The 5 Books You Need for Fall

It might be hard to believe, but Fall is in the air—despite the 90 degree Georgia heat! Students are returning to classes, the days are growing shorter, and more than a few stores have Halloween decorations up. If you’re tired of the sun, if you’re ready to bundle up with a blanket and watch the leaves change, then you should take these 5 books with you on your Autumn journey.

1. The Graveyard Book — Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is as far from normal as his name implies. Given the Freedom of the Graveyard as a toddler, he was raised by the ghosts and spirits and other supernatural creatures that lived there. Gaiman’s tale weaves a world of supernatural magic, capturing readers and refusing to let them go. This dark but endearing tale is the perfect lead-in to Fall.

2. Persuasion — Jane Austen

Any Austin novel is an excellent choice, no matter the season, but Persuasion is particularly perfect. Autumn is such a tender symbol within it. Anne Elliot’s everlasting love for Captain Wentworth, and his ultimate commitment to her, renews one’s faith and joy in love. It is what twilit Autumn nights dream of.

3. The Diviners — Libba Bray

Do you love H. P. Lovecraft? Die whenever you read “The Fall of the House of Usher?” Shiver if a raven crosses your path? Then read The Diviners. Set in the bright and shiny 1920s, Libba Bray creates a world that any horror-fan will love. The rise of occultism under the peeling facade of glamor in New York City causes an unstoppable supernatural horror to be released, and there’s no guarantee to stopping it.

4. Maid Marian — Elsa Watson

The tale of Robin Hood has long lived in any reader’s heart, but it is Maid Marian who deserves a grand adventure this season. Watson’s retelling brings forth a vivd image: Marian is imaginative and clever and determined to live her own life. Under Queen Eleanor’s threat, Marian will marry her departed husband’s brother, but she knows she’ll likely disappear once she does. Marian seeks Robin Hood’s aid, yes, but she proves to everyone she is so much more than a girl needing help.

5. Dreamcatcher — Stephen King

Everyone knows King in some form. His works are legendary, and he is a true master of horror and suspense. If you haven’t read Dreamcatcher, do so immediately. But fair warning: you probably shouldn’t read it at night. Or at a cabin in the woods. Or during a blizzard. You never know what sinister creature might innocently ask for your help in the middle of the dark and lonely night.

Pride and Prejudice Adaptations: Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice transforms the original classic into a modern Indian Musical. Director Gurinder Chadha describes India’s customs as similar to that of Seventeenth Century Britain. Daughters are still married off to wealthy men and the oldest must marry before any of her sisters are allowed to enter society.

This Bollywood-version of Pride and Prejudice is set in Amritsar, India and follows Lilita Bakshi and her three sisters Jaya, Maya, and Lakhi. Bride-Prejudice-06Much of the plot follows directly with the book, but with modern Indian twists. Jaya and Lilita are introduced to Balraj and Will Darcy at a friend’s wedding. Lalita finds Darcy arrogant and prideful, and soon befriends Johnny Wickham (Darcy’s former acquaintance). Lilita is also proposed to by the Bakshi’s American cousin Mr. Kohli, an accountant. After her rejection, Mr. Kohli marries Lilita’s best friend, Chandra Lamba. During a trip to America for Mr. Kohli and Chandra’s wedding, Lilita begins to fall in love with Darcy, but similar to the original story she finds out that he sabotaged the relationship between Raj and Jaya. Lakhi also runs away with Johnny Wickham, and it takes Darcy to bring Lakhi back to her family and Raj to come back and propose to Jaya. In the end, Darcy also proposes to Lalita, and the two couples have a large Indian wedding.

This film holds true to many Indian customs that still reflect Jane Austen’s world. Add in musical numbers and lively characters, and this is one of best adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.

Check out our other Pride and Prejudice Reviews here: Mr. Darcy’s Diary, Pride and Prejudice (2005), and Prom and Prejudice.

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Toni Guest

Pride and Prejudice Adaptations: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Among the many film adaptions of Pride and Prejudice, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen has become one of the better known versions. Most Austen fans love this movie and are even known to reference this movie far more than the classic novel. This period piece remains true to the novel with vivid scenery and period costumes, and brings the characters of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy to life.

Limited by the film’s time constraint some of the minor characters and scenes have been taken out; however, in simplifying the script, direct Joe Wright has been able to add more focus on the poignant moments in the novel. Viewers are able to follow along as Elizabeth and Darcy’s misunderstandings cause them to fall in love with each other. The original music soundtrack adds to the overall romantic feel of the movie. Both Knightly and Macfadyen are phenomenal actors who portray their characters in an emotional and positive light.

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Check out our other Pride and Prejudice reviews here.

Toni Guest

Pride and Prejudice Adaptations: Mr. Darcy’s Diary

This year marks the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and the fan base just keeps growing! The field of Austentiana keeps expanding as new adaptations in books and films add more twists and adventures for the beloved characters.

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Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange tells the classic story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy through the eyes of Mr. Darcy. In this adaptation, Grange uses the character of Darcy to resolve unanswered questions left by Jane Austen. The story begins prior to the introduction of the Bennett family with the events that occurred between George Wickham and Georgiana Darcy. While the story does follow close to the original novel, Grange fills in the moments of Darcy’s life that Austen did not mention; by doing this it better explains how Elizabeth was able to misunderstand his intensions and how Darcy seems so prideful when they first meet. Grange also continues the story after the original tale ends, so that readers are able to see how certain events are resolved, such as the relationship between Darcy and Wickham, how Lady Catherine came to terms with the “unsuitable marriage,” and gives a conclusion to the character of Anne, Lady Catherine’s daughter and the woman Darcy was supposed to marry.

The concept of this story is wonderful because fans of Pride and Prejudice have a chance to see the love story from Darcy’s point of view; however, it does not add much depth to the characters or events. I recommend it as a good, quick read if you have some free time, but nothing more.

Toni Guest

Link-N-Blogs: Jan 25

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”–Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  1. BookScout: There’s a new app on Facebook that’s been making a buzz in the book world called BookScout. According to their page, “*BookScout, [is a] Facebook community for book lovers. Whether you’re an occasional or avid reader, you’ve come to the right place. With BookScout, you’re able to save, share, discover and buy your favorite books all within Facebook.” Have you checked it out yet? What do you think?
  2. 10 Appalachian Books: MTV has a new show called “Buckwild,” which has been described as a redneck version of JerseyShore, continuing the trend of exploiting the Appalachian and southern people on TV. Flavorwire suggested that instead of watching these shows, trying reading these books instead.
  3. Man Booker Finalists: The finalists for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize have been announced. Check out the finalists at Publishers Weekly. Have you read any of the finalists?
  4. Pride and Prejudice: It’s the 200th anniversary Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and there’s lots of stuff going on all year in celebration.
  5. Book Mural: Circle City Books in North Carolina recently completed a mural on the side of their building, and it’s wonderful. I’ve posted a picture below, but to read more about it and see more pictures, check out the link to The Bookshop Blog.

“Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.”–Robert Morgan

Circle City Book Mural
Circle City Book Mural