May 30, 2011 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Uncategorized | No Comments »
The issue of piracy has always been a bone of contention between me and some of my friends who hold different points of view about it than I do. I have to admit that in some aspects I did take the opposite attitude from that which Paulo Coelho (author of The Alchemist – which by the way if you haven’t read this novel, you should) presents in this blog. I love his ideal regarding the cost of beauty. And I admit that I’ve probably inched over to his way of thinking as he claims to have sold more novels through putting piracy to good use. Read his fascinating blog and share your opinion! Perhaps you agree, perhaps you don’t, but we would like to hear your opinion either way. Enjoy!
May 30, 2011 | Author: Peter Kao | Category: News, Posters | 3 Comments »
Some of our posters have been bugging us for a while. The illustrations either looked a bit off or didn’t follow our conventional art style, so we’ve made some slight changes to them!
For our Flatland poster, we’ve removed the title that was originally in the whitespace. This was the first poster we designed and so it retained our more complicated style where the title is included in the poster’s whitespace. We’ve changed our style since then and now place the titles at the very end of the text.
This is what the new Flatland poster looks like:
And here’s the old.
We’ve also updated our Crime and Punishment poster. This was more of an aesthetic decision since I (not anyone else…just me) couldn’t stop staring at Raskolnikov’s (the man in the illustration) waistline. It just looked off to me. This was a very minor change but at least I feel much better when looking at the poster now!
New Crime and Punishment poster:
And the old.
The Picture of Dorian Gray poster was also updated due to aesthetic reasons. The stance of Dorian Gray was simply a bit awkward with the way the waist met the upper thighs. Again I feel much relieved after the change.
New Picture of Dorian Gray:
Old Picture of Dorian Gray
The last poster we made changes to is our The War of the Worlds poster. This was a change that was much needed since many people could not make out the bottom protruding shape to be a sinking boat. So…we removed it!
Our new The War of the Worlds poster:
Our old The War of the Worlds poster.
What do you think of our changes? We’re very eager to hear your thoughts! Please tell us in the comment box below!
May 26, 2011 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Book review, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I feel as if just merely mentioning the name should be enough, but I realize that there are some people out there who (gasp !) may not have heard of this wonderful writer. This Colombian author is perhaps most famous for his novel Love in the Time of Cholera (originally written in Spanish) which was made more famous by the film based on the book and released in 2007. Marquez is one of the few novelists that has the capabilities to make me sympathize with the basest of human emotions and reactions and his novels have been great companions of mine for years. Perhaps if you have never read any of his books the best place to start is with an excellent translation. There is no need to point out that if you know Spanish you should be taking advantage of this by reading these novels in their original language, but if you are looking for good translations be sure to look up those of Edith Grossman who is a well known translator of Marquez’ (among other authors) novels. And above all enjoy the reading!
May 23, 2011 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Interesting discoveries, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Clockwork Orange has at times been considered as an excellent albeit controversial film. Most people (myself included) have never stopped to think of the man behind the novel which inspired this movie. Anthony Burgess is his name and writing is evidently his game as he wrote other well renowned novels and was considered at one of the 50 great British writers of 1945 by The Times. According to this article researchers have uncovered 20 of Burgess’ unpublished stories. I find this exciting as I know Burgess as a very talented and interesting writer. I can’t wait to see what these stories are all about! : )