Sunday, 17 April 2016

Writing - Library news and other stuff

How many of you have forgotten to return your library books and received a fine? Those were the days. I have paid coppers here and there when I've been late but it is in the nature of reading that books contrive to take your attention away from simple fiscal matters. (I bet George Osborne reads a lot!).
The couple below were threatened with jail for not paying fines for non-return of their borrowed books.

Melvin and Cathy Duren were charged with failing to return “rental property”


A couple has been threatened with jail after failing to return two library books on time
Cathy and Melvin Duren from Tecumseh, Michigan, have been told they could be imprisoned for refusing to pay court fees as the dispute escalated.
The couple borrowed two books. One was a collection of Dr Seuss stories, which they took out for their teenage son to read to their granddaughter in July 2014.
Then in April 2105 the couple borrowed a thriller called The other was The Rome Prophecy.
While the Rome Prophecy was found and returned to the library, the Dr Seuss book was lost.
They actually paid the fine but not the court costs.
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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
One of my favourite collections of stories and once again proving to be as popular today as when I first read it in 1960.
Just over a week into its Gigantophithecus theatrical run in India, Disney’s The Jungle Book has swamped Titanic, clawed past Life of Pi and leapfrogged over The AmazingSpider-Man 2 to become the eighth highest grossing Hollywood movie in the country’s box office history.
The Jungle Book’s grosses fell just 21 percent from its first Friday to its second, and 37 percent from Saturday to Saturday, both excellent holds that portend more lush returns ahead.
By Sunday’s end the film will reach the magic 1 billion rupee (US$15.2 million) threshold, a common measure of hit status in India.

I find that amazing but it is such a wonderful book. The main story is a children's classic but there are other great tales such as Riki-Tiki-Tavi which are equally engaging. The fact is good stories never die. I predict that The Life of Pi will be long forgotten when Jungle Book is still filling cinemas and on most book cases.

Blackudder and Buldrick by
Caroline Shotton

Finally, using stories in art, the above excellent interpretation by Caroline Shotton shows to me how a good story can generate more than writing and film. The two characters in the painting are from the Blackadder series from TV. 

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Richard Curtis

The 4 series were written by Richard Curtis, a New Zealander born in 1959. It will be a piece of writing that lives on long after he has shuffled off this mortal coil.


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