Tag Archives: love

The Book Thief

15 Mar

At the weekend we wandered along to the cinema to see The Book Thief.

*some small spoilers but nothing too crucial!*

I had few expectations, i hadn’t seen the trailer; all i knew was that it was set in Germany during WWII and that it followed the story of a little blonde girl… who presumably stole books!

It was beautiful.

A glorious piece of film: stunning cinematography, captivating and a really well written story with realistic, enigmatic characters, played out by equally beguiling actors and actresses. The parts of Liesel and Hans, Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush respectively, were the most enchanting. Their relationship made the horrors just bearable. The sheer harmony of their connections made my eyes tear just as much as the monstrosities… and i won’t spoil the ending but bring your tissues.

I loved this film for another reason as well: it’s portrayal of a love and vital importance for storytelling. It is a tale literally centered around that ideal. Without that first stolen book, Liesel would never have formed such a strong bond with Hans (or Max), nor would she have been able to cope, and aid others in coping, with the fear surrounding their lives and ultimately it saved her life.

The scene in the bomb shelter where Liesel makes the realisation of how her love for stories and Hans’ love for music are equated and the joy of sharing them with an audience is enough to block out the noise of the bombs above and the fear below broke my heart; my eyes overspilled and i wept at the unconditional beauty.

I’m always ensnared by a good story, and a good story that preaches the love and critical precedence for storytelling has more than earned it’s place in my favourites.

Thoroughly recommend you watch (and read!) The Book Thief.

 

Chloe out.

Tinderstick

28 Feb

I’ve been craving new music lately (hence the recent stream of blog posts!) and Tindersticks sated my ears just wonderfully. A youtube session i quite happily danced down, and now all the albums are in my amazon wishlist!! The vocals are glorious and the instrumentals are goosebump worthy. Here are a few of my favourites:

I love the video for Medicine, it’s a beautiful little insight into their world.

 

say goodbye to the city

 

The Fire of Autumn

 

Chloe out.

 

Angel Echoes

27 Feb

Following on from yesterday’s chilled out post… here lies Four Tet with more beautiful background sounds.

Another recent addition to my CD pile and oh so wonderfully listened to on repeat in the bath with copious quantities of tea…

Angel Echoes was my first and is ultimately my favourite.

 

Plastic People

 

Unspoken

 

Chloe out.

Stress Free

26 Feb

After a recommendation from a friend a few weeks ago i have rather fallen in love with The XX

The music is beautifully chilled and makes for the best relaxing background noise…. and that’s coming from a stressed out jeweller in the lead up to her degree show! so it’s as zen as it comes!!

The video for Angels is one of my favourites, like the music it exudes peace and serenity… and is more than a little gloriously trippy; like a landscape in a dream.

 

Islands

 

Crystalised…. his voice…. ugh…… *melts*…..

 

Enjoy…….

Chloe out.

Two Doors Down

14 Feb

I wish i was in love with a girl who lived two doors down… i wish i was in love…

I’ve had this song on repeat for the past week or so, it’s wonderful, and seeing as it is that oh so sickening commercialization of love day it seems rather appropriate to post today!

I love how fantastically shit the video is, it’s brilliant. I feel like i should watch it with a kind of car crash embarrassment but i can’t help but find it really cool! and am now more than a little attracted to this band!

Seeing as it’s also my birthday today, have a bonus tune!

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

Chloe out.

Literature MATTERS

4 Feb

THIS GIRL wrote this REALLY BEAUTIFUL POST on tumblr and i’m reposting it here because it is wonderful and important.

I just read online for the thousandth time that Young Adult literature is important because “it’s important for teens to have something of their own.” And for the first time in five years, I actually thought about that statement.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Is it?

I actually don’t think it is. I think it’s important for teens to have something thatmatters.

I think I might be getting over this prevalent idea of teenhood and adulthood as separate countries, connected only by a wobbly rope-bridge that some fall off. I’m beginning to suspect that this demarcation is actually a symptom of our subtly ageist society — a consequence of America’s deeply held belief that youth is grand and foolish, age is wise but uncool.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Why is it important for it to be only theirs? Because once adults get ahold of it, it’s no longer cool?

It strikes me more and more as a back-handed compliment.

When we laugh about something not being cool to teens as soon as adults embrace it — Facebook, Chucks, Radiohead — what we’re also saying to teens is: adulthood is many things, but cool is probably not one of them. It’s an echo of the ever-so-subtle message always encouraging us to look back fondly on our high school and college years — that fleeting time when we were young and pretty (and good for billboards) and our relationships mattered (to Hollywood) because we were young and pretty. It’s all downhill from there, says society! Get used to settling for less, kiddos, because that’s adulthood!

(here is a common compliment for women: “oh, you look so young!” — what happens when she looks old?)

When we say that YA fiction is important because it’s important for teens to have something of their own, what we’re also saying is: YA literature is only for teens, not for adults, so put that down, you random adult holding Divergent or The Book Thief or whatnot. Or at least have a damn good excuse for reading it, adult! Are you a teacher? Or remedial, maybe? If you were a real adult, you’d be reading grown up books!

(here is a common insult for a man: “oh, grow up!” — that means, irrational emotions are for children only!)

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

It’s important to have books of all kinds, at all reading levels, about all genders and colors and classes of people. It’s important to have sad books and happy books, books that stick with you forever and books that you love for just an afternoon. It’s important to have books about ponies and dolphins and cancer and space travel and everything in this world.

Teenhood and adulthood aren’t separate countries at all. Once you survive puberty, you’re thrown into a nebulous time-space continuum where from moment to moment, you can be wise and foolish, old and young, profound and silly. And it lasts the rest of your life. The bridge between those two countries? It never ends.

I think the young adult section of the bookstore is important for a lot of reasons, but putting teens into their own box is not one of them.

Everyone should have something that matters, something important. Stories are important, all stories. We all have our preferences, we all have our loves, our obsessions (our snobberies and ideals); but we should never judge people for what they choose to read, what the enjoy reading.

Happy storying.

Chloe out.

Oh I neglect this blog so…

18 Jan

Just like my sleep, my dearest journal, the withering plant on my window-sill, the half-finished paintings awaiting me on my desk, the big box of ideas on top of my wardrobe that i just haven’t got round to implementing yet, the pile of films i haven’t watched yet, the pile of cd’s i haven’t listened to yet, the pile of books i haven’t read yet, the trash i keep forgetting to take out, the bathroom sink i haven’t cleaned the ink stains off yet, the pile of magazines i haven’t cut up yet, the 2011 Amanda Palmer calendar stuck on May that i still haven’t taken done yet……. and all those little things in my lift that get overlooked when i get busy and my mind explodes just a little bit each day.

NEGLECT NO MORE!

See you on the other side…

 

For now, have a really beautiful photo of Amanda Palmer in an Australian yoga sandwich……

Chloe out.

Neglected.

5 Oct

I’ve rather neglected this blog of late.

I’m sorry blog.

This blog is dedicated to my love of escapism. I love a fantasy. It’s all about the music, the books, the films, the theatre, etc. etc. etc. that allows me to run away from my life and into lots of other worlds.

Sometimes you just need to run away from your own life.

This is where i run too.

But life takes over. I’m in my final year of my jewellery and metal design degree (aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!) and my work load is crazy, don’t get me wrong i love it, but i still find myself needing to escape….. and that’s why i’m back here.

To keep myself from going mad i’m going to pop back here at least one or two times a week to enjoy a bit of life avoidance and then post it here!

 

And, to start me off, i just reblogged my wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful experience at the Amanda Palmer London house party. I can’t believe it was way back in July… i’m still reveling in the moments and i still can’t get over how amazing it was. If you don’t believe me scroll down and ogle the photos and watch the videos. It was the most glorious of days.

 

See you soon!

Chloe out.

I wish somebody would look at me like this.

20 Feb

 

I was going to write a wee post about how this made me feel until i scrolled down and realized the first two comments had totally stolen the words from my mind!

ScreenHunter_05 Feb. 20 17.16

 

Much love.

ScreenHunter_04 Feb. 20 17.16

 

Chloe out.

Amanda Palmer is doing a TED talk!

14 Jan

Yup she is!

Just announced it on twitter and in her blog.

I’m so excited for her, can’t wait to see what wonderfulness she will come up with to inspire the world. “if my TED talk is not awesome, i will feel the greatest of sads.” oh Amanda we all have epic faith that it will be the awesomest TED talk ever!

“i want to tell people something they don’t already know, and tell them in a way that will inspire them, that they won’t forget.” if you have anything beautiful to tell Amanda about how beautiful she is, go help her out.

Ooo you can also help her out by sending photos of her being awesome… click here for details.

p.s. if you don’t know what TED is, go here and give yourself an hour or 5 to fall down the incredible rabbit hole that it is.

yourmom

Excited.

Chloe out.