Do you remember how much I love historical fiction? It's my favorite genre and the longer the novel, the more I love it! It's getting lost in a whole sweeping world, getting to know the characters so very well, the opportunity to learn about another time. It's just everything that does it for me, and once I get hooked....well, then there's no hope for me!
All that does is lead to the big questions: Have you been watching the Reelz miniseries World Without End? Did you watch the first miniseries based on the Ken Follett novels, Pillars of the Earth? Because if you did, you have to be watching the sequel as it would be almost impossible to let it get past you.
I had the pleasure of reading both novels a few years ago after my daughter-in-law, Meggan, recommended and gave them to me. Although I read them in the wrong order, it didn't matter so much. In fact, just a few days of pleasurable, magnificent reading had me hooked on these rather long novels.
Add to that wonderful week of reading the weekend discussion with Meggan, who happens to also be an English teacher, and I was a happy woman.
Ah, but the best was yet to come! The miniseries, which we recorded on the DVR and watched at our leisure, was stunning and, I'm thrilled to add, followed Pillars quite closely. Rory and Meggan came for a couple of weekends and we watched the miniseries again with them. Our discussions so intrigued Adam and Jenny that they joined the party.
Now we're recording and watching World Without End, which is the second novel in the series. It also follows the novel closely, but just as important is that the miniseries is so well done. The costumes, the sets and the headpieces are just stunning.
It's obvious that the researchers did their jobs, as did the many designers and artists.
To view more of these photos from the miniseries, visit the Reelz website. And absolutely, if you have the opportunity to enjoy the books, grab them up. They are well worth the hours (and days) of reading that you'll enjoy.
And because he's such a good writer, here's one more plug for Ken Follett's website.