litlover12: (Alot)
Look at this gorgeous personalized graphic [ profile] msantimacassar made me! I love it!! *jumps up and down*

And she's taking requests over at her LJ if you'd like one of your own!

litlover12: (TV_ED)
Rowan Atkinson as Maigret! Elijah Wood in a new Douglas Adams adaptation! And we still have Dickensian coming (if some network ever actually decides to show it over here). Do the Brits do TV right, or what?
litlover12: (Dickens)
From the time my godchildren were little, I've sent them children's books about Dickens, annotated A Christmas Carol for them, and so forth. It appears to have paid off. Their mother reports that my oldest godchild, age 9, picked out and bought David Copperfield at the used bookstore!

My friends, I am a happy godmother.
litlover12: (Herbert)
(Cross-posted at Dickensblog.)

I got into a debate over Dickens on a message board (as you do) some time ago. One of my fellow posters who is not a fan challenged me to explain what I love about Dickens. I promised to do a full blog post on the subject, and then I got busy doing other things and never got around to it.

But today we Dickensians celebrate our beloved author's 204th birthday. So, it occurred to me, what better way to celebrate than to answer the question: Why do I love Dickens?
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litlover12: (Dickens)
dickens bday 203

"He was born on a Friday, on the same day as his young hero David Copperfield, and for ever afterwards Friday became for him a day of omen. Whether like his young hero he was born just before midnight, when the tide was in, is not recorded; but this strange association between himself and his fictional characters is one that he carried with him always. He said once, during a speech in memory of Shakespeare's birthday, that: 'We meet on this day to celebrate the birthday of a vast army of living men and women who will live for ever with an actuality greater than that of the men and women whose external forms we see around us . . .' He was thinking here of Hamlet and Lear, of Macbeth and Prospero, but is it not also true that in this small front bedroom in Portsmouth, in the presence of a surgeon and a monthly nurse, there was born on this February day Pecksniff and Scrooge, Oliver Twist and Sairey Gamp, Samuel Pickwick and Nicholas Nickleby, Pip and David Copperfield, Miss Havisham and Little Nell, the Artful Dodger and Wackford Squeers, Thomas Gradgrind and Little Dorrit, Sydney Carton and Paul Dombey, Fagin and Edwin Drood, Uriah Heep and Wilkins Micawber, Quilp and Sam Weller, Barnaby Rudge and Bill Sikes, Tiny Tim and Tommy Traddles, all of them tumbling out into the light?"

Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, Chapter One

(Cross-posted at Dickensblog; photo copyright Gina Dalfonzo)
litlover12: (Books)
Pretty much everyone else is doing a books post, so I figured I might as well join in. :-) Below (in chronological order of my reading them) are the books to which I gave five stars this year on Goodreads.

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Group hug!

Jul. 22nd, 2014 06:39 pm
litlover12: (M1)
Hi everyone, I'm back! Had the most glorious, relaxing time at the Dickens Fellowship Conference. Basically, Dickensians are awesome. (And so is Dickens. :-) )

I see one or two "I'm not going to be around here much" posts have gone up among my f-list. Don't anyone go away for good, though, pretty please! I know LJ is slow these days, but I still love it and need it. It's a wonderful outlet and I'm grateful for it, and for all of you.

(Plus, during my trip, I got to hang out with [ profile] rachkmc and have lunch with [ profile] mosinging1986, so I can tell you from experience that LJ friends are a great thing to have!!)
litlover12: (ATOTC2)
I need your requests over here!
litlover12: (Dickens)
The results are posted here, along with reprints of all the poems. Thanks so much to all who entered. Your work was wonderful and I enjoyed reading it! Who knew Scrooge was so inspiring? :-)

I did it!

Dec. 24th, 2013 08:49 am
litlover12: (Books)
I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! Below is my review (cross-posted from Goodreads):

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litlover12: (Writing)
You have till tomorrow night to enter the Christmas Carol poetry contest. We've had a grand total of zero entries so far. I really hope someone gives it a try, because that beautiful Barnes & Noble Leatherbound edition of the Carol is sitting on my guest room bed just longing for a home to go to . . .
litlover12: (Dickens)
For the creative writers around here, we're having a little poetry contest over at Dickensblog. Go here for all the details!
litlover12: (Dickens)
Remember that article I was sending to the Atlantic? They didn't take it . . . but First Things did!

Meme time!

Aug. 16th, 2013 07:14 pm
litlover12: (DLS1)
From [ profile] ever_maedhros: Leave me a comment o' randomness; your favorite quote, the best sandwich in the world, a good song lyric, what color pants you're wearing, and I'll respond with five questions you can answer in your own LJ leaving with them an open invitation for other people to give you comments o' randomness. Then you can ask them questions and before you know it we'll all know everything about everyone.

Here we go! )
litlover12: (Darth)
Just a little book meme I thought of. Feel free to put your own unpopular opinions about books and adaptations on your LJ or in the comments section!

So, here are mine . . .

Spoilerish talk below )


Apr. 25th, 2013 09:19 pm
litlover12: (GK1)
So I don't post about my work here very often, but, um . . .

. . . I kind of got an article published in The Atlantic.

And I'm kind of really really excited about it.

Book meme

Apr. 15th, 2013 01:41 pm
litlover12: (Books)
Got this one here. I hope I haven't already done it -- it looks vaguely familiar, or at least some of it does!

1. One book that changed your life?

The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L. Sayers.

2. One book you have read more than once?

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I was MAD about this book when I was a teenager.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Only one? *sniffle* Guess I would have to go with the Bible (New King James Version). Or How to Build a Boat. (Sorry, old joke.)

4. One book that made you laugh?

Jeeves in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse.

5. One book that made you cry?

A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery.

6. One book you wish had been written?

Whatever Dickens would have written after The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

7. One book you wish had never had been written?

Fifty Shades of Grey. I feel like the mere fact that it exists has lowered the national I.Q. about 10 points.

8. One book you are currently reading?

The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Yeah, still haven't kept that New Year's resolution yet . . . but we've still got a good portion of the year left!

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one!
litlover12: (Psych)
With a couple of exceptions -- Sun and Jin, Rose and Bernard -- I'm not buying any of the major romances on LOST. Not Kate and Sawyer, not Kate and Jack (make up your mind, girl!), not Shannon and Sayid. None of these people seem to have any actual reason to like each other or to be together. Lassiter and his ex-con bride on Psych are more believable.

But it's Psych, so they made it believable. And they made it AWESOME. Seriously, best TV wedding ever. (As I said on Facebook at the time, I want all those men in my wedding. Including Woody in the swim trunks. My future husband will have no say in the matter -- those will be his groomsmen, and that's that.)

Anyway, getting back to LOST . . . Sun has become my second-favorite character (after Hurley, of course). I have a thing for the quiet, gentle, still-waters-run-deep types. That's probably why most Dickens heroines don't bug me the way they do many readers.

With the exception of Ruth in Martin Chuzzlewit. If I had been Dickens's friend, I'd have swiped his pen and refused to give it back until he promised to rewrite Ruth.

. . . From LOST to Psych to LOST to Dickens. I seem to be in a very rambly mood this morning.
litlover12: (Blueberries)
How this works: Comment with your favorite color and I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better. Update your journal with the answers to the questions. Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

Got this from [ profile] msantimacassar, who asked me SIX questions, because she is a tough cookie!

1. What blue object from among your possessions would you say is your favorite?

Just one? That is HARD. I guess I'll go with the blue-glass-and-wood cross my friend gave me.

(And in second place -- come on, you knew I couldn't pick just one! -- this box that another friend gave me for Christmas.)

2. If you could give one neglected book/show/movie universal recognition, what would it be?

I'm going to go with the film The Grass Is Greener (1960), starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, and Robert Mitchum. So, SO funny. Grant is at the top of his game, and Simmons turns in one of the greatest performances I've ever seen by any actress, anywhere.

3. What is your favorite book cover (or binding)?

I'm partial to this one. So simple and beautiful -- and it has blue in it! :-)

4. If you had the chance of a scenic trip of a lifetime, would you choose to travel by train, boat, or car?

Train. Easier to concentrate on the scenery.

5. What is your dream cast for an adaption of A Tale of Two Cities?

I'm going to answer that in a separate post. Stay tuned . . .

(Bonus tough one) 6. If you could see Charles Dickens face-to-face and ask him one question about anything, what would you choose?

I'll bet this one will surprise you. :-) I would say, "Mr. Dickens, would you please take out the part in Little Dorrit where Amy asks Arthur to call her 'Little Dorrit' forever? Because honestly, it's just ridiculous."

Okay, so, you all know the drill -- comment with your favorite color if you want five questions!

Book meme

Feb. 13th, 2013 08:46 am
litlover12: (Books)
I got this from a message board, and modified it a bit. The idea is simple: Suppose that for some reason you had to pare your library down to 25 single volumes, plus 1 series. You're allowed to read other books, but these 25 (plus 1) are the only books you're allowed to keep or to reread.

(The original meme said 20 books plus 1 series, but that would be inhuman. I think there's something in the Geneva Convention about it.)

You can put the series anywhere in your list, but mark it with an asterisk.

Here are mine . . .

The indispensables )


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