Last week, Twitter was aghast at the proposal to remake The Princess Bride into a musical. Now, I love The Princess Bride. It's delightful, irreverent and full of adventure. That said, there's just one teeny tiny element I'm not a fan of, which a remake (if it were ever to happen) might take the opportunity to address. I'm talking, … Continue reading Revising The Princess Bride
I've been struck lately by the many dark, gritty TV shows there are to choose from right now. And don't get me wrong, some of them are very well written. But do you know what I still miss? Merlin. It had adventure, humour, moral dilemmas, a selection box of European mythological creatures, Morgana doing her … Continue reading Bring Back Merlin!
I wonder if there's a writer out there who hasn't been offered the encouragement they 'might be the next J.K.Rowling'. (If it's you, what's that like? Do you feel left out?) She's the by-word for success in publishing your books, and not without good reason as she'd be a billionaire right now if she wasn't … Continue reading Words to Live By (according to your Hogwarts house)
We all know there’s no greater authority on winning at relationships than Jane Austen. So when it comes to Valentine’s Day, we could all do with learning a thing or two from her characters. I studied her works at great length to extract these valuable lessons, so I hope you find them useful.
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Literary characters who made it into the English dictionary
With Christmas on the way, we'll be inundated with these. I'm talking about the 20th/21st century spin on ordinary girl meets royalty and lives happily ever after. Once you start looking for them, these modern Cinderellas are everywhere, especially at this time of year. The great news is that if you want to cash in … Continue reading How to Write a Modern Fairy Tale Movie
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. We had to memorise The Road Not Taken in sixth form until we were able to recite it. It's … Continue reading Quote of the Week: Robert Frost
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. You can always count on Oscar Wilde to say something contrary and entertaining. I've deliberated before about whether this counts as good advice or bad, but it took me down a route of revisiting my least favourite philosophy modules from university, so I stopped and had … Continue reading Quote of the Week: Oscar Wilde
'Welcome, Prince,' said Aslan. 'Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?' I - I don't think I do, Sir,' said Caspian. 'I am only a kid.' 'Good,' said Aslan. 'If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.' Have I mentioned before that I … Continue reading Quote of the Week: C.S.Lewis
The pen is mightier than the sword, if the sword is very short and the pen is very sharp. This week's quote was prompted by the following photo that I took at Yarndale (a wool-themed festival in Yorkshire, if you didn't know). Book-themed craft materials and money going to a great cause: what more … Continue reading Quote of the Week: Terry Pratchett