Alice Hoffman

Literary Birthday – 16 March – Alice Hoffman

Happy Birthday, Alice Hoffman, born 16 March 1952.

Alice Hoffman Quotes

  1. I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life. Is there a risk? Always. In fiction and in life.
  2. All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them – much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are.
  3. Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.
  4. My theory is that everyone, at one time or another, has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who’s different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.
  5. You cannot dispute the ridiculous. You cannot argue reasonably with evil.
  6. The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister going into a room in the castle and finding all the bodies of the wives that came before her – she is confronted with truth, thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don’t.
  7. After a while, the characters I’m writing begin to feel real to me. That’s when I know I’m heading in the right direction.
  8. I’ve been a screenwriter for twenty-five years. Every one of my books have been optioned for movies and I have written a few of those screenplays.
  9. Books may well be the only true magic.
  10. That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination.
  11. No one knows how to write a novel until it’s been written.
  12. Sometimes words drew blood, they cut your tongue, they made you know things you couldn’t unknow.
  13. Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you’ve had a chance to reconsider, or even to think.
  14. The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.
  15. Every problem has a solution, although it may not be the outcome that was originally hoped for or expected.

Alice Hoffman is an American novelist. She is perhaps best known for her novel, Practical Magic, which was adapted for a film of the same name. Many of her works fall into the genre of magic realism. Follow her on Twitter: @ahoffmanwriter

Source for photo: Alice Hoffman’s media room

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 16th March 2013