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My friend let me know about this really detailed (spoiler free) article about the author of the Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss. It tells you all about how he came to write the series and how he likes to write.
He really does sound like a cool guy! I’m hoping he’ll come and do a book event in the UK soon! Maybe when book 3 comes out…
Interesting article, well argued
This article is really well written. I made a post a while back about my dislike for the success of 50 Shades of Grey but this article makes me realise the consequences of its success and what it could mean for publishing in the future. I particularly like the point about how the criticism of unoriginality which is often levelled at 50 Shades is redundant because of the amount that someone like Shakespeare borrowed from other stories. I really like the literary aspect of the article, the author has really considered all the aspects of the story of 50 Shades.
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - “I Knew a Woman” by Theodore Roethke
I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
2. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh - The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
…I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough” by Robert Burns
But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
5. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” by Thomas Gray
Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife
Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;
Along the cool sequester’d vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
6. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust - “Sonnet 30″ by William Shakespeare
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
7. Endless Night by Agatha Christie - “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake
Every night and every morn,
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - “Meditation XVII” by John Donne
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - “The Lonely Hunter” by William Sharp
O never a green leaf whispers, where the green-gold branches swing:
O never a song I hear now, where one was wont to sing.
Here in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still,
But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings —
I know why the caged bird sings!
11. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald - “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats
Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.
12. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster - Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Passage to India!
Struggles of many a captain–tales of many a sailor dead!
Over my mood, stealing and spreading they come,
Like clouds and cloudlets in the unreach’d sky.
for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.
Last night I went to see Shakespeare’s Henry V performed by Propeller, an all-male Shakespeare company. The performance was so entertaining. It really was a spectacle as Propeller seem keen to work as much movement and excitement into the play as possible. The theatricality of the violence was well done as they weren’t trying to make it look ‘real’ but what they did do worked really well. My friend who I went with does backstage/technical for many many plays and seemed impressed. The actors themselves were brilliant and brought out the emotion of the play and really made you think about what it means to be a king and to have such responsibility on your shoulders.
I’m always worried when I see a Shakespeare play I haven’t read as it feels like I’m testing myself. ‘You say you like Shakespeare? See if you can work out what the hell is going on when you don’t have the words in front of you and a lecturer to explain the plot.’ I hadn’t read Henry V and didn’t have any inkling of the plot as my historical knowledge is severely lacking. I think I just about understood it and it made me really want to go and read the play which is a very good (extra-keen English geek) sign.
Henry V is nearing the end of a UK tour, it will still be coming to Coventry, Norwich, Plymouth and London. Highly recommended.
An article about book reviews that I found particularly interesting considering the sole purpose of this blog. It poses the question of what makes a good review and who is ‘qualified’ to be reviewing books.
I’d like to think I’m pretty qualified, as I read a lot and am studying English Literature. However I also admit that if I wasn’t doing an English degree I’d probably still be reviewing books. Whether you’re qualified academically to be reviewing books seems fairly irrelevant as anyone that promotes discussion about books can only be doing a good thing. If people agree with and trust your opinions as a reviewer then it would seem you are doing something right.
A really really good article about the issue that some ‘fans’ have found with the characters of Rue and Thresh in The Hunger Games being black. There’s a tumblr blog with all the crazy tweets that people have posted about it (hungergamestweets.tumblr.com).
I’m not sure I could disagree with this guy more! Feel free to make your own mind up but I personally don’t feel we should be embarrassed to read anything and disagree with such categorization. I feel the writer is pretty dismissive of the writing talents of celebrated authors such as JK Rowling and Suzanne Collins. He’s just giving his opinion and I’m just giving mine.
A good article about how everyone can find something they’ll like in Game of Thrones. I haven’t yet read the books, (that’s my intended summer reading) but I’m loving the tv show! :)
In anticipation of the release of The Hunger Games tomorrow, here’s a good article about 10 things from the book that should make it into the film. I think this is a really good list, I’m worried about getting my hopes up but the film seems to be getting good reviews. Could someone actually have adapted a book well? Fingers crossed because this is a book that really deserves to have a decent film adaptation.
Reviews like this are making me very excited for The Hunger Games! 1 week to go…
Some good tips on how to read more. I like the suggestion of being able to put a bad book down, I’m definitely learning to do that more often!
I am a self-confessed re-reader. From Harry Potter to Wuthering Heights, the desire to re-read is what tells me that I really really like a book. So if I’m re-reading a whole series then you know I love it (The Inheritance Cycle, I’m looking at you…)
So here’s an interesting article about why we like to re-read and re-watch books and movies and what we get out of doing so.