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Young and Engaged.

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This is my first blog post about my personal life and what better way to start it off by writing about one of the biggest events in my life. My engagement and my fiancée. I am 22 years old and my partner is 24, we have been together for almost five years.

His proposal showed he knew me so well. I am an avid book lover and my all time favourite play is A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. For a surprise for my birthday he took me to see this play in the London Shakespeare Globe theatre and in the interval he rushed me to the bank side, got down on one knee, with the waters from the river splashing on one side, and the Globe theatre on the other side, and of course I said yes!

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There are two major questions that people have asked me since my engagement was announced and those have been: ‘how does it feel?’ and ‘so when’s the wedding?’.

The answer to the first question is simple. I feel no different, some people may think that this is odd but this is simply because me and my boyfriend have always been firmly committed to each other, having almost three years of our relationship being long distance. So, although it may be ‘official’ now we have always known that we would be together.

However, the second question is a lot hard to answer. I have just finished University and currently looking for a graduate job, whilst my partner is a bit further on in his career. However,we are young and although I am sure we would love to start planning the wedding it is tough. We do not have our own place and are currently living with my parents.

I do not know whether it is just me, but I find it a struggle being a University graduate in this era. When I was in college I was advised: ‘go to University, you are sure to get a job after’. However I feel that I have come out of University, also having completed a six month Events and Marketing internship only to be told that I need at least a years experience for a trainee level job. Can someone please tell me how I am supposed to achieve this?!

So, between wanting to save for a house, on a part time wage whilst trying to have some type of social life, I guess the wedding I want will have to wait a while, but I can’t wait!

 

 

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Me Before You: A Discussion.

Instead of doing a typical review for this wonderful novel by JoJo Moyes I thought I would approach this differently by discussing questions that were raised. To anyone that has read this novel, and to those who haven’t, this is not your typical romance book but explores how to deal with life and love under the most extreme circumstances.

Louisa Clarke is a girl who is content with her simple, quiet life. She works in the local cafe, has athletic boyfriend and lives with her parents, but she is content with her life and does not have many ambitions. That is until her normal life is turned upside down when she looses her job, and begins to work for a quadriplegic man, somewhat reluctantly.

Will Traynor had it all, a top job in the city, the perfect model girlfriend, pretty with a good job and wealthy.  Rushing to work one day Will Traynor is caught up in an accident that leaves him in a wheelchair and changes the cause of his life forever.  The once thrill seeking Will finds himself in a wheelchair. He now feels joyless and can’t see any reason to continue to live in this world.

However  Lou Clarke bursts into his life like a burst of colour and the two people, who should have nothing in common soon change each other’s loves irrevocably.

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The quote above to me defines the essence of the novel and encapsulates what the author JoJo Moyes intends the reader to take from this novel.

There are several issues raised within the novel, the most important being the issue of euthanasia and the effects that it has on those who surround the individual who has decided to take this path to end their life.

In the novel Lou is unaware that she has been employed to effectively change Will’s mind on his impending trip to commit suicide in a clinic. The novel explores his family’s reactions to Will’s decision. His mother seems to be in a state of denial, and is adamant that Lou will be able to change his mind. Meanwhile, his father seems to distance himself in order to deal with it.

When she finds out that Will has decided to end is life Lou comes up with a plan to try change his mind and does this through planning different activities in order to show Will that life is worth living again.

It is clear that JoJo Moyes intended us to think deeply about the issues raised in the novel as she lists a set of reading group topics at the end of the novel, I will address one here:

Will’s right to die, and Lou’s determination to change his mind about exercising this right, is a theme that runs throughout the novel. How did you feel about Will’s decision in the end? Was it what you expected? Do you think the novel should have ended differently?- JoJo Moyes,

To me, as the novel unfolded it was clear that Will was suffering a lot of pain and had his mind set on ending his life. This may be controversial to say but the hopeless romantic in me was somewhat disappointed that Will went through with going to Switzerland. Perhaps this was because I was so caught up in Lou’s unrelenting will to succeed in keeping Will Traynor alive and the growing love between the two characters, that selfishly I wanted the two to have their ‘happily ever after’ and have a long lifetime of love and happiness together. However, in terms of the novel as a whole if this was to be the ending I think I would regard it as just another simple tale of romance and not value it as highly as I do now. As well as being about love Moyes deals with the difficult reality of living with quadriplegia and explores how for some living this way is not enough. Although perhaps because of how much I love the characters and their opposing, mis-matched personalities I could not think of a more suitable way to end the novel.

To view the trailer for the upcoming movie Me Before You please click below:

 

This movie is not to be missed and I can’t wait to see and write about how this compares to the book!

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Best Marvel Movie Yet? Civil War Review

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(This review will be spoiler filled, so be warned if you haven’t already watched)

Civil war is the third film in Captain America’s run of movies, and possibly the best to date. The film, based on 2006 comic series branding the same title, hit screens on April 29 (UK) and its popularity has been rising ever since. As a result of the hype I entered the cinema with

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