Sam Nead

I am an 18 year old student who loves reading, writing and all things theatre-related. I am currently planning a pre-university gap year in which I plan to finish writing my first novel, before I go on to study Liberal Arts and Sciences at Birmingham University.

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  • Comment posted on 16 March 2017 at 18:41

    I think reading is a great form of therapy...for most people. As with everything, everyone is different and while most people will find a genre they enjoy and can read for pleasure or as therapy, but some people just won't because their brains don't work that way. I think it should definitely be encouraged though, as if you don't try you'll never find out!

    As for trigger warnings, books are already classified by age-range and I think taking it any further would only cause more problems than solutions. I understand that some people may be adversely affected by something they read, but speaking to others who have read the book or checking reviews on Goodreads could be a good way of avoiding that without needing to list the trigger warnings in the book.

  • Comment posted on 07 March 2017 at 11:28

    I agree that it isn't as epic as the old Hollywood classics it's compared to, but for a different reason - the singing and dancing, while sweet, isn't anywhere near as jaw-droppingly amazing as the likes of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. The training Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did for the roles is undoubtedly impressive but I didn't leave singing any of the songs or lauding the dancing, which I think is a shame because it definitely had that potential.

  • Comment posted on 27 February 2017 at 20:27

    I agree Luke; I think unfortunately the term has arisen due to a small minority of our generation who do emulate the qualities implied, and the term is inherently patronising because it looks down on those people for not being 'resilient' enough. We can prove that our generation deserves more respect than that, however, by learning to defend our point of view rather than simply surrounding ourselves by those who share it.

  • Comment posted on 21 February 2017 at 19:14

    Thank you Emrys and Emily!

  • Comment posted on 14 February 2017 at 15:58

    I love (haha!) this - spreading a different type of love on Valentine's Day :) Even the smallest acts of kindness can make someone's day, and I don't think we always realise the power we have to make someone smile. Definitely a wonderful message to spread!

  • Comment posted on 14 February 2017 at 15:54

    I totally agree, I think it's such a shame that terms such as 'feminist' - which, by definition, is the belief that men and women should be equal - have gained such negative connotations, because people end up spending more time arguing over the words themselves rather than the issue of gender equality. We need to be focusing on the real fight!

  • Comment posted on 01 February 2017 at 16:18

    Agreed Luke, museums have a bad rep among young people for being boring and silent, which lots of them aren't!

    Bhav, what areas do you mean?

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