Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

September 1, 2014 Alisa Fantasy, Young Adult 2 Comments

Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

 

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Author: Jessica Day George

Published: January 8th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retellings, Romance

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Blurb: Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.

Alisa’s Review:

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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is based upon a Norwegian folk tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. What grabbed me about this story was its strong sense of place. Rather than relocating the action or only using some of the plot elements to tell her story, Jessica Day George delivers a faithful retelling of the original fairy tale. The characters feel authentic to the period in which the novel is set and the mixture of thoughtful descriptions and integration of Norwegian folk lore also reinforce this very striking setting.

The story’s main character, who does not have a name for most of the novel, is highly appealing. Though she is treated poorly by her family, particularly her mother who is so disappointed that she is a girl that she never bothers to name her, she is willing to sacrifice herself to help them when the bear offers his bargain. In addition to her selflessness, she is also shown to be both tough and brave, especially once she begins her epic quest. It is those qualities that really made me care about her and hope that she found a happy ending.

I also thought some of the supporting characters were very interesting, particularly her brother Hans Peter. I liked the way their relationship was depicted and I thought the book does a good job of creating a sense of mystery about why he changes so much after his voyage.

The only element that didn’t entirely work for me was the romance between the Lass and her bear prince. It feels a little rushed as we do not get to see them spend much time together before the prince is whisked away to be with the troll princess. Still, I liked them as a pairing and I was happy with the conclusion.

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Weekly Roundup: Labor Day Weekend!

August 31, 2014 Alisa weekly roundup 4 Comments

weekly roundup5What is going on the blogs:

 

pictureusreadingbanner3Picture Us Reading:

Book Review: Stolen Songbird

Book Review: Hitch At The Fairmont

Graphic Novel Review: Bandette

Discussion Post: My Favorite Adaptations: Austen Edition

 

cropped-twglogoThose Who Geek:

Twilight Zone: The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine

Top Five: Super Villain Costumes From Movies

Veronica Mars: The Wrath Of Con

Star Trek: Mudd’s Women

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Revolutions Of Terror #2

Doctor Who Season 8: Into The Dalek

[EDIT - this was posted a little late today] Outlander: The Gathering

Awesome Blogger Posts:

Jessica@ A Great Read- Is doing a spooktacular giveaway hop that sounds like a lot of fun!

Jennifer@ Bad Bird Reads- Discusses the never-ending book review requests and ARC’s.

Live @ The Absent Historian- Is doing a really cool meme called A Trip Through Time where she discusses all things related to history.

Life Stuff:

  • Work has been pretty hectic the last two weeks, but the good news I am almost done with testing and this upcoming week should be a lot less stressful and time consuming.
  • Looking at the calendar it is only a matter of weeks until our daughters due date! We are excited but also realizing how much we need to get done. I want to go through all the baby clothes I have received and wash/organize them. I need to pack a bag for the hospital stay etc. That being said there will be a period in mid September after the baby is born that I will be offline for a bit, I will still be posting content but it might take awhile to reply to comments etc. We hope to be able to keep posting though, depends on how it goes!
  • I am enjoying my Labor Day weekend but I am sad I didn’t really get to go to the DBF, I am just so far along now that standing for long periods of time in the hot sun is not a great idea. Alas! I hope to go next year :(

 

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Feature and Follow Friday: Escape Into A Book

August 29, 2014 Alisa Uncategorized 20 Comments

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Question: Tell us about a book character you’d trade places with?

 

imagesThis is a tricky question to answer because most of the characters in books I love I would never ever want to change places with as they tend to be in dire situations! Jane Eyre was my first thought but I rather not go through her childhood or end up homeless on the moors. The other character I thought of was Alina in the Grisha Trilogy, but I changed my mind as she is endlessly in some form of peril. Probably if I would trade places with any character I would want to be somewhere safe and warm LOL Either way I would miss my husband too much to trade places with any fictional character :)

 

I love meeting and getting to know new bloggers. I have two blogs that I post reviews for the first is Picture Us Reading which is primarily book focused and the second is Those Who Geek which includes book/comic reviews but is more popular culture focused.  You can follow me via either of these blogs and I will be sure to follow back, just leave a comment below to tell me you have!

 

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Discussion: My Favorite Bookish Adaptations: Austen Edition

August 28, 2014 Alisa Discussion Post 17 Comments

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This week I wanted to talk a bit about adaptations and why I like/dislike them. I think adaptations are a tricky thing to get right, we all have a really set vision inside our heads of how we want characters to look and sound. When I was younger I think I was very set on the idea that I wanted any adaptation of a book to very much stick to the original with no deviations but I found as I get older I am more open to adaptations changing the original as long as they true to the spirit of the novel. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about my all time favorite adaptations of each of the various novels of Jane Austen. I am going to select one for each of the novels she has published (for which adaptations have been made.)  I plan to do this for several different authors and perhaps some of these adaptations you haven’t seen and might wish to give it a try! Please feel free to post your favorites in the comments below.

 

jane-austen-silhouetteMy Favorite Bookish Adaptations: Austen Edition

 

Darcy-and-Elizabeth-e1313521962809Title: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Based On:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Reasons Why I Love This Adaptation:

This is probably a pretty obvious choice as this is a very beloved mini-series, but I wanted to state exactly why I love this adaptation. Andrew Davies does take some liberties with the original text, he adds on several scenes that show the story from Darcy’s point of view more than Elizabeth which is a change from the book in that we are mostly focused on her journey. Some of those scenes are controversial, such as the wet shirt scene in which a frustrated Darcy dives into a pond are clearly done for the ladies and don’t add much to the plot. However I feel like the script really sticks to the spirit of original story and I think making it a longer mini-series really benefits this story as otherwise Darcy and Elizabeth’s change of heart never feels entirely sincere without the time to develop. The casting is of course spot on and to me Colin Firth is/shall always be the best Darcy.

p15-copyTitle: Persuasion(1995)

Based On: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Reasons Why I Love This Adaptation: 

Persuasion is by far my favorite Jane Austen novel. This movie adaptation really took me by surprise in how true to the novel it managed to be in just a two hour running time. I really love the casting in this movie as it is true to the age and maturity of the main characters. The cinematography and soundtrack are just gorgeous and I love that it was all filmed on location. Amanda Root as Anne is perfect, I feel she captured the heart of this character and I was emotionally invested in her journey from beginning to end. As well Ciaran Hinds is perfectly cast as Captain Wentworth and does his character arch justice in a very short running time. This film is one I frequently revisit and I love it more each time I see it!

 

Northanger-Abbey_243-1Title: Northanger Abbey(2007)

Based On: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Reasons Why I Love This Adaptation: 

I absolutely adore this adaptation! The novel is one that is not Austen’s most popular but one I always have enjoyed as I like the gothic tones of the story and Catharine as a lead character. Once again Davies takes liberties with the original text and adds some fantasy sequences that are at times bizarre, but it fits the tone of the story. The casting of this mini-series was spot on with Felicity Jones making Catharine a bit naive but always intensely likable. The best casting of all was the choice of JJ Field as Henry Tilney, he manages to be charming, funny and at the same time serious/romantic at exactly the right moments!

emma-bbc-1996Title: Emma(1996)

Based On: Emma By Jane Austen

Reasons Why I Love This Adaptation: This will probably be a controversial choice as I know this is not the favorite of many Emma fans. For me Emma is a flawed character and that is why I think this book really works, so in an adaptation I want to see that aspect of her emphasized. I think this version really shows the dire consequences and serious aspects of some of Emma’s choices throughout the novel. My mental picture of Knightley is someone who is kind but also very firm, unrelenting. I felt of all the Knightleys I had seen that Mark Strong’s performance is the one that matched the one in my imagination. This is probably one of the more serious adaptations of Emma that have been made, a lot of others focus more on the humor and less on the drama. I certainly think Beckinsale’s performance is one of the harder Emma’s to like, because it does emphasize the more snobby and elitist elements of her character. However as a result I think the character arch and journey for Emma is the most satisfying and I certainly was happy to see them together at the end.

 

 

dpgyfj5aiEV6FgvtTZDQuLDHLYkTitle: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Based On:Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Reasons Why I Love This Adaptation: Once again this is a very beloved adaptation of the novel and there have been several adaptations since but I still feel this one best captures the spirit of the novel. Firstly I absolutely think the casting was spot on for this film, with the small exception of Hugh Grant as Edward. I love Emma Thompson’s portrayal of Eleanor, Kate Winslet is perfect as Marianne and Alan Rickman is wonderful as Colonel Brandon. This adaptation captures the humor but also really shows the character arch for the sisters beautifully and never fails to emphasize that though they are different the sisters deeply love one another. The cinematography and music for this film are also really brilliant!

 

downloadTitle: Mansfield Park 2007

Based On: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Reasons To Check Out This Adaptation: I have a confession to make, as a novel I really hate Mansfield Park. Fanny as a character has never appealed to me and therefore I find it hard to invest in adaptations based on this novel. However of the various adaptations that I have seen this definitely is the best and most true to the original source material.

 

Some Modernizations That Are Worth Checking Out!

austenland00026Title: Austenland(2013)

Reasons to Check It Out: This is a really silly and fun modernization of Austen, based on the novel by Shannon Hale. It chronicles the journey of an obsessed Darcy fan going to England to a tourist destination especially designed to recreate the Austen novels. I overall prefer the novel to the film but I love the casting of JJ Field as Nobley, he is just very swoonable in the role.

 

 

ep35-171-1024x576Title:Lizzie Bennet Diaries/Emma Approved

Reasons to Check It Out: First off you can see all the episodes on youtube for free! These are two of my all time favorite webseries and I think both do a great job of modernizing the themes/ideas of the novels. The casting is spot on in both and it is fun in that you can interact with characters via various social media.

 

 

 

dionne-cher-cluelessTitle: Clueless (1995)

Reasons to Check It Out: This film is a classic for a reason! It takes Emma and modernizes it to a High School setting. It is amazing how well the plot fits into the modern setting and Alicia Silverstone as Emma/Cher is very funny but still likable.

 

 

 

 

download (1)Title:Bridget Jone’s Diary(2001)

Reasons to Check It Out: Colin Firth playing Darcy again, need I say more? Really this is just such a fun adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Bridget may not be as put together as Elizabeth but she certainly is likable/relatable.

 

 

 

 

download (2)Title: Lost In Austen(2008)

Reasons To Check It Out: This is probably my favorite of all the modernizations because it is such a fun and clever idea. It takes a modern day girl who is obsessed with the novel Pride and Prejudice and transports her into the novel. The fun of this modernization is that she completely messes up the plot of the novel by taking the place of Elizabeth and the unexpected twists in the story are a joy to watch.

 

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Graphic Novel Review: Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

August 27, 2014 Alisa Graphic Novel Reviews, Graphic Novel: Adult 4 Comments

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Series: Volume I

Author: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Published: Published November 26th 2013 by Dark Horse Comics

Genres:  Young Adult, Crime, Adventure

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Blurb: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s enchanting, Eisner-nominated digital series comes to print! The world’s greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d’arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it’s not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead! This beautiful hardcover includes the first arc, tales of Bandette’s street urchin helpers by guest artists, an original illustrated story, and more!

Things I liked:

  • The design is bold and striking, referencing a sort of 60s mod-ish design. This is something I really haven’t seen before and it gives the book an immediate sense of identity. Plus, isn’t that cover just gorgeous? The combination of that red and black really catches the eye in the same way Hitchcock’s Vertigo poster does.
  • The story is written with a real sense of fun and whimsy. It is a pleasure to follow the free-spirited Bandette’s adventures and this story is told with a perfectly-pitched light touch.
  • There is a real depth to the gallery of characters here. Even the minor characters feel distinctive and inject the story with lots of personality. I particularly liked the Matador and I loved the way she was styled.

Things I disliked:

  • This is only the first volume of adventures for Bandette, collecting a run of digital comics, and as such it does not tell a complete story. Be forewarned that the story ends really abruptly and that you will be left craving more.

Favorite Moment:

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I really enjoyed the sequence in which Bandette battles the Matador. They are both very strong female characters with lots of personality and it was fun to watch them interact.

What I thought of the art style:

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I really enjoyed the artwork in this collection. I loved the striking use of bold colors for the main characters with simpler watercolor backgrounds that really make those characters pop out of the page and seem larger than life. I also really appreciated that the artist is given a section at the end of the graphic novel where she explains the processes she uses to create her artwork which mixes traditional and digital techniques.

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Final Thoughts: This is a tremendously enjoyable graphic novel which combines an entertaining story with a charming, lively heroine. Bandette is given some wonderful dialog that shows off her spunky, lively character throughout the story and I also liked the ensemble of background characters who contribute much of the story’s sense of whimsy and humor. Bandette is definitely an unusual heroine in that she is technically a thief but she is always stealing for a good cause. I loved her interactions, especially with two characters – the first being her love interest who she teases mercilessly and secondly with the Matador, one of her most distinctive rivals who is also a very fun character in her own right. I also really enjoyed all of the literary and art references that are spread throughout this story. It is very rare that a comicbook will make you smile as much as this one made me smile and if you enjoy lighthearted caper stories with strong female leads, then I think this is the comicbook for you!

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Book Review: A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck

August 26, 2014 Aidan Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller 1 Comment

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Author: Jim Averbeck
Published: June 24th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller

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Blurb: An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.
After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old Jack Fair is whisked away to San Francisco’s swanky Fairmont Hotel by his wicked Aunt Edith. There, he seems doomed to a life of fetching chocolates for his aunt and her pet chinchilla. Until one night, when Aunt Edith disappears, and the only clue is a ransom note written… in chocolate?
Suddenly, Jack finds himself all alone on a quest to discover who kidnapped Aunt Edith and what happened to his mother. Alone, that is, until he meets an unlikely accomplice: Alfred Hitchcock himself! The two embark on a madcap journey full of hidden doorways, secret societies, cryptic clues, sinister villains, and cinematic flair.

Aidan’s Review:

smalliconaidanThe Three Investigators series was one of my favorites from my childhood. The series featured three young boys who, having befriended Alfred Hitchcock, investigate mysteries around their hometown. Often these would feature spooky elements, like haunted houses, and there were sometimes tenuous connections to the movie business but I ate them up. I even foolishly believed that Alfred Hitchcock must have genuinely played some role in developing them thanks to the introductions that would precede each story.

This novel features its own teenaged male lead but Alfred Hitchcock is much more central to the story.

The mystery itself is surprisingly complex, playing out across over four hundred pages. That would not be long for a young adult novel but it does feel long for a middle grade read. It begins with an apparent murder (which happens “off screen”) and a kidnapping follows shortly afterwards. While the plot initially seems quite straightforward, there are several twists that definitely change the game. One of those took me completely by surprise yet fit with the book’s setting and provides the reader with an interesting lesson about some of San Francisco’s history.

Jack was an appealing lead and I did root for him to find the answers he was looking for. He’s perhaps a little too capable, but he fits the tradition of Nancy Drew, Frank and Joe Hardy and yes, even Jupiter Jones and his friends. I really enjoyed the novel’s depiction of Alfred Hitchcock and I enjoyed the author’s habit of having elements of their adventure foreshadow movies Hitchcock would direct later. While the youngster solves the crime, he provides some invaluable advice not just about solving the mystery but about life in general. Their friendship is quite charming and while the Hitchcock of the book owes more to his public persona than the darker side of his character found in some biopics and biographies, I enjoyed seeing the pair interact. It turns out that as worldly as Hitchcock is, Jack is sharp and able to use his youth to his advantage.

The pair find themselves in some ridiculous situations in the course of the novel, prompting many of the story’s funniest scenes. While those familiar with Hitchcock’s personality will get the most out of the humor, many of the situations are ludicrous enough to stand on their own merits. I particularly enjoyed the indignities that get heaped on the famous director in the final chapters as they devise a cunning plan to expose the criminals.

Perhaps the thing I liked most about this book though was the way each chapter opens with a storyboard showing a key moment that will happen. Some of these are instantly clear, whetting our appetites for things to come, while others may seem less obvious. The drawing style is utterly charming though and they are eventually referenced in the story itself (storyboarding is one of Jack’s talents).

I do wonder how suited the novel will be to its target audience, particularly given its page count, but I really respect that it doesn’t talk down to its younger readers. Those with an interest in films will have fun spotting the references and those who have yet to develop an interest in his films may appreciate the author’s notes at the end.

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Book Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

August 25, 2014 Alisa Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult 8 Comments

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17926775Stolen Songbird

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Published: April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry

Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Blurb: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Alisa’s Review:

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Stolen Songbird is a novel that works thanks to its striking and original world-building which goes far beyond the typical fantasy elements to deliver a richly developed and satisfying Troll culture. Unlike many fantasy novels where a culture is represented as monolithic, Stolen Songbird‘s world is peppered with believable individuals who may have fantasy origins but who feel truly three-dimensional.

This same approach extends to the main character, Cécile, and to her love interest Tristan. I really loved how tough and spunky Cécile is and that even though she finds herself in an impossibly difficult situation, her bravery and fearlessness helps her meet her challenges. As for Tristan, I liked the way the author gives him complex, murky motives that are slowly revealed as the story goes on. The pair share a love-hate relationship that follows a predictable path but it is really fun to see them spar with each other.

While I thought that this story’s setting was original and exciting, I felt like very little is actually resolved at the end of this book, making it seem like the story has been arbitrarily cut into three sections. That being said, the world building was so strong and the characters were so appealing that I am very interested to see what happens next.

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Weekly Roundup: Dr. Who Is Back!

August 24, 2014 Alisa weekly roundup 10 Comments

weekly roundup5What is going on the blogs:

 

pictureusreadingbanner3Picture Us Reading:

Book Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Graphic Novel Review: Star Trek- Burden of Knowledge

Discussion Post: Bookish Webseries 

 

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Twilight Zone: Mr. Denton On Doomsday

Top Five: Star Trek Aliens

Veronica Mars: Meet John Smith

Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver

Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Box Set

Doctor Who Season 8: Deep Breath

Outlander: The Way Out

Awesome Blogger Posts:

Asti@ Oh The Books!- Talks about her boyfriend’s reading habits and how she convinced him to be a reader. Very cute post!

Tabitha@ Not Yet Read-Does a weekly post where she includes her fanart and links to other art as well.

 Life Stuff:

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  • Doctor Who is back! However the TV Scheduling gods are EVIL because Outlander and Dr. Who are on at the SAME day and time this year!
  • I am bit overwhelmed with how much work stuff I need to get done, I am more than aware that the baby is going to be born in a matter of weeks and I still have a lot to get done on that front as well.
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Feature and Follow: TV series or movie?

August 22, 2014 Alisa Uncategorized 23 Comments

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Question of the Week: What book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?

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Of the YA adaptations that have been out there I think quite a few of them might have been better as a mini-series or television show. The one I am looking forward to the most is the Grisha Trilogy and while I don’t think it would suite a weekly show, I think a mini-series might suit it very well! I certainly would like that as I would get to spend more time with the characters.

I love meeting and getting to know new bloggers. I have two blogs that I post reviews for the first is Picture Us Reading which is primarily book focused and the second is Those Who Geek which includes book/comic reviews but is more popular culture focused.  You can follow me via either of these blogs and I will be sure to follow back,  just leave a comment below to tell me you have! You can follow me through e-mail, bloglovin or twitter.

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Discussion Post: Bookish Webseries

August 21, 2014 Alisa Discussion Post 4 Comments

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This week I posted my review of a book based on the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is based on the classic novel ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ I really loved that web series, especially their unique takes on several characters from the novel such as Lydia Bennet, who at one point gets her own spin off web series.  That series was SO immensely popular that it has prompted several series based on classic novels to be created! For example there was The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, a series which I enjoyed greatly even though I was disappointed by the end( Bookish Whimsy’s review sums up my feelings perfectly.)  I thought today it would be fun to post a list of web series that have unique takes on several classic books, if you enjoy watching web series you may want to check these out!

 

tumblr_mu40q43aZG1qg1xgyo1_500Title:  A Tell Tale Vlog 

Based On:  The Work of Edgar Allan Poe

Published: Oct 7, 2013

Reasons You May Want To Check this Series Out:  This series is done by Shipwrecked, which does some really hilarious and awesome parodies such as this song by Bertha’s Attic Song based on Jane Eyre. I really love how they cast Edgar as this socially awkward, slightly intense, overtly gothy character who is likable but a bit self obsessed. I LOVE the ghost of Lenore’s comments about him as a dating prospect, her valley girl accent and pithy comments are very fun to watch!

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Based On: Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Caroll 

Published: Mar 4, 2014

Reasons You May Want To Check this Series Out: This series just recently started posting content again, for which I am VERY happy. When I first heard of this series I thought it was going to be a pretty classic retelling of Alice and Wonderland, it turned out to be much more complex than that. It is all about a student who decides she is going to live her life as though she were in a classic novel, the first one she picks is Crime and Punishment, which if you have ever read it obviously isn’t a great choice. I love the way the story plays out and I definitely am curious to see where this series goes.

Pillbox_Emma_2Title: Emma Approved

Based On:Emma by Jane Austen

Published: Oct 7, 2013

Reasons You May Want To Check this Series Out:  This is second of the Austen adaptations that Pemberley Digital has created. I am definitely loving how this series has turned out and am going to be sad once it comes to an end, at the moment it is airing it’s final episodes. Emma is one of those characters who is perfectly flawed, she is a character you either love or hate. I have always liked Emma, she feels so real and believable, we all have had moments where we interfered or felt we knew better than other people how to live their lives. I think this series is perfectly cast, the lead 100% embodies the Emma from the book and I especially like the casting of Mr. Knightley, who does IMHO the second best version of the ‘Badly Done Emma’ scene that I have seen (number one goes to Mark Strong in the BBC adaptation.) This is definitely a must see for Austen fans!

 

cast-announceTitle: The New Adventures Of Peter and Wendy

Based On: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Published: May 9, 2014

Reasons You May Want To Check this Series Out: I just started this series and so far I am finding it to be really charming. Wendy is very fun and silly, a little reminiscent of Lizzie Bennet with her delight of costume theater and re-enactments. I liked the depiction of Peter Pan as Wendy’s BFF who seems to endlessly keep his sense of adventure and fun.  I will have to watch more episodes before I have a final verdict for how much I like the series, but so far I am intrigued.

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