Welcome to our new feature where we talk about random things we’ve seen around the blogosphere. It could be an interesting article, a book trailer, maybe a fun piece of news we feel you should know about, and maybe even a stylish pair of shoes or handbag we’ve seen (if Laura has her way!). Basically it’s a bit of a mashup! Enjoy….
School Children and Reading
I saw a news article on the TV that was discussing children and reading. In it, it stated that by the end of primary school most children are turned off reading for pleasure. This stat makes me so sad, because I have always loved reading from a very early age and to think that so many people are missing that joy and escapism is in my humble opinion a tragedy! Interestingly, if you read the article associated with this feature, it also talks about the type of books children should be reading, the implication that fantasy and horror are some how less savoury:
The books are all in genres that weaker readers tend to prefer – action, crime, fantasy, horror and adventure. They are made up of short chapters or scenes that include plenty of dialogue and action, as well as cliffhanger endings.
Now I should state that, the article does also state the need to find engaging books for children:
Clearly we need to make sure we are providing our children with the right types of books which stimulate their interest, capture their imagination and make them turn the next page.
But as an avid horror and fantasy reader, I resent the implication that they are somehow less intelligent! But I strongly believe that getting a child to read any book is surely any better than none at all? I love the classics too, ahh those Eyre sisters, ohh the seductive world of Mr. Stoker! But I also have tried to read Dickens so many times and, and several times forced myself painstakingly through a couple of his novels for my studies. I know he’s a revered novelist but I’m afraid I hate his books! Classics are classics, but perhaps we need to move with times and let children read more popular genres before we put them off reading all together. What do you think my book loving friends? Did you always love reading? Did your school put you off reading for a long time?
Source: BBC News
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical
And talking of children’s books, top of my favourites list was the marvellous Roald Dahl, so I was quite excited to see that Sam Mendes, ex-husband of course to the lovely Kate Winslet has been approved to make a musical of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! Now my favourite of his has to be THE WITCHES, but I’m not so sure it would have made such a great musical! I have also heard MATILDA the music is very good, although I have not got around to seeing it, it even won this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards. But I think CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY would make a super musical. I just hope the base it on the Gene Wilder version and on the Johnny Depp one. Sorry Mr. Depp, but in this instance little orange men one over your pirate cool factor!
Source: Guardian Books
Fifty Shades of Grey Breaks Fastest Selling Paperback Record
I don’t think anyone can have missed the hype surrounding FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, you will have see Carolyn and I’s joint review of it this upcoming Saturday. So the news in the UK this week is that it has now between the likes of J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown to be the fastest selling paperback in the UK since records began.
It does annoy me that the national press does keep referring to it as ‘mummy porn’ and I think that the success of E.L. James’ trilogy is more down to perhaps what have previously been covert reading trends becoming more mainstream. At the core FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is a romance book, and romance books have been until recently slightly taboo. Erotic fiction even more so. I think it’s no surprise that they have a huge share of the ebook market, essentially people still (myself included), don’t like to be seen reading some titles, because of the eyebrow lifting from those that have yet to pick up a good romance.
I just want to pass on my congrats to E.L. James how exciting to write a book you never expected to be more than fanficton and that book propel you to international book stardom. And let’s hope more people will start reading romance with pride!
Source: Daily Mail
High Heel Bookends
I shall finish this week’s Monday Mashup with this super cute bookends I came across. High Heel bookends, these would look very cool on my bookshelves!