"The big-bucks, big-screen success of sentimental novels--fantasy-romances like those of Nicholas Sparks, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Robert James Waller, Belva Plain Danielle Steele--indicate to me a certain hunger for reassurance, in a world lately more than usually insane, that sanity is possible, that gentleness is not always brutally punished, nor kindness destroyed, and that love returns." … Continue reading Beagle on Sentimental Novels
Introduction: "Story is about an internal struggle, not an external one. It's about what the protagonist has to learn, to overcome, to deal with internally in order to solve the problem that the external plot poses. That means the internal problem predates the events in the plot, often by decades. So if you don't know, specifically, what your … Continue reading Reading Notes: Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Growing up, I was that kid who loved library time in school, loved summer reading, and was occasionally found hiding behind the sofa reading when I was supposed to be doing chores. Reading was as much a part of my identity as my name. Fast forward to a few years ago. Life things happened, and one … Continue reading Reinventing My Reading Life: A Librarian’s Tale
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