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Blue is the Warmest Colour

A dull night in scrolling through Netflix I come across Blue is the Warmest Colour. I had heard a lot about this film, always wanted to watch it, but I’m not one that’s good when it comes to long films (2 hours and 59 minutes to be precise!). However, with a lot of time on my hands and feeling open minded I decided to give it a watch.

This film is definitely worth the three hour journey. For those who don’t know about this film it is basically about a lesbian love affair between a girl at high school and an older girl who is studying at university – to begin with anyway as we see their lives through out the years.

I think the film wonderfully portrays what stigma and cruel behavior can be associated with homosexuality, especially with high school pupils. There’s also a sense of empathy I got with the protagonist; Adele. Even if you are not homosexual/bisexual etc. the way that we can see how Adele feels when she’s with her boyfriend makes us almost be able to empathize with her situation. This is in a way that the majority of people, I believe, have been in a situation, whether it be with lovers or something else, where we felt uncomfortable, like something was not right. You tear your hair out because you feel like you should be happy, but you are not.

Another thing I liked about the film is how young Adele is at the beginning and we get a glimpse of young love and how smitten she is with the blue haired girl; Emma. Not only do we see young love, but ‘grown up’ love if you will. The film shows how relationships can be when we are adults, how complicated love can be and the struggles of being in an adult relationship.

It’s a simple but effective film that really leaves you with something, whether that be a deeper insight into homosexuality, love or something more intense; peoples passions and motives in life.

If you are one for French cinema, or if you really are not I recommend you watch it if you feel like a film different to the usual mainstream ones.

I’ll give you the sun

Finishing the New York Times bestseller by Jandy Nelson with goosebumps on my legs I decided I must share what I have experienced with this book.

When I started the book, I won’t lie, I was not incredibly into it. It wasn’t a chore to read in the slightest, but I suppose it was just different to books I’ve read before. Having a running theme of ghosts to start with may have made me apprehensive, because if you’re like me, you’ll think ghosts are all doo la li! Any how I carried on reading. What originally drew me to the book was the title and the fact it was based on a pair of twins (I myself am I twin and enjoy reading stories about twins too) there are occasional pages with bold quotes too and I liked them.  

 

I won’t give too much away but the book is so beautifully written; with chapters  skipping between two periods of time in the twins’ life, each chapter pieces together little bits of the story and pieces begin to fit together. 

‘Love is only half the story’ is also written on the cover. I feel as though love is more than half of the story because it is about love in so many shapes and forms. It’s about love for family, romance and love for yourself- who you really are. 

You may ask what is the other half of the story then? I don’t think I could completely answer that, it is too complex! But I will try and say it’s about change, cycles of life, destiny and …mystery? Being at the right place at the right time. Maybe you think that kind of stuff, too, is ‘doo la li’ however the story reels you so much in and opens your mind to all of this because surely we have all had those it-was-the-right-place-right-time moments.

The book brought tears to my eyes at parts. I feel like this novel brings so much emotion and it was almost like a TV show; I just want to shout at the characters to tell them what I know and what they do not!

All in all I would definitely recommend this read especially if authors like John Green appeal to you. For an elegant story about relationships, love and loss, art and passion, this book is one to read. 

Your Body is a Temple

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying ‘you’re body is a temple’ in some kind of context, implying that this is how we must treat it. I am not sure that this mantra is so closely followed in the UK i.e. the nation of binge drinking and treating your body like a temple is definitely not followed by everyone, British or not.

But, why? Surely this saying is rather factual (not literally as I do not think I’ve met a human who is a 20 foot tall building, but you understand what I mean). This is our body and it carries out more tasks in one second than you can probably fathom. Our bodies are the vessels in which we live in, without a correctly functioning one, a broken one or a damaged one, our lives can be hugely effected.

Obviously, we take our bodies for granted *insert popular t.v. program/movie line: “what this old thing?”*. On a serious level though, I think it is hardest for the self destructive type of person more than any to treat their body like a temple.

Someone with this personality type gets some sort of enjoyment or comfort from destroying themselves, maybe self destruction is even a coping mechanism. From experience, I believe these people have low self esteem; they believe they are not worthy of being treated right so do not care if twenty cigarettes or a few drinks a day may damage their health.

It’s sad when a human being may have lost respect for their own self, body or even life in general, so much so, they could not care if they were slowly bulldozing their ‘temple’ down, every single day.

Stopping unhealthy and self destructive habits is definitely hard, however once we can accept that we are worth a bit (or a lot) of TLC, we can start to realize that treating our body as though it is sacred is important, for how we feel inside, in our bodies and minds.