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To Kill a Mockingbird March 12, 2009

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Ok, I had a sort of lapse in attention to this blog after the first 2/3 posts because I’m currently in the middle of my G.C.S.Es and some other stuff.
Anyway, I’m going to keep you updated on books AFTER the exams, but as I have to study books for my English Lit I might as well give you a breakdown on those books.
The books I have to study are To Kill a Mockingbird and An Inspector Calls. However, I’m only going to blog about TKAMB because it’s much more interesting (in my opinion), as well as being a novel as opposed to  a play.
So, for those of you living under stones in some corner of the universe, I will give a breif outline of the plot.
TKAMB is written from the point of view of a little girl called Scout, who lives in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama, with her older brother, Jem, her father; a lawyer named Atticus, and their servant and cook, Calpurnia, who is really the serrogate mother for the children. 
The story follows the adventures of Scout and Jem, and their friend Dill, as they begin to grow up, learn lessons and go through a journey which makes them the generation which changed attitudes towards racism.
The story moves from the begining of Scout’s school days, through the games which she plays with Jem and Dill, especially in trying to get the local Bogeyman; Arthur “Boo” Radley to come out of his house; moving on to learning morals; which leads to the climax with a courtcase about a black man raping a white woman. 
This story is memorable and actually manages to make the reader think and reassess their morals. It seems to me people expect the literature they are examine don to be dry, long and hard, but TKAMB is different (even if the name takes too long to write out in full). It addresses historic situations whilst retaining the level where one can relate to the characters.  This way we understand what’s happening with a wise assurance, but remember what Scout learns for ourselves.
TKAMB explores themes and stereotypes, investigating the typecasting which happens in places like Maycomb, where it is assumed everyone must have a “streak” of some sort from being a member of a certain family. 
The next few posts are going to be looking at some of the themes, and maybe exploring the different characters. I should be updating tomorrow, so it should all be good 🙂
theBook Girl KJ

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas March 10, 2009

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Now, as you may know, I rarely read just one book at a time, and recently I have been lent The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. 
This is a film which I have never seen because I wanted to read first, and now I can read the book. However, as I have not seen the film I’m going into the book blind, as it orgininally was.This means I will be reviewing The Devil Wears Prada, and possibly comparing it to the film, and silmultaneously reviweing The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a first time experience. 
The blurb on this book is:
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.
If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine year old boy called Bruno (though this isn’t a book for nine year olds). And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.
So, that’s all I know about the book and the story in general. My first impression is that the fence is probably a metaphor for troubling things and forbidden things, which should not be forbidden. It also has probably got a physical meaning too, although it is likely to only be fabricating the metaphor.

The Devil Wears Prada March 8, 2009

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I have finally decided to read something not Twilight related for the first time since Christmas (after reading the series three times in a row, only stopping for half a day in order to read Double Cross, the latest in Noughts and Crosses, it really is time to remind myself of the other books out there), and the lucky book is A Devil Wears Prada. 
I have seen the film of this book many, many, many times, but I have always felt absolutly awful for not reading the book, as it goes against my rigid law of never seeing a film before reading the book, as the book is ALWAYS better. Now, I have finally got round to buying the book, so I’m pretty excited to see how it fares in comparison to the film.
After about twenty minutes of being sucked in I’ve finished two chapters (look at me go!) and I’m already being drawn back to it, despite my need to do my GCSE coursework (and therefore letting myself get distracted by telling you all about this).
So, here’s the basic plot, as written on the blurb:

 High fashion, low cunning – and the boss from hell
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She’s never heard of the world’s most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Preistly.
Soon she knows way too much.
She knows it’s a sacking offence to wear less than a three inch heel to work – but there’s always a fresh pair of Manolos in the accessories cupboard.
She knows eight stone is fat. That you can charge anything – cars, manicures, clothes, to the Runway account, but you must never leave your desk, or let Miranda’s coffee get cold. That at 3am, when your boyfriend’s dumping you because you’re always working and your best friend’s just been arrested, if Miranda phones with her latest unreasonable demand, you jump.
Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster boss who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But this is her big break, and it’s all going to be worth it in the end.
Isn’t it?
Now, too me, this blurb is pretty good and makes me want to start reading right away. The only problem I can see in it is it might give a little bit too much away, but having seen the movie, I know the general plot anyway…

Introduction March 8, 2009

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Hello Lovely People of the World*,

I happen to love books, because they’re like little portals of magic in which you can escape and forget about everyday life and instead be whoever and wherever you want to be. 

It’s a hobby in which I get totally absorbed, to the point of obsession, and so I have decided whilst I love reading so much, I should do reviews, recommendations and general, you know, mini-essays, I suppose, on books I’m reading or possibly have read. 

One of the great things about books is that you ca pick them up whenever, and as long as they aren’t to thick, like Breaking Dawn, you can take them anywhere with you. They’re just so reliable!

Anyway, so that is my little introduction, and very soon I intend on following it with an actual titbit of useful information. I’m also going to work on setting up a Youtube channel on which I will review books in a more interesting way.


*You’re lovely for reading this, intentionally or not