consider myself a somewhat fit person. I try to do yoga at least once a week. I bike to school. I force-feed myself smoothies (I’ve almost convinced myself that I like them). I also think I’m a fairly confident person. The mental image I hold of myself is, if anything, a little too gracious.
Damn girl, you’re looking fine today!
That being said, after unwillingly encountering photo after photo of perfectly photoshopped women day after day, sometimes I start feeling pretty freaking ugly.
This feeling of inadequacy, directly linked to viewing altered images, makes a lot of people wish there was a wider representation of body types in the media. We want to see people who look like us on TV and in magazines. And we want to see those people presented as attractive, not merely as comic relief or as a foil to the attractive characters. Continue reading
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Tagged axe, beauty, body, books, breasts, complain, Culture, dove, good looking, Hollywood, Keira Knightley, King Arthur, Lorde, magazines, make-up, Men, norm, photos, photoshop, pin-up, problematic, Real Beauty, runway model, sexy, topless, true beauty, Tumblr, TV, unrealistic standards, Women's bodies are a battleground
As anyone who has been on the internet since Wednesday night probably knows, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been released online. As a person who has professed his enthusiasm for comic books time and time again let me say to all of you, right now-
-my mind and body are ready.
Let me follow that up by asserting that I plan on doing ever single thing within my power to not look at another trailer before I watch the full-length film next May. I repeat, I will not be watching any new trailers that are released. Continue reading
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Tagged article, Avengers: Age of Ultron, books, breakdown, clip, expectation, experience, film, footage, fresh, Gone Girl, Hulkbuster, internet, leaked, Lost Boy Lost Girl, Quicksilver, scene, shot-by-shot, spoilers, trailer, Ultron
The book in question, the eighth by Gabrielle Zevin, an author more known for her YA [young adult] fare, is one that I have altogether too many thoughts about. I’m choosing not to dub this post a review proper, as it’s really a slightly more cohesive version of one of the stream of consciousness responses to books/films/etc. that blogger/writer J. Caleb Mozzocco is so fond of doing.
In order to make this easier for all of you to read, and with no offence whatsoever meant to Mozzocco [whose writing I enjoy quite a bit] I have boiled down this post to the three primary thoughts I was left with once I’d closed the book.
To be upfront with everyone I also want to state, before starting, that I enjoyed reading this novel and while this will definitely make more sense having read it, I hope to have written it in such a way that doesn’t spoil anything and piques your interest enough to pick it up. Continue reading
Posted in bizarreness, literature, race, review, writing
Tagged Amelia Loman, beneficial, biracial, books, character, cute, Gabrielle Zevin, Indian, literature, manic pixie dream girl, microaggression, not a review, quaint, quirky, race, reaction, reading, response, review, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Trope, writing
I’ve read all four Twilight books. Would have checked out Midnight Sun, a retelling of the first novel from Edward’s perspective, but a copy was leaked online and Meyers never ended up releasing it. My plan is to read a minimum of 52 books this year, and my hope is that 50 Shades of Grey makes it onto that list somewhere.
No, I’m not a middle-aged suburban mom who’s been catfishing you all these past two to three years. All of that was just a little background to set up today’s topic, which is our right to write about, well, anything. Continue reading
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Tagged books, experience, expert, Harry Potter, Huffington Post, ivory tower, J. K. Rowling, judgement, judging, Lynn Shepherd, movies, never read a word, opinions, review, see for yourself, TV, twilight, write off, writing
As I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I’m back in school, so I feel like it’s my duty to share some awesome learning with you. After the piracy debate broke out between Evan and Gordon a little while back I settled on the perfect topic: how piracy saved American literature. Or, as we have been learning in my Canadian Literature class, how British Imperialism screwed over early Canadian writers. Quick, name 5 great Canadian writers! If you are anything like me you probably weren’t able to think up more than one or two. There are a lot more than that, by the way, you just have to look a little harder… and not necessarily in Canada.
To my everlasting shame as a Canadian, Margaret Atwood was actually the only author I could think of when asked this question.
Posted in America, Canada, Fame Day, literature, writing
Tagged Alice Munro, American Revolution, books, Britain, Canada, Canadian Loyalists, Colonies, Colony, Common Wealth, England, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, literature, Margaret Atwood, Nobel Prize for Literature, piracy, Piracy of British Books, plageurism, Poe, Post-Colonial, Royalties, Sara Jeannette Duncan, Steinbeck, The Clockmaker, Twain, writing