Would A-Level English Lit be a good choice?

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I'm pretty good at English and I love reading, but most importantly, I absolutely love creative writing. Unfortunately, the sixth form I'm planning to go to in September doesn't have a creative writing course and the only English-related A Levels are obviously Language and Lit. I quite like literature but I really want to be an author when I grow up, and choosing Literature wouldn't allow me to write my own stories, so I was wondering if it would still help me or not. I am also planning to take A-Level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Media because I also have a passion for creating films too ^-^
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You could look into doing it at college or privately. You should look at the requirments by unis for doing an English degree.
Some degrees will have a lot more focus on creative writing


http://university.which.co.uk/advice...-study-english
http://university.which.co.uk/subjec...and-literature
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(Original post by weeaboojess)
I'm pretty good at English and I love reading, but most importantly, I absolutely love creative writing. Unfortunately, the sixth form I'm planning to go to in September doesn't have a creative writing course and the only English-related A Levels are obviously Language and Lit. I quite like literature but I really want to be an author when I grow up, and choosing Literature wouldn't allow me to write my own stories, so I was wondering if it would still help me or not. I am also planning to take A-Level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Media because I also have a passion for creating films too ^-^
English Literature will allow you to analyse books in greater depth, therefore you may gain a higher appreciation for literature. It is also considered a 'traditional' subject (which Media and BTEC are not considered to be) and is good if you wanted to go to University.

However, if it is not something you could see yourself definitely enjoying then do not take it.
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(Original post by weeaboojess)
I'm pretty good at English and I love reading, but most importantly, I absolutely love creative writing. Unfortunately, the sixth form I'm planning to go to in September doesn't have a creative writing course and the only English-related A Levels are obviously Language and Lit. I quite like literature but I really want to be an author when I grow up, and choosing Literature wouldn't allow me to write my own stories, so I was wondering if it would still help me or not. I am also planning to take A-Level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Media because I also have a passion for creating films too ^-^
You may find English literature to be less fun that creative writing but it gives you a fantastic insight into how books can be written to make a serious point, you learn about techniques authors use in novels and crucially why they use them. If you are planning on writing your own books english literature will (indirectly) give you the techniques to do so.

You learn about a play and poetry as well and the techniques used in these.
For poetry its mostly about imagery and positioning words and phrases. (really helps you gauge how to write them)
For the Play you learn about Imagery, Stage direction (good for your films ), plastic theatre (sounds, music, props etc), setting and language/dialogue and about different functions

For the books
You cover narrators, language, context (what was happening when the book was written), structure (multiple narrators), using minor characters

The key thing to remember is that although you are being taught about a specific book, the information about the techniques used by many narrators is their. If you want to write plays/films or a book or poetry Lit is fantastic
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You may find English literature to be less fun that creative writing but it gives you a fantastic insight into how books can be written to make a serious point, you learn about techniques authors use in novels and crucially why they use them. If you are planning on writing your own books english literature will (indirectly) give you the techniques to do so.

You learn about a play and poetry as well and the techniques used in these.
For poetry its mostly about imagery and positioning words and phrases. (really helps you gauge how to write them)
For the Play you learn about Imagery, Stage direction (good for your films ), plastic theatre (sounds, music, props etc), setting and language/dialogue and about different functions

For the books
You cover narrators, language, context (what was happening when the book was written), structure (multiple narrators), using minor characters

The key thing to remember is that although you are being taught about a specific book, the information about the techniques used by many narrators is their. If you want to write plays/films or a book or poetry Lit is fantastic
Okay! Thank you for the tips
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