Wednesday, 19 February 2014

My Life (#4): Taylor Swift's RED Tour in London

On Saturday the First of February 2014 I went to the O2 Arena in London to see Taylor Swift live at the RED Tour and I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing nights of my life. It was my first ever concert and I couldn't have chosen a better concert to fit that title. 
The Vamps, the opening act, were brilliant and great at entertaining a crowd who weren't necessarily there for them. They made most of the crowd, including myself, end up loving them, as far as I could tell. I especially loved it when they taught us the words to 'Cecilia'.  Ed Sheeran, who Taylor brought on stage part-way through the concert as a surprise guest, was wonderful and they sung Lego House together perfectly. Taylor's band, back-up singers and dancers were fantastic and looked like they were having so much fun.
Onto Taylor herself. Miss Swift is a spectacular entertainer who made the evening fabulous, incredible, marvellous and stunning and who left me awestruck. I really liked it when she talked about a song before performing it, it made it somehow more personal despite the fact that she was performing to a sold out crowd of about...15,000, I think it was. I also thought that it was really good that she moved around the arena, making every seat a good seat.
Thank you to Taylor Swift, for a night I doubt I will ever forget, and thank you to everyone who made that concert possible. I couldn't praise everyone highly enough.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Name: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Author's Website:
Publisher: Penguin Books
Date published: 2012
Number of pages: 313
Rating: 4/5
When is it available?: Now

I think I might as well start with the title, I love the name of this book. 'The Fault in Our Stars' really sounds poetic and gives an idea of how well-written the story is going to be. And it's not just good writing, it's funny too, which is not something you would expect from a book that deals with a topic so sensitive but it works well. It keeps the characters real and relatable. 
I thought I was going to cry while reading this book. I really did. I am the type of person who cries at books (I cried quite a few times reading the last couple of Harry Potter books). But I didn't cry at this book. I don't know what it was, perhaps I read it too quickly to become properly attached to the story, perhaps I didn't really pay attention, but I didn't cry (and I feel like I am one of the only people who didn't, I promise I'm not unemotional and insensitive! Well, I hope I'm not). Of course I found it unbelievably sad at parts, and it was quite upsetting. But no tears from me (apparently I am just a cold-hearted individual). So I just felt like there was something missing from it because of that and therefore I can't give it the five out of five stars. But it was a good book, with great writing, interesting thoughts and wonderful characters, so it definitely deserves four stars.

Now I just need to decide if I want to watch the movie or not. I'm worried it might not be quite how I pictured it and sometimes that doesn't matter with movies based on books but sometimes it really does and I think that might be the case with this one. Well, we'll see I suppose.

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