I read ‘Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas because I was intrigued by the praise given to it in the excellent book of writing advice ‘How to Write a Page Turner’ by Jordan Rosenfeld. The author was evidently drawn in by the series of which this is the first, and a great … Continue reading ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas: Certainly a Page Turner
Marty-Stu rapes Mary-Sue and then they find a love so true… I am so glad that I have finished this (by the way, I read it for research: honestly!). I detested reading it; and it was epic length. The only reason I am not giving it one star is because an online friend of mine … Continue reading Purple Prose and a Rapist ‘Hero’: The Original Bodice Ripper: Review of ‘The Flame and the Flower’ by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
These last few days, I have been reading Harrison Ainsworth’s ‘Jack Sheppard.’ I knew little about this writer before, save that he wrote sensationalist literature at about the same time as Charles Dickens, including a novel called ‘Rookswood’ which reputedly featured a highly glamorised version of Dick Turpin. It seems that he was at one … Continue reading Some Popular Victorian Reading: ‘Jack Sheppard: A Romance ‘ by Harrison Ainsworth.
I have written before on this blog about the terrible allure of bad writing, both good bad writing, that is, writing that is so bad it’s good – like ‘Rinaldo Rinaldini: Captain of Bandetti’ and frankly terrible writing. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading another late Victorian best seller by that writer … Continue reading Formulaic Writing: Romantic Melodrama and Charles Garvice, ‘The Great Bad Novelist’.
Titles are always difficult to decide on. This is all the more of a challenge, as the conventional wisdom of innumerable writers websites says you have to have an outstanding one that will make your readers want to start reading at once: – not an easy task. Well, I find them difficult, anyway. I was … Continue reading Book Titles: Choosing a Title and some Good, Bad, and Indifferent Titles from Classic Novels
Writers, of course, would not be human if many of the circumstances of their lives did not affect their fiction. Even writers of the fantastic must combine these impressions with the imaginative creations in their books. The authors world of fantasy is to some extent part of his or her particular ‘take’ on reality, his … Continue reading Writing, Real Life Events, and the Works of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Georgette Heyer and Louisa M Alcott
"I don't want any one made troubled or unhappy by anything I've written; perhaps 'depressed' and 'hurt' are better words." She expressed her disgust with the "anti" trend of the 1950s, "all the 'anti' brigade, the dirt brigade, the sicks and the beats." This is a quote (or rant) from a writer who created … Continue reading Mary Stewart, Romantic Suspense, and Her Quote on ‘The anti-brigade, the dirt brigade, the sicks and the beats’.
Sometimes I can be a Merry Andrew (or Merry Andrea?). This is a Polyanna Post to encourage fellow self published writers who feel a bit downhearted; cast down by lack of public recognition, perhaps, or dismayed at unimpressive sales figures. The thing is, if you aim for any sort of originality, if you give reign … Continue reading Classic Novels That Were Initially Rejected
Before I get on to being what followers of various forms of New Age 'Courses on Miracles' would call ‘negative’, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and especially wish one to my wonderful fellow writers and to my readers. Thank you for all your inspiration and support. The ‘negativity’? Well, as I … Continue reading The Seven Most Annoying Heroes in Famous Novels – Uncharitable New Year’s Rant