Gift Ideas – Drama

I love drama, I really do. I think theater plays can be read quickly but they usually need a second reading to fully understand them. The following, is my favourite (and no, it is not Shakespeare’s).

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play by Southern author Tennessee Williams. Basically, it is the story of two women in a decadent South, being Blanche DuBois the main character. She is too old to be single, too carless to keep the family’s properties and definitely, too sexually liberated for the 1940’s. But, when she pays her sister and her new husband a visit… everything will change.

I must admit that I decided to read A Streetcar Named Desire after two of my favourite actresses (Rachel Weisz and Cate Blanchett) played Blanche back in 2009 in two N.Y and London. In an interview, Weisz said (and I agree) that Blanche is everything, because Tennessee Williams created female characters that could be monsters, but many good things also. In fact, that is what I liked the most about the play, the complexity of its characters and the many emotions that they arise on the reader.

  • For whom - Adults interested on drama, those who like classics.
  • Price - $11 (Book Depository)
  • More comments - a second reading may be needed and the play invites the reader to reflect on the plot.

30 Day Book Meme – Day 26

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book                                                                                                            Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 – Favorite classic book                                                                                                            Day 11 – A book you hated                                                                                                                     Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore                                                                     Day 13 – Your favorite writer                                                                                                                 Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer                                                                                 Day 15 – Favorite male character                                                                                                         Day 16 – Favorite female character                                                                                                    Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book                                                                            Day 18 – A book that disappointed you                                                                                             Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie                                                                                  Day 20 – Favorite romance book                                                                                                   Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood                                                                                  Day 22 – Favorite book you own                                                                                                         Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t                                       Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read                                                       Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most                                                                  Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something A Streetcar Named Desire changed my opinion about American drama (I went from yeah to I love it!) and it also changed my opinion about troubled characerts. I’ve always been an advocate for perfection yet, when I heard Rachel Weisz talk about Blanche DuBois and how troubled yet how a perfect character she was, I felt intrigued. So, when I finally read the play, I realised how much I liked Blanche despite her traumas, the devil in her and how she is a victim to her culture. So, basically, since I read A Streetcar Named Desire, I came to appreciate much more certain flawed characters I’d never payed too much attention to.

(Sorry for the cheating 2 posts in a day!)

30 Day Book Meme – Day 16

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book                                                                                                            Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 – Favorite classic book                                                                                                            Day 11 – A book you hated                                                                                                                     Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore                                                                     Day 13 – Your favorite writer                                                                                                                 Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer                                                                                 Day 15 – Favorite male character                                                                                                         Day 16 – Favorite female character Irene Adler! I know that the three last posts mention Sherlock Holmes and/or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but I’m such a fan! I think that she is one of the strongest, most independent and most intelligent female characters I’ve read about. Also, the fact that she is the woman because she was one out of the two people who could fool Sherlock Holmes, constructed as a hero, makes her pretty special. So, when I read she was to be played by the lovely Rachel McAdams on Guy Ritchie’s movie, I couldn’t be happier. Then, I saw the movie and how she had to be saved by Sherlock and how she has lost all the power she had in A Scandhal in Bohemia and she wasn’t the same, yet I really liked her in the first half of the movie. I think I kind of have an obsession with her (after all you can follow me at @ms_adler) but it’s a healthy one, no stealing or cheating for me!

I also like A Streetcar Named Desire‘s Blanche Dubois: I think she is a multi-dimensional character. She can be sexy, intelligent, tortured, a monster and also a victim. But she remains strong and eventually, she manages to survive.

Best Books – 2010

2010 has been a great reading year. From compulsory readings at Uni to best-sellers to chillax, I’ve enjoyed every single page of every new book that has fallen into my hands. Here are the best ones:

  • Prose & Fiction:
  1. The Constant Gardener (John LeCarré) – It has everything: crimes, love, social criticism and a wonderful setting: Kenia.
  2. The Awakening (Kate Chopin) – The story of a woman who rebells against society in the early 20th century.
  3. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) – Life in the 1960’s was easy, if you were not African-American or a Southern Belle in Jacksonville. This is the story of those women.
  4. The Woman in Black (Susan Hill) – Simply disturbing. Dark, English setting with crimes, families and secrets.
  • Best Classic:
  1. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) – A Victorian tale focusing on a family and their relationship in an isolated moor. Victorianly scaring.
  • Theatre:
  1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Eugene O’Neill) – The story of a disfunctional family with autobiographical reminiscences.
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) -Blanche DuBois is the most remarkable character in drama. She is everything.
  • First graphic novel I’ve read:
  1. Tamara Drewe (Posy Simmonds) – After watching the movie, I couldn’t wait to read the graphic novel it was based in. Fantastically English.

What about yours? Has 2010 been a bookish year? I’d love any suggestions for 2011!! Write them below.