Merlin’s pants! A feature film adaptation of Macbeth, directed by Vincent Regan and featuring Sean Bean (as Macbeth, spoiler: he dies!), Charles Dance, Rupert Grint and James D’Arcy among others. Get the short now and the DVD when it comes out!
Look what I discovered on Kickstarter!!!!!!!!!!! They’re asking for funding for a film adaptation (there’s never enough) of Macbeth!! I want money to give it to them.
“Janet gave me a pair of summer gloves, almost new, I don’t know where she got them. And then she began to cry, and when I asked her why she was doing that, she said it was because I was to have a happy ending, and it was just like a book; and I wondered what books she’d been reading.”
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
“In his student days, he used to argue that if a woman has no other course open to her but starvation, prostitution, or throwing herself from a bridge, then surely the prostitute, who has shown the most tenacious instinct for self-preservation, should be considered stronger and saner than her frailer and no longer living sisters. One couldn’t have it both ways, he’d point out: if women are seduced and abandoned they’re supposed to go mad, but if they survive, and seduce in their turn, then they were mad to begin with.”
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
Happy International Women’s Day!
Novels coming out in March that I want to read (totally subjective list):
I just realised 8 of these 9 books are by female authors :D
Not gonna lie, this hasn’t been my most productive month. It was short, full of Uni work, and I’ve had sinusitis for 3/4 of the month. I’ve also read most of Alias Grace and I Am a Japanese Writer, but since I haven’t finished them yet, I’ll review them next month.
(Incidentally, I got this from a friend who won it on twitter, so I scanned the cover and as you can see it’s the “uncorrected proof copy” :D).
This story (which I think in the USA is titled “The Swiss Affair”) it’s not what you think it is. I mean, it is a coming of age story of a young girl (New Adult, I suppose) spending her second year of Uni in Lausanne; it is about a girl making new friends, falling in love, and experiencing a loss for the first time… But it’s all mixed together in a quite original way. It’s also a bit Dickensian in the sense that there’s no coincidences and everything is related in the end, but it works quite well. And the author manages to trick you thinking you’ve got it when you don’t (I actually got it! then got confused, then realised I had been right, but no spoilers!)
It’s beautifully written, and I think the characters in general were well constructed and believable. Unlike other introverted heroines, Hadley doesn’t feel like a Mary Sue. I liked her. Although I did not like the guy and I’m pretty sure he was the main problem with the novel… I recommend it for a rainy afternoon. (That’s when I read it, a Sunday during the awful storm at the beginning of February!)
This book is sooo fun and such a quick read! I’m quite mad that some people are tagging it as “chick-lit” because ALL THAT HAS ROMANCE IS NOT CHICK-LIT. Chick-lit is actually a genre, but the term loses its meaning (and usefulness) if you use it for “every novel that a chick might like”.
This book was everywhere last year, so I’m sure you have heard about it. It’s the story of a geneticist (which is implied suffers from Asperger’s) who devices a questionnaire to find the perfect wife. But then he meets Rosie, who he helps in a quest to discover her biological father, and although she would fail (refuses to take it, obviously) each and every question of the questionnaire, and against all logic (like Darcy) he can’t stop thinking about her.
I recommend it to everybody, because I think than more than a romance it’s a humoristic story. And there’s something for everybody, so you shouldn’t think that because you don’t like romance or because you’re a guy or something you won’t have fun with it. You will.
I posted a review, which sounded quite disappointed (sorry) and then I fixed it and added a PS. The thing is that I enjoyed this book and I devoured it. It’s beautiful, a page-turner, and intriguing. It caught me by surprise because it was not what I had been expecting (Epic Fantasy!) but more of a Paranormal Romance (it’s not that, either, but it’s not-not-that… if you get my meaning).
The sad thing is that it took me a total of 5 days to read these 3 books. I don’t know what I did with the remaining 23! Apart from reading Alias Grace, which is NOT that long.
That’s actually a bit funny because I did the same quiz two weeks ago and I got Elinor… and tulinlina said “it fits you, but Anne would fit you too.” And I only changed the Mean Girls quotation.
I love Knightley! (And Jeremy Northam) He’s right there behind Darcy and Tilney (and fanon Henry Crawford). I repeated the test changing a couple of answers to try my luck again and I got Edmund Bertram… THAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT I WANTED.Ugh, Edmund he’s Jerry/Larry of Jane Austen male heroes.
Do you think they would make a good couple? I think they may be too similar. Anne needs a sexy captain and George a crazy matchmaker.
WHAT DID YOU GET?
These days I haven’t been reading much. I have a lot of work from Uni (nay) and my sister came to visit me (yayyy). On Thursday we decided to head to Hay-on-Wye, (literally) the town of books. I don’t know if you’d heard about it before (I hadn’t, waroftheroses told me about it! <3), but it’s mind-blowing. There’s 27 bookshops in a town the size of a Uni campus (1500 inhabitants) and apparently, they had many more before.
Unfortunately, we arrived a bit late and didn’t have time to check them all 27. The ones we did check were amazing (I’m sorry for the bad quality, I took them with my phoneee):
(that’s my sister’s head! Isn’t it nice?)
(my dream house)
(this one’s how I want my future bookshop to be like haha)
Because I’m poor, my book haul was small. My sister invited me to one book though, so I don’t complain (au contraire).
If you ever find yourself near Hay-on-Wye… who am I kidding, you’ll have to go there with intent and purpose, but it’s worth it.
Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries will be adapted into a television drama
Ha, that may turn out to be amazing.
Also. I didn’t know she was 28, I’m laughing and crying.
“After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says - in Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed … but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly!”
The greatest speech amongst the gold mine of dialogues that is The third man
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