National Year of Reading Challenge
_I've decided (gently nudged by the challenge) to read more next year. I'm signing up to read 20 books written by Australian female authors. Should be easy. One every fortnight with a few weeks off for good behaviour =) Will you sign up and give it a go?
2012 Challenge Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge
Keen on romance, fantasy, crime, YA, literary, mainstream women's fiction? Contemporary or historical? Memoir, other nonfiction or poetry?
Whatever your preference, whether you're a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women's writing.
Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women's writing. (See the page on gender bias for recent discussions.)
Readers should approach this challenge with a spirit of willingness. There are no failures, just personal goals. Reviews can be long or short, favourable or "this book is not for me". Hopefully, along the way, we'll all discover some future classics and perhaps a few surprises among genres we're not familiar with. The main aim is to have fun.
Challenge period: 1 January 2012 - 31 December 2012
Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.
Purist: one genre only
Dabbler: more than one genre
Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can find
Stella (read 3 and review at least 2 books)
Miles (read 6 and review at least 3*
Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)*
* The higher levels should include at least one substantial length review
Authors as guest reviewer : Request a special "Guest Review" badge for your website. Read and review one book in a genre other than your own and write a considered review. You will be invited to share this review - along with some information about your own writing, if you wish - on the Australian Women Writers blog page.
Added option : WeLove2Read2 campaign. This page gives participants the option of a further challenge which could help redress the genre imbalance of the National Year of Reading's, Love2Read "Our Story" campaign. Dedicated bookbloggers and reviewers are particularly invited to add this element to their challenge.
We all love Fairy Tales. Don’t shake your head and say that you don’t because you’re lying. Even if you don’t right now, at one stage in your life, you were a huge fan. Disney had made a motza from remakes like the most recent Tangled which is the tale of Rapunzel. It’s now one of my favourite Disney animated films of all time followed very closely by Beauty and the Beast.
We’ve all seen them remade over and over either in full or as a base for a story loosely modelled on or around them. Some of the first epic tales of love and happily ever afters were Fairy Tales. I personally love Drew Barrymore in Ever After (not A Cinderella Story like I originally thought) and other more unconventional remakes like The Brothers Grim. There are romance novels galore based on Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and it works. Take Beauty and the Beast. Usually she is judged unfairly by her beauty or she suffers pride and he is the other way around, crippled by scars or ugliness on the outside or the inside (because remember beauty is only skin deep) and together they have to sort it out, overcome, and then live happily ever after. I love the Shrek movies because I’m a sucker for the underdog (or ogre in that case). And I love, love, love Hoodwinked which is a blend of so many fairy tales it’s hard to separate and pick them all out.
I got so excited about the remake of Little Red Riding Hood in 2010. I decided for once to read the book before watching the movie. It worked with Twilight—so glad I was to read the books and look at it in my own mind before letting crappy acting skills ruin it for me—that I decided to do it with Red Riding Hood too. Well, if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t bother. It was not worth the money I paid or the night I lost and I don’t usually bag movies especially in a public forum, but it was crap. The book I quite enjoyed for the twists and turns and I worked out who the wolf was about halfway through but the movie was badly done.
The only thing I’m excited more about this week than the second-last instalment on the Twilight series is the trailer I saw today for Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize Theron is hot (So is Sophie Monk). Home and Away Dude from Thor (Chris Hemsworth is his name) is super freakin’ awesomely hot! Kristen Stewart I’m not so sure of. I wasn’t on the bashing bandwagon over her in Twilight. I actually think she did the part justice since Bella stutters and trips over a lot in the book. So Kristen Stewart has a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of so many in the next few months (I don’t know when it’s releases yet and I thought I’d leave it as a surprise for you). I am going to try to find the book first if there is one because I like that.
My question for you is what is your favourite Fairy Tale story and what format is it? Mine changes but right now it’s Tangled/Rapunzel remade into a Disney movie. I think Rumplestiltskin would be interesting if they wanted to take that on and before Tangled it was Beauty and the Beast. I’d like to say my love of Disney classics is a result of having children but the truth is I had them all well before the babies =) I can sing along with the movies and I know most of the words to The Lion King, Aladdin and Cinderella. Yes, very sad, but there it is.
Now it’s your turn...
I'm a published author but I'm still mostly stumbling about in the dark looking for the right paths so this blog is about that, though sometimes something will give the me the shits and I'll have a bit of a rant. I'll try not to be offensive but occasionally my mouth opens without asking my brain's permission so I'll apologise in advance.