I'm a fan of yours seriously haha! Can you please recommend me a good book to read ? I see that you quote alot of good stuff :D
Aww, thank you so much! :D
Since this is about books, I shall endeavour to make this an extra pretty post!
(Ante scriptum.: Some of my personal recommendations are in this post (x), the rest will be below. Oh, and by the bye, the quotes on my blog are a wild mixture of books I’ve actually read, quotes that simply caught my eye and some of my own poems, texts, etc
I don’t really know what genre you’re into, so I tried to make it as widely interesting as possible. If I had to recommend just one book, though, I’d say go for “Red Rising”, unless violence doesn’t work out for you)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Short Stories: The Five Orange Pips, The Blue Carbuncle, The Yellow Face, The Musgrave Ritual, The Crooked Man, The Greek Interpreter, The Final Problem, The Dancing Men (no comment needed)
(Bonus: Randall Munroe : What if? (scientific answers to all the random questions you ever had))
Markus Zusak:The Book Thief (told from the perspective of Death, it describes the life of an unusual girl growing up in Nazi Germany)
Kurt Vonnegut:Slaughterhouse-Five (the main character slips in and out of time as he’s trying to come to terms with his war experiences. Absurd, symbolic and ingenious. So it goes.)
Daniel Kehlmann:Measuring the World (a beautiful, fictional retelling of the lives of two geniuses: Alexander von Humboldt, who explores the world to understand it and Carl Friedrich Gauss, who scarcely leaves his room and thinks in numbers)
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in posession of a tumblr blog already knows this book)
Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (stylistically beautiful, with a crushing atmosphere, the main character travels into the heart of the jungle and observes the cruelties of slavery in African colonies, while trying to fulfill his own quest)
Hermann Hesse:Narcissus and Goldmund, Steppenwolf (1) follows the lives of two very different men (one led by thinking, the other by feeling), who grow up together, walk different paths and never forget one another, 2) is the quintessential story of the tortured soul within an artist, which is half wolf, half man and torn between its desires. Discusses suicide)
Franz Kafka:The Metamorphosis (one day, Gregor wakes up and is literally vermin. If that doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will)
Voltaire: Candide (how does one live a good life? Very cynical satire)
Albert Einstein/Sigmund Freud: Why War? (letters between Einstein and Freud in which they discuss why man has or doesn’t have to wage war)
Alan Bennett:The Uncommon Reader (the Queen, yes, THE Queen, discovers the joys of reading. Delightful and teaches a lot about literature)
Margaret Atwood:A Handmaid’s Tale (the protagonist lives in a world where most women have been reduced to breeding machines. Discover why and how she deals with it)
James Joye:A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses (1) semi-autobiographical, a young man with a curious mind grows up and gets to know himself, 2) I don’t even know, but I’m in the middle and enjoying it so far. Prepare for weirdness)
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Grey (what if you didn’t age, but a painting of you did? Welcome to Dorian’s crib! Lavish and beautiful)
Terry Pratchett:The Carpet People (read this forever ago, still in love with the concept)
Michael Ende: Momo, The Neverending Story (quintessential “children’s books” (I’m not very fond of that term), filled with imagination, empathy and philosophy)
William Golding:Lord of the Flies (unleash a horde of young boys on an island and leave them hungry and scared. Welcome to the original Hunger Games. Disturbing, meant to show corruption of society)
Shakespeare:Hamlet, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V (don’t let the anyone fool you: Shakespeare’s history plays are great fun and filled with eccentric characters who majestically talk about their own self-importance. Pro-Tip: Compare with The Hollow Crown, a TV series filled with everyone on British TV. Yes, that means Tom Hiddlestone)
hey, rebecca, correct me if I'm wrong, but you like shakespeare, right? do you happen to have any bootlegs of recent-ish (ideally post-2000) performances of ... well, anything? even romeo and juliet would be great. I'm not really sure how popular shakespeare is amongst theatre fans, especially because they seem to focus on musicals a lot here on tumblr? I've just never actually *seen* his plays, so I'm curious. any help in the right direction would be lovely!
you’re in luck! you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe. their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic. if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.
if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):
speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.
and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer. so again, recommended. this production was done at the greenwich theatre.
and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head. as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years. the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though). there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it. in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces).
there are, of course, countless classics as well. if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right. def worth checking out).
and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE. GO FORTH. if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry! but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere. and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.
Basically, there are too many good Richard IIs and that’s a problem for me right now
I’m doing this crazy thing where I actually write and stuff–like with the intention of eventually having other people read it–and one of the things I’m writing about is adaptations of Shakespeare plays. I’m working with Richard II right now, and I’d like to write about one version I have seen and one that is new to me. But there are so many great options with this play, so I’m turning to my potential future audience for opinions on which I should go with.
I have seen: the 1978 TV movie with Derek Jacobi, David Tennant’s RSC performance, and the Ben Wishaw version from the Hollow Crown series
I am aware of: the “original practices production” (read: all-male cast) starring Mark Rylance (although I do not know where to find a copy) and Simon Godwin’s 2015 version staged at the Globe with Charles Edwards as Richard
Anyone have thoughts on best versions, or most intriguing, or even the ones that will make me entertainingly angry?
(I will also be watching An Age of Kings as I work through the Henriads, so there’s another Richard for sure.)