This looks interesting, especially Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Fantasy films will be on the increase, I think, in reaction to the global recession. I don't consider it an escape, though. Rather it's that people need enchantment and delight to help them through the bleakness. More than escape, it's succour. "To comfort noble hearts," as Gottfried von Strasbourg, the author of Tristan, said of his work.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
As it turns out, I've not only set my new adult book entirely in the Outer Hebrides which I visited a few years back, but those beautiful islands on the edge of the known world are also a setting in the third book of my new young adult series. I know, I know so much I haven't said yet, but all will be revealed ... soon. Here's some brilliant and atmospheric music from those isles: Runrig - amazing Celtic rock band (doubt they use that term themselves) who sing in both English and Scots Gaelic and are still going strong after all these years! (I think one of their lead singers is from Cape Breton Island, Canada, but not sure if it's the blondie or the dark-haired one.)