I’ve wanted to do some film reviews on my blog for a while now and, as a massive Disney fan, I thought starting with Bill Condon’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast would be a lovely place to start. But please do excuse my rambling – I still don’t know what I’m doing!
The Original Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite Disney Classics; not only do I adore the music, French setting, and beastly romance but also I have always seen part of myself in Belle. Continue reading
You may or may not know this but almost a month ago now Conservative MPs voted against plans to make SRE (sex and relationship education) compulsory in schools. In other words they voted against making teaching pupils about LGBT+ issues, the importance of consent, online sexual content, as well as the emotional and social aspects of sex and relationships compulsory. I know all schools tackle SRE differently; some cover a wide range of topics in an inclusive manner regarding religion and the LGBT+ spectrum. But at the same time some schools will only teach it from a biological point of view.
I myself experienced the latter. In year 6 all the girls in my year sat together in a small room with our head of year and the biology teacher; we discussed (and when I say discussed I mean they spoke, we listened and were too embarrassed to ask any questions) periods, body changes, and how we might start “seeing boys differently”. That was it until year 9, when we had one lesson in which we were shown a presentation showing symptoms of different STDs, shown how to put on a condom, then given condoms which were promptly taken off us. Honestly, I still don’t know why they bothered giving them out in the first place. In fact, there is a lot I still don’t know regarding SRE full stop!
With some incredible book to movie adaptations winning various different awards at the Oscars, Baftas, and the like – such as Room by Emma Donoghue and The Revenant by Michael Punke, which my mum and I are reading respectively before going to the cinema – I thought it’d be nice to share with you my Top Five Adaptations!
Let me know some of yours in the comments!
I was recently reading about the upcoming film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s fabulous Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda -which I am very excited for- and started thinking about LGBT characters in books. More specifically their roles in books. I was thinking about how LGBT characters often tend to be the protagonists and the story seems to revolve around their sexuality or gender-identity. Obviously this is a brilliant thing; literature and YA in particular is becoming so much more diverse and are telling stories that perhaps used to be “taboo”. More people are being represented and that is always a good thing.
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However I was also thinking about how there are not as many books that have LGBT characters, either major or minor, whose stories do not revolve solely around their sexuality or gender-identity. I really enjoy it when I’m reading a book and I find out that a character is gay and then it’s almost disregarded, in the sense that it’s just accepted rather than being ignored or the focus of the plot. Again I will say that I don’t think that books that do have that as the focus are bad, absolutely not! But personally I do find that there are very few minor LGBT characters which I think is a shame. I’ve compiled a list of books that do include these types of character and if you know of any other books please do let me know:
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The Next Together by Lauren James
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (although this one is slightly debatable)
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There has definitely been a positive shift in the attitude towards LGBT fiction in recent years and I do believe that it can only continue to get better. With more publishers of children’s and young adult books wanting more LGBTQ characters and even children’s TV shows including same-sex relationships. One of my bookish resolutions for 2016 is to read more LGBT fiction, many of the recommendations I will be taking from George Lester’s fantastic video. But if you have any then please let me know!
Today was the third meeting of my online bookclub #UKYAintheRain. We were discussing Patrick Ness’s fantastic ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go‘. Almost everybody managed to join in so we had some interesting conversation and some differing opinions! I’m so excited for the next one!
If you’re interested in joining the book club all information is here!