Old image alert – Kate @Books Are My Favourite & Best now hosts #6Degrees but this is a good refresh of the rules.
I think I started readng Vanity Fair in my early twenties, but I’m not sure I finished it.
I was inspired to give it a go by the BBC production doing the rounds at the time starring Eve Matheson.
I enjoyed the TV series but found the book a bit long-winded.
This is not the first time a TV series or movie has encouraged me to try a book that I may not have otherwise tackled.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad seemed too dark and too naval to attract my readerly attention, but then one rainy Sunday afternoon in my late twenties, I decided to watch the 1965 movie starring Peter O’Toole.
The book followed not long after.
A few years later, when I read a rave review about Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series, I didn’t dismiss it outright.
Lord Jim showed me I could read a story with a naval setting and even enjoy it.
I loved the first Master and Commander book so much, I went on to read all 21 books in the series…and watch the Russell Crowe movie when it came out in 2003.
Although I’m still not sure I can explain the difference between a jib and a mainsail!
Another series that I’ve read every single book all the way through to the bitter end, was the Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery.
I say the bitter end, because as with any long standing series, some of the titles were better than others.
Which has certainly been my experience of the Maisie Dobbs series.
The 14th book in this mostly delightful cosy crime series set between the wars in London, has just been published this year.
Winspear nearly lost her way a few books ago, when she finally allowed Maisie to fall in love.
The love story nearly killed her series.
Drastic action was required – main characters were killed off and a time jump occurred to give this series fresh blood.
Speaking of time jumps, the book that used the time jump effect to perfection was The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
Being able to go back in time to 1980’s Detroit to see a Violent Femmes concert sounds like a good use of one’s ability to travel in time!
Although Stephen King fans might dispute this, claiming that being able to go back to 1963 to prevent the assassination of JFK is a worthier use of time travel.
However 11/22/63 showed us that changing history has it’s own consequences.
I started in 1847 England, travelled via sea to Prince Edward Island, London and a Violent Femmes concert, to finish up in 1963 on the trail of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Where did you end up?
Next month (December 1, 2018), we’ll begin with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.