Total Recall and YA Literature

I watched Total Recall on channel four, where it was interrupted midway through by an awkward newscast that lasted half an hour. Apart from reminding me of why I hate watching things on TV rather than streaming them, it gave me time to reflect. What I realised, as that man wittered away about the state of the world, about the rounding up of Ozie’s, about the arrival of the Watcher Clan, was that the reason I was enjoying Total Recall so strongly was for the same reasons I adore much of YA literature.

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Dolphin Woman

She had arrived, the rainclouds a herald to her coming. Dolphin Woman regarded me from the doorway, a sweet smile playing tentatively on her lips. “Hey” I said, as she approached. My voice grew weak beneath her gaze. “Nice day, eh?”

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Harry Potter, as read by Stephen Fry

The Harry Potter books are, of course, amazing. When I think about being a kid I think about devouring the tales of Hogwarts, about going to the cinema to see the latest film dressed as wizards, about being so effected by the book as a young child that I was utterly terrified of some poor performers dressed up in death eater costumes during a school visit to Warner Bros Studios. When I was fifteen.

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Sleeping Downstairs

When sleeping on the wrong side of the bed isn’t quite enough, and you still feel like a despair mole (a rare species that bury themselves beneath the physical manifestation of sadness rather than dirt), don’t fret! Here’s another top tip for digging your way towards the surface!

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