Sunday, May 04, 2008

Gaskell Mini Challenge

Becky from Becky's Book reviews has come up with five (yes five) mini challenges for some classic authors, and I have decided that I am going to join in on the Gaskell mini challenge. The rules are quite relaxed, with the challenges closing on November 15:

1) Read and/or watch TWO works by the author in question (Bronte, Dickens, Dumas, Gaskell, Twain)

For example:
Watching two movies
Reading two books
Reading one book; watching one movie

You can always read (or watch) more. But two is the minimum. I don't know that this has ever come up, but you CAN count abridged versions of the novels. You CAN also count audio books.
My main reason for joining in is of course North and South, because I really need more excuses to sit down and watch it, but there is actually more to it as well. Sometime in the next four weeks or so I am going to be reading the book as I am supposed to be leading a discussion on it for a group I am in. Also, I know that a family member has bought the DVD set for Cranford from the UK (no sign of it being shown on TV here yet) and so I am planning to borrow that soon, and watch that as well.


  1. I really enjoyed reading North and South and if it's the BBC adaptation that you've been meaning to watch, then it was quite good.. I missed Cranford when it was showing here, but luckily the BBC ALWAYS repeats their stuff on their other channels. At least our tax money is doing some good for a change!

  2. I've seen the BBC version of North and South a number of times (got a little obsessed with it earlier in the year really!). Hopefully I will be able to watch Cranford as well.

  3. Marg thanks a bunch for recommending Sandra Gullands books. I am half way through the first book. Had to run out today and buy the second so I would have it to read. =)

  4. I LOOOOOOVE the BBC North & South adaptation. I also had an obsession with it late 2006-early 2007. I read the book, too, but didn't enjoy it quite as much as the movie (weird, I know).

    I also like the BBC version of Wives & Daughters by Gaskell.

  5. I haven't seen Wives and Daughters either. I will have to keep an eye out for it!

  6. Elizabeth Gaskill has languished in the shadow of Charlotte Bronte for far too long. I, for one, am glad that she has finally come out of the shadows. Is she a good a writer as Charlotte or Emily? That is dabatable, but she never failed to tell a good story--especially that of Margaret Hale and the honest, upright, but ultimately wildly attractive Mr. Thornton (believe it or not, I even liked his mother).
    About the book's ending: I did get the distinct impression that it was a bit rushed, not as fleshed out as it could have been. Otherwise, a great book.
    I still prefer BBC's ending--like Margaret, I've been waiting at the train station waiting for my true love to bestow to me a yellow wild rose . . .