My Top 5 Scary Movies

Last week I blogged about my top five favourite scary books. This week it’s the turn of the silver screen. I love a good horror movie. There’s nothing to beat going to the cinema and sharing a “jump” with the audience, inevitably followed by a wave of nervous laughter. Although I love the genre, it takes a lot for me to feel really scared and while my choices may not make me afraid to turn the light out, they never fail to leave me with a satisfied smile. Hannibal I love Silence of the Lambs. It’s a wonderful film and a great book too, but I have always preferred the sequel. Partly, it’s the setting. Florence has rarely looked more lovely than under the expert eye of Ridley Scott. The colours are lush: dark reds, ochres and browns give the film a richness that’s...

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Who Is Your Romantic Hero?

Who is your idea of a romantic hero? Mr D’Arcy? Captain Jack Sparrow? Christian Grey? I have an alternative to suggest to you, and I’ll explain why. First, let’s look at what makes a romantic hero. According to Wikipedia, “The Romantic hero is a literary archetype referring to a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his or her own existence.” Using this definition we can see how D’Arcy fits the bill: he rejects the expectations of his position in society to follow his heart and pledge his love to Elizabeth Bennett.  And, judging from his letters, he seems extremely introspective and at war with his emotions much of the time. But what would your definitions of a romantic hero be?...

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Prizes, Jobs and Nick Knowles.

It’s been a while, I know, and I have all kinds of excuses but no good reasons. Anyhoo, this is a ‘catch-up’ kind of post, so bear with me.* Firstly, I came third in the FlashBang Fiction Competition and you can read my prize winning story, ‘The Magician’, here. Secondly, I have a job. Yes, I am now employed on a part time basis with Blockbuster and I LOVE it! I work with a great team and my boss is lovely and I get to enthuse about films. It would only be better if I were to work for Waterstones or an independent book seller (of which there are none in my area). Thirdly, doesn’t Nick Knowles look like Sid James?   *I had to check on twitter whether it was ‘bear’ or ‘bare’ (I have my stupid head on today) and I got this reply from Karen Wilde aka...

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B is for Blade Runner

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] This is my all-time-favourite film. No exceptions. In Blade Runner, Ridley Scott set a very high standard which, in my opinion, no other sci-fi film has been able to top. After viewing it you will be able to point to virtually every science fiction movie since which has stolen a little bit of Scott’s vision. Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard, a retired Blade Runner who has to rejoin the force to track down four escaped Nexus-6 model replicants who have arrived on earth from off-world. These androids are exceptionally lifelike and believe they are human. They are even programmed with false memories of a past they never experienced, and are given photographs of family they never had. They are also...

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