How Netflix is reviving the rom com

This month we’re all about the feel-good vibes, and what better way to celebrate that, than with Netflix’s decided revival of the rom-com genre?

How delighted were we to see a brand new rom-com make its way onto Netflix? Both Set it Up and Candy Jar are our two favourite examples of this, but we’ve also seen it with movies such as The Incredible Jessica James and the not-so-incredible How we First Met.

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Cinders Galentine’s Celebration Package!

In Cinders we are all about celebrating our favourite gal pals and are in complete agreement with Leslie Knope that it is the best day of the year!

In order to share the love with all of you, our loyal readers, we’ve put together a package of the best the internet has to offer in free series, downloads and books to share with all of the best ladies in your life! Because we know that you want to share the love, bit might not always have the funds to do so!

Books, TV and movies

We are all for the enjoyment of a good book, and Galentine’s Day represents the perfect opportunity to enjoy some classics that you might not have gotten around to yet!

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Northanger Abbey

We are massive Austen fans here in Cinders and love all of her works. Here we have the links to free downloads of three of our absolute favourites to enjoy with all of your Galentine’s girls!

Pride and Prejudice https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342

Emma https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/158

Northanger Abbey https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/121

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Where would we be without Brontë’s quintessential heroine? Re-live the experience with your favourite gal pals!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1260

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

If sci-fi is your thing then take a turn with the very first example of the genre! Frankenstein is dark and wonderful – you’ll enjoy every minute!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/84

Poems by Christina Rossetti

If poetry and fantasy are your true loves then you will absolutely enjoy Christina Rossetti!

Poems by Christina Rossetti

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16950

Of course, if you and your best ladies would rather sit down with an excellent TV show then you need look no further than some of the brilliant TV shows that YouTube has to offer!

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

We love everything that Pemberly Digital has to offer but we’re particularly partial to the original series, with all of its drama, love and hilarious scenarios!

Shipwrecked Comedy’s Poe Party

If you love a good murder mystery and a healthy dose of laughter then this one is for you!

Some of us would rather just relax with an old movie – some of the great classics are now in the public domain and you can watch them online, guilt free! Here is one of our favourites:

His Girl Friday

Fast talking, fast moving, fast everything, His Girl Friday is a classic example of the back and forth that forties rom coms were famous for.

And of course, because today is also Pancake Tuesday, what better way to celebrate than to make one of these delicious recipes from the BBC!

American Pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fluffyamericanpancak_74828

Buttermilk Pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/buttermilk_pancakes_10390

Traditional pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/how_to_make_pancakes_02824

Whatever you share with your friends we hope this is your perfect Galentine’s Day package for spending with the best ladies in your life!

Happy Galentine’s Day, everyone!

Shooting Star – An Interview with Mary Kate Wiles

What with her incredible resume, you’d be forgiven for thinking that actress, producer and web vlog host, Mary Kate Wiles, never sleeps. Since receiving acclaim as Lydia Bennet in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Mary Kate has gone on to star in – and produce – content with the best of the best in web video. Méabh McDonnell chatted to Mary Kate about the development of web video, her advice to actors and which of her characters she would take for coffee.

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1.       How do you feel that webvideo and webseries have changed the landscape of media production? Are there more opportunities out there for actors?

Absolutely! There’s so much original work being made, and it’s wonderful. And it’s easier to get your own work out into the world and seen by people, which is really fantastic. I’ve done six full-length independent feature films, but the work I’ve done online has gotten me more acclaim than anything, and in a lot of ways has been more fulfilling because you have a direct connection to the people watching it. You can see the impact it’s making on people and get that instant gratification of knowing your work is being enjoyed. That’s really cool.

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