We’re all SO EXCITED about the amazing responses we’ve gotten so far. Thank you all so much for joining us!
(A quick note: I was waiting for carolinecrampton to finish swimming with polar bears (she was sailing in the Arctic and has yet to debunk my image here) to officially sign on. She’s back now, and she will be joining us. She’s amazing, and she’s also my editor, so she’ll see exactly when I’m procrastinating by posting here. She also informs me there is a 1964 adaptation with DAME JUDI DENCH, so we will obviously be scouring the British Isles for a copy.)
So! Just scanning through the responses and reblogs, there appear to be a number of questions…and we only have some answers right now. This is a bit of an experiment, so on some fronts, I think we’ll have to see how things go as we progress. I’m going to answer the few we know right now:
Q: Where do I start?
A: So this is the experimental bit: a lot of us are busy yada yada yada, so we need to find a pace that’s, like we said, “stately,” but not glacial. We were thinking for this week, we’d start with up to Part 1 of ‘Some Do Not.’ If lots of people need more time, we can totally do that—I personally know how frustrating it is to constantly be playing catch-up on a long reading assignment, and we do not want this to feel like homework.
Q: What if I already read it? Can I participate?
A: OMG of course. We’d just ask that you’d be conscious of the place where most of the group happens to be—ie no spoilers. Even though plenty of us have seen the miniseries, I see lots of people chiming in to say they haven’t. But people who already have a comprehensive knowledge of the book would be so, so helpful to the discussion.
Q: I’m not sure I have time to do this…?
A: No worries at all. I’d suggest following this blog and checking in on it occasionally. If you’ve only seen the miniseries, there will totally be ways to jump into the discussion. If you have any interest in the period, that too. I (elizabethminkel) am hoping to bring in some outside sources—I love First World War/inter-war literature, and there’s so much going on with the centenary. (I don’t know what it’s like in other countries, but a resident of the United Kingdom might argue that there’s a bit too much going on…)
Q: Do you have a good ebook link?
A: unreconstructedfangirl to the rescue! Try here.
Q: Is there an audiobook?
A: I am seeing this on Audible. Man, audiobooks are expensive. My dad listens to about 1,000,000 audiobooks a year on his 3-hour daily commute and he gets the local library to order him whatever he wants to read, so…
Q: How exactly is this discussion going to work?
A: Another thing that’s up in the air! My friend/tumblr genius rachelfershleiser runs the reblogbookclub, so that might offer us some guidance. I think it makes sense to create some sort of tag, and we can reblog your individual posts. As far as discussion goes, well, I’m pretty sure most of us are familiar with tumblr’s shortfalls as a discussion platform. But I think we can make it work. (And we are very open to suggestions.)
Q: Anything else?
A: OH SO if you have $9.99 and are cheesy like me and really enjoy “listening to music that suits a book” can I heartily recommend buying the score? I got it on iTunes—the American store. If you like the music of Downton Abbey, this will probably appeal—both are set around the same time, and both scores draw heavily from contemporary composers.
Any other questions? We’ll answer any we can. Thank you so much again!
Answering some questions that actually were asked—and some questions that weren’t!