This week I finished a first draft. I love writing first drafts – I try to ignore my inner critic and just let the words flow. I wrap myself in a bubble and block out all the fear. You know how it goes – is this rubbish, will everyone hate it? etc. I wrote something different to what I’ve written before and it was actually a ton of fun. Of course now comes the hard bit, editing and letting people read it (gulp) but the above quote shall be my saviour as I read it all back. It’s okay if it’s not perfect – writing is rewriting as we are constantly reminded. I will let myself feel good about hitting ‘The End’ even if I’m miles away from actually being at the end 🙂
Longbourn – Jo Baker
This is the story of Pride and Prejudice from the viewpoint of the servants. I was nervous about reading a story containing some of my favourite characters but as always with anything Austen related, you have to stay calm and remember the original stories will always exist no matter what versions of them appear.
This novel follows the events of Pride and Prejudice but focuses on the servants – Sarah and Polly the maids, Mr and Mrs Hill and the new Footman James. Essentially Sarah is our Elizabeth – a bit feisty and yearning for more than her lot but Sarah has a lot of hard work to do. Longbourn shows just how hard servants had to work – it’s muckier and murkier than the world the Bennet sisters live in. There is still time for romance though for Sarah who is torn between one of Mr Bingley’s servants and the new footman James. This book is its own story but it does showcase the characters we know in Austen’s novel and tweaks them for example, Wickham is even more of a villain but Mr Collins is portrayed more sympathetically. There was one plot point, which I won’t spoil but did shake me as it gave a whole new light to one of the characters in Pride and Prejudice and linked the characters of Longbourn in a way I didn’t see coming.
Overall, I enjoyed Longbourn’s mix of the serious and the romantic and the insight it provided into the world of servants, which Austen skirted over. Thankfully, although more serious in tone than Pride and Prejudice, I still got the ending I wanted. I can see Downton Abbey fans enjoying this tale.
Another YA book is being adapted for the big screen and it’s own of my favourites – Divergent. If you like The Hunger Games, I think you’ll enjoy this new series and hopefully the film lives up to it. I got goosebumps watching this trailer:
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
I finally got around to watching this film based on the book and I loved it. The film was made by the author so it’s really faithful but several scenes burst to life and actually stood out more for me than in the book. There are also more hints in the film about what happened to the main character whereas you don’t know anything until the end of the book. I think it works as a film on its own – a teenage coming-of-age drama with some great characters and I would highly recommend it. I also looked up the main actor to make sure he was old enough to be thought of as cute and it’s okay he’s 21!
I’m going to be a bookshop, working but still ….
I start a job next week in a bookshop. Bookshops have always held a sort of romantic pull for me probably ever since I watched You’ve Got Mail – Meg Ryan owns a children’s bookshop in the film and I was always jealous of that even though she has to close it. Books are such a big part of my life and always have been so I’m looking forward to working with them and of course finding the space on the shelf that one of my books will hopefully occupy one day *dreaming face on*
What’s been the highlights of your week?