The Hunger Games: theatrical trailers

Having read all three books at a rate of knots over Christmas last year, I am getting somewhat over-excited for Jennifer Lawrence‘s turn as Katniss Everdeen. Fabulous news that the folks at Lionsgate have decided to open the movie on the same day in the UK as the US (March 23rd). It remains to be seen whether the widespread talk of Twilight-level box office figures will pan out, but regardless, I will be heading to my local Picture House on opening weekend to contribute. Disappointingly, given that the UK Premiere (14th March) is due to be held at the BFI … Continue reading The Hunger Games: theatrical trailers

Room to Read makes the Big Book Swap the new Book Club

Room to Read supports a cause very close to my heart (children’s literacy in the developing world), and is an organisation I am proud to support. Their premise is simple, clear to understand and significant: World change starts with educated children. In recent months, my close group of girlfriends from school – whom I love dearly and who, lucky for me, I still get to see on a regular basis – have started a bit of a book club. It’s basically just another excuse to meet up over a bottle of wine, share good food and a good old gossip … Continue reading Room to Read makes the Big Book Swap the new Book Club

Lady Dior: when literature shapes fashion

I had a feeling my Links of London post wouldn’t be the last LFW ad to grace this blog. Flipping through the FT‘s fashion special of its weekly portion of riches, How to Spend It last weekend, I was again savouring all the luxury brand creatives as much as (if not more than) the editorial pieces between. Typical marketer I guess. In the opening spread, the enviable elegance of the magnifique Marion Cotillard seeped from the Dior pages. But this time it was the choice of prop that caught my eye. Granted, the striking red and black contrast of the composition called for … Continue reading Lady Dior: when literature shapes fashion

Douglas Coupland: an insight

So after a total age I finally finished Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma today (worth a read but be prepared, the end gets whack). Anyway, Harper Perennial the publishers have this cool addition to all his works where they give bit of back story to each novel and some stuff on Coupland to finish off the book. The timing was funny – I was just walking along thinking I really should learn more about the man himself and his life in order to further understand his works when I came across a quickfire Q & A in the back of … Continue reading Douglas Coupland: an insight

Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi: it’s always the real thing…

Marketing Week today issued a story revealing the latest brands to top Brand Finance’s Global 500 list of the world’s most valuable brands. Wal-Mart topped the bill, if you’re interested, bumping incumbent Coca-Cola from the top spot, which the soft drinks giant had held since research began in 2007. But it was the Coke vs. Pepsi battle that caught my eye: It’s not all bad news for Coke, however. It is still the dominant beverage brand on the list. While Coca-Cola’s total enterprise value of $104.5bn (£71.2bn) is just 22% greater than that of Pepsi (which is 21st in the table), … Continue reading Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi: it’s always the real thing…

A Generation X reading of Dangerous Liaisons

Two radically different novels, written over two centuries apart. And yet I found a commonality yesterday that I felt was worth sharing. In Helen Constantine‘s introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Laclos‘ most notorious and celebrated work, she touches on the aristocratic social pressures felt by Valmonte and Merteuil that prevent them from succombing to any ‘real’ emotion throughout the entirety of the novel. She summarises thus: In that debased society love is viewed as a failing, a weakness, and something to be avoided at all costs. Valmonte’s connection with Tourvel is the closest we get to raw emotion … Continue reading A Generation X reading of Dangerous Liaisons

Generation X

[Claire]: Either our lives become stories, or there’s just no way to get through them. – Generation X How I managed to get through university studying literature – including a course on 20th Century works – and not read Douglas Coupland’s seminal piece, I’m not entirely sure. Or perhaps I’m doing my professors an injustice and it was on the reading list, but I was just too busy sleeping/partying/cheerleading that week to bother turning up. Either which way, I just finished it and yes, it does live up to the hype. In short (and it is short, so won’t take an … Continue reading Generation X

The REAL top 100 books – how many have you read?

A little online meme currently doing the Facebook rounds is that, of the Top 100 books (as identified by the BBC in 2003), the BBC reckons that the average adult has only read 6. This I felt was worthy of a blog for several reasons. Firstly, the list itself should be viewed by everyone, as all those who know me are aware of my enthusiasm for great works of English Literature (well, those and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series). But secondly, when I came to post ‘the list’ here, I learnt that the listcurrently being promulgated by numerous Twitterers and Facebook … Continue reading The REAL top 100 books – how many have you read?

The endless talents of Rob Pattinson

As if landing a lead role in what will surely be one of the most lucrative movie franchises of the decade wasn’t enough, Robert Pattinson seems keen to show the world that he is more than just a one-trick pony. Hidden away on the powerful soundtrack that accompanies the Twilight motion picture, is a folksy, contemplative little track named Never Think that is disarmingly moving. Sitting somewhat out of place alongside the angsty bands of my teenage years – the angry, crashing beats of Muse and Linkin Park – Never Think is more Jeff Buckley/Alexi Murdoch. The kind of track that would be right … Continue reading The endless talents of Rob Pattinson

The beauty of Twilight

As the enchanting magic of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series of novels has been captured for the big screen, the beauty of the movie and its talented young cast has in turn now been immortalized by Peggy Sirota for Vanity Fair. A visit to the VF Twilight shoot slide show is an absolute must for any fans of the show or its attractive starlets, with lots of other goodies such as Q & A’s with the cast and exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. And for all you eager beavers who can’t wait to get your hands on the movie … Continue reading The beauty of Twilight