Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. I haven’t read this one and can honestly say that I likely never will. I should, but… Perhaps I should’ve read it instead of picking up the first link in the chain – Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch. I didn’t like it, not even a little, but I still find the cover appealing, because it reminds me of one of my favorite movies as a teenager – Ever After (starring Drew Barrymore). The shoes look similar to the ones that Drew/Danielle wears to the ball. When she first speaks with Prince Henry, Danielle quotes from Thomas More’s Utopia (which I also have not really read).
However, among classic authors named Thomas, my favorite is Thomas Hardy. I love several of his novels, but one of my favorites is Far From the Madding Crowd, which, incidentally, is also a wonderful movie. Suzanne Collins counts Hardy among her influences as well, and Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the feisty heroine of Hardy’s novel.
UnSurprisingly enough, I am not that fond of the Hunger Games trilogy, but I do love a good character named Kat…
In what I can only assume is a fit of teenage nostalgia, my next link is based on another beloved movie from my teens – 10 Things I Hate About You, which chronicles the caustic Kat’s first foray into love. It’s based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, which is in no way his best work. Let’s take a moment to discuss how great the ’90s were for literary adaptations, because I’m rounding out this trip down memory lane with Clueless – another favorite – which is modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma and the final link in this month’s chain.
I love the ’90s way more than is permissible in modern times…(and don’t tell me if you don’t love Clueless.)
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