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Finding Comfort in Stranger Things

Trigger warning: mentions of PTSD and abuse Spoiler Alert: this post contains very specific details about Stranger Things series 1 and 2. – I cried watching Stranger Things. It wasn’t a Demogorgon that frightened me, nor the shadow monster that loomed over Hawkins. What stirred a buried, tensing emotion within …

52 Films by Women: Genesis Cinema Special

Every month our writers will be submitting their fave films written and/or directed by women, one for every week of the year – and for November, we’re featuring the best films of 2017 as selected by Genesis Cinema! Have any suggestions? Tweet us @The_Nopebook with the hashtag #52FilmsbyWomen or email our Screen …

Great British Bake Off Recap: The Final

Hands up who’s still sporting their I Survived Halloween 2017 Without Prue Leith Ruining the Bake Off Final For Me badge? It’s Channel 4’s debut Bake Off Final and, before it’s even started, someone’s already dropped a clanger (and it wasn’t Kate this time).  It’s a shame, although it did …

The Rise and Fall of The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror

What Home Alone and Elf are to Christmas, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes are to Halloween. For cartoon nerds the world over, it’s a time-honoured tradition that’s spanned an impressive 27 years, and seen everyone’s favourite yellow family get into all sorts of spooky scrapes since its inception in …

Great British Bake Off Recap Semi Final: Patisserie

It’s the semi-final of the Great British Bake Off, and in honour of the occasion Noel is urging a chicken called Michael to lay an egg. You know, I really wasn’t sure going into this, but I really have come to appreciate Noel as a Bake Off presenter. Not sure …

52 Films by Women: Halloween Special

Every month our writers will be submitting their fave films written and/or directed by women, one for every week of the year – and for October, we’re looking at our favourite horrors! Have any suggestions? Tweet us @The_Nopebook with the hashtag #52FilmsbyWomen or email our Screen Queen at media@thenopebook.com Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

In the Flesh: Not Your Average Zombie Show

Kieren Walker, from the tragically short lived BBC3 show In the Flesh, is quite possibly the TV character who made me feel the most seen. Keiren represented parts of me in a way that was almost uncomfortable to acknowledge  — this is where I have to interject and reassure you …

Great British Bake Off Recap E8: Forgotten Bakes

It’s forgotten bakes week on the Great British Bake Off so it’s very on theme that I would rather forget this week happened. Yes, I am having a tantrum. Liam is crowned King of Everything and Stacey finally gets told off for baking a paper pie, the end. I SAID …

Ask a Mortician: Putting the Fun in Funeral

It might sound horribly morbid, but I am filled with curiosity about funerals and the ways that we choose to remember and memorialise our dead. I haven’t quite started carefully crafting a Pinterest board filled with coffins and shrouds and suitably mournful bouquets, but my funeral and the arrangements surrounding my death …

Steven Universe and The Death of the Dead Mother Myth

The road to the perfect cartoon family is paved with dead mothers. From Disney classics like Bambi, The Little Mermaid and Brother Bear, to Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Up, to television cartoons such as Avatar: The Last Airbender and Gravity Falls, the absent role of a mother, or mother figure, …