Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

Happy weekend y’all!  Hope everyone is very well.  I spent my Friday evening watching a great 1945 film I Live in Grosvenor Square with Rex Harrison and Anna Neagle – and, the reason I watched it, Dame Irene Vanbrugh!  It was the inaugural film in Andrea & Simon’s Film Club (basically a fancy name for my friend Andrea and I taking it in turns to choose films) – I’ll keep you posted if we watch anything really great.  And maybe I’ll do a proper post on I Live in Grosvenor Square one day.

1.) The book – could have your name in it!  A youtuber I was watching mention U*Novels (‘you star novels’) which allows you to have specially printed editions of classic novels where you choose the names of the cast.  This could make a really fun gift.  Want to put your husband in as Mr. Darcy?  Fancy taking a trip to Wonderland and having your friends appear as the caterpillar or Chesire Cat?  It sounds silly and fun to me.

2.) The blog post – Melwyk over at The Indextrious Reader has started up a really interesting Postal Reading Challenge – reading books with postal themes (e.g. collections of letters – those of you who got excited about Maxwell/Welty or Maxwell/Warner collections could jump on board!)  Head over here to find out more.

3.) The link – I just wanted to remind you to WATCH THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES if you’re not already.  (A re-telling of Pride and Prejudice through vlogs – I first wrote about here.) It’s got so good recently – and Lydia Bennet’s channel is also brilliant.  Mary Kate Wiles (along with the writers) has really fleshed out Lydia to be a very sympathetic, thorough character, rather than the silly, flighty girl that Lizzie sees (and thus that we see in the novel.)   Lydia’s channel is here, and Lizzie’s is here.   There are quite a lot of videos to watch, but I’ll make it easy for you to start – here is ep.1 of Lizzie’s channel.

12 thoughts on “Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

  • January 12, 2013 at 2:42 am
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    The LBD made me so happy this week! And Lydia's videos have been breaking my heart recently, though the most recent one…well, let's just say I think Mary Kate Wiles has the best job in the world right now. I almost dedicated a post on Friday to talking about the show(s) and why everyone needs to watch them but went with a predictable book review instead, so am happy to see you spreading the word once again!

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    • January 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm
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      Haha! Yes, she's not got much to complain about, has she? It's all so INTRIGUING at the mo. Please do blog about it…

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  • January 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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    Oh yes, the Lizzie Bennet diaries. Thanks for the reminder, Simon. I started off watching them and gorged on about 30 episodes, and I loved them. But once I got through the backlog, I got out of the habit of watching regularly.

    So, oh joy, more backlog!

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    • January 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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      hurrah! Some of them are a bit slow, but the most recent ones have been very exciting – and there's one I've not even watched yet…

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  • January 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    I did check out the Lizzie Bennet diaries based on your earlier recommendations and I was hooked. But to be completely honest, I think the pacing is a little slow and there is a lot of annoying 'girl-talk' but its still fairly intelligently written. "The Lydia" is pretty awesome

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    • January 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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      It was slow for a bit, but the pace has definitely picked up in the last few – and I'm endlessly impressed by how they've depicted The Ly-dee-ah!

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  • January 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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    Oh – agree, agree, agree on LBD! I must have watched episode 78 nearly 10 times. And I wondered what you thought of the Pemberley handling. Glad to hear you're still enjoying it :)

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    • January 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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      Oh yes! Three out of four of my family are hooked, actually…

      I loved the video which ended "Pemberley Digital… now why does that ring a bell?" So teasing…

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  • January 13, 2013 at 3:18 am
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    Thanks for the mention! And for the reminder that I really must catch up on the LB Diaries.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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    I've fallen off watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries in the past month or two, but really enjoyed what I saw up until then. I'll have to spend one night this week catching up!

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