Huddled under the covers, clutching my little torch, reading late into the night is a fond memory of my childhood. Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series was always a firm favourite of mine, and I simply couldn’t hide my delight in seeing it being adapted into a series by the BBC early last year. Despite an array of university deadlines, a global pandemic hit and I had a whole lot of time on my hands. As such, I found myself rushing downstairs at lunchtime to snuggle on the sofa with my younger sister, reliving my childhood, and cherishing every single episode.
Parasols, petticoats, sweets and trifles – Autumn de Wilde’s 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is the epitome of decadence. Critics have called it “lavish”, “totally delicious”, and “picture-perfect”. But does a focus on all things pretty make us appreciate Austen’s work or take it less seriously?
One of the most successful and prolific horror writers of all time, Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his novels since the start of his career. King’s kingdom expands further than the territories of literature, however, with a new crop of cinematic adaptations gaining worldwide praise and success.
With the novel celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018 and the release of its sixth film adaption in 2019, Little Women has seen a recent surge in popularity. To what extent do film adaptations ‘re-brand’ the original book
Margaret Atwood recently announced a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, inspired, she says, by “everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings”. The Testaments, to be narrated by three […]
by Emily McKinney Think you’ve never met a ghost? Think again. As foretold by Dickens, the ‘Ghosts of Christmas’ haunt us each year. The Christmas song comes out of hiding in November […]
In a tiny village in the centre of York stands a 13-sided playhouse. We rush past stalls offering culinary delights, the pretty Elizabethan garden, and then the portaloos to the ‘groundlings’ entrance. […]
In the midst of a battlefield drenched in blood, a king stumbles through his ranks, an arrow buried deep in his eye. Body parts are scattered across the grass. The stench of […]
Dave Malloy’s cult classic Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 opens by admitting that this adaptation of a certain ‘complicated Russian novel’ cannot capture the scope of its source material, […]
Jack Davies It’s an age old predicament that cinema-goers and film fanatics regularly find themselves in: watch a film at the pictures, love it, wax lyrical about it to friends only to […]