I have long been a fan of Kate Atkinson's novels, but I was a little bit leary of the new PBS Masterpiece Mystery series, Case Histories, which is based on the first three of her "Jackson Brodie" books. I'm generally disappointed when books I love are made into movies. Especially when I have a strong image in mind for the characters, or when the stories are more emotionally complicated than action-packed.
Like. . . Kate Atkinson's novels.
Or . . . like the Jackson Brodie in my mind.
But then I saw this.
And decided to give the series a try. Because the actor Jason Issacs (who was apparently Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) matches up with the Jackson Brodie in my mind ... just fine. (Just fine, indeed!)
Anyway, I watched Episode 1 last night on my iPad. It was very good, actually. I'll definitely watch the rest of the series.
It is a reader's memoir, relaying the discoveries of Nina's own "year of magical reading" and demonstrating the sheer power of words to heal and comfort and ground us. Very worth a read -- especially if you like books. (And, trust me, you'll boost your own personal reading queue by. . . oh, about 365 book titles or so!)
And one more thing.
Can any of you explain what I'm missing with Joyce Carol Oates?
I've just read another book by Joyce Carol Oates. (My fourth.) I know that she is considered a "must-read" author. She's prolific (having written over 50 novels!). She's won many literary awards -- and been nominated for even more. She's always mentioned as a "favorite" to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. And she's "discovered" and encouraged many young and up-and-coming authors (like Jonathan Safran Foer).
But. I don't get it. I just . . . don't like her books.
There's just something about her style that doesn't resonate with me. And her characters? Well. . . I never seem to connect with any of them. In the book I finished last night (American Appetites), I actually did a little celebratory dance when one of the characters died mid-way through the book. . . because then I wouldn't have to listen to her whine anymore!
It's that bad.
So. What am I missing here? (Help me.)
But no worries. There are plenty of other books to read!