I recently read a blogger’s takedown of “Notting Hill.” She had identified the Anna Scott character as being very shallow and self-absorbed. And since she was so flawed, Will Thacker should not have loved her. The author believes no one should watch the movie because it gives a bad example of relationships.
If you look at this from a “story structure” point of view, you need a character to transform. In order to do that, you have to lay bare her flaws. Anna is self-absorbed and spoiled. And it’s Will and his ‘ordinary’ family that show her that she can be a better person. So Will is the change-agent for Anna.
It’s true that Anna is flawed and trapped in a world where she thinks she can’t escape. Will shows her a way out and she’s a better person when she’s around him. And *that* is the meaning of the story (whether you like schmaltz or not): when we find the right person, we become the best version of ourselves.
“Lost in the Red Hills of Mars”
RICHMOND, Va. – Jackie Hunter, retired educator turned science fiction writer, is using several creative outlets these days to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. She stopped by the studio to talk about one of those projects, her debut novel called Lost in the Red Hills of Mars. To learn more about Jackie Hunter and her new book, you can visit her websites atwww.therippyeffect.com or www.lostintheredhillsofmars.com. You can also find her new book on Amazon.com.
Used books are a good deal. But apparently there are a good deal of these titles:
- POLITICAL TELL-ALLS
- NONFICTION TITLES MADE INTO MOVIES: Seabiscuit, Unbroken, Marley and Me, The Blind Side, Black Hawk Down.
- ’80S AND ’90S PAPERBACK HITS: Mary Higgins Clark, Danielle Steel, Sydney Sheldon, Tom Clancy, Nora Roberts.
- JAMES PATTERSON
- CHRISTIAN FICTION GREATEST HITS: The Shack, Left Behind, Karen Kingsbury’
- CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
- COOKBOOK CELEBS
- GO SET A WATCHMAN BY HARPER LEE
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
- ANGELA’S ASHES BY FRANK MCCOURT
- THE TWILIGHT SERIES AND THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
- FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY BY E.L. JAMES
- HEAVEN IS FOR REAL BY TODD BURPO
Read More at Book Riot…
In a lawsuit filed August 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, former Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros has charged the retailer with breach of contract and defamation of character. The suit contains numerous unflattering revelations about the inner workings of B&N, and includes the bombshell news that a deal to sell the company to another “book retailer” fell through in June.
Parneros was abruptly fired from B&N on July 3, for unspecified violations of company policy. He was let go without severance. In his suit, Parneros claims that the nature of his firing, coupled with the current employment environment, left the public to assume he was guilty of sexual harassment. He denies, however, that this was the case.
Claims in Parneros’s suit indicate that his relationship with B&N chairman Len Riggio began to sour after an unnamed book retailer withdrew its offer to buy the company in June. According to the complaint, the retailer withdrew its offer after completing due diligence.
Read More at Publisher’s Weekly…
Launching a partnership announced earlier this year, Walmart and e-book retailer Rakuten Kobo detailed plans to offer an array of e-book content, reading services and devices via Walmart stores and cobranded iOS and Android apps.
The new service, Walmart eBooks by Rakuten Kobo, launches today and will deliver a newly organized digital books and services catalog to Walmart consumers based on Kobo’s e-book inventory of about six million e-book titles.
The e-book retailing partnership will also feature a monthly audiobook subscription service for $9.99 a month (for access to one audiobook per month); digital book cards (with download codes) for more than 40 titles will go on sale at 3,500 Walmart stores; and Kobo tablets and digital e-readers will go on sale in about 1,000 Walmart stores,.
Read More at Publishers Weekly