Most authors fall into one of two categories: those who dream of the day that Hollywood comes knocking, and those who dread it.
Whilst some would jump at the chance to see their literary creations come to life on the big screen, others are understandably wary— what if their story is ruined, or their characters don’t come across as intended?
However, there is a lesser-known third category: those who willingly sell the film rights to their work, only to be disappointed by the final result.
Are they entitled to feel that way? After signing on the dotted line, some would…
If you walk into a children’s clothing store, there’s a hilariously sharp divide. On your left you’ll see a wave of pink flowers and glitter, and on your right there’s nothing but blue trucks and dinosaurs. Straight away, you’re forced to make a decision — and it’s very clear which side is meant for girls, and which is for boys.
Recently, more and more people have expressed frustration with such clearly defined categories when it comes to children’s wardrobes. In a creditable display of defiance, some parents make a deliberate effort to flip the pre-established gender roles, dressing their daughters…
Whether you like his music or not, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was undeniably a musical genius. He wrote his first piece of music aged 5, and his first opera at the age of 11. By the time he was 12, he was regularly travelling all over Europe performing for royal courts.
And according to a popular cultural phenomenon, his genius can be passed on simply by listening to his music.
The so-called ‘Mozart effect’ was coined by a group of psychologists in 1993, and refers to the idea that listening to the famous composer can elevate your IQ levels. But what…
Marketing is all about persuasion. Regardless of what you’re selling or how you’re selling it, the goal is the same — to convince people to invest in your product.
Colour has always been an important component of marketing. Research has shown that up to 90% of snap decisions by customers are based on colour alone. The way consumers respond to colour should therefore inform how you market your brand. But how do you decide which colours are best? Are there certain colours that should be avoided?
The way we use and think about colour, both as marketers and consumers, has…
Have you ever been talking to someone, and thought that they weren’t paying attention?
It’s easy to tell if somebody is simply not listening to you. But sometimes, people who are bad listeners can appear to be actively involved in the conversation. These interactions often leave you feeling more confused or frustrated than you did before, particularly if you’ve gone to somebody seeking their advice.
As a skill, listening is harder than it seems. Unlike hearing, listening requires active effort, rather than being something that just happens passively. Studies have shown that humans process 2,000 of the 400 billion pieces…
I am sick and tired of hearing people say that in order to be more productive, you simply need to start waking up earlier.
Thanks to our productivity-driven society, we spend more and more time working. It’s true that one way to make more time for yourself is to get up earlier in the mornings. Several successful people have been known to wake up before 4am, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, and even Michelle Obama.
But the reason they are able to do so has got nothing to do with how successful or hardworking they might…
Even if you’ve never watched a single episode, you’ve heard of Friends. The sitcom of all sitcoms took the world by storm in the 90s. And now, finally, it’s back.
And it’s set to ruin its legacy in one single show.
Seventeen years after the final episode aired, a reunion show is being filmed and streamed on HBO Max in 2021. After years of waiting, fans are finally going to see the six friends back together again. For many, this is exactly what they’ve been hoping for — so why am I not on board?
Here are three reasons why…
On a May evening in Paris in 1913, one of the most notorious riots of the twentieth century took place. It began not in a bar, or on the streets— but at the ballet.
As a genre, ballet has certain connotations. It’s considered beautiful, graceful, and incredibly skilful. It’s generally not associated with screaming, yelling, violence, and vegetables being thrown on stage. But that’s exactly what happened on this occasion — the Parisian audience in attendance were so outraged, so disgusted by what they saw, that their composure turned to madness.
The ballet in question? The Rite of Spring.
All of the ideas I’ve ever had for a novel have one thing in common: they all bear some resemblance to my life.
When it comes to writing, I’ve always been drawn to plots and characters that in some way reflect my own experiences. I somewhat arrogantly wanted to convey my own thoughts and feelings and passions to the reader, as if my experiences were more valid than theirs. I believed that by drawing on my own life, my writing would be more truthful and therefore better.
Consciously or not, I’d been holding onto the advice ingrained in so many…
Towering yellow-stone buildings.
Libraries full of old leather-bound books.
Students in gowns whizzing around on bicycles.
Such a vision is as true of both Oxford and Cambridge today as it was eight hundred years ago. Established in 1096 and 1209 respectively, both universities are weighed down by tradition. Oozing prestige, this is where the top academics and brightest young minds in the world flock to.
In other words, Oxbridge represents the pinnacle of academic achievement.
So when I announced that I had turned down offers from both universities to study for a PhD, I was prepared for the shocked reactions.
Musician, teacher, writer.