Ever been disappointed by a 'classic' novel? I certainly have been. From Dickens to Austen, here are a few of my greatest gripes.
Despite the divisions of culture and time, there are clear parallels between Priestley and Joon-ho that are deeper than their socialist agenda. Both stories suggest that whereas the poor seek to make money, the rich seek to take it.
In no particular order, my five best reads of 2020 are: 1. The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (published 2020) This incredible book pulls away archaic misconceptions pertaining to Jack the Ripper and his victims to communicate the truth about their identities. The Five is … Continue reading My Five Best Reads of 2020 and My 2021 Reading List
Mills and Boon produce a whopping 720 romantic novels a year. But can these books be considered 'literature'? I read 'Captain Rose's Redemption' to find out.
In 1859 George Eliot published her first novel. In the years that followed, Eliot rose to prominence with the novels Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. 161 years after Eliot’s publishing debut, a project has launched with the intention of recognising female authors who originally published under male pseudonyms. George Eliot or Mary Ann Evans is among the women who are set to be recognised.
From H.G Wells to Stephen King - more overlooked texts that should be adapted for film and TV.
1.‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman For those interested in 19th century feminist literature, Gilmer is better known for her novella ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. ‘Herland’ is a science-fiction novel about a society exclusively led by women. Three men arrive in this female civilisation and the social dynamics change. Gilmore ends the novel on a cliff-hanger when … Continue reading Five Books that Should be Adapted for Film and TV
Beowulf is back, but not as you know it. Headley’s translation is modern, fresh and radical yet captures the battle-cry of the traditional tale.
Last year the word ‘Jedi’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Alongside the popularity of 'StarWars', the last decade has seen a huge increase in mainstream popularity of science-fiction, with many classics such as 'Dune' and 'Foundation' being adapted for audiences. It’s official: science-fiction is no longer the domain of geeks. Science-fiction is sexy. But what is driving this popularity?
The White Witch is an iconic villain, appearing again and again throughout the Chronicles of Narnia as she attempts to thwart Aslan’s plans. But I wonder what version of events she would give in regard to Aslan and the children who came to claim Narnia for themselves. Is she truly a cruel ice queen?
Groom’s book, published in 2018, gets its teeth into vampire mythology. Groom argues that these creatures were a unique product of the Enlightenment.
When ‘Dracula’ was first published, it did not receive critical acclaim in the UK. Should we reconsider reception of Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' saga?
Miller’s moving and timely adaptation of Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ reimagines Achilles and Patroclus’ story as a romance strewn with the tragedy of destiny and war.
I first read this when I was near to Alex’s age (15). I’ve revisited it half a lifetime later and, O my brothers, it was like real horrorshow. I've compiled an overview and introduction to this controversial and seminal novel.
It’s incredible to think that this novel was published in 1928. To consider that this book, which abandons gender and age conventions, was penned at the same time P.G. Wodehouse was writing ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ is quite remarkable. Social niceties were no trivial matter in the 1920's - they were the mainstay of society. But Woolf abandoned all conventions both stylistically and thematically when she wrote 'Orlando'.
Fitzgerald’s novel documents the loves and lives of wealthy New Yorkers during the 1920’s Jazz Age. You won’t ever truly get to the bottom of Nick, Gatsby or Daisy - but second reading is essential if you want to get anywhere.
T.H. White explores King Arthur’s younger years and the education that taught him how to rule.
Peter S. Beagle’s classic tale of woe, loss and metamorphosis still dazzles with surprising relevance and freshness.
Barker’s novel is set during the ten-year war that culminated in King Agamemnon sacking the city of Troy. It is ‘The Iliad’, but not as we know it. Unlike Homer’s story, ‘The Silence of the Girls’ recounts the war from the point of view of the women captured during the siege and questions the status … Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker Review
Where did the Ukuk-Hai learn the word 'menu' and why does Treebeard only think orcs are 'mischievous'?