Things I enjoyed in February | Broad City | Curtis Sittenfeld | Hamilton

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I can’t believe it’s Maaaarch! Where did time go? The most important thing in the universe happened in February, and I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST (finally) (third time lucky). Hurray for transportational freedom!


 

tumblr_o38zitx7d71qhwnzlo1_540.jpgTV Show – Broad City

It’s back!! Ilana and Abbi are my favourite, favourite pair of female friends in all of fiction. I wish each episode was longer than twenty minutes, because it’s nowhere near enough. It’s so refreshing, unignorably feminist and proud.

Book – American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

2807199Over the last few months, I’ve read every one of Sittenfeld’s books. A lot of them have similar themes, but I love, love, love all of them. Even this one, which is a fictional account of George Bush’s wife Laura. It’s super weird reading a book where the dorky love interest is literally George Bush, but once you get past that it’s just a bloody good read. Laura is one of the most complicated protagonists I’ve read in a long time (it reminded me a lot of the Neapolitan novels). She has to resolve having met someone who is basically her ideal man, with the fact that he is running for office….and she disagrees with all of his political views. Yeah. If you like House of Cards*, give it a go!

*I’M HALFWAY THROUGH THE NEW STUFF. WILL UPDATE MORE IN MARCH FAVES, SOZ.

 

Musical – Hamilton

OKAY. WE ALL KNEW THIS WAS COMING. Every single person in the world knew I was gonna get into this. And I am, okay? I admit it! It’s my thing. I am completely mainstream. Dear Theodosia is my Book 2 writing jam, for reasons which… are probably obvious if you’ve read TNT?

Website – Futurelearn

I found this website because I was looking for a website to teach me more about writing screenplays. I took a free 4 week course on Scriptwriting, which was … okay. (The BBC Writer’s Room Script archive is more useful). But! I ended up taking some really cool other courses, like this Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course on Maritime Archaeology. It was free, and amazing, and I got to learn about something I’d never get a chance to otherwise. It’s possible I just really miss uni, but if you’re into learning stuff, check it out.

Article: How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You

I made Kate and Matt scientists in The Next Together as a response to awful media portrayals of scientists, so this article is HELLA GOOD. I also love that the writer of The Imitation Game’s script did it for free, whaaaat?


 

In other news: I made a Venn diagram copying a cute idea done by Mackenzi Lee to compare the differences and similarities between her books. So here’s the things in both The Next Together and The Last Beginning (out in October!). 😶

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My agent Claire Wilson has been shortlisted for Agent of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards! She is 100% GONNA WIN, because she deserves it.

Also a reminder that I’m doing an event with Alice Oseman in April at Waterstones Birmingham, and tickets are still available!

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Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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