Friday, 29 April 2011

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

I'm reading Of Mice and Men constantly recently because I have an exam on it in 2 weeks, so I am probably the expert at the book at the moment. I know what every symbol means, why and what Steinbeck meant and wrote it. I feel happy about that in some ways but having to know every single little detail about the book does start to make yourself get put off by it hence my thoughts at the moment on the book:
*shivers* Urgh...Of Mice and Men...

Synopsis: The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to reign in his immense physical strength.
(From Goodreads.com)


Review: This is one of those books that everyone should read and certainly comes under the category of a classic like Pride and Prejudice. It is interesting, engaging and from the first read, you will cry or feel upset at the end. Some of the people in my class read ahead last year and they said the ending is so sad. Me being the typical book reader didn't read ahead and let me say...there were a couple of tears in our class when it ended. Some hid however like a guy behind me sniffed, making me turn around and he looked at me then said in a choked voice 'What?' It made me smile but I totally agreed with his reaction. The end is definitely the killer punch.

By reading between the lines (like I have to) you find out more things through colour symbolism, pathetic fallacy (nature responding to what's happening in world) and constant metaphors meaning a variety of things.
The characters are well developed early on - the second Section. They all are completely believeable and represent different people in society at the time. Set in the 1930's in Soledad (means lonely in Spanish) in the Salinas Valley of California, it really is described how I could imagine it. In 1929, there was the Wall Street Crash where shares and money had no value at all and after the boom of America, there came the Depression which meant businesses went bankrupt, people had no jobs or money and everyone was on the 'bread line' (queuing for food). There was also the Dust Bowl in America where sand literally wiped out land and farms and caused farmers and workers, such as George and Lennie, to go west (yes, there is a song too...) towards California to find work on ranches doing labouring work. Steinbeck himself, also did this as a teenager and lived in Salinas where he also buried.

Of Mice and Men was supposed to be a play, but Steinbeck decided to write it as a novel first. However, one night, the manuscript was ripped to shreads when the family puppy got hold of it and erm...disposed of it. With only 3 months till publication, Steinbeck had to re-write it all from memory and therefore, it became a shorter novel. Although he was sketchy about what people would think of it, it was a worldwide success and he went on to write many more books about the iternant workers of America such as The Grapes of Wrath.

Overall, this book is a magical, enlightening and mostly entertaining book. For me, everyone should read it at some point in their lifes with the amount of pages there is - be is for your own pleasure or an exam...

I give it a 4 out of 5

Author's Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck
Pages: 168 (That was mine with some notes about author/book)
Publisher: Longman
Challenges: Historical Fiction Challenge

Royal Wedding

I just finished watching the coverage of the Royal Wedding.

Ah. Kate Middleton (well we can't really call her that now but oh well) looks amazing. That dress was so beautiful and she looks absolutely gorgeous.
I watched the ceremony from the comfort of my own home and sofa but those who saw her and William in the carriage going back to Buckingham Palace, wow. She must have look even lovelier.

I love the simpleness of the Sarah Burton (the lady to take over the Alexander McQueen brand after his death last year) dress and the lace sleeves as well. Pippa Middleton also looked as lovely in a very simple white floor-length straight dress.
And the bridesmaids and pageboys. Awww.
So sweet with their little puffy short dresses and flowery hair and for the boys, a uniform. However, they didn't steal the show as much as Prince William did when he was a pageboy for Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's wedding...think poking tongue out at bridesmaid, yawning, looking bored, playing with hat and sword. I find that footage hilarious.

Anyway. I thought I'd give my thoughts and a bit about what happened for those that didn't see it. I really hope they have a lovely, happy future together. They deserve it.

Kate & Pippa holding train

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

I was Jane Austen's Best Friend - Cora Harrison

I waited until my holiday for this one because I knew I would enjoy it and it seemed like one of those summer romantic reads to read on holiday in the sun...not in dreary raining, cloudy England. Although I hate the novels themselves, I'm starting to like the Jane Austen lifetime books at the moment. They're so interesting.
Cora Harrison herself, I found out, has released lots of books - I've never heard of her before!

Synopsis: When shy Jenny Cooper goes to stay with her cousin Jane Austen, she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip, and romance that Jane inhabits. At fifteen, Jane is already a sharp observer of the customs of courtship that she applies to her writing. Unexpectedly,  Jenny meets a young naval officer at a ball who knows her desperate secret which if revealed could ruin her reputation and bring scandal to both herself and the wonderful caring Austen family.
Told through Jenny's beloved diary, Jane helps Jenny get through these obstacles that stand in the way of a better, more happier life.
(Partly from Goodreads.com)

Review: I loved this book. I really did. I've read both good and bad reports of this so I was a tad weary when I started it but really...I personally, think it is one of the best books I have read so far in my years that I can remember.
Okay, so some of you might be thinking I am going way too far but I think if you were me and read this book, you would totally understand where I'm coming from.
I ended this book wanting more, not wanting it to end or to go out of my reading live. It was that good for me.
The story is told through Jenny's diary which gives you a very detailed account on what happened and her feelings especially - and of the happenings of Jane Austen, her best friend, companion and dear cousin. However, the nice thing about this book with the characters is that, it's not all about Jenny and Jane. You also find out more about the rest of the Austen family and the school children Mr Austen taught. You get an insight into the life that they led in the 1700's - the etiquette, the manners, the family relationships, the courtship and the type of thing they would have seen as scandalous when we might not even think twice. The nice thing about this too is that Cora Harrison has played on the future relationships of the Austens and who, if you, like I did when I got back, look up, later marry or propose to. It's actually really interesting looking them up afterwards and seeing what happened and Harrison has done this well - not too obvious yet not too subtle.

The characters are very much like how I could imagine them, reading other books and facts about the Austen family. I can also see how the author has based some of the characters on Jane Austen's beloved characters in her own books which fits well with the book and adds a nice personal touch. Mr & Mrs Austen reminded me a lot of Mr & Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Edward-John Cooper (Jenny's brother) was a LOT like Mr Collins - although his 'humourous' lines weren't amazingly funny. And then Augusta, his wife, reminded me of Mrs Elton from Emma. Jane Austen, herself, reminded me of Emma, herself, which was interesting.
The funniest likeness was Jane's youngest brother, Charles being so much like Lydia in Pride and Prejudice...I have no idea why - maybe the playfulness and how he acted so young for a 12 year-old. I really liked these little touches.
My only complain is that Captain Williams, we meet in the first chapter. But then, he doesn't return until page 200-something. I can understand the long wait but...I would personally have liked him to come back earlier - he's a little cheesy for my liking but nice... :)

There is also the question of 'So how much of it is true?'. Well so start off with the characters are all real people (of course the Austen family were) and, as described in the Author's Note at the back which was interesting to read afterwards, Jenny was a real person too who had stayed at Steventon for a year. The only changes is Jenny's name was really Jane (but she couldn't really have two Janes in the story) and she was more older than Jane Austen and closer to Cassendra's, Jane's older sister, age. You can really see the thought and the historical detail that has gone into making this novel, probably 95% (maybe - I'm guessing) is true and real.

As you can tell, I absolutely love this novel and this is one of my favourites. I loved the descriptions, the characters, her writing and how is was so entertaining. Although some may not like the fact that it is very informal and unlike the Regency speak, I liked that - it made it easier to read and let's face it, who would want to read ANOTHER book in the language of Jane Austen that was written in modern times? I certainly don't.
I am looking forward to reading Cora Harrison's next book in the series, Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend which has just been released. YAAY!

I give it a 5 out of 5

Author's Website: http://www.coraharrison.com/
Pages: 352
Publisher: Macmillan
Challenges: BBC, Historical Fiction

Tuesday Top Ten: Ten Mean Characters who I would like to Slap. Hard. (#5)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish

*NOTE*: From now on, I shall be doing between 5-7 instead of 10 because they may look easy but these memes are actually quite hard to think about and remember. Also, with the other things happening in my life at the moment (yes I have one full of revision), I simply won't have the time. But I love doing these so they are happening still, just reduced.


This week's theme is Ten Mean Characters that I hate in books

1. Augusta from I was Jane Austen's Best Friend (review to come soon!) - Oh god. Okay, I loved a lot of the characters in this book but this one repeated annoyed me and was so...urgh...big-headed, pompous, (the word escapes me) but always needed her husband right by her EVERY SINGLE LITTLE MOMENT. Grr.

2. Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice - This is going to be a hot topic on a lot of these methinks. But I must admit but Jane Austen does it well when she makes us hate her. And they did it well in the movie version especially the Keira Knightley one, played by Kelly Reilly and in Lost In Austen.

3. Penelope from The Luxe Series - Anna Godbersen wrote her well. She was forever surprising us throughout the series and she is the ultimate 1900's bitch. Stealing a fiance/lover, blackmailing, paying people to get secrets to ruin her supposed-to-be best friend...Just a few to list - although you do feel sorry for her at points. Then, she does something and I end up hating her all over again.

4. James in Shadow Web - He is what I call a greasy character. He's slimy, embarrassing and all over yucky character who takes advantage of young girls who have found themselves in a different world (although he didn't know that in the book). He is definitely a character to hate and one that I wish I never come across in reality...though I'm guessing I probably will at one point.

5. Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice - Okay...so he's not a mean, villian like character but he's so damn insulting, rude, unpleasant and pompous. I also hate him because I had to write a 9 page essay on 'how he adds effect to the story' but that's my personal reason. He's just another one of those that I wish I shall never come across in future life...although I think we will all meet someone who is as funny and shocking as Mr Collins is. 

Monday, 25 April 2011

So Yesterday - Scott Westerfeld

This is the last book of the three I picked up when I was in Florida, America last year, mostly because they were American books with funny covers or weren't sold in England, much like this one. Okay, so I've seen the 'Uglies' series by Scott Westerfeld and heard all the praise around them but for some reason I've never picked them up and read them. And then my quest to find them recently have resolved in finding the other books in the series Not that one. I think I need to try harder before the movie comes out....


Synopsis: There are three parts to the pyramid that rules style. At the top there, are the Innovators - the selected few who invent the trends in fashion that will eventually being global. These are followed by the Trend-Setters who 'cool-hunt' for these Innovators and sell the ideas to companies. Under that, it is Consumers who buy this 'unique' product.
 Hunter is a teenager living in New York City who is paid by big corporations to roam the streets looking for what is 'cool' and what will be the 'next big thing'. He finds Jen, a Innovater with some of the coolest shoelaces he's ever seen. Mandy, his boss, however, goes missing with only her phone found in an abandoned building and a mysterious man following them. Hunter and Jen have to get to the bottom of what is happening before it is too late for Mandy and what they find it an attempt to ruin consumerism as we all know it.


Review: This was a very different and interesting book. First off, it's a mystery story which I like a bit of. I don't normally read them too much because I don't want to get bored of them. But this one...was very different.
It was nice to have teenage investigators who kind of bounce off each other and together are very funny and the romance that comes off them makes the book a bit more entertaining. The commentary from Hunter is good and although he tells all of it, you can tell how Jen is feeling too. The roles are a bit reversed here with the female being the leader (the Innovator). I liked seeing Hunter shy and not wanting to continue.

There are also lots of facts and history included through Hunter's love of history. This is applied to the case they are trying to solve so although they may be random and weird at first, they make sense later. I learn a couple of things from this book actually.
Most of all, this book does give an insight to how consumerism works and how big companies make things fashionable and new and original. It may not be completely true I guess, but I would say that it is mostly. When you think about it, if someone had a jab to cure cancer and it worked, they would tell their friends and family who would tell theirs and soon everyone would know about it and get it.
Well, when you see in magazines of some celebrity wearing something unique and 'cool', you see more of it in the shops and then more people have access to buying it. An example being when Kim Kardashain wore a jumpsuit and look now. Every shop I go in has one and I've seen lots of people wearing one, especially with the up and down weather of England.

I know I've done it. Copied what someone was wearing. My friend came home with a vintage find...I started to love vintage (just slightly before it became even bigger) and with Twilight. In October 2009, no-one had heard of Twilight except my friend, O, who loved the series. Others of my friends read them and then, the whole year seemed to read them and then, the movie came out and then more people read it until everyone had either read it or heard of it and knew the basic story.

I liked this book although it dragged a couple of times and some of the other characters (not Jen and Hunter - I loved them) got on my nerves. WARNING: If you hate books/films (like Inception) that are complicated and confusing and you have to think deeply about them before you understand, Avoid this book. It is very complicated plot and you only understand it fully really right at the end. Well, I kind of did.
This book title also just reminded me of the Hilary Duff song, So Yesterday. Great song and Great title which really fits in with the book. I'm definitely going to look for the Uglies series now.

I give it a 4 out of 5

Author's Website: http://scottwesterfeld.com/
Pages: 256
Publisher: Penguin
Challenges: None

She's Back.

Yes I got back last night from Cyprus..very late and went to bed straight away as it is 2 hours ahead from England so for me it was like midnight when I got home.

Anyway, after a lay-in this morning and the grand feeding of the cat next door, I am back to blogging. I also had to wade through 255 emails (I'm not kidding) mostly from Facebook and threads and urgh. It was weird and annoying. I don't want that many again.

Anyway, after Nessie telling me I had a Tumblr reply problem, I THINK I've fixed it - not too sure though. I fail at technology sometimes.

Anyway, Cyprus was veeery nice and I went to a lot of lovely places around the island including a Roman Archological Site called Kourion which brought back memories and history from my Roman Mysteries series of books days. I still need to read the next one...you might have a Roman Mysteries revival in the coming months. That could be fun :)

Also...I was lucky to have PETER ANDRE on my flight back from Cyprus (there were many a scream at the gate) and his children were on my flight going and he was at the airport waiting for them so basically...I saw him twice in a week...I don't particularly like him but oh well! :)

The Ampti-theatre there.
I used to absolutely love these books.

Anyway, hope you all had a great week while I was galivanting around. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOEY who you might have seen commenting. She's 16 today :)

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sunshine, Swimming and...Revising

I won't be posting for a while. I'm going on holiday tomorrow to Cyprus for a week with my family. Normally, we go away in May Half Term (last week of May) but because of my exams, we're going away now instead so I can attend revision classes in May. It's nice for a bit of relaxation before manic and stressful-ness and basically me panicking.
So, see ya in a week. I will of course, be taking books with me so I'll have some reviews for you guys when I come back...oh and don't forget some lovely revision! hah.

In other news, Audrey at holes in my brains (an amazing book blogger - so funny) has been holding a week long event all about movies. I am guest posting and today is the last day before she's back to the books. Anyway, have a look around some of the last posts and reviews which are great and really interesting. She's also holding an international giveaway with it. Click here to check it out!

Also, I have joined Tumblr. Finally. You can have a look at my recent posts and I'm planning on putting some bookish things on there. Click here to see my work in progress
*HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED ON HOW TO USE IT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE FOGGISH!!* I'll love you for eternity.

Anyway. I'll leave you on this - it made me laugh when I came across it:

My Week In Pictures (and some words...)


So this week for me has been Easter half term. Last year, I went on the school Ski Trip and came back with a throat infection and terrible cough meaning sleepless nights.
This Easter half term depressing item: REVISION. Yes, I have finally started revision - a month late because of Drama. Well, that's what I'm blaming it on. So I've been doing a lot this week and thought I'd share it with you.
Anyway...this may be a long post...


 

(From top left) 1) Katy Perry Stage. 2) Me at the concert. 3) the funky logo for Katy Perry's worldwide concert. 4) my new H&M shorts (which I love dearly). 5) my hair after being in a bun from Drama. 5) me musing at the Green. 6) our attempts at doing a pyramid (I am the top left - about to fall off) 7) me eating an ice-cream. 8) at lunch on Science Museum day. 9)George making her world at Science Museum

So I broke up on Friday after doing my Drama exam on the Thursday which went really well. We made a couple of more mistakes than the Tuesday performance (which went amazingly well) but apparently made the examiner cry...so all good! So I spend Friday afternoon enjoying the rare sight of a sunny day in England at the park playing cricket. 

Then, Saturday, I went to see Katy Perry with my best friend.  OH MY GOD. She was pretty amazing and had some lovely costume changes. She is much more of a performer than a singer at the concerts but I think that makes it much more enjoyable. She made the concert like a story and when she was changing, they had a video playing where she was going after her cat, Kitty Purry (love it). Reminded me of Alice in Wonderland! So glad I went, one of the best concerts I've ever been to in a while. I will maybe do another whole post about it but I would add some pictures by my friend took the majority of them as she had a better camera.

Sunday was spend at the Green with a group of friends, talking, eating ice cream, making (and failing) pyramids where I was put at the top a lot - weird as I'm not that light or small. Anyway, it was so nice to wear shorts and sunglasses and not have to worry about being cold or a coat! :)

Monday was my first revision day as I went to the local private school for a whole day looking at 'Of Mice and Men' for my English Literature exam. Urgh...I'm starting to hate that book now - and it's such a well written book too. I know most of the symbols and things like that off by heart now. 

Then Wednesday...I went to the Science Museum in London. I haven't been there since I was like 10. George loves space so I said I'd go with her for company as it's free to get in. It was a nice, different day out and did some revision in Science for it too :)

Then, yesterday, Friday I went to Covent Garden with my friend, Holly and we went around all the vintage shops there. I've always wanted to do that so I was so happy to finally do it and get her 2 months late  birthday present at the same time.

So overall...I have had an enjoyable week and to be honest, I'm kind of loving Year 11. Because this is our last year, we all want to meet up more and hang out in big groups which is nice as there's always different people there. I think summer is going to  be a lot like this.

How were your weeks? 


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Tuesday Top Ten: Ten Books I would love to be seen made into Movies #4

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.

*Sorry I haven't been doing this for the last two weeks - Blame Drama rehearsals/performances

This week's theme is Books I would love to be seen made into Movies


1) Shadow Web - N.M.Browne - for those who have seen my review of the book, you will know that I LOVE this book and even when I first read it, I've always thought that it should be made into a movie. I think it would be easy to make and interesting too to see the change in the different lives. I would love this book to be a movie and to show how far I wanted it to happen - I started to write a script of it last summer. However, I'm no script-writer and only got to Chapter Two but still, I have so many reasons why this should be a movie. OH MY GOD I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS AS A MOVIE! Calm Rebecca, Calm

2) Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin - I read this book last year and I thought it would make a pretty decent movie and interesting too. I can imagine it being made a little like 'Speak' - kind of showing you that whole American high school thing. And the hospital scenes would be easy enough. I would watch it at least.

3) The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen - I don't think the whole book should be made into a movie but there are parts of this one which I can see in movie form and could be interesting like that. I love this book - it's one of my favourites but I do think not all of it should be made otherwise it might ruin it for those that do love this book to pieces *points at me*

4) What I Saw and How I Lied - Judy Blundell - this is one of those books which start at the end and then do backwards and I think if it was made into a movie, it should be done this way too. I can imagine the sparkling dinner scenes and the 1940 type glittery dresses being used for this one. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I can see this being able to be a movie. Might be slightly better than the actual book.

5) The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson - Joey was going to film the beginning of this book for a project at school and by the sounds of it when she told me, had lots of ideas for it and I could imagine it. She didn't do it in the end because she had a limited time but still, I can imagine at least the beginning of this book being made into a film. The poems need to be added in somehow without losing the mystery behind them but someone could come up with a way to do that, right? Yeah...I would again watch that.

6) 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson - With the characters and the continuous change of locations, I can see this being a movie and being a little bit like Bridget Jones with some of the funny moments throughout this book. And Maureen Johnson, in general, is funny as I've seen through her tweets.

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Sorry guys but that's it for today. I need to do some revision and to be honest, all the other books I can think of that I love are well...I think they would be ruined if made into a movie...*cough* Twilight *cough*

Monday, 11 April 2011

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne


Pajamas I know but it was the best size
picture!
I felt like I haven't done a review post in ages but now I have some time to do one, here it is!
I have read this book once before after being recommended it and reading it and probably not understanding it fully. I haven't seen all the movie of it but the bit I have seen - the first hour - was amazing and really went with the book and stayed quite true to it. I don't know what the ending it like for the movie as it was over a series of History lessons and I happened not to be in the last one where they showed that :(

Synopsis: (from the Blurb) The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the jacket, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.
If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno (though this isn't a book for nine-year-olds) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.


Review: Okay so a little mean to have a very vague outline of the plot but I wanted those who haven't read this book or maybe even heard of it so get a sense of what the writing is like and how I found the book. That blurb made me pick the book up and buy it.
I love this book. If you read it without hearing/seeing any reviews, you would think 'Oh my god, this is such a kids book, the way it's written is so simple.' and yes, it is written very easy and simply with no vivid descriptions or complicated sentences and a lot of things my English teacher would be shouting at me to not do in my writing but still, that's what makes it so great.

John Boyne has successfully made the writing simple like a nine-year-old boy is writing/speaking it and adding these little sentences such as repeating small things much like a child would do at that age but also keep it in third person and make sense and make it interesting. So it's like a story made for nine-year-olds with a very serious topic behind it.

Set during World War II and in the early 40's, it shows what life was like being in the family of one of the Nazi leaders and favourites of Hitler, much like Chocolate Cake with Hitler was. It's interesting to see the difference between life in Berlin and life at 'Out-With'. That's another thing with the whole nine-year-old thing. Bruno refers to Hitler as 'The Fury' instead of the 'Fuhrer' and then where they live as 'Out-With' instead of, I'm guessing, 'Auschwitz' in Poland. Auschwitz is one of the main and most famous concentration camps of the Nazis which were set up to exterminate all Jews who were seen as racially unpure and would take over the world if not killed. They would be worked to death or gassed on mass if they weren't needed anymore.
At the end of the novel, it poignantly ends with 'Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like this could ever happen again. Not in this day and age.' This, I find, is very meaningful. I mean, you suppose we learn about the Nazis so there isn't a repeat in History of this but the Rwanda Genocide? The continuous murders we hear of on the news constantly? 9/11 and 7/7 bombings? Something like that would never happen right?

This book maybe boringly rambles on until leaving the killer punch until the last final pages. The final pages really do hit home and I gasped loudly when I read them, even though I knew about it. It is truly unexpected and unprepared for. If you could read any book this mouth, just read this one - you should love it.

I give it a 5 out of 5

Author's Website: http://www.johnboyne.com/
Pages: 216
Publisher: Random House
Challenges: British Books Challenge, Historical Fiction Challenge
Similar Books: Chocolate Cake With Hitler - Emma Craigie

Thursday, 7 April 2011

I am a very happy Rebecca.

DRAMA. IS. OVER.

I am over the moon. Literally (well not quite literal but you know what I mean...).

We performed in front on parents/teachers/fellow pupils on Tuesday night and after a rather distressing, confusing and down right depressing dress rehearsal at 7.30pm in the evening, we and mostly I was freaking out.

Anyway, we performed and it went amazingly. We depressed the crowd with our play and got, what my parents thought was, the biggest clap and woop-woop's. I've had a lot of comments since, even from my Headteacher who was apparently moved to tears, and my Form Tutor and another teacher I know. It's so weird to be praised like that with things like 'It's one of the best plays I've seen here at GCSE', 'You made me cry', 'It was so sad and so powerful' and then finally there was a 'Can I see it again?'

Then, today, at about 1pm, I had 'THE Exam.' Oh my god. Going first is one of the most nerve-racking things and I was slightly more nervous than Tuesday and I mucked up one of my lines and got confused but the music worked so so so so SO perfectly - me and Joey were so happy because the sound guys messed the MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF MUSIC AT THE END up (Joey wanted to hunt them down in the middle of the night and torture them - something she wouldn't normally want to do generally)

Sorry. I digress and am using a lot of and's.

Anyway. I was happy with my performance and I think I did well. I was aiming for A/B but I DON'T FIND OUT UNTIL AUGUST. URGH.

Anyway. It's over. So happy days.

For those who didn't know, I did a play for my Drama GCSE exam called Hard To Swallow (yeaah laugh at the name) based on a true story of a girl who died of anorexia and how it affected her family and the way that hospitals at that time (the 70's/80's) didn't even care about it and thought she was simply being difficult.
It is a good play I think, if done well but is very...'out there'

Anyway. I'm off to watch some TV because I'm shattered.
Have a nice weekend :)

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Quick Update #6

Righto, first things first.

Sorry, but probably for the next week I am going to be dead to the blogging world meaning that, I am not going to be posting much - if at all.
It's the time.

On Thursday, I have my Drama GCSE Exam of the Hard to Swallow play which is going...okay. I'm getting a bit bored of it now because we've gone over it over and over and over AND over again. And it's such a damn depressing play and hard. Really hard to know what it's like to be in that situation and how to play it up that way. I'm in it most of the time and I think personally, I should and the rest of my group get all high grades but then with Drama, it's about your talent and the way you play it - not if you've put lots of effort into it.
Basically, I'm scared.

I have to perform it to the parents on Tuesday and tomorrow I have a Dress and Tech Rehearsal during lessons. Of course, mine is during when I normally have Drama so I'm not missing much. Wonderful.

So I'm trying to stay positive as by this time next week I would have finished Drama GCSE and seen Katy Perry live with my best friend. Two things that make me: WHOOO!

We're using this song in our drama performance and I bought it off iTunes because I really like it, it's nice and mellow and quite relaxing:


Have a great week! :)