Great works of fiction have been allowing readers to travel through time for many years. The likes of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Brontë sisters have taken us to a time, society and place completely out of sync with our own. However, fiction is not always about going back in time – sometimes authors are brave enough to throw the usual linear timeline out the window … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters: Is Fiction as Good as Time Travel?
Reading Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project sparked something in me that made the book an absolute delight. There is something about finding a novel where the author taps into a completely different way of thinking that just grips me and Don Tillman certainly looks at life in a different way to most. Simsion himself says: 'Wherever he [Don] goes, he creates disruption … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Autism in Fiction: Opening Our Eyes to a New Way of Thinking
Do children still love reading? According to an advert I saw recently, they do – but only on a Kindle! I love my Kindle, but I find it quite upsetting that companies are now advertising Kindles for children. Where has the magic gone? Do children of primary school age really need to be reading on a computer screen? What’s wrong with giving them an actual book? … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Will E-readers for Young Children Suck the Magic Out of Reading?
Over the last few months I have been travelling off to the worlds of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Woodville. Has the Doctor finally picked me up in the TARDIS and taken me through time? Sadly not. I have – like so many others – been watching the BBC adaptation of The White Queen. I also delved into Austenland by Shannon Hale. … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Escaping into Reality
The Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation finally has its Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Queer as Folk) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) have been cast as the sex-loving couple made famous in EL James's novel of the same name and the film is due to arrive next summer in cinemas. The book was, of course, a phenomenon. The story's … [Read more...] about Novelicious Natters – Fifty Shades of Adaptations