All posts by Rosie Tobutt

Rosie is a Publishing and Creative writing student at Bath Spa university. She loves books, and hopes to one day get her own works published. Is slightly obsessed with cats.

Worked on the 14-18 NOW project Letter To An Unknown Soldier as an Editorial moderator.

Commentary on The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Social Media Adaptation

Carson McCullers is often thought of ‘as somehow frozen into youth’[1] having done most of her work before she was thirty and dying when was fifty. As Kasia Boddy says, ‘[McCullers] did not simply write about female adolescents but wrote with the sensibility of one; forever thirteen…’[2] With this in mind, I thought an adaptation of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, would be perfect for social media. Considering the themes of social isolation of the novel, I thought it also tapped in the modern debate of how much social media is affecting social interaction; and whether despite connecting us on a global level, are social media platforms actually socially isolating us more?[3] Having known of the success of last year’s social media adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I was keen to replicate their success.

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Year of the Flood: Word Building and Girl Power.

I didn’t think I was going to like Year of the Flood. Science Fiction isn’t really my bag, and my opinion of Atwood had been slightly coloured by people at six-form complaining about The Handmaiden’s Tale. I bought the eBook version, thinking that if I didn’t like, well, at least it was only £3 down the drain. I really regret that decision now.

I read it during summer, when I was at home and I’d read it while eating in my breakfast. The first hundred pages were a bit of a slog, and I kept trying to push myself to at least finish the chapter before I put it down. But soon, breakfast started getting longer and longer, to the point that it was lasting over an hour. So yeah, surprise to me, I got hooked.

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