As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende, the famous contemporary Latin American, narrates the political history of the contemporary world under the cover of fiction. She writes stories of passion and romance. “Her novels and memoirs tells the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment - to love, to their world, to an ideal,” said the speakers at a seminar held on Tuesday at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML).
…After the overthrow and assassination in 1973 of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, Isabel, her husband and children left for safety in Venezuela. It was in her exile that she began to write ‘The House of the Spirits’, her first novel, which was based on her own family and the politics of Chile,” she added.
Whatever their source, good looks can take a musician only so far, Mr. Kaufmann insists. “Even though beauty could help a career, it can never be something a career is based on,” he said. “Beauty goes by faster than you know, so if your qualities in singing and acting aren’t good enough, where do you go once the beauty is gone? Generally, the parts I’m interested in are not the beautiful ones, because perfection is never interesting. That’s why it’s even more difficult if you are beautiful. It’s just on the surface—there’s nothing fundamental underneath, which is where our work really starts.”
Daniel Craig thinks the Kardashians behave like “f**king idiots”.
The James Bond actor explained while he doesn’t “judge” the reality TV family - whose most famous member is Kim - and acknowledges that they have made “millions” through their show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, he doesn’t agree with selling your soul to make good television.
He explained: “It’s a career, I’m not being cynical. And why wouldn’t you? Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. Millions! I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with, but now look at them.
“You see that and you think, ‘What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f***ing idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions?’ I’m not judging it. Well I am obviously.”
The 43-year-old star - who is married to actress Rachel Weisz - thinks there is “a lot to be said” for keeping your private life to yourself, as you can never buy it back.
Daniel added: “There’s a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for, but if you sell it off it’s gone. It’s precious.
“You can’t buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. ‘F**k you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and then showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?!’ “
I don’t usually read YA (mainly because I’m an OA), but my daughter ordered this for a presentation she’s doing in library school (well, technically, it’s called “information studies”, and she’s getting a master’s this weekend under the If You Can’t Get a Job, Get Another Degree plan). She knows about things. Book things. So I fully intend to casually walk into her room and distract her (Look! Halley’s Comet!) and subtly lift it.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that possibly my favorite story of all time (in both book and film) is The Great Escape. I first read the book as a child at my grandparents’ home, and I loved it. While I did have rather odd reading taste for an elementary school-aged girl, my choices during that visit were limited to the books on my grandparents’ shelves. My grandfather was a really interesting man, aspects of whom will forever pepper heroes of my own books. I remember discussing the book with him in the living room of the log cabin he and my grandmother built. (Mind you, they did not have it built. They did it themselves. My grandmother helped stripped the bark from the logs.) The Great Escape was my grandfather’s book, and he was, I think, pleasantly surprised by my interest in war stories—an interest which continues to this day. A later viewing of the film version sealed the deal for me. I mark my coming of age by which of the main characters I was in love with at various points of my life.
I am stunned and thrilled to discover that new details have emerged to flesh out the story and, in particular Roger Bushell, who conceived this amazing plan and brought it to fruition under the most impossible of circumstances. His own love life had better plot twists than most romance novels. Romantic! (And tragic.) AND there was a fourth tunnel! If you click the link within the above referenced article, there is yet another bittersweet love story at the end.
Later, at the bookshop in Boonsboro, the small town in rural Maryland where she lives, she’s doing a signing and answering questions and is equally phlegmatic. What does she find helps keep her going when she’s writing? “Alcoholic beverages.” Does she tweet? “I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a flaming stick.” What does she think of the recent news story claiming that romantic fiction gives women unrealistic expectations? “Because women aren’t supposed to have expectations, right? We’re pretty smart. I think we know the difference between reality and fiction. I don’t think that people read Agatha Christie, and then think: I know, I’ll go and murder someone.”
Historical fiction writers teeter along the fine line between literal and literary:
Authors Philippa Gregory and Wayne Johnston can tell you that historical novelists have to deal with some odd complaints, most of which stem from the fact that everyone from the living descendents of their fictional characters to the fans of medieval monarchs will cheerfully ignore the words “a novel” blazoned on the cover.
Tiny tale: The colourful tale of murder and madness is part of a 4,000-word magazine with 19 pages, written by the young Bronte…
The document is tiny. Its 19 pages are the size of your credit card. Its author was 14 years old. And it is expected to reach in the region of £300,000 when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house on December 15…
Sexy vampires, your time is running out. There are two more Twilight films to be released of the series then the “saga” is complete. What does this mean to you? Perhaps relief? Maybe you are sad they are ending? As a writer, I see this as a fantastic opportunity to corner the sexy monster teen romance market. Okay, so with Twilight and the Anne Rice stories before it, the world is kind of burnt out on the whole sexy vampire thing. Right now I, Dave Scheidt know exactly what the world needs. Are you ready for this? Are you sitting down?
I believe that mummies are my future. I don’t mean to get ahead of myself or sound too cocky, but this is going to be HUGE…
It’s a current fact that I love historical fiction. No, not the kind that wrongly says President Obama was born outside the U.S., but the kind in novels such as Stephen King’s new 11/22/63.
Why is historical fiction great? For one thing, it enables you to learn about the past in a way that goes down easily and entertainingly.
I realize it’s better to read historical fiction and nonfiction history books. After all, historical fiction can idealize, overdramatize, and “error-ize” the past. But this fun and absorbing book genre is better than reading no history at all — especially when the novelist does plenty of research…
…speed-dating study…found that couples who used similar levels of personal pronouns, prepositions and even articles were three times as likely to want to date each other compared with those whose language styles didn’t match. The metric, called language style matching (L.S.M.), was also better at predicting who didn’t make a love connection than the individuals themselves, several of whom showed interest in a partner who did not reciprocate. “It does better than humans themselves who are in the interaction,” said Pennebaker, author of the new book “The Secret Life of Pronouns.” “Some of the most revealing words we use are the shortest and most forgettable.”
Miller says LJ editors have been amazed by the strength of the findings so far—including the degree to which libraries are boosting book sales. “Our data show that over 50% of all library users report purchasing books by an author they were introduced to in the library,” Miller noted. “This debunks the myth that when a library buys a book the publisher loses future sales. Instead, it confirms that the public library does not only incubate and support literacy, as is well understood in our culture, but it is an active partner with the publishing industry in building the book market, not to mention the burgeoning e-book market.”
What the what? Seriously? I mean, I’ll take her word for it, since I’m not part of the Regency romance community, but…really? How so? Do they go up to the unpopular writer girls and bitch slap them with their elbow-length gloves? …??