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Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Hunger Games: An Analysis

The Hunger Games  Great read enjoy dystopian novels, torn love stories, books about unlikely circumstances, female heroes, and satisfying endings.

{my hiatus was going to last longer, but I read the first book in this series last night, and I couldn't not talk about it, so here I am}

Over the past few weeks, I've had the privilege of reading three very different dystopian novels - Divergent, The Giver, and The Hunger Games.  I'm here to talk about the last one on that list.  I can't really call this a book review, since I'll be talking more about themes and a couple of issues I have with this book than the actual plot and characters (although I'm sure I'll get into that too), but the word 'analysis' doesn't really fit either...whatever.  You can draw your own conclusions about my word choices.  I'm here to talk about The Hunger Games (hereafter referred to as 'THG').  It's the kind of book that sticks with you after you read it.  I liked Divergent, I really did, but THG is deeper, in my opinion.  I would read a big chunk of it, and then stop and come up for air, so to speak, and think about what I'd just read.  Read, think, repeat.

The Hunger Games

Like The Giver, it disturbed me, but mostly in a good way (some of it, like how lightly life and death are treated just disturbed me, period, but I was expecting that, so it didn't hit me as hard as if I'd come at it cold).  I mean, I don't live in America (although, I think Panem was actually built from the ruins of North America, so that could include Canada as well), but there are still several thought-provoking parallels between our modern culture and that of the Capitol.  Our obsession with make-up, clothes, and hairstyles.  The constant need to be entertained.  And, most of all, the killing.  How often do we watch murder mystery TV shows and think nothing of it?  Or watch war movies, and don't really care when guys get mowed down, just as long as it's not the hero?  In fact, we might even be a little glad (in the aforementioned murder mysteries) that someone gets killed because that's what sets the ball rolling for an hour or two of entertainment.  We're becoming hardened to death and violence, and, if nothing else, THG should give us a wake-up call.

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I think Suzanne Collins made the right choice to not stick a lot of gory, gratuitous violence into the trilogy (I've only read the first book so far, but from what I've heard, the next two are relatively low-key in that area as well).  She's portraying how wrong killing is by having teens kill each other, which, you've got to admit, is a verrry fine line.  She could've easily crossed it a dozen times, but she didn't.  Some of it was disturbing, in a 'the violence is getting pretty bad, and I don't want to read much more of it' way, mainly with the mutts (when I read about the mutts 'being' the tributes, it completely freaked me out), but overall, it was fine.  I wouldn't give it to a middle-grader to read (which, apparently, is the age group its targeted at O.o), but I didn't have any problem with it.  I think the idea of teens being forced to kill each other is enough to get the message across.

May the odds be ever in your favour

Pretty much my only other issue with this book (and, I imagine, the series), is the semi-big focus on 'the odds'.  One of the most iconic lines from the entire series is the quote above, and while it may seem like nit-picking, I really don't care for it.  I mean, besides the literal odds (like ten-to-one for your name being chosen), there's no such thing as luck, or 'following your destiny', or being guided by the stars.  God is in control of this whole world, and nothing happens without His knowledge.  I actually found the lack of any religion a bit...weird, because I don't think that would've happened.  Not everyone can be an atheist, right?  It felt a bit odd, but I guess there are lots of books that have good stories without mentioning anything like that.  I just would've thought that in a book where world-building is one of the key players in the story, it would've been explained, at least a little.

How could I leave Prim, the only person in the world I was sure I loved. But, how could I let her die?

I thing I did really, really like about this book is the themes of love.  Not just Katniss and Peeta (actually, I didn't really care much about their relationship, since I didn't get to see much of it...the whole book was pretty much SURVIVE, KATNISS, SURVIVE - obviously, I'm exaggerating, but I can't wait to see their relationship growing in Catching Fire), but Katniss and Prim.  Katniss and Rue.  Friendships in literature (and real life), are sometimes even better than a good romance, and THG is not an exception to this.  One reason that I like Katniss so much, is that she took her sister, Prim's, place in the Reaping.  It meant almost certain death, since in the last seventy-three Hunger Games, only two victors were from District 12, but she still did it.  Would I?  Would any of us?  I have no idea.  Just thinking about having to go fight in the Games makes me feel sick to my stomach, so I...I don't know.  I don't think any of us really know what we would do in any given situation, until that situation comes up (I'm not saying anything like the Reaping, would ever come up, though).  And don't get me started on Rue.  I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.  EVER.


The world building was awesome, the characters were perfect, in their own special ways (Cinna's one of my favorites), and the ending was good.  A bit of a cliffhanger for the full story arc, but the first book's separate story is wrapped up well.  There's a good, clean romance, enough excitement and danger to keep you flipping pages desperately, and it's deep enough to leave you thinking about if for a long time after you finish.  Is it worth reading?  YES.  I do, however, think it's best for children older than thirteen.  And, yes, I will be reading the other two books in the series and writing a post like this for each, if at all possible.

Thank you for your consideration.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

So Long, Farewell...

Some of A's favorite things in Sound of Music.  (When she's being extra funny, it's Sound of Boooosic). "The Goodnight Song",  "The Puppet Song", "The Mountain Song", "The other Goodnight Song" and...
Relax.  I'm not leaving for good.

However, I am taking a hiatus.  'Why?' you might ask.  That, m'dear Watson, is a very good question (sorry, that's the overdose of Sherlock pins in my feed talking), and one which I will answer.  There are several reasons.  First of all, while I don't have many blogging friends that I email on a regular basis, those that I do email tend to write verrry long emails that take me a while to answer (don't worry, gals, I love them!).  Seriously.  I spent two hours a couple of days ago answering emails, and I still didn't get through all of them.  Secondly, my writing.  I have an hour or so to write in the morning (and I use it pretty much every day), and I use that for my main writing.  But I just joined, and while I don't have any stories up on my profile yet, I definitely want to write some.  I've decided that my evenings will be set aside mostly for writing fan-fiction (and that's often when I write my blog posts, so...).  And, lastly, now that summer is [nearly] here, I want to spend more time outside, more time reading, and just more time actually doing things.  Summer is always a good time to check things off of one's bucket list, and I plan to do just that.

How long will I be gone?  I don't know.  Hopefully no more than a few weeks...a couple of months at the most.  Because I don't believe I'll be able to stay away from here for too long.  I'll still be blogging over at my writing blog, if at all possible, and guest posting over at 'Feelsy Feels' (an awesome blog started by my friend, Eowyn), so if you're desperate for my posts (which I doubt anyone is), you can read my stuff over on those two places.  And when I return, I hope to bring tidings of a blog event which has been swirling around in my head for sometime.  I haven't fully decided whether or not I want to do said event, since it would mean a lot of work, but this hiatus will hopefully help me decide one way or the other.



Friday, May 09, 2014

Book Review: Dear Mr Knightley

Isn't the cover pretty???
Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.
Dear Mr Knightley is the kind of book that's perfect to read during a warm summer (or spring) afternoon in the bright sunlight with a cuppa tea (or coffee) in your hand.  It's a warm, comfortable, delicious kind of book.  Now, that isn't to say that it's fluff, 'cause it's not.  I would say that the book it's based on - Daddy Long Legs - is fluff book, albeit a classic one, but DMK is more serious and deep (although it certainly has it's fun, frivolous moments).  That's probably why I love it so much.  Plus, there's a bunch of Austen/Dickens/Bronte references throughout (mostly quoted directly by Samantha, which I shall talk about in a minute), as well as references to Sherlock (eeep!) and Downton Abbey.  The letters (which make up about ninety-seven percent of the book), are fun to read, and there isn't any part of them that sounds contrived (like the authoress had to tell the story through letters, but it wasn't really working).

The characters.  Samantha (Sam), was, of course, the main character, and she was a good one.  I felt her heartache when certain things came up out of her past to haunt her, as well as her painful relief when her past was finally out in the open for everyone to see.  She's a strong female character, but not in The Annoying Way.  There are, however, a couple of things I didn't like about her.  First of all, she quotes Austen and other classic authors quite a lot, and while some of it is clever, some of it just got on my nerves.  For instance...

“That’s it?” I sat back. “You’re worse than Austen. You might as well say that his sentiments had ‘undergone so material a change’ or that ‘his affections and wishes’ were unchanged.”
Hannah flushed red. “Don’ my proposal from my real fiancĂ© to one of your books. This is my life and I’m inviting you into it. Don’t belittle it by quoting fiction.”
“‘I wish you all imaginable happiness,’ Hannah.” I was mad, and I threw that out just to spite her.
“Forget it, Sam. I don’t know who you’re quoting, but I can tell you are. I thought you’d enjoy my story and I wanted to share it with you, but you aren’t even here. I don’t know why I bother.

Yeah.  That's what I mean.

Anyway...other characters.  Alex Powell is the hero of the story (without giving too much away), and what a hero he is.  Kind, sensitive, caring, but with a tortured backstory that he only reveals late in the book.  He's a famous writer (and a Christian!) but that doesn't get to his head.  In fact, he prefers to stay out of the public spotlight as much as possible.  And let me just say that he ripped out my feels in the last chapter.  I switched from rooting for Sam to rooting for him, so I'm glad it all worked out.  Closely connected with both Alex and Sam is Mr and Mrs Muir.  They take Sam under their wing and she is a daughter to them both figuratively and [by the end of the book] literally.  They're great.  Two of my favorite characters.

My favorite character in this book, however, is Kyle.  He's the 'damaged teenager' in the plot synopsis up above, and it suits him.  But only for the first half of the book.  He finally becomes friends with Sam, and they work together to write a magazine article which, in many ways, changes both their lives (and, no, I'm not going to tell you why...go read the book).  I couldn't have been happier with how his life went later on in the book.  It was exactly what he deserved, and it was perfect.  Let's see...there's just a couple other characters I want to mention.  Ashley: one of Sam's closest friends and a good moral support whenever Sam needed one.  Almost everyone in this book is damaged in one way or another, and Ashley is no exception.  But's she's still awesome.  And, then, Josh: Sam's first boyfriend.  He's a JERK.  Ugh.  Seriously, though, I reeeeally don't like him.  He took all the trust Sam gave him and destroyed it.

I was wondering how DMK would end, and kind of worried as well.  See, in DLL, it ends with the heroine writing the hero/Daddy Long Legs one last letter all about how he proposed and she accepted.  Basically a whole, big, long 'as you know, Bob' trope from start to finish.  It was the only part of the book that I hadn't really liked, so I was interested in how it would work out in DMK.  For the last chapter, Katherine Reay switched from first person (the letters, you know), to third person and it worked perfectly.  It didn't jolt me out of the story, and I was still able to feel the full emotional impact of the story.

So, overall, if you're a Jane Austen fan, or you enjoy a good, clean romance/true-to-life story, you need to read this.  It's a beautiful book, both inside and out, and one of the best I've ever read.  Have fun!


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Answers To Your Questions

I received a bigger response to my 'ask me anything' post than I was expecting.  All in all, I was asked about thirty questions.  I'll be answering them all in this post, so it should take me a while to get it out to all of you. 

Now onto the questions!

Miss Jane Bennet asked...

~Are there any classic book characters that have scared the living daylights out of you?  Hmmm.  It's restricted to classic book characters, which makes it harder, but... *thinks hard*  Well, there's Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre.  She's incredibly freaky and since I read JE when I was Quite Young, she definitely made an impression on me.  I'm not the type to be scared by books, though (or movies, for that matter).  And there's also Jack Merridew from Lord Of The Flies.  He's just a boy, but the way he transforms through the course of the book is shudder-inspiring.

~Favorite hairstyle? *goes on Pinterest to look up hairstyles*  Aw, there's so many gorgeous ones.  However, I'd have to go with this one.  I love wearing my hair down, and this looks simple, elegant, and lovely all at the same time.  And if you mean one that I wear around the house, a messy DIY bun is something I like wearing when I feel in the mood.  It would take too long to describe the style I most usually 'wear'.

~Favorite fandom?  Now, you have to understand something about my fandoms.  I have several 'base' fandoms - ones that I'm always obsessed with (i.e. Jane Austen, Les Miserables, BBC Robin Hood...), but different fandoms 'make the rounds', so to speak, which means that at different times, I have a certain fandom that I obsess about more than any of the others.  This changes on a semi-regular basis, and the main one at the moment is Marvel.  Specifically The Avengers.  Specifically Captain America & Co.  Specifically The Winter Soldier.  I think the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the coolest things ever invented and you can read more about my thoughts on the subject of Marvel here.

~Least favorite Austen heroine?  Do I really have to pick a least favorite?  I feel like a traitor.  Here goes...AnneElliotbutonlybecauseIhaven'treadPersuasioninawhile.  There.  I said it.  I don't feel all that fond of Catherine Morland either.  She probably ties with Anne for least favorite heroine, but, really I love them all.  I'm just glad Jane didn't ask me about the heroes.  That would've been hard.  Although....Captain Wentworth would be at the bottom, because he really behaved like a jerk for over half of Persuasion.  Thoughts?

~Little-known book series you'd recommend?  Hehe...I happen to know that this question was purposefully picked out, because she knows what I'll say.  Which kinda makes me not want to say it, but I don't want to pass up this opportunity.  The little-known series I'd recommend is the American Family Portrait series.  I've reviewed book four in the series - The Adversaries - and I highly recommend each and every one of the nine books.

~Favorite type of shoe?  Sandals, although I rarely get to wear them.

~Thoughts on hats?  I've almost never worn hats, except some baseball caps (I had some nice ones with horses on them when I was younger), but I love how hats look on People (mostly old-fashioned hats).  I think that Duchess Kate has some of the best hats I've ever seen.  You can check out a photo gallery of some of them here.  I love looking at them.

Kiri Liz asked...

~What was your favorite movie when you were little?  Disney's animated Robin Hood, or Winnie The Pooh.  I loved watching both of those over and over again, and some of that love has seeped into my teen years.  I mean, Robin Hood is one of Disney's best animated feature films, in my opinion, and I'll always love Winnie The Pooh (books/movies).  Call me childish, but it's what I like and I'm not budging on my opinion.

~If you could pick one fictional character (film, TV series, or book) to be your sibling, who would you pick and why?  This is what I call a fun question.  It has to be someone who's fun, gets along well with others (since I have seven siblings), and isn't someone I have a bookish crush on.  Which could get difficult.  Soooo....Elizabeth Bennet.  Because, as my mom says, life would never be boring.  Although I don't know how I'd handle not being the oldest anymore...

~Have you ever eaten escargot?  Much as I'm a fan of trying out exotic foods (sushi is awesome!), I haven't had that pleasure yet.  I'll probably wait till my trip to France (whenever that happens), to try it out.  I think snails would actually taste pretty good.

~Your least favorite ship from one of your top fandoms? And why that ship?  Enjolras/Grantaire.  Just...ick.

~Favorite musical of all time? Or two? Or three? :D  LES MISERABLES.  Followed by Cinderella and A Tale Of Two Cities.  And Jane Eyre thrown into the mix - I don't like leaving one of my favorites out in the dark, since they're so little known around the musical theatre world, anyway.

~Who is a better hero in your opinion - Flynn/Eugene or Kristoff?  Flynn/Eugene.  And if you want my reasons, go read this post, paragraph three.

~Last film you watched?  Well, I don't know if it would count as a film, but the last thing I watched was an episode of Sue Thomas F.B.Eye.  Great show, highly recommended.  The last feature length film I watched, however, was The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982).  It was amazing, as usual.  I want to write a review soon, but I'm not sure where to begin.  Suffice to say, it's moved into my top ten list of period dramas, if not my top five. *siiiiigh*

~Favorite Disney princess song?  There are only a few Disney princess songs I've actually heard in their entirety - 'When Will My Life Begin?' (Rapunzel), 'For The First Time In Forever' (Anna), 'Part Of Your World' (Ariel), and 'Touch The Sky' (Merida).  It's a tough decision, because I really like them all (with the possible exception of 'Part Of Your World'), but I'm going to go with 'Touch The Sky'.  It's a gorgeous, rich song (especially if you actually watch it, not just listen to it) and one of my favorite Disney songs in general.

~If you were given the chance to go wherever you wanted for a whole day and do whatever you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?  There are so many things I want to do and places I want to go.  But.  Since I have to limit myself, I'd go and see m'dear Pascal for the day.  I'm not sure what we'd do, but it would be fun.  That plan may sound boring to a lot of people, but, honestly, it's what I'd most like to do.  And I'm sure she'd agree.

~Can you describe yourself in three words?  I had this!  I had this at one time.  And now it seems to have slipped my memory.  Buuut...bookish, introverted, thoughtful.  To those who know me: do you think it's an accurate summation?

Elizabeth Grace Foley asked...

~Is Eva your real name or a pen name?  It's my real name, but it's also my pen name.  See, my full first name is Eva-Joy, but I commonly go by Eva among the blogosphere.  It's shorter, easier to remember, and I like how it looks.  I think either version is pretty, though.

~Do you have a single favorite author? (The easier version of "Who's your favorite author"?)  Favorite classic author: Jane Austen.  Favorite modern author: Jack Cavanaugh.  And there's a slew of other authors that I love almost as much as those two.  Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Victor Hugo, Shannon Hale, Caroline Lawrence...the list could go on and on and then some.

~Do you like classical music?  I love it.  So beautiful.

~How many different genres have you written in or tried to write in?  Historical, historical romance, fantasy, science fiction(ish), modern thriller, dystopian, dystopian romance, young adult romance, speculative fiction, literary fiction, Regency romance, time travel/alternate reality...some of those stories will never see the light of day (I've destroyed some of them - wrote them back when I was wee girl), but some of the others I'm quite proud of.  If I get a story idea for it, I'll try any genre.

Katie asked...

~If you had the chance to save either Enjolras or Sydney Carton who would it be and why?  Sydney Carton.  He deserved a happy life (well, just life in general) and he didn't particularly want to die.  It was something that had to be done, and he was content with it because it would ensure Lucie's happiness with Charles, and he did gain redemption in everyone's eyes by sacrificing himself, but I honestly believe that if he'd been given a chance to live at no cost to anyone, he would've taken it.  Enjolras, however, is totally different.  I can't...I just can't imagine what he'd do if the revolution had succeeded.  What would have to live for anymore?  I can easily think of what all the other students would have done, but not Enjolras.  It's really hard to explain.

Manda Rose asked...

~Scariest movie you've seen?  I don't really watch scary movies, so I'm at a loss here.  And I'm pretty much never scared by books or movies.  There was one Sue Thomas F.B.Eye episode that involved a serial killer that was pretty intense, but I was never scared.  So, I really don't know.

~Favourite movie and tv series?  Don't ask me to pick a favorite movie!  It's so hard.  I'll give some of my favorites, because I honestly can't narrow it down to one.  Les Miserables (2012), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Little Dorrit (2008), War Horse (2011), Stalag 17 (no idea when it came out), It's A Wonderful Life (ditto), and Frangled (2010/2013).  I'd say BBC Robin Hood for TV series.  I love it.

~Favourite food?  PIZZA.

~First book to make you cry?  Well...there have been so many books over the years that have made me cry, so it's hard to remember the first one.  But it was either Glimpses of Truth by Jack Cavanaugh or El Dorado by Baroness Orczy.  Both of them involved staying up very late at night, lots of crying, and a headache the next morning.  I think GoT came first.

~First film to make you cry?  Sense & Sensibility (1995).  The ending was so perfect and happy and beautiful that I couldn't help crying.  I was really young then, so I thought that crying during movies was a terrible thing to do, but I couldn't help myself (little did I know...).  It was pretty bad (good?).

~How many books in total have you read?  I really have no idea.  Somewhere in the hundreds, if not thousands.  I read a lot.

~Have you read "The Giver" series? (if you haven't, you need to now!)  No, I haven't.  I've heard a lot about the first book, though, so if my library has it, I'll probably check it out.

~Would you rather cut all your hair off or never cut it again?  Cut all of it off.  Because hair will grow back over time.

There you have it!  My answers to all your lovely questions.


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Movie Review: Great Expectations {2011}

I often forget that this blog originally started out as a Jane Austen/period drama blog.  Based on my recent posts, no-one would think that.  I mean, topics such as Tangled, Frozen, random stuff, book reviews, and interviews with friends aren't exactly period drama related.  However, I have been watching a bunch of period dramas.  The first three seasons of Downton Abbey, Little Dorrit (2008), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), Lizzie Bennet Diaries ( those count?), and Great Expectations (2011).  I want to review TSP sometime soon, but for today, it'll be Great Expectations.  There were things I liked about it, and things I didn't like it about it, as you shall soon see.
Ick.  This picture looks vampire-ish.
Great Expectations is my favorite Charles Dickens book.  It's mainly because 1) the quality of the writing, 2) Joe Gargary, and 3) Herbert Pocket.  Miss Havisham is insane, Estella is a figurative witch, and don't get me started on Pip.  Still, it's my favorite, and I hadn't seen an adaption of the book before this one.  In many ways, it was an excellent adaption, and in others, it was a disappointment.  I shall write out what I did and didn't like in lists, since I think lists are cool.  And easy to follow.
What I Did Like
  • There were a couple of recognizable faces in the cast.  Gillian Anderson played Miss Havisham, which I thought was interesting.  In case you didn't know, she also played Lady Dedlock in the 2005 adaption of Bleak House.  She must have a thing for playing tragic Dickens' ladies.  Also, Harry Lloyd (Will Scarlet from BBC's Robin Hood) portrayed Herbert Pocket!  It was fun to see him in another role (especially since, as I mentioned above, Herbert is one of my favorites things about the story) and he did it well.  They didn't keep in everything about him from the book, but there was enough to make me happy.
  • The cinematography/photography.  I love watching BBC period dramas, not only for the story, but the gorgeous scenery, and Great Expectations didn't disappoint.  Everything was gritty and real and colourful.  I would watch it again just to watch it.  Swirling dust, candlelight, swishy was all beautiful, even when it wasn't really supposed to be.  And there were all sorts of interesting camera angles, which make everything more interesting.
  • It was accurate.  For the most part.  I mean, they changed stuff to make the book fit into three hours (and make sense at the same time), and they cut out Herbert's strawberries and Birdie, but overall, it was a good adaption.  Not the best I've seen, but not the worst, either.  And it made me want to read the book again, which is always good.  Overall, I was satisfied with how the book translated to screen.
  • Um...I can't really think of anything else.  Except that the title sequence was both beautiful and frightening.  It won an Emmy (who knew that they gave out Emmys for title sequences?) and I found an interesting article all about the design input and such that went into it.
What I Didn't Like
  • The casting was off.  Herbert and Miss Havisham were the only two casting choices that I really liked.  Everyone else was wrong, in some way or another (mainly in that they didn't look like how I'd pictured them).  Estella was, if not ugly, then at least not beautiful.  Come on, she's supposed to break hearts everywhere she goes, so I would think that they would've cast someone a little prettier.  She was my biggest casting complaint, and everyone else was sort of meh.  The casting wasn't the best they could have done, in my opinion.
  • There was a random guy who wasn't in the book, but kept popping up in the movie.  I don't even know his name. *goes to Wikipedia and looks it up* Okay, his name is Orlick.  Hmm.  Anyway...he helps Joe at the forge and terrorizes Pip until Joe sends him packing.  Then, he lands work at Satis House, until Pip talks to Miss Havisham and sends him packing.  Naturally, he hates Pip now.  I guess he was in there to move the plot along to the startling climax, but he was really creepy and just felt out of place.  I think they could've worked things out without him.
  • Pip and Estella kissed.  Right in the middle of the story when he was escorting her around London.  That would not have happened in the book.  Ugh.
Everything else I didn't like had to do with the actual characters and story, rather than the adaption itself.  Sometimes I have no idea why it's my favorite book.  But it is, and this adaption did the story justice.  It wasn't amazing, but it was good enough.  I'd rate it three out of five stars.
Have you ever seen this adaption of Great Expectations?  What did you think of it?
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