Discovering a new author: Rosamunde Pilcher

Discovering a good author is like finding a new friend; you enjoy their company, or their books, and you hope to be able to rely on them for more words in the future. I have recently discovered the books of Rosamunde Pilcher, and while she is new to me, she is known and has been known to others for some time now. She is an English writer who began writing in 1949. Though I just discovered a few of her books, they were living on my families book shelf, right under my nose the whole time. These were originally my Grandma Cathy’s books, who read them in the eighties and was inspired by them to travel to places in England that were mentioned in a few of the books.

I first read Coming Home and was immediately drawn in by the story, set in mostly England, but also involving elsewhere. The story is sweet, interesting and entertaining and I give it my highest praises. After finishing Coming Home, I immediately begun to read Winter Solstice, another great read! Having finished that one in a short time I have now picked up The Shell Seekers and am thoroughly enjoying it. These books give an insight to English culture, and through them I have met many wonderful and complex characters. These books make me want to travel to some of the locations mentioned, as my Grandma did.

There are times when I have “readers block” and can’t seem to find a good book, but it never lasts long, for the world has a never ending supply of writing just waiting to be discovered.

What are your latest discoveries in literature?

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Movie Adaptations of Books: Good or Bad?

When movie adaptations of books are made they are often analyzed very critically and receive mixed reviews. After reading many books and seeing many adaptations of these books, I have begun to wonder; are these adaptations a good or bad thing? On one hand books allow ones imagination to wander, and envision the characters in a certain way. Movie adaptations tell us that a character looks a particular way, talks a particular way, etc. On top of that these movie can misrepresent books, and are beginning to create a generation of people who are a fan of a book, but have only seen the movie. I have listed many cons of these adaptations, but there are some pros. These movies can sometimes encourage people to read the books, or further our love and understanding of something. In many cases I enjoy the movie adaptation, as a movie, though not as a rightful representation of the book.

Photo taken by myself

Photo taken by myself

I am a huge fan of both the Harry Potter books and movies, separately. There are some moments in the movies that they definitely got right, but there are also some very loved moments that they missed. I love reading the books (over and over again) but I can also often be found indulging in the movies. I love them both, but for different reasons. Yes, because of the movies I see Harry as a young Daniel Radcliffe, Hermione as a young, bushy haired Emma Watson, etc. but this doesn’t take away from my reading experience. Because I read these books first, I already had an idea of what I thought the characters were like, and every now and then, when reading the books, I can see the characters as I first saw them.

 

The Great Gatsby was adapted to screen by Baz Luhrmann in 2013 to the happiness of some and dismay of others. Which was my reaction? It was mixed. While I though Leonardo Dicaprio made a great Gatsby (pun intended), I was not pleased with the musical choices made. The soundtrack was very good, but it simply did not fit with the film. The Great Gatsby is a book about the jazz age and the 1920’s, so it was very odd to me that they didn’t include 1920’s jazz in the movie. Instead, they took a modern approach. There are elements of this film that I liked, but the musical accompaniment didn’t pay tribute to this classic.

These are just a couple of examples of books that were later adapted to screen. How do you feel about screen adaptations of books?

 

 

My picks: 1 book, 1 album, 1 movie

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a crime fiction novel written by a new writer, Robert Galbraith, or so we thought. It turns out this novel was not a debut after all, but written by the beloved best selling author J.K. Rowling. As a Harry Potter enthusiast I was eager to read this novel, and I am so glad I did. Once I picked up this book I could not put it down. This novel follows an investigation into the death of Lula Landry, a famous supermodel, headed by private investigator Cormoran Strike. Strike is a compelling character who we learn more about as the novel proceeds while still following the investigation.The Cuckoo’s Calling has a riveting plot line that keeps you guessing till the end. I am happy to say I have a new friend on my shelf.

On December 13, 2013 the world received a surprise; Beyonce released a new album. And as always, Mrs. Carter did not disappoint. Since this album has come out I’ve been listening to it non stop. A combination of soul and hip-hop music makes for the perfect Beyonce album, not to mention her artistic visual videos she includes. From the soulful “Heaven” to the more upbeat “Drunk in Love” featuring Jay-Z to the Prince-like sound of “No Angel” this collection of songs provides a great listening experience. In addition to this, it is amazing that Beyonce was able to make this a complete surprise to the world, with no media leaks.

American Hustle is a Golden Globe winning film with the possibility of an Academy Award. It is filled with alluring characters and a humorous and intriguing plot. Great seventies music and costuming gave the audience a window into that era. Amy Adams plays the fiery leading lady with plunging necklines along side Christine Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, which made for a talented cast. All of these actors brought their skills to the table.