Category Archives: Media

currently listening

When I was in year seven/eight, I completely adored Kesha’s music. They were complete bops, and were perfect for singing along to with friends during the lunch break.

Since then, I’ve dealt with a lot of stuff that’s a bit similar to what she’s gone through and am finally starting to recover. This song looks at a lot of those themes and, oh my goodness, the end product is so incredible and empowering.

I love this song and I love her.

 

 

Maddy xxx

currently watching

Meet Christine Riccio.

She has been one of my favourite youtubers for ages.

For the past three years, at Vidcon, she has created a lip-synching MV for a popular song at the time.

Despite never having seen La La Land, nor really wanting to, this one is possibly my favourite.

 

 

Maddy xxx

booktalk: flipped

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Note: This book frequently uses the r-slur. It made me quite uncomfortable and I think the author could’ve used different language. This is the only fault I really have with the book.

Years, ago, I remember flipping to a channel with one of those daytime movies. The colours, lighting, and the voice of a young boy being auctioned off as a school fundraiser reminded me of a really cringey version of one of my favourite films, Now and Then. I kept flipping through the channels, and watched something else.

Years later, I watched this movie, at the recommendation of a girl I greatly admire. To put it simply, I flipped, and completely adored it.

Finally, just recently, I read Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen, a book from two perspectives – Bryce Loski and Juli Baker. It’s the story on which the movie was based. There’s not a huge plot, but it focuses on lots of little events that occur from when they first meet, at around the age of seven, until they’re in year eight. Each event is told twice, first from Bryce’s perspective, then from Juli’s. To sum it all up, Juli fell for Bryce as soon as she met him, and, in the years that passed, felt he was holding on to her “first kiss”.

The events in the story aren’t what sold me; sure, some are incredibly emotive, such as when Juli and her father meet up with his brother for his birthday, or the events within the Loski family that follow the dinner party.

Instead, it’s the characters, or, more specifically, character, and how the other characters interact with her. Juli Baker is everything I wish to be. She makes deep, meaning connections with the world and people around her, is enthusiastic about exploring and trying new things, and is just so passionate. There’s a quote from the book that I feel describes her so well.

“A painting is more than the sum of its parts,’ he would tell me, and then go on to explain how the cow by itself is just a cow, and the meadow by itself is just grass and flowers, and the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light, but put them all together and you’ve got magic.”

The story later goes on to say that it applies to people as well. Some people are more than the sum of their parts; those people are magic.

As expected, I liked the book more than the movie. Putting it simply, Bryce was a jerk for most of the story, so I appreciated how they became amicable at the end. You could sense that the characters would continue to grow and develop into friends. However, on Goodreads, I found many saying they didn’t like the ambiguity of the book’s ending, and preferred the movie (-sarcasm- spoiler alert: the protagonists kiss at the end). As I said before, Bryce Loski was a jerk for most of the time. By the end of the story, he was becoming a better person, but he still needed to grow, and I liked how the book allowed for that.

Flipped is mostly light-hearted, very endearing, and has changed me as a person. I hope that anyone who’s read it enjoys it as much as I do.

 

 

Maddy xxx

pyjama dance party

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To put yourself in a good mood that lasts the whole day, I strongly recommend pyjama dance parties. Get up, let the sun shine in your room, and dance and sing along to your favourite music.

I thought I’d make a little playlist of some of my favourite pyjama dance party songs!

Walking on Sunshine // Aly & AJ
Dancing Queen // Mamma Mia Movie Soundtrack
I Got Nerve // Hannah Montana
Why Not // Hilary Duff
ABC // The Jackson 5
Love Myself // Hailee Steinfeld
Shout Out to my Ex // Little Mix
Mmmbop // Hanson
Bring it all Back // S Club 7
Elle Me Dit // Mika
C’est la Vie // B*Witched
Every Single Night // Computer Games

 

 

Maddy xxx

let’s talk about asmr

Define: ASMR
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

To put it simply, ASMR is a really nice, sometimes tingly, feeling you get when you experience a sound, physical feeling or visual stimulus that is just the best thing ever and makes you feel like you could melt into a puddle of bliss. I am particularly sensitive in terms of sensory processing, which can be awful if something is, for example, too loud, but it means I respond really well to ASMR videos.

I often struggle to sleep, and it’s usually what calms me down and keeps flashbacks away, so I have been watching ASMR videos for a while. These are some of my favourites…

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy these!

 

 

Maddy xxx

booktalk: the green mile

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My favourite stories often happen to be the saddest.

I am a complete crybaby and scare easily, so The Green Mile is the only Stephen King novel I’ll probably ever read. It is told from the perspective of a man who works at the state penitentiary, and follows the lives of his colleagues and the inmates, including Mr. Jingles, an incredibly talented mouse, and John Coffey, a 6’8 man who has been charged with sexual assault and murder, but has a life-changing gift.

I’ve read this three times, having read it for the first time early last year, and I always forget how it moves me. The characters disgust me more than Dolores Umbridge, make me laugh aloud, and make me want to treat the world with so much love and kindness.

I give this a 99% rating.

 

 

Maddy xxx

movietalk: the little prince

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Last night I finally got around to watching The Little Prince and, to put it simply, it was life changing.

For those unfamiliar, the original story is told by an aviator who has crashed in the Sahara Desert. There he meets the little prince, a child from Asteroid B-612 who has visited many planets and met a variety of odd adults; he has left behind his rose, whom he loves dearly, to travel through space. The movie follows a similar plot, but is told from the perspective of a little girl with a very strict mother who lives next door to the aviator.

The film itself is one of the most beautiful things I’ve experienced in quite a while. The soundtrack curls inside me and around my heart, moving me completely. I especially love the song Suis-Moi by Camille. I’m also completely in love with the animation. The smoothness of the CGI was nice, but I’m still stunned by the paper-like animation during the story of the little prince. I also adored the scene with the glowing paint, and the glowing stars, because of how incredibly the light was animated.

The timing of where I’m at in life and the watching of this movie somehow (I’d like to think fate was involved) coincided very nicely. I’m almost at the end of university, and I’m struggling to accept the fact that I’m growing up. However, the aviator made a fantastic point: growing up is inevitable, but as long as I remember who I am, including my child-self, then I shouldn’t become one of those grown ups.

Long story short, this movie has reminded me to appreciate who I am, and that I can thrive as an adult by holding on to those parts of me. I’d quite like to live like the aviator.

 

 

Maddy xxx