You wouldn't read about it.
Otherwise we're all blank canvasses.
Perhaps Jane Eyre would be a drama queen, perhaps she would be blunt and business-like.
This comedy writer replied with a brilliantly snarky letter.
Literary magic doesn't discriminate.
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It will be interesting to see where all this emoji business ends up. I suppose one day we will be reading online newspapers and magazines written in emoji form, though I suggest that will be when we are in our autonomous flying cars eating our food tablets.
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Literary fiction might be more empathy-generating than genre books.
The experiences of the characters in The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood, are extreme and shocking. But, what is even more shocking is that there is more than a touch of familiarity in the female women's experiences.
Imagine if '1984' was called 'The Last Man In Europe'.
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Some people swoon over Ryan Gosling in 'The Notebook'. Others prefer Brad Pitt in 'Thelma and Louise'. A twist of Mick Jagger's hips drives some people wild. Others can't get enough of Ricky Martin's rumba. But all it takes to pique my interest is an intricate plot and clever turn of phrase.
It is one of the greatest skills of writers to expose the human condition by holding a mirror to readers' lives, personalities and aspirations. But the reflection isn't always a pretty one, as our vanities, insecurities and fears are laid bare.
I want to gather and devour all of the books I can before I die, even if that means skimming over multi-layered brilliance and tasting a mere morsel of genius. But it is a children's series that has given me cause to reevaluate my approach to rereading.
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And that is one of the problems with leaving a book unfinished -- when you put it down, you realise you are never going to know what happened. Will there be a twist at the end? Will everything be miraculously and beautifully tied up? Or it reach the dead end where you had an inkling it was headed, confirming all your doubts?
Children's reading habits are declining and, for once, it's not only technology to blame. Parents and schools are being urged to create 'reading communities' and allow children to choose their own boo...