Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 1 Discussion

Hi!!!  Here we are at our first discussion for the Persuasion Read-a-Long!  I am very excited to do this because Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels.  This week the discussion focuses on chapters 1-6. What is going on?  In relation to our love story, very little.  In relation to Sir Walter’s ego, plenty. SomethingRead more

Issues in Modernizing Old Novels: Character Development

There are a variety of problems and concerns I have as author and reader of modernizations.  One of those issues is character development.  I often ask myself the question: can said character exist in the 21st century?  There are plenty of follow up questions: What is it about said character that doesn’t/does work? What would beRead more

Weekly Reading: Northanger Abbey Read-A-Long

This November, for National Novel Writing Month, I am trying something new.  Christi and I are going to write a novel together.  We are going to modernize Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey as a ghost hunting adventure. We are doing a lot to prepare.  Including watching ghost hunting television shows, horror movies, and more.  One thingRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Sense & Sensibility (not the original)

There are some Austen books that are perfect for modernization.  There are some that are not every suppose to be updated at all. The key is in plot motivation and social construct.  The ones that work best are the ones that are still issues today: the pressure on women to get married, the pressure onRead more

That Time The Movie/Show Was Better Than The Book…

It happens, sometimes the movie or TV show is better than the book.  It’s rare.  More often, I think the movie or show is just as good as (even if different) from the book.  There has been so much amazing casting news for the past few weeks that give me hope for the future too.  IdrisRead more

Ten Books I Love *SO* Much

I have often talk about the books and series I love.  These are the books I will keep on my books shelf forever.  These are the books of which I will buy multiple editions and copies.  Some of these will only be read once, but they make such an impression on me that I can’tRead more

I Wish I had Skipped That Book

This is a tale of books that I wish I had skipped.  This is about the flip side of books I love.  This is about the books that annoyed me, insulted me, or I merely couldn’t finish. It take a lot for me to give up on a book.  For the Book Lust challenge, IRead more