Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell to be a six-part BBC miniseries! 

isserleylovesbooks:

Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell is one of my favourite fantasy novels - a 900+ page tome of epic deliciousness. I don’t know about you guys, but I always like more of a good thing, and now the BBC is catering to that need! The novel is to be a six-part miniseries.

The director? Toby Haynes, who has previously written several Doctor Who episodes and broke all our hearts with Sherlock’s series finale The Reichenbach Fall.

I’m very excited about this - are you?

So my weekend is going GREAT.

@1 year ago with 10 notes
#susanna clarke #jonathan strange & mr. norell #bbc #sherlock #doctor who #toby haynes 

Ghent Sherlock meet-up, July 7th 2012. Part three!

All photos by Isserley.

@1 year ago with 7 notes
#bbc sherlock #sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 

Ghent Sherlock meet-up, July 7th 2012. Part one!

All photos by Isserley.

@1 year ago with 10 notes
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
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Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle

dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)

Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,

Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.

Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!

Wat gaan we doen?

  • Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
  • We gaan ook posters plakken
  • Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
  • Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
  • Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)

Inschrijven

Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.

Praktisch

  • Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
  • Inschrijven via deze link

Meedoen: 

  • Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
  • Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
  • Fototoestel
  • Posters om te plakken

Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!

- Veerle

Links

(Source: daleksanddirewolves, via isserley)

@1 year ago with 32 notes
#meetup #gent #ghent #belgium #flanders #meet-ups #sherlock #bbc sherlock 
iamboredletsshootthewall:

International #believe day.. July 7, 2012 Reblog this and spread the world! ;)

That’s pretty ironic considering the fact that ACD really hated Sherlock by the end of his life. Irony party?

iamboredletsshootthewall:

International #believe day.. July 7, 2012
Reblog this and spread the world! ;)

That’s pretty ironic considering the fact that ACD really hated Sherlock by the end of his life. Irony party?

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@1 year ago with 11131 notes
#irony party? #yes irony #sherlock #arthur conan doyle #sherlock holmes 

ocdturtle:

A Study in Pink » The Reichenbach Fall

A Study in Feels » The Reichenfeel Feels

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@1 year ago with 138953 notes
#nicely done bbc #bbc sherlock #sherlock #a study in pink #the reichenbach fall #reichenbach feels 
A bunch of awesome people at the Sherlock meet! Due to technological limitations, the lovely Veerle (dotcomleuven) is not in the photo - thanks for taking it, love! <3
I’m holding the N.
Yay!

A bunch of awesome people at the Sherlock meet! Due to technological limitations, the lovely Veerle (dotcomleuven) is not in the photo - thanks for taking it, love! <3

I’m holding the N.

Yay!

@1 year ago with 25 notes
#Save Undershaw #Sherlock #Sherlock Holmes #Sherlock meet-up #Belgian Sherlockians #dotcomleuven #isserley #nerds #nerdfighters 

Gonna meet other Belgian Sherlockians today

crazylipgloss:

Whoop whoop I hope they’ll like me.
fùiwseùn

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@1 year ago with 6 notes
#yes #this #Sherlock #meeting #meet-up #Leuven #Belgium 
isserleylovesbooks:

The Crimson Petal and the White: BBC miniseries review.
I’ve previously posted a review of Michel Faber’s excellent novel. Today, I thought I’d write about the 2010 BBC miniseries based on it.

Plot refresher: Sugar is a 19-year-old prostitute in 1875 London, determined to drag herself out of the gutter at all costs. The Crimson Petal and the White follows her journey. A modern look at the classic Victorian novel tropes.

Starring:
Romola Garai stars as our protagonist, Sugar. I had previously seen her as Emma in the BBC miniseries of the same title, and as Amelia Sedley in 2004’s Vanity Fair.
In a bit of an “aha!” moment, I finally recognised Chris O’Dowd, who took on the role of William Rackham - quite different from his most famous character Roy (The IT Crowd).
Sherlock and Doctor Who fans will be happy to see Mark Gatiss in the role of William’s older brother Henry, playing alongside Shirley Henderson as Mrs. Fox. Devoted Whovians will remember her as Ursula Blake, from that episode in season 2. Yes, the one with the horrible innuendo. For Potterheads: you may strain to recognise Moaning Myrtle, but it is she.
Amanda Hale I didn’t recognise, but she does very well as the more-than-nervous Mrs. Agnes Rackham, and on perusing her IMDB-page I find I have seen here before, as Mary in Persuasion - but the drastically different haircolour does make all the difference.
In a minor role as William’s college friend Bodley was Blake Ritson, whom I recognised from his own role in BBC’s Emma and whom I half expected to start wooing Sugar.
Casting comments?
I must say that nearly every main character was cast very differently from what I might have imagined. Romola, while a very good actress, was not as tall and gangly as Sugar is explicitly described to be, though I am glad they didn’t think to get rid of her dry lips. Chris O’Dowd, on the other hand, is quite suitable as William (slightly slack-jawed, bit of a “not sure I understand” look in his eyes), but distracted me terribly for at least the first episode. (“Roy, why are you in Victorian London? Does Moss know about this, Roy?”)I am a huge fan of Gatiss’ acting, but I had imagined Henry’s looks (if not demeanor) quite differently. Fantastic though he is, he is hardly the classically handsome, muscular, tall fellow. 
Agnes, too, is described as very doll-like and petite. 
That said, in demeanour, every single actor interpreted his or her character exactly as one could wish from the descriptions. Having read the book several times, it just took me a while to let go of my preconceptions regarding their appearance.
As an adaptation
Given that a feature-lenght film starring Kirsten Dunst was announced before “They” made the switch to a miniseries, I’m quite happy with the result. The Crimson Petal and the White covers too wide a scope to be accurately captured in less than 3 hours. I am very happy they decided to do it in four. 
Aside from a few typical little changes, the series adhered very well to the events and feel of the book. Personally, I believe audiences are quite intelligent enough to realize that Sugar might not be very happy as a prostitute in Victorian London, without the added information that her friend Elizabeth was killed by customers. In the book, she dies of an illness, which demonstrates quite well why the profession isn’t altogether glamorous and desirable. In addition, instead of William’s allowance slowly dwindling, the first episode shows his father withdrawing it altogether - a turn of events that is not only unlikely but also much too likely to push him into action without Sugar’s interference. 
A more substantial difference lies in the final episode’s scene between Sugar and Cheesman, the driver. No spoilers, but I will say that I think the book handles this in a much more natural and realistic way, and one that marks the ending of a chapter in Sugar’s life all the more notably.
A very nice addition is the way Sugar’s novel is handled: actually shown as if it were happening, so that momentary confusion can arise. This is one area where the series can actually improve on the book. 
Interestingly, while I always feel rather sorry for Agnes, the miniseries leaves me feeling so much more strongly than the book. I imagine that is due to the excellent performance of Amanda Hale, who makes much of Agnes’ nervous fluttering and is so very wonderfully expressive. While Sugar, in book and adaptation, can fend very well for herself thank you very much, Agnes seems even more vulnerable when seen rather than imagined.
In conclusion
The BBC miniseries is an excellent adaptation which I can heartily recommend to anyone. Once you get over the initial disorientation with regards to the character’s looks, at least. As an adaptation, it adheres nicely to the spirit of the novel, although a few regrettable “our audience wouldn’t understand” type changes are made. Overlook that and you will certainly enjoy the experience.
Given the regular occurence of sex scenes, you might want to be careful to avoid embarrasment. For example, I wouldn’t watch this with relatives.

isserleylovesbooks:

The Crimson Petal and the White: BBC miniseries review.

I’ve previously posted a review of Michel Faber’s excellent novel. Today, I thought I’d write about the 2010 BBC miniseries based on it.

Plot refresher: Sugar is a 19-year-old prostitute in 1875 London, determined to drag herself out of the gutter at all costs. The Crimson Petal and the White follows her journey. A modern look at the classic Victorian novel tropes.

Starring:

Romola Garai stars as our protagonist, Sugar. I had previously seen her as Emma in the BBC miniseries of the same title, and as Amelia Sedley in 2004’s Vanity Fair.

In a bit of an “aha!” moment, I finally recognised Chris O’Dowd, who took on the role of William Rackham - quite different from his most famous character Roy (The IT Crowd).

Sherlock and Doctor Who fans will be happy to see Mark Gatiss in the role of William’s older brother Henry, playing alongside Shirley Henderson as Mrs. Fox. Devoted Whovians will remember her as Ursula Blake, from that episode in season 2. Yes, the one with the horrible innuendo. For Potterheads: you may strain to recognise Moaning Myrtle, but it is she.

Amanda Hale I didn’t recognise, but she does very well as the more-than-nervous Mrs. Agnes Rackham, and on perusing her IMDB-page I find I have seen here before, as Mary in Persuasion - but the drastically different haircolour does make all the difference.

In a minor role as William’s college friend Bodley was Blake Ritson, whom I recognised from his own role in BBC’s Emma and whom I half expected to start wooing Sugar.

Casting comments?

I must say that nearly every main character was cast very differently from what I might have imagined. Romola, while a very good actress, was not as tall and gangly as Sugar is explicitly described to be, though I am glad they didn’t think to get rid of her dry lips. Chris O’Dowd, on the other hand, is quite suitable as William (slightly slack-jawed, bit of a “not sure I understand” look in his eyes), but distracted me terribly for at least the first episode. (“Roy, why are you in Victorian London? Does Moss know about this, Roy?”)
I am a huge fan of Gatiss’ acting, but I had imagined Henry’s looks (if not demeanor) quite differently. Fantastic though he is, he is hardly the classically handsome, muscular, tall fellow. 

Agnes, too, is described as very doll-like and petite. 

That said, in demeanour, every single actor interpreted his or her character exactly as one could wish from the descriptions. Having read the book several times, it just took me a while to let go of my preconceptions regarding their appearance.

As an adaptation

Given that a feature-lenght film starring Kirsten Dunst was announced before “They” made the switch to a miniseries, I’m quite happy with the result. The Crimson Petal and the White covers too wide a scope to be accurately captured in less than 3 hours. I am very happy they decided to do it in four. 

Aside from a few typical little changes, the series adhered very well to the events and feel of the book. Personally, I believe audiences are quite intelligent enough to realize that Sugar might not be very happy as a prostitute in Victorian London, without the added information that her friend Elizabeth was killed by customers. In the book, she dies of an illness, which demonstrates quite well why the profession isn’t altogether glamorous and desirable. In addition, instead of William’s allowance slowly dwindling, the first episode shows his father withdrawing it altogether - a turn of events that is not only unlikely but also much too likely to push him into action without Sugar’s interference. 

A more substantial difference lies in the final episode’s scene between Sugar and Cheesman, the driver. No spoilers, but I will say that I think the book handles this in a much more natural and realistic way, and one that marks the ending of a chapter in Sugar’s life all the more notably.

A very nice addition is the way Sugar’s novel is handled: actually shown as if it were happening, so that momentary confusion can arise. This is one area where the series can actually improve on the book. 

Interestingly, while I always feel rather sorry for Agnes, the miniseries leaves me feeling so much more strongly than the book. I imagine that is due to the excellent performance of Amanda Hale, who makes much of Agnes’ nervous fluttering and is so very wonderfully expressive. While Sugar, in book and adaptation, can fend very well for herself thank you very much, Agnes seems even more vulnerable when seen rather than imagined.

In conclusion

The BBC miniseries is an excellent adaptation which I can heartily recommend to anyone. Once you get over the initial disorientation with regards to the character’s looks, at least. As an adaptation, it adheres nicely to the spirit of the novel, although a few regrettable “our audience wouldn’t understand” type changes are made. Overlook that and you will certainly enjoy the experience.

Given the regular occurence of sex scenes, you might want to be careful to avoid embarrasment. For example, I wouldn’t watch this with relatives.

@1 year ago with 2 notes
#The Crimson Petal and the White #novel #books #reading #novel adaptation #bbc #bbc miniseries #michel faber #romola garai #sugar #chris o'dowd #roy #the it crowd #william rackham #emma #bbc sherlock #sherlock #mycroft holmes #mark gatiss #henry rackham #emmeline fox #mrs. fox #ursula blake #whovians #doctor who #amanda hale #agnes rackham #blake ritson #mr elton #bodley 

Ghent Sherlock meet-up, July 7th 2012. Part two!

All photos by Isserley.

@1 year ago with 9 notes
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 

Sherlock meet-up at Ghent!

geekybelgium:

New Sherlock meetup this time it’s the 7th of July at Gent at 10AM (Gent-Sint Pieters). For more info head over to their site. This is also the place where you need to go to sign up for the event.

(Jeej for me for being on time for once. Thx to isserley for the submit)

Er is echt geen reden om niet te komen! Everyone is super nice - en om op een paar mensen te antwoorden: nee, je hoeft echt geen superfan te zijn ;) 

@1 year ago with 2 notes
#Sherlock #Ghent #Stuff happening in Belgium #submission #bbc sherlcok #meet-up #meet-ups #friends #hanging out 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.
Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle

dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)

Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,

Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.

Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!

Wat gaan we doen?

  • Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
  • We gaan ook posters plakken
  • Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
  • Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
  • Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)

Inschrijven

Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.

Praktisch

  • Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
  • Inschrijven via deze link

Meedoen: 

  • Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
  • Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
  • Fototoestel
  • Posters om te plakken

Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!

- Veerle

Links

(Source: daleksanddirewolves, via fauxlilith)

@1 year ago with 32 notes
#meetup #gent #ghent #belgium #flanders #meet-ups #sherlock #bbc sherlock 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houden de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Wewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.
Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle

dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)

Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,

Op zaterdag 7 juli houden de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.

Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!

Wat gaan we doen?

  • Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
  • We gaan ook posters plakken
  • Wewoon gezellig samenzijn
  • Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
  • Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)

Inschrijven

Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.

Praktisch

  • Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
  • Inschrijven via deze link

Meedoen: 

  • Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
  • Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
  • Fototoestel
  • Posters om te plakken

Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!

- Veerle

Links

(Source: daleksanddirewolves)

@1 year ago with 32 notes
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #belgium #belgië #gent #ghent #meetup #sherlock meetup 

dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Leuven

Yeah, it was awesome

Yes. Yes it was.

(Source: daleksanddirewolves)

@1 year ago with 15 notes
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meetup #sherlock meetup #leuven #belgium 

The Sherlock meet-up

WAS AWESOME!

You were all so cool and nice <3 I felt like we had some awesome conversations :) Totally up for repeating this excercise ;)

Plus, bought 6 new books for 16 euros total: 3 Dickens (let’s see if I WAS unfairly biased by the plot of Oliver Twist), Madame Bovary, a collection of short stories (the author of which I am unfamiliar with, but I loved the cover art and the first two pages, so…) and an Agatha Christie :)

@1 year ago with 2 notes
#Sherlock #sherlock meet-up #meet-ups #nerdfighters #nerdiness #nerds #Charles Dickens #Madame Bovary #Flaubert #Agatha Christie 
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell to be a six-part BBC miniseries!→

isserleylovesbooks:

Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell is one of my favourite fantasy novels - a 900+ page tome of epic deliciousness. I don’t know about you guys, but I always like more of a good thing, and now the BBC is catering to that need! The novel is to be a six-part miniseries.

The director? Toby Haynes, who has previously written several Doctor Who episodes and broke all our hearts with Sherlock’s series finale The Reichenbach Fall.

I’m very excited about this - are you?

So my weekend is going GREAT.

1 year ago
#susanna clarke #jonathan strange &amp; mr. norell #bbc #sherlock #doctor who #toby haynes 
isserleylovesbooks:

The Crimson Petal and the White: BBC miniseries review.
I’ve previously posted a review of Michel Faber’s excellent novel. Today, I thought I’d write about the 2010 BBC miniseries based on it.

Plot refresher: Sugar is a 19-year-old prostitute in 1875 London, determined to drag herself out of the gutter at all costs. The Crimson Petal and the White follows her journey. A modern look at the classic Victorian novel tropes.

Starring:
Romola Garai stars as our protagonist, Sugar. I had previously seen her as Emma in the BBC miniseries of the same title, and as Amelia Sedley in 2004’s Vanity Fair.
In a bit of an “aha!” moment, I finally recognised Chris O’Dowd, who took on the role of William Rackham - quite different from his most famous character Roy (The IT Crowd).
Sherlock and Doctor Who fans will be happy to see Mark Gatiss in the role of William’s older brother Henry, playing alongside Shirley Henderson as Mrs. Fox. Devoted Whovians will remember her as Ursula Blake, from that episode in season 2. Yes, the one with the horrible innuendo. For Potterheads: you may strain to recognise Moaning Myrtle, but it is she.
Amanda Hale I didn’t recognise, but she does very well as the more-than-nervous Mrs. Agnes Rackham, and on perusing her IMDB-page I find I have seen here before, as Mary in Persuasion - but the drastically different haircolour does make all the difference.
In a minor role as William’s college friend Bodley was Blake Ritson, whom I recognised from his own role in BBC’s Emma and whom I half expected to start wooing Sugar.
Casting comments?
I must say that nearly every main character was cast very differently from what I might have imagined. Romola, while a very good actress, was not as tall and gangly as Sugar is explicitly described to be, though I am glad they didn’t think to get rid of her dry lips. Chris O’Dowd, on the other hand, is quite suitable as William (slightly slack-jawed, bit of a “not sure I understand” look in his eyes), but distracted me terribly for at least the first episode. (“Roy, why are you in Victorian London? Does Moss know about this, Roy?”)I am a huge fan of Gatiss’ acting, but I had imagined Henry’s looks (if not demeanor) quite differently. Fantastic though he is, he is hardly the classically handsome, muscular, tall fellow. 
Agnes, too, is described as very doll-like and petite. 
That said, in demeanour, every single actor interpreted his or her character exactly as one could wish from the descriptions. Having read the book several times, it just took me a while to let go of my preconceptions regarding their appearance.
As an adaptation
Given that a feature-lenght film starring Kirsten Dunst was announced before “They” made the switch to a miniseries, I’m quite happy with the result. The Crimson Petal and the White covers too wide a scope to be accurately captured in less than 3 hours. I am very happy they decided to do it in four. 
Aside from a few typical little changes, the series adhered very well to the events and feel of the book. Personally, I believe audiences are quite intelligent enough to realize that Sugar might not be very happy as a prostitute in Victorian London, without the added information that her friend Elizabeth was killed by customers. In the book, she dies of an illness, which demonstrates quite well why the profession isn’t altogether glamorous and desirable. In addition, instead of William’s allowance slowly dwindling, the first episode shows his father withdrawing it altogether - a turn of events that is not only unlikely but also much too likely to push him into action without Sugar’s interference. 
A more substantial difference lies in the final episode’s scene between Sugar and Cheesman, the driver. No spoilers, but I will say that I think the book handles this in a much more natural and realistic way, and one that marks the ending of a chapter in Sugar’s life all the more notably.
A very nice addition is the way Sugar’s novel is handled: actually shown as if it were happening, so that momentary confusion can arise. This is one area where the series can actually improve on the book. 
Interestingly, while I always feel rather sorry for Agnes, the miniseries leaves me feeling so much more strongly than the book. I imagine that is due to the excellent performance of Amanda Hale, who makes much of Agnes’ nervous fluttering and is so very wonderfully expressive. While Sugar, in book and adaptation, can fend very well for herself thank you very much, Agnes seems even more vulnerable when seen rather than imagined.
In conclusion
The BBC miniseries is an excellent adaptation which I can heartily recommend to anyone. Once you get over the initial disorientation with regards to the character’s looks, at least. As an adaptation, it adheres nicely to the spirit of the novel, although a few regrettable “our audience wouldn’t understand” type changes are made. Overlook that and you will certainly enjoy the experience.
Given the regular occurence of sex scenes, you might want to be careful to avoid embarrasment. For example, I wouldn’t watch this with relatives.
1 year ago
#The Crimson Petal and the White #novel #books #reading #novel adaptation #bbc #bbc miniseries #michel faber #romola garai #sugar #chris o'dowd #roy #the it crowd #william rackham #emma #bbc sherlock #sherlock #mycroft holmes #mark gatiss #henry rackham #emmeline fox #mrs. fox #ursula blake #whovians #doctor who #amanda hale #agnes rackham #blake ritson #mr elton #bodley 
1 year ago
#bbc sherlock #sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 
1 year ago
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 
1 year ago
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meet-up #ghent #belgium #personal #isserley 
Sherlock meet-up at Ghent!

geekybelgium:

New Sherlock meetup this time it’s the 7th of July at Gent at 10AM (Gent-Sint Pieters). For more info head over to their site. This is also the place where you need to go to sign up for the event.

(Jeej for me for being on time for once. Thx to isserley for the submit)

Er is echt geen reden om niet te komen! Everyone is super nice - en om op een paar mensen te antwoorden: nee, je hoeft echt geen superfan te zijn ;) 

1 year ago
#Sherlock #Ghent #Stuff happening in Belgium #submission #bbc sherlcok #meet-up #meet-ups #friends #hanging out 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.
Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle
1 year ago
#meetup #gent #ghent #belgium #flanders #meet-ups #sherlock #bbc sherlock 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houdt de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Gewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.
Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle
1 year ago
#meetup #gent #ghent #belgium #flanders #meet-ups #sherlock #bbc sherlock 
iamboredletsshootthewall:

International #believe day.. July 7, 2012 Reblog this and spread the world! ;)

That&#8217;s pretty ironic considering the fact that ACD really hated Sherlock by the end of his life. Irony party?
1 year ago
#irony party? #yes irony #sherlock #arthur conan doyle #sherlock holmes 
dotcomleuven:

Sherlock Meetup Gent (PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD)
Beste Belgische en Nederlandse Sherlockians,
Op zaterdag 7 juli houden de Belgische Sherlockians-groep een tweede meetup, deze keer in Gent. We spreken om 10u af aan de ingang van het station Gent-Sint-Pieters.
Nieuwkomers zeer welkom!
Wat gaan we doen? 
Er is weer de mogelijkheid voor RPG als mensen dit willen
We gaan ook posters plakken
Wewoon gezellig samenzijn
Ik neem weer het tekenboek mee waarin iedereen mag schrijven/plakken/tekenen wat hij wilt. Maak eventueel dingen op voorhand om erin te plakken.
Foto’s nemen van elkaar en een groepsfoto! (neem uw fototoestel allemaal massaal mee)
Inschrijven
Omdat niet iedereen Facebook heeft wordt er ingeschreven via een doodle. Als je komt, schrijf je dan sowieso hier in, dat we er rekening mee kunnen houden. Als je vrienden hebt die meekomen, schrijf hun ook in of geef hun de link.
Praktisch
Zaterdag 7 Juli om 10u
Inschrijven via deze link
Meedoen: 
Materiaal voor in het boek te plakken
Geld voor drank en eventueel eten
Fototoestel
Posters om te plakken
Hopelijk maken we het even fijn als vorige keer!
- Veerle
Links
Facebook groep: Belgische Sherlockians
Facebook event: Sherlock Meetup Gent
Doodle
1 year ago
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #belgium #belgië #gent #ghent #meetup #sherlock meetup 
1 year ago
#nicely done bbc #bbc sherlock #sherlock #a study in pink #the reichenbach fall #reichenbach feels 
1 year ago
#sherlock #bbc sherlock #meetup #sherlock meetup #leuven #belgium 
A bunch of awesome people at the Sherlock meet! Due to technological limitations, the lovely Veerle (dotcomleuven) is not in the photo - thanks for taking it, love! &lt;3
I&#8217;m holding the N.
Yay!
1 year ago
#Save Undershaw #Sherlock #Sherlock Holmes #Sherlock meet-up #Belgian Sherlockians #dotcomleuven #isserley #nerds #nerdfighters 
The Sherlock meet-up

WAS AWESOME!

You were all so cool and nice <3 I felt like we had some awesome conversations :) Totally up for repeating this excercise ;)

Plus, bought 6 new books for 16 euros total: 3 Dickens (let’s see if I WAS unfairly biased by the plot of Oliver Twist), Madame Bovary, a collection of short stories (the author of which I am unfamiliar with, but I loved the cover art and the first two pages, so…) and an Agatha Christie :)

1 year ago
#Sherlock #sherlock meet-up #meet-ups #nerdfighters #nerdiness #nerds #Charles Dickens #Madame Bovary #Flaubert #Agatha Christie 
Gonna meet other Belgian Sherlockians today

crazylipgloss:

Whoop whoop I hope they’ll like me.
fùiwseùn

(Source: thedoctorfixedtfios)

1 year ago
#yes #this #Sherlock #meeting #meet-up #Leuven #Belgium