Media and Review
Book Review: Flesh and Blood by Chris Priestley
Reviewed by Lily Broadhurst, Year 7
In my opinion, this book was great to read, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in horror.
This story is about a small boy called Bill, living in regular home during World War 2. He lives with his sister (who he hates) and mother, while his father is away. After one final bomb raid, his mother sends him and his sister away to the countryside by train. Two cruel wishes lead to a mysterious boy turning up at their doorway. The boy’s face is covered in bandages due to burn injuries and he never speaks. As time passes, the boy becomes stranger and stranger, and Bill soon learns how dangerous thoughtless wishes can be...
K-Drama Review: Abyss on Netflix
By Molly Hammerton, Year 12
I’ve recently started getting into all sorts of Korean pop culture, for example, I’ve begun listening to more K-Pop other than BTS, like EXO, NCT and Taemin (who I highly recommend), but this is the first K-Drama I’ve ever watched; I was pleasantly surprised! For a person who is used to watching American and British TV shows (as well as the tropes that come with them), I was unsure what to expect when watching this show, but to tell the truth, it wasn’t too far from what I’m used to.
The show is set in the capital of South Korea, Seoul, and revolves around our main characters tracking down the Eomsan-dong serial killer. Sounds pretty basic, right? Well, add in a supernatural orb which can revive the dead (seriously) and can change people’s faces to match their soul and, well, you have a series full of twists, turns and infuriating ‘almosts’ between all the characters for so many different reasons. This may sound negative, but these irritating cliffhangers are actually part of the appeal.
Throughout the series, we have two consistent main protagonists (their physical appearances less so), who are called Cha Min (played by Ahn Hyo-seop) and Go Se- yeon (played by Park Bo-young). Cha Min, at the beginning of the series, is not the most aesthetically attractive; however, it is very clear that he has a beautiful soul and personality from the start. Nonetheless, after he is revived using the mystical orb ‘Abyss’, he becomes incredibly handsome. The downside is that nobody recognises him and, as a result, it becomes difficult for him to prove who he is. Furthermore, he is the rich heir of a famous and popular cosmetic company (and is my favourite character because of how frankly hilarious he is). Go Se-yeon, the female protagonist, is initially seen as being extremely beautiful and is very successful as a prosecutor who has taken on the Eomsan-dong serial killer case. Yet, after being murdered by the serial killer and then revived by Cha Min (her best friend) using ‘Abyss’, she becomes plainer in appearance, though by no means is she unattractive. Together, they attempt to hunt down Se-yeon’s killer and bring them to justice.
Personally, I really enjoyed watching this series as it felt much more familiar than I was expecting to the TV shows that we get over here in the UK and USA. The humour is, in my opinion, sparkling and offset wonderfully by the show’s ability to be deadly serious at the right times. The characters are fabulous and are acted extraordinarily well. I commend all the actors in Abyss. Overall, if you are new to K-Dramas, I highly recommend Abyss to get you started as you are introduced to tropes through a familiar story line. Therefore, my verdict is that Abyss is anything but abysmal (ba-dum tshh).
Marvel Turns 80!
By Grace Clowrey, Year 9
On 31st August 2019, Marvel comics turned 80! For the anniversary, an 89-page massive comic featuring all of Marvel’s characters. It is issue #1000 and was created by 80 creative teams from the company’s history. Every page of the issue tells a story of an important event in Marvel's past.
The first story in the comic is about the creation of the Human Torch in 1939 - who appeared in the very first Marvel comic, when Marvel was first created. There are other stories, for example, Captain America explaining why he fights and one about Iron Man's suit in 2008, the year the first film in the recent Marvel adaptations came out.