One of my other favourite things to do apart from reading is watching films especially film adaptations from books, so starting today I will share my views of some film adaptations of books I have read in the past or recently read. It is a ritual (kind of )for me to watch film adaptations after reading a book especially classics. Today, I tackle (a short take) Great Expectation which I read in 2013 (I think that was the year) and I am crazy ever since for the story!
So let us dive into it:
Via Wikipedia.org for Commentary On The Film
It feels like a summary of the story, not divulging certain details of the book which in my opinion is important. For example, nothing of Pip helping Herbert Pock, Pock’s business and even his fiancé and avoiding the suspicious death of Mrs. Joe. What the 1946 version did excellent is the portrayal of young Estelle growing in grace as a cruel child especially to boy Pip.
Via Wikipedia.org for commentary on the film.
Although I found the beginning a down version of the book, the film stretches to most of the scenes of the story. It is more of a comprehensive look as oppose to 1946 or 2012 versions. Estelle was more brilliant as a child than a young adult. They made her look more sincere, trying to instill that sympathy look for Pip.
Via Wikipedia.org for commentary on the film
My favourite version of the three. Although it focuses and tells the story as Pip, the main focus, I found this version much more engaging. The casting is great, everyone played a great role from Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham to Holliday Grainger as adult Estella. Adult Estella nailed the role quite well. What appealed to me most about this version is the use of sound and colour/shading to create dynamic scene.
What version of Great Expectations have you seen? Do you have any favourite film adaptation or a favourite role? Let me know in the comment section below.
“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895) Via Classics Club
The Classics Club asks a question:
“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”
I honestly spend pockets of the last two days thinking about my best literary hero/heroine leaning more on the classic side (since it is a blog dedicated to classics) and I am unsure. Even when the question ask “in your opinion” my mind still kept reeling because I kept thinking of all the hero/heroine of books I have not read but their summaries seem amazing and even the film adaptations of books, I have never read. I went further and thought should I choose my favourite hero/heroine for the best because they are my favourite or the best even if I dislike the character?
However, part of life is making decisions so I am not staying on the book fence with this question. I made a decision.
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Many months ago , I began reading Book Tags on and off WordPress and it is now one of my pleasure readings: I Love It! Today, I am shaking off that hesitant spirit to try the tags which I felt strayed [many] towards books/series geared mostly to a certain audience and books I have not read. My first book tag is 10 Most Influential Books . Listed below in no particular order are 10 books which influenced my taste in reading, my outlook on social problems, my moral compass[or lack of] and the quirky things that make me, eh me :).
1. Blank Notebook/Journal
A few or many blank sheets from notebooks or fancy journals played a huge role in my quest as a writer [never mind that I am not an author]. My journey as a blogger began many years ago when I started writing about my day or on any particular thought but I did not know it would lead to a blog. I guess it was practise but I still scribble in my blank notebooks. It was my outlet to breathe, something to keep me calm and too collected. My words became friends and they held my secrets, creating a live- able world.
2. Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsay
A Gentle Feuding is the first Historical Romance novel that I can remember reading, although at that time I did not know of the genre . It is a genre that usually opens many discussion over what is included and what is subtracted, to keep me sane I sometimes call them Period Novels [I digressed there ;)]. Although I would forget the author, I would remember many details of the story and it is this particular story which made me fall in love with love stories set way back in the day, Scotland Highland men riding for life on the real horse powers, clan feuds, some alliance marriages[volunteering all the better], old castles and towers etc.
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