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August 31 2015 @ 05:02 pm
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell  

One of the shows I watched recently which is more of a period piece rather than a historical story is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell which is based on the book.

An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. Centred on the relationship between these two men, the story investigates the nature of "Englishness" and the boundaries between reason and unreason, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Dane, and Northern and Southern English cultural tropes/stereotypes. It has been described as fantasy, an alternative history, and a historical. It inverts the Industrial Revolution conception of the North/South divide in England: the North is romantic and magical, rather than rational and concrete.

Did anyone else watch this?
Oshunheartofoshun on September 1st, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
I've only seen a couple of episodes, but I loved it.
Jill aka Jo: PD: Rosssireesanwar on September 1st, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it too. My sister liked the book but she listened to it which sometimes makes a difference.

I remember at the end of the miniseries thinking... I want more.
Jo Ann: Garfield: Asleep on Jons bookyeuxdebleu on September 1st, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
I watched it and read the book. I found both enjoyable, but the book was slow going. I felt like I was slogging my way through it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 1st, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
My sister listened to it and loved it. Sometimes I wonder if a slow read is an easy listen. But I really enjoyed the miniseries. I wish there were more.
Jo Ann: Adam:  Hmm thinking GIFyeuxdebleu on September 1st, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
I wonder if a slow read is an easy listen.

Hmm, maybe so.
_celebrian_celebrian on September 2nd, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
I finished listening to it last week and enjoyed it, though I did think it could have been a bit shorter.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 3rd, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ah. I'll have to listen to it. I don't know if I can read it from all the comments about it. The show was good though.
Kaylee Winchester: Serenity - River Closed Mindroguem on September 1st, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't enjoy the book, so am still on the fence on if I should give the show a chance or not.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 1st, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
I get that. I haven't actually read the book and the show felt a little slow in the beginning but by the end I was really into it and wanted more. Maybe someday huh?
Kaylee Winchester: Tangled Lightsroguem on September 3rd, 2015 10:14 am (UTC)
Well in the show I suspect you're spared all the nonsensical footnotes that are in the book. The book is about a 1000 pages, I'll have to admit that the last 200 pages got somewhat interesting, but I wasn't super happy with how it ended either. I am curious about the tv series though, maybe someday.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 3rd, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. Well, I don't know if the book ended the same but I wanted more out of the show. I still really enjoyed it but I kept thinking... Season 2? But that isn't going to happen unless they are going to wing it.
Kaylee Winchester: Outlander The Frasersroguem on September 6th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
I think they'd have to as there's only one book as far a I know.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 9th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
There is only one book so I doubt there will be more to the show but still... would love it if there were.
Alys Scarlet: nouveau tile Doulton brown goldalysscarlet on September 4th, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
I found the book rather tedious, but the TV show was brilliant. I watched it all and it got rid of all the problems that the book had. Highly recommend it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 9th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to know this. I haven't read the book and maybe I won't. I really loved the show.