• Film and TV Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Julian Fellowes’ Dr. Thorne

        I have always been a big fan of period pieces and costume dramas, but my family and I have seen so many at this point it can often be a challenge to find one we haven’t seen. Recently, we sat down to watch Dr. Thorne, written by the inestimable Julian Fellowes on Amazon Prime, and we were quite delighted by this charming story! Trollope is actually one of the major Victorian authors whose work I still have yet to read, so I was completely unfamiliar with this story going into it. I feel that this actually enhanced the experience for me though, since I wasn’t able to predict or…

  • Book Talk,  Uncategorized

    The Secret Garden on Screen: Old and New

    Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, has been a beloved story in my family for many years. My mother read it to my aunt when she was young, and then later to me and my sister. Carrying a message of hope and renewal, the tale of a little girl who learns to bring a garden back to life, and along with it, the hearts of all whose lives she touches, including her own, is a timeless classic of children’s literature. And since there hasn’t been a major adaptation for years, not since the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland starring Kate Maberly (Daniel Deronda), I was really excited to see…

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    Wives and Daughters: Gaskell’s Influence in Victorian Literature

    Whew! I feel so happy with myself right now. This book that I am going to talk about today is one that has been on my to-be-read list for so long, and this finally was the year I read it. I have been familiar with Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters for several years now and have watched the beautiful costume mini-series created by Andrew Davies, (who has created countless stellar period pieces for the BBC), multiple times. I also have read Gaskell’s North and South, and watched its accompanying adaption, as well as Cranford. Overshadowed by her many peers, Elizabeth Gaskell is a fabulously underrated author who is only in…