Mr.-Norrell

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We made you this video of our song inspired by the book Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Enjoy!

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXIhSfycg2Y)

Thanks to @halotolerant for tagging me :)

Answer 10 questions and tag 10 people!

1. What was the last movie you saw?

I *think* it was Labyrinth? After the sad passing of David Bowie :(((((

2. What was the last song you listened to?

As I type, Pretty in Pink by The Psychedelic Furs is playing

3. What was the last show you watched?

Happy Valley - catching up on the first series so I can watch th second.

4. What was the last book you read?

I haven’t picked up a book in ages (I go through phases) so the last is still Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

5. What was the last thing you ate?

A cinnamon and raisin bagel.

6. If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?

Anywhere where it isn’t Sunday evening?

7. If you could pick a decade to travel back to in time, what would it be?

1930s for the pre-war decadence and great clothes

8. If you won the lotto & millions in cash, what would be the first thing you would do?

“HELLO BRYAN FULLER? YOU DON’T KNOW ME BUT HANNIBAL SEASON FOUR IS GOING AHEAD!“

^^^^^This was actually halotolerant’s answer but I can’t put it any better than that.

9. Which fictional character would you like to hang out with for a day?

Uhhhh…*mind goes blank* I know this much though - NOT HANNIBAL

10. What was the last fandom you joined?

Hannibal :)


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I thought I should finally upload all of this! Finished and everything!

I did comic book covers for the awesome book “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke for a school project. I wanted to bend type with graphic art. Unfortunately, there is currently no such thing as a Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell comic! Though it would be awesome wouldn’t it?

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When he awoke it was dawn. Or something like dawn. The light was watery, dim and incomparably sad. Vast, grey, gloomy hills rose up all around them and in between the hills there was a wide expanse of black bog. Stephen had never seen a landscape so calculated to reduce the onlooker to utter despair in an instant.  

 “This is one of your kingdoms, I suppose, sir?” he said.   

“My kingdoms?” exclaimed the gentleman in surprize. “Oh, no! This is Scotland!”

In Defense of Mr. Norrell... [Part 1?]

Oh, how I enjoy the Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell tag…

The quotations, the reviews, the art, the analyses, the BBC updates…

I’ve read some truly great insights on several characters, most notably Stephen Black. Some find him to be a brilliant dissection of how p.o.c. were treated (and still are) – while others take offense at his relative powerlessness as a character. It’s fascinating stuff, and I love reading every bit of it.

But what I don’t love is the universal hatred of Mr. Gilbert Norrell.
Granted, I understand this hatred – and in some regards, I very much agree. Throughout the book, Norrell does some odious things, and he holds some nasty, elitist opinions. At his worst, he’s a controlling, selfish old miser.

He is not, however, the one-dimensional jerk whom so many make him out to be. He is not so unsympathetic that no contemporary reader can relate to him.

You see, I am Mr. Norrell – or rather, I see much of myself in him.

It may be a bit presumptuous of me to say so, but I feel as though I know from experience how certain sides of Mr. Norrell can be grossly misunderstood. So many Norrell-centric moments in the book parallel moments in my life, and feelings that I’ve felt.

Mr. Norrell is:

  • Solitary and introverted by nature
  • Unused to accommodating the needs of others
  • Unable to articulate his emotions without great difficulty
  • Happiest and most confident when immersed in his interests, or in situations that involve the skills required by those interests
  • Sometimes very lonely, but far too proud to admit it

All of the above are so true of myself that – silly as it is to admit it – I feel a little offended when readers dismiss Norrell so flippantly.

I’d like to write a full character analysis with the actual text in front of me. I’m probably going to do so soon, and I’d really appreciate some feedback from my fellow subjects of John Uskglass.

For now, though, let it suffice to say that there are real Mr. Norrells in the world – Norrells who aren’t just stodgy old white men.