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Strange & Norrell

[Edit: last entry was getting into "debate" territory, and really I had hoped not to do that. So, I'm taking my usual route of cowardice and marking it "private." Sorry for any stepped-upon toes or offended sensibilities, either in the original post and its comments or in the removing thereof--and if I get complaints for both posting it and for removing it then I shall be forced to trot out the "damned if I do, damned if I don't" observation. Feel free, however, to get on my case for using strong language like "damned."]

Forgot to mention: I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell yesterday, and am much impressed with Ms. Clarke's achievements. Found the ending appropriately poignant yet upbeat; and very few writers can use footnotes to such fine effect as she has throughout--to name just a couple great things about this book.

Have already started casting the story in my mind, for the 8-hour miniseries I hope someone makes someday. So far I picture Ian Holm as Mr. Norrell, Alan Cumming as Drawlight, and Jude Law (with a wig, naturally) as the gentleman with the thistle-down hair. Haven't decided on Strange yet, nor Stephen Black, nor the women.

Anyway, I changed my LJ "real name" in honor of Strange & Norrell, since the Latin name for a passionflower had been there for so long and was getting tedious. My new selection comes from this passage:

Drawlight had the strangest feeling. It was something he had felt before when magic was about to happen. Invisible doors seemed to be opening all around him; winds blew on him from far away, bringing scents of woods, moors and bogs. Images flew unbidden into his mind. The houses around him were no longer empty. He could see inside them as if the walls had been removed. Each dark room contained—-not a person exactly—-a Being, an Ancient Spirit. One contained a Fire; another a Stone; yet another a Shower of Rain; yet another a Flock of Birds; yet another a Hillside; yet another a Small Creature with Dark and Fiery Thoughts; and on and on.

I am, of course, the lastly-named creature. But you knew that.



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Feb. 8th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
*love x9* the quote...it inspires me to check out the book...thanks!
Feb. 8th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Cool! Hope you enjoy. :)
Feb. 8th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
As soon as I read of the Small Creature with Dark and Fiery Thoughts, I knew something need to be done with it. Possibly I shall write a fanfic for it. Regardless, I am glad you are making good use of the SCw/D&FT.

Isn't the ending cool? Yay for endings that are unpredictable, open-ended but satisfying all the same.

I am afraid that from the very first description of him (his eyebrows are remarked upon in some way that made me think of the Goblin King in Labyrinth) I have been unable to stop envisioning the gentleman with thistle-down hair as a skeletal and pale David Bowie. I am entirely unsure how I feel about that.

Ian Holm, on the other hand, would make such a spectacular Norrell that surely whoever is casting this eight-hour wonder will think of no one else.

It is hard for me to imagine someone who could play Strange, and will only say that in terms of character he reminds me forcibly of Howl of Moving Castle fame. Not that I think the part should be played by a blond anime character, but Howl is a difficult person to think around, so I'm not going to try.
Feb. 8th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
SCw/D&FT. Heheh. Love the abbreviation. She threw in so many of those wonderful images and side stories. I found myself thinking, when reading most of those footnotes, "Dang! I could write a whole novel around that little anecdote!" And she's just tossing 'em in as asides. Most humbling, to those of us who aren't so hot at coming up with interesting storylines.

Bowie would be awesome as the thistle-down hair gentleman! Very fairy-like indeed. Would make up for his not getting to play Elrond. Hmm, not familiar with Moving Castle, so can't comment there. But yeah--I just couldn't picture anyone other than Ian Holm when they first described Norrell. :) Probably due to Norrell sounding like Bilbo in some ways...though of course much less adventurous...
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