While people are waiting to unwrap those gifts this holiday season, some of us eagerly anticipate the unveiling of a new batch of films. The winter months are especially full of great book-to-film remakes and period dramas and the buzz of those in the making.
Les Miserables, starring Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, hits theaters Christmas Day. In the meantime, check out Victor Hugo’s original or Jennifer Donnelly’s great teen literature homage to the French Revolution, Revolution. Brush up on the music by picking up the Broadway musical soundtrack, and put your name in for the new movie’s soundtrack, now on order!
The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, initailly set for Christmas Day, has a new release date of May 2013. If that seems like a long wait, try Libba Bray’s The Diviners for a horror twist on the the Roaring ’20s; Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things series for a look at the lives of three teenage girls amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age; or Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility for an intriguing read set amidst early 1930s New York.
Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations is also in the works. For a clever telling reminiscent of it, try Terry Pratchett’s new book Dodger.
For Downton Abbey fans, the new season returns in January. While you’re waiting, check out Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame and stay tuned for the soon-to-be published Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, out January 22, 2013, for more British lower- and upper-class drama. You can also check out our “If You Like Downton Abbey…” booklist. If you’re in the mood for an American twist, pick up Edith Wharton’s classics The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence for Gilded Age sagas of social ambition, lost dreams and playing by the rules of society. Rumors of an American “Downton Abbey” in the making, called The Gilded Age, makes brushing up on this era in history a must for any fan.