The Poetic Predisposition of Princess Elsa

  This year, there was a strange occurrence in the pop cultural world: a song by a Disney princess got 258.6 million views on Youtube. To put things in perspective, that’s 35.5 million views more than Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, 5.7 million more views than One Direction’s ‘Best Song Ever’ […]

A Defence of Makeovers

The makeover. It’s hard to imagine an uplifting lady-film without one – from Cinderella through My Fair Lady to Mean Girls, Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, a dramatic change in attire and makeup has always been a symbol for the changing fortunes of our favourite female characters. And, while aged 11-15 we all watched […]

The Enigma of James Corden

When I went to see The History Boys during its first run back in 2004, I was aware that the ‘fat guy’ was the funny one. It was the same in the movie – the character of Timms was defined by A) his weight, and B) delivering the most overt chuckles in a play which […]

Popularity, Plastics and Power

I was eleven when I watched Mean Girls for the first time. It was during my best friend’s birthday sleepover, and we all piled onto her sofas with bowls of Butterkist and discussed how ‘lush’ Aaron was (Sugar magazine had told us so). We all appreciated its anti-clique message, and the bit at the end […]

Harry Potter and the Anatomy of Loss

In his 2000 novel When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro writes of the burden that comes with the search for the meaning of your ancestral dispossession, saying ‘our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents.’ In the Harry Potter novels, ‘the shadows of vanished parents’ […]