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.

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