The Deeper Meaning of Liff is one of the less known works of a famous humoristic sci-fi author, the creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this work he enters an unusual area of dictionary compiling, although this is a very specific dictionary. As he himself states, there are a lot of things, ideas, concepts and experiences in this world, which do not have any specific words denoting them; and there are thousands of words that do nothing but wasting their time on signposts and pointing at places. This means that, naturally, both oversights could and should be rectified.
The Clash of Civilizations is a magnum opus of a prominent American political scientist Samuel Huntington, known for his specific views on the new world order that is sure to emerge in the post-Cold War era. In this book he expresses most of his views concerning this subject.
Anne of Green Gables is the first novel in Anne Series, the main work of a Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery, which is devoted to the description of life of Anne Shirley, a young orphan living somewhere in Canadian countryside beginning with her childhood and adoption. At the first glance these texts may seem extremely plain and commonplace – a bildungsroman, difficult, but interesting childhood, what the person understood, what the person learnt, etc., etc. But after a while you start to notice something unusual about the book, something rather appealing, although it is hard to say what it is exactly.
James Herriot is the pen-name of a British veterinary surgeon James Alfred Wight, who may be considered one of the most well-known veterinarians in the world throughout the existence of the profession. Having spent most of his life in Yorkshire countryside, treating animals of all kinds, he finally found a way to tell the world about what the work of veterinarian is: about its difficulties, sad and funny moments, about people who surrounded him throughout his work in this area.
Lady Macbeth as the Most Unusual Shakespeare’s Villain
Lady Macbeth is often considered to be one of the most interesting and unusual characters in the works of William Shakespeare, and rightly so. Uncharacteristically for himself, Shakespeare gives the major, although rather sinister, role to a woman, while making her husband a little more than the executor of crime.
All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams
Charles Williams was one of the less known members of the literature club “The Inklings”, represented by such world-famous writers as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He didn’t manage to achieve the same level of fame, but for a limited audience his 7 novels represent a much greater treasure than even The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Alfred Hitchcock is known to the majority of people as a director of iconic horror movies, which is rather peculiar, as his psychological thrillers can hardly be called “horror” in modern understanding of the word and, in fact, constituted only one half of his creative work together with spy stories. The much less known part of his work is Trouble with Harry, belonging to such a surprising for Hitchcock genre as comedy.
Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic is a television film that appeared as a screen adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novels The Light Fantastic and The Colour of Magic, opening his extremely long cycle Discworld written in the style of humoristic fantasy. After the extremely successful screen version of Hogfather, it was only natural for Pratchett to release the right on these two books. The result turned out to be ambiguous.
In his alternative-history novel Making History, Stephen Fry researches a rather specific persona – Adolf Hitler – and tries to answer the question: could it be possible that the world without Hitler would have been a much worse place to live?
A talented physicist with the help of a random assistant creates a contraption that makes it possible for him to influence the past enough to make sure that Hitler has never been born; he hopes that the world will turn into a much more hospitable place if it weren’t torn apart by the World War II.
Stardust, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is a fantasy/adventure film based on the eponymous novel by Neil Gaiman. Although products related to this genre are very often treated with suspicion by “serious” audience who generally consider them to be entertainment for kids, but Stardust presents a rather different and interesting perspective of the trend, effectively destroying the stereotype.