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Monday, April 19, 2010
Today is the anniversary of Daphne du Maurier's death. She was 81 when she died in 1989. By that time, she had written numerous novels, short stories and even some non-fiction. Her work had been adapted for film by such legends as Alfred Hitchcock: Rebecca and The Birds, and others.
Although she wrote historical fiction, she is most well known for her macabre stories. She had a way of knowing what would touch a nerve in her readers. Some of her work could be categorized as horror, psychological thriller, apocalyptic, or suspense.
I'm a huge fan of du Maurier. I can't get enough of her work. I decided to host the Daphne du Maurier Challenge. I really think this will be a fun one. If you've never read du Maurier, you're in for a treat. If you have, you probably want to read more of her!
You can definitely overlap this challenge with others. In fact, she can fit in to so many other challenges: Short Story, All About the Brontes (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte), Classic, Apocalyptic (The Birds), Non-Fiction, British, Mystery (My Cousin Rachel), Science Fiction (The House on the Strand), Carl's RIP Challenge. I can't think how many others.
You can find a list of her work on her Wiki page or this list from Fantastic Fiction. I've also reviewed a number of her books and short stories:
- Don't Look Now and Other Stories
- The House on the Strand
- The Old Man and The Blue Lenses
- The Birds
- The Apple Tree
- My Cousin Rachel
- The Pool and Kiss Me Again Stranger
- Daphne by Justine Picardie
Now you can decide how you like your du Maurier. I have several categories. You can focus on one form or mix them up. Here are the categories:
Dreaming of Manderley (Novels)
Participants in this category, will read 3 of Daphne du Maurier's larger works, her novels or non-fiction. You can also count a collection of her short stories as one book.
Don't Look Now (Short Stories)
Since this are smaller works, readers can choose 6 of her short stories to review.
Daphne du Maurier Presents (Film)
Although the most well known, Hitchcock was only one director to use du Maurier's work in film. Daphne's IMDb page is quite impressive. Besides The Birds and Rebecca, some of the books that made it to film include Frenchman's Creek and Don't Look Now.
Participants in this category will watch 3 films based on du Maurier's work. Often you can rent these for free from your local library. If you happen to have cable or satellite, TCM sometimes plays these films. They post the monthly schedule online.
(Not necessary but would be great: a comparison of book and film.)
Inspired By... (Other works)
This category includes works not written by du Maurier. She used books like Jane Eyre (Rebecca) and Wuthering Heights (Jamaica Inn) to inspire her own writing.
Other writers were inspired by du Maurier:
Mrs Dewinter by Susan Hill (Fiction)
Daphne by Justine Picardie (Fiction)
Daphne du Maurier: A Daughter's Memoir by Flavia Leng (Memoir)
These are just a few books. There are many others.
Participants in this category will read 3 of these works.
Dame Daphne (Combination)
Maybe you can't decide what to read or want to read a bit of everything. Participants in this category will read or view 3 from the categories above (2 short stories count as 1 book).
To sign up please got to this post.