When I am hanging out with people — family, friend, acquaintance — I persuade them to watch “My Favorites,” meaning my favorite stories in film. (Most of my friends reading this are probably giggling right now.) Since I know I can’t get everyone to take weeks to read the novels, I always share the films. If I can get them to read the novel, EVEN BETTER!
The top five stories I love to share:
1. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.” — Alexandre Dumas
2. Pride & Prejudice (2005 — most people aren’t ready to take on the three hour 1995 BBC version)
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” — Jane Austen
3. Jane Eyre (2011)
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” — Charlotte Bronte
4. V for Vendetta (2005 — I have never read the novel)
“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” — Alan Moore
Last but certainly not least …
5. Wuthering Heights (2009 — Tom Hardy plays the BEST Heathcliff)
“Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer – I repeat it till my tongue stiffens –Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you – haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” — Emily Bronte
Watch or read some of these stories for yourself and get back to me!