Monday, August 04, 2014

Weather with Narrative Purpose

The Irish Times gives advice to new writers. For instance, what an agent wants in a manuscript:

Agents don’t always know what they’re looking for in an ideal manuscript. Lacklustre openings put [Sallyanne] Sweeney off. “I’ve lost count of the number of submissions I’ve read that begin with an alarm clock going off or descriptions of the weather (if you do begin this way, make sure it has a narrative purpose, as in Jane Eyre). (Sinead Gleeson)
Candy Magazine lists classics that you should read again:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Dubbed ahead of its time, this novel portrays a passionate woman who searches for a bigger life outside Victorian society and its traditions. (Melanie Santiago)
The Thirteenth Tale BBC adaptation was aired again yesterday night. The Herald on Sunday presented the film:
As the closing ceremony unveils its surprises over on BBC One from 9pm, the last of the Commonwealth Games repeats is another chance to see this spare, slow chiller, originally broadcast at Christmas. Adapted from Diane Setterfield's bestselling novel by Christopher Hampton, the writer behind Dangerous Liaisons, it's a tale aiming for the gothic mood of a Jane Eyre or Rebecca, with Olivia Colman as a struggling writer, summoned to the grand, isolated home of a celebrated but notoriously aloof author, Vida Winter (Vanessa Redgrave). 
New Statesman talks about the intricacies of World of Warcraft:
So, you not only need to find friends, you need to find lots of friends. And they need to be bloody good at the game as well, otherwise you will never get anywhere. That's one area in which computer games are unlike any other type of media. Imagine you're reading a novel, and when you get to chapter three, and there's a test which says: "Are you sure you're getting the complex interplay of character, setting and tone? If not, go back and start again". In WoW it's even worse than normal - imagine being in a book group where you can't move on until all 40 people understand chapter four of Wide Sargasso Sea. (Willard Foxton)
The Herald (Zimbabwe) and the art of reading:
Certain types of novels like Mills and Boon, Pacesetters and those by James Hardley Chase for instance, are read especially for their entertainment value, unlike classics like "Jonathan Wild" by Henry Fielding, Virginia Wolf's "The Waves", Dickens' "Great Expectations" and Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre", just to mention a few, that are read not only for enjoyment, but for mastery and critical analysis as well. Thus, satisfaction can only be derived if the purpose is put to the fore before reading proper. 
A Swedish librarian recommends The Jane Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde on Sveriges RadioWriting Wranglers and Warriors retells Jane Eyre as a series of Facebook entries; El Mundo Alrededor  (in Spanish) reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; grande-caps covers the webseries The Autobiography of Jane Eyre; Kettle Magazine reviews Wuthering Heights.

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