I read somewhere the phrase, ‘Inside every antagonist, there’s a protagonist waiting to come out’ ( obviously a variant of the saying ‘inside every fat person, there’s a slim person trying to come out’). The antagonist, of course, makes the story nearly as much as the protagonist. If you have a weak or insufficiently … Continue reading The Antagonist in Various Forms
My PC has just eaten a longish post I write all about research for historical novels, and the changing nature of the understanding of what are taken for granted as 'historical facts. Ah, well: my own fault for not being super careful with an ailing PC, and I will have to re-write it another time. … Continue reading Characters’ Names: Some Thoughts from a Names Geek.
It is an interesting fact that US English retains some of the words and expressions of seventeenth and eighteenth century English, which are wrongly thought of as ‘American English’. For instance, there is use of the word that is commonly now spelt as ‘aint’, but can be found as ‘in’t’ and ‘an’t’. That was once … Continue reading US English and its Continued Use of Forms from Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century UK English
I recently re-read ‘Hamlet’ . I hadn’t since studying it for 'A' level, more years ago than I care to admit, though I have seen that 1980’s BBC performance, where I thought David Robb’s Laertes was far more sympathetic than David Jacobi’s Hamlet. While I normally love reading Shakespeare, I can’t say that I enjoyed … Continue reading On Re-Reading Hamlet