The WGA is currently on strike, and pretty soon now the networks will run out of original content to show, probably replacing it with reality shows without writers. Hopefully, the strike will be resolved quickly and fairly, but if it's not, rather than succombing to the temptation to turn on the TV and watch what's being dished out, we're going to be reading classic literature, discussing it, and hopefully having a ball doing it.
Here's how this will work. As Shakespeare and Victorian British Literature came out tops in a preliminary poll, that's what we'll be reading. If we're reading a play, we'll read an act each day; if it's a book, it'll be a chapter a day. Each day your mod (that'd be me, bookishwench) will put up a post with a brief summary of what happened in the chapter or act, and possibly some discussion questions to get things going. You guys take it from there in the comments.
We begin reading on December 1. Here is the preliminary calendar.
December 1-5 - Othello December 6-10 - A Midsummer Night's Dream December 11-15 - King Lear December 16 - January 25 Jane Eyre January 26 - 30 - Hamlet January 31 - February 4 -Much Ado About Nothing February 5 - Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - "A Scandal in Bohemia" February 6 - Doyle's "The Red-Headed League" February 7 - Doyle's "A Case of Identity" February 8 - Doyle's "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" February 9 - Doyle's "The Five Orange Pips" February 10 - Doyle's "The Man with the Twisted Lip" February 11 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" February 12 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" February 13 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" February 14 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" February 15 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" February 16 - Doyle's "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" February 17 - George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - Preface February 18 - Pygmalion - Act I February 19 - Pygmalion - Act II February 20 - Pygmalion - Act III February 21 - Pygmalion - Act IV February 22 - Pygmalion - Act V February 23 - Pygmalion - Sequel February 24 - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Act I February 25 - Twelfth Night - Act II February 26 - Twelfth Night - Act III February 27 - Twelfth Night - Act IV February 28 - Twelfth Night - Act V
1. Do not flame others. Polite disagreement is perfectly fine, but please, be polite. If you're not, I will warn you for one infraction and ban you at the second. I'd really like not to have to do that.
2. You don't have to post every day or even read each book or play. If something's not your cup of tea, skip it.
3. Keep the content clean. That doesn't mean we can't have adult discussions, but do keep things within the realm of good taste. I'm not currently putting an age restriction on this community.
4. Please stay on topic.
5. When the strike is over, we'll probably finish whatever book or play we are currently reading and then polish things off.
Have fun, enjoy the literature, and go writers! We're with you all the way!