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The Rise of Female Dystopias

Over the past few decades, the literary world has seen a surge in the production of dystopian fiction, so much so that is has become iconic in 21st century popular culture. Though the origins of the dystopian novel can date back to the 19th century, with many considering E.M. Foster as its pioneer, dystopian fiction is a genre that has continued to evolve. In the noughties, for instance, the literary category was dominated by the emergence of a number of young adult dystopian series such as Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, James Dashner’s The  Maze Runner and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. However, in more recent years, dystopian fiction seems to have embarked upon a new, predominantly female trajectory. Continue reading The Rise of Female Dystopias

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Opinion: Political Spouses

Political spouses are experiencing an increased media scrutiny like never before. Although they are not essential to a winning candidate, history has shown that they can be more than helpful in an election. From clashes of characters such as John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, to the tamer relationships of politicians, the Presidents and Prime Ministers dates are always a source of fascination. A spouse … Continue reading Opinion: Political Spouses

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Prodoms and Condoms

Sex is and can be a great experience. In fact, in 2012 the Global Sex Survey found that 83% of the public believe sex is a vital part of our health and well-being. However, to obtain this, there are certain factors that need to be accounted for, including: consent, the risk of pregnancy, STI’s, and mutual pleasure. One large and regularly used component in tackling … Continue reading Prodoms and Condoms

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Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Having grown up mixed race, British and Taiwanese, I had largely experienced my national identities in two very separate spheres. However, within the last few years there has been a gradual spread of East Asian influence in Western media. From the age of 15, I began to overhear boys in my class discuss Naruto and Dragon Ball Z; last year I began to see American … Continue reading Review: Crazy Rich Asians

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Is Bake Off Still a “National Treasure”?

“I left Bake Off when Mary did.” This was my flatmate Immie’s resolute answer to my asking if she fancied catching up on this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off. She is certainly not the only Bake Off lover to be still mourning the absence of the delightful Mary Berry. Nevertheless, having overcome my own reservations about the changes the show’s move to Channel 4 would entail, I was delighted to discover a Bake Off with its wholesome charm essentially intact. Continue reading Is Bake Off Still a “National Treasure”?