Culture Vulture (or: Meanwhile, on the Internets)

Happy Thursday everyone! It seems astonishing that it’s April already and that Easter is just around the corner. Phew, time goes fast sometimes.

This week’s little collection of links below:

Can you believe it’s been 15 YEARS since The Matrix first came out? Man, do I feel old now. Read Vulture’s dissection of the film and why it’s still a groundbreaker.

This month is National Poetry Writing Month (or, the catchier NaPoWriMo). The challenge is 30 poems in 30 days. Not sure I can quite manage that, but I think I should try writing a few, in honour of the challenge! Take a look at all the sites that are taking part.

For the dance fans amongst you, the Royal Ballet has announced its new season programming. I’m most excited about ZooNation‘s The Mad Hatter’s T Party and Woolf Works, the first full length ballet for the RB from Wayne McGregor. How about you?

I’m very excited to be going to see Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic in a couple of weeks and I loved this great article with its three formidable and uber-talented leading ladies.

Finally, I loved this chat between two of my favourite contemporary YA writers: Megan McCafferty and Sarah Dessen, as part of a joint series between Megan and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, called Ask! Authors! Anything! The next guest will be Laurie Halse Anderson, who wrote the astounding Speak.


Pop Arts Recommends…The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of March. This month has been super busy and so has positively flown by. We’ve reached the last Friday of the month so it’s time for another Pop Arts Recommends. This month, I talk about the internet phenomenon that is/was The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

I feel like everyone knows about the LBD, but am astonished by the number of people I meet who’ve never heard of it (they must not be as enmeshed in the internet…). The LBD was an astonishing project – to take a beloved 19th century classic by Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice) and update it (drastically) for the modern, digital age. Lizzie Bennet was re-imagined as a graduate student, living with her parents while she studied communications and figuring out what she was going to do with her life. Check out the first episode below:

When I first heard about the show, I was pretty skeptical. Though I have enjoyed other modern interpretations (Bridget Jones, Bride & Prejudice) I just wasn’t convinced about it working on…well, YouTube of all places. But it really, really did. After watching that first video, I was intruigued. Then promptly got distracted and forgot to keep watching after about three episodes. I came back to the show about 40 episodes in, after being contacted by several of my friends, who raved about the show and asked if I was watching it. I became utterly hooked, and had to binge watch all the so far transmitted episodes (which despite only being 3- 5 minutes, the vlog format made watching them quite intense)

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