Sunday, 29 January 2012

Birdsong (BBC)

Where do I start... I absolutely loved this 2 part TV series. Birdsong really pulled at my heart strings and is influential in provoking thought about the value of life's attributes. Set in World War I, the show studies the life of a soldier- actor Eddie Redmayne-who is battling for Britain in the trenches. Flash backs to his previous life before the war show his moving story. Redmayne- a British man living in France- falls in love with a married woman who's husband is abusive towards her, which sparks an affair. After running away together, he then learns of the beginning of World War I. Within the scenes of battle, it's quite clear that there is a deep sense of story behind his eyes. The actors use more facial expressions to communicate their pain and conflict, rather than dialogue. Personally, I cried almost all the way through, as it showed the true suffering of our British soldiers in the war. Whether it was the conditions that they were living in, the fear of dying or the deaths; it really shows the reality of our soldiers lives. It also communicates the importance of family and love, 'There's nothing more sir, than to love and be loved.'

I would definitely recommend this show. The acting is brilliant, the story is well crafted and oh.. Redmayne is beautiful! That's all!

Off to go buy the book!- you should too!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I Heart Vegas by Lindsay Kelk

Fresh, sweet and hilarious- just like the rest of Lindsay Kelk's I Heart series,Vegas definitely doesn't disappoint.

I Heart Vegas, is a fresh mix-up of Sex and the City and Friends, with a clumsy lead character we all love and admire.

I love reviewing Lindsay Kelk's books, because quite honestly I want to be Angela, in each and every one of them. Or Jenny, I really wouldn't mind being pretty and witty at the same time.

It's Christmas time when Angela is informed that she has lost her job at the women's magazine she writes for. After realising that she is about to get deported back to the United Kingdom- and her crazy mum- if she doesn't find a new one, she begins to panic. If only she could marry Alex, right? But, both being happily settled in their current lives, she fears that he would say no.

Meanwhile, Jenny is arranging a last minute, crazy trip to Vegas, assuring Angela that her visa will work out fine. Obviously, a Lindsay Kelk book wouldn't be the same without colourful lights, cat fights and cocktails- which is exactly what Vegas can guarantee you. Jenny has her own agenda that she's keeping from Angela for being there, but who will take a trip to the chapel? Jenny or Angela?

The book starts off with a more serious tone than the others in the series, eventually lightening up as you delve deeper into it. But this is not to take away from the hilarious situations that they find themselves in- falling in Vegas fountains and fighting sky-high in a helicopter.

I Heart Vegas, has a lot more heart than the other books, as you actually feel for the lead character. She doesn't want to lose her glossy life in New York, leave the love of her life or her crazy best friends. The book ends perfectly, but you'll have to read it for yourself- and let's face it, you will be happy you did!