Rosalie Hale Deserved Better
When I read Midnight Sun last year, something bothered me on my re-read of the Twilight franchise that dominated my adolescence. No, it wasn’t just Edward’s stalker tendencies trying to be justified as romantic - the lowest point was him taking the time to oil Bella’s creaking window while she slept and then hide while she got up to go to the bathroom - it was the way Edward’s perspective undermined and patronised Rosalie’s character.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" stage tour casting announced
As a child, I devoured the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. Although the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was definitely my favourite. The films were also a favourite childhood watch, specifically the two directed by Andrew Adamson and although I knew Sally Cookson had written a stage adaptation, I never got round to seeing it. That might be about to change though.
Freema Agyeman returns as Doctor Martha Jones!
I can officially tick this one off my Big Finish Wishlist. Three days after I wrote that, Big Finish made the announcement many of us had been waiting for. After more than a decade away from the TARDIS, the Tenth Doctor’s companion, Martha Jones, is returning to the world of Doctor Who, in a brand-new box set of full-cast audio drama from Big Finish Productions.
Rediscovering Doctor Who through Big Finish
When I think back on the Doctor Who franchise, I’ve not been the most consistent fan - I’ve fallen in and out of love with the series since Russell T. Davis revived the series way back in 2005.
"The Housemaid" Interview with Author Sarah A. Denzil
I had the absolute pleasure interviewing bestselling author Sarah A. Denzil - who has made a name for herself in the British thriller genre with compelling reads such as the Isabel Fielding trilogy, You Are Invited, Only Daughter, Little One, The Silent Child duology and Saving April (with the audiobooks for the latter two narrated by Downton Abby's Joanne Froggatt and Sophie McShera), all her books starring complex female leads in dark and twisted storylines.
Big Finish Wishlist
With the second seasons of Lady Christina and Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter this year and the ninth series of River Song out later this year, Big Finish Productions is known for continuing stories across the Doctor Who universe and its spin-off shows.
The Wasted Potential of a Remake
A couple years ago, the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing was celebrated – by re-releasing the film in cinemas and also by doing a remake. This remake essentially followed the plot of the original film: While holidaying with her parents at a placid resort, Frances is smitten with the resort's rebellious dance instructor. Her father opposes their relationship which creates a rift between him and her. However, this was expanded into a three-hour movie event and the production added musical numbers.
A Year With Vocal
After writing over a hundred stories, a lot of people ask or wonder “how have you written so much?” and honestly, that’s an interesting question.