I really wished I liked reading horror stories. Love the genre as movies and TV shows, but books, I am just okay with them.
The story line was easy to follow, but I felt like it was lacking excitement. And I wasn't satisfied with the ending because it seems very abrupt.
This was a bit of a slog, even though it‘s pretty short. While atmospheric for sure, I didn‘t find it particularly scary; I just wanted to know what was happening. I did like it more after reading several articles and theories about it. There are reasons this endures. #serialreader
Decided to listen to this today since it‘s short and counts for MountTBR. I last read it in college where I remember it being creepier and there being a level of uncertainty surrounding whether the governess was mad or the house and children were haunted. On audio, for some reason, it seems much less questionable and even more sad. Still a pick, because it‘s Henry James, but I kind of wish I had not reread it. #screamathon
I didn‘t care for this. I found it wordy and difficult to read. It‘s presented as a story within a story, but then it never goes back to the first story which I thought was a strange choice. The narrator goes on and on about how beautiful the children are to an excessive degree that got really old really fast. And not much else happened. Maybe I‘m just missing something, but I don‘t think this was for me. 🤷🏽♀️
A modern adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. Steven Spielberg also serves as an executive producer. It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson, scheduled to be released on January 24, 2020.
Will try to read it this month. You read this not long ago @batsy . Are you officially afraid now? 😁 Trailer here:
Holy #spinsterlit, Henry James! The Turn of the Screw is definitely not the frightening story I expected it to be, though it was disquieting & troubling in many aspects. Victorian morality, childhood innocence, claustrophobia, hysteria, & displaced feelings all converge in this deliberately cryptic, ambiguous tale. James' ornate, labyrinthine sentences will either drive you nuts or make you ignore your phone & read with rapt attention 🙃
Somebody please explain to me why I thought it was a good idea to start a new book when I knew two library holds were about to come in. Why do I do this to myself? 🤦🏽♀️🙃 At least I picked a short one, I guess. 😅
Started great, very atmospheric: young governess sees ghosts and is very concerned for her two orphaned charges. But, for such a short book, there were just too many words...
It is getting to be that time of year again where it is perfectly acceptable to read as many spooky/scary stories as possible. I heard this will be the basis for season 2 of the Haunting of Hill House (renamed the Haunting of Bly Manor) so I figured now was the perfect time to give it a go.
James could never be accused of being concise. He preferred stories that, as he put it, “embroidered the strange and sinister onto the very type of the normal and easy”. Or, to put it in words that an actual human would use, he liked it when the “ghosts” could easily be tricks of the mind, or something equally normal in day-to-day life. This is one of those. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-turn-of-the-screw-henry-james/
This book has been on my TBR since I read about it in ‘Danse Macabre‘ about a decade ago. They‘re adapting it for the follow up to Netflix‘s ‘Haunting of Hill House‘, so I figured it was a good time to check it out. It had some good creepy moments, but other than those moments there really isn‘t much going on. It‘s a story within a story but it doesn‘t bookend with the “first” story and that bugged me. Felt like it should have. It was okay.
I was a little disappointed in this book. It was very wordy and “stretched-out”, so it didn‘t surprise me to find that it was originally published serially. The governess as an unreliable narrator was interesting, as was the ambiguity of what was happening with regards to her two small charges. Honestly it‘s somewhere between so-so and a pick - I can‘t stop thinking about the ambiguities, if only it hadn‘t been so wordy. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019
Got some spinning and cooking done for the #bookfitnesschallenge
My sister said this book is creepy but my friends said it's not, so I thought it was time for me to read it and find out for myself.
So... I did like this one. But didn‘t love it (I wish there was a category between so so and pick) . Anyway all in all I‘m glad I read it :)
Some reading during lunch break :)
New book to start
So, Hank the Book Sniffer and I disagree on this one. While I thought the illustrations were lovely, the story was a whole lotta words for a whole lotta nothin‘. Talk about overly verbose! For a man who Faulkner supposedly said was the nicest old lady he ever met, he sure can‘t write women worth a damn.
Hank, on the other hand, found the bouquet of this 70 year old book entirely irresistible and gives it a
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating. #hankthebulldog
While I‘m not a huge fan of audio books (I can read the books at least two times faster than listen), I got Audible to listen while I do chores. Decided to start with “The Turn of the Screw” because the next installment of Netflix‘s “Hill House” takes place at the Bly House. Curious to see what they do with it. Either way, “The Turn of the Screw” is both haunting & heartbreaking. I almost cried at the end.
I started the 1949 Heritage Press illustrated version of The Turn of the Screw that I got last week. The illustrations are 😍
I have thing for old books, as many of you do. I can‘t pass a box, shelf, stack of books at garage sales, thrift stores, well . . . anywhere. I‘d rather have an old hardback book than a new paperback. Today I found this little lovely. It‘s a 1949 illustrated version of Henry James‘s The Turn of the Screw. I found it in a 50 cent box at a thrift store. The illustrations are gorgeous, as shown in the road to Bly Manor on the left.
I remember thinking I liked this years ago. Too verbose and ambiguous for my taste now. I suspect I was just young enough to be influenced by how I thought I was supposed to feel. I'm not going to micro-analyze themes, etc. I think James wasn't sure which direction would make a better story, so he left it for the reader to decide. Lame.
Thanks again to @SerialReader for another interesting read!
Definitely different than what I was expecting as I was thinking this was a novella steeped in horror but instead it's an interesting but convoluted story that features gothic elements.
And so the curtain falls on THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Loved seeing my amazing Grace Experience in this remarkable 2 person show. Guess her mother and I will just have to be groupies and follow her now to Massachusetts to see her morph from a 19th century governess who sees ghosts into a 21st century high school soccer star who sees...stay tuned. Next up for her is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe‘s THE WOLVES, at Boston‘s Lyric Stage.
Well that was a creepy little story that kept you guessing even after I finished the last page.... and no matter what truly happened, I can guess who‘ll be blamed. 👻
I didn't entirely understand this. I felt the dialogue was very awkward and the ending didn't really solve anything or make any sense to me. They start the story as if it's a reading of someone's account of anhauting but they never go back to those characters. The idea was good it just wasn't organized well.
Did you guys see this recently? 👀 😂
I read Portrait of a Novel, brilliant by the way, & came away with an appreciation of the author‘s passion for Henry James‘ work as well as a better understanding of what his writing represented in the world of late 19th c. literature. I decided to reread some of his books starting with the tagged one. It‘s a short—121 pages—but entertaining story about a governess, her two young charges & ghosts. A taut psychological study with quite the ending.
Ohhh, the possibilities! Nothing like a few secrets, a little mystery, and a hint of gothic romance in your early Tuesday morning Henry James.
“...Oscar Wilde declared it ‘a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale.‘”
Quite the recommendation!
A young Governess arrives at an old English estate for her new job caring for Miles and Flora. Once she notices the presence of a ghost, surely she was thinking #whydidithavetobeme who was sent to this haunted family! The shocking ending of this story will leave you hanging and wondering if there is indeed a ghost present, or perhaps something more sinister...
This reminds me that I need to get back to #SerialReader again!
This was as tedious and twee as I remember from school. Some lovely turns of phrase in places (maybe Henry James should have turned to poetry?) but the story and characters just didn't hold my interest at all.
#ReadHarder challenge 20: an assigned book you hated
Had to read this for English Lit A level. Didn't like it. Maybe Emma Thompson can bring it to life.