More Movie News!

Now I’ve said before that I hate Charles Dickins’ Great Expectations. Because of a horrible high school teacher I had, it’s one of my least favorite novels. But two weeks ago, Deadline shared some pics that sparked my interest: the outrageously cool Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham. Directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), not Tim Burton, the adaptation will be released sometime next year. Maybe it’s time to give this story a second chance!

Of course, what I’m looking forward to more is the latest version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, starring Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself. The Daily Mail posted photos from the set today, and I must say that this cast looks excellent!

2012 may be the year for some awesome movie adaptations–let’s not forget the much-anticipated fantasy tales “The Hobbit” and “The Hunger Games!” Are there any other films based on novels that you can’t wait for?

PS: Happy birthday Margaret Atwood! Ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale my freshman year of college, I have adored this woman. She’s an exquisite writer, a feminist and environmental advocate, and an amazing role model. Thanks for your wise words, Ms. Atwood: “If it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending.” We should all strive to make each other’s endings happy!

2 thoughts on “More Movie News!

  1. I have to admit that i had the same initial experience with Great Expectations, not because of a horrible high school teacher, but I think because we had to read Dickens in high school in general. Then I took a class in college, and when you hear John Jordan read the opening pages of that novel. it changes everything.

    I can’t wait for The Great Gatsby (the only filmed version I’ve seen was the one with Sam Waterston as Nick; it was terrible.)

    I’ve never read the Handmaid’s Tale, I should definitely check it out.

    • I loved having Jordan for my Victorian poetry senior seminar! He’s amazing!

      You need to read The Handmaid’s Tale! An awesome dystopian tale and the best piece of feminist lit I’ve read! It was so UCSC! haha 🙂

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