Judy Peters has studied history, creative writing, librarianship and textile art. One day she will embroider a story and catalogue it.
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The terrifying relevance of Nevil Shire's On The Beach to 2017
This book was written in the late 1950s as a dystopian and cautionary tale about the perils of all out nuclear war. Rereading it in 2017, explore the dystopian tropes of the book in the light of American relationships with North Korea, China, Russia, etc.
I have been studying creative writing at university level as a mature age students (in Australia), and found it endlessly fascinating and useful. Genre fiction is certainly acceptable here, and there is a huge amount of scholarship on the subject these days.
I believe that a lot of the best fantasy/science fiction/imaginary worlds stories are being written as YA these days. I know a lot of adults, including myself, who are only too happy to read them! And I think they can be as relevant to adult mental health as to youth mental health, I think.
I’ve studied and written about this book in the past and I’m thoroughly impressed with your article. Maybe you could write something about the ultimate development of human and pigoon relationships throughout the entire trilogy.
Thank you for leaving my mind spinning with ideas that I will go and explore in much further detail. I love Murakami but you’ve opened up a whole new vista for me.
Interesting references for my own studies of the Gothic, many thanks! My personal definitions – horror is what you might or might not have seen out of the corner of your eye; terror is when you realise that it’s there are far worse than you could ever have imagined.
As an emerging indie author, I am looking to the ebook future with great interest. I have been delighted with the principles behind Project Gutenberg since its inception. Do I read ebooks myself? I like the feel of a real book in my hands. However, faced with the prospect of downsizing my home, there will come a time when I can’t continue to add 500 physical volumes per year.