Friday, January 30, 2009

Just reading the Guardian book section...

Where can you read about a new novel that mixes Pride and Prejudice with zombies along with two interesting debates, one about the validity of the science fiction genre and one about a canon for children's literature?

For Pride and Prejudice and zombies, look here. Actually, in the spirit of fun, why not? Many have played fast and loose with Jane Austen and she is never hurt by the experience. Besides, I have a sneaking suspicion that she'd have written her own zombie novel if she'd lived today. Actually... Northanger Abbey could have had its sister novel...

The debate over genre fiction continues here. The comments are the more interesting part of the discussion and I lean towards the idea of disbanding the generic boundaries altogether. Most of the time, they are indeed meaningless and create a class system in a society that is supposedly moving beyond old systems of class apartheid. Mind, it does make it easier to find the entertaining books when you just have to dig into the genre sections of the store...

Then a debate over whether there should be a canon of children's literature or even 'children's literature' at all here. Of course, often these things fall apart into the 'I liked this book... I didn't like this book' debate. Personally, I'm not entirely convinced canons are useful things. They convince people that there are certain books that they should read and should study. I like to see people buck that system.

Oh, and I was delighted to see an admittedly old article about Michelle Obama reading Olivia and the Missing Toy. Okay, she was reading it to children in a library, but still... it's better than that goat book...

""Do you guys know Olivia?" she asks her rapt audience. "She's a pig; she's quite the personality; she's a drama queen. Do you guys know what a drama queen is? Always into something.""

From Salon.com.

1 comment:

L. Clarke said...

I would like to see movies such as MIlo and Otis re-done with corpse eating animals and vampire bats.
I love sci-fi writing myself and have a novel called Doom Of The Shem. It portrays the fundamental horrors of not being on top of the food chain. It has lots of alien nasties that try to subjugate a captured species by genetic manipulation such as in Dr Moreau, and use these creatures to run fast food outlets across their empire, giving out a free plastic toy with every sale of a Happy Hatchling Brain Burger.
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