Fifty Shades, the trilogy, has become a worldwide phenomenon.
With over 30 million copies sold in more than 30 countries, what started as an independent publication on a small Australian editorial has turned into a sales record which has even outnumbered Harry Potter. E. L. James, the British author that created the passionate story between young innocent Ana Steele and handsome rich Christian Grey, is now one of the most influential people in the world, according to Time Magazine.
This won’t be an article about the money the book is moving, though, but about the book itself. (more…)
Fifty Shades of Grey, really? Yes, really, and I don’t really see the big deal about whether you’ve read it or not, but here are some of my thoughts.
One morning I decided to work in the dining room while my roommate was watching the TV. I was kinda half listening when I heard people talking and raving about a book called Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. Maybe it was for the purpose of that show, but all I heard were good comments about it. My New iPad handy by my side, I decided to check out the book on iTunes. It was probably the first time I had opened iBooks on my New iPad, I found the title right away and I downloaded the sample, which lets me read the first 98 pages of the book which is way enough to get me into the story. (more…)
Of course I’ve heard that catch phrase before, but I thought it was just something you said to young children before they went to bed. I had never stopped for a minute to think the awful truth hidden behind that line! In fact, I had never heard of bed bugs until I came to live in London. Even when I came to live here the first time -over 20 years ago- I have never encountered that issue, or maybe it was because I was too young and too careless? But then again, I’ve always had a sensitive skin. (more…)
To me, some movies are simply magical. It doesn’t matter how many times we have watched similar plots. You have to put your skepticism and your disbelief aside, and get carried away by the magic of the moment! This time, I want to share with you my impressions about Step Up 3, which I finally got to watch.
Let me tell you, I don’t quite love musicals. Even if you, who are reading this, are a big fan, you should understand that it can be hard for some people to accept that suddenly a character stops in the middle of a dialogue or a dramatic scene, and without a warning starts to sing or dance. But Step Up 3 belongs to a different genre altogether: dance films, which I find truly amazing. Unlike musicals, here the dance scenes are not an artifact of the film to tell the audience part of the plot: dancing is the main plot! And now we are talking. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and as I told you somewhere else, I still have no date on that day!. This year I promised to myself I wouldn’t get cynical. And I don’t know why, but many people keep asking me for advice on what to buy for their partners, as I was some kind of relationship guru LOL. The truth is, I do have some dating experience, and many times I have bought great presents, so yes, one may say I am some sort of adviser when it comes to this topic! Anyway, the fact that I don’t currently have a boyfriend doesn’t mean I cannot think about gifts I would love to buy for a special someone on a special date (or gifts that I would love to receive, if given the chance!). So here are some of my personal suggestions for Valentine’s Day gifts. (more…)
Today I feel like writing about tigers, since they are one of my favorite animals. I was just checking the news on the sunshine coast, I guess I miss home sometimes, and I ran into this story about an Australian zoo and its amazing conservation movement at The Tiger Temple. And since I love cats, as I already told you in this post, I thought it was an interesting story and I decided to share it with you. (more…)
Somewhere in the world, right now, a man is hitting a woman. And that woman is unable to reach for help. Abuse is a fact, a sad reality that reaches every corner on Earth, every social class, and annually ends with the life of 5.000 women worldwide (eight times more than terrorism!). It is a global problem that calls for global actions too. The United Nations General Assembly has defined “violence against women” as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (more…)