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message 1: by Bonnie (last edited Mar 13, 2009 06:18AM) (new)

Bonnie | 271 comments Someone in the Spring Challenge Task Suggestions thread suggested reading companion books for a task. Even though that wasn't selected, it got me thinking about what companion books are out there.

What I have so far are:

1) Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
2) Lolita and Reading Lolita in Tehran A Memoir in Books
3) Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary
4) Jane Eyre and The Eyre Affair or Wide Sargasso Sea
5) King Lear and A Thousand Acres A Novel
6) Gone With The Wind and The Wind Done Gone A Novel
7) Little Women and March
8) Persuasion and Captain Wentworth's Diary

Anyone else have any ideas? I'm thinking of doing some companion novel reading for fun because it can be really neat to see the parallels.

message 2: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10125 comments Mod
Hamlet and Dead Fathers Club
King Lear and Fool

JG (Introverted Reader) Someone in the What are you reading thread is reading Anna Karenina and What Happened to Anna K?.

message 5: by Liz M (last edited Feb 23, 2009 07:45AM) (new)

message 7: by Jamie (last edited Feb 23, 2009 10:49AM) (new)

message 8: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 271 comments I forgot about The Hours and Mrs. Dalloway! But I didn't know about the other ones! They're awesome, thanks!

message 12: by Sara ♥ (last edited May 11, 2009 08:31AM) (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) You mentioned Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange as a companion for Persuasion.

Amanda Grange has also written:

Mr. Darcy's Diary for Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Knightley's Diary for Emma
Edmund Bertram's Diary for Mansfield Park
Colonel Brandon's Diary for Sense and Sensibility

I've read Wentworth and Darcy... Loved Wentworth.... ;) I'd love to see an Edward Ferrars one for Sense and Sensibility...

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments The Iliad and La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu (I think the English translation of the title is "The Trojan War Will Not Go On" or "Will Not Take Place")
Electra and Mourning Becomes Electra
The Odyssey and Homer's Daughter

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Brenda | 266 comments Great Expectations (Dickens) and Mr. Pip (Jones)

message 16: by Brenda (new)

Brenda | 266 comments Gone with the Wind and Rhett Butler's People

message 17: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Gone With The Wind and Scarlett
Huckleberry Finn and Finn (about his father)
Edgar Sawtelle and Hamlet

message 19: by Mel (new)

Mel (melcdn) | 90 comments Pygmalion and the Princess Diaries.

message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate Quinn "In This House of Brede" and "Body and Soul"

message 22: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman

message 24: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty Another companion novel for Pride and Prejudice is The Pemberley Chronicles A Companion Volume to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It's the first in a ten-volume series by Rebecca Ann Collins, and follows the llives of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, Bingley are their families.

message 26: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) Kandice wrote: "I think Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Confessions of Georgia Nicolson could be a companion book for Emma."

Really? Hmmmmmmmm.... I don't see it, myself...

message 27: by Kate (new)

Kate Quinn Some writers are natural companions for others. Anything by Sarah Addison Allen is a good companion for anything by Alice Hoffman.

message 28: by Charity (new)

Charity (charityross) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (and others in the Mary Russell series) by Laurie R. King

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Prodigal Son (and others in the Frankenstein series) by Dean Koontz

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike

The Odyssey by Homer
Ulysses by James Joyce

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Friday by Michel Tournier

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Foe by J.M. Coetzee

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer

message 29: by Jen (new)

Jen (oshngirl) | 34 comments What about A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain and A Connecticut Fashionista In King Arthur's Court by Marianne Mancusi. I haven't read either but came across them while trying to find companion novels for the task :) Anyone read them?

message 30: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 954 comments Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

message 31: by GracieKat (new)

GracieKat | 864 comments Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and either Mrs. Dewinter by Susan Hill OR Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman

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