Romance and the Ingénue

I have been reading a lot of semi-romance novels / bumbling-female-detective novels lately. My latest story incorporates a difficult romance, you see, and I’m not really well versed in the language of romance in any shape or form. I’ve been attempting to determine what makes a person romantic, or appealing in novels. Normally I just…

The State of Politics

I think it is well past time that I set aside a few moments (or rather hours, this could get messy) to write about the state of things currently. First off, congratulations Australia on finally waking up and booting out Tony Abbott! Hurrah! I can’t think of anything that has made me happier in recent…

Book and Movie Review: Gone Girl

If you haven’t heard of Gone Girl, you’ve been living under a rock. I also intend on making this post about as full of spoilers as you can get, so bugger off if you’re still under the rock and are comfy there. The book, as the cover states, is an “addictive no. 1 bestseller”, or…

Book Review: The Slap

Tonight I am going to review The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. This was required reading for my English degree and since I recall seeing ads for it plastered all over Melbourne on buses and billboards and the like. I knew it won a zillion awards and critics loved it, I figured it might have been…

The Problem With Women (In Books)

I’ve been reading quite a lot of “girly” fiction the last few days and I have come to the conclusion that the heroines are all daft and terrible people. I’ve mostly been reading the humourous mystery genre, you know, the bumbling female detective kind, and I’m getting a little fed up with chicks who are…