Holy blog posts, Batman! I opened up WordPress to write today’s book news and saw that, as of my last post (found here), I’ve written 1,000 blog posts on this blog! ONE. THOUSAND. And this week coming up is my sixth anniversary of LND! I can’t believe I’ve kept this up for six years – or for 1,000 posts. It’s incredible to think about. So here’s to 1,000 more! Enjoy the book news:
- We’ve got Jane Austen news in spades this weekend. First up, never underestimate the power of Austen fans. Earlier this month, hundreds of Janeites descended upon Bath to celebrate the annual Jane Austen Festival. At the festival, 550 Janeites dressed in their finest Regency clothes and set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed in that type of costume. This event reclaimed the record from one set in 2009 in the U.S. – because of course the record should belong to England. It is Jane’s home, after all.
- Meanwhile, a new kind of Austen adaptation is headed our way. After many changes in writers and directors, it looks like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will finally become a movie. (Yay?). Lily James will portray Liz Bennet, while Doctor Who alum Matt Smith will take on the role of Mr. Collins. And in other casting news, Game of Thrones father and daughter Charles Dance and Lena Headey will also join the cast, though there’s no word yet on who they will be portraying. The movie will follow (more or less) Austen’s plot, with the add twist of a zombie invasion in the English countryside.
- And in even more adaptation news, Hilary Mantel’s Tudor epic Wolf Hall is hitting another milestone. The Royal Shakespeare Company developed an interpretation of Mantel’s novels (the aforementioned Wolf Hall and it’s sequel, Bring Up the Bodies) for the stage. Now RSC is bringing the play to Broadway. Parts 1 and 2 will begin previews in March 2015 and open to the public in April 2015. Both of Mantel’s books won the Man Booker Prize, making Mantel the rare author who has won the Man Booker twice, and for two linked books. A television miniseries of the first book is also being produced by BBC and Masterpiece.
- Since we’re on an adaptation role here … earlier this month, Book Riot had a post that explored movie adaptations of literary works, specifically those that “got it right” – movie versions that were as good, if not better, than the book version. While Book Riot’s list includes one of my favorite book-to-screen translations (Atonement, in case you were wondering), I do wonder at their inclusion of High Fidelity. I take issue with the “Americanization” of Nick Hornby’s original story. And the lack of Lord of the Rings seems glaring, because I personally though Peter Jackson and co. did a very admirable job adapting what is fairly tricky material. What say you, bookworms? What are your favorite adaptations?
As always, happy reading.