July 29th 2013
March’s book of the month is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This young adult novel was released four years ago and has developed quite a following since. It follows a young woman living in a dystopian version of Earth. She is compelled to compete in a game show that requires every other participant die for her to win. While not a completely original idea, click here, Suzanne Collins gives the story a depth and quite a few twists that make it different and fascinating. It is geared toward young adults, but adults will certainly enjoy it as well. In March 2012, The Hunger Games film will be released in theaters; creating even more imperative that those who have not read it yet read it before the plot and ending are on everyone’s lips. The film is widely anticipated and those who have read the book will want to see it. Those who want to see the film should read the book first. Another great reason to read it is that it is a trilogy. Once you have finished The Hunger Games, you can move on to Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The films are sure to follow, so you get three great books and three movies that are currently set to be blockbusters.
May 27th 2013
If you have ever read a book that you really enjoyed yet never saw any books or other works from the author of it again, you probably know the feeling of wondering where an author has been and what he or she has been up to. Luckily, there are ways that you can find out about different books from all of your favorite authors, even if they aren’t very popular.
Starting at your local or school library is always a good idea. You can ask a librarian to help you find Continue Reading »
March 22nd 2013
Authors Are Perfectionists
The most powerful authors of the past and present have one thing in common: they are perfectionists. This is something new authors should ponder. Each paragraph, chapter and conclusion must satisfy the natural link between authors and readers. Editors and publishers are merely literary gatekeepers. It’s important to remember editors and publishers don’t buy your work, create loyal readership or author following.
Write For Readers
One objective serious authors should keep in mind is to write specifically for readers. A successful author sets the bar to astronomical limits to create the best work. Continue Reading »
June 14th 2012
Oftentimes, though it may be the main character that ultimately saves the day or has the grand adventure in a novel, they would not have been able to make it to their defining moment unless they had a great support system of friends and family and almost-enemies backing them up.
Take Luna Lovegood, for instance, from the “Harry Potter” series. Initially seen as a weirdo with a bizarre taste in fashion and a tendency to spout nonsense, it becomes clear later on that she is much smarter than it appears (which makes sense as she is in Ravenclaw house) Continue Reading »
May 31st 2012
Finding a hero in today’s literature can often be difficult, as characters of late tend to be flawed, but to find a character who is depicted not only as a hero, but also swoon worthy is epic. Immediate characters that come to mind such as Edward from the Twilight series and Peeta from the Hunger Games trilogy are both heroes in their own right. The share a common bond in that they would do anything to Continue Reading »
May 30th 2012
Titus Andronicus is perhaps the most overlooked Shakespearian play. Everyone, even those that have not read them, are familiar with Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet and probably Macbeth. In the Victorian age, when Shakespeare received his great revival, some men and women even denied Titus Andronicus as a play by Shakespeare, or at least a youthful mistake on his part.
Titus contains some of Shakespeare’s darkest themes, greatest villains and undoubtedly his bloodiest scenes (such as boiling a woman’s sons into a pie and Continue Reading »
May 28th 2012
The vampire phenomenon has been one of the hottest trends in literature for several years with books like the “Twilight” saga and “True Blood” leading to huge commercial success on the screen. It seems now as though the new trend in fiction may be mermaids. A slew of recent books including “Fins Forever”, “Ripple” and “Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale” seems to indicate that the new fictional creature of choice is the half woman, half fish of sailor myth.
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May 26th 2012
March’s book of the month is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This young adult novel was released four years ago and has developed quite a following since. It follows a young woman living in a dystopian version of Earth. She is compelled to compete in a game show that requires every other participant die for her to win. While not a completely original idea, Suzanne Collins gives the story a depth and quite a few twists that make it different and fascinating. It is geared toward young adults, but adults will certainly enjoy it as well. Continue Reading »