March 30, 2012
Okay, I know the title of the blog says wine, but I’m an equal-opportunity drinker and I dearly love a cocktail. I love their glamour: the pretty colours and fancy trimmings, the tropical fruit and teeny umbrellas, the elegant glasses and the cute bartenders who make them.
Oh, whoops, did I type that last bit out loud?
Seriously, though, cocktails have always been a bit naughty. They were invented during Prohibition in the US to cover up the taste of the dreadful illegal alcohol which was all that people could get. And even now, they whisper of speakeasies and bootleg hooch, of flappers and gangsters and of Phryne Fisher, fabulous in her 1928 sea-green parlour. Or maybe that’s just me…
March 28, 2012
Last week, the Review was all about Miss Fisher and her murder mysteries moving from books to TV. This week we’re still in the land of crime, but back in bookland and with an example of the genre that couldn’t be more different from the glamorous Phryne Fisher: Lethal Refuge, by Vonnie Hughes.
March 26, 2012
Last week, I posted about the now infamous (for all sorts of reasons) 50 Shades of Grey and some of the ethical and legal questions its existence raises.
One of those issues is copyright. In short, if work is the subject of fanfiction, who owns the rights to the resulting writing? We aren’t talking here about the right to be recognised for having created a piece of writing, but the right to exploit that piece for profit.
For completely original writing (insofar as anything is completely original – we are all products of our influences) the distinction is clear and supported by existing law in many countries. The author owns the copyright, until they assign those rights to someone else (such as in a publishing deal). There are exceptions, such as if the work is created as part of your paid employment, in which case the employer usually owns the copyright. (This applies to magazine articles I wrote while editing a magazine, for instance. But it is seldom the case with fiction.)*
But things get hazy when the work is created as an offshoot of something else and with the input and contribution of a community or communities, as is the case with fanfiction. Continue reading
March 23, 2012
Catherine Tate. David Tennant. Much Ado about Nothing. Do I have your attention yet?
Okay, maybe if you don’t watch British comedy, or Doctor Who, or Shakespeare, the names, on their own, aren’t enough – but bear with me, there’s more!
It’s Digital Theatre.
No, it isn’t androids doing Beckett (although that’s an interesting thought). Continue reading
March 20, 2012
For my first Wednesday Review, it is my great pleasure to introduce the glorious, the dazzling, Miss Phryne Fisher. Although, really, I don’t know why I’m bothering. Phryne (pronounced Fry-knee) doesn’t stand on ceremony. By the time I’ve finished typing she will probably have introduced herself.
Phryne Fisher is the creation of much-published and much-loved Melbourne author Kerry Greenwood. She made her first appearance in Cocaine Blues in 1989 and has been in print ever since. Since then, she has starred in 16 more full-length mysteries and one book of short stories.
She is now, in the form of the glamorous and talented Essie Davis, starring in a sumptuous new ABC TV Production, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which airs at 8.30pm Fridays EST and after that, on the ABC’s iView.*
March 18, 2012
I will start with an admission: I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey. Nor am I likely to. It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with it, necessarily – although the excerpts I have read online are not encouraging me to race out and get it.
But if I want romance with sex hot enough to peel the cover off the iPad, I’ll get me some Denise Rossetti, or Mel Tescho or Keziah Hill. Or, if I want it more m-rated, but still hot and other-wordly, I’ll go for some Kylie Griffin, or Tracey O’Hara. I mean, seriously, people. It’s not as though sex and the dark side – be that vampires, werewolves, BDSM, or whatever – were invented by Stephanie Myers, much less E.L James. Sure, a lot of people like 50 Shades, but there are many fabulous erotic romance and paranormal writers out there and I’d rather start with the ones I know and/or have had recommended to me.
March 17, 2012
Welcome to my new home in the blogspere, Wine, Women and Wordplay (singing optional, but encouraged)!
This is where I will be chatting with you about all the things I love: books (reading and writing them), women’s business (secret and otherwise), food, wine (natch), cocktails (of course), coffee, movies, music, friends and having a laugh.
To make it easier to find the posts that most interest you, I have tags and categories on the right of this page and a schedule that I will do my darnedest to stick to! To begin with, it will go like this: