A discussion of the books Tom Hiddleston has likely read. A place to appreciate the intellectual side of our favorite actor.
Shall I add Ben-Hur and Me Before You to my ever-expanding list of books somehow related to Tom Hiddleston? Or is that premature?
As per request, I have added a Book List page to the blog. So far it only has books that I have posted about on the blog so far, and books I plan to post about on the blog in the immediate future. But I will continue to update it and make its scope much more extensive.
Yes anon, I absolutely do plan on doing this. I’ve done a certain amount of research for this blog, including reading all of his twitter looking for book mentions. For now I will make I list of the things I’ve posted about so far. But your request has given me the necessary push to start working on writing up my more extensive research. Thank you. :)
I added an about page to my blog, you guys. Check it out if want to read about what my blog is about.
Hello, anon. Sorry I took a long time to answer this, hope you’re still around. For everyone else, I got this in response to my post about which books were in Tom’s tweet of a picture of a pile of JG Ballard books. Do you happen to know what they were, highrise-movie? There are two I can’t make out.
If I were compiling a JG Ballard reading list, and let’s face it, I am, I would definitely add Crash and Empire of the Sun, because they have been made into famous film adaptations. highrise-movie also has a cool post about JG Ballard film adaptations. I didn’t know about the second two before.
I would also add The Drought because it seems to be part of a kind of “trilogy” of three books including The Drowned World and The Crystal World which deal with different kinds of apocalyptic scenarios.
Thanks a lot for your input, anon. Would you like to write me a post about Ballard? You definitely know more about him than I do at this point. So far I’ve only read High Rise and skimmed the wikipedia article about him. I plan to read more of his work, but it will take me some time to get around to posting more about him.
I want to try to encourage all of you (my lovely followers) to send me your thoughts on any of the books I have posted about, or even anything I haven’t yet posted about, and I will post them on the blog. I’m only one person, and my posts aren’t that long, so there’s certainly more to say about any of the books I have written about.
Here’s my current JG Ballard reading list:
The books I can make out in Tom’s tweet:
Rushing to Paradise
The Atrocity Exhibition
The Drowned World
The Crystal World
Miracles of Life
Added for reasons noted above:
Empire of the Sun
The story of The Moorland Cottage is adapted in Return to Cranford. This is the novella that Tom Hiddleston’s character William Buxton comes from. His name is changed from Frank Buxton because Dr. Harrison’s first name was already Frank. Maggie Browne became Peggy Bell, because of the similarities of her original names to the names of other characters in the series. When I discuss them I will call them by their names in the book.
Like My Lady Ludlow, there’s more to this story than is depicted in the TV series. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in the original source material for Tom’s character. In the series William proposes to Peggy pretty soon after meeting her, whereas in the book Frank and Maggie first meet in childhood. Maggie also develops a relationship with Mrs. Buxton, who in the series is dead before her onscreen counterpart meets the family.
Maggie is more submissive to her mother and brother in the book. In the series she seems to chafe more under their ill treatment of her. This makes her standing up to Mr. Buxton and Edward and refusing to break her engagement with Frank more impressive in the book.
Spoiler warning for this paragraph. Unfortunately the more romantic scenes in the series like the dancing and the gorse inspired kissing scene aren’t in the original book. Instead of saving her from a train accident, Frank saves Maggie from drowning after the ship she and Edward are taking to America catches fire just after leaving port. Edward drowns after trying to jump into an already full life boat. So that part is certainly more dramatic than in the series.
I liked it overall, but I think I would recommend Cranford and My Lady Ludlow more highly.