On-Line English Literature Discussion: Being Dramatic

What makes drama different from narrative and poetry? It's not a trick question. It is, however, a rather broad question, posed by my first-year English teacher. I attempted to answer it, addressing a few of the most apparent considerations, without by any means giving a comprehensive analysis: A narrative, especially one with an omniscient voice… Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: Being Dramatic

Serial Killers: The Pros and Cons of Book Series

As a kid, most of what I read was part of a series. And did it ever suck when the library was missing some of the books. Now, for whatever reason, I don't read as many series. There are extensive series--particularly in the fantasy genre, it seems--yet most of the books that appeal to me… Continue reading Serial Killers: The Pros and Cons of Book Series

On-Line English Literature Discussion: Not Natural

Folklore. Fairy-tales. Horror stories. Urban legends. Mythology. What is it about the inexplicable, the fantastical, and the outrageously unrealistic that captures the human imagination? For that matter, what is it about the human imagination that causes it to manufacture these things, if indeed there is no outside originator? It was while studying "The Old Nurse's… Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: Not Natural

Books in Translation: author’s voice or translator’s voice?

If you've read widely at all, you've probably read a book that's been translated. Easiest example: the Bible. All translated unless you're reading it in ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Books have been and are being translated by the millions. I feel as though most are probably translated from English into other languages these days;… Continue reading Books in Translation: author’s voice or translator’s voice?

On-Line English Literature Discussion: The Lonely Shepherd

Appreciation of poetry was a much neglected area of development in my education that my first year English classes rectified all too effectively. We studied all kinds of verse: sonnets, lyric poems, narrative poems, and even briefly encountered epic poetry. A pair of poems we studied concurrently were Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,"… Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: The Lonely Shepherd

The Picture of Sherlock Holmes

BBC's Sherlock/The Picture of Dorian Gray I'm a day late, but I thought this quote and picture set I made a while back would fit with Best Friends' Day. I got to spend the day yesterday with a great friend of mine. Whether they're your depressed artist friend, blogger/flatmate, or your archenemy/brother/"detested" relation, let your… Continue reading The Picture of Sherlock Holmes

Writing in Style: Authorial Voice

In any work of writing, even this blog, whether we are conscious of it or not, there is a voice that comes through. It's what you hear in your head while you're reading. It's how it makes you feel--is it whimsical? Informative? Tense? Know-it-all? It's up to how you interpret what you're reading on the… Continue reading Writing in Style: Authorial Voice

Gods and Saints: Setting in Story

The desert isn't as empty as we think. Sands crawl over sands, rippling with wind or the tracks of sidewinders. Ruins gape, abandoned by the men who made them and left for an inheritance of the relentless sun. But it's not only elements, lesser creatures, and the relics of human habitation that fill the desert.… Continue reading Gods and Saints: Setting in Story