Tag: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Quiz

As we celebrate 189 years of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, let’s see who you relate with the most!



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Demi Moore for ‘Brave New World’ TV Adaptation!

Golden Globes, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey are all heading to the same place:  Brave New World.


Demi Moore

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Not kidding.



The Jakarta Post reports that Demi Moore, two time Golden Globe nominee for Ghost and If These Walls Could Talk and whose had a role in classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and A Few Good Men, will be playing Linda in the upcoming TV adaptation of  Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.


Harry Lloyd

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Coming along for the ride is Harry Loyd, knowing for his roles as Viserys in Game of Thrones, Peter Quayle in Counterpart, and Brian in Theory of Everything. He’ll be playing Bernard Marx.


Jessica Brown

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Completing the novel’s super duo is Jessica Brown—Downton Abbey‘s Lady Sybil Crawley, Albatross‘ Emelia Conan Doyle, and Harlots‘ Charlotte Wells—who will play Lenina Crowe.

For those unaware of the story, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowe, two New Worlders, journey to the Savage Lands where they meet John the Savage, a man raised outside the confines of their society, and his mother Linda.

As for the rest, well, you’ll have to read the book!


Alden Ehrenreich

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Alden Ehrenreich of Solo: A Star Wars Story, is already cast as John the Savage.


David Weiner

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Behind the scenes we have David Wiener, a writer on Amazon’s Homecoming, as series showrunner and executive producer.


Owen Harris

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Owen Harris, who directed Black Mirror season three episode San Junipero and season five episode Striking Vipers, will direct the first two episodes and also executive produce the series.


Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor

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Comic book legend Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor, who worked to bring us the outstanding series Happy! to the small screen are also executive producing.


Amblin Television

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The final two executive producers are Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.


Aldous Huxley

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Looks like the adaptation is in good hands! Any thoughts Huxley?

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”




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How Victor Hugo Changed the History of Notre Dame

The service of religion once assured and provided for, architecture does what she pleases. Statues, stained glass, rose windows, arabesques, denticulations, capitals, bas-reliefs,—she combines all these imaginings according to the arrangement which best suits her. Hence, the prodigious exterior variety of these edifices, at whose foundation dwells so much order and unity. The trunk of a tree is immovable; the foliage is capricious.

This quote is from Victor’s Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame, describing the marvel of French Gothic architecture: Notre Dame cathedral. Victor Hugo’s masterpiece left a huge mark on Notre Dame’s history, and today we mourn together.

Construction on Notre Dame first started in 1163. It would take a 170 years before the famous cathedral was finally constructed.

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As stated on Arch Daily, Victory Hugo once commented:

“Indeed, from the beginning of things down to the fifteenth century of the Christian era inclusive, architecture was the great book of humanity, the chief expression of man in his various stages of development, whether as force or as intellect.”

However the heart of France quickly became a symbol of the French monarchy. It was “a place where kings were coronated and state holidays celebrated“. Come 1789, the infamous French Revolution happened and Notre Dame was on the people’s list.

As blood poured on the streets, the heart of France suffered. Notre Dame was plundered and torn apart. In a frenzy of hate, much of its religious imagery was severely damaged if not destroyed.


Pieces of the statues of the kings of Judah which adorned the facade of Notre Dame, that had been missing since the French Revolution, shown at a museum in 1977.

The French Revolution officially ended in 1799 and in 1801 Notre Dame was given back to the Catholic Church in a horrendous state of disarray. See, the cathedral had been used a gunpowder factory and its largest stones were earmarked for bridge foundations.

In all honesty, it looked like the end of Notre Dame. They were going to strip it for all its worth and get rid of it. It was going to be demolished, and this landmark that saw through the Crusades was going to be a footnote in the history books.

But Victor Hugo saw the grand Cathedral and fell in love with it. He wrote in a paper entitled Guerre aux Démolisseurs (War to the Demolishers) that:


“A universal cry must finally go up to call the new France to the aid of the old”


He believed Notre Dame had a soul. It was alive, and it should live on. In a quest to save it, he began writing his masterpiece in 1829.


Victor Hugo

As Culture Trip writes, “The bell-ringing, half-blind hunchback of Quasimodo has become iconic of ‘a courageous heart beneath a grotesque exterior.’ This character urges readers to look beyond the surface and find the beauty beneath, with the hope that they’ll do the same for the Notre Dame.”

Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Claude Frollo, they are all characters in the books, but the main character is Notre Dame herself. She is alive, she is the home of all these characters, she is what brings them, binds them, see them from their beginnings to their ends. She lives before them, she lives after them.

He won the war against the demolishers, proving the pen is truly mightier than the sword. Notre-Dame de Paris, latter renamed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was published in January 1831 to critical acclaim.


Stained glass in Notre Dame
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In 1909 Notre Dame was the location in which Joan of Arc was beatified by Pope Pius X.

Since yesterday’s fire, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has seen a huge rise in Amazon orders, and the reason why should be no surprise. Notre Dame has burned. This shouldn’t be news to anyone. It’s a tragedy to everyone around the world. However, Notre Dame still stands, and there is hope.

This quote is from Victor’s Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame, describing Notre Dame:

On the crest of the highest gallery, higher than the central rose window, there was a great flame rising between the two towers with whirlwinds of sparks, a vast, disordered, and furious flame.

Notre Dame has burned before. It has been rebuilt. It can be rebuilt again. Please visit this link to help.
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