What I’ve been reading, August 2011

  • Mansfield Park, Jane Austen. Well, after slideyfoot mentioned that he didn’t like it, I had to read it to find out why. 😉 Fanny is certainly no Elizabeth Bennet — quite the opposite, in fact, and I really did want to smack her around. Fanny is just so freaking passive, it’s almost ridiculous; she scarcely admits to her own self how she feels. (Although, when she does have a strong opinion, even if she never tells anyone, she is quite right.) And the book was about three times as long as it needed to be. (There were also many conversations of long, long speeches without attribution tags [Fanny said/Edmund said/etc.] and I’d get lost in trying to figure out who said what.)
    I did watch a movie version first — the 1999 one with the guy from Hackers — in which Fanny was written like Lizzy. That was much more enjoyable.
  • Wicked, Gregory Maguire. (Dead tree version.) The Wicked Witch of the West’s backstory. Very cleverly done, the way he worked it around the elements of the original story and the movie. (Though, of course, those two don’t always agree; sometimes he went with the book, sometimes with the movie.) Even the Wizard and the Wicked Witch of the East get a different treatment than expected (though the latter did deserve to have a house dropped on her by the time that came).
  • Peter and Wendy, JM Barrie. I’m pretty sure I’ve read it before, though there were parts that I completely didn’t remember. Maybe I’ve just seen too many Peter Pan movies and plays. 😛

3 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading, August 2011

  1. Ha – good to know I’m not the only one who hated that character! 😉

    Though it’s been a (scarily) long time since high school, so perhaps I should give it another chance. Or at least watch the film you mentioned. Also reminds me I should read Wicked, as I enjoyed the musical. 🙂

    • I didn’t hate her so much as I just wanted to shake her and get her moving. I think I would have been frustrated with her even if I hadn’t seen the movie first, where she’s more like Elizabeth Bennett.

      I’d definitely recommend the movie over the book. Sure, they move things around and combine things and cut out her brother entirely — and the whole reason Tom gets sick is a little Whoa, what?! — but it hits the main points, cuts the dull ones, and ties everything up fairly nicely.

      Haven’t seen the musical for Wicked. Now I’m halfway through the sequel, Son of a Witch, and am enjoying it, too.

  2. So I was going through your “what I’ve been reading” posts to get ideas now that boards are over and I don’t need to feel guilty about not studying every free moment, and I just thought “dead tree version” deserved a like.

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