How do you write a novel with a fictional language?
This is the question asked by a new Netflix original series, Good Fiction Books, starring the author of the award-winning book The Loneliest Man in the World.
As you might expect, the answer is complicated.
“We were looking for a way to capture the imagination and the emotions of the people who read it,” said the writer-director of the show, Peter Berg, whose previous work includes The Lost City of Z. “But we also wanted to make it feel real, and to be as real as possible.”
To make it as real, Berg, the author and illustrator of the novel, and writer and director of the Netflix series Good Fiction books, enlisted the help of linguists and literary agent Marcia MacMillan.
Their book covers a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the ancient Egyptian language of Phoenician to the fictional languages spoken in The Lost Cities of Z, and from the fictional animals of Fables to the ancient Hebrew language of Beis Shabbat.
They also have a new book on the history of fiction, How to Write Fiction.
Berg and MacMillann are both from the same city, New York, where Berg’s father was an agent and Macmillan’s mother was a writer and editor.
Berg spent a year in London before making his film, which is set in London during the Second World War.
MacMillam, who has lived in New York for nearly 30 years, has a Ph.
D. in literary theory from Columbia University and is a former professor at NYU.
Berg says that they were inspired to do the series by the fact that so many people are inspired by fiction.
“I think we have this notion of the ‘literary world,’ that all the people in this world who read fiction are brilliant writers and they are great writers, but they’re not the same people who actually write fiction,” he said.
To do that, the writers, who live in the fictional city of Zulu, have been asked to draw inspiration from real life, including their own family, friends and colleagues. “
The book is an attempt to capture those people and capture their stories, the stories that are in them, the people, the characters, the worlds they are creating.”
To do that, the writers, who live in the fictional city of Zulu, have been asked to draw inspiration from real life, including their own family, friends and colleagues.
Berg said he learned about the idea from the work of another writer, writer-artist and translator Paul Langan, who also writes in fictional languages.
Langan has been making books based on the work by fictional writers for decades.
The series, set in the early 1960s in London, follows Langan’s character, an agent for a publishing company who hires the fictional novelist Mervyn Peake.
He is also a former writer who, like Berg, has also studied the language of fiction.
Berg’s first book, published in 2006, was The Lost Book of Mervys.
He and MacMilan said the idea for the series came about while they were in London doing an international trip to promote the film Good Fiction Book, which has become a cult classic.
Berg had been planning to make an adaptation of his novel, but decided that he wanted to go with a different writer.
“This is the kind of thing where you don’t know if you are going to be able to make the movie or not,” Berg said.
The book is set between 1960 and 1984, the years when British spies and political intrigues were in the news, and a time when British newspapers were run by politicians and businessmen and were full of articles on the latest spy scandals and how they had changed the way Britain dealt with foreign affairs.
The idea was to make what was really the first American version of the book available, as a reference for people interested in a similar, more contemporary book.
Berg wrote the book while in London researching a feature film about the book.
The film, directed by Tom Hanks, follows a young man as he attempts to write a book based on his experiences in Vietnam, and is set during the Vietnam War.
Berg has also worked on the feature films The Good Dinosaur and Black Mass.
Berg hopes to use his work to help bring the language and stories of fiction to the screen.
“It’s a strange thing, but I think it’s important,” Berg told The Associated Press.
“The language and the characters in fiction are so rich and powerful and so real, I think they should be available to anyone who wants to be a part of that.
I hope that someday we’ll have this opportunity, but it’s a long ways off.”
The series premieres Monday (July 1) at 10 p.m.
ET on Netflix.
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