Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Go BBC

There is historical fiction and there is fantasy fiction and I love them each separately. Rarely do the two meet in the sub-genre known as historical fantasy, but when they do it has the potential to create a synergy of awesomeness that surpasses even Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Of course, I am partial to historical fantasy because it is what I write. But when a book comes along that does it well, I am especially excited.

Now word hits the grapevine that one of those will be broadcast in 2015 as a production of BBC One (airing on BBC America for US audiences). After several false starts as a movie, Suzanne Clarke’s lovely debut novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, has been made into a series comprised of seven one-hour episodes.

Released in 2004, the novel received the kind of reviews and awards writers dream about, including:

  • Time #1 Book of the Year
  • Book Sense Book of the Year
  • People Top Ten Books of the Year
  • Winner of the Hugo Award
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • Salon.com Top Ten of 2004
  • Winner of the World Fantasy Award
  • Nancy Pearl’s Top 12 Books of 2004
  • Washington Post Book World‘s Best of 2004
  • Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction 2004
  • San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004
  • Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel
  • Chicago Tribune Best of 2004
  • Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004
  • Village Voice “Top Shelf”
  • Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004
  • Rocky Mountain News critics’ favorites of 2004

BBC has released a trailer that looks fantastic and I get a case of the vapors every time I watch it. Enjoy!

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