A few weeks ago I wrote about those times when there are just enough anachronisms or inaccuracies in a book’s worldbuilding to make it feel a little off. I was talking about a historical fantasy book in that case, but even in secondary worlds it’s jarring to have, say, people riding on horseback while shooting … Continue reading Fantasy Worlds and Reader Assumptions
I'm going through one right now, and while it's not my first one I still don't really know how to fix it. I've read two books in the past 2.5 weeks and, while they were both books I really wanted to read and should have really enjoyed, I found it difficult to get into them … Continue reading Have you ever gone through a reading slump?
Quite a few of my links this week come from The Guardian, oddly enough, though they're mostly older ones. To start things off, Neil Gaiman on Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. I often hear people say that books aren't important anymore because of the internet, but with most of the information … Continue reading Literary Linking 14/03/15
I used to pride myself on reading widely. I studied English at university, where we were required to take courses on works ranging from the mediaeval era to the contemporary, from drama to poetry to novels. In high school I was in the International Baccalaureate programme, and we studied works from international authors like Isabel Allende … Continue reading Do you read widely?
I came across this entry at Count My Stars and was originally going to leave a comment, but found I had more to say than I'd thought, so I decided to write a post about it instead. In case you don't read the original post, it's a critique of an editorial telling people they should … Continue reading The notion that books should be edifying
Most people in the UK have probably heard about the new set texts for GCSE English. Michael Gove claims that this list will broaden, not limit, the books pupils read, and I do think it's good that the new rules require a mix of older and newer books as well as prose, drama and poetry. … Continue reading GCSE Book List Reforms
The choice of whose perspective(s) from which to tell a story is something I positively agonise over, and something that I keep changing my mind about well into the writing. I'm currently about halfway through my rough draft. Most of it's from my protagonist's point-of-view, but a bit under a quarter of it is from … Continue reading Thoughts on Perspectives