Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Salon: Jekyll and Hyde, Captain Wentworth, and blog awards

My reading has been so painfully slow this past week, you could barely call it reading at all.  It seems each time I try to read, I get no more than a few pages before my eyes refuse to stay open and all I can do then is sleep.  I have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple of days, which probably explains it.  I did manage to finish reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde though, and I really enjoyed it.  I'm now wondering why I never read it before, but I'm so glad I finally did.  Adding to my enjoyment of the story was the fact that we've been watching the BBC TV series of Jekyll, a modern re-telling of the story, and we just watched the last episode this week as well.  It was very fun to experience them both at the same time and to see how they played with the original.  The Penguin edition that I'm reading also includes a couple other stories. I've read The Body Snatcher, which was spooky indeed, and am just about to start on Olalla, which is apparently a vampire story. I'm quite looking forward to it!

Anyway, since I'm still feeling rather blah today, I decided to spend some time with Jane Austen.  She's always good company on a day when you're stuck indoors. A little while ago Iliana mentioned Persuasion which inspired me to add the DVD to a recent order. The one I got was the 1995 BBC adaptation with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds. Somehow I'd never seen it before and now I can whole-heartedly agree with those who said it's better than the more recent ITV version. The actors were much better suited to the parts, the acting more natural, and even though it's been a while since I've read the book, I thought they did a good job of portraying the book as well as possible in only 2 hours. And that Captain Wentworth does write a fantastic letter, doesn't he? *swoon*  This is the second film I've watched for the Everything Austen Challenge. I wonder which one of her stories I'll read or watch next.

I'd also like to take this time to say thank you for some blog awards that I've received over the last little while from some very kind bloggers who have wonderful blogs that you should visit. So a very big thank you to ...
Mark David of Absorbed in Words for giving me the Kreativ Blogger Award,
Gnoegnoe of Graasland for passing on the Let's Be Friends Award,
BrownGirl BookSpeak for the Beautiful Blog Bingo Award, for which she gave me O, for Outstanding,
and Gavin of Page247 also for the Beautiful Blog Bingo Award, for which she gave me G for Gorgeous!

I'm going to be a spoilsport and not pass these on but I sincerely appreciate them, and am honoured that you thought of me. I'm sure we all have days when we wonder if it's worth the time and effort to keep blogging, or have doubts about our own blog, but you keep me going. Thank you so much!

Well, I'm off to go try to read again. As you can imagine I'm terribly behind in blogging again but I hope you're all keeping well and that you have a wonderful week!


  1. I just read Jekyll and Hyde too, but I was pretty disappointed by it. Not because it wasn't a good or well-written story though. I think it was because the magic and mystery and the end reveal were spoiled for me since most people already know it. I guess the idea of a seemingly two-sided person being called Jekyll/Hyde is just part of culture now? I know that if I had read it when it was published, I would have loved it so much more. I'm glad you enjoyed it though!

  2. You are welcome! Jekyll sounds like fun! I will add it to my list of BBC programs I want to see. Have a good week.

  3. I hope you are feeling better soon, Nat. I've been wanting to read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so am glad you enjoyed it. I remember feeling similarly when I read Dracula, wondering why I waited so long. :-)

    I hope you have a great week, Nat. Feel better!

  4. I ought to read Austen's PERSUASION soon. It's been sitting in my TBR for ages.

    Congratulations on the awards! :D

  5. I read (and reviewed) 'Persuasion' earlier this year; not a big fan. To be honest, I've only really liked 'Emma' and 'P & P'; 'S & S' was a bit of a disappointment really...

  6. I am struggling so badly at the moment with reading. I put it down to how busy I am and this darn cold I'm trying to shake, but its frustrating as I have started Tori Amos' bio, Frankenstein and Her Fearful Symmetry but don't seen to be geting anywhere! I hope you survive your slump.

  7. Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth is just...wonderful! I loved that adaptation, though I also liked the more recent BBC version, too. I'm just a Persuasion nut, I guess. :) Great mini-review! Have fun with the rest of your Everything Austen list!

  8. I'm having a hard time reading in the last week too. My brain doesn't want to deal with some of the more challenging reading I'm trying to do and I keep nodding off when I sit down to read. Sigh. I've been trying to work on Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I don't find the stories particularly difficult, but having a hard time getting through the background material before each story to help me understand what is going on; a bit necessary since I'm not really up on my Japanese history!

  9. Yay, I'm so glad you saw it. I still haven't seen the newer version and wouldn't mind checking it out but I get the feeling it won't compare to this one.

    Take care of yourself and hope you feel better soon!

  10. I feel like I've been in a reading slump all dang year long. I just can't get into books recently and even during my free time (lunch), I find myself browsing around online rather than reading. I need the good old read-a-thon to bump me out of my slump, I think.

    Glad you liked Jekyll and Hyde. I haven't read it but would like to one day. Hope this week has been better for you, Nat.

  11. I've fallen behind with blogging and blog-hopping once again, but I'm reading a lot more in the afternoons, so that's good, I suppose. I do hope you're feeling better and get back into your groove, too. Take care, Nat.

  12. Shannon - What you say is very true, there was certainly no surprise for me at how it would end, but I guess I still enjoyed it for the language and just the general story-telling. It would've been fun to read it without any preconceptions though, that's for sure!

    Gavin - We really enjoyed it. The BBC do make some pretty good dramas. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to watch it.

    Wendy - Thanks, I'm physically better but still in a bit of a slump. I'm hoping the read-a-thon will pull me out of it.
    I didn't love Dracula when I finally read it last year but I was so glad to have finally done so. Next up I think I'll have to try Frankenstein. :)

    Alice - Persuasion is lovely, especially the ending. :)

    Tony - I have to admit that I'm a bit of an Austen fan so I do like all of them but I know not everyone feels the same way. :)

    mariel - Sorry to hear you've had a cold. I hope you're feeling much better now, and that you're having better luck at reading. I'm looking forward to devoting time to reading for the read-a-thon this weekend. Hopefully it'll be a slump-buster!

  13. celi.a - I didn't mind the newer adaptation up until the end. All that running around really bugged me. I hadn't really liked how the actress had played Anne and that was kind of the final disappointment. This older adaptation was wonderful, like you say! :)

    Terri B. - Well, I know exactly how you feel. I hope your reading has picked up a bit.
    There is a lot of extra material and notes for Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I read all of them along with the tales but it does make it more of a scholarly read than just the stories themselves. I know Bellezza didn't bother with all the extra stuff and she still enjoyed it so maybe try that if the notes are dragging you down. You can always come back to them later.

    Iliana - Thanks. I'm glad your mentioning it inspired me to finally get it and watch it. :)

    Trish - I'm terrible lately at wasting time online or otherwise when I could be reading instead. That's what I'm hoping too, that the read-a-thon will help me out of my slump. Here's hoping we're both on track afterwards. :)

    Les - Thanks! I seem to be perpetually behind on blogging and especially blog-hopping lately. Sigh. I'm glad you're finding more time to read though, that's always a good thing.

  14. ....Ciaran Hinds as Cpt. Wentworth: well I liked best in his part the fact WHAT sort of a face (or in some scene what face he did not give the camera) to outline the characters moods and feelings :)

  15. neunfuenf - I know what you mean. He managed to portray a lot of emotion with just a look. I'm going to have to watch it again soon I think. :)


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