Project 24 – #7
The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that Project24 is up to #7 already, which takes me to halfway through April (apparently the cruellest month… well, we’ll see). But the seventh book is one I’ve wanted for about eight years and, though I bought it online rather than finding it serendipitously, I think you’ll excuse the purchase when you know what it is:
Yes, two of my favourite authors, combined in one beautiful book: Miss Elizabeth Bennet by AA Milne. I have actually seen the play performed – by an am-dram society in a village with the wonderful name of Blewbury, back in 2004 – and read it in 2008 or thereabouts. But this was one I needed to own…
And it got me thinking. I’m going to make you be very interactive this week, as I want more ideas. AA Milne dramatising Jane Austen is more or less a dream come true for me – but what other author combinations would delight and amuse you?
I’ve had a little think. I’d love to read Jane Austen’s novelisation of Much Ado About Nothing. And I think Tove Jansson could turn ‘Kubla Khan’ into an atmospheric novella. Do any of you know the beautiful Nancy Griffith song ‘Love at the Five and Dime’? I’d love EM Delafield to turn that into a novel.
As you can see, whimsy is the name of the game – let me know your suggestions of authors adapting things, as crazy or as plausible as you like. Let time, geography, language be no object… I’m looking forward to hearing what you come up with.