It's a question I get asked a lot. Which is odd, because it's not as if Ms Austen is undiscovered or underrated. Nobody ever thinks to ask why I like novels by Terry Pratchett or Mark Lawrence. Or football. Or twiglets. Or even Poldark. … [Read more...] about Why do you like Jane Austen?
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10 lessons from writing 50,000 words in a month
Novels don't write themselves (yet), and there's never enough time. Not with kids, a job, housework and, um, football to watch. Which is where National Novel Writing Month comes in - you commit to producing 50,000 words in November. Coming from the … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from writing 50,000 words in a month
Why Mr Bennet, why?
I like Pride and Prejudice's Mr Bennet. He enjoys a bit of humor with a dark pinch of cynicism thrown in. But this humor can be brutal, almost unpleasantly so. For example, he says this to Elizabeth after Bingley has left for London and, … [Read more...] about Why Mr Bennet, why?
Curiosity drove me to read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice a few years ago. I wanted to know how much charm and humour in the screen adaptations was the work of the adaptors and how much the work of Miss Austen. I was astonished, as perhaps only … [Read more...] about Oh Jane…
Welcome to Lost Opinions
Sometimes you have to jump. Not without looking. But perhaps without a parachute. Because staying on the safe path is safe, but probably won't take you somewhere you've never been. Maybe you have to fall to take off. And so it is with … [Read more...] about Welcome to Lost Opinions