I recently read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, which was on my list of books to read for about a hundred years and I was a total fool to have waited that long. The book was completely charming, so I was kind of in two minds about the film when I saw it suggested to me on amazon. Happily, the film is one of the rare adaptations that gets everything completely right. The casting is perfect (I’m kind of obsessed with Rose Byrne who plays Rose – you know how much I love red hair) and everything is filmed beautifully, as you can see from the screencaps below. I don’t want to get all ~whimsical~ about it, because it’s not really that kind of story, but it’s a very endearing film and I’d totally recommend it (but read the book first!).
So let’s talk about books. I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale (my first Margaret Atwood! I feel like I’ve lived in a cave or something, but I really love it so far) and I’ve just ordered Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest which I can’t wait to read. The first two of the Millennium trilogy were totally “unputdownable”, which is an awful word but quite accurate in this case.
What are you reading? Any great recommendations? I’ve got about 20 books on my shelf that I need to get round to reading, but I’m always buying more anyway.
(Screencaps by me, copyright BBC/Momentum Pictures/Samuel Goldwyn Films et al)