(Note: In order to get the most out of the article, it is recommended that the reader watches The Double (2013) all the way through, at least once. Making notes is optional but encouraged),
Everyone knows that there are lists and lists of stuff out there for people like you, starting your degree in film. Everyone knows that there are films you "should" watch repeatedly if you are studying a degree in film. Everyone knows that there are some film theories that you must by all means, know if you're about to start a degree in film. But, what people rarely discuss is the books that you can read to further your knowledge of the subject. Some people think that film is simply about watching films and writing about them. As someone who majored in film for their MA, I can tell you that this is not the case and that film is a lot more complicated than that. Let me quickly explain:
There are many different scary films out there, including: horror, thriller, and gore. Even international films can be frightening from time to time. There are also an incredible amount of ways to create horror or terror. For example, you could have some of the following:
Okay, so when I was 16 I went on one massive paperback horror binge. Every now and again this happens, and I end up scaring myself half to death, but guess what... I absolutely love it. I love everything scary and frightening. I love urban legends and horror movies; I love horror literature, and I think that the best horror stories are written by random people online because it is.
At age 21, I was just as a prolific reader as I am now, and as I have always been. I have always loved reading, writing, reading other people's writing and sometimes, I have myself opened a Pandora's Box of reading when discovering something new. Once, when I was in university, I basically blurted out in class that I don't mind reading anyone's writing for any writing module they had, and feeding back information on what I thought, etc. Everyone ended up sending me their work, but I gotta say—I had a lot of reading for the next week or so. I was a happy little woman, for the time being.
Sometimes, we don't always get what we want in terms of winnings. Sometimes we're supporting a certain book and it doesn't win even after being shortlisted, and even when it is the favourite to win. Sometimes, we don't like the book that won the award and that's okay too. We don't always have to like everything, but sometimes they do go too far with it.