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Christopher Fowler
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What makes a scene from a book, a film or a play stick in the mind? It's a question writers wrestle with constantly. Often it's a case of the 'sevens'; when you're seven years old everything is exciting and new, and any old rubbish stays with you forever. I'm horrified at how often the things I loved at that age turn out to be truly dreadful now. One of the problems is that as you age you start to…
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Christopher Fowler
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I have always been fascinated with the physical acts of reading books. It's something we don't much discuss. Critics often seem to regard 'readability' as a bad thing, something to sneer at, but what is wrong with wanting to communicate clearly? Popular non-fiction can become academic and abstruse, littered with notes and references. But Jason Goodwin's 'Lord of the Horizons', about the Ottoman…
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Christopher Fowler
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I tend to look at all writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, novel, TV series, film and stage play, as stories. For me, a story must have enough structure and linearity to provide the reader/viewer with satisfaction. After that anything else can be added; thematic power, surreality, musical numbers, I don't mind. You had me at story. Why do we stay with stories? To find out what happens. This…
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Christopher Fowler
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1. The Missing Males This is the first of three short pieces on new taboo subjects. And it's something I first noticed on the last tour - an almost total absence of male readers in the audiences. The only men who turn up now are students or retirees. Anyone else is an anomaly. A talk with my New York agent confirms that there's trouble ahead; in the USA males of working age have all but stopped…
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Christopher Fowler
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I've always thought of myself as European but I'm not, of course. Bryant & May are only a very slight exaggeration of my relatives (although I have some German blood - 'Like the royal family', my mum said). I came from a solid middle-class if slightly desperate family who would have loved to go to the last night of the Proms. Naturally as their eldest son grew up in media and started following the…
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Christopher Fowler
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What makes a book, a film, a scene, a song or a play stay in the mind? It's a question writers wrestle with constantly. Often it's a case of the 'sevens'; when you're seven years old everything is exciting and new, and any old rubbish sticks with you forever. I'm horrified at how often the things I loved at that age turn out to be truly dreadful. One of the problems is that as you age, you feel…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Reading & Writing
The Kindle is plastered all over the pages of the Amazon UK website in what is increasingly looking like desperation. I like the idea of an ebook reader, but then there's this picture, which I took on the beach yesterday. And it's weirdly sexy. Book sexy. The casual sifting of sand from the pages, the droplets of sweat that fall onto the paper... See, it's a bit like swallowing a vitamin pill…
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Christopher Fowler
...for they shall appear in January newspapers. In that spirit, here are a few things I liked from last year. Films With The Words 'District' Or 'Nine' In District 9 District 13: Ultimatum Nine Horror/ Fantasy Films Let The Right One In Franklyn Triangle Zombieland Orphan (for that twist) Moon The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus Books Their Finest Hour And A Half - Lissa Evans The Girl Who Kicked The…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm researching for my next novel, which will be a thriller, and it's a very different discipline to writing mysteries...so here's a question - what's the most exciting thriller you've ever read? I'd place Ira Levin and Robert Harris in my top ten, along with the early Michael Crichtons. Few people remember that Levin wrote a sequel to Rosemary's Baby - but it's the weakest of his books, whereas…
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