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This week I purchased what I'm calling The McConnaissance Box Set, which actually bears the much more mundane title "The Matthew McConaughey Collection".  It was only £15, which I thought was a bargain for three fairly recent and critically acclaimed films on DVD.  Now compare this to an older set that is also a collection of Matthew McConaughey movies and you will see how remarkably successful his image makeover really has been in terms of how his work is marketed:  



Although, I suppose this is all relative to taste, because if you happen to be a big fan of his rom-com work then you're probably lamenting his move towards Oscar-baiting drama and weeping over how skinny and weird he looks in all his movies nowadays.

Anyway, last night we watched Dallas Buyers Club, which in case you live under a rock is the 1980s-set AIDS biopic that bagged three Oscars earlier this year.   McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a hard-drinking, rodeo-riding, drug-dealing man-slut of an electrician.  Ron is diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and given a month to live.  His utter ignorance of the virus (symptomatic of the time, as well as his situation and personality) leads initially to denial of his condition, especially as he is deeply homophobic and under the misconception that only homosexuals can catch AIDS.  The revelation of his condition results in his friends ostracising and ridiculing him, and the loss of his job and home.  Eventually conceding that he needs some form of medication to prolong his life, he meets obstacles in the form of the FDA and the local hospital, who reveal that HIV and AIDS drug testing is still underway and he will most likely be long-dead before any drugs are approved.
Ron's determination to learn more about potential treatments leads him to undergo drastic lifestyle changes, forgoing sex, drugs, alcohol and unhealthy foods and going on a quest around the world, meeting doctors and studying research papers in order to find the optimum treatment plan for sufferers.

While this is, at first, an entirely selfish exercise, once Ron starts dealing untested drugs to other AIDS sufferers in order to make a living, he develops a new found compassion for the fellow AIDS sufferers that he meets at support meetings and in gay bars.  In particular he becomes good friends and later business partners with Rayon, a drug-addicted transgender woman played by an almost unrecognisable Jared Leto.  Ron's attitude to Rayon goes from absolute revulsion to something approaching love, and their relationship is the core of the film.

What could have been a horribly bleak film is actually made very uplifting as you witness Ron's transformation from a deeply unlikeable rogue to a selfless and passionate hero who takes on the FDA and pharmaceutical companies in his quest to find decent treatment for AIDS sufferers.

It's no surprise that both McConaughey and Leto won Oscar awards for their roles in this film (for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively).  Their performances are riveting and nuanced, and both men ooze charisma.


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Belated World Cup Post

Posted on 2014.07.15 at 09:22
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Germany won the World Cup, yay!  I'd been cheering them on ever since England failed to make it past the group stage.  I actually really fancied Germany to win, going on their early form, so it came as no surprise.  I'd also had a strong feeling that England wouldn't have a single win in the group stage, which turned out, unfortunately, to be correct.  Maybe I should relax my stance against gambling?!

The sweetest thing about Germany winning the tournament was that three Arsenal players are in their squad - Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil.  I'm hoping that their players' international victory, combined with Arsenal's triumph in last season's FA cup, will spur the club to greater things in the 2014-15 season.

Here's the Arsenal boys with the trophy... WTF is that lion tattoo on Ozil's arm?!  It reminds me of the "grabbing the bull by the horns" painting that Ben Stiller's character has in Dodgeball.


Another podcast in the can!  It doesn't feel as hard work as it did last season (where we gave up after three episodes), partly because I'm not heavily pregnant, but mostly because this season is more enjoyable and I feel more inclined to talk about it at length than I did season six.

I blame this guy for my loathing of season six:



Ugh.  Just looking at his face annoys me.  The rest of season six was tolerable, but the whole Sookie/Warlow romance veered between vomit-inducing and tedious, with frequent excursions into the realm of implausibility.  I don't think it helped that the actor used to play a particularly irritating character in Eastenders.  Whenever he was onscreen I couldn't quite shake off the memories of his dire acting as his fuckwitted and deeply unlikeable character tried to drown his girlfriend and baby in a lake or attempted to bury Max Branning alive (Max Branning is one of my favourite Eastenders characters and I can only despise anyone in the warped and hilariously inaccurate version of East London that is Eastenders-land who tries to do that ginger baldy sex god any harm).

Enough about Eastenders, here's the podcast:

http://godhatesfangspodcast.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/god-hates-fangs-podcast-51-fire-in-hole.html

I recently spent a couple of days organising my book collection.  They were two-rows deep on one bookshelf, so I had to clear a ton of crap off of two other sets of shelves and fill those with the excess books from the overcrowded shelves.  

Then I gave away a ton of Scarlett's books that she deemed "too babyish" that were also too Disney Princess-y to be kept for Dylan (I know this is reinforcing gender stereotypes, but honestly he's got so many books already, at age 9 months, that he doesn't need a stack of princess and fairy books too).  I moved all my young-adult/children's classic books into Scarlett's room so now she's got a nice collection of books to read.  Not that she will, because she's not a bookish sort of child, must to my dismay.

So the books are now all much more accessible, arranged somewhat thematically (in a system that is logical to me and probably no one else) and displayed in a more pleasing way, although my flat is increasingly resembling a second-hand book store.

Photos... I haven't included the photo of the Stephen King collection because that's so immense now that it requires a second post.

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I don't think of myself as being particularly romantic, and then I see photos like this...



...and the revelation that Ripper Street actors Charlene McKenna and Adam Rothenberg are dating in real life just makes me melt into a big puddle of goo.  How feckin' cute do they look?!

This is what their Victorian alter-egos look like, by the way:



I found a few more old family photos that my nan's cousin had posted on ancestry.co.uk.  These ones are particularly delightful to me because of my obsession with the history of London, particularly the East End in the 19th century.  

Here's my great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Coffee, who was born in Islington, North London in 1845 and died in Hackney in 1914 (perhaps of Spanish Influenza, as there was a widespread outbreak in London in that year).  Also pictured is his wife, Emma Coffee (1848-1893), my great-great-great-grandmother.  Together they had eleven children, including Louisa, my paternal grandmother's grandmother.

I'm guessing these photos were taken circa 1875-1880, judging by their ages and the clothes - Emma's dress doesn't have the excessively pronounced bustle of the early 1870s, the skirt is relatively tight and without any crinoline, the bodice is long, and her hair is not elaborately styled.  

The Masonic sash that Joseph wears gives the name "Liberty Lodge", but I haven't been able to find a record of a lodge with this name in Hackney or the surrounding area.



Here's another photo of Joseph later in life.  Apparently he went blind (or perhaps he was blind as a young man too?) and became a newspaper seller in London.  It looks as though this was taken in Islington, as the sign behind him says Canonbury.



The reference to a king and not a queen in the headline indicates that it was taken during the reign of Queen Victoria's heir, King Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 until 1910.  

Initially I thought that "WAR DANCE BEFORE THE KING" dated the photo as being taken in September 1906, as King Edward VII was visited by a group of native Americans at Buckingham Palace that year.  But then I noticed there's a reference to Empire Day, which is on 24th May.  Further research found that Empire Day started in 1904, at the instigation of Lord Meath, and it appears that the headline reads "EMPIRE DAY - SPECIAL ARTICLE BY [LORD M]EATH".

(Apparently the King visited Waterford in Ireland during this time, so it is possible that the WAR DANCE headline is a reference to something that took place during that visit.)

So this dates the photo, with certainty, as being taken in Canonbury around the 24th of May 1904.

When I read this on Livejournal, I was understandably sceptical at first, but then I saw (David Gilmour's wife and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist) Polly Samson's tweet:





Although I don't have high hopes (little Floyd joke there for all you fans!) for this record, in terms of it even nearing the quality of previous releases, it's good news that they are working on new material.  I'm happy mainly because of the publicity this will give to the band and in particular to David and Roger's forthcoming solo records, and also because of how it will invigorate the fan community.  There's only so much pondering of re-releases that we can do!

Obviously I would have been wetting my knickers with delight if Roger had been involved, but alas, that is not to be.  It's a shame - even if he, understandably, does not want to take time out and potential material from his eternally forthcoming solo album. I would have liked to have seen some involvement from Roger in some capacity, if only because this is almost certainly the band's swan song and it seems appropriate that his contribution to their history should be acknowledged.  Not only that, but for all the flaws in his recent songwriting exploits (and I'm as willing to admit them as the next fan, despite any bias) Roger's still a better songwriter than Dave or Polly, and I don't believe that, had he been involved in this album, he'd have used it as an opportunity to put out half a dozen songs about the mistreatment of Palestinians.
 
You know what would also be cool? If some archival Syd material was used in the assembly in a similar way to Ricks. Then it would be possible to have a final song, on a final album, that featured all five members.  But now I'm just daydreaming about the possibilities, and ignoring the realistic expectation that this will be a weak, mostly instrumental, slightly dated affair that will resemble David's blandly inoffensive On an Island more than it could ever resemble anything pre-1983 (The Final Cut being the last truly great Pink Floyd album, in my eyes).

Episode 2 in the can!

We drank some Korean rice wine during the episode, so we get progressively more drunk throughout...

http://godhatesfangspodcast.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/god-hates-fangs-podcast-50-i-found-you.html

I found this podcast interview with Jerome Flynn:

http://preachrspodcast.net/Preachrs_Podcast_-_OnLine_%26_OnStage/Benjamin_Maio_Mackays_Talk_2_Me!/Entries/2014/6/26_Talk_2_Me_Jerome_Flynn.html

He talks about his charity work, lifestyle, philosophies and roles in Game of Thrones and Ripper Street, and comes across as a thoroughly fuckable pleasant chap.

The weird thing is, his voice sounds EXACTLY like Roger Waters'! The accent, intonation, and passionate-yet-rambling grandad style of talking are eerily similar, to the point where Paul and I were imagining that it was Roger talking about saving the lions instead of the Palestinians.

Big Game of Thrones show and book spoilers under the cut...

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Some early concept art for Ron Howard's Dark Tower movie/TV adaptation has surfaced on the net.  Its unpolished appearance, not to mention the deviations it makes from some readers' preconceptions of what the design of locations should be, has led to inevitable controversy.  The fact that this has surfaced at all has caused fans to speculate that the project has been completely shelved, though recent comments from Howard would indicate that it has just been temporarily mothballed until further negotiations take place.  Stephen King has also spoken about the adaptation recently, stating that he was absolutely behind Howard's vision, and that his idea was to have the films cover the events that occur with adult Roland and his ka-tet (posse, for non-readers) from 20th century New York, while the two seasons of TV show would cover all the flashbacks to Roland's youth.  This is the first time I recall reading exactly how the film/TV structure was going to work, and I have to say it makes a lot of sense to do it that way.

As for the pictures, well, they have a decidedly unprofessional look, but I suppose they are a few years old now and were just the initial prototypes that were made.  Here's a couple of examples (spoilers from the books are only minor):


Tull (Book 1, The Gunslinger)

I approve of this.  Although I've seen fans complaining that it doesn't look as "Wild West" as they were hoping, I rather like the post-apocalyptic, decayed-modern look.  It seems appropriate to envisage Tull as such seeing as across the desert is a dilapidated alternate universe version of New York.  A huge theme of the books is that it's set in a universe where things on Earth are falling apart, and this reflects that.






The Speaking Ring (book 1, The Gunslinger)

This looks appropriately creep-tastic.  Again, there's certainly the feel of a world that's gone to the dogs.




The Manni village (book 5, The Wolves of the Calla)

The two obvious HUGE controversies here are that Suzanne is walking, with legs (she has lost both her lower legs in an accident in the books, and uses a wheelchair), and that there is no Oy (their pet/companion, a small, hyper-intelligent  mammal that doesn't exist on our Earth).  I can only assume that if these WERE changes that they were considering making for the films, then it was because of budgeting constraints.  But it would have pissed a LOT of people off.  Surely a reasonable compromise would have been to have Suzanne be wheelchair bound because of a spinal injury, if they really couldn't find a way to use special effects to hide an actress's legs?  Or couldn't they cast an actual amputee?!  The fact that she appears to be styled in a 1970s fashion is also worrying, since a huge part of her character is that she is a civil rights activist who has experienced extreme racism in the 1950s/early 60s.  Also, it's a very relevant part of her relationship with Eddie that she is from a different time period (and universe) to him, so in the "real" world their relationship could never exist.

I'm also perplexed about why there is a large city visible in the background - this scene takes place near Calla Bryn Sturgis, a small rural town, and there's no city near there as far as I remember.  Unless the picture has been labelled incorrectly and this is actually the village that they encounter on the way to the city of Ludd, which would make more sense.  But that would be in the desert...

Anyway, the Manni are supposedly like the Amish, so I don't really think the representation of their homes makes sense - not to mention they look really impractical.




Devar Toi (book 7, The Dark Tower)

This looks like it was knocked together in five minutes on an Amiga 500 in the mid-1990s.  On the other hand, it does at least conform to expectation in regard to the descriptions of this location in the book.




Overall, these pictures don't exactly inspire confidence in the proposed adaptation, but on the other hand they are early drafts and aren't necessarily representative of the final product.  I suppose that one can't make assumptions based on any of this evidence - for one, Oy's absence in the illustrations doesn't mean that he won't be in the films, just that they perhaps haven't come to a decision regarding his design just yet.

You can see all the pictures here:

http://io9.com/concept-art-gives-us-our-first-look-at-ron-howards-trou-1596506901

Our podcast is back!  Here's our take on the opening episode of season seven of True Blood:

http://godhatesfangspodcast.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/god-hates-fangs-podcast-49-jesus-gonna.html

In the Heart of the Sea has been called one of the greatest history books ever written, and after reading it I can vouch that it is thoroughly deserving of this praise.  It tells the true story of the crew of the Essex, a whaling ship that sailed from the island of Nantucket off the coast of New England in 1819, rounded the Souther tip of South America, sailed in to the Pacific whaling grounds and was attacked by a sperm whale. Adrift in the middle of the Pacific in three small boats, thousands of miles from land and with limited supplies, the twenty survivors slowly started to die of starvation and dehydration.  Those who lived on had to make the difficult decision whether or not to eat their dead shipmates.  After ninety days there were only eight men left, who were rescued by passing ships.  Their rescuers found them in a raving, skeletal state, surrounded by the bones of the dead friends they'd devoured in their desperation.  The book then covers their return to their tight-knit whaling community and the effect that the legend of the sailors who turned cannibal to survive would have on Nantucket Island.

Philbrick doesn't shy away from the distasteful aspects of this tale - the bloody job of dismembering both human and whale corpses is explained in great detail, along with the horrendous symptoms of extreme starvation and dehydration that the men would have suffered from, as well as the psychological effects.

It's a story so powerful and compelling that it reads almost like fiction.  There are well-defined characters at the centre of things and Philbrick builds up a strong picture of the backgrounds and motivations of these men - the inexperienced captain whose failure to be steadfast and poor decision-making leads to the disaster, the obnoxious first mate who ultimately turns out to be a born leader, the green cabin boy who is eager to set off on adventure, the harpooner whose abilities come into doubt but later proves himself, the old black sailor who comforts the younger men by leading them in prayer despite the racial tensions that had underlined events.

It's no surprise then, that Ron Howard has shot a big-budget film of this exemplary piece of storytelling. Thor's Chris Hemsworth is first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker (who played the titular role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is Captain Pollard, Cillian Murphy (who I'm a long-time fan of) is second mate Matthew Joy, Joseph Mawle (of Ripper Street and Game of Thrones, who also played Walker's dad in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is harpooner Benjamin Lawrence, and Gary Beadle (who played Paul Trueman, my all-time favourite Eastenders character!) is ship's cook William Bond.

I first heard about this film when I listened to a radio interview with Joseph Mawle in which he explained how the cast had to go on an extreme diet in order to convincingly portray the men at the point of starvation.  He said he lost around 35 lbs, and Cillian Murphy also talked about losing 15 lbs for the role.

Given the superb source material as well as Ron Howard's involvement and the excellent casting gives me high hopes for this movie and I can't wait to see it when it comes out next year.

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I'm a sucker for historical books, so recently I read The Illustrated Pepys, which is the definitive edition of Samuel Pepys' diaries from 1660-1669, complete with paintings of the people and locations mentioned in the diary. Pepys was the son of a Fleet Street tailor whose intelligence earned him a scholarship to a grammar school and a place at university.  Later his workaholic tendencies and organisational skills earned him a position as a high-ranking government official in charge of the administration of the British Navy. His diary covers one of the most interesting periods in British history, taking in the restoration of the exiled king (following the English Civil War several years previous), the war with the Dutch, the plague, and the Great Fire of London.  Because of his prominence in Charles II's court he was a major player in events at the time, being the man tasked with sailing to Holland to retrieve the king, and later reporting to the monarch on the state of the city during the fire.

Pepys was also in a position to witness first hand the King's debauchery, his many affairs, and his immense number of illegitimate offspring, to the humiliation of the barren queen.  The King's frivolity, much like that of his father (who paid for his excesses with his head), leads to a significant deficit in funding for the armed forces, much to Pepys' fury, as he sees soldiers and sailors fighting a war while starving for want of wages, as the King haemorrhages money on elaborate furniture, fine art, ludicrous banquets and extravagant clothes.  In only a short while the British people start resenting the returned prodigal son and wishing for the days of Oliver Cromwell's austerity (the leader during Britain's brief stint as a republic was notoriously puritan, to the extent that he banned Christmas festivities and theatres).

Juxtaposed with these scenes of tumultuous historical events are depictions of Pepys' own domestic worries.  Whilst his is a richer man than he ever expected to be (and constantly gives thanks and praise for this fact), with a large house in London, many servants, a valuable collection of books and art, and a wide circle of friends in London society with whom he socialises extensively, his life is marred by two things - he and his wife's inability to have a child, and his constant philandering.  The number of women that Pepys manages to have extra-marital flings with is remarkable, even by the standards of the 21st century.  Noble ladies, housemaids, prostitutes, wives of friends... Pepys virility (and wondering hand) knows no bounds.

It's a book that every British schoolchild learns about, but the curriculum only ever touches on the Great Fire and the plague, which is but a small part of a diary that offers an endlessly fascinating portrait of 17th Century London.  It's surprisingly readable (people tend to think that people in this era all spoke in Shakespearean dialect, but the truth is that the language in Shakespeare's plays was not representative of how people spoke at the time), and Pepys is an excellent writer, despite the fact that he is really only writing for himself, having no inkling that in several hundred years' time people would be reading his most private thoughts and foul deeds.  





Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a download-only indie/adventure/puzzle game that follows two brothers traversing a Fable-like fantasy world in order to find a magic tree that can provide an elusive cure for their dying father.

The game controls are ingenious, in that the player has to control both brothers simultaneously, one with each side of the joypad.  The elder brother is controlled with the left stick and L2 (or LT on X-Box) and the younger with the right stick and R2 (RT).  They have slightly differing abilities, with the elder being stronger and able to lift heavy objects and pull large leavers, while the younger can squeeze through small gaps.  This enables the player to utilise both to solve one of the many puzzles, which involve a variety of different scenarios such as distracting enemies, swinging between buildings, rearranging cogs, using levers to open bridges and gateways and the like.  Tasks that might be straightforward in another game when carried out by a single player will render you a great bumbling lummox with no hand-eye coordination when you're controlling two characters carrying out different tasks and moving in opposite directions.  It's thankful then that there's a lack of combat to worry about on top of the confusion of navigating steep cliffs and narrow ledges as not one but two intrepid protagonists.  The dearth of combat doesn't mean there isn't the imminent threat of danger, but avoidance and quick reflexes are your tools against enemies, not weapons, magic and armour.



The locations that the brothers pass through on their quest are stunningly rendered and epic in scale, with vast mountain ranges, a desolate frozen tundra, perilous castle ruins and the blood-drenched scene of a battle between giants certain to induce jaw-dropping admiration.  It's reminiscent of indie classics Ico and Journey in terms of visual style, tone and structure.  Interestingly, the characters all communicate in a made-up language, aided by the use of expressive gesture.  It's so well executed that the intended meaning is always transparent and so the game is universally understandable.

At a maximum of four hours if you take things slow, Brothers is a brief game, but an immensely satisfying one, full of imagination, impeccable storytelling, compelling characters, quirky yet challenging gameplay and a huge emotional pay-off the like of which one doesn't often see in gaming.  

This is really interesting.  Who knew Dr Seuss invented the word "nerd"?!

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/17/authors-invented-words-used-every-day-cojones-meme-nerd

And this concerns a new online publisher that gives authors 80% profit on sales:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/16/better-deal-for-authors-digital-publishing-0s-and-1s-ebooks

Though I wonder if this is worthwhile compared to the obvious advantages of having a book available in print, such as reviews in the mainstream press, the increased publicity afforded by a larger publisher, having a physical presence in book retailers and the actual cachet of having a book available in hardback.

In other writing-related news, an author received an unexpected windfall as a result of her book having the same title as Stephen King's novel Joyland:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10911626/Fans-buy-the-wrong-Stephen-King-book.html

King Bill

New podcast logo

Posted on 2014.06.20 at 21:13
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The final season of True Blood starts in a few days, so it's going to be a busy ten weeks with writing and recording the podcast!  I'm determined not to drop the ball this time, after we had to miss most of season six due to impending childbirth.

I've been intending for ages to re-vamp (see what I did there?!) the God Hates Fangs podcast logo, and I finally got round to it!  Apple changed their rules some time ago so that podcast logos had to be 1400 pixels square, and our original logo was woefully inadequate.  I couldn't find a higher resolution version of the photo I used so I thought I would draw it instead.  Because we might continue the podcast after True Blood ends, but become more of a general vampire/TV/movies/comics/books show I removed the words "A True Blood Podcast" from the logo.


http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/is-popular-teen-fiction-like-the-fault-in-our-stars-wasted-on-young-readers-9547232.html

I don't generally read YA/teen fiction but I'm not against the idea of adults reading books that come under this classification - just to have people reading who might not usually read novels at all is a good thing, in my mind.  The thing that turns me off of a lot of YA fiction is that it's aimed at readers with limited experience of adult relationships, and therefore the emotional reactions of the characters are difficult to relate to (I find) as a thirty-year-old wife and mother.  Even my teenage self would struggle to relate to Bella Swann in Twilight.  "We have to wait until we're married to have sex."  "Oh, fuck off Edward, I just wanna get laid."  Not that there isn't undoubtedly some appeal of escapism in this sort of teen fantasy, but it just doesn't wash with me and certainly wouldn't with my younger self either.  I mean, what teenage girl aspires to date a guy in high school?!  Surely when you are 16 the appeal lies in dating older guys who can get you into clubs and buy you fags and booze and have superior drug connections?  "Hey, Edward, can you score me some crystal MDMA?  No?  Then piss off!"  I can only assume that the readers of this sort of teen fiction had more interesting and glamorous lives at 16 than they do in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, whereas I have no desire to look back fondly upon a time when I was a dorky virgin with acne and braces.

Generally I prefer to read something with at least some explicit sex/drugs/violence/general debauchery, which books aimed at a teen audience obviously steer clear of, unless the point of the books is to lecture the evils and potentially dire consequences of such behaviour in some way.  Which seems odd, because when I was a teenager I was interested in reading books that had lots of sex and swearing.  I remember the first time I read IT by Stephen King (which, given that it's essentially a coming-of-age tale about a group of teens battling a force of evil in a small town fits a lot of the tropes of YA fiction) at age twelve being thrilled that it contained the word "cunt" and that the teenage protagonists had sex with one another.  Perhaps while more adults are reading YA fiction in order to be taken back to a more innocent, simple time in their lives when they were better looking, cooler and full of optimistic enthusiasm, teens are reading adult fiction as part of a culture of aspiration?

Sometimes I find books within the science-fiction/fantasy realm that fall under the YA banner and are compelling enough stories to transcend their target audience and satisfy readers across the age spectrum.  I wouldn't dream of reading The Fault in our Stars, which is a bestseller about two people with terminal illnesses who fall in love.  My reluctance has nothing to do with the target age range, it's purely the plot synopsis that turns me off - I wouldn't read a book with that storyline even if it were aimed at adults.  Currently I'm reading classic 1970s children's sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time, which is all very innocent and child-friendly, but still deals with weighty themes and has an imaginative, quirky story.  Meanwhile, I'm getting all the book-sex I could need from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, which (rather surprisingly) has ten times more sex that possibly any book I have ever read.

goth aphroditemf

Clothes

Posted on 2014.06.18 at 09:53
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I've come to terms with the fact that after having two kids I probably won't ever be as skinny as I was circa 2009-2011, so I thought I'd have a clear-out of all the too-small clothes and use the money I make selling them on eBay to buy some slightly larger clothes.

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iain banks

How to write a novel, for younglings

Posted on 2014.06.17 at 16:35
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An amusing article on how a young person should approach writing a novel (though the same advice probably follows for older folk too):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-sarner/writing-a-novel-as-a-coll_b_5500080.html

goth aphroditemf

Tumbling

Posted on 2014.06.16 at 10:07
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At last, I think I am getting a feel for Tumblr.  Initially I felt it was far too youth-orientated (they send you an e-mail that says OMG! when you get a new follower) and didn't really understand how it functioned.  Actually, I still have no clue how you submit a picture to another user, and I can't work out why there's no "ask me a question" button on my page like other blogs have, but at least I've got the hang of posting now.

I wasn't sure if I should have some sort of theme to my Tumblr blog but decided it should just be a mish-mash of stuff I like, which as it turns out is mostly Ripper Street, various actors I consider to be rather handsome, and stuff involving ships.

So if you happen to have a Tumblr account, then please befriend me, I'm terribly lonely here!

http://aphroditemf.tumblr.com/

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