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Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined | Let's Talk Books with Stephen Fry

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"…Everyone I know has a story about how they first discovered Stephen Fry for my film Lover Friends. It's through one of the many films he's been in. Whether it's Wild Gosford Park, the voice of the hitchhiker hikers Guide to the Galaxy, the Hobbits. I mean, I could go on and on for book nerds like myself, many of us first discovered or deepened our Stephen Fry fandom through the magic of the written word. I resisted reading Harry Potter for years.…"

Join us in discussing @stephenfry's latest book, the crafts of writing and acting, and much more.

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:59

"…Couldn't rid his mind of the idea that there was one missing. Hestia anointed the bridal couple with oils while Apollo's son Himineles sang in praise of the gods and the bliss of matrimony. No sooner had Hero sat down after blessing the Union than a commotion was heard at the mouth of other cave. A crowd of nymphs and dryads outside tumbled apart in a flurry of confusion as the one deity who had not been invited strode through.…"

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:57

"…Very lots of white dead men like Louis Carol and Robert Louis Stevenson's, Alice and Treasure Island and Winnie the Pooh but then, as I grew up and loved Arthur Conan Doyle and the great sort of wonderful Victorian crunch and Majesty of his language. But the story that really changed me was going to the library. Well, it started because I saw a film, and I heard people speaking in this extraordinary way that I'd never heard before.…"

Writing…

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 1:57

"…The two books preceding Troy, the voice in these books, and I can hear it in Troy, too. I get the very best of what I love as a reader. There's the drama and wonder of the Greek myths paired with your very particular, hilarious wit and voice. I heard you talk a bit in an interview about how you wanted to take these compelling classical stories out of other stuffy classics classroom that you grew up with and make them more relatable to the modern reader.…"

@stephenfry Lessons from the Greek myths for 2021

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:59

"…What lessons have they left us? That's an interesting question. On the one hand, of course, it's very important to remember that myths are not authored fables like ESOP's fables or later moralistic fables that are told in either children's fairy tales or actual children's books in which there is a lesson to be learned.…"

Icarus, Phaeton and Bellerophon …

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 1:13

"…You Stephen Fry, or do you see it as crafted as any other character on the page.…"

@stephenfry Writing voice

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:51

"…So it's a mistake, too. Perhaps it's a mistake. We might come to this question of what's right and wrong in writing at another point, because there's so much teaching going on at the moment, and so many people are being told how to write and how to prepare anyway. There we are.…"

Voices…

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 2:10

"…And I hope I never lose my wonder around that it had me thinking more about this workshop I took with a writer recently and speaking of teaching, and we discussed the relationship between writing and acting or performance, and it landed with me because I realized that when I write, whether fiction, nonfiction, it doesn't matter what the genre is.…"

@stephenfry Audience, acting, & writing

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 5:00

"…I want to say that's because you haven't yet understood how difficult writing is. You think it's easier. And when you see how difficult it is, you assume that you must be ill suited to it. But actually, if you really grasp how hard it is to write a book, then you're on your way.…"

The performative aspects to writing

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 2:07

"…Like we were talking about before and circling back a bit to where we started this conversation with voice and audio writing. And you're talking about the mishmash of performance within all of that, too. And you are one of the most incredible audiobook narrators I have ever heard. And I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and whether it's your own work or someone else's, I am astounded time and again by your ability to make a whole world come to life with your voice.…"

@stephenfry The world of the audiobook

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 5:00

"…A kind of personal proof that we exist is in the space between our ears and the sound that comes out when we vibrate our larynxes or larynxes. So voice, to me is desperately important and telling stories. There's an old adage, isn't there in movies and things that we show, not tell. It's become an absolute tourism. But I want to call it, or at least to question it. Sometimes telling is the right thing to do.…"

Audiobooks Pt 1

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:59

"…A lot of actors find it absolutely overwhelming and terrifying, or if not terrifying, burdensome laborious toil too much, too much effort, and the concentration required is phenomenal. But I decided and many people disagree with me for one reason or another. But I decided that it might be a false dichotomy. But if you divide people, especially creative people, into entertainers and artists, I think it's reasonable. We all know what an artist is.…"

Audiobooks Pt 2

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 3:32

"…Speaking of not being good at everything, hearing more about your growing up and into being an actor and writer made me think of a lesson I've learned myself over the years when it comes to my own writing practice. Or it's probably more accurate to say I'm still learning it, and that is that I don't need to be good at everything.…"

@stephenfry Writing rules & the gifts of being a reader & writer

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:59

"…Barry, thank you for your lovely message. I'm glad my last answer meant something to you. I do appreciate your response and thank you for this final pair of questions. The first part is very interesting, isn't it anyone who's written or indeed who attends literary festivals of one kind or another or book events, author events of the kind that proliferate these days. They will know that there is a real curiosity on the part of the reading public and the potentially writing public.…"

Process…

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Stephen Fry

@stephenfry · 1yr ago · 4:58

"…I am endlessly grateful to the world of letters, if I can put it that way for a very personal reason. And I think although this is perhaps extreme, or at least it was extreme years ago, it no longer is. When I was eleven or twelve, I discovered Oscar Wilde because I enjoyed the importance of being earnest so much it thrilled me, the use of language in it. And so I began to discover more and more about this remarkable man.…"

Off the rails …

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Bowie Rowan

@bowie · 1yr ago · 2:57

"…This trilogy is truly remarkable, and I just have to let you know that I've heard from several people who have been listening to this conversation that either they have already read the books and now they're going through the audiobooks again or they went and got them and they're starting them with their book club, and they're just so thrilled to discover them if they haven't had the chance already.…"

@stephenfry Cheers to being off the rails 🎉

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