Welcome to the final day of my features for this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
My final feature this week is Suzanne Collins
Collins’ career started in writing for children’s television before venturing into children’s fiction. Collins’ first published works were the UNDERLAND CHRONICLES. It was in September 2008 that THE HUNGER GAMES was first published. A series inspired by her father’s career in the Air Force – giving her an insight into the affects of war.
It will forever be refreshing to read about strong, independent woman who fight for what they believe in. Unfortunately there are too many novels out there where the woman is shown as the victim, they are weak and dependent on men. Katniss Everdeen is up there with some of the greats; Sarah Connor, Buffy Summers and Eileen Ripely to name a few!
Be sure to check in next week when *M* takes the reins!
Welcome to DAY THREE of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
Today is all about this woman here – J.K. Rowling
It was on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990 where Rowling first had the idea for the young wizard Harry Potter. After seven years of writing and battling her own personal issues, she released HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE in 1997.
It’s safe to say that her career rocketed from there – winning multiple literary awards, movie adaptations, merchandise and even theme parks! But what was next?
After the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter series – Rowling ventured into adult fiction and released THE CASUAL VACANCY under her own name, but she was always keen in taking on crime fiction.
Keen to write under a pseudonym – Robert Galbraith was born and THE CUCKOO’S CALLING was released in 2013. The press soon outed Rowling for writing this book and it soon became public knowledge that she was behind the new novel.
I don’t mind this at all! I can see why Rowling would want to change her name to release new material that isn’t all about wizards, witches and Dementors. I can imagine it was difficult releasing THE CASUAL VACANCY under her own name as readers would automatically make a judgement based on her earlier work, despite it being marketed for a completely different demographic. But the comparisons were there and they are hard to shift.
I thoroughly enjoyed her Coromon Strike series and hope to read more. Rowling is a great crime fiction writer!
J.K. Rowling will forever continue to surprise me 🙂
Welcome to DAY TWO of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
I could not do this week without mentioning one of my favourite female authors; Val McDermid.
McDermid was a journalist after leaving university before penning her first novel in the Lindsay Gordon series; REPORT FOR MURDER
Since then, McDermid has gone on to release many standalone books, as well as books in four separate series; Lindsay Gordon, Inspector Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and my personal favourite; Tony Hill & Carol Jordan.
THE MERMAIDS SINGING was the first in the Tony & Carol series, but it was THE WIRE IN THE BLOOD that sparked my love of McDermid. A novel featuring a TV presenter, who, in front of cameras was charismatic, charming and handsome. Away from the screens and his wife, there was a more sinister side to his personality which manifested itself against young girls who craved his attention.
As I mentioned, THE WIRE IN THE BLOOD is one of those books that gave me chills and pushed my limits to what I could read and enjoy, without being turned off. Each new crime book I read now has a high expectation…..
Welcome to the first of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
As a lover of crime fiction – it would be almost rude not to start with one of the most infamous female crime writers; Agatha Christie.
Born in 1890, Christie was an English crime novelist. Best known for her some 66 detective novels – most famously Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote romance novels, under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
But it was her fiction featuring the now infam0us Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple that put Christie on the map.
Since it’s first publication in 1920 – Hercule Poirot was featured in over thirty novels and over fifty short stories. Miss Marple, first published in 1927 has been featured in twelve stories and both detectives were bought to life on the small screen.
I salute Agatha Christie – she has undoubtedly influenced a whole new generation of female authors who continue to deliver great pieces of fiction – who will then go on to influence the next generation…and the next. There is no doubt that some of the crime fiction I read today by women authors have taken influence from Christie’s work.
March celebrates Women’s History Month. It highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Here at The P.Turners Book Blog – we wanted to celebrate WHM by celebrating some of our favourite female authors who we feel have not only shaped the world of literature, but also how it has affected our own taste in reading.
Each of us will take a week in March to share with you our thoughts. Authors ranging from J.K. Rowling to Sylvia Day, E.L. James to Harper Lee and Agatha Christie to Enid Blyton!
Now, this isn’t a “this female author is better than that one” – quite the contrary, there are just so many to mention! If we were to feature ALL of the female authors on Earth, then we may be here some time!
As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and whether you agree or disagree with our choices.
Here is how the month will look for posting;
(NB. We will be posting Mon-Fri each weeks)
March 6th-10th; S
March 13th-17th; M
March 20th-24th; K
March 27th-31st; L
For more information on Women’s History Month