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A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

Disney recently began announcing the casting for their upcoming Percy Jackson adaptation, based on the books of the same name by Rick Riordan. However, the casting of Annabeth Chase was met with much controversy why? Because, she is a black actress. Leah Jeffries has been cast as Annabeth Chase, one of the central protagonists from the Percy Jackson series. I read those books when I … Continue reading A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

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The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

There is one thing that can certainly determine the start of summer: a beach day. I went to the beach for what felt like the first time in forever this week after finishing my first-year exams, and although ecstatic, I couldn’t help but feel anxious all day long. It got me thinking, to what extent are these anxieties my own insecurities or an internalized response … Continue reading The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

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Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

In February, Adidas launched their campaign promoting 43 different sizes of sports bras. The campaign was centred on breast diversity and included a collage of breasts of all shapes and sizes from women of all races and ages alongside the hashtag #Supportiseverything. From this, one might assume that the ‘one size fits all’ days have finally reached their expiration date and that this is a … Continue reading Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

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Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

Sweeping me in from cobbled streets in an area of Exeter that I’d never set foot before, The Hall was the perfect venue in which to be hurtled along with the tide of political thrill and plotting. Exeter Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Caesar hit the mark in making this timeless play relevant and new. Julius Caesar is a Shakespearean classic: conspiracy, drama, and of … Continue reading Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

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Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

** contains mild spoilers for the series ** Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut Conversations with Friends is a book I read a couple of years ago and loved – and when I reread it before watching the recent adaptation, I loved it even more.  The 12-part BBC Three and Hulu series tells the story of university students, best friends and ex-lovers Frances and Bobbi, who become involved with … Continue reading Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

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Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Dreamsnake: an under-appreciated novel for the ages and quite possibly my new favourite book. As far as I’m concerned, its main flaw is the lack of a sequel. Set far in the future, the events of Dreamsnake occur long after a nuclear war has decimated most of the world. The story is told from the perspective of Snake, a woman who uses modified serpents to heal … Continue reading Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

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Discover Devon: Exmoor National Park

Exmoor, the national park on the North Devon coast, may be more difficult to get to than Dartmoor but, it is nevertheless worth a visit. I recently took a trip to Exmoor and was very pleasantly surprised by a lovely few days of walking. Spanning the coastline, moorland, farmland and some beautiful villages and towns, Exmoor has a little something for everyone. I headed on … Continue reading Discover Devon: Exmoor National Park

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Review: The Northman (2022)

*Warning: minor spoilers ahead* With throats ripped out, noses chopped off, and penises slapped around, The Northman is a wild ride from start to finish. The plot focuses on Prince Amleth (played by Alexander Skarsgård) and his mission to avenge his father’s death and save his mother from his uncle’s clutches. An action-packed viking epic; it was so gory I found it difficult to watch at times. Although I … Continue reading Review: The Northman (2022)

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How Real is BeReal?

Whilst I used to be very sceptical of the latest social media phenomenons and have almost
completely avoided TikTok, Be Real is certainly something I’ve got on board with. For all
it’s pros and cons which I’ll delve into later, the concept of having two minutes a day to “be
real” is pretty cool. There’s no denying the fact that with apps such as Instagram, we have
certainly lost any concept of authenticity. For most people, myself included, it’s a way to
showcase your highlights, but it’s to forget that not everything is shiny bells and whistles.
The concept of Be Real, is a push to “break down social media’s obsession with
perfectionism” because you should only post when it’s time to be real – if you’re late, your
followers can see how late you are and therefore how real you are too.
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I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

Having recently downloaded Tinder for the first time, I was thrust into the muddy waters of creeps, “nice guys”, cheesy pick-up lines and illicit photographs. With the occasional rare gem who actually wanted a deeper conversation than an aubergine emoji or ‘DTF’ message sent late at night; a date eventually ensues. Whether it goes well or disastrously, the awkward moment with the bill is guaranteed … Continue reading I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

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Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

In among the swathes of theatrical dramas and factual documentaries, what Netflix show should you stream if you’re hoping for something new and appealing that maybe skews a bit younger? The answer is plastered all over your Top 10 recommendations and your Twitter timeline: Heartstopper. If you know, you know – and if you don’t, you’re about to discover why Netflix’s warm and fuzzy show … Continue reading Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

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A New Twitter?

In recent weeks, the buzz surrounding popular social media app Twitter has been clouded by conversations about privacy and the right to freedoms. This has been spurred on by the announcement that Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion dollars with the aim of axing the censorship that is currently enforced on the site.  Twitter claimed its censorship policy does not restrict users based … Continue reading A New Twitter?

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The Best Met Gala Looks 2022

When it comes to the Met Gala, we all know the deal. Suddenly, we are no longer on the periphery, not audience members, mere consumers or even fans. We are fashion critics. Anna Wintour, respectfully step aside. At the Met Gala, we, the people decide what is hot or not. Now, before we get into this I want you to know that I don’t think a … Continue reading The Best Met Gala Looks 2022

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Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

Legend of punk poetry, Dr. John Cooper Clarke, stuns Exeter Corn Exchange with an absurd tirade of one-man showmanship. From the open-mics of his native Salford and the iconic haze of the Old Grey Whistle Test to the pop-disorder of 8 Out of 10 Cats and the closing verses of the Arctic Monkeys’ platinum-selling, ‘AM’, the acerbic punk-poetry of Dr. John Cooper Clarke has met … Continue reading Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

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Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

The Irish quintet are no longer the underdogs who were crying about being ‘Boys in the Better Land’. Despite the musical stardom that has come since Irishness gladly remains at the beating heart of their illustrious discography. The rich and heartfelt lyrics of Grian Chatten combined with catchy bass lines has resulted in their best work yet and proves that their fame is well deserved. … Continue reading Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

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Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

*trigger warnings for abuse, emotional distress, death, cheating etc.* *contains spoilers* What if you went on holiday with your best friend for a weekend and during that time, everything changed? That is exactly what happens in the movie The Weekend Away, inspired by the book by Sarah Alderson.  When Beth, played by Leighton Meester, goes on holiday to Croatia with her best friend Kate, they … Continue reading Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

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The Downfall of Kanye West

From 22 time Grammy winning sensation to being banned from the very same awards , how did Kanye West’s “greatest of all time” reputation take such a tumble into chaos? Tracing his career all the way back to his roots, we watch a mentally ill man with a fair share of personal trauma become less and less fit for a life of fame. So why do the media persist in portraying his character as a joke to the public? And – perhaps more importantly – is it such a laughing matter? Continue reading The Downfall of Kanye West

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Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

Surely, you’ve heard of Wordle, the word-guessing game which has “well and truly cemented itself as a part of 2022’s pop culture”. However, if you’ve been living under a rock and still have no idea what Wordle is, let alone why everyone is obsessed with it, allow me to explain. As I’ve mentioned, Wordle is a word-guessing game: you have six goes to guess a … Continue reading Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

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World Cup 2022: Is it just a game?

Sports washing is a term used to describe countries using big sports events to move attention away from the human rights issues within it. There have been several claims that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is doing the same. From labour conditions to laws on sexuality, the choice of host country has been met with much controversy. Qatar will be the first middle eastern … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Is it just a game?

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The Death of the Teen Dystopian Movie

It’s been ten years since the first Hunger Games film was released. Can you believe it? Let me take you back to the 2010s, before Tiktok, before Zoom, before Masks…ah, a blissful time. Before our own real-life dystopia happened, the 2010s provided us with many examples of what could happen if the world was plunged into disaster. There’s no doubt that dystopia is a wide genre; many may think of The Walking Dead, The 100 or The Society (so many ‘thes’), but there was something about the Teen Dystopian Movie that hypnotised our generation.  Continue reading The Death of the Teen Dystopian Movie

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Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

It has been a while since a book swallowed me up whole. House of Hollow did just that, opening wide into a dark, sweetly perfumed world of rot, decay, and sharp beauty. Krystal Sutherland’s novel tells the story of three sisters, each angular and devastatingly enchanting, with crescent silver scars stitched into their necks, black eyes, and strange white hair. However, they weren’t always that … Continue reading Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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“We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

It’s 2022: The digital age has re-shaped romance and the dating scene entirely. Whilst heart felt letters and hand-picked flowers were once the currency of love, things are no longer as simple as back when our grandparents were dating. Whilst we may yearn for what we see in black and white films or wish we could do things “the old-fashioned way”, the dating game is now played out through a social media sphere. In fact, so much of getting to know one another takes place online, thanks to the rise of popular platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and many, many more. Continue reading “We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

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The Definitive Easter Egg Ranking

Note: At RAZZ, we are of course aware that Easter is first and foremost a religious holiday. This article is not meant to offend or make light of anyone’s religious beliefs.  With Easter fast approaching, it is about time we started talking about the very important decision you have to make. You’re in Tesco, perusing the selection of Easter eggs…. Which one should you choose? … Continue reading The Definitive Easter Egg Ranking

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Culture Comforts: Friends

The TV series Friends is not a recent release however, since it was added to Netflix’s catalog, a new audience from across the globe has been introduced to the popular American sitcom. I am not new to Friends; when I was ten my family each had a day when we could choose what to watch on TV and my sister and I always chose Friends. … Continue reading Culture Comforts: Friends

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Singles’ Round Up: ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles

If Harry Styles’ last record was “about having sex and feeling sad,” the very same sentiment could be used to describe ‘As It Was,’ written by Styles alongside his skilled collaborators Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson, who both produced the track, and moving into “eighties-style synth-pop, in the vein of A-Ha or Depeche Mode.” “It’s not the same as it was” gives the impression that … Continue reading Singles’ Round Up: ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles

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Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

They say: love is mysterious, love is beautiful, love is iridescent and glittering, something ethereal and sublime – and hey, who am I to say that it’s not? But for most of us, being the imperfect obsessive creatures that we are, love has a little stubby turned up nose like a bat and glinting pointed claws and fur sticking up in spikes. Skittering, scattering, sniffling … Continue reading Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

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Review: Eastern Angles’ Production of ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’

 Please note that this play covers themes which some viewers may find disturbing and therefore, this review also considers issues such as abuse, domestic abuse and murder. We would always suggest researching the play before attendance to ensure you feel comfortable and safe.  The Ballad of Maria Marten is a terrific play written by Beth Flintoff and directed by Hal Chambers. I started going to … Continue reading Review: Eastern Angles’ Production of ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’

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Review: Bridgerton (Season Two)

Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton turns over a new leaf in season two with fresh gossip and swoon-worthy romance. Although you may expect a Regency era romance series to attract only seasoned fans of period dramas, season one of Bridgerton drew huge audiences because it was fresh, unashamedly raunchy and beautifully diverse. When it came out, I found myself enjoying a period drama for the first time in my life; … Continue reading Review: Bridgerton (Season Two)

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Culture Comforts: One Direction

As the end of second term arrives, along with upcoming exams and deadlines to be met, so do risingstress levels. Recently I’ve fallen back into early 2010s cheesy music, in particular One Direction.Numerous memories are relived in their short 3 minute songs. Listening to One Direction’s “Best SongEver” reminds me of dancing in the kitchen with my two One Direction mad primary school best friends … Continue reading Culture Comforts: One Direction

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A Final Term Bucket List at Exeter University

As the dissertation looms and that cheeky grad robes fee seems to be staring you in the face, you may be thinking of simpler times. When you were just a silly fresh, graduation felt so far away. Yes, you energetically bounced from club to club, but did you ever stop to explore Exeter properly before COVID came along to ruin your summer? Probably not. But … Continue reading A Final Term Bucket List at Exeter University

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Reviews in Retrospect: The Poetry of Rankine and Kapil

Claudia Rankine (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: airport-security) 2004 I love when poems are not about what they first seem. I love that period of discovery, the nervousness of ‘will I get it?’, the relief knowing you don’t have to get anything, you just get to read something beautiful and if it resonates, it resonates. I’ve been reading Claudia Rankine’s poetry for a while and have found … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: The Poetry of Rankine and Kapil

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Reading Corner: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Recently, I finished reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld, and I never imagined this day would come for two reasons: one, I forgot I had this book, and two it was 640 pages long. Was it worth it? Yes. I think I’m somewhat sentimental about this book because I found it in a little independent bookshop in London. The name of said shop eludes me … Continue reading Reading Corner: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

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Singles’ Round Up: “No Romeo” by Dylan

Depending on the side of TikTok you are on, you may or may not have heard this song already. “No Romeo” is an upbeat pop song by upcoming artist Dylan who has recently released her EP on Spotify. The lyrics are jam packed with all the things your friends tell you when you are ignoring the red flags in a relationship – the kind of … Continue reading Singles’ Round Up: “No Romeo” by Dylan

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Turning Red: Pixar and Puberty

Turning Red is a fun and heart-warming coming of age story made by Pixar; with huge progress in representation with a Chinese Canadian main protagonist and multicultural characters and casting, it is no doubt a must-see film. However, this film has seen a lot of controversy from parents who believe the content of the film is unacceptable, specifically period talk; some claiming that children in the … Continue reading Turning Red: Pixar and Puberty

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Interview: Okay, Bye

Ahead of their first date of their headline UK tour, Co-President and Online Editor Senthur Shanmugarasa sat down with lead singer Grace at the Lilac Bakery in Exeter St Thomas. Hey! How’s it going? How does it feel to be headlining your first tour? It’s actually not our first tour! When we were a two piece and just before Brexit, Tom and I did 10 … Continue reading Interview: Okay, Bye

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Discover Devon: A Rainy Day in Totnes

Totnes is yet another of the many beautiful historical towns that South Devon has to offer. The town dates all the way back to 907 AD and is home to cobbled streets, a castle and lots more heritage to be uncovered. Back in December, I boarded the train and headed there to explore.  I hadn’t heard all that much about Totnes other than the name from the … Continue reading Discover Devon: A Rainy Day in Totnes

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Sex Toys: How to Add a New Dimension to Your Bedroom

One of the most frequent reactions to the idea of using adult toys for the first time is a feeling of reluctance, and potentially of discomfort. Many of us might not even completely register where our hesitation to experiment with sex toys comes from – oftentimes, it originates from fears associated with venturing into the unknown. In the modern age, stigma also stems from a … Continue reading Sex Toys: How to Add a New Dimension to Your Bedroom

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Sex on Screen

As part of SHAG week, RAZZ writer Lulu Bullman explores the depiction of sex on the big screen. Sex on screen can either set hearts racing or cause feelings of embarrassment and unease – especially if you find yourself in that awkward situation, watching a programme with the rest of your family, sitting in stone cold silence as you view a scene that no one … Continue reading Sex on Screen

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RAZZ Blind Dates 2022: Hit or Miss?

During last week, RAZZ hosted a series of blind dates for Exeter student singles. Did our matchmaking skills lead to successful matches? Was friendship on the horizon? Or, were the dates a miss? Anonymous headed to The Turk’s Head to meet her date. Was it a success? What were you expecting from your date? I was worried it would be awkward meeting a stranger but, … Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates 2022: Hit or Miss?

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Can Pornography Be Useful?

Pornography is undeniably a sensitive and controversial topic, because despite how many people consume it, can be undeniably harmful, especially for younger people. Many of the porn videos include extreme content that is abusive and disrespectful. However, pornography can also have a positive role in adults’ lives, a topic that shouldn’t surprise, considering that everything has both positive and negative sides.  Continue reading Can Pornography Be Useful?

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Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

at some point. Post night out, post first date, post random encounter at a festival, it feels like a natural follow up question. On the one hand, we’re very lucky that sex is such an open conversation nowadays. It isn’t shameful, it isn’t scandalous, and it doesn’t have to revolve around a relationship.  But I think there is also still a very formulaic approach to it. You either sleep with people or you don’t. In reality, I don’t think any one person has the exact same opinion on sex as the next, and so, the conversations around need it to be broadened. For something so deeply personal, is there really such a thing as too much or not enough? Continue reading Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

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The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time

I have always been an early bloomer, something that was inevitable and happened to my parents too. In primary school, I was head and shoulders above the boys – which was slightly embarrassing for someone who also had braces and acne by the age of ten. When I was in year five, I had my first period, and by the summer before high school, it … Continue reading The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time