Laura M. Bell

Writer, film lover, YA literature enthusiast.

Laura is originally from Italy, but somehow wound up in Hong Kong via London (it’s a long story). When she’s not looking after her baby boy, Laura enjoys slapping words on the page to see what comes out of it. You can read more of her articles on her blog, Inked! She’s also a contributor for Live for Films, the UK n.1 movie blog (source: Cision)

Laura’s first novella, ‘The Fish and the Freak’, has been released as part of the Young Adult dystopian anthology ‘Moremaids’, published by Pankhearst.

If you’d like to say hello, you can contact Laura on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

The Beauty Spots of Sherlock

It took two years, but another <em>Sherlock</em> instalment is finally on its way - and not a minute too soon. Cleverly scripted and brilliantly acted, this is one of the best dramas to grace our screens.
01/01/2016 18:16 GMT

I've Learnt It From 'Game of Thrones'

So, what can we learn from the success of <em>Game of Thrones</em>? Follow me, as I unveil some writing tips to slaughter your enemies and conquer the kingdom.
12/04/2015 19:20 BST

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman

Aptly for a story about the trials of staging a Broadway play, the camera work gives the story a very theatrical quality: the transition from scene to scene is handled by plunging a part of the screen into darkness while simultaneously spotlighting another.
24/02/2015 15:48 GMT

Why The Sun Scrapping Page 3 Truly Is a Victory for Women

This is the problem with institutionalised sexism (or racism, or homophobia, or institutionalised anything) - it's insidious and works at an almost subconscious level. It takes an inherently wrong and damaging mentality and normalises it.
22/01/2015 09:08 GMT

'Mockingjay Part 1' and the Curse of the Two-Part Finale

The studios' argument is that this creates a better viewing experience by letting the story 'breathe'. Of course. Because audiences just love to watch stories that don't end. We all go to the movies thinking, I really hope this story will have an unsatisfying ending cynically concocted to milk me of my ticket money for the next movie.
08/12/2014 17:07 GMT

How 'The Hunger Games' Is Challenging Gender Stereotypes - by Empowering Boys

<em>The Hunger Games</em> made it acceptable for boys to embrace a female perspective. In doing so it opened the floodgates to dystopians with female main characters and a broader readership base. As an aspiring YA author, I'm proud this is where the trend is gaining momentum. The new generation is showing us they can look past the gender roles we are trying to force upon them.
20/11/2014 17:53 GMT