I recently ran into the ‘Circus Trope’, or Tropes, one too many times in a short period and realized that I am completely tired of them.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart; written in 2019, and much more recognizable in 2021 than I ever hoped. Large companies deliver everything we might wish for to our doorstep as we hardly leave the house anymore: let’s hope the rest of Hart’s dystopian novel doesn’t come true, too.
Death of the Author, what does that mean? In this first Theory Snippet I attempt to explain what Roland Barthes’ essay ‘The Death of the Author’ intended, and how it is relevant when trying to separate Art from the Artist.
Some people make it a tradition to reread certain books regularly, while others get rid of books as soon as they’ve finished them. Is rereading just a waste of time, or is there something that can be won by coming back to your favourite books throughout your life? Let’s see what a specialist on the subject has to say! (What- no, it’s not me! I discuss what the specialist says…)
Today I discuss a long time favorite of mine: the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik. An awesome Historical Fantasy series which adds the military use of dragons to the Napoleonic War. What could go wrong with that?
Every medium is good at different things. While not every adaptation is always liked by everybody, they can also offer a great introduction into new things, stories and ideas. As I was reading the book the Netflix adaptated for its series of The Witcher, I realized how much we underrate the practice of tracing adaptation.
Heresy! Blasphemy! Or is it? As a little lockdown treat I bought an e-reader, since my bookcases are full but my wishlist is not.
Sometimes, it’s nice not to complicate things so much. Not all things you do have to be momentous, and not everything you read has to be heavy, dense and philosophical. You’d be surprised sometimes, how much wisdom you find where you don’t expect it.
Not every book you’ll ever read is going to be a masterpiece. However, some books might surprise you in the long run, if you’re prepared to stick around.
I finally got around to the new book Eragon-writer Christopher Paolini published last year. It made me feel a lot of feelings and think a lot of thoughts, but not in the way you’d generally expect…