The statement I am about to write is tantamount to blasphemy in the US. Tonight is the Super Bowl, a sporting event that lures even the most un-sporting to its viewership (this happens, mostly, thanks to the fact that there are many parties celebrating said sporting event). I, however, don't really care about the game itself, and, thanks to a cold, I have an excuse to stay home, read East of Eden, and watch the end of Emma on Masterpiece Classic.
I was not all that impressed with the first episode of Emma; I was a bit put off by some of the more modern aspects of the interpretation, but by the end of the second episode, I had been won over by this youthful, boisterous, joyful interpretation of Austen's novel. I am now anxiously awaiting the incident at Box Hill, Emma's realization of her love for Mr. Knightley, and one of the most perfect proposals in all of literature. If I have to have a cold, at least I have wonderful consolation while I "suffer"!
One last miscellaneous tidbit to leave you with before the weekend ends: I LOVE Charles Dickens.
These are all the Charles Dickens-related books that I have at home with me. There are a few more that live at school, but I like to keep them close! I also thought I would include my favorites from Dickens' canon.
Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are the novels that redeemed Dickens for me. I read A Christmas Carol in seventh grade and Oliver Twist in tenth grade and wasn't terribly impressed by either. Tale of Two Cities changed all that for me.
Here are the rest of my Dickens favorites in order of how much I love them: You can't love Dickens and NOT love David Copperfield; I love Nicholas Nickleby because it is one of Dickens' truly comic novels; I did my undergraduate thesis on Our Murual Friend. Many critics thought it was a disappointment, but I found the tale of love, redemption, and resurrection to be moving and well-written.
Finally, Little Dorrit is my new Dickens love. It's pretty much a toss-up as to whether I love OMF or LD more, but love them I do!