2013 Favourites Edition

31 December 2013

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And so another year has come and gone! It's crazy that in a couple of hours time, it'll be 2014. Where did the time go? And to think, I'll be even more closer to graduating from university ... Wow. This year has brought many interesting things to the pop-culture universe, from the comeback of Justin Timberlake, to the highly anticipated squeals of Allegiant (which I still have yet to read) and Clockwork Princess. I decided that the best way to say goodbye to 2013, was to pay tribute to my favourite books and television series I discovered this year. That would also be the perfect way to get ready for all the new things that 2014 has to offer!

Before we begin, I would just like to say Happy New Year everybody! Thank you for all the support you've given me over this coming year - both with 'Pretty Little Notions' and here on 'Creative In The Arts'. I'm really looking forward to more exciting projects over the next coming year! 
So in no particular order at all, let's begin!

Merry Christmas!

23 December 2013

As the days go by, I can't help but feel excited as this festive time of year approaches. It's almost Christmas, and I for one can not wait to spend the holiday with family members around the dinner table filled with festive treats! But what would Christmas be without a festive story, words of song and a musical treat! Happy holidays everyone! I hope you enjoy these videos, and have a very Merry Christmas!

The End Of Wong Fu: A Christmas Story
Who doesn't love a moral tale reminding them to be grateful for the things they have on their life? This brilliant take on 'A Christmas Carol', sees Ted go through an interesting reality check when Chris comes to show him what his future could become if Ted continues to take Wong Fu for granted.

Jingle Bell Rock 
A funky music video and song to get you in the festive mode. It's upbeat, and look at all those props these guys use! Here's another brilliant one take from Kurt Schneider himself, bringing in the Christmas cheer with Max and Macy!

Mall Santa Musical
If you combined musicals with Christmas shopping and Santa Claus you get a song celebrating Santa's lap! What a musical performance. I wish I was in the crowd. It definitely would have got me in the Christmas spirit!

Teen Wolf Returns: Dark times lie ahead

22 December 2013

Remember when 'Teen Wolf' was adorable, light hearted and soft thriller? Those days are so gone. God - look how far we've come. This upcoming season looks incredibly dark and intensely terrifying. The Beacon Hills gang are now vulnerable pawns in a game that has really expanded outside the world of werewolf hunters, mythological creatures and alpha packs. This time the gang seem to be facing their worst enemy yet, and this isn't just physical anymore. It's psychological, which makes it all the more terrifying!

The Summer Fictional List

15 December 2013

Since starting my third and final year of my degree, I have found that I've had less free time on my hands - especially with all the things I've been getting up to outside my classes. Sadly because of all the work and things that I've been getting up to in my spare time, I've really had to cut back on a lot of things I loved doing; reading, watching television and films - basically consuming anything entertaining. My inner fangirl is literally crying on the inside, especially with all the new book and film releases appearing in the pop-culture sphere. So to satisfy my breaking heart, I decided to compile a list of all things fictional, which I will devour during the summer of 2014 when I have finally finished my degree. It's not actually as far away as I thought ... So without further ado, here is my fictional checklist for this upcoming summer!
Feel free to recommend me anything that you've loved, or maybe things that have caught your eye. I'm all ears! Maybe you've seen any of these shows, films or read some of these books? Comment below - I'd love to know what you thought of them!

002. Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

2 December 2013

Note: This review contains spoilers under the cut. You do not want to get spoiled. Trust me. 
'Severed Heads, Broken Hearts' or 'The Beginning of Everthing' tells the story of Ezra Faulkner, a boy who had it all; a tennis star athlete, student body president and boyfriend to cheerleader Charlotte. One night, his entire life comes crashing down, when he almost loses his life in a car accident. Losing everything he has ever known, Ezra is finds himself piecing together a new identity in his final senior year, where he meets Cassidy Thrope - an enigma who has caught his attention.

If you are a fan of The Perks of being A Wallflower, and The Fault In Our Stars, then this book is perfect for you! It's crazy - I actually bought this book as an impulse buy, and I am so glad I did! It may sound crazy, but to me, I feel like this book came a pivotal moment of my life where I had been thinking a lot about life, the people in it, the future, the path I want to lead, the friendships I've had, and this book just addressed it all. In a sense it is literally about the beginning of everything, the world beyond your teen years and how your teenage experiences can shape you. It may seem like a cliché kind of story, a popular kid who falls into the lower heaps of the social chain and learns right from wrong, but this book isn't about that. It is all about the idea of self discovery - finding yourself through struggles, reinventing and defining yourself on your own terms. And that to me, is one of the most beautiful things in life, and this book just executed that perfectly. It is beautifully written, and certain aspects of the book are pretty thought provoking. They actually challenged my perspective on certain topics. There is something about coming of age stories that I love, and this one held a specific kind of charm for me. That being said ... it's not a book for everyone. I do highly recommend it - it has definitely become one of my favourite books of the coming year. For sure.

Perspective: Turning 21

29 November 2013

So today, for once, I'm going to talk about something a little bit different outside the world of media entertainment and creativity.  There was a time in my life during my years at school when I thought, 'by the end of my university years, I will know exactly what to do with my life. I will have almost everything figured out, and it'll have all come together by the time I approach adulthood.' Now, almost several years later, I'm in my third and final year of university and ... I'm still trying to figure it all out. The amount of days I have left towards post-graduation life is continuously growing smaller and smaller, and turning 21 ... is just another one of those milestones that just signifies adulthood.

Those questions that I've always wondered about; what I want to accomplish in my life, who I want to be, my intended plans for after graduation, are kind of haunting me at this very moment in time.  But here is the simple truth - no one on the entire planet has the exact answer to all of these questions. Even if they do, the answers they have aren't set in stone. You never really know where life can take you. It's pretty unpredictable. What I failed to realise back then is that, having a plan isn't always the best thing. You never know what's around the corner, and having a plan or your eyes focused on one section of the road can stop you from seeing other things come your way. For some people, things come early on in life. For others, it comes at the most unexpected moments. It's just the way it is - serendipitous. But that is the beauty of it all. You never know what will happen and when it will happen. Your age does not define you, or the time you will reach success. Age is literally just a number, it is you who gives it meaning.  To assume that you will have all the answers by a certain age, is to assume that by that particular point you will understand exactly how the universe works - and no one has managed to do that. It's okay not to know where you're going, time and experiences will help lead you there.

So, as I turn 21 this week ... I vow to focus on the now. I vow to focus on present, instead of living in a future, which I'm helping to shape by living in the present. Tomorrow bring what may, today is all I know. And for that I'm happy, because the future is full of bright opportunities and chances that I have yet to come across, memories that I have yet to make, and experiences I have yet to live. Just thinking about the possibility of that is so exciting. To be open to new experiences, because you never know where you're going, and who or what you may find along the way. Striving for the best forever and always!

Three Minutes, Plugged In

18 November 2013

"Isn't it amazing that for three short minutes you are able to be transported to another world without even moving from your seat? How you are able to enter a virtual world purely created by your imagination and the lyrics and tempo of the chosen song so instantly."

I love thinking about everyday mundane things. There is just something so beautiful about the world, and people going about their everyday lives. Sometimes it's hard because you're having a bad day, or maybe you're stressed out about something that has yet to happen. Music has the priorities to really change your day around, and I know for me it's done that plenty of times. I can't tell you how many times a particular song has given me inspiration or courage just for those three short minutes. To read more, please click here

"Meeting Your Mother"

11 November 2013

"What I didn't know then was that the beginning of my love story wasn't so far away, and that New York would end up being my home for many more years to come ..."

After watching a couple of episodes from the final season of 'How I Met Your Mother', I felt inspired and extremely nostalgic. The long journey of how Ted Moseby finally met his wife is coming to an end. It seems like we have seen the best and worst of his character. It's like saying goodbye to someone you've known for so long. The current uncertain limbo he faces concerning his direction in life, in this season, is something I can definitely relate to, especially with my graduation date looming closer and closer. I channelled my inner Ted Moseby, the philosophical nerd and hopeless romantic, and came up with this interesting fiction piece. To read the rest of this short creative piece, please click here. Please, tell me what you think - I would love to know!

Pretty Little Liars: The Disastrous Halloween Episode That Was.

4 November 2013

I've been a fan of 'Pretty Little Liars' since the beginning of the show's première. Since then, the show has had some incredible ground-breaking moments, but has also suffered from some pretty sad lows. Each year, the highly anticipated Halloween episode never fails to shock, surprise and entertain fans like myself. They've always almost gained a reputation amongst the fans, for being so brilliantly constructed. Almost ... 

Since the show began to gain worldwide success, it is pretty evident that there has been some commercial interference occurring. We've seen product placement, and also the prolonging of story lines, ensuring that the show has as many seasons as possible to keep executives happy. This has definitely affected the quality of the show. Before the première of the fourth season, the producers had to have a recap episode to remind fans of all the small unresolved story lines that had occurred in previous seasons. In my opinion, it wouldn't have been a problem if some of these story lines were addressed in an appropriate time frame. It's safe to say I've had my frustrations with the show. But this year's Halloween episode was a completely new low. The episode seemed to completely and utterly revolve around the world of Ravenswood. Sure, I see the potential for the show. I do. Having a casual association in the episode would have been alright. But having it become a predominant part of the episode, really affected the quality of this year's Halloween episode. All in all, this episode felt just like a promotional tool for 'Ravenswood'. 

The Halloweenesque American Television Special

28 October 2013

As Halloween draws near, nearly every single television channel is filled with spooky horror films, new trailer releases or television episodes celebrating the most supernatural day of the year. Now for some, this is incredible. It's a chance to get spooked, to feel the thrill, the rush of fear on the day that celebrates it all. As for me ... I definitely do not have the stomach to handle pure horror. There is just something so terrifying about those films or episodes, that just make me scared to shut my eyes at night - just in case something crawls from under the bed, or walks through walls to come for my bones! Dramatic ... I know. I have a very over-active imagination. So, for all you girls and guys out there in the same position as me, you don't have to worry! We can all stick together with our dramatic thrilling television episodes, which are just as exhilarating as any other horror movie out there.  So without further ado and in no particular order, lets look at the alternatives ... Shall we?

Movie Mishaps: "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"

21 October 2013

When you're re-watching films, you tend to pick up on details you've never noticed before. Whether it's the amount of detail put into one single frame, or understanding a joke or reference you missed the first time around. But sometimes ... you can come across a mistake, a detail that doesn't quite add up. A mishap. And this time, I found one while rewatching the classic, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It actually surprised me because I'm not usually the one who picks up on faults in movies. Even if I picked out one small detail that just wasn't quite accurate, I would try my hardest to overlook it. After all, movies are man-made. But this time, I just couldn't. This mistake made the entire plot absolutely impossible! If you actually love The Lost World, or hate knowing movie mishaps, then you have my permission to skip this post. After all, once you know something, it's pretty hard to see things the way they were!

001. Heroes

14 October 2013

                                                                  (This review is completely spoiler free)

Heroes:Volume One tells the story of ordinary individuals scattered throughout the world, who discover they have superpower like abilities, which affect their lives in numerous amounts of ways. While these individuals come to terms with their new found abilities, there is a greater force at strength, which may threaten the existence of the world as we know it.

I've been meaning to watch Heroes for years. 
I remember when I was growing up in high school, everyone was obsessed with the show. And ever since that point I decided somewhere down the line I will find out why, and now ... after all this time, I have finally gotten around to it. And I can easily say ... it does not disappoint.

'Heroes' is a well crafted, well written roller-coaster ride involving action, twists and turns, mystery, and three dimensional characters, 
which make this show incredibly entertaining and thrilling to watch. I highly recommend it. Never in my lifetime of watching television dramas, - and I assure you, my resume is pretty lengthy, - have a seen such a remarkable television show. Every single moment of this show, every single detail, ties into the bigger picture. You will be in for the time of your week. And I say this, because you will devour this series. The suspense lingering after every single episode is honestly a killer. A flawless well worthy season. I've never seen any television show craft such a perfect intricate first season. To say I'm impressed is an understatement! 

Humble Beginnings

7 October 2013

Pretty Little Notions, August 2013
Once upon a time - almost two years ago in fact - I started a blog called "Pretty Little Notions". At the time, it was designed purely to share my fangirl thoughts on everything I loved about entertainment media - ranging from books, television and film. I wanted a space to share my thoughts with the world, and if the internet responded - well that would be incredible. I never quite imagined myself falling even more in love with the blogsphere. It wasn't long after that I discovered I wanted more, so I found myself writing creatively and experimenting with graphics - something I hadn't done in a very long time. 

But my thirst for a challenge didn't stop there. And so here we are ... at my new blogging adventure, "Creative In The Arts". You may be wondering why the name change. The truth is ... it's time for a change. I was eighteen and fresh out of high school when I created "Pretty Little Notions", and since then I've grown as an individual and matured as a writer. I've always loved creativity, and appreciated the art of storytelling and visual aesthetics. It only seemed fitting to acknowledge that in this next step forward. You can definitely expect me to keep up reviewing in the near future, as well as some more creatively fuelled posts and shenanigans. So let the journey begin! I'll be seeing ya ....

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