During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.
Extraordinary Tales is an anthology of five animated tales based on classic Edgar Allan Poe stories presented in a feature film format. Through his encounters with the Raven, Poe is given one last chance to divert his destiny in a series of macabre adventures. Using sophisticated 3D rendering and lighting techniques, each segment will visually express the graphic universe of illustration’s masters, thus visually matching the expressionist genius of Edgar Allan Poe’s writing.
Includes: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”
I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so here goes. These are some of the books/plays/poets that I think (this is just my opinion!) everyone should read before they die. If anyone wants to add to the list, then please do by commenting or reblogging!
Fantasy and/or Children’s Novels:
The Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always love Potter, until the very end.
The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis.
The Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan. All of his books are great, not just this series, but the others too.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Oz Books) - L. Frank Baum.
The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare.
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Once & Future King - T. H. White.
Dystopian and/or Utopian Novels:
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins.
The Maze Runner Trilogy - James Dashner.
The Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth.
The Giver Quartet - Lois Lowry.
Lord of the Flies -
The Handmaid’s Tale -
The Road - Cormac McCarthy.
Gothic and/or Horror Novels:
Dracula - Bram Stoker.
The Beetle: A Mystery - Richard Marsh.
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley.
The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Writings - Edgar Allen Poe.
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice.
The Darren Shan Series - Darren Shan.
Salem’s Lot - Stephen King.
Dreamcatcher - Stephen King.
The Shining - Stephen King.
Carrie - Stephen King.
Young Adult and/or Influential Novels:
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (I have Go Set A Watchman but I still need to read it!).
Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit -
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini.
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffery Eugenides.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky.
All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven.
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell.
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell.
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell.
Landline - Rainbow Rowell.
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell.
Looking For Alaska - John Green.
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green.
Paper Towns - John Green.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews.
Crime and/or Thriller Novels:
The Alex Rider Series - Anthony Horowitz.
The Cuckoo’s Calling -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
The Silkworm -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
Career of Evil -
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville.
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens.
The Beach -
Plays (read them and if you can see a performance or two, there’s nothing like the theatre):
The Oresteia - Aeschylus.
The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles.
The Odyssey - Homer.
The Iliad - Homer.
William Shakespeare’s Plays (these are just a few of my favourites!):
Measure for Measure.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Merchant of Venice.
As You Like It.
The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster.
William Blake’s Poetry - Literally one of my favourite poets.
William Wordsworth’s Poetry.
War Poetry - two of my favourites are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
Sylvia Plath’s Poetry - C’mon, who hasn’t read her work?
Carol Ann Duffy - I love her.
I think that’s all I have for now. I know I’m missing loads, but this is what I’ve been able to come up with so far. Also, just because she asked this is for the lovely @glide-thru, I read a lot :P
how do i get into ghost quartet i'm just,, so confused
i have listened through all of gq at least three times and i’m still confused.
in terms of getting into it musically, “Any Kind of Dead Person”, “Four Friends”, and “I Don’t Know” exist outside the narrative and they’re also bops. strongly recommend before diving in.
(also “Starchild”, which just always makes me cry. and also “The Astronomer”, holy shit.)
what makes it really confusing is trying to listen to it without the SCENES, which is why i suggest listening to the “Live at the McKittrick” album– this has all the scenes in them along with the songs.
even though everyone’s already tried to explain gq, here’s a condensed version of the show:
main plotline is Rose Red (Brittain) is in love with the Astronomer (Dave) but he breaks her heart and instead pursues Pearl White (Gelsey), her sister. Rose Red, logically, asks the bear (Brent) for revenge.
Bear asks for a bunch of stuff in return:
one pot of HONEY,
one piece of STARDUST,
one SECRET BAPTISM,
and a PHOTO OF A GHOST. Rose Red’s gotta travel thru timelines to get these things.
in this timeilne, Rose Red steals the honey from a Soldier (Gelsey). this is the HONEY.
(songs: middle of The Camera Shop, Soldier & Rose, The Astronomer, The Telescope, second half of Bad Men, The Wind & Rain).
modern plotline focuses on a subway accident. Driver of the subway (Dave), victim who falls into tracks who is also Pearl (Gelsey), pusher of victim (Brent), and the photographer– who is also Rose (Brittain).
this is the PHOTO OF A GHOST.
after the subway accident, Rose goes to a camera shop (run by Pearl (Gelsey), kind of… even though she’s the victim.)
(songs:The Camera Shop, Subway, The Photograph, Hero, Midnight, half of Usher Part 3).
Usher plotline focuses on Edgar (Dave) the father, Lady Usher (Gelsey) his wife, Roxie (Brittain) their daughter, and the Fool (Brent) their son. Roxie has a child but her child is stolen, andthefamily then falls apart.
this is the SECRET BAPTISM.
it is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.
(songs: end of The Camera Shop, Starchild, Usher Part 1, Family Meeting, Fathers & Sons, Usher Part 2, Lights Out, half of Usher Part 3).
ancient plotline. Scheherazade (Gelsey) is telling stories to the Shah (Brent) to keep herself alive, her sister Dunyazad (Brittain) encourages her, and David (Dave) is also there, he’s playing the piano for Thelonious Monk. long story.
this is the PIECE OF STARDUST.
based off of Arabian Nights, and this part is kind of confusing because Gelsey is always Scheherazade in this timeline but Brittain exists once as Rose Red (Tango Dancer) and then as Dunyazad (Monk).
(songs: Tango Dancer, Monk, beginning of Bad Men)
no-plotline songs are basically just Dave, Gelsey, Brittain, and Brent, having a good time. Rose Red never gets anything from this plotline, we’re all just chilling.
(songs: I Don’t Know, Any Kind of Dead Person, Four Friends, Prayer).
moral of the story is, ghost quartet is confusing, but the lyrics are some of the most beautiful things i’ve ever heard. read it on Geniusand listen on Spotify for the full experience.
Why Great Comet fans should really listen to Ghost Quartet
-Written by Dave Malloy (I mean, that wins me over straight away)
-It’s a four-person show/song-cycle featuring him, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell and Brent Arnold (who played cello for Great Comet) so you get lots of content of the four of them singing/playing - though it focuses primarily on Brittain and Gelsey
-Naturally, the music is absolutely gorgeous
-The plot is… “four interwoven stories: “a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse astronomer and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s ”The Fall of the House of Usher“; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade and the ghost of Thelonious Monk; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder” …yeah like it kind of makes sense eventually and it’s very interesting and very clever
-A large handful of similarities to Great Comet, not limited to: lots of drinking, Gelsey Bell screaming, emotional Brittain ballads, romance, spiritual things, alcoholism, and depressed characters
-There’s a bit where Gelsey and Brittain’s characters are gay