The stories of the last three weeks

I’m back. My brain is a puddle of blancmange, swilling around in the back of my skull somewhere due to 25-odd hours of air travel and transit waiting I’ve just been through, so I’m not making much sense. But I have to stay awake till bedtime on the...

The Hunger Games and movies that are better than their books

You may recall that a week or so ago I was talking about the hype surrounding The Hunger Games, reading YA fiction and my disappointment with aspects of the book. The comments on that post led me to reconsider going to see the film. As did many of the comments on...

The Hunger Games, hype and adults reading YA

Like so many people, I’ve just read The Hunger Games. I read it because I wanted to know what all the hype was about. The books on their own were a big success, then big budget movie moguls took them on and the production company engaged in a massive online hype...

Beautiful book shop stop-motion animation

I found this via Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feed (@neilhimself). He said: People kept sending me this YouTube stop motion bookstore video, and finally I watched it. Now in love. And I have to agree with him. It’s just beautiful and it must have taken an...

Writing with no regrets – Guest post from Lorna Suzuki

There are many ways to get published these days, and the face of publishing is changing all the time. Self-publishing no longer carries the kind of stigma it used to, yet there is still a fairly valid supposition that most self-published work will be inferior in...

Harry Potter 7.2 – the end of an era

We went to see the latest and last film installment in the Harry Potter series yesterday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. The film is pretty good, even if it is pretty much one long action scene. With a story there are normally three acts. There’s...