“Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” (BBC TV miniseries)

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Mythgard Academy is offering a free podcast course on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. In preparation, I read the book and watched the BBC TV miniseries adaptation. Here are my thoughts on the TV show:

I know this will get me in trouble with some people, but I actually liked the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell more than I liked the book. To be fair, although I enjoyed the book, I don’t have a particularly strong attachment to it. If anything, I thought the book would have benefitted from a tighter narrative. Fortunately, the miniseries makes one change that really helps the pacing and increases the dramatic tension. Continue reading ““Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” (BBC TV miniseries)”

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“Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke

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Mythgard Academy is offering a free podcast course on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. In preparation, I read the book and watched the BBC TV miniseries adaptation. Here are my thoughts on the novel:

Neil Gaiman calls Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell  “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years.” Friends of mine, including fellow blogger Katherine Sas, have raved about the novel and have asked Mythgard to cover it for years. Needless to say, my expectations were high… Continue reading ““Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke”