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Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Before I start, I’d like to apologise to Gideon Defoe for unashamedly ripping off the titles of his The Pirates! In An Adventure With… books. I recently read The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics and couldn’t resist because it seemed appropriate here. This morning I went to see the house of Victor Hugo, where he lived while in exile on the island of Guernsey, and where he wrote several of his novels, including at least part of Les…

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The Great Adaptation

The Great Adaptation

I’m fascinated by adaptation. In books, in music, in theatre, in TV and film – I love it. I make no secret of the fact that I rip off Celtic mythology in my own work. I take characters and events and concepts from myths and stick them into whatever setting I choose and then I pretend it was my idea. Some of my characters are directly borrowed from myth; some are just named after legendary figures. Of course, the majority…

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September (Retrospect and Reminiscing #9)

September (Retrospect and Reminiscing #9)

Ah, September. The month where holidays end and school resumes and therefore I made a lot more videos than in previous months because I was procrastinating. I’m going to keep this post as concise as possible because I’ve had a massive allergic reaction and my face is itching like a horde of evil piskies are crawling across the skin, so let’s get on with it. I made four videos in September. One was a recap of my summer holiday, one…

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Changing Loyalties

Changing Loyalties

I was rewatching the 2012 Les Miserables adaptation today (because how better to stave off panic about my university interview tomorrow?), and I noticed something. At the three times in my life that I have been a fan of Les Mis, the three occasions it’s affected me, my favourite character has shifted. 2005 When I first saw Les Miserables, I was nine years old, and it was a school production for which my brother was in the band. It was…

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Cynicism and Rebellion

Cynicism and Rebellion

Revolutions are bloodthirsty. Everybody knows that. They might start with a peaceful protest, a few thousand people marching up to their leader and asking for bread, but they end with a bloodbath. To overthrow the old order, sometimes all you can do is eradicate it and set up the new one on the bodies of the former government—and any bystanders who got in the way. There have been thousands of them throughout history. I was taught at school about the…

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Originality Is Meaningless

Originality Is Meaningless

Most of the time, people regard fan fiction as somewhat “lesser”—as though the act of borrowing characters or settings from someone else negated everything else about it and made it less worthwhile than so-called “original” fiction. I admit, I used to feel the same way. To be fair, that was largely because the only fan fic I’d come across was the sort that 11-year-olds write about Harry Potter … and the public in general is divided between that and the…

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The Letter Of The Law (TCWT)

The Letter Of The Law (TCWT)

Write a letter to an antagonist. That’s what we were asked to do for TCWT this month. You know what was the hardest bit? Choosing a character who actually IS an antagonist — or rather, finding a character who was an antagonist, but fully developed enough that I cared to write a letter to them. Today is World Book Day, and I’m dressed as Éponine (pictures to come, if anyone is interested). So, let’s continue with the Les Misérables theme…

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Weird Wednesday: A Little Different

Weird Wednesday: A Little Different

I know weekends are supposed to be my free-for-all and in a way they are, with Something Sundays and whatnot. But I thought, well, Weird Wednesday, I can interpret that how I wish, can’t I? I won’t always have something to say about life or school, and there aren’t always events coming up that I can pressgang you into. So, I thought I’d talk about books. Now, my 150 Book challenge is going well, and I would have typed it…

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