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  • Myths & Legends: Who Owns Beowulf?
    Roger Avary Their worthy efforts to fix the episodic nature of the poem involve giving a motivation to the dragon s desolation and transforming Grendel s Mother from the poem s terrifying beast into a complex conniving villain They also embrace cinema s post 9 11 obsession with grey morality as well as complicating characters motivations and actively undermining the pro Christianity message of the poem Their adaptation therefore becomes a dark revisionist medieval tale that sits comfortably amongst early 21 st century blockbusters Perhaps too comfortably because its rather trendy revisionism threatens to be bland The writers also choose to exaggerate the poem s surprising for its age respect for women the film s female characters are the only ones with real honour and dignity and are ultimately the ones who control Beowulf s society This approach ignores the poem s important theme of good leadership versus bad leadership that binds its various episodes together By painting all men as fallible and flawed Gaiman and Avary simplify the poem s message and effectively introduce their own interpretation of Beowulf s murky mythical world This disregard for the poem s main themes and introduction of their own is the closest the film comes to having its own identity separate from the Beowulf legend if Robert Zemeckis fails to own Beowulf then perhaps Gaiman and Avary succeed Indeed in promotional interviews Gaiman and Avary explained their changes to Beowulf as being part of a very old tradition of medieval poets changing popular stories as they retold them to a new generation As such it is unsurprising that the original Beowulf poet is anonymous and it suggests that Beowulf can never be truly be owned by an individual because it has always belonged to the culture that developed each retelling So while 10 th century Anglo Saxons were keen to hear the tale of a heroic warrior doing God s work by slaying monsters a 21 st century audience is keener to watch an atheistic fantasy where the flawed hero s sins are re inflicted upon him in ironic fashion the monster slayer s personal demons become literal monstrous demons The film s treatment of women and monsters is what really separates it from the poem Image Shangri La Entertainment Taken on its own terms Beowulf is a clever adaptation visually spectacular slyly subversive and appropriately modern Yet it is still far from the definitive cinematic telling of the Beowulf poem if such a thing is ever possible Perhaps ultimately no individual storyteller can own the legend of Beowulf because his story is too enshrined to allow filmmakers to get away with substantially changing it yet simultaneously too malleable for any one person to stake a claim Ultimately like all myths and legends it belongs to the society that propagates it About Thomas Greylees Thomas is a specialist in medieval religions and a part time author His enthusiasm for films is second only to his love for cats and long forgotten saints

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/03/myths-legends-who-owns-beowulf/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Thomas Greylees, Author at Litro Magazine
    Thomas Greylees An absorbing yet predictable crime drama from Sicily Read more Litro Arts Culture Future Fashions Mad Max The Road Warrior by Thomas Greylees How the Mad Max sequel became the template for our imagined future Read more Thomas Greylees The author has 5 posts published in Litro Magazine Thomas is a specialist in medieval religions and a part time author His enthusiasm for films is second only to his love for cats and long forgotten saints You can find his stories and articles published in H Y journals and online Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/thomas-greylees/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Review: Unthology 6
    story at top volume about a bullet speed drive through Greece to see his not quite girlfriend Yuliya Quickly it becomes clear that any meeting with Rasool is best avoided What are you doing Rasool I forgot the cat in the freezer What cat I put a cat in the freezer I must get her out of there Please don t talk like that Rasool Please you scare us You don t need to be scared sweeties I put a little cat in the freezer because she annoyed me I ve got to get her out Oh don t talk like that Rasool The story has a zany energy even joy though it strays into dark territory The same kind of ostentatious strangeness comes through in Gordon Collins Psycho Nasal Aggravation Syndrome in which the main character is not a man with a nose but one with a cascade of thick glossy hairs flowing from the middle of his face There s something about both of these stories which would make them best read out loud for others to enjoy their oh my god what s going to happen next ness Other stories however would be best whispered or thought only Robert Anthony s Shadows Roelof Bakker s Blue and Victoria Hattersley s The Girl have such an insidious power In the first of these Shadows the narrator speaks of a married man coming home to dinner The narrator seems normal enough speaking with a kind of seasoned discretion before suddenly and as deceptively quiet as before saying something rather less common He went home His wife was waiting there cooking a dead animal in a pot She d added cumin garlic ginger yogurt coriander and a lot of other things The main ingredients of the dish were the animal s flesh the animal s bones onions the spices mentioned above and death Death was the secret ingredient Shadows has an inexorable drive towards a fateful ending which yet surprises due to its apparent ordinariness The shadow haunted man is so far wrapped up sunk into or struck by his new world that he seems to have forgotten another life ever existed Unthology 6 is best read casually pick it up once in a while and see what you make of it There are stories to be struck by to think over or to laugh with The slight frustration it s probably not fair to say this but you can t love reading without forever thinking of the best writers personally I pick up every new book knowing at least in some small way that it won t be Dostoevsky is that there are few attempts by the seventeen writers to stand out for their linguistic skill or wit Some sentences here and there become quotable but it seems the main collective intention was to present a narrative a character a mood or an insight It does not come as a surprise to learn that the main exception Daisy Lafarge

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/02/review-unthology-6/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Andre van Loon, Author at Litro Magazine
    more Literature Biography The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrn by Andre van Loon Austen was worldlier more intellectual and more professional than she was portrayed Andre van Loon on a fresh look at a hidden Jane Austen revealed through royalty cheques hats jewellery letters and other personal objects from her work and life Read more Literature Novel The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont by Andre van Loon Amber Dermon s debut novel is about the dark side of American private school life In it the 80s come to stand for a loss of innocence and a pervasive if outwardly restrained amorality It is a tale in which youth equals transgression and money that prime 80s signifier leads to corruption The past is another and very unpleasant country Read more Andre van Loon The author has 7 posts published in Litro Magazine Andre van Loon is a freelance literary critic specialising in new British and American novels and studies of Russian nineteenth century literature He holds an MA in English Literature Russian Studies from the University of Edinburgh and lives in London Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/vanloonandregooglemail-com/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "The Last Laugh" by D. H. Lawrence
    down south is civilisation in the form of the yellow foul smelling glare of the Hampstead Tube Station Lawrence s North London is a place where the world seemed empty uninhabited save by snow and voices I don t think it s stretching the imagination too much to say that it s an area of North London where late on the right kind of stormy snowy night when there isn t a bus to be seen for miles it does seem potentially the sort of place where you might meet an ancient god I once walked home alone somewhere in its vicinity in the early hours and got the willies so badly that I broke into a run for the bus stop and fell flat on my face giving myself a black eye which I suppose could have been the result of an encounter with Pan Or it could have been the result of my earlier encounter with the pub I also found the end of The Last Laugh unpleasantly fascinating I won t spoil it but it s well worth tracking down if you haven t read it About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev Book Review Highlights Of My Last Regret by North Morgan Next Review Unthology 6 http www chazfolkes co uk Chaz Folkes This sounds brilliant I shall have to track down a copy I cannot think of any other short stories set in North London off hand Perhaps this should be seen as a challenge webmaster Many of the stories in issue 95 were set in North London so that s a good place to start Although when it comes to works otherwise in print or in collections that s when it starts to get trickier Happy hunting Featherwood Kid Just bought a copy of THE NEW DECAMERON published by Basil Blackwell Oxford 1925 where THE LAST LAUGH makes an appearance A hand written note says this is the first appearance of the short story Now to read it http www amberreese com Amber Reese I agree So glad that I found this site on Yahoo I m going to bookmark it now Amber http hellsbells76 Helen I absolutely loved this when I read it years ago in a book of Ghost stories its so wonderful and enticing building you up all of the way through to an ending which is both confusing and brilliant A definite must read GdLee There s an Archway based story from Avid magazine last year http issuu com katesverdlova docs avid Emm Daniel Stone on page 8 Related Posts Louise Phillips Keeping Up Memoir A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway Area 52 Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By

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  • Book Review: Highlights Of My Last Regret by North Morgan
    character that he has played all along and the terrible consequences it has brought him The novel is a kind of Bildungsroman detailing Parke s psychological journey through the lens of his relationship He travels from quiet indifference to reckless manipulation finally arriving at a feeling which might be described as regret It is of course difficult to put a finger on Parke only comes near approximations of what might be called normal feeling He maintains a curiously flat treatment of incidents and emotions to the point where he often just observes Despite having practically cut my father out of her life mom felt it was the right choice to pass his last name on to me when I was born This type of psychological self harm on her part must be how all people with mental issues behave It is unclear the point to which Parke recognises himself in this observation On the one hand there is a wry knowing bitterness to his tone which speaks volumes for a self recognition not often seen On the other he is so detached from normality that it is possible he doesn t see any of himself in this statement The reader is often unsure who knows more himself or the maniacal yet witty intelligent and somehow likeable Parke This sensitive and consistent handling of the voice of a man who is only just sane renders Morgan s prose wickedly captivating this is a novel worth reading for its complex tone perhaps more so than for its plot Highlights is a masterful follow up to Exit in its telling of a seemingly unremarkable story that somehow clings to its reader long after the last page is read About Clara Strunck Clara is a recent graduate of Oxford University where she read English at St John s College She currently works at a literary agency in London and writes a variety of non fiction literary criticism essays and reviews Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments Prev Book Review Outline by Rachel Cusk Next The Last Laugh by D H Lawrence Related Posts Best European Fiction 2010 Illustrating Books Quentin Blake and Shaun Tan Compare Notes The Phenomenon of Norwegian Romance Fiction in Poland Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/11/book-review-highlights-of-my-last-regret-by-north-morgan/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Clara Strunck, Author at Litro Magazine
    Clara is a recent graduate of Oxford University where she read English at St John s College She currently works at a literary agency in London and writes a variety of non fiction literary criticism essays and reviews Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching the general reader whether they be a commuter someone browsing in a bookshop or in a bar or a café to meet a

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/clarastrunck/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Book Review: Outline by Rachel Cusk
    to reflect Cusk s own process of writing Writing workshops delicately unravel and interrogate and the process of writing is constantly re examined through different perspectives the manner in which we create stories interrogated with curious intent The book like a class pronounces clearly and didactically both the danger joy in authorship Cusk dares to consider the role of the artist might merely be that of recording sequences such as a computer could one day be programmed to you She examines and questions acutely the purpose and point of creation and writing in what manner they contribute to society and how artificial that process is Is the perfect story a simple sequence A code that can be programmed into a machine to produce creativity By the end this system of interweaving of outlining and of empty shells comes to the fore What are we if not the perceptions we collect What do our empty outlines consist of if not the stories we fix resolutely to ourselves In this book there is ultimately a deliberated consideration of the outlines we draw for ourselves those we draw for other people and those drawn for us The novel s original serialisation in The Paris Review is a testament to the beauty of Cusk s prose she creates characters in the simplest and most revealing terms blunt precise and incredibly attentive to detail The idea of serialisation pervades the book its form at times suggesting a mass of short stories pulled together by a variety of narrative strings rather than one secure moulded whole It feels more like a jigsaw a collection of loose and individual moments that find a rigid ritual of cohesion in their dependence upon one another Despite the evident wholeness of the novel there remains a singular joy in these apparent divisions The fragments that Cusk leaves us with are crafted uniquely and appealingly each whole and almost only almost able to stand completely alone and apart from each other Before the book s initial exploration of Faye s plane journey it presents us with her short lived meeting with a billionaire keen to give her the outline of his life story and it is this sense of outline that Cusk perfects creating the pitch perfect observational descriptions of her characters through vivid and calculated details Cusk manages deftly to extract tales through these outlines to conversely yield a book of true substance even if its own formal outline from serialised fragments to autonomous whole is itself shown to be one that can easily be redrawn About Thea Hawlin Theodora Thea Hawlin is assistant editor and production manager of The London Magazine Mail Web Twitter More Posts 8 Comments comments Prev Book Review Days of Fear and Wonder edited by James Bell Next Book Review Highlights Of My Last Regret by North Morgan Related Posts Novel The Lighthouse by Alison Moore Novel John Saturnall s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk Book Review Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin Litro TV Recent Posts

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/11/book-review-outline-by-rachel-cusk/ (2016-02-15)
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