Oh, how I love the Victorians. Ever since I started getting into Dickens I've been more and more interested in that period of history, its wonderful (and sometimes lengthy) literature. And seeing the fantastic movie, The Young Victoria piqued my interest even further. So whilst perusing the book blogs, I was delighted to discover Our Mutual Read challenge. I've signed up for Level 2, eight novels in a year. Half of them shall be written during the Victorian period, 1837-1901, and the other half can be non-fiction or neo-Victorian -- that is, modern novels set during that period. I'm sure I can complete level 2 and maybe even level 3, which is 12 novels in a year. Last year I read 13 Victorian novels plus a nonfiction book about Dickens, so 12 should be no problem -- I've already completed one non-fiction and I'm almost halfway through Oliver Twist for an online book group. There are also two mini-challenges: Period films (six Victorian-themed movies) and Short Stories (12 short stories written or set during the period).
ere's a list of potential books and movies I'm hoping to read and watch:
Actual Victorian Books:
The Old Curiosity Shop
Lady Audley's Secret
The Invisible Man
The Importance of Being Earnest (okay, it's a play, but I'm think it will qualify)
The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Fingersmith or Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
Movies & Miniseries:
Angels and Insects
The Four Feathers
So, book bloggers, what do you think? Any must-reads or must-sees on the list? Anything I should skip? I'd love to hear your thoughts.