A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

  Sometimes, when life is stark, the only thing for me is one of Shakespeare’s plays: I suppose it is those 'universal themes' that bring things back into perspective. But sometimes, conversely, I feel like reading some escapist nonsense.  Intentional comedy or often, ridiculous melodramatic stories which can make for wonderful unintentional comedic scenes, and … Continue reading A Little Escapism for the Good of the Morale…

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas: Certainly a Page Turner

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

Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

Just before Whitsun I went to see Stonehenge, staying a couple of miles away in Amesbury.  Oddly, although I have always lived towards the west of the UK, I had never got round to visiting. It was wonderful weather when we went. I had not expected there to be much atmosphere, given that if you … Continue reading Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

Genre Fiction, Romantic Novels and Escapism

One of the complaints often aired by romance readers is that the genre is despised as escapism, and yet this insult is not so often aimed at other forms of genre fiction. There is some justice in this complaint.   Yes, there are highly escapist elements  to romantic novels – but often they are ones … Continue reading Genre Fiction, Romantic Novels and Escapism