Rethinking the novel in a digital age

As digital technology grows and changes, the art of storytelling is being forced to adapt. Film and TV seem to be doing so readily and creatively – so why has the novel fallen behind? Today I’m discussing the limitations of the novel in the digital age, the ways in which we’re already seeing the written word adapting to digital technology, and the role that digital technology might play in the future of the novel. Continue reading “Rethinking the novel in a digital age”

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Post YA: What can 20 somethings move onto after YA?

YA is a genre I’ve always enjoyed. Like any genre, there’s a mix of good and bad, but the good ones are truly special. They’re easy to read without feeling trivial. They can be sad and emotional without feeling sensationalist. They blend humour and tragedy with interesting, likeable characters.

But recently I’ve been finding it hard to engage with this genre. Continue reading “Post YA: What can 20 somethings move onto after YA?”

Imagined Identities in Lanark

“if a city hasn’t been used by an artist not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively”

Lanark, p.234

In this essay I explore the relationship between identity and the imagination in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A Life in Four Books. I unpick the uncanny layering and blurring of the reality in this text, and also explore the extent to which it matters which is the ‘real’ identity, and which is the ‘imagined’. Continue reading “Imagined Identities in Lanark”

Post-Dissertation Update

So although my blog has been a little slow so far, I promise I have been reading a tonne of books recently – unfortunately they’ve mostly been for my dissertation. For plagiarism reasons, I am wary about discussing these texts until it has been graded. I am beginning to realise that starting a literature blog halfway through dissertation semester was, perhaps, not my greatest idea.

However, I have just returned from a much-needed break in Portugal where I read a few non-dissertation texts, most notably J. G. Ballard’s High Rise, which I intend to post about over the next week or so, in between the frantic post-uni job hunt and looming ‘what am I supposed to do next’ anxieties. Next on my reading list is Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, which, I confess, I have never read before and am thoroughly looking forward to.

Once my dissertation has been graded and sufficient time has passed that I no longer feel an imminent nervous breakdown approaching just thinking about it, expect posts on the post-modern, the Gothic and post-9/11 (or a combination of all three) in texts such as Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. 

In the meantime, happy reading!

Is Children’s Lit Exclusively for Children?

I recently read a Slate article subtitled ‘Read whatever you want.  But you should be embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.’ Though the article focuses predominantly on YA literature, it shows a clear snobbishness for books that aren’t aimed specifically at adults. But when we look at the success of, for example, Harry Potter, it becomes clear that there must be something of value in children’s literature for adults. So this poses the question, is children’s literature exclusively for children?

Continue reading “Is Children’s Lit Exclusively for Children?”

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