Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Moonstone Readalong - Introductorama

Greetings, internets! It's time for another Reading Rambo Wilkie-a-thon!

And there was much rejoicing.

This time we'll be we'll be reading another of his serialized sensations: The Moonstone, hailed by T.S. Eliot as "the first and greatest of English detective novels." Not to over-hype it, or anything. 

If this is your first visit to the Enthusiast, welcome! Thanks for coming! My name is Kayleigh, I'm a fledgling copy editor, and I work in admin at a local magazine. I like commas, TV, and long walks in the rain. Well, not too long because, you know, TV. I participated in Alice's Woman in White readalong because I had already read it and it seemed like a lovely, straightforward way to get this blog a'rolling. I'm participating in this one because the first one was SO MUCH FUN and you are all fantastic. Those are the reasons.

I read The Moonstone for school and, though I've completely forgotten it, I do know I enjoyed it. Wilkie is a master of the serial format and, according to my copy's introduction, had readers clambering at the offices of All Year Round, in which it was published, on publications days. Like Victorian Twihards. Wilkie could rock a cliff hanger. 

He could also rock a shockingly large forehead.

They should call that thing FIVEhead! HaHA!
(Did someone use that last time? I feel like someone used that last time.)

And do you know what he housed in that forehead? Awesomeness. And opium. Lots of opium.

In conclusion, Van Der Forehead.

28 comments:

  1. More references to all that opium. I am so excited for this readalong. And I LOVE the image of Victorian Twihards. I'm picturing a lot of squealing around whatever the Victorian equivalent of a water cooler is. A well, maybe?

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    1. A kettle?

      So much opium! I'm excited to guess the parts he was too high to remember writing. DANG, Wilkie, that's a lot of opium.

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  2. YOU FOUND A FOREHEAD GIF. *bows in reverence*

    I'm starting to get a little worried that I'm TOO excited for The Moonstone. I mean, can it possibly live up to our expectations at this point? (Yes...yes, it can.)

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    1. It totally can. It has to, now. Though I am worried we won't find another Marian. But then, will we ever? MARIAAAAN!

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    2. Marian forever. TEAM MARIAN!!

      OMG. We should start a campaign to have Marian added to the Novel-T's baseball line. http://www.novel-t.com/

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    3. WHY HAVE OTHER PEOPLE NOT DONE THIS YET?! We must bring the Marian awesomeness to the masses.

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  3. I HAVEN'T EVEN READ THIS YET BUT WAY NOT TO LINK UP ON THE MAIN POST SO I'M ONLY SEEING THIS NOW

    (comment on actual post to come)

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    1. I was WAITING for you to yell about that. I'm satisfied now.

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    2. WHAT IS THIS YOU MEAN? WHAT LINK WHERE? Here http://reading-rambo.blogspot.ca/2012/07/moonstone-readalong-and-question-about.html ? I'm on there already: #9. Please to explain to technologically inept person.

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    3. She got all fancy and made a separate Linky for the intro posts. This readalong is LEGIT. http://reading-rambo.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-moonstone-it-begins.html

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    4. Ah HA! So legit I didn't even understand it. I read that post in Google Reader, and I figured the Linky reference in the text referred to the original Linky lo, those couple weeks ago. Thank you! I'm jumping on the Legitimate Posting Bandwagon!

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  4. I'm SO happy people are excited about this, because I'm way too excited about it. And this group is basically the best readalong group. I've seen some others. They are not the same (read: they are inferior).

    Dude, that is a hardcore GIF. You have to know all about the Van Der Beek gif sensation to even FIND that. *applauds you*

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    1. SO EXCITED. We really are all pretty fantastic.

      Van Der Memes! My heart.

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  5. Hooray! This is a totally legit readalong. You know it's legit because while most people write about Mr. Collins's accomplishments and writing motifs, we sit back and mock his fivehead.
    *high fives all around*

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    1. Majorly legit. I do feel bad about the forehead bullying, but I'm sure he knows we're jesting with love. WITH LOVE. *high fives followed by fist bumps*

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    2. We only bully because we care!

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  6. YOU WIN ALL THE GIF AWARDS. THE END.


    Actually, not the end -- I imagine the Victorian Wilk-hards (yes/no?) just swooned all over their satin sofas for Wilkie's forehead. They probably embroidered hankies with it and wrote fan-fiction about it.

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    1. Ahahaha,forehead fanfiction. "Fifty Shades of Forehead."

      And also, DEFINITELY yes, Wilk-hards. And now we are modern day Wilk-hards. *grabs embroidery needles and whatnot*

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  7. He does wear that huge forehead very well.

    Yay readalong! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it before :)

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    1. It's all about the confidence, right? The man rocks his forehead.

      Yay readalong, indeed! It shall be EPIC.

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  8. Ah, I keep my opium in my butt, but it's good to have options! (I don't even know what I'm talking about right now... please ignore me!)

    In conclusion, WILKIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Excitement!

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    1. Excellent for smuggling, I hear - opium butt storage.

      THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST.

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  9. Fivehead, lmao, good one. Look forward to discussions with everyone. This is my first time reading Wilkie.

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    1. Huhyuck, huhyuck. I hope you like Wilkie! He's surprisingly easy to read, I find. His books are so big I thought they'd be a chore, but no. Not at all.

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  10. Dickens has nothing on Wilkie's cliffhangers. Marian crawls into bed, sicker than a dog, then someone writes in her diary! WHO CAN IT BE?

    I kind of wish I could get a Fosco tattoo. He is the dastardliest. Oh, I know! I have a "Republicans for Voldemort" bumper sticker. Maybe I should have a Fosco/Voldemort 2012 sticker made!

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    1. Sweet bippity, I would buy the HECK out of that Fosco/Voldemort sticker!!!!1!1!!

      What would a Fosco tattoo look like? Hitchcock, maybe?

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  11. I fucking love you, is the thing.

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    1. Eeee, Raych comment!! I love you INFINITY. I also miss your face.

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