aka The Frazzled Mom
I’ve heard people compare the story of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell to that of Harry Potter. Please do not think that these two are anywhere near related or similar. It couldn’t be further from the truth. As I read from one comment: the one thing we might consider they have in common is their “Englishness”. So true.
The feel of this story is quite different and it really splits readers down the middle: those that loved it and those that hated it (okay, maybe also those that wanted to love it, but hated it from sheer boredom). Well, I was in the “loved it” category. The writing, reminiscent of the Victorian age, alone caught my attention. Does that mean I’m a Dickens nerd as I’ve read some use the term. Pfftt. Nerd, no. Enthusiast? Possibly. Definitely a fan.
For those of you who couldn’t get through the book, the BBC has finally released the Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell mini-series. I was a little disappointed to hear that it’s already begun airing in the UK, but was quickly delighted to learn that it will air in the US on June 13th. But be warned. If you felt the story, the book, was slow, you might feel the same about the series.
However, I am looking forward to seeing how close their adaptation is. In the following clip, you’ll find Mr. Norrell, Jonathan Strange and Arabella, Viniculus, Lady Pole, and even The Gentleman (the man with the thistle down hair). Are you looking forward to this series? Have you already started watching it? Let me know what you think!