Elizabeth Hopkinson

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Elizabeth Hopkinson is best known for historical fantasy, Silver Hands, and a range of short fantasy stories and original fairy tales.
Elizabeth describes her writing as, "seeing the magical in the ordinary". She has loved fairy tale and history since studying English Literature at Leeds University;.
She has lived all her life in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK (home of the Bronte sisters and the Cottingley Fairies) and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
Elizabeth has been writing ever since she used to make books out of scrap paper in wet playtimes at school. She has had over 60 short stories published, and has won prizes in the James White Award, the Jane Austen Short Story Award, the Historic House contest and the Liars' League National G
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Elizabeth Hopkinson In my experience, writer's block is caused by one of two things:
1. Tiredness/illness/depression
2. Problems with the plot
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In my experience, writer's block is caused by one of two things:
1. Tiredness/illness/depression
2. Problems with the plot
If it's the first, the answer is usually change and a rest. Take a walk. Do other creative things, like crafts or music. Go to sleep. Let myself off for a few days. Sometimes it takes as much discipline to do this as to actually write, but it usually works.
If it's the second, then what I need to do is pull the plot back and plan again. It can be even harder to admit I'm wrong, and can feel pretty depressing, but once I get the plot write, things start to flow again.(less)
Elizabeth Hopkinson The best thing has got to be the worlds and characters you create, which then become more real to you than anything else around you. When I was a…moreThe best thing has got to be the worlds and characters you create, which then become more real to you than anything else around you. When I was a child, I had lots of imaginary friends and an imaginary country. To me, they were completely real. It's like that with the people in my stories and the places where they live. I daydream about them, living out parts of their story that might never even make it into the book. Sometimes I just want to climb inside their psyche and stay there forever.(less)
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Silver Hands

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My True Love Sent to Me

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I recently went to see Rupert Everett's wonderful film, The Happy Prince, about the last days of Oscar Wilde. The story is framed by Wilde telling his fairy tale, The Happy Prince, both in his lost past with his sons, and his down-at-heel present with young denizens of the Parisian demi-monde.



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I changed my feelings about this book so many times while I was reading it, but it began and ended in a sense of utter magic.

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I liked the first half of this book better than the second (for me, it got a bit too complicated by the end). But all in all, this is a remarkable series with so many fresh, original ideas. Well worth a read.
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It's hard for a sequel to feel as original as the first book, and I dislike cliffhanger endings, but this is still an excellent book. It goes even further into the issues of culture and identity, and shows the dangers of writing off any culture as "p ...more
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“There is a kind of truth in everything, even fairytales. In fact, especially in fairytales... The King understood it as he looked out from the roof of the Temple and saw the clouds flying past and the green fields far beneath him. He knew that some things are real whether you believe in them or not...
(The Thirteenth King)”
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“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Yomi Hi, Elizabeth.

Thank you for your request on added a Friends in Goodreads. Sorry, the long delayed due to my university's project in my Illustration course and essay.

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