It's worth remembering that fairy tales were not originally thought of as children's stories.
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Sunday 12 April 2009
Brendan Fraser stars in his umpteenth CGI heavy kids' film – here, as a man who can make fictional characters appear when he reads aloud. Considering it's based on a hit novel by Cornelia Funke, it's odd how many plot holes and loose ends Inkheart has. But as a family adventure, replete with monsters, magic and dotty grown-ups (Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren), it's a better post-Potter effort than both The Golden Compass and Prince Narnia.
Thursday 09 April 2009
Call me earth-bound in my imagination but I'm not entirely sure why Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has exerted quite such a hold over so many readers worldwide. The story revolves around Lyra and her adventures with her pal Will as they drop in and out of parallel universes against an intricate backdrop of storylines involving physics, philosophy and religion. Added to this is the dangerous search for the source of Dust. (That's panpsychic particles of self-awareness.)
Monday 02 March 2009
I want to say something briefly about how virtue manifests itself in daily life, local life. I saw three things that gave me hope that the spirit of common public civic virtue is still alive. One of the examples I call "folk traffic calming". There were families living in a residential street that had become a rat-run for cars. They held a demonstration to show that the street is for everyone – not just people in large mobile heavy steel objects. They set up a living room in the road with a sofa and a coffee table and held a tea party. They put planters along the road containing bushes and small trees, not blocking it, just calming the traffic. The result was that cars could get through easily but had to slow down. Everyone shared the whole space.
Sunday 08 February 2009
Monday 28 July 2008
When Hattie Morahan played the dowdy, sensible Elinor Dashwood in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, the television critics lavished her with fulsome praise worthy of a love letter penned by Mr Ferrars himself. Her "winningly unshowy performance" was described as both "luminous" and "exceptional". "As good a piece of acting as you're going to see this year" declared one review – a particularly bold claim given that it had screened on 1 January. Even Davies, who had apparently objected to her casting, declared that he had "fallen in love with her performance".
Friday 18 July 2008
Perhaps it has disappeared through a window into another universe, like its characters.
Sunday 13 July 2008
A dispute between publishers and authors over controversial plans to introduce age bands for books remained unresolved last night.
Sunday 18 May 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
Sunday 04 May 2008
The makers of 'The Golden Compass' have taken the 'Supermarket Sweep' approach to adapting Philip Pullman's fantasy novel, in that they charge through it, grabbing as many of the key scenes as they can, without pausing to consider whether those scenes fit together to make a coherent film.
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Tuesday 08 April 2008
Friday 28 March 2008
Sunday 02 March 2008
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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