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Jekyll and Hyde Recommendations

Book Cover of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Erin

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book focused on the duality of man and the constraints that society puts on people. If you want to read more materials that explore this concept, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad tackles similar themes as his protagonist journeys from western society into the Congo. The differences between society and man’s primal instincts are explored in this expedition. 

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One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Recommendations

Book Cover of One Thousand & One Arabian Nights

Claire

An Adaptation for Your Consideration: Skip Disney’s Aladdin (though fun) and watch the 2000 Hallmark miniseries, Arabian Nights! It’s the most comprehensive adaptation I’ve personally found, as a tv miniseries let’s Scheherezade tell multiple tales just as far as run-time goes, but it is also very fun! It’s got some questionable 2000s graphics and some casting choices as well, but for the most part, I really do think it’s a respectable retelling! 

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Journey to the Center of the Earth Recommendations

Book Cover of Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

Erin

One interesting recommendation I have for anyone who enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth is the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). It builds on a similar premise of an imaginative exploration into a lost realm. There is a fun cast of characters and very cool stylized inventions. And it was inspired by the works of Jules Verne, so while not a direct adaptation, it does capture a similar vibe and experience. 

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Frankenstein Recommendations

Book Cover of Frankenstein

Claire

A Movie Adaptation for Your Consideration: It just doesn’t get better than the 1931 Frankenstein, the  monster movie of all monster movies. This flick popularized the idea of the monster as a green dude with bolts in his neck, and was so iconically played by Boris Karloff that no image of the monster has ever been able to overtake or even hold a candle to the cultural influence wrought by Karloff’s shambler. Truly unmissable! 

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A Tale of Two Cities Recommendations

Book cover of A Tale of Two Cities

Erin

For those who enjoyed the historical french side of A Tale of Two Cities, I would recommend checking out the wildly over the top, but oh so fun film Marie Antoinette (2006) directed by Sophia Coppola. It is a lovely film not so historically accurate, but bright and entertaining and will transport you to historical France. 

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Silas Marner Recommendations

Book Cover of Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Claire

A Movie Adaptation for Your Consideration: Masterpiece Theater’s 1985 adaptation for TV starring Ben Kingsley! So stately. So stalwart in his silent suffering of trials. Not the most attractive Benny’s ever been, though, but still a great performance.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Recommendations

Book Cover of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo

Erin

My first recommendation is the musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera. The 2004 adaptation is a very decent film version starring Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler. It is a work based on the novel by Gaston Leroux the Phantom of the Opera and covers the theme of an outcast trying to find his place. It is also a very tragic story  of a disfigured man and elements similar to this one and has hauntingly beautiful music. 

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Ivanhoe Recommendations

Book Cover of Ivanhoe, by Walter Scott

Claire

A Movie Adaptation for Your Consideration: The 1952 Ivanhoe, directed by Richard Thorpe and starring none other than Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine. It’s quality mid century American period fantasy and won plenty of awards and praise to prove it. A regular proto-blockbuster, and generally straightforward as far as adaptations go! 

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Faust Recommendations

Book Cover of Faust, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Erin

Faust plays on the theme of someone on a quest for knowledge going too far. There are a number of different works that play on a similar theme. A number of the works we will cover in this podcast, notably Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, Gaston Leroux’ The Phantom of the Opera, all cover similar messages. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was also, in part, inspired by this work. But for a recommendation outside of our podcast, “Manfred” by Lord Byron is an interesting Romantic take on Faust. It is a play meant by Byron to be viewed as a poem of sorts and the titular character Manfred goes through some dealing with Spirits similar to Faust’s journey except that the ending has a decidedly Romantic Literature spin which I won’t spoil here.

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Don Quixote Recommendations

Book Cover of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Claire

I can’t help myself, I love musicals. Try out the 1972 adaptation of the 1968 musical, Man of La Mancha. It has a really lovely cast album, too. But on a less La Mancha centric note, I think you rather might enjoy Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). It is a gorgeous and mythic yarn spun in a more blatantly dark (though I would argue equally so when you consider Don Quixote’s sad state and the destruction that follows him. And also, it’s spanish. But more importantly, it revolves around a girl, Ofelia, who becomes lost and deeply buried in her dreams and imaginations (or her reality) and tries to escape the Francoist Spanish Civil War terror that besets her pregnant mother and herself. It is one of my favorite films of all time, and I am fine with making a bit of a stretch in order to recommend it, but I think it fits very well thematically. 

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