Orchestra Seats

Sometimes, when we need it the most, life throws something unexpected at us that changes our perspective – if only for a little while. Orchestra Seats is exactly that.

This movie shows how, with the right attitude, life can take a turn for the better. What I love most about it is the coincidences that take place, and that make up the traditional French feel-good film. The story makes you laugh, cry, smile and sigh at all the right places. And, of course, everything works out for the best in the end.

If you need some cheering up, why not give it a go?

Make it or Break it

Maybe by fate, or a mere accident, I stumbled across this tv-series. It was lucky that I did. Make It or Break it is a perfect series for those who think One Tree Hill is too much drama, while Seventh Heaven is not enough. The series has it all: drama, competition and sport, family crisis, friendship and, of course, love.

The reason why I found this particular series so interesting is quite simple: I am fascinated by gymnastics, which is a key element in Make it or Break it. The viewers get an inside look in the elite gymnastics world. We join four girls as they train, compete and go through all the problems that come with living the life of a professional athlete. We watch them struggle to keep their lives perfectly balanced in order to achieve the ultimate goal: the Olympics podium.

Watching the series now adds another exciting element to it: the Olympics the main characters work so hard for, is London 2012. I feel connected with the main characters – Kaylie Cruz, Payson Keeler and Lauren Tanner – and want them all to succeed.

The only thing I don’t like about this series is that one of the main characters dissappeared in season 2 due to the pregnancy of the actress. She did not return for the third season, nor does she plan to. Otherwise, Make ir or Break it is a great series. I’m addicted to it, and simply couldn’t wait: I watched the series online, and now I’ve caught up with the US.

If you, like me, enjoy a good drama series on TV, this should be on top of your list!

Make your own book part 1

Ever played with the idea of turning your novel into a book yourself? In a few short posts I’ll share my own experiences, and post tutorial that’ll show you guys how to do it.

Thing’s you’ll need for part 1:

– Copy paper in whatever size you prefer

– Ruler

– Needle (not a thin one)

– Pencil

– Foam (you can also use a rubber, as I did)

– Patience

If you want to turn your edited novel currently saved as a simple Word-document on your computer into a book, you have to figure out how many signatures you want and then create a “cheat novel”. This is my ‘invention’, as I couldn’t find any tutorial on the internet showing me how to do this. A cheat novel is a simple way of getting your novel printed out the right way, so that it can be turned into a readable book. In other words, this means that you cannot just open the document and press print. Here’s what you do:

First, take however many sheets you want to make your signature. I chose to use 4 sheets, the equalent of eight pages. Fold the sheets into a signature – this makes your cheat novel. Then open your document, choose the print settings to be two pages per sheet, and see how many pages you get. Write down the numbers on your cheat novel, so you know what pages to print on which sheet. On my 8 page signature, one sheet will be 8 and 1, the other side will be 2 and 7, then 6 and 3 and so on.

This takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you’ve written a long story, but the end result will be readable. And best of all, you can finally put your own novel in the bookshelf! Tip: Print out more than one copy when you first start. A homemade novel is a brilliant Christmas present!

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation is a 2003 Drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray in the leading parts. The film was awarded an Oscar for best screenplay, and won several Golden Globe awards.

The movie is about a man and a woman who find themselves in the city of Tokyo for completely different reasons, and they both feel alone, because there is no-one around them who really understand them.

Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a famous actor who is in Tokyo to for a TV-commercial that is supposed to make the Japanese drink more whisky. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is the young wife of the skilled photographer John, who is a workaholic. Both the characters are portrayed well by the actors; we can usually tell how they feel and what they think by looking at their facial expression – the very hallmark of good acting.

During the movie it is made clear that they both struggle with their marriages.

Bob’s wife doesn’t care for him, even though they have been married for 25 years (they only stick together because of their children, who misses their father). During a conversation with his wife over the phone, it is made clear that there are no warm, romantic feelings left in their marriage. Charlotte and John have only been married for two years, but there are no visible feelings left in their relationship. She is very unsure of her marriage, as there is lack of communication between them.

There is little going on until the two characters meet; first time they see each other is the elevator, then in the bar. Charlotte and Bob start talking together, and Charlotte finds that she likes his dry sense of humour. They develop a weird friendship – or, rather, a highly unlikely friendship. They also do highly unlikely things together, such as hanging out with Japanese people whom they have never met before. When Charlotte sprains a toe, he takes her to the hospital and makes her sit in a wheel-chair, just to make her laugh.

All of these events take place chronologically, and there is no use of flash-backs. This, I think, is used to make the audience feel closer to the characters – which is a good thing, because any story with deep meaning is pointless unless the audience feel connected with the characters. It also makes us feel “in the moment”.

The new friendship is caught in a dilemma when Charlotte visits Bob and finds the red-haired jazz singer from the bar they met in, in his room. When it is time for him to go home, they say goodbye (coldly) and Charlotte returns to her hotel room. A little while later, Bob sees her on the street and stops the taxi to say final goodbyes. They kiss (in broad daylight!) in the middle of a crowded street in Japan. He is old enough to be her father – almost.

Then Bob gets in the taxi, and that is the end.

Though the ending is open, which means that there is room for imagination, there is little left to imagine, as it is highly unlikely that the two of them will ever meet again (at least, one would have to have a very good imagination).

Lost in translation refers to the characters’ feeling of being alone in a big city like Tokyo, while both Charlotte’s and Bob’s spouse do not understand them or cannot really talk to them. In addition to that, nobody around them speaks the same language, also meaning their own personal language. The theme of the film is implicated in the tagline: “Everyone wants to be found”. It is all about feeling alone in the world, and finding your own niche.

Personally, I feel I, at the age of nineteen, am a bit too young to appreciate a film like this. If I ever marry, perhaps then I would understand the deep meaning of this movie. As it is now, I do not really get the whole point of the film – I found it without meaning, and, honestly, I thought it was boring. My hopes were up, because I had heard so many positive things about this movie, and I found myself a bit disappointed.

If I should recommend a movie with deep meaning for my age group, I would probably suggest Atonement, because I like Drama films I can understand the meaning of.

Atonement, by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a successful writer from England who has won many prizes for his literature. Atonement is one of his perhaps most known novels, and was published in 2001 and then made as a film in 2007.

The events in this novel take place in England and France in the years before and during the Second World War. Briony Tallis is the storyteller, and already as a young girl she has ambitions of becoming an accomplished author. However, the novel is not about how Briony’s way to greatness. Instead, McEwan uses her as the key to tell the great and tragic love story of two young lovers who are separated when a thirteen-year-old girl sees something not meant for her eyes.

Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner have been friends since their childhood, and Celia’s father has always sponsored Robbie’s various studies. However, since they came home from CambridgeUniversity, Celia feels Robbie has been acting like a stranger in her family’s house and around her. Even little things he does, such as taking of his shoes to walk bare feet across the newly washed corridor, is enough to make her irritation grow. During her summer vacation Celia is trying to figure out her feelings toward Robbie; this new behaviour of him is making her unsure about their relationship, which has been unchanged for nearly fifteen years.

The love story and tragedy starts with an incident at a fountain; Celia wants to fill an old and valuable vase with water from the special fountain; Robbie is there and he insists on filling it for her, but, irritated as she is, she does not let go of the vase. Because of this the handles breaks off and falls into the fountain. This makes Celia mad, and she quickly undresses and dives into the fountain. She surfaces, in wet underwear, facing Robbie, and is unaware of her younger sister, Briony Tallis, observing the innocent scene from a second storey window and interprets the incident in a rather non-innocent way.

The interesting thing about this novel is the plot – one can immediately tell that the McEwan has used time to think and ponder about the plot, which is neither transparent nor obvious.

One grey Friday morning, after bringing the only novel from our bookshelf that I had not yet read, I found my seat at the train and sat down. In my lap laid approximately 300 pages of unread material written by the author of Saturday, a novel I found very dull and uninteresting. Unsure of what to expect this time, I opened the book and started reading.

My first reaction was relief. The language was easy to understand, even for a (then) 16 year-old, and the structure and plot was something out of the ordinary and captivating. I was eager to read more, and by the end of the six-hour travel by train, I had almost finished the novel. I would recommend it to everyone above 15 who enjoys a well-written novel of some kind.

Hotel California, by Eagles

Who doesn’t love this song? How many times have you listened to the cathcing melody, absentmindely singing along to the lyrics? I know I’ve done it a million times. Then it occured to me that song lyrics are just as much a form of poetry as any poem written by Keats or Shakespeare. So why not try to figure out what the lyrics really mean? This, ladies and gentlemen, is what I’ve come up with.

“Hotel California” is a song written by the well known American rock-band, Eagles. The song was written and released as a single in early 1977, and is one of The Eagles’ best songs. In fact, Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the year for “Hotel California”.

There’s more than one way to make an understanding of this song, it has to be done individually. For me, this song is about a drug addict and the feelings and problems he or she faces every day. This song is an excellent description of exactly that – there’s so much prejudice in today’s community, and it might be easy to forget (when we’re talking about someone with drug addiction) that we’re dealing with human beings with feelings, thoughts, families etc.

Don Henley, one of the band-members of The Eagles, said this about the song: “Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce.” They mean to say that this song is really about materialism, and the problems materialism can cause.

So, just to make it clear, this analysis is my interpretation of the song.

One of the linguistic effects The Eagles have used in this song is rhyme;

“Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
‘Relax,’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’”
The rhymes are there to maintain the rhythm, which is important in a song; otherwise it would be difficult to sing. Also, it’s easier to remember something if it rhymes, because of the repetitive sounds. That may be one of the reasons why this song is so well known – people remember it.

The Eagles has also used repetition of phrases and words; “She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends,” and “Some dance to remember, some dance to forget”.

When I look at the first words in some of the stanzas, I can see that the band has used repetition there as well. This is an example from the sixth stanza;

They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives.”

In this particular stanza, repetition is combined with strong words to really make the listener comprehend what these persons are going through, and thereby make the listener to feel sympathy for them.

The choice of words in this text is very different from most texts – they’re very strong and symbolic. “Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air,” refers to the smell of smoking marihuana. “Colitas” is Spanish slang, and the actual meaning is “the butt of a joint.”

“Tiffany-twisted” is also an example of special words. Tiffany’s is a famous jewellery shop, so the listener may picture a rich girl, wearing her expensive jewellery from Tiffany’s. This shows that money is a very important issue for the people at the hotel. The Eagles play with the words in that sentence; “Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends.”

Materialism, to own many expensive things, such as cars and jewellery, may seem like the ideal life, but the truth about materialism is twisted and bent into something beautiful and tempting. It can become an obsession, and in an attempt to earn money fast, some people become drug dealers, something which creates unnecessary problems for the community.

It’s important to remember that I, as mentioned before, interpret this poem as a description of a drug addicted person’s life.

The person in this song is trapped at a hotel, or brothel, which is probably owned by a drug dealer. This makes it even harder for the drug addict to leave, especially since this person may owe the pusher a great deal of money. This is explained in these sentences; “And she said ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’” and “’We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!’”.

That says something about how hard it is to change, once you’re addicted to something as strong as dope. The feast in this song is when everyone at the hotel (with drug addiction) gathers to receive dope from the dealer; “And in the master’s chambers, They gathered for the feast.”

I think the sentence “They stab it with their steely knives, But they just can’t kill the beast” describes the pain (the beast) they’re trying to get rid of by using dope, or the addiction, which is like an endless thirst; it only gets stronger and stronger, and after a while the drug addict needs more dope to get the same effect.

“The steely knives” is another example of how The Eagles has used symbolism in the text; it’s a metaphor for needles, which is the tool many addicts use in order to deaden the pain/addiction.

According to myself and my interpretation, I have to say that the theme of this song is drug addiction and drug abusers. That’s why I think The Eagles are trying to make us (the listeners) understand more about what a person with a drug related problem goes through. The strong lyrics give the song a bitter and sad mood.

I really like to listen to this song – the lyrics are strong, there’s rhythm and a catchy melody – and I especially enjoy listening to the refrain and the end. This song has made an impression on me, which is the reason why I chose to analyze it.

Now, listen to the song once more. The lyrics are open to interpretation. What do you think they mean? Leave a comment!

The Moose and the Sparrow, by Hugh Garner

The short story “The Moose and the Sparrow” was written by the Canadian author Hugh Garner. The story is about a young man named Cecil, whose parents divorced when he was very young, and who grew up in several foster homes. Cecil graduated from high school at the age of seventeen, and had finished a year of university when the story begins. In order to study, he needs tuition money, and therefore he starts working in a logging camp. One man, named Maddon Moose, is determined to make Cecil break down at least once during his stay at the camp.

Cecil is young and smart. He has set his mind on studying art; he makes beautiful things out of plain wire. Moose is picking on him because of this, and because of his physical appearance, which is less strong than his own. As the new guy, it took a while before he was accepted by the other men, but they ended up liking him more than they liked Moose.

On the other hand, we have Maddon Moose. He appears to be slightly older than Cecil, though his age is not mentioned in the text. Maddon probably dropped out of school, and therefore seems to have a need of picking on those who happens to be smarter than him. Maddon is a Saw boss and very strong physically. He is unsympathetic and always picks on others, so nobody likes him.

Hugh Garner likes to show us the characters, by what they say and do, instead of just telling the reader about them. Example;

“What happened?” I asked one of Maddon’s men.

“Moose burned the kid’s hand,” he told me. “He heated the end of a saw in the tea fire and then called the kid to take it to be sharpened. He handed the hot end to Cecil, and it burned his hand pretty bad.” (Hugh Garner, ‘The Moose and the Sparrow’.)

The story takes place in a logging Camp, and often in the bunkers where the men live, during the summer holidays. This is an important part of the story, and a course to Cecil’s problems; the setting gives Moose an opportunity of giving Cecil the hardest work possibly.

Even though the story is about Cecil, it is told from Mr. Anderson’s point of view – it’s a first person angled story. The themes of this story are jealousy, murder/crime, and being picked on.

Hugh Garner creates a tense atmosphere by making a climax – he builds up the story by describing different events that get more and more exiting, and giving hints and foreshadowing’s to the reader. Also, he has a way of describing the actions of the characters that makes the reader want to know the outcome of the story.

The title is not fully understood until the end of the story, when the author tells the reader that Cecil has a sparrow-looking smile. ‘Moose’ is, of course, the person Maddon Moose. I think these are very appropriate labels, because it makes it easier to explain the relationship between them, the sparrow fighting against the moose. But, in the end, it is the little sparrow who wins. This shows that being big and strong, but dumb, isn’t always ideal; it was the small but clever one, who won. Perhaps this is what the author is trying to tell us.

In this text, there are several foreshadowing’s. Example;

‘That evening the kid turned in early…’ and, ‘I woke up during the night to hear a man laughing near the edge of the camp and Maddon’s name being called. I figured it was Moose and Lefevre coming home drunk from Camp Three.’ (Hugh Garner, ‘The Moose and the Sparrow’ .)

We also get another hint when the author tells us about how eager Cecil was to get Mr. Anderson’s wristwatch strap finished, and when we’re told about Lefevre not being at Camp Three at all the night of the incident.

I think it was a very good story, and I liked it very much. At first I didn’t quite get it, but it all came clear at the end. It is a very good short story, exiting to read and well written.

Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond is an Oscar nominated film from 2006 which is directed by Edward Zwick (“Glory” and “The last Samurai”) and written by Charles Leavitt.

The setting of the film takes place in Africa, mostly in Sierra Leone and Cape Town, but also in London, Britain, in the year 1999.

Blood Diamond is based on the events taking place in Africa, but the story is fictional. The main characters are portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou.

The story is about a black man, named Solomon Vandy, and a white man, named Danny Archer. The two very different men are united in the search for a very rare, very valuable diamond. Both of them have different intensions with finding the diamond; Solomon agrees to help Danny to the place where he has hidden the diamond, in exchange for help to find his family.

Solomon Vandy is a black fisherman of the Mende tribe. He lives with his wife, Jassie, his two daughters and his son, Dia, in the village of Shenge, in Sierra Leone. His problem begins when he is caught by the rebellions, R.U.F (Revolutionary United Front), and sent to the diamond mines, while his family escapes. Solomon cares very much about his family, especially his son, Dia, of whom he is very proud of, and he is willing to do almost everything for them.

Danny Archer is a 31 year old white man and a diamond smuggler, who was born in Zimbabwe. At the age of 19, he joined the army in Angola and became a mercenary for Colonel Coetzee. Both his parents were killed, his mother raped and shot. Danny works for Van de Kaap, finding diamonds, smuggling them across the boarder to Liberia, and then selling them for the highest price possible. He is willing to do everything – lie, kill and use others – to get what he wants. However, when he is injured, he sacrifices himself for Solomon and Dia so they can get away from the soldiers that are after them. This costs him his life. He is very brave, but is not to be trusted by everyone.

Maddy Bowen is a young, white woman who works as a journalist. Her main goal is to reveal the relationship between the diamond smuggling from Sierra Leone to Liberia, and the big diamond company’s in Great   Britain. She’s smart, tough and daring – nothing is going to stop her getting to the truth. Danny Archer becomes a great source of information to her, but since she doesn’t wish him dead, her article has to wait for Danny to get out of the continent and into safety before it can be printed. If not, the article will get him killed.

The actors portray the characters very well; there emotions and thoughts are very well placed to act, making it easy for those who see the film to understand why they act like they do.

The beginning of the film is quite peaceful, which gives a contrast to the events taking place during the rest of the film.  In this film, suspense is created by feeding those who watch little bits with information from the events taking place with the different persons, and then by putting the main characters together.

There are parallell actions in the beginning of the film – first and foremost the angle of vision changes between Solomon Vandy and Danny Archer – but the event of the story still does take place chronologically (the events take place in a timely order). The climax scene in the film is the scene when Danny Archer lies on his deathbed and gives the diamond to Solomon Vandy, so he and his son can make his escape. This scene solves the main issue in the film by bringing Dia and Solomon into safety, and the diamond out of the greedy hands of Colonel Coetzee. The turning point is when Solomon comes to London to sell the diamond to Mr. Simmons, a man who works with Van de Kaap, and Maddy Bowen finally is able to reveal the story behind Van de Kaap’s Company, “Tiara Diamonds”.

The ending, after the turning point, is no surprise – it makes the seer suspect that Mr. Vandy will have a good future. But, at the same time, it focuses on the problems that are still to be found in Sierra Leone today, as well in all of Africa. I would classify this film as a ‘wake up call’.

The theme of the film is the situation in Africa; the white men who drain the continent for its resources, and the effect this has on the inhabitants. It has a clear message – we cannot deny these peoples situation, we cannot ignore it any longer. It’s time we do something about it, before it’s to late.

This was a very emotional film – it made me cry. It focuses on the situation in Africa in a very touching way, which made me want to do something immediate. But the scenes are very strong, therefore I would not recommend it to people who have, for instance, recently lost someone in their family, or who have a difficult time watching others suffer. If it was my decision, I might not have seen it, since I’m very easily affected and tend to dwell too much on these kinds of subjects.

However, I do not regret have been watching this film. It gave me a very good picture of what’s going on there – luckily, for us; we have the choice to stop thinking about it once it’s over. The problem is that the inhabitants in Africa don’t have any choice.

Once Upon a Time season 2

Yes, I admit it – I am addicted to this series. I think it’s a brilliant way to renew our relationship with the classical fairy tales and fairy tale figures we got to know as children. This time, we come closer to each and every single character, getting to know their story before the classic fairy tales begin, and after their ‘happily ever after’.

I am delighted that ABC has decided to continue their quest and make another season! I’m so excited I cannot wait to see the result. How will the people of Storybrook react when they are reminded of their true identity? How will Emma, who have lifted the curse, fight the magic Mr. Gold released? And will they ever return to the Enchanted Forest where they belong?

Little Dorrit

It should come as no surprise that I also enjoy watching television. Whenever I find a series I really like, it’s like chocolate to me – I cannot seem to get enough! Especially addictive are the BBC miniseries and costume dramas. I am completely fascinated by “the oldfashioned world” and series like Little Dorrit, Wives and Daugthers, Cranford and Norh & South always make me want more.

Little Dorrit is one of my all time favourite miniseries. It tells the story of a young woman who grew up in poor conditions, and struggles when faced with sudden wealth when her father inherits a considerable amount of money. The television series is based on a story written by Charles Dickens. Like everything else written by the great author, this story is thrilling, mysterious and captivating – all at the same time!

The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

For those of you who haven’t read these amazing books yet, they tell the story of a young woman names Katniss, who participates in a reality show where the contestants have to fight nature and each other in order to survive. Only one will be named the winner, and survive the games.

There are many positive aspects to this series, one of them being the way the author criticizes the direction our society is heading. But this side of the novels is also the most disturbing one. Some details and descriptions in the novels can feel too close, and the thriller-element to it is hard to swallow if you start thinking about what consequences

If I’m perfectly honest, I found the last novel a bit dissappointing. Compared to the prequels to it, the third and final novel was weak, rushed and incomplete.

Except for that, the novels are a great work of ficiton, and definately worth purchasing if you’re looking for a novel series you can enjoy in front of the fireplace while the wind moans outside of your window on a dark automn night.

The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess is an incredibly good novel written by Sophie Kinsella. After reading the bestselling series about shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood, I was a bit sceptical when I put the coins and the notes on the counter and put the book in my purse. Truth be told, I felt that I was betraying Becky a little, and honestly, I was critical from the very start. When I sat on the bus, I couldn’t help but feel the nervousness building up inside. Had Sophie Kinsella managed to write yet another humorous masterpiece, or was I going to be disappointed?

All of my doubts and fears were blown away when I opened the first page, and read the first lines:

Would you consider yourself stressed?

No. I’m not stressed. I’m… busy. Plenty of people are busy.

That was all it took. To days later I closed the book, having gone through another marvellous reading-experience. The novel caught my attention straight away, like only a good novel can do, and captivated me until the very last page. If you’re thinking of moving on from Becky Bloomwood, this is definitely the book to start with! Read it with good conscience – and remember to enjoy!

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key is tells the story of a young jewish girl and her family, who are arrested by the French police in 1942. To protect her little brother she hides him in the closet and locks the door, believing they will return the next day. Years later her story is discovered by an American journalist, and once she starts uncovering what happened to this girl, she cannot stop.

This is a novel I highly recommend to everyone! One can easily immerse oneself in the story, and the ending comes with a surprise. It places you in a different time, and allows you to experience new impressions that give a deep impact. This is exactly the kind of novel we need – we cannot afford to forget such tragedies, and novels like this one are well written and important reminders.

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

One of the best novels ever written is (in my humble opinion) is The Kite runner. I read it for the first time this year, in English, and I have to say that it has been one of my best experiences as a reader. Khaled Hosseini made his debute as a novelist with this book, and I can easily understand why this novel is an international best-seller. The language is so animating that I has no difficulties trying to imagine the scenarios, and I could really immerse myself in this novel! If anyone out there defines themselves as a ‘bookworm’, but have not read this book, they are not worthy of the title – everyone should read this novel!

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

One of the first novel I read I found truly thrilling, was Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. In fact, it was so exciting to read that when I saw it in the bookshelves again many years later, I couldn’t resist – I simply had to buy it! It was given as a present to my mother, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t read it… So I just started reading it again, and it is still as exciting now as it was the first time, and still quite mysterious! The novel is about a young woman who doesn’t have any family left, who marries a widower and moved to a grand estate, Manderley, where there are secrets hidden…

The story takes place in the 1930’s, which is perfect if you are like me, and enjoy “time-travelling”. The novel has also been adapted for film, for those who prefer to watch movies – though I don’t really see the point of that, when the book without a doubt is much better than the movie. This is a book that is an absolute necessity for any bookworm.

The best french movie ever made

The first movie I wish to blog about is called The fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain in English, and is one of my favourtite films. It’s about a young woman who lives in Paris, portrayed by famous actress Audrey Tautou. Audrey Tautou is my favourite French actress, and I have this movie to thank for the introduction.

Amelie Poulain, the main character, only got one relative, her absent-minded father, and lives a ordinary life as a café-employee – until she one day finds a hidden treasure, and discoveres her calling; to help others! This is an amazing feelgood-movie which I (despite its being a little bizarre) gladly recommend to everyone!

Simple tips

1. Always carry a notebook and a pen

2. Write down all of your ideas – if they don’t fit in your current writing project, you got material for later

3. Type on your computer, but edit by hand

4. Let others read and comment on your writing, then edit your manuscript again

5. If you’re manuscripts are returned, send to another publishing house. Do not give up!

6. Create your own account on Spotify and make playlists you can listen to while you work. Remember to choose music you actualy can work to.

Finish your book:

Here are some links to movies that’ll show you how you can make a real book with a cover from your manuscript. I have done it myself, with good results. Good luck!

Speed up your writing process

To all of you who just sit around, scratching your head because you don’t know what to write about, I would really recommend these videos to you! Author Keith Gray gives a lot of good advice and tips, and some of this is gurananteed to speed up your writing process. Good luck!

Inspiration please!

Ok, so I’m running a bit low on inspiration these days. I thought, ‘Why not let you guys decide?” So I’m open for new ideas. If you have any novel you want me to read and blog about, please comment below, and I will choose the one that sounds the most interesting. So you’ve got to give me some good arguments! I will post the name of the “winner” when I review the novel, tv-series or movie of your choice. Good luck!