Wednesday 10 April 2013

The Artist Unleashed: DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE CLASSICS, by Ciara Knight

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  1. I do love the classics. Thus far, I'd have to say the inspiration comes from structure and character development, not so much the writing. Some of the classics are pieced together with such perfection I get all giddy when I read.

  2. I love some classics, but others can be difficult to muscle through. It all depends. :)

  3. I agree, the classics are usually hold a much fuller story and better written than modern literart works.

  4. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Jessica! It's such an honor to be here.

    SA - I'm still a huge fan of Little Women, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice. My mother read to us from an old copy of Little Women. It will always have a special place in my heart.

    Matthew - I totally agree. I still can't get through Great Expectations.

    Greg - There was such an art to the prose.

  5. Those I was forced to read I wouldn't tackle again, but I've enjoyed reading the original Sherlock Holmes and A Christmas Carol.

  6. Alex - I enjoyed both of those, also. Of course, I'm a huge fan of the new movies since there are some Steampunk elements in them. :)

  7. Love this look at the classics - I have loved many, but then there are a few that I've strongly disliked (As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, The Heart of Darkness). I think Poe was a master storyteller, and I think Dickens was wonderful, as well as Shakespeare. I think you could definitely do some steampunk/scifi retellings of many of those tales . . .now that I think of it.

  8. The creepiest Poe book for me was "The Cask of Amontillado" (I wonder if I spelled that right). Anyway, the whole theme of being buried alive is explored over and over in his books. And it's creepy every time (worst death imaginable). Quentin Tarrentino revived this fear in me with a scene in Kill Bill Volume 2 by putting Uma Thurman's character in the ground. I just can't imagine how awful that would be. Luckily she was an uber ninja and could break out of it.

  9. Ciara and Jessica, I really like this post. There's so much we've changed about writing--pace is quicker, sometimes at the expense of story. We have a lot to learn from the greats.


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