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16 January 2012 @ 03:05 pm
oh hi again!  
I realize I've not been around in a long, long time, and my last post said I was only keeping this journal in order to participate at ontd_startrek.  But!  I had an awesome idea for a fandom read-along, and I'm trying to spread the word about it!  Please signal boost if you can, and come join me in the joy of reading and/or dreaming about Benedict Cumberbatch's wonderful face.

This will be a fandom-friendly* read-along of the Ford Madox Ford tetralogy, spanning several months, in anticipation of the (as-yet-undated) airing of Parade’s End, written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Susanna White, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

When: The read-along will begin on February 1, 2012. At that time, we’ll publish a schedule guide for each section of the first book.

Why: Because of ~reasons~ obviously. For instance, we love early twentieth-century literature; we’re excited for the upcoming BBC/HBO television adaptation; we love Downton Abbey and want more things like it in our lives.

Where: All over the internet! This read-along will primarily be hosted through nonmodernist and on Twitter (using #ParadesEnd), but we love all the corners of the internet and we want them all to join us! Look for discussion posts on Dreamwidth and Livejournal, and links to content all over the place. Feel free to blog your responses at your own site or the service of your choice — as long as you send them to us, we’ll put the links in our round-ups.

How: Read the books! Post about them! Join our discussions and submit your posts to our linkspams! Livetweet your reading sessions! There’s no right or wrong way to participate.

Get started: First, spread the word! This only works if you all get involved (and corral your friends, enemies, neighbors, and family members to do the same). Follow nonmodernist (or mllesays [lj] if you are not into tumblr) for more updates as we approach the start date. Then acquire a copy of the book and get ready to start reading!


* “fandom-friendly”: we mean that this read-along will be a safe space for fandom-style participation. We recognize and defend your right to create fanworks of any and all kinds, flail over anything and everything, and use as much fandom slang as you desire. While some discussions may get a little academic, others will be shallow and all about the pretty.
Rhea: bright starsaturn_shumba on January 17th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Quick question: Are you going to recommend the editions of the books to read? I almost bought my copy today before I realized that you might have a specific edition in mind...
GIRLS IN SPACE BE WARYmllesays on January 17th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
I ordered myself a Vintage/Anchor edition (the white cover with line drawing of a soldier on it), but my plan is to split everything up by section, not by page number, so having different editions shouldn't matter.

OMG I'm so stupidly excited for this...
Rheasaturn_shumba on January 17th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
That's the one I have saved!

This is REALLY exciting! I can't wait to see all the stuff you come up with, you are a fucking genius at organizing creative projects.
GIRLS IN SPACE BE WARYmllesays on January 17th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Awww goodness, now my inbox is full of nice things you've said about me and I'm totally blushing! Thank you!!