This has been a tough year. Pop culture let us down in many ways, even as our political system and our social institutions revealed a deeper seam of ugliness. But speculative fiction still offers us hope: not just optimism about human ingenuity, but actual reasons to look forward and keep our heads up.
Many fans of the book expected Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to skip, or greatly condense, Strange’s escapades in Venice—but instead the show gave us a whole episode dealing with the consequences of Strange’s madness. Unfortunately, it also tried to do a lot of finale setup, and it made the episode a bit of a mess.
It turns out that no one can ever be happy on Strange & Norrell. While we’ve spent the past few weeks seeing the emotional damage Norrell’s past decisions have wrought upon himself (but mainly others), this time it’s Strange’s turn to go through one hell of an emotional coaster.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the BBC’s 7-part adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s novel about the rediscovery of magic in 19th century London is finally making its way to the US tomorrow — and so far it’s been pretty damn magical. This is why you should give it a watch, even if you weren’t a fan of the book.
The much-anticipated adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is finally coming to US shores this weekend. But how hard was it to bring this Regency world of magic and moral ambiguity to television? We sat down with series writer Peter Harness to learn more about making Strange & Norrell.
For a show with an ampersand in its title — the very implicit acknowledgement of unity between two entities — this week’s Strange & Norrell is all about relationships crumbling in spectacular manners. And yet, it’s completely compelling to watch, because even in the aftermath it’s hard to see who is doing the right…
Last week’s episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was all about showing the dark side of fantasy. This week however, the darkness on display is very much in the realm of reality, as Strange finds himself on the front lines of war, and poor Lady Pole descends further into madness.
The second episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is full of gorgeous spectacle and unbelievable displays of magic. But it also does a great job of showing that even the most fabulous magic has a dark side: a darkness than can bring out the worst in people, or even deliver great tragedies.
What if a world of mysticism and magic stood alongside Regency high society? Susanna Clarke’s break-out novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the BBC’s adaptation of which began in the U.K last night — asks just that. But as the first episode shows, even in a world with magic, the real power is in politics.
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Susanna Clarke’s magical alternate history Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell comes to television soon, and this trailer gives us a hint of what the return of English magic will look like. Meet Gilbert Norrell, Jonathan Strange, the Gentleman with the Thistle-Down Hair, and all the people in their magical orbit.
We finally get to see actors Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan as Strange and Norrell, respectively, in the BBC's adaptation of the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke, and they look outstanding. Alas, they only released this one promotional pic, but we had to share it because we're absolutely salivating for this series.
Susanna Clarke's fantasy novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is being adapted for BBC television — and let's hope we get it pretty quickly here in the United States. The six-issue miniseries is being directed by Toby Haynes, who directed a bunch of Matt Smith's Doctor Who stories in a…
Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language…
This month, many of us are trying to pound out a novel. The ultimate dream is to break into the publishing world with a debut that makes people sit up and take notice. And there's some good news on that front — some of science fiction and fantasy's most beloved writers have made a splash with their very first…
WWI fought with dragons? England as the land of Faerie? A space flight that runs on mummy dust? It was only a matter of time until fantasy figured out that everything's better with a little bit of magic, even history.