December 7, 2013
6. Saturday, Lizzie Bennett Diaries Watch-a-long
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We left Jane preparing to go after Bing to demand an explanation and Lizzie heartbroken for her sister, lets get straight on…
Lizzie is of course right about Darcy as we all know, we now have the departure of more characters as Wickham and Jane both leave town, we really do need more characters.
Wickham shows his true colours on Twitter within hours of leaving letting Lizzie reflect on emotions and the difference between her relationships and Janes. Charlotte calls with a well timed invitation and we know that there is the possibility we will get to meet Darcy soon, if the time line parallels the novel at this point. I have to confess that it took only a very short time for Wickham to descend from eye candy to annoying so I am looking forward to seeing how Darcy is played.
We travel to visit Charlotte and get to see her office and also we are re-acquainted with Mr Collins who becomes increasingly smarmy with every appearance.
I love they got a name check in for Doctor Gardiner, I know they are keeping the cast down to a minimum so it is great when minor characters at least get mentioned even if they don’t appear.
We have crossed the half way point now and still no Darcy but he has to show soon, doesn’t he?
One of the things I love about this and the original novel is it makes you question the nature of relationships, with Jane and Bing they almost miss out because they fail to outwardly show their feelings, Lizzie and Darcy show feelings but they are interpreted wrongly and Wickham deliberately sets out to deceive, the thing is growing up we experience all of the emotions and actions to some extent or another, it is only with age we learn to recognise them if we are lucky.
December 6, 2013
Fact Vs Fiction
You might wonder what the picture could possibly have to do with the title well it was the catalyst for this post and I will explain why.
Two days ago I finished Raising Steam and thoroughly enjoyed it, I contemplated what to choose to read next and was tempted by my new Anne Rice book but knowing I had work and would be grumpy about having to put it down again so quickly I looked again and spotted the thin volume. A novella, only 75 pages perfect to read in a day, right? Oh how very wrong I was!
After several hours yesterday I have reached page 23. The reason you ask? I seriously misjudged the story!!!
I have read Henry James before ‘The Turn of the Screw’ etc and had never had too much difficulty but this one has me reading each sentence a dozen times to be sure I have it right.
They say never judge a book by its cover but to that they should add or by its size or author. Every book must be judged solely on its own merits.
I was guilty of assuming that a short novella would contain a straightforward story after all one would assume when words are at a premium the writer would get straight to the point but I was wrong. A third of the way through and while I have a grasp of the basic plot I find myself frequently looking back for things I have missed.
There will be those who will suggest that it is simply a bad story and possibly had it been written by an unknown author I possible would have thrown it aside after a few pages. But I know the author who wrote this is a great writer I have loved his other works. So then I must question if the fault lies with me as the reader? But again I have reasd his other work without issue.
So that leaves one possiblity – that the preconceptions I brought to the book from my expectations of its contents have marred the experience of reading it. So for now it shall slide back into the TBR pile until I am ready to take it down once more with a fully open mind.
Do you think your preconceptions have ever spoilt a book for you or stopped you reading one you later discovered you may have been wrong about?
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December 5, 2013
4. Thursday, Ink Drops Monthly Review
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As you all know a while a few a subscribed to a monthly make up/beauty box and have loved it so I decided to sign up for another but this time one that provided stationary. Now this one is more expensive coming in at £15.95 a month including postage but as I am counting it as one of the treats for stopping smoking then I don’t feel guilty, both boxes together come to less than I would have spent in one week on cigarettes. I received my first pack last month but my daughter was here and grabbed a couple of bits before I got chance to actually take photos for a post.
So in this months box….
First think you will notice is it is not a box, rather it comes in a paper bag but you do get a lovely little hand written note from the lovely ladies who run the company, a personal touch which does make you smile.
First item I pulled out is this Memo Book by Silvine, not a very high monetary value but handy never the less, next up…
3 Eco friendly paper pencils by Ecobridge again not high monetary value but I have to be honest that is really not the attraction of theis subscription, the appeal is receiving things such as these that I probably would never have looked for and different things such as this next notebook….
I put the ruler next to it to show how tiny this is it is lovely and has a cord to wrap round it to keep it closed, it is designed as being perfect to fit in handbags but I would personally not use it for this because of the glitter and the fact glitter gets everywhere lol.
The final items in this months bag… This is the real reason I signed up to Ink Drops, the cards, notelets and postcards. This batch of 6 postcards are all mimicking polaroid photos and glory in the Summer the perfect pick me up when it is raining outside. I love writing to people, I know from those who have received letters how much they enjoy them, and knowing you give joy is a very fulfilling feeling.
I would not recommend this subscription to anyone looking to receive amazing value for money because if I add up the cost of everything I probably break even, but if you love writing letters, like notebooks and like trying new pens then consider giving it a go, I am going off now to write a letter to my Great Uncle and I may just add a P.S on a postcard.
December 4, 2013
Fact Vs Fiction
I am trying my best to keep blogging via my phone and decided today to talk about reading. I am currently three quarters of the way through the Terry Pratchett book Raising Steam and loving it.
It is the fortieth book in the Discworld series and I marvel at the way Pratchett has continued to create stories and develop already familiar characters without things becoming stale or repetitive. If you consider a film series the first film tends to be great but the sequels become more and more blatently about squeezing every last penny from a franchise rather than continual development. Pratchett however goes on from strength to strength introducing new members to an already spectacular cast.
Very few film franchises can achieve the depths of characterisation to make long term impact in the way books can but it can also be argued very few authors can keep their standards as high and the storylines fresh without frequent cast changes. Which book series leave you in awe? What are you reading right now? And could it spawn a lasting legacy?
December 3, 2013
Fact Vs Fiction
Well day two of no computer but hopefully if I have worked this out properly you will be able to see a photo with the post. Luckily prior to the computer dying I had printed off a few stories for editing as I prefer to edit on a paper version so I can at least get some work done.
I cannot help but wonder how many of todays younger generation would cope should they find themselves having to resort back to writing everything out in long hand in their best handwriting (so that you can make out what you wrote later).
I think this is one aspect where journalling helps the writer, I recently listened to a discussion about why writers still use notebooks and apparently there is a scientific reason to do with the different parts of the brain used in writing and typing which suggests those hastily scribbled lines stimulate the creative juices more than typing it straight out.
Would love to here your thoughts on this….
December 2, 2013
Fact Vs Fiction
Hello well the Christmas countdown has begun but for the time being I can only give you quick posts via my phone. I have a few posts scheduled but at the minute my laptop has decided not to charge itself up so until I discover where the problem lies then I am going to have to regress to writing long hand and posting from the phone as and when I can. I will be tweeting as much as I can as I cannot easily access my fb page from this phone so feel free to join me on twitter to keep in touch. I also apologise for not replying to comments but I hope you understand the technical issues I am having. Right time to get some house work done while trying to work out where the tree will go this year.