After watching Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing the other day I had to share this quote from the full text (by William Shakespeare) which was cut from it. I love that for so much of the play she rejects the idea of marriage because she enjoys her independence and doesn’t think that any man can match her wit.
Imagine a world in which they did. Oh wait, I think that someone has and wrote a successful series of YA books based on it.
Call me mad if you will, but I am once again very excited to be heading into Oxford for Alice Day 2013. The theme this year is nonsense, so I should feel right at home. It’s lovely to live somewhere that has so many exciting literary events going on and The Story Museum is at the heart of a lot of these. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Oxford.
A beautiful passage from a brilliant book which sprung into my mind today. If you haven’t read The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, you really, really must.
I’m always torn to pieces by questions like these, because if you can pick just one book that easily, you cannot read very many books. If my life depended on answering that question without writing an 800 page book I would have to say Wuthering Heights or The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. There are so many fantastic books that I’ve read and love, but those are books that I always come back to, and I find something new in them.
My favourite quote from Wuthering Heights– “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.”
Though I do like when Heathcliff recalls how he pays the sexton to exhume Catherine’s body, `I’Il tell you what I did yesterday! I got the sexton, who was digging Linton’s grave, to remove the earth off her coffin-lid, and I opened it. I thought, once, I would have stayed there: when I saw her face again–it.is hers yet!–he had ~ hard work to stir me; but he said it would change if the air blew on it, and so I struck one side of the coffin loose, and covered it up: not Linton’s side, damn him! I wish he’d been soldered in lead. And I bribed the sexton to pull it away when I’m laid there, and slide mine out too; I’ll have it made so: and then, by the time Linton gets to us he’ll not know which is which!’
And my favourite quotes from The Passion:
“You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It’s the playing that’s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value.”
“To kiss well one must kiss solely. No groping hands or stammering hearts. The lips and the lips alone are the pleasure. Passion is sweeter split strand by strand. Divided and re-divided like mercury then gathered up only at the last moment.”
“I say I’m in love with her, what does that mean? It means I review my future and my past in the light of this feeling. It is as though I wrote in a foreign language that I am suddenly able to read. Wordlessly she explains me to myself; like genius she is ignorant of what she does.”
Can you pick just one favourite book?