Discussions: Lost in Translation?

A while ago, I came across the company “Smartling”, who are a translation software company, and they were looking for bloggers to discuss how they feel works of literature should be translated- how could they be translated effectively? And in some cases, if the words were still written in their orignal languages, would they still resonate with modern day audiences? I thought this would be a fun topic to post about so I’d like to give it a try…

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136. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Classics

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues (Goodreads 2014)

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Friday’s Fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon fanart by Celine Kim

I was on my thebookheap tumblr when I stumbled across this gorgeous fanart for “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, which I have already featured on this blog (you can find it HERE)- and it has always been a favourite tale of mine.

This concept art is by an amazing art student named Celine Kim and my god, I nearly cried when I saw it- I just have to share it with you all! Full credit to her for her amazing work! You can find her own tumblr here and her original post with the artwork here. I’m honestly just so in awe of this beautiful set! I really want this to be a thing now!

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Friday’s Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel

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So…embarrassingly, I had originally planned to post this Friday’s Fairytales over Hallowe’en because when would this tale be more fitting, since it is the international time of year when kids gorge themselves on sweets? Oops, real life got in the way. It has been a while since I’ve posted a Friday’s Fairytales (the last one being The Frog King on 17th October 2014- man, that flew by)- so let’s get straight into it!

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Discussions: Gender perceptions in Young Adult

When you see a review or hear a discussion about a book, and they are talking about the characters, you never hear the words “he is a Strong male lead/Strong male character”. So why is it, that when we hear the sentence “Strong Female Character”, we somehow associate this with “this is a good book, you must read it!”. The word “Strong” is fast becoming ambiguous.

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Why do we just assume that somehow this is ticking some sort of check box for us?

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Friday’s Fairy Tales: The Frog King

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It’s time for another of Friday’s Fairytales, and this week, I have chosen

“The Frog King”

Origins: “The Frog King” , also known as “The Frog Prince” or even “Iron Henry”, is a tale which is normally featured at the very start of any Brothers Grimm tale collection. Most people will recognise this from Disney’s loose adaptation of the tale: The Princess and the Frog.

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Friday’s Fairy tales: Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Origins:- Originally published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, it is also known as “tale 133” or “The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes”. There are also French and Russian versions, published later in the century which are both attributed to this original tale.

In the Aarne Thompson scale, this tale falls under “306: Supernatural Opponents”

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Discussions: Dystopia vs Post-Apocalyptic

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It’s been over 5 months since my last discussion post- if you click this link, it will take you to my list of discussion posts, which so far include one about Epigraphs in books, and one not so eloquently discussing John Green’s writing.

Anyway, I decided to attempt to write a discussion post about the trend of dystopian novels , specifically in young adult literature, and how people seem to keep stamping novels as “dystopian” when they actually aren’t…

Disclaimer: I am rubbish at debates. I get carried away with my thoughts and often forget to slow down enough to explain my points thoroughly, which is why I rarely do these discussions haha- I apologise if there are any spelling errors or unexplained points, but I think it reads okay…

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Friday’s Fairy tales: Rapunzel

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TADA! Friday’s Fairytales is back after a nearly two month long hiatus!

Did you miss it? I know I did! I think I might make this feature a fortnightly one so I don’t get too bogged down over it, which seems to be what happened last time- but we’ll see.

This week’s tale is Rapunzel!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 26- Underrated Authors in Fairytale Re-tellings

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish as ususal~

Since it has been a few weeks since my last “Friday’s Fairytales” (stay turned- it is back this week!!), I decided to dedicate this post to my top ten favourite fairytale re-tellings. Most of these authors seem to stick within this genre, as well so it isn’t entirely out there from this weeks topic of “most underrated authors”, so- without furtherdelay!

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