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↑ Dark Matter to be filmed Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter is a creepy ghost/thriller book that I loved. And now it is to be made into a film by DNA Films, which is developing the project with Film4. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly is adapting the screenplay. The novel tells the story of a 1937 British expedition to the high Arctic which takes a hugely sinister turn. Click here to read about how Michelle researched the book:- ↑ Gaiman on getting kids reading Thumbs up to fantasy author Neil Gaiman who lambasted book snobs in a recent lecture given on behalf of The Reading Agency. People who decide children should read only worthy books are misguided, he suggested, when the motivation should be to get children reading something, anything, first. Then, they can discover reading. That is why our public libraries are so important. “The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them. “I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children’s books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading. I’ve seen it happen over and over; Enid Blyton was declared a bad author, so was RL Stine, so were dozens of others. Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy. “It’s tosh. It’s snobbery and it’s foolishness. There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn’t hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is a route to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same taste as you.” Read an edited version of Neil Gaiman’s speech here:-