Sugarland (his favourite) or Lady Gaga (my favourite). We had a Sugarland track in our wedding ceremony, and it was the first concert we ever went to together. So, yes, we love them.

Sugarland have collaborated with non-c0untry artists before, such as Beyoncé and Bon Jovi ("Who Says You Can't Go Home" is amazing!), and last night they performed with non other than Lady Gaga. 

My heart basically exploded when I heard this, and I would be lying if I didn't say it made me tear up. 

YES. On so many, many levels, YES.

28 September 2011

Save Confidential!

Confidential

Today, the BBC announced it was axing Doctor Who Confidential. Which is only, like, the best behind-the-scenes show ever. Maybe of all time. 

Confidential lets you in on all the secrets of Doctor Who, has excellent interviews with the cast, and basically gives you an idea of the all the work (and crazy hours) that go in to creating Doctor Who.

If you saw last week's episode, you recognize the AMAZING screen grab from above where Matt Smith and James Corden lose their minds while filming at 3am, and start recording their own Doctor Who scenes, complete with recreating the theme song. <3 <3 <3 <3

But, fangirl shrieking aside, I think I can help confidential in 3 easy steps. BBC, I hope you are listening. (Even though I know you are probably not.) (OR ARE YOU?!)

How to Save Doctor Who Confidential

1) Reduce to 20 minutes

As amazing as the information on the show is, sometimes it feels very stretched out and as though they are really hurting for content. We do not need a 10 minute commentary on how funny that one scene that James Corden did in the lingerie department that was actually almost entirely cut from the episode was. Reduce the time they need to fill and the quality will go up. There, BBC. There's your PRECIOUS TIME SLOT CUT HALF.

2) Scrap the ridiculous song choices

Confidential has an embarrassing habit of choosing a song to play during a scene because it uses a lyric that matches what they're talking about. For example, say they're playing poker in a scene, and they'll play "Poker Face". This is embarrassing and needs to stop, Confidential. 

3) Give us more of the cast

While it's great to hear Steven Moffat talk about how brilliant he is or see Piers and Beth looking annoyed as to why they need to be interviewed again  - what we really want is to see Karen Gillan goofing around, Matt Smith singing the theme tune and Alex Kingston trying on a fez. Give them all video diaries! Lock them in a room and see what happens! Either way, it will be HILARIOUS. Why wait until James Corden is a  guest star to give Matt Smith his own camcorder?

Also, sign the petition. Or write a sternly written letter. Retweet this blog post! I'm sure it will help.

 

23 September 2011

Word Up to the Immigrants!

My mom's cousin, Jim Gion, is a fantastic scupltor and artist. He's also the same person who helped introduce me to the world of Jack Kerouac. Whenever he'd come to visit, he'd bring a bit of culture in to my life.

Jim has created this fantastic statue in Portland, Oregon, that represents the struggles and the triumphs of immigrants in Portland, and all of America. 

As an immigrant myself, with a Spanish last name that I don't know how to pronounce correctly - I love this video, and this sculpture. Well done, Jim.


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