Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers: Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes is a Documentary programme.
Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers: Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes
In the second episode of his series that deconstructs the books we (really) read, Andrew Marr argues that fantasy novels are filled with big ideas that allow us to see our own world in a surprising way, albeit through a twisted gothic filter. Andrew reminds us that this is a genre whose origins are British, and at its heart is still a quest to reconnect readers with the ancient ideas and folk beliefs of the world before the Enlightenment. He breaks down fantasy books into a set of conventions that govern the modern genre, looking at the intricacy with which imaginary worlds are built, the use of portals that are able to bridge this world and another, and the concept of 'thinning'. To help him understand these books, Andrew meets bestselling fantasy writers and the programme includes interviews with Neil Gaiman, Alan Garner and Frances Hardinge. episode 2.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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