Usually I don’t post bookish links, but these ones are rather interesting…
There was a recently article on The Huffington Post about The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Authors (predictably Jonathan Safran Foer is on the list, along with a lot of poets, which is a bit silly since it’s not like *that* many people go around raving about Mary Oliver and Louise Gluck even though, yes, their work may be at times too simplistic…), which inspired a Guardian article, taking the game to the world, followed by another piece, asking for ideas on who the most underrated authors are. The article on underrated authors is my favourite (and Elizabeth Bowen is my first nomination), because yes, I do get bored of the same old people getting all the book awards and chat and hype, but I’d rather sing the praises of better books, lesser known books that are more interesting. Dorothy Whipple was mentioned more than once on the underrated lists, so that’s something for Persephone Books!
And in other bookish news, the BBC is making a miniseries based on Winifred Holtby’s novel South Riding! I actually considered reading this when I was getting down with the early 20th century, so I’ve gone ahead and requested it from the library, they make the plot sound quite interesting. I do love 19th century period dramas, but it’s also very exciting to see the BBC do something new and hopefully this will get more people interested in other underrated early 20th century novels written by women besides Virginia Woolf! Just like they raised Elizabeth Gaskell’s popularity immensely, I’m sure.
And they’re still doing stuff with the Victorians, only now it’s the racy Victorians… there are also plans to adapt The Crimson Petal and the White! I have been meaning to read this, I even started it, there it sits on the shelf, giant, red and slightly accusing. Yes, I do find watching the movie version helps me get going with books sometimes, I only finished my one Dickens, Bleak House, because of the excellent miniseries of it.
Any books or authors you think are over or under-rated? Does the movie version get you reading the book?