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I am romantic about childhood, and about past times. I love children's books and films, especially those produced during my childhood or before I was born. My favourite books are Watership Down, Little Women and many by Roald Dahl. My favourite things are my cat, my books and my Victorian-style dolls' house.

I like a lot of things, such as history (especially the Tudor family story and Boudica) and historical fiction, legends and fairytales (witches rule), poetry, art, the history of art, animals and nature.

dA-wise, I have probably become best known of a writer of children's fiction, but sometimes I try other things as well. We have an awesome community here, so friendly and encouraging, and I try to be a part of that. This being the case, feel free to ask me anything (within reason!), and thank you so much for visiting my page.

Book Meme

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 27, 2015, 3:02 PM

I haven't been tagged, but I'm doing this book meme that's been floating around anyway. I've also put the u in every 'favourite'. ;)

1. Name three of your favourite books and tell us a bit about them.

:bulletblue: Watership Down by Richard Adams. Everyone who knows me, particularly on DeviantArt, knows that I love this book. It's a remarkable feat in anthropomorphism, following a group of brilliantly portrayed rabbits through a series of harrowing escapades. A lot of people assume it's an allegory, but the author assures us it isn't.

:bulletblue: Little Women by Lousia M. Alcott. This is a simply beautiful children's classic that has been unfairly pigeonholed as anti-feminist. In fact the title is ironic, the book is bursting with progressive ideas and the quote the antis always give is only the beginning of a passage, the rest of which proves them totally and utterly wrong (yeah!).

:bulletblue: An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls. This is a relatively new children's author, whom I discovered last year, and her latest novel is a compelling, sensitive portrayal of children going through hard times and finding their way out through a wonderful, though realistic, adventure.

2. Name three of your least favourite books.

:bulletred: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, for all the usual reasons. You know them.
:bulletred: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, because there was so much more to the Holocaust than that, and children are not idiots.
:bulletred: Young Blood by Meg Cabot is probably the worst in her Mediator series. As a whole the series is rife with plot inconsistencies and general idiocies, and has a shallow and irritating total bitch for a protagonist.

3. Name some books you've loved since childhood.

:bulletpink: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
:bulletpink: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
:bulletpink: Matilda, The Witches and The BFG by Roald Dahl.
:bulletpink: Many by Enid Blyton, most notably the Famous Five and Faraway Tree series.
:bulletpink: Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf, Polly and the Wolf Again and Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf by Catherine Storr.

4. Name a book the disappointed you.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. When I mention this, people immediately leap to the defence of the film. Of course, you are sensible enough to know that seeing the film has got nothing to do with reading the book. In that, there is no plot or character development attached to the magic, and Mary is actually a bit of a cow.

5. Name a book that surprised you.

Junk by Melvin Burgess. I was in my early twenties when I read it for a class, and I didn't think drug-addled teenagers in a nasty urban setting would be my thing. Actually, there's much more to it than that, and I thought it so well written that I became an instant Burgess fan.

I'd also like to mention The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey, which surprised me with its plot, and a little with its quality (though I had no prejudices there).

6. Name a favorite graphic novel/ comic/ manga.

I don't like any graphic novels, comics or manga.

7. Name a favourite non-fiction book.

Boudica by Vanessa Collingridge.

8. Name a favourite poetry book.

William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.

9. Name a book you'd like to see made into a movie.

Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which has been adapted for TV a couple of times but never a motion picture, unlike the more famous works of her older sisters. I feel that Anne's work is equal to theirs, and this one would make a better movie than the unsensational Agnes Grey.

10. What are you reading now?

:bulletgreen: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.
:bulletgreen: Mavis's Shoe by Sue Reid Sexton.
:bulletgreen: The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt.
:bulletgreen: The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas.
:bulletgreen: The selected poems of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë.
:bulletgreen: I'm also dipping in and out of Invisible Romans by Robert C. Knapp, for research purposes.

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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Writer
Happy birthday, one day late!
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
I hope beauty chases you while you chase it, and that wonder and majesty leave your quest for glory very successful.  I hope you find many fun things to do, many wonderful sights to see, and many extraordinary people with whom to interact in positive ways.  May the unexpected always turn out to be good.  I hope this year is one of successful efforts to improve, new friendships made, old friendships renewed, and may you and those you love have a wonderful ride together around the sun in the year beginning with this HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
A happy birthday to you! :tighthug:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, kid. ;)
SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday to you! ^^

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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :hug:
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Thanks for the fave :love:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   General Artist
So VERY sorry for the long, long wait. Hope you like it. :heart:

Shelley (Frankenchild) Pixel Portrait - Prize by mirz-alt
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic, thanks! I'll make a more detailed comment on the Deviation page later. :)
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