Why Do We Worship Beyoncé?

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Crazy in Love as much as the next person, but when Beyoncé announced she was pregnant with twins a couple of weeks ago I was taken aback by the world’s reaction. ‘Queen Bey’ was pregnant with twins and the whole of social media knelt down at her feet. People on my timeline were going hysterical, claiming that this was just what the world needed.

Do people forget that Beyoncé is just a mere human being like the rest of us? Yes she’s a celebrity and undoubtedly a great performer but her babies are not going to impact our lives, unless they dance out of the womb and kick Trump out of the White House.

Don’t get me started on the Virgin Mary-like photo she posted on Instagram. Can you imagine feeling that self-important? What’s worse is that people feed into it, over 10 million people have now liked it. Do people forget that only last year her Lemonade album detailed her husband Jay Z’s infidelity? But of course everyone has moved on from that now and the Carters are viewed as the perfect family.

This is celebrity worshipping to the extreme and it’s probably only going to get worse.

Book Battle: The Fault in Our Stars vs. Me Before You

*Spoilers*

This might sound a bit morbid but Tragic Romances are one of my favourite genres of literature. We have all experienced love in some form but not all of us have had it torn away from us in a tragic manner; this is likely why this genre is so popular as it plays on our emotions and presents us with one of the worst experiences imaginable- losing the person you love. For this Book Battle I am going to compare The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. These are two very heartbreaking books, but which is better?

Relatability-  Lou lives a very normal life with a dull job and an even duller boyfriend. In comparison, Hazel lives an unimaginable teenage life made up of endless visits to and from hospital. Fortunately, the majority of real life teenagers will not suffer from cancer, however I am guessing most people are at some point, in their younger (ish) years, stuck living with their parents and carrying out a lousy job. Winner: Me Before You

Male lead– Will Traynor definitely grows on you throughout the book, let’s face it at the beginning he is a moody git and makes Lou’s life a living hell, but the reader learns to understand Will’s behaviour and makes allowances for it. I don’t think you can deny that Gus is a more likeable character as he does not drown in his sorrows like Will does, but then maybe Will’s character is more realistic as who wouldn’t find it difficult to be in his position? This is a tough one but if we’re basing this on likeability then… Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Film Adaptations– In the film version of The Fault in Our Stars, Ansel Elgort does a great job in portraying Gus’ optimistic and high on life attitude early on in the film. Also, I think his chemistry with Shailene Woodley was spot on, they couldn’t have got it better casting-wise. I felt that the chemistry lacked a little between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You. I like both actors separately but for some reason it felt like there was something missing and I did not feel as emotionally invested in the film as I did with the book. Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Emotional impact– Gus’ death comes as a bit of a shock as we do not learn his cancer has returned until well into the book. On the other hand, Will’s death is anticipated throughout Me Before You. The fact that Will wants to die is a very sad thought but at the same time you have to respect that that is what he wants. In The Fault in Our Stars, it is heartbreaking to see Gus lose his fight with cancer, but then you could argue that Will lost his fight a long time ago when he succumbed to his paraplegia. I think because of the shock factor Green’s book edges it slightly. Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Romance: To begin with, Hazel and Gus’ relationship is a bit fairytale-like. On meeting, they have an instant connection and then they become best friends and then later boyfriend and girlfriend. Me Before You has a more complex presentation of relationships as Will and Lou are quite mismatched and they argue for a long time before they become friends. What makes it even sadder is that after all that they go through they never become an official couple, perhaps adding a more realistic feel to the the book. Winner: Me Before You

Overall Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

This was a really hard one to call as I love both these books and their authors. Do you agree with my winner?

Xxx

 

My Netflix Favourites

Hello everyone,

I thought I would write a post today about my favourite Netflix programmes/films. I have a UK subscription so if you are from elsewhere in the world then your content might differ slightly. My favourites are all quite different in terms of genre but I think they are all addictive/compelling/strangely interesting in their own way…

Stranger Things- This was 100% my favourite programme of 2016, so much so I have probably watched it about 3 times *don’t judge me*. The cast of the show is made up of fresh faced talented actors and actresses, as well as the already well known Winona Ryder who it is great to see back on the screen. I have never seen another programme like Stranger Things and that is one of the reasons Netflix is thriving at the moment, they are producing unique content which you would not see on TV. I cannot wait for season 2 which comes out on Halloween of this year, here’s hoping Nancy and Jonathan get together in this season and that Eleven returns (which undoubtedly she will).

Pretty Little Liars- Who wouldn’t want to watch a bunch of pretty youths solve murder mysteries? This is one of those addictive US programmes that you could easily spend a whole day watching. There is only half a season left of the popular series, which won’t be coming to Netflix until sometime this summer, so you have plenty of time to catch up!

The Crown- I think I mentioned in a previous post about being a fan of historical dramas, so obviously I was a fan of The Crown. This one is a bit of a slow burner and in some episodes not much seems to happen (a bit like Downton Abbey), but the acting and excellent casting make up for that. My favourite storyline was the love story between Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend, which was actually pretty heartbreaking.

Brooklyn- I have been a fan of Saoirse Ronan since Atonement and I absolutely love her performance in Brooklyn. This is a really sweet, but different, love story with a 1950’s New York backdrop. Tony, who plays Ronan’s character’s love interest, is just the loveliest man and I definitely found myself rooting for him throughout the film.

Whiplash- When I first heard about this film I remember thinking how dull it sounded, how could you have a whole film about drumming? But this film was a very pleasant surprise and I ended up loving it. The film is full of passion which in turn evokes a strong response out of its audience. J. K. Simmons fully deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this role; his performance alongside Miles Teller was really special, although very disturbing! This film is definitely worth a watch.

A Series of Unfortunate Events- I used to be a massive fan of the book series and the original film when I was younger so when I heard they were making it into a series for Netflix I was a bit intrigued. This adaptation is more comical than the film version and it is also more similar to the books as it is very, very odd which I know not everyone will be into. We also get to see more of the books adapted to the screen as this first series has two episodes for each of the first four books.

What are your current favourites on Netflix?

Xxx