You won't find it in every cinema, but it is out at the moment and if you get the chance you should definitely see it -- The Wind Rises.
It is the last (*sniff*) animated feature film to be written and directed by the extraordinarily talented Hayao Miyazaki - the man behind My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and the adaptations of Howl's Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty... as well as many, many other films. He was one of the founders of Studio Ghibli which, if you've never heard of it, is like the Japanese equivalent of Disney.
This is the trailer, which I don't think does the film justice:
Only two sleeps until Vampire Academy hits Australian cinemas! And, thanks to Penguin Teen Australia, one of you lucky book lovers has the chance to see the film for free, and review it for Inside a Dog! The ticket allows you + your parent/guardian/friend free entry into most* screenings of the movie.
I love gaming just as much as I love books. This is because in recent times they have begun to complement each other in ways never possible before.
Narrative based games are the new trend among game developers, and are becoming more and more popular because of how immersive they are. Games like The Last of Us, The Stanley Parable and The Walking Dead are all based on stories. To me, these are literally “game-changers” to the industry (terrible pun, I know). If you take a book, or a well-known story, (for example the Tomb Raider universe) and turn it into a game, you are making the book interactive, involving more people in the storytelling process.
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This makes it possible for the reader (now player) to be more immersed in a story than ever before.
It's time to get your metal claws out and about! That's right, X-Men: Days of Future Past is upon us...more accurately, its trailer is.
There are two big questions I have after watching this:
- Who would win in a battle between Bald Professor Xavier meets Grumpy (and Hairy) Professor Xavier?
Wow, I just realized that this is going to be my last post of the month with you guys. That makes me so sad, but I’m also incredibly honoured that I was given this chance at all.
Speaking of incredible chances, on Saturday 21st I was given the privilege to be a part of a panel (Inside a Blog: the teen perspective) for the Digital Writer’s Festival. Myself, along with two other You’re the Voice contributors, Katie and Rehan, were part of a live video interview with author Myke Bartlett, and for an hour we had an engaging discussion about the world of online writing.
I’ve never done anything like that before, and it was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. Everyone was so encouraging and kind; and I swear the hour time-slot we had passed in the blink of an eye.
Inside a Blog ventured into the minds of three teenagers (myself included) to try and shed some light on the rising phenomena of digital writing. We discussed the different kinds of writing and social interactions found online, and compared them to the older world of books and paper. Fanfiction, roleplay writing, virtual games - nothing could escape our scrutiny as we journeyed through the online world.
While I myself have never been a big fan of writing fanfiction, I am a fan of their distant relative, roleplay, and through this hobby I have found myself on many different websites. I find that being able to interact with many different people on the internet allows me to create a much more diverse story than I would have ever been able to create on my own.
3 reasons to read The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina:
1. It follows on from The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf - y'know, that fantastical book with plot twists like no other... Longlisted for a little thing I like to call the Inky Awards... - AND IT'S EVEN BETTER.
2. It has new characters, with new powers. Also: Nicky - a gorgeous black labrador who is my new dog idol.
If you're interested in writing and/or the digital environment, the Digital Writers' Festival is for you. You can take part from anywhere in the world - all festival events are live-streamed at digitalwritersfestival.com.
The best part is, I've joined forces with the festival to bring you (da da-da daaaah!) THE PANEL OF AWESOME. This Saturday - 22 February, 11am (mark your calendars!) You're the Voice bloggers Kelcey, Rehan, and Katie will team up with author Myke Bartlett to form Megazord- er, I mean, the mighty 'Inside a Blog' panel!
People are often worrying about the doomed future of paper books, of libraries, of bookshops, because they'll soon be crushed by the devilish digital world. However this has definitely not been my experience. As the number of books on my kindle grows the number of books perched on my bookshelf doesn’t diminish, it too increases. As hours reading online tick by my need to visit a library is only magnified. Together, the digital and printed worlds only help each other to create a bigger, more exciting world for readers. From this fact alone my great support and interest in the Digital Writers’ Festival stems.
Probably the main bonus of having a digital festival is the incredible accessibility it creates. A miner in rural Australia, a professor in Europe or a school kid in Sydney (like me) can all watch and enjoy this wonderful festival. There is no entry or transport fee - the incredible truth is it is free. Furthermore, the panels and workshops can be run by anyone - by the best of writers, with location no longer a problem. There is also a relaxed intimacy that comes from watching the writers in their homes - there’s less pressure, just a chilled conversation between all kinds of people. So basically, I think the festival’s pretty great.
With the panel I’ll be speaking at the festival (Inside a Blog: the teen perspective) quickly approaching, I have spent some time pondering what I have to say about this new, more digital world.
So, what is You’re the Voice?
You’re the Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the Inside a Dog website, which is all about books for teens.
'I've had a wonderful experience blogging for You're the Voice. Thank you so much for all the support. I have had quite a blast' - Rehan
'I’ve truly enjoyed writing for you guys here on Inside a Dog, and you’ve all been so brilliantly supportive and friendly to me this past month :) Thank you!' – Leah