Hayley Ho

Sharp drop in sales of young adult novels

Recent figures from The Bookseller magazine show a sharp drop in the sales of young adult (YA) novels, with last year’s sales being the lowest in 11 years. This drop has been attributed to several things. Firstly, both public and school libraries have had their budget cut over the years,...
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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

What are the best ways to document travel?

When we go travelling, we want to make the memories last, but what’s the best way to do this? The first method we probably think of is taking photos, whether that’s on our phones or with cameras. With a phone, you can easily share photos afterwards and edit. However, cameras...
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Posted Mar. 12, 2019

Should we force theory onto texts?

Arguably, ‘theory’ just means applying a certain kind of thinking to a text and normally if you’re analysing a text, you are applying a theory such as Marxist theory or feminist theory. Often, we may feel that we are forcing a text to fit into the principles of a theory,...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2019

A Korean Odyssey review

A Korean Odyssey (also known as Hwayugi) is a romantic, fantasy drama, starring Lee Seung Gi as Son Oh Gong, an immortal monkey spirit, and Oh Yeon So as Jin Seo Mi, a woman with second sight, who turns out to be no ordinary human but Sam Jong, who is destined to save the world. A Korean Odyssey is a modern, Korean adaption of a classical, Chinese story – Journey to the West – which was published during the 16th century and has been subject to many television and film adaptions.
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Posted Feb. 2, 2019

Allowing creative license in historical fiction

Historical fiction is defined as a genre which takes place in a setting located in the past. But how much creative license is allowed when there’s a risk that the book can be taken as factually correct about a certain time period? Should we expect them to be historically accurate,...
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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

Reasons why you should be watching K dramas

Korean drama (k-drama) is just something that you must at least try watching once, even if you think it’s not for you. Aside from it being something great to watch in general, watching K-drama gives you an insight into Korean culture, allows you to pick up Korean phrases and will...
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Posted Nov. 26, 2018

Should documentaries be part of our reading lists?

In this increasingly digital age, it’s not so surprising that we consider the addition of less traditional tasks on our ‘reading’ list, for example, the introduction of documentaries, or some form of video learning. Some of us may already use YouTube for explanations of complex concepts that you don’t understand,...
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Posted Nov. 20, 2018