Meandering Around the Interweb

In my various hours of wandering through book blogs far and wide, I’ve come across some pretty fantastic posts lately, so I thought I would spotlight my favorites. Hopefully I can make this a semi-regular feature, although my laziness will test the bounds of my determination to do so, so stay tuned for now.

  • The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby popped up last night. I’ve been drooling over set stills for months now (Leo…I mean, pretty clothes and sets, yes, that’s right…) but seeing the first glimpses of what the finished film will present is exciting. I’ll admit, Luhrmann’s films have always been somewhat hit-or-miss for me, but I’m oddly thrilled to see that this one appears to have a distinct Romeo and Juliet bent. Jack White’s shrill wails layered atop Nick Carraway’s dialogue gave me chills.
  • I recently read and raved about Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Her UK publishers have created a website that allows you to go on your own virtual tour of the delightful circus in question, and while I haven’t yet completed my journey, the sparse black and white depictions are quite lovely.
  • I live for the moment when you open up a newly-acquired old book and some creased, forgotten memento falls out from between the pages. Forgotten Bookmarks catalogues hundreds of such experiences in brilliantly simple photography, even typing out the contents of notes and inscriptions found within.
  • Ilona Andrews revisited an earlier blog post this week, recounting her school’s disastrous production of Romeo and Juliet. I couldn’t help but think back to my own equally calamitous experience as Romeo. You read that correctly, Romeo. Apparently, none of the guys were up to the task, and I said to myself, what the hell? Unfortunately, I rued the decision later as my female classmates scampered about in diaphanous gowns, while I was stuck in a tunic and tights, my hair scraped back like a drowned cat. Follow that with a sword fight in which Tybalt spontaneously decided that he would rather not die, leading to a comically ill-choreographed routine in which we chased each other about stage. And to top it all off, Juliet, unfortunately, simply couldn’t seem to reach the poison bottle in my hand, so I had to hand it to her, being a corpse notwithstanding. My theatrical career was short-lived.
  • Some spoilers for Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones follow, so you’ve been warned. For those who have seen the aforementioned literary film adaptations, you are probably aware that Sean Bean meets his grisly end in both. What some of you might not be aware of, though, is the fact that Sean Bean seems to die in every. single. movie.
  • I love books; it’s no secret. Yet I love them for more than the enjoyment that can be found within the pages. I adore them as an aesthetic accent. Those who have seen my home know that there is more shelf space than there is bare wall. The English Muse has an excellent post on ways to incorporate books into room design.
  • The long-awaited film adaptation of On the Road is presently premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, and I cannot wait until it hits theaters. Carlo, Sal, Dean, this has been a long time coming. From the snippets I’ve seen so far, I think the filmmakers just might have pulled it off.
  • And because just one drinking game isn’t nearly enough, I’ll probably follow up my Game of Thrones marathon with Anne of Green Gables, with drinking games for both movies.
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