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New TV Adaptation of  Les Misérables Is Here!

In the preface to Les MisérablesVictor Hugo wrote:

 

As long as there are ignorance and poverty on Earth, books such as this one may not be useless.

 

Those words have held true. The book was published in 1862— over a 150 years ago—and it was a breakout hit that still hasn’t lost its popularity nor its relevance.

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
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This might have something to do with the musical. Heck, maybe it has everything to do with the musical, but to test that theory out is PBS, who is coming in at full swing.
PBS’ adaption of Les Miserables isn’t a musical, but instead an in-depth look at the classic story about poverty, desperation, and redemption. Forbes writes that the screenwriter, Andrew Davies, who is known for his adaptions such as Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series) and War & Peace (2016 TV series)preserves Hugo’s intricate plotting, striking historical vignettes, powerful themes and evocative characterizations”.
The television series is set to be a six-part adaptation of the famous story. Here, we follow fugitive Jean Valjean, played here by Dominic West (James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty on The Wire) who is relentlessly followed by Inspector Javert, played here by David Oyelowo, who infamously took on the role of Dr. King in Selma.
PBS Valjean and Javert
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The rest of the cast includes Lilly Collins, who played Collins Tuohy in The Blind Side and more recently led Netflix film To the Bone will be Fantine, a young woman forced into prostitution.
PBS Fantine
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Adeel Akhtar, who played Naveed in The Big Stick, will be devious and devious Thénardier.
PBS Thénardier
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Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II on Season 4 of The Crown and just won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The FavoriteI, will be devious and cruel Madame Thénardier.
PBS Madame Thénardier
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Ellie Bamber, who played Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will be Cosette, the daughter of Fantine and the adopted daughter of Valjean. Josh O’Connor, plays Prince Charles on Season 4 of The Crown, will be Marius, Cosette’s young lover.
PBS Cosette and Marius
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The first episode premiered on April 14th at 9/8c. You can check it out for yourself here and see if you like it. The second episode comes out the 24th at 9/8c.

 

 

“Lilly [Collins] was saying the other day that, you know, in one song lyric, in one line, she has a whole episode. You know, what happened to her? Where did she come from? Who did she fall in love with, how did he treat her? How did she end up a prostitute on the street? And we get to see all that. And so I think that anyone who loved the musical would really love this.”

A greater understanding of characters I already love? That’s got my ear, so I’ll tune in.
Are you?
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Atticus Finch and Tim Robinson

Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Wins The Great American Read

Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird has rightfully claimed the top spot in the PBS Great American Read. The 1960 novel features one of the greatest characters in literary history, Jim Crow-era lawyer Atticus Finch and is told from the point of view of Atticus’s young daughter Scout. A true testament to justice, morality, and basic human dignity, the book was adapted into an Oscar winning 1962 film and has sold over forty million copies worldwide. 

 

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All in all, four million votes were cast for the hundred books on the list. Mockingbird held an early lead in the voting and never lost its top spot. It’s the sort of book that resonates just as much today as it did nearly sixty years ago. A well deserved win that was never in doubt.

 

Other top winners are fairly unsurprising with the Harry Potter series as a whole nabbing third place, Lord of the Rings coming in at number seven, and Chronicles of Narnia in ninth. The Outlander series about a time travelling nurse came in second place.

 

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The Great American Read Invites Americans to Vote For Their #1 Book

PBS recently revealed a list of the most beloved books in America. But of the 100 titles listed, which is the fan favorite? PBS is hoping to find out.

 

PBS has launched a national reading event called The Great American Read in order to both encourage reading as well as celebrate successful literary works. 

 

In addition to the reading portion, the event will feature an eight-part televised series that will depict documentary segments, interviews with celebrities, authors, and readers across the country. The first televised segment, which will last two-hours, will air on May 22 on PBS affiliate stations and will continue through the fall, commencing in October 2018.

 

According to PBS, The Great American Read, “Investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.”

 

 

 

The massive list of beloved literary works reflect readers’ eclectic tastes with the inclusion of diverse titles. It includes classic favorites like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series to E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (hey, we didn’t pick the list, folks). 

 

Bookworms are encouraged to participate by reading the chosen books and they will also help to decide the number one book by voting for their choice online anytime between the premiere on May 22 until October 2018.

 

For additional information on how the top 100 books were chosen, program information, and more check out the link to PBS here.

 

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PBS and New York Times Begin the Definitive Online Book Club

The PBS NewsHour has teamed with The New York Times for a wonderful online book club called Now Read This. At the beginning of every month, the club will announce a book that, at least hopefully, sheds some light on current events or cultural concerns. The book may be fiction, nonfiction, or anything in between.

 

Throughout the month, members of Now Read This will participate in discussions about the book, and the page will also be posting anything related to the book or author, such as writing advice, interviews, or the occasional New York Times book review.

 

The best part is that at the end of the month, the book’s author will appear on the PBS NewsHour and field questions from Now Read This members. Pretty cool!

 

Sing Unburied Sing

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This month’s book is Jesmyn Ward’s celebrated Sing, Unburied, Sing. If you don’t already have a stacked TBR list, then Now Read This might be just the way to find your next read. Best of all, you get to talk to other readers. Join the group here, and happy reading!

 

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