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Category Archives: Reflection

Cloud Atlas – a transmedial movie

Cloud Atlas, the film of the unfilmable novel, has had a belated UK release. With an epic cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and High Grant, it’s ambitious and watchable and complex – but clearly nowhere near as complex as the source material. Both take six stories spread across time, from a Polynesian, […]

The Booker Re-Run

In 1971 the Booker switched from being a retrospective of the previous year’s pile of letters to the cutting edge taking of the literary pulse it aspires to be. So, while the prize was still run in 1970 and 1971 – the books that were shortlisted came from 1969 and 1971. A year was missed […]

They’re Plotting Against Me!

People (tutors, writers, other students) have told me the same thing in different configurations: “Characters drive the narrative!” I nod. I agree. I go back to quietly and tightly plotting and planning every aspect of the novel I’m writing – because, actually, I don’t really believe it. I read interviews with writers who say they […]

Holden Back the Years

I’m reading The Catcher in the Rye for the fifth time – following on from a week dipping into Borges’ short story collection Labyrinths, The contrast between these two experiences has been instructive. One of the themes of Labyrinths is the structuralist idea of reader as author. Borges parodies the notion, belittles and criticises it […]