November News.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all keeping well. I mentioned last week on my Instagram (@katelovesliterature), that I had something really exciting coming up this week. I said that I am planning to finish out the month of November in a really fun way. Today I am sharing my news. 

I am so excited because I will be spending the weekend in Oslo. I have some family members who are currently living in Norway, and I have not seen them in nearly two years so I could not be more excited to be taking this trip. 

I have not travelled since November of 2019 so I am a little apprehensive about it, but I am mostly just extremely excited. I know that everyone has their own opinions about the situation that is going on in the world and everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I think it is important to always be courteous and polite. I am fully vaccinated, as are the family members that I am travelling with, as are the family members we are going to see. We will be following all health and safety guidelines, sanitizing, mask wearing, and generally just doing everything in the safest way possible. 

Oslo is a city that is filled with amazing connections to literature. I am hoping to go to the Ibsen Museum. I plan on taking some beautiful pictures of the city, I will be talking a lot about the works of Ibsen this week, and I have some other really cool places that I plan to visit. So keep an eye on my Instagram page because I will be sharing the highlights of my trip. 

Have you been to Norway? Do you like the works of Henrik Ibsen? If so, let me know what your favourite piece is. I’d love to know. 

Kate xo. 

November’s Book Of The Month.

Hello everyone. Here’s to a new month. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks as I have a few exciting things planned which will be revealed soon.

If you follow my on Instagram (@katelovesliterature), then you’ll already know that November’s Book Of The Month is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is a childhood classic and I’ve chosen it because I wanted to be nostalgic in November. Feel free to read along with me.
Kate xo.

A snap of my gorgeous hardback copy of the book.

Theatre Trip: Rocky Horror.

Hello everyone. Happy Tuesday. I hope you’re all having a good week so far. I’ve decided that it is time for another theatre post, but this time I am talking about a #theatretrip rather than a #theatrethrowback because I was recently in the theatre. I went to the theatre on October 9th to see Rocky Horror. I got to see the very last show, and it was incredible. 

(Very important note before I go any further – this content is NOT an ad, NOT gifted, NOT sponsored – I bought my tickets myself). 

I haven’t been to the theatre in person since February 2020. I went to see Blood Brothers when the show was touring in Dublin and I will publish an entire post dedicated to Blood Brothers at some point in the future because it is one of my top three favourite musicals, and it is a very special show to me for a number of reasons. It was also absolutely incredible onstage so I will definitely be talking about it in more detail at some point. 

I really missed being able to go to the theatre in person, along with so many other things that I know I will not take for granted again. I have mentioned many times that I think it is great that different theatres made plays available over streaming services, and I have enjoyed some brilliant theatre in the comfort of my own home. I think that this option should be something that more theatres do as we move forward, even with live theatre being able to happen again, because the streaming option is great for anyone who may be physically unable to access the theatre. I really admire the steps that were taken during difficult times to make theatre accessible at home. I will always applaud this. 

It was so exciting to be back at the theatre in person, and it had been such a long time that it honestly felt a little surreal. I think it is very important to mention how brilliant the staff were at the Bord Gáis Energy theatre. Everyone was so kind, and so lovely, and most importantly, they made everyone feel very safe being back at the theatre again. The place was spotless, the protocols and rules were very straightforward and easy to follow. Everything was so well organised in the theatre, and I felt very comfortable being there. Everyone deserves a lot of credit because putting on a show isn’t easy and everyone who makes the show happen, from cast, to crew, to front of house staff, everyone involved works so hard and it was a seamless night. I will be going back to the Bord Gáis Energy theatre in December and I am already looking forward to it. 

The show itself was amazing. If you know Rocky Horror, then you know it is a fun, electric, raunchy show, and the entire audience was excited to be there. I hadn’t expected Rocky Horror to be the first musical I went to see after such a long time, but honestly I don’t think I could have picked a better first show to go and see because it was so much fun. It was the perfect way to kick off the month of October. The songs are so catchy, the plot is wonderfully bizarre, the humour is cheeky and raunchy. The cast were absolutely amazing, and they deserved their standing ovation. There was a brilliant atmosphere in the theatre because everyone was simply excited to be there, it was the last show in Dublin as well so I think the cast had a certain “last show here” energy about them too which made all the performances even better in my opinion. 

If you are from Dublin then you will know that the Bord Gáis Energy theatre looks stunning at night time. If you’re not from Dublin, don’t worry, I’ll be including a few snaps below. I love being at the theatre. The grand canal at night when it is all lit up is probably my favourite spot in Dublin. It is stunning and that gorgeous view is the perfect way to end a night at the theatre. 

It was an amazing weekend. I’ve been catching up on real life ever since, which is why this #theatretrip discussion wasn’t published sooner, but I couldn’t let the month of October end without talking about the amazing, long awaited night at the theatre that was had. It was my first time seeing Rocky Horror, and I would go to see it again. I would also recommend it because it is a fun show. I think a very good time would be had by all. 

I’m so happy that live theatre is back, and that more and more shows seem to be opening. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing a show live, and it was incredible to be able to experience that feeling again. I can’t wait to go back. 

This has been my #theatretrip discussion. I hope you enjoyed it. Have you seen Rocky Horror? Have you been at the theatre recently? If so, what did you see? Have you got any recommendations for me? Please let me know! Have a great week. 

Kate xo. 

P.s – check out the snaps below! 

A snap of the stage before Act I began.
A snap of my latest addition to my programme collection.
A snap of the stunning view outside of the theatre. My favourite spot in Dublin.

Ten Crime Dramas That I Binge Watched.


Ten Crime Dramas That I Binge Watched. 

Hello everyone and welcome to Friday’s Choice. Even though thus far I have been focusing on movies and books, I do also love to get invested in a good tv series and I would have to say that crime dramas are by far my favourite genre of tv show. If you follow me on Instagram (@katelovesliterature), then you’ll already know that on Tuesday night I sat down to watch Annika, a brand new show starring Nicola Walker that premiered on Alibi. I really enjoyed the first episode and I’m already looking forward to seeing what happens but watching Annika got me thinking about all the other crime dramas that I have watched. 

After reflecting over how much I enjoy crime dramas,  I thought it would be fun for this week’s #fridayschoice to make a list of ten shows that I have binge watched and loved. 

Disclaimer – This is not an AD. This is not sponsored. This is not promotional content. I am not promoting these shows or any particular channel or streaming platform. I am simply talking about a genre that I love. I have created this list by myself. This is simply a list of shows that I have watched and loved and I am going to talk you through why I loved them. With that very important note made, I am now going to explain how I’ve put together my list of ten crime dramas that I binge watched. 

I don’t really like rating shows numerically, just because tv, and movies, and books are so subjective so I am going to list the ten shows however this is not a top ten rating system. I’m simply going to talk about ten shows I loved in alphabetical order so without further adieu let’s dive into Friday’s Choice. 

A is for Annika

This is a brand new series and the first episode just premiered on Alibi on Tuesday at 9.pm so I don’t have a whole lot to say about this show except that I really enjoyed the first episode and I am definitely going to be tuning in next week to see what happens. I really love Nicola Walker, I think she is a brilliant actress and so I look forward to see her leading this new series. 

This show struck me as different because Nicola Walker actually breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience which is something that I haven’t seen done before in a crime drama. It’s new and it’s different and I do enjoy the moments where Walker talks to the camera. It feels like she’s talking to you personally and I feel as though this will be really interesting as the series plays out because we may get to hear her private thoughts on the cases she is investigating. If you’re looking for a new series to watch then I’d recommend starting Annika. If the first episode is anything to go by, this is going to be a great series. Great premise, great actors, great start. I can’t wait to see what happens. 

B is for Bosch.

If you’ve been following my blog and my Instagram then you’ll know that August’s #bookofthemonth is City Of Bones by Michael Connelly. Bosch is the tv series based off of the books, starring Titus Welliver as Detective Harry Bosch. I’ve just rewatched all seven seasons of the series on the Amazon Fire Stick and I am eagerly awaiting the new series that will explore Bosch’s new journey as a private investigator. If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s books then I would highly recommend this show. You can tell that Connelly is involved behind-the-scenes because I feel that this tv show really captured the feel of the books. Welliver is the perfect Bosch and I believe that his name was suggested for the part by Connelly himself. This is a show that handles very sensitive crimes, it discusses family dynamics and police politics. The backdrop of Los Angeles is absolutely perfect and I love seeing the locations that are mentioned in the books brought to life onscreen. The soundtrack is incredible as Bosch loves jazz and so the show is set to some really wonderful music and every actor does a fantastic job. There are only ten episodes in each season except for the final season which has only eight. Each season feels complete but nothing feels rushed. This is a brilliant show. It’s perfectly paced, at times it’s fast moving but then it slows down sometimes too. It lets the heavy moments settle. It allows us to sit in the silence and absorb what has happened. There’s light and dark, and some really funny, sarcastic one liners. This is a great show and I would absolutely recommend it even if you haven’t read the books. Stay tuned for my #bookofthemonth discussion that will be published at the end of August. I’m really looking forward to sharing my thoughts on City Of Bones, but in the meantime, watch Bosch

B is also for Briarpatch

Based on Ross Thomas’s novel Briarpatch, this show follows Allegra Dill back to her hometown to search for the person responsible for her sister’s death. This hunt for her sister’s killer turns into a quest to bring the corrupt town to its knees. I enjoyed this show but I will say that is is an acquired taste. It is bizarre. It is odd. It feels surreal at times. The characters are eccentric and corrupt and it’s one of those shows that when the episode ends, even though you’re not entirely sure what you just watched, you’re compelled to watch the next episode to see what happens, to see if it will eventually make sense. The English literature student side of me loves that this show is so absurd. I do enjoy things that don’t really make sense because I do feel that’s the point. If you’re left wondering what just happened, the show has done it’s job. I equate this type of show to reading the poetry of someone like Berryman, the fact it doesn’t make sense is the point. You will struggle to make sense of a Berryman poem and that is intentional, and my interpretation of this show is that it functions almost the same way the Theatre of the Absurd does. It is eccentric and confusing and bizarre but that’s a good thing because it keeps you curious and it keeps you watching. 

I’m skipping down through the alphabet all the way to the letter H and H is for Hudson & Rex

This is probably the most lighthearted show on this list, if you can call a crime show lighthearted. Hudson & Rex is all about how Detective Charlie Hudson solves cases with the help of his faithful partner, the extremely intelligent and extremely adorable, fictional police canine Rex. Rex is possibly one of the most expressive dogs I’ve ever seen and this show highlights the bond that can exist between a dog and their human. It isn’t the most intense crime drama on television however the cases are interesting and it is charming and fun. It is somewhat formulaic as most of the episodes end with the case being solved however in my opinion this doesn’t dampen the viewing experience. Each case is interesting, the cast is great and watching this show makes me love my own dog even more. Fun fact, he sits and watches the tv very intently when Rex is on the screen, head tilts and everything. I think he’s a fan! If you want to venture into the crime drama genre but don’t want to start with anything too intense, Hudson & Rex is the perfect show for you. I love the premise and any time I sit down to watch this show I enjoy myself. You should check it out too on Alibi. 

L is for Law & Order SVU. 

This is one of my favourite shows. I even wrote about it in one of my final essays that counted heavily towards my degree. This is a show that is hard hitting. This series deals with inherently violent topics and portrays some of the most horrific crimes however there is always an undercurrent of justice and hope because the message of this show, in my opinion, is that rape, sexual assault, and abuse of any kind is unacceptable. This show states time and time again that it doesn’t matter what the victim was doing, wearing, drinking, etc, the attack they endured is never their fault. The fault lies with the perpetrators and only the perpetrators. This show gives survivors their voices back. It is at times hard to watch. It is at times very poignant and very emotional, and I would go as far as to say this show is educational. It covers so many important topics such as abuse, racism, homophobia, consent, victim blaming, harassment, and so much more. I could dedicate an entire post to this show alone and in the future I will. Mariska Hargitay leads this brilliant cast. She stars as Detective Olivia Benson and she is kind, caring, compassionate, and brave. There has been so many amazing guest stars on this show, and so many brilliant episodes, some that are even based on true events. It is definitely one of the more hard hitting shows on this list, purely because of the nature of the crimes that are being portrayed however I believe this is an important show to watch because it talks about the horrific things that sadly do happen in real life. They shouldn’t happen but sadly they do, and as Law & Order SVU makes clear, these horrific crimes are never acceptable. I watch all seasons of this show on the Amazon Fire Stick and I think it is a must watch show. 

L is also for Line Of Duty. 

Firstly, I have a question. Who hasn’t seen this show? I feel like everyone has seen this show because for a while it was talked about nonstop. It is on Netflix and I believe it airs on BBC One. This show follows DS Steve Arnott as he is moved to the Anti- Corruption Unit 12. In the unit he meets his new partner, the talented undercover officer DC Kate Fleming. Under the watchful eye of Superintendent Ted Hastings, they investigate corruption within the fictional police force and as the series goes on, it soon becomes clear that the seemingly unalike corruption cases are all linked to a long history of deep rooted corruption and organised crime. The show’s long- running arc revolves around the need to uncover who “H” is and it is believed that “H” is someone or multiple people of high rank within the police force who are instrumental to the operations of organised crime. This show is one of the most successful crime dramas there is. The viewing figures that this show has are incredible. Millions of people watched this show and it is easy to understand why. This show features gruesome crimes and gripping plot twists. The interrogations scenes in particular are my favourite. They are filled with suspense. The cast is brilliant. The characters are all believable and if you like a show with twists and turns then this is one you don’t want to miss.  

S is for Scott & Bailey. 

I’ll tell you all a fact about myself. Even though I have Netflix, the Amazon Fire Stick and Disney+, I still love collecting DVDs. Now you can watch this show on the Amazon Fire Stick and I believe the show aired on ITV but I actually own a box set of all five seasons and I love it. I collect box sets because as wonderful as streaming services are, they’re just not quite as impressive as a shelf of DVDs. This show is set in Manchester and it follows Detective Rachel Bailey and Detective Janet Scott as they investigate murders and series one starts off strong with this dynamic duo investigating murders that appear to be the work of a serial killer. This is a female driven cast. One of my favourite characters in any crime drama will always be DCI Gill Murray played by the brilliant Amelia Bullmore. Gill is no nonsense, sharp tongued, impressively intelligent and also very funny. All of these characters are layered and flawed and they are very believable, real people. The personal problems they face don’t feel melodramatic and their friendships they create at work are very realistic and endearing. The relationship between Scott & Bailey is the heart of the show. They’re a brilliant team. Each season has a main storyline and I really like that each season starts and ends with something new. It’s also really nice seeing the characters grow as each season progresses. This is a show that I go back and rewatch a lot because after a bit of time in between watches, it is so engaging that I can watch it all from the beginning despite seeing it more than once before, that is how much I enjoy it. The characters are believable, funny, compelling and relatable and the crimes are interesting. This is another series that has really suspenseful and dynamic interview and interrogation scenes so it is very high up on my favourites list. 

T is for The Fall. 

The Fall is perhaps the most intense and most violent show on this list. This is another show that I love from an analytical point of view. This is another show that I have written about academically. I think that when it comes to crime dramas, it is fair to say that most audience members have a bit of a morbid fascination with crime and violence and death. Something that I found really interesting when I was studying the portrayal of violence on television was just how popular crime dramas are. That isn’t a surprise. There are countless shows about detectives and murder and police and then there’s an entire category of true crime. It’s popular. I wouldn’t be making this list of shows if they weren’t popular and I think it’s fascinating that most people would be terrified if an actual crime happened in real life down the street from where they live. It wouldn’t be so entertaining or interesting then, and yet we love to watch crimes on tv. Now this isn’t a lecture, but I will say this, I think it can be argued that people enjoy watching violence from the safety of their own homes and there is a safety in knowing that the violence in crime dramas (unless it’s true crime) is fictional. No one actually got hurt and so therefore watching this fictional violence is a way to experience violence without actually having to experience it. 

The Fall is violent. It is one of the most unsettling shows I’ve ever watched. Jamie Dornan is frightening as Paul Spector, the methodical and meticulously violent serial killer. This show was recently made available on Netflix and it is another show that I believe everyone was talking about at one point in time. Spector chooses his victims, he stalks them, he practices breaking into their homes, he gets a thrill out of getting in and out unnoticed and then after his practice run, he goes back and he kills them. I feel that this show treats violence as an art form. Spector takes pride in how he operates. He is arrogant, he is proud of the fact that he’s gotten away with murder more than once. He takes pleasure in hurting his victims. The violence is almost desirable. It is not a show for the faint hearted as it does contain some very violent sequences that last quite a long time but it is gripping. Gillian Anderson is fabulous as Stella Gibson, the detective who throws Spector off his game. She is just as intelligent as he is, and she knows how to play his game. It’s a brilliant one to watch. It’s gripping, it’s engaging, it’s unsettling and I have yet to find another series that unsettles me as much as The Fall did. It’s easy to get scared. Unsettled is a different sensation entirely and I would argue that it is more impressive if a show unsettles you than scares you. 

U is for Unforgettable

This is another lighthearted crime show that I watched on Alibi. The charming Poppy Montgomery stars as Detective Carrie Wells. Carrie has a very sophisticated and advanced photographic memory. She remembers absolutely everything except the day her sister was murdered. That is the one memory that she cannot bring to the surface and while she and her partner Al Burns put her unique skills to use while solving other cases, a long-running arc is Carrie’s wish to figure out who killed her sister. Again, I really enjoyed the premise of this show. I loved Montgomery’s portrayal of Carrie. She is is fun, she is flirty, she has great gut instincts. She’s a fiery redhead who breathes life into the investigation room. There is somewhat of a formulaic structure to each episode, some plot lines span over more than one episode but it’s fun, it’s interesting and it’s different. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if I could remember every single thing that happens in extremely vivid detail but as covered in this show, I think that would be a blessing and a curse because there are things that Carrie wishes she could forget. If you want crime drama that’s not too heavy then this show is a great one to watch. 

U is also for Unforgotten

I started this list with a crime drama starring Nicola Walker and I am ending this list with a crime drama starring Nicola Walker. Unforgotten aired on ITV I believe but it is also on Netflix. This show follows DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan as they investigate cold cases. I really like shows that revolve around cold cases because I find the premise intriguing. I’m not a law student. I have no academic background regarding legal proceedings however my understanding is that a case goes cold when there is no more evidence and the leads that detectives did have lead to dead ends. So the case goes cold. I like the idea of taking a cold case and looking at all the evidence again. You review all the leads and you think okay, there is something missing here. Let’s figure out what is missing. What aren’t we seeing? It’s always interesting when old cases get reinvestigated especially when new evidence comes to light. Each season of this show features a new case, and the show doesn’t only reinvestigate but it also shows the emotional consequences that these cases have on those connected to the victim and on the detectives themselves. It’s not easy to dig through the past, especially when the past is painful or you’d rather it stayed buried. It’s a really engaging show. Fascinating cases, brilliant cast, interesting characters and a very moving premise because really the motivation behind solving a cold case is to provide the victim with justice and provide those who remain living with closure. It’s a brilliant show to watch. 

This has been my list of Ten Crime Dramas That I Binge Watched. Have you seen any of these shows? If so, which one is your favourite? Have you gotten any series inspiration from this list? Is there a show that you now feel you want to watch? If so, which one? Are crime dramas your thing? What’s your favourite show? I love hearing your opinions and reading your comments so if you have any thoughts about today’s Friday’s Choice then please do let me know. 

This has been Friday’s Choice. I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I am looking forward to Movie Monday already. 

Kate xo

The Devil Wears Prada.

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Movie Monday. If you are a Disney fan like I am then I am sure you’ll know that Disney’s Jungle Cruise was released recently. The movie which stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson debuted atop the North American box office charts with a sum of $34 million and internationally the movie is said to have amounted at $90 million.

There will be a #moviemonday discussion all about Jungle Cruise coming up soon however seeing this movie made me realise how much I like Emily Blunt as an actress and it made me go back and watch one of my favourite movies that she is in which is The Devil Wears Prada. So let’s dive into Movie Monday.

The Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway came out in 2006. The movie was directed by David Frankel and the screenplay was based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel. A fun movie fact is that due to the designer labels that were used, this movie is one of the most expensively costumed movies in cinematic history.

Plot.

Anne Hathaway plays Andrea (Andy) Sachs. She is an aspiring writer who dreams of being a ‘real’ journalist who writes hard hitting articles about important topics. She could not care less about fashion but she still gets as job as an assistant to editor-in-chief of Runway Magazine, the demanding and brilliant Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). The goal is to work at Runway for a year, meeting writers and editors in the hopes of making connections and landing a dream job somewhere else.

At Runway the awkward and disinterested Andy meets the very driven and passionate about fashion Emily. (Emily Blunt) and the honest and tough loving and fabulous at his job Nigel (Stanley Tucci). At Runway Andy learns about fashion, she gets a wardrobe upgrade, she is pushed to her limits and challenged to the point of quitting but then she reevaluates her goals and decides that the perseverance will be worth it. With her renewed determination Andy starts to improve and even thrive in her new environment and she learns that fashion is not as silly as she once believed. This job challenges her professionally and privately and at Runway Andy learns a difficult but important lesson – being the best and being on top requires choices and consequences and if she wants to achieve her goals then she is really going to have to work towards them. This is a business. It is not personal and Andy learns that these choices are not always kind ones.

Characters.

I would say that this movie has four main characters – Miranda, Andy, Emily and Nigel.

We also meet an ensemble of characters who are important to Andy’s personal life – her boyfriend Nate and some friends, and there are also some new side characters that Andy meets in the fashion world.

Miranda Priestly is a very intimidating woman. She is brilliant at what she does. She is demanding and at times she seems impossible to please however she gives her all to her job. She is extremely successful in her professional career but her personal life is not so happy. Miranda is a character who I appreciate much more when watching as an adult. When you are young it is so easy to call her a mean woman who is very unlikable and nothing else however as an adult, it is clear that Miranda is a complex and nuanced character. She chooses her career. She chooses work. She chooses to be excellent and to her, all those personal sacrifices are worth it. Yes she is demanding but she is extremely driven and that is admirable. She is willing to make the tough calls and some of them are cruel – the ending of the film demonstrates this perfectly however I won’t spoil it. If you know you know and if you don’t know watch it.

Andy is naive. She is full of aspirations and potential. She learns a lot about herself over the course of this movie which I enjoy. She starts off not caring about fashion and scoffing at those who do. She is quickly knocked down a few pegs at Runway which I think is needed for her character development. Laughing at someone’s interests because they are different to yours is not endearing in any way and just because Andy deems fashion as unimportant does not mean that it is. This is a lesson that Miranda teaches her in the immaculately delivered ‘pile of stuff’ monologue – I would recommend this movie for this monologue alone. Andy meets new people and experiences new challenges and this job at Runway allows her to learn about herself. She is a changed person at the end which is satisfying to see and she does learn the key lesson which is we must each make our own choices and decide who and what we want to be and what we are willing to do to reach our goals. Andy makes her own choice after the experience at Runway opened her eyes.

Emily is passionate about fashion and style. This is her dream job. She is hardworking and all knowing and she helps Andy learn the ropes despite refusing to hold her hand. Emily is the type of girl who Andy would have scoffed at in the beginning and Emily has no patience for Andy’s disinterest. She is driven and for Emily, the thing that makes it all worth it is the opportunity to go to Paris with Miranda for fashion week. Emily Blunt plays this character brilliantly. She is sharp and witty and even in what are meant to be some meaner moments, Blunt plays her in an incredibly funny way that I can’t help but love her.

Nigel is the talented art director and Stanley Tucci plays him wonderfully. He takes on a mentor role and he helps Andy fit in more at Runway, starting with a wardrobe change and ending with a tough love reality check. He tells Andy to stop expecting gold stars for the bare minimum and to stop behaving as though she is above everyone at work. ‘A million girls would kill to work here and you only deign to work here.’ Nigel represents hard work and perseverance and it is he and Emily who pay the price for choices made by Miranda and Andy – again no spoilers, watch the movie!

Nate & Co.

There are many ways one can interpret the character of Nate. Some agree with him, some hate him. An amusing meme that I’ve seen lately is that he is the real villain of this movie instead of the ‘horrible’ Miranda and I tend to agree with this estimation. Nate is a terrible boyfriend in my opinion. He does have some valid points however overall he gets a no from me. He and Andy’s friends laugh at fashion, just as she used to and they get annoyed when her job starts taking up all of her time and they never see her. Some may see this as a valid complaint and it is to an extent however there never seemed to be any support from her friends, who had no problem accepting the expensive gifts Andy brought them from work. They never seemed to give any consideration to the fact that Andy was paying her dues and working towards her goals. Nate in particular feels Andy is changing and while this can be a valid complaint, I feel that the idea that a partner can never change or develop new interests is not one that should be made popular and Nate is a chef so he should be more understanding about working odd hours in busy and demanding environments. Communication is a character flaw, on his part and on Andy’s part. They should have sat down and had a proper discussion about their issues. Nate should have said he misses her and feels as though they have nothing in common anymore and Andy should have been honest about the fact that after learning more about the fashion world she realises it is nothing like she imagined it and she should have been honest about the fact that she was beginning to enjoy her job. Alas there are so many plots that involve miscommunication and if all characters sat down rationally then we have no movie.

Disclaimer I don’t think Nate is a bad guy – he’s just not the type of guy I’d want to date and her friends could have been more understanding and issues could have been discussed better but again, what’s a plot without conflict?

I also do not consider Miranda to be the villain. She is a flawed character who does bad things at times but she is also an incredibly driven business woman who has chosen to put her career first and as Andy so rightfully points out, ‘If Miranda was a man all anyone would say is how good she is at her job.’ Miranda is all too aware of the personal costs her professional life entails and she has decided that those costs are worth it.

Structure & Themes.

I would say this is a movie that could be described in three sections – The initial struggle. Adapting. Choosing. I would say that the movie’s themes match that structure very well.

Let’s look at the themes of this movie. The cost of success. Learning and growing as a person. The tension between one’s personal life and one’s professional life. Achieving dreams. The cost of dreams and most importantly, choices. This movie teaches a very important lesson about choices. All decisions have aftermath and consequences. Some impact you wonderfully and others badly. So it is up to the individual to make their own choices and decide if the consequences are worth it.

Andy makes many choices. She chooses to work for Miranda. She chooses to stick it out. She chooses to put in more effort and improve and this choice is reflected in the middle of the movie.

In the beginning Andy is awkward. She makes mistakes. She’s not interested and then we see her improve. Her outfits become more high fashion. She becomes more confident and the movie begins to flow more smoothly just as Andy does. We watch her go from struggling to adapting to thriving and then the key point in this film is at the end when Andy must decide what kind of life she wants and that is how this movie ends, with Andy choosing.

So her character has three stages – awkward – gaining confidence – clear ideas about who she is and what she wants so since Andy is our main protagonist, I would say the structure matches her personal journey which is satisfying to watch.

Final Thoughts.

The Devil Wears Prada is an entertaining film and I think Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt make this movie. Anne Hathaway is a wonderful Andy but I personally prefer Streep’s and Blunt’s characters.

I would recommend this movie. I think that fashion lovers will appreciate the attention to detail and anyone who has a dream they are working toward will understand the journey and I think if you just like good movies with conflict and comedy then this is a great movie to watch on a rainy day.

This has been Movie Monday. Let me know what you think of this movie.

Kate xo.

Literary Theory 101

Hello everyone and welcome to the first of many posts in my Theory Thursday series. Firstly, if the word ‘theory’ scares you or worse, bores you, do not panic! I promise that theory is not as complicated or dull as it may seem, in fact I would bet that some of the most enthusiastic readers and movie buffs already understand a lot of the things that I am going to be breaking down in this series, and just don’t know it yet.

Struggling students listen up. Do you have a book report due? An essay that you have to write but you are finding the question daunting? Are you in secondary school trying to figure out how you are going to answer a question about Shakespeare in the leaving cert? If you fall into any of these categories then let me help you.

Disclaimer – I am not a teacher or a tutor, nor am I claiming to be one. The purpose of Theory Thursday is to break down aspects of literary theory so that anyone who enjoys discussing books, plays, poetry and films in depth can enjoy more detailed blog posts however if you are a struggling student who finds these simple breakdowns helpful, then that is a bonus. So stay tuned and enjoy.

Let’s dive into Literary Theory 101. What is literary theory and why is it important?

Literary theory is a style of literary analysis that allows readers to discuss and critique literature. Still confused? Keep reading. There are many schools of literary theory, for example structuralism, postmodernism, feminist etc. Don’t worry, I won’t be talking about these schools of thought today, it would be too much for day one.

The key thing that you should take away from this Theory Thursday is the idea that applying a literary theory to a text is basically like choosing to read a book or watch a film through a filter. That’s right, filters really are everywhere. Welcome to 2021.

Let me use an example – Literary theory = the filter I’m going to read/watch a text through. My filter of choice? Feminist theory. I’ve chosen my filter so now I’m going to watch a movie through a feminist lens and this means that I’m paying close attention to the women in this film. Are there many women in this film? What is their role? How are women represented in this film? Are they love interests to male characters? Are they in leadership roles? Are they treated well? Are they spoken about negatively or positively? Are the female characters well rounded? – These are just a few of the questions I could ask when watching a film and applying feminist theory.

Why do we use literary theory?

Applying different literary theories and exploring works through different lenses allows audiences to develop a much broader appreciation of literature as exploring different perspectives can really widen a text’s meaning, making it more enjoyable and more impactful to the reader/viewer.

Why is it important?

English Literature opens many doors. I could talk about it endlessly which is why I have created Katelovesliterature.com. I want to share my passions and explain why I love it so much. I wanted to create a space where readers who love the arts can browse and enjoy themselves. I wanted to share the joys of reading, and poetry, and plays, and movie watching and help others wrap their heads around the different aspects that make literature so wonderfully entertaining. So, that is a very simple breakdown of literary theory and why it’s important. I hope I’ve sparked some interest.

What’s happening next week on Theory Thursday?

I’m going to be talking about form and theme so simply that it will save the day if you’re a struggling student. Stay tuned!

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below and I can answer them on Theory Thursday.

Kate xo.

Launch Day – 13/7/21

It’s official! Katelovesliterature.com has launched. My website can now be seen by anyone, anywhere and today alone I have had readers from Ireland, Norway, Germany, England, and the USA. I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you to everyone who has come to the website, I am thrilled at the support and feedback that I have received. Stay tuned because there is so much to come. I can’t wait to see where this new journey takes me.

Cheers to launch day everyone.

Kate xo.

A little shot of the champagne that I’m about to pop xoxo.

Welcome to the blog.

Hi everyone and welcome to Katelovesliterature.com. I cannot wait to start posting content here for readers to enjoy, there is so much to come. I am going to be putting my love for literature to use and hopefully finding readers who share my passion for the arts. I will be posting three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can follow me on Instagram @katelovesliterature and there you will see a rundown of the content to come.

What should you expect to see from me? Let me tell you, coming up is Movie Monday – Every Monday I will be posting a review/discussion of a movie that I’ve watched ranging from old classics to new releases, childhood favourites to gripping thrillers, and of course I’ll be having lots of fun at Halloween and Christmas so there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Love chatting about movies? This is the place for you. Need a movie recommendation? This is the place for you. Stay tuned for Movie Monday.

Coming up next is Theory Thursday. Firstly, here is a little disclaimer. I am not a teacher or a tutor, nor am I claiming to be one but I do have a BA in English Literature so I understand some of the more complex aspects of books, plays and films. On Theory Thursday, I am going to discuss an aspect of theory so for example I might talk about form, theme, imagery, etc. So if you like to discuss literature in more depth, tune in to Theory Thursday, you might find something you’re interested in and if you are a student whose struggling to wrap their head around Shakespeare for the leaving cert, have a browse because I’m going to break things down simply every Theory Thursday and you just might find it helpful. Stay Tuned!

I’m going to be ending the week with Friday’s Choice. Every Friday will be different, I might talk about a series I’m loving, I might review/discuss a play, a poem or a short story. I might even discuss a specific scene in a play. Every week there will be something new so keep an eye out for Friday’s Choice.

At the end of every month, I will be posting a review/discussion of a book. Follow me on Instagram because I will always post what the #bookofthemonth is incase anyone would like to read along with me. The first Book of the Month post will go up at the end of July and the first book I am going to be discussing is Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s still three weeks left in July so plenty of time to read along and enjoy my July pick for Book of the Month.

I could not be more excited to be starting this new journey, so if you’re reading this first blog post, thank you. I appreciate it and please do stay tuned because there is so much more to come.

Sincerely,

Kate.

Introducing Myself.

Kate O’Brien

Blogger, Writer, Reviewer.

About me.

Welcome to my blog Katelovesliterature.com My name is Kate and I am a literature lover. I love to read, I adore going to the theatre and I am an avid movie watcher. I have a BA in English Literature and Media Studies and I have decided to put my passion to use and create a blog dedicated to literature and entertainment.

GET IN TOUCH

If you want to get in touch, I can be reached by email here – katelovesliterature@gmail.com or you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @katelovesliterature