As the song goes, “I was born in a small town.”
Fiction Related Op-Ed
What’s the formula for a book capitalizing on the market success of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY? What’s the anatomy of a clone?
We talk about trending a lot in the world of social media; it’s an immediate thing, what’s happening at the moment. Books don’t happen as fast as a breaking news story, but they do follow trends in subjects, in cover art, in tropes, and, it would seem in their titling. Here’s one such trend,…
by fangswandsfairy • Feature, Fiction Related Op-Ed, It's A History Thing • Tags: Betty Friedan, Civil Rights, Equal Pay, feminism, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Oscar Wilde, Spittalfields, THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, women's rights
Women’s Rights feature largely in historical romance novels and give us something to really think about. We didn’t start the fire,….
Today I am “bringing up an old chestnut,” “beating a dead horse” (gross!), talking about book covers and WHY they matter. What do you think about why what is on the cover is important to a reader? What is the purpose of a book cover?
When I review a “finished book” I review the entire package: including the cover. The cover is part of the book and we comment when it is pretty. It goes both ways.
Sitting, Living, Parlor, Drawing Rooms, Family, Study, Den:
Names and Functions of Rooms Change Over Time,
How we see, understand and name the rooms of the past is influenced by who we are and our understanding of the world. What I discover looking at this is not what I thought it would be.
by fangswandsfairy • Fiction Related Op-Ed • Tags: Ancient Greek, cliff hangers, convention, Deus Ex Machina, Fantasy tropes and conventions, figurative language, literary device, Literature, plot, plot twists, red herring, theme, trope
What The Trope?
What’s happening to this term? Language changes.
This past month or so it seems like series are a big deal. Maybe it just feels like my world is revolving around series; they’re like demanding lovers clamoring for attention, they seem everywhere.
So you may or may not be aware that I am *cough* in my fifties *cough* and some of you aren’t quite as ancient. So, I grew up in the swinging sixties and seventies. I think we who did like to think of the time as pivotal in our culture, especially pop culture. And, since […]
First, I would like to thank everyone who reads and participates in discussions on this blog. It is the best job I have had in my life even though I make no money doing it. Some of my favorite finds have been through you, the people who read and respond. I ALWAYS want your suggestions […]
On December 12 I reported on what books I had read. I was then at 226 books. Most of these are holiday novellas or, at least wintry ones! Also, I am working at finishing up a backlog of downloaded ARCs. This puts me at 239. Unless there is a miracle, I doubt I will get […]