Sitting here on this very cliché but lovely Sunday amongst the afternoon film-watching, late leisurely breakfast-making and wearing thick socks, I dipped into the Sunday papers to find similar 2014 round-ups in each one. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge features heavily, as does the Elle DeGeneres “Oscar selfie”, as does reaching “peak Chiltern Firehouse”. Lots of trends, things and buzzwords happened in 2014, as with every year. But I wanted to do a different “round-up” and decided not to do things, or news stories, or hashtags; but people. People that did or said something this year that stuck with me.
So here are a list of names that I wanted to shout YOU’RE AWESOME to in their faces (and on some occasions, I did exactly that):
I had the brilliant opportunity to see Jenny Slate and her fellow writers of Obvious Child at the Southbank this year, following a preview screening of the film. I wrote a blog post about how much I adored the film HERE (included full link to save repetition) – but in short I was so happy to have discovered a female comedian talking about abortion in a new way and a woman who was unafraid to break boundaries and start potentially awkward conversations.
Katie Oldham (aka Scarphelia)
I discovered Katie’s blog Scarphelia this year and it was so refreshing to find a fellow blogger who’s blog was mostly an archive of her writing. She’s not afraid to be sassy and write about things that probably thought of as being a bit ‘deep’. I like fearless writers. Not that there’s anything wrong with fashion/beauty blogs but I always just get over excited when I find a blogger who predominately just writes. She’s also a bloody good singer which you can find over on her YouTube channel. So all in all, a new person to fangirl over.
Laura Jane Williams aka Superlatively Rude
Laura has become such a good friend this year and for that I am grateful. She is one of many people this year who I’ve sort of fallen in love with over the Internet, and after having some really great meet-ups, including grown-up sleepovers with other legends such as Megan and Alex, we’ve become proper pals who need to check-in on each other. Plus – she did my first YouTube video with me (my channel then died a slow silent death as I didn’t film any others. But we don’t talk about that.)
Bruce is the MD of Twitter but aside from that, he’s a really great guy who is just “in the know”. He’s always in the loop of what’s going on in the world, be it on the Internet, new trends, music, podcasts, general cool cultural stuff. This makes him a really great person to know and to have good interesting chats with.
ZOELLA-ELLA-ELLA. Zoe Sugg’s name has made it into the mainstream press this year (finally the old school media has clocked on!) but I’ve been a fan for years and it’s been quite the the rollercoaster ride watching her career take off like a rocket over the last few months. 2014 has definitely been Zoe’s year with lots of exciting ventures taking off including a beauty range and a book deal. The great thing about Zoe is she isn’t going to change for anyone. She is who she is, and with 6 million (and growing) fans who love her for exactly that, the press are in no position to shift many people’s opinions. She’s a one of a kind.
I really really like John Green – his books, his YouTube channel, his points of view, his humility. His book The Fault in Our Stars blew my mind with how creative, emotional and complex the storyline was. The film also stayed with me when watching it on a flight home from South Korea earlier this year; I thought about it for days and days afterwards. He is a natural storyteller and someone I admire hugely.
Meeting Lena this year was amazing and special and lovely. She was even better than I’d hoped for IRL. I will always look to Lena as someone who helped a lot of girls growing up to embrace themselves, warts and all.
Hannah aka “Agent Fergie” is so so good at what she does. Anyone that is the bomb at what they do are an inspiration in general. Hannah’s a book agent who has a YouTube channel where she answers questions and makes everything seem more transparent in the industry and the process of how books are created, start to finish. And she’s a lovely person which helps. I’ve really appreciated some of her advice this year and know she’s only going to become more and more recognised in the industry.
Emma Jane Unsworth
Animals was one of my favourite books of the year. Emma Jane Unsworth is not only an amazing writer/author but she’s also amazing at discovering things before they are “a thing”. Whenever I finally stumble across a new book, or a new project, Emma’s already written the blurb, or already on the panel. I can’t wait to see what she gets up to in 2015.
Who are yours? tweet me @girllostincity xox